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Title: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 15, 2020, 05:09:49 PM
I forget now what the official name is, and I'm too lazy to look it up, but you know what I mean.

I like Hydras, so I decided to play a Wizard, even though Haedrig's Gift isn't the new Typhon's Veil set, which boosts Hydras and stuff.  I figured I'd grind my way through to 70, then start collecting.

Got her to 70 (Winnie the Wizard), had a few Level 70 recipes I could use for some gear, but needed chest armor.  Had a handful of Blood Shards already from running Nephalem Rifts, so I hit up Kadala and Bang! Typhon's chest armor right off the bat.  The next worst item I had was shoulders.  You guessed it, I actually got Typhon's shoulders on the third try.  Two-piece bonus already without even trying.  Don't hate me because I'm beautiful.

So anyway, the Season is off to good start so far.  :)
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: syn on March 15, 2020, 05:48:05 PM
lol

i'm trying the same thing but i'm not nearly as lucky as you are.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 16, 2020, 03:02:57 PM
So the 4-piece bonus for Typhon's Veil is geared specifically for defense.  It seems to have no advantages, only negatives, if you're not having any issues with squishiness:

"Damage taken is reduced by 8% for each Hydra head alive, as long as there is one available. Each time you take damage, a Hydra head dies, but no more than once every 2 seconds (4 pieces)"

I found the shoulders and had a RORG, so I tried out the 4-piece bonus.  It was depressing.  Basically, every time you take damage, one of your Hydra heads dies.  I have no idea why this is seen as a good thing.  The first part of it, "Damage taken is reduced by 8% for each Hydra head alive", sounds great, except that if you do manage to take damage, you start losing heads, so your damage reduction is also reduced (since it's tied to the number of heads, which keeps going down), and pretty soon you die unless you keep spamming Hydras to keep the number of heads up.

So I switched the shoulders back out, as I am not currently having any issues with defense.  Swapping out the RORG was not an option as it's in the Cube and I have Sage's and Captain Crimson's bonuses going on for now.


The 6-piece bonus "Hydras deal 1300% increased damage for each Hydra head alive (6 pieces)" massively cranks the damage, yay, but as soon as the action starts, heads start dying every 2 seconds, so when you need it most, your damage reduction goes down and your damage dealing also goes down.  Again, I'm not sure why that's supposed to be a good thing.  Presumably it's not as bad as it sounds on paper.

Been gambling gloves non-stop trying to get a fourth piece of the set, no luck yet.  I still need to try out the 6-piece bonus to see how it all works, but on paper it seems kinda wonky.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 17, 2020, 10:53:42 AM
Finished collecting the Typon's Veil set.  The deal with Hydra heads dying isn't as bad as I thought.  You can only lose one head every two seconds (which I knew), but that's actually a relatively long time during a battle (which I didn't realize).  Also, I find myself recasting Hydra pretty often anyway.  The cost is negligible and there's no cooldown, plus I think I'm used to plopping Demon Hunter Sentries all over the place.  That's a habit I need to break, or at least adjust.

Hydras are similar to Sentries in that you put them out there and they do damage.  I was initially disappointed that you still only get two, and they instead increased the number of heads, but I think they intentionally made the mechanics (and thus the gameplay) different.  The five-headed Hydras, especially with the 6-piece bonus, do insane amounts of damage.  So you choose your placement more carefully, move, and place them again.  Depending on the map, I find myself setting up a classic two-sided crossfire in open spaces, or leapfrogging them in corridors and gauntlet-type rifts.  So it's different, which I have to admit is better than just copying the dynamic involved with Sentries.

Went from T8 to T10 as soon as I finished the set, and could definitely go higher right now.  But sadly, I have to work today, so more later.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on March 17, 2020, 05:15:55 PM
I need tips and tricks on the enchanting socket in weapon quest in chap 4. I've spent millions of gold and all out of the forgotten souls I was hoarding. I had this trouble last season too. Any tricks to this one?
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 17, 2020, 05:28:49 PM
Any weapon can have a socket.  Go to the Mystic and have her Enchant one of the Primary Stats of the weapon.  It has to be a Primary Stat.  That might be your problem.  Depending on the item, it should roll as a choice in maybe four or five rolls, tops.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: syn on March 17, 2020, 06:12:41 PM
it should roll as a choice in maybe four or five rolls, tops.

or more. it just took me around 20 rolls on my current weapon. yay RNG.

you should check the options available in the slot you're trying to re-roll to make sure socket is possible; you can do that through the mystic window when you select which stat to re-roll. 
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 17, 2020, 06:45:00 PM
Okay maybe more than four or five, but spending millions in gold seems pretty extreme.  I know RNG is a fickle bitch, but if I'm doing something I think should be possible, and it hasn't happened after a ridiculous amount of time, I double-check to make sure it really is possible.

When I first started, I didn't think about the difference between Primary and Secondary stats, and didn't know about the question marks in the window.  I just knew that the Secondary stats seemed weaker overall and couldn't figure out why I'd go broke before I'd ever get a socket instead of 1.3% Chance to Belch upon Striking a Demon or whatever.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 17, 2020, 08:00:20 PM
I know there are newer, spiffier, sexier weapons out there.  I don't care.  I still love The Furnace.

(https://imgur.com/SIA2eUk.jpg)

No idea what I'm gonna do with it with Int, but I'll think of something.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on March 17, 2020, 08:19:49 PM
Yeah, I knew about the primary stats and the question marks. I check it every time. I just think my personal RNG sucks.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on March 17, 2020, 11:19:57 PM
Sorry.  I tend to use up all the RNG luck around here.  If I didn't know better, I'd think I was cheating or something.  My luck is unreal sometimes.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Ray Patean on March 18, 2020, 08:56:36 AM
One quick tip for the socket... Use a rare weapon if you are low on materials and just want to check off the box on the journey. A rare will only use white, blue and yellow mats and some gold.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on March 19, 2020, 07:47:24 AM
Good tip, Ray. I wish I would have seen that. I did finally get the socket last night, but it took a while to get it.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: syn on April 06, 2020, 09:49:36 AM
finally experienced a lag death. seems like others have had problems with that this season, but it'd been smooth for me until now. gear was mostly mediocre except for a primal amulet and weapon. annoyed... 
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 06, 2020, 10:00:46 AM
My Hydra Wizard is still my go-to character this season.  She's the one who rips through Bounties when I need crafting materials, and Rifts when I feel like leveling gems or just collecting Blood Shards for gambling with other characters.

Trying to figure out what to do with the Primal Furnace, I remembered that the Witch Doctor has a new set this season, so I leveled up a Gem of Ease and stuck it in the Primal Furnace, then started a Witch Doctor and gave it to her.  She reached 70 insanely fast, of course.  I love that part.  I already had one of the pieces from a "non-smart drop", and started collecting more.  Then I finally read what the bonuses are, and they're boring.  I'm not a big fan of Spirit Barrage.  I mean, it's kinda different, but the collecting was taking a while, and if the big payoff is cranking Spirit Barrage, it just didn't seem worth it.  I salvaged her gear and deleted the character.

Started a Barb.  WhirlyBarb for now, since they're such silly fun.  Before I collected both swords, she was still Whirling with the Furnace, but I'd tranmogged it into a Blade of the Tribes, that thing that looks like a gigantic kitchen knife.  Watching her Whirl with that giant blade was insane.  Lots of fun.  Finally got the second sword (after nabbing three of the first one), so now she's pretty much geared up.  But now I have to work.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on April 06, 2020, 07:59:47 PM
Went with monk at the beginning of the season. Didn't care for Uliana's, but found POJ eventually and moved to POJ tempest rush. It's pretty effective for farming. Got up over 500 paragon, so started a wizard with Vyr's. Only three pieces so far. Daveinthebasement was nice enough to jump on last week and power level her up to 70. Working the archon, and it looks cool. Now, I need to get the rest of Vyr's to see how powerful it can become. While going back and forth for shard farming with the monk, he found a primal Balance. So, I'll look into a couple builds around that in the future.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 12, 2020, 12:02:43 AM
Got my WhirlyBarb up to running GR 75 or so, T16, so basically she's "done".  She's now my go-to Bounty runner, just because she moves so fast.  At this point, it's just a matter of finding Ancient gear, buffing them up, pushing for higher GR levels, etc.

Along the way, she'd managed to collect all the new Barb set pieces.  I'd forgotten that Barbs got a new set, too, which cranks up Frenzy.  I tried it out, kinda half-assed, by converting my Whirly setup to Frenzy, but it wasn't working, so I switched back to Whirly.  Then an Ancient Bastion's Revered dropped (Frenzy stacks 10 times instead of 5, plus some other weird bonus that I can't remember right now), so I figured I'd give it another shot.

It made a huge difference, as you might expect.  Basically it makes the build, although the Ancient Undisputed Champion (Frenzy gains the effects of every rune, plus cranks the damage) I already had certainly helped.  I like to try to figure out my own builds when I can, see how far I can get, before peeking at the IcyVeins build guides, and I haven't peeked yet.  Managed to run some GR75 and she ran some T16 cows, so I figure she's doing alright.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on April 12, 2020, 09:30:01 AM
Hey Orbert, I agree that Frenzy set is a fun set to run. Unfortunately, Blizz didn't make it as strong or as fast as the Whirly Barb so it's not getting the love it deserves. But it is fun to play and still strong and fast.

My go to bounty runner now though is my Wiz with the new Hydra set. All you need to find is an Aether Walker and it is da bomb for general rifting and bounties. The mobility is insane and it feels like the 2 frost hydras I use are like having 10 pets you can position to either kill or protect you as you stop to pick stuff up and look around. Fast or slow, it's my favorite build now for Torment rifts and bounties. Also very good HC.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 12, 2020, 10:17:26 AM
My Hydra Wiz is also very good and very fast (plus she's cuter).  I was going with her when I'd traditionally gone with a Demon Hunter for Bounties.  I pulled out my UE Demon Hunter the other day, just to compare, and she still rips through Bounties of course, but the Hydra Wiz seemed a bit faster, and the WhirlyBarb seems faster still.  Plus there's the "convenience factor" (more like "laziness factor" -- ha ha) of just pushing the Whirlwind key (#2 for me) and holding it down while you Whirl nonstop through the entire map, destroying everything, picking up goodies without even stopping.

But they're all different, which is the glorious thing about D3.  The different classes all feel different to me, and play differently.  Sure, you're basically running random maps over and over, kinda doing the same things over and over and just watching the numbers get bigger, but there's enough variety to keep me interested.  As long as they keeping adding new stuff, I'll have new stuff to check out.  Not bad for a game I haven't spent a penny on since the Necro expansion pack.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 12, 2020, 06:11:24 PM
Hey Orbert, I agree that Frenzy set is a fun set to run. Unfortunately, Blizz didn't make it as strong or as fast as the Whirly Barb so it's not getting the love it deserves.

That's just a shame.  So many gamers have this mentality that if it's not the most powerful thing ever, then there's no point.  This is a huge contributor to the power creep phenomenon, probably the main one.  Every time they introduce something new, it has to up the game.  Nowadays, if you can't clear GR 100 in five minutes, why bother?

I don't care if it's the most powerful thing ever.  I'm just looking for something different and fun to play.  I've always liked Frenzy, ever since D2 days, so for me, this is awesome.  I just cleared a GR 80 using a Frenzy build that I literally made up myself out of pieces I've found.  To me, that's the fun.  It's the challenge, figuring it out, and making it happen.

Oh well, to each their own.  I'm still having fun.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on April 13, 2020, 10:49:52 PM
Have you used the Aether Walker with the Hydra Wiz? It's the only way I've been playing it lately. Super fast - that's the version I was referring to regarding bounty running.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 13, 2020, 11:57:14 PM
You mean teleporting everywhere to save time?  I might try that, but honestly, I've tried using teleport before (years ago), and didn't really like it.  The mechanics of it aren't the same as teleport from D2, and I guess I didn't get the hang of it right away, so I gave up.

Like I said, I might try it.  Gotta wait for another Aether Walker to drop, though.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on April 15, 2020, 08:00:22 PM
I guess being speedy in bounties is a good thing, but I really like to explore, do full clears, run rifts all the way to end. With teleport on demand I don't waste a lot of time running back down empty hallways or through large sparsely populated floors in order to explore all the side paths.   
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: hurtlocker on April 17, 2020, 11:53:34 AM
I was on yesterday to play and decided to start a new SC toon as I have been playing only HC on the American server.  None of our clan
was online so I asked for a PL from general chat. This guy I don't know comes on and says he will PL me, so its all good. Well, that was an
understatement, he not only PL me but ran through vaults, several two man GR 80's and he dumped all the Legs he found so I had some
equipment to start with. He got me to Paragon 250 quick too.  Just when I thought all the nice guys were in our clan this dude comes along.
 I think he was an Aussie because he was calling me "mate".  A ray of sunshine in these shitty times!   
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 17, 2020, 04:42:05 PM
That's cool!  Once in a while it's nice to be reminded that there are cool people out there.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on April 18, 2020, 04:23:54 PM
Hey, we're doing double goblins these days?  I had a pair yesterday, then several pairs today.  I didn't see anything about it, but it seems to be going on.

Got double Gelatinous Sires, and couldn't see through all the loot to kill the little few little ones.  Oh well.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on April 19, 2020, 09:21:30 AM
Good to know, thanks Orbert
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on April 19, 2020, 08:04:09 PM
Yeah, it's on the main page. 2x goblins for the rest of season 20. Except Insufferable Miscreant.

I got 2x menagerist yesterday. That was cool. 2 different pets dropped.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on May 19, 2020, 08:04:05 PM
So, what are the rules on power leveling? When I rushed one of my son's toons a while ago, we were limited to only running the rifts he was qualified for. Why can't we run at my level? We could level him quicker that way.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on May 21, 2020, 09:17:06 PM
You can only power level to 70 on T6. Once his character is at level 70 he should be able to join any GR you open.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on May 22, 2020, 09:10:22 PM
Thanks, Cluck. It was just to get him to 70, so now I know the limits. It takes more runs than I thought, but we get it done.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Cluck Kent on May 23, 2020, 10:37:30 PM
NP, some tips on reducing that time are:

A Ruby in a Leoric's Crown gives you a huge percentage bonus to XP;
A leoric's Signet Ring gives you another 20 something percent or so;
Craft a Hellfire ring which also gives another 20 percent or so.

Those are the ones I try to have equipped when I level a character to 70. They cut the time in half.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: dave in the basement on June 03, 2020, 12:06:57 PM
Anyone check out the PTR yet? The seasonal theme needs a HUGE power boost to make it not suck. The visuals on dragon breath are cool, but that's about it.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on June 03, 2020, 07:39:51 PM
I haven't tried it yet. I'm still too new. But from what I've read on reddit, it seems buggy, so maybe the new season will be delayed.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Orbert on June 04, 2020, 10:52:21 AM
Last Season, I racked up 1000 Paragon points, which I think was a first.  First or not, I celebrated anyway, since I didn't remember if I'd done it before.

This Season, I was pushing my Monk pretty hard to finish a GR 100, which I've never done, but it's just too time-consuming.  Run Rifts, get keys, run GRs, level gems, upgrade gear, repeat, repeat, repeat.  Bleah.  It's one thing to grind if you can actually see progress, but if I spend an hour or two and my "reward" is that I now have some armor that lets me do 0.5% more damage... ugh.  It's hard to stay enthusiastic about that.  I guess that's why I call it watching numbers getting bigger.  It sometimes feels like that's all we're doing.

So anyway, my later goal was to get a character in each class up to Level 70, which turned out to be easier than I thought it would be.  Those Gems of Ease sure come in handy, don't they?  So I amended that to make them able to run at least Torment 6 (remember when that was really high?)  I upped that to T10, then finally T16.  I suppose now, I'll have to look at GR goals.

This takes us back the question which has plagued mankind since the dawn of... Diablo III.  When is a character "done"?  What is the "goal"?  In D2, you couldn't get past Level 99.  I got bored with a character long before that happened.
Title: Re: Season 20: The Season of Crazy Cubing!
Post by: Drozz on June 04, 2020, 08:36:11 PM
I've only been in this since February, but I'm in a funk now waiting for the next season. I wasn't able to master a set dungeon, but I almost had the six sets up to GR 55 done. I got frustrated with not being able to master set dungeons, so I stopped the other conquest. This means no extra stash, so that is my goal for next season. Now that I have some idea of what to do, I can manage the other targets sooner and then I'll be able to spend more time figuring out conquests.

I haven't done a public game yet, but the GO clan looks pretty big. Are there any active members that would be willing to schedule some group times next season to achieve the conquests? I think that will help with my achievements as well as my interest in the game.