I have pretty abysmal gear on my wizard as I just started playing again not too long ago. I was trying out Spectral blade with the healing blades rune though and it seems really strong if you have decent mitigation.
I was running on MP4 with just the lifesteal from healing blades and the 1.5% from the blood rune on magic weapon. I was able to pretty easily tank even elite packs without much trouble, just popping frost nova if my health dropped low. I was using arcane dynamo since I use the signature spell alot along with blizzard with the freezing rune for more frozen enemies to give me free lifesteal.
I was thinking that if this worked on MP4 with terrible gear that surely I could make this work on MP8-10 with triple the damage being dealt (my DPS is like 80k), more mitigation and health, and lifesteal on my weapon as well. Not to mention with the greater damage I could drop one of my buffing abilities for hydra for more sustained DPS.
Just wondering if anyone has this build or has tried it and failed miserably lol.
Check my Wizard's build out if you want efficiency and the capacity to stand your ground. It needs a balance of EHP and DPS to pull off, but it gets the job done and still maintains my love up slicing enemies into ribbons. My DPS was 204k until I switched my pants, which reduced it to 188k, but it was necessary to increase my EHP by 50k. I can do mp7/8 with none or minimal trouble with the gear I have, but some of the items like the wand and the orb can do mp10 when I get there.
The setup is simple:
Buff yourself with Energy Armor and Magic Weapon. The Energy Armor adds more armor AND resistances so that's why I use it. Then if an enemy pack attacks you, slap down Blizzard and start slowing them down, plus they take 20% more damage thanks to Cold Blooded. Then, hack away with Spectral Blade under the cover of Blizzard. I use Blizzard because of the Occulus giving it 9 seconds. Frost Nova and Diamond Skin are for emergencies and can be used quite often thanks to Critical Mass. Blur is to add 20% EHP vs melee attacks, but this can be changed around (not many options considering this isn't a hungry AP build and I dont use any elements outside of Cold).
going melee build like spectralblades , you'd get a hard time going on against mobs with knockbacks
so most of the time you'd rely on frost nova to get a good hit against them. Ice armor's also a good choice of combination.
Knockback is a generic problem for any melee person. I run into them, so I just freeze them before they deal it. Ice Armor is also a nice substitute for Energy Armor once you are struck 3 times by melee.
I got some peeves with that build. Off the bat, 1 second of Slow isn't going to be of much help when you are standing your ground, the best it would do is keep range AI from moving around so much. The 5% life steal or even the 20 yard throw is more useful than this. Second, if I wanted to apply another 10% more damage from all attacks, there is a rune on Slow Time for that and that DOUBLES it, plus you could free up the passive slot for something else. Your other choices seem fine.
Also, Spectral Blades procs better as more enemies attack you, as you can initialize more hits with more enemies. Usually in a 1on1 situation, you don't have to worry as long as you are constantly doing damage, but I dont run into serious FN/DS problems as long as you alternate. What I mean is you don't use DS when he isn't frozen and you should try to freeze when your Diamond Skin shatters. But then again, I got Blizzard to assist me in damage dealing while I cut up my foes into ribbons.