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Meteor Wizard Tal Rasha Variation

Last updated on Nov 01, 2017 at 18:38 by Deadset

Table of Contents

General Information

On this page, we explain everything that is specific to the Tal Rasha variant of Meteor Wizard. Updated for patch 2.6.1 and Season 12.

The other pages of our Meteor Wizard guide can be accessed from the table of contents on the right.

1. Tal Rasha Channeling Meteor

The build is also adaptable to the Tal Rasha's Elements set with minor modifications, resulting in a tankier but slightly weaker variant. Nevertheless, this take on the spec is more than capable and fully warrants a mention as a progression build.

2. Adapting Skills

Active Skills
Left Mouse Button Arcane Torrent Icon Arcane Torrent Static Discharge Static Discharge Right Mouse Button Teleport Icon Teleport Calamity Calamity 1 Meteor Icon Meteor Meteor Shower Meteor Shower 2 Magic Weapon Icon Magic Weapon Deflection Deflection 3 Frost Nova Icon Frost Nova Frozen Mist Frozen Mist 4 Storm Armor Icon Storm Armor Power of the Storm Power of the Storm
Passive Skills

The shift from a Firebirds playstyle (need to use three different Fire skills) to Tal Rasha (need to use one spell of each element) mandates the following changes to your skill selection:

  • Arcane Torrent Arcane Torrent will be kept in the build, but the Flame Ward Flame Ward rune will have to be swapped to Static Discharge Static Discharge to cover for the Lightning proc of the Tal Rasha set;
  • Familiar Familiar Sparkflint Sparkflint from the Firebird setup will be completely removed from the setup in favor of Frost Nova Frost Nova Frozen Mist Frozen Mist, which covers for the Cold proc of the Tal Rasha set;
  • Teleport Teleport remains in the setup, but the Safe Passage Safe Passage rune will give way to Calamity Calamity for the Arcane proc of the Tal Rasha set.

3. Adapting Gear

You will swap all Firebird pieces away for Tal Rasha ones, occupying the helm, glove, chest, belt, pants and amulet slots with Tal pieces. Due to the distribution of set pieces in the Tal Rasha set, you will lose The Witching Hour The Witching Hour for Tal Rasha's Brace Tal Rasha's Brace and the Endless Walk jewelry set for Tal Rasha's Allegiance Tal Rasha's Allegiance. What you will gain however, is more than appetizing: you get to wear Nilfur's Boast Nilfur's Boast (freeing up the Cube slot for the extra protection of Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass) and gain an extra synergistic item in the face of Mantle of Channeling Mantle of Channeling. You will complete your jewelry with a offense-and-defense split of Convention of Elements Convention of Elements and Unity Unity.

Slot Pieces Stat Priority
Head
  1. Intelligence
  2. Socket
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Meteor Damage
Shoulders
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Life %
  4. Resource Cost Reduction
Torso
  1. Intelligence
  2. 3 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Reduced damage from Elites
  5. Armor
Wrists
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Fire Damage
  4. Vitality
  5. Armor
Hands
  1. Intelligence
  2. Critical Hit Chance
  3. Critical Hit Damage
  4. Vitality
Waist
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Armor
  4. Life %
Legs
  1. Intelligence
  2. 2 Sockets
  3. Vitality
  4. Armor
Feet
  1. Intelligence
  2. Vitality
  3. Meteor Damage
  4. Armor
  5. Movement Speed
Amulet
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Fire Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #1
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
  5. Intelligence
Ring #2
  1. Socket
  2. Critical Hit Damage
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Average Damage
  5. Intelligence
Weapon
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Socket (preferably from Ramaladni's Gift Ramaladni's Gift)
  4. % Weapon Damage
  5. Life per Hit
Off-hand
  1. High Damage Range
  2. Intelligence
  3. Critical Hit Chance
  4. Arcane Power on Crit
  5. Meteor Damage

4. Adapting Kanai's Cube

As previously mentioned, due to the shifting of item slots you will be able to wear Nilfur's Boast Nilfur's Boast and cube the massive protection of Aquila Cuirass Aquila Cuirass in the Armor slot.

The jewelry Cube slot is best taken by the massive damage reduction bonus of Halo of Karini Halo of Karini, with a trivial requirement of using Storm Armor Storm Armor in the build.

About the Author

This build is presented to you by Deadset, one of the very few professional Diablo 3 players. Deadset regularly publishes video guides on Youtube and streams on Twitch, where you can see how this and other builds play out in practice.

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