A newbie Es/CL sorc?! Help?!?!?

Gribnoor

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A newbie Es/CL sorc?! Help?!?!?

Ok, so ive tried to get as much info off the web about a ES sorc as I can and they sound amazing, but I am unsure as to weather they are really worth the effort to get together. So, taking a deep breathe, and read on if you dare :cool:

First, you apparently need as this specialised equipment to make them effective which I just dont even know where to begin with as I have no other characters currently (others expired, its been a while....). Is there a way around this? What items could be used which would not be too impossible to get?:cry:

You seem to put a LOT of skill points into just establishing the ES to a useful standard, near 44 point from memory. What im worried about is, does this seriously deplet the sorcs damage output? Would they cut the mustered in hell or would the damage simply be too low?:undecided:

In conjuction with above, could this lack to skill points be countered by simply putting all points into one lightning skill (I want to use chain lightning anyone as my main) and then not running a secondry tree? I know it will mean I simply could not fit lightning immunes in hell but would that make the damage output acceptable at a hell standard? To counter only having one main spell, could I not use a merc with a different elemental damage to counter this? If so, which would you advise?

What other issues would such a sorc have problems with in hell difficulty? Do they make this type of character unplayable at that standard?

I know its a lot of questions, but if you guys could help answer them it would be a great deal of help to me. Thanks greatly in advance for you advise. :thumbsup:
 

Frzp

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I started an ES/CL sorc a long time ago with full intention of completing her. Of course I kept putting off placing more points in telekinesis by making sure some of my CL synergies were met. So here she is, level 89 with 1 point in TK and 1 point in ES and almost all synergies maxed for CL. What do I do? Nothing. I have read all the opinions out there and I have come to this conclusion. I use ES as a 1 hit warning, if my mana goes away suddenly, my mana regen gives me enough to TP to safety. Do I like it....yeah, would I like it more if it were fully maxed with TK maxed as synergy...probably not. It helps just like it is and does the job nicely. But again, this is just my opinion and since my primary method of travel is Teleport, I rarely get surrounded by monsters. But that is my style of play and it has served me good.

Frzp
 

MageChick

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1. ES is kinda a specialized build and it only works real well with specialized gear. Not saying you can't do it cheaply, but you will suffer - not worth doing it if you can't do it right IMO.

2. Yes a good ES/TK build takes a lot of points to really make it work. This will really limit your damage. That's the tradeoff.

3. Going single tree lightning does help - but you will still have a lot less damage than a pure light sorc (no ES). In order to deal with the lightning immunes you will need some more, real expensive gear.

If this is your first char and you don't have access to the really expensive gear - then I'd recommend a different build. Lightning or Lightning/ES can be really awsome - but not with cheap gear.
 

Lyndis

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Yeah. Go with Meteorb first. In order to go ES, you need a ridiculous amount of +skills (need level 40 ES) so that means you'll need at least a few skill charms, expensive rings like SOJs, really rare magical circlets of +3 lightning, +20 Faster cast rate, magic ammy of +3 lightning, damage reduction, and of course, lots of +mana, +% mana, and more damage/mag damage reduction, and faster cast rate from things like magefist, arachnid mesh, wizardspike.

You'll also need Infinity weapon on your merc to break lightning immunes. Very, very expensive build to play.
 

MageChick

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I think that's assumed. You don't generally mention the mastery in the build names. i.e CL/FO is just that, not CL/LM/FO/CM. Besides you wouldn't have to max CM to make that build totally effective. 10 hard points or so would do the job. Its a support skill, not the main point of the build. I think FO/ES is a standard build in hardcore.
 
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