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    posted a message on Tal-Rasha elemental exposure build - need advice.
    i think using 1h weapon + offhand is fine ...especially since having a offhand on a channel-based build is almost always better (ApoC + Crit chance are quite invaluable).

    I ran a similar build before the firebird rework patch, and from my personal experience, i would recommend trying the arcane dynamo passive.
    I dont know if this is still viable, but back in the day, when tal-rasha was somewhat more popular, somthing like this was cookie-cutter:
    http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#UeYjSO!TRSX!Ycbabc

    You can switch the elements up if you feel like it ofc.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on New to Wizard, looking for direction...
    alright ....if you want to go for TR / multi-ele wizard, i would recommend this build: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#UcNjSO!XYfR!YccaZc--> passives are quite flexible tho ...so i just combined them at random.
    you can ofc modify this in whatever way you like, just try to use every element ...if you didnt already know: the elemental dmg of your weapon procs your elemental exposure passiv but NOT the tal 4p meteor

    another variation of this build would be this one: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#UeYjSO!XSTR!YcbaZc
    Damage vise this one is far superior to the forzen orb one, but since it evolves arround channeling abilities it might be a bit hard on your survivability.
    You basically want to get 5 stacks on Arcane Dynamo and then start using Arcane Torrent (the Dynamo buff lasts for the ENTIRE cast duration of your Torrent). Frost Nova is the best choice for CC here, since it doesnt interrupt your AT channel when cast - meaning you dont loose your Arcane Dynamo buff AND is a good way to keep melee mobs away (which usually are a threat to channel-oriented builds).
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on New to Wizard, looking for direction...
    welcome to the wizard community then^^
    to start off, i have to tell you, that so far the ONLY viable endgame builds for wiards evolve arround the FIrebird 6p set. Playstyle vise TR and Vyrs are more fun and flexible but if you want to aim for t6 or 30+ GRifts FB is really the only option. If you are fine with playing your wizard at ~30 GR level i guess you can even combine 2 sets but after that you essentially need a Unity + SoJ for the ring slots. Good thing about firebirds tho is, that it acutally has 7 pieces so you dont necessarily need a Rorg, if you want to use Magefist or Cindercoat for instance. In terms of power id rank the sets like this:

    Firebird >>>>> Vyr's > Tal Rashas.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Stuck at 38 GRs. Advice appreciated :3
    hey there fellow wizards!

    The title basically says it all.
    I have only tried a handfull of GR39s so far and failed misserably :3 ...tho i have to say the RNG was awefull (long / maze-like floors; crappy mobs like Winged assassins and Corrupted Angels and so on).
    Gearwise i think i should be able to handle late 30 GRifts but if you have any optimizing advice im all ears: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/BikeIsGone-2957/hero/42080208 ...just keep in mind that: if i had a decent furnace / ressi-amulet, i would use them :P

    Personally i think its a playstyle issue. What - in your experience - makes a huge difference in FB effectiveness.
    I for instance:
    - often find myself cornerd by mobs and stay in the same area far too long.
    - feel like my hydra placement is bad...how do you do that smartly anyway?!
    - have trouble on deciding which mobs i should skip - i for instance skipp those Act 4 metor guys....are there more mobtypes which are not worth killing?)

    Thanks for any advice in advance!
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Moonlight ward reroll and stuff
    AS into Crit DMG, since neck is the only slot that can roll >50% CritDmg...if you want to play with channeling skills its not worth to go for ias anyway (unless you are close to a breakpoint)
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on WEAPON for Greater Rifts - Furnance VS Maximus VS 2-Hydra
    furnace all the way. 3300-3800 weapon dmg is all you have to look at. Afaik the FB-dot ticks once every ~0.9 seconds regardless of attackspeed, so comparing weapons based on anything else but plain weapon dmg is not necessary. Also hte 40% elite dmg beats the 20% firedmg by far...especially since it frees up a primary slot.

    Edit: Sperent sparker can be a viable option if combined with FB-offhand AND running blazing hydra. Blazing hydras APS scale with your own attackspeed, so if you decide to make use of that (and maybe having some T&Ts) it is a viable alternative to 2h weapons.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Buff Arcane Orb gameplay
    personally i liked the "frozen orb area" of wizard gameplay, but as you accurately said: it simply isnt viable compared to FB (or even arcane) atm. I dont however think that buffing single spells would suffice to make the wizard class more versatile...after all we are supposed to be a "master of the elemtens"-class. I think that it would be great if there was a set that would ...lets say improve ALL AP-spending builds, as there are several good skills (energy twister, meteor and ray of frost are my favourites atm). This is just an idea i randomly came up with, but a set that for instance would make your Mirror images deal 100% of your dmg would add a lot of skill-build versatility.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on FB channeling build + gear choice
    hello fellow wizards,

    i just recently started playing D3 again (when 2.1 went live) and i have been experimenting with the "new" Arcane Torrent - Flameward and "Desintegrate - Convergence" runes. Personally i like the added Fire element and would like to build arround one of those skills.

    AT is fun, deals TONs of dmg and makes you surprisingly tanky. Unfortunately the aoe isnt that great, which can be a nuissance if there is large group of mobs running towards you. So far i tried out a few of the Blizzard runes for crowd controll. Most of them work like a charm (especially frozen solid). Unfortunately using Blizzard AND AT drains your mana quite fast, which i am not a big fan of, as in some (cluch) scenarios (if there is an open area with lots of mobs for instance) you can literally do NOTHING.

    Desintegrates main advantage over AT is its relatively wide AOE which lets you melt even larg packs of mobs rather fast. The main problem with this skill however is, that once the mobs are in melee range, you HAVE TO move, since you dont have some sort of survivability gain (like with the "flame ward" rune).

    Anyhow... my main questions to those who have experimented a bit with those skills so far are:

    - What kind of "controll" spells are you using?

    - How do you manage your ressources? (i dont have any major ressource issues, but if there is a way to minimize AP costs id still like to know^^)

    - What legendary gems do think suit this build best? (Teaguk seems quite interesting)

    - Are there some "must have" gear-pieces for these kind of builds?

    Thanks alot in advance

    BikeIsGone

    Edit: i manage to do T6 standard Rifts with ease and my personal record on GR so far is 32.
    Profile: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/BikeIsGone-2957/hero/42080208
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Stuck at T4, need help for T6.
    i dont want this to be some kind of "necro-post" but i think the dps-value for his weapon on diabloprogress is not shown correctly. a weapon with that kind of min-max dmg +10% dmg should be at least at 2300 dps. maybe the +%dmg affix still bugged or something. And lets be honest a MM/fire archon wizard doesnt really need a specific weapon....any high dps weapon does the trick
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Stuck at T4, need help for T6.
    weapon is fine imo, if you play MM / fire archon. playing higher torments is mostly about Toughness tbh so i guess you should try to get a new belt. try to get one with Int, Vit, Armor and All Resist / % Life. You should also try to go for those stats on shoulders and Boots. Altho CDR is definetly a viable option for shoulders. since you can get movespeed cap from paragon points alone, having it on Boots is kind of a waste. If you can get your hands on some "strongarm bracers" i would definetly recommend to use them, since black hole counts as a knockback --> if you get about 50% CDR you can basically keep the strongarm bracers debuff up for an eternity. Everything else appears to be a min/maxing matter
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on [EU-SC] Vyr Fire Wizard looking for T5 / T6 grp!
    titel basically says it all!



    here is my profile link:

    http://www.diabloprogress.com/hero/bikeisgone-2957/Korah/42080208

    http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/BikeIsGone-2957/hero/42080208



    if you are interested, just reply in this post, or add me ingame!
    Posted in: Looking for Group [EU]
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    posted a message on Strongarms with 26% or Harrington with 135%
    you could also just leave it in your inventory in case your archon should be down and you find a chest. Equip > open chest > switch back to tals belt
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Best Build to take advantage of Vyr's set?
    i have been running fire archon for quite some time now 2 and can pretty much clear T5 rifts solo with little to no troubles (unless im greedy or i pull several rare packs with troublesome affixes).

    http://www.diabloprogress.com/hero/bikeisgone-2957/Korah/42080208 (take note, that im still trying to craft a good aughilds helm and a decent borns mainhand atm). So far im sitting at 55% CDR, which gives me a 25 downtime on archon.

    my thoughts so far:

    I have been experimenting with both borns and captain crimsons set so far and im very satisfied with the CC set (although i dont need ressource cost reduction). If you play a fire build, having a full Tals set isnt that good anyway imo... sure you get 100 AR but 5% firedamage / 2 AP reg are not noticeable at all and the 4p procs arent going to come into play anyway, which makes its performance quite underwhelming. IF playing an arcane build with Disintegrate / AT however, i think that the 3p bonus (helm + amu / offhand) could help quite a lot since you could still run the CC set (resource cost reduction would also be helpfull then). Anyway....point being, i dont think Tals is worth it, if you play Mirrorball + fire archon...rather opt for captain crimsons + aughilds + vyrs and (if you havent found an irreplaceable Mainhand like wand of woh) a borns set.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Best Build to take advantage of Vyr's set?
    this is a link to a CDR calcuator: http://www.bannedofgamers.com/index.php?cdr/

    50% CDR seems to be a nice goal to achieve when using Vyrs, as you would have a 30 sec downtime on archon. Going for max CDR on ALL possible gear pieces seems to be too much of a loss in terms of survivability / damage.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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    posted a message on Gearing advice
    Hello fellow wizards

    Since there is a possibility to go for a "fire archon build" i would like to have some advice on what vyrs item i should go for ....in terms of gambling. I already do have a mediocre chest piece and some rather good pants (Gauntlets and Boots are still to be found)

    Here is the link to my profile: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/BikeIsGone-2957/hero/42080208

    my thought so far:

    if i go the boots i will loose the ashearas set bonus, which wouldnt be my main concern since i would loose them anyway if i use the pants. The thing is that i tought it might be nice to go for captains crimsons boots + girdle in order to get at least "some" toughness and nice CDR. (i would also keep the thals bonus since i have a good head piece on the bank.

    If i go for the gauntlets however, i would loose my amazing magefist, which would be a major DPS drop.
    Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
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