Well, my next strategy, which I have fully prepared for well in advance (even before the nerfs in the second to most recent changemonth), that consists of a single minion training BL, VA, and wears a ToA. My original plan was to have him equip a MH, SoC, and exbow, however I have since considered switching the MH for a MoD, or using a BoNE + BoM. Well, it has come to my attention that VA might not work with the additional damage given by the SoC, or even the double damage from the MoD when attacking AS.
Here is my main question: Does vampiric aura convert the additional damage dealt by the SoC and/or the MoD?
If yes, ignore the next section completely.
If not, then the strategy I have dreamed of for so long has been doomed the entire time. Also, if either the MoD's additional damage to AS, or the SoC's additional damage is not converted into life with VA (or MH if you're using that with the SoC), then I propose an idea. Because it might be outright too powerful to have full VA effects from the SoC and/or the MoD, maybe we should consider these ideas:
VA works at 1/3 the effect with the additional damage of the SoC, and
VA can use half of the bonus damage dealt to AS with the MoD to convert some of that to life.
Let me show you some numbers. Let's say, you dish out 3 million bonus damage using the SoC. VA can have an effect on 1/3 of that, which is 1 million. If you're using the MH with the SoC, then 600k of that damage can be converted into HP (assuming your VA is trained high enough).
For the MoD, let's say you deal out 1 million damage total, and the minion you hit has all of his HP gained from AS. So, assuming the AS has an effect greater than 1 million, the VA is effective on 1/2 the bonus damage (which is 500k, because the opponent's minion has full AS HP), which is 250k. That's on top of the normal damage that the MoD deals, for a total of 750k. So, if VA is trained to it's full effect, then it can convert 300k of that damage into HP.
Please post your thoughts, suggestions, ideas and all that good stuff, but keep your flames to yourself. Oh, by the way, these numbers are used as an example, and are not set in stone. It's just a "prototype" idea, so to speak.