Avenger Trouble Ahoy, A friend of mine has a well-built and largely twinked Avenger at the Flayer Jungle waypoint, Hell difficulty. Next quest is Khalim's Brain (or whatever appropriate organ). I think he's level 78. Here's what I can remember of his stats and skills: Str: ~155 Dex: Enough for max block with Holy Shield (~120ish?) Vit: Plenty. Probably ~150ish, maybe more. Ene: ~30: he was getting annoyed at the beginning of the game. Life: ~700, but thats my conservative estimate. Its probably closer to 900. Mana: 150ish. Skills: 20 Vengeance, 20 Conviction, 10 Holy Shield, 10 in each resistance, prerequisites. (This is all approximate.) Kit: Baranar's Star, Tiamat's Rebuke, Griswold's Heart, Infernostride, Gravepalm, I forget the rest. The character is struggling. The reason is: Lucian (that's the Pally's name) starts attacking monster X. Monster X's friends all start coming over, and attacking. Now, Lucian could kill the monsters, if he could land a hit, but he keeps getting interrupted by the block animation. So Lucian slowly gets worn down, as monsters occasionally slip past his defense and blocking. So how do we get around this problem? I have the following ideas. Please comment and/or add more. 1. Get more IAS. I know its tricky, but its still possible. The gloves can be beat, as can the belt, and probably the helm. Maybe socket then Shael Baranar's, if it'd help. 2. Put a point in Conversion. That'll take off some of the brunt, but still involves getting into the fray a bit. (To land the hits.) 3. Less likely, switch to an HF merc, rather than the defiance moron that he has now. Slow those buggers down. 4. Twink on an item that has a charges of a summonable. 5. Now that I think about it, maybe even get a cold mage from Act III. 6. Start using Zeal more, although the damage will be very low. (One could add CB to boost this, but then you're starting to become a Zealot anyway. We want to keep him using Vengeance mainly.) 7. Switch to Guradian Angel to get a faster block rate. Maybe even change the shield. All of this represents my brainstorming. With more thought, some of these ideas can go away, and more can pop-up in their place. Either way, please post any other ideas*, and or commentary on these. It'd be a shame for Lucian not to make it to the Patriarch: he is a well-built character. Thanks, 30-30 *As people like me often have to point out, equipping Exile or Chains of Honour doesn't qualify. My highest rune is a Vex, his is a Lem. Also, the item base is pretty good, but I haven't picked up a Tyrael's might just yet, if you know what I mean.