Archon: Ice Armor MP10 Video - #15 DPS US Wiz

Wizard
Hello my fellow wizard compadres! I've been using Ice Armor:Crystallize a good bit lately when I farm MP10 solo, so I thought I would make a post so you can experiment yourselves.

Generally, I farm MP10 in groups which usually include cm/ww wiz and monk. When I do, I run energy armor: pinpoint barrier together with cold-blooded, as a cm/ww is keeping things frozen.

However, when I run MP10 solo, I've been using Ice Armor:Crystallize instead of pinpoint barrier to my pleasant surprise. Why?

1. Ice Armor does a decent job chilling/freezing mobs. Combined with scoundrel and buriza, this allows most enemies to be chilled and get the 1.2x DPS modifier of Cold-Blooded, which is generally a greater DPS boost then the 5% CC that pinpoint barrior offers.

Pinpoint barrier DPS - 661k
Ice Armor DPS: 621k x 1.2 = 745k (Assuming chill effect of ice armor/cold-blooded)

2. 12% Melee Reduction - not bad.

3. Adds more armor then energy armor does.

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Video (2:22) of MP10 Keeps 2: Two elites + lots of mobs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KmYIuNQTTu4&feature=youtu.be

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My profile on Diablo Progress:

http://www.diabloprogress.com/hero/james1v12-1875/Madeline/3653270

P.S. No lifesteal weapon. DPS is high enough that lifesteal can tank everything with a obvious exception of RD.
Interesting. I'll try this when I get home. I'll do anything I can to get my survival rate on MP10 as close to 100% as possible :P

Oh, btw did you refer me to someone? I managed to pick up the #1 MS int Ice Climbers in the world last night. So thanks if you did.
03/19/2013 01:07 PMPosted by Jaetch
Interesting. I'll try this when I get home. I'll do anything I can to get my survival rate on MP10 as close to 100% as possible :P


Haha you and your EHP!! Insane.

Oh, btw did you refer me to someone? I managed to pick up the top MS int Ice Climbers in the world last night.


Yes I did. I got propositioned in game to buy those Ice Climbers by the seller. I told them they could add you as I knew you would be interested. I'm happy to find out I was right. :)
problem with ice armor is that you have to get hit by a melee attack, and alot of the elite afixes that actually hurt aren't considered as "melee attack".
problem with ice armor is that you have to get hit by a melee attack, and alot of the elite afixes that actually hurt aren't considered as "melee attack". i still like cold blooded passive when running with sns wizards.

also, from my experience, (and watching the video reminded me that) mp10 elites are just awful to archon. i have farmed KD2 at mp7-8 with 550k archon twice efficiently just because elites melt so fast.
03/19/2013 02:10 PMPosted by WatchMeBlink
problem with ice armor is that you have to get hit by a melee attack, and alot of the elite afixes that actually hurt aren't considered as "melee attack".


I thought so too. But 3 stacks of armor are really easy to stack up on higher MP's since the monsters don't die instantly, and each stack lasts for 30 seconds. Make sure you are getting in the monsters faces so you trigger the cold effect and armor stacking.

Try it. You will run with the full 3 stacks nearly the entire run. I did in my vid there.
Duped echo =D Nice job tho. That was pretty fast showing that archon is viable on mp 10.
03/19/2013 02:10 PMPosted by WatchMeBlink
also, from my experience, (and watching the video reminded me that) mp10 elites are just awful to archon. i have farmed KD2 at mp7-8 with 550k archon twice efficiently just because elites melt so fast


Yep. MP10 not efficient at all. I never claimed it was efficient. I would rather farm MP8 if I were solo Archon.

However, most of the forum posters are e-peen about being able to farm MP10, hence me showing the video on MP10.
OK, so I went to try this with Crystallize, and nope, I cannot kill as fast as you nor do I even like the Keeps, but I tried it -- don't knock it till you try it, n'est-ce pas?

I kept getting mortar!

http://youtu.be/UepHSlHwLqE
"Great Balls of Fire"
http://youtu.be/UepHSlHwLqE
"Great Balls of Fire"


Oh man...hilarious vid. I am still laughing.
Jen, that was the perfect song for Mortars.

Here's mine... extended to show more elites varieties.

Sorry that I'm so slow. I swear they all have the Extra Health affix. Yes, also Reflect Damage + Extra Health + Teleport + Plague Demonic Tremor pack, NPNP. Just took forever.

http://youtu.be/k5YRWNM7_U4

94% damage reduction in Archon form and 3 stacks of Crystallize. Me like.
http://youtu.be/UepHSlHwLqE
"Great Balls of Fire"


hahaha nice one peeney
03/19/2013 11:04 PMPosted by novice
hahaha nice one peeney


Actually, my name is Jennifer.
hahaha nice one peeney


Actually, my name is Jennifer.


http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/8196601914
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I'm glad you all are so obsessed with the p-e-n-i-s I'm supposed to have. Haha.
Lol. Oh boy, the moderators might unleash the ban-hammer on this thread.

Anyways while it still lasts... ice armor's great huh?
Ice Armor sure works, and I haven't ran with it enough to see if there is any difference in farming speed.

I still panic whenever my screen starts flashing red, though normally I still have like 30K HP at that point.
i still prefer reactive armor over that

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ky4DCyswvps

and yes mp10 sure is not efficient , unless you run only keep depths 2 for white mobs
I love tank thanks James!!! Im doing MP8 so far.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/profile/Aimless-1700/hero/10258657

9200 armor 1100 AR and 7% elite reductions...with glass cannon buff

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