Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin

A character with powerful fire and lightning attacks, a cold attack with a decent freeze duration even in Hell, running around at high speed and backed up by corpse Explosion - What is there not to like?

Stats
Character name : Xenja
Character type : Assassin
Character level : 82

Strength : 103
Energy : 25
Dexterity : 79
Vitality : All the rest, giving me about 1.2K life


Skills
20 (36 after +skills) Phoenix Strike
20 (36) Claws of Thunder
20 (36) Fists of Fire
1 (17) Dragon Claw
1 (17) Dragon Flight
12 (17) + Death Sentry
2 (9) in Shadow Master (don't ask me why)
1 (8) in all shadow skills except Venom. I didn't think a low level venom was worth the bother.


Equipment
Weapon1: Natalya's Mark, socketed with a 25% damage, 27% poison resist jewel.
Weapon2: Bartuc's Cut Throat

Switch Weapon: Demon Limb
Switch Shield: 3os Kite Shield with +8 Strength Jewels (so I could equip Demon Limb)

Helm: Natalya's Totem, socketed with 8% resist all rare jewel.
Armour: Natalya's Shadow, socketed with rare resistance jewels.
Belt: String of Ears
Boots: Natalya's Soul
Gloves: Rare +2 MA

Amulet: Rare +2MA and resists
Ring1: Ravenfrost
Ring2: Dwarf Star

Inventory: 6x Martial Arts Skillers (one of Vita), 4x SCs of Balance, Tomes of TP & Identify and the cube.

Equipment Readouts:
Code:
Natalya's Mark
Scissors Suwayyah
One-Hand Damage: 130 to 165
Durability: 68 of 68
(Assassin Only)
Required Dexterity: 118
Required Strength: 118
Required Level: 79
Claw Class - Very Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x46594f67
+7 to Energy
+225% Enhanced Damage
Poison Resist +27%
Adds 12-17 fire damage
+50 cold damage over 4 seconds
40% Increased Attack Speed
Ignore Target Defense
200% Damage to Demons
200% Damage to Undead
Socketed (1: 1 used)

Death Eye
Jewel
Required Level: 37
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 84
Fingerprint: 0xb478fa12
+7 to Energy
+25% Enhanced Damage
Poison Resist +27%

Bartuc's Cut-Throat
Greater Talons
One-Hand Damage: 81 to 143
Durability: 69 of 69
(Assassin Only)
Required Dexterity: 79
Required Strength: 79
Required Level: 42
Claw Class - Very Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xe3394da5
+20 to Strength
+20 to Dexterity
+168% Enhanced Damage
+25 to Minimum Damage
+50 to Maximum Damage
6% Life stolen per hit
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
30% Faster Hit Recovery
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Natalya's Totem
Grim Helm
Defense: 282
Durability: 40 of 40
Required Strength: 58
Required Level: 59
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 85
Fingerprint: 0x6e1adc0e
+17 to Strength
+5 to Energy
+25 to Dexterity
+175 Defense
Magic Damage Reduced by 3
All Resistances +28
Replenish Life +1
13% Extra Gold from Monsters
Socketed (1: 1 used)

Plague Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 35
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x64f3f73
+5 to Energy
All Resistances +8
Replenish Life +1
13% Extra Gold from Monsters

Natalya's Shadow
Loricated Mail
Defense: 617
Durability: 36 of 36
Required Strength: 149
Required Level: 73
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x32b076fb
+3 to Dexterity
+15 to Mana
+26 to Maximum Damage
+167 Defense
Lightning Resist +56%
Cold Resist +28%
Poison Resist +25%
Poison Length Reduced by 75%
+2 to Mana After Each Kill
+2 to Shadow Discipline Skills (Assassin Only)
+79 to Life (Based on Character Level)
Socketed (3: 3 used)

Plague Gyre
Jewel
Required Level: 27
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 57
Fingerprint: 0x5a6a26da
+3 to Dexterity
+11 to Maximum Damage
Lightning Resist +28%

Ambergris Jewel of Carnage
Required Level: 18
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 48
Fingerprint: 0xe06e786
+11 to Maximum Damage
Lightning Resist +28%

Grim Talisman
Jewel
Required Level: 16
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x7d193eda
+15 to Mana
+4 to Maximum Damage
Cold Resist +28%
+2 to Mana After Each Kill

String of Ears
Demonhide Sash
Defense: 112
Durability: 22 of 22
Required Strength: 20
Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x23e90cf0
+179% Enhanced Defense
+15 Defense
Magic Damage Reduced by 15
Damage Reduced by 15%
7% Life stolen per hit
+10 Maximum Durability

Natalya's Soul
Mesh Boots
Defense: 158
Durability: 66 of 66
Kick Damage: 23 to 52
Required Strength: 65
Required Level: 25
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xc7e6b299
+121 Defense
Lightning Resist +20%
Cold Resist +20%
+50 Maximum Durability
40% Faster Run/Walk
Heal Stamina Plus 19% (Based on Character Level)

Ghoul Hand
Light Gauntlets
Defense: 48
Durability: 18 of 18
Required Strength: 45
Required Level: 37
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x1354556f
+9 to Strength
Fire Resist +23%
Replenish Life +5
20% Increased Attack Speed
+2 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)
+39 to Defense (Based on Character Level)

Chaos Necklace
Amulet
Required Level: 31
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x9928a3a4
Fire Resist +51%
Lightning Resist +17%
Cold Resist +17%
Poison Resist +17%
Half Freeze Duration
+2 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Raven Frost
Ring
Required Level: 45
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x37b00278
+20 to Dexterity
+40 to Mana
+218 to Attack Rating
Adds 15-45 cold damage over 4 seconds
20% Cold Absorb
Cannot Be Frozen

Dwarf Star
Ring
Required Level: 45
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 78
Fingerprint: 0xf7f5fe7c
+40 to Life
+40 to Maximum Stamina
Heal Stamina Plus 15%
Magic Damage Reduced by 13
100% Extra Gold from Monsters
15% Fire Absorb

Demon Limb
Tyrant Club
One-Hand Damage: 104 to 189
Durability: 65 of 65
Required Strength: 133
Required Level: 63
Mace Class - Normal Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x4faba0c8
+227% Enhanced Damage
Fire Resist +20%
Adds 222-333 fire damage
13% Life stolen per hit
123% Damage to Demons
150% Damage to Undead
Level 23 Enchant (20/20 Charges)
Repairs 1 durability in 20 seconds

Gemmed Kite Shield
Defense: 17
Chance to Block:  33%
Durability: 30 of 30
Required Strength: 47
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0x2c782d67
+24 to Strength
Socketed (3: 3 used)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 57
Fingerprint: 0x8178e668
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm of Life
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x7b44e18
+14 to Life
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm of Vita
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 69
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x75b7c015
+38 to Life
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x6b330877
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 85
Fingerprint: 0x8d25cb1b
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Shogukusha's Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 42
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 60
Fingerprint: 0x386ad205
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)

Small Charm of Balance
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0xb52b189f
5% Faster Hit Recovery

Small Charm of Balance
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 85
Fingerprint: 0x9cb9732d
5% Faster Hit Recovery

Small Charm of Balance
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0x7ef2bcc5
5% Faster Hit Recovery

Bronze Small Charm of Balance
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 29
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x6211be78
+9 to Attack Rating
5% Faster Hit Recovery

Iron Small Charm of Pestilence
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 31
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 86
Fingerprint: 0xd9271306
+22 to Attack Rating
+25 poison damage over 5 seconds

Iron Small Charm of Thunder
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 31
Item Version: 1.10+ Expansion
Item Level: 80
Fingerprint: 0x5f806fb1
+21 to Attack Rating
Adds 1-12 lightning damage
Mercenary Equipment
A2 Blessed Aim merc:
Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Armour: Duriel's Shell
Weapon: The Reaper's Toll


Finds
Hellforge: Um NM, Gul Hel.
My second ever character to do the double. The first was another Assassin, Trinity.
I also found a Skullder's Ire in the Hell CS. At least I think I did, I am playing so many characters at the moment it could have easily not been with this one.


Random Thoughts
My second charge up assassin, and she was great fun to play. I pretty much only used Phoenix Strike, with a Dragon Claw or Dragon Flight finisher. Although I put points into Death Sentry, it only got used a few times, mainly when I died and couldn't retrieve my body (witches in the WSK). Claws of Thunder was also used only a few times. The main reason is that most of the time I seem to find myself getting attacked by more than one kind of monster. If some are LI, the are often FI. So my combat sequences normally went like this:
- Charge to no 3 & release with Dragon Claw. This freezes everything not CI very nicely, even in Hell.
- Unless the mob is LI, try to release charge 2 (Lightning).
- If I mess up and release 1 or 3, it normally dealt with other monsters or kept the freeze going.
- If the monsters were CI, the decrep from my merc kept them still long enough to rain meteors down on their heads.

Key setup was like this. I try to keep the same keys as much as possible on all my assassins, as this stops me hitting the wrong buttons when I change characters - especially PvP:

Left click - Dragon Flight.
Don't put Dragon Claw on left click and try to swap mouse buttons to release charges. Trust me, this is how I started. The main problem with this is that if you accidently left click on a monster on the far side of a pack, you will attempt to walk all the way around the pack to release the charges. Very slow and extremely annoying.

Main Attacks on right click
Z - Phoenix Strike
X - Dragon Claw
C - Claws of Thunder

Utility Skills
A - Mind Blast
D - Death Sentry
F - Cloak of Shadows

Pre-buffs
Q- Burst of Speed
W - Shadow Master

Most of the time you run around with right click held down. On the keyboard you alternate between PD and DC to charge and release. It reminded me of Daley Thompson's Decathlon on the ZX Spectrum at times. The biggest problem with getting the charges released properly is either missing or getting interrupted, so you rhythm gets messed up. This is why ITD, AR and FHR are important.

I think one of the reasons that Nat's set works so well for this build is the ITD on the claw. This means you hit all the time against regular monsters, meaning you will always charge up. Agains bosses (especially the ancients) AR is important for the same reason. Hence the Blessed Aim merc and the Demon Limb. My AR was about 8K with Blessed Aim.

All in all a great build that really fits the class specific set nicely. The drawback is that you need to level to 79 to equip the claw, normally I prefer to be in endgame gear at the start of Hell. I leveled to 76 at NM Baal, and then to 79 in The Cave in The Cold Plains. I enjoyed the versatility and the play style. Not a build to play if you just want to play without thinking, you have to plan your attacks. It isn't like playing a Zealot, just wading in and shift clicking.

Cookie
Once more, a cookie for anyone who can find out where the name comes from. Two clues - I spelt the name with a 'j' (=y sound as in 'you') instead of an 'i' and it comes from a film.
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Patriach Kastagir - PvP WW Barb
PvP Sept 4/7
I completed this one earlier in the year and he has already seem a bit of action on the Blood Moor. Just a quick write up for the sake of completeness.


Stats
Character name : Kastagir
Character type : Barbarian
Character level : 87
Character exp : 1328254544

Strength : 126
Energy : 10
Dexterity : 155
Vitality : 239
Stat Points Rem : 0
Skill Points Rem: 0

Life : 1662 / 1143
Mana : 625 / 96
Stamina : 1298 / 392


Skills
20 Whirlwind
20 Battle Orders
14 Leap
20 Sword Mastery


Equipment
Equipment is for PvM, but does't really change much for PvP, only the stuff marked* Anyone who has read Doomas' PvP WW Barb guide can easily work out what gets equipped on the moor.

Weapon1: 'Grief' Phase Blade
Weapon2: Stormshield

Switch: 2x Echoing Swords (thanks to Dune)

Helm: Arreat's Face
Armour: Duress Great Hauberk
Belt: String of Ears*
Boots: Gore Riders
Gloves: Laying of Hands*

Amulet: Metalgrid
Ring1: Ravenfrost
Ring2: Rare with Mana Leech*

Inventory: Sharp GCs and Fine / Life GCs


Mercenary Equipment
A2 Might merc:
Helm: Tal Rasha's Horadric Crest
Armour: Duriel's Shell
Weapon: The Reaper's Toll


Finds
Hellforge: ?? NM, Hell Io.
Pretty dismal on the finds front really.


Random Thoughts
Yes, another PvP cookie cutter, but there is never any glory in leaving a pretty corpse.
Kastagir has already had a brief try out on the moor, and he has done OK. I think most of the PvP problems are between the keyboard and chair, and not with the build itself. I need to put in a bit of time to level him further, ideally to about 92.


Cookie
Again, a cookie for anyone who can find out where the name comes from. I think Google or Wikipedia will turn this one up fairly quickly, but I will be impressed if anyone knows this one without resorting to a search. He's linked to one of my 2h sword sept characters.



What Next?
I have about nine characters in various stages of Hell, mostly in A1, so I suppose that I had better play some of them. The trouble is that I find planning and building new characters so addictive.

I am mainly working on my PvP sept (idea blatantly stolen from Z_Y), a themed trio based on the book The History Of The Runestaff and continuing my obsession with assassins. Actually I now have no assassins in progress, so maybe I had better start another one ... or three?
 

NagisaFurukawa

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Congrats on the double! PS sins are fun, aren't they? =). On a different note, I take it Leap is somehow useful in PvP? For you to take it over Shout has this PvMer wondering.

No idea on the names. Somebody enlighten us!
 

Eric Xanthu

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Kastigir is from Highlander (his African friend that dies in the alley).
 

bassano

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Nice phoenix striker grats for it I have simmilar with cold+light a place of your fire+light and it is really nice build. Only with ancients I had huge problems.

But I think that you can choose axe mastery a place of sword mastery for PvP beacuse BA range is for PvP WW barb very important. But when you have PB grief sword mastery is better. Shame that you do not have BA grief. PB grief is better for another builds so furydruid and others. :smiley:

@NagisaFurukawa: leap is usefull for knockback(or stun I do not know what is it exactlly) of your enemies and on lvl14+some skills it have range more than one screen so you can provide stun from very long distance and after that stun you can teleporting on enemy and make ww. It is very important againist sorcs whitch have bad FHR.
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

*Gives Eric Xanthu a cookie*
Second one is still up for grabs, I'll allow Google as it is fairly obscure.

@Z_Y: No typo, the numbers were from ATMA. I get about 3K life with BO, but I have almost no lifers in the stash at the moment. I need to get some better charms though. What would you say is a respectable life figure after BO? I may have a few stat points in the wrong place, but I don't think many (to allow max block with a Stormshield). :undecided:

@bassano: I know BA would be better for this build, but Phase Blade allows me to hit 5FPA on a wolf too. Being indestructable, it is much better for PvM.

... and axes are a weapon for sidekicks. Hero gets the sword, sidekick gets an axe. Swords look so much cooler :grin:
 

LD50

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Grats on both!

I'll have to make an assassin one of these days..
 

Zhao_Yue

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

@Z_Y: No typo, the numbers were from ATMA. I get about 3K life with BO, but I have almost no lifers in the stash at the moment. I need to get some better charms though. What would you say is a respectable life figure after BO? I may have a few stat points in the wrong place, but I don't think many (to allow max block with a Stormshield). :undecided:
I thought those 2 numbers were before and after BO. I'd rather have the charms provide life rather than dmg since Grief already supplies uber +dmg. 4-5k would be nice.

Use Highlander's Wrath instead of Metalgrid.



 

Ugla

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Congrats on both characters :thumbsup:
I don't know much about PvP, but I certainly like the mat-part here. I'm surprised that PS's third charge freezes reliably even on Hell, good to know that *making note*.

What a shame I still lack the green claw. I have found multiple yellow ones, both with normal and trippled durability - seems like I'm shooting ghosts so far :rolleyes:

May your claws and ears stay safe!
 

Eric Xanthu

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

I typed the Kastigir answer before running off to work, and realized the Xenja reference on my way to the car. Xenia Onatop, James Bond: Goldeneye.
 

TedDeeBoy

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

Congrats Ugla two awesome chars there
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

@Z_Y: Thanks for the tips, I'll have an equipment shuffle and see how he ends up looking.

@Eric Xanthu: Correctomondo. Nice going without Google :thumbsup:
*hands Eric a second cookie*

@TedDeeBoy: Wrong person / thread, but thanks anyway :grin:

Thanks for all the comments everyone.
 

TedDeeBoy

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: Matriach Xenja - Natalya's Set Phoenix Strike Assassin and Kastagir - PvP WW Barb

@Z_Y: Thanks for the tips, I'll have an equipment
@TedDeeBoy: Wrong person / thread, but thanks anyway :grin:

Thanks for all the comments everyone.
:embarassed: Congrats Maxicek



 
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