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Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Orbert on Today at 11:12:31 AM »
I played around with my characters on Americas a bit, but somehow after getting the Achievement for all 21 ethereals, it felt anticlimactic.  So I hopped over to Europe and started a new Seasonal character, just to keep myself amused until D2R drops.

The RNG gods continue to fuck with me.  I started a Demon Hunter at Master level, and was plowing through, little by little.  First character in a new Season is always like that.  I'm thinking now would be a cool time for an Ethereal to drop.  Massive damage to make the next several levels fly.  Zing!  An Ethereal Ballista!

Buriza-do-Kyannon, Level 9.  Numbers were insane, of course.  Something like +1250% to Damage and +350% to Toughness compared to the bow I was using.  And best of all, 2 extra Sentries and Custom Engineering for the Passive.  Imagine, a Nephalem power and a Passive that actually compliment each other.  Time for some killer Sentries!

Except you can't even get Sentries until Level 25.

I moved it up to Torment 2, and with the absurd damage an Ethereal can do at this level, the next couple dozen levels flew by.  I was afraid that by Level 25, the Buriza would start to show its limitations, but it was still pretty effective until I got into the 50's.  At 51, a yellow one-handed crossbow dropped and all the numbers were green.  Damage was like 10% higher than the Buriza, Toughness was up, Recovery was up.  The Sentries which had started off destroying everything before I ever needed to fire a shot were lagging by now, so I was okay ditching the boosts and switching weapons.  He's into the 60's slog now.  Ugh.  Well, like I said, hopefully just something to keep me amused until D2R.
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Sssith on Today at 10:50:23 AM »
Thanks that is helpful.

It is also pretty interesting.  That would mean I am standing still a lot and just vaulting to get out of a spot.  The Rapid Fire is on the left click which encourages short bursts.  Vaulting is the way to move then.  Which also helps explain the rational for lots of Discipline skills.  It also helps explain the use of Compass Rose (I think that is the name of the item set).  I thought it an odd choice to boost damage when standing still but again this helps to explain why.

I do see some weapons having mods that help with the generation of Hatred maybe it depends on that.

You would think that they would spell it out more clearly in the build guide how this is supposed to work.  For now I have Grenade in my fourth slot with the rune that generates extra hatred.  A couple of quick throws and you are back up and running.  Doesn't matter if you throw it at nothing.

Still, a good guide should explain these mechanics and the trouble with generating hatred.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: 2021 D2 Goals
« Last post by dave in the basement on Today at 09:08:38 AM »
Thanks for the builds, folks!
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Orbert on September 19, 2021, 11:52:03 PM »
Sin Seekers removes the channeling cost of Rapid Fire, but there's still the 20 hatred initial cost each time you use it.  If you tend to use Rapid Fire in short bursts, each burst has an initial hatred cost.  Try to use more long, sweeping sprays.  After the initial cost, you're free to keep spraying.

I've looked at that build before, and never understood how you're supposed to generate hatred, either.  I guess it depends on your natural hatred recovery and not spending it faster than that.  I think Vengeance cranks up your hatred recovery along with the other boosts, so that probably helps.  It's a tricky build, though.
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Sssith on September 19, 2021, 04:47:49 PM »
Need some expert wisdom here.  I finally got one of the pieces for my DH build Sin Seekers.  The big benefit is no channeling cost on my Rapid Fire and a boost to its damage.  That said now I don't have anything that is generating hatred.

I have been mostly following this build:

While I don't have everything lined up like the build I still don't see how the build is generating hatred.

Aside from that question I am also puzzled that I am sometime run out of Hatred when I am just using Rapid Fire.  I thought the whole point was that Sin Seekers don't use it.  Colored me confused.

Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by syn on September 19, 2021, 02:55:44 PM »
grats. RNG must know i'm done for the season after the khalim's flail drops. several more caduceus and mighty scepters, tho.  :-\
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Orbert on September 19, 2021, 07:53:24 AM »
I got my Wizardspike last night!  The Ethereal one, completing the Feat of Strength, of course.  This was after several more D3 Wizardspikes and, frustratingly, yet another Mang Song's Lesson and another Oculus.  But it's done, and I'm glad I didn't have to do the cheesy thing.
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: Season 24 - Ethereal Memory
« Last post by Sssith on September 18, 2021, 11:32:57 PM »
Just when D2R comes out.  I am going to switch over to that.

Playing D3 has been a nice little refresher, but I have to say I don't love it.  I enjoyed in then and having an ok time now, but I will happily switch to D2R on Thursday.
Movies & TV / Re: Dune
« Last post by Sssith on September 18, 2021, 11:31:14 PM »
Not sure where they are stopping.  I would guess when the Harkonnes take dune back.  About half way through the book.
Diablo (now with Diablo 4 Hype) / Re: D2R Launch Party!
« Last post by Melchior on September 18, 2021, 06:55:09 PM »
I'm keen for D2R but will be playing SP I imagine
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