This build takes advantage of Intelligence stacking on every piece possible. Intelligence grants every damage skill 4% damage as well as 4% ward retention. You are also granted 3% increased critical strike chance per point of Intelligence because of and also 1% cooldown recovery rate per 4 point of Intelligence from .
is one of the highest Single Target Damage Skills because of allowing a single cast to be chained to the same enemy up to three times for four hits total per cast. It also has one of the best skill trees granting many more multipliers such as and . It also gives easy access to Lightning Nova granting an additional 25% less damage taken defensive layer. This also enables the use of four large idols for up to 76% increased cast speed. The major downside of using for single target is the high mana cost combined with the high cast speed deleting your mana very fast. This is solved by the usage of the unique boots which grant -6 to mana cost of skills after standing still for three seconds putting 's mana cost to exactly zero. Standing still isn't much of a problem in boss fights as you can still reposition yourself using teleport which does not count as movement and therefore also does not break the mana cost reduction of the boots. Also after acquiring you can also face tank lots of content by generating ward up to ten thousand.
is used for clearing as it has decent AoE and damage as well as being procced three times for free on every cast using the nodes , and . 's mana cost is reduced to 2 mana by a combination of and for a smooth experience while mapping. If you have higher mana regeneration you can also put more points into for more damage. As is an area skill it also takes great advantage of the newly introduced Runemaster Passive Node granting 146 Ward every cast in combination with . IMPORTANT: DO NOT SKILL EITHER or AS THIS WILL CHANGE THE RUNE YOU WILL GET FROM .
Layer of Defenses
The backbone of this build is autocasting by using Num Lock. The Invocation is based on the first three elemental Skills on your hotbar by using . The invocation that we will be using is granting 30% less damage taken from all sources and generating a burst of Ward and then smaller amounts of Ward every second for 13 seconds. To use this specific Invocation you need the combination of cold → fire → cold in your hotbar. This is achieved by using cold converted Lightning Blast using the node on the basic mage passive tree . The fire spell is followed by with only being enabled for the last cold skill. Both and do not count for so you can just place them anywhere on your hotbar as you like.
is also purely on autocast as Runic Invocation. By having high cooldown recovery rate it gives a relative high uptime of its own 30% less damage modifier as well as its nodes and . Additionally, it is also used to generate by using the node , which will then get prolonged and kept up permanently by Node .