Avoiding merc death Hi all, my pretty unusual build has entered Act5 and the 80 lvl region and I am having some trouble keeping my mercy alive :badteeth: Yesterday was an extremely lucky day and got me an Ist and a Mal rune, which about tenfolds the value on all my characters in one single day, haha This opened up some possibilities to keep my mercy alive some more, although nothing fancy yet. What would be the way to go for me? My build is a support necro: Clay Golem for tanking purposes and the rest is all Amp and CE. all the curses and bone armor plus synergies are there to keep me alive and control crowds for my merc. (I still have about 25 unused skill points by the way ) I have abandoned this character for some time, since I found out that on normal and nightmare people are playing a lot of pubbies, but in hell all I can find are trading games. I recently went back to it because I wanted it to make it through hell and hopefully find some games in the future where I can help some melee-chars out when it comes to dealing damage Been playing 8players solo for all of hell. My NM Act 2 merc is equipped with a rare wire fleece (about 900 def), an insight war scythe (have an insight colossus voulge, but he can't wear it yet :badteeth and Guillaume's Face. And he dies... rather quickly... As soon as 1 creature dies it is game over for pretty much all monsters on screen, but well... they don't always die quickly enough... I have been trying to get Andy's Visage to be able to equip the CV Insight for some time, but the Crushing Blow would be sorely missed against bosses... Now with my recent luck I was kind of looking into some of the more powerful runewords and Chains Of Honor (+20 str) seems a pretty good solution for my problems, although it will require another HR. Finally my questions: - Is this merc actually the right one for this character? The Might is not that great since he is alone and the lack of strength is holding him back big time... Are fo rinstance Act5 mercs better as monster killers? - Which runewords should I aim for on the merc? Fortitude seems nice, but I need the strength of Chains of Honor. OR another merc altogether... - Should I ditch the Insight CV and invest in an eth Insight CV? Or perhaps an Insight CA? Any ideas??? Thanx in advance (also for your patience if you made it til the end of the text )!