[] BWC Sorcerer - Fire walk with me!

BWC Sorcerer

This is straight up BWC spamming caster build guide, noting new, noting funny but since lately there is much talk about how casters are underdeveloped and they need more this and that, build you are about to see can compete and in some cases outperform top melee builds.

Comparison of this build with most popular melee builds:

  1. Tankynes: S&B WB > This build > DW pierce BM
  2. Single target dmg output: DW pierce BM >>> This build = S&B WB
  3. AOE and clear speed: This build >>> Any melee build you can think of

What can you do with this build

Finish all main game content and Im 100% sure gladiator crucible also but I didnt tested it. Facetank and kill all nemesis really fast, Mad queen is not facetankable it requires some really small amount of kiting but you can drop her in ~30 sec. You can try with facetanking and do it in some cases but you will risk dying and improvement in kill time is like ~3 secs so its not worth it imho.

Crucible video of this build, courtesy of crucible master Drizzto

For this occasion I prepared two gear vise setups for this build, one less gear dependent and one more gear dependent.

Less gear dependent setup:

When you get some more nice MIs you can fully abuse high crit dmg (71%) and ulzuins relic proc by upping your OA and also equip better gloves for + to useful skills, +% to your dmg and one more nice proc:

  • Pictures are only with constant auras. Dont get confused with low sheet dps, for some reason game is probably not calculating burn dmg in sheet dps and burn is your main source of dmg. Burn dots on this build are going up to 50k dmg.

NOTE: Everything from now on will be related to less gear dependent setup of the build.

Other sheets:

Like with gear I will propose two devotion setups for this build, one that is more offensive and abuses termite mines/meteor shower combo and other one more defensive with ToL for absolutely no energy or what ever issues. Note that all pictures above and everything written is related to defensive setup of the build, cuz I find it more smooth to play, much more tanky and more forgiving and you don’t lose much of your clear speed or single target dmg power.

Grim calc with + skills and offensive devo setup http://grimcalc.com/build/1007-4uGAvO

Grim calc w/o + skills and defensive devo setup http://grimcalc.com/build/1007-tJSAuB

Devotion bindings Flame torrent - BWC (it will allow you to ADCTH), Solaels flame - Flash bangs, Healing rain - any aura

What makes this build tanky?

  1. Mirror + blast shield combo. With high enough CDR you can almost cast it back to back. Mad Queen kill sequence goes like this: Place termite mines (you can totally cc it with this but we are not abusing here :D) trow flash bang at it and start spamming bwc, when MQ approaches and hits you, your blast shield will activate and give you 4 secs to spam bwc (make sure that you keep her under efect of flash bangs whole time, so use it every 4-5 secs, also dont forget to nullify when needed), when blast shield goes down as son as she hits you once use mirror that will give you 3 secs more to spam bwc. When mirror goes down use ToM and keep spamming bwc If you are lucky your blast shield will get out of CD and activate again (in this case she is 100% facetankable) if not she will proc your mark. With mark proc you have 3 more secs of invulnerability so just keep spamming bwc. When mark goes off your blast shield will be out of CD for sure so it will activate and you have 4 secs more to spam bwc. When blast shield goes down use mirror for 3 more secs of invulnerability and bwc spamming. If all your defenses are on CD kite a bit and repeat the sequence more carefully cuz now you dont have a mark proc. For even better results you can use sequence that opens with mirror cuz AV proc is reducing Mirors but not blast shield CD but that requires some practice.

  2. Devotions if you are going defensive devotions route.

  3. High DA, armor and armor absorption.

  4. Nice dodge and deflect with searing light on 10/10 coupled with inate dodge and deflect from devotions and armor bonuses.

Energy management

I find energy management for this type of build to be of crucial importance if you run out of energy in middle of fight assuming that your EoS is on CD you will have to disengage and run around until EoS comes out of CD or you regenerate some energy. That kind of game play is unacceptable for me. Also If you have to constantly watch on your energy bar and time your EoS in order to sustain energy, it will draw your attention from actual game play and you will under perform. If you have no other way to play, that could be ok, but certainly I wouldn’t consider that type of build to be high end build and this build is high end. So you can conclude from this that this build has no energy issues what so ever.

Avoiding energy issues is main reason to pick arcanist above some other class for this build.

Having high spirit and +% spirit from Inerr focus will certainly increase your energy regeneration, IEE % to energy regeneration and AW flat energy regeneration is also nice, not to mention ToLs healing rain, but main thing that helps you manage your energy is Mental alacrity (-% to skill energy consumption). For this build -1% skill energy consumption is roughly equal to 4 energy regeneration per second. So having -14% from level 5 MA is equal to 56 energy per sec.

I find lvl 5 MA to be enough to sustain enough energy, but if you need more energy invest few more pts in MA Optionally you can invest some more points in IEE or put ectoplasm in rings/medal (I even recommend that in process of leveling).

To have more complete picture about energy managment I will just add that with this setup and lvl 5 MA you can spam BWC for 15 sec before you run out of energy (~45 bwc casts), and that is w/o ToLs healing rain proc or activated AW, just with innate 70 energy regen per sec. When ToL healing rain procs this build has 169 energy regen per sec (its up 8 secs with CD of 9.7 secs), and when on top of that AW activates it has 238 energy regen per sec.
Is it worth mentioning 55% energy absorption from enemy spells? :slight_smile:
I really don’t remember last time I used EoS to replenish energy.

Concept of the build and gameplay

Like I said is pretty straightforward BWC setup, that abuses burn from bwc and procs to literally melt everything on its way. So gameplay comes to this: Just move forward spamming BWC and flashbangs all around you. You can but dont need to use termite mines unless facing some nemesis/boss and even than you are using it just to improve kill times noting more.

Attribute points distribution

This build is leveled long ago and was something else so it has 84 points in physique 5 in cunning and 1 in spirit.
But you can go full physique w/o any issues.


This build uses IK set and full set is bis imho. IK set is designed to support BWC build and full set bonus proc is valuable asset to have.
Optionally you can change belt for ulzuins torment or something else if you dont have IK one.
Wyrmbone hendguards are also BIS, with less gear dependent setup I used Hanguards of justice just because I couldn’t cap pierce resistance w/o them.
Having entropic coil and invoker burning hand equipped would be really good and I would consider it to be BiS but again couldn’t cap resistance with that setup. Other than that search for items that give you +% to burn/fire, + to useful skills, resistances, OA/DA/HP/Armor,…

Currently equipped gear
Head: [Infernal Knight’s Faceguard](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Infernal Knight’s Faceguard) ([Sanctified Bone](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Sanctified Bone) / [Demonbane Powder (Kymon’s Chosen)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Demonbane Powder))
Shoulders: [Infernal Knight’s Pauldrons](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Infernal Knight’s Pauldrons) ([Scaled Hide](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Scaled Hide) / [Demonbane Powder (Kymon’s Chosen)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Demonbane Powder))
Chest: [Infernal Knight’s Jacket](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Infernal Knight’s Jacket) ([Chains of Oleron](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Chains of Oleron) / [Demonbane Powder (Kymon’s Chosen)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Demonbane Powder))
Main hand: Warpfire ([Enchanted Flint](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Enchanted Flint) / [Creed’s Cunning (Black Legion)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Creed’s Cunning))
Offhand: [Aldanar’s Vanity](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Aldanar’s Vanity) ([Imbued Silver](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Imbued Silver) / [Creed’s Cunning (Black Legion)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Creed’s Cunning))
Hands: [Handguards of Justice](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Handguards of Justice) ([Antivenom Salve](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Antivenom Salve) / [Demonbane Powder (Kymon’s Chosen)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Demonbane Powder))
Waist: [Infernal Knight’s Girdle](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Infernal Knight’s Girdle) ([Antivenom Salve](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Antivenom Salve) / [Kingsguard Powder (Black Legion)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Kingsguard Powder))
Legs: [Warding Solael-Sect Legguards of the Flesh Hulk](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Warding Solael-Sect Legguards of the Flesh Hulk) ([Scaled Hide](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Scaled Hide) / [Demonbane Powder (Kymon’s Chosen)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Demonbane Powder))
Feet: [Stonehide Exalted Treads of Kings](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Stonehide Exalted Treads of Kings) ([Mark of Mogdrogen](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Mark of Mogdrogen) / [Kingsguard Powder (Black Legion)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Kingsguard Powder))
Amulet: [The Peerless Eye of Beronath](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=The Peerless Eye of Beronath) ([Focusing Prism](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Focusing Prism) / [Survivor’s Ingenuity (Devil’s Crossing)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Survivor’s Ingenuity))
Rings: [Invoker’s Burning Hand](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Invoker’s Burning Hand) ([Mark of Illusions](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Mark of Illusions) / [Survivor’s Ingenuity (Devil’s Crossing)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Survivor’s Ingenuity))
Rings: [Lifegiver Signet](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Lifegiver Signet) ([Mark of Illusions](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Mark of Illusions) / [Survivor’s Ingenuity (Devil’s Crossing)](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Survivor’s Ingenuity))
Medal: [Mark of Divinity](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Mark of Divinity) ([Arcane Spark](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Arcane Spark))
Relic: [Ulzuin’s Pyroclasm](http://www.grimtools.com/db/search?query=Ulzuin’s Pyroclasm)

Click here to view equipment configuration

In closing

With all the talk about casters being underdeveloped I was really surprised by efficiency of this build. I do have PRM/Devastation and CT/Devastation sorcerer builds but this one is outperforming them by far especially now when devastation is nerfed. So imho IK BWC spamming setup is definitely meta when it comes to sorcerers builds and its one of the best if not the best caster setup available in GD.

Since grim calc tends to mess up skill points distribution after each patch, here are the pictures of skill trees.
Pictures are related to more gear dependent setup of the build.

AoM update for triple devastation version of the build

Since this update varies from original vanilla game, in terms that is much more challenging and requires more sturdy and overall tanky build to be successfully conquered, I picked up this build setup to be mine first char to play and farm AoM.

Main reasons I did that is not just sturdiness/tankines this build is offering but also its versatility, or in other words you are not to some great extent gear dependent and gear is easy interchangeable and adjustable to things that you have. Ofc that doesn’t mean you can finish the game, farm nemesis and gladiator cruci with some total trash gear, but you can do it reasonably well with as example pre AoM gear setup i posted earlier or something else that is on your disposal.

With that pre AoM gear setup I started, farmed new content and gladiator cruci with good success, upgrading gear as going along, so the build looks like this now:

Constant auras and judic signets proc up, devastation on LMB

Grim tools: http://www.grimtools.com/calc/M2gaJnWZ

As you can see Im missing fair chunk of new mythical gear and greens could be much better but this what I have is more than enough to survive anything this game can trow at you unless you decide to fight with Ravager one on one.

Till this point I finished gladiator cruci more than 30 times and died only once to my own error having to much confidence and not casting mirror when I should, farmed all nemesis except Barrowholm one since Im friendly with them and picked up God knows how many Ugdenbloom along the way :wink:

Acquired all mythical items for this build, got some OA, DA, HP, dmg, etc. It looks like this now:

Constant auras and judic signet proc on, devastation on RMB

In closing

Im really happy and satisfied with things that Crate developers did in AoM (kudos to you guys, keep up the good work), it gave new life to the game, great new content and breath taking items/classes that opened so many new build possibilities. Many new players joined community and some old, well known to all of us, are back (hello Jajaja :)) and hopefully will stay with us for long.

Wave 150-170 crucible update

Changed some stuff and slightly polished build to be able to reliably farm cruci 150-170 w/o buffs and banners while keeping x10 multi.

Pic with constant auras and judis signet proc up:

Grim tools: http://www.grimtools.com/calc/xZyvo3AN

Have fun :wink:

Peace out!

Oh JoV…I’m looking forward to this one!

I don’t know if it’s just me but i always thought Aldanar’s Vanity is a bit overrated. Do you really need it?

Also did you consider using Haunted Steel to life leech off Fiend Fire (what’s that devotion skill called?)

If people are wondering about the low sheet DPS then know this this is the funniest build you can play. While you can easily facetank bosses since the skill reduces OA (effective DA) and Resistances but the fumiest playstyle is to create BWC patches on the ground and walk on them and allow the heroes to burn themselves :smiley:

As expected a great build btw

AV is perfect for this setup in all aspects, fire dmg, burn dmg, some OA and DA, energy regen, CD reduction, +1 to all skills and nice proc. I just couldn’t find anything even comparable to it.

Meh, i went with the Off-hand that has the skill called Unmake (can’t remember the name, looks like the Death Note) to get more RR. I never found the CDR skill to be reliable. But yeah i agree about the plus skills part.


Are those Incorruptible Gollus Rings of Attack? :eek:

CDR is key part to tankines of this build having almost back to back blast shield and mirror is priceless.
Also with solaels flame, T mines, warpfire and innate rr from BWC line you have plenty of it.

No, they are preserving of attack and impenetrable of shadows :wink:

have a soldier variant of this version instead of taking sorc… mine can facetank madqueen but this one i presume the burn damage is insane… can you show us second character tab pls :wink:

Maybe some grimcalc?? :slight_smile:

If it uses a shield I dont doubt. You dont have MP issues with commando setup?

I decided not to post grim calc for this build :stuck_out_tongue:

just kidding :smiley:

nothing that can ruin ur experience… besides trash mobs die quickly. the only thing that can squeeze mana down is when you fight Mog :rolleyes:

Wait you have killed Mogdrogen with BWC??!!! :eek:

yes I did… but that is a cadence bwc commando… in elite only of course… Ultimate is a no no for me yet

I dont find impossible for bwc build to kill even ulty mog ofc with enough running around :smiley:

If you are spamming BWC Im finding more than unlikely not to have energy issues on commando, transmuted BWC is another thing.

if He was using Infernal Knights Jacket and a shield with spammable BWC he’d Probably need 3 Ectoplasmas (however you spell it)
Plus some regen on Devotion tree. And it might be doable but definitely chugging potions.

Still pisses me off that they didn’t put atleast 2 mana regen on the Infernal Knights Jacket like they did Light Defender’s

Thanks for doing this JoV, as you said you would a couple opf days ago I watched out for it.

I started a toon to build this 2 days ago, got to level 2, into crucible to get 10 devotions…

Then I thought “Ugh. I don’t know if I’m supposed to start as Arcanist or Demo”. So I shelved it to see the levelling guide. :slight_smile:

how does getting to level 2 in crucible grant you 10 devotion points?