So I've been running a cold wizard since ROS came out... You know, I've got all those +% cold and +% orb damage gear... But...
Lately, I've been questionning myself If I should switch into an arcane wizard... So here's my question: Is any of you wizards have been trying both (cold and arcane) and know which one is more effective? I mean, arcane torrent or disintegrate are very powerful skills and I'm just wondering if I should switch into an arcane wiz.
What are you though? Is arcane more powerful than cold overall?
play whatever you like! As long as you have the proper gear you should be fine. Right now I play a lightning/meteor build stun build that utilizes the bracers that reduce damage by 9% per stunned target within a 25 yard radius. I do t3-t5 well, and my fire gear is a lot better than my frost ^.^. Its efficient as the frost orb build everyone seems to like to play. IMO more damage.
I've actually switched between all different elements, usually after I found a piece with a specific elemental bonus. My first weapon in RoS was a Fulminator so I went lightning; soon after I got Magefist so I went fire; at some point I just wanted to go Archon so I crafted arcane bracers and went arcane. Yesterday I found an Ourobouros with lots of frost damage so I might go frost today.
"Which is more powerful"? Of course they're all powerful. It's not like one element is "better" than the other. It all comes down to gear. I really recommend to just try all of them out - I actually don't like to stay the same for more than 2-3 days, it becomes boring at some point.
My favorite build so far is an all elemental build, loved it so far and haven't changed it, I also have the tal rasha set so i wanted to utilized all the meteors that I can, each of those different meteors are on a different cool down from the set.
For my Skill sets I use:
Arcane Orb - Frozen Orb (Frost damage)
Electrocute - Forked Lightning (Lightning Damage)
Familiar - Arcanot (Arcane Damage)
Magic Weapon - Ignite (Fire Damage)
Energy Armor - Pinpoint Barrier
Blackhole - Blazar (Fire Damage)
For Passive Skills I use:
Paralysis (This is an optional passive, i just use it because i have Shard of Hate and Electrocute - Fork Lightning rune and also have the Amulet Haunt of Vaxo which whenever I stun, i summon 2 Shadow clones of myself that comes and fight for me for 15 seconds, cd is 30 seconds (Diablo's Shadow Clones) and my basic attack pretty much spams a bunch of lightning on the map.)
Elemental Exposure (Definitely for all the different type of elemental damage you do)
Prodigy (To be able to spam more frozen orbs or cast black hole)
Unwavering Will (As a wizard, I definitely find myself standing still for at least 1.5 seconds quite often, this will give you more damage and survivability)