How not to use strategy... Before reading this, you should know that it's not important that you do. Anyone with half a clue should know not to leave NM until they are good and ready, and I was well aware of this fact myself and just chose to ignore it. Second I am defining strategy as the way I dealt with monsters, and not as my overall approach to the game. If defined as the overall approach to the game this would be an example of a bad strategy, rather than an example of using strategy wrongly. I recently started an orb sorc for MFing from scratch...at 60 after soloing NM ancients I decided I wanted my skill point from the hell den of evil. I figured I'd be safe enough, because what's a zombie gonna do, lull me to sleep and then eat my sorc's brain? So I go and solo baal just fine, knowing my LR and FR and going to be negative in hell, but again, I just want there for the den quest, then back to NM. Cruising along, my merc's dropping all the silly cold immune zombies in the blood moor just fine, when I get to the den all the zombies start coming in packs of 2-3, and they seem to enjoy stunning my merc and killing him instead. So I reckon, hey, 20 TK, 15 Warmth, 45% ES, 75% block, I can tank the zombies for my merc, and I started doing just that. Right up until Corpsefire showed up. Mr. 00b4r zombie decided he'd spawn fanat and lightning enchanted to go with his spectral hit. I was unable to tank that thanks to the -30 LR, combined with only 650 life and ES still kind of low, although the ES doesn't drain my mana at all with nightsmoke and warmth. I then spent 20 minutes standing around a corner luring the zombies out one at a time away from Corpsefire by teleporting, merc runs up to one, teleport back, merc runs up and starts pulling the one away from the pack, then teleporting in one spot every 3 seconds to keep the merc coming back to me then running up to the zombie luring him further away and around the corner. Finally when all the zombies were gone except for Corpsefire I loaded 3 extra juves onto my belt (usually I only have 3 on my unupgraded nightsmoke) and set about tanking Corpsefire, having to juv after every hit, as he knocked me down to a bit under half with every connection. Fortunately, being a zombie, and me having 75% block, those connections didn't come very often. Well, after taking about 40 minutes to clear the Den of Evil I finally obtained my skill point, as well as moving from 61-62. Now I can go back to NM and level up to 75 or so there. Why is this an example on how not to use strategy? It's because in 40 minutes I could have been doing Baal runs, or even soloing around NM, and gained much more than just 2 skill points, then gone to hell with a better merc and not have had to spend all that effort to do the first quest of the difficulty.