Aura - Untwinked 99 Hammerdin

Neksja

Diabloii.Net Member
Meet Patriarch Aura, untwinked 99 Hammerdin, the 7th character in the Hall of Fame in @Kitteh's re-launch of the The Untwinked Level 99 -tournament!




We saw beginning of Aura's Journey back in October 2016, when he joined the Untwinked 99er tournament. That tournament brought me back from a several year break, however, I started off the tournament with Turirao, a fury Druid instead. It took about a month for me to realize that I needed a caster type character to be my first serious attempt at lvl99, walking melee-character would take ages and ages in comparison. Original plan was to play both Aura and Turirao side-by-side, but Aura quickly took over essentially full time and I was running like crazy, or at least it seemed like it.

The reason I went with Hammerdin over a sorceress was two-fold. First of all, I wanted a character that would strong overall, in as many areas of the game as possible, so he could be used in whatever tournament, challenge or crazy idea SPF sparked my interest. Sorceress and Hammerdin became my two options, but I figured that it would be easier to create a Hammerdin, as I would not have to go through respeccing, farming for Essences/Tokens if I wanted to change focus/target with my runner. Second reason was that no one in the tournament was running a Paladin, so I wanted to try and become the first untwinked Paladin 99er in SPF, which according to @PhineasB, I managed to accomplish in the end!

Aura was started on the 5th October 2016 and he reached Hell LK only 5 days later and immediately scored his first HR, Sur. I was on a beginning of a grind to get Aura enough runes to create Enigma and in the end, Enigma was built about a month later, 12th November 2016. This also marked the day he moved to doing Chaos Sanctuary runs, nearly all the time was spent there outside of various MF/RF tournaments during his career.

CS/Diablo runner was my plan for Aura from the beginning and it never truly crossed my mind to change that plan to Auradin, Telesmiter, or anything like that. Diablo, Diablo, Diablo. While I did some testing for Nihlathak runs, the drops, safety and only slightly less XP/hour were the reason I didn't do more than about 10 hours of Nihlathak runs at lvl98. However, Hammerdin is surprisingly okay Nihlathak runner. Max block, high health, stacked resists will help a lot and keep you quite safe, as long as you don't move by other means than teleporting. And leave your Merc in town! The main issue with Nihl runs with Hammerdin is actually killing Nihl, aiming hammers is an art in itself, but unlike with Sorcs, TrapSins, or Javazons, you'll pretty much have to telebomb Nihl to make sure you hit him with your hammers. And that's when Nihl starts teleporting and it becomes a wild goose chase, which decreases your efficiency quite a bit. But if anyone is planning on running Nihl with Hammerdin, it is definitely doable, but don't expect highly efficient XP/hour results like with other characters.

The Break. Yeah, that happened. ~15 months off from Diablo 2 completely when Aura was at 98.50, kinda took a full blown break from SPF too. Sorry for the disappearance. I've mentioned elsewhere, but that all occurred when things at my then current job got a bit bad. I was an only analyst with one supervisor, who decided to leave the company, while I took over all responsibility, workload yet did not get any more money or even a title promotion for it. So, I began a job hunt, got a new job in 2 months, where I was thrown in a challenging team, so I had to pick up on loads of skills/software etc on my own time so Diablo 2 was left behind. I am at that job now, I've moved up on the corporate ladder step by step and doing a better, higher paying role so things are better, though still not ideal as I am desiring to go back to research/academia, but that'll be the next chapter in my life. Now I am engaged, planning on a wedding, family, so life is back in a better place and I could pick up Aura again and more characters afterwards!

Last push. I am not going to lie, I wanted to push extra hard as I wanted to close the chapter on Aura and say that I have a 99 character in Single Player, who on top of that was an untwinked character. In the end, the final half of the last level took me 24 days to complete. I know originally @zticazzy pushed through the whole 98-99 level in a similar time frame, which is mental btw, but now that I think of my pace, it was a bit crazy too. However, that pace actually convinced me that I can do this with other characters too, but also that I can slow down and take my time with the next character :) But this last push after MFO warmup tournament, was purely about XP. I left so many items on the ground, that very few drops even sparked me to react "hey, that might be worth looking at". Runes became "meh", Sets/Uniques, even useful ones, where all "plah" unless they were grailers, which ended up being quite exciting though! So a lot of things on the ground were just colorful pixels on the blurry way to reach 99.

So, let's talk about drops. I feel like Aura was a fairly lucky character overall. Not the luckiest, but not the worst either. But let's talk about Holy Grail first.

The Holy Grail, 504 items of Green and Gold, so common yet so elusive. Aura finished with 481 Sets and Uniques from the Grail, so less than 5% away from completing it. Like most other runners, Exceptional Uniques was the only "category" fully completed, with Jewelry/Facets. In hindsight, if Aura would have ran a little bit more Cows, he could have completed Expansion sets, as he was missing 2 Cow items, found everything else. And, do I even need to mention that cursed Arcanna's Amulet, ruining finishing the Normal Sets! That Amulet will haunt me for a long, long time.

But because people like to see/read some finds, I've included the top5 finds in my opinion through the Journey, from Sets/Uniques:

Code:
Death's Web
Unearthed Wand
One Hand Damage: 22 - 28
Durability: 17 of 18
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0xc496a134
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
-49% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+11 to Mana after each Kill
+11 Life after each Kill 

Astreon's Iron Ward
Caduceus
One Hand Damage: 127 - 148
Durability: 47 of 70
Required Level: 60
Required Strength: 97
Required Dexterity: 70
Fingerprint: 0xfed72ac2
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
+10% Increased Attack Speed
245% Enhanced Damage
Damage +53
196% Bonus to Attack Rating
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 80 - 240 Magic Damage
33% Chance of Crushing Blow
Slows Target by 25%
Damage Reduced by 5 

The Cranium Basher
Thunder Maul
Two Hand Damage: 127 - 605
Durability: 54 of 60
Required Level: 87
Required Strength: 253
Fingerprint: 0x1b6a1b16
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
4% Chance to cast level 1 Amplify Damage on striking
Indestructible
+20% Increased Attack Speed
225% Enhanced Damage
Adds 20 - 20 Damage
+150% Damage to Undead
75% Chance of Crushing Blow
+25 to Strength
All Resistances +25 

Templar's Might
Sacred Armor
Defense: 1893
Durability: 55 of 60
Required Level: 74
Required Strength: 232
Fingerprint: 0xed449e1d
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Offensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+215% Enhanced Defense
+267 Defense vs. Missile
+12 to Strength
+11 to Vitality
+45 Maximum Stamina 

Ormus' Robes
Dusk Shroud
Defense: 459
Durability: 17 of 20
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 77
Fingerprint: 0x61d9f239
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+15% to Cold Skill Damage
+15% to Lightning Skill Damage
+12% to Fire Skill Damage
+3 to Blizzard (Sorceress Only)
+16 Defense
Regenerate Mana 10%

When you put your Top5 like that, it's not all that impressive, is it? That Death's Web is really good though, not too shabby with the Astreon's either, but after that it's a bit of scrambling. No CoA, Griffon's, Tyrael's :p and so on. But in the end it didn't matter too much, since they didn't make Aura any better or worse and I've barely played any twinked characters since starting with Aura, not sure I'll do that again to be honest. Maybe with all the runes I've gotten?

Runes, runes, runes! I'd say I picked up and stashed 99% of the runes dropped in Aura's career. Yes, Els and Eths and so forth. All of them. I can remember 4 cases where I had to leave a low rune like Tir on the ground because I didn't have room in my inventory and I'd guess with Blessed Hammer AoE damage, I've missed some runes that dropped off screen. So 99% is a good estimate. Here's what I ended up with in my stashes:

Code:
151    El Rune
107    Eld Rune
382    Tir Rune
241    Nef Rune
485    Eth Rune
340    Ith Rune
706    Tal Rune
505    Ral Rune
659    Ort Rune
495    Thul Rune
492    Amn Rune
349    Sol Rune
361    Shael Rune
224    Dol Rune
178    Hel Rune
125    Io Rune
95     Lum Rune
44     Ko Rune
46     Fal Rune
46     Lem Rune
26     Pul Rune
22     Um Rune
18     Mal Rune
12     Ist Rune
5      Gul Rune
3      Vex Rune
7      Ohm Rune
3      Lo Rune
5      Sur Rune
3      Ber Rune
3      Jah Rune
2      Cham Rune
0      Zod Rune
On top of those runes, Aura has made quite a few runewords involving high runes. I've made an Enigma, Infinity, 3 rolls of HOTO, 4 rolls of CTA, 2 Fortitudes and who knows how many rolls of Spirit/Insight in attempt to get better rolls. So all in all, plenty of runes I think! But no Zod, which was a bit of a bummer, would have been nice to complete dropped rune grail, but oh well. Maybe the next one will find Zod.

Before I give an overview of Aura's gear and skills, one last bit of drops. Skiller GCs. Aura was not the luckiest when it came to useful GCs for him, but he found decent skillers for others. I've kept all the skillers along the way too, here's the split, note "plain" includes useless mods like +1 dexterity or similar:

Code:
Amazon Passive 3 (3 Plain)
Amazon Bow 7 (7 Plain)
Amazon Javelin 2 (1 Plain, +7 life)

Assassin Trap 1 (1 Plain)
Assassin Shadow 2 (2 Plain)
Assassin Martial Art 3 (3 Plain)

Barbarian Combat 7 (6 Plain, +12 life)
Barbarian Masteries 4 (1 Plain, 1 FHR, +23 life, +14 life)
Barbarian War Cry 3 (3 Plain)

Druid Elemental 11 (9 Plain, +37 life, +31 life)
Druid Shape-Shift 5 (5 Plain)
Druid Summoning 7 (6 Plain, +7 life)

Necromancer Poison 5 (4 Plain, +32 life)
Necromancer Summoning 1 (1 Plain)
Necromancer Curses 5 (2 Plain, 1 FHR, +26 life, +22 life)

Paladin Offensive 3 (2 Plain, +40 life)
Paladin Combat 6 (6 Plain)
Paladin Defensive 6 (6 Plain)

Sorceress Fire 8 (7 Plain, 1 FRW)
Sorceress Cold 3 (1 FHR, +39 life, +31 life)
Sorceress Lightning 7 (4 Plain, 1 FRW, 1 FHR, +23 life)

Right, so Aura's Gear and Skills. He is a very standard Hammerdin I'd say, nothing too extra-ordinary. Gear first:

Helm: Harlequin Crest 'Ptopaz'
Amulet: [email protected] Mara's
Weapon: [email protected] HOTO in Flail
Shield: 35FCR Spirit in [email protected] Sacred Rondache
Armor: Enigma in Light Plate
Gloves: Trang-Oul's
Belt: Arachnid's
Boots: Waterwalk
Ring 1: FCR + Res rare ring
Ring 2 BK Ring

Switch: 6BO CTA in Crystal Sword and Spirit Shield

Harlequin Crest
Shako
Defense: 129
Durability: 10 of 12
Required Level: 62
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x166f7682
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +2
+148 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+148 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Damage Reduced by 10%
74% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Perfect Topaz

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xc7520585
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +30

Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0x2e0882cd
Item Level: 36
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +40
Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ko Rune
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Pul Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune

Spirit
Sacred Rondache
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 155
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 66 of 68
Required Level: 52
Required Strength: 109
Fingerprint: 0xf2019229
Item Level: 79
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+35% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+108 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
All Resistances +42
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+3 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune

Enigma
Light Plate
JahIthBer
Defense: 877
Durability: 57 of 60
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 41
Fingerprint: 0x7e34c234
Item Level: 64
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+45% Faster Run/Walk
+1 to Teleport
+771 Defense
+74 to Strength (Based on Character Level)
Increase Maximum Life 5%
Damage Reduced by 8%
+14 Life after each Kill
15% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
99% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (Based on Character Level)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Ith Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune

Trang-Oul's Claws
Heavy Bracers
Defense: 74
Durability: 13 of 16
Required Level: 45
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x66ced2a9
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+25% to Poison Skill Damage
+30 Defense
Cold Resist +30%

Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 137
Durability: 10 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0x3c781421
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+119% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)

Waterwalk
Sharkskin Boots
Defense: 122
Durability: 14 of 14
Required Level: 32
Required Strength: 47
Fingerprint: 0x9ec7a50
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Faster Run/Walk
+206% Enhanced Defense
+100 Defense vs. Missile
+15 to Dexterity
+65 to Life
+40 Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 50%
+5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Viper Touch
Ring
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xebe5839d
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 50 Poison Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
Replenish Life +5
All Resistances +5
Lightning Resist +30%
Fire Resist +27%

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xfc6badfd
Item Level: 71
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
5% Life stolen per hit
+49 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Call to Arms
Crystal Sword
AmnRalMalIstOhm
One Hand Damage: 17 - 53
Durability: 20 of 20
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 43
Fingerprint: 0x58fdb46c
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
257% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+6 to Battle Command
+6 to Battle Orders
+2 to Battle Cry
Replenish Life +12
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
5 Sockets (5 used)
Socketed: Amn Rune
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Ohm Rune

Spirit
Akaran Rondache
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 137
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Level: 30
Required Strength: 59
Fingerprint: 0x3caf2f03
Item Level: 71
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+29% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+106 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
All Resistances +37
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+3 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune

Charms:
Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0xa3e2d1f4
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
112% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
39% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Captain's Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x627b45a
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Offensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
+40 to Life

Lion Branded Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x9320af2
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)

Lion Branded Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x29cb9aac
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)

Lion Branded Grand Charm of Dexterity
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x4cee31b5
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
+4 to Dexterity

Lion Branded Grand Charm of Dexterity
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xfef71ef2
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
+4 to Dexterity

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xc402f7e1
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+13 to Mana

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xe7f0a13d
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +10%

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x4f4e4384
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +11%

Snake's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x28c47ef4
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+11 to Mana

Ruby Small Charm of Sustenance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xfc0eebdc
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+12 to Life
Fire Resist +10%

Crimson Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xff7446f
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
Fire Resist +3%

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xefd11cfb
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+17 to Mana

Russet Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x7184516b
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+16 to Life
Fire Resist +7%

Ruby Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0xdd8b626
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +10%

Mercenary was Holy Freeze Act 2 Merc ever since acquired him, used him for extra safety, didn't need killing speed from Merc as I don't encounter any immunes. He was geared with Eth Andariel's Face, Eth Fortitude and Insight in Eth CA:

Insight
Cryptic Axe
RalTirTalSol
Two Hand Damage: 183 - 801
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 155
Required Dexterity: 93
Fingerprint: 0xe285071c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 17 Meditation Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Cast Rate
256% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
232% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
+5 to Critical Strike
All Stats +5
+2 to Mana after each Kill
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune

Fortitude
Archon Plate
ElSolDolLo
Defense: 3447
Durability: 31 of 31
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 93
Fingerprint: 0x1fba759b
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
+25% Faster Cast Rate
300% Enhanced Damage
+200% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
+148 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Replenish Life +7
+5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
All Resistances +28
Damage Reduced by 7
12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
+1 to Light Radius
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: El Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Lo Rune

Andariel's Visage
Demonhead
Defense: 549
Durability: 11 of 11
Required Level: 83
Required Strength: 92
Fingerprint: 0xa34b8399
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
+2 to All Skills
+35% Increased Attack Speed
8% Life stolen per hit
+137% Enhanced Defense
+29 to Strength
+10% to Maximum Poison Resist
Fire Resist -11%
Poison Resist +70%
Level 3 Venom (4/20 Charges)
Ethereal
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Ruby Jewel of Fervor


Skills were as following:

Code:
20 Blessed Hammer
20 Concentration
20 Blessed Aim
20 Vigor
11 Holy Shield
10 Resist Fire
1 in Pre-reqs

So, fully knowing that Aura would spend an eternity in CS runs, I wanted to up my Fire Resists. The usual solution for Hammerdins is double/triple upped Hotspur to get that Fire Res max to 90%. I went slightly different. I decided that I'd use Waterwalk's for an extra 5% and then put 10 points in Resist Fire for another 5% to get my Fire Res Max to 85%. To me this was enough as Fire damage was really a threat only when Infector spawned with Conviction, at which point the Max amount didn't matter too much. So I opted for Waterwalk's for more +life and Dex for Max Block. I did not max Holy Shield as it would not have increased +block any way and the change in Def would not have made that big of a difference.


Gameplay, I don't think I need to explain how to play Hammerdins, pretty standard stuff. Though, I did record last 5 of Aura's runs, just to have a record of that final ding, so here you go. Just note that it's a bit slower than my usual running as my screen capture set up lags quite a bit so I was taking it quite safe. And yes, I missed an XP Shrine, but it was on purpose to get that last Ding when killing Diablo.


To finish off already quite long post, I thought I'd put together a list of posts from the Untwinked thread, if anyone wants to read through some more notable posts from Aura.

Aura's career through Untwinked 99er -tournament posts:

Thanks for reading if you made it this far! I'm sure I've missed loads of things so fire any questions if you have them! Few thanks that I'd like to say:


-SPF. Obviously. The Greatest community to exist online.
- @Kitteh for hosting such an amazing and historic tournament.
-All the runners in the 99 tournament, that I've discussed and theory crafted over Aura's career, you've also provided much needed motivation to keep running. Notably, I'd like to say thanks to @T72on1 @Pb_pal @NanoMist @PhineasB
-Any others, please don't take offense if I've not mentioned you, this thread is at least year too late due to me taking a break from the game and I'm not getting any younger, so apologies in advance for missing out on you.
- @maxicek and @Thyiad for running the SPF. Good community needs good mods. Thanks a lot for your work. And thanks to all the former mods who still might be lurking.


Until we meet again, possibly with Aurora the Sorceress :)

N
 

ffs

Diabloii.Net Member
I'll say it again here, great job and major congrats, getting down the first untwinked 99er Paladin! Was very fun seeing you race to the end there, coming back to run in the MF/RF tourney and then never looking back it seemed. :) Very nice character, and those are some sweet drops.
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Very well done @Neksja and I very much liked the write up -- thorough and told the story of Aura's journey well. Glad you got things sorted and were able to return and finish him! Based on the luck for Phaedrus so far, I'd say Aura's drop luck was on the high-end good side of things, especially for the runes.
 

RIP

Diabloii.Net Member
Huge congratulations once again, hopefully i can join this elite club one day too :)

GL with next character, enjoy it as much as You can ;)
 

Pavel

Diabloii.Net Member
I've had similar experience in my job, seems it's not incommon these days. Always good to hear things have worked out for someone else also.

Congrats on your fine 99er, thanks for sharing and for a great write-up. I enjoyed reading.
 

NanoMist

Diabloii.Net Member
Major congrats!! It was great to see Aura's quick rise through the rankings in the beginning, and it was even better when he returned to finish the climb to 99. The item and rune haul is staggering.
 

Yng

Diabloii.Net Member
Grats! Really nice effort at the end there and very nice drops overall. A 2 HR combo drop was something I hadn’t seen before anywhere. GL with your next project.
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Tremendously well done, both on the 99er and on the terrific write-up. Looking forward to what you'll accomplish with Aurora.

You picked up every single rune? Crazy stuff.

O yes, didn't notice the dual HR drop. Epic.
 

darkstarhub

Diabloii.Net Member
Gratz @Neksja Awesome job, awesome write up, and my god one of the best FCR rings I’ve ever seen.

Also congratulations on the better (and most likely less stressful) job, and on the engagement. Hopefully you’ve picked a mate that is cool with gaming!!!
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Congratulations, a very impressive feat. Nice drops too, I do like a bit of Hammerdin in the CS.

So what is next? Hopefully not another 15 months off?
 

Neksja

Diabloii.Net Member
@T72on1 Yes, I picked up every rune. Decided that from the beginning, just to see the haul. I gotta admit that when you see that Eth drop at lvl98.8 and you have several hundred already stashed away, I was questioning my sanity. But I look at the bright side now. I've done it, picked up all the runes dropped (give me a break with the few). If anyone here ever asks the question "How many runes you should expect to see from lvl1 to 99?", we at least have a starting point. Maybe someone will be crazy enough to repeat mine and we can start comparing results :p

@maxicek hopefully not another break! Definitely want another 99er, will probably be a Sorceress next. But I have not forgotten my Fury Druid either, I got as far as lvl96 with a twinked Fury Druid back in the day and it is unacceptable if I can't beat that with my untwinked one. I'm not ruling out twinked characters in the future but right now, they don't seem like fun/challenging.
 

Disposition

Diabloii.Net Member
Very nice man, well done for sure. :) Congrats! Curious, what did you use to transfer all the runes ect over and are you playing 1.13c or 1.14? :)
 

Grape

Diabloii.Net Member
Big grats on finishing this! I was very glad to see you did come back to this, would've bee too bad to see one 98,x hanging there and never finishing.

As a fellow CS Hammerdin 99er I dig this a lot, I've fond memories of mine, and it seems you enjoyed yours also. Getting all those good drops is just icing on the cake. Nice job doing the whole thing untwinked :)
 
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