Cold Assassin I'm building a Cold Assassin mostly because I like the effect and I like that cold slow things down... and I like that I've not seen others play them. I've done the standard traps and DTalon already. But... this is new territory for me still and playing untwinked in HC, I'm looking for some suggestions and ideas on things. I do PvM only. (And only HC.) So far I've been maxing out Blades of Ice (is that the name?) and Phoenix Strike (because it will help with cold immunes and is a synergy of the main cold charge up. Here are my questions... many are very noobish I warn you in advance... Even though I played some assassins, I never mastered them. 1) Finishing skill. Double Claw seems fun because it doubles the damage of the attack (one per claw) - but it also will preclude a shield which means I will definitely be needing to use fade and not BoS. D Talon is interesting because I can use a shield - but wold it be applying the cold to all the kicks? In that case it would be even better than Double claw because I could get far beyond 2 .... or does it just apply to the first kick? Other suggestions? The DTail? If I go with a kick vs. a claw finish - do I need to worry about boots and such more or am I really just using it as a trigger for the charge up? 2) If I do go double claw... is there any advantage to fighting with two claws? Do I get to hit more often? 3) Since I'm stuck whacking things for the charge-up - what could I do to greatly increase my normally hit damage and likelihood to connect? 4) Master vs. Warrior. I have heard everything from they are the most powerful minion in the game to don't bother with them.... It seems like master is the common choice, but it also seems like being able to have your minino follow your path is also an interesting option.... I've read both that the Warriors do gain resists and also that the Master's resists are far superior and is not affected by nightmare/hell penalties. Are the Warrior's? 5) Venom - since I'm whacking things, should I be putting points into this? Thank you!