Channeling Disintegrate/Ray of Frost/Archon

Wizard
I want to play a channeling Disintegrate, Ray of Frost or Archon beam build and push it as far as it can go. Can it reach GR75? If so, which one should I go and do? What exactly should I build and look for? How would I do this? I don't care about being competitive, but I do want to at least do GR75 because of season stash tab requirement.

Do not want to use Arcane Torrent. Do not want to use Ancient Parthan Defenders.
Vyr's Archon can easily smash a 75. Firebird's Archon can clear 75 too, but I think the Vyr's build is easier to set up and play. However, if you are going to run Archon you'll probably want to run Arcane Torrent: Static Discharge for when you are out of Archon. It has the highest proc rate of all the channel skills by a mile and works great with 4 APoC on your source, and you need it to keep your Arcane Power up out of Archon. It won't really fit in to your beam channel theme.

You can also clear GR75+ with Tal's or Firebird's channel builds. Firebird + Disintegrate: Convergence should clear a 75 easily. I've cleared a 75+ in HC with a Tal's + Etched Sigil + Meteor Shower + Static Discharge build.

I'd stay away from Ray of Frost though. The damage just isn't there, and even with Light of Grace I find the beam too narrow.

If you want to go full beam channel all the time, I think I'd recommend Firebird Disintegrate. It's pretty easy to set up and play. To run it, you'll be looking for the channeling support items: Hergbrash's Binding, Mantle of Channeling, and a Deathwish. You'll also want all the pieces of Firebird's. And I'd recommend a Halo + Ancient Parthan Defenders for survival.

Give me a few minutes and I'll go set up a D3 planner to show you what might want to run.
That's what I want to know, how does FB survive with that kind of build? I don't want to use Ancient Parthan Defenders at all, I think it's a dumb source of damage reduction and not fun. I don't mind Halo as much, but I hate using Ice Armor on a build that's all about fire.

And no, I don't want to use Archon's left click or have to spam 1 key. I want to hold down right click with channeling all day. I also would rather not use Arcane Torrent, I want to use beams.
Firebird's can have decent survivability. If you don't want to use APDs, you can go for Blood Bracers. With big shields and high mitigation, you can pretty solid survivability with Firebird's. Try something like this:

http://www.d3planner.com/691773886

Aquila + Mantle of Channeling + Unity for damage reduction. Galvanizing Ward + Deflection + Diamond Skin for massive shields. Big shields combined with high mitigation = good survivability.

You can swap a few things out. Wasn't sure what to put in the last skill slot, so I stuck in Frost Nova. You could swap in Familiar: Sparkflint or something else there. You could also swap out Audacity if you'd rather play at range. Maybe Unwavering Will instead? You could swap Force Armor for Prismatic Armor too. And you could swap out Esoteric for a different gem.

I've tested Archon and Tal's so far in the new patch. Today is Firebird's day. So I can't comment how well that actually works, but I cleared GR70 in HC last patch with a channel Firebird's build, so I think that should be more than fine for 75+ with the Firebird's changes this patch.
Tinne, how do you activate Bane of the Trapped with that build? By being close and BK on follower?
All right, I'll give that a shot, thanks.
Hi SOC, if youre looking for a straight channeling build you could always go flame ward or convergeance disintegrate with FB. Those will get you 75+ fairly quickly.

I put together a woh torrent channeling build for 2.4.1. Similar to the builds Malakai and RoGeR put together last season.
"[2.4.1 PTR] (GR80+ Solo) Torrent Woh Tal Rasha Wizard"
https://youtu.be/KqgXTBM6-ck

Also look out for Manson's "Talstrom" build from last season. Used the RoF sleet storm rune with meteor.
https://youtu.be/bc6lnZ4KlT0

You'd have to replace the Taeguk, but otherwise looks like a good build.
04/28/2016 10:05 AMPosted by Allor
Tinne, how do you activate Bane of the Trapped with that build? By being close and BK on follower?


Yeah. I play in facetank range for Audacity + Trapped for all my channel builds.

As an update, just cleared a 75 with this Firebird's channel setup: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/TinneOnnMuin-1187/hero/57858516

Using Sigil + Flame Ward + Nilfur's + Meteor Shower.

It went down without much trouble (first attempt), but the damage wasn't as strong as I thought.
04/28/2016 11:01 AMPosted by TinneOnnMuin
Yeah. I play in facetank range for Audacity + Trapped for all my channel builds.

As an update, just cleared a 75 with this Firebird's channel setup: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/TinneOnnMuin-1187/hero/57858516

Using Sigil + Flame Ward + Nilfur's + Meteor Shower.

It went down without much trouble (first attempt), but the damage wasn't as strong as I thought.


Bummer, I had planned a similar build for next season, with FB + Nilfur's + Sigil to rule out AD all together. Well, hopefully it will be fun at least. :)
04/28/2016 12:30 PMPosted by Allor
Bummer, I had planned a similar build for next season, with FB + Nilfur's + Sigil to rule out AD all together. Well, hopefully it will be fun at least. :)


I've been playing basically the same build with Tal's, and the Tal's version feels stronger. I crushed a 75, and I'm pretty sure I could do an 80 if I sat down and gave it some attempts.

I normally have it set up on my first wizard, but I have her in speed gear right now. But it'll look something like this: http://www.d3planner.com/876180862
Convergence with Firebird can go alright if you don't want to deal with Archon. Brulure in my profile runs a version with Twisters as well. No APD you'll notice - it's designed to play at range. I cleared 79 with it yesterday.
I love how our sets force us to use only 3 out of 15 channeling runes.
Right now i have arcane torrent, but i switch between it and desintegration both works just fine!
Check my build i dont know how far i can get iam @ GR 45 now its pretty easy.

http://eu.battle.net/d3/de/profile/Waynedetta-2220/hero/77650242

Basicially:

Corrupted Sword, Nilfurs boots,Tals set

cube
The offhand which proccs twisters and stuff i think its eched sigil
Mantle of Channeling
Ring for frosten armor

Skills:
1 Twister Arcane dmg
2 Black Hole Lighning Meteor is a fun alternative
3 Magic Missle Cold
4 Teleport
lmb Ice armor
Rmb Desintegration fire dmg

Playstyle:
Step 1: Cast: 1,2,3 to procc your tals bonis from them
Step 2: Cast Desintegration and watch Twisters, Black Holes, Meteors and Desintegration wreck stuff on your screen.

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