Hello fellow forum trolls.
So here is my deal. I'm a decent but not 1% player on my magicka sorc (Flawless Conqueror, all vet trials except HoF and MoL...did vAS this weekend, no vet HMs except serpent). I have access to most gear but not all. I hate pets
I don't like them in terms of feel, I don't like having to swap them out in fights like vAA Mage. I would rather not just practice my Mag NB either
Pre-Morrowind I was about 35k self buffed. Took a break, trying to get up there again, could use some advice!
Tried a number of different combos, my current best is 30.5k DPS fully self buffed with:
Master Charged fire staff in front (will transmute to infused soon), fire enchant
vMA Nirnhoned lightning staff back, Lightning enchant
2 Ilambris (1 heavy 1 medium, heavy is divines shoulders is infused, also needs a transmute)
5 Julianos (light obviously)
3 Infallaible Aether jewelry (gold, all spell damage enchants)
All gear is gold except the infused Ilambris shouler.
Jewelry enchants are gold, armor enchants are purple (so can squeeze a little more magicka there)
All armor enchants are magicka, all attributes in magicka, health + magicka food, undaunted passives etc.
Usual spell power pots.
Apprentice Mundus, because I'm not switching back and forth with Lover for a dummy test
675 CP, 75 Thaumaturge, 50 Elemental Damage, 40 Erosion, 20 Elf Born, 20 Staff Expert and Direct damage (forget the name)
front bar is
Frags, Flame Clench, Haunting Curse, Shield, Bound Armaments, Shooting Star
back bar is
Mages Wrath, Blockade, LL, Shield (replaced with ele drain for test), Bound Armaments, Destro Ultimate
I think I can squeeze another ~2k out of this by tightening the rotation (for example clench and curse uptime are between 70-80% usually), but I'm skeptical I can get to 35+.
So a couple questions:
1) Does someone have a horns of the reach or clockwork city parse with a similar setup (aka no pet, self buffed) that is 35k+ that I can see so I know it's just practice and can maybe see what I'm doing wrong by comparing?
2) Any suggestions for alternate front bars? I tried a number of things, but the only one that did better so far was a scalding rune / tomb setup (because runes empower the tomb), but as most know the mines are not a very realistic setup for real fights, it's super hard to position them reliably. FP I didn't find sustainable, and the extra heavy attacks meant less DPS. As a result I stopped trying to improve it.
The rotation isn't perfect either, usually curse is running out at the same time as blockade, so thinking of moving the execute to front bar and curse back, but that will reduce frag procs, and make execute phase harder.
Also yes, 2 shields, because I'm a scrub and I die a lot more in hard content if I have to barswap to apply shields
I'll drop the front shield for Mage Light when I'm confident I can do so. I can practice DPS with mage light to see eventual outcome though I guess.
3) Any other gear combo suggestions? Tried willpower in place of IA, it was a wash and all gold is more fun. Tried 5 Juli / 5 Netch, 5 Juli / 5 Elegant, 5 Juli / 5 IA but none was exactly a fair comparison because I don't have a Lightning Master staff, so it was infused Juli staves with lightning and berserker, with a heavy kena head and medium crafted Juli pants. Anyway not quite apples to apples. I don't have IA or Moondancer staves in any trait (I sold the one sharpened lightning moondancer I got for 500k lol), so 5/4/2 with vMA back bar is out of reach until I get lucky.
Also want to try 5 Juli / 5 Spider Cultist / Master / vMA, but need to farm 1 more Arcane ring, which only drops in FG2
. I can use the Masters fire for that combo if I don't have another lightning yet.
Sorry this could have been better organized, thanks to anyone who can help!