Just a quick heads up - I've been tweaking my archon build here and there and I stumbled over Storm Armor - Scramble. It's been already used by the high end wizards in 1.0.4 (1.0.3) but wow, did it get a huge buff! I was under the impression SA is ok, but more like a melee range zapping, more for procs than damage. Quite a shock to see it behaving basically like D2 sorc Thunderstorm, 2 shotting white mobs @ the very edge of the screen... If you haven't tried it before in 1.0,5 - please do, you will not be disappointed ;)
Compared to the classic Archon spec - highly increased run speed that leads to easier 100% archon uptime, considerable dps boost (the lightnings hurt a lot!), CM procs noticeably more frequently.
Tested with 180k dps gear, 2.7 LS, 300 LoH. Immortal @ mp4, under 20 mins alkaizer paths, boosted me from 50 to 54 in 1 day...
I had played around with SA/Scr and a couple of the other runes. That was a bit of DPS ago for me. Maybe I'll give it a try at MP4. Right now I'm steamrolling M3 runs at a 16-20 minute rate using Pinpoint Barrier.
The biggest issue I have with Scramble is that often times I'm not getting hit a lot. The times I most want runspeed is when there are no mobs. The one thing it might do though it help replace Teleport with Improved Archon, which could burn down MP4 elites faster. I'd use both TP and Scramble as a quick post-fight speed boost to get moving. (the number of times TP actually saves me from anything is fairly small).
Already posted on Storm Armor couple weeks ago, glad people are catching on. I feel Storm Armor is THE archon armor to use in 1.05. Mainly due to its power to pick off stragglers. You no longer have to turn around to finish off stragglers or mobs with low health. That's alot of valuable 1 seconds saved over the course of the run. I like thunderstorm over scramble because as others mentioned, you dont get hit alot, and when you do get hit, you're stopping to fight things off, so when you're done fighting, you're probably left with 1 second left on the scramble buff. You end up WANTING to get hit while trying to get that speed buff going.
shelendil had the best idea on another thread:
The optimum MP to run is the MP where your storm armor can one shot stuff.
You'll need to adjust your play style a bit, i.e. dont stop to fight off that last mob, or to burn off that last silver of health left on a mob. It's a bit counter-intuitive , but you 'll soon realize the net time savings is huge on storm armor, because now you're truly flying through everything.