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ClawsOfFury - Level 99 SP Assassin (1.09)

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  1. Icebird

    Icebird IncGamers Member

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    ClawsOfFury - Level 99 SP Assassin (1.09)

    About a year ago, ClawsOfFury became my very first character to beat Hell Baal. This morning she finally reached level 99 (my second character to do so), joining a very small group of other level 99 single player assassins (only 3 or 4 that I'm aware of). Claws is one of the characters I'm most proud, since she is probably my one unique original build. She proved adept at almost all areas of the game, since at one time or another I levelled her up almost everywhere: the zombie garden, Ancient's Way, Hell Baal runs, and multiplayer cow games. When I was feeling reckless I even did Nihlathak runs with her. Fittingly enough she reached level 99 in a players64 cow game with D2Addict, Jbbto, Ryondaahl, Flying_Dugong, Joutaja and Solanaceae. Northstarzon probably would have been there too except for CD trouble.

    ClawsOfFury likes:
    - large tighly clustered packs
    - static field
    - characters that curse monsters with amp damage
    - Oak Sage and Battle Orders

    ClawsOfFury dislikes;
    - PI Monsters. She could kill them with the meteors from Phoenix Strike (albeit slowly), but she generally parked PI FE or PI FI monsters.
    - Shattered corpses that couldnn't be blown up.

    Notable items she found on her way to 99
    - Schaeffer's Hammer Legendary Mallet
    - Arkaine's Valor Balrog Skin
    - 40% ED / 15% IAS jewel

    And now, on with the build.

    ClawsOfFury - Level 99 "Blade Bomber" Assassin

    Skills:

    Phoenix Strike 20 (28)
    Claw Mastery 20 (24)
    Death Sentry 20 (24)

    Claws of Thunder 10 (18)
    Tiger Strike 7 (15)


    Burst of Speed 6 (10
    Weapon Block 4 (8)
    Dragon Claw 2 (9)

    1 point in all other skills except Venom.

    The points in Claws of Thunder and Tiger Strike were a bit wasted. I sometimes used CoT for PIs but almost never used Tiger Strike.

    Claws generated damage from several different sources. First there was the damage from her claws and from Phoenix Strike. I generally preferred using the first meteor charge. The second charge is tricky to release and the third charge freezes monsters, and ice cubes make poor bombs. Crushing blow was a large part of her build (as you'll see in the equipment) - delivered both by her claws and via Blade Shield. Once the meteors and crushing blow had softened up the pack, I would start laying down Death Sentries. The 1.09 cow runners will attest to how effective Death Sentry can be. It also shone in the zombie garden. The Crushing Blow kept her damage effective, even at ridiculous players settings.

    Equipment:

    Her equipment changed throughout her career, as I accumulated more items, and even at 99 I tended to swap pieces around depending on what I was doing.

    Items she wore constantly:

    Bartuc's Cut Throat Greater Talons x2 (190%, 158%)
    Guilliame's Face Winged Helm
    Goblin Toe Light Plated Boots
    Manald Heal, Ravenfrost
    Laying of Hands or rare gloves with +2 martial arts, 10% IAS, 3% mana leech

    Items she wore while questing:

    Naj's Light Plate Hellforge Plate (socketed with 15% resist all jewel)
    Thundergod's Vigor War Belt
    Saracen's Chance Amulet

    Items she wore while levelling:

    Tal Rasha's Guardianship Lacquered Plate (socketed with Perfect Topaz)
    Tal Rasha's Fine Spun Cloth Mesh Belt
    Tal Rasha's Adjudication Amulet


    Items she wore in cows:

    Shaftstop Mesh Armour
    String of Ears Demonhide Sash
    Tal Rasha's Adjudication (I liked the life and couldn't be bothered swapping it)

    Charms:

    2 Martial Arts skills charms, and just about everything else was resists.

    She was accompanied by Rogue merc Elexa, who at various times was armed with Lightning Hose gear, a Witchwild String for cursing stuff, and finally Dream's Windforce when I was clawing my way to 99.

    Stats:

    Strength 115 (170)
    Dexterity 126 (204)
    Vitality 324 (324)
    Energy 25(25)

    Life: 1355 (in Tal's set gear)

    Resists: 74/37/75/-41 (with LoH and Tal's set items)

    Apart from the odd MP game, ClawsOfFury will probably retire now, since there is absolutely nothing else for her to do in the game. Thanks to all the cow game regulars for making this happen, especially D2Addict for al the games he's hosted, and Ryondaahl for keeping me motivated with his own quest for level 99 characters.

    Chris
     
  2. Augustus

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    Congrats on the major accomplishment!
     
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    Congratulations! :drink:
     
  4. Shade

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    Congratulations! :worship: A mighty accomplishment indeed, at least you've got a lifetime's beef supply now... :) 5 more to go, and you'll have the full set!

    Good luck!
     
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    Congrats, IceBird! A major achievement, so have one on me :buddies:
    I never had much patience with assassins.
     
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    :worship: :worship:

    That is something I call awesome! For me it took ages to get my cheesy burizon to lvl 99 and it has been my only 99 char ever. And your findings...I never found anything like that in 1.09

    Just great accomplishment :clap:
     
  7. Dodgydave

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    Congratulations, thats an amazing achievement. Now how about a 1.10 lvl 99, that's going to be insanely hard!
     
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    Wow. Nice going, Icebird! Congrats, and have one on me. :drink: :buddies:
     
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    Very impressive Icebird :worship:

    One of the tougher accomplishments in the game. It takes WAY more persistence than I have! Have another one on me :drink:
     
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    Congrats Icebird! Very nice accomplishment there.

    One day I'll get around to playing 1.09 again and I'll bring my javazon in for some nice cow clearing games. ;)
     
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    Congrats on the lvl 99! It is something truely worth having a drink over at the EMB! :drink:

    crg
     
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    Congrats! That's an impressive achievement.
     
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    Hi Ice!

    Good to see you here. Alway happy to keep you motivated...

    cheers,

    Ryondaahl
     
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    Congrats on the Mat getting lvl. 99. That really is awesome. I have never seen or been able to make one even in 1.09. :thumbsup:
     
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    Congrats on the second 99 Chris. It was fun being there for some of that time :D
     
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    Props, Chris! As I mentioned in Ryondaahl's level 99 thread, your sig is an inspiration to me, and probably one of the biggest reasons I'm waiting to upgrade to 1.10 (I want to see Level 99 on my screen too!). I think I remember when you posted about Dream making it to level 99, way back in the day, too. I could have been thinking of someone else's 'Zon, though. *shrugs* But I've seen ClawsOfFury on your list at level 98 for some time, now, and I was wondering when this thread was going to pop up! ;) Congrats to you and your Assassin! :clap:

    ~Wolfgang
     
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    99!!! well done Icebird!
     
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    wow, nice job, i remember 1.09 on bnet and how it took so friggin long to get to 99, you have far more persistance than i though, i get bored of my SP chars relatively fast, i sort of miss the interaction of bnet, but i lag alot in tcp/ip games so i cant do MP games very well.
     
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    Ha, a level 99 character who cares thats not that great of an accomplish.....

    ....

    holy crap its an assassain

    *runs away screaming*
     
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    Wolfgang: Yep, you were probably remembering Dream. She reached 99 late last year. Claws only reached 98 two weeks ago, so the last level wasn't as painful as I feared it might be.

    Bradley: The MP games definitely helped make the task more interesting.

    Mr_McGee: :D

    Chris
     

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