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Announcing the "I Got the Melee Blues" Tournament: the sequel to Rare Pleasure

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  1. skunkbelly

    skunkbelly IncGamers Member

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    Announcing the "I Got the Melee Blues" Tournament: the sequel to Rare Pleasure

    This is the follow-up to the Rare Pleasure Tournament, and although it may seem easier for characters starting out, I think it's far more diabolical in the long run. It will start almost immediately after the end of the Rare Pleasure tournament, and will last until August 31.

    "I GOT THE MELEE BLUES" TOURNAMENT

    This one is pretty simple: you must play a melee character, and you can only equip blue magic items. Here are the complete rules.

    RULES, Part One: characters

    1. HC characters only.

    2. You must get all WPs and complete all quests before moving to the next act. “Completing a quest†is defined as turning the box on the quest window to gray. There are no exceptions to this rule: both of the pertinent act 5 quests (socketing quest and naming quest) must be used before proceeding to the next difficulty.

    3. MP is forbidden.

    4. All characters must use melee skills: no ranged attacks of any sort are permitted. If that isn’t clear enough, here are some elaborations:

    a. The following sorceress skills may be used: Warmth, Enchant, all three Masteries, all three Cold Armors, Energy Shield, Thunderstorm, Teleport. All others are banned.

    b. Amazons: all passive and magic skills and all spear skills are permitted. All bow, crossbow and javelin skills are banned.

    c. Necromancers: Bone Armor, Poison Dagger, Bone Wall, Bone Prison, Golem Mastery, all Golems, Summon Resist, and all Curses may be used. All other skills (including skeletons and revives) are banned.

    d. Druids: Cyclone Armor, all Summons, and all Shape-Shifting skills are permitted. All other elemental skills are banned.

    e. Assassins: All Martial Arts skills and all Shadow Skills are permitted, as is Blade Shield. All other traps are forbidden.

    f. Paladins: all skills are permitted except for Blessed Hammer, Holy Bolt, and Fist of the Heavens (except as synergies).

    g. Barbarians may not use Throwing Mastery or Double Throw. Singing barbs (any barbarian using War Cry as his main attack skill) are banned; however, War Cry itself may be used for its stunning effect. To prevent abuse, you may have a combined maximum of 30 hard skill points in War Cry and its synergies (Howl, Taunt, and Battle Cry). Good stun length is thereby possible, but the damage will be weak.

    5. It is permissible to place a point into a banned skill if it is a prerequisite for another skill. It is also permissible to put points into banned skills if they are synergies for permitted skills. You’re on your honor not to use banned skills.

    6. Any act 2 or act 5 mercenary may be used, but they must adhere to the equipment rules (stated below). You may use an act 1 mercenary in act 1 normal difficulty only; if she dies before reaching act 2, you may not resurrect her. Upon reaching act 2, you must replace your mercenary with an act 2 melee mercenary.

    7. If your character dies at any point, you are eliminated from the tournament.


    RULES, Part Two: equipment

    1. Untwinked. You may mule items off to your other non-tournament characters. Otherwise, no use of ATMA is permitted.

    2. Your character may only use BLUE items (i.e., normal “magic†items). If you do not have a blue item for a particular equipment slot, you may not have an item in that slot. The following exceptions (and *only* these exceptions) apply to the “blues only†rule:

    a. You may use the weapon that your character is generated with, until you find your first blue weapon. Upon finding your first blue melee weapon of any sort (even if you cannot yet use it due to item requirements), you must discard your “birth weapon.†NOTE: If you cannot use the item due to class restrictions (i.e., you find an assassin katar, and you’re playing a barbarian), this rule does not apply.

    b. Quest-related items may NOT be used for anything other than their intended purpose (i.e., smashing the compelling orb or soulstone).

    c. You may shop and gamble as much as you wish.

    d. Potions, scrolls, keys and tomes are permitted… with the exception of throwing potions, which are banned.

    3. Sockets in items can be filled with BLUE JEWELS or SAPPHIRES only (after all, sapphires are blue!). No exceptions. Socketable quest reward items (barb rescue runes, hellforge gems/runes, etc.) may NOT be used (unless, of course, they are sapphires)… mule them off, if they’re worthwhile. If you use sapphires in a socket, they may be of any quality.

    4. All charms MAY be used, with the exception of Gheed’s Fortune (which isn’t blue).

    5. You can re-run areas, kill bosses, etc., as much as you desire.

    6. The various quests that generate rare items as rewards (Charsi, Ormus, Anya) are even more useless in this tournament than they are in standard play: since they are all rare, they may not be equipped (though you’re welcome to mule any worthwhile results off to other characters).

    7. You may use the Horadric Cube to modify your blue magic items as much as you wish (i.e., three perfect gem recipe, weapon re-rolling recipes, three amulets > one ring, etc.). All recipes are permitted, so long as the end result is a blue magic item.

    8. You may not use charges of banned skills from items. You also may not use banned skills given by item bonuses (i.e., a staff with +2 to Frozen Orb). You may use the item, however, as long as you don't use the banned skill.

    9. Items with "Chance to Cast" mods, even for banned skills, ARE permitted (I don't think these will be much of a factor, given that unique and set items are banned, and CTC mods tend to be very weak).

    10. Unlike the “Rare Pleasure†tournament, trading is not permitted.

    11. As stated above, only melee weapons may be used. Ranged weapons that can be used as melee weapons (javelins, throwing weapons) may be used as melee weapons only. Bows and crossbows may be used by werewolves and werebears, but ONLY while they are in were-form (since in shifted form, they are treated as melee weapons).

    OTHER DETAILS

    1. This is a quick tournament. It will begin on Friday, July 1, at noon Eastern Standard Time. It will end at 7:00 p.m. EST on Wednesday, August 31.

    2. Players must make an update upon the completion of Normal difficulty, NM difficulty, and upon the completion of each act in Hell difficulty. Of course, everyone is welcome to post more frequently, if they desire.

    3. Scoring will be determined as follows:

    a. 2 points will be awarded for each quest completed.

    b. 1 point will be awarded for each WP gathered.

    c. 3 points will be awarded for killing the Cow King in each difficulty.

    d. 1 point will be *subtracted* for each character level gained (yes, a negative score is possible).

    e. Achieving Guardian status gives a bonus of 20 points.

    f. In the highly unlikely event of a tie, the winner will be determined by a forum vote… whoever is democratically determined to have the lamest gear will win the tie.

    4. THE PRIZE: The winner will receive an ATMA stash containing the proceeds from 100 hardcore Hell Mephisto runs, to be completed by my sorceress, who wears about 400% MF. So the prize could be great, or it could be lots of breast plates. You’ll have to win to find out!

    5. To enter, add your name and character class to the sign-up table below. Remember, no starting until noon on Friday, July 1. You may change your character class up to the starting moment of the tournament; after that, no changes to your character class may be made.

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    Name             Build           Level   Act/Diff.  Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk         TBD
    
     
  2. Hiedran

    Hiedran IncGamers Member

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    I realize it's probably pointless, but the Charsi quest must be used before leaving Act I.

    I'm tentatively thinking about a paladin for the tourney. I just need a snazzy name first. Main skill: HF of course! Why not share the blues?

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    Blueskunk         TBD
    Bluedgeon         HF Paladin     1       A1/Norm    Hiedran            0
    
    edit: Added name. Bluedgeon because they'll be blue as I bludgeon them to death! Horrible puns! :lol:
     
  3. farting bob

    farting bob Banned

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    Sounds like fun! Think Pallys have a serious advantages with the current skills allowed, so i'll make 1. :) I'm thinking an avenger would be fun, but i might go for a pure holy shocker if i feel like it.
    Oh, and dr00ds have many standard skill setups still available, so you might get a mix of druids and pallys, along with the odd crazy enchantress.
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    Name             Build           Level   Act/Diff.  Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk         TBD
    Bluedgeon         HF Paladin     1       A1/Norm    Hiedran            0
    Bluetit           Avenger        99      A1/Norm    the farting one    0
    
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    EDIT: added table in right.
     
  4. GrandmasAreYummy

    GrandmasAreYummy IncGamers Member

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    Blueskunk         TBD
    Bluedgeon         HF Paladin     1       A1/Norm    Hiedran            0
    GrandmaMcgee  Enchantress   1       A1/Norm   Gr.Ar.Yu            0
    
    Never played an Enchantress before, never gotten past A2 Norm with a HC character, so I figured why not play one for an act or so?

    Can someone please fix mine to make it look not so retarded? Thanks
     
  5. Kool69

    Kool69 IncGamers Member

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    MojoManiac    PDMancer    1         1/Norm   Kool69                0
    
    Sounds like a solid and awesome tourney, and the starting date will give me enough time to find my other d2 cds =D Oh and did you know ultramarine was a synonym for blue? I didn't x_x
     
  6. PinkeyandtheBrain

    PinkeyandtheBrain Banned

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    Blueskunk         TBD
    Bluedgeon         HF Paladin     1       A1/Norm    Hiedran            0
    Bluetit           Avenger        99      A1/Norm    the farting one    0
    BueuBlade     not sure          1        A1/norm     PatB                 0
    
    Im not sure about the build im thinking holy freeze pally or a shifta wolf one of those two
     
  7. Thadar

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    Name         	Build       	Level   Act/Diff.  	Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk	TBD
    Bluedgeon	HF Paladin     	1       A1/Norm    	Hiedran            0
    Bluetit		Avenger        	99     	A1/Norm    	the farting one    0
    BueuBlade	not sure        1       A1/norm     	PatB               0
    GrandmaMcgee  	Enchantress   	1       A1/Norm   	Gr.Ar.Yu           0
    MojoManiac	PDMancer      	1       A1/Norm   	Kool69             0 (Assuming First Level No Points Lost)
    Thadar		TBD             1       A1/Norm   	Thadar             0
    
    There, we will see if that works. I added Mojo and GAY to the list. I will post with my build soon. Sounds like a blast! =)

    Thadar
     
  8. Johney

    Johney IncGamers Member

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    I'm in on this tourny but i want to think over my build while i mow the lawn.
     
  9. Uzziah

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    What's with the level 99 FB?
     
  10. dune6836

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    Name         	Build       	Level   Act/Diff.  	Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk	TBD
    Bluedgeon	HF Paladin     	1       A1/Norm    	Hiedran            0
    Bluetit		Avenger        	99     	A1/Norm    	the farting one    0
    BueuBlade	not sure        1       A1/norm     	PatB               0
    GrandmaMcgee  	Enchantress   	1       A1/Norm   	Gr.Ar.Yu           0
    MojoManiac	PDMancer      	1       A1/Norm   	Kool69             0 (Assuming First Level No Points Lost)
    Thadar		TBD             1       A1/Norm   	Thadar             0
    Blue_Movie      Frenzy axe barb 1       A1/norm         Dune6836           0
    
    ok i'm in too. my first tourny:)
     
  11. PinkeyandtheBrain

    PinkeyandtheBrain Banned

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    oh fb started a lvl 99 char...you know from one of those hackpack things
    EDIT: Thats why his hame is fibbing bob
     
  12. farting bob

    farting bob Banned

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    I used TUB's strategy for getting lvl 99's fast. :thumbsup:
    That, or it was a typo. *looks at where number 1 and 9 are on keyboard.* Damn.
    EDIT: at least i'm pwning you all now with -98 points.
     
  13. PinkeyandtheBrain

    PinkeyandtheBrain Banned

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    pwnd fb ....
     
  14. Hiedran

    Hiedran IncGamers Member

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    Maybe fb meant to put Level 00, since the char hasn't been created yet.
     
  15. azn_apocalypse

    azn_apocalypse IncGamers Member

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    I am so in.

    I don't know how to add my name to the table, though, so could someone please do it for me (or tell me how do it myself)?

    I will be playing a Werebear. Not sure exactly what skills I will use, but they will all be melee, of course. EDIT: The character's name shall be AllBlues.
     
  16. Kool69

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    Code:
    Name             Build           Level   Act/Diff.  Forum Name         Pts
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    ?                Werebear        1       1/Norm     azn_apocalyspe    0
    
    To make the code thing just type this

    *code*
    Name Build Level Act/Diff. Forum Name Pts
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

    */code*

    except add [] where *'s are =D
     
  17. Johney

    Johney IncGamers Member

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    Name         	Build       	Level   Act/Diff.  	Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk	TBD
    Bluedgeon	HF Paladin     	1       A1/Norm    	Hiedran            0
    Bluetit		Avenger        	99     	A1/Norm    	the farting one    0
    BueuBlade	not sure        1       A1/norm     	PatB               0
    GrandmaMcgee  	Enchantress   	1       A1/Norm   	Gr.Ar.Yu           0
    MojoManiac	PDMancer      	1       A1/Norm   	Kool69             0 (Assuming First Level No Points Lost)
    Thadar		TBD             1       A1/Norm   	Thadar             0
    Blue_Movie      Frenzy axe barb 1       A1/norm         Dune6836           0
    BillTheBlue     Conc/WW         1       A1/Norm        Johney          0
    

    I'm in.
     
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    Rules question. Although the rules are extremely clear, I'd like to ask in case it wasn't considered. Are there any allowances being made for those OK's and their IM curses? That area could get tedious for a melee only build with no safe alternate skill.
     
  19. azn_apocalypse

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    Name         	Build       	Level   Act/Diff.  	Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk	TBD
    Bluedgeon	HF Paladin     	1       A1/Norm    	Hiedran            0
    Bluetit		Avenger        	99     	A1/Norm    	the farting one    0
    BueuBlade	not sure        1       A1/norm     	PatB               0
    GrandmaMcgee  	Enchantress   	1       A1/Norm   	Gr.Ar.Yu           0
    MojoManiac	PDMancer      	1       A1/Norm   	Kool69             0 (Assuming First Level No Points Lost)
    Thadar		TBD             1       A1/Norm   	Thadar             0
    Blue_Movie      Frenzy axe barb 1       A1/norm         Dune6836           0
    BillTheBlue     Conc/WW         1       A1/Norm          Johney              0
    All_Blues       Werebear       1       A1/Norm        azn_apocalypse     0
    
    
    I added my name. I couldn't get the columns to all line up, so could someone fix it?
     
  20. Kool69

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    Name         	Build       	Level   Act/Diff.  	Forum Name         Pts
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    Blueskunk	TBD
    Bluedgeon	HF Paladin     	1       A1/Norm    	Hiedran            0
    Bluetit		Avenger        	99     	A1/Norm    	the farting one    -98
    BueuBlade	not sure        1       A1/norm     	PatB               0
    GrandmaMcgee  	Enchantress   	1       A1/Norm   	Gr.Ar.Yu           0
    MojoTrooper	HybridMojoMancer1       A1/Norm   	Kool69             0 
    Thadar		TBD             1       A1/Norm   	Thadar             0
    Blue_Movie      Frenzy axe barb 1       A1/norm         Dune6836           0
    BillTheBlue     Conc/WW         1       A1/Norm         Johney             0
    All_Blues       Werebear        1       A1/Norm         azn_apocalyspe     0
    
    Updated List
    Corrected mine and added azn

    Edit: added azn's name
     

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