Me and My Mara's Kaleidoscope

drinkturps

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Me and My Mara's Kaleidoscope

For the first time in over 4 years I found my first Mara's Kaleidoscope. I got it with +29 Res all. I'm rather happy. Got it in one of the Countesses gold rooms from a carver/devilkin and had no MF at all. The flippin Countess dropped an El.... cheers babe!

I also got my Gore Riders from NM Baal first time around, things are looking good for my Conc Baba.

4 more levels to go before my bad boy can use his Ethereal Edge. Kicking butt with a magic ancient axe (base dam 100-198) damage in Act1 Hell.

I've really got to grips with a conc baba since reading Halciet's guide. Taunt, Howl and Grim Ward are you friends, oh and so is Find Potion, Find Item, BC, BO, Shout etc...

Thought I'd share this with you as things are rather quiet around here these days.

BTW is it worth upping a RattleCage as it only has +200 defence instead of say +97% Enhanced Defence. I've got 40% crushing blow now and I'm a little nervous to lose %25 by dropping my Rattlecage for a better armour.

What would you do?

Thanks all
 

Herald of Doom

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Get a Duress :thumbsup: And no, I wouldn't up a rattlecage unless you're positive you have plenty of runes. Conc barbs need a high defense armor in order to really be great, so I'd change asap, and maybe keeps the rattlecage for your merc :)

HoD
 

Nexexplo

Diabloii.Net Member
drinkturps said:
For the first time in over 4 years I found my first Mara's Kaleidoscope. I got it with +29 Res all. I'm rather happy. Got it in one of the Countesses gold rooms from a carver/devilkin and had no MF at all. The flippin Countess dropped an El.... cheers babe!

I also got my Gore Riders from NM Baal first time around, things are looking good for my Conc Baba.

4 more levels to go before my bad boy can use his Ethereal Edge. Kicking butt with a magic ancient axe (base dam 100-198) damage in Act1 Hell.

I've really got to grips with a conc baba since reading Halciet's guide. Taunt, Howl and Grim Ward are you friends, oh and so is Find Potion, Find Item, BC, BO, Shout etc...

Thought I'd share this with you as things are rather quiet around here these days.

BTW is it worth upping a RattleCage as it only has +200 defence instead of say +97% Enhanced Defence. I've got 40% crushing blow now and I'm a little nervous to lose %25 by dropping my Rattlecage for a better armour.

What would you do?

Thanks all
If you swap your RattleCage for a Duress something, you wont loose that much CB.

Ohh.. btw, gratz on the nice find... :thumbsup:

Cheers,
Nex
 

drinkturps

Diabloii.Net Member
Duress! I've looked it up and I never knew it exisited and is pretty cheap too.
I'd pretty much given up on the rune words apart from Spirit and Insight as I've never got higher than an Um or is it Fal?

That is bang on for what I need and I've got the Um (NM Forge) and a Thul.
The question is getting the Shael. I've only got two Sols at the mo so I can't cube them.

Looks like Countess Runs. Considering Hell Countess was kind enough to give me an El would I be better off running NM Countess or should I stick with Hell Countess which is a bit more tricky?

The three socket armour shouldn't be to tricky to find with some Pit running, which my bad boy can just about handle (although howl doesn't work coz I'm lev 70 and Pits is lev 85,but grim ward does - thanks again Halciet)

Cheers for that.

*puts on monicle and starts reading all the rune words closely*
 

Nexexplo

Diabloii.Net Member
drinkturps said:
Duress! I've looked it up and I never knew it exisited and is pretty cheap too.
I'd pretty much given up on the rune words apart from Spirit and Insight as I've never got higher than an Um or is it Fal?

That is bang on for what I need and I've got the Um (NM Forge) and a Thul.
The question is getting the Shael. I've only got two Sols at the mo so I can't cube them.

Looks like Countess Runs. Considering Hell Countess was kind enough to give me an El would I be better off running NM Countess or should I stick with Hell Countess which is a bit more tricky?

The three socket armour shouldn't be to tricky to find with some Pit running, which my bad boy can just about handle (although howl doesn't work coz I'm lev 70 and Pits is lev 85,but grim ward does - thanks again Halciet)

Cheers for that.

*puts on monicle and starts reading all the rune words closely*
I think NM coutess is a bit easier, But you will get more exp from Hell. There can be some pretty nasty archers down there in hell, and the same goes for the pit.

If you are running the tower in hell be sure to check the armor racks, as they often have socketed armors on them.

If your'e on EuroHCL you can try to catch me online on *nexexplo_i or *addiq_i for some assistance.

Cheers,
Nex
 

Herald of Doom

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Well, NM countess drops up to Ko, but ofcourse Hell countess drops higher runes (once every gazillion runs :p). So if you just want that shael, I'd say NM runs would be best.

PS: Duress is the best price/quality for any ladder pvm melee char imho ;)

HoD
 

drinkturps

Diabloii.Net Member
Thanks Nex and Herald (sounds like a married couple when said together ;)).

I'll go for NM Countess and Nex if I'm having trouble I'll look you up.

Cheers :thumbsup:
 

Herald of Doom

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40% Faster Hit Recovery
+10-20% Enhanced Damage (varies)
Adds 37-133 Cold Damage
15% Chance of Crushing Blow
33% Chance of Open Wounds
+150-200% Enchanced Defense (varies)
-20% Slower Stamina Drain
Cold Resist +45%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%

vs

+20% Enhanced Damage
Requirements -15%
+25 To Strength
+10 To Energy
+20 To Vitality
+15 To Dexterity
+50 To Life
All Resistances +30

I'd say it's offense vs defense, and I just like the offense route :lol: But for a conc barb duress is way better due to its +150-200% Enchanced Defense (varies)

HoD
 

drinkturps

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Guess what?

On my 4th Countess run I found my Shael! :clap:

I also got a Sol, 2 Elds, 2 Iths and an El

Now to track down a high defence 3 socketed armour........

My gin tastes even more sweeter now :uhhuh:
 
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