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War Mage Builds

Postby Bbbb » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:29 pm

Note: I am posting information for PvE only.

2H. Do not even think about 1H.

Gems: I don't find any need to have separate regular and OS gem layouts. 17-18 red magic gems. 9 blue crit power (you don't need the resist). Mix Haste and Crit Yellow Gem about equally for the rest.

Enchants: Armor Penetration, 2H, Fire, Luck, Status Resist, and Defense or KB Resist (I have defense but I might do KB Resist if I was going to start from scratch)

Why Luck instead of Ice? Ice has been nerfed so much it is near useless in PvE. It does not help your RPP in Onslaught as the only real ice attack I do is a one hit kill.
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Bbbb » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:30 pm

Regular (Non-Onslaught) PvE Build

30331
30303
33300
10000

Comments: you'll notice I only used 29 pts. Spread the other points between time void, shard, fracture, and shatter. Each have pros and cons but in the grand scheme it doesn't matter much.

Why no burning related skills? You have so much offensive firepower that battles shouldn't drag on long enough that DOTs matter much.
Why no armor abilities? You should be at no risk of dying. I only die when distracted or sleepy.
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Bbbb » Mon Feb 02, 2015 10:32 pm

[Note: this was level 35 and pre-TSR when posted. The OHK comment does not apply to TSR]

Onslaught Build

33031
03330
33300
10330

Haste Elixir makes a huge difference. Power Elixir is helpful.

When you are high enough might, shard, fire blast (when burning active), and lash all one hit kill. The main rotation is to just rotate those three - if multiple are available, the lowest cast time is recommended. That rotation almost always keeps both fractures going. The DOT will also OHK. Use incinerate off of snapcast when available. Keep spirit runes active. Also, keep Magma active. Finally, I use icy grasp if there is a tiny bit of health left as it has a quick cast time (it is NOT for freezing).

Note for lower might, if shard and lash are not one hit killing for you, mix incinerate into your rotation and only use lash to keep burning going.

Keep an eye on health, but you'll discover it is never really an issue. If I see health below 3600, I pop a powerful health pot.
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Jumper » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:56 am

Nice builds b4. very close to my builds :)

Completely agree that fracture and burn are useless in pve non-os builds since number 1 the animations slow you right down, and number 2 they don't actually reduce the number of hits required in 95% of cases.

As for your OS build.... pure brilliance....lol
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Bbbb » Tue Feb 03, 2015 2:59 pm

Jumper wrote:As for your OS build.... pure brilliance....lol


Okay, I'm sorry I forgot to credit you on that build since it is mostly your creation! :D

Actually, I posted this because someone whispered me for builds and I told him I'd put it here.
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Jumper » Tue Feb 03, 2015 3:23 pm

Now we need Venan to give us OS again :)
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Saraa » Tue Feb 03, 2015 11:50 pm

My OS build, pre excessive animation, was almost identical. Since the added animations I find it faster/more efficient to drop fracture altogether if you're running OS that goes quite fast, otherwise it's quite a fine build :)
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Jumper » Wed Feb 04, 2015 11:21 am

Saraa wrote:My OS build, pre excessive animation, was almost identical. Since the added animations I find it faster/more efficient to drop fracture altogether if you're running OS that goes quite fast, otherwise it's quite a fine build :)



good point, if you are going real time speed vs kill efficiency. The animations on mages are absurd!
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby CrzyHopper » Wed Feb 04, 2015 3:18 pm

Thanks for this post. I've been needing to re-work my Mage. This will help a lot.
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Re: War Mage Builds

Postby Nissim » Thu Feb 19, 2015 4:49 am

Thank you so much for the builds. Is it possible to post a war mage pvp build as well. Thanks again

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