Matriach Kierka - Meteorb Sorc

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Matriach Kierka - Meteorb Sorc

This was the second character I ever made in D2. She was mothballed with bad gear before my B-Net days, and got made redundant when I made a Blizzsorc for MFing when I returned to SP. I re-equipped her for MPing and left her again after had pushed her to her Hellforge drop.

After 1000+ Pindle runs with my Blizzsorc I was getting a bit bored of looking for Tal's Guardianship and decided to blow the dust off her and get her through Act 4. It was late at night, I killed a random Unique Oblivion Knight and he dropped a Green Lacquered Plate. Another Trang Oul's Scales I thought as I put it into my stash and pushed on to finish off hell Diablo.

Next morning it struck me that Trang Oul's is a Chaos Armour. So I had a second look (with less tired eyes) to find this:

Tal Rasha's Guardianship (Not bad considering I had about 25% MF at the time)
Lacquered Plate
Defense: 918
Durability: 55 of 55
Required Strength: 83
Required Level: 71
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: **
Fingerprint: 0xfd75566e
+400 Defense
Magic Damage Reduced by 15
Fire Resist +40%
Lightning Resist +40%
Cold Resist +40%
112% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (since socketed it with PTopaz)
Requirements -60%

So, four years in the making, presenting Matriach Kierka, full Tal Rasha's Set Meteorb sorceress:

Character name : Kierka
Character type : Sorceress
Character level : 81
Character exp : 749496494

Strength : 145
Energy : 64
Dexterity : 27
Vitality : 254
Stat Points Rem : 5 (Will probably go into Strength so I can change the Sandstorms for MF Boots)
Skill Points Rem: 0

Life : 1051 / 648
Mana : 543 / 253
Stamina : 432 / 398

Skills
Meteor 20
Fireball 20
Firebolt 3
Fire Mastery 8
Frozen Orb 20
Cold Mastery 8 (18 after + skills)
Warmth 2 (Bit of a waste but I was new to the game)

Equipment
Weapon 1: Tal Rasha's Lidless Eye (+1FM, +2CM, +1LM)
Shield 1: 'Spirit' Monarch (26% FCR)

Weapon 2: Tal Rasha's Lidless Eye (+2FM, +1CM, +1LM)
Shield 2: 'Rhyme' Grim Shield

Armour: Tal Rasha's Guardianship
Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Belt: Tal Rasha's Fine-Spun Cloth
Boots: Sandstorm Trek
Gloves: Magefist

Amulet: Tal Rasha's Adjudication
Ring1: Nagelring (24% MF)
Ring2: Nagelring (22% MF)

Inventory:
Code:
Burning Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 56
Fingerprint: 0xabc4c12d
+1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)

Small Charm of Vita
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 39
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 83
Fingerprint: 0xe420995
+18 to Life

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 62
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x95265913
98% Extra Gold from Monsters
30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Reduces All Vendor Prices 11%

Large Charm of Strength
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 13
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 85
Fingerprint: 0x7c1f83b4
+5 to Strength

Small Charm of Fortune
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 18
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 60
Fingerprint: 0x1d683b65
4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Small Charm of Fortune
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 18
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x89c7ad63
4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Mercenary Items
Armour: Atma's Wail
Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Weapon: Insight Cryptic Axe

Best finds: Tal's Guardianship.
Hellforge: NM Fal I think - it was a long time ago. Hell Ist.

Playing Experience
I didn't really like her to be honest. The main reason for this is the delay before a Meteor hits. Blizzard hits straight away, then you get the delay, Meteor has it at both ends making it very difficult to hit stuff if the Merc isn't standing there taking the hits. When Fireball got more powerful things got better though.
I chose to use Spirit shield and go without block. I have tried both routes for a sorc and am still undecided which I prefer.

Retirement Plans
Re-equip with more MF gear and go an pay NM Andariel a few hundred visits with the vain hope of finding a SOJ. I could use some more Manald Heal's for my melee characters anyway. And probably a few MP Baal runs to level her up a bit too.

Eventually I will make a Blizzballer and the Tal's Set will go onto her. But there are many more characters to Mat / Pat before I start that one.
 

sorcynecro

Diabloii.Net Member
Not bad maxicek. The irony here is i have a blizzballer mfer who found the Tals armour early on and is now looking for Trangoul's scales for my necro. Wish i had your luck with them.

Did you find that your merc did well with Atma's as i have mine equipped with Duriel's shell for the CBF which seems to keep him alive longer with the CE and general cold attacks coupled with him being surrounded.

Also your merc has a slow attack weapon - correct me if I'm wrong as i am no expert -, did you choose this intentionally as i find a slow attack hampers his tank ability as he dies too quickly in hell. maybe its just me
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
I normally use Duriel's or a Shaftstop on my Merc, but I had run out. One of my rules is that each character should remain fully equipped for his (her) stage in the game. So if I pat / mat a character I don't strip them of their equipment. I may change their stuff, but the character would have to be capable of killing Hell Baal solo in the equipment I left them in. This means I don't end up recycling the same few uber pieces of equipment on every character and makes it enjoyable even when I find my fourth Duriels Shell (like I did recently).

So this merc got Atma's Wail and a Cryptic Axe. I think I equiped Atma's to give him a dext boost earlier in the game. He died loads, but I figured that was more to do with a low level, probably wrongly. I'm not that great with melee stats & figures.
 

SiTro

Diabloii.Net Member
Detailed write up, and congrats!

Four years is quite some time to invest in a character, but what was your first like? Did they ever kill Baal/(Diablo?)
 

Zutumbal

Banned
Hey congrats man, Thats a really nice find, i guess i was lucky on my Tal Guard. find i found it from pindle and it only took me 437 runs.

Hey i never thought of using a Spirit on a monarch shield the Stre requirment is to high for a sorc, i would rather make it on a grim shield.
 

YoungDbl

Diabloii.Net Member
Grim shields cant hit 4 sockets. Only monarchs and pally shields.
Or else every one would use grim hehe :rolleyes:
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Detailed write up, and congrats!

Four years is quite some time to invest in a character, but what was your first like? Did they ever kill Baal/(Diablo?)
First is a lvl 45 Barb, I still plan to pat him one day. (see Jude's Poll)

Thanks for the comments everyone.



 
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