Last night I played a bit of D3 with my buddy. We did some of act 2 since that is where he was stuck pre-patch.
He had a lot less resist all than me and was using a two hander (we are both Barbarinos). I died about two times and he died probably close to a dozen.
What usually ended up happening is that he would have to kite one of the elite mobs around while I was killing the other 2 or 3.
I suppose that the Paragon levels will help out, but there will be a lot of dying before now and then. We cleared up through Magdha, which was further than he had gotten before.
I will most likely continue to help him through the act. He prefers to use a two hander, but the one he has does not have the most ideal stats due to it being rolled under the old system. And it is incredibly slow.
When it comes down to it, Diablo 3 is still a big ole gear check. Kinda sucks, but it is what it is.
I am about 4-5 bubbles into my first Paragon level. Woohoo!!