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    posted a message on Duping in Diablo 3
    Quote from xEisenheim

    As for now it seems that gem prices are returning back to normal. A bit envious of people that took advantage of the 5m radiant gems.

    I don't think so... it's more an up and down as it has been for the past 10 days (at least on EU AH). It's much like stock trading - prices go up a bit, lots of people buy, price goes up even more. Until a new wave of gems hits the market and price goes down again.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Act 3 farming, MP2
    Quote from Ruppgu

    Who came up with this consensus? I mean, I disagree with pretty much everything you said.

    It was discussed in these threads:
    http://www.diablofan...for-time-spent/
    http://www.diablofan...-105-sweetspot/

    And on the official forums as well, can't find it right now. And about the "disagreeing to everything", to me there's almost no difference between what you wrote and the core essence of RockmanDoom's post... => If you die, go down one MP level. (Again, that's more or less consensus)

    Edit: Ah well, you can also read it that he's kind of telling him to stay on MP2. Well, then I agree with your disagreement... "decent speed" and "1 minute per elite pack" is too much, for efficient farming you want to breeze through everything.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Gear Question
    It's not that easy, because (thankfully) the wizard in D3 is not a complete "two builds, nothing else" story anymore. There are many different builds, slight variations of existing builds, and depending on your play style many different choices for gear. Many times you just want to see what gear you can grab for a reasonable price and create a build around it.

    For example, let's take the Tal Rasha's (TR for brevity) vs Tyrael's Might (T M). The worst-rolled TR would give you 120 int, 30 vit, 8% attack speed and 3 sockets - still a nice chest for most of us, and extremely useful if you're on a CM build because it's the only chest with IAS. However, a TR with allres is extremely expensive (and you need allres in the end game). TM will always give you movement speed, damage vs elite, all resistance, and int. However, you can only roll one additional stat, e.g., vitality OR 3 sockets - never both. Which means, a godly rolled TM will never keep up with a TR. But if you are on an Archon build, where speed is more important than defense (your goal is to kill everything before it can touch you or even take notice of your presence), and you're low on money, you might prefer getting a TM. As a side effect, if you have the movement speed on chest armor, you don't need Lacuni's or Inna's anymore and can save a lot on these slots, too.

    You always have to look at your gear as a whole: do I need DPS or EHP? In terms of DPS, do I need IAS, crit chance, crit damage, int? In terms of EHP, do I need life, allres, armor? What about other useful stats like LoH/LS, movement speed, pickup radius, health globes? (You want all of this on 1-2 pieces of your gear.) That's exactly why people post their characters and ask for advice on what to buy next - it's always up to your budget, playing style, favorite builds, and existing gear. I myself keep old items and have two, almost three different sets - one for max damage on MP0 in Archon, one for uber fights on high MP with CMWW as group tank, and sometimes mix gear. I rarely pick the same gear+build two days in a row - always trying out new stuff (and I don't have any godly items).
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Help a little wizzy playing better
    Quote from h0lyshadow

    Well, thanks for the tips anyway. At least now I really know how this class has been destroyed.


    How exactly has this class been destroyed? Completely disagree - Blizzard is trying to make many different builds playable and doesn't want every wizard to have the same spec. There's a lot of variety and many new options especially since 1.05. People are slowly discovering new awesome builds, like Jaetch's hybrid ShockArchon.

    If you like a spec that is not an awesome cookie cutter but lacks survivability (you mentioned that you don't want to get APoC, LoH, LS, allres) then Blizzard has something else to offer: Monster Power. Just play on a lower MP level - even playing MP0 is absolutely worth it, the higher MPs are only there for farming keys/organs, people with extreme high-end gear, or showing off.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Stunlock Archon - MP10 - Act 3 Inferno
    Quote from kraal

    Quote from DisposableHeero

    Does it buff the enormous explosion on activation from Arcane Destruction Archon? That would be pretty funny.
    I think it does, I'll test it tonight. I also want to know if it buffs the 1st ray as well, isn't it the same "cast" ? As in one action from the player ?

    As far as I know, it doesn't. At least it didn't pre-1.05, for sure. Maybe it has changed since then... tried it yesterday though and I didn't notice a big increase in damage. I'll do some more testing, too ;-)
    Arcane Dynamo only affected the very first beam of Archon you had cast, nothing else. It would skip the rune completely.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Stunlock Archon - MP10 - Act 3 Inferno
    This is awesome, thank you so much!

    I was constantly swapping between a complete Archon build (solo play) and classic CMWW (group play). This hybrid makes Archon useful in groups, without making me stand around and wait during the cooldown. Plus, I can finally get rid of the APoC gear... well, I'll keep it for uber runs.

    I tried almost every signature spell+rune to see if there's something useful, but just by looking at it I thought "37% weapon damage? this is so useless, won't even try..." foolish me ;-)

    @RaPsKa:
    Yeah, I felt that I need at least ~2.2 APS in order to sustain a good stun lock... but just a gut feeling, haven't done too much testing yet.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Help Me: I Want to Enjoy this Game
    Quote from Pancakezor

    In what way, in your experience, do you get the most enjoyment out of D3. What class? What specific play style? What goals do you like setting for yourself? Where do you think someone like me might have gone wrong who hit a wall in Nightmare and just moved on to something else?

    No one, absolutely no one can honestly answer these questions for you - because everyone has a different taste. Some people enjoy a smashing barbarian, some people like to attack from a distance, some people like having pets around them, some people want nice colors and explosions, ... every single class has so many different options and play styles. There is no way anyone can tell you "take this and it'll be fine". You just have to try it yourself :-)

    There has to be a reason why you picked up Witch Doctor and made it to Nightmare, and there has to be a reason why you stopped playing. Ask yourself what it might have been and you might find a way around it. Keep in mind that the gaming experience is constantly changing until you hit level 60, because of (mainly) two reasons: the monsters keep becoming harder and harder - while in normal you can just run through everything and don't have to care about what you do, what you wear and how you play, it requires more and more consideration as you progress. At the same time, while leveling your Witch Doctor up you will unlock new spells and constantly change your game play experience until you finally hit 60. You might just have hit a wall and the next funny rune is waiting for you in a very few levels.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on AH Pricing Too High or Broken Economy?
    Quote from Jaetch

    I rarely set buyouts anymore. For a godly item, I usually just set a low starting bid and let it go from there.

    You should add that this is only a good idea if the item is at least "decent". If it's worth less than 1-2 million, it usually never works. People don't bookmark/sniper auctions in this range; they're just looking for buyout here. "I'd rather have the item for 1.2m than wait for 6 hours and get it for 700k". I've tried this many many times and some of these items got sold for the vendor sell value because only one person found them and placed a bit; many of the auctions timed out unsold. Once I put them back in with a few 100k buyout, they sold in no time.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on AH Pricing Too High or Broken Economy?
    Quote from Keiser

    [...] since I didn't play very much the first month because of RL work, I fell behind early.

    Didn't play the first four months (actually great when a game you've been waiting for for 5 years gets released immediately before you have to leave for a summer research internship).
    Of course 1 month late vs. 4 months late is a difference, but I caught up on my friends in no time and I have about equal gear etc. now - there's so much money they spend and so much time they wasted in the beginning and it didn't give them any advantage. Besides a few paragon levels more, they have ~200 hours played more on their account but otherwise we're pretty much equal in terms of character progress.

    On topic: it's just normal laws of economics. See wealth concentration, for example. I mentioned this in a previous topic but can't find it... works like this:
    -Casual gamer with (below-)average gear and high-end gamer are playing Diablo 3. Since high-end gamer plays much more, has higher paragon level, higher damage, and maybe more efficient farm route (due to more experience etc.), he/she gets way more drops (let's say about 20 times more legendaries per week than casual gamer). This is not exaggerated; maths was done in another thread.
    -Casual gamer will find badly rolled, worthless legendaries - and so will all the other casual gamers. They get nothing for it on the AH. High-end gamer will every now and then have an awesome lucky roll on one of his/her many legendaries - and sell it for lots of money.
    -Money will be re-invested at some point, and since these gamers have both lots of money and high-end gear already, they're willing to pay several hundred million or even a billion if it's a definite best-in-slot item.

    => Result: the market for these top-items is a closed market between high-end gamers. The only ticket to enter it is time AND money or time AND luck. Even if casual gamers find a best-in-slot item or buy them for ridiculous amounts of money, it will not be enough, because a) it's only one slot, and if the rest of the gear is average it's not the same dps increase for them as it would be for the high-end gamer, b ) they still have 30-50 paragon levels to catch up to the high-end gamers, equal to 100-150 MF and c) unless one catches up completely in terms of dps/ehp with these players, the farm speed is much slower. But well... we have to live with that. It's just like in real life: the poor get poorer, the rich get richer ;-)
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on [Guide] Massive Guide to Upgrading Wizard Gear
    Well, to be honest... there's a small difference between your DPS (it's just insane and most of us will probably never get there) and that of usual players like us ;-) And even if someone reaches that dps - having > 400k EHP at the same time is amazing, many people just go for the dps and wonder why they can't survive on higher MP levels.

    I was wondering - when you run MP8, you can't possibly 1shot mobs. Given the steep HP increase for any enemy on higher MP levels, I'd like to know how you sustain Archon. When I run Archon in a group with 1-2 demon hunters, I have a lot of downtime - even just on MP2/3, and even though they try to let me have the killing blows whenever I'm in Archon. (I'm at ~110k (unbuffed)/150k (buffed) dps currently).
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on [Guide] Massive Guide to Upgrading Wizard Gear
    What about the events at the bridge and the two doors that are sometimes opened - do you go in there for the quick elite kill? And in general, do you try to stack up NV5 asap and then skip elites or are you killing every pack you find?

    Sadly, I can't do the bridge anymore - annoying lag every time I get there, makes it totally unplayable...
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Wizard looking for some help
    Your crit chance and APoC are okay, your DPS and armor more than enough. What you need is some IAS (faster weapon, IAS on gloves, rings, amulets, maybe a cheap Witching Hour if you can afford it), all resistance, and either Life Steal or Life on Hit (most people prefer LoH, but everyone should figure this out for themselves). You also might want to get a bit more health, but it's more or less for more safety... some play CM with 60k+, some manage it with ~35k.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on [Guide] Massive Guide to Upgrading Wizard Gear
    Alkaizer run definitely works for Archon. Keep 2 + Crater 2 are the spots where you sometimes get so many kills that you'll leave it with 2-3 minutes remaining on Archon buff. I personally don't cancel it for the rebuff but try to take at least 40s to the Fields of Slaughter because it sometimes may drop there. Core of Arreat and Tower are sometimes a bit more difficult, but it's still important to do them first because in these first ~4 minutes you get 4-5 NV. When I start the run and encounter serious problems (extremely annoying combo of phase beasts at the entrance to Azmodan), I even do a re-start; it takes ~15 seconds which is better than waiting for more than a minute for Archon to come back.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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