Yeah he is rather challenging, but I was just constantly dying 7 times in a row. As soon as I came back in, I got swarmed by like 7 adds.
As I mentioned in your build thread though, playing as a warlock with T0 gear made Abe ridiculously easy, but felt slightly slower (or it just wasn't as eventful, dying constantly as an embermage).
Would definitely recommend trying out embermage to see if it's any better, as I've only played it after the changes and still feel it's subpar. I'd be interested to hear the arguments that embermage is now OP though. Literally what an embermage needs is a passive healing skill that depends on distance and rewards the people that teleport out of range of boss and ads to get a heal, and scales slightly with focus/vit stat. I'd be happy if the embermage was a difficult class to play but when done right, had godly dmg.
I've been playing with 75% dmg reduction, and about 62% block chance, but can't get my dodge chance high enough and it just sits at 18% (as I just don't have enough slots to fit health and dex skulls). I recently dropped a couple of health skulls for more Skulls of Ojoz (which for some reason only give 62 focus and so are exactly the same as Wfuntir) but notice I've been dying a bit more, only having 16k health.
Big problem is that the main dmg skill PB is good because you can keep distance a bit more, but against adds it's terrible and you'll get swarmed. Can't use frostwave against bosses, as you'd need to get right up to their face to hit them with all 5 waves. I suppose you could get both abilities, but then you'd probably end up sacrificing hailstorm which makes frostwave way more effective.
I've seen some people using lightning storm, but you'd still have to get up right to the mob to use it on them, and how much does the ability protect you while casting..?
The adds in Abe's hideout were just running too fast, and could catch me too quickly, despite me almost having to TP away immediately so I could barely do any dmg.
A few of the generals seem to have missile reflect or something, or reflect dmg as sometimes when I use ice prison and the pillars shatter, I just insta die.
I'm pissed off at that guy that gave feedback saying 'yeah embermage is fine now' and Salan believing him, when the dude was using over 300 skill points. I barely saw any of the bosses reflect his PBs in the video, which happens constantly in my game, just seems bs. The respec potion is basically bugged and gives you extra points, and I can't remember how many you SHOULD have max, as when I set it back to 150, there were extra fame ranks of Supreme Being that gave me more points. I realised I could have been playing with 30 extra skill points and still struggling, so now things are just going to be worse.