I need some advice about smite pvp Ok, currently I have a smite/foh pvp paladin. He's lvl85 and has about 2500 life, 2400-2500 smite damage, 1700 foh damage, 18k defense, 75% block, 75 resist all in hell. I duel mostly in public games (ladder) and against my friend's smiter and ww barb. I do pretty good in the public games, but it's my friend I am having trouble with. His smiter is lvl85 and has (according to him) 1200 life, 1700 smite damage, 20-25k defense, and I think max block. Now, here is the kicker. I lose all the time. Yes, all the time. It makes me wonder what item is allowing him to beat me, because from looking at the numbers there is no way I can lose. Here are some items that I know he wears against me: Astreon's Upgraded Herald (or Exile Vortex) Dracul's I can tell when Lifetap is activated, his life bar doesn't go down as fast. But what I can't tell is how in the world he is doing so much damage to me. I'm guessing it's the Astreon's +damage bug, but does it really make that much of a difference? Some may suggest I too wear Dracul's, but I don't want to because I want to play as clean as possible. I also don't have any Open Wound or Crushing Blow. Does CB make a big difference in pvp? I don't know, I'm just confused as to why a character with more life, more damage, same fpa would lose to a character with less life and damage. This is my third pvp paladin build (all three were specifically built versus my friend), and I was hoping this would be able to stand up against him. Some more info about my paladin. I have maxed smite, holy shield, fist of heavens, and fanatcism. One point in all the pre-reqs and the rest into defiance. I have a Call to Arms on switch, but I won't be using it anymore. Base life without BO is 1800. When dueling, I usually use charge to namelock/lock/block lock/target the opponent, then switch to smite. If I don't lock 'em, I either shift+charge away and foh or charge back in. Versus my friend, I try to do the charge lock thing and smite. I can get him down to 1/4 or so life, but I always lose. Maybe I lack the skills. If anyone has any advice, I'd appreciate it.