*edit* I would love to be convinced that kiting is not outdated. Care to do some comparative timing research demonstrating that it's competitive with non-kiting builds in terms of xp or loot per hour?
I see what I can do. No promises though.
You want me to do this in MP2 with my max MF gear?
Or do you care more about the time I get a key in MP6?
XP for me comes while playing. It is more about the fun than anything else.
(So, first off, this is gonna be an argument about why kiting is ineffective, but I wanna point out first that I totally sympathize with the "screw efficiency, kiting is fun" point of view, which is why I frequently run http://us.battle.net/d3/en/calculator/wizard#aRSTXi!WUT!cZccaa
as my build...but I think build guides should generally be about what works best, rather than the sub-optimal builds we pick because we feel like it, so I'm gonna argue anyway.)
Right now, the problem with kiting isn't that it fails to be the best at everything
; no build can achieve that. The problem is that, for any given thing you would want to achieve in the game, there's something that does it better than kiting. Kiting isn't the best at anything
If you want to farm gold/xp/loot quickly, you'll do it better and faster running Archon on whatever low-ish MP you can manage than you will kiting. If you want to run the highest MP possible for bragging rights or badass drops, you'll do it better with a CM build than you will kiting. If you want to farm hellfire mats, you'll want to do it on high MP, which means CM.
There's one, maybe two exceptions to this that I can think of right now:
1. If you're so poor that you can't handle A3 on MP0 with an Archon build, you're probably better off kiting it than running an earlier act. However, as various people's "budget build" posts have shown recently, the costs of making a good MP1 archon character are so low these days that this is only realistically a possibility for peope who are literally just
out of levelling.
2. It's possible (I haven't looked into it very deeply) that if you're farming hellfire mats, it's better to kite on a high MP than Archon on a low MP. I can run Archon comfortably on MP2, and I can kite up to MP6 without dying all over the place. Obviously the MP6 key runs take WAY longer for me than the MP2 runs, but I'm not sure they take three times as long, which would mean I get keys faster kiting than running Archon. Of course, the down side is I get XP and loot more quickly doing the MP2 runs, and the whole point becomes moot once you get rich enough to run CM, or if you don't care about hellfires (because they suck).
So, to answer your question, I don't really care what task you demonstrate kiting to be good at; if you can show that it does anything
better, more efficiently, or more cheaply than the "forum-accepted" builds, that'll be evidence that kiting builds aren't completely outdated, as far as I'm concerned. And I hope you do, because I like kiting better than the other playstyles; I've just come to the conclusion that you can't do it without sacrificing efficiency for fun.