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I am thinking of trying this build:

However, I've heard that life steal is nerfed by 80% in inferno.

Does that affect healing blades?

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All life steal is nerfed in Inferno.… – Frank Aug 31 '12 at 15:00
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The effectiveness of the Life Steal affix – which restores your Life by a percentage of the damage you deal – is reduced in advanced difficulties, as shown:

Normal: 100%

Nightmare: 70%

Hell: 40%

Inferno: 20%

Keep in mind, however, that Life on Hit items are still perfectly viable in any difficulty. It's very common for the monk and barbarian to have high LoH (1500+) just to survive Act 3/4 inferno.

Diablo 3 Life Steal Entry

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Both answers are correct. This one is more detailed. – Jim Thio Sep 1 '12 at 13:34

Yes, all skills which provide life steal are subject to the same effectiveness reduction based on difficulty that is applied to life steal provided by items.

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any references? – Jim Thio Sep 1 '12 at 2:07

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