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Matriach Kierka - Meteorb Sorc

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  1. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    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.
     
  2. sorcynecro

    sorcynecro IncGamers Member

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    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
     
  3. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    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.
     
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    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?)
     
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    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.
     
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    Grim shields cant hit 4 sockets. Only monarchs and pally shields.
    Or else every one would use grim hehe :rolleyes:
     
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    Hmmm don't i feel stupid, guess i never realized that.

    *runs away in shame*
     
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    Congratulations, maxicek!

    Jude
     
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    A Full Tal sorc!! congrats maxicek!
     
  10. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    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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