I need some help with my Wizard!
Posted 02 November 2012 - 10:33 PM
I'm currently playing in Inferno Mode mp1 and I have difficulty in keeping him alive!
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Posted 03 November 2012 - 12:44 AM
Your dps might be a little low to sustain Archon, and for progression Archon might not be the best option, but if you want to try that you should drop Hydra and Arcane orb for Magic Weapon and Sparkflint. I recommend the Blood Magic rune on MW for some life steal. I'd swap to the teleport glyph on Archon, and swap DS to teleport fracture for survivability outside Archon form.
A kite oriented spec might work out slightly better for progression, and in that cast I'd drop Archon for Teleport, switch the hydra to Arcane, and drop galv ward for temporal flux.
In general, if you're dying a lot, then you need to do a combination of changing strategy to avoid dying or utilizing more defensive skills that will help prevent deaths. Also, you seem to be a bit light on life regen, as I only see one piece with life regen, a little LoH from your helm, and the regen from Galv Ward. For kiting specs, life regen is very useful. For Archon builds, Life Steal is used more, since you can facetank elites in Archon form with sufficient dps, life steal, and defensive stats.
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Posted 03 November 2012 - 02:21 AM
Posted 03 November 2012 - 07:37 AM
I think its better to be glass cannon first....you will farm faster and get more items....after that (when you have some hundreds of millions) you can buy more defensive stats (like allres).
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Edited by Cyber561, 03 November 2012 - 07:38 AM.
Posted 16 November 2012 - 11:55 AM
Posted 16 November 2012 - 12:28 PM
Well, I am only a casual gamer, but as far as I can tell my gear is worse than yours. I am able to farm MP3, with deaths only to horrid affixes like mortar and fast/firechains. Been playing on MP2 lately with little trouble. Things take a while to kill, but they do die, before me. So I can agree that it is probably your build which is hurting you, and that your gear is good enough for MP1 (or even 3).
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Posted 16 November 2012 - 01:57 PM
Posted 20 November 2012 - 11:51 PM
I'd like some help with what pieces I should upgrade and what I should be looking for.
My budget is pretty low I currently have just around 5m. I have a pair of Lacuni's in the bank, but they are overall worse than the current bracers and it seems I need the crit on them, but I would like the additional 12% MS from another slot.
I don't have a goal as such I just want to get stronger, I can currently farm MP3 with very few deaths (reflect dmg -.-) and without falling out of archon to often. I'm mostly just looking for some goals to aim for that are within reach, don't think I will ever have the time to be able to spend 100m+
Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:36 AM
Edited by Sophiemj, 21 November 2012 - 11:38 AM.
Posted 21 November 2012 - 11:48 AM
You can only get the 12% movement speed from Tyrael's Might, Inna's Temperance or Lacuni Prowlers. Inna's Temperance has some crit chance and attack speed so they're a good choice but on EU auction house they're usually for 15mil + unless you're lucky. Lacuni Prowlers are the best choice even if you lose out on some crit it will make your runs go quicker overall and you can then afford some with crit which cost at least 43mil on EU as an example.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:16 PM
If you do want to keep using your hydra kite build, it is very good for survivability and progression. Here are a few tips:
1) Don't use Living Lightning. It requires you to be too close to the mobs. you will really struggle with fast or teleport mobs. Use either Magic Missile - Penetrating Blast or Shock Pulse - Piercing orbs. Both of those have much longer ranges, and you will be able to kite much easier. You will nearly never be hit if you kire correctly.
2) Replace Blizzard rune with Snowbound. You will be able to spem blizzard, and this is key for the hardest packs (teleport or fast) so you can keep 100% uptime on your blizzard slow. Hydra kite is all about keeping mobs in blizzard as your hydra blasts mobs and you throw Orbs at them.
2a) Use Astral Presence instead of CM. CM doesnt help you much with this spec honestly. The hardest packs you will be moving constantly anyway and not getting many hits in. So the times you really need it it's not being used. Astral presence will allow you to keep blizzards casting as you kite away.
3) Learn to use Teleport - Fracture as your defensive. It can beat any affix combo when running a kite build. The combined CC break with the images to distract is very powerful, just takes some time to get used to.
3a) Optional - Use Illusionist instead of Galv Ward. This depends on your playstyle and how often you get hit. This is key if you find urself teleporting then getting jailored while teleport is on CD. When that happens, just spam teleport, when a mob hits u once, ur tele will reset and you can teleport away. Very useful against a wide variety of packs (specifically the ones that cause problems to hydra kites, fast teleport, vortex, waller, jailor.
4) Use force weapon instead of Blood Magic, a hydra kite doesnt do enough damage for blood magic to help. Especially since the times you need it, you will be more focused on kiting away then doing damage.
5) Use Cold-Blooded instead of Galv Ward - if you kite properly, mobs will be in Blizzard 90% of the time or more. 20% more damage makes a huge difference. (Other options are illusionist or evocation, don't use blur or temporal flux. You won't get hit often, and blizzard slow over-writes temp. flux anyway.) You can also replace glass cannon with any of these as well, depending on how much damage your doing. Remember GC reduces your defenses quite a bit.
6) Get more resist. The rest of your gear looks fine. But your resists are way too low. Try for at least 350-400 before Prismatic Armor. You will see a huge difference.
If this isnt working, try using Diamond Skin instead of Magic Weapon until you get used to using teleport.
Also, try this in a lower MP at first to get the hang of it. Alls you do is lay Blizzard in the path of mobs as they run at you, drop hydra, and when time allows, turn and throw an orb or 2 then run. Blizz and Hydra can pretty much kill everything, so Orbs is not priority. The better you get at it obviously though, the more orbs you can throw and the faster stuff dies.
Edited by Litheum, 22 November 2012 - 05:19 PM.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 05:49 PM
Posted 26 November 2012 - 07:37 AM
Edited by Sophiemj, 26 November 2012 - 07:39 AM.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 08:17 AM
Two of your passives are about damage, but if you're a tank your number one priority is to stay alive and have a good stunlock ;-) Also, teleport is a great defensive spell to escape things that you're afraid of, like poison tree. It also allows you to quickly run through levels (3-4 quick teleports in one second with the wormhole rune, then cast some WWs on mobs to reduce cooldown, teleport again...)
I don't think your gear has updated yet, but do you have two pieces of APoC? Your life, allres, LoH is fine; dps is not number one priority. Right now it seems your armor is very low, and as you said you probably want some more attack speed if you feel uncomfortable. What you could ditch is the life regen - but it's a personal flavor, if you have that much you might feel that it's really good. I personally like to trade this stat against some more effective EHP like armor, life, allres.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 09:41 AM
Edited by Sophiemj, 26 November 2012 - 09:59 AM.
Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:10 AM
APoC stands for "arcane power on crit", EHP for "effective health pool", i.e., it takes not only life but other stats such as armor and resistances into account. Here's some basic information: https://us.battle.ne...opic/6933915251 - to see your EHP you want to use a spreadsheet (see Loroese's sig) or another tool like d3up.com.
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Posted 26 November 2012 - 10:13 AM
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