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You starting build for May 15 ?

Discussion in 'Wizard' started by The Lich, Apr 26, 2012. | Replies: 17 | Views: 3614

  1. The Lich

    The Lich IncGamers Member

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    You starting build for May 15 ?

    Hey guys,

    Playing the open beta weekend made me realize something: since you can "respec" whenever you want, you can get an optimized build to start, one for the midgame and one for the late game.

    What build do you guys plan to use at the very start of May 15 ?

    Signature spell: which one is the best at the beginning of the game ?

    My guess would be Shock Pulse (explosive bolts): I found it very useful during the beta

    secondary: Which one do you prefer at the very low levels ?

    I personally prefer Ray of frost (any rune, until I get cold blooded): the cold effect is cool and I wonder if cold blooded would allow me to go without a signature spell in the midgame or lategame

    Defensive: Frost nova ? I really love this one.

    Force: wave of force or energy twister ? I tested both, and it seemed wave of force felt better.

    Passives: early game, I think Power Hungry and Evocation are the most useful.
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    For me, I prefer long ranged attacks. Walking up to cast just takes too long.

    I like magic missile + split on left click and arcane orb on right click.

    Then prism and frost nova on the skill bar.

    Just spam arcane orb from far. If they don't die then spam missile with split. If they get close to you then frost nova and continue to use orb/magic missile. If they don't die during the freeze, then cast prism and keep attacking.
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    I like experimenting around, so once new skills/runes will unlock, I will for sure try them all out.

    But most likely I will be sticking to something like this (until 13):

    Spectral Blade / Arcane Orb (or torrent) / Frost Nova / Wave of Force

    The pulse shock is a nice ability, but it's usefulness suffers highly against single strong foes and more imporatant: against destructable objects, which drives me mad...
  4. melianor

    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    I'll just tackle along, like i did in the Beta, by picking what seems to suit best and go from there, always on the lookout for a fast weapon with high damage.
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Never so elegantly has someone defined the existence of a Diablo player ;D


  6. melianor

    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Seriously, this is what the game boils down too, in what defines how much damage you character will do.



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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    I didn't get time to play the beta a lot (only during the open beta weekend), but sometimes it's worth it to sacrifice 1 dps to get other things like AP or something, no ?


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    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    I don't think this would be the choice modifier on the main weapon, if it would exist.



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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Because of the AoE/multiple target nature of the signature spells, I find myself going for attack speed over DPS.
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Can you respec whenevere you want ? when the sever goes online on 15 May ?



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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    isnt attack speed calculated with the damage to give you the DPS..... damage per second...... come on now rpg 101 right?
    edit: so you meant attack speed over damage. not DPS:thumbsup:


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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    In the beta you could respect anytime, so my guess is that it will be the same on May 15.


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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    My starting wiz build: magic missle!
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Pretty much this. During the open beta, I just kept looking for a good weapon so my spells deal as much damage as possible. The rest of the gear I didn't worry about too much, except for a decent pair of boots to make me run a bit faster (movement was always essential for casters in the Diablo series, it defined how often you could cast without being in danger and how well you could avoid enemies).

    The rest of the gear doesn't do anything for my AP, and does not add much damage anyway, and I was not getting hit very often either, meaning I was comfortable with having lower HP. Frost nova and wave of force seemed to have been more than enough to keep enemies at bay, and I was rarely, if ever at all, in danger. The 40+ health potions I had stacked by level 12 were living proof of that. And by that time, I had only used a health potion like what, 3 times? Yeah, something like that.

    So yeah, Melianor said it all. Once the game goes live, I'm so on the lookout for an uber weapon.


  15. melianor

    melianor D3 Wizard Moderator

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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    You can re-spec whenever you want. The penalty is a 5 second cool-down on the new skill you swapped in.

    There is an interesting thread about Disintegrate and slow weapons which might change the lookout on fastest weapon a bit...



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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    damn 5 SECOND, cool down on spells . ITS ALOT.
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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    Before that it was 10 or 15 seconds. 5 seconds are gone pretty fast. Depends on which skills you want to swap. If you are preparing to do some Teleporting to a specific location with the respective rune attached it might be worth the wait.

    Maybe this can also apply to other skills. Respec might well be necessary depending on the area you are farming for example.



  18. a black kid

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    Re: You starting build for May 15 ?

    hope you mean attack speed over damage? cause dps means damage per second. damage x attack speed modifier x other mods = dps.



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