HC WW Barb Plans - Feedback Appreciated! My roomate and I have decided to try playing a couple HC characters together on our LAN (to avoid lag). Neither of us has ever played HC before, so I was hoping you guys might help me out a little in the planning stages. Also, I haven't played a barb in quite a while! He is going to be a hammerdin using concentration. STATS Str: 170 (enough for a 182 str colossus sword with some help from equipment/charms) Dex: 150-200 (enough for 75% max block) Vit: everything else Eng: nothing SKILLS MAX WW MAX Sword Mastery MAX Battle Orders MAX Shout 1 point wonders (natural resistance, leap attack, battle command, etc) Rest into Iron Skin EQUIPMENT high dmg sword that hits the last WW breakpoint shield with high blocking and resists armour with high defense and resists jewlery with leeching switch to 2 swords with a boost to war cries MF where we can squeeze it in Try to get FHR to a reasonable breakpoint MERCS Him: Act 2 holy freeze Me: Act 2 defiance STRATEGY 1. War cries up at all times, battle command first. 2. Berserk on PIs. 3. Berserk on oblivion knights (iron maiden). 4. Battle cry then concentrate on bosses. 5. Taunt against areas with lots of archers (ie, act 5 highlands). 6. WW around the edges of groups, not through the middle. QUESTIONS 1. Should one of us be using an act 2 might instead? Keep in mind this is HC. 2. Should I be using a shield? I figured that would help keep me alive in HC. 3. If using a shield, does sword mastery make the most sense? 4. Is getting enough dex to max out block worth the loss in life from vitality? 5. Does putting my extra points in iron skin make sense? Would berserk or concentrate be better? Should I put more than one point in natural resistance? Keep in mind I won't have uber gear as we'll only be using what we find. 6. In what order should I max my 4 main skills? 7. Any cheap runewords you can recommend made exclusively from runes under shael? 8. I was planning on crafting some blood recipes with perfect rubies - good decision? Thanks for any help you can provide!