Thanks to a friend, I've gotten better gear for my wizard and I'm now in act 1 hell. Blasting monsters into nothingness with disintegrate is no problem, but champion and boss packs still fuck me over.
Kite man! Kite like you've never kited before! A Terran SC2 player could dominate as ranged in D3 because anyone who can micro marines can micro a Wizard or DH. I avoided channeled Wizard abilities due to lack of mobility.
Having said all that, D3 is barely a month old, and D2 took a long time before it became really polished and sorted out. So I'm hoping that Blizzard sorts this shit out with expansions or DLC or something.
I salute your patience. Seriously. From keeping up with the patch notes, I'm noticing the same trends as I did in SWTOR (essentially, a focus on shit I hated that continued well after I quit): Blizzard is pushing the RMAH, constantly nerfing drop rates of gold and items (players don't discuss good farming areas for this specific reason), and turning Inferno into an endless grind to stall players so they don't have to create new content. In a few weeks/months, we'll see an expansion (likely another $60) that raises the level cap, making all that gear people paid cash money for (or grinded the gold for) useless and forcing them to spend more money on the new stuff..... just like WoW (or any MMO really).
On a related sidenote:
We are currently receiving a high volume of phone calls, petitions, and other responses. We are working diligently to process all requests in a timely fashion and we appreciate your patience. At this time, we are unable to get to your request.
Looks like Bioware support as they just closed my ticket. Not that I really expected a response to my drunken ramblings.