@TheRealDeal I just leveled this more or less from scratch so here’s some notes on what I did:
Early levels (through 25 and choosing mastery): I basically used thorn totem, wolves, and eventually tempest strike. I did level ice thorns as well but as I mentioned earlier I wasn’t autocasting it so it was kind of useless. With autocast, I suspect the whole thing would have went smoother. I like to level the “final build” skills as soon as I get them, but that’s really a personal choice. Given that, probably good to take Maelstrom and autocast that as well. This allows you to get the feel of the core of the build fairly early. I kept the jump attack for movement for quite a while but eventually you’ll have to give something up.
Now I’ve been playing long enough that I have a lot of the early Uniques, so I often rely on those in early game to save up my Glyphs for later crafting. I don’t think any are necessary but one fun one in particular was Bone Harvester. Since the build uses 2H melee weapon in the long run, I thought I’d get used to it and only use 2H. This one was fun because you get a chance to get some skeletons to help you fight.
Other uniques I messed around with: Mourningfrost and then Stormtide boots, Snowblind helmet, Stormbreaker 2H, Tome of Elements, I’m actually still using Valeroot armor at lvl 60. Valeroot is fun as you get a lot of the little sprite things shooting as well, adding to the special effects.
Once you hit Shaman grab Storm Totem and dump the Thorns. Then keep leveling Shaman til you get Tornado and you have all five core skills. Since tornado has a random component to it, you can just spam it as needed, as long as your mana looks good. Then smack some things with melee when you need mana again. Keep running around and watch the lightning fill your screen.
I did start experiencing some lag yesterday after doing an arena run. I’m not sure if it’s a memory leak kind of situation or what, as I wasn’t doing anything differently otherwise. It basically was like a slideshow by the end so I had to restart the game.