The Archon Wizard

The Archon Wizard was the former max DPS build before players had good enough gear for the CM / WW build to work. This build also uses Critical Mass combined with Archon’s built-in cooldown reduction to make Archon have a near infinite duration. The only time it runs out is when you have run out of monsters to kill. It doesn’t do as much damage as the CM/WW build, but it is a little easier to gear for.

There are some downsides though. Because you are always fighting the Archon cooldown, you many times have to skip a few monsters here and there. You also can’t pick up all the loot if you’re the player that likes to pick up everything. You just won’t have time to do that and keep Archon up for the next pack of monsters. This build is a very fast build best for experience farming runs on Monster Power levels that you overgear. You can clear dungeons extremely fast with the caveat that you will usually only be able to pick up Legendary items and have to skip small rooms with few monsters.

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The Critical Mass / Wicked Wind Wizard

The Critical Mass / Wicked Wind Wizard is the current max DPS Wizard build. It is commonly abbreviated as CM/WW. The build combines high critical hit chance and the high tick rate of Energy Twister’s Wicked Wind rune to proc the Critical Mass passive skill. Several powerful skills then have no cooldowns, which makes them spammable for massive damage and other nice perks.
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