Vyr's Amazing Arcana and Chantodo's Resolve are the core combo of the Vyr-Chantodo Wizard since their rework in Season 4 where this build was one of the best solo builds, using its insane Attack Speed to get unlimited Flame Blades stacks that were uncapped. Needless to say, every Wizard was craving for this elusive Hameliiiin! moment, as minions meant Flame Blades stacks.
"Easy to learn, hard to master."— Any Vyr-Chantodo Wizard in History
Meanwhile it is one of the fastest, most reliable and agile Wizard builds out there, inherently tanky, specifically after its initial Archon stacks ramp-up, and therefore one of the best builds for intermediate players to push their limits on the leaderboards for the very first time, its overall playstyle and deep mechanics also allows enough room for exceptional players to shine. Vyr-Chantodo is a Wizard's definition of "easy to learn, hard to master".
Vyr-Chantodo comes in many variants and forms. This guide will cover a variant for farming Nephalem Rifts, Speed Greater Rifts as well as two for pushing Greater Rifts and provide all necessary information for you to build it and explain all its mechanics for you to master it!
Unfortunately, due to its dependency on Archon's long cooldown, it's not recommended to start a season as Vyr-Chantodo as long as you don't have a group carrying you through the early stages. Without the necessary CDR, you won't reset Archon in time, meaning you won't be able to kill Elites to gain materials in order to roll your items into more Cooldown Reduction: it's a vicious cycle. Overall these are the build's strengths and weaknesses:
Very Tanky ✔
Beginner Friendly ✔
Fast Paced Playstyle ✔
Rewards Excellent Gameplay ✔
❌ Hardcap DPS
❌ Bad Season Starter
❌ Complicated Mechanics
❌ Heavy Cooldown Dependency
Vyr-Chantodo is comprised of two sets: Vyr's Amazing Arcana and Chantodo's Resolve. Both Sets evolve around Archon, which is the reason they synergize very well with each other leading to an overall snowball effect with Archon stacks. Due to Archon's significant Cooldown your highest priority primary affix is Cooldown Reduction (CDR). Your target is to have CDR on all items except the Amulet and one Ring. Attack Speed (IAS) should only be rolled on Chantodo's Will; it is useless on all other Slots due to Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus granting plenty of IAS.
We are always equipping the entire Chantodo's Resolve Set as well as Vyr's Amazing Arcana Set. Depending on the variant we'll sometimes equip Ring of Royal Grandeur such that we can fit in a The Swami and in other variants will equip the 6th piece Vyr's Sightless Skull. Fazula's Improbable Chain is always equipped due to its incredible synergy with Vyr's Amazing Arcana granting up to 50 stacks upon jumping into Archon. For certain variants it is possible to cube Fazula's Improbable Chain.
Season 24 Ethereals
Unfortunately while many other builds are having fun with Ethereals, this build cannot effectively use them. The reason is that Chantodo's Resolve Set is mandatory as it is our main source of damage. Read our Ethereal Guide for full details on how they work and how to farm them (in case you play a different build that can use them)!
However it is possible to build Vyr's Amazing Arcana as a Reverse Archon setup using Frozen Orb or Energy Twister (see Planners). These setups can equip an Ethereal and heavily benefit from Wizardspike which likely allow them to beat the Vyr-Chantodo setup. Be aware these setups are among the most difficult ones to master in the game!
Global Stat Priorities
While there is no specific overall Cooldown Reduction (CDR) value to reach, nor is there any specific Attack Speed Breakpoint to hit, you should aim to have to CDR on all items except the Amulet and one Ring.
Meanwhile Attack Speed is a huge contributor to your overall damage, you are only required to have an Attack Speed (IAS) roll on your Chantodo's Will, since that specific roll is multiplicative while other instances of Attack Speed are additive. Attack Speed is near useless on all other item slots. The reason is that Vyr's Amazing Arcana (4) Bonus grants you 1% Attack Speed per Archon stack, your stacks count being inflated every kill but also every hit with the (6) Bonus. You entirely omit Area Damage, since Wave of Destruction does not work with it.
- Vyr-Chantodo is a great all-rounder, but sucks at Bounties.
- Make sure to always equip the correct rune on your Archon. A-L-W-A-Y-S!
- haha Vyr-Chantodo go brrrrrrrr!
- Credits to LouLou for refining the GR Solo Speed variant with a different, more cut-throat, setup!
Guide by sVr & Chewingnom.