Leveled your Wizard to 70 already? It is time to go and get your free set for this season! Here are Wizard builds and tips to help you get your Seasonal Journey and Haedrig’s gifts ASAP! Get to endgame ASAP with Fresh 70 Wizard guide! Not L70 yet? Check our Wizard Leveling Guide.
In case you’re curious we’re going with something modern and fun for S27:
Sanctified Magic Missle LoD transitioning into Firebird MM
In Season 27, the Wizard free set is: Tal Rasha’s Elements.
Even if the free set, Tal Rasha, got a little bit of a rework (delseres too) – we won’t be using it for this guide. Why? I kind of want to focus on the fleeting S27 mechanics, of which Magic Missle is an exciting and decent option that can serve as a middle ground between speedfarming and tryharding. We can always try out tal rasha later on in the season, or in the next one!
For this guide we have a few couple overarching steps that dictate our plan.
– Gear up our LoD Magic Missile as our first step.
– Smash seasonal journey once youve got a mature build.
– Transition into a Firebird MM build for an option when tryharding.
– Using the base builds, have slight variations for speedier runs or tryhardy runs.
I’m just thankful I don’t have to recommend Archon for another season…
Early game Wiz Sanctified powers – a heads up
Every time you get an angelic crucible to sanctify an item, you’re gonna want to use it ASAP to boost your power levels.
What item do I sanctify? If you can, use it on a main-hand weapon. What exact weapon? Whew. A safe bet is either Fragment of Destiny or Aether Walker. Sanctifying makes into a primal ancient tier weapon.
While the sanctified power you want is Magic Missile , you can potentially use the others during your “way up”, depending on how mature your build is. Storm Armor is always useful with Halo of Karini, and you can easily temporarily add Arcane orb if you’re early on in your journey.
Step 1) Initial Build & Getting Legacy of Dreams
Don’t get stressed out, yes, LoD builds might seem a little daunting but let me tell you that it’s a fun and exciting process. Ultimately you need two things right now: The actual LoD gem, and a basic build to get you going.
Generic Starter build
Chaos Nexus (Entropy)
|Archon||Pure Power / Teleport|
|Energy Armor||Prismatic Armor|
The above build is meant to be in the middle of two things: Easy to edit – that hopefully game-changing legendaries can fit in no matter what. Energy Armor is the basic choice, but once you have the armor-improving rings, use either Storm or Ice (Halo of Karini / Arlyse)
Magic Missile Build Template
ONCE YOU GET FRAGMENT OF DESTINY, or enough “primary attack” buffs, change into this build:
|Magic Missile||Charged Blast / Glacial Spike|
|Slow Time||Stretch Time|
|Energy Armor / Storm Armor||Prismatic Armor / Shocking Aspect|
Energy Armor is the basic choice, but once you have the armor-improving rings, use either Storm or Ice (Halo of Karini / Arlyse). This build has a lot of options, this is a pretty conservative / defensive take.
Getting Legacy of Dreams ASAP
The first three gems will always be Bane of the Powerful, Legacy of Dreams, and one random one. So thankfully, there’s no RNG there.
Get 3 rift keys → Run 3 rifts → Wear three gemstones on your gear. That’s about as simple as it gets. DO NOT try to “tryhard” the nephs and GR’s. SPEED is the key here. Get your keys on Easy if you must!
Step 2) Easy power-ups. Huge gains for little effort.
You can go all of these things “simultaneously”, basically small tasks here and there that you should keep in mind right now that will greatly increase your power for little to no effort.
Make a Reaper’s Wraps? While this build isn’t exactly hungry for Arcane Power, and actually needs NO AP once you change into Magic Missile, it’s a decent upgrade for the extreme early game. Same goes with Topaz on helm, if you need to alleviate early game resource problems.
What three Legendary gems?
Your next goal should be getting at least L25 on your three most important gems. Just get rift keys and spam GR’s until you get them, and do the absolute minimum level you need to level them up. Get them and level them quickly – do not feel pressured to “maximize” your rift keys by inflating the difficulty.
Legacy of Dreams is mandatory, as mentioned in the basics segment! Level this up as much as you can.
Since we’re going for a primary skill – Simplicity’s Strength is a shoe in.
For the third gem, it’s a toss up. Want offense? Go for a Powerful or Trapped. Defense? Esoteric, Moratorium or Gizzard.
Can’t ever go wrong with leveling up a Boon of the Hoarder for speedfarming.
Legendary Items in ALL SLOTS
LoD gets stronger with each legendary item you have equipped – so get to it! You should aim to get this done “passively” by natural item drops, but you can also craft items if you’re desperate.
Spending Blood Shards is “OK”, but only use Death’s Breath to fill up the slots if you’re absolutely desperate. You’ll get an item for each slot in no time (you can even craft them). Save your resources for finding SPECIFIC items that will greatly boost your power. We talk more about this in the next segment, refinement.
Ancients DOUBLE this bonus, and they’re a welcome boost to consider.
Defense Type & Gems
Wizards / WD’s / Necros are INTELLIGENCE classes (they get free ALLRES from INT). So, in the face of all this free allres, your prime defensive stats are ARMOR > VIT. So try to reroll Armor on your gear if you need defense – it’s your best defensive stat by FAR.
So your gemming strategy (body and legs) should be slotting your best Rubies or Emeralds, as they give Armor.
Magic Missile% is found in Legs and Belt – BUT IS NOT NECESSARY for the Firebird variant. For Element%, Arcane for LoD, Fire for Firebirds.
Since legendaries are a little expensive to reroll EARLY ON, try to make the most by REMOVING GARBAGE STATS, and getting anything “remotely usable”. INT, VIT and Armor are welcome virtually anywhere, as they’re your best stats.
Remove useless stats
Life Regeneration– garbage for any build. Attack Speed– it usually an endgame tune-up stat. Excess Resource Cost Reduction– Is a crutch, and only niche builds need it. Excess Cooldown Reduction– Only useful for an endgame “need”. Unused skill%– literally USELESS. All Resists– Useless for us, take Armor and VIT instead.
Take better stats
- INT VIT– can’t go wrong with these. Your core stats!
- ARMOR Life% Great defensive stats.
- Sockets are essentially MANDATORY.
- Life per Hit – Great early game sustainability.
- CRIT Stats (CHC / CHD) – More for endgame, but I’d take this over garbage stats.
- Skill and Elemental% – that you use.
Do not forget to fully equip your follower for farming. You can start by crafting Sage or Cain’s NOW and worry about the rest later.
Step 3) Refining, Using Resources -> ‘Full Build’
Full Build Preview: LoD Magic Missile
So you can easily see what items you’ll need, and you can get an idea of what we’re trying to do here.
|S27 Fresh 70 Wizard: early game LoD Magic Missile|
(Flex) Crown of the Primus
(Flex) Skeleton King
|Magic Missile||Charged Blast|
|Chest||Aquila Cuirass||Slow Time||
Stretch Time / All
|Boots||!Ice Climbers||Magic Weapon||Deflection|
Shame of Delsere
Ashnagarr’s / Krelm
|Amulet||Hellfire / Squirt||Galvanizing Ward|
|Ring||Halo of Karini||Audacity|
Fragment of Destiny
|(Flex) Unstable, Illusionist|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Aether Walker / The Furnace||Legacy of Dreams|
|Ashnagarr’s / Krelm / Illusory Boots||Simplicity’s Strength|
|Convention of Elements||Bane of the Powerful / Trapped / Any|
You don’t really need many of these items. Fragment and Shame are the core here, along with your Legendary Gems. DO NOT USE STONE GAUNTLETS without ICE CLIMBERS!
Full Build Preview: Firebird Magic Missile
THE ACTUAL DAMAGE OF MEGIC MISSILE IS IRRELEVANT IN THIS BUILD
You’re trying to get a bunch of triggers for the 6pc bonus.
|S27 Fresh 70 Wizard midgame Firebird Magic Missile|
|Shoulder||Firebird Set||Magic Missile||Conflagrate|
|Legs||Firebird Set||Familiar (Open)||Sparkflint|
|Boots||Firebird Set||Magic Weapon||Deflection|
|Belt||Shame of Delsere||Storm Armor||
|Amulet||Trveler’s Pledge||Galvanizing Ward|
|Ring||Halo of Karini||Audacity|
|Weapon||Fragment of Destiny||(Flex) Unstable, Illusionist|
|Kanai’s Cube||Legendary Gems|
|Aether Walker / The Furnace||Bane of the Trapped|
|Ice Climbers||Bane of the Stricken / Other DPS|
|Ring of Royal Grandeur||FLEX SLOT / Powerful, Esoteric etc.|
This is a defensively slanted take on the build. You can make small adjustments here and there.
A more tryhard variant, and I suppose you can still speedfarm with it (but its extreme power is essentially wasted on normal rifting). Great for trying to push, and gives you a secondary goal / build to transition to.
S27 ONLY: A note on Wizard SANCTIFIED POWERS
Obviously we’re after the Magic Missile one. Also, you really really want to sanctify a main-hand weapon since you’re it upgrades into a primal ancient tier item – it’s a godly boost to power. Fragment of Destiny or Aether Walker make great candidates.
As for the other powers, like I mentioned before, they’re just fillers for when your build still isn’t up. Storm Armor is acceptable, but Arcane Orb gets useless fast.
Get CORE ITEMS asap. The heart of your build
The absolute core of your build are these: Fragment of Destiny – 1h Wand, Shame of Delsere – Belt. I’d say the Legendary Gem Simplicity’s Strength is a core part too.
To a lesser extent: and Depth Diggers – Legs, and for defenses Ashnagarr’s Blood Bracer – Bracer + Halo of Karini – Ring.
Spending Blood Shards and Death’s Breath
Here’s advice on how to spend your blood shards with Kadala, roughly in order of importance:
Shame of Delsere – Belt adds even more attack speed to MM. You can also get stuff like Goldwrap here.
Stone Gauntlets – Glove, Ice Climbers – Boots: A solid defensive pair that MUST BE USED WITH ONE ANOTHER. Specifically do not use the gloves without the boots…
These items are the only ones that overlap between the two build templates.
Whatever you chase for next only works for the LoD variant and
depends on wether you need DPS or defense.
Ashnagarrs Blood and Nemesis – Bracer: Great defensive boost, and Nemesis can be used on your follower.
Mirrorball – Source and Depth Diggers – Legs: Generic DPS boost to primary skills.
Crown of the Primus – An overall boost to defense, and gives some ASPD.
Aquila Cuirass – Chest: Basic defenses for you build that doesn’t really use AP.
Use this to fill up your Legendary Dreams spots, and also
youll get pieces of the Firebird set here and there while doing this process.
Here’s advice on how to get your weapons from Deaths Breath rare item upgrades (Kanai’s Cube Recipe: 25x Deaths Breath convert a rare into random legendary of same type), roughly in order of importance:
1h Wand for Fragment of Destiny is your most important drop. Aether Walker is here too.
The Furnace from 2H Mace is probably next.
Nothing else is really WORTH spending DB’s for, and would rather spend to try and get jewelry you might not have yet. Aether Walker, In-geom and all that are nice, but not that important yet.
Rings and Amulets are tough to get from either BS or DB’s (due to the large amount of possible outcomes), but if you’re done getting your core items from these currencies – and you haven’t got your core accessories, it’s a viable way to spend them. Typically you’ll just find these as you grind – then use currency if you’re desperate. Anyway, if I had to rank the importance of your rings and ammys…
Halo of Karini is an ULTRA powerful defensive buff that needs a little work.
Unity is a decent defensive option, but you need the follower immortality relic, and another Unity for the follower!
Convention of Elements, and Compass Rose are great drops that aren’t too critical right now.
Halo of Arlyse can be used, instead of Karini if you like…
For amulets? Hellfire, Squirts, and Traveler’s Pledge are pretty much the only ones you’ll use.
As an aside – Ring of Royal Grandeur and Avarice Band are BOUNTY ONLY rings (respectively ACT I and III), which DO NOT APPEAR FROM any other source. They, like any other bounty item, DO NOT DROP from monsters, gambling, upgrades or any other source outside of their respective BOUNTY CACHE.
Follower Gear odds and ends
More of a reminder than anything, once you start farming you will be running into those little bonuses for your follower farming build. Keep an eye out!
Summary & Outro
Welp, that’s about it. Everyone loves a good ol high power season. And in case you missed it, the Echoing Nightmare mechanic is here to stay (whew). From here, you can easily do the Seasonal Journey if that’s your thing, or transition into literally any other build you like – the it’s exactly what the S27 fresh 70 LoD builds for each class are made for.
GL out there and check out our D3 Guide Directory if you need anything else!