I did find out something interesting! Apparently with the cold blood rune Ray of frost is "almost" free to caste.
So I am going to try it out....and problebly replace electrucute depending on how it does in combat. Vs Single and Large groups of enemies.
If It performs well and does not interfear with meteor and the other skills. I think this will be 100% ice then.
- 12/25/2012 11:33:47 AM Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
12/25/2012 5:26:57 AM
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I hope I linked that right.
Anyway my name is Vasarto and I am an ice wizard and hope to become the greatest frozen spell master of them all someday!
Here I am to share my thoughts of what I discovered so far and how different my tactics are and get questions and comments from you so that I may become an even better spell caster and survive in inferno fighting off the forces of hell even longer. Although I am still new to the game I have discovered much so lets begin!
Primary - Lets start with that left mouse button primary power. I noticed a major failing of many other wizards is that many do not even use primary skills. I see this as a fault as having a powerful spell to be cast for free is essential because...lets face it. No matter HOW powerful you are or how fast you regenerate your arcane power. YOU RUN OUT...100% of the time..All the time..every time...You ran out like 3 seconds ago while reading this I swear and promise you did. So do not lie about it. lol.
ok so now that is out of the way. its just logical that you need a good one. For the longest time I was using spectral blades. I found healing blades to be somewhat useful but then I found electrocute.
Electrocute with the rune arch lightning. Because let's face it. With the other skills in this list. If you are resorting to your primary or just wanna get up close then arch lightning electrocute is your best chance. It has high damage. Its fast if you are a one hand weapon wizard build and you never move from your spot ever.
Its a fan based attack so it has a wide area of reach around you and has good enemy catch overall. I found that it is also fun to use as well and looks really neat. If there was a ice primary that would had replaced this. But also the lightning damage gives an extra element just in case you run into any frozen monsters whom are resistent to ice type damage.
Secondary Skill - I replaced the secondary skill with Blizzard. I find that snowbound is quite useful because I spam blizzard a lot and especially over large groups of enemies and wanted a way to preserve my arcane for other spells further down.
Defensive - I find that like many others diamond skin is a god send. But my opinion of what rune to use differs. Many claim that the rune that expands your damage taken is best. I claim that a longer lasting skin is better because I often get caught in huge groups of little guys and having more time to run the heck away and hit that healing button or get away in general is much better than just being able to take one really large hit from a single guy. Pluse teleport is annoying and I just really freaking hate it like something bad. I think its the worst skill in the game for wizards next to magic missile which is boring. Does not hit wide area of enemies like I want it too and its not ice or lightning.
force - For the force spell slot I have meteor with comet rune. This makes meteor ice typed and quite powerful. It is a must have for any ice wizard and you would be a fool to go without it because for ice damage it hits for the most easily.
Conjeration - For the conjeration slot I put in ice armor. Not just because its ice but because I believe Energy armor is just inferior. Ice armor blocks for as much damage AND it freezes your enemies giving you time to run away and in multiplayer when you see diablo stop moving for two whole seconds. It means the difference between winning and TPK.
For passive skills I have been using Cold blooded, galvanizing ward and unstable anatomy. I find them somewhat useful but somehow I think I could do better.
for items I am slowly moving my way to full tal rasha set but without the off hand item. Plus a hell fire ring and Skorn as my weapon. I have picked up lots of items that are Really high in five main things
Vit or life %
Resistence to all elements usually between 30-50 is what I got right now per item almost.
and items that give to a little extra armor but that is the least of them.
Battle tactics is usually to cast blizzard and a hydra and run away. Usually this works very well if I am in groups. I have ice armor on and run up and zap things moderatly with arch lightning to help clear out large groups of foes. and diamond skin in case something goes wrong or when I want to charge purposely into large groups. When I see clusters of enemies or speicials I use meteor often.
Boss fights usually means I get up in diablos or who evers face with ice armor. Zap em, Diamond skin myself half way of loosing my health. While all this is going on my hydra is shooting at them and blizzard is usually just worn off and I run off and heal. Most of the time boss or the enemies get frozen allowing my team mates free hits, me time to go heal and re cast my frost hydra and blzzard on him again a few times and than run back up and zap and freeze them some more.
So there we go. I will leave this open for comments and suggestions on how to improve
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