Ice Armor (Crystallize) is Worth it - Hybrid Archon

  • #1
    I started using some Ice Armor after James1v12's demonstration. I decided I could try it as well and attempt to push my survival rate on MP10 to as close to 100% as possible (without Unstable Anomaly).

    http://youtu.be/k5YRWNM7_U4
    I swear, everything has Extra Health affix...

    Skill build is standard Living Lightning-based Hybrid Archon: click here.

    Just instead of Energy Armor, Ice Armor - Crystallize is used instead. For me, personally, the difference between max stacked Ice Armor vs. Prismatic Armor is only a fraction of a percentage point (both approximately 94% total damage reduction). However, Ice Armor also comes with the benefits of reducing incoming melee damage by 12% and also can chill/freeze melee attackers to work with Cold-Blooded rune.

    Give it a try.

    And excuse the wonky resolution for the video. I encoded it with the wrong settings and was too lazy to redo everything.
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  • #2
    seems to work nicely thanks for the upload. It feels like me on mp7.... yeah i know what you mean about extra health affix mobs... seems the runs i do lately like to spawn me RD mobs with extra health very often. I will give this a go i always liked ice armour :)
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  • #3
    We were just talking about this on my Conjuration skills thread. =) We need more vids and threads like this to encourage people to try out less used skills. It helps give the ideas cred when a veteran, geared-like-mad wizard does it, too. :Thumbs Up:
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  • #4
    Nice :P

    I noticed you're using the Cold Blooded passive. Is that just for when you're out of Archon form (and using Frost Nova)? Or is it because you are using a Scoundrel with "cold dmg"?

    You could also mention another pro of using Ice Armor (compared to Energy Armor). You don't get your arcane power reduced by 20 (which isn't a big deal in the Archon build you linked, but on other builds might be).
  • #5
    Quote from Zero(pS)

    I noticed you're using the Cold Blooded passive. Is that just for when you're out of Archon form (and using Frost Nova)? Or is it because you are using a Scoundrel with "cold dmg"?


    Quote from Jaetch

    However, Ice Armor also comes with the benefits of reducing incoming melee damage by 12% and also can chill/freeze melee attackers to work with Cold-Blooded rune.


    :P
  • #6
    Quote from Zero(pS)

    I noticed you're using the Cold Blooded passive. Is that just for when you're out of Archon form (and using Frost Nova)? Or is it because you are using a Scoundrel with "cold dmg"?


    As Maffia pointed out before, Ice Armor does chill/freeze melee mobs. And I do have a Scoundrel with Buriza and high pierce/freeze and IAS. So most of the cold is from him.
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  • #7
    Oh ok.

    I know Ice Armor has the effect but it only works on melee enemies/elites and it only lasts for a couple seconds (as well as requiring them to hit you first - hence not being active all the time).

    But with the Scoundrel with a Buriza, all is fine ;) I suspected you used him.
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