11/19/2013 11:57 AMPosted by MILESIANOne thing I lament about your latest build with Chilling Aura and Time Warp is that there is no longer an effective ranged AM option. Not suggesting it's any less powerful than your previous builds, just a bit less well-rounded; Frost Nova isn't going to be available often enough to control kiting elite packs.
You're absolutely right that it is a less rounded build. I was looking to maximize the mines+electrify explosion as much as possible based on the understanding of how the damage boost is calculated, and the cost is range and versatility. I'm going to dump Deep Freeze tonight and try out some different stuff in that slot. I'm also going to try Melkor's idea of using Pinpoint Barrier. That plus a Scoundrel will kind of sort of make up for Deep Freeze.
This is very reasonable, but I can't get over the fact that every attack turn spent on Spectral Blades = two fewer AM casts. Huge difference in performance, that. The only thing that might mitigate that is, as Melkor suggested, to slot in Arcane Dynamo. Even a short 2-3 second AD-boosted AM burst could make up for the DPS loss that comes with the signature spell territory.
I just see too many situations where the monsters are not graciously bunching themselves up for a mines channel to completely sell myself out to mine spam. If the AoE was larger then I might agree, but it's easy for a monster to miss the main DPS with mines, and then you're losing time to figuring out where exactly to place your mines. Fast monsters, monsters behind walls, arcane beams, etc. It's strange, but I seem to wipe out packs faster when I get a swipe of Electrify-enhanced SB in there right before the mines explode. Under a TW bubble and with CB applied, the effect and the damage to a group can be shocking, pun intended. The multiple hits of SB on multiple monsters sends out all kinds of Electrify procs. With a big stacking of attack speed, there could be a whole build built around SB+Electrify spam with those boosts applied.
That said, I feel AD is really purposed for a signature spell + one spell combo, perhaps along with a very intermittent third spell. This doesn't seem to jive with your professed playstyle, which is what made me wonder what AM builds you might come up with if you had slower APS and were sans Spectral Blades.
Or a Sig+Close+Ranged build like my LL/SS/Blizzard build. LL is kind of a cheat with AD, which is why they're making AD per cast in RoS. I will probably "downgrade" my attack speed with a sword one of these days, but in some quick experiments I found any weapon attack speed of 1.3 or less really tedious for laying out mines and for the subsequent damage application. I want those mines out there fast and proccing Electrify as much as possible. I have more than a few Skorns in my stash, and while the damage per explosion is great, the minelaying is downright constipated.