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I'm doing it again (Countess Runs)

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  1. maxgerin

    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    I'm doing it again (Countess Runs)

    I used to do numerous Countess Runs and post my rune drops statistics in, iirc, Vemp's Countess thread. But now I'm starting my own.

    So here, after around 12 hours of play and 500 Countess runs...

    208 El Rune
    122 Eld Rune
    130 Tir Rune
    67 Nef Rune
    64 Eth Rune
    58 Ith Rune
    70 Tal Rune
    34 Ral Rune
    57 Ort Rune
    27 Thul Rune
    29 Amn Rune
    23 Sol Rune
    13 Shael Rune
    11 Dol Rune
    10 Hel Rune
    3 Io Rune
    2 Lum Rune
    5 Ko Rune
    4 Fal Rune
    4 Lem Rune
    1 Pul Rune
    1 Um Rune
    2 Mal Rune

    Highlights, obviously, are the 2 Mal runes (one from run 370, the other from run 430). The Um dropped in run 290, and the Pul in run 413. :) So as of now the highest rune that Countess ever dropped me since I can remember in v1.10 is Mal. Hope that improves as I kill her some more.

    I cubed them all, at least as much as possible, and this is the output...

    1 El Rune
    2 Eld Rune
    1 Tir Rune
    2 Nef Rune
    2 Eth Rune
    Ith Rune
    2 Tal Rune
    1 Ral Rune
    1 Ort Rune
    2 Thul Rune
    1 Amn Rune
    2 Sol Rune
    1 Shael Rune
    1 Dol Rune
    1 Hel Rune
    2 Io Rune
    1 Lum Rune
    Ko Rune
    Fal Rune
    Lem Rune
    1 Pul Rune
    Um Rune
    1 Mal Rune
    1 Ist Rune ---> Presently, my highest rune.

    Out of the 500 runs, around 15 didn't drop any rune, not even an El.
    I don't just kill the Countess, but also those around her that dare come close to me and my merc. So might not be very accurate for those who want to just kill the Countess.

    There are some gold and green items that dropped, here are some worth mentioning...
    Bonehew, Nature's Peace, Hotspur, Blackhorn's Face, Skin of the Vipermagi, Corpsemourn, Thundergod's Vigor, Pus Spitter, Stormspike, Bloodtree Stump, Todesfaelle Flamme, Swordguard, Arcanna's Sign, Trang-Oul's Wing, Guillaume's Face, Immortal King's Detail/Forge/Pillar, Hwanin's Splendor, and Rite of Passage.

    Hopefully, all goes well as I continue my Countess runs. I'm starting my next 500 runs, now have 30 runs less to do to my next 500.
    But I'm thinking... why am I doing this???
    I don't expect to have a Zod by doing Countess runs and cubing all the runes, unless I also plan not to go out for the next year or two. So why?
    Kinda weird, I started this without even having a purpose why I'm doing it... :(

    Oh well, maybe the more I do it, the more I will underastand why. Or maybe not... :p :lol:

    --maxgerin
     
  2. DaviddeJong

    DaviddeJong Diabloii.Net Member

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    Even the cubing must take a long time!

    Damn.

    Even the cubing must have taken a long time, let alone the running itself.

    It is a good thing people do this; because it gives insight into the statistics of the game. Maybe you could keep that in mind whenever you think you're going crazy!

    David.
     
  3. LOCO

    LOCO Diabloii.Net Member

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    Because pirates threatened to bite out your teeth :D

    what character are you using? and keep up the good work, looks like your one of the few people here who is actually dedicated and doesnt have the attention span of a drunken, flea bitten monkey(but wheres the fun in that)

    nice items there too
     
  4. Uzziah

    Uzziah Diabloii.Net Member

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    You averaged 1.89 runes per drop thats not to shabby I thought the players 1 drop rate was a bit higher than that though oh well.

    Good finding the 2 mal's keep up the search :)
     
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    TenYearsGone Diabloii.Net Member

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    I was doing something similar until my old PC broke down - exactly on run 400. I had a similar breakdown with just 1 Mal. My best item drop, however, was a HoZ :D :D . Of course I was shooting for Ist and didn't even have enough to cube one. Oh well...

    Good luck on your quest.
     
  6. maxgerin

    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    Thank you all for the encouragement! :)
    Will continue posting until I get tired of doing more runs. :lol:

    --maxgerin
     
  7. ron

    ron Diabloii.Net Member

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    Very, Very nice work. Thanks for the update too. If you don't mind, could you give a quick summary of your build? I am planning a meteorb sorc for running hell countess, using my merc to make the kill because she is almost always/always CI/FI. My summoner found a Reapers Toll from Hell meph last night, so I just need to level my sorc/merc enough to be able to handle the runs. I just got into hell last night.

    For your build summary, if you could just give level/build type, merc gear and any special tips or tactics you use. Thanks and congrats again on the nice runes!
     
  8. Lucky_Seven

    Lucky_Seven Diabloii.Net Member

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    With more runs then you i've got a Pul from countess and a pul from a minion.

    Every day i find I'm a D2 N00b :D, or very unlucky,
    To do's for weekend -> change SPF nick to unlucky_13
     
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    bill_n_opus Diabloii.Net Member

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    I nominate maxgerin and Illiana as full members of the official SPF Looney Farm.

    You know, running Countess is just crazy ... because last night I was finally levelling my Hybrid Witchy/LF zon and Hell Andariel dropped a Gul rune among other assorted stuff. Meph dropped me a Mal rune awhile back.

    You just never know. Great for cubing supplies that Countess though.
     
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    Chimaira Diabloii.Net Member

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    I don't usually like running the Countess, but that's a nice set of runes you got there:) Lots of useful stuff! What are you going to do with the runes? Lionheart, Delerium, upgrading??
     
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    SincereX13 Diabloii.Net Member

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    With this kind of dedication you should be running Act 5 chests... The results could be quite a bit more tasty than an Ist
     
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    Hrus Diabloii.Net Member

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    Ehh, what area? I do run some chests in one of tournaments, but there are not as many chests in any area in Act5 as in LK. The outdoor areas are quite good, but not as good for a character without teleport.
     
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    jjscud Diabloii.Net Member

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    @Ron - if your sorc is made for countess running, I don't see any good reason to hold off. My countess runner started running at lvl 63, very low for hell, but with decent fcr and a bit of fhr she could get to the countess safely and kill quite quickly on p1. She gained exp reasonably quickly this way too, at least until the mid 80s.

    My build is a cl sorc but I think a dual damage build may be better now and your merc can easily finish the countess off like you said.
     
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    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    Thanks to everyone! :)

    For my character, I use my v1.09 Zealot (Zeal/Fanaticism) Pally.
    Since I don't have the time then to fix him for v1.10, and I even doubt I still can. He is my first real character. So I just decided to do Countess runs with him.

    Character name : MAXWELL
    Character type : Paladin
    Character level : 83
    Character exp : 887920342

    Strength : 151
    Energy : 57
    Dexterity : 123
    Vitality : 179
    Stat Points Rem : 0
    Skill Points Rem: 2

    Life : 920 / 741
    Mana : 263 / 201
    Stamina : 436 / 325

    Skills are completely in disarray. Everything has at least 1 point.
    20 for Fanaticism
    13 for Zeal
    and 8 wasted points in Redemption.
    So, as you can see, this build did not have direction.

    Item wise...

    My Pally (probably not the best combination of gears, just playing around, trying stuff)
    Armor: "Stone" Runeword
    Helm: Crown of Ages with (rare jewel -15% req; add 15-38 fire; 1-95 lightning damage)
    Shield: HoZ with "Um" rune
    Weapon: Baranar Star, yes it sucks. Will use Azurewrath if and when he can equipt it.
    Weapon Switch: Naj's Puzzler, for the Teleport
    Ammy: Mara's 28%
    Belt: String of Ears ---> probably should switch to Verdungo's...
    Gloves: Soul Drainer
    Boots: Gore Rider
    Rings: Raven Frost and BKWB 5%

    My Barb Merc
    Helm: Perfect Vamp Gaze
    Armor: Shaftstop
    Weapon: Eth Djinn Slayer (sockets still open) ---> most likely there's a better one.

    Game style wise I go with the basic, teleport til you get to the Countess then switch and hack 'n slash til the lot is dead. Just have to be awake during teleport, have to avoid monster packs. There, most boring way to do runs, but what the heck, it does work. Runs take around a minute to do. Think it's still slow.

    I still have no plans what to do with the runes... but I haven't combined them with my other rune stash (one that I have accumulated through regular play and past Countess runs). When I do, maybe I'll see the possibilities. :p

    EDIT: I just realized that everything involved here is unplanned... The character I'm using is lost, as well as his merc--come on, who uses a Barb? :lol: And I don't even know what my goal is in doing this... save, probably, for some Ists that I wanted during my past Countess runs... Hope the endeavor does not turn out to be lost in the end. :eek:

    --maxgerin
     
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    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    It certainly did... especially with the El, Eld, and Tir runes. But as I went on, it bacame less tiring cause you see the higher runes. Problem came when I reached Thul and you need chippies. I checked my gem/rune stash and realized that I don't have enough chipped topaz. I was then forced to uncover some of my pre1.10 chipped-gem-holder-characters and convert them to v1.10 so I'll have some more in store for the next few cubing sessions. I usually don't like converting items (I still have many v1.09 items) in case I might revert back to 1.09, but I'm forced with this matter.

    Spent an hour or more cubing all the drops, but it was fun. :uhhuh:



    I'm not yet sure, but if I'm upgrading, what are the best nominees for this?
    I know this is character/build dependent, but I think there is a staple.
    I wanted to make a thread about this, where the forum members can discuss what's worth upgrading in general and why, and for specific ones why and for which build.



    Really?! Where? Frigid Highlands/Arreat Plateau?
    I though Kurast was the only other good rune farming area because of the quantity of chest (et. al.)... I don't like doing Kurast runs because it takes too long and haven't seen good rune drops there when I tried doing some.


    --maxgerin
     
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    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    So I finished another 500 Countess runs And the result speaks for itself...

    196 El Rune
    138 Eld Rune
    104 Tir Rune
    69 Nef Rune
    82 Eth Rune
    45 Ith Rune
    67 Tal Rune
    46 Ral Rune
    59 Ort Rune
    37 Thul Rune
    33 Amn Rune
    21 Sol Rune
    10 Shael Rune
    10 Dol Rune
    7 Hel Rune
    7 Io Rune
    3 Lum Rune
    2 Ko Rune
    Fal Rune
    4 Lem Rune

    It is totally a waste of time, rune wise!!! :mad:
    I haven't finished cubing them yet, I'm very tired now. Forced myself to finish it when I told myself to stop at the 450th run.
    Totally abysmal!!! Even the quantity is horrible. If Uzziah computed an average of 1.89 runes per run for my first 500, I think the ratio here would be smaller.

    But while the Countess failed to impress with her rune drops, she made up for it through the Unique drops... :)
    25% Mara's, HoZ, Seraph's Hymn, Skullder's Ire, and Razor's Edge.
    TC3: Death's Guard

    All in all, not too bad because of the Uniques.
    I will stop running her for now... will probably just try SincereX13's suggestion of running Act 5 chests.

    --maxgerin
     
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    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    I finished cubing the runes earlier today, but I had to run. So here is the final tally...

    Code:
    1		El Rune
    2		Eld Rune
    		Tir Rune
    		Nef Rune
    1		Eth Rune
    2		Ith Rune
    2		Tal Rune
    2		Ral Rune
    		Ort Rune
    2		Thul Rune
    		Amn Rune
    		Sol Rune
    2		Shael Rune
    2		Dol Rune
    		Hel Rune
    2		Io Rune
    		Lum Rune
    1		Ko Rune
    1		Fal Rune
    1		Lem Rune
    1		Pul Rune
    Very depressing considering it accounts for 500 runs. :(

    Here is the over-all end tally of the 1000 runs, cubed...

    Code:
    2		El Rune
    1		Eld Rune
    2		Tir Rune
    2		Nef Rune
    		Eth Rune
    		Ith Rune
    2		Tal Rune
    1		Ral Rune
    2		Ort Rune
    1		Thul Rune
    2		Amn Rune
    2		Sol Rune
    		Shael Rune
    1		Dol Rune
    2		Hel Rune
    1		Io Rune
    2		Lum Rune
    1		Ko Rune
    1		Fal Rune
    1		Lem Rune
    		Pul Rune
    1		Um Rune
    1		Mal Rune
    1		Ist Rune
    Now I realize and appreciate the value of the Lo rune that Thresh dropped, which I easily traded (when it was still legal by forum) for some Elite items. But then again, I'm not hoping then and until now to get the other high level runes (especially Cham) that are needed to compliment the Lo to make runewords...

    --maxgerin
     
  18. DaviddeJong

    DaviddeJong Diabloii.Net Member

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    Hours of cubing!

    Funny; 500 runs makes for an hour of cubing!

    I think you've showed great stamina for those addition 500 runs.
    Too bad you haven't found as nice a runes as in the previous 500.

    Your thread even got me to try the (NM) countess (with a barb on clvl 38). It took me about 20 minutes and I found a Hel and Ral rune. I haven't the slightest clue of what to do with 'em but I just wanted to know what it was like; a countess run (although there wasn't much running involved; champion blood clans kept me busy)!

    Have fun running whatever you like!

    David.

    p.s.: Hopefully you won't find that chest running in a5 is more "profitable"; I'd kill the countess 500 more times to punish her for letting you down if that's the case!
     
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    maxgerin Diabloii.Net Member

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    Did another 500 Countess runs starting ~10pm last night to ~8pm today.
    Was supposed to do 1000 or 1500 runs, but I think I have to stop for now.
    I like the result much better than the previous 1000 runs...
    She decided to drop an IST! :clap:

    I didn't pick up all the runes, mainly Tal and above. But there are times when I "accidentally" (read: can't help myself) pick up lower runes... didn't include those in the tally as well as in the cubing...

    Code:
    81		Tal Rune
    52		Ral Rune
    30		Ort Rune
    37		Thul Rune
    28		Amn Rune
    18		Sol Rune
    23		Shael Rune
    10		Dol Rune
    9		Hel Rune
    6		Io Rune
    4		Lum Rune
    2		Ko Rune
    1		Fal Rune
    3		Lem Rune
    2		Pul Rune
    1		Um Rune
    1		Ist Rune
    After cubing...

    Code:
    1		Ral Rune
    2		Ort Rune
    1		Thul Rune
    1		Amn Rune
    1		Shael Rune
    1		Hel Rune
    2		Io Rune
    1		Lum Rune
    1		Ko Rune
    2		Fal Rune
    1		Pul Rune
    1		Mal Rune
    1		Ist Rune
    Aside from the runes, she dropped me this ring...

    Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
    Ring
    Required Level: 58
    Unidentified
    Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
    Item Level: 82
    Fingerprint: 0x11ef0464
    +50 to Maximum Stamina
    3% Life stolen per hit
    +1 to All Skill Levels
    +0 to Life (Based on Character Level)

    --maxgerin
     
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    SeDnA Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congratulations on the Ist rune. :thumbsup:
    Don't know how you find such dedication, but well...
     

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