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Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

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  1. scrcrw

    scrcrw Diabloii.Net Member

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    Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Welcome to another spawn of the marvelous 1.13. I always wanted a Dreamer and when the Council gave me the opportunity, I immediately got going. About 24h after finding the second Jah, Baal bit the dust for the third time. Stats, skills and gear:

    LCS

    Code:
    Name:       Silliness
    Class:      Paladin
    Experience: 1340362273
    Level:      87
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   106/106
    Dexterity:  159/176
    Vitality:   250/270
    Energy:     no
    HP:         2312 with BO, 1,5k+ without
    Mana:       enough
    Defense:    ~10k w/ HS and Chilling Armor
    AR:         ~2k
    
    Fire:       181/141/81
    Cold:       116/76/16
    Lightning:  202/162/102
    Poison:     109/69/9
    
    Block:      ~75 w/ Holy Shield
    FR/W:       30
    FHR:        54
    IAS:        77 = 4fpa Zeal (if ze German calc is right)
    
    Skills: 20 Resist Lightning/Salvation/Conviction/Sacrifice
    3 Zeal, 5 Holy Shield (rest goes here)
    +2 from Highlord's and BC
    Gear:
    'Dream' Bone Visage
    Code:
    Silliness's Dream
    Bone Visage
    IoJahPul
    Defense: 415
    Durability: 37 of 40
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 106
    Fingerprint: 0xcf18e4c0
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 15 Confuse when struck
    Level 15 Holy Shock Aura When Equipped
    +20% Faster Hit Recovery
    +30% Enhanced Defense
    +211 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    Increase Maximum Life 5%
    +54 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    All Resistances +7
    21% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Io Rune
    Socketed: Jah Rune
    Socketed: Pul Rune
    
    'Dream' Troll Nest
    Code:
    Silliness's Dream
    Superior Troll Nest
    IoJahPul
    Defense: 386
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 80 of 83
    Required Level: 65
    Required Strength: 106
    Fingerprint: 0x8fd4a563
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 15 Confuse when struck
    Level 15 Holy Shock Aura When Equipped
    +29% Faster Hit Recovery
    +35% Enhanced Defense
    +152 Defense
    +10 to Vitality
    +50 to Life
    +54 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    All Resistances +10
    18% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Increase Maximum Durability 13%
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Io Rune
    Socketed: Jah Rune
    Socketed: Pul Rune
    
    'Grief' PB (37/374)

    'Fortitude' Dusk Shroud
    Code:
    Fortitude
    Superior Dusk Shroud
    ElSolDolLo
    Defense: 1489
    Durability: 11 of 20
    Required Level: 59
    Required Strength: 77
    Fingerprint: 0x1b8a7487
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    300% Enhanced Damage
    +215% Enhanced Defense
    +15 Defense
    +119 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Replenish Life +7
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    All Resistances +27
    Damage Reduced by 7
    12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    +1 to Light Radius
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: El Rune
    Socketed: Sol Rune
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Lo Rune
    
    LoH
    Gore Riders
    String of Ears (8/15%/11)
    Highlord's
    Raven Frost (17/238)
    Rare Ring (8ll/72AR/[email protected]/11FR)

    Switch: CtA (3 BO) + Spirit

    Charms (Resists, Life, AR):
    Code:
    Iron Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x5f74096d
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +21 to Attack Rating
    +18 to Life
    
    Coral Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x1cfd6377
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +17 to Life
    Lightning Resist +9%
    
    Coral Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x65f51f03
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    Lightning Resist +9%
    
    Fine Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xbd0e7d88
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to Maximum Damage
    +11 to Attack Rating
    +16 to Life
    
    Shimmering Small Charm of Balance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 29
    Fingerprint: 0x9b09fb9b
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5% Faster Hit Recovery
    All Resistances +5
    
    Ruby Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xbcda8f33
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +17 to Life
    Fire Resist +11%
    
    Steel Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0x178990cb
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +27 to Attack Rating
    +18 to Life
    
    Steel Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0xcf65450a
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +34 to Attack Rating
    +17 to Life
    
    Sharp Large Charm of Vita
    Large Charm
    Required Level: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x3098136e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5 to Maximum Damage
    +35 to Attack Rating
    +30 to Life
    
    Amber Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x795f893b
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +12 to Life
    Lightning Resist +10%
    
    Shimmering Small Charm of Lightning
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x754ae760
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 7 Lightning Damage
    All Resistances +5
    
    Shimmering Grand Charm of Life
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0x22c0ad5
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +16 to Life
    All Resistances +15
    
    Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x7004ce8e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    
    Lapis Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xf796f88c
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Cold Resist +7%
    
    Fine Grand Charm of Vita
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 69
    Fingerprint: 0xdad46fc7
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5 to Maximum Damage
    +47 to Attack Rating
    +40 to Life
    
    Sharp Large Charm of Vita
    Large Charm
    Required Level: 66
    Fingerprint: 0x5a18ac19
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +4 to Maximum Damage
    +42 to Attack Rating
    +34 to Life
    
    Amber Small Charm of Fortune
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xf0998a3b
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Lightning Resist +11%
    3% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Amber Small Charm of Thunder
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x9bc03a9f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 18 Lightning Damage
    Lightning Resist +11%
    
    Coral Small Charm of Storms
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 37
    Fingerprint: 0xc5574f38
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 27 Lightning Damage
    Lightning Resist +8%
    
    Stalwart Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x8307111f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +28 Defense
    +19 to Life[/spoiler]

    Merc (Might):
    Code:
    Fortitude
    Great Hauberk
    ElSolDolLo
    Defense: 3282
    Durability: 26 of 26
    Required Level: 59
    Required Strength: 108
    Fingerprint: 0x1ef44f18
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    300% Enhanced Damage
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +15 Defense
    +119 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Replenish Life +7
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    All Resistances +25
    Damage Reduced by 7
    12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    +1 to Light Radius
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: El Rune
    Socketed: Sol Rune
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Lo Rune
    
    El Rune
    Required Level: 11
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +50 to Attack Rating
    +1 to Light Radius
    Armor: +15 Defense
    +1 to Light Radius
    Shields: +15 Defense
    +1 to Light Radius
    
    Sol Rune
    Required Level: 27
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: +9 to Minimum Damage
    Armor: Damage Reduced by 7
    Shields: Damage Reduced by 7
    
    Dol Rune
    Required Level: 31
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Hit Causes Monster to Flee 25%
    Armor: Replenish Life +7
    Shields: Replenish Life +7
    
    Lo Rune
    Required Level: 59
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 20% Deadly Strike
    Armor: +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    Shields: +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    
    
    Andariel's Visage
    Demonhead
    Defense: 316
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 83
    Required Strength: 102
    Fingerprint: 0xa06e1b66
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Increased Attack Speed
    +8 to Minimum Damage
    10% Life stolen per hit
    +104% Enhanced Defense
    +29 to Strength
    +10% to Maximum Poison Resist
    Fire Resist -30%
    Poison Resist +70%
    Level 3 Venom (20/20 Charges)
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Crimson Jewel of Fervor
    
    Crimson Jewel of Fervor
    Jewel
    Required Level: 31
    Fingerprint: 0xc2b1de7f
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15% Increased Attack Speed
    +8 to Minimum Damage
    
    The Reaper's Toll
    Thresher
    Two Hand Damage: 47 - 476
    Durability: 65 of 65
    Required Level: 75
    Required Strength: 114
    Required Dexterity: 89
    Fingerprint: 0xd0b4dc68
    Item Level: 94
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    33% Chance to cast level 1 Decrepify on striking
    +15% Increased Attack Speed
    238% Enhanced Damage
    +7 to Minimum Damage
    Ignore Target's Defense
    Adds 4 - 44 Cold Damage Over 1 Secs (33 Frames)
    14% Life stolen per hit
    33% Deadly Strike
    Requirements -25%
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Crimson Jewel of Fervor
    
    Crimson Jewel of Fervor
    Jewel
    Required Level: 31
    Fingerprint: 0xd19b82a8
    Item Level: 64
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15% Increased Attack Speed
    +7 to Minimum Damage
    
    The gear pretty much assembled itself after I had decided on the Grief. Enigma was a possibility, but I wanted to get some use out of my new Forti... LoH, Gores and Highlord's to boost the physical damage (obviously). Not getting Conviction to level 25 is annoying, but I didn't see any room for more +skills.
    The Merc was the usual Decrep/Might damage booster, which he did well. Very few deaths (see below).

    Short version: I'm very pleased with how this worked out. Nice lightning damage from the Dreams boosted by Conviction, nice physical damage (and accordingly nice leech) from Grief.

    Long Version: Normal and Nightmare were done on /p8 throughout, pretty much single pass, with all quests finished. I went the Fanazealer route, first Bonesnap (silly damage for A2 Normal), than my new eth Ginther's until level 59, when Grief and Forti became available (which made a difference ;)).
    Level 65 was reached in the NM CS. I respec'ed after Diablo to equip the Dreams and adjust the Skills (max Conv, ResLight and Sacrifice first, then Salvation). Hell was reached soon afterwards at level 73.

    As I mentioned, this went pretty well. I stayed at /p8 for all of Hell, except for the Ancients (p1) and Baal (p3). Felt like /p1 with lesser chars. All quests were solved. I made only two Muling breaks (for Reaper's after A1 and Andy's after the AS - one session for Duriel, Mephisto, Diablo and Baal), so it was actually strict single pass.
    Everything that wasn't PI or LI went down immediately, everything else very fast - except for this guy. Decent defense, close to max block, ctc Confuse, Decrep and huge life leech kept me very safe. One minor NDE (i. e. more ping-ponging than I'm comfortable with) versus some Might/Extra Strong/Cursed Abyss Knights in A4. 90% LR was occasionally very useful. Nihlatak's Temple had Vipers, so I bravely decided to let the merc have some of the glory for once. Surprisingly no trouble at all, maybe it was a good idea to spend the Lo on him.
    The exp on /p8 was a nice bonus, level 73 starting out, level 80 after A1 (NM Baals are overrated), 83.99 after A2, 85.3 after A3, 86.1 after A4 and 87.8 in the end.
    Not much else to say honestly, lots of left-clicking (with occasional BO refreshing). Very fluid gameplay, no immunes, nearly no looting (some charms) and hardly any town breaks necessary.

    Finds: None. Seriously. Pretty disappointing for all the /p8 monsters killed (even with only ~40 mf). Highest runes dropped were 2xFal in late NM... Got Um and Gul (3rd in a row) from the Forges though :)

    Conclusion: Huge fun to play once, but not something that excites me in the long run. Still, 2 Jah well spent. Dual Dreams are pretty awesome and the damage and life leech from Grief truly made him a beast.
     
    Last edited: Jul 12, 2010
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    omgwtfbbqpwned Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Congrats on the silliness! :p

    By the way, why not use a Paladin-shield base? Your (important) resistances are already maxed, but the extra +40ish resistance would have allowed you to skimp on some resistance charms for better AR/damage, no? And you would have better block percentages to work with too.

    Regardless, awesome gear, hope to see a next one soon.
     
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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Congrats , nowadays seeing two jahs on a single character ain't that surprising. Also noticing a trend of making dreams always in the same base items. I detest the bone shield look personally :p

    Btw the LCS link seems to be dead.

    @ omg , he can use his dreams on a sorc then if he ever wants
     
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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    But since he Anya-quested the shield, I figured it would always be in the hands of his Paladin. :scratchchin:



     
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    scrcrw Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Thanks, everyone. Sorry about the LCS link, fixed now.

    I would have seriously considered a Paladin shield as a base, but as it turns out I don't have a good one with 3os in my stashes... Maybe I should pick up more than the occasional Sacred Targe :scratchchin:. No future plans for the Dreams yet.
    I have no compunctions about swapping personalized gear around. "Botlike's Enigma" is currently the armor of choice for 8 of my now 10 living Guardians...

    Btw, Silliness is Guardian #12 if I'm not mistaken (Sept + 1 Barb, 3 Sorcs and this Pally) and the second Melee char (the other was a Whirler). But who's counting :whistling:.
     
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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    The name is very fitting. Also, one can always make another dream in a pally shield later :D
     
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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Indeed, very silly. Congrats on the Zealer.
     
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    Re: Guardian Silliness - Grief-wielding Dreamer

    Has to be done at least once. Grats on the guardian.
     

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