Ok, I gotta keep Power Hungry. I just can't live without it anymore.
Also, I changed some of my gear back around which gives me 80% crit with Sleet Storm when Deep Freeze buff is active. I can actually achieve a rather nice stutter lock for the duration of the buff. It's starting to feel too much like SNS, though, so I probably won't stick with this in the end. I mean, if I want to use Frost Nova I might as well dust off my 2.74 set and just go all out SNS, which I don't want to do. Still... it's yet another great option for the build, which just goes to show how versatile the Sleet Storm engine is.
Yes, I agree with this one on Frost Nova. It makes this build too similar to the SNS with it. If I really want to use Frost nova, I might just as well go SNS route where Frost nova thrives the most with all the twisters & EB spamming.
I haven't really played in the PTR, but how are you doing without diamond skin ? I don't use diamond skin for this build normally so I guess with the Bug fixed to Safe Passage, we should do great ?
Recently, I have been running Archon with Sleet Storm. I must say that it is AMAZING with both !!
The idea is to use Sleet Storm/Explosive Blast combo for all the trash MOBS and when the Elites comes, Arcane destruction them in their face for the face tanking easy knock out.
I use Archon destruction because 1600% of weapon damage with our Skorn is around 2 millions damage on critcal hit which is absolutely huge. On top of that, it's an instant 100% healing with that amount of life steal.
As for Passive, I dropped Astral Presence for Glass Cannon for more DPS. Even with Glass Cannon, I was able to face tank MOBS at MP8 (before the Safe Passage bug fixed). In archon mode I have around 7000 Armor, 9000 All resist & 6% life leach which is more than enough to face tank all the elites on MP10.
So the strategy is: Use Sleet Storm/Explosive Blast until your close to running out of AP, By then, you should be close to encountering an elite pack. Elite packs comes in, Arcane destruction and game over lol. I swaped Witching Hour for Tal Rasha Brace because I wanted to be able to sustain my AP as long as I could before turning into Archon. All resistance, 1% cc and bonus% to elites make up for the lost of EHP (with Glass Cannon). You lose a bit of sheet DPS compared to WH, but it is better IMO because you don't really need attack speed. Right now, my attack speed is 1 aps and it feels exactly the same as 1.09 or 1.25 aps.
The main point is that I don't have to rely on Archon for all the normal killings. I only use it when I encounter problems (Tough elite pack). Overall, the build doesn't have the problem of not being able to sustain Archon, because it is only used for a clear purpose. MP9 - MP10 is piece of cake with this build I'm running right now.
With the increase density of White Mobs, even running Archon before or after the Elite packs will be viable. When not in Archon, you are still a tough cookie with Sleet Storm/Explosive Blast combo, making this build almost flawless :D
Give it a try if you have the time. I trully believes that it will be my main build for the future.
SOJ + Stormcrow + Tal Brace = 38% bonus to elite potential. I might even swap my Zunima Marrow for Tyrael's Might to obtain 42% to elite. You trully feels godlike in Archon with such stats lol.