Before shifting to my Plant/Fire dom where I took no secondary melee attacks, I ran my Ice/Earth dom in melee range constantly. Due to ice's lack of hard controls, slotting Arctic Air with Contagious Confusion made the build much more survivable - and fun. Things were either slipping due to Ice Patch and Sleet or they were confused. Heavy mallet and SS on bosses and then most everything else is dead by then. There was definitely a learning curve and the build was not cheap, but it can be done!