All about skills, stats and best equipment for the Diablo 2 Sorceress Blizzball Build
Blizzball Sorceress or Blizzballer is an alternative to Meteorb Sorc build. It relies on both Cold and Fire Spells, so it can deal with enemies with every kind of immunity. Monsters that are immune to both Cold and Fire are all unique and very rare to find. This is the advantage of the Blizzballer compared to other builds of the class that focus on a single element.
You have two spammed spells (Fire Ball and Glacial Spike) and two spells with a time delay (Blizzard, Meteor) in your arsenal. The ability to have two spells of each type lets you maximize your damage, regardless of the immunity of the enemies.
Most of the time, you would first cast Blizzard on the approaching enemies and then cast Fireball non-stop (versus monsters without Fire or Cold Immunity).
While fighting versus monsters with Fire Immunity, it’s better to cast Blizzard and then spam Glacial Spike.
When you face monsters with Cold Immunity, cast Meteor, and spam Fireball.
In the case you cooperate with a Necromancer or a build that needs a large number of corpses, it’s more useful to use Meteor and Fireball, in order to leave corpses for them. You can use Glacial Spike versus Fire Immune enemies or in an emergency.
Regarding the skills, some players are debating about maxing the Fire and Cold Masteries, or if it’s better to max your main Skills. According to the numbers, you will have more damage output if you max out the 4 primary skills, e.g. Fireball, Meteor, Blizzard and Glacial Spike. This is because synergies provide more damage based on the percentage than maxing out Masteries.
In addition, +skills bonus can increase the synergies of Fire Mastery, but +skills on Meteor won’t increase the bonus on Fire Ball. As a result, it’s worth placing your points in Meteor, because you can fix low Fire Mastery %damage with other means.
Almost the same applies to Cold Mastery and Cold spells, especially at low levels. Playing at higher levels, it’s worth to invest some points in Cold Mastery too.
To sum up, we recommend maxing out your four primary skills, Blizzard, Meteor, Glacial Spike, and Fireball. You have to place a point to all prerequisites too. Teleport, Warmth, Static Field and Fire Mastery need a point too. Also, start your Cold Mastery with a single point, and later in the game spent the rest of your points here.
You need Strength only to be able to wear the proper gear.
Keep your dexterity at the base.
Energy maybe needs just a few points at the start of the game. You shouldn’t invest more points here.
Your Vitality needs a lot of points, actually all the rest of them.
The most suitable items for this build are those that enhance all of your skills. Otherwise, you can favor one or two of your skills. Tal Rasha’s full set is a good choice too.
The items listed below will grant you a high amount of Magic Finding ability without sacrificing a lot of your killing and survival ability.
The best choice is a defense mercenary (in normal from act 2) with a defensive aura, to help you live longer. You have enough CC (crowd control) so you don’t really need a mercenary with Holy Freeze.