[Guide] Massive Guide to Upgrading Wizard Gear

  • #41
    Quote from ShadowDK

    Ah okay I see, did a quick check on some more items and your estimates seem quite right overall :-)

    I just dinged 60 with my wizard and I got around 15 million gold in my pocket (from my DH) so do you think I should aim for items with stats like in your 30 million sheet and aim for the CM build (my items are pretty much all crap except helm and offhand right now)? I assume these items are also suited for a Blizzard/hydra build? - since I haven't tried the CM build I don't know if I will like that kind of playstyle so it would be kinda bad to invest too much gold into it if I don't like the playstyle and prefer Blizzard/hydra.

    Also, what stats do you think is most important on the weapon? I see that you have listed 'variable' for all LoH, do you think it's ok not to have any of this or do I have to have some of it here and there?

    Thanks again for a nice guide :-)


    Blizzard-VenoHydra is simple and straightforward. The problem is that it relies heavily on kiting, so it takes a lot more effort to down tough-affixed packs. CM build is very reliable if you're properly geared and all you have to do is mash a combination of 1,2,3,4, left click or right click on your skill bar over and over again to down packs. Of course, there are tactics and skill involved in any play, so that's left to you. I was hesitant on using CM back when I was running Blizzard-VenoHydra just because I was so used to the latter build. But trust me—and trust the many, many, many wizards that currently run CM-SC—that CM is a much more reliable build.

    There should be a video posted that shows you how to gear a CM-SC wizard with less than one million gold. It's possible if you keep a sharp lookout for deals, otherwise, a few million total should put you in a good spot. I've recently helped gear a random pub wizard with zero knowledge on CM up to par with about 5 million gold. He easily jumped from struggling in Act 1 to having a pretty good time in Act 2. Lowering stat parameters in the AH search also helps if you're willing to forgo some stat points. You want to have decent survivability here more than relying heavily on DPS. 30 mil is just a line I drew for being able to cruise through Act 3 without having too many problems.

    I put "variable" down for most weapon affixes because they're great to have, but not always necessary. As an example, I don't have life steal, life on hit, or any of that on my weapon. I would love to have life steal, but unfortunately I can't find the right weapon. If you want to run CM, you'll want AP on crit on your weapon. Then again, you can also skip that and put AP on crit on your helm or off-hand. Obviously you want to look at decently-high DPS weapons for the best cost according to your budget. Don't buy something cheap or medium-priced knowing you're going to replace it within hours or days. Get something that's a good deal: cheap, yet reliable. The whole point in upgrading is solely for improving your farm runs; to kill faster and die fewer times.

    There is a lot of room to maneuver. Remember, this is a guide to direct you on a path, not a set of rules.
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  • #42
    1000 DPS 1Hander + offhand + chest for 1m gold.

    I'd love to have access to whatever AH you're using.
  • #43
    Quote from Xathian

    1000 DPS 1Hander + offhand + chest for 1m gold.

    I'd love to have access to whatever AH you're using.


    You can get a 1k dps 1h for under 100k with no stats. You can get OHs for 100k or less with 50-250 damage or more, 100+Int and 8%+ crit. You can find a chest with 100 int, 100 vit, 50 all resist for a couple hundred k.

    What's the problem with finding all 3 for 1 mil?

    EDIT: US AH if there's any confusion.
    My EHP and DPS Spreadsheet, mostly useful for wizards.
    My wizard, mostly useful for killing demons and collecting loot.
    Wizard CM DPS Simulator, written in Matlab, release version 1.01
    Comprehensive CMWW Guide, including gear and build suggestions, plus Uber strats
    Arcane Mines Guide, detailed guide for the highest dps wizard build, including vids
  • #44
    Quote from Loroese

    Quote from Xathian

    1000 DPS 1Hander + offhand + chest for 1m gold.

    I'd love to have access to whatever AH you're using.


    You can get a 1k dps 1h for under 100k with no stats. You can get OHs for 100k or less with 50-250 damage or more, 100+Int and 8%+ crit. You can find a chest with 100 int, 100 vit, 50 all resist for a couple hundred k.

    What's the problem with finding all 3 for 1 mil?

    EDIT: US AH if there's any confusion.


    Just went to check for an OH with the stats you listed, almost exactly what you listed, none for cheaper than 2m.
  • #45
    Hi Thanks for the wonderful guide

    I've around 30M of budget as of now

    I'm in the middle of stuck and not sure which piece i should invest the most and upgrade.

    I can farm act 3 without problem with Alkaizer route sometimes will die maybe 2 or 3 times. I find that the speed of killing the mobs is somehow slow. This might due to my low dps us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Thai-1964/

    Can you advise which pcs i should upgrade and make use of the 30M budget ?

    Thx
  • #46
    Quote from Xathian

    Quote from Loroese

    Quote from Xathian

    1000 DPS 1Hander + offhand + chest for 1m gold.

    I'd love to have access to whatever AH you're using.


    You can get a 1k dps 1h for under 100k with no stats. You can get OHs for 100k or less with 50-250 damage or more, 100+Int and 8%+ crit. You can find a chest with 100 int, 100 vit, 50 all resist for a couple hundred k.

    What's the problem with finding all 3 for 1 mil?

    EDIT: US AH if there's any confusion.


    Just went to check for an OH with the stats you listed, almost exactly what you listed, none for cheaper than 2m.


    OHs are a pain to search for since you can't search for average damage until the next patch (really can't wait for that). When I did the search while I was making the topic, the first I saw at 100k buyout was like 40-320 damage while searching for 100 int and 8% crit. Still, I see some around 40-240 for 100k or less with that int and crit, which is pretty close.
    My EHP and DPS Spreadsheet, mostly useful for wizards.
    My wizard, mostly useful for killing demons and collecting loot.
    Wizard CM DPS Simulator, written in Matlab, release version 1.01
    Comprehensive CMWW Guide, including gear and build suggestions, plus Uber strats
    Arcane Mines Guide, detailed guide for the highest dps wizard build, including vids
  • #47
    As of now, after testing PTR for a little while, I'm going to say hold off on serious gearing until 1.05 comes out. I have a hunch prices will go berserk during the first week or so after launch.

    As in current items worth millions will drop in value based on the huge influx of low level items that will roll ilvl 63 stats. Also jewelry stats are going to go past the current max stat limit (to my dismay), so prices for current top-tier rings and amulets will probably crash and new superior jewelry will sell for ridiculously inflated prices.
    Blizzard Entertainment - Diablo III Community MVP
  • #48
    I have a 60k dps or so wiz (buffed) that i am at a real crossroads with simply because i dont even have 1mil to my name...

    http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Pepper-1990/hero/1917271 is my profile any help or suggestions would be appreciated
    Quote from shaggy

    Thumbs up for them trying to spread arcane sentries out a bit more.

    Arcane + Horde was like trying to play laser tag against 5000 midgets hopped up on caffiene and diet pills.
  • #49
    Quote from Nommingu

    I have a 60k dps or so wiz (buffed) that i am at a real crossroads with simply because i dont even have 1mil to my name...

    http://us.battle.net...90/hero/1917271 is my profile any help or suggestions would be appreciated


    It'll be tough if you don't even have a million in your budget. All I can say is farm more (keep farming) and consistently repeat the sell/buy process in the AH.

    I don't have access to the game right now so I can't update you on prices, but I suggest you grab a new pair of pants with more intel and vitality to start, or ditch your bracers.

    But as I mentioned, don't go for major upgrades until after the patch hits (of course, unless you can afford to).
    Blizzard Entertainment - Diablo III Community MVP
  • #50
    Quote from Nommingu

    I have a 60k dps or so wiz (buffed) that i am at a real crossroads with simply because i dont even have 1mil to my name...

    http://us.battle.net...90/hero/1917271 is my profile any help or suggestions would be appreciated


    Your OH really stands out to me since it doesn't have crit, but searching for OHs with decent damage is a pain. You should still be able to find a decent one for under a mil if you're not looking for AP on crit, or save up a couple mil and get a Triumvirate. Either way make sure you use a dps spreadsheet so you know how good the new items are.
    My EHP and DPS Spreadsheet, mostly useful for wizards.
    My wizard, mostly useful for killing demons and collecting loot.
    Wizard CM DPS Simulator, written in Matlab, release version 1.01
    Comprehensive CMWW Guide, including gear and build suggestions, plus Uber strats
    Arcane Mines Guide, detailed guide for the highest dps wizard build, including vids
  • #51
    Yeah a lot of my stuff was given to me by a workmate who plays and i just take what is an upgrade... the problem is my OH has such a highend damage that dropping it for something with even 100 less damage unless it has stupid amounts more intel and the max roll crit is actually a dps loss its horrible... as for my pants i am trying to find a pair that i can afford that has res all with high intel vit and 2 sockets but they are not cheap at all... any thoughts on my spec? Im finding it pretty good in A3 and can comfortably clear the seigebreaker farmingroute but phasebeasts past that just rape my face
    Quote from shaggy

    Thumbs up for them trying to spread arcane sentries out a bit more.

    Arcane + Horde was like trying to play laser tag against 5000 midgets hopped up on caffiene and diet pills.
  • #52
    A great guide!
    You've given me something to work towards! I've never been that lucky in item drops but I have fought tooth and nail to get my gear. However some of my gear is based more around life on hit (i needed it! D:) and i'm still doddling around the 60-70k dps range.

    Knowledge of class - I'd say I can understand wizards very well and can execute specs in an efficient way. Though I dislike not having archon in my build. It makes me feel vulnerable and weak.

    Wealth - Well...let's say i can probably sell all my gear for around 100-150m but I need that gear! D: And spare cash i have none.
    So I am currently using a variation on the arcane destruction spec and mostly kill the mobs without too much fuss. However I am stuck on what to upgrade first. My items are decent and I'd have to sell something to make an upgrade. Sadly in most cases this either leaves me extremely vulnerable or at a temporary loss in dps.

    So I guess my problem is finance but all but 3 items I am currently using are from my own item drops. Any advice for improvements?
    I can't post links yet so i guess just search Incar#2286 (EU)

    Would very much appreciate your help on this :D

    PS: If I'm still in CM-SC build, I tried it today for the first time, hated it and haven't switched back yet.
  • #53
    Quote from Saessenthessis

    A great guide!
    You've given me something to work towards! I've never been that lucky in item drops but I have fought tooth and nail to get my gear. However some of my gear is based more around life on hit (i needed it! D:) and i'm still doddling around the 60-70k dps range.

    Knowledge of class - I'd say I can understand wizards very well and can execute specs in an efficient way. Though I dislike not having archon in my build. It makes me feel vulnerable and weak.

    Wealth - Well...let's say i can probably sell all my gear for around 100-150m but I need that gear! D: And spare cash i have none.
    So I am currently using a variation on the arcane destruction spec and mostly kill the mobs without too much fuss. However I am stuck on what to upgrade first. My items are decent and I'd have to sell something to make an upgrade. Sadly in most cases this either leaves me extremely vulnerable or at a temporary loss in dps.

    So I guess my problem is finance but all but 3 items I am currently using are from my own item drops. Any advice for improvements?
    I can't post links yet so i guess just search Incar#2286 (EU)

    Would very much appreciate your help on this :D

    PS: If I'm still in CM-SC build, I tried it today for the first time, hated it and haven't switched back yet.


    I'm pretty sure you can get by with using Archon in your current get-up. You have a hefty amount of EHP and respectable DPS, but I can see you having trouble keeping Archon up for most of your run. You don't have any bonus move speed, which is crucial for traveling from one pack to another. You lack spells that can make use of your CM. Try ditching Disintegrate for Stormchaser. Even without AP on crit, if you drop 2-3 twisters, you can bring your Archon out of cooldown fairly quickly.

    You can also swap out one of your LOH rings for one with attack speed, crit chance and crit damage (but wait until after patch 1.05 launches to upgrade jewelry). Your attack rate is at 1.3 attacks per second, which is on the low side. Diamond Skin is a good choice, though because you already have great resist/armor/vitality, you can probably drop that and add Sparkflint for increased DPS. Archon is meant for quick, efficient kills. Kill faster, keep Archon up for longer, etc.

    Shop around and be patient. You can usually find a good deal now and again in the AH if you're careful enough (look for bids that end soon).
    Blizzard Entertainment - Diablo III Community MVP
  • #54
    Just saw this guide, looks great. I'm just wondering though, is the SC-CM build still as good? I remember reading somewhere they nerfed SC to proc less in 1.0.5 or something like that?

    I've been playing my wizard since day 1, and i like it a lot. But i always feel a bit.. underpowered. I think this melee wizard build would be more my kind of playstyle.
  • #55
    Quote from rikrik

    Just saw this guide, looks great. I'm just wondering though, is the SC-CM build still as good? I remember reading somewhere they nerfed SC to proc less in 1.0.5 or something like that?

    I've been playing my wizard since day 1, and i like it a lot. But i always feel a bit.. underpowered. I think this melee wizard build would be more my kind of playstyle.


    It's still a perfectly viable build, though SC isn't any good and should be replaced with WW or Mistral Breeze. I think the build just requires a bit more LoH and APoC thanbefore to work well but I haven't really played it much so I can't speak from experience.
    My EHP and DPS Spreadsheet, mostly useful for wizards.
    My wizard, mostly useful for killing demons and collecting loot.
    Wizard CM DPS Simulator, written in Matlab, release version 1.01
    Comprehensive CMWW Guide, including gear and build suggestions, plus Uber strats
    Arcane Mines Guide, detailed guide for the highest dps wizard build, including vids
  • #56
    WW is the way to go. Only use mistral breeze if you're under 20APOC still trying to make it work. The damage from WW with 25+ APOC is best.
  • #57
    I'll update and remake some parts of this guide this weekend. I have to fully immerse myself since the patch's launch because of work.

    Will update builds, briefly. Followed by new average gear costs and miscellaneous formatting stuff.
    Blizzard Entertainment - Diablo III Community MVP
  • #58
    Quote from Jaetch

    I'll update and remake some parts of this guide this weekend.

    Many thanks for this guide! I'm looking forward to the updates and hoping I can start building up my AH fund. Right now I'm around G02.5A, so to speak, because (can't use URLs until 10 posts: Janax#1478 US) I'm "dirt poor" (~1 million gold) and would die a lot if I tried A3 in v1.0.4 with ~40k unbuffed DPS. Now in v1.0.5 I'm doing MP1 and will try MP2 once more tonight when I can get on again. I know there are lots of slots I need better stuff in, but even minor upgrades in each slot seems to go for 2 million or more, especially the main weapon (the black background dagger with lifesteal and "high" 1h Vit and Int). I was thinking of pricing out a Skorn tonight to see if that would help...
  • #59
    Jaetch, can you have a look at my profile please (link in sig), i'm sitting on 300+m gold right and i'm like you said in the part 4 having 'inner battles' over which way to go.
    "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."
    -- Albert Einstein

  • #60
    Quote from TheDemokin

    Jaetch, can you have a look at my profile please (link in sig), i'm sitting on 300+m gold right and i'm like you said in the part 4 having 'inner battles' over which way to go.


    If you're not looking for a Witching Hour, it should be very easy for you to grab a belt with more vitality. However, last I checked you can grab a 100 int/100 vit/9 ias Witching Hour under 100M (shouldn't pay more than that) in the AH. Otherwise, you can go for a normal 170 int/150 vit/ 70 all resist belt for half that price.

    I'd also consider waiting for Zunimassa's Pox prices to go down a bit (about 150M or less for crit chance + crit damage ones). That way with 300M, you can grab both the Witching Hour and Zunimassa's Pox for huge boosts and have gold left over.

    Edit: Not sure how much those Depth Diggers are really helping you. You can consider switching them out to rare pants with the same base int, way more vitality, the same resist, and two open sockets. Or look into a similar pair of Blackthorne's with more vit but lower int.
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