Is there a viable Demon Hunter build with melee weapons that I can still use in Inferno? I need a new challenge for my third character :)
I am currently playing a melee/grenadier demonhunter in Inferno act 3 and it's working so far.
My skillset choices:
The best thing about this build is it's easy execution. Just run up to the mobs with active Chakram and spam the ground under you with spike traps. You boar will do additional damage while you keep doing damage with grenades the moment your hatred runs out.
You can use preperation inbetween attacks to spam additional traps and get out when you feel you can't survive or want to reposition by using smoke screen.
Nightmare and beyond
In harder difficulties your main problem will be the damage output of the enemys. Try to lure them into your traps and use smoke screen for escapes. If you can divide the enemies into smaller packs you will be able to kill them very quickly.
Your weapon can be everything with good stats/dmg. If you want to autoattack try a fast sword but grenades are just better in comparison.
Try to aim for a mix of dexterity and vitality. Vitality should be your first priority while maxing dex for "enough" damage output. Equip with damage on hit is always nice but don't use it when the stats are otherwise crappy. It's just a bonus and you don't need it as much as you need to stay alive.
I've had a lot of fun playing this build and still enjoy it. Keep me posted and ask if you have further questions about the specific skills or the build in general.