I had a quick play with the ember-mage.
Prismatic Rift didn't seem to do anything when I was shooting Prismatic Bolts. This seemed a little surprising.
I respecced that skill point into Wand Chaos, and could immediately see that it was doing things. Was Prismatic Rift's 'on striking' supposed to be a melee only thing? Does it work on ranged wand attacks? Does it work? Is it supposed to work with Prismatic Bolts?
For Wand Chaos I like the poison rain and meteor fall, they look super cool, but I'm wondering if it's possible to have a list of effects that happen above ground that is different from the list of things that happen below ground?
Removing the defensive passive makes ember-mage more of a glass-cannon IMHO, but since I'm a complete scrub my opinion isn't worth much
It's also one of the few characters that nearly insta-gibbed themselves - Prismatic Bolts onto one of the boss monsters with a deflection shield = very bad time had by all. I need to try to figure out which of red/blue is bad for ranged/melee.
With the Warlock, the netherbolts (starter) skill looked interesting, also it can basically one-shot elites, seems to hit, knock-back, hit again, knock-back etc. a couple of times - in which case wouldn't making it piercing (tier bonus IIRC?) actually weaken the skill?
With the embermage and warlock I was running out of mana, which is a good thing after playing a paladin with no active skills ("what blue orb do? derp derp" - stupid paladin)
I also tried the Monk (not Salan's mod I know) - but adding that mod (all done via steam) it seemed to kill the elites (as in they weren't present), and I think Salan tweaked the starting area (), anyway it seemed a lot easier than it probably should be. Didn't look at the stash in case the game decided all my items were invalid or some such nicery. Not sure if anyone here is following that mod or not, or whether I've just irretrievably branded myself as a heretic NB: I only had the monk mod ticked for trying the monk, with normal synergies stuff I had it unticked, so the rest of my feedback can be 'ideological pure' .
I think I may have been loading them in the wrong order - tried again with a different character and it seemed to work that time.