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2.6.1 PTR: Vyr Frenzy Thorns Wizard, 85-90+ish?

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Skills

  • Archon
  • Explosive Blast Chain Reaction
  • Arcane Torrent Static Discharge
  • Energy Armor Force Armor
  • Magic Weapon Deflection
  • Teleport Safe Passage
  • Audacity
  • Unwavering Will
  • Unstable Anomaly
  • Evocation

Items

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  • Legendary Gems

    • Boyarsky's Chip
    • Bane of the Stricken
    • Bane of the Trapped

Kanai's Cube

  • Etched Sigil
  • Heart of Iron
  • Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac

You're playing a thorns wizard. There's already something wrong with you. I mean we don't have a freaking CoE phys cycle ffs...


Ahem.... If you want more damage, replace etched sigil for furnace, but keep in mind that now your static discharge will also be resetting explosive blast as well as archon. Still the damage might be worth it. You need CDR on every roll possible. Keep in mind that amulet does not naturally roll physical damage for wizards, so you'll have to grab it off of another class (necromancer is ideal). Missing thorns rolls on belt, top, and shoulders will hurt you a lot. Wizard does not have a passive that increases thorns. Get phys res wherever you can, and armor on top of it. You're going to be getting mauled, a lot. You need ~60-65% CDR to run this.


Here's a d3planner with ideal stats:

https://www.d3planner.com/795452251


You can also try switching Heart of Iron since the amount of thorns it yields is debatable. For what? Who knows. Try stuff out.

Paragon Priorities

Core

Primary Stat
Vitality
Movement Speed
Maximum Resource

Offense

Attack Speed
Cooldown Reduction
Critical Hit Chance
Critical Hit Damage

Defense

Life
Armor
Resist All
Life Regeneration

Utility

Life on Hit
Resource Cost Reduction
Area Damage
Gold Find

Nothing special.

Build Guide

Video is for an 82 run that I did. It was my first try on 82, so with better rolls I'm fairly certain that this is 85 capable (my character hardly has any thorns; you really want as much as you can get since we don't have anything to naturally increase it). You're going to be rather squishy at the beginning so just focus on staying alive. Deflection is roughly your only layer of defense. Once you get into double stacks consistently, you'll be much better off.


This build is not leaderboards viable, probably. Just a stupid idea that worked better than I expected. I might try a Firebirds variant. If you've ever wanted to take matters into your own hands and start manually headbanging and axing the crap out of your enemies like a barbarian, this is your chance. :D