Ice Battle Mage (Cold Sorc)

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Maertsy
Dark Huntress
13 | 0
Thank you Dru and Siosilvar.
If we want to be optimal and we won't spam, then how long do we wait to cast the second nova? We cast the second right after the first nova disapear?
mabumabu9734
Imp
4 | 0
Hi Maertsy,

I really have to agree with your questions. I dont understand it either.
There are some footages on youtube of high level cold sorc players
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60joM6z ... nnel=mrmgg
for the most part here he doesnt spam, but that is because the monsters die so quickly.
Occasionally he also spams.
So maybe the overall takeaway is: it is ok to spam if you dont kill the monsters right away but for gear upgrade: go for extra cold damage or pierce instead of cast speed.
Maertsy
Dark Huntress
13 | 0
mabumabu9734 wrote:Hi Maertsy,

I really have to agree with your questions. I dont understand it either.
There are some footages on youtube of high level cold sorc players
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=60joM6z ... nnel=mrmgg
for the most part here he doesnt spam, but that is because the monsters die so quickly.
Occasionally he also spams.
So maybe the overall takeaway is: it is ok to spam if you dont kill the monsters right away but for gear upgrade: go for extra cold damage or pierce instead of cast speed.

Hi mabu,

I got it after reading some threads about mechanisms on the forum. You may want to search for "Next Delay" keyword (ND).

Basically 1 second = 25 frames in Diablo2. If a nova spell has 0 ND, it would hit the target 25 times/sec. If 1 ND, ~8 times/sec. ...And so on.

There's some ND for the cold sorc nova to make it not very overpowered. So, it not necessary to spam the skill. Because once the nova hits, it takes some frame after that for that nova (or a nova from the next cast) to hit again.

> for gear upgrade: go for extra cold damage or pierce instead of cast speed.
Yes, after playing cold sorc I feel like that too. Cast speed (to reach 6 FPA using Orb) is not the top priority for cold sorc.