21/09/2011 06:17I've been playing around with the skilltrainer for a while now and I came up with a build that's really similar to OPs build except for some minor changes, so what do you guys think, is it too defensive?
Posted by Doxus
There is no such thing as 'too defensive' in hardcore, but you can have 'not enough damage' and I think thats what you lack in this build. Things can get dangerous if you cannot kill the monsters quick enough. Electrocute (I) is indeed what I would go to for AoE of the signature spells, its a good choice. But I think you need something more against bosses and minibosses. I'd say Wave of Force -> Ray of Frost (C) with Astral Presence or Ray of Frost (G)... :-/ I guess I wan to turn every bulid into my own.
Wave of Force is there mostly to defend against melee, right? I think we have that covered with Frost Nova, Teleport and Diamond Skin to save us if things get hairy.
21/09/2011 06:17BTW, my reason for not picking archon is that I don't understand the skill quite fully, so you get another skillset, but what skills do i get, do i get more HP and defense? Someone please clarify it for me. And if I would want to get archon, which skill should i replace and why?
Posted by Doxus
Yeah, I don't have a clue how Archon works in practice so I'm staying away from it until I know more.
Hm, I'd prefer Wave of Force over Teleport and use several more slow effects. 13 sec cooldown on Slow Time, and Diamond skin for some extra burst damage/survival when necesary. Using Ice Armor - Indigo instead of Energy Armor so I'm better against melee opponents. Slow Time will hopefully get rid of most enemy elemental damage.
Using Arcane Torrent to debuff for damage and as a less AP intensive skill while using Arcane Orb as my main nuke. Both slow because of Temporal Flux, keeping melee out of range longer. Hopefully long enough to cast Wave of Force again.
Looks good, you should be very safe against melee, the link you provided said Energy Armor still, but I'm working under the assumption that you want the Ice Armor. You are very safe against melee and you are extremely AP efficient, you should do great damage, but I have a couple of concerns.
First, what do you do against Arcane Enchanted mobs who are, if not immune, at least very resistant to arcane damage?
Second, what do you do if you are flanked by casters and wither the fight lasts for longer than five to ten second or your Diamond Skin (even Slow Time has a 6 second gap) is on cooldown?