Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Ugla

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Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

(early this year)
"What about going on, an act or two?"
"I don't know, I'd better watch some movie.."
"OK."

(~two months ago)
"I thought we could move on with our characters.."
"Not sure about gear, I'd better start new ones."
"Well, ok."

(~month ago)
"I have just realized, we still have those two loosers sitting in act one Hell, what about finishing them?"
"Well, we could push forward, but I'm tired today, so I may take some sleep instead.."
"Ok, what about tomorrow?"
"We have some volleyball, and then we'll go to a pub."
*Sigh* :rolleyes:

(~week ago)
"Act4?"
"Which characters?"
"Ehm."
"Hmm."
"Cmon, it's just a short one.."
"The NBA is starting in an hour, I have to prepare some food, and besides, I need to reequip.."
"Omg."

(Thursday evening)
"There's one last act remaining." "?"
"Well, ok. We could just get over it.."
*Cheers* "Great, I've already got Frigid Highlands WP, needed a hole."
"Created."
..
(Tauron dies)
"Playing this character excludes with eating.."
"Where are you going? Do we have Glacial Trial WP?"
"We've got the WP already."
"I have full stash, need to restart.."
"Wait, there are no Souls in the Frozen River, let's Rescue Anya first"
"OK. That's it. Do we have Glacial Trial WP?
"Yeah, let's kill Nilly."
"I need that restart."
(restart)
"Do we have Glacial Trial WP?"
(Tauron dies again)
"Could I have a supper here!?" :angry:
(Kyra dies)
"..just when I decided to stop drinking potions"
(Tauron opens the TP and takes a few more CEs, nearly dying again)
"Damn Nature's.."
"Maybe the bear got a few kills.."
"Impossible!"
"Or the merc.."
"That's more like it."
(The Ancients, the first attempt)
(Tauron dies)
"Something's wrong.."
(Kyra opens a TP)
"Here you go.."
(the barbs die on the second try)
"Have you seen my Lacerator lately?"
"No."
"Damn, it must still be lying in the Halls of Vaught. I wondered why I died so fast.."
(a few minutes later Baal dies)
"Ufff.."
"Ok, see you!"
"Bye."
(slaughtered the cows, putting the two remaining points into Feral Rage, and swore never to touch this one again)

Patriarch Tauron
lvl83 Summon Druid

Stats:
str 175/225
dext 80/120
vita 200/225
erg 20/55
left 30

Skills:
20 Spirit&Dire Wolves, Grizzly, HoW
3 Feral Rage
1 Fury, Shockwave, Carrion Vine, and all prerequisites

The next points won't go anywhere, because there won't be any. This character is condemned to instant deletion, as soon as I find sufficient amount (read three) white circlets/tiaras to burn my imbue rewards on.

resists:
fire 50
cold 38
light 64
poison 42

Life 811/1490/1610 man/wolf/bear

Fury 1504-2273, 3478 AR (without Enchant)
Feral Rage 1189-1802, 3580 AR (without Enchant)

Gear:
Jalal's Mane
Mara's
Raven Frost/Dwarf Star
'Lionheart' Mage Plate
Ghoulhide
String of Ears
Gore Rider
main: Windhammer
switch: Lacerator/Blackoak Shield (for +dext)

1 Shape-Shifting skiller, various damage or resists charms

Merc: act2 might
Stealskull (PTopaz)
eth Duriel's
Reaper's (Shael)

finds: Griswold's Valor (20% MF)
HF: nothing to remember

Remarks:
As may be apparent from the above, the most funny part about these characters was to convince Hrus to play them. I decided to try a summon druid hoping for a more interesting experience than a summon necro. Pitty the summons basically do nothing even when all three skills are maxed. A much better part was the druid himself, despite the minimal investment in the Shape-Shifthing tree. Both Maul and Fury work with mere one point once you equip a decent weapon, with Feral Rage or Shockwave used as survival tools. The AR was sufficient due to Enchant, once Hrus joined with an enchantress, and eventually made 'Beast' to provide some competition in Shape-Shifting.

I used Athena's for the +skills during NM. Once we entered Hell, I gave up on using spears (which was the theme idea) and deciced to take Lacerator on switch to help deal with PIs. Since my dexterity was way too low, I eventually opted for Blackoak Shield for its per-level dext bonus. Once Athena's started to lack behind, I put all remaining points into strength and equipped Windhammer, giving up on +skills. Very nice weapon indeed. I'd gladly exchange all the points from Grizzly and Spirit Wolves for Twister's synergies, which could make for a decent build.

We had some issues with Hell Chaos Sanctuary - Kyra lacked sufficient life to run past Doom Knights to take out OKs, while Tauron stunned them with Shockwave. In the end, I used wolves for more distraction and joined the fray. Enchant proved more than enough against PIs, thus I slowly quit switching - we had a Reaper's merc from lvl75 onward anyway.

The most annoying part about low-level wolf was when it wore off during the battle (you're dead before you know it, and recasting is annoying because of its delay). There also appears to be some bug involved concerning poison damage and lycanthrops. We both took some unbelievable amounts of damage from other sources while poisoned :undecided: Otherwise, the char is relatively safe if you keep Feral Rage active and drink some potions in dire moments. The Spirit Wolves were a total disappointment - I hardly ever witnessed their teleporting ability, and they were horribly dying even with maxed DW. Similarly, Grizzly is a tank and nothing more, definitely not worth the extra points.
 
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NagisaFurukawa

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Congrats! Funky builds are always fun. No deleting!

What a lovely dialogue. =). Stuff like that makes MP great.

That Twister idea... is... inspiring...
 

Hrus

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Kyra, lvl 80 Bearsorc.

Stats with Phase Blade and Enchant on in bearform:
Attack damage 4124-5103
Attack rating 3221
Defense 1618
Life 1252
Mana 408

Resistances: 58,35,43,75

STR - enough for Berserker Axe
DEX - enough for Phase Blade
VIT - rest
ENE - none
28 points remaining

Skills:
20 Enchant
20 Warmth
20 Fire Mastery
1 Static Field
11 Energy Shield
13 Telekinesis

Items:
head: Rockstopper (????) -FHR+resists
amu: rare +2sorc skills +18res all +18FR
torso: Skin of Vipermagi 35 res all socketed with +15 res all jewel - skill, resists, MDR
gloves: Frostburn - mana
Boots: Sandstorm trek - stats. FHR, PR
Ring1: Ravenforst - AR, DEX, CBF
Ring2: Carrion Wind - PR, LS, Damage to mana
weapon slot1: BEAST -Bear FTW
shield slot1: Gerke's Sanctuary -DR,MDR
weapon slot2: 6shael Phase Blade - 4frame attack FTW
shield slot2: Blackoak Shield - low bocking, FBR, DEX for PB

Charms 6 Fire skillers, life/mana charms, LR charms

Mercenary: Duriel's Shell, Vampire Gaze, eth Bonehew, Holy Freeze


Well, Energy Shield sucks or I can't use it right.
I thought that with ES - resistances are not used, so I don't need them - in fact, I was dying everywhere and often. With ES on, I took more damage than without it - at least in hell, where most of the attacks have elemental component. That's the main reason I didn't like this character and Ugla has hard time to convince me to play her. So I reequip her CB, +FHR +mana oriented gear with more balanced gear with resistances (especially PR) and it got better in the end. But still, I have played Fireclaw bear and he got better support skills (Shockwave, Cyclone Armor, Summons) and got way more life and better damage.

I am starting to believe that I made a mistake making Beast instead CoH. :(, OK I have to think about the gear for 2frame sin now...

Anyways if someone can spare two Jahs, I could considerate transorming this character into RWM and use dual Dream setup. :evil:
 

TedDeeBoy

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Nice work with the Mat/Pat combo. From the problems I read with PvM builds with ManaBrun packs I am reckon ES may only be useful in the specialised PvP builds. Going to the pub oftens is a better than DII, thats what I did last Monday night
 

Hrus

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Nice work with the Mat/Pat combo. From the problems I read with PvM builds with ManaBrun packs I am reckon ES may only be useful in the specialised PvP builds. Going to the pub oftens is a better than DII, thats what I did last Monday night
Well, if it was only manaburn, I could really live with it. But almost every bosspack in hell is LE/FE/CE - this elemental damage makes your ES useless (you are better without it if you have some resists)



 

scottee

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

Well, if it was only manaburn, I could really live with it. But almost every bosspack in hell is LE/FE/CE - this elemental damage makes your ES useless (you are better without it if you have some resists)
Really, the thing is to get ES up to a very high level. My ES sorc has ~**% damage absorbed, and I still feel that's a little low. Once you can get up near lvl 40 ES, then all you need is a little bit of PDR and MDR and you're pretty safe- as long as you have enough mana to tank the hits. My ES sorc only EVER dies to mana-burners, and she runs with only like 1800 mana or so (a bit above 2k when she's going somewhere where they hit hard). Topping that off with an Insight merc means things are really pretty easy- can take a lot of hits and spam a lot of lightning spells without worrying about mana.


 

Hrus

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

scottee - is your sorceress melee/caster?
 

scottee

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Re: Matriarch Kyra and Patriarch Tauron

scottee - is your sorceress melee/caster?
She's caster, but I've sat in the middle of a non-mana burning /p8 mob in Hell LK while I sorted through the drops from a superchest, and been just fine. Now like I said, she doesn't have ES where it needs to be, and the rest of her gear isn't what it should be for tanking like that, so her life bulb did move- but her ~600 life bulb was more than half-full when I got out of there.


 
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