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  1. AlterEgo

    AlterEgo IncGamers Member

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    Introducing Guardian Rusull the Fire/Summoner Druid. He’s the third in my quest for the septavirate, following Shyla (trapper) and Anton (overlord), and my first on the HC Ladder.

    He succeeded with the following restrictions:

    * completely untwinked – nothing muled on
    * completed all quests and did 100% area clears, killing every monster
    * no MP games
    * no esc to avoid death, no TP in belt

    Rusull started as a fire elemental build, but evolved into a hybrid fire/summoner. His build is no-block, max life. I’ve become a fan of this style for my ranged characters. I chose an A2 Holy Freeze merc, and used dire wolves through most of the game - grizzly aganst big hitters. He specialized in volcano, using his merc’s HF aura to keep monsters in place.

    Players8 in norm, Players5 in NM, Players3 in Hell, Players1 starting with A5 Crystalline Passage. This kept me up with the monsters which made leveling easier, and my merc more hardy.

    No real serious problems throughout the game, but a few NDEs when swarmed at doorways. This is a very solid build, but at times a slow killer – especially against FI’s. Wolves make excellent tanks and allow you to fight on multiple fronts. I used solar creeper vine through most of game to keep mana topped off – never had any problems casting minions in parallel with constant volcanic activity.


    Hell Ancients spawned three times with FE, so I TP'd out. The fourth time was a charm. :)

    The items:
    Rusull's Hierophant's Club- +2 druid skills, resists (one open socket – never found a suitable final jewel)
    Rhyme Grim Shield

    Bone Wand w/lower resist charges on switch, but rarely used
    Skull Collector on alt switch (found very late in the game, may use for MFing later)
    Heavenly Garb armor - nice caster armor
    Rusull’s Lore Antlers - +1 skills, +1 volcano, +3 dire wolf
    Magefist gloves - +1 fire skills, perfect for this build
    Spirit Fringe Sharkskin Belt - caster craft
    Tearhaunch boots
    Rare amulet - +2 elemental skills, and other stuff, two rare rings with lotsa goodies

    Trainers Grand Charm - +1 druid summoning skills

    The merc:
    Azrael, A2 Holy Freeze
    Kraken Shell - 4 sockets, w/elemental damage, resists, ED
    Tal Rasha’s Horadric Crest, socketed with Shael (20% FHR)
    The Meat Scraper, 163%ED (for the open wounds, LL)
    Life 3718 w/Oak Sage, Defense 1950, 75/66/75/66 resists, Damage 240-792

    The skills:
    Volcano 20(27), Molten Boulder 20(26), Fissure 20(26)

    Molten boulder left-click, Volcano right click
    Cyclone Armor 4(9), Oak Sage 10(14), Dire Wolves 16(23), Grizzly 1(5), Vines 1(5) each
    Wolves: Life 1557 w/Oak Sage, Damage 146-156 - Grizzly: Life 8872 w/Oak Sage, Damage 115-165

    The stats:
    Level 87
    Str 80(**), Dex base, Vit 360, Nrg 65(90)
    Defense 450, 5% blocking
    Life 1840 w/Oak Sage, Mana 399
    Resists 75/73/75/13

    39% faster cast, 20% faster run/walk
    Regenerate mana +46%, Replenish life +6
    Cannot be frozen

    Damage reduced by 9, poison length educed 25%, +2 light radius
    +40% MF (127% with Skull Collector)

    So what’s next? Rusull may run the RoF or the icy passages. I’d like to get him to lvl90 to conquer the top of the HC ladder. And I will begin to work my Hammerdin, the next Septavirate candidate.
     
  2. ULTIMATER

    ULTIMATER IncGamers Member

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    Congrats AE, now, go finish the last 4 :p :clap:
     
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    Congrats AE, way to go! :clap: Once again I bow before your l33t HC skills!

    Good luck with the Hammerdin!
     
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    Nice work AE, keep up the good work
     
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    gratzie gratzie :thumbsup:

    good luck with the rest ^^
     
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    congrats on the achievement. I know a patient player when I see one. And I can also spot an impatient player a mile away, like the one sitting in front of my computer. 'It's ok, he can run into that crowd of exploder guys. He haaaas thorns.'
     
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    This has inspired me to make a fire druid. Thanks AE. :) I can't even imagine how you manage to play hardcore untwinked *shudders*
     
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    That is awesome AE :thumbsup: That is an incredible feat since i am still working on my frist pat sc twinked lie crazy heh. have fun and hope u top the SPFHCL. Have fun!
     
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    :clap: Well done. I can clearly see why this build is good. Gosh, that´s a crapload of life! It allowed you to pump energy a bit, which probably helped you a lot in the early part of the game, right?

    I am also a fan of the no-block(OK, 5% block)-pump-vitality strategy. I use it for all my caster characters.



    Playing hardcore untwinked isn´t that hard. Making good progress in Hell and not get the character killed is another matter. Going all the way is :worship: .
     
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    Sincere congrats; I may yet start another HC character...


    Steve
     
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    wow, nice job AE, and remember, the first 20 levels of the hammerdin are the hardest, after that, its basically instant guardian :D the first hc sp char i made was a hammerdin, and he got to act2 hell in like 3 weeks of play, lvl 78 o_O so keep up the good work!
     
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    Thanks guys :) It was a really fun build to play. A good mix of power (volcano is amazing against a stationary target), and finesse. It's also a pretty safe HC build, and not really item dependent - good for untwinked.

    It is definitely a crapload of life. Did you see the grizzly? 8872 :surprise: But yeah, 360 points is really pumping it! I had enough life to survive a mishap against Hell Nihlathak - he CE'd me and took 90% instantly, but I lived to tell the tale.

    I did push my mana up in norm so I could spam MB and fissure.
     
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    :worship:

    You are just awesome player, AE. I play mostly uber twinked SC chars and still kill them at least few times before Mat/Pat status...And you can do it in HC and untwinked :surprise:

    Really great work!

    :thumbsup:
     
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    A zealot wouldbe a strong HC choice too, i know its melee and stuff but with a decent amount of Life Leach combined with that speedy little zeal or yours your life bulb will be always full.. whenever there was a area with IM bastards i just switched to "bow-mode" combined with my fana..

    worked great for me :thumbsup:
     
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    Good job AE! Druid is a favourite of mine, and a fire caster was something yet to be seen.

    So, HC, no twinking, full clears, and NO COOKIE-CUTTERS!

    UR 1337 SKILLZ R0XX0RS! Or, in human language, you are a damm good player!
     
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    good job!!

    love playing druids myself
    i have a summoner in a3 hell and a firedruid in summoner/fire combined, seems fun :)
     
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    Congrats AE, my summonig HC druid couldnt make through Act 5 Nightmare. I could learn to be more patient I guess... I will still get my own guardian before I quit D2...
     
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    well done, about better than me but just a little.
    I take a :drink: for you
     
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    well done AE, AWESOME!
    I'll start a fire druid soon, and hope to get that far too
    Congrats! :clap:
     
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    Niiiiice!! :winner:

    Great job, AE. Rusull's success gives me some ideas for my own druid. Looks like an interesting build.
     

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