Matriarch at last.

DundeeKahn

Diabloii.Net Member
Matriarch at last.

At last I made it.
Gwen is now a Matriarch. She made it a week ago at Clvl **. :clap:

Gwen is a ES sorc with Nova and FO as attack skills. The idea came from that lovely article by Zarhrezz (sp) about Energy Shield. I found out I would have plenty of mana and plenty of +lightning skills, and decided to go Nova for main skill. As backup , I chose Frozen orb for being the least skill point hungry skill a sorc can use efficiently.

Build

Str:112 (for gerkes, tried to get skillers with +str, but got no replies...)
Dex. base
vita: base
Nrg: 339 (so far)
resists: -70% (the funniest part)
Life:207
Mana:1886

I believe I have 39 points left. You never know...

Skills

Nova 20
ES 10
TK 20
FO 20
LM 16 IIRC so far, next points would come here
CM 1
Warmth 1
pre-requisites 1

The gear permited to cast ES at level 40. Being a prebuff skill, It was pretty ok. Only pain in the @22 was Manaburn, which made me go back to stash, recast the shield.

Gear for buffering:
+3 Lightning circlet
+3 Lightning amulet
2 SOJs
Aracnid Mesh
ES Ormus's Robes
+3 ES staff Memory (for +9)
+9 skillers

Skill level 40 and over 2400 seconds of duration, which didnt run off a single time... 40 minutes with no mana burns is paradise, you see...

After prebuff, Change gear to:
3x% Gheed's
Faceted Griffon's Eye
Mal'ed Gladiator's Bane
+2 sorc skill with -21 PDR amulet
+3 Eschuta
-2 skillers + Cube and Tomes of Identify and TP
Frostburns and Lidless wall (for 105% BP and Mana) or
Magefist and Gerke's Sanctuary (fos 105% BP and - MDR) vs Gloams.

The lower row was fulfilled with +2 str and enough +5%FHR SC to get me 60% BP, IIRC.

this allowed me to teleport really fast as well as Novaing them down with amazing speed.
It was a reasonably expensive char itemwise,with that ES staff taking 2 months of dealing here at the SPF, but it was fun enough to pay it back. (I have this habit of trading/searching for the gear before I start the Character. Untwinked I play only in HC)

I had problems with dual immunes when the were aura enchanted, for the merc would die very often to their lightnings. I had to mule in money a couple times for ressurections. Merc was wearing Shaft, Gaze and Eth Reaper's Toll. Maybe the lack of resistances helped his dying a lot...

The game was such a cakewalk in N and NM. Hell blessed me with the coolest map seed for The pits Ever: I keep getting TC's 87. The lack of luck comes from this build relies on gear a lot, so I can load on MF all I want to in my runs. Got a Cranium Basher so far and some other stuff I cant recall right now.
Act IV was the thoughest part with that Gloams near Izual making me give up and pump str for Gerke's (it was not in the original plan).

It took me so long to Mat her because University is taking all my time away. I am in the last semester right now, writing my monography...

For those who missed the tar, here I am again. For those who didnt, I understand.

Next project: Fishmancer with skill level 45 in mastery and 43 raise, so far...

Questions?
 

Nightfish

Diabloii.Net Member
Congrats on the mat and good luck on your next project! That'll be one version of the Fishymancer I haven't tried myself yet. (due to lack of items)
 
Well done! ES sorcs are cool, and nova is pretty stylish to. certainly an original build! there's a pint or 6 waiting for you at the EMB if you need to celebrate.
Can i ask what items you use to get lvl 43 skele with 45 mastery?
 

Chimaira

Diabloii.Net Member
Congratulations...I too think ES sorceress are pretty damn cool. On a scale from 1-10 where 1 is a regular Sorceress and 10 is Concentrate Barb how well does an ES sorceress tank?? I want to try it out myself, but don't think I'll be able to pull off lvl 40 Energy Shield:( A sorceress with Gladiators Bane..how cool is that?
 

DundeeKahn

Diabloii.Net Member
farting bob said:
Can i ask what items you use to get lvl 43 skele with 45 mastery?
20 each + 8 skillers + shako + maras + trangs armor + arm of leoric + 2 Soj + +3 boneflame (after changed for curse and resist boost)+ Marrowalk IIRC
It will increase with arachnid mesh and 2 extra skillers and +3 circlet and amulet if I ever get those...

@ Chimaira: nothing beats a sorc in a Black wire fleece!

@ Nightfish: Thats why I play ubertwinked SC and untwinked HC...
 

corax

Diabloii.Net Member
awesonme pat dundee:drink:

for the fishy why not use a +3 summoning ammy and circlet. :D
 

ToastedTacoGuy

Diabloii.Net Member
that twinkage is quite impressive. with your 43 or whatever in RS how many skeletons can you summon? it seems to me that you would be close to invincible with that number of minions. especially since i felt pretty safe with my lvl 23 RS on bnet.
 

DundeeKahn

Diabloii.Net Member
ToastedTacoGuy said:
that twinkage is quite impressive. with your 43 or whatever in RS how many skeletons can you summon? it seems to me that you would be close to invincible with that number of minions. especially since i felt pretty safe with my lvl 23 RS on bnet.
17 IIRC...
About invencibility, all those things that would treat you with 10 skellies still do with 17+. That is Gloams, vipers and stuff. On the other hand, Marrowalk grants me 600+ Bone armor for a single skill point. :) Pretty cheap, aint it?
But leave the fishy at peace. You will get a Pat thread in the near (or not so) future... :uhhuh:
 

Disco-neck Ted

The Dark Library
Nice mat. Massive style points. :drink:


As for the icon, a little "Welcome to My Nightmare" action is always appreciated. Nice to see it return.
 

supermatt

Diabloii.Net Member
gg. i've never tried ES myself - i've always gone straight for offensive skills with the Sorcs i've played. anyway, that's quite an ambitious looking next project... you appear to be somewhat slvl obsessed :teeth:

i'm not sure what the highest slvl i've ever used was... probably on my Javazons though (i have 1 in 1.09 - Helene, clvl 95 and 1 in 1.10 - Athena, clvl **).

:) matt
 
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