The build is this: http://us.battle.net...jOQS!YUX!abaYZZ
This build may look weak because its sole defensive ability is teleport. However, it does work but its very gear dependent. I dropped all my IAS and stacked up on int, crit chance and crit damage and traded in my 1h+source for a 2h staff (with int and a socket). Now I have about 2140 int, 34% crit, and 205% crit damage.
This means that my obliteration runed arcane orb hits for just about 100k on a normal hit and around 300k on a crit. This is what allows the build to function with the minimal kiting ability that you get from just arcane orb+temporal flux, slow casting speed, and no +movement other than the boots. The reason it works is that a 300k crit will basically 1 shot almost any white mob in the game. A 100k regular hit will 1 shot many of them and 2 shot most. Combined with venom hydra, you basically don't kite white mob packs you just explode them. Trust me when I say this is a lot of fun.
What about champs? Obviously you aren't going to 1 shot those, so how do you deal with them? What I discovered when I tried this build is that being able to unload 300-900k in 3 arcane orbs on a champ mob is a much bigger deal than you might think. It allows you to quickly burst down a single champ, often right at the start of the encounter, which makes the entire fight much easier. Of course you have to kite after that, but you do have teleport and you do have a slow in arcane orb + temporal flux. In addition, I've been going back and forth on venom hydra + arcane hydra and both are very close in power for this build. Venom hydra does more damage obviously, but arcane hydra provides a consistent slow and you get so much damage from arcane orb that the dps loss is acceptable.
This build is 100% viable for endgame... I currently do most of my farming in whimyshire because I just find it the most enjoyable (both due to lack of ranged mobs and the pleasant color scheme, lol), but I've also used it successfully to farm siegebreaker/azmo. It works in act 4 also of course, but why would you go there to farm?
Anyways, point of the thread is not to brag but just to let people know that there is a viable and (to me) fun alternative to the fast attack speed venom hydra/blizzard kiting. Its a lot of fun to just stand there and explode things before they can even reach you rather than running away, and those huge yellow numbers make me smile.
Edited by Morphos, 13 June 2012 - 09:31 PM.