Patriarch Belsteed – The Avenging Disciple Level: 75 St – 148 (169) Dx – 114 (124) Vt – 190 (190) En – 18 (21) HP 1198 Mana 235 Vengeance: 1361 – 1764 FotH: 990 – 1040 Conviction: LR 160%, Def -94% Resists: Fire: 75 Cold: 75 Ltning: 75 Poison: 75 Skills: Vengeance 20 (27) FotH 20 (27) Conviction 20 (27) Holy Shield 12 (19, 21 on switch) Zeal 2 (9) Sacrifice, Holy Bolt, Smite, Charge, Blessed Hammer & Conversion 1 (8) Might, Blessed Aim, Holy Fire, Thorns, Holy Freeze & Sanctuary 1 (8) Equipment: Weapon 1: Cruel Truncheon of Thunder (Shael, Shael) Rare Vortex Shield with +2 skills, All Resist, 20% Increase Block Weapon 2: Priest’s Rune Scepter Rare Aerin Shield with +2 Skills Harlequin Crest with Um Dark Adherent Laying of Hands Rite of Passage Credendum Telling of Beads Rare Ring with resists and AR & bugged MPK ring Merc – Level 79 (Act 5) Guillaume's Face Duriel's Shell with Um Bul-Kathos' Sacred Charge with Shael Random musings: I had decided to use The Disciple set for this build before I had actually found it. So after running LK for too many hours I eventually started the build. I Started off using Zeal (as I usually do with the majority of my pallys) and as usual it chews its way through the lower levels of the game. For a change I used a 5 socket war sceptre with 3 prubies and 2 psapphires, and this definitely helped with the chewing. At first I wasn’t sure whether I’d go down the max block or the Vita route, so I kept one or two dexterity points per level in reserve just in case. In the end, the decision was more or less made for me. Even thought the LCS said I had between 65% and 75% chance to hit most monsters, missing four or five times in a row meant that I was going through my mana at an alarming rate. So I put my reserve stat points into dexterity, dropped a point into Holy Shield and never looked back. Late in the game I was planning to start this little rave by saying “its been a long while since I’ve gone through the whole game without dying at all” but Nihlathak put pay to that – at least four times!!!! The funny thing is my merc was already dead, there were no corpses to explode and I was targeting Nillly with FotH so not damaging any of his little army of baddies. Beside that hiccup, the build was a breeze. The Cruel Truncheon was fast enough and did enough damage to easily get by. The max block kept me from most damage and I had enough hit point to cover any damage that I took. Even without CB, Hell Diablo, the Ancients and Hell Baal gave me little difficulty by simply standing there and thumping them. No subtlety was needed. The choice of FotH as a backup skill was partly due to the fact that I haven’t used it much, if at all, in the past 10 years or more and partly because I had used Smite in my 1.07 Pally build. Perhaps Smite may have been a better choice overall, but at least FotH got me through the Chaos Sanctuary without worrying about IM. So another one down and I’m more than half way through this set now!