I think this would be the best set up/my dream gear. Anything you might do differently?
Deaths fathom w/ 5/5 lightning facet
Griffons Eye w/ 5/5 lightning facet
30+ FCR spirit monarch
Enigma mage plate
Arch Angels Amulet of Life Everlasting (+2 skill/ dmg red by 25)
Natures peace (11dr)
Crafted Safety ring (10fcr/60+ mana/+Str/res/1-4 dr)
Crafted caster tri res boots with mf or fhr
Cta + spirit
1x 5fhr sc (perhaps scintillating of balance or lucky of balance)
Probably lightning gcs as I imagine my cold would already be very powerful.
I run nihlathak so idr is nice for me and one natures peace is a must. Also, as I play hc, some sort of gloam safety would be nice. When I compare fcr ring/Tgods to Arach/Wisp I see Tgod/fcr ring significantly winning for me. +1 skill on arach is not worth 20 str/dex +10 max light res and whatever other goodies could potentially be on the crafted ring.
Now if i could ever find this stuff... Ammy/Helm/Weapon may never happen =(, one can dream though haha.
Ya, enigma is sort of a weird choice for a sorc. Would like to have at least 150-200 mf for my pvm chars though and don't really see where else to get it, also, 2 skill, 70 str, and 8% dmg reduction don't hurt either..
If you want to MF I don't see why you wouldn't just use full tal's.
Also I run nihlathak with my blova and I don't use nature's peace. If you kill him quick it is no problem. The vipers are the only real danger.
My blova uses full tal's (mf socketed), spirit monarch, magefist, 2x soj, fire/poison/fhr/frw boots, and lightning GCs. The only reason I'd ever give that up is if I was going for a pure damage spec, rather than MF.
One could sol tal's hat and armor, and use nature's peace instead of a second SoJ if one were really concerned about tomb vipers. I'm level 95 (max chance to gamble +2 ammys) so I see no need to sacrifice MF just to avoid one death every 100ish nihlathak runs or so.
My blova does use full tals (w/ sol'd armor and shael'd helm also a shael'd gerkes for idr), but I think the above mentioned setup would blow tals out of the water with more +skills, +cold dmg, -lightning resist, and idr (if only I had unlimited funds haha).
Also, I play hc so death is not an option. To run tomb vipers I would want at least 30ish idr, who knows maybe thats overkill. Right now though what hurts a lot more than the vipers is Nihl's CE, have been putting my mercs pole in my inventory before I fight him lately. Once I have an infinity, which I can probably afford right now, I imagine I might be able to kill him before he gets a CE off or circle/blizz if he isn't cold immune.
How much mana do you have with your SOJs? I find mana w/ nova to be quite annoying. My mana pool is only about 550ish. You use infinity merc?
Ok, thanks. Have 4 ists, 2 mals, jah, and a cham sitting around as well as an eth cv. Will have to acquire an infinity soon as well as get an soj or bahamut ring. I'm hoping I have less mana issues w/ the infinity because I will require less novas haha. With the bahamut ring I should have 600+ mana then with my crappy +1 bo cta about 850-900 mana.
Edit: Not sure how sc is, but getting hrs on hc is so annoying. It's hard to get a ber with 4ists or Vex +ist. Pretty silly.