Frost Nova or Glacier Spike?(pure blizz)

PlanktonXZ

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Frost Nova or Glacier Spike?(pure blizz)

Just started getting into D2 again and I've been reading in all the guides they say to put points in Glacier Spike and only 1 in frost nova, now i'm confused because isn't frost nova's 10% damage synergy better than 3% freeze length from Glacier Spike for blizzard that is. Thx
 

English Muffin

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With a build of say 20 Blizzard, 20 Glacial Spike, 20 Ice Blast, 20 Ice Bolt, Glacial spikes damage is as follows:

Mana cost: 19.5
Duration: 6.8 Seconds
Range: 2.6 Yards
Cold Damage: 675 - 727 (ø701)
[Synergy] Ice Bolt: +100% Cold Damage (5% / Lvl)
[Synergy] Ice Blast: +100% Cold Damage (5% / Lvl)
[Synergy] Frozen Orb: +0% Cold Damage (5% / Lvl)
[Synergy] Blizzard: +60% Cold Duration (3% / Lvl)

If we only had 1 point in Glacial spike and 20 in Frost Nova, frost nova would read as follows:

Mana cost: 28
Cold Duration: 27 Seconds
Cold Damage: 168 - 202 (ø185)
Cold Radius: 9 Yards
[Synergy] Blizzard: +200% Cold Damage (10% / Lvl)
[Synergy] Frozen Orb: +0% Cold Damage (10% / Lvl)

701 - 185 = 516

So on average, glacial spike does 516 more damage per spike, can be cast from a distance, and freezes enemies. The choice is pretty clear.
 
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