So, before anyone goes into the 'Wizards are a glass cannon' spiel, I know, and understand that. This thread is about attempting to make them slightly less glassy without sacrificing too much DPS. No 'git gud' comments please and thank you.
I run my Wizard with a friend who uses a Priest, and the difference in survivability is immediately noticeable; she can actually tank most PvE enemies with that thing, which just amuses us both to no end at this point because it seems so backwards. But on the flip side, if I manage to get anything's aggro, my Wizard dies if that enemy so much as sneezes on it. Two hits from most mages, dead. Four if I put up mana shield, but then I lose all my mana and wind up defenseless. Mind you, we manage just fine most of the time, but things turn into a mess very quickly when the server lag kicks in. One moment of two-second skill and movement delays gets me killed, whether it's her being unable to heal, or me being unable to move or use an AoE skill to stunlock everything. We don't have a tank with us, and don't have a guild yet(we're currently searching for one that suits our playstyle), so there's nobody to take the aggro if something goes wrong.
Basically, I'm looking to find a way to get a slightly better buffer on there so at least I won't be getting swatted like a fly every time the game lags.
What would be my best option here? I'm thinking of building primarily constitution(which gives both health and crit resistance) and magic defense, since both my health and defensive stats are really low; my Priest friend has literally 1000 more health than I do, along with higher defense, which makes a pretty big difference. Mage enemies also seem to do much heavier damage to me than melee ones, hence the magic defense. I'd be focusing these things through seals as well, not stats on the armor, though I'd still be putting a good number of Blue Wyrms on there too to try and keep my damage up. Obviously I don't want to sacrifice too much DPS for this though, just enough to be able to handle one or two hits if the game lags on us, so I can at least bounce back with a blink, Priest healing, and maybe potions in a really dire situation. I for one am really tired of getting killed by lag.
Also note I don't have the gold and resources yet for Heroic seals, though they could become feasible later on when we have a Guild, if they will make a difference here.