Thanks to the hard work of our alliance member, Lord Willow. Make sure you check out his M18 Wizard build video.
Basic Build Notes: These guides are not meant to be comprehensive “bibles” on how you must build your class, but offer solid alternatives to get started in the new mod. Each of these builds should offer a solid foundation for you to start playing the new mod, but do not necessarily represent “BiS”, as that can depend on your preferred playstyle, gear, and stats. These level 80 builds, however, are intended to optimize the Wizard for dps.
Wizard Notes: The wizard offers solid play, decent survival with the right stat allocation, and probably does the best “all around” DPS. The Wizard is not the top single target, nor AOE DPS, but when you combine the both the Wizard offers probably the best balance.
Level 80 Wizard build
For level 80 Wizard build information, check out Lord Willow’s Wizard build video. This video is a very comprehensive review of the Wizard. If you want a Module 18 Wizard build, but less comprehensive, check Lord Willow’s M18 Wizard video. He covers both Thaumaturge and Arcanist loadouts. While the concepts below, such as Thaumaturge for AOE and Arcantist for Single Target, still hold true, the video contains the post recent level 80 Wizard build information. Check out the Lord Willow Wizard gameplay video for tips on how to play the Wizard.
Over on Janne’s website, Sharp has published his Wizard mechanics guide for Mod 17. This is still arguably the best documentation of the Wizard class in M18.
Wizard AOE Concepts
This build is all about smoldering everything. You can switch to Chilling Cloud at level 71, but you’ll have to take Magic Missile to start. Every time you apply a Chill stack to a target with Smolder, Rimfire damage is added. Also, to maximize damage with Scorching Burst, tap the mouse button (don’t hold it down to expand, unless you need to apply smolder to a wide range of targets because Fireball is on cool down). If you use this for Mad Mage, put Ray of Enfeeblement on Tab, and replace Conduit of Ice with Icy Rays for boss fights. Your go to At Will is Ray of Frost. This build can kill mimics. You should be at or close to crit cap to maximize this build. You shouldn’t need to worry about applying Smolder at all (Smolder happens).. spam out you encounters, then pick a target to melt with Ray of Frost while waiting for encounter cooldowns.
This build works well for both AOE and Single Target (an Arcanist focused on arcane stacks has an edge in single target, but this build performs well all around).
AOE Rotation is: Fireball > Icy Terrain > Conduit of Ice > Icy Rays > Chilling cloud x 3 > ‘tap’ Scorching burst. Repeat (you can also use daily Furious Immolation as an opener instead of Fireball). Honorable mention for artifacts for this AOE build: Staff of Flowers, Envenomed Story Teller Journal
Single Target Rotation is: ‘tap’ Scorching burst > Ray of Enfeeblement > Icy Terrain > Conduit of Ice > Icy Rays > ‘tap’ Scorching burst (repeat until encounters come off cool down). Repeat rotation. Remember to mix in Daily Ice Knife (try to use only when the target has Smolder, as well as Chill stacks already applied to maximize). Honorable mention artifacts for Single Target: Staff of Flowers, Envenomed Story Teller Journal, Soul Sight Crystal (this doesn’t last long so time it well).
Boons (Applies to pretty much every DPS loadout for every class):
Boons for Wizard
Ability Scores (Applies for ALL Wizard loadouts):
Ability Scores Wizard
AOE Arcanist (designed for group play):
This build DOES NOT perform as well as the Thaum build, but it is a LOT of fun for me to play, and it is still viable.
Rotation: Icy Terrain > Lightning Bolt > Ray of Enfeeblement > Steal Time > Storm Pillar charged to at least 50% > tap Storm Pillar until powers of cool down.
AOE (Arcanist, designed for Party play):
Single Target Arcanist:
This build is all about getting as many arcane stacks as possible, which means everything you do is Arcane damage. Be sure to mix in Daily Arcane Empowerment only when you have a good tank keeping aggro attention away from you so you can fully leverage. Use Storm Pillar only to refresh arcane and chill stacks. Your go-to at will is Ray of frost. Your Daily is Arcane Empowerment. With the right stats, good timing, and a disciplined rotation, this build will put out more damage on a single target than any other class in the game – NOTE: this concept is weak in AOE. Assailing Force is not working correctly right now, once that bug is fixed, then the DPS should go up more.
A quick comment on gear: Radiants in ALL offense slots. You want to stack as much Power as possible, but remember that the damage increase from Power isn’t as effective as a % damage increase from gear like Hags rags. These items (Demo Set included) are without a doubt best in slot.
If you want, you can always check out our old Wizard M16 blog entry.