Melee Blizz

nulio

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Melee Blizz

Hi all!

I haven't been able to play neither to visit the foruns a lot but every time I come here I think in trying a melee blizz sorc. :)

Is it viable?
 
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Thanks :)

It's an expensive build :( dual dream and relies on the merc's infinity.

When I have time I have to try planning a cheaper build. Like with a duress armor and a big axe :D
 
Re: Melee Blizz

Thanks :)

It's an expensive build :( dual dream and relies on the merc's infinity.

When I have time I have to try planning a cheaper build. Like with a duress armor and a big axe :D

I have done couple with blizzard and melee. Best target have been hell council and there Reaper's toll merc with Fleshripper-sorc have worked best. Cold+Fire+Physical damage kills all kind of immunes there even in full games.

Fleshripper+Shako(ias jool)+Duress+Stormshield+Goreboots worked nicely with blizzard. With Reapers Toll, holyfreeze merc. Full game travincal was easy. All areas were easy except those iron maiden ones, after new patch those areas are easy too.

Blizzard+synergies ~50-60 points, 15-20 warmth, 20 enchant, 1FM, tele, static.

Not uber-viable build as in that link, but full game diablo/baal drops fast. But its much safer (and cheaper) as 45% damage reduced, max block, decrepify from merc etc...

Good rune-hunter for new ladder, as full game travincal/council members near meph, seal-bosses+dia are easy to kill. No mana problems with max warmth and wizzpike+spirit shield can be used at switch for longer teleing.

Its cheap quite cheap build and work as 1st ladder char too. At first you are pure caster, then later when you get decent melee items, you can join melee together with your merc.



 
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If going for enchant we can use demon limb and spare some more points into blizzard+synergies.

I would love to try something without enchant but I'm afraid that she would have low AR and not enough physical to help her merc.

But I had a great idea, some melee or ranged attack with lots of IAS and with delirium quickly cast on striking confuse or use a attract charge, then Blizzem'all while confused. What do you think?
 
Re: Melee Blizz

If going for enchant we can use demon limb and spare some more points into blizzard+synergies.

I would love to try something without enchant but I'm afraid that she would have low AR and not enough physical to help her merc.

But I had a great idea, some melee or ranged attack with lots of IAS and with delirium quickly cast on striking confuse or use a attract charge, then Blizzem'all while confused. What do you think?

Those are not bad items, works pretty nicely. Balancing sorc while using those is quite hard, thats why I don't use them. After playing like 10-15 different melee sorcs, I like to hunt those hard hitting bosses, like full game hephasto etc.. there those delerium/demon limb don't work.

Demon Limb gives low level enchant (damage is about half or 1/3 compared to hard points), cost 2x 9k repair (if casting for both merc and sorc). And its too costly to enchant your party members. And that club takes weapon switch slot, melee-caster hydrid pretty much needs both to be effective and easy to use.

Delerium is nice helmet, little costly compared to shako. And shako gives option to use ias-jool in socket.
I don't use delerium with melee sorc, as I like to use Reapers Toll-merc, decrepify is much better curse than confuse. Against champions, bosses those curses in delerium don't work.
And that turning to doll is annoying, no more teleing for next 30 seconds.

Melee-caster sorc is hard to balance, you need ias, fcr, block, damage reduced etc... good test is full game hell-ancients, killing those fast -> then your build works. Main target for my melee-sorcs have been hell travincal, good balance helps there.
As melee sorc can kill hell council members fast, same sorc can be used in next ladder clearing those sinet-bosses and diablo as easily.



 
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Sorry for not replying for a long time... and thanks again for the feedback.

I get your points, relying on delirium she would be too weak against bosses.

The thing is that I would like a different meleer (does this term exist? :p). Not relying in huge elemental damage and speed, perhaps using ctcast stuff and use hardpoints in synergies or ctcast curses and then using some powerful blizzards (or meteors).


If going for the delirium way I would need one of the following:
- melee attack with huge AR (to increase the chance to strike cast it)
- melee attack ignoring target's defense (venom, crescent moon)

Or if going for ranged attack (and not needing a good shield)
- range piercing attack with a decent AR (since it could strike more monsters)
- ranged attack with lots of AR or ITD too

My problem would be bosses but perhaps I could have two strategies, one for packs of monsters - striking till casting curses and then cast blizz - and one for bosses - just start casting blizz.
 
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