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    Delsere's Magnum Opus preview.

    Delsere’s Magnum Opus preview.

    Wizard players are eagerly anticipating the new Wizard-themed Item Set, DiabloWikiDelsere’s Magnum Opus both for the variety of a new play style, and for what they hope is increased killing power. Wizard’s aren’t pitiful or anything, but if you refer to the Greater Rift leaderboards, the class generally runs 2-4 GRs behind the others (though slightly ahead of Witch Doctors), and that’s true whether you compare Page One or Page Seven of the Leaderboards. (The GR power discrepancy is similar in Hardcore, but there survival is a factor, as Wizards are now arguably the most hardy class, with multiple huge damage shields.)

    A Blue reply today (sort of) answers the fan question: Will Delsere’s Magnum Opus will push Wizards to the Top?

    Let’s hope the set make Wiz competitive in terms of dps
    Tyvalir: We’ve heard several players express the desire for Wizards to have more build possibilities, in both solo and group play, especially for higher Greater Rifts.

    With the PTR for patch 2.2.0 coming up, and players trying out new Set items (such as Delsere’s Magnum Opus), we’re hoping to see some engaging and (ultimately) high-end viable builds for that class. With our community’s helpful theorycrafters pitching in, the new builds people discover are bound to become even better.

    Even so, our goal of providing items that will increase build diversity is never truly done. After all, Diablo III is an ever-evolving game, and (to that end) we intend to keep adding items that will encourage players to explore new builds.

    As Wyatt mentioned early in our most recent Tavern Talk livestream, the class currently considered the best can change, even multiple times, in the span of a single Season. Regardless of which class is currently considered best, our goal remains the same: create more fun and engaging play styles for players of every class to enjoy.

    Even if the power isn’t that much higher, the play style will be very different than current Wizard builds. With Delsere’s, you basically drop Slow Time bubbles everywhere, then nuke the CC’ed victims with your Spender of choice. It’s a bit Demon Hunter-esque in style, with focused fire on a selected group of enemies, and feels very different than the “run around while Hydra/Meteor/Blizzard DoTs the world” style of Firebird’s. And variety in build options is a nice thing.

    Our resident Wizard expert, N3rdwards, was able to test out the new set at Blizzcon last year and wrote about it with great enthusiasm. Check out his report for more hands-on details and theorycrafting.

    Are you guys excite for Delsere’s and the other new sets in Patch 2.2.0?

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