[3.5] A Storm of Ice and Fire - Truly Excessive CWDT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYRHRzhRelQ

The video above is the "entertaining" breakdown of this build. If you don't want to look at a bunch of math, watch that instead, because here there be dragons.

This is a meme build that I have optimized to be mostly viable. If you are looking for a build that can efficiently do content, this build is not for you. If you are looking for a league starter, this build is not for you.

If you want a build optimized solely for "explosions per second," then know that this build is Torgue-approved.


Pros:
- Explosions
- Damage can be measured in Shapers Per Second
- More healing than pre-nerf Zerphi's
- Uses self-cast effectively!
- Can still clear content without ever using self-cast anyway!
- Can AFK many encounters
- Can do any map mod except "enemies have 90% chance to avoid elemental ailments"
- Easily-balanced resistances for The Wise Oak!
- Pretty decent at PvP (does crashing them count?)


Cons:
- "Limited hardcore viability"
- Limited SSF viability (lots of uniques)
- Can't do bosses that teleport a lot
- Crashes instances sometimes
- Can't play in a group without having to pay to repair your friends' PC's
- You won't notice that a map is elemental reflect until you pop VMS and die instantly


Path of Building code (from video):
https://pastebin.com/ZLJ9ZqyQ

Path of Building code (unlimited budget):
https://pastebin.com/8FBphiAx

Core mechanics:
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We are an Elementalist with 100% chance to ignite. Using the Eye of Innocence unique amulet and 2 Ngamahu's Sign unique rings, we take 100 fire damage, reduced to 27 by our resistances, but are healed for 60 life. This heals us for 33 life, but counts 27 damage towards our CWDT gems. By causing as many ignites per second as possible, we heal at an absurd rate, and cast even more spells. We can do whatever we want with all these free spell casts.

In this build we use them to trigger Vaal Molten Shell explosions. They do a lot of damage, and Vaal Molten Shell has no cooldown.


Leveling Guide:
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LOL YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN



Gear explanation:
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Eye of Innocence, 2 Ngamahu's Sign: Required for Cast on Ignite.

The Whispering Ice: Chosen for its Level 1 Icestorm skill, and the lack of a need to 6L it (or 5L it!) Scales with Intelligence, but we only get 300. It gives +1 to socketed support gems, which will affect CWDT, but a level 2 CWDT is actually the most efficient for a skill like Icestorm that can't be a level 20 gem.

The Rat Cage: Used to trigger Vaal Molten Shell with its %Fire-taken-as-physical mechanic. This is the only way to do this. Because of its high Dex requirement, it's difficult to color for spell gems, so we don't 6L it (or 5L it) and use it for auras and Blade Vortex.

Remaining slots:

In our remaining gear slots (including many jewel sockets) we need to acquire the following stats:

- As much life as possible
- +37 Dexterity (in addition to +24 from the Eye of Innocence)
- +85% of each resistance
- 5% chance to ignite
- 5% of damage taken gained as mana over 4 seconds

Other mods to look for:

- % increased cooldown recovery rate on boots and belt
- Cast speed on gloves (Essence of Insanity, supported by Faster Casting)
- Damage mods for Vaal Molten Shell on helmet (socketed gems deal 30% more elemental damage, supported by Concentrated Effect, supported by Immolate)

One item that I failed to craft in time for the build was a jewel with 5% chance to ignite, as well as 2-3% of damage taken gained as mana over 4 seconds, so the character in the video only has 95% chance to ignite.

Jewel sockets are a good opportunity to get more life and cap your resistances. I recommend using 1 Crimson Jewel with 5% chance to ignite and 2-3% of damage taken gained as mana over 4 seconds (crafted by spamming Lucent fossils,) one Hypnotic Eye jewel with 2-3% of damage taken gained as mana over 4 seconds (you must have 5% total to sustain mana,) and fill the rest of the sockets with Hypnotic Eye jewels.

Gear from the video:
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The rares here are terrible. It's very difficult to get good mods and Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed on the same item. If you're not interested in doing the absolute maximum damage possible, you don't need to get Increased Cooldown Recovery Speed. If you don't want perfectly balanced resistances for the Wise Oak flask, it's a lot easier to get your resists capped.





Gem setup:
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Staff: R-R-B-B B B

CWDT (1) - Increased Duration (20) - Ball Lightning (5) - Spark (12) | Concentrated Effect (20) | Efficacy (20)

Here, we want CWDT linked to both Ball Lightning and Spark, and Increased Duration linked to Spark. We don't want Concentrated Effect linked to Ball Lightning. Spark isn't necessary here. You can put whatever you want in that socket. I just put it there because it benefits from the increased duration.

Gloves: B-B-B-R

Firestorm (20) - Spell Cascade (20) - Spell Echo (20) - Increased Duration (20)

Firestorm hits single targets better when it has less AOE, so a level 1 Spell Cascade would be better than a level 20 one, but the difference is small enough to not matter at all.

Boots: R-R-B-B

CWDT (1) - Increased Duration (20) - Firestorm (8) - Concentrated Effect (20)

CWDT Firestorm with more duration and less AOE for optimized single-target. Could possibly get supported by Increased Duration on the boots, in which case, socket Efficacy instead.

Chest: R B-B G R-G

Herald of Ash (20) | Blasphemy (20) - Enfeeble (20) | Herald of Ice (20) | CWDT (20) - Blade Vortex (20)

Enfeeble is used here to prevent getting one shot, since our healing is so ridiculous that this is the only thing that can kill us (except after-death effects.) Ensure that you have a high-quality Blasphemy gem to increase its effectiveness. Quality on Herald of Ash is good, too.

To get these colors, use the "1 Red and 1 Blue" crafting recipe (15 chrom each try) and pray to RNGesus. This was the single hardest thing to craft for the build. I got really unlucky. At least it doesn't need to be 6L.

Helmet: R-R-B-B

Vaal Molten Shell (21) - Fire Penetration (20) - Controlled Destruction (20) - Combustion (20)

Ensure you get a lv 21 Vaal Molten Shell. Quality doesn't matter, since we already have 100% chance to ignite. You can use regular molten shell, but keep in mind that casting regular molten shell will override Vaal Molten Shell and get rid of it.

Weapon Swap:

Obliteration #1: R-B-B

CWDT (20) - Arc (20) - Innervate (20)

Just to help get the explosions going. Interesting tidbit, our increased duration will affect Innervate, making it last nearly 8 seconds, and the buff will persist when we weapon swap back.


Obliteration #2: B-B-B

Flame Dash (20) - Faster Casting (20) - Arcane Surge (7)

A level 7 Arcane Surge will activate on every Flame Dash. You may wish for it to proc less often, in order to give a better buff, in which case you should leel up the gem. The buff is affected by our increased skill duration, so it will last almost 8 seconds, and persist when we weapon swap.


Pantheon:
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Soul of the Brine King is the only choice for the major, here. Getting stunned to death isn't fun. For the minor, we have some choices. I prefer to run Soul of Ralakesh for bleed, labyrinth traps, blind, and maim, but Soul of Gruthkul is very good, because we will basically permanently have 5% physical damage reduction.


Damage Calculations:
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For the purposes of these calculations, I will be using the exact numbers of the character featured in the video. Keep in mind, that character is level 88, and the gear is pretty terrible. If you end up getting better gear, your numbers will be better.

In the video, I did a very hand-wavy damage calculation. I rounded a lot, and I used a specific configuration. This will give you a better idea of how much damage the build actually does (MATH AHEAD!)

CWDT global cooldown: 0.19s (30% increased cooldown recovery speed)
Damage taken per ignite: 1 (phys) + 25.92 (fire) = 27

CWDT Damage Thresholds:
Lv 1: 528 (19.56 Ignites) (Firestorm)
Lv 2: 583 (21.59 Ignites) (Icestorm, Ball Lightning, Spark)
Lv 20: 3272 (121.2 Ignites) (Blade Vortex)

Ignites/second required to cast at maximum efficiency: 114

Number of targets: 1
Radius of target: 3 (best answer I could find for the size of the Shaper.)

Ignites per second:
Self-cast Firestorm:
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Casts per second: 4.42 (with Silver Flask)
Duration: 5.08s (50 fireballs)
Radius: 22 (30 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Blast Radius: 9 (12 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Chance to hit: 29.75% (25% with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites per Cast: 14.875 (12.5 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites/second: 65.75 (55.25) (if they stay in the Firestorm for its full duration!)


Triggered Firestorm:
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Casts per second: 5.26 (assuming we are at cap)
Duration: 5.08s (50 fireballs)
Radius: 20 (27 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Blast Radius: 8 (11 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Chance to hit: 30.25% (26.89% with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites per Cast: 15.125 (13.45 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites/second: 79.56 (70.74) (if they stay in the Firestorm for its full duration!)


Icestorm (triggered):
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Casts per second: 5.26 (assuming we are at cap)
Duration: 5.28s (52 ice?balls)
Radius: 20 (27 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Blast Radius: 8 (11 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Chance to hit: 30.25% (26.89% with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites per Cast: 15.73 (13.98 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites/second: 82.74 (73.53) (if they stay in the Icestorm for its full duration!)


Ball Lightning (triggered):
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Casts per second: 5.26 (assuming we are at cap)
Radius: 22 (29 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Projectile Speed: 48 (probably!)
Duration hitting: 0.98 (1.125 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Hit rate: 0.115 (30% increased cooldown recovery speed!)
Ignites per cast: 8.52 (9.78 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
Ignites/second: 44.82 (51.44) (assuming they stand still!)


Spark (triggered):
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It depends! Sparks follow a random path that is affected by terrain.
I'm going to assume perfect conditions, for funsies.

Casts per second: 5.26 (assuming we are at cap)
Duration: 5.10
Hit cooldown: 0.77 (30% increased cooldown recovery speed!)
Max hits/cast: 6.62
Ignites/second: 34.82 (ideally! This will never happen.)


Blade Vortex:
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Hits per second: 7.5
Ignites/second: 7.5 (lol)


TOTAL IGNITES/SECOND: 315.19
(293.28 with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)
(280.37 without Spark)
(258.46 without Spark, with Pendulum of Destruction on AOE)

We only need 114 ignites/second to be at maximum efficiency, so we don't need to be hitting a stationary target for a full 5 seconds to reach this point.

If you can beat 315.19 ignites/second, message me. I want to see it.


Misc. notes:
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I chose Beacon of Ruin solely because of the chill and shock effectiveness. The ignite proliferation does not help our build at all. In fact, it substantially increases the lag of the build, because of the way that ignite proliferation is done. The radius isn't based on the ignited enemy, it's based on where the enemy was standing when they were ignited. This means that coordinate needs to be tracked for the duration of the ignite, for every single ignite we cause, and they won't go away when the enemy is killed. If you think you can go without the shock and chill effectiveness, unspec Beacon of Ruin and put a point in Elemental Damage and Resistances. At that point, you could get another 5% chance to ignite jewel and spec into Paragon of Calamity, which is VERY nice.
Last edited by Jousis on Jan 1, 2019, 10:49:38 AM
Last bumped on Jan 19, 2019, 8:17:39 PM
I'm very happy to see a forum post for this build! I'm playing another cwdt build using heartbound loop and occultist, I saw this build on reddit recently and decided i had to level it!

Glad to see a write up for this thanks for the entertaining build :)
Hey there, thanks for doing a write up for this, I am currently leveling one up and just wondered about this builds map clearing speed?

Have you done any mapping with it, seems likes an amazing boss killer but what is it like in maps, assuming your using firestorm for clearing mods?
The spell cast loop is decent at clearing, but swapping to Obliteration to proliferate explosions is faster. In relative terms, I'd say this build clears faster than Cyclone, but slower than Arc (on average.)
In before Molten Shell nerf :)

Awesome as always! Now watch the prices rise as quickly as the stationary mobs go down.
From Holland, witlof.
Is there any cheap alternative to rat cage ?
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Completed 9 Challengesk3pl3rk wrote:
Is there any cheap alternative to rat cage ?

No. Read:

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The Rat Cage: Used to trigger Vaal Molten Shell with its %Fire-taken-as-physical mechanic. This is the only way to do this.
From Holland, witlof.
Great to see the build here as well. I came across your YouTube guide early this morning and was delighted by the clever mechanics employed, plus your presentation style.

Initially I thought that maybe you had George Takei do the voice over for the video - great voice :)

Can't wait to try this out for myself!

Thanks for the guide!
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If you want a build optimized solely for "explosions per second," then know that this build is Torgue-approved.






Yep, I like
Can i have ur IGN, i have so much idea to upgrade ur build

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