Bi-Polar Blade: A Fire/Ice Melee Sorc

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THE BI-POLAR BLADE
A Fire/Ice Melee Sorceress

By: Solfege

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FOREWORD

This guide will be updated in the next month or so to reflect the changes made in MXL2017. That said, the basic concepts outlined here, as well as gear choices and skillplans should still be applicable. Please read the Changelog to see what adjustments will need to be made in the meantime.


INTRODUCTION

The Melee Sorceress relies on speed and damage versatility to take down her enemies while still being tough enough to tank even the strongest foes. In her base form, she's little more than a paper tiger, so she's heavily reliant on gear, but that doesn't mean she needs a stash full of godly items to succeed. Nearly half the Uberquests can be completed with mid-game gear--and roughly 75% with a few upgrades and a bit of skill. That said, a Melee Sorc is not an easy build. She requires dedication, determination, and patience, but if you're looking for something challenging and fairly uncommon, then a Melee Sorc may be for you.



DISCLAIMER

1. I make no claims as to the originality of this build, nor to the ideas and strategies contained in this guide. I've only taken the information gathered from my own playing experience and asking questions on the forum and compiled them into a linear format.

2. This guide merely demonstrates one way in which a Melee Sorc can be viable end-game. There are a number of gear combinations and skill plans that can achieve similar--or better--results, but since this guide was written for new players, the gear suggestions and skill plans will take a simpler, more jack-of-all-trades approach. Once familiarized with a Melee Sorc's playstyle, strengths, and weaknesses, I encourage you to deviate from this guide and experiment with your own gear and skill combinations.

3. Because this is a Melee Sorc, melee strategies will be used whenever possible, even when there are easier ways to complete certain tasks.

4. Since circumstances on the Realm can change from Season to Season, this guide is written around the base XVI patch (i.e. Single Player). Be aware, if playing TSW, gameplay adjustments may be necessary. In other words: adapt, or die.

5. Please consult Median XL's Official Documentation for more in-depth information and to get a better understanding of the game's mechanics.



CORE OF THE BUILD

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EARLY GAME
(Act 1 Hatred – Terror Baal)



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Summary
Spec: Lightning/Ice
Core Gear: TU Warp Blade, TU Ceremonial Armor, one T1 Honorific
Objectives: LC0, LC1, Ennead Challenge, LC2

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MID-GAME
(Act 1 Destruction – Destruction Baal)



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Summary
Spec: Lightning/Ice, switching to Fire/Ice by Act 3.
Core Gear: Xar RW weapon, Nih RW chest armor, On RW shield, Shrine-crafted boots.
Objectives: Black Road Challenge, "easy" Uberquests, Destruction Baal

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END-GAME
(Beyond Baal)



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Summary
Spec: Fire/Ice
Core Gear: SU Warp Blade, SSSU Kazarghand, Auhe RW Belt. IthXis RW Boots.
Objectives: All remaining Uberquests

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UBERQUESTS



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For this guide, Uberquests are grouped into 3 tiers, and are ranked depending on gear requirements, number of Signets of Learning needed, and the amount of strategy/player skill necessary to complete them. They are listed in Documentation order.

Easy
  • Early/mid-game gear
  • No Signets of Learning
  • Little strategy/player skill

Medium
  • Mid-game gear, with some end-game gear upgrades recommended
  • 75-200 Signets of Learning
  • Requires some strategy/player skill

Hard
  • Full end-game or other specific gear
  • 300-500 Signets of Learning
  • Moderate to high levels of strategy/player skill

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DUNGEON

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SUMMONING

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CHALLENGES



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LEVEL CHALLENGE 0

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LEVEL CHALLENGE 1

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ENNEAD CHALLENGE

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LEVEL CHALLENGE 2

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BLACK ROAD CHALLENGE

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MINIGAMES



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Note:
When doing anything involving Witches, it's best to leave your minions at home--including your merc. Minions have a nasty habit of taunting Witches, which will most certainly get you killed.

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CRAFTING



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JEWEL-CRAFTING

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SHRINE-CRAFTING

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BASE-CRAFTING (Runewords)

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GAMEPLAY TIPS



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Melee Sorc Tips

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General Tips

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Alternate Spec

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SPECIAL THANKS



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  • Marco, Laz, and the entire MXL team.
  • Blizzard North.
  • Rishab for his “Bestiary.”
  • Suchbalance for the “Workshop” section of his Stormazon guide.
  • Wolfieeiflow for his “Guide to Writing a Guide.”
  • All the people who keep the forum running, maintain the documentation, host servers, and who took the time to answer my many, many questions.

Thanks for reading!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions related specifically to this guide, feel free to pm me here on the forum.
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How can you invest into the cold light and fire trees if you can only pick 2?
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ok i didnt read yet, but i can already tell nice pics

/e: IAS: 39/80/180 (Warp Blade) i think you forgot to factor the wsm from the weapon itself when you (i assume) checked the bps in the speedcalc, warp blade got a really good wsm
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Goodkidscc wrote:How can you invest into the cold light and fire trees if you can only pick 2?


He starts with Lightning/Ice then switch to Fire/Ice later.
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Pinball wrote:
Goodkidscc wrote:How can you invest into the cold light and fire trees if you can only pick 2?


He starts with Lightning/Ice then switch to Fire/Ice later.


He starts with Light/Ice for the def/survivability, but then once he gets later game into some RWs, he can respec to Fire/Ice for more life and damage (firedance), along with Adamantine Guard end game for the Warp Armor passive from Light tree.
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Pinball wrote:
Goodkidscc wrote:How can you invest into the cold light and fire trees if you can only pick 2?


He starts with Lightning/Ice then switch to Fire/Ice later.


He starts with Light/Ice for the def/survivability, but then once he gets later game into some RWs, he can respec to Fire/Ice for more life and damage (firedance), along with Adamantine Guard end game for the Warp Armor passive from Light tree.

Gotcha. I realized it was a misguided question after I read the guide a second time.

Nicely done, and cookied.
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ok i read it all, i dont remember anything thats missing, but i would be interested in your source for where you found that adamantine guard oskill warp armor boosts minions as well
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Uberquests section added. That's enough for today...