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Matriarch BoltOnBoltOff, Charged Boltress

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  1. maareek

    maareek IncGamers Member

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    She's The Bolter.

    I'd never made a Charged Boltress, but when Zenigma mentioned making one with his freshly made Infinity in the IFT a little while back it seemed like a reasonable way to put my new(ish) Infinity through its paces while also testing out a build I had no experience with. Probably wouldn't have bothered with a thread except I had recently read a comment by one of my favorite Youtube let's players (and by "one of my favorites" I mean "the only one I make time for anymore") saying his favored recording software was OBS so I decided to test that against what I had done before (FRAPS, along with the subsequent encoding). So basically this thread is just going to be some readouts and three videos. At least there's commentary!

    In order to see how she'd fare as a pure Boltress, I didn't take a backup attack, so she currently has 30 skill points unassigned. Finds were a Gull, a Gul and a Felloak. She took 10 hours, 8 minutes and 17 seconds for which I mostly blame thinking I could play her at the same time as listening to various lectures and panel discussion videos on Youtube, as it turns out D2 characters are less interesting than discussions on nothing and Bill Nye getting fired up about math.


    Leveling runs in the Pits, from before hitting 80. I didn't realize until I had uploaded this one that I had messed up in the settings (when I set it up to downscale 1080 into 720 it saved the scaling ratio, even when recording in 600p, and I didn't think to check that at first). There's some amount of random brain droppings that demonstrate my tenuous grasp on sanity, though, if you're into that kind of thing.


    Some p5 Pit runs after getting the sorc and merc geared, or at least what I thought was finished at the time. Glorious 480p this time around, and I even show the gear, for those who go for that. Plus it's not as long, but still manages to preserve the awkward failness of the original.


    p3/p8/p3 Baal run, with a little overview of the gear. Witness sub-par playing combined with statements that are, at times, obviously untrue!

    Gear
    Code:
    Griffon's Eye
    Diadem
    Defense: 178
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0x4ed5dc8
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 41 Nova when you Level-Up
    +1 to All Skills
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -25% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +15% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +125 Defense
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
    
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0xb76072c0
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 41 Nova when you Level-Up
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -5% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +3% to Lightning Skill Damage
    
    Crescent Moon
    Crystal Sword
    ShaelUmTir
    One Hand Damage: 14 - 44
    Durability: 20 of 20
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x1b89c795
    Item Level: 45
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 17 Chain Lightning on striking
    7% Chance to cast level 13 Static Field on striking
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    196% Enhanced Damage
    Ignore Target's Defense
    -35% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    25% Chance of Open Wounds
    +9 Magic Absorb
    +2 to Mana after each Kill
    Level 18 Summon Spirit Wolf (30/30 Charges)
    3 Sockets (3 used)
    Socketed: Shael Rune
    Socketed: Um Rune
    Socketed: Tir Rune
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 143
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 85 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0xab1aec2a
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +108 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
    
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense: 134
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0xb7e511c
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +114% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)
    
    Skin of the Vipermagi
    Serpentskin Armor
    Defense: 279
    Durability: 24 of 24
    Required Level: 47
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0xe31b431c
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +30% Faster Cast Rate
    +120% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +48
    Magic Damage Reduced by 10
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Um Rune
    
    Mara's Kaleidoscope
    Amulet
    Required Level: 67
    Fingerprint: 0xf66ac32b
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    All Stats +5
    All Resistances +29
    
    War Traveler
    Battle Boots
    Defense: 120
    Durability: 48 of 48
    Required Level: 42
    Required Strength: 95
    Fingerprint: 0x35edf7ec
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +25% Faster Run/Walk
    Adds 15 - 25 Damage
    +151% Enhanced Defense
    +10 to Strength
    +10 to Vitality
    40% Slower Stamina Drain
    Attacker Takes Damage of 6
    46% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    +30 Maximum Durability
    
    The Stone of Jordan
    Ring
    Required Level: 29
    Fingerprint: 0xb4fa4ed
    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: 0x656b14db
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    4% Life stolen per hit
    +42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +50 Maximum Stamina
    
    Laying of Hands
    Bramble Mitts
    Defense: 85
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0xd9990c5e
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    10% Chance to cast level 3 Holy Bolt on striking
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    +350% Damage to Demons
    +25 Defense
    Fire Resist +50%
    
    Call to Arms
    War Scepter
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 36 - 62
    Durability: 70 of 70
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 55
    Fingerprint: 0x56a9b202
    GUID: 0x5a9ae240 0x6303b098 0x0
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion
    +2 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    269% Enhanced Damage
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +2 to Fist of the Heavens (Paladin Only)
    +3 to Holy Shield (Paladin Only)
    +1 to Conversion (Paladin Only)
    +16 to Battle Command
    +13 to Battle Orders
    +13 to Battle Cry
    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: 137
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 85 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0x1213c4ed
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +34% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +109 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
    Charms
    Code:
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x2dbf64c7
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +3
    
    Sparking Grand Charm of Inertia
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x9130e571
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    +7% Faster Run/Walk
    
    Sparking Grand Charm of Life
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x257a8eae
    Item Level: 66
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    +20 to Life
    
    Shimmering Grand Charm of Life
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0x6183429e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +18 to Life
    All Resistances +14
    
    Garnet Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0xa201c79f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    Fire Resist +8%
    
    Shimmering Small Charm
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 25
    Fingerprint: 0xcdfbfa9f
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +4
    
    Coral Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 20
    Fingerprint: 0xcf1c3cac
    Item Level: 45
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15 to Life
    Lightning Resist +9%
    
    Cobalt Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 39
    Fingerprint: 0x2c4a747e
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    Cold Resist +9%
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x50fd039b
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Serpent's Grand Charm of Sustenance
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 53
    Fingerprint: 0xcd36c385
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +35 to Life
    +51 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x7c225f73
    Item Level: 82
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +13 to Life
    +16 to Mana
    
    Sparking Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x86e1b149
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Amber Small Charm of Balance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0xcc412a81
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5% Faster Hit Recovery
    Lightning Resist +10%
    Merc
    Code:
    Andariel's Visage
    Demonhead
    Defense: 313
    Durability: 10 of 20
    Required Level: 83
    Required Strength: 102
    Fingerprint: 0x37978aca
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
    +2 to All Skills
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    10% Life stolen per hit
    +102% Enhanced Defense
    +30 to Strength
    +10% to Maximum Poison Resist
    Fire Resist -30%
    Poison Resist +70%
    Level 3 Venom (3/20 Charges)
    
    Duriel's Shell
    Cuirass
    Defense: 706
    Durability: 150 of 150
    Required Level: 41
    Required Strength: 65
    Fingerprint: 0x451407f7
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15% Increased Attack Speed
    +196% Enhanced Defense
    +106 Defense (Based on Character Level)
    +15 to Strength
    +85 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Cold Resist +30%
    All Resistances +20
    Cannot Be Frozen
    +100 Maximum Durability
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Jewel of Fervor
    
    Jewel of Fervor
    Jewel
    Required Level: 31
    Fingerprint: 0xb0d8c872
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15% Increased Attack Speed
    
    Infinity
    Thresher
    BerMalBerIst
    Two Hand Damage: 85 - 1000
    Durability: 33 of 33
    Required Level: 63
    Required Strength: 142
    Required Dexterity: 108
    Fingerprint: 0x23bb4c09
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion
    50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
    Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
    +35% Faster Run/Walk
    374% Enhanced Damage
    -49% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    40% Chance of Crushing Blow
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +42 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
    Thanks to Nagisa for three of the Sparking skillers (the lifer I found), Rawness for the Amber SC of Balance and the Serpent's GC of Sustenance, and nulio for the facet in the Griffon's, the base for the Infinity and for originally sending the beta CtA to Nagisa. Thanks, again, to Nagisa and frozzzen for sending that stick my way.

    And, of course, thanks to you for reading/watching/commenting/praying for my sanity. It is appreciated. No direct kpop this time around, but in case anyone is brave enough I'll include a link to the playlist on my channel just to sort of save face.
     
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    Congrats, I've made a Sparkler a couple of times and I've always loved how the build plays, but I've never had one as decked out as yours though.
     
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    I haven't finished mine yet! D:
    Diablo 2 has taken a back seat to Heroes of the Storm for now... But mine is rolling through at /p8, so that's pretty neat to me. I think she's in act 4 now.
     
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    That thing is a killing machine, I definitely wouldn't like to play against her on MFO.

    "She took 10 hours, 8 minutes and 17 seconds"


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  5. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    Congrats maareek. You need a cheesy 1.07 MPK ring .... Nice to see Crescent Moon there too instead of the 200FCR stuff.
     
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    Nice sorc there maareek. While waiting for a Cham, you could always Ral your merc's helm. /p89 Baal runs are difficult enough as is. ;) Great commentary.
     
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    Nice Mat! I also liked the Crescent Moon. Not only is it a cool weapon, but it makes for some very interested related videos on YouTube... :D
     
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    Really liking all the bolts flying around.

    What the hell are you doing in the throne??? You're teleporting everywhere to get out of trouble. Wouldn't it be easier to stand on the stairs so your merc only has to fight off one monster at a time?

    Playlist i was first like the pic Grip posted. After listening for a bit i felt it wasn't so bad. Maybe if i listen some more i'll start to like it. :eek:
     
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    <nulio>you didnt even use teh 1.07 LoH I got you
    <maareek>they're on my barb

    I'll petition the admins to add a dislike button so I can dislike every reek post forever and ever and ever!
     
  10. maareek

    maareek IncGamers Member

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    @TheNix: Thanks. To me the build is like Frost Nova or pure Glacial Spike: cool and fun to use but with enough issues I'm happy with the char being done when they're done.

    @Zenigma: Awesome, good luck with finishing her up!

    @Gripphon: Probably really slow compared to you multiple instances users, and as I alluded to even slow for me (should've been able to get to Baal at 85 1.5-2 hours earlier, but meh). More importantly, I'm very surprised that you realized Patrick Stewart is a big kpop fan; people think that was a look of derision, but in fact this song had just started up over the speakers and, it being the good captain's jam, he was about to get down.

    @maxicek: I actually picked one up off nulio recently, but I didn't feel like I needed it here. I should've tried it out, though. And yeah, I tried out a 200FCR Lightning sorc years ago and didn't like it nearly as much as the ones that actually deal damage. ^^

    @Zylo: Thanks. I actually have the Cham now, I'm just deciding on my future plans to see whether putting the rune in a merc helm or a Harley will be more useful going forward. And I need to farm up another socket quest before I can put anything in the Andy's, anyway, but you do have a point since I'm sure that with a Ral in the merc's helm I could jump up to at least /p95 runs. ;)

    @BBS: Thanks. I'm all about making it so people have interesting related videos on Youtube. ;p

    @Cyrax: I'm five years removed from Baal runs, but what I remember from then was standing on the stairs was what I wanted to do for waves 1-3, but waves 4-5 would tend to spread around the sides of the platform and get troublesome so I'd instead teleport into the main area and then port back gradually, funneling the monsters in to my attacks and dispatching them more quickly. I did neither of those things this video for two reasons: 1. I'm awful and 2. When my mouth starts working, my brain stops. Of course some would argue something must commence before it can cease, but I'm sticking to my story.

    Sounds like you're coming down with an acute case of the kpop virus. There is only one known cure: moar kpop.

    @nulio: It's important to have my barb at 100% readiness at all times, in case the world is in need of an Afterhorker. You wouldn't want me to leave the planet defenseless just because of one girl with a serious thing for static electricity, would you? ;p
     
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    dat name doe.

    Nice stuff, good to see videos reminding me why I don't play anymore with you crazy players around.

    biribiri level 6 shift OP.
     
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    maareek IncGamers Member

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    I know, right?

    It's pretty sad nobody currently around can compete with your skill level, agreed.

    pancake armchair cabinet toothpaste to you, as well.
     
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    really cool char! but why did you choose merc with thorns? and why do i find this video in the related suggestions?
     
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    Based on the writing in the background being something in the family of Arabic (I'm not familiar enough to make a more precise estimate) and "Crescent Moon" being in the title of my video I'm going to draw the inference that Youtube is suggesting videos in some way tagged as related with Islam (or Muslim or things along that line). Not all Muslims use the Crescent Moon and Star as a symbol or flag or banner or whatever term you wish to use, but a large number do and it's pretty much universally viewed from outside as a symbol of Islam, even though it has nothing to do with the faith originally, having reached that status only because Osman chose to appropriate Constantinople's flag as the Ottomans own after taking the city. The fact the Ottoman flag waved over almost all of the Muslim world for a few centuries probably explains why they're so closely linked, though.

    Thanks! Not thorns; might. In case thorns was a typo: to my mind Might is the only merc aura that helps a sorceress, so it's the only one I use.
     
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    Really nice job! I may make my own soon. :whistle:
     
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    Bah, I knew I should have finished my charged bolt/hydra sorc sooner! Now I'll just look like I'm trying to copy the great maareek. Nice job though, I would at least sink those extra skill points somewhere. I would say ES, but you don't seem to use it in your videos so maybe enchant for more merc damage just for lolz.
     
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    You can copy his sorc, why not. Copy her and make even better videos of her. Then you will be called great Pyro while Maareek will return to his god-like status.
     
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    *takes antidote*

    When did he get crowned to be a god?

    @Pyrotechnician You still live! Where have you been?!!

    *stops hyjacking thread*
     
  19. maareek

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    Yeah I'm not much of an ES fan, but enchant for the merc does sound pretty lol-worthy. Was figuring I'd dump points into having a weak FO back-up if I needed it, but the only PI/LI I ran across was Bremm and I didn't feel it was necessary (plus I just dislike FO) so I just decided saving them would be good for style points. A point (or maybe even more) in Shiver Armor wouldn't have been bad, either.

    As for feeling like you were copying me, I offer 3 reasons to not worry about it:
    1. Charged Bolt isn't exactly a new or completely unheard of build.
    2. Having a backup makes it play differently than what I did
    3. Most important of all, you'd be the first person ever in history to copy the "great" maareek. ;p So you'd still be an original (even moreso than you already are for being the first to refer to me as great ;))!

    @Godrax: Grip has a tendency to call everyone inferior to him in play skill a god and of course that includes everyone.
     
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    Does this mean we all get the perks like money, fame and girls? OMG the girls! :rolleyes:

    After listening to you playlist some more to it i decided that i like at least some of the songs, so i'll have to go through them to check which ones i like and which not so much.
     

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