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Title: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on November 25, 2020, 10:29:26 AM
Hey, them Shadow Clones do some crazy damage, eh?  That is, when they're not just standing around watching you.

I like the extra cube slot.

Nice, making all the newer sets the Gifts this time.  But since they don't have Set Dungeons, you have to complete another set before you can do the Conquest.  Smart.

I started a Barbarian, was gonna name her Barbarella, but in a fit of laziness I just went with Jane (Fonda, duh -- Fonduh!)  She did her GR 70 last night and got some silly bracers for her Primal.  I recycled them.  Finished collecting the IK set this morning, so I'll probably try to Set Dungeon later.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on November 27, 2020, 07:53:23 PM
started a WD since i'd never used the mundunugu set that's the reward this cycle. powerful once you get the useful weapons. just got the lvl70 primal and it happened to be the set helm, lol. i usually try to get the seasonal cosmetic rewards, so will probably work towards that even though the new pet is ugly.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Drozz on November 28, 2020, 07:29:53 PM
I went DH again, because the set was GOD, and I used that last season. It seems even more fun an OP this season. I'm just shooting for the extra stash space and then I'll switch back to non-season. I was out of town for the holiday, so hopefully tomorrow I'll master the set dungeon. Last season, I did the Marauders for DH, and I have the pieces already, so I'll build that tomorrow then run until I master the set dungeon. After that, just need to get the multiple sets for GR55, and that should finish it.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on November 29, 2020, 02:19:22 PM
Started a Wizard cause I wanted to see how they had altered the Hydra build. It was a move away from a channeling build but to be honest, it was powerful enough that you really didn't have to channel to do T16, just throw out a couple of Frost Hydras and keep running or stop to pick up loot.

Anyway, the build seems more powerful now, although you have to do more work to get it, not onerous or anything but extra steps. It does feel more wizardly, in that you're casting and avoiding, casting and avoiding, instead of sitting still and channeling and I like it.

And then I started a Demon Hunter because they just feel so amazing these days.

Haven't even began thinking about the ridiculous set dungeons. 
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on November 29, 2020, 03:48:11 PM
Haven't even began thinking about the ridiculous set dungeons.

was pondering which conquests to do for guardian this season, and am worried the 8 dungeon conquest might be necessary. i've never done either the speed act or the boss conquest; both of those seem geared for MP rather than SP. maybe speed racer/sprinter would be doable SP with an angry chicken WD? no idea.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: LORD NIKON on November 30, 2020, 02:10:31 PM
Well damn, real life keeps distracting me, but I've been actually been able to play this season! Clones seem rather balanced and well thought out, the fourth cube slot... not so much.

I chose to go with the Demon Hunter because...

...I needed the "Kill 100 000 demons" achievement.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on November 30, 2020, 07:23:37 PM


was pondering which conquests to do for guardian this season, and am worried the 8 dungeon conquest might be necessary. i've never done either the speed act or the boss conquest; both of those seem geared for MP rather than SP. maybe speed racer/sprinter would be doable SP with an angry chicken WD? no idea.
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I don't think either Speed Racer or Boss Mode are doable in SP. From what I've heard - and I haven't tried either personally - both are tricky even with groups of 4. Mastering 8 sets might have to be the third in SP but I have to believe Mastering 8 dungeons would take some time also.

Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on November 30, 2020, 08:45:51 PM
Boss mode is doable solo.  I've done it before.  Chicken Doc I think is what I used.  Do the bosses with long animations first.  If they are taking too long, stop and try again.  Once you get those bosses out of the way, the rest is easy.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 01, 2020, 11:50:27 AM
Got my Stash Tab last night, and probably won't be going on to Guardian, so that's my Season Journey for this season.  Maybe I'll change my mind later, but with the holidays coming up and my daughter home from school, there are other priorities.

I know the pros like to rag on D3, but I've always liked how they at least try to make it interesting for players of all levels.  Only a few years ago, I regarded Conquests and going for the extra Stash Tab as something that only the "serious" players go for.  Something that regular guys like me would really have to bust ass to get.  That changed a few seasons back, when they added the Legacy of Dreams gem and made The Thrill a Conquest.  Rapid Fire has always been one of my favorite skills (love that machine-gun sound!) so I already had a DH with the build, and someone here mentioned that the IK Set Dungeon was pretty easy, and that also turned out to be true.  This is coming from someone who generally hates Set Dungeons.  Anyway, that was a pretty easy Stash Tab.  So that became a thing the past couple of seasons.  Kinda disappointed that they changed them this season, but it makes sense.  Years of War and On a Good Day were both pretty basic.

So apparently I'm a "serious" player?  Nah.  I just don't have a life, especially with COVID-19 and staying home all the time anyway.  I'm not sure what the point of this is, but hey, maybe I'll try Boss Mode sometime.  It's good to have goals.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 01, 2020, 03:07:02 PM
Give Boss Mode a try Orbert!  I think you could do it with a DH too spamming vault.  There used to be a couple of different builds that could do it solo.  Just gotta plan it out!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 01, 2020, 05:51:10 PM
I'll think about it.  I hate planning things out.  I mean, some forethought is required for most things, but literally working out the order of things I have to do within a certain amount of time, possibly (probably) going through the whole sequence multiple times and failing before eventually (possibly) succeeding just sounds like notfun.  I know, it's not that much different from, say, doing a set dungeon, except it's more involved and a greater time investment.  And I hate set dungeons.

But I'll think about it.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 01, 2020, 06:31:40 PM
LOL, sorry Orbert, I don't want to put any pressure on you.  If it isn't for you, screw it!!!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 01, 2020, 06:58:15 PM
just got world's apart (hc boss mode) in ~18:20 with my mundunugu WD.   8)

did a dry run with the build i'd been using and finished at ~22m, so made a number of modifications to boost movement speed and got it on the next try. had much better luck on some of the longer maps on the 2nd try as well. don't know which helped more.

don't worry about the order, orb. gotta do them all anyway!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 01, 2020, 09:53:12 PM
took the same build into the campaign to see if i had any chance of doing that solo. WAY behind where i needed to be at the end of act1 and zero interest in trying that again. will start a second class for the 6 set 55GR instead.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 02, 2020, 10:19:29 AM
Congrats on getting that conquest syn!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 02, 2020, 12:09:09 PM
Honestly, I will likely revisit it once I get a few more characters going/done.  Last night I did the thing where you fix up a weapon and offhand with Gems of Ease and run a character from Zero to 70 in one sitting.  So now I have a Wizard babe who wants to try out the new(ish) Typhons build.

It's good to have goals.  It's just that they have to be meaningful, and doing things just to do them isn't my style.  I actually need to get something out of it.  A Stash Tab is worth it.  Getting a new Pet just seems kinda silly.  Most of the Pets (to me) are pretty pointless and/or downright bizarre.  A book that follows you around?  A chest that follows you around?  Various ugly things which are also kinda distracting?  Nah.  I like the teddy bears.  Red or white, depending on my mood at the time.  Plus, there's something oddly humorous about facing down the lords of Hell and their minions with your trusty teddy bear running around, invincible and oblivious to everything else going on.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 03, 2020, 10:02:24 AM
I started a hardcore wizard the other night after not playing this game since season 17.  I promptly got him killed in about 5 minutes, Yay!!!  Then I started him again and now I've got him to 70 and paragon 150ish now.  I am still amazed how easy it is to start a character and get them nearly complete within a few days, well complete enough to run T6-8 that is.  Basically all I'm doing now is running rifts and GRs to get gear.  I lack a lot of good complimentary gear for the Typhon set, so I just run around in T7 rifts casting hydras and things die.  Eventually I want to be a Tals Wizard explosive blast speed build and continue rainbow goblin hunting.  I'm not really going for the season journey since I have all the stash tabs already and I don't care about the other rewards.  I am having fun and that is all that matters now.  I am sure it will get boring in a few weeks, much the same as it always does after a new season starts.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 09, 2020, 04:03:19 PM
While playing my other Seasonal characters, I "accidentally" managed to acquire three different Crusader items with boosts to Blessed Hammer.  Two Flails and a Shield; I don't remember their names.  One makes them faster, one makes them do more damage, stuff like that.  Anyway, it occurred to me that I've never done a Hammerdin in D3 (partly because they're not Paladins anymore, so I'm not sure what you call them), so I decided that even though Crusaders aren't my favorite D3 character, I'd try a "Hammersader".

With three Gems of Ease now to help out with levelling, she hit 70 pretty quickly, and was soon grinding for gear.  Yet another Flail dropped, this time it makes your Blessed Hammers bigger.  I had to start cubing some of these, and got the Achievement for cubing x powers.  I don't even know what the number is, since I didn't really look that closely, having decided not to bother with Guardian.  But okay, now I'm 5/6 of the way to Guardian.  I guess I really need to reconsider Boss Mode.  It will bug me forever if I don't do it and leave it at 5/6 done.  (Apparently I was okay with leaving it 4/6 done, but 5/6 is not acceptable.  I'll always know that I could've just done "one more thing" and gotten it.)

Not asking for advice, although it's certainly welcome.  I'm assuming the faster character would be the best one to do it; in this case the Gears Demon Hunter because of the insane speed you get from Momentum, or maybe the Tempest Rush Monk.  There's some combination that cranks your Sweeping Wind up to 13 stacks and adds 5% movement speed per stack, so she really flies.

I'll probably make a list, just to organize which bosses are in which acts, in order to jump as quickly as possible from one to another.  Then off we go.  This could be interesting.

But first I need to finish my Hammersader.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 09, 2020, 08:33:07 PM
I like reading your posts Orbert.  Sounds like you are making good progress with the Hammersader!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 10, 2020, 11:27:06 AM
Thanks.  I know we don't get a lot of traffic here these days, but I still feel the need to share my D3 exploits, and (to me) Reddit is for reading, not posting.  I'm glad we still have GO. :)

I finally got a 5th piece of "The Light" Crusader set (I forget the full name) which cranks up Hammer damage.  I needed the boots and pants, and this was shortly after Hammer Jammers dropped, so I think she's set for a while.  If the pants drop ;) I'll probably do some cubing and/or swapping around.  Ran a T13 Nephalem Rift, and she's kinda squishy, which is kinduv rare for a Crusader.  Usually only extreme negligence will get them killed, but she got one-shot by one of those charging beasts, which was annoying.  So I'll probably do some enchanting, but first I gotta get some more Death's Breaths.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 10, 2020, 02:00:19 PM
nice, Orbert!

here's a plug for speedy WDs. you can get 5% increased speed per stack from soul harvest which can be boosted to 10 stacks with sacred harvester. but even better, you can get 100% increased speed a couple different ways: angry chicken set, or from spirit walk/severance rune, which can get a great duration bonus from the shukrani mojo. i switched to the soul harvest and spirit walk runes and had a fine time. obviously item dependent, but there are a few paths.

i'd guess it'd be straightforward with a dreadlands DH as well, but no idea about the monk option you mentioned.

i finished guardian the other day, and now am using the book pet. have had a few other primals drop: an oculus ring that i put on my templar, and a traveler's set amulet that seemed like a no-brainer to equip right away. nice to get primals that aren't useless! finished a GR100 today, but it was stressful. noticed a bunch of WDs on the leaderboard have rubies socketed in their armor, and several others have gone to amethysts or back to topaz-- lots of variation but not many diamonds. i switched from primary stat to diamonds over the past few seasons, which seemed pretty standard, but maybe i need to rethink that.

edit: since you're already building a crusader, a steed charge thorns build might be a much faster route. probably equivalent speed to the others, and you'd probably accumulate the needed items while you're looking for your hammersader gear.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 10, 2020, 02:13:33 PM
I used to use diamonds a lot.  I like Resist All, maybe because I play mostly ranged characters, so melee isn't an issue but elemental damage is.  Maybe it's just psychological, but I seem to survive better with diamonds as opposed to amethysts.  Usually as the character is growing, I put everything into main stat and dealing damage, then at higher levels things seem to change and monsters do (relatively) more damage, so I have to switch things from damage to toughness.  Or again, maybe that's just my perception.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 10, 2020, 03:51:23 PM
If the pants drop ;)
LOL!!!

noticed a bunch of WDs on the leaderboard have rubies socketed in their armor, and several others have gone to amethysts or back to topaz-- lots of variation but not many diamonds. i switched from primary stat to diamonds over the past few seasons, which seemed pretty standard, but maybe i need to rethink that.
Don't rubies wind up giving you armor?  That is probably smart since I think with so much Int from being a WD your resist all numbers are suffering from diminishing returns at this point.  I get why people would try to add armor from the rubies or life from amethysts.

EDIT: Oh yeah, congrats on the GR100 too.  That is awesome!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 11, 2020, 02:34:19 PM
Well, my wizard just died.  I had completed a GR74 and was interacting with Urshi to level a gem.  A monster was still alive and it was one of those that is bugged so that it is invulnerable.  I didn't even see it until it was too late.  My cheat death had already popped and my hydras were down, so my defense was shit when it hit me.  What a dumb way to die.  I am disappoint.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 11, 2020, 02:46:05 PM
That blows.  Sorry to hear.

On a slightly related note, there are a number of monsters which spawn other creatures when they die, which is annoying in Greater Rifts.  Those corrupted angels that turn into bats, the exploding fat guys with the worms, etc.  When the Rift Guardian shows up, everything is supposed to die to clear the stage, but they didn't take these guys into account so their spawns are still around.

Another fun one is those round pits in the Chamber of Suffering, where zombies come out.  If I see I'm nearing 100% and I'm by one of those pits, I move.  It's annoying as heck trying to deal with Urshi while those stupid zombie keep coming out.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 11, 2020, 06:23:25 PM
Well, my wizard just died.  I had completed a GR74 and was interacting with Urshi to level a gem.  A monster was still alive and it was one of those that is bugged so that it is invulnerable.  I didn't even see it until it was too late.  My cheat death had already popped and my hydras were down, so my defense was shit when it hit me.  What a dumb way to die.  I am disappoint.

that totally sucks. happy to run some rifts to help you level and gear up again, if you want.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 11, 2020, 06:30:47 PM
noticed a bunch of WDs on the leaderboard have rubies socketed in their armor, and several others have gone to amethysts or back to topaz-- lots of variation but not many diamonds. i switched from primary stat to diamonds over the past few seasons, which seemed pretty standard, but maybe i need to rethink that.
Don't rubies wind up giving you armor?  That is probably smart since I think with so much Int from being a WD your resist all numbers are suffering from diminishing returns at this point.  I get why people would try to add armor from the rubies or life from amethysts.

it makes sense. i didn't put much thought into it and was on autopilot after playing barbs and DHs for so long, so just went for diamonds. switched some of them out. base toughness went down but maybe it's better once the set bonuses are factored in. got up to GR105, though.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 11, 2020, 11:11:41 PM
GR105 hardcore is incredible.  Congrats!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on December 13, 2020, 12:26:22 PM
Wow, GR 105 HC. Congratulations!

mn4nu, dying while Urshing sucks. Commiserations.

You guys make me wanna stop reading this thread and go play. I've made 4 chars this season...so far. I started off with the Wizard because I loved the Hydra Wiz and was curious to see how much the changes affected play. I understand Blizz wanted to move this build away from channeling, but I never really used it much that way to begin with. I found that I could cruise T16 incorporating in 2 pieces of Sage and the Hydras would destroy everything with very little need to channel much at all. And I haven't been doing much higher GR grinding these days. So, because the new style requires a bit more work, I didn't really like the changes at first. Now I've adapted and discovered I can still use Deathwish for an instant damage wallop instead of having to stack 10 spectral stacks from Fragment of Destiny so it's still my go to T16 DB farming build.

Then I started a DH because I love the DH and the Gears set is so powerful and so fast it's great for bounties and GRing. But then I saw the Necro was kicking butt on the leaderboards and it was a build that didn't incorporate a giant cooldown and 4 second window of key blasting so I wanted to try that out it didn't take me long to remember that the Necro playstyle and I just don't agree.  But we'll see. And lastly I wanted to build a support Barb so I could help a buddy play higher GRs. I've been having a really difficult time finding the Band of Might. So I keep dying...
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 13, 2020, 10:38:10 PM
I'm kinda the same about Necros.  They're kinda different, kinda cool, but something about them doesn't quite work for me.  I've built some pretty fun ones in the past, but they took a lot of active key-mashing.  I've heard that they're fun again this season.  Maybe next.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on December 15, 2020, 03:34:02 PM
I can't recall grinding so hard for one piece of gear as I have for the Band of Might. Finally broke down and consulted Google who suggested starting a lvl 1 Barb and gamble shards. Got it on my second set of shards.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Drozz on December 15, 2020, 08:11:45 PM
I love when I'm grinding something for a long time, then I decide to google it, and realize that it only drops in bounties. Arghhhh!!!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 16, 2020, 06:21:56 AM
I can't recall grinding so hard for one piece of gear as I have for the Band of Might. Finally broke down and consulted Google who suggested starting a lvl 1 Barb and gamble shards. Got it on my second set of shards.
That Google is one smart cookie!

I love when I'm grinding something for a long time, then I decide to google it, and realize that it only drops in bounties. Arghhhh!!!
I've done something similar in the past.  I recall searching for a piece of gear to get the legendary affix for kanai's cube, only to realize (thanks Google) after spending so much time on it that it was a crafted item!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 16, 2020, 01:08:49 PM
I wimped out.  The more I thought about trying to kill 20 bosses in 20 minutes (or however many it is), the more ridiculous it seemed to attempt solo.  The Siegebreaker Assault Beast alone can eat five minutes getting to him, same with Adria and Aranae, unless you happen to get them as Bounties so you get a beacon to help guide you (once you get close enough).  But you don't know that until you start the game, at which point the timer's already running while you check and see what you have.  And I hate timed events in general.

So I started a Hardcore Demon Hunter.  Figured I'd level up three Legendary Gems in Hardcore, cop the third Conquest that way.  First one died in less than 20 minutes.  Okay, a learning experience (or a re-learning experience actually).  New guy is up in his 30's now.  Taking it slow and steady, Hard mode, enjoying the journey.  Hardcore is such a different attitude to me that it almost feels like a different game.  And that's a good thing.  I forgot how different it was a few years back when I was getting bored and went Hardcore for a while.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 20, 2020, 03:25:14 PM
welp. blew a fuse on a high GR. there go a pair of nice primals.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on December 20, 2020, 06:27:11 PM
welp. blew a fuse on a high GR. there go a pair of nice primals.

Condolences. Primals are hard to lose.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 21, 2020, 09:38:43 AM
RIP syn.  It always sucks losing the gear and gems. If I'm on and you are starting up again, let me know and I'll rush you to 70.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: dave in the basement on December 21, 2020, 10:08:31 AM
RIP, Syn.

Man, don't sleep on necros this season. I'm a bad necro player and I've managed to clear a GR121 with time to spare. Once you have the Mask set and the simaculrum (sp?) amulet you'll be in great shape.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 22, 2020, 12:45:38 PM
welp. blew a fuse on a high GR. there go a pair of nice primals.

RIP. :(


My Hardcore Demon Hunter seems to be doing okay.  Legacy of Dreams was the first Legendary Gem to drop, shortly after Sin Seekers (the quiver that removes Rapid Fire channeling cost).  This was a clear sign that I should build a Rapid Fire DH, which was fine with me because I like Rapid Fire, plus it worked well with building the character as I acquire items.  Any Legendaries were fine, keep building the guy slowly, I was running around T10 before I started getting bored and noticed that I'd acquired a lot of Set Items.  Switched to UE Multishot.  Been running GR 66 lately, which is high enough to level gems up to 65 for the Conquest.  I've got three up in the 50's now, so it's just a matter of time at this point.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 22, 2020, 11:14:25 PM
A first for me.  :)

(https://i.imgur.com/9SEEX2n.jpg)
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 23, 2020, 07:15:24 AM
congrats, Orbert!   8)
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 23, 2020, 10:16:44 AM
Nice going Orbert, congratulations!  8)

I started a necro to so that I can gamble from kadala the last hardcore legendary property I need for all classes in my kanai's cube library.  I was missing Gelmindor's Marrow Guards.  I filled in all the other updated legendary powers with my other non-season characters, but I didn't have a necro to do that with.  So I got him to 70 and I rediscovered that I don't like playing necros and that is why I didn't have one in my character list in the first place.   ;D 

Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 23, 2020, 03:32:58 PM
Thanks, guys! :)

So now it's fun time.  I'm gonna level up some Gems of Ease and get cheesy with another Hardcore character.  I'm still trying to decide which.  Maybe if something nifty drops while I'm doing GRs, it'll suggest something.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Drozz on December 23, 2020, 07:51:19 PM
Congrats, Orbert! I need more stash spaces. I am in non-season now. I stayed in season long enough to get the stash space. I am working on a frost orb wizard to bring back the D2 memories. It's working well so far. Running GR80 regularly trying to get ancients and primals. But it's hard to reserve spaces for other wizard builds with only 10 stashes. It's too long until the next season, so I have to figure out a way to dump ancients and sets I don't think I'll use for the characters I've already built.

Also, I need to get back to HC. I built a HC barb in last season, but since that was my first HC char, I still have to do the campaign in non-season. Trying to motivate myself to get that done.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 23, 2020, 09:11:44 PM
Well that came together quickly.  I had a Leoric's Signet with +30% XP and figured that that plus a nice weapon with a Gem of Ease in it would be a nice boost for just about anyone.  I figured by time I ran ten GR's (empowered, get two Gems of Ease up to 25) I'd hopefully stumble upon a nice weapon for something other than a Demon Hunter, and I'd just go with that.  Cast my fate to the wind.

I leveled the first one up to 25 and applied it to the ring.  Then I leveled another up to 25, and that whole time, not a single Legendary/Set weapon dropped for anything other than a Demon Hunter.  :(  Fine, we'll do this the hard way.  I had Haedrig make a bunch of Level 70 Yellow Two-Handed Swords, and I went and upgraded them.  One was an Ancient Grandfather with not-bad stats!  Since Demon Hunters can't wield two-handed swords, they all rolled with Strength or Intelligence.  The Ancient Grandfather rolled with Intelligence.

Between Necromancers, Witch Doctors, and Wizards, I like Wizards best, and females are cuter than males.  MingNa was born (after Ming-Na Wen, but you can't use hyphens).

After I got her up to 30 or so (which took moments), I remembered that I could use Cube powers.  There wasn't a single Weapon power in the Cube that she could use, but I figured I'd gamble a wand or if I ended up with a bunch of Yellows, just upgrade one.  Gambled a Serpent Sparker (one extra Hydra) and cubed the power.  It's like the D3 Gods were dead-set on me playing a Hydra Wizard.  So that's what I'm doing.

She made 70 and is currently Torment 2, using some Aughild's armor and some Captain Crimson's, with a RROG in the Cube.  So far, so good.  Wizards wield a two-handed sword look silly when they cast Magic Missile.  It looks like she's swinging the sword like a baseball bat to cast the spell.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on December 26, 2020, 09:02:50 AM
I had a Leoric's Signet with +30% XP and figured that that plus a nice weapon with a Gem of Ease

don't forget about the hellfire ring that always has a fixed +45% XP and no level requirement. it's a nice little bump.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on December 28, 2020, 03:54:20 PM
I didn't know about the +45% XP, but I did remember that Hellfire Amulets have no level requirement, so I gave one of my DH Hellfire Amulets to my new Monk.  Nice boosts to Dex and Vit, plus a socket.  She made level 70 in a few hours, which is plenty fast for Hardcore for me.

I started a Monk because my Hardcore Wizard bit the big one.  I'm not even sure what happened.  She was supposedly killed by one of those swinging blades in the Ruins of Sescheron, but my death cheater (Unstable Anomaly) never kicked in.  She was running around and then BOOM! dead.  It was most heinous.  :(
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Sssith on December 28, 2020, 06:38:54 PM
Bummer.  I have vague memories of insta-deaths despite having the skill that is supposed to help.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on December 28, 2020, 08:09:11 PM
RIP Orbert Wizard.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on January 06, 2021, 12:34:59 PM
Thanks for the condolences.

My Monk (Kira) ended up doing Tempest Rush, which I know is silly and insanely simple, but I've kinda gotten addicted to the "run around really fast and destroy everything" type of build.  Very exciting.  After I got her up to running T16 Rifts and level 75 Greater Rifts, a Primal Bul-Kathos' Solemn Vow dropped!

So I started a Barbarian (Den).  Used the Hellfire Ring trick (thanks, syn!).  Early levelling this way is so hilarious.  Crank it up to T6, start a Rift, kill one thing, then run back to town.  Go grab a cup of coffee or something while the banners take you through the 20 or 30 levels and all the skills you just made.  Go back in, kill another thing, run back to town.  Play on the phone for a while or something while another 20 levels go by.  Eventually you get to where you can actually play interactively and level, and before you know it you're into the 60's slog, but 70 comes soon enough.

Den ended up doing Savages/Frenzy, since he finished that set first, and got to T16/GR75 last night.  This morning, he found the last few pieces of a WhirlyWastes build.  After at least another half dozen BK's Solemn Vows, I finally got the other sword (whose name I forget).  So I'll be Whirling later tonight.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on January 10, 2021, 02:18:38 PM
I decided to go for Guardian and was able to finish it today.  Started a Witch Doctor a couple of weeks ago and was able to get the final 2 conquests using him.  Not sure how much more I will play this season.  I enjoyed the Typhon set for the Wizard.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on January 11, 2021, 02:10:50 PM
Congratulations, Hero!
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Melchior on January 19, 2021, 04:45:36 PM
Hey guys!

I decided to join in on the season for fun. Playing softcore for a change, I was hoping to have more people to play with, but so far it has been scarce, might be better when I get higher than T13.

Playing Wizard this season (my least played class) and I really like the Hydra build with Typhon's set :) Currently just trying to farm gear and get stronger.

Hope to see you in game :D
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on January 20, 2021, 10:05:48 AM
Oh crap, Melchior.  I saw you on the other day and you invited me to party, but I was in a greater rift at the time, so I didn't answer right away.  Then I forgot and logged out. :(  Next time.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Melchior on January 21, 2021, 08:37:53 PM
Oh crap, Melchior.  I saw you on the other day and you invited me to party, but I was in a greater rift at the time, so I didn't answer right away.  Then I forgot and logged out. :(  Next time.

You have scorned me, good sir!

I challenge you to a duel.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Melchior on January 29, 2021, 04:32:04 PM
Hello all!

I have finished the season journey and had fun doing so :) I really enjoyed playing Hydra Wizard, found 4 trash Primals and even got in a few MP games.

I played softcore for a change of pace, thinking I would get more MP games, but it wasn't much more really, usually the games I joined were paragon 2500+. Which raises the question, why so high? I finished the season journey with about 800, are they aiming to top the season leaderboards?

Anyway, the hardest part for me was the 3rd conquest, but as I had leveled a Witch Doctor for Years of War (2nd conquest), I was able to use Manajuma's set and use chicken speed to run the Boss Mode conquest, quite easily in fact, which was nice.

Now I am playing my softcore characters again, and found I had no Wizard and no Necro, so I am playing a soft necro atm.

What y'all doin?
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on February 01, 2021, 01:49:14 PM
Congrats!

I was pushing my characters on Americas and got bored with watching numbers get bigger, so I started a DH on Europe over the weekend.  She's already running GR 80+, so now I'm thinking of rebirthing my Barb, or maybe my WD.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Melchior on March 01, 2021, 11:24:31 PM
PTR started 25th Feb for next patch, I think the season usually ends not long after...?

I am keen to play a new season, anyone else on board?
Probably playing hardcore next time around, as I hardly got any MP games in softcore anyway
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: dave in the basement on March 11, 2021, 02:53:29 PM
Still no announcement on when the season will end.

I planned on setting my sword down for good, but with the new follower changes, I'll give it one more season.

Maybe.  :P
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: mn4nu on March 11, 2021, 04:39:43 PM
I think I'm done with D3.  This season was fun, but it's the same thing over and over.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Cluck Kent on March 12, 2021, 12:56:54 PM
I was going great guns in the season until a buddy suggested we play some online golf. I haven't played D3 since.

I did review the PTR notes and it does look like they're going to do some things with the mercs so I'm likely to try the next season out at least for a bit.

But I understand exactly how you feel mn4nu.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: dave in the basement on March 26, 2021, 07:52:49 AM
I'll be firing up the new season, but as others have mentioned, the thrill is gone. Well not entirely, but definitely close. I'm going to enjoy ranking on the new leaderboards and everything, but at this point D3 is a placeholder until D2R gets released.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Sssith on March 26, 2021, 10:18:56 AM
Come join me playing POE.

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Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: Orbert on March 27, 2021, 03:30:16 PM
It's getting kinda samey, yeah.  But I haven't totally burned out on all the different classes and builds yet, and I still get a kick out of making up my own builds via Legacy of Dreams.  I don't care about the Leader boards, so that's not a thing.  I just like to see if I can take a skill or weapon I've always liked and make something up that'll get me to T16 or GR70.  And if I get stuck, somebody somewhere has tried the build before, so I can find it on the 'net and realize that there's some ring or bracers or something that I'd forgotten about that'll triple my damage.  Stuff like that is still fun.  The changes to the followers should help keep things interesting, at least for another season.
Title: Re: Season 22: Clone Wars!
Post by: syn on March 30, 2021, 07:27:15 PM
The changes to the followers should help keep things interesting, at least for another season.

the emanation feature is great. i'll probably go for the new pet this season.