My question is, what is the reasoning behind using twister, is there a large advantage over using something like piercing orb? Is it an AP sink? If so, what is the advantage over using the Arcane Orb that pierces.

  • Currently, this sounds like a build question, which we already have. Stats are here. I'd recommend paring the question down to, "When do you prioritize Twister over Piercing Orb?".
    – Frank
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:29
  • I prefer wicked wind myself, but that's just me and I haven't put too much effort into my wizard beyond act 1 inferno
    – l I
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:45
  • It's quite a jump, I'm finding personally. Act 1 is facerollingly easy, whereas Act 2 is quite a bit harder. My friend who plays a barb can at least survive decently well with equivalent gear / skill level.
    – dardo
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:48
  • I meant limit the entire question to just that question. :P Asking for build advice invites discussion, which doesn't work so well with the question and answer format of Arqade. Remember, we're here to help, but not play your game for you. They also invite lots of discussion. Hence why I linked the solo wizards build question.
    – Frank
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:49
  • I figured, but I was keeping the context, re-editted =)
    – dardo
    Aug 31, 2012 at 14:55

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Now that I've spent an absurdly long time playing wizard, I can answer this with some confidence.

Energy Twister, specifically the Wicked Wind rune, has several major advantages over Arcane Orb (whatever rune).

  • It does a lot of micro ticks while staying in place during its entire duration, this allows you to have multiple chances of proccing an 'on crit hit' effect such as gaining Arcane Power or triggering Critical Mass
  • It can hit targets multiple times because it stays in place
  • It scales well with higher attack speeds
  • It can stack in the same location by casting it multiple times

This is most commonly used in CM Wizard builds as they rely on many proc effects.

Arcane Orb will only hit a target once, so your chances of proccing an effect is much smaller.

  • Yeah, I asked this when the game had come out basically.
    – dardo
    Sep 17, 2013 at 18:01

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