We all know and love our Chantodo's Will as it is BIS for our build for one simple reason: it runs the highest attacks per second with arcane power on crit. The set bonus is lovely too, but there is one condition, it can only roll 1 extra stat. I would break up Chant's into 3 categories: 1100s being high damage, 1000s being average, and 900s or less being low.
So I ask, which Chantodo's are you? There are many options, and despite what you may think, are all very viable. I'll start with the most popular:
Open Socket Chant:
This will increase your DPS the most. Provided you have the gear and the gold to support it this is the way to go. You will be paying a pretty penny for a high damage one though, and plus a gem it can easily be too expensive for the average player.
Crit dmg Chant:
In terms of DPS this is a second choice. It saves money by not needing a gem but is hard to find one over 80% crit dmg. Very good budget DPS option.
Attack Speed Chant:
Here's where things get interesting. Sure we all want to stack on a high DPS weapon but as we all know for SNS we want to find a balance. While providing 100% crit DMG on the weapon may seem like the best option, for some, it means needing to stack attack speed elsewhere. The IAS chant frees up a slot or 2 and can provide just as much or more than a pure DPS chant. When we are talking DPS an equal weapon dmg IAS and OS wand will be about a 20k difference in sheet damage for most people which can be made up in other gear from not having to go so strict into IAS gear. These wands are harder to find and can roll up to 10%.
Think you knew all the useful affixes on chants? Think again! Lifesteal is an amazing choice for chant as it gives you a chance to ignore LoH on gear. I would suggest stacking the EHP and DPS and playing at a 2.74 breakpoint. You will be amazed at how fast you heal and the lost DPS can easily be made up in other gear provided you don't need to stack LoH.
Same deal as the Lifesteal however you should be gearing it slightly differently. Instead of trying to heal yourself through damage you want to get the highest APS to heal through LoH. This can be useful for a 3.01 APS character looking to boost their DPS through inna's/mempo and ignoring LoH on gear.
Energy Twister Chant:
Yes, they exist! Chantodo's Will can roll with crit hit chance 8% on energy twisters. Very very rare to find one like this with high dps but it can give you a very high proc rate and make for some interesting builds. The first thing that comes to mind is perhaps a 70% crit on twister 10 apoc spec? I don't know, I've never had the pleasure of playing with one of these.
So yeah I'm bored and wanted to give some advice for players just looking into the world of CM wizards. There are many options and everything except OS chants are very cheap. Enjoy!
Edit: oh my god i must be so wasted did i seriously spend all the time to write this? i have like every chant and play around with different ones thats why.... anyway gonna leave this incase anyone finds it useful but i seriously doubt it why am i writing so much?????