I could use some HC playing advice ChillyWeasel, requiescat in pacem. My first adventure in HC untwinked play with a frost zealot ended abruptly at level 32, chaos sanctuary, yesterday. I did manage to avoid IM death and was able to clear out that hellish place. Two seal boss packs went down, the de Seis pack and that mage pack whose name escapes me right now. The last seal spawned an angry Infector and his posse. I ran but they surrounded me and I got killed to death after my fourth and last full juvvie disappeared from my belt. No ESC (my own restriction), and the last boss mod I could spot before he random-walked out of the deeds screen was spectral hit. Ouch. Of course the first and last mistake I made was allowing myself to get surrounded. I will try not to repeat that mistake when ChillyWeaselII avenges his father's death. I'll outline skills/gear below with some questions sprinkled throughout. Feel free to skip to the most important question located at the end of this post. Skills: Zeal(4), obviously. Redemption(1). Holy Shield(1). Prereqs(rest) Resist cold (4), dumped some skill points here before HF became available. Holy Freeze(13). Guess why. Gear: Weapon: a 'Steel' Flail. 6FPA attack, range 3. Sounded like a weapon that could see me through Normal. Shield: Imbued Targe. Resists: 25/25/25/45. Should I have saved this imbue and wait for a pala shield to make Rhyme in? What is another good untwinked imbue option? Armor: Stealth chain mail. I chose chain mail for its 75 def. Should I make it in a lighter armor next time? Hat, rings, amulet, boots, gloves: A magic/rare mixture of resists and magic find (and 20% frw). Final resists: 69/1x/75/5x (from what I can remember) Should I aim for FHR over MF? I guess my resists were fine. Belt: Death's Guard. I rejoiced when this dropped in the underground passage. But: Is the loss of 8 slots worth the CBF mod? Merc: Hat: gambled circlet with light res. and 3% life steal. Weapon: I 3-chip rerolled a Poleaxe and made an 'IthRal' poleaxe of 10%IAS. The added fire damage from Ral sounded like a good idea at the time. Armor: rare breast plate with small fire/light res. Exsqueeze me for taking so long to get to the main question. Here it is: Assuming ChillyWeaselII makes it past Diablo, what would be the wisest path to choose from an untwinked HC perspective, frost/lightning or frost/zeal/fanat? Option 1 is attractive for it doesn't require a hurty stick to waste cold immunes. Option 2 is attractive for it allows me to leech better. Any ideas?