Help with merc gear.

soce

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Help with merc gear.

Hi all. Well after taking about 1.5 years off I am back and playing D2. I have a javazon at level 92 and she is a beast for sure. She is fully tweaked except for charm upgrades. This brings me to my merc. I know there are a lot of silly rune words out there that have been added since my departure from the game. Back before I quit the best merc armor/helm was an upgraded shaft & upgraded gaze. Is this still the best thing going for a freeze merc?

All input is appreciated, thanks.
 

NEUROSHOCKED

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go go infinity ;)

Shaft and Gaze is still a good setup for merc. You can also try Eth Stone armor, Eth Duriel Shell, Andy Mask to name a few. For polearm, Obedience is nice. If you're having mana problem Insight Polearm will defineatly help you out :D
 

soce

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Yeah, I can't figure out between stone and shaftstop... DR or massive DEF.... I think I will go with upgraded shaft and upgraded gaze. I have no idea why anyone would use andy.
 

NEUROSHOCKED

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I use Andy mask (socketed with IAS jewel) to reach decent IAS bp, +2 to skills / Strength / LL are great mods for merc. Only down side is -30%FR which is not a problem (to me).
 

Stimm

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Andys is a great helm for mercs really, especially if you need str for other gear, as for - fire res just put a RAL in it.
 

MoUsE_WiZ

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soce said:
Yeah, I can't figure out between stone and shaftstop... DR or massive DEF.... I think I will go with upgraded shaft and upgraded gaze. I have no idea why anyone would use andy.
-Upgraded gaze is NOT gaurenteed to have higher def than nonupgraded. This is because the base defence on uniques with %ED is gaurenteed to be perfect (ie if range is 80-150 it will always be 150) but when you reroll it it will not be perfect unless your lucky, and the mind def with an upped gaze is potentially lower than the max def the non-upped gaze gets.

Personally I believe quite strongly that the best merc setup is:
Eth Gladiator's Bane. Period. No other armor competes.
Guillame's Face...this one is iffy, Gaze/Crown of Ages/Andy/Tal's Mask are all good choices as well, I like the 15% at double damage though.
Weapon is one of 4: Reapers or Lawbringer depending if you want A5 or A2, Insight if you're a sorc who's built around it, or Infinity if you can afford it.
 

sahlakh

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IMO, The best and very expensive setup would be:

Eth Gaze /w rare the jool of your preference
Eth 'Fortude' archon plate
Eth 'Infinity' elite polearm

The Slow setup:

Blackhorn's face (20% slow)
Eth upg. Kelpie snare (75% slow)
The armor of your choice

The Cheap setup:

Tal's mask
Reaper's toll
Duriel's shell / Shaft

The CB setup:

Guillaume's face (35% CB)
Eth 'Obedience' elite polearm (40% CB)
Eth 'Duress' elite armor (15% CB)

Other very nice options:

Eth 'Infinity' elite polearm (medi, good dmg, criti, very cheap)
Eth tombreaver
Eth Bonehew
Leviathan
Andy mask
Eth Stone
Eth COH
'Dream' (holy shock, res, skills, fhr, confuse)
'Delirium'

Just to name a few :D
 

Bonehead632

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soce said:
Yeah, I can't figure out between stone and shaftstop... DR or massive DEF.... I think I will go with upgraded shaft and upgraded gaze. I have no idea why anyone would use andy.
I put an eth stone armor on my merc.....2500k base def, and on merc he has a def of 16.8K.......he's a freakin tank....uses insight to support mana consumption and andy mask with +30 fire rez jewel. Defiance merc I might add (explains the overall def) I have Duress on another Merc with Eth bonehew and he does very well too.
 
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