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    posted a message on What to do with my Wiz? How to CM from here? - is that you?

    For CM you need 3 things: arcane power on crit or, in short, APoC (I'd say 2 pieces, preferably weapon+offhand with at least 8 APoC each), crit chance (the more the better, but 40% unbuffed will do), and attack speed (probably most important thing). You didn't mention your available budget, but if you can afford it, a Chantodo's set can give you all of that: a very fast weapon with APoC, an offhand with APoC, crit chance and attack speed, and a nice set bonus in addition to that.

    You could also get a helm with APoC, because quite frankly I think Andariel's is not a good choice for CM. It gives you crit and IAS, but it lacks ANY survivability, and EHP is one of the other things you need for CM. I like the Mempo - you can get one without crit chance for very little money. Of course this means that you need to bump the crit chance on your rings and amulet a little bit.

    What else do you need? A bit of life on hit - another stat you can get on a helm, if you go for Storm Crow. Otherwise I'd look for it on your amulet or your 2nd ring (which has no IAS or crit).

    Last but not least, survivability. Get at least 300-400 allres unbuffed, the more the better. Your armor and amount of life is fine, though. Don't be worried about giving up some DPS - focus on not dying first; once you're able to tank mobs you can play around a bit with skills and gear to increase your DPS.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Lets make a list, what to fix?
    Quote from sarge26

    Perhaps add a way to add socket into weapons, with some hefty price of course, would help to save some potentially good weapons, or make ilvl63 legendary weapons roll a guaranteed socket. They are rare to find after all.
    No, no way. I want more diversity and choice on weapons, and not one affix slot for socket by default.

    Quote from Crateme

    Quote from Bagstone
    Only after finding 100 crap items you can really appreciate that one good weapon you just identified.
    You mean after 100,000 crap items
    Actually, you're about right; I guess I've picked up, identified and sold a few thousand weapons and I yet have to find the one that's worth equipping (or selling on the AH). But the day I get that weapon... I will feel like this:

    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Lets make a list, what to fix?
    Quote from ruksak

    Per Reflect Damage; This is clearly an imbalanced affix. Being able to see it engaged on/off would add strategy to what is now a kamikaze mission under many circumstances. Another issue that would make RD more approachable would be the implementation of a weapon switch like we had in D2. At the push of a button, a player could whip out a shield and low DPS LS/LoH weapon. This idea needs pushed by the community more than it has been.
    I agree to what you're saying, but I'd say it's not a fix, but a feature. Let's see what Blizzard will come up with. I would really like to have the weapon swap (or skill swap) option like in D2, though.

    Quote from ruksak

    I feel the mot glaring imbalance in the game is the sad state of weaponry. Without a socket, weapons are almost never end-game quality capable. This should not be. Whether it's the fault of tunnel-vision toward Crit Damage or something else, some abstract thinking is required to address this very serious itemization issue.
    Haven't thought about this - yes! I guess there are only two ways: bump up all other affixes to make them equally useful (not really a good idea) or nerfing the crit damage gem (which would result in massive QQ of the playerbase). Tough choice. Even though I have a 100% gem, I'd like to see that thing nerfed - it would make my investment pointless but I'd be happy to give this up for a bit more freedom in search for weapons.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on FULL REFUND LEGALLY.(For those interested, not intended as a flame thread)
    Since English is not my native tongue, I won't even attempt to understand all that legal stuff. Frankly, I don't care if it's your right or not to get the money back. All I'm saying is: you played a game for five months, you leveled two characters to 60, according to your own post you played more than 300 hours. Yet, you want your money back?

    That's like buying a Ferrari, breaking two speed records with it, driving it for three years and ~200k miles, and then returning it because of some ridiculous reason (The color does not match the color that was mentioned in the contract, for example). Yes, you might be able to find an issue with the contract to get the refund. But seriously - I would feel ashamed of myself.
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on Staff of Herding
    Quote from Komie

    I have 5 of these Plans; Staff of Herding books in my inventory.

    How do I get rid of these things?

    I've tried everything and can't get rid of these things at all.

    I don't think you have tried everything. I went to this one website you might have heard of and see what I did, using your exact words: to get rid of staff of herding
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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    posted a message on [Guide] Massive Guide to Upgrading Wizard Gear
    Quote from Xoraph

    3 - This spec doesn't feel great for solo uberbosses - any suggestions for an optimal spec/MP level for these?

    Loroese already answered all your gear questions, I have nothing to add but one small thing: there is absolutely no reason to solo uber bosses. If you like a challenge - sure, go for it. But you will always find a group of people to help you, because for them it's a free chance for organs and you might get an invite back if they have machines and are looking for a CMWW tank mage. It's a win-win situation. If you decide to try the bosses solo you face the possibility of failing and wasting machines. Oh, and another thing: if you have a disconnect, the the portal is gone; in a group the portal stays open and you can re-join (the group has to abort the uber kill attempt though because you can't join an ongoing fight).
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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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 Legendaries are new rares.
    Quote from redrym

    On topic. Played yesterday 5mins and a first legendary dropped, but according to you guys the drop rates are fine as they are. I find them depressing

    "I bought one lottery ticket and won a million. I'm so depressed."
    Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
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