Matriarch Dolores - 200% FCR LK/RoF Running Sorceress

Burgomaster3

Diabloii.Net Member
Ok, I originally meant this as a reply to the increasing my efficiency-thread, but it kinda... grew out of proportions. Since I haven't made Mat/Pat thread yet, it seemed appropriate to start with this one, since this character has a bit more originality than some of my other toons. Not much, but a smidgen. So, without further ado, I present you:

Matriarch Dolores - level 90 Lower Kurast / River of Flame Runner

Code:
Name:       Dolores
Class:      Sorceress
Experience: 1618787203
Level:      90

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   144/185
Dexterity:  25/82
Vitality:   336/358
Energy:     35/35
HP:         841/859
Mana:       213/518
Stamina:    489/489
Defense:    6/675
AR:         75/360

Fire:       195/155/95
Cold:       228/188/128
Lightning:  181/141/81
Poison:     218/178/118

MF:         0       Block:      15
GF:         0
FR/W:       30
FHR:        102
IAS:        0
FCR:        202

Fire Bolt: 0/0
Warmth: 1/6
Inferno: 0/0
Blaze: 0/0
Fire Ball: 0/0
Fire Wall: 0/0
Enchant: 0/0
Meteor: 0/0
Fire Mastery: 0/0
Hydra: 0/0

Charged Bolt: 0/0
Static Field: 1/5
Telekinesis: 1/5
Nova: 0/0
Lightning: 0/0
Chain Lightning: 0/0
Teleport: 1/5
Thunder Storm: 0/0
Energy Shield: 0/0
Lightning Mastery: 0/0

Ice Bolt: 20/24
Frozen Armor: 0/0
Frost Nova: 1/5
Ice Blast: 20/24
Shiver Armor: 0/0
Glacial Spike: 16/20
Blizzard: 20/24
Chilling Armor: 0/0
Frozen Orb: 0/0
Cold Mastery: 20/24
PART 1: The Obligatory Boring Character History Stuff

Background

She first saw the light of day sometime during the winter of 2014/2015. I have very few recollections of playing her, but I think she ran through the game as Meteorber, possibly using full Tal Rasha's Set. I also remember I didn't particularly enjoy Meteorb build, so sometime after killing Baal she was respeced to Blizzard, and she has stayed Blizzard sorc ever since.

First she handled random oddjobs my main Blizzer was unable to do for map reasons. She rushed some chars, ran Meph for a while, stuff like that. Didn't get much playtime. At some point in 2015, she became my go-to LK-runner, mainly because she was available. I had ran a lot of LK during 2014 and was quite bored at it, so she didn't get many chances at the chests.

Things Start To Get Serious

Last year, around this time, I suddenly found myself in the middle of influx of runes. That can happen when you run CS Hammerdin and Travincal Sorceress simultaneously. While using up those runes, I noticed I was one Sur short of second Infinity. Time to hit LK! I woke up Dolores and proceeded to roll maps. It took me only three or four tries to get this map. I started running, and some 50 runs later that Sur dropped (judging by the timestamps on the screens, she found two Ums and Sur within one hour). I made my Infinity and forgot about Dolores for awhile.

LK, meet RoF

Going through screenshots, it seems I ran with her a bit after that, finding Gul, few Ums and some Puls. But it wasn't until August 2016 until I seriously started to play with her again. I had gotten interested in the RoF Superchest Thread, and decided to check my LK-runners map. This is what she had. With both LK and RoF maps almost perfect, I felt almost obligated to run both. Here is my report of my first runs.

After that she was put on hiatus, until I put her to work around the New Year. I tweaked her gear and proceeded to run. After 1000 LK/RoF runs, these were the results. After that, I geared her for AT and leveled her to level 90. Now she is back in her usual Superchest gear, waiting for new tasks.

Part 2: The Super Interesting Build and Gear Stuff

LK-Runner Essentials


There were few key points I was looking to meet when I was equipping my LK-runner:
  1. Be able to reach 200% FCR for 7 frame casting speed
  2. Be always available and ready to run
  3. without hogging useful/expensive stuff like CtA, Griffon's Eye or Arachnid Mesh
  4. Be, at it's core, a run-of-the-mill Blizzard sorceress, who could run AT/Pindle/whatever without need to respec
  5. Have an empty inventory, excluding couple rows of keys and an (optional) Identify Tome
  6. (optional) Have maxed resists
  7. (optional) Be able to equip Wizardspike without any hard points in Dexterity
  8. (optional) Be able to reach 86% FHR for 7 frame hit recovery
Some elaboration on the points:

200 FCR is a no-brainer. You want to be as fast as possible. Faster casting also means more survivability.

Couple years back, I didn't have much time to play, so I did mostly just LK runs in small increments, 15 minutes here, an hour there. LK is great way to kill a little time, so I want it to be always readily available.

That's also the reason I don't want to give her the best gear in the game. I have many characters, and my Arachnid Meshes and only Griffon's Eye are always in the use. Same goes, with maybe a lesser extent, with 35% FCR Spirit. Thus, my LK runner must have gear no one else wants.

I also may want to level her up or do an MF run once in a while. and I want to be able to do that without hassle of using essences and whatever. So she is currently basic orb-using blizzard build with 144 hard points on Strength (so with Shako [2] and War Traveler [10] she will be able to equip Spirit Monarch) and rest in Vitality. I have however respecced he quite often, and in fact she is currently in her AT form, missing Shiver Armor.

Empty inventory for easy pickup of the loot. It usually takes me about 10-15 runs until the inventory is full and I have to visit GoMule. I always check the loot in GoMule, delete bad loot, drop good loot in external stash, drop flawless gems and Tal runes to in-game stash for later cubing. I also use the Tome of Identify in-game to ID bigger stuff like Monarchs, gloves/boots, claws and grand charms if I'm in need of inventory space during the runs.

Skills

She needs a point in Telekinesis, a point in Teleport and she's good to go. Shiver Armor is nice to have, but not necessarily. I often use Frost Nova as crowd control, freezing enemies, swiping away leapers etc. Glacial Spike sometimes. Blizzard when absolutely necessary.

Point in Warmth as usual of course, but with Insight, she has no mana problems.

She doesn't kill. It doesn't help her meet her goals, and she's not particularly good at it. It's better to just keep her moving.

The Gear

The optional things in the list are explained by her gear choices, which are [FCR in square brackets]:

Body: Skin of The Vipermagi [email protected]/11mdr [30]
Weapon: Wizardspike [50]
Shield: Spirit Monarch [34]
Head: Rare Diadem 20fcr/18str/16dex/36cr/[email protected] [20]
Gloves: Magefist [20]
Boots: Shadow Dancer 18dex
Belt: Crafted Caster 9fcr/17fhr/1str [9]
Amulet: +1sorc/19fcr/15str/37pr [19]
Ring1: Rare 10fcr/7str/8dex/18life/30fr [10]
Ring2: Rare 10fcr/15dex/11cr/19fr [10]

Merc: Insight / Treachery / Delirium

Code:
Skin of the Vipermagi
Serpentskin Armor
Defense: 279
Durability: 20 of 24
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 43
Fingerprint: 0x205ec5f1
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+30% Faster Cast Rate
+120% Enhanced Defense
All Resistances +33
Magic Damage Reduced by 11

Storm Shell
Diadem
Defense: 50
Durability: 18 of 20
Required Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0xfa8d0325
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Amazon Skill Levels
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+18 to Strength
+16 to Dexterity
Cold Resist +36%
All Resistances +8

Rune Beads
Amulet
Required Level: 56
Fingerprint: 0xf51ab74c
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Sorceress Skill Levels
+19% Faster Cast Rate
+15 to Strength
+14 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 10%
Poison Resist +37%

Doom Finger
Ring
Required Level: 48
Fingerprint: 0xc43fba07
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+15 to Dexterity
Cold Resist +11%
Fire Resist +19%

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Defense: 24
Durability: 16 of 18
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 45
Fingerprint: 0x38f91091
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+21% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Regenerate Mana 25%

Ghoul Clasp
Sharkskin Belt
Defense: 42
Durability: 12 of 14
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 20
Fingerprint: 0xaaa5bfa9
Item Level: 82
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9% Faster Cast Rate
+17% Faster Hit Recovery
+16% Enhanced Defense
+1 to Strength
+13 to Mana
Regenerate Mana 4%
Poison Length Reduced by 25%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Super Healing Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenish Life +320

Super Healing Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenish Life +320

Super Healing Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenish Life +320

Shadow Dancer
Myrmidon Greaves
Defense: 126
Durability: 24 of 24
Required Level: 71
Required Strength: 167
Fingerprint: 0x66e2c9fc
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Shadow Discipline Skills (Assassin Only)
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
+75% Enhanced Defense
+18 to Dexterity
Requirements -20%

Beast Knot
Ring
Required Level: 53
Fingerprint: 0xff995721
Item Level: 96
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
3% Life stolen per hit
+7 to Strength
+8 to Dexterity
+18 to Life
Fire Resist +30%

Full Rejuvenation Potion
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Replenishes Mana 100%
Replenishes Health 100%

Horadric Cube
Fingerprint: 0x75f98bd5
Item Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+

Wizardspike
Bone Knife
One Hand Damage: 23 - 49
Durability: 24 of 26
Required Level: 61
Required Strength: 31
Required Dexterity: 60
Fingerprint: 0xf09f3314
Item Level: 94
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+50% Faster Cast Rate
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
+180 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
Regenerate Mana 15%
All Resistances +75
Requirements -20%
1 Sockets (1 used)
Socketed: Hel Rune

Hel Rune
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Requirements -20%
Armor: Requirements -15%
Shields: Requirements -15%

Spirit
Monarch
TalThulOrtAmn
Defense: 134
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 86 of 86
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 156
Fingerprint: 0x689c0b7d
Item Level: 82
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+34% Faster Cast Rate
+55% Faster Hit Recovery
+250 Defense vs. Missile
+22 to Vitality
+98 to Mana
Cold Resist +35%
Lightning Resist +35%
Poison Resist +35%
+8 Magic Absorb
Attacker Takes Damage of 14
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Ort Rune
Socketed: Amn Rune

Tal Rune
Required Level: 17
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
Armor: Poison Resist +30%
Shields: Poison Resist +35%

Thul Rune
Required Level: 23
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
Armor: Cold Resist +30%
Shields: Cold Resist +35%

Ort Rune
Required Level: 21
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
Shields: Lightning Resist +35%

Amn Rune
Required Level: 25
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14

Mercenary:

Name:       Haseen
Race:       Desert Mercenary
Type:       Def-Normal
Experience: 78722242
Level:      89
Dead?:      false

            Naked/Gear
Strength:   197/202
Dexterity:  160/165
HP:         1990/1990
Defense:    1459/2314
AR:         2024/392656

Fire:       156/116/56
Cold:       186/146/86
Lightning:  156/116/56
Poison:    156/116/56

Treachery
Boneweave
ShaelThulLem
Defense: 470
Durability: 30 of 45
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 158
Fingerprint: 0x9c19aa7a
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 15 Fade when struck
25% Chance to cast level 15 Venom on striking
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
+45% Increased Attack Speed
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
Cold Resist +30%
50% Extra Gold from Monsters
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Shael Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune
Socketed: Lem Rune

Shael Rune
Required Level: 29
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +20% Increased Attack Speed
Armor: +20% Faster Hit Recovery
Shields: +20% Faster Block Rate

Thul Rune
Required Level: 23
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
Armor: Cold Resist +30%
Shields: Cold Resist +35%

Lem Rune
Required Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters


Delirium
Demonhead
LemIstIo
Defense: 385
Durability: 13 of 20
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 102
Fingerprint: 0x6f2d32a9
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

Lem Rune
Required Level: 43
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 75% Extra Gold from Monsters
Armor: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters
Shields: 50% Extra Gold from Monsters

Ist Rune
Required Level: 51
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Io Rune
Required Level: 35
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +10 to Vitality
Armor: +10 to Vitality
Shields: +10 to Vitality


Insight
Cryptic Axe
RalTirTalSol
Two Hand Damage: 159 - 690
Durability: 33 of 33
Required Level: 59
Required Strength: 155
Required Dexterity: 93
Fingerprint: 0xdb287130
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Level 17 Meditation Aura When Equipped
+35% Faster Cast Rate
207% Enhanced Damage
+9 to Minimum Damage
193% Bonus to Attack Rating
Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
+4 to Critical Strike
All Stats +5
+2 to Mana after each Kill
23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Ethereal
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ral Rune
Socketed: Tir Rune
Socketed: Tal Rune
Socketed: Sol Rune

Ral Rune
Required Level: 19
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
Armor: Fire Resist +30%
Shields: Fire Resist +35%

Tir Rune
Required Level: 13
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Armor: +2 to Mana after each Kill
Shields: +2 to Mana after each Kill

Tal Rune
Required Level: 17
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
Armor: Poison Resist +30%
Shields: Poison Resist +35%

Sol Rune
Required Level: 27
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: +9 to Minimum Damage
Armor: Damage Reduced by 7
Shields: Damage Reduced by 7
So that makes 202% FCR, more than enough strength and dexterity to wear Shadow Dancer and Wizardspike, maxed resists and 102% FHR. On switch she currently has nothing, but I've been meaning to put another Wizzeh/Spirit combo there, in case I accidentally switch for some reason (has happened before).

FHR?

The 86% FHR breakpoint came as a bonus. I was looking for boots with dexterity, and had Shadow Dancers gathering dust with their awesome +18 dex. I noticed the 30% FHR bonus, with Spirit that makes 85%. Nice. So what's the next breakpoint? Of course it's 86%. Goddammit. Do I have Crafted belt with FHR and more than 7% FCR? I do! Woo-hoo! So 7 frame hit recovery it is. Not sure how much it matters though, the 200FCR is enough to keep moving no matter what. But more survival with next to no cost, how can I say no.

One thing I have envisioned, is the rich man's 145%FHR build, that uses 1.07 Valkyrie's Wing (30FCR/30FHR/30FRW) as helm and Bladebuckle (30FHR/5str/10dex) as belt. I may have to test that at some point, for, you know, science.

Conclusions

I like this gear because it utilizes good stuff I have no other use for. I have tons of Vipermagis, Wizardspikes and good rares laying around. Caster belts were made ages ago when I didn't have enough Arachnids. Shadow Dancer is only high-end piece of equipment, but mines a low roll, and I've so far used it only once during playthrough. Could be easily replaced with something else though.

There's still lots of space for improvement, of course. For instance, the diadem has +1 Amazon skills (lol), so good sorc diadem with fcr/str/dex/resists/life is an obvious improvement. Not that this build need +skills though. There are also three possible sockets that could be used for, say, stacking light res, another source of FHR (that would free other caster belt options). So far I have been too lazy to waste Larzuks, but possibly in the future, if I find good sorc circlet etc. More life would probably be the best improvement at the moment, so maybe Perfect rubies in head and Vipermagi. Wizzeh has Hel because that particular Wizzeh just happened to have Hel in it.

Merc gear is optional, only thing she needs is Insight. I used Delirium for extra safety in RoF, but for LK, simple Tal's Helm/Shaftstop combo is enough. During thousand runs, Delirium crashed the game once in RoF. That's not too bad, but can lead to a loss of HR, so I'm not super comfortable with that.

Her average times in LK, last time I checked, was around 21 seconds. With RoF, the times start to fluctuate, sometimes well under 40 seconds, sometimes well over 50 seconds, depending on the monster spawns. I want to make sure everyone understands this: Running both LK and RoF together is NOT more efficient than running just LK alone. If you haven't yet got those CtAs, HotOs and Enigmas, keep farming LK, and LK alone. That's the fastest method. RoF is the scenic route.

I did thousand tours in LK with this equipment and had one situation that might be from some perspectives seen as "near-death-experience". I think it was more just an "experience". She's really safe, and fast. RoF is different beast though. There she died. It would take at least CtA to make it comfortable. Probably more levels too. %DR wouldn't hurt.

Ending Thoughts

Ok, so that was a lot of words. Guess I had to fill the void somehow, as I'm currently unable run for the RFL. Next Mat/Pat will have to be a simpler case.

I would also love to hear about other players LK-runners, thoughts, et cetera. Everybody does it, so...

TL;DR

She like, runs those chests really fast like, with, like, lolgear, man
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
This is so cool !!! 200 fcr and 86% fhr, with some tailor made gear and some well thought out pieces. Very well done, and thanks a lot for the detailed write-up. Definitely something I'll get back to if I ever decide to make such a character as well.
 

Causa

Diabloii.Net Member
Superb runner you have there considering the cost. I like the idea of always ready runner. This most certainly gives me a reason to level more than one of each class. Well not every class but few of the more usable ones ☺

-Causa
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
Superb runner you have there considering the cost.
While it doesn't have dirty expensive gear, I wouldn't underestimate the cost either. Tailor made items mean you'll need quite some dedicated crafting and gathering of the crafting mats. But that might as well be the most rewarding part of this build, no?
 

Burgomaster3

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks for feedback, guys!

Hard to estimate the cost, really. Crafting a usable belt is pretty easy, since caster belts have FCR range of 5%-10% and FHR is fairly common affix on belts. The one I use is actually pretty crappy, could probably be easily improved if I wanted to waste Amethysts.

Amulet can be tricky, but shouldn't be too hard for someone who plays somewhat regularly and remembers to pick up those Rals. You don't need +skills, so any crappy craft with FCR stack will do. Maybe someone knows the exact estimate on how many crafts you have to do to get +15% FCR?

Since you need 60% FCR from Shield+Amulet+Belt, and the max you can get from those is 65%, you have basically 5% extra leeway you can use to make most of non-perfect gear.

Also, I just realized I could hit (exactly) the 142% FHR breakpoint by sticking Shael in both the Vipermagi and headgear. D'oh! I somehow forgot Shael gives FHR in Body Armor as well :oops:.
 
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