So adding an Andy helm to bump my ApS from 1.95 to 2.09 and add 3 ticks is worth losing 9 APoC, ~400 LoH, 7-8% lightning damage, +4% dps vs elites, 20-40% chance to hurl a fireball that deals 80-100k dps (for me)?
You would exchange medium loh and some dps vs more stable stun. It is always your choice. Plus I wouldn't be so sure about that dps even, as atack speed, crit and bigger int probably catch up for it. I wouldn't be so sure about the loh as well, because boosting attack speed gives you better loh from other items.
In general, attack speed is extremely important factor in this build, and very often overlooked.
Yeah but then I need to give up my dps amulet or rings (hellfire and litany, not going to happen) to find more LoH. That or I have to start ditching my main gear set items and take massive dps/ehp cuts just to find more regen. I personally will never swap out my storm crow. I think at 100k+ dps (effectively 200-250k with my runes + explosions don't really do the "written" dps) I am at a stage where maximizing my dps isn't priority as much as it is a sort of "perk".
For a new player to the build, which is what this guide is about, I would personally suggest a storm crow over a mempo/andy for 2 reasons:
1- Socketed storm crow is generally cheaper than a socketed Andy helm (mempo isn't even close to the same price)
2- APoC is going to help people more than IaS up until they become absolutely GFG. Even then, like I said, I'd prefer the 9-10 apoc and loh and extra dps from the fireball + % elemental damage vs. 2-3 more tornado tics.
But like we've both been saying, to each their own. I can only offer my opinion on the topic having played my HC CM/WW wiz for a fair bit now (26 p lvl without exp gems), but I'm sure there are ways outside my suggestions to make the build work. I just think it's alot easier for someone to start up a CM wiz by stacking as much APoC as possible, and from there they can decide to give up spaces for extra dps. I just don't think I'm personally in the market for bumping my dps from 100k to 109k at the cost of 33% of my APoC and all the added bonuses.
I'm a newly 60 HC wiz. I'd love to make the transition to CMWW eventually, but it's a long way off.
For the foreseeable future, I'm guessing Blizzard/Hydra is going to be the way to go. Do you have any experience using that build, and any farming tips to eventually allow me to gear for CMWW?
I used blizzard Hyrda for a short while on my first wizard, but found that I preferred Meteor hyrdra. It was more fun and made it possible to really lay down some crowd-control-based DPS (which has always been our job as wizards).
Here is a neat build, you could try it out. Just make sure you run it on MP0 for a while before you really get serious with ithttp://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#bOPiXQ!Vfc!bcbZaZ