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Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

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  1. jAguero

    jAguero IncGamers Member

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    Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    Hey all,

    Recently just returned back to D2 gaming. Received a very generous donation by API, and was therefore blessed to have received a full Tals set.

    My question is, what now? I'm currently level 74, in Hell, trying to do some chaos runs to get my levels up. I have a 4os Monarch and the runes to make the Spirit shield, but the str requirement means that I'll only be able to wield it at level 85.

    I'm just feeling lost as to what to do and where to MF. I have around ~5-10 decent mid runes, what should I do with them?

    Also, I don't feel like I'm utilizing Meteor a lot, only on CI mobs.

    Here is my skillbuild:

    Cold tree (basic) (with Tal set)

    Ice Bolt - 20 (26)
    Frozen Armour - 1 (7)
    Frost Nova - 1 (7)
    Ice Blast - 1 (7)
    Glacial Spike - 1 (7)
    Blizzard - 1 (7)
    Frozen Orb - 20 (26)
    Cold Mastery - 6 (12)

    Lightning tree (basic) (with Tal set)

    Telekinesis - 1 (7)
    Teleport - 1 (7)

    Fire tree (basic) (with Tal set)

    Warmth - 1 (7)
    Fire Bolt - 1 (7)
    Inferno - 1 (7)
    Blaze - 1 (7)
    Fire Ball - 1 (7)
    Fire Wall - 1 (7)
    Meteor - 17 (23)




    Thanks a lot in advance.
     
  2. droid

    droid IncGamers Member

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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    1) you need 1 pt in Static Field, thats Sorc 101
    2) you're not built like a meteorb, you're build like a FO sorc with a weak meteor backup. You'll need to respec....the two directions you could go would be back towards true Meteorb, which has a 20 pt unsynergized FO and then maxes out Fireball with all synergies (Meteor is only a synergy, not your main attack). Orbitaller would keep the fully synergized FO, and then max out Fireball with Fire Bolt and Mastery, nothing in Meteor. 1-pt Cold Mastery in either case for starters.
    3) while you're respeccing, get enough str (156) to wield that Monarch. There's no reason you cant wield it at L74
     
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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    1) Respec:
    You now have 75 points. And are level 74. You are in act 4 hell. That means that you have not done the skill point quests yet. With the skill points you should have 12 (11?) more skill points. It really should be your first priority. when you have done the quests you should respec.

    A meteorb typically have 20 in orb and enough for 100 in CM then the rest i fireball/fire mastery.

    Your build (with 87 points) would be like this:
    Cold:
    5 prereq
    20 orb
    11 CM (with spirit equipped, this will be 2 less points), 9 points.

    Lighting:
    1 static field
    1 telekinetic
    1 teleport

    Fire:
    20 fire bolt
    20 fire ball
    the rest into FM

    (If you choose to go with meteor you put just 1 point into fire bolt and go the route you currently have gone and max meteor.)

    2) Cast rate.
    You should aim for 105% faster cast rate. This is your second priority. I dont know what rings you currently are using but even blue rings with 10% cast rate is better (right now) then other rings without cast rate. When you respec you also get to equip your spirit. After that you should go to our trade forums here and trade yourself a magefist/trangs to get 20 extra. It will cost you 2-3 perfect gems or so.

    Keep in mind: Just because the build is called meteor/orb (meteorb) you are in reality a fireball sorc with orb for "backup".
     
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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    Cryton has a good build suggestion. I used about the same I think I found in the stickies. I went with 1 in fire bolt 20 fireball and 20 in meteor.

    I just got to 82 so I am no expert but had some of the same confusion as to what spells to use. Fireball for cold immunes and frozen orb for fire immunes pretty easy. I only use meteor when its a boss or they are packed up on my merc. To really pump out damage cast fireballs while you wait for your frozen orb or meteors cool down. Picking frozen orb or fireball on lightning immunes is between slowing down big packs or speed killing one.

    I also picked up full tals with magefist. You want to get to 105 fcr for speed teles and fast fireballs. If you can get a spirit shield at 35 percent you dont need a ring. Ive rerolled my shield a few times still trying for it so I am using a ring to make up for it in the mean time.
     
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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    Hey all,

    Firstly, thank you everyone for the excellent replies here! -thumbs-up- It really got me clear in what I actually should be doing, albeit uncertainties still loom here and there, which I will subsequently ask in this post.

    Secondly, Merlin's beard... This probably means I have been doing the whole thing wrong. From my impression, "Meteorb" sounds like Meteor as your primary attack, Orb as your secondary, but since I couldn't really utilize meteor as flexibly as the orb, I figured that the Orb would be a better primary attack. This is where I really should have followed a proper guide. Fireball should be the primary attack. Also, I can forgive your laughters and scrutiny at my ludicrous attempts to hit CI mobs with meteor.

    Thirdly, the questions... so I understand a little bit about this whole thing surrounding respec. How many times can I respec? Also, do I have to fully pump all my stats points into my strength to gather the 156 str pre-req for the monach shield? It would be such a waste of stats points, wouldn't it be?

    Lastly, meanwhile I shall just complete my skill-quests with this screwed up build. But hey, I can still pass nightmare with some ease, but Hell Andy is the furthest I can go.
     
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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    You can, with quests, respec 3 times. However you can also respec as many times you want if you use a token of absolution. Do a search on the name and you will see where you get it.

    The spirit shield is amazing. It really is worth 156 str to use it. You lose some life but you gain alot of vitality points (if my memory serve me correctly its about 100 vitality points) that makes up for the life lost. The 2 skills, 25-35% cast rate is really the bonus. However. do. not. go. max. block. with it. It is not worth it. You need ALOT of dex to reach max block and the shield has a crappy block rate so in reality you will not be blocking as fast as with a better block shield and will be "stunlocked" when you block.

    And naaa we did not laugh about your attempt to use meteor to kill CI's :p hehe
     
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    Re: Help with new MF sorc Meteorb.

    You dont need 156 str after all the +str you get from gear...eventually this'll include things like a Torch and Anni that will give you 20-40 points, but for now just invest whatever you need to. At L74, you should have 365 points to spend when you respec, plus 10 more if you do the A3 stat quests in Norm/NM. You'll still have at least 219 points to spend on Vit after you buy enough Str for a Spirit Monarch, which is what you should do - none in Energy or Dex should be necessary
     

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