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Support zWiz Guide

Last Updated: April 11th 2024

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zWiz High Greater Rift
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The support Wizard (usually called the zWiz because they do "zero" damage) has been a niche, off-meta, supporter for quite some time. It's one of the tankiest supporters out there, thanks to Delseres Magnum Opus (4) Bonus, and can provide up to:

  • +53% damage reduction
  • +113% additive damage
  • +16% Critical Hit Chance
  • and a Pixelpull

It lags behind zDH and zNec in terms of offensive capabilities and has no chance against zBarb in terms of utility provided (no Movement Speed nor CC Immunity). This unfortunately means that zWiz, as it stands, is not really welcome in most setups and you'll have to group with friends/clan members that are prepared and willing to play with off-meta shenanigans.

zWiz's main problem is that it's not immune to Crowd Controls, which means that you'll need an external source of CC Immunity from the group (e.g. Ignore Pain Mob Rule, Laws of Justice Bravery, Inner Sanctuary Temple of Protection) or you'll have to equip Invigorating Gemstone. Additionally, if incorrectly executed zWiz can be extremely detrimental to the overall group performance, a good understanding of Crowd Control Resistance mechanics is required. Black Hole and Frost Nova as well as Energy Twister + Ranslors Folly all apply hard CC or knockback effects to their targets.

A novice zWiz player might very well lockdown entire screens of monsters making it impossible for the group to create significant pulls. This will be a nightmare to established zBarb players and will likely lead to conflicts within the group. The guide at hand is meant to steer you in the right direction to understand zWiz, its capabilities, strengths and weaknesses.

Very Tanky ✔
Extremely Mobile ✔
Provides Incredible Defenses ✔
Little to No Cooldown Dependency ✔

❌ Complicated Mechanics
❌ Sensitive to Crowd Control
❌ Out of Meta / Hard to Find Groups
❌ Detrimental if Incorrectly Executed

Core Setup

Core Item Build


  • Delseres Magnum Opus (4) Bonus is incorporated in all versions due to the 37.5% damage reduction it provides to your allies. It requires you however to play Slow Time.
  • Captain Crimsons Trimmings gives an incredible 20% Cooldown Reduction and 20% Resource Cost Reduction along with additional damage reduction.
  • Crown of the Primus grants you all runes of Slow Time besides Point of No Return which we don't want anyway. The relevant ones are Exhaustion, Time Warp and Stretch Time, which provide some great bonuses.
  • Ranslor's Folly grants an incredible pixelpull ability to our Energy Twisters.
  • Strongarm Bracers provide 30% additive damage, which can be triggered by Ranslors Folly with Energy Twister or, in some variants, by Black Hole.
  • Nemesis Bracers to spawn additional Elites on Pylons if nobody else in the group can wear them.
  • Oculus Ring is included in any support setup and provides 85% multiplicative damage to teammates standing within the circle. The effect does not stack with other Oculus Rings.
  • The Flavor of Time doubles Pylon duration, which is especially useful for Conduit Pylon.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur allows us to equip two additional items.
  • Lastly the Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac which helps us reset our cooldown abilities to provide better uptime of our buffs and debuffs.
  • Recommended Potion: Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid to further assist your party by destroying walls.

Global Stat Priorities

zWiz does not have any specific Attack Speed Breakpoint that you must hit, however it helps out greatly in speeding up our casting animations, which is why each item that can roll Attack Speed should do so. We are, at least in most variants, not reliant on long cooldown abilities, which is why Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac will suffice most of the time. Resource Cost Reduction (RCR) greatly increases our toughness via the Captain Crimsons Trimmings (3) Bonus and additionally allows us to spam our abilities more freely (especially when you choose to play a variant with Teleport and Aether Walker to increase your freedom to move around).

Assembling the Build

Item Stat Priorities




Paragon Points




GR Speeds
GR Push
Echoing Nightmare
Speeds zWiz with Energy Twister

Support Wizard is a great incorporation for Speed Greater Rifts to farm both XP and gear due to its high mobility and its wide variety of defensive and offensive buffs.

When entering a Nephalem Rift cast Slow Time once to gain the 60% damage reduction, and activate Ice Armor Frozen Storm. Afterwards you rely on Teleport to travel and body pull monsters via Frozen Storm. Once you find a DPS location, cast an Energy Twister on an elite, drop a Slow Time on top of it, cast Frost Nova and then Black Hole. This sequence applies all the buffs and debuffs for your group. You ultimately want to be ahead of your group, preparing pulls right before they appear and move on right before everything dies.

There are two noteworthy setups for the weapon cube slot: Echoing Fury and Yangs Recurve.

With Echoing Fury you'll gain up to 75% Attack Speed, for shorter and faster animations, and up to 25% Movement Speed. With Yangs Recurve you'll gain a significant amount mitigation due to its huge 50% Resource Cost Reduction primary affix via Captain Crimsons Trimmings (3) Bonus as well as Aquila Cuirass. This means you need to equip it and cube Aether Walker. Lastly, since you forfeit Cosmic Strand, you should change Safe Passage for Wormhole to re-gain the additional mobility.

Select Build Version

Standard Variant
zWiz High Greater Rift w/ Event Horizon

Overall support Wizard is very tanky, thanks to Delseres Magnum Opus (4) Bonus and Orb of Infinite Depth, and fast-paced providing some great mitigation and decent damage bonuses to your group. This variant only plays smoothly with a decent investment of Resource Cost Reduction for the damage reduction from Captain Crimson's Trimmings (3) Bonus and the Aquila Cuirass uptime, so make sure to prioritize these rolls according to the Item Stat Priorities section above. Additionally, we use Energy Twister Wicked Wind to keep some control on the pixelpull position and avoid unwanted pulls.

When entering a Greater Rift cast Slow Time once to gain the 60% damage reduction, and activate Ice Armor Frozen Storm. Afterwards you rely on Teleport to travel and bodypull monsters via Frozen Storm. Once you find a DPS location, cast an Energy Twister on an Elite, drop a Slow Time on top of it then cast Frost Nova. This sequence applies all the buffs and debuffs for your group.

Ranslor's Folly is great to complement zBarb pulling abilities. You create the initial pixelpull on top of an Elite and the zBarb brings more monsters and Elites in the pull using Ancient Spear Rage Flip before Ground Stomping during the DPS rotation to regroup monsters even more and maximize Area Damage.

Don't forget to cast Explosive Blast, not only to keep Orb of Infinite Depth active, but also to continuously apply Conflagration and aggro enemies. You can rely on Teleport to travel and bodypull monsters via Frozen Storm and Explosive Blast.

zWiz is extremely versatile and there are a lot of variants possible depending on your group composition or preferences. If your group does not have any Necromancer for Frailty and no support that can use The Executioner, then you have to swap out Echoing Fury for The Executioner in the weapon cube slot.

Echoing Nightmare Setup

For more information, check out our full Echoing Nightmare Guide and take a look at our Echoing Nightmare Build Tier List and our META post for the best builds and strategies! This build is a support build. Typically we utilize a Greater Rift pushing build with a few tweaks.


  • Use the Black Hole & Strongarm Bracers variant since you cannot pull monsters with Ranslor's Folly.


  1. Click Speed Pylon instantly to boost your mobility and dodge Green Meteors.
  2. Around Wave 90, click Channeling Pylon and Power Pylon.
  3. After Wave 100, use Conduit Pylon.
  4. At Wave 122, stop attacking and run to the corner to let the timer run out.

Cast Frost Nova right before you expect your DPS players to actively start damaging the pull. If you don't have to remove dangerous Elite Affixes with Black Hole Event Horizon, cast it so it clips the pull (not exactly in the center). Any enemy that Black Hole attempts to suck in will be debuffed with Strongarm Bracers regardless if the target is moved or not. Cast Energy Twister Gale Force in the center of the pull to apply Conflagration.

Video Guide

zWiz GR150 3-Player Gameplay Showcase


Cold Blooded + Iceblink & Frost Nova Bone Chill

Slow Time + Delseres Magnum Opus

Black Hole + Strongarm Bracers

Ranslor’s Folly + Strongarm Bracers


  • A niche supporter that unfortunately can't compete with META supports currently.
  • Has one of the strongest pixelpulls in the game with Energy Twister + Ranslors Folly.
  • Be aware of Crowd Control Resistance rules!



Written by Chewingnom & sVr.

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