Meteorb sorc, questions about ES and else Hey, I am playing a Meteorb sorc these days. I play her in solo (using a few mules, but no cheats) so she has no access to uber-gear, above all, please take that into consideration when answering the questions below. She is clev 62, without eq bonuses she has: str 90 (a bit much maybe, but it is nice for a char who will probably not have the exact gear I would want) dex 25 (i dont use shields, so i dont raise it) vit 200 energy 75 (and some spare points). FO-Meteor 20 FB 10 FM-CM 2 Static 1 Tele 1 + prereqs Now what i need advice on: 1) Do I want ES? It is indeed a great skill, but it is 4 extra points (for skill level 1) which i would miss badly, also there is no way i would have any points left to build the synergy for it, not to mention the fact that i am unlikely to be able to support it with an energy of 75, so i would have less points to raise vitality...which leads us to the next question: 2) remaining stat points? if I take ES I surely need more Energy...150 or so, right? or if i don't, than i could just go for a godly vitality (and maybe 10 more strength)...unless...unless i change my mind about shields. pumping all the points left into dex could still grant me a decent block rate with some eq. but do i want that? this guide: http://www.rpgforums.net/showthread.php?t=254070 advices me to use a shield but most of the people i asked told me the opposite. so what do you say? 3) Mercanaries...unlike my melee chars, i can't say i am awfully happy with my holy freezer. his damage output is not really noticable, and the freezing effect is unimportant either except for cold immunes, since FO does the same to the rest of them. but than...hell is full of nasty nasty cold immunes. the other option i am considering is a hell act2 defensive mercenary for survival purposes. (oh, and please dont tell me to give him a 'Doom' runeword or something on that idea so he gets holy freeze as well...solo characters don't often have a spare cham for their merc but i also tought about hiring a NM actV barbarian. (hard to keep that guy alive though, so i will probably pass) All sane suggestions are welcome.