The key is that most competitive builds nowadays require the Critical Mass passive in some sort of form, so you can rapidly reset cooldowns for powerful skills like Diamond Skin, Frost Nova, Explosive Blast, Teleport, and Slow Time.
End game in ARPG is spam powerful spells. Besides archon - CM is our mechanism to spam. All games have one.
I use LL + Arcane Dynamo + Blizzard and Venom Hydra to facetank with Blood Magic + LS weapon. My only defensive skill is Ice Armor Crystallize. I do not need CM as I'm using nothing that has a cooldown. I can speed run MP7.
Illusionist and Unstable Anomaly passives both can be used in place of CM. The only passive we have that I would say is mandatory for all builds except Archon is Cold Blooded.
That one is Shards, Frozen Storm, and EB. Haven't used since 1.07 Blizzard buff. AD + Blizzard is too good not to use now. Full area Cold Blooded coverage for Chaos Nexus means I don't have to use Frozen Storm and can use Crystallize instead.
I use 3 skills which get the longest-lasting benefit of 5 AD stacks (Stark Winter that lasts for 9 sec with my Oculus, Venom Hydra (whole duration), and Disintegrate for whole channel). With a few LL casts, I can have all 3 AD-boosted abilities firing simultaneously. I stand in the Blizzard and the Venom Hydra pools so mobs come to me, they get chilled or frozen when they hit me and take damage from those abilities.
02/26/2013 01:03 PMPosted by DoctorDoomThere's only windup if you want there to be. You start by dropping Blizzard and Hydra, then pump out a bunch of LL's, when you get to 5 stacks start channelling Disintegrate. You want to stand as close to the mobs as possible. For elites make sure you get a 5 stack Hydra up ASAP- you'll notice that you'll probably regain your 5-Stack from the LL's you cast before you started chanelling Disintegrate while you are still chanelling it- that can be used on the Hydra, Blizzard, or another Disintegrate channel.
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