11/02/2013 08:09 PMi think mara is pretty decent though because of the ar and vit. just lackin in the dps department. also, it kinda signifies a true blue meteor wiz! well.. to me at least
Posted by Emperor
I've long given up trying to figure what makes a true CM Meteor, since we're all so varied. I recommend 3 sources of APoC and 50+%cc, but after that it's really varied what makes a true meteor wizard. And even that misses functional 20APoC builds that use secondary AP generators (LL and WW) and 2-h setups that function on a single source of APoC.
And even for wizards that stack the Meteor Reduction, the painful reality is that single-target is still a pain. I've done it, you've done, Harrowing I thnk has done it. It's not for the faint-hearted, and I'm kinda of the opinion that's it not really worth the effort. Single-target is indeed doable with Meteor Reduction, but ultimately a tenuous proposition because we still have to rely on certain skills (like Prism). I have gear that makes it possible to do 17 Reduction (and use to have up to 19), but it's really overkill. As soon as you settle on say two-target spam, it's doable even without Meteor Reduction if you rely on Prism.
The issue is that if you're spending so much just to make Meteor functional on 1-2 targets, you often end with a less powerful build than you would have otherwise had if you had chased gear without Meteor Reduction. For example, Dolynick's male wiz is a great example of a 20APoC and no Meteor Reduction gearset, stacked to the teeth with DPS. There are certain merits to what he's done, and he can even choose less optimal skills and still come out ahead on DPS than say Harrowing, you, or I can.
So I'm pretty tolerant what I consider to be a "true" Meteor wizard. Rather I think one of the fun things of being a Meteor wizard is that there is no "true" right path that a wizard must take to be successful. And a big part of that is that Meteor's high resource cost makes it such that there's almost invariably tradeoffs in gearing. The same argument for Meteor Reduction, APoC, and Life Steal is a part of the same gearing problem we all face as Meteor wizards. Most of the time, we end up with different solutions, which tends to fits our personalities, gear, and skill sets. It's not easy to gear for a good Meteor wizard like it is for SNS. :p