Mages could use some love so here’s a fun new build; it requires one specific item to work – the Ring of Doubt, one of the 4 Relics of Thedas items added in Patch 10. It is also a lot more powerful if you have the Trespasser DLC (for the Flaming Array Fire Mine upgrade), but it’s viable with the standalone game as well.
The basic idea behind the build is that Ring of Doubt gives you stealth when not attacking, and the first spell you use out of stealth will always crit. This works incredibly well with Inferno’s Flashpoint passive, which causes the next spell after a critical hit to have no cooldown.
So what you do is get into combat to trigger the ring’s stealth effect, use Immolate to trigger Flashpoint, and wait until you stealth again. This allows you to cast Fire Mine twice, and also guarantees that it will crit both times, causing massive damage. You can easily wipe out whole groups of enemies even on Nightmare difficulty by using this combo. Make sure to wait to restealth every time you cast a spell so that it crits.
For even more damage, keep Barrier up to boost your fire damage with the Chaotic Focus passive, and try to flank your enemies to make use of the ring’s +20% Flanking Damage bonus.
This build requires only 11 points, so you can pair it up with any mage specialization!
Points Spent: 11
Inferno: Immolate / Wildfire / Flashpoint / Pyromancer / Fire Mine / Flaming Array / Clean Burn / Chaotic Burn / Wall of Fire / Wave of Flame