Back to playing again - did I do this right? or You paid what for that helm? Taking a break from playing online poker and D2 got me hooked again. I play a bowazon almost exclusively and I think she's pretty good, with good gear. My problem is choosing which gear to wear. I was playing around and decided to pull out my old socketed (15 IAS) Mav's helm. This allowed me to get down to 7/2 with my Faith. I think so anyway. I was in a trading area and someone was showing off their gear. I saw a 3 socket helm with +69 life on it. I knew I must have one of these. I've tried for a couple of days to find one with life, dex, or frw. Well I finally found one tonight. 1) Did I overpay? I traded a hi rune for it. I got the high rune by trading an extra pair of gores for an OHM. My this ladder has an inflationary economy. When I last played gores were a pul going to a lem for value. The helm had no sockets. He refused both a pul and an um. I used my only high rune just wanting to get one. The helm is also a circlet with no sockets. Not even a Tiara or Diadem. 2) How do I get this sucker to have 3 sockets? I believe its so low level that even Lazaruk would only give it to sockets. I looked at cube recipe to up a normal magic item. Ral+Thul+Perf Amethyst to upgrade from normal to Exceptional. That seems reasonable. I'm not concerned about defense, I play bowazon style don't hit me. But I want to make sure Lazaruk will give this helm three sockets. Now if I have to upgrade again that is freaking expensive. KO + Pul + Perf Amethyst. I'm mostly concerned about how this would work. Do I need to go all the way to make sure this has 3 sockets. Any comments appreciated. If I can figure out how to get this thing to work then I need to figure out what to put in the helm. Obviously 3 IAS with mods. I'm trying to figure that out now. Thank you for your help.