Gamersoasis

Games => Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) => Topic started by: Timinator on September 06, 2021, 01:00:42 AM

Title: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 06, 2021, 01:00:42 AM
September 23 for most of you.  September 24 (Friday for Aus and NZ).   I know quite a few of you have preordered, and it might be fun to see who will be online at the same time. 

I'm sure some of  you will be in the same game on battlenet.  If you haven't seen, sharing your screen is easy in discord (and only for those in discord to have the option to see). 

Dust, Supermatt and I had a discord voice chat the other night too.  I'm hoping we can do a similar thing depending on timezones.  Sadly as you know I won't be in D2R .. but I'll be doing something in D2 and feeding off your excitement!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 06, 2021, 08:33:58 AM
It will be fun that a lot of us will be playing the same game, regardless if it is D2:LoD or D2R.

I will certainly be playing on the 23rd.  I will be playing around 8pm PST.  I will work on getting it preinstalled during the day.  I might get a bit of playing time in during the day.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on September 06, 2021, 02:32:39 PM
I bought my laptop last year, so I'm pretty sure it will play the game. I'm not buying until that day, and depending on what's going on around the household, I may not get it that day. If nothing going on and my laptop can play it, then I will most likely be in the game around 9 pm EST that night. I'll log into discord to make sure I'm linked up with whoever is out there.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 06, 2021, 04:03:54 PM
They haven't yet mentioned what time its opening, so thats a big unknown.      I could potentially get it on Nintendo Switch, but I can't see myself wanting to do that as more than a casual thing .. and its probably too expensive for a casual thing.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 07, 2021, 07:46:40 AM
I haven't joined an online D2 game in a long ass time. Any tips for connecting with you fine people in-game?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on September 07, 2021, 08:01:15 AM
I haven't joined an online D2 game in a long ass time. Any tips for connecting with you fine people in-game?

I don't believe they'll be supporting TCP/IP games with D2R so people will have to play on B.Net for multiplayer.

But we should start a B.Net tag thread
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 07, 2021, 10:17:55 AM
As I say elsewhere.  Javazon for offline play.  Windy Druid for online.

I will have to figure out how to switch between the two modes, but that shouldn't be too difficult.

@Dave -- only way to MP is B.net as Matt said. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Melchior on September 18, 2021, 06:55:09 PM
I'm keen for D2R but will be playing SP I imagine
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 23, 2021, 01:38:32 PM
Had an hour before I had to work, so I logged in.  Took half an hour to download and install D2R.  Oops, I forgot about that.  Finally started up the client.  Had to remember how to skip all the logo credits.  Watched the opening cinematic for a little, but time was running out, so I skipped out of it.

Question: How do you turn off the "closed captions" on the cinematics?  I can't find that setting anywhere.  I don't need "Ominous piano music" and other CC stuff.

Finally got to start a character.  Javazon (for now).  Had to remember key bindings, since most are different from D3.  My fingers kept hitting the D3 key controls.

Stopped by Akara, got the Den of Evil quest, headed out.  Killed a few Quill Rats.  Lost connection.  Stared at a blank screen (with the D2R logo in the bottom corner) for a while, finally realized I had to hit Escape to get back to the main menu.

Tried to start a new game with the character, but it couldn't find the character on the server.  Maybe I hadn't played her long enough for an autosave.  It was maybe a couple of minutes.  Tried again, got the same error.  By this point, I had about five minutes left before I had to log in for work.  I guess I'll try again tonight.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 23, 2021, 02:26:22 PM
I got an hour or two on SP.  Staying away from B.net for now.

Save Cain.  Got a Pelta Lunata from blood raven.  Making ok progress so far.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 23, 2021, 03:50:28 PM
So was the launch stable on SP? I didn't have the chance to fire it up yet, but it sounds like the bnet portion was a little...sketchy.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 23, 2021, 05:01:40 PM
I had an issue where the B.net client did realize it was past 8am and it wouldn't let me launch the game.

I had to log out and in task manager kill the bnet client.

Then everything was super smooth.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 24, 2021, 12:00:58 AM
Made it to the Outer Cloister waypoint.  Pretty fun.  Mostly nostalgia, but still pretty fun.

I thought the Countess always dropped two runes.  She dropped a Ral, and I looked all over but couldn't find another one.  Into the Stash it goes.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 24, 2021, 08:49:04 AM
I'm up to the maggot lair.  Ran the countess a few times and got the runes for Stealth, that helps.  I'd like to finish Act 3 today, but we'll see.  One thing I don't like about the game is the slower loading times as compared to the original.  That will get annoying later on doing Mephisto runs.

Just for the heck of it I brought forward a copy of one of my old characters to try out in Hell difficulty (main hammerdin magic finder).  It was definitely a different feel than the original had.  It will take some getting used to.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 24, 2021, 11:04:08 AM
In Act 3 with my Amazon named Ssstample. (Stample - to go where one does not belong).  :)

Still in the Exploding Arrow phase of my build.  Looking forward to speccing the Javazon build.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 24, 2021, 11:35:46 AM
I'll be kicking off my necromancer soon, folks. Happy hunting out there and please save some phat lootz for me!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 24, 2021, 01:46:08 PM
Played my Amazon a little bit, then got dropped from the server.  Ugh.

Then I remembered that you can create characters online or offline, so I started a Sorceress offline.  Killed Blood Raven so far.

Yeah, those loading screens are painful.  Basically sitting forever for... I'm not sure what.  Loading, I guess.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on September 24, 2021, 07:31:42 PM
Last night, I started a char in SP. Went slow, so I looked into bringing over my D2 plugy MFer, a windy druid. Ran the pit, and it was neat. I don't know if that's what I want to do, so I started an online character, sorceress. Can't do /players 8, so it will be slower than offline. I rushed her, I guess, because I was in the underground at level 6. She got one shot by an archer pack, and I recorded my first D2R death. Logged out because I didn't want to have to go back for my body. Went to log in again, and the server died. So, I went back to offline and ran AT with the windy druid. Arreat's Face dropped for my first good drop in D2R. Later on, I was able to log back online and got my sorc's stuff back.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 24, 2021, 09:05:35 PM
Act 3 down!  Did the moat trick on Mephisto, or else that battle would have sucked.  I need to level up a little bit before continuing on into Act 4.  I'm currently at lvl 24 and Act 4 area levels are 26-28.  I've found 2 uniques, the morning star and spiked club.  I've found a couple of set items too.  Nothing really useful for my sorceress though.  I have made a leaf staff, so that has been nice.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 25, 2021, 11:06:22 AM
How can you tell if new characters that you create are expansion characters? That's all I want, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to toggle the button or not. Is there a way to see by looking at the character screen or anything?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 25, 2021, 01:33:17 PM
It’s the last toggle. If any of the following drops then it’s lod. Charms, jewels, ethereals,
Runes, class spec gear. Stash for classic is old tiny size
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 25, 2021, 05:29:48 PM
I finished Normal at lvl 32.  Once I hit lvl 30 frozen orb came on board and things went smoothly.  I am planning to go Meteor/Orb to start.  It's an all-around solid build for a starting sorceress.  Going to level up for a bit in normal before going to nightmare.  Nothing really great for drops.  Some better gear for the merc would be nice.

I really liked the graphics in the game.  The fire spells look great.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 25, 2021, 09:18:08 PM
It’s the last toggle. If any of the following drops then it’s lod. Charms, jewels, ethereals,
Runes, class spec gear. Stash for classic is old tiny size

Thanks! I had a jewel drop, so I guess I'm good. :)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on September 25, 2021, 09:56:15 PM
I think you toggle that button if you don't want LOD, although I don't know why anyone would not want LOD.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 26, 2021, 05:55:26 AM
It’s quite a different pacing. Sort of like why would anyone go camping in a tent when there is modern plumbing
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 26, 2021, 02:06:23 PM
I killed Baal Normal.  The biggest pain in the butt was Lister and his group.  I finally had to leave my merc dead in town.  Ran a circle while slowly whittling them down.  Many trips back to town to get mana pots.  Got to Baal, and the merc promptly dies.  Baal was not too bad, had to run back to town once for mana pots.

Really looking forward to getting Insight.  I assume running Countess is the best way to do this.  That is my next target.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 26, 2021, 06:06:00 PM
I'm waaay behind, but my summoner necro finally killed Andy in normal and I'm somewhere around level 18. So far I haven't found anything remotely noteworthy, and the Countess only dropped me a Tir. Ta da!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 26, 2021, 09:59:20 PM
Well I can say I was there at launch, got up just before 3am, and Sam was also up at 3am!  Glad I picked SP to start due to hearing about the bnet issues .. and since I haven't paid for a nintendo online pass.  I really took my time, fully watching all the cinematics, listening to all the NPC speeches. 

It took a bit getting used to the controls, and binding of actions .. still getting there as muscle memory builds with time.  Had my first death at Blood Raven, not sure if i wasn't paying attention, or a bit slow reaching for the health button. 

After a few days I have a trapsin who is level 24 in act 4, a skelly necro at the start of act 2, and a hammerdin who only really just started.   Playing on the switch is an adjustment, but its my only option for D2R for now.

Green and Gold are few and far between so far.  I'm enjoying hearing about the rest of you playing as much as I'm having fun playing myself, so keep it up!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 26, 2021, 11:04:34 PM
I'm in nightmare act 2 now, at the arcane sanctuary. Things are going smoothly. Act 1 nightmare went quick. Normal Baal dropped me a kelpie snare and the merc really liked that.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 27, 2021, 10:35:11 AM
At NM Countess right now.  I have the runes for Insight but not the polearm.  I am thinking of going back to Normal cows, or maybe trying to find and exceptional base and going to Larzuk to have him socket it.  I believe he will put the maximum sockets in an item, so I need to figure out if that would work.  I am thinking of running Countess to make some more items.  I need an armor that will keep my merc alive, so I will look into that.

I have worked on re-binding my keys. A-S-D-F and Z-X-C-V seem like the best option.  So I am also in the process of getting used to that, and figuring out how to set my keys for other things.  I am thinking of making my potions Q-W-E-R, and then 1-2-3-4 can go to the less important stuff that was on 1-2-3-4.  So far A-S-D-F feel much better.

Question about the Imbue quest.  What is the best use of that?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 27, 2021, 12:55:45 PM
Man, you guys are cruising. Nice work!

I finally rolled into Lower Kurast, which is where I really start enjoying the game. (Until the exploding dolls arrive, of course!) Some new loot would be nice, especially in the form of a nice necro weapon and offhand.

No idea what merc I should use, so I grabbed a blessed aim merc from A2 to help my skeletons hit stuff.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 27, 2021, 03:48:44 PM
I've read that the best normal Act II merc is Blessed Aim.  In NM you get to choose to keep the Blessed Aim or switch to the standard HF/Might.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 27, 2021, 03:55:50 PM
I've read that the best normal Act II merc is Blessed Aim.  In NM you get to choose to keep the Blessed Aim or switch to the standard HF/Might.

Thanks! The skellies take forever to kill anything, so methinks Might will be the way to go in NM.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on September 27, 2021, 04:26:39 PM
Things are smoother after making insight and spirit in a broad sword.  Had to respec out of pure blizz as just too many cold immune for my poor Merc to handle, thunder storm will do until I finish Hell and will respect back.

Duriel is up next, then I'll stop in LK for a bit and try to rack a Monarch for spirit.  Then Meph my old pal until gear is better
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 27, 2021, 05:05:52 PM
Safe to assume you are in Hell, Grogs, given all the immunes?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on September 27, 2021, 05:46:46 PM
Yeah mate, lvl 73 I think, spent some time running NM Baal, nothing exciting dropped.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on September 27, 2021, 06:08:20 PM
Wow, nice progress Grogs! First fresh-start to reach Hell?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 27, 2021, 06:36:51 PM
Offline Sorceress killed Mephisto.  Still trying to get my head back into this game.  What helps a lot is that it feels very much the same to me, which I'm sure is the whole point.  The mechanics, the music, and the fact that the original game engine is running underneath has me forgetting that this is in fact D2R.  My fingers still do the D3 things sometimes.

I like looking at the scenery.  I admire the work the artists have put in, and I find myself stopping to look at stuff I "never noticed before" because it probably wasn't there before.

Ran into a bug in the Viper Temple.  She got stuck and couldn't move, could only spin in circles as I changed her intended direction.  Had to Town Portal out.

Also the bug where sometimes poison never wears off (either that or somehow it gets set to last for a long effing time) is still there.

Anyway, I'm having fun.

So is "Offline" = SP for purposes of discussion?  If not, then I'm not clear on the difference.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on September 27, 2021, 08:16:57 PM
Question about the Imbue quest.  What is the best use of that?

Circlet that drops in Hell. Save your imbue quests.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 28, 2021, 12:20:48 AM
Offline = single player
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 28, 2021, 07:43:18 AM
My necro killed off Diablo, after he killed off my skeleton crew several times. Like at least five times. Yikes. On to Act 5 and those giant maps!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Dust on September 28, 2021, 08:09:33 AM

Question about the Imbue quest.  What is the best use of that?

[edit: This was unclear] Basically, Diadems. If you have a high level character you can pass them down to low level characters too.
 
Class specific gear at high levels if you're looking for a specific one. (94 is the ceiling, but you won't always need to be that high)

It's been a long time since I delved into it, but from memory there's value in imbuing good eth weapons, as self repair mods aren't unlikely.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 28, 2021, 10:31:03 AM
Thanks for the feedback on the imbue.

Making good progress with my Javazon, in NM and I am heading to the Viper's hangout.  I'm going to crash the party.  I should probably kill KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA this time, when I get there.

Insight is such a game changer for my build.  I kill so much quicker not running out of mana as quickly.  Putting it in a Bill instead of a normal polearm also means my Merc is going better damage as well. I have switched to Holy Freeze at this point.  The other game changer is Rhyme with the Cannot be Frozen.  If I ever get Ravenfrost I will probably switch to something more tanky.

I am on the hunt for an armor to make Peace in, and I might make Lore.  I have a Normal Bone helm I could put it in.  I would prefer something exceptional though.

Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 28, 2021, 10:47:58 AM
I'm up to the Frigid Highlands in Act 2 NM, lvl 57.  Things are slowing down just a little bit, but not too bad.  I am looking for a polearm to make Insight in and for a sword to make Spirit in.  Those should help.  I did find the unique TC3 club yesterday.  That's really the only interesting find so far.  With a limited amount of space, I am just getting rid of set/unique items I will not use.  Most of my stash will be for runes, gems, and items with sockets for making runewords.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 28, 2021, 11:21:51 AM
Offline = single player

Groovy.  I kinda thought so, but wasn't sure.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 28, 2021, 12:31:32 PM
I just finished normal and I'll be heading into NM after I do a handful of Pindle runs just for old times sake. :D
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 28, 2021, 04:29:27 PM
I'm up to the Frigid Highlands in Act 2 NM, lvl 57.  Things are slowing down just a little bit, but not too bad.  I am looking for a polearm to make Insight in and for a sword to make Spirit in.  Those should help.  I did find the unique TC3 club yesterday.  That's really the only interesting find so far.  With a limited amount of space, I am just getting rid of set/unique items I will not use.  Most of my stash will be for runes, gems, and items with sockets for making runewords.

What polearm are you making Insight in? I'm in the market, but have no idea which one to choose. Thanks in advance for any enlightenment!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 28, 2021, 05:32:14 PM
I'm up to the Frigid Highlands in Act 2 NM, lvl 57.  Things are slowing down just a little bit, but not too bad.  I am looking for a polearm to make Insight in and for a sword to make Spirit in.  Those should help.  I did find the unique TC3 club yesterday.  That's really the only interesting find so far.  With a limited amount of space, I am just getting rid of set/unique items I will not use.  Most of my stash will be for runes, gems, and items with sockets for making runewords.

What polearm are you making Insight in? I'm in the market, but have no idea which one to choose. Thanks in advance for any enlightenment!

Dave, at this point any 4 socket one that drops.  An elite version of something would be nice, but I'm still in NM and will be for awhile, so it will probably be something exceptional.  It's a cheap runeword, so I can make another one in an elite polearm later if need be.  A battle scythe or grim scythe would be great.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 28, 2021, 05:39:34 PM
I'm up to the Frigid Highlands in Act 2 NM, lvl 57.  Things are slowing down just a little bit, but not too bad.  I am looking for a polearm to make Insight in and for a sword to make Spirit in.  Those should help.  I did find the unique TC3 club yesterday.  That's really the only interesting find so far.  With a limited amount of space, I am just getting rid of set/unique items I will not use.  Most of my stash will be for runes, gems, and items with sockets for making runewords.

What polearm are you making Insight in? I'm in the market, but have no idea which one to choose. Thanks in advance for any enlightenment!

Dave, at this point any 4 socket one that drops.  An elite version of something would be nice, but I'm still in NM and will be for awhile, so it will probably be something exceptional.  It's a cheap runeword, so I can make another one in an elite polearm later if need be.  A battle scythe or grim scythe would be great.

Thanks! I've only found one 4-socketed polearm, and I think it may just have been a polearm. I'm still missing the highest rune needed, but I'll keep my eyes peeled. Cheers for the info!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on September 28, 2021, 07:42:07 PM
Busy night last night, ran LK found an armour rack that was dropping Monarchs and made spirit.  Moved on and killed Hell Meph, have been running him for a couple of levels.  Moat trick ftw, notable drop... unique Shako!  Was pretty chuffed, followed up with 49% war travs, they were eth which was meh, am using them for Meph runs as I'm not getting hit.

Am planning on running meph for another level or 2 then will run through the rest of Hell, kill Baal before going back to Meph.

Next char is going to be a smiter so I can kill ubers, need to farm up some gear for that.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on September 29, 2021, 10:10:09 AM
Well, it has been many moons since I have ventured here, so hello again to everyone.  I have completed Act 2 with my FrenzyBarb and did the first Act 3 quest, and snagged a Sander's Taboo for my efforts.  Glad to be back at it, have never found a game I've enjoyed as much.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 29, 2021, 10:34:15 AM
Flan!  Welcome back!

My Sorceress has killed The Ancients and is now wandering the Keep.  I forgot how big and confusing some of these areas are.  I kinda feel like doing full clears, but usually by the time I find the way to the next area I'm ready to just move on.  I think I've missed about 1/3 of the waypoints just because I didn't feel like wandering around looking for them.

She'd been using an orb and shield since Act I, since the orb was rare and had some +skills on it, so when she got the runes for Ancient's Pledge, she went ahead and made it, and upgraded her shield.  Then she found a nice two-socket staff with some +skills, perfect for Leaf.  Oops.  Not only did I use my only Ral rune, but you can't wield a staff and shield at the same time anyway.  Some rune-cubing later, I had another Ral, and made Leaf.  Ancient's Pledge went into the stash for someone else to use.  I like the Shared Stash.  Kinda makes me wonder why bother with one tab of non-shared, but I guess that's for the hardcore oldschoolers.

Since I wasn't clear on the Offline = SP thing, I didn't even think to up the /players setting.  I'd honestly forgotten about that, same as so many other things about this game.  I'm gonna keep it at P1 until I kill Baal, then probably do some leveling at P5 before moving on.  Or not.  We'll see.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 29, 2021, 10:36:54 AM
Hello Flan and welcome back!

Nice progress everyone.  It is good to see so many of the old timers back to playing this.

I killed NM Baal at lvl 62.  I need to level up in NM for a little bit before venturing into Hell.  I was able to make Spirit in a broadsword, and that was helpful.  I still need to find a Insight base for the merc.  Has anyone noticed that the AI on the monsters seems a little more aggressive to attack their character rather than the merc?  It just seems that things go for me and not the merc more than I recall from the original game.  Maybe I am just remembering wrong though.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 29, 2021, 11:05:27 AM
What sorc build are you running, Orbert?

I killed NM Andy with my Skelliemancer and am now heading into Act 2. His army kills things fairly quickly on the lower player settings, but it's a pain creating an army with every new play session. Comes with the territory, I suppose. :P
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on September 29, 2021, 12:44:25 PM
Glad to be back.  My son now lives in Florida, and we have been messaging about progress.  I actually decided to play again after he started asking some questions about builds and equipment, and I got the bug again. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 29, 2021, 01:55:43 PM
Did a few normal Baal runs last night, got deaths sword so every day since launch I’ve had at least one grailer. Only level 34 for so but my lightning traps are getting better. Think I’ll hit 40 then move on. Using lister and his pack as a gauge of my killing speed for nm.  Haven’t tried cows yet
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 29, 2021, 02:09:46 PM
Are we able to kill the Cow King now and keep reopening? I know that idea was suggested at any point, but I don't know if it was actually implemented or not.

I haven't run cows since I did so with Jb and Ryon in 1.09, so it's been a while.  :o
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 29, 2021, 02:36:05 PM
Yep!
Go nuts! King drops better than normal cows for some things
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 29, 2021, 04:53:38 PM
COWS == BBQ GALORE!  Especially the King.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 29, 2021, 07:34:13 PM
Sounds good to me. Thanks! :D
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on September 29, 2021, 07:43:10 PM
Just a reminder to all that I've also set up a Discord chat server for the GO. Link in my sig :-)

Play-wise, I've been prioritising my Sorc as an early primary magic finder to kit out the rest of the classes - she's in A5 NM now and ticking along ok. After that I kinda feel like I want to play all the projects (Javazon, Skellymancer, Barb) so I have more plans than time to execute them...
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 30, 2021, 10:57:16 AM
In my old D2 career I had pretty miserable D2 luck.  In retrospect I think part of the problems were the builds I choose.  Probably the best character I had was a PNecro who could handle a decent amount of stuff.  I had some good stuff, but most of it was donated to me.  (You guys are the best)

Well I my Javazon just score what is one of the most timely, therefore, best drops I've had in D2.  Meph just coughed up a Titan's Revenge.  Not only is it probably best in slot for my build, but to have gotten it so early on in my character's development is just amazing stroke of luck.  I am pretty psyched.  It is pretty low in terms of stats.  It only has 258% ED and 6% life leech.  But it is pretty freakin' amazing to have one.  It is only my second exceptional I believe.

The current drop rates are so much more enjoyable that the old ones.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on September 30, 2021, 01:39:42 PM
Glad that dropped for you Geoff.  That is an end game weapon for you.  The only thing better than that would be an eth one.

I moved into Hell and am currently lvl 72, I think.  I just rescued Cain.  I was able to make Insight in a grim scythe for the merc and that really helps out.  I can spam frozen orbs all over the place now.  I need to get some life leech for the merc though.  I have to keep an eye on him or else he dies a little too often.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on September 30, 2021, 01:51:35 PM
Grats on the Tits, Sssith! That's a great find, especially since you actually found it on your zon.

I think I'm going to spend a little quality time with my baby sorc, since progress has slowed considerably with my necro. I think I'm going pure cold through normal at least, and maybe turn her into a meteorb as she progresses. Maybe. I need some guidance. Ha! :D
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 30, 2021, 01:56:14 PM
Hey ssssithy. Rune drops for increased but not green/gold. Just good old rng and killing enough stuff helps you. Lightning fury against non LI and you will see a lot of drops coming up
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 30, 2021, 03:29:33 PM
What sorc build are you running, Orbert?

She was using Cold a lot because the Orb she found way back in Act I had +2 to Ice Blast or whatever the middle one is, plus a few other good mods.  But now that she has a Leaf, it's Flame On!  She'd been putting points in Firewall before, and now it does hundreds of damage per second, and her Hydras are getting pretty ridiculous too.  I don't know if this is an end-game build, but for now I don't care.  I'm just having some fun re-learning the game.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on September 30, 2021, 03:34:53 PM
Also, Baal is dead.  No deaths from him, although one death from the Minions of Destruction.  Damn, those guys are scary!

On to Nightmare!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on September 30, 2021, 04:34:57 PM
Sorc is now Mat, Baal coughed up nothing but blues, ran some LK and Got a SUR which made me happy, would have preferred vex but whatever.

Need to go back to Meph, resists while positive aren't capped.  Split time between Meph and LK this weekend.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on September 30, 2021, 05:10:51 PM
Im ready to start nightmare. Kill speed now is much better than when I first got to the throne room. Will stop at nm countess a bit.  Managed to get a voulge that now has 4 sockets. Will be nice to only need to buy red pots in the future!

3 green grailers last night, all starting new low sets
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on September 30, 2021, 05:33:44 PM
Hey ssssithy. Rune drops for increased but not green/gold. Just good old rng and killing enough stuff helps you. Lightning fury against non LI and you will see a lot of drops coming up

If this is true I had god awful RNG in the old days.  The D2 gods must have hated me back then.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 01, 2021, 06:28:28 AM
In my old D2 career I had pretty miserable D2 luck.  In retrospect I think part of the problems were the builds I choose.  Probably the best character I had was a PNecro who could handle a decent amount of stuff.  I had some good stuff, but most of it was donated to me.  (You guys are the best)

Well I my Javazon just score what is one of the most timely, therefore, best drops I've had in D2.  Meph just coughed up a Titan's Revenge.  Not only is it probably best in slot for my build, but to have gotten it so early on in my character's development is just amazing stroke of luck.  I am pretty psyched.  It is pretty low in terms of stats.  It only has 258% ED and 6% life leech.  But it is pretty freakin' amazing to have one.  It is only my second exceptional I believe.

The current drop rates are so much more enjoyable that the old ones.

RNG hated me back then, I would run Pindle forever and get nothing.  My biggest claim to fame was gambling a Stormlash.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 01, 2021, 10:25:40 AM
Ha.  Gambled Stormlash is pretty funny.  I think it beats my collection of over 200 Green Breast Plates that I had.  ;D

NM Baal is down.  Doing some Cow runs before heading into Hell.  I got a taste of LIs in World Stone Keep and I am not looking forward to them in Hell.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 01, 2021, 12:33:20 PM
I started nightmare, got up to getting the staff out the maggot lair. 2 more grailers last night looking forward to nm meph runs
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 01, 2021, 12:44:46 PM
Not much time past few days, but did make it to LK.  Did find ethereal Hand of Broc, but nothing else interesting.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 01, 2021, 04:42:13 PM
My Sorc beat Normal Baal, and piddled around in Nightmare Act I a little bit before I started getting antsy, so I started a Barb.  Shared Stash is awesome. :)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 01, 2021, 10:50:23 PM
It is an improvement...but still falls short for wanting to keep EVERYTHING.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 02, 2021, 07:20:02 AM
Shared stash is definitely nice, but it needs to be A LOT bigger.  Runes, gems, charms, jewels, socketable bases, and a select few set/unique items are my priorities.  I am hoping we will get a mod soon that will allow muling, similar to what ATMA or GoMule was for the original.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 02, 2021, 09:14:28 AM
Finished off Diablo in normal.  Forgot how challenging (especially P8) things can be when you're untwinked.  Lots of trips to town for more potions, but managed not to die.  He was kind enough to drop chance guards and brainhew as well.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 03, 2021, 07:11:08 AM
Good lord.  You are playing P8 from the start?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 03, 2021, 08:52:00 AM
I just had a Vex rune drop on the way to the Pit!  Heart of the Oak is close now!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 03, 2021, 10:42:21 AM
Congrats!  That is super exciting.

I am looking forward to having a high rune eventually drop.

In Act III right now and the jungle is an absolute shit show for my Javazon.  I have just about lost half a level due to deaths.  I should probably shop for a TP Staff to help get through this.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 03, 2021, 05:42:34 PM
Good lord.  You are playing P8 from the start?

Yep, and only died once because I forgot Radament's poison is so potent.  Act 5 is going a bit slowly, but found 3 Dol runes so far from random monsters.

Congrats mn4nu, love high rune drops.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 04, 2021, 10:36:03 AM
I generally play the highest players setting that maintains kill speed.  Impressive that you just stick to p8.

My Zon is closing in on Meph.  The council is down and the doors are open.  But I decided to go and level up a bit in bits with some NM Meph runs mixed in.  I want to get stuff to make my merc tankier.  I wonder if I should switch to a might merc so he kills quicker.  And Act III Hell is just about as bad as I thought it would be. LIs a f*ing everywhere.

I am also thinking of starting my Blizzard sorc.  Right now there is a 'feature' that the cold mastery is breaking immunities.  It might already be too late to take advantage of this.  But I wanted a Blizzard Sorc anyway.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 04, 2021, 12:27:40 PM
No way I could do players 8, especially against bosses.  The merc dies too fast and then I am left running around for my life.

I am almost lvl 82.  I did finish Act 3, but it was a slog.  I have now gone back to running the Countess and the Pit off and on to level up.  The merc is too weak.  I definitely need better gear for him to help him stay alive.  I did find Tal Rasha's helm and that took care of the life leech, but he needs better armor and an elite version of the Insight weapon.  My sorceress is still running around with a lore helm, rhyme shield, stealth armor from normal difficulty, and my resistances are crap.  I'll get there, it's just slow starting out with nothing.  The stash is running out of space I was saving the Sigon's set pieces for a melee character, but I'm going to trash them.  I've been selling any uniques or set items I find that aren't useful.  That's tough to do when you are a D2 hoarder! ;)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 04, 2021, 02:31:00 PM
I have about about five mules going at this point.  lol  I think I need to try out GoMule.

Curious...in Hell most of the areas are level 80-85.  How much does it help to get your character to level 85 when it comes down to it?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on October 04, 2021, 07:12:56 PM
I am also thinking of starting my Blizzard sorc.  Right now there is a 'feature' that the cold mastery is breaking immunities.  It might already be too late to take advantage of this.  But I wanted a Blizzard Sorc anyway.
I definitely haven't noticed this, I only have 14 hard points in CM though.  Blizz sorc is so good to start with, easy mephing and LK runner.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 04, 2021, 08:03:52 PM
Grogs. There are a few videos of monsters saying cold immune on screen, but can hurt and kill them with blizzard currently
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on October 04, 2021, 10:19:46 PM
Interesting, maybe need a higher lvl cold mastery than I currently have.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 04, 2021, 11:24:38 PM
The video I was in Act I with the big furry beast that were supposed to be Cold Immune but he was able to kill them with Blizzard.  Both Dudbrunski and Llama have commented on it.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 05, 2021, 08:55:25 AM
Dudbrunski
lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 05, 2021, 09:38:55 AM
I finished nm last night with my trapsin. Did some runs and found a torch of iro from Baal!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 05, 2021, 10:38:24 AM
Dudbrunski
lol

What...you don't like my spelling? Dbrunski...lol. I was close.  A lot of the letters are the same.

My Sorc is in Act II. I have a lot of gear lined up including a Spirit Crystal sword.  Two Stealth armors (one for the merc).  I need to make a low level Insight, which I might have the base for.  I also have an Ancients Pledge.  I might be fully able to wear this stuff by level 25 so I am a bit away from that still.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 05, 2021, 12:30:54 PM
Finished Act I Normal with my Barb, got bored already, started an Amazon.  /players 8 all the way.  Just kill Coldworm the Burrower in Act II Normal.  She was Level 23 on the way into the wormy place, and I was hoping she'd hit 24 before Coldworm, as that's when you can get Immolation.  Yep, it worked out.

Yeah, more Shared Stash would be nice, but I'm just digging the fact that I don't have to mule anything, and am working with what I have just fine.  I kinda like having to make choices on what to keep and what not to, because if I saved everything "just in case" then I'd spend hours looking everything over every time I levelled.  What can I use now?  This keeps things manageable.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 05, 2021, 02:57:07 PM
Dudbrunski
lol

What...you don't like my spelling? Dbrunski...lol. I was close.  A lot of the letters are the same.
I actually like your spelling better
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 05, 2021, 06:01:23 PM
Baal goes down in Normal, and of course dropped crap.  I did drop tp players 3 before taking on his minions, which was the very smart choice as I would have never gotten passed Lister and his cronies.  Must say not too bad for a barbarian with zero leech of either kind.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 05, 2021, 08:14:46 PM
I was able to get GoMule for D2R to work!  Now I can mule properly and generate a grail report.

Congrats Flan!

Also, I was able to get to the river of flame waypoint in hell.  The Hellforge dropped me a Hel rune, so that sucked.  EDIT:  Finished Act 4.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 05, 2021, 11:07:28 PM
Great news about GoMule.  I need to sort that out.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on October 07, 2021, 08:01:52 AM
Hey all,

My sorc finished Normal, and I may do a handful of Baal runs to grab some XP and levels. I hung out with Pindle for quite a bit of time, grabbing maybe 8 or nine levels. It wasn't too bad, except for having to type /players8 every time I started the game. :D Don't know that I've ever used a Spellsteal until now, as well as some Frostburn Gauntlets, which are really appreciated for their mana boost.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 07, 2021, 11:38:25 AM
I got GoMule sorted out.  For people new to the app I suggest a youtube video to explain how it works.

I got my Sorc to Normal Hell.  Just switched to Blizzard.  It was taking me a bit to get to used to the skills.  For some reason I don't feel fluid with the build yet.  Getting better.  I will help when I start being able to sustain mana better.  I have an insight waiting once I hit level 27.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 08, 2021, 02:53:20 PM
Holy crap I found a Cham rune in the Glacial Trail!  It is the 2nd one of these I have found.  The first was in the original D2 PlugY.  The bad thing is it is a Cham and not 4 Bers or 2 Jahs.  I'll probably save it and hope for another to cube a Zod.

I'm progressing through Act 5, currently lvl 83.  My gear is terrible and my merc is soft.  I'll probably stop in the Ancients Way because I am not ready to take on the Ancients yet.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 08, 2021, 03:14:07 PM
Woah holy crap! There are some cool runeworsds that use it but I think they have some expensive stuff in them
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 08, 2021, 11:13:56 PM
Holy shit Jeff.  What a find.  Too bad you can't cube it backwards.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 09, 2021, 09:42:58 AM
Congrats mn4nu, great find!

I've decided no point in P8 the whole way, so traveling through NM on P3 and at the Inner Cloister now.  Ran Countess for awhile to get some runes and have a King's Grace Flamberge and a decent rare gladius now.  Almost died to 2 packs of skeleton archers, one was MSLE and the second was HF CE, but I bravely ran away to regroup and separate them.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 09, 2021, 10:39:39 AM
My sorc is about to reach NM Meph.  The plan is to farm for equipment.  Mainly for the mercs.  They just die too quickly. If I get enough good stuff I might go back to the Zon that is at Meph in Hell.  The merc dies on the way to him at this point.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: dave in the basement on October 09, 2021, 06:26:19 PM
Great work, folks! I'm joining the party camping at NM Meph for a while, looking for an improvement in gear. I don't have much MF gear, though, so hopefully some of that will drop before too long.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 10, 2021, 06:02:50 PM
My Sorc has got into a decent Hell Meph farming rhythm and its starting to pay off. I still need a lot of new items for her and her Merc, but I'm able to equip my newer characters (A1 Normal Barb, A1 NM Javazon) out better and they'll progress faster because of it.

Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 11, 2021, 10:25:13 AM
I'm running Players 8 and finding set items and uniques, and now my stash is getting full.  So I'm thinking about setting up GoMule, but I also seem to remember that most uniques and set items in D2 are actually kinda crappy anyway.  I'm thinking about just selling the crappy uniques that I'll never use.  But... it bothers me.  It's like they designed this game to cause maximum mental anguish to the player.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 11, 2021, 10:57:55 AM
I spent most of the weekend running NM Meph with my Bliz Sorc. 

I am mainly looking for upgrades for Merc survivability.  All that farming pushed me to the 25% mark with the grail.  I have also complete two normal sets.  And finally this morning I got Tal's Mask to drop.

I promptly switched to my my Hell Zon and proceeded to nuke Mephisto.  The merc died in the battle but before he couldn't even survive until that point. 

Other notable finds during the weekend include Razortail, Skin of Vipermagi, and Eth Hone.  I will have to double check this but I think the Skin dropped with a perfect 35% All Res.  Just realized this, which is super fun.

So my Zon is now on the path to kill Diablo.  Have I said that I hate LIs?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 11, 2021, 12:06:57 PM
I'm running Players 8 and finding set items and uniques, and now my stash is getting full.  So I'm thinking about setting up GoMule, but I also seem to remember that most uniques and set items in D2 are actually kinda crappy anyway.  I'm thinking about just selling the crappy uniques that I'll never use.  But... it bothers me.  It's like they designed this game to cause maximum mental anguish to the player.

Yep, doesn't matter how crappy they are, you just HAVE to keep them.  I'm the same.

Didn't play much, but did get a Manald Heal which makes mana a non issue and a pair of Silkweave.  Killed NM Andy, now venturing in the desert on P3 trying to complete the staff.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 11, 2021, 12:46:08 PM
I have GoMule set up and it is great.  I don't vendor any of my green or golds.  There is a handful of set items that have five of.  I just do not like selling that stuff.

I love that GoMule has the Flavie Report.  It tells me how many of each item I have, so you can get a kick out of how many of the same item you have.  We should see who gets to 25 of any given item first.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 11, 2021, 03:03:47 PM
Yes, the Flavie report in GoMule is very useful.  I am up to 145 items found now.  Ran Andariel a bunch because I could kill her easy and the merc didn't die very much.  I've started running Hell Meph now without the merc.  I have to lure the council members away, but I am able to do the moat trick without too much trouble.  Haven't found anything really useful yet though.  I would love a Skin of the Vipermagi like you found Geoff.  Nice find.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 12, 2021, 10:51:40 AM
My hellforge drop was a Ko.  A bit bummed as you always hope for Um and up, but it could have been worse.

Getting to Diablo was tougher than actually killing him.  If I can ever get to the point of breaking LIs immunity he would be a pretty good farm for the Zon as she melted him like butter.

In Act V Hell and I have saved Anya.  I had to reroll the area as it was just full of Glooms.  I did about twenty Pindle runs and got a Blood Raven bow which is nice.  TC-54 but at least it is a class specific and elite.

I would love to find my my first TC87. Never have in the past.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 12, 2021, 05:20:05 PM
Yes, the Flavie report in GoMule is very useful.  I am up to 145 items found now.  Ran Andariel a bunch because I could kill her easy and the merc didn't die very much.  I've started running Hell Meph now without the merc.  I have to lure the council members away, but I am able to do the moat trick without too much trouble.  Haven't found anything really useful yet though.  I would love a Skin of the Vipermagi like you found Geoff.  Nice find.

mn4nu, this is what I do with my Sorc to set up killing Meph. occasionally there will be a pack spawned within AI distance of my final attack point in which case I save/exit and start over, but I never have to lure Council members:

(https://i.imgur.com/OvHmXnx.jpg)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on October 12, 2021, 09:03:52 PM
Getting to Diablo was tougher than actually killing him.  If I can ever get to the point of breaking LIs immunity he would be a pretty good farm for the Zon as she melted him like butter.

Once you beat Baal, just farm the crap out of cows with the javazon. That's where she shines. Herd them and throw your javelin with pierce and large herds just collapse. You can leave cow king alone, even though it doesn't matter if you kill him anymore, but he is LI. Make sure you have razortail equipped.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 12, 2021, 09:49:19 PM
Thanks Matt.  I will try that to see if it works.  Luring away the council pack in the middle isn't too bad for me, but if your way works better I'm going to use it.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 12, 2021, 11:19:55 PM
Getting to Diablo was tougher than actually killing him.  If I can ever get to the point of breaking LIs immunity he would be a pretty good farm for the Zon as she melted him like butter.

Once you beat Baal, just farm the crap out of cows with the javazon. That's where she shines. Herd them and throw your javelin with pierce and large herds just collapse. You can leave cow king alone, even though it doesn't matter if you kill him anymore, but he is LI. Make sure you have razortail equipped.

I needs to bbq some beef.

(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/878898344502652938/897698232837234728/unknown.png?width=690&height=910)

My Merc SHOULD BE UNSTOPPABLE!!!!! lol

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/878898344502652938/897698665026687026/unknown.png)

I needed the strength from this to equip this bad boy:

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/889608661427695626/897689429286723624/unknown.png)

In my head this is going to work beautifully.  I haven't tried it out in practice yet.

Time to sleep.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 12, 2021, 11:23:37 PM
Oh...I had my first attempt at Hell Ancients.  (This was before the Merc upgrade.)

It did not go well.  I think all three of them were LI which is just not fair.

Just wait until they get a load of old Beef Cake Ilzan.  He is going to punish them for making my Zon cry.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 13, 2021, 08:26:01 AM
I notice while playing that some of the settings I enable or controls I change do not stay that way.  For example, I turn on the text above the life and mana orbs, but the text above the mana orb setting reverts back to off sometimes.  Also, I assign skills to the function keys.  The skills I have set to F9 and F12 constantly change to F8 and F11.  When I try to use the mouse wheel to scroll through the right click skills, it also puts a few of them in there twice so I have to scroll more than necessary.  These things are super annoying, but not so much that I don't want to play.  Does anyone else notice anything like this while playing?

I tried the Ancients for the first time last night too.  I killed 2 of them, but the whirler got me before I could teleport.  It went better than I thought.  The trick is to get them to spawn with immunities that aren't too bad for your build.  It's all luck in that respect I guess.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 13, 2021, 08:47:53 AM
Well I got lucky this time.  Hell Ancients are down.  My Merc was able to tank them no problem.  Of course two of them not being LI helps.

Turns out my Merc is stoppable.

I  have died twice in the Keep.  Once I find the WP Baal will be in trouble.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on October 13, 2021, 04:30:01 PM
Ubers were beaten last night, very messy run.  Went to lure meph and ended up grabbing all 3...  Sigh.  Was able to kill meph before getting snotted.  Spent the next 15 minutes herding mobs to the corner of the map to try and retrieve body with gear


Got there in the end.  Torch was Sorc, which is nice, mediocre roll, not so nice.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 13, 2021, 04:46:13 PM
Wow, nice going Grogs!  You have made some real progress since launch.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 13, 2021, 09:10:46 PM
When running Mephisto I always pop that chest behind him.  It paid off tonight.  I just got a Gul rune from it!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 13, 2021, 10:09:44 PM
Nice mn4nu! On Players 1? I don't usually, but maybe I should more often.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 13, 2021, 10:45:43 PM
Yes, players 1.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 13, 2021, 11:23:02 PM
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/878898344502652938/897999834345271296/unknown.png)

WooT.

Not an easy journey at time in Hell. NM was a breeze. Normal was slow just getting up to speed.

Merc still dies despite lavishing equipment on him, but at least not that much.  Moon Lords suck.  Glooms suck.

Did about 10 Cow runs.  Two white Monarchs to show for it.  Not much else. I have been mixing it some side trips when doing this. 

I will probably alternate between Cows and doing some progress with the Sorc.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 14, 2021, 06:01:39 AM
Congrats Geoff!  Getting that first character through the end of the game is hard when you are starting from scratch.

I was able to finish off Baal last night too.  It wasn't pretty and the merc died a lot on the way to him.  I shopped for a wand with lower resist charges to use on weapon switch for the Ancients and Baal.  That helped a bunch.  I think for now I will continue to farm Meph for better gear, then hit lvl 85 areas and Pindle.  My next character will either be a Paladin (smiter/zealot for Ubers) or a Necromancer (skellymancer).
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 14, 2021, 11:13:31 AM
Congrats on your Pat!  It's a hammerdin right?

Right now I am farming Cows and doing the odd Pindle run.

I will probably switch back to my Sorc shortly and do cows runs from time to time.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 14, 2021, 12:55:44 PM
Congrats on your Pat!  It's a hammerdin right?
Nope, it was a sorceress.  Meteor-Orb for now.  I will respec her to something different eventually, but I have to find the right gear for a pure cold or a pure lightning build.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 14, 2021, 06:16:52 PM
Yes, players 1.

Awesome. I got a Gul off the Hellforge with my Sorc last night!


I shopped for a wand with lower resist charges to use on weapon switch for the Ancients and Baal.  That helped a bunch.  I think for now I will continue to farm Meph for better gear, then hit lvl 85 areas and Pindle.  My next character will either be a Paladin (smiter/zealot for Ubers) or a Necromancer (skellymancer).

The Lower Resist Wand is awesome for Meph runs too - my Sorc has one and it really speeds things up. It can even take off some immunities.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 14, 2021, 07:00:20 PM
With a lot of patience I worked through the spider forest. I could kill the tree things and mosquitos. Needed merc for fetish but could use death sentry when some fell. Picked up 3 wps.
Spider forest, flayer jungle and lk!!! I saw the entrance to the great marsh and will do in there as I like to get all waypoints. Flayer jungle just melted! I couldn
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 15, 2021, 11:41:14 AM
You crazy.  I see no point in hitting the Marsh WP if you don't have to.

Last night MP game was fun, and a nice change of pace.  I wrapped up the night by running countess and I made Steath, Leaf, and Malice (for the Merc).  Ready for the next session.

On the SP side of things I continue to run my Zon, mostly in cows.  I keep meaning to back to the sorc, but I keep thinking, 'One more run...this time I will get lucky.'

Other than good bases my luck has been pretty lousy in Cows.

On the positive side of things I am at the 30% mark for SP grail.  Once I get my sorc to hell I imagine getting to 50% will not be too tough.  I am pleasantly surprised by how quickly it is going. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 15, 2021, 12:45:14 PM
I've been running Meph with the hopes of getting better gear.  He dropped me a Duriels Shell, Reapers Toll, and Crown of Thieves, so my merc isn't as big of a wimp as he has been.  Just hit lvl 87.  Most wanted items:  Harlequin Crest, 4 socket monarch, Andariels Visage.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 15, 2021, 04:58:01 PM
Started a Blizz Sorc, but just getting my feet wet with her for now.  Frenzier has made it to LK in NM and found a Spectral Shard and Vidala's Ambush, one from a rack and one from a corpse. 

I avoid the Marsh if I can, and so far have been fortunate.  I hate the jungle more than any other part of the game.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 16, 2021, 12:27:58 PM
NM Baal is down.  Bliz Sorc is now in hell.  Not a bad run.  I finished Act IV and V and along the way I picked up a Mal and Um.

Mal, I think, is the best rune I have ever found.  To then follow it up with an Um was nice.

My gear is kinda meh.  I do have a Skin and Spirit sword.  I need to make another Spirit Shield.  I could use upgrades in Belt and Gloves.  Right now I am rocking Angelic in both slots.  Boots are a rare that are tolerable.

edit: That said my resist are so much better than my Zon who has finished Hell.

Just realized that I am only two Bers away from Infinity.

Or one Lo away from Grief.  I even have the weapons to socket them in.

lol.
 :o
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 16, 2021, 03:41:20 PM
Is LK worth running in NM?  I have a great map for it, but an awful one for Meph since I need to circumnavigate the globe to get to him.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 16, 2021, 11:11:15 PM
I would guess no.  According to THIS (https://htmlpreview.github.io/?https://github.com/Michaelangel007/d2_cheat_sheet/blob/master/index.html) a FAL is the highest drop for Act 3 NM.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 17, 2021, 10:01:36 AM
Well I got my Blizz Sorc to hell.  I couldn't kill shit in the Den of Evil.  Matt told me to respec to dual elements so I am not a Blizzard/Fireball sorc.  Hopefully I will do ok now.  Drozz smacked me for being a dumb ass for going to Hell at level 63.  Good point.  So I ran Baal until I hit level 75.  Some good drops...most useful being Duriel Shell.  My merc is pretty good right now.

I need some better equipment so I switched to IK Gloves and Boots.  The combo is not bad and even gives MF bonus.  I put on Snowclash Belt which helps my my Blizzard and stop using Angelic gloves and belt, which is just asking for problems at this level.

Time to get to, and kill, Andy.

edit: Just did the underground passage and saving Cain.  So much smoother than my first time in Hell with her. lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on October 17, 2021, 12:42:07 PM
I did no such thing, lol. I merely suggested 63 may not be enough for Hell.  ;D
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 17, 2021, 05:11:16 PM
Guess I'll reroll NM Meph maps.  Finished off Baal (P3) and he dropped crap.  Got a Lum somewhere, along with Rockstopper and Coldsteel Eye (nice upgrade for me.  Big change was got Insight in an ethereal Bec, which made killing a lot easier.  Sad that I have to hide behind my merc so often though.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 17, 2021, 10:42:36 PM
In Act II Hell.  Getting close to the end of it.  Duriel must be quaking in fear.



Must be. lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 17, 2021, 11:56:18 PM
My Amazon killed Baal.  Normal.  I'm not sure if I'm going to continue, to be honest.  The load/unload times drive me insane, and I still run into lags of some kind while playing the game.  I think it's because my poor old PC is straining hard to play this game.

I played a little D3 tonight just for a change, and it was much less frustrating.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 18, 2021, 09:07:38 AM
That is a bummer.  The only time I see the game stutter is when I kill shenk.  But yes the game is demanding.  There are settings, I have read, that help with performance.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 18, 2021, 09:50:52 AM
I've always been behind the tech curve when it comes to PCs, because it's just not that important to me.  After all these years, Diablo is still the only game I play.  When D3 came out years ago, I couldn't run it, so I got a new PC, pretty much the minimum required to run D3.  Who'd've thought that D2 would come back and be my nemesis?

It looks great.  I love what they've done with the place.  But I literally click "Start" and pull out my phone and surf a bit while it loads.  I've never actually timed it, but I sweat sometimes the loading screen go a full 30 seconds or more.  I've read and answered emails while waiting for loads.  And the gameplay itself stutters and jumps on the lowest settings.

My Sorc and Amazon have killed Baal.  I may go back and finish my Barb, and by "finish" I mean Normal.  I still like the game, but the logistics are kinda sucking a lot of the joy out of it for me.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 18, 2021, 08:08:01 PM
I've always been behind the tech curve when it comes to PCs, because it's just not that important to me.  After all these years, Diablo is still the only game I play.  When D3 came out years ago, I couldn't run it, so I got a new PC, pretty much the minimum required to run D3.  Who'd've thought that D2 would come back and be my nemesis?

It looks great.  I love what they've done with the place.  But I literally click "Start" and pull out my phone and surf a bit while it loads.  I've never actually timed it, but I sweat sometimes the loading screen go a full 30 seconds or more.  I've read and answered emails while waiting for loads.  And the gameplay itself stutters and jumps on the lowest settings.

My Sorc and Amazon have killed Baal.  I may go back and finish my Barb, and by "finish" I mean Normal.  I still like the game, but the logistics are kinda sucking a lot of the joy out of it for me.

Orbert, does your computer have a solid state drive (SSD) as its boot drive? I initially installed D2R on my D: and it was slow but then moved it to my SSD and its much faster.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 19, 2021, 10:14:01 AM
I have killed Hell Meph.  I will start to run him though my map is not great.  I might have to reroll it.  His drop was a green ammy, and thank god it was not a Cathan's.  It was Angelic which is one I haven't gotten.  I really want a Tals though.

My rune tally so far.  I just moved all my runes to my stash.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/889608661427695626/900037567284662323/unknown.png)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Orbert on October 19, 2021, 12:47:30 PM
Orbert, does your computer have a solid state drive (SSD) as its boot drive? I initially installed D2R on my D: and it was slow but then moved it to my SSD and its much faster.

I was going to get one, they were starting to become more common at the time and I thought it would be nice to have, but somehow the salesguy talked me out of it, convinced me that it really wouldn't make much difference for the types of apps I was running.  And for D3, Word, Excel, and surfing the net, he's probably right.  But I should've gone with it anyway.  I think that's the first time a salesperson has actually "downsold" me on something.

Any idea if it would be worth it now?  Adding an SSD and making it the boot drive?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 19, 2021, 01:31:19 PM
It would certainly be an improvement for the computer.  Games generally run faster from an SSD.  Tough to tell how much an improvement it will be for you computer as, it sounds, like the computer is a bit long in the tooth.

If I were going to do I would do a clean OS install on the SSD and use the other HDs as storage.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 19, 2021, 01:58:04 PM
I got an ssd in 2010. Back then they said it was the biggest jump in performance in older tech to new. HIGHLY recommended.

OS boots much faster and apps even if it
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 20, 2021, 05:24:00 AM
Since meph runs take forever, I decided to just to do some rune runs on Countess and LK since my map is perfect.  Got enough to craft a Lum, so was able to make Smoke to max my resistances, a Hwanin's Refuge for my merc and a Bloodletter to really improve my damage.  Still not ready for Hell, so will keep looking for runes.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 20, 2021, 10:43:06 AM
Running Hell Meph.  I do not have a great map and I am debating rerolling it.  I can do the whole run while only drinking one pot.  But the long run of teleporting means on day i will land in the middle of a pack of monsters and die.  That said I am past the 105% break point and man can she move.

So far my best drop from him is an Azurewrath.

Question:  how many blue and white shakos do I have to see before I am given a gold one?  I have seen sooo many.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: maxbeedo on October 20, 2021, 12:19:07 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I collected 15 failed unique Sacred Armors and 3 IK armors without ever seeing a Templar's Might or Tyrael's Might.  They only ever dropped from normal enemies apparently, never bosses.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 20, 2021, 01:47:09 PM
Azurewrath is a real nice find.  Much better than it being a Lightsaber, and rarer too.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 20, 2021, 02:12:22 PM
Ha...I forgot that there are two unique phase blade swords.  The ironic part is that I have never found a lightsaber either.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 20, 2021, 02:12:55 PM
If it makes you feel any better, I collected 15 failed unique Sacred Armors and 3 IK armors without ever seeing a Templar's Might or Tyrael's Might.  They only ever dropped from normal enemies apparently, never bosses.

That is even worse. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 20, 2021, 02:55:28 PM
Ha...I forgot that there are two unique phase blade swords.  The ironic part is that I have never found a lightsaber either.
The next 10 unique phase blades you find will be lightsabers.  lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 20, 2021, 04:59:29 PM
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/889608661427695626/900502671096684554/unknown.png)

WOOT !!!!


And three runs later:
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/889608661427695626/900506076959637514/unknown.png)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on October 20, 2021, 06:36:01 PM
Ha...I forgot that there are two unique phase blade swords.  The ironic part is that I have never found a lightsaber either.

I found a few back in 1.09 when it was just a Crystal Sword!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 21, 2021, 01:06:31 PM
Vex rune is nice!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 21, 2021, 04:35:31 PM
Since then I have been running Hell Countess to get a PUL.  I managed to score an IST rune in the process.  So now I have every run up to VEX except PUL. lol

I am one LEM run away from being able to cube.  Once I get it I am going to make HOTO for my Sorc.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 21, 2021, 11:05:49 PM
HOTO is one of the best runewords there is.  Very useful for many characters.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 21, 2021, 11:11:11 PM
I ended up not finding my PUL rune.  Instead a random Skelly dropped a LEM and I cubed up my FALS and LEMS to make a PUL.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/878898344502652938/900955200670556201/unknown.png)

37% Resist all is not too shabby.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/878898344502652938/900957220655755344/unknown.png)

She is past the 105% FCR point.  And almost capped resists.  Once I Mat her I will respec her to be full Blizzard. 

I have to say that she looks pretty bad ass with a flail.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on October 23, 2021, 06:43:38 AM
On Switch I found a spineripper, on my first rune of Eldritch of the night!  Managed to get to the Halls of Pain waypoint, then found nilly and he was one of the easiest fights in hell when poison vipers didn't spawn there.  To finish off I located the path to the ancients .. beating them will be another matter!  Still need to kill the council in act 3 ..

Also got new PC home today, installed D2R, only got den of evil and first WP done though.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 23, 2021, 06:57:19 AM
Doing some Countess runs netted me a Mal and Ko, but my Frenzier is just not ready.  Decided to start a Zon and am partway through Act 2 and not having much trouble at P5.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 23, 2021, 08:18:11 AM
Nice Hoto Geoff!  Hope your new computer is a big upgrade for you Tim!

I started a Paladin and finished normal with him yesterday.  He is a zealot/smiter who will the uber killer once I gear him up.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 23, 2021, 10:24:24 AM
A Smiter is probably my next character.  I am marching through HELL on my way to Diablo.  Got a GUL from Hellforge. :)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 24, 2021, 11:30:28 AM
ThrowLikeAGirl is level 50 and running Nihlathak hoping for Titan's.  Getting a few unique and set items, so it's not all for naught so far.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 24, 2021, 07:26:12 PM
Gul is the best you can get from the hellforge, so congrats!  My zealot is in Act 4 nightmare now.  He's still wearing Sigons set and using a fleshrender club.  So far, so good.  I might be able to finish nightmare with this gear, but will need some better gear soon.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 25, 2021, 08:26:21 AM
WooT.

Matriarch Sssleet is now a thing.  My second character to make it to the end.

Now that I she has finished the game I am debating respec'ing her to be full Blizzard.  Right now she is Fireball/Blizzard.  Which was nice for a lot of reasons.  But for her to properly specialize and max out damage I think I will switch to the full Blizzard set up.  If you think that is a bad idea let me know.

In order to do so I need to run Diablo to get his essence.  I have so far killed him about 5 five and no luck so far.

I also now I have a Andy Visage.  Should I add a socket to that to counter the -30 to Fire and then give it to my merc?  I have been very judicious about using my Larzuk quests so between my two characters I have five left.

Next character is probably going to be a Smiter or a Druid Windy.  One day I want to be able to farm the Ubers so I am guessing that Smiter is next. 

Soon I will have a stable of characters capable of farming everything.

EVERYTHING!!!! lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 25, 2021, 08:55:41 AM
Go full blizz and stick to areas where there aren't many cold immunes.  Ancient tunnels can drop everything in the game and there are hardly ever any cold immunes there.  Chaos Sanctuary could work too.  Oblivion knights are cold immune, but everything else isn't.

Don't waste a socket on the Andy Visage until you get an eth one.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 26, 2021, 11:36:12 PM
Took a bit but I squeezed out some Diablo essence and I have gone full blizzard.

I am now doing Meph on players 5.  I can do 8 but it is too big a slow down.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 27, 2021, 05:56:39 AM
Grats Sssith.

I took my Javazon into NM after much failure farming Titan's, and zipped through Act 1 in about 30 minutes.  Doing it at P7, and she is just ripping through everything at this point.  Still have almost 20 skill points and 75 stat points to use, but not sure what I want to do for endgame.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on October 27, 2021, 08:01:48 AM
Nice progress guys!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 27, 2021, 11:56:38 AM
Because Lit Fury is so strong you have a variety of ways you can go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhe-gQZkPhE

This is an interesting take on the build.  It stacks damage reduction and goes for max block (or almost max).
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Dust on October 27, 2021, 08:35:16 PM
I like the idea behind that video, but his approach to providing a guide to a godly build is a bit underdone.

His item choices (and his charms) are all over the place. (Do chance guards make him more invincible? Is the build designed to be tanky, do damage or MF?)

Thundergods is a good choice, but why choose it over String of ears? Why start the video saying he's not going to use razortail, and then provide it as the first alternative?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 28, 2021, 06:07:40 AM
Because Lit Fury is so strong you have a variety of ways you can go.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fhe-gQZkPhE

This is an interesting take on the build.  It stacks damage reduction and goes for max block (or almost max).

I'll have to watch closer later, but I'm starting fresh so don't really have gear if it's dependent on it.  I decided to go FA as my backup skill, so we'll see how that goes.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 28, 2021, 10:36:23 AM
It does need some good gear, but not crazy gear.  The nice thing about LF is that it is pretty strong on its own.  The main negative are all the LIs in Hell.

At the least the video is worth a watch just to see some ideas.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 28, 2021, 12:36:53 PM
It does need some good gear, but not crazy gear.  The nice thing about LF is that it is pretty strong on its own.  The main negative are all the LIs in Hell.

At the least the video is worth a watch just to see some ideas.

I started, but did not have time to finish.  Always interested in new builds, and I chose CA to deal with the LIs.  Thanks for the info, I'll see how it ends up and if I can farm meph for most of the gear.  I made it to LK yesterday so not much further.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 29, 2021, 10:28:44 AM
You have Cold Arrow on switch?  Probably a good idea.  I did Hell as a pure Javazon and it was not nice at times.

I have been tooling around with my two characters.  My zon generally does Shenk/Eld --> Pindle --> Cows.  My Sorc alternates between running meph and doing a LK --> Ancient Tunnel runs.

I am enjoying the Ancient Tunnels.  I see all sorts of amazing gear on the floor in there.  Not of it gold or green.  I always get more annoyed in there when a gold Double Ax drops and lying right next to it is a white Lich Wand or something.  Switch colors dammit.

The game continues to torment me with Shakos that are white, blue, and yellow.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on October 29, 2021, 10:53:53 AM
You have Cold Arrow on switch?  Probably a good idea.  I did Hell as a pure Javazon and it was not nice at times.

I have been tooling around with my two characters.  My zon generally does Shenk/Eld --> Pindle --> Cows.  My Sorc alternates between running meph and doing a LK --> Ancient Tunnel runs.

I am enjoying the Ancient Tunnels.  I see all sorts of amazing gear on the floor in there.  Not of it gold or green.  I always get more annoyed in there when a gold Double Ax drops and lying right next to it is a white Lich Wand or something.  Switch colors dammit.

The game continues to torment me with Shakos that are white, blue, and yellow.

I was doing Cold Arrow, but decided that for NM I would be ok just going pure lightning so I did a respec.  I'll switch back to CA once I get to Hell, but I need to get some levels and do meph runs for better gear.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on October 29, 2021, 03:32:28 PM
NM was an absolute cake wake for my Zon.  She just annihilated everything.  The hell was all, 'Slow your roll.'  I imagine if I ever get to make infinity it will/would be absolutely obscene.  The times she is in an area without LIs it is rather joyful.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Silverthorn on November 02, 2021, 01:59:34 AM
Well, I just started out cleanly with a necro. Made decent progress for the limited time I can pour into playing, stuff like real life gets in the way. Finished Act-1 Normal ::),  cleansed the sewers in act-2, venturing out into the desert. Mostly players 5, got one unique (Deathspade) so far for all my trouble.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 02, 2021, 09:34:18 AM
My Javazon has been running Meph, hoping for a set of Titan's to up her damage.  Imagine my pain when a ceremonial javelin and ceremonial both fall on the same drop, one yellow and one gold - only the wrong one was gold.  The Lycander's is nice on switch and I use it to take out Meph quickly on P3, but just so close.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 02, 2021, 10:39:17 AM
I have been mainly running ancients and LK in a bid to get my character up to level 90.  Which I achieved, first time I have crossed that mark.  I am closing in on 60% mark on the grail.  Despite all the running of LK and Ancients I only picked up one MAL.  I had a couple interesting drops.

One of those interesting drops is an Eth Archon Plate with three sockets.  Right now I am debating between Treachery or Duress for that. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: syn on November 02, 2021, 01:15:01 PM
I have been mainly running ancients and LK in a bid to get my character up to level 90.  Which I achieved, first time I have crossed that mark.  I am closing in on 60% mark on the grail.  Despite all the running of LK and Ancients I only picked up one MAL.  I had a couple interesting drops.

One of those interesting drops is an Eth Archon Plate with three sockets.  Right now I am debating between Treachery or Duress for that.

i've periodically wished i'd made duress rather than treachery, for the crushing blow. if you have another source for that, i'd lean towards treachery.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on November 02, 2021, 02:54:29 PM
Hi all, just a reminder to join the GO Discord if you haven't already: https://discord.gg/hXwFjZ5e2f

Even if you prefer to engage through the forum, the GO Discord is an alternative platform for communicating if the forum goes down as it did over the weekend :-)

Well, I just started out cleanly with a necro. Made decent progress for the limited time I can pour into playing, stuff like real life gets in the way. Finished Act-1 Normal ::),  cleansed the sewers in act-2, venturing out into the desert. Mostly players 5, got one unique (Deathspade) so far for all my trouble.

Good to see you back and playing! I think almost all of us have started clean with D2R and its been fun seeing people's progress and drops.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Silverthorn on November 04, 2021, 05:41:24 AM
Hi all, just a reminder to join the GO Discord if you haven't already: https://discord.gg/hXwFjZ5e2f

I am getting an "Invite Invalid" error (Invite may have expired)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: syn on November 04, 2021, 08:10:41 AM
Fresh link

https://discord.gg/utRvmwQ7
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 04, 2021, 11:13:00 AM
I have been mainly MFing.  I just crossed the 60% on the grail.  Trying to decide what character I want to make next.  It will probably be a Hammerdin.  So many areas have no Magic Resistance monsters.

Getting tired of doing Cows.  A bit disappointed in the rune drops there.  Not only have I not found good runes there, but I have an so few drop, which surprises me given the monster density.  Best thing about Cows have been the bases.

Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 07, 2021, 10:49:34 AM
I am now about Half Way through my Hammerdin progression.  In NM Act 3. 

All in all I know that Hammerdin is one of the most powerful characters.  That said it is annoying as F* to play.  You are constantly having to readjust your position to make sure the hammers hit.  God forbid a monster is in a weird position and you can't hit him because the hammers hit a wall or some obstruction.

Hammerdin in Maggot lair manages to be even worse at doing the maggot lair than the Javazon.  The Javazon only stuggles in hell because of LIs. The Hammerdin mean while just throws his hammers to see the hit the wall.  I have no clue how I am going to finish the maggot lair in Hell. 

Is the answer to put one point in zeal?  Or is it to TP in the middle of monsters and hope your merc can kill them before you all die.  Seems it is a recipe for disaster.

I will be happy to have the hammer in Hell to kill diablo and do a couple of other areas but my god...general questing is not so fun.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on November 07, 2021, 04:31:47 PM
Ssssith from memory, slight movement adjustments work.  I think that the hammer starts on the left side before it starts to go clockwise?  So you should have some options to hit it if they are below or above you, its just a lot slower than other areas but you will get through it. 
Having merc to stand on you and help will be good too.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 08, 2021, 10:43:47 AM
Oh...I completely get how to get the hammers to hit.  It is just supper fiddly and annoying at time.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on November 08, 2021, 12:24:35 PM
Don't put a point in zeal.  Rely on your merc to do most of the killing in those tight areas.  Support the merc with holy bolt too.  That really helps to keep them alive in those situations where you can't kill something, be it magic immunes or tight areas like the maggot lair.  It will take time to get through those areas, but you will get through them.  Another way to support the merc is to buff him with enchant using the demon limb weapon (if you have it).  That adds to their attack rating and gives little bit of fire damage too.

Also, use your other auras as necessary to help the merc out...salvation, cleansing, etc.  I used those a lot as a hammerdin to keep the merc alive when I couldn't really contribute to damaging enemies.  For the most part though, you only have to worry about this in a few places.  Most of the game you can spam hammers and clear the map of mobs with ease.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 08, 2021, 02:05:22 PM
I will have to look into Holy Bolt.  I assume I already have it and I am not investing any other points to the skill.

Am about to enter Hell at level 70.  I finished NM at 58 which was too low.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 09, 2021, 10:31:40 AM
Been pretty busy, but have been able to get some NM Meph runs in and gotten some decent items - Guillaume's, Dwarf Star, IK helm and others.  Really want some Titan's to get her more Hell viable, but no luck so far.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 10, 2021, 10:46:59 AM
My Hammerdin is parked right outside of Hell Maggot Lair.  I am dreading going into that cesspool.  I really need an elite version of Insight before I go in there.  Time to get my Zon to run some cows and get a base.  I probably won't bother to worry about if it is Eth or not.

My Sorc is running LK right now.  I am about two hours into it with nothing to show for it yet.  I probably only have 1000 more hours to go.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on November 10, 2021, 07:25:34 PM
Just one more run. ;)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 11, 2021, 11:25:00 AM
Well I got my wish.

(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/889608661427695626/908210339278106674/unknown.png)

It drop Eth.  I did the cube recipe to get the four sockets.  A 1 in 6 chance to get the four sockets and I lucked out.  Insight made.

Maggot Lair done.  Duriel down.

In the Jungle, the Might Jungle, where the little shits don't sleep tonight.  Awful Jungle map.  Finally made it to the Flayer Jungle way point.  Need to find the dungeon next.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Melchior on November 11, 2021, 11:26:37 PM
is thta this recipe:

1 Ral Rune + 1 Amn Rune + 1 Perfect Amethyst + Normal Weapon = Socketed Weapon of same type

??

I'm still using exceptional bases, completely forgot about using the cube for sockets lol
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 11, 2021, 11:33:05 PM
yep..that is the ticket.

I have used this recipe a ton.  And it has paid off.  FYI a monarch shield can have up to 4 sockets.  My understanding is that despite that the game rolls for 1 through 6.  4, 5, and 6 all mean that you get four sockets.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Melchior on November 12, 2021, 02:59:54 AM
yep..that is the ticket.

I have used this recipe a ton.  And it has paid off.  FYI a monarch shield can have up to 4 sockets.  My understanding is that despite that the game rolls for 1 through 6.  4, 5, and 6 all mean that you get four sockets.

shweet

I better go read up on cube recipes, I've forgotton so much
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 12, 2021, 05:12:22 AM
My Zon has been running Countess to get my mid level runes up, and I've nabbed a couple of Ums, Mals and got a Pul as well.  She's pretty quick, so can get through runs pretty fast, especially on P1.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 12, 2021, 10:17:29 AM
Ums and Mals from Countess is pretty awesome.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 13, 2021, 06:37:56 AM
Ums and Mals from Countess is pretty awesome.

I've done a lot of runs, so it does pay off.  Got an Ist last night, but it was from a boss pack on my way to her and not the Countess herself, and a Pul from a chest on the way to her.  Also getting the occasional unique/set that helps fill in the collection.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 14, 2021, 10:08:32 AM
And just got a Jah off some random in the desert!  Halfway to duel Dream, which are a couple of the builds I hope to make.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 14, 2021, 01:46:27 PM
That is f*ing sweet.


You want dual Dreams for a build?  That vaguely sounds familiar ... tesladin?
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 14, 2021, 04:15:05 PM
That is f*ing sweet.


You want dual Dreams for a build?  That vaguely sounds familiar ... tesladin?

Tesladin and Sorc.  Obviously I want Infinity as well, but that is much further down the road.  Too bad I can't cube the Jah backwards and get two Bers, I'd make that first.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on November 15, 2021, 05:10:57 PM
Great find Flan!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 16, 2021, 07:23:08 AM
Great find Flan!

Thanks, it was a bit shocking.  Also bagged another Ist on a Countess run, from a pack behind her.

Hit Matriarch with my Javazon, but Act 5 was painful with all the LIs.  Tried cows at P1, took way longer than expected and I don't kill them very quickly.  Guess I'll continue the Countess for now.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 17, 2021, 01:37:22 PM
Lately I have just been running Meph with my Sorc.  I have a really good Meph map right now.  What I really want is get a good Meph and LK map.  Probably a pain to find one.  I am at 200 MF without weapon switch, over 300 with.

I should probably push through with my Pally and pat him.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on November 17, 2021, 02:57:49 PM
I've been doing a lot of Meph running too Geoff.  Still haven't found anything that will really help my zealot though.  I need a GFace, HoZ, and Gore Rider for starters.

In the meantime I started a summon necro.  He's in Act 2 normal right now.  Trying to get to lvl 24 before Duriel so I can have access to Decrepify.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 17, 2021, 03:17:18 PM
I finally got the G-Face.  But I do need the Gore Riders and HoZ.

Meph stills a bunch of stuff that he needs to give me.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on November 17, 2021, 06:48:57 PM
In the meantime I started a summon necro.  He's in Act 2 normal right now.  Trying to get to lvl 24 before Duriel so I can have access to Decrepify.

What a coincidence, I'm planning on starting a summon necro tonight! Need a break from the Trav runs with my frenzy barb.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 18, 2021, 05:23:50 AM
Still having good luck with my Zon and Countess runs, popping a Gul from a chest on the way to her (same chest dropped a Pul last week).  No need for it, so will save for cubing purposes.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on November 18, 2021, 01:40:11 PM
Got through the maggot lair with the necro.  Terrible place for a summoner.  At least I had a point in corpse explosion which helped a little.  Can't wait to visit 2 more times!  Currently level 22 and nearly to the final tomb.

Good luck with your summoner Drozz!

Flan, you are getting lots of nice runes.  Hopefully the trnd continues.  I have found any good runes since the countess dropped me an Ist a week or so ago.  I haven't really been hunting for them though.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 19, 2021, 05:34:27 AM

Flan, you are getting lots of nice runes.  Hopefully the trnd continues.  I have found any good runes since the countess dropped me an Ist a week or so ago.  I haven't really been hunting for them though.

I figure that using some of the runewords will allow me to do some different builds, so just concentrating on those.  Javazon does not make a good LK runner, so she's just doing the Countess for now since it only takes 1.5-2 minutes per run.  I grabbed some older gear (again) and decided to put on my Frenzier and will try him out in LK when he gets that far.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on November 19, 2021, 07:07:40 AM
Javazon is also a good cow runner. Just practice herding them all together and throw less javelins. Works nicely.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 19, 2021, 08:08:05 AM
Javazon is also a good cow runner. Just practice herding them all together and throw less javelins. Works nicely.

I need to tweak my gear a bit still to do them, struggled at P5.  I would love to give my merc a Reaper's, but need the Insight to maintain any mana.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 20, 2021, 04:32:02 PM
Geared up y Frenzier and Took out Diablo.  When and killed Shenk, and a Sur rune was dropped by one of the monsters, so still on a roll.  Also got a Hellslayer going to Meph, so that was a nice find as well.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 20, 2021, 11:09:06 PM
G-Damn!  A Sur?!

Vex is still my highest. 

I finished my Hammerdin.  Yeah...Pat.  I don't really love the Hammerdin.  His job now is to spank Diablo when I am feeling the need.

After that I decided to do some Cows.  A couple mid runes but nothing interesting yet.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 23, 2021, 04:53:21 PM
So got another Ist from the Countess and bagged a Vex in LK.  Need to figure out where Windows 10 puts my screenshots lol.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Supermatt on November 25, 2021, 12:16:42 AM
So got another Ist from the Countess and bagged a Vex in LK.  Need to figure out where Windows 10 puts my screenshots lol.

I think its in Computer/Documents/Diablo II/Screenshots
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 27, 2021, 03:04:28 PM
You have been doing pretty well with the runes.

I am currently working on my online Windy Druid.  He is part of a group that plays Thursdays, and of course, I missed this last one.  Act I Hell is done though right now I am running Countess and Andy for better gear and runes.  I really need to up my resists.  Only poison and lightning are acceptable.

Aside from that my Sorc has been running Ancient T. I have have hit 68% on my grails list, which means that things have slowed down a bit.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on November 27, 2021, 09:46:41 PM
Windy druid is pretty tanky for solo Hell running. Windy druid was my first solo pat in my return to D2.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 27, 2021, 11:39:14 PM
It is actually really nice how tanky he is.  A bit slow but he does well against most things.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 30, 2021, 10:32:51 AM
You have been doing pretty well with the runes.

Yep, and it helps when that's what I'm hunting.  Countess is more consistent on drops than LK, haven't had more luck there since my 2 Vex runes within like 50-100 runs. 

Finally figured out the SS, but was doing it wrong and missed a bunch.  Since I have definite plans on what runes I need for builds, makes it easier on deciding what to cube and what to hang onto.  Since I have all my needs covered to Vex, every higher rune can just keep getting cubed.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on November 30, 2021, 10:47:29 AM
Are you trying to cube up to a Ber?  I assume you are going for Infinity.  That would seem to be a difficult ask from running Countess.

I have been running AT.  It has yielded some nice drops but I am still missing my first gold TC87.  I have scored two IK Cages which is nice, and a couple other high items like M'avina's armor.

I keep hoping for a Ber, Jah, Sur to pop from some monster orifice.  So far my highest rune in AT is a FAL.  Meh...on the rune front.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on November 30, 2021, 06:16:17 PM
Are you trying to cube up to a Ber?  I assume you are going for Infinity.  That would seem to be a difficult ask from running Countess.


I have multiple runewords I'm working towards, but that is on the list.  Couple things about this, is that I'm not on a timeline and it's not just the Countess.  I know what my long term ideas are, so I figure I will get there eventually so I do the runs that are fast for me - Countess and LK.  Here's a great example of how it works out slowly but surely.  Did a Countess run yesterday and she was kind enough to drop 2 Puls on the same drop.  Tonight, I've been running LK and got an Um (from a corpse) and a Mal (from a chest within 5 runs.  These going along with previous finds/cubes, I made a Vex in no time.  Since I need no more Vex runes for my projects, the next time I find/cube one I've now got an Ohm.  Not necessarily the fastest, but LK will eventually drop me something higher as well, so just a matter of sticking with it.  Also, once I get enough for one of the multiple projects I'm planning, I will kick off that character and eventually find some more in the wild as well.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 01, 2021, 12:15:43 PM
Sounds good.

I continue to run AT with my Sorc.  My map is really good.  A boss pack one TP from WP.  Two more TPs to AT.  In AT I generally have 6 boss packs.  Four shrines.

This morning I had four elite drops within one hour.  Nat's Mark, Eaglehorn, Head Hunters, and finally Dracul's.  Pretty sweet.

Now that I have Dracul's I am going to spin up a new Pally/Smitter.  Tonight Sssmitten With Destruction will be born.  Sssmitten for short.  ;D
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 03, 2021, 07:41:13 AM
Concentrating on LK lately, with little to show for it.  Finally, another Vex rune pops from a chest and then an Um on the same run.  It is things like this happening after so many fruitless runs that keep me playing.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 03, 2021, 01:00:39 PM
Concentrating on LK lately, with little to show for it.  Finally, another Vex rune pops from a chest and then an Um on the same run.  It is things like this happening after so many fruitless runs that keep me playing.

I find LK tough to do repeatedly.  The pay off can be huge but there are loooooooooooong gaps between anything happening.  Ancient Tunnels at least gives me something every couple of runs.  It might feel different once I get to just TC87 and other odds and ends.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 03, 2021, 02:29:50 PM
Concentrating on LK lately, with little to show for it.  Finally, another Vex rune pops from a chest and then an Um on the same run.  It is things like this happening after so many fruitless runs that keep me playing.

I find LK tough to do repeatedly.  The pay off can be huge but there are loooooooooooong gaps between anything happening.  Ancient Tunnels at least gives me something every couple of runs.  It might feel different once I get to just TC87 and other odds and ends.

It can definitely be grueling, but I've found that with everything.  It's also why I switch up and do Countess runs, because there is typically a pay off even if not huge.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 06, 2021, 11:18:49 AM
Leveling my Smiter.  In NM Hell right now.  I love the quick cast stuff.  Such a welcome change.

Running cows to get some bases to make stuff for my Smiter.  I would love to see some runes drop while doing this.  My rune luck in cows has been awful.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 08, 2021, 01:14:31 PM
Rune finds have certainly gone south, but have found a bunch of other things even with very little MF - couple of Gheed's (including 1 with perfect MF), IK Maul, Aldur's Boots, bunch of skillers and various other uniques.  Also bagged a Blinkbat from a rack and Infernal Cap.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 09, 2021, 03:58:53 PM
My Smiter is leveling up before Hell.  NM is done.  I have made Duress and Lawbringer for him to use.  Lawbringer is a pretty great zeal weapon. 

Also doing some NM Meph runs with my Sorc to get some mid tier stuff that I don't have.  Hoping to get things like HoZ, War Travelers, Gore Riders and a couple of others.  Scored a Razor Tail for my Zon and a cold skiller for my sorc.  As well as an UM from Meph.

I am debating on socketing the UM in a G-Face for my Smiter.  He is pretty low on Resists right now.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 10, 2021, 06:05:10 AM
I swear, the game listens to complaints.  Last night running LK, got a Sur from a chest and about 10 runs later had another chest pop a Gul.  I did figure out the SS, but they're on my home laptop.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 10, 2021, 10:34:25 AM
Damn that is pretty good.  Vex is still my highest.  I really need to get back and do LK runs.  I need to find four Sur runes, finding the first would be nice.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 10, 2021, 04:21:57 PM
Damn that is pretty good.  Vex is still my highest.  I really need to get back and do LK runs.  I need to find four Sur runes, finding the first would be nice.

Just need to live through the pain of many fruitless runs.  The tough thing for me will be to keep focused on what runewords I want to make and not do something like cube them to make Enigma lol.

Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 12, 2021, 11:30:11 AM
Added Travincal runs before I do LK, as I saw you can get all but Zod there. Highest rune drop has been a Fal, but have gotten a Reaper's, Ethereal Edge, Shadow Killer, Cerebus' Bite, and a Tal's Mask.  Also got another Ist from LK, so I'll take that.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 13, 2021, 10:52:51 AM
Curious why you wouldn't want an Enigma.

My Smiter/Zealot just killed Hell Meph.  Pretty bad map in Durance, but the Pally is pretty tanky and just slowly gets the job done.  His resists are middling and I am thinking of making Sanctuary.  Need to figure out what the best base is for it.  I am guessing Sacred Rondache.  Or maybe it is any shield that starts with at least 40% resists?

Lawbringer is a pretty good zealing weapon, but I really would love to make a grief for him.  The decrepify overwrites life tap which will be less than great against Ubers.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on December 13, 2021, 03:17:54 PM
Started a barb and I am in Act 5 Normal.  Barbs are tedious to play early on until whirlwind is available at lvl 30.  I've got about 5 levels to go, ugh.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Timinator on December 13, 2021, 09:34:38 PM
not as tedious as a wolfbarb built before respecs were a thing, not putting any points into combat skills!  Its a long time before you can use that helmet
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 14, 2021, 05:41:57 AM
Curious why you wouldn't want an Enigma.

It really doesn't do much for my current goals, since I would prefer to use the Jah in Dream and the Ber in Infinity.  While it is on my list of long term goals, it is not a priority to my current plans.

ETA:  Forgot to add, I found a gold shako running the Council last night.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 14, 2021, 11:33:18 AM
I have lost count of all the shakos I have seen without one being gold.

I take it you want to do a Tesladin.  I think you might have mentioned that before. lol.

Infinity and dual dreams would be off the hook.

My smiter is closing in on Baal.  Doing the saving Anya quest now.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 14, 2021, 05:24:17 PM
I have lost count of all the shakos I have seen without one being gold.

I take it you want to do a Tesladin.  I think you might have mentioned that before. lol.

Infinity and dual dreams would be off the hook.

My smiter is closing in on Baal.  Doing the saving Anya quest now.

Finding the Jah randomly has made the dual Dream actually achievable with a bit of Travincal luck.  If I can bag a Ber, I will definitely cube another to make Infinity and that would make my Javazon significantly better.

Had the Council drop me Trang's Scales and the next run got a Flamebellow and Trang's Claws.  No rune luck though.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 15, 2021, 10:39:17 AM
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/878898344502652938/920708801198456903/unknown.png)

Pretty happy with this play through.  WSK was brutal.  Other than that it was pretty smooth sailing for the most part.  Lawbringer is an excellent weapon for doing the campaign as a Zealot.  I really want to get that Lo as Lawbringer is less good as a Smite weapon.  Still I highly recommend lawbringer for melee leveling.

Sorc - Blizz Mat
Zon - Java Mat
Pally - Hammerdin Pat
Pally - Smiter Pat
Druid - Windy (Almost there -- Online)

Barb - I would like to have a Council Runner
Sin - I think I might make a rift sin for fun
Necro - not sure if I will
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Drozz on December 15, 2021, 08:14:00 PM
For barb and the council, I would recommend whirlwind or frenzy. Zero uses ww. I use frenzy. But I think our run times are pretty similar.
Don't give up on necro. I'm entering Hell A5 tonight. The summonmancer has been the easiest to run so far, albeit very boring. But, I'm pretty sure he hasn't died yet either, so I may try summonmancer for my first HC character. (I've said it, so now he'll die on his way to Baal)
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 16, 2021, 03:57:38 PM
Grats Sssith.  I use Lawbringer on my Frenzier running council and LK, and I like it.  Rarely gets the killing blow, so can hork most monsters.

Council did drop me an Um last night, and Countess dropped an Um and Mal after I needed a break from Travincal. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 20, 2021, 10:18:58 AM
I have been running LK with my Sorc.  Awesome map.

The special chest have been giving me squat.  But this popped from a random dead body:
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/889608661427695626/922193132068692169/unknown.png)


Mind blown.  Now I have to decide what to do with it.  Right now I consider myself halfway to an Infinity.

Since then I have been popping more pop-ables -- but that does slow my running down.  Not positive it is the right choice.  But the supper chest have not been good for much yet.  A couple of Guls is about it from them.  I have to be somewhere near 700 runs of LK at this point.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 20, 2021, 03:59:52 PM
I have been running LK with my Sorc.  Awesome map.

The special chest have not been giving me squat.  But this popped from a random dead body:
(https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/889608661427695626/922193132068692169/unknown.png)


Mind blown.  Now I have to decide what to do with it.  Right now I consider myself halfway to an Infinity.

Since then I have been popping more pop-ables -- but that does slow my running down.  Not positive it is the right choice.  But the supper chest have not been good for much yet.  A couple of Guls is about it from them.  I have to be somewhere near 700 runs of LK at this point.

Nice find!  I'm jealous, have hit a wall with rune finds though quite a few grailers and TC3s along the way.  Had a Mal and Pul on back to back from Countess, then nothing good for a while now.

As for poppables, I only do ones in my immediate path.  I have gotten a Vex from one, but probably not worth your time to do more than that.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on December 21, 2021, 07:25:01 AM
Awesome rune score Geoff!  Ber is one of the best to find.  Happy for you.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 21, 2021, 10:33:11 AM
Still doing Council runs and poppable chest dropped a Vex for me, so I'll take it.

ETA:  Also found a Lightsabre running Countess, which is pretty cool. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 24, 2021, 12:17:46 PM
I am glad I am not truly tracking how many hours I have done running LK.  The answer is A LOT.  I have been watching Downton Abbey and I am over half way through.  And I watch a full season of another show.  That should give you an approximate idea of the hours involved.  On the positive side I am only one Sur away from Infinity.  On the negative side I still have not scored a Lo or Ohm rune.

I am probably not the most efficient runner of LK.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Grogs on December 27, 2021, 02:16:28 AM
On the negative side I still have not scored a Lo or Ohm rune.

I am probably not the most efficient runner of LK.

So interestingly, Lo is the rarest rune in LK, way less patterns than Sur.  I found 2 or 3 Ohms during lk running and 0 of them were from the superchests, all random clickables
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 29, 2021, 11:26:46 AM
I am not efficient running anything, so I just run for fun.  Seems to work ok for me and I'm not trying to figure out how to eke out a few more seconds.  I cubed up to get Ohm and Lo, considering I have specific runewords in mind I'm good with that.

I haven't played much, went to Florida to visit my son and his GF for Christmas.  Played for about an hour one night doing Countess runs and got a Fal, Mal and Um from her along with a Gul from a random.  Pretty worthwhile hour.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 30, 2021, 09:17:10 AM
After hours of running LK I have this to show for it:

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/889608661427695626/925809095452286986/unknown.png)

Pretty happy with it.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on December 30, 2021, 10:29:38 AM
Very Nice!  Let us know how it works for you.

I'm torn on in if I will make one in a non-ethereal so I can use it for some character builds too. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on December 30, 2021, 06:03:47 PM
I think you should wait until you get an ethereal one.  Ideally a Thresher or Giant Thresher for the speed.  The crushing blow on it means that speed is important.  I gave my merc a Treachery to increase the attack speed and I am loving it. 

I might have one if you want me to send a mule character to you with it.

Quote from: Wrote this in Discord
You were curious about the Infinity.  I just finished a P3 run were I hit - Pit, Cows, Chaos Sanctuary, Andy, Pindle, Eldretch (sp) and I only had to fix my Javs once.  I probably got a bit lucky with the bosses that spawned in that I didn't have to park any of them.  From time to time I run into a but that is still LI but it is somewhat rare.  I had one that was also Stone skin and I literally had to sit back to let my merc, very slowly, kill him.  I switched my Merc to Treachery and it was/is an awesome choice.  It is actually super fun to be able to do almost all areas of the game.  Problem areas/monsters are Nilly and Glooms.  My resists suck on this character.  That said I stand back and kill most things before they get close.  Even on P3.  For Nilly I really need the RiP mod.  For Glooms I really need to have better resists and switch to Thundergods.  Cow King can be tough as he can spawn with some crazy mods.  All in all I am glad to have made the Infinity.

After I wrote that I did another run and I probably fixed my Javs during a TP back to town.  Still having to fix my Javs a lot less now.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 04, 2022, 09:49:33 AM
I think you should wait until you get an ethereal one.  Ideally a Thresher or Giant Thresher for the speed.  The crushing blow on it means that speed is important.  I gave my merc a Treachery to increase the attack speed and I am loving it. 

I might have one if you want me to send a mule character to you with it.

Quote from: Wrote this in Discord
You were curious about the Infinity.  I just finished a P3 run were I hit - Pit, Cows, Chaos Sanctuary, Andy, Pindle, Eldretch (sp) and I only had to fix my Javs once.  I probably got a bit lucky with the bosses that spawned in that I didn't have to park any of them.  From time to time I run into a but that is still LI but it is somewhat rare.  I had one that was also Stone skin and I literally had to sit back to let my merc, very slowly, kill him.  I switched my Merc to Treachery and it was/is an awesome choice.  It is actually super fun to be able to do almost all areas of the game.  Problem areas/monsters are Nilly and Glooms.  My resists suck on this character.  That said I stand back and kill most things before they get close.  Even on P3.  For Nilly I really need the RiP mod.  For Glooms I really need to have better resists and switch to Thundergods.  Cow King can be tough as he can spawn with some crazy mods.  All in all I am glad to have made the Infinity.

After I wrote that I did another run and I probably fixed my Javs during a TP back to town.  Still having to fix my Javs a lot less now.

I am sure I have a Thresher or GT in an old stash, but thanks for the pffer.  I was just wondering about making it in a normal weapon so characters can use it as well and not have it a strictly merc weapon.

Now I get into my conundrum.  After not much luck in LK, I got two Sur runes in about 20 runs - which brings me to 4.  I could cube and make the Infinity as discussed and boost my Javazon, or I can cube even higher to get the Jah to make my dual Dream Tesladin and Sorc.  While neither would have a merc with Infinity, I think they would both be easy enough to play without.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 04, 2022, 11:48:07 AM
Wow!  Congratulations on the four Sur runes!  That is freaking awesome.  A good quandary to have!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 04, 2022, 07:40:06 PM
Wow!  Congratulations on the four Sur runes!  That is freaking awesome.  A good quandary to have!

Thank you Sur, may I have another?  As a matter of fact, I can.  Bagged 3 of them in under 24 hours, plus a Gul.  Crazy luck after a long stretch of meh. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 05, 2022, 12:36:19 PM
That is insane.  It took me between 40 to 60 hours of LK running to get something similar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnQTa9eLLXA

You might want to check that out as it is about an Auradin with dual Dream. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 05, 2022, 12:59:52 PM
That is insane.  It took me between 40 to 60 hours of LK running to get something similar.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnQTa9eLLXA

You might want to check that out as it is about an Auradin with dual Dream.

That build is my long-term plan, which is one of the reasons I have not cubed my Sur runes to make Infinity.  I had not planned on using Doom for the merc, the rest is going to be expensive enough lol.  I would like a Frenzier with HoJ and Dragon armor, especially if they buff Holy Fire in the patch.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 05, 2022, 11:01:23 PM
That build is crazy rich.  But it does look fun.  And if the rumored changes happen it should be much strong than what it is currently.

I have done enough running different areas.  Right now I am slowly working on a lightning Sorc.  Still in Act 1 normal so a long ways away.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 07, 2022, 09:49:32 AM
I updated a legacy hammerdin to D2R with the idea to run CS for high runes.  I think he's built decently, but I just suck at throwing hammers.  Not very fast (except Diablo drops quickly), so just a waste of my time to keep trying.  Back to LK and hope for more good luck, though it has fled me since I hit the 3 Surs.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 07, 2022, 10:12:53 AM
My Javazon with Infinity does chaos sanc pretty well.  I should throw some type of teleport on her to skip the first part.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 07, 2022, 01:49:36 PM
Another dual dream build that is perfectly reasonable...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSNKp2aaDdI

He recommends having BoTD as you main weapon.  I only have two of those and they are on my Barb. :P

You could probably find a different choice for a weapon that would work.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 08, 2022, 03:45:29 PM
Haven't watched the whole thing, but I imagine Death or Oath could be used as well - and I have both from legacy.

Found Sur number 6 after 3 more days of LK runs.  Still isolating because of covid, so I still get more play time than usual.  I did cube 2 of them to make my first Ber, so halfway to Infinity for a myriad of builds. 
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 08, 2022, 09:34:28 PM
Congrats on cubing a Ber!

And yes those should work.  Not sure which would be best.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 10, 2022, 10:08:01 AM
Thanks.  Found an Ohm last night, but my brain didn't register what it was until after I had picked it up.  Now just looking for a Sur or Ber for Infinity and to see how cows would go.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 11, 2022, 11:23:47 AM
Yesterday was a good day in LK with an Arreat's and another Harley found.  On the rune front, found a second Ohm, a Gul and 3 Mals.  Will probably end up making a HotO fairly soon since I appear to have lost mine from legacy.  Not needed right now, but will be useful when I stop running and start up some new toons.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: mn4nu on January 12, 2022, 09:23:11 PM
You're on a roll Flan!
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 14, 2022, 10:41:33 AM
I have been leveling another Sorc, this times to be a lightning sorc.  She has now completed Act I Hell.  I am currently running the pit on P1.  With infinity on the merc it is going pretty well.  I will save and exit if I run into an archer pack that has crazy mods.  Other than that she can handle the Pit pretty well.  There are some monsters that even if I break the immunity they are tough to take down.  I really need to find that golden diadem.  The other thing I really want are a couple of lightning skillers.  Overall I have been pretty lucky with skillers but I have none for my lightning sorc.  I am sure I will have some touch patches on my road to finish Hell, but it is nice that she can kill most monsters.

I plan on leveling her up for a while in the Pit.  Right now is level 73, and if I don't get bored, I aiming to get to 85 before moving on.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 23, 2022, 04:38:32 PM
You're on a roll Flan!

Thanks, found a few more Guls as well.  RL has intruded so haven't had a chance to play much or post.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 25, 2022, 09:46:50 AM
I've Mat'd my sorc.  She is now my official Key farmer.

With my first set of keys I had my Smiter try and get a torch.

FAIL.

lol

Getting to Tristram was not too bad.  Surviving Meph was an impossibility.  Holy crap did he wreck me so quickly.

Lesson learnt. I have respec'd my Pally to get my lightning resist even higher.  Without T-Gods it is now 84%.  I will wear T'Gods, start with Salvation as my aura.  I might it make a simple Treachery to proc Fade.  Oh...next time I will also wear Ravenfrost.  I forgot to equip that and killing Duriel and Izual was slower than it should have been.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: syn on January 25, 2022, 06:51:26 PM
I've Mat'd my sorc.  She is now my official Key farmer.

With my first set of keys I had my Smiter try and get a torch.

FAIL.

lol

Getting to Tristram was not too bad.  Surviving Meph was an impossibility.  Holy crap did he wreck me so quickly.

Lesson learnt. I have respec'd my Pally to get my lightning resist even higher.  Without T-Gods it is now 84%.  I will wear T'Gods, start with Salvation as my aura.  I might it make a simple Treachery to proc Fade.  Oh...next time I will also wear Ravenfrost.  I forgot to equip that and killing Duriel and Izual was slower than it should have been.

tgods plus maxing ltng res will make a world of difference. i think mine's 90, plus the absorb from tgods. the life bulb still bounces around if you don't have life tap up. triggering fade and switching armors is annoying, but it can help a lot. nice hidden DR there as well. i think i wore treachery the first time, but didn't use it last time. i don't think ravenfrost will help with duriel- it doesn't work against HF aura, does it?

i had a much harder time with lilith than meph this last time. got her down to a point and then couldn't make a dent in her HP. got to an angle where she didn't insta-kill my merc and once he triggered decrepify it went really fast. i was nervous i'd be toast without life tap up, but it worked out. probably won't work next time...

edit: i've also started a sorc with the goal of being a key farmer. not sure if i'll ever get her there. my pally is decent at it but it takes a while. i also get distracted and kill most things on the way. considering that's how i happened upon my Lo rune, i probably won't change that.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 29, 2022, 12:38:23 PM
Still haven't found the Ber/Sur to finish Infinity, but did find a Nos' and another Harley.  Got some decent runes as well, but would love that last piece.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 29, 2022, 08:39:05 PM
For my last Ber I had to cube some many good runes to make it.  Overall worth it.  But I am running LK again to get a Lo.

Edit: I did my manage to get my first Torch.  A lousy Druid one but hey.  A torch.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on January 30, 2022, 10:51:37 AM
For my last Ber I had to cube some many good runes to make it.  Overall worth it.  But I am running LK again to get a Lo.

Edit: I did my manage to get my first Torch.  A lousy Druid one but hey.  A torch.

I can cube a Ber now, I have enough Surs.  However, for the builds I want a Sur is more valuable than a Ber at this point so I do not want to cube them until I would still have enough Surs.  The HS/HF Paladin that you linked to is one that has been on my list since the start, long before the 2.4 announcement.  There are also a couple of other builds I want to do with HF, and 2.4 makes them much more viable.

Congrats on the torch, even if it's not great.  I think I will take a legacy Paladin and convert him to a smiter eventually to get torches, but runes are still my priority right now.  Found another Gul in LK, which is good but not quite good enough.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on January 31, 2022, 02:07:14 PM
yeah...I am no longer to excited when I find a Mal.  It doesn't really help to get to a Lo.  I decided to farm a bunch of keys from Countess and Summoner.  Supposedly the Summoner is one of the best sources for getting a Lo.

The Auradin is off the hook in the new patch.  I imagine they will nerf what is going on in the PTR, or maybe not as to get the craziness it means insane amounts of high runes.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on February 09, 2022, 06:53:44 AM
Haven't been able to play as much, but still can't get that last elusive rune - might end up cubing soon just to be done with it.  Had a decent might last night with a Fal, Pul and Um, but really just want to finish off Infinity and try some cow runs.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on February 10, 2022, 04:51:31 PM
Well the nerf for Auradin happened but it is still pretty crazy.  Probably not a build I will ever do given the needed runes.

I burnt through so many making infinity.

The other day I had another Ber drop.  This is how the game hooks you because now I am one Jah away from enigma. 

I am still looking to get a Lo to make Grief.

I farmed my second torch.  I now have a Necro and a Druid.  Which are my two online characters.  My torches are, of course, offline.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on February 11, 2022, 05:58:11 AM
I bit the bullet and cubed two more Surs to make Infinity, and happy with the results with 317% ED.  I was a bit forced to do it, since I screwed up my excellent LK map and didn't feel like rerolling.  Took my Zon out mooing a couple of times and got a Fal, but she's not geared right for that yet.  I'll bring a Griffon's from legacy forward and a few other things to make things smoother.  Did P5, and it was fairly easy.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on February 11, 2022, 12:54:48 PM
Congrats on the infinity.  It is all about the aura on that one.  I ended up with a pretty low ED, but near perfect minus to lightning.  The opposite would have been better but the thing still rocks.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Flan on February 19, 2022, 08:27:13 AM
Started a Plaguezon in a HC tourney that I'm doing.  Level 25 with one dead Duriel.
Title: Re: D2R Launch Party!
Post by: Sssith on February 27, 2022, 03:21:00 PM
I think I made it to end of NM once with a HC character.

Good luck.