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Posted 2017-05-13, 02:31 AM



Nightmare Baal has died. Hell awaits!


Gear/Stats:
















Worthless Merc:





Loot:





Not going to bother documenting all of the uniques/sets I've found thus far, but there isn't anything particularly notable yet. At the moment I'm keeping anything that I don't already have in an attempt to collect every item in the game or at least get a nice collection.


Solo Hell Blizzsorc Rules:
  • Solo/self-found only (obviously)
  • No cheating/maphack/etc. (to be clarified below)
  • Ladder/online features enabled


Utilities/Client Info:
  • Client/patch version 1.13c
  • D2SE Mod Manager is being used so as to utilize PlugY plug-in
  • A program called Cursor Lock is being used to lock my cursor to my D2 client window.
  • PlugY enables several features, including expanded/shared stash (seen above), Ladder/Online features enabled in Single Player (Ladder-only runewords, ubers, etc.), improved stats screen (seen above), and easy respec/reskill.


"Cheating" Clarification:

As PlugY allows easy respec/reskill, I will from time-to-time reallocate a few stat or skill points in an effort to tweak my build or allow myself to use a new piece of gear. This is definitely "cheating" to some degree, but I consider it mostly harmless and not against the spirit of this challenge so I'm allowing it. However, what I will not do is massively change my skills to circumvent immunities, as that goes entirely against the spirit of this challenge (for example, I'm not going to change from a Blizz sorc to a Meteor sorc to be able to farm different areas or be able to more easily kill certain bosses or anything like that.) The goal here is to get a single-element (cold, in this case) sorc through Hell difficulty without any outside assistance.

Additionally, there are no maphack/item drop/whatever changes to the game. As I'm playing Single-player mode, my maps remain revealed and do not change unless I choose to change them by switching difficulty, and I will certainly "exploit" this by rerolling my maps until I get good layouts for certain boss runs or areas.


Observations/Comments/Goals:

When I last tried and completed this challenge, the latest version was 1.11b. I didn't expect much to be different this time and if anything expected it to be easier due to some changes made in 1.13c (improved rune drop rates, significantly lowered damage from fire enchanted mob explosions, Iron Maiden removed from Oblivion Knights), some improvements to my knowledge bank, and the fact that I don't have to deal with lag due to playing single-player mode. However, one thing I really noticed was a change in the difficulty of Normal difficulty. Perhaps it is just because of differences in item finds/gear and such, or perhaps it is due to the fact that I was really rushing through the game and not stopping to level/gear up, but I found Normal difficulty to be much more difficult this time around, particularly once I reached the Worldstone Keep/Throne. On more than one occasion I found myself running out of gold and being unable to supply potions to my incredibly thirsty sorceress, and had to sell items/gems I was holding onto for later. However, once I managed to get Normal Baal down and got a few runs through cows to get a few levels and get the item base I needed to make my Spirit runeword weapon, it was smoooooooth sailing from there. I didn't bother grinding out levels on Normal Baal this time like I did previously, and started Nightmare difficulty a solid 10 levels earlier this time than last (at level 30). With the exception of a few (~5) Nightmare Meph runs, it was a straight shot through Nightmare difficulty with no need to stop and grind/farm and no more running out of money to buy potions.

One big change that I've made is that I've come to value Faster Cast Rate and Faster Hit Recovery much more than I had previously. I was never one to completely neglect them, but I've learned and seen just how much of a difference these two stats can make, particularly when trying to teleport quickly and safely from Point A to Point B. At the breakpoints I've met currently, my character recovers from hits more than twice as fast (7 frames versus 15 without any FHR) and casts more than 30% faster (9 frames versus 13 without any FCR.) The FHR in particular has saved my ass more times than I can count.

From here going forward, I'll probably do either some Nightmare Meph or Nightmare Baal runs or maybe some Nightmare Cows to try to work on my gear situation. As you can see above, some of my gear is severely lacking and it shouldn't be very hard to find a few upgrades. As soon as I can, I'm going to want to push at least to Hell Andariel to start really working on my gear, as she can drop many of the things I will want before I try to push through Hell.

Ultimately, I hope to take on the Ubers with this character, and I may not consider the challenge "complete" until that happens. Beyond that, as stated before, I may be attempting to collect every item in the game. Updates to follow as they come!
D3V: I need to get on zelaron more. I'm having withdrawls.
Skurai: You should be used to withdrawls by now, D3V.
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Posted 2017-05-13, 07:24 AM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post "It has begun..."
Those pixels turn me on
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Posted 2017-05-13, 07:26 AM in reply to -Spector-'s post starting "Those pixels turn me on"
Do you know about the /nopickup command? I played D2 for over a decade before I learned about it
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Posted 2017-05-13, 12:05 PM in reply to -Spector-'s post starting "Do you know about the /nopickup..."
I had forgotten about that, and it could definitely come in handy! For some reason I was thinking that was a plug-in feature, not a built-in one.
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Posted 2017-05-13, 12:48 PM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post "It has begun..."

Updates:

Pushed to Hell Andariel and I've done couple dozen runs now that I've settled on a decent map layout (~14 teleports total to get to Andy). I had a better layout at one point (~10 teleports) but accidentally reset the map by starting a Normal game. Not much in the way of drops so far, but I did find a Raven Frost ring last night and I found a 5os Crystal Sword that I can use to make a Call to Arms if I ever acquire the requisite runes. I also have a 4os flail I'll use to make Heart of the Oak if I ever find those runes.

I actually avoided getting Andariel "quest bugged." While I typically wouldn't consider something like that cheating, for the purposes of my "collect one of every item" challenge it would be a pretty significant bug to exploit. I regret it a bit when she drops complete garbage sometimes, but oh well... Probably gonna push for Hell Meph soon so I can really make some progress.

Shitty merc is up to 70 Crushing Blow now that I found a couple of upgrades for him. Should have probably put different things in his weapon sockets, but oh well. The jewel was decent (30%ish ED, +6 min, +4 max) but I probably should have went with the tried-and-true AmnShaelShael for faster attacks, especially with Crushing Blow being his main source of damage. I may decide to wipe the sockets and go with that soon, but I'm not sure yet and it doesn't really matter at this point anyway because he sucks ass.




Also upgraded my Stealth armor to a breast plate base, not that it makes much of a difference other than making my character look cooler.
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Posted 2017-05-13, 01:17 PM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post starting "Updates: Pushed to Hell Andariel and..."

Hell Duriel down. I'm coming for you Mephisto...

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Posted 2017-05-13, 02:01 PM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post starting "Hell Duriel down. I'm coming for you..."
Hell Mephisto down, and DIABLO WALKED THE EARTH!




Dclone is chilling nearby, gonna see if I can moat-cheese him or something. I'm guessing my damage isn't high enough to even keep up with his regen, but we'll see what happens...

EDIT: Dclone regen confirmed OP
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Posted 2017-05-14, 03:12 AM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post starting "Hell Mephisto down, and DIABLO WALKED..."
Awwww yeah!




This should help a ton, I'm severely lacking in MF gear at the moment.
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Posted 2017-05-15, 12:03 AM in reply to !King_Amazon!'s post starting "Awwww yeah! ..."
Some upgrades courtesy of Mephisto.







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