Hi, this is the first guide I make, so any feedback is more than welcome.
First of all, this build is just a version I tweaked from the Boardman21 Shatter build. You can see his guide here (The shatter King. A 150k Critting Spellblade that destroys everything with Cold. 0.8.1c)
Before diving into the planner I wish to explain what changed from Boardman version:
1- Polished talent points: there was some nosense points we can spend better somewhere else (Fira Aura convert to Cold both in talents and in Flame Ward skill tree), more;
2- Removed most of the passives/nodes giving Fira Aura. No damage at all, no utility at all, the only passive in synergy with it was Blade of Fires (1-5% melee elemental damage per stack of Fire Aura). We get more damage with Blade Weaver, since we use Mana Strike for recovering mana anyways, this is much more DPS, expecially in bosses (we dont really need dmg for clearing, we oneshot everything);
3- Removed attack speed nodes. I find them useless, expecially considering Shatter Strike mana cost. We hit harder instead, keeping Mana Strike attack speed to stack mana, Ward, and Blade Weaver stacks;
4- Improved all skill passive points to get more defense/damage;
5- More emphasis on Ward and Ward Retention: most of the time I surge into a pack and I have 2k Ward, so I decided to invest some points in Ward Retention and I think was worth it.
6- Enchant Weapon node “Desperation” is crazy damage if you use it properly. If you arn’t lazy like me you can remove Enchant Weapon from auto cast and use it after you dump all mana with shatter strike, otherwise is still a good dmg increase anyways.
last 6 points are up to you. You can get more flat cold melee dmg nodes, life or whatever you wish.
gear is pretty much the same, just get a Battlemage Robes for Ward retention implicit instead. It’s so much better. I need to test more stuff and I will update gear section too.
Playstyle: Surge into a pack to get 1-2k Ward, Shatter Strike. Use a couple Mana Strike if you need mana (also for Blade Weaver stacks for bosses). Enjoy the 100k+ crit numbers around.