12/24/2012 - Added videos for sampling MP1 and then MP3 , Act 3.
As of this writing (patch 1.06) I can't gurantee that that this guide is in no way good replacement for effective paragon leveling (i.e. Archon builds) or effective againsts ubers (i.e. CM/WW builds). This build is intended for bored wizards who wantto try out other builds and may work for their playstyle. What doesn't work for somemay work for others. If you need a comprehensive lists of Wizard builds thenI highly sugggest check out the stickied Wizard Build compendium.
I've been toying around an idea of a wizard build that utilizes unpopular skillswhich may have underlying potential , given a good synergy with other skills.
I remember Energy Twister not being used at all by most of the wizards since the release, till a group of Wizards tried and experimented successfully on what are known as the CM/WW builds we knew today. We know that in Inferno, channeling spells sre a no go unless you are good at kiting or have a good tank; a few good passive skills and a list of skills and runes that are either too useless or ineffective.
So I tried to revisit Magic Missile. Man, given a good ASPD and DPS i'm firing missiles like a machine gun. I could only imagine how MM performs on a Wiz with 2.7+ ASPD.Most build with Sig spells either use Living Lightning , Forked Lightning , Deep Cuts and Piercing orbs. And Kiting builds usually have Seeker rune for MM.
The other skill is Wave of Force. WoF knockbacks enemies at a certain distance as well as projectiles. Usefull while doing solo, not good if you're melee wiz or doing group games.Then for a while I got bored with CM/WW build... so I tried this
My template is as follows
LMB : Magic Missile > Split
RMB : <reserved>
Skill 1: Diamond Skin > Crystal Shell
Skill 2: Wave of Force > Impactful Wave
Skill 3: <reserved>
Skill 4: <reserved>
Companion: Templar (GLORIOUS!)
Video (Act 3, MP- 3, Solo)
(Act 3, MP- 1, Solo)
Used Hydra as main DPS source and used Mirror Mimics instead of Mocking Demise in order to have 2 more decoys cast Wave of Force. As I lacked the EHP i used Ancient Guardian for extra protection, Prismatic Armor and Unstable Anomaly instead of CM.
Pop Meteor at a distance, while recovering AP spam MM and distract with Mirror Images. The moment enemies reach me , unleash WoF and pop Meteor while stunned. If Illusionists triggers pop another Mirror Image, causing damage while the old Images are destroyed. Diamond Skin help escape Descrator/Molten/Plagued/Reflect/Mortar and Mirror Image for Jailor.
If you have a good CC, Armor and AR then you can use Shocking Aspect, or Power of Storm to spam more Meteors/WoF.
This is usefull if you want to focus on kiting. Pop Slow Time and move back so approaching enemies are slowedinside the bubble, then pop WoF and Meteor while waiting for Slow Time.
This build is the first I tried as I toyed with an idea of a Wiz firing as many missiles as possible. Instead of Mocking Demise, this uses Arcane Hydra for more AoE damage. Evenmore fun if WoF is replaced instead of Mocking Demise, but then you have one less CC spell.
Teleport - Calamity is a good skill if you want another WoF in your arsenal.
As of this writing my setup works on the following at MP2 Act 3:
DPS: 51k (unbuffed)
APoC : 18
ASPD: 2.34 (42% IAS)
-3 AP for Meteor
This gear isn't too godly, maybe even crappy on other's standard but this setup workson low MP levels. I've yet to try it on MP4 solo or on Ubers.
Notes in Future (if time and community and no Blizzard nerfs allows it)
- How this build will have synergy on other gear affixes. I picked up Strongarm and a Chant Will both having 4% + Knockback and if my budget allows get a rareOff-Hand (or a Chant Force), Kymbo's Gold and sacrifice a skill forForce Weapon..
Will also give it a try on Stun affix
- Experiment MM- Split vs SP - Piercing Orb, Forked Lightning, etc. as some Wiz maynot be comfortable using MM.
- Experiment CM/WW oriented build. Instead of Meteor , Wicked Wind is used to generate more procs. Haven't tried this yet and I was thinking this may be closer to CM/Mocking Demise hybrid.
- Team play. I'm the only one left among my friends who play this game so I have to get a feedback if this build goes well on a group. Too many are not in favor of WoF.