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Matriarch Salome the BlizzSorc

Discussion in 'Single Player Forum' started by Dezrok, Nov 12, 2017.

  1. Dezrok

    Dezrok Diabloii.Net Member

    Nov 18, 2012
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    (I've always like the SPF Mat/Pat/Guardian threads. They seem to have fallen out of favor recently but I'm going to post mine anyway)

    Introducing Matriarch Salome the untwinked BlizzSorc.

    Inspired by the MFO I decided to create a dedicated MF runner, unfortunately she wasn't quite ready in time to participate in this MFO (next time for sure). Not having seriously done runs before (I have tended to get bored after the first half dozen or so runs) it is all a bit of a novelty.

    I haven't played soft core in years, nice this thing of being able to die and then just keep going ... I've also never played a BlizzSorc before ... some things have been seriously lacking from my D2 experience.

    Untwinked, because that's the way I like to play, plus I like the idea of seeing how far one character can get towards the grail.
    1.14d, RWM and GoMule.

    But the running comes after, first was getting to Matriarch.

    I decided to go the journey without using respecs, saving them for fine-tuning Salome for running.

    Normal was mostly done with a bow and Static Charge. Glacial Spike and Blizzard more and more used as the mana became available. Our first Deeds was to Diablo at level 25 - I mistimed the teleport on top of him and ended up landing in his lightning hose. Luckily it was SC and life went on. Normal finished at level 31. We then did Normal Baal runs to level 52.

    Nightmare was easy, defeating Baal at level 64 and then running him to level 75.

    Hell has a lot more cold immunes. We skipped most of them, although Static and the merc could take care of them if they needed to be killed. We also had a 2/20 orb with +3 meteor/+2 firewall on switch, which helped. I was keen to do some Countess runs to get a few runes, but with her and her minions always being CI that was rather painful and the merc was still wielding a Partizan Insight, so took his time killing things. After a few runs and no decent runes Salome moved on.

    When we reached Act 2 we did 100 AT runs to get to level 85 and see what dropped. A Shako early on was a great boost! The RoF had a nice super chest map, so after defeating Diablo we took the time to do 100 runs to see what might drop, without any luck. Then, it was back to AT to do a few runs to reach level 86.

    Salome's second Deeds was to Frozenstein, just too many cold immunes in the Frozen River! And then it was on to Baal, defeating him at level 86. An extra Baal run ticked Salome over to level 87.

    p1 all the way and not worrying about MF meant we had pretty ordinary gear (the merc was still using that Insight partizan), but gear doesn't really seem all that important for Blizzard.

    Level: 87

    Strength: 48/59
    Dexterity: 31/59
    Vitality: 391/415
    Energy: 35/53
    HP: 948/1176
    Mana: 207/511
    Stamina: 541/556
    Defense: 7/523
    AR: 105/286

    Fire: 74
    Cold: 38
    Lightning: 74
    Poison: 64

    MF: 134
    Block: 15
    GF: 110
    FR/W: 60
    FHR: 80
    IAS: 0
    FCR: 70

    Warmth: 1/5

    Static Field: 10/14
    Telekinesis: 1/5
    Teleport: 3/7

    Ice Bolt: 1/5
    Frozen Armor: 1/5
    Frost Nova: 1/5
    Ice Blast: 20/24
    Glacial Spike: 20/24
    Blizzard: 20/24
    Cold Mastery: 20/24

    Spirit Superior Crystal Sword
    One Hand Damage: 5 - 15
    Durability: 23 of 23
    Required Level: 25
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x741dd21f
    Item Level: 81
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +1 to Attack Rating
    Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    7% Life stolen per hit
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +111 to Mana
    +3 Magic Absorb
    Increase Maximum Durability 15%

    Rhyme Bone Shield
    Defense: 24
    Chance to Block: 40
    Durability: 40 of 40
    Required Level: 29
    Required Strength: 25
    Fingerprint: 0x31533473
    Item Level: 20
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +40% Faster Block Rate
    20% Increased Chance of Blocking
    Regenerate Mana 15%
    All Resistances +25
    Cannot Be Frozen
    50% Extra Gold from Monsters
    25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    2 Sockets (2 used)

    Harlequin Crest Shako
    Defense: 114
    Durability: 12 of 12
    Required Level: 62
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0xea815748
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    All Stats +2
    +130 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    +130 to Mana (Based on Character Level)
    Damage Reduced by 10%
    50% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Stealth Breast Plate
    Defense: 68
    Durability: 50 of 50
    Required Level: 17
    Required Strength: 30
    Fingerprint: 0x1b7f96ae
    Item Level: 20
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +25% Faster Run/Walk
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    +25% Faster Hit Recovery
    +6 to Dexterity
    Regenerate Mana 15%
    +15 Maximum Stamina
    Poison Resist +30%
    Magic Damage Reduced by 3
    2 Sockets (2 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Eth Rune

    Viper Collar Amulet
    Required Level: 31
    Fingerprint: 0xce4df48f
    Item Level: 75
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to Paladin Skill Levels
    +7 to Strength
    +16 to Energy
    +51 to Life
    All Resistances +17
    Lightning Resist +16%

    Chaos Knot Ring
    Required Level: 34
    Fingerprint: 0x2c7b2321
    Item Level: 60
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to Maximum Damage
    +40 to Attack Rating
    Lightning Resist +26%
    Fire Resist +21%

    Rainbow Ring of the Apprentice
    Required Level: 48
    Fingerprint: 0xfe19d4a7
    Item Level: 57
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    All Resistances +8

    Viper Clutches Chain Gloves
    Defense: 17
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 23
    Required Strength: 25
    Fingerprint: 0xe7330cf8
    Item Level: 74
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +75% Enhanced Defense
    Lightning Resist +20%
    Fire Resist +28%
    23% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Repairs 1 Durability in 33 Seconds

    Tal Rasha's Fine-Spun Cloth Mesh Belt
    Defense: 35
    Durability: 16 of 16
    Required Level: 53
    Required Strength: 38
    Fingerprint: 0x55b75bd0
    Item Level: 75
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +20 to Dexterity
    +30 to Mana
    37% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    15% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Requirements -20%

    Raven Trample Wyrmhide Boots
    Defense: 78
    Durability: 36 of 36
    Required Level: 45
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0xa03879e8
    Item Level: 75
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +30% Faster Run/Walk
    +24% Enhanced Defense
    Cold Resist +19%
    Poison Resist +39%
    Poison Length Reduced by 25%
    42% Extra Gold from Monsters

    Dire Song Clasped Orb
    One Hand Damage: 5 - 12
    Durability: 40 of 40
    Required Level: 52
    Fingerprint: 0xff9a0e3c
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    12% Chance to cast level 4 Nova on striking
    +2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 80 Poison Damage Over 4 Secs (100 Frames)
    +3 to Meteor (Sorceress Only)
    +2 to Fire Wall (Sorceress Only)
    Replenish Life +5
    +30 to Mana
    Poison Resist +20%

    Moser's Blessed Circle Round Shield
    Defense: 173
    Chance to Block: 37
    Durability: 64 of 64
    Required Level: 31
    Required Strength: 53
    Fingerprint: 0x6dd615e8
    Item Level: 45
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +30% Faster Block Rate
    25% Increased Chance of Blocking
    +210% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +25
    2 Sockets (0 used)

    Two Hand Damage: 16 - 107
    Durability: 41 of 55
    Required Level: 30
    Required Strength: 133
    Required Dexterity: 91
    Fingerprint: 0x1f6899f1
    Item Level: 60
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    27% Enhanced Damage
    50% Chance of Open Wounds
    Prevent Monster Heal
    Hit Blinds Target +3
    Freezes target +1
    Slows Target by 50%
    -50 to Monster Defense Per Hit
    -3 to Light Radius
    Required Level +5

    Shimmering Grand Charm
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0xc456a006
    Item Level: 60
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    All Resistances +15

    Amber Large Charm of Life
    Required Level: 27
    Fingerprint: 0x104f549d
    Item Level: 44
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +11 to Life
    Lightning Resist +13%

    Lapis Large Charm
    Required Level: 12
    Fingerprint: 0xd9f01689
    Item Level: 80
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Cold Resist +8%

    Cobalt Small Charm
    Required Level: 20
    Fingerprint: 0x15706ab2
    Item Level: 81
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Cold Resist +8%

    Lucky Large Charm of Inertia
    Required Level: 18
    Fingerprint: 0xeb518723
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +5% Faster Run/Walk
    1% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Russet Grand Charm
    Required Level: 7
    Fingerprint: 0xa0d5ada4
    Item Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Fire Resist +19%

    Lucky Grand Charm of Greed
    Required Level: 1
    Fingerprint: 0xfd23ddbb
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    18% Extra Gold from Monsters
    9% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Small Charm of Good Luck
    Required Level: 33
    Fingerprint: 0xbeba9d66
    Item Level: 82
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    7% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Small Charm of Fortune
    Required Level: 18
    Fingerprint: 0xdac6f62f
    Item Level: 79
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    4% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

    Ruby Small Charm of Strength
    Required Level: 32
    Fingerprint: 0x4e9083dd
    Item Level: **
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Strength
    Fire Resist +11%

    Cobalt Small Charm
    Required Level: 20
    Fingerprint: 0xcd3cb3d9
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Cold Resist +8%

    Tangerine Small Charm
    Required Level: 1
    Fingerprint: 0x47896b3a
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Lightning Resist +4%

    Razan Act 2 Prayer
    Tal's Horadric Crest
    Smoke Wyrmhide
    Insight Partizan

    Deaths: Two (see above)
    HF: Tir/Io/Io
    Countess: NM=Ral/Hell=Ko,Tir
    Drops: Waterwalk(NM Andy); Corpsemourn(Hell AS); Shako, Messerschmidt's Reaver, Bonehew, Tombreaver, Cat's Eye, Djinn Slayer(Hell AT); Crown of Thieves(Hell Duriel); Credendum(Hell Meph); Eschuta's Temper, -4/+4 Fire Facet(Hell AT); Natalya's Shadow(Hell Halls Pain);

    Doing some MF runs, working towards the Grail, probably heading for 99.
  2. Dezrok

    Dezrok Diabloii.Net Member

    Nov 18, 2012
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    Okay, time for some running. I really had no idea how to go about this but the SPF Hall of Records gave me some good ideas for getting started. Pindle seemed like the place to go first, so I downloaded Silopsen's run counter, loaded Salome up with MF (377%) and went for it. 200 runs later we had Skulder's Ire and Dracul's Grasp. I've never seen Dracul's before, so that seemed like a good start. Our average time for p1 Pindle was just under 30 seconds. Lots of room for improvement but I felt it was a fair start.

    Another 200 Pindle runs and no new elite S/Us but the average time dropped to just over 28 secs. Improvement is always good.

    When Pindle was CI, it was really slowing us down as Salome had to wait for the merc to kill with his partizan. Bases and runes seemed to be the most likely way to get some big improvements in gear for both the merc and Salome, and so it was off to LK for a while. I found out that I really hate spending time re-rolling maps, however, eventually we found what seemed to be a pretty decent one. 117 p8 runs later we accidentally clicked on Normal difficulty and the map was no more. Our average run time was 25.87 seconds and the best rune we had found was a Lum.

    I've lost a few good maps this way. Seems particularly to happen when running LK. Definitely encourages me to run Pindle, where maps don't matter ... and discourages me from running LK (although I'd really like to improve my rune wealth).

    Disillusioned with LK, I went back to Pindle for a while, 162 runs at an average of 25.5 seconds before the run counter crashed (it seems to do this a bit).

    Then I tried rerolling AT and LK maps again, getting a decent AT one first. MF down to 246 for AT (more resists needed). All the bosses were crowded near the entrance, so the time was fast at 1:10, however it was only ever 4 packs. Wizardspike the only drop of note.

    Back to Pindle for 201 runs at 26.728 seconds. Drops: Bloodraven's Charge, Sandstorm Trek and Halabard's Reign. MF: 247.
    Another 201 runs gave Taeback's Glory. Avg Time: 26.58
    97 runs @ 24.820 : Widowmaker, Warshrike.
    202 runs @ 23.949 : Steel Carapace.
    222 runs @ 23.690 : Dracul's, Deathbit. MF up to 316.
    234 runs @ 23.634 : Both BK swords.

    Enough of Pindle for a bit. I rerolled AT and LK, once again getting an acceptable AT map first.
    50 runs @ 2:34 : Stormspire, Ormus Robes(Inferno), Bloodraven Charge, Mal.
    50 runs @ 2:25 : Arachnid Mesh, Griswold Valor. (Awesome!)

    Back to Pindle, MF up to 320%.
    215 runs @ 23.627 : Windforce, Marrowwalk, Cranebeak, Doombringer, IK Soul Cage, Heaven's Light, Kira's, Griswold's Valor. (Great session!)

    Back to AT:
    100 runs @ 2:11 : Thunderstroke, Lacerator, Jah. (That is my first ever Jah! Two Zod's but never a Jah. Halfway to my first Enigma!)

    And Pindle again:
    200 runs @ 22.701 : Giant Skull

    Salome has progressed to level 91, but p1 progress has slowed down a lot now. I'm not sure her gear is quite up to higher players settings yet though, maybe I'll give p3 a go?

    Spirit Crystal Sword (35%)
    Lidless Wall
    Shako socketed PTopaz
    Skulder's Ire
    Viper Clutch Chain Gloves (lig res 20%, fire res 28%, MF 23%)
    Arachnid Mesh
    Fiend Brogues Greaves (frw 30%, lig res 18%, pois res 23%, half freeze, MF 20%)
    Rare amulet (str +21, mana +30, MF 22%)
    Nagelring (25%)
    Ring of Fortune (23%)
    Switch: Harmony Composite Bow
    Charms - resists, MF and 1x Cold skiller (generally pretty crappy charms).

    Act 2 Might
    CV Insight
    Guillame's Face
    Duriel's Shell

    Obviously plenty of room for gear improvements for both Salome and the merc.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2017
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  3. T72on1

    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Congrats on the Mat. And good luck with her in the future !!!
  4. drmalawi

    drmalawi Diabloii.Net Member

    Jul 23, 2017
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    Good job! I have it really difficult to get my single elemental sorcs to get Mat'ed. Don't even think I've ever made a twinked single elemental sorc Mat either xD :D
  5. Yng

    Yng Diabloii.Net Member

    Sep 29, 2017
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    Good progress.
    You can select your character then hit “h” to automatically join a Hell game instead of clicking.
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  6. Dezrok

    Dezrok Diabloii.Net Member

    Nov 18, 2012
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    @Yng That is the best, most obvious in hindsight, thing I never knew!
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  7. Albatross

    Albatross Diabloii.Net Member

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    Hope to see you and her participate in the next MFO :) I would recommend you to go through the SPF Hall of Records for inspiration on optimising your runs. It helped me improve mine.
  8. Dezrok

    Dezrok Diabloii.Net Member

    Nov 18, 2012
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    Yes, I've been making a lot of use of the Hall of Records, the gear set-ups, target times and run tips have been invaluable. For now I still pick up plenty of rares and other bits and pieces, as well as IDing and selling stuff as I go, so I'm not expecting to reach the lofty times of the fastest but it is nice to see those extreme times and my steady progress towards them.

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