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Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

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  1. Cyrax

    Cyrax Diabloii.Net Member

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    Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Having said that I’m sure you’re all wondering how often it does strike. The answer is 6.066 times (6.666 would’ve been nicer but you can’t just change the math). That’s the amount of times I shot down Baal to get the main character of this story, Chainlightning, to 99.

    I’m not sure how long ago the journey started but I guess it’s somewhere shortly after the intro of the 1.11 patch. Having many different characters I played her on and off, lvling her until she was 90 or 91. After a while I started thinking how nice it would be to get her to the higher lvl’s, with 99 being the ultimate dream and utopia. So in between other playing I started to casually run Baal with her. Got her to 95 or 96. Then the 1.13 patch made its appearance. Shortly after that I got the ingredients to make the infamous infinity. Runtimes dropped a lot and the real high lvl’s suddenly started to transform from being a dream to becoming a real possibility.

    Leveled her a bit more until she was 97. She then made a brief appearance in the MFO league running Tal’s tombs. Even though I had fun and she did win that round the victory was bittersweet. She died once or twice which is not amusing at those lvl’s to say the least.

    After getting her to 98 the real pain started. I thought I knew how bad the experience penalty was. I was wrong. Very wrong. To get a bit of white on the experience bar was a feat in itself. Imagine my despair when I died no less than 3 (!) times shortly after that. I lost all the experience I had. Devastating. That caused me to give up my dream of getting to 99 and focus on my other projects.

    After a while I got the itch to play her again. Not with the intention of continuing the journey but just for fun and casual playing. With that, I rediscovered the fun I had with her and started playing with a bit more focus. Still the journey was tough and long. It seemed to take forever to get about ¼ of the way and another eternity to get halfway.

    As this story is getting a bit long I’m gonna introduce a twist to keep you guys interested :wink:. Going for 99 I was not alone in that. *Evil makes its appearance* About halfway in March LD50 pm’d me to suggest a race to keep us both going. As that seemed a good way to keep motivated I agreed. Only problem was that LD50, evil as he is, made that suggestion knowing he had a lead of approximately 25M. So right off the bat the pressure was on. The gap shrunk a bit at first, however after about a month LD50 put in some great effort and the gap became even bigger than before. Again I had to fight back. Somewhere in May was the first time I got equal experience to him. I even got a bit ahead. However a 3 ½ week break in June/July gave LD50 a chance to get back. We were tied once more.
    By that time we were ‘only’ a little over 100M away. The finish was getting in sight. Keeping motivated became easier and the daily number of runs was increased. Getting to the point where only 30M was needed I got a decent lead. Also I got into 'the zone'. Runs weren’t hard or a chore anymore, they just happened. I realized victory was within reach. With getting so close to 99 I upped the runs once more, doing as many as I could. Nothing could stop me now. Except for one thing, death. Got a close call with a doll exploding right in my face with ~20M to go. And the first run on the final day also was almost too much. Got in the throne tele’d around, see a monster, shoot at it and I'am 2 inches away from death. Apparently a stygian doll was hiding behind the pillar I tele’d next to and my lightning went right through him, killing him in the process while I was cursed. My heart almost stopped. Quick a juvie and luckily no others around to finish the job. Phew :nervous:. Too close! After that only the last few runs remained and they got done without any further incidents.
    Morale of the story: Good always triumphs over evil :mua:.

    As this thread is growing to be much larger than I anticipated, let’s shorten it a bit. They say a picture says more than a thousand words so the vid I made should shorten this considerably. It’s the last two runs I did.



    If you watched this you probably noticed the same thing I did when I watched it back for the first time. I totally forgot to open the character screen upon lvling :doh:. OMG now it could be me lvling from 90 to 91. Wait a minute I’ve opened up the screen to check my experience so often it has to be in the vid somewhere. *watches vid again* Yes! Indeed it is show during the runs :azn:. I promise to do a better job next time :p.

    For those interested here’s the GoMule dump with stats and gear:

    Code:
    Name:       Chainlightning
    Class:      Sorceress
    Experience: 3520485254
    Level:      99
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   156/186
    Dexterity:  35/51
    Vitality:   359/391
    Energy:     35/35
    HP:         896/971
    Mana:       231/354
    Stamina:    521/571
    Defense:    8/1751
    AR:         125/208
    
    Fire:       183/143/83
    Cold:       185/145/85
    Lightning:  194/154/94
    Poison:     185/145/85
    
    MF:         87       Block:      7
    GF:         8
    FR/W:       34
    FHR:        60
    IAS:        0
    FCR:        140
    
    Fire Bolt: 0/0
    Warmth: 7/19
    Inferno: 0/0
    Blaze: 0/0
    Fire Ball: 0/0
    Fire Wall: 0/0
    Enchant: 0/0
    Meteor: 0/0
    Fire Mastery: 0/0
    Hydra: 0/0
    
    Charged Bolt: 20/42
    Static Field: 1/23
    Telekinesis: 1/23
    Nova: 20/42
    Lightning: 20/42
    Chain Lightning: 20/42
    Teleport: 1/23
    Thunder Storm: 0/0
    Energy Shield: 0/0
    Lightning Mastery: 20/42
    
    Ice Bolt: 0/0
    Frozen Armor: 0/0
    Frost Nova: 0/0
    Ice Blast: 0/0
    Shiver Armor: 0/0
    Glacial Spike: 0/0
    Blizzard: 0/0
    Chilling Armor: 0/0
    Frozen Orb: 0/0
    Cold Mastery: 0/0
    
    Sparking Grand Charm of Sustenance
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x2d3ef9e7
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    +26 to Life
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x1ea9060b
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x27222c73
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Amber Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x746b9952
    Item Level: 64
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Lightning Resist +10%
    
    Amber Small Charm of Inertia
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xf99c6df6
    Item Level: 82
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3% Faster Run/Walk
    Lightning Resist +10%
    
    Tome of Town Portal
    Fingerprint: 0x79106854
    Item Level: 10
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x3b3d3c5
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +5
    
    Ruby Small Charm of Blight
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x9d4614f3
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 6 Poison Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Fire Resist +11%
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xb8cecbf9
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Ruby Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xc3db1b18
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +11%
    
    Griffon's Eye
    Diadem
    Defense: 151
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0xba93d0a7
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    +1 to All Skills
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -24% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +20% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +101 Defense
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
    
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0x3823b9f0
    Item Level: 94
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -4% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +5% to Lightning Skill Damage
    
    Powered Amulet of Fortune
    Amulet
    Required Level: 45
    Fingerprint: 0x86a39382
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    19% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    The Stone of Jordan
    Ring
    Required Level: 29
    Fingerprint: 0xc9e99a09
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    Adds 1 - 12 Lightning Damage
    +20 to Mana
    Increase Maximum Mana 25%
    
    Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
    Ring
    Required Level: 58
    Fingerprint: 0x410cfb03
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    4% Life stolen per hit
    +49 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +50 Maximum Stamina
    
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense: 135
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x89c43a2d
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +115% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)
    
    War Traveler
    Battle Boots
    Defense: 139
    Durability: 48 of 48
    Required Level: 42
    Required Strength: 95
    Fingerprint: 0x3dd1b6f3
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +25% Faster Run/Walk
    Adds 15 - 25 Damage
    +190% Enhanced Defense
    +10 to Strength
    +10 to Vitality
    40% Slower Stamina Drain
    Attacker Takes Damage of 10
    43% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    +30 Maximum Durability
    
    Chains of Honor
    Superior Archon Plate
    DolUmBerIst
    Defense: 960
    Durability: 60 of 60
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 103
    Fingerprint: 0x15815d73
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +200% Damage to Demons
    +100% Damage to Undead
    8% Life stolen per hit
    +83% Enhanced Defense
    +20 to Strength
    Replenish Life +7
    All Resistances +65
    Damage Reduced by 8%
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Dol Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    
    Sapphire Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x8a5eb318
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Cold Resist +11%
    
    Shimmering Small Charm of Inertia
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0x5e6538a2
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3% Faster Run/Walk
    All Resistances +4
    
    Emerald Small Charm of Balance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xa7676b6a
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5% Faster Hit Recovery
    Poison Resist +11%
    
    Ruby Small Charm of Inertia
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x74051a9a
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3% Faster Run/Walk
    Fire Resist +11%
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x6fc11b4f
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Magefist
    Battle Gauntlets
    Defense: 70
    Durability: 18 of 18
    Required Level: 30
    Required Strength: **
    Fingerprint: 0x74fb04bd
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
    +28% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    Regenerate Mana 25%
    Required Level +5
    
    Ruby Small Charm of Greed
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x3c82e218
    Item Level: 83
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +11%
    8% Extra Gold from Monsters
    
    Sparking Grand Charm of Dexterity
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x1484f3cc
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    +6 to Dexterity
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xe986e750
    Item Level: 73
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Horadric Cube
    Fingerprint: 0x4097eeeb
    Item Level: 13
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x2edabf68
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Call to Arms
    Crystal Sword
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 19 - 58
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x4cd121e3
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    289% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +2 to Battle Cry
    +6 to Battle Orders
    +5 to Battle Command
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    5 Sockets (5 used)
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    Socketed: Ral Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 144
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0xf53f8f1e
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +34% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +94 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +7 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Heart of the Oak
    Superior Flail
    KoVexPulThul
    One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
    Durability: 30 of 30
    Required Level: 55
    Required Strength: 41
    Required Dexterity: 35
    Fingerprint: 0x30f2b3c
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to All Skills
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    +3 to Attack Rating
    +75% Damage to Demons
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    7% Mana stolen per hit
    +10 to Dexterity
    Replenish Life +20
    Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    All Resistances +35
    Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
    Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ko Rune
    Socketed: Vex Rune
    Socketed: Pul Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 140
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 86 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x2d01d2fc
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +103 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +5 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    
    Mercenary:
    
    Name:       Pratham
    Race:       Desert Mercenary
    Type:       Def-Nightmare
    Experience: 114097748
    Level:      98
    Dead?:      false
    
                Naked/Gear
    Strength:   209/209
    Dexterity:  169/169
    HP:         2287/2287
    Defense:    1671/3957
    AR:         2066/2066
    
    Fire:       192/152/92
    Cold:       192/152/92
    Lightning:  192/152/92
    Poison:    192/152/92
    
    Guardian Angel
    Hellforge Plate
    Defense: 2006
    Durability: 32 of 60
    Required Level: 66
    Required Strength: 186
    Fingerprint: 0x98fe13bc
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Paladin Skill Levels
    +30% Faster Block Rate
    20% Increased Chance of Blocking
    +247 to Attack Rating against Demons (Based on Character Level)
    +192% Enhanced Defense
    +15% to Maximum Poison Resist
    +15% to Maximum Cold Resist
    +15% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    +15% to Maximum Fire Resist
    All Resistances +15
    +4 to Light Radius
    Required Level +7
    Ethereal
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Um Rune
    
    Vampire Gaze
    Bone Visage
    Defense: 280
    Durability: 37 of 40
    Required Level: 70
    Required Strength: 106
    Fingerprint: 0xe59a0643
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 7 - 27 Cold Damage Over 6 Secs (150 Frames)
    6% Mana stolen per hit
    8% Life stolen per hit
    +100% Enhanced Defense
    15% Slower Stamina Drain
    All Resistances +15
    Damage Reduced by 20%
    Magic Damage Reduced by 14
    Required Level +7
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Scintillating Jewel of Frigidity
    
    Scintillating Jewel of Frigidity
    Jewel
    Required Level: 26
    Fingerprint: 0xcb4c7f8f
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Adds 1 - 5 Cold Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
    Cold Resist +15%
    Lightning Resist +15%
    Fire Resist +15%
    Poison Resist +15%
    
    Infinity
    Thresher
    BerMalBerIst
    Two Hand Damage: 71 - 835
    Durability: 33 of 33
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 142
    Required Dexterity: 108
    Fingerprint: 0x66fde9ea
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
    Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
    +35% Faster Run/Walk
    296% Enhanced Damage
    -50% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    40% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +49 to Vitality (Based on Character Level)
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Level 21 Cyclone Armor (30/30 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ber Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Chainlightning retirement plan:
    For the moment I’ve had enough of her. In the future I might do some running with her. Especially in the MF league since she’s defending champion of 1 of the rounds there. If there’ll ever be a next edition that is (I really hope so as I do have the time to enter now :)).

    Plans for myself:
    Picking up a variety of projects I’ve put on hold. This includes some running of different targets, but also trying some new (wacky) builds.
    Also with D3 being a no-no for me since NF’s post (thanks for that :\) I am going to give 99 another go. Heck I might even try going for a sept ;). I just hope it won’t take me another 10 years for each 99-er because I would be really old by the time I’m finished. For now I’ve been in doubt between 2 chars for the next try. As Ugla said in the 99-thread we’re still missing a bowazon which seemed like a cool character to try. However I want to run Diablo next and with the horrible FCR breakpoints I fear that teleporting that much might get a bit too annoying. So I’ll probably go with my other top choice, a whirling barb (any other fun, doable suggestions are welcome). Even with Asmo’s 99-er physical damage builds are a minority and it’s also a build that hasn’t been taken all the way yet (even though Naab is well on his way).
    It’ll be casually at first since I need to get some gear to transform him from good to great and create time to do some of the aforementioned projects.

    Thanks go to:
    - Tweety for creating the 99 thread.
    - LD50 for racing me and thus keeping me motivated to keep going. And also for (involuntary) playing the role of the evil counterpart in my story. I hope you can forgive me :flowers:.
    - The SPF for the great amount of knowledge that’s amassed here, the inspiring builds and ditto people. This is a huge part of what keeps Diablo interesting.

    I hope you enjoyed reading this. Until the next time.
     
  2. DarkChaos

    DarkChaos Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Wow n00b way to copy my thread title.

    I mean, uh, grats. Yeah, that's it. And good luck on your next one if you're actually mental enough to go for it!
     
  3. purplelocust

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Wow, nicely done! And that is a very nice set of WSK maps! I did feel a little sorry for your merc in the first run- you had antidotes on your belt and you couldn't spare one for him?
     
  4. Cyrax

    Cyrax Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    You're kidding right? *goes checking DC's 99 threads* Oh crap you're not kidding. And here i am thinking i'm being original :embarassed:. I guess that got stuck in the back of my mind after reading it. I blame Durf.

    How do you dare question my insanity! *feels Virgaits spirit leaving his body*

    Actually i felt the maps weren't that great. I've been wanting to reroll them a number of times. Since they were both decent i kept them because i was afraid i'd end up with 1 good and 1 bad map.

    In the beginning i did feed him potions. However that often meant i needed to visit Malah every other run (1 antidote merc and 1 for me = belt empty fast). So after a while i started feeding him healingpots from the ground instead. They dropped plenty and it also cleared up the floor which made it easier for me to spot any interesting drops.



     
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    zrk Diabloii.Net Member

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Nice work. Interested why you didnt go for 200 fcr for this job? Given the otherwise excellent gear setup it would seem to have made sense.
     
  6. kestegs

    kestegs D3 Monk Moderator

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Congratulations Hero!

    Impressive as always! And it almost make me want to make a run for 99 myself....almost.
     
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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Way to go cyrax!!! DC was just bagging you out man!

    And a mention of virgi in a 99 thread! He better get off my moon and make a 99er!

    At the first of the video, I was beginning to wonder if you even used CL with her! All I saw were static and Lightning, then the CL mayhem began.

    Really enjoyed those quick runs. I was looking forward to watching you make another game, run a while, then remember you just hit 99! (Or did you say that was 90-91? I didn't quite get that part)
     
  8. jjscud

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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Huge congrats! There have been quite a slew of 99's lately but that doesn't make any single one less of a battle getting there.

    Good luck finding another build for another go. You know what you're getting into now we can skip the usual warnings.
     
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    nepeta Diabloii.Net Member

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    As they say in Korea: gg-yo ^^

    Another one for the madhouse -^
     
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    It would've taken some gearsacrifices. Ditching CoH and one or two of the rings in favor of FCR rings. I'd be losing both skills and resists. Maybe it could've been worth it, but to be honest the current breakpoint was fast enough for me to teleport without trouble and i've never got around to swapping gear and comparing the runs.

    In hindsight i had better chosen a different name. When i started her i didn't realise how much easier it is to use lightning instead (in most cases). It does more damage and chainlightning quickly burns through your mana. Somewhere in the early 90's i did consider a namechange however i already have a LF amazon named Lightningspeed which would've been a better choice for the sorc as well. As i couldn't think of a better name i decided she started out as Chainlightning and would remain to be called that.

    Allright i'll try to explain it a bit better this time. The video was made when she lvl'd from 98 -> 99. Instead of not realizing i finished and quickly starting another run i did just the opposite. I should've opened the characterscreen so everybody would've had a clear look at it and see that this was the run that made her 99. Because i quit taping before that i thought it now to be impossible to tell the difference between this run and a randomly taped run from a sorc that lvl'd from 90 -> 91 (or 87 -> ** for that matter). Which in my eyes would mean a big drop in value of the video. I mean, i know this was THE run, but there was no way of proving it. Until the thought occurred to me that i did open the screen during runs a lot to check the current experience. I watched to tape again and at the beginning of both runs i briefly open the characterscreen. So if you pause the game there you can clearly see i'm at the end of lvl 98 at the time of making the video. Thus proving i did tape the final few runs.
    I know trust is a big thing here and maybe my reputation here is good enough that people would believe it without proof anyway. But personally i feel a lot better now that there can't be any doubt about it.

    @the people i didn't quote: also thanks for your congratulations!



     
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    Wow, second 99 in like a month on here, very awesome achievement man. Who ever gets the next 99 should totally name there thread "lighting doesn't strike 3 times".
     
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    Super jorb on the 99! That's one bad *** lightning sorceress. I'm wondering though, how much damage do your attacks do? I can't find that anywhere in your write-up.
     
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    Hmm, thou art correct. Seems like i did forget to mention that. With BO the lightning is 6-40K (without BO max 38K) and chainlightning is 6-14K (both with and without BO).
    Note: just to clarify the lower end is just 6, not 6K.

    Note2: Happy birthday Barren! May you make it to 99 in RL.



     
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    6k runs without hitting the waypoint with telekinesis makes me a slightly sad panda. That's ~2 hours of your life you're never getting back!

    Other than that, big congrats :)
     
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    Re: Lightning doesn’t strike twice, a 99 thread.

    Put that way it makes me a sad panda as well. I'm working on a 200 fcr lightning sorceress to get to 99. I'm level 96 so far, and climbing slowly.
    Sometimes I go to town inbetween waves of minions and find that using telekinesis more often than not makes the difference in returning through the tp before he stops laughing (and thus preventing him from restarting his laughter) to save a few seconds per run.

    On topic: Congrats! This gives me hopes for doing this myself, and I'm sure many others as well. Thousands of ball runs aren't the easiest to stick to doing, so congratulations again.

    As for taking on the challenge of getting another char to 99... You must be crazy! :crazyeyes:


     
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    How can you socket a perfect Griffon's with a +5/-4 facet? That's bound to be a crime of some sort.

    99er takes a lot of patience. Grats on the achievement. Personally, I couldn't get to 94 with my lightning zon, which was the target I set for myself. So yeah, well done!

    --Greebo
     
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    Belated 'nice one' :).
     
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    That's not crime; it's blasphemy ! :smacks Cyrax over head with combined might of all LFs that my zon will throw until she reaches 99:

    But other then that good job :) The way you guys are piling up those 99ers makes me wonder if all this experience is just myth and if it's actually easy to get 99 :badteeth:


     
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    Congrats man, your finish was just too strong. No need for any explanations or excuses... :thumbsup:
     
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    Congratulations! :guiness:

    Nice touch with the video of you crossing the finishing line ;)
     

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