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I build my wizard around archon gears. Archon is very viable in lower MPs and in higher MP, it is more of a challenge.
The Frostburn Wizard
Here is the build: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#ZgXYfl!hWg!YZcccZ
Crowd Control Abilities
This build have great crowd control abilities. There are multiple skills that freezes monsters namely:
Life steal vs Life on Hit
This build in contrast, does not rely much on LOH. Instead it heavily relies on life steal.
Attack Per Second (APS)
If you have not noticed, 2 (Ice armor + Blizzard) of the 3 skills listed in this build allows you to freeze the enemies without you having to do anything.
Arcane Power on Critical (APOC)
As this build uses archon gears, it generally do not have high APS. This makes APOC very critical in this build.
Let us look at the gears used.
Highest Viable MP
I ran my build with 1.60 APS and surprisingly, it handles MP 10 pretty well. I will die on and off due to those OP elites with "freeze orb", or arcane fields on my feet but generally, it performs very well even in MP 10.
Yes. It is viable for uber.
I hope you will enjoy this build as much as I do.
It brings back the lovely memories of the Cold Sorc in Diablo 2.
Edit: Changed title to better reflect the main skill used in the build and fixed a paragraph issue.
Edited by Kira#1414 on 6/2/2013 2:11 AM PDT
When I saw "Frostburn," I thought of OP/IMBA Korean wizard first, not gloves. And I thought, "What makes the build so special? He's just like any well-geared wizard except with higher stats all around."
Edited by Jaetch#1861 on 5/31/2013 8:01 AM PDT
Yeah I have been working on Frostburn build. I also have a Tal Rasha Allegiance adding to cold damage as well... trying for a stone of jordan ... just too broke to get one appropriate.
Once I get more APOC, I will be switching my Ray of Frost to Black Ice (I currently use Cold Blood for lower cost). I tend to build my Wizard without having to be in melee range.
I also currently use Comet instead of Blizzard.
I do like the Slow Time idea which would work very well when I switch to Black Ice as well.
Edited by raideradam#1473 on 5/31/2013 8:06 AM PDT
I stalsoarted using almost this exact same build last night. Only 2 differencesalso
Ww in place of blizzard for more procs
Fire off a few of them the switch to ss. This helps me at least keeping up the loh and mana full while using ss.
In my case I'll spam 1-4 and switch as needed with mouse clicks as/ww.
@raideradam You don't need Tal Rasha Allegiance with cold damage. The same goes to SOJ. You don't need it to be cold damage.
As far as I know, the elemental damage % is applied to your black weapon damage and then added to your total damage. It doesn't mean that it add % damage to your cold spells. I blame Diablo 3 team for a poor affix description when it comes to added elemental damage of items.
The cold effect on the jewelry does not work for Wizard and Witch Doctor mainly because their skills are mostly elemental based.
The cold spells are already snaring the enemies so having a Cold SOJ does not slow it further. An arcane, fire, lightning, or poison SOJ will just be fine.
@IrishWarrior Yes. Our builds are very similar. I used Blizzard for the assisted freeze on the enemies since my APS is low and I want to use pure cold damage spells so that I can play a cold wizard.
My initial build was using Explosive Blast + Chain Reaction instead of Blizzard. I was doing 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 but I feel that this isn't a true cold wizard.
I wanted a cold wizard (just like Diablo 2) so I switched it out to Blizzard (I love the assisted freeze that Blizzard is providing) instead.
You rely on Magic Weapon for the life steal component while I use a pure life steal weapon and go for Slow Time (time wrap gives extra damage and it is a very useful spell to have when I play in a group of 4. Monsters just melt).
As LOH does not work well in this build because of the proc rate on Sleet Storm, I can understand why you used Wicked Wind for the LOH proc rate.
Use a life steal weapon since APS doesn't really matter much in this build. You get instantly healed to max life.
Try it. You may just love the change. :)
Tried it. dps droped to 185k, wasnt an issue. have a 6/30 frostburn, and a 6/30/7 RoF soj. My gear just doesnt have enough mit and EHP after I make those changes to survive in mp10 though. my ar droped to ~550 and life down to 33k, so I tried crystalize and had 7.5k armor after 3 stacks. still not enough, was getting pummeled.
The dps is insane though, was fun for a second, but Ill need much better EHP in my other slots to give this a good try. Darn! Need a new wizzy build to kep me motivated!
@Camisto Yes. The dps from this build is pretty insane. There are a few skills that buff damage for the team so it is a build that can be played in solo or in a team.
I am running this build with 71k life, 3600 armor and 790+ all resist so having more EHP will definitely make it more enjoyable.
If you are an archon wizard, transiting to this build will be a breeze.
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