Struggling act3 CM wizard

  • #1
    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/SAPAGE-1270/hero/8501139

    I am struggling in act3 but have no idea what i should really be aiming to upgrade with my build.

    Do I need more res as i have nearly 1k buffed?
    Do i need more HP?
    I know i need more DPS but what gets me there best?
  • #2
    Get a shield. Get a helmet with AP on Crit to compensate. Also befriend a DH. They'll love you, because they'll be able to make longer act3 runs with you, not skipping certain maps like they do usually. Leave the killing to them.
  • #3
    Quote from Wekapedia

    Get a shield. Get a helmet with AP on Crit to compensate. Also befriend a DH. They'll love you, because they'll be able to make longer act3 runs with you, not skipping certain maps like they do usually. Leave the killing to them.


    funny i go with a 140K dps DH and only need to live 20sec but sometimes i just get owned.
  • #4
    Get rid of magic weapon and use teleport/wormhole, learn how to play the CM build. Profit.

    tips:

    Don't stand still, you have to keep stepping vs elites, get out of their AOE, especially desecrater, molten.

    Firechains will destroy you, so back yourself into a corner or pocket where the elites can't surround you.

    Teleport will save you from arcane sentry's and frozen explosions


    The rest is gravy.
  • #5
    What is it that you are struggling with? Bosses, certain elites, all elites?

    To be honest, your gear seems like it should be fine to clear Act 3, possibly even without a shield. Still, I'd also say get a shield, preferably with Armor, 7+crit%, and any other stats you can find/afford. Swap to the shield for elites and you can use the source for white mobs, though your source isn't very high dps as it is. However, finding upgrades for sources is a huge pain, so I don't blame you if you just want to hold onto it or just switch to a shield the whole time.

    Like the above poster said, get a helm with AP on crit, int, and vit (you have plenty of resists unless you really want to pay the extra gold for resists over vit). That will make things easier when/if you swap in a shield.

    What worked for me was to have around 400k-500k EHP with 40%+ crit (you have the crit, not sure what your EHP is, but it's probably pretty good). I could chain frost most elites with that crit and the EHP was sufficient to keep me alive. I didn't have to move for desecration or plague, but Arcane tore me to shreds. You could also switch to Crystal Shell rune on DS if you find DS falls off too quickly.

    My melee stats for reference: 54k HP + 560 resists + 8k armor buffed = 537k EHP, and 16.5k dps, or just under 400k EHP with my source, but I still swap to shield for elites. My stats aren't all that great (I have quite a bit of vit instead of resists, because it's far cheaper), but I can mostly faceroll through Act 3. Some elites give me headaches, mostly arcane or ranged mobs that run away, but most everything else is pretty easy.

    EDIT: I also second the teleport for magic weapon. I love teleport to be able to speed through areas faster, and it is very useful against frozen and arcane. DPS isn't really that big of a deal, especially if you run with a 130k DH who should be able to nuke things down fast.
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  • #6
    Mostly elites, I think it is my low DPS that lets me down. Yes you can not just faceroll with a tank but seem to just get stuck way to much. Got a shield and a helm but does not really seem to help. I think my high aus pings times does not really help much running at 400 to 500ms most nights....
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