Intell will be TRing back into a wizard soon.
I cant really decide if I want rogue-splash this time or not. Its the dumb Archmage pre that is messing everything up here.
One option is pure wizard, archmage, enchanter 1st then conjurer 2nd. (see: http://forums.ddo.com/showthread.php?t=281875 )
gets hypno and web for free.
amazing dcs on enchantments and conjures (trap the soul is underrated).
would be really good in epics (non-solo!)
good spell pen
+1 to all dcs and cheap metas (ie capstone)
Archmage V + Rakirs set gets +2 to caster level randomly, good but not great.
really bad in epics (solo)
dps is lower by quite a bit (only room for 1 damage line maxed, a party that has a wizard needs a sorc? that sucks)
has too many spell points (2500+ is too many, i rarely used the 2000 i had before!)
has to spend AP on sucky enh to meet prereqs on AM (concentration IV (4) scholar IV(10) )
loses toughness feat (have to fit in 3 SF feats to get archmage)
Another option i have toyed with is an 18/2 that goes Archmage enchanter (with no secondary school). Same as above with no capstone, 2 less spell pen, still no toughness but at least evasion.
3rd option is to go 18/2 or 17/2/1 and only get archmage II enchanter that would get free hypnos, nice enchantment DCs, good DPS (should fit all dmg lines needed), toughness, evasion, sprint boost if 17/2/1, but only average DCs on everything else (looks at web and trap the soul and stuff)
It seems like the 3rd option (most like what I have rolled in the past) has the "best synergy", "least waste" etc in the build, but the momentum DCs or tipping point or whatever DCs of the pure wizard could really be worth it. I guess if I had to argue based on quest content, it kinda comes down to U9 (assuming GH goes epic in U9). Without epic GH, i think the pure is best? With GH I lean towards one of the evasion mixes, probably the AMII version (ie 3rd option) seems best. Thoughts? Anyone using Archmage pre much?