I don't think you guys have tried the melee build yet.
You can pretty much chain cast diamond skin, frost nova and explosive blasts with >30% crit.
Actually i did... and i didnt like it..
Firstoff, the damage is way to low (without familiar + magic weapon)...you dont kill effectivly enouth.
Second...most Mobs like to move around, which makes dealing damage very painful.
and Third...you are slamming buttons like crazy with this build...
basicly, you can bind 1-4 + LM + RM on one Key, and spam it... its annoying.
I rather stay with my Archon / Orb / Hydra build... its boring, but its very powerful.
Damage is lower, however your uptime on elites is near 100%, and your AP budget is far higher, meaning more casts.
From your post, it's clear that you just tried to go the build without gearing for it. Almost nothing moves on my screen after I start my rotation (elite packs move a bit here and there, but are for the most part locked down).
it's not terrible actually. as stated above wicked wind + critical mass combo is stupid strong. Add LoH and its a melee wizards bestfriend. This spell is extremely viable if geared and your spec is there to match it.
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I'm not sure if the proc rate was bumped up from 0.1 to 1, or if the tick rate just went through the roof when they changed how dot effects work, but Twister is doing broken things with procs at the moment; it's not quite at Natalya's set or Insanity levels of broken, but it's up there.