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Matriarch Clarisse - Fire sorc

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  1. necrolemming

    necrolemming Diabloii.Net Member

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    Fire sorcs aren't very popular, but... it wasn't that bad. Really.

    LCS

    Stats
    Strength 139/156
    Dexterity 28/45
    Vitality 303/320
    Energy 35/42
    Unused 10

    Skills
    Fireball 20/42
    Meteor 20/42
    Fire Mastery 20/42
    Firebolt 20
    Teleport 1/15
    Static Field 1/15

    Equipment
    Weapon: Heart of the Oak Flail
    Shield: Phoenix Monarch
    Armor: Skin of the Vipermagi + resist all jewel
    Helm: Harlequin Crest + Cham
    Gloves: Magefist
    Belt: Arachnid Mesh
    Boots: War Travelers
    Amulet: Mara's Kaleidoscope
    Rings: 2x 1.10a Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
    Switch: beta Call to Arms + Spirit Monarch
    Charms: Gheed's Fortune, 7x Burning GC, 10 slots +mana/+life

    Mercenary (A2 Might)
    Weapon: Infinity ethereal 1.07 Great Poleaxe
    Armor: Fortitude ethereal Archon Plate
    Helm: ethereal Andariel's Visage + fire resist jewel

    Code:
    Heart of the Oak
    Flail
    KoVexPulThul
    One Hand Damage 1 - 24
    Durability 30 of 30
    Required Level 55
    Required Strength 41
    Required Dexterity 35
    Fingerprint 0x5e5af7a5
    Item Level 58
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to All Skills
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    +75% Damage to Demons
    +100 to Attack Rating against Demons
    +150% Damage to Undead
    Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    7% Mana stolen per hit
    +10 to Dexterity
    Replenish Life +20
    Increase Maximum Mana 15%
    All Resistances +38
    Level 4 Oak Sage (2525 Charges)
    Level 14 Raven (6060 Charges)
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    
    Phoenix
    Superior Monarch
    VexVexLoJah
    Defense 171
    Chance to Block 0
    Durability 79 of 94
    Required Level 65
    Required Strength 156
    Fingerprint 0x37ded56
    Item Level 85
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 40 Blaze when you Level-Up
    40% Chance to cast level 22 Firestorm on striking
    Level 14 Redemption Aura When Equipped
    385% Enhanced Damage
    -28% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +15% Enhanced Defense
    +371 Defense vs. Missile
    +50 to Life
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    +10% to Maximum Fire Resist
    +19 Fire Absorb
    Increase Maximum Durability 10%
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    
    Skin of the Vipermagi
    Serpentskin Armor
    Defense 279
    Durability 20 of 24
    Required Level 29
    Required Strength 43
    Fingerprint 0x668cfbf6
    Item Level 57
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +30% Faster Cast Rate
    +120% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +50
    Magic Damage Reduced by 13
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed Scintillating Jewel
    
    Harlequin Crest
    Shako
    Defense 140
    Durability 10 of 12
    Required Level 67
    Required Strength 50
    Fingerprint 0x9d0e50d2
    Item Level 75
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    All Stats +2
    +127 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +127 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    Damage Reduced by 10%
    Cannot Be Frozen
    50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed Cham Rune
    
    Magefist
    Light Gauntlets
    Defense 25
    Durability 17 of 18
    Required Level 23
    Required Strength 45
    Fingerprint 0x5e28f6ee
    Item Level 99
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
    +30% Enhanced Defense
    +10 Defense
    Regenerate Mana 25%
    
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense 127
    Durability 9 of 12
    Required Level 80
    Required Strength 50
    Fingerprint 0x2e184c50
    Item Level 87
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +103% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (1111 Charges)
    
    War Traveler
    Battle Boots
    Defense 138
    Durability 47 of 48
    Required Level 42
    Required Strength 95
    Fingerprint 0x61a7a993
    Item Level 81
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +25% Faster RunWalk
    Adds 15 - 25 Damage
    +188% Enhanced Defense
    +10 to Strength
    +10 to Vitality
    40% Slower Stamina Drain
    Attacker Takes Damage of 7
    50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    +30 Maximum Durability
    
    Mara's Kaleidoscope
    Amulet
    Required Level 67
    Fingerprint 0xc3fd8c07
    Item Level 87
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    All Stats +5
    All Resistances +29
    
    Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
    Ring
    Required Level 58
    Fingerprint 0x3d46dddc
    Item Level 75
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    3% Life stolen per hit
    +42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +50 Maximum Stamina
    
    Bul-Kathos' Wedding Band
    Ring
    Required Level 58
    Fingerprint 0x3127b078
    Item Level 75
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    4% Life stolen per hit
    +42 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +50 Maximum Stamina
    
    Call to Arms
    Crystal Sword
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage 18 - 54
    Durability 20 of 20
    Required Level 57
    Required Strength 43
    Fingerprint 0xc04f517a
    GUID 0xeaee1753 0x61abea3f 0x0
    Item Level 90
    Version Expansion
    +2 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    266% Enhanced Damage
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +14 to Battle Command
    +13 to Battle Orders
    +11 to Battle Cry
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    5 Sockets (5 used)
    
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense 142
    Chance to Block 0
    Durability 86 of 86
    Required Level 54
    Required Strength 156
    Fingerprint 0x1d224a2b
    Item Level 83
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +89 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +4 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Code:
    Gheed's Fortune
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 62
    Fingerprint: 0xea5c0ed4
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    135% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
    40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    
    Burning Grand Charm of Sustenance
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x2700c27
    Item Level: 79
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    +28 to Life
    
    Burning Grand Charm of Greed
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xb874e8d3
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    35% Extra Gold from Monsters
    
    Burning Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xadb29cfe
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Burning Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x541321fb
    Item Level: 64
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Burning Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x888f400e
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Burning Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0x10d0ea20
    Item Level: 55
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Burning Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 42
    Fingerprint: 0xdae7de95
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Fire Skills (Sorceress Only)
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0xac543b7c
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    +16 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x5ac5447
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Life
    +16 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0xed00b2d9
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +19 to Life
    +15 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x31b72ac2
    Item Level: 93
    Version: Expansion
    +18 to Life
    +13 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x61791dbb
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +15 to Life
    +15 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x957d37ba
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +14 to Life
    +15 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0xd8f38f0
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +12 to Life
    +17 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Small Charm of Sustenance
    Small Charm
    Required Level: 40
    Fingerprint: 0x4a2be805
    Item Level: 90
    Version: Expansion
    +15 to Life
    +17 to Mana
    
    Serpent's Large Charm of Vita
    Large Charm
    Required Level: 66
    Fingerprint: 0x61efac2f
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +35 to Life
    +29 to Mana
    Code:
    Infinity
    Superior Great Poleaxe
    BerMalBerIst
    Two Hand Damage 313 - 862
    Durability 28 of 28
    Required Level 63
    Required Strength 169
    Required Dexterity 89
    Fingerprint 0x39eeef4b
    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 RunWalk
    354% Enhanced Damage
    +1 to Attack Rating
    -47% 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 (3030 Charges)
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    
    Fortitude
    Archon Plate
    ElSolDolLo
    Defense 3501
    Durability 31 of 31
    Required Level 63
    Required Strength 93
    Fingerprint 0x5cec98b1
    Item Level 86
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    20% Chance to cast level 15 Chilling Armor when struck
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    300% Enhanced Damage
    +200% Enhanced Defense
    +15 Defense
    +127 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    Replenish Life +7
    +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
    All Resistances +25
    Damage Reduced by 7
    12% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    +1 to Light Radius
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    
    Andariel's Visage
    Demonhead
    Defense 540
    Durability 11 of 11
    Required Level 83
    Required Strength 92
    Fingerprint 0xd50310fd
    Item Level 87
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    15% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova when struck
    +2 to All Skills
    +20% Increased Attack Speed
    29% Enhanced Damage
    +4 to Maximum Damage
    10% Life stolen per hit
    +133% Enhanced Defense
    +29 to Strength
    +10% to Maximum Poison Resist
    Fire Resist +0%
    Poison Resist +70%
    Level 3 Venom (1420 Charges)
    Ethereal
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed Storm Heart
    
    Storm Heart
    Jewel
    Required Level 37
    Fingerprint 0xd65a72ef
    Item Level 87
    Version Expansion 1.10+
    29% Enhanced Damage
    +4 to Maximum Damage
    Fire Resist +30%

    Planning
    The cornerpiece of the build was that Phoenix I made months ago and never figured out a use for. A lack of Spirit ruled out 200 FCR for practical purposes, and I didn't feel up to doing anything adventurous with the gear. It wouldn't have been out of the realm of possibility to still have enough resists with one of the 1.07 Wizardspikes I had lying around, but losing scads of +skills from the jewelry/weapon slots and the stats on Shako compared to a 20FCR circlet didn't seem appealing.

    I suppose that if there ever was a time to use an Eschuta's Temper, it'd have been in a build like this. Even if it's not a very good item, I regret not sucking it up with regards to resists and jamming it.

    The extra stat points were saved in case I wanted to swap out the boots for something with resists after leveling, but I ended up being too lazy to do so and finished the game in one sitting instead. Same deal with the charms; I'd normally have done some shuffling around after leveling in the Pit to at least max lightning resist.

    Gameplay
    Killing speed of non-immunes was more than fine - even p8 bosses were dying in 1-2 fireballs. It might have been more satisfying than the other single tree sorcs I've played in the past - Fireball is nice and direct, without Blizzard's annoying tendency to miss and Lightning's slow cast animation. Meteor wasn't even worth casting in the majority of engagements since anything vulnerable would usually be dead before the first rock landed. Phoenix isn't exactly Cold Mastery, but most breakable enemies didn't pose too much of an issue, either - I had been dreading the Chaos Sanctuary, but Doom Knights were breakable and bunched up tightly enough that AoE was very effective against them.

    The problem, of course, is the prevalence of unbreakable immunes, of which there were enough to be bothersome. The mercenary's damage output was enough to kill them given enough time, but it was tedious enough that I tried to skip as much of it as possible. In particular, I thought it was hilarious that Lister's pack in Hell took about as long as than the rest of Act 5; the merc couldn't tank more than three minions at a time with Telekinesis support. (I could have just parked them, but that'd have been a copout.)
     
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  2. maxicek

    maxicek Moderator Single Player

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    Nice lemming, congratulations.

    Why the Cham in the Shako? Or is it left from something else?

    Phoenix is quite nice on a Furyzon too in the WSK. I’m going to do a Druid with mine at some point.

    Looks like a nice PvP build you have there....
     
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    Drystan Diabloii.Net Member

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    *looks at haxxed 1.07 Infinity with high roon wealth and beta CtA plus extras*

    Well, that explains it. Congrats on the rare fire sorc Matriach. They are a fun character, but much more difficult with less gear/lack of Infinity.

    Where's the BKWB come from? I recall something about that in an earlier patch, but can't recall which one.

     
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    ffs Diabloii.Net Member

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    Very nice, I built one recently, mostly for some Nihlathak testing. Haven't tried it in years and with much better gear available now I must say it's a super fun build. Then again, didn't play through with it so no FI frustration here. :) Also using almost exactly same gear, apart from current-patch versions of those time-travelled items, as well as a faceted Eschuta's. That's specifically for running Nihl though, to speed up those frequent breakable immune rolls with the extra -5 EFR on top of Phoenix. Shame indeed that the extra damage over Hoto is laughable, doesn't really make sense not to use Hoto for general purposes.

    Curious as to what you opted to use the remaining skill points on? FO? ES? Some armor?

    I assume speedier pickup? At least that's why I sometimes use Cham'ed Shako on Trav running Blizzy, but not using one on any other Sorc so not sure.

    @Drystan it's 1.10a.
     
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    necrolemming Diabloii.Net Member

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    It's the one I use on my trav blizzsorc. I figured that the marginal value of 24 MF over the course of a few hours of a playthrough is pretty low, and CBF is nice to have even with Teleport available.

    I forgot to talk about it in the OP, but the passive regen from Redemption is really quite strong. It's a shame that Phoenix has such a janky combination of mods that aren't universally applicable, but maybe it's for the better that it doesn't naturally fit into more builds.

    I couldn't think of anything fun to spend them on, so I just didn't bother.
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I love my fire sorc. But yeah, Nihl only.

    Well done.
     
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    Timinator Diabloii.Net Member

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    Well done Lemming, I remember Sigilstun talking about his fire sorc around the end of 2003/start of 2004 and I was sold on the idea then! They aren't a cold sorc but well worth playing!
     
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    krischan Europe Trade Moderator

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    Did you perhaps forget to mention the one point investment in warmth and frozen armor?

    BTW, the jewel in the helm of your merc, totally awesome!
     
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    necrolemming Diabloii.Net Member

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    I did forget about Warmth, although I've never bothered with the token point in Frozen Armor. Maybe I'll try it next time.
     
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    TedDeeBoy Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congrats, truly OP. Even without Warmth not one mention of mana problems

    When I levelled a ranged enchantress in 1.11b I took her to the Maggot Lair. Still viable to gain a couple of extra easy levels should you want to.
     

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