What Do You Think

  • #1
    What do you guys think would give me the greatest DPS or survival boost? I'm talking gear-wise. Also, ignore the shoulders, I will be slapping on some Vile Wards very soon. Don't mind the skills, I switch them all the time... classic archon build, stun-lock archon build, melee build with blades, and different variations. I can never stick with one build, however I never run CM since I have no APOC. Not to mention all that button smashing looks intense. Thoughts?


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  • #2
    I'm no wiz expert but i would say your pants and mayb your boots can use an upgrade. Get a pants with sockets. Mayb make a blackthorn set so you get the 100 vit bonus so you can focus more int on different items. Mayb upgrade you res in general? what mp do you farm?
  • #3
    Zunimassa Trail (boots) are the highest dps boots available for wizards, so I'd probably look at getting a pair of those, preferably with 180+int, 8% poison dmg, and then whatever defensive stats you want (they come with some vit standard, resists costs a ton extra, though Armor is usually a good stat to look for if you're on a bit of a budget). If you don't mind the loss of survival stats, you can look into getting a pair if Inna's Temperance (pants), they come with 1% crit, 8-9% IAS, and 2 sockets standard, with just 1 random roll. Ones with just 60 or so Int are pretty cheap and it should raise your dps a bit, but you'll lose a large chunk of HP and resists, so it's up to you.
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  • #4
    Quote from Nuthin2Lose

    What do you guys think would give me the greatest DPS or survival boost? I'm talking gear-wise. Also, ignore the shoulders, I will be slapping on some Vile Wards very soon. Don't mind the skills, I switch them all the time... classic archon build, stun-lock archon build, melee build with blades, and different variations. I can never stick with one build, however I never run CM since I have no APOC. Not to mention all that button smashing looks intense. Thoughts?


    My profile: as this is my first post, I apparently cannot post a url link..... (questionable policy) So you will have to put the https:// in front of this.... unless of course there is another way you can find my profile, then have at it. Name is Nuthin2Lose#1111

    us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Nuthin2Lose-1111/hero/2161910


    I don't know why everyone is so keen on Vile Ward. If you find one with high int, or get an extremely good deal at the AH, then it's fine; otherwise any good rare shoulders will do and are superior to many Vile Wards I've seen (essentially, a Vile Ward with less than 200 int is useless and oftentimes a waste of money). Get shoulders with near-200 int, near-80 allres, some vit and probably other useful stats (armor, pickup radius, fireres/physres, health globe bonus, ... whatever you feel like). Another big advantage that comes with it: you don't look like the 1000 wizards around you.

    You health is more than okay, armor is okay, your dps is fine. I'm not sure how often you die; I guess you're playing a real glass canon Archon on lower MP levels. If you want to go a bit higher, or engage in uber fights, I'd say you definitely need some more allres. Like I said, shoulders are a good place to start with. Boots is just the same story - Firewalkers are nice, but only because they can roll 200+ int. The Firewalkers you have can easily be replaced by 170int/12MS/70allres/80vit rare boots for more survivability.

    And like GroentjeBE said, get pants with sockets; though I would not get Blackthorn. You don't need more life, but more allres wouldn't hurt, and you can probably get rare pants with similar amount of vit, int, more allres and 2 sockets if you get lucky on the AH - two more int gems would give you a neat DPS increase here. You would lose your magic find though, but your goal should be to quickly get to a higher paragon level, then you don't need the MF on gear as much anymore. Also, are you running in a group or solo? If the latter, then get your enchantress some gear (Grand Vizier + MF rings/amu).

    Edit: Damn, Loroese beat me to it. Of course, Inna's pants are even better if you don't want the survivability (but I would rather give up some int than allres if I were you).
  • #5
    I mainly farm on mp5 when running solo... which I can do with ease. However, the thought of mp10 is mindblowing, knowing that I will get crushed. Also I got trashed by some ubers the other night and it did not sit well with me. Thanks for the info guys, I am looking into pants, gloves, and some boots if I have anything left.

    Bagstone, I run both group and solo. However, I have never used the enchantress.... benefits? Also, it seems to me that the real deal with making it to mp10 as a wiz is survivability... how do you survive the tough elites without cheap CM locking?? I guess you need 300-400k dps....which isn't easy to achieve. Any interesting builds out there having success?
  • #6
    Enchantress has the benefit of giving you a slight attack speed bonus, as well as the benefit of being able to wield The Grand Vizer, which is an easy way to up your MF if you want to go that way.

    The Scoundrel gives you an increased chance to crit, so you may want to use him instead if you need some more +crit chance.
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  • #7
    Quote from Nuthin2Lose

    Bagstone, I run both group and solo. However, I have never used the enchantress.... benefits? Also, it seems to me that the real deal with making it to mp10 as a wiz is survivability... how do you survive the tough elites without cheap CM locking?? I guess you need 300-400k dps....which isn't easy to achieve. Any interesting builds out there having success?


    Like Zhaph said: attack speed and magic find are the benefits of using the enchantress. Not a lot, but there's no reason to not make use of her. And of course 7% experience bonus once you have a Hellfire Ring for her.

    About MP10: I don't play MP10 myself (my gear is just not good enough). The "easiest" way to survive higher MP levels is with CM locking, yes. Without CM, in order to survive, it's not about the DPS but about the EHP. 400k dps won't get you to MP10 if you lack defense - you simply can't 1-shot enemies on that level. But for first hand MP10 experience, Jaetch can probably give you some hints (have a look at this thread: http://www.diablofans.com/topic/76433-stunlock-archon-mp10-act-3-inferno/. However, keep in mind that his gear is insane, combining great DPS with outstanding EHP.
  • #8
    I have about 360K unbuffed EHP and without CM stunlock, it'll probably take me a few hours to clear Act 3 MP10 if I run around and kite all day. It's just about efficiency. If you want to play "for fun," chances are you won't be sitting around in MP10. I personally wouldn't farm MP10 on any given day of the week unless I was paid full time for it.

    I'm at work so I can't really give a full input. But you can check my profile, tone everything down by like 50% and it should be a straightforward path to upgrading.
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