Patch 2.4.2 has hit the PTR and the changes are worth discussing. Also, we debate the Top Ten Wizard skills, with two Wizard experts and lots of opinions, many of them in disagreement. Featuring N3rdwards, HolyKnight, Cpt. Goldfish, and Flux.

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    Diablo 3 Podcast #209: Top 10 Wizard Skills

    • Intro and wizards in other Blizzard games.
    • 3:30 — PTR Patch 2.4.2 quick prelim discussion, and Firebird’s Set changes plus the lack of a fix to Firebugs on the live season.
    • 14:30 — Other PTR changes and utter indifference to Spike Trap changes. Botting much less common this season?
    • 19:00 — Wowcraft movie. Both guests saw it and loved it.
    • 29:30 — Wizard top 10 skills explanation. N3rdward’s list, #10: Explosive Blast. Was Wand of Woe the beginning of the end for Wizard strategy/builds in Diablo 3?
    • 34:00 — #9: Magic Weapon; a necessary evil and bad design at the same time.
    • 37:00 — #8: Magic Missile.
    • 38:45 — #7: Mirror Image. One of the most clever/varied defensive type skills in the game.
    • 40:30 — #6: Archon. Disagreement ensues.
    • 45:40 — #5: Energy Armor: Burst Armor.
    • 47:30 — #4: Lightning Armor: Scramble.
    • 49:30 — #3: Arcane Orb.
    • 52:30 — #2: Teleport. Debate over the concept of Teleport having a cost/cooldown.
    • 55:30 — #1: Meteor. Not that it’s good, but it should be!
    • 58:30 — Honorable mentions and debate. Electrocute was awesome in the early days. Arcane Torrent. Ray of Frost… why do channeled skills never quite work in Diablo 3? Black Hole is awesome. And the enduring WTF mystery of Shock Pulse Living Lightning.
    • 1:06:00 — Why are Wizard passives so crappy? Crowned by the most powerful, Audacity, creating all the lameness of non-ranged Wizard builds. Hydra; never lived up to the awesome legacy of the skill from D1 and D2.
    • 1:12:00 — Captain Goldfish leaps in with a guest appearance and his top five “Not good but should be” Wizard skills: Blizzard, Teleport, Arcane Torrent, Arcane Orb, Hydra.

    • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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