Help my Lite Sorc Please!

rukz

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Help my Lite Sorc Please!

Hi all,

I'll start by saying I love my lightning sorc but she just dies way too easily doing keyruns/baal runs. Let me outline my equip/skills/stats:

Griffs
Maras
CoH
Chancies
Arachs
Hoto
Spirit
Soj(x2)
13-16 sTorch

I have max res in hell and 650 HP and 800 Mana

I have max Lightning, Chaing Lightning, Lightning Master, Charged Bolt, and am working on maxxing Nova.

My problem is dying to physical dmg arrows or just getting hit. I have an Infinity Merc.

I'm torn between my trapsin and light sorc (yes i have to choose because I use the same eq on each).

Light sorc:
-faster teleporting
-way faster killing speed/dmg
-dies way too easily

Trapsin:
-can surivice through anything (almost)
-has strong shadow master to tank
-can kill light immunes even without infinity (death sentry)
-slower teleport
-less dmg, longer to kill


I keep switching back and forth between trapsin and sorc, I want to use the sorc but she keeps dying in key/baal runs. Can anyone make some suggestions for my sorc? either equip or skills or stats?
Should I use energy shield? I'm at work right now can't remmber exact stats but the life and mana estimates above are somewhat accurate, i have no points in energy and minimum dex (enough to use hoto).

Sorry for the essay, look forward to reading your responses.

Thanks,

rukz
 
Sounds like low blocking is part of the problem, it should be maxed. But you really have nothing for life if you're not using ES. Getting a CTA on switch might help ya some. You might have been better off going no str and avoiding the spirit. Because with no nigma you've invested a lot of points in str that should have went to dex or life.
 
argh, so would ES be viable at levl 1 Telekenisis and level 14 ES (with +skills)
Yeah I'll try and get a CTA... yeah i have a lot in STR for Spirit... i really hope she is recoverable and i dont have to remake, ill put a pt in ES next time i level and try and get a CTA.. hopefully it works out...
 
You just really need more life. If possible work in shako for some PDR and life/lvl. Stock up on life charms. My pvm-allpurpose lite sorc has over twice as much life (pre-BO) as your and I still don't feel it's enough!

Suggestion: swap griffs for shako (with a lit facet or a perf ruby)+ use magefists and a fcr ring with life+mana instead of 1 soj. Lose some kill speed, gain a lot of life.

and why are you using griffs on a trapsin? The lit bonuses don't affect the traps at all you know...
 
oh.... I didn't realize it didnt effect trapsin dmg.. oups
I'll play around with life.. maybe ill rebuild her and not use spirit (str) and go with lidless and pump everything into vit..

thanks for the tips
 
Forget blocking, even with the best shield you still have to "pump" Dexterity with 300 or so Attribute Points (out of a possible 505 Attribute Points).

Energy Shield will "Block" for you, just make sure you have Fast Hit Recovery up some so you don't get "stuck in limp mode".

100 points or so into Strength should be fine to use the Spirit Monarch, rely on +Strength items/charms.

Energy Shield with +Skills can easily reach 75% absorb.

I highly recommend getting a Call To Arms flair for switch (this can boost your Life/Mana quite a bit with the right amount of +Skills).
 
i agree with enigma over no block, but energy shield is not vital. my light sorc is lvl 87, uses equipment less godly than yours, and survives no trouble.
since you're not using ES, use bul kathos rings instead of stone of jordans for life bonus instead of mana whilst keepin the +skills. CTA is a must even if its a +1 bo. my sorc has 86 strength (before items) and 156 with, the rest is in vitality. the key to surviving though, is avoiding contact. the only damage you should take is elemental and ranged-you should have an act2 merc (holy freeze is best in my opinion) that can tank all melee combat. infiniti obviously, eth forti, and eth andys.
wear magefists instead of chancers (as has been mentioned) and for boots, use sandstorm trek (to save on points in strength) or if you've already put the points there, use waterwalks (for up to 65 life)
pick up an annihilus aswell for extra stats to save on strength and extra vita. I still think you should use spirit, even though it has a high strength req. cos its bonuses are too good to pass up.
 
Nice thanks for the posts, I managed to get my hands on a 1 BO CTA and let me tell you it made a world of difference... I dont see why to use magefists?
I hit the 117% fcr breakpoint with (griffs (25)+arachs(20)+spirit(34)+hoto(40)=119)..I think I want to get bloodfist for fhr and maybe put a SHAEL rune in my griffons.. i know what you are thinking its a waste but I mean I think I could use the fhr... worst case I can always provide the hel rune if i ever do trade the griffs.. shrug.

Thanks again for the input I did about 10 key runs last night with her with the CTA no problem.. damn I miss the teleport speed of sorcs, the trapsin can't compete.. and the damage... *drools*
 
Nice thanks for the posts, I managed to get my hands on a 1 BO CTA and let me tell you it made a world of difference... I dont see why to use magefists?
I hit the 117% fcr breakpoint with (griffs (25)+arachs(20)+spirit(34)+hoto(40)=119)..I think I want to get bloodfist for fhr and maybe put a SHAEL rune in my griffons.. i know what you are thinking its a waste but I mean I think I could use the fhr... worst case I can always provide the hel rune if i ever do trade the griffs.. shrug.

Thanks again for the input I did about 10 key runs last night with her with the CTA no problem.. damn I miss the teleport speed of sorcs, the trapsin can't compete.. and the damage... *drools*

Using the CTA I've gotten my Mana to 3-4K and Life to 2-3K, using ES I would have ~5-7K actual Hit Points (Damage I am able to take). Having a high enough Hit Recovery rate and Mana regeneration (1 point in Warmth with +Skills I can get it to ~20, along with 3-4K Mana this makes my Sorceress viable even against Mana Drain.. as she will regenerate Mana fast enough to use 1 Mana to Teleport away).



 
so many better options for putting in griffons better than a shael. if you need fhr just get some sc's. they drop with +5% fairly regularly (at least for me)
for more life use either jah or rugby or idealloy for more dmg obviously use a 5/5 facet
 
UPDATE:
I've made the following changes:
-CTA
-Energy Shield

I've noticed a world of difference, the CTA pushes my life and mana up around 1.2k or so and with 1 pt in ES i have level 18 ES which is about 73% and i Know that my TK is only level 1 so it as not AS effective as a 20 TK ES Sorc but it still helps A LOT for the sheer fact that when your mana hits 0 you are still alive but when your life hits 0 you are dead. Anyways just an update for those who care :)

-rukz
 
I found using the ES with minimal Telekinisis suffers in Hell.. you might have gobs of mana but each point of damage taken is equal to 2 points of mana.. and that can be depleted quickly.

I'm not saying what you have done is wrong.. I used it and it worked.. I just find that putting 0 points into mana and "pumping" Vitality makes gameplay a little easier with my playing style (I have a thread in here about my Sorceress build).
 
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