Diablo® III

Archon wiz LS or no vs RD?

how do most archon wizards handle Reflects damage?
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I handle it with blood magic. I have no LS on my weapon.
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bump :(
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02/01/2013 09:22 AMPosted by Pro
how do most archon wizards handle Reflects damage?


With your dps, bloodmagic would be fine but your armor and resist are really low. If you had 4k armor and 550+ AR, you would be ok. You definitely need life steal or more damage mitigation. For me, 300k buffed dps is the limit to use bloodmagic. At 340k, I need kill RD monsters one or two at a time. With my leorics and crappy hellfire ring my dps drops to 285k buffed and I can kill the entire RD pack at once. Hope this helps!

Not a bad hellfire ring, BTW!.
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I always use LS, usually with blood magic. I'd rather farm at a low MP with just one freak death in several runs than farm a high MP with multiple deaths per run. 4.5LS is enough to handle even the nastiest packs like RD-fast Tremors without dying.

But you should know. You gots more on that scorn than I do all together. :P
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yeah i need to increase resists and armor i guess because i sometimes still dont lifesteal enough with skorn and blood magic to stay alive vs RD. thanks for the help
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Life Steal weapon + blood magic + facetanking.
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You need Life steal to do reflects well blood magic is not enough.
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I use a 3% LS weapon and alternate on and off between Blood Magic or Force Weapon.

I suspect I will likely continue to use 3% LS after 1.0.7 even with the Reflect Damage simply because it gives me leeway to handle other damaging affixes. Teleporting Fire Chains that port all around me causes a fair amount of damage. So does a horde of mortar minions...
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02/01/2013 11:24 AMPosted by BDF
Life Steal weapon + blood magic + facetanking.


This is my standpoint.
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Be aware that there is a nasty interaction with RD and mobs with damage reducing abilities (tremors in "block" mode and shields that the fat kazra cultists can cast, mainly) that causes the damage returned to be based on your sheet dps but the lifesteal to be calculated based on the damage they actually take. This makes them extremely dangerous to characters who rely on lifesteal because it effectively reduces your lifesteal to a fraction of what it should be. If these mobs are giving you problems, learn to be on the lookout for them and start kiting and waiting to beam them when they aren't protected.
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I always have LS and bloodmagic on for a grand total of 4%, no other way to survive past mp7 as a archon
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02/01/2013 11:24 AMPosted by BDF
Life Steal weapon + blood magic + facetanking.


this
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With your dps, bloodmagic would be fine but your armor and resist are really low. If you had 4k armor and 550+ AR, you would be ok. You definitely need life steal or more damage mitigation. For me, 300k buffed dps is the limit to use bloodmagic. At 340k, I need kill RD monsters one or two at a time. With my leorics and crappy hellfire ring my dps drops to 285k buffed and I can kill the entire RD pack at once. Hope this helps!

your mean is 1.07 or 1.06.If 1.06 i can say impossible with blood magic
Edited by DevilHunter#6873 on 2/2/2013 2:15 AM PST
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02/01/2013 11:24 AMPosted by BDF
Life Steal weapon + blood magic + facetanking.

yes,i think so
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02/01/2013 11:24 AMPosted by BDF
Life Steal weapon + blood magic + facetanking.
agree
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since i only use archon for mp2-mp3 and i dont need crazy dps values, i just use a ls sever... and love ot for its lok bonus. im not even looking for a real archon weapon as im pretty satisfied with it as its very effective for its value.

here is my current non standard archon build: http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/profile/ximae-1789/hero/1342065
Edited by ximae#1789 on 2/2/2013 2:27 AM PST
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ls is a must for archon

bar none
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Life steal and blood magic is the only way to go. In Archon form, I am dealing almost 300k sheet dps with 1k resis. Yet when I run into RD packs, I gain life as fast as I lose it from RD damage in mp6 or 7. So if I were to take any additional hits, I would have serious problems unless I kite a bit. So I can't imagine myself without Life steal. Better safe than sorry...
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