I recently came back to D3 casually, I left at the end of july 2012, pre-paragon levels. When I was playing I remember how the melee wizard builds starting with spectral blades, meteor storm, frost nova, cm, etc were the cheap option. Eventually these migrated into CM/WW builds as patches continued and better understanding of proc rates by the community became common knowledge. At some point near perma archon builds became available and they were all expensive. Surviving in act3 inferno in Archon builds required better gear than I had available at the time.
Now I return 8 1/2 months later and find that a high uptime Archon build is in many ways cheaper to run than a CM/WW build. I got a Skorne for a few million that is a nice upgrade, a cheap Tyreal's Might chest and now am leveling on MP3-5 with a wrist friendly Archon build. (BTW, thank you Bagstone for the great gear guide and TheDemoKin for the Archon guide, very helpful). I am still experimenting and looking for good follower gear but I feel much happier about playing then when I left back in July 2012.
I also feel the AH isn't as bad as it was when I left. I found easy upgrades using buy it now on the AH and wasn't able to do that with the gold I had in July. I haven't spent even half of the 50M I had sitting on my wizard. Unfortunately since legend updates have occurred since I left all of my old gear is a mix of random rares and hard to sell.
I am looking forward to some paragon leveling and seeing what is next.
- 4/19/2013 3:32:18 PM Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
8/6/2012 1:02:48 PM
I would be tempted to do a mix, farm act1 and then finish up in Pony land. Ponies are good for a kite build as they have no ranged outside of elite affixes. 5 elite packs in Whimsy + whatever you do in act1. Whimsy is act3 for loot. I assume you are a force armor user with your resists and relative vitality. I think you would do very well there.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
8/2/2012 12:05:13 PM
I would say 500 before Prismatic. The amount of LOH makes a difference as well.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
8/1/2012 1:59:59 PM
Absolutely. I switched to a version of this last night and put on my crappy wizard hat with 10ap on crit and no crit chance. It worked well and I am looking for an upgrade for my wizard hat. I really want i63 wizard hats, does Santa know where Blizzard developers live? I hope he can make my wish come true ;-)Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
7/31/2012 3:41:52 PM
I use this build - http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#WQXVhO!gTc!aaacccPosted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
The standard Melee Wizard build has shaped up to be:
Change TP -Wormhole to whatever rune you like.
Evocate is optional and can be changed to nearly anything you like. Blur is common.
The standard Melee Wizard build needs 40% Crit and 15AP on crit to work.
7/31/2012 2:22:05 PM
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Exactly. Chain Reaction is 291% weapon damage, that is Archon territory and I am spamming it as fast as I can hit the keys. It takes my 35k paper dps way way up. When I go 80k Archon build I get disappointed at how long act3 elites can take the full beam. I keep thinking at this point the fight would be over if I were using my melee build.Quote from Sceleus
Tank wizards have deceptively high dps due to the constant fluctuation of arcane power. Don't sell a tank build short, its expensive sure but with constant chain reactions of explosive blast echoing through mobs and amplified by frost nova + cold blooded is nothing short of impressive. Just my two cents but i think its a far superior build and beats kiting any day of the week. Though it is fun to see those huge numbers its almost as fun to see lots of mediocre numbers popping up
- Sceleus, web master of Diablo 3 Inferno Builds
7/31/2012 2:15:46 PM
I see the build chages a bit depending on the fight. Personally I need a bit more APoC to go without Spectral Blades. If I could go without Spectral Blades than I could fit TP in and would be happy to run this build again.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
7/31/2012 12:54:02 PM
I killed Ghom last night for the first time as a melee CM wizard but to be honest I probably overgeared it for progression. 50+% crit, 300% crit_damage, 800+ LOH, 8k Armor, 27% block, 800ish resists buffed, 32k DPS. I wasn't progressing as a ranged wizard so switched last night back to a CM Melee spec. I basically slowly walked him forward (backward for me) to keep the cloud from destroying me. But I could stay in the cloud most of the time, there were just spikes that were a little hard. He went down on my first attempt.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
I have since upped my block and lowered my dps while increasing my resists. Act3 still has some pain for me as I have issues when I deal with ranged mobs who have molten + arcane + frozen or jailer. Or a horde of big fat melee guys with molten and the champ with descrate on top.
7/31/2012 12:32:31 PM
FYI - I have 800ish resist, 800LOH, 8k armor, 32k dps, 51% crit (all buffed stats), 11 ap on crit, 34% block. I use a build without nova but better ranged capability due to teleport. (spectral blade-deep cuts/teleport (choice of rune)/diamond skin/explosive blast/twister-storm chaser, cm, arcane dynamo, prodigy).Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
I find difficulty with certain mixes of affixes and molten/arcane/freezing combos in naturally ranged mobs in late act3 (heart of sin and beyond). I plan on testing with safe passage on my TP to see if it helps with environmental damage deaths. I only die to arcane or invul minions with molten where the champion at the center also has descrate and frozen. I think increasing my defensive abilities will help.
Hope this helps
7/31/2012 12:24:36 PM
When I am running a CM build I switch to my LOH/Crit damage/APoC Wand. When I run a kiting build I switch to my 3% lifesteal spear with 170% crit including socket.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
I prefer my CM Melee setup for act3+, mostly because I just don't have enough resists unbuffed to run an 80k dps facemelting ranged build in act3.
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