PH: thanks for the input
I would probably only use a 3.0 APS set for permafreezing ubers, as 2.73 seems to work great in general.In my stash atm are some strongarm bracers that I used for keyrunning last night. 161INT/60AR/9%HP/4.5CC with 432 total armor (and dreadful 1.7% knockback). How breaking is the knockback, because the rest of the bracer seems extremely decent.
yeah, I think I'm moving to a similar idea. Use 3.0 for keyrunning, but drop any illusion of having a high (sheet) DPS. Stack Armor/All res where you can. Phys resists as well.... And just be a tank for ubers. If my mitigation is high enough at 3.0 , I might even be able to run SA instead of EA....In which case, my eDPS will skyrocket. Something to think about.
I had figured the tal plate and vw were the main pieces that needed an upgrade (they were the two pieces that i couldn't find a suitable replacement on the TP for last night, and part of my original archon set). I'm a bit constrained on the tal plate because the attack speed must be 9%, or else I'll get 2.722 APS without lacuni.
Good call on VW though. I completely forgot about getting vit there. Just grabbed a new set for about 5M with about 150str/200int/75vit/635armor. The alternative on the 180str/250int side is a 14M buyout-only 225str/260int/645armor VW for 14M, and that would work out to -14k EHP (to be fair, though, I suppose the negation of damage via diamond skin instead of purely resists/armor for wizards would tip the scales somewhat towards mitigation vs stacking vit), albeit with a bit more damage.
Yeah, that's a pretty solid VW for cheap! The problem with mine is the armor is 663....so I need to either add a ton of STR or find 150+ STR plus 660 armor for it to be an upgrade. There's not that many out there like that. But nice find with the VW. I really like VIT there because you can add 70 VIT for cheap.
And yeah, You have to be cautious with EHP calculations for CM/WW. VIT/life is really over represented in the EHP calculations. When you get hit, the damage is reduced by Dodge, then Armor, then All Resists, then Diamond Skin. If there's anything left over....and its usually a pretty small number....it hits your life pool. If you stack VIT instead of mitigation...then you get hosed. You get hit by a larger damage amount....and yea, it subtracts from a larger life pool, but its hard for LoH to keep up. And take 2 or 3 big hits, and you're dead. Its just found to never be worth it. In other words, sometimes an EHP loss (adding all res or armor (especially all es) while losing VIT) can sometimes actually be a winner. Just stick to ~35k life.
I actually drop to 29k life when I'm in my 3.0 gear, which, admittedly, is a little low. But at the 3.0 breakpoint you're recovering LoH alot quicker also. In my 2.73 gear I'm at 33k or 34k life, which is better.
As far as Nat's ring goes, with my current stats 1 vit (294 EHP) and 1 resist (317 EHP) have nearly the same EHP added. So the 81 vit is comparable to ~75 resists (or 88 if we add in the 130 int). I was struggling to find appropriately-priced AR nat rings, so I had to settle for int/vit/armor rolls (this one cost about 20M).
Once again, I'd be careful with the VIT and EHP calculations. I'd add 75 resists in place of 81 vit any day of the week and twice on sundays if that tradeoff would keep my life at about 35k.
The gloves just showed up on my list as I filtered 9IAS/8CC/armor gloves. Vit+int roll (with phys resist as a decent bonus) seemed like much better bang for buck compared to what I could get filtering with AR (gloves cost 7.25M).
My profile should now show the strongarm bracers and upgraded VW. I'm debating a set of rare bracers (~150int/100vit/60AR/400armor/4CC) to replace the strongarm if the knockback is going to be a big problem. It should run 10-30M depending on the CC level.
My main priorities atm are probably finding a tal plate with armor+resists (or at least armor with high vit/int), and a witching hour with pickup radius (lol). These, and the ias chanto wand, seem to be the only upgrades within reach of my 40-120M budget for now.
EDIT: After looking further into using vit to increase my EHP rather than resist for the Tal plate (they give very similar returns for me right now), I'm going to look at tal plates with 650 armor and 150+ vit. Would be equivalent to about 250 armor + 50 AR, but for less than half the price. I am starting to think that +armor is priced about right, but vit is underpriced as a secondary stat and AR is overpriced.
EDIT2: Upgraded Tal's to 164vit/698armor. Cost about 13.5M. I will use the "savings" to upgrade the topazes to flawless stars. The recent upgrades were probably not the "smoothest" way to enhance EHP, but I am at 357k now with Shocking Aspect, 430k with Force Armor, and 503k with Prismatic. Unfortunately I am now pretty much broke until someone buys my stuff on the TP.
Yeah, that's a pretty good bargin for the armor and high vit. I'd still suggest "spending" some of the vit.....just keep your life to about 35k. Drop some off of other pieces in order to add more armor or all resists (or add CD for that matter. Or a few more points of CC where you can). I'd still be looking to get to 5k armor and 700+ resists. You're on the right trace, and not that far off.