Regarding Kardo's answer about talents:
I have a question about Pyrotechnics/Showmanship x Psychology/Cold Front/Compressed Gravity.
Showmanship is great at 5 points since it enhances your damage by 10% when you crit, but that depends on your crit rate. At 15 points it increases it by 20%, but that extra 10 points that will enhance my crit damage for another 10% could be used to get Cold Front and Psychology at 5 points each. Since illusionists main damage skill is Deadly Icicles, isn't it better to get an extra 10% damage from any hit you make with it (ain't crit damage based on your regular damage too?) plus 5% more INT? Also, I don't know how often people use aerolites since I don't even have the skill yetm but enhancing its damage by 10% costs only 5 points. Winter chills don't crit as far as I know, leaving only Fire Bombs out of these enhancements.
Is fire bomb the reason people prefer to invest points in Pyrotechnics and Showmanship then?
I thought of doing a build that would first put 5 points in each talent that increases damage, so that I get the best "bang for the buck", and then I would increase the ones that I am trying to focus on. I would get Legedermain to 10 to get Latent Energy and waste a point in Awakening too.
I am trying to find out why we should focus on fewer talents, is it because getting a higher crit rate is much more important than getting a high crit damage and regular skills damage?
I like fast casting, so if thats the case, I would try to get a minimum cast speed from talents (Legerdemain lv 10) and max it with equips, and then waste 25 points to get Pyrotechnics to lv 15 and use the rest of the points to upgrade talents to level 5 only so they don't cost much.
Is there a reason to prefer to get Showmanship to, say, lv 10 and waste 15 points that I could put elsewhere? If I want fast casting I am not sure how big will be my crit rate and as I said earlier, I believe that increasing Deadly Icicle damage for an example would also increase the damage it deals when I crit.
This is the level 65 build I have in mind, do you guys have any critics? I believe it summarizes what I am trying to say in this reply. As I stated before, I am focusing on fast casting and grimoires so please consider this.
Avid Reader 5
Cold Front 5
Compressed Gravity 5
Latent Energy 1
I am just trying to understand why people prefer to remove Psychology/Cold Front/Compressed Gravity (and often Avid Reader) from their builds, if they can contribute to damage at low points cost. If I remove those 4 talents, I free up 20 points that I could use to get Showmanship to 14 and Pyrotechnics to 15, but is 20% more damage only when critting better than +5% MATK from grimoires, +5% INT, +10% damage to any Deadly Icicle Hit and +10% damage to any Aerolite hit (I believe these last two increase damage when these skills crit too)?
Unless the critical rate of fast casting builds easily achieve like over 70%, I don't get why its prefered that way.