Matriarch Brienne - 2h Sword Vengeance Amazon

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Matriarch Brienne - 2h Sword Vengeance Amazon

Brienne is my third two handed sword wielding Amazon. Zeal is pretty horrible with a 2h sword on an Amazon and, as I have already done Berserk and a Bear, that only really left Vengeance. It is about 12 years since my first 2h sword sept, so the available gear has improved somewhat since then...

Unless you have been deliberately ignoring it for the last few years, you will have probably guessed that she is a themed character based on Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.

Equipment
Weapon: “Kingslayer” Balrog Blade

The coincidence of this name was just too good, given who gives Brienne the sword in the series.

Switch: “Call to Arms” Colossus Crossbow

The crossbow has a special significance in GoT, so I wanted to incorporate it somehow. I did think about an upped Burrito Cannon for a while, but there is no point being able to dish out huge damage with a 2h Sword if you have to run away all the time as you have low life. CtA Crossbow worked well, damage was high enough to help thin out big packs like in The Flayer Jungle.

Helm: Kira's Guardian
Much needed resists and CBF frees up a ring slot.

Armour: 1.07 Garnet Ancient Armor of the Titan 4os

I wanted a dark coloured full armour look. Fortitude doesn’t really help for this build, so I went shopping in 1.07. Many hours and arguments with Larzuk later, I had something serviceable. 30IAS solved my attack speed problems the rest was stuffed for damage.
(This has unfortunately since been Heled though.)

Belt: Rare with FHR and Strength
Boots: War Traveller
Gloves: Crafted Blood Gloves with 20% IAS and Mana Leech

War Traveller for the damage. Gloves needed IAS, as LoH is not really helpful for vengeance I went for more crushing blow.

Amulet: Mara’s
Ring 1: BKWB
Ring 2: Rare with dual leech and AR

Inventory:
A few Amber charms
One Sharp for a bit of base AR
Rest 1.07 max damage

Code:
Kingslayer
Balrog Blade
MalUmGulFal
One Hand Damage: 86 - 437
Two Hand Damage: 320 - 692
Indestructible
Required Level: 53
Required Strength: 175
Required Dexterity: 77
Fingerprint: 0x3b145028
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
+30% Increased Attack Speed
291% Enhanced Damage
-25% Target Defense
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
33% Chance of Crushing Blow
50% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
+1 to Vengeance
+10 to Strength
40% Extra Gold from Monsters
Valerian Steel
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Mal Rune
Socketed: Um Rune
Socketed: Gul Rune
Socketed: Fal Rune

Call to Arms
Colossus Crossbow
AmnRalMalIstOhm
Two Hand Damage: 118 - 337
Durability: 45 of 50
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 163
Required Dexterity: 77
Fingerprint: 0x754fe3a1
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+40% Increased Attack Speed
271% Enhanced Damage
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Prevent Monster Heal
+4 to Battle Command
+3 to Battle Orders
+4 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

Kira's Guardian
Tiara
Defense: 148
Durability: 19 of 25
Required Level: 77
Fingerprint: 0x89a6ce6a
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+106 Defense
All Resistances +68
Lightning Resist +7%
Cannot Be Frozen
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Camphor Jewel of Fervor

Garnet Ancient Armor of the Titan
Ancient Armor
Defense: 231
Durability: 36 of 60
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 100
Fingerprint: 0x75700d3d
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion
+30% Increased Attack Speed
+62 to Maximum Damage
+16 to Strength
Fire Resist +25%
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Carmine Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Carmine Jewel of Fervor
Socketed: Vermilion Jewel of Wrath
Socketed: Vermilion Jewel of Wrath

Carmine Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x1c2905fa
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
+9 to Maximum Damage

Carmine Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0xe7385075
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
+7 to Maximum Damage

Vermilion Jewel of Wrath
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0xdfbd122c
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+23 to Maximum Damage

Vermilion Jewel of Wrath
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0x7aac638e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+23 to Maximum Damage

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0x6c66bea
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +25

Shadow Finger
Ring
Required Level: 74
Fingerprint: 0x38ee4512
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+114 to Attack Rating
6% Mana stolen per hit
4% Life stolen per hit
+7 to Energy
Lightning Resist +15%

Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
Ring
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0xd37a79fe
Item Level: 75
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
5% Life stolen per hit
+41 to Life (Based on Character Level)
+50 Maximum Stamina

Rune Clasp
Mesh Belt
Defense: 52
Durability: 7 of 16
Required Level: 50
Required Strength: 58
Fingerprint: 0x4c52a9c9
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Hit Recovery
+27% Enhanced Defense
+18 to Strength
Cold Resist +19%
Lightning Resist +14%
Attacker Takes Damage of 2

War Traveler
Battle Boots
Defense: 137
Durability: 40 of 48
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 95
Fingerprint: 0xcd77c0a6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+25% Faster Run/Walk
Adds 15 - 25 Damage
+187% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
40% Slower Stamina Drain
Attacker Takes Damage of 5
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+30 Maximum Durability

Corpse Touch
Sharkskin Gloves
Defense: 44
Durability: 9 of 14
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 20
Fingerprint: 0x42fb7e52
Item Level: 92
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Increased Attack Speed
3% Mana stolen per hit
1% Life stolen per hit
9% Chance of Crushing Blow
+12% Enhanced Defense
+10 to Life
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x3bad483a
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x7681a23b
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +10%

Amber Small Charm
Small Charm
Required Level: 32
Fingerprint: 0x76bd9271
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Lightning Resist +10%

Grand Charm of Maiming
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x6b08b5e0
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+20 to Maximum Damage

Jagged Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x17ad0f56
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+7 to Maximum Damage

Serrated Small Charm of Balance
Small Charm
Required Level: 45
Fingerprint: 0x6790f865
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+5% Faster Hit Recovery
+6 to Maximum Damage

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x4f2318b8
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+6 to Maximum Damage

Small Charm of Maiming
Small Charm
Required Level: 43
Fingerprint: 0x1780e7c7
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+6 to Maximum Damage

Sharp Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0xc5662a33
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+69 to Attack Rating
+40 to Life

Serrated Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x1270831c
Item Level: 58
Version: Expansion
+20 to Maximum Damage

Grand Charm of Maiming
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x157c6576
Item Level: 47
Version: Expansion
+20 to Maximum Damage

Grand Charm of Maiming
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x27364375
Item Level: 90
Version: Expansion
+20 to Maximum Damage

Serrated Grand Charm of Quality
Grand Charm
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x69340324
Item Level: 93
Version: Expansion
+28 to Maximum Damage

Grand Charm of Maiming
Grand Charm
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0x4cc0b1a6
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion
+20 to Maximum Damage


Skills
Magic Arrow: 1/5
Cold Arrow: 1/5
Multiple Shot: 5/9
Ice Arrow: 1/5
Guided Arrow: 1/5
Strafe: 1/5
Freezing Arrow: 1/5

Inner Sight: 1/5
Critical Strike: 10/14
Dodge: 12/16
Slow Missiles: 6/10
Avoid: 10/14
Penetrate: 13/17
Decoy: 1/5
Evade: 12/16
Valkyrie: 16/20
Pierce: 1/5

Nothing in Javelin


Stats
Name: Brienne
Class: Amazon
Experience: 928803336
Level: 83

Naked/Gear
Strength: 126/185
Dexterity: 72/77
Vitality: 292/307
Energy: 15/27
HP: 1090/1181
Mana: 138/138
Stamina: 438/488
Defense: 18/631
AR: 330/11298

Fire: 138/98/38
Cold: 132/92/32
Lightning: 189/149/89
Poison: 113/73/13

MF: 40 Block: 9
GF: 40 FR/W: 25
FHR: 35 IAS: 95
FCR: 0

Damage & Attack Rating
Vengeance: 2371-7600 / 1694 AR
Multiple Shot: 492 - 1902 / 1694 AR


Mercenary
I went with a Delirium + Infinity merc for crowd control, that meant Chains of Honor for leech. It was the first time I have ever used this combination. Needless to say it provided much needed crowd control and was very durable. I have used Holy Freeze and Reapers before, this was comparable in terms of safety but had much better damage for this build and meant I didn’t really need to worry about AR.

Brienne Delerium Fireworks.jpg

Code:
Name:       Emilio
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Off-Nightmare
Experience: 69456774
Level:      83
Dead?:      false

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   183/203
Dexterity:  147/147
HP:         1687/1687
Defense:    1245/2340
AR:         1889/1889

Fire:       212/172/112
Cold:       212/172/112
Lightning:  212/172/112
Poison:    212/172/112


Chains of Honor
Dusk Shroud
DolUmBerIst
Defense: 776
Durability: 17 of 20
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 77
Fingerprint: 0xf0c887ec
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+200% Damage to Demons
+100% Damage to Undead
8% Life stolen per hit
+70% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
Replenish Life +7
All Resistances +65
Damage Reduced by 8%
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Dol Rune
Socketed: Um Rune
Socketed: Ber Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune

Delirium
Diadem
LemIstIo
Defense: 319
Durability: 12 of 20
Required Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0x42ffe758
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
1% Chance to cast level 50 Delirium when struck
6% Chance to cast level 14 Mind Blast when struck
14% Chance to cast level 13 Terror when struck
11% Chance to cast level 18 Confuse on striking
+2 to All Skills
+261 Defense
+10 to Vitality
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Level 17 Attract (60/60 Charges)
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Lem Rune
Socketed: Ist Rune
Socketed: Io Rune

Infinity
Thresher
BerMalBerIst
Two Hand Damage: 71 - 833
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 142
Required Dexterity: 108
Fingerprint: 0x2c532938
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
50% Chance to cast level 20 Chain Lightning when you Kill an Enemy
Level 12 Conviction Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Run/Walk
295% Enhanced Damage
-53% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
40% Chance of Crushing Blow
Prevent Monster Heal
+41 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


Finds
I seemed to find a lot of low level Uniques, but nothing really interesting. I picked up a +3 / 3os Mat Bow, likely just to go in the stash. This Jewel is maybe interesting if LLD18 ever happens again:
Code:
Rusty Jewel of Carnage
Jewel
Required Level: 18
Fingerprint: 0xb6334d07
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
18% Enhanced Damage
+14 to Maximum Damage
Hellforge dropped a Gul.
Brienne Unique Drops.jpg

Gameplay
The whole game was players at /p3 which felt like a decent balance. If I went higher it too long to kill stuff and I could quickly get surrounded. Somewhere into Act 1 I was thinking that I may actually manage to get this character through Hell without a single death. Then I was standing outside the monastery gate cleaning up some stragglers from a pack we had just been slaughtered and then got killed by my own Valkyrie. Except it wasn't, it was a unique Corrupt Rogue Spearwoman with almost the same coloured armour, who I had mistaken amongst the fireworks from Delerium. Act 1 was fairly easy other than that, except for Ghosts in the monastery. Vengeance looks on paper to be a good PI solution, but it is mana intensive and with a slow attach speed you get drained very often. They were particularly a problem when they stacked, so lots of running away to separate them was required. Itchies were no problem though as I could leech from them.

Brienne Itchies.jpg

I chugged a load of thawing potions before Duriel as I was a bit worried about the cold damage without Ravenfrost.
Brienne Thawing Potions Duriel.jpg

Acts 3 and 4 were fairly uneventful, just thin out any big packs with Multi Shot, then wade in with the sword.
Brienne LCS Crossbow.jpg

Brienne looking badass fighting Diablo.
Brienne Diablo.jpg

Act 5 was going well until I hit the Crystalline Passage and ran into these Frenzytaurs.
Brienne Frenzytaurs.jpg

Ancients were easy by comparison
Brienne Ancients.jpg

LCS with the sword fighting Baal
Brienne LCS Baal.jpg

Sept Status

Code:
Class        Name            Level  Title      Build
-----        ----            -----  -----      -----
Necromancer  The_Nazgul       91    Patriarch  Dagger / Melee
Barbarian    Ninefingers      85    Patriarch  Leap Zeal Berserk
Amazon       Brienne          83    Matriarch  Vengeance
Assassin     Monza_Murcato    81    Champion   Vengeance
Paladin      Aubec            77    Champion   Tesladin
Druid        Ghost            42    Champion   Rabies Wolf
Sorceress    Ardala           42    Champion   Enchantress
 

jonnyphive

Diabloii.Net Member
This is a really cool character. The Diablo screenshot in particular is striking and to me really embodies Brienne's bravery - sword fully raised about to be brought down, full of righteous conviction, etc etc. I am also impressed by that LCS damage, especially for it being an oskill!

So of your many 2H sword characters, do you have a favorite?
 

maxicek

Moderator Single Player
Thanks for the nice comments everyone :)

So of your many 2H sword characters, do you have a favorite?
Ooooooh good question!
Elric was my first meleemancer and is still one of my favourites. I really enjoyed Urlik_Skarsol too as he is just so durable. The next one is also lots of fun.

Nice One! Would Love to see some gameplay viss :)
I think I can do this now on the Mac - I will have to give it a go.
 
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