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Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

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  1. Eric Xanthu

    Eric Xanthu IncGamers Member

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    Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Mihana is done with Baal as of July 17, 2:50pm Eastern Time.

    Getting 99 certainly teaches you a lot of skills, but it really doesn't require anything except willpower and time. Say you make a perfect run, every single trick and strategy goes your way, you burn through in less than 3:00. Congratulations. Do it another 3500 times. Now that I'm waaaay older than my HS/College days and my reflexes are going, having a task that even a broken-down nag like me can accomplish was kinda fun.

    The downside is that the endless repetitions pretty much suck all the Diablo fun out of you. I became a lifeless drone. Felt no twitch when my second Dweb dropped. Mang Song? Gee, I guess that replaces the one I traded. DFathom? Yawn, maybe it's better than the mediocre one I'm using. Cham? Ok I guess. Wish it was a Ber.

    Basically, 99 was work, until the spark of life returned to me at the last Baal kill. So the psychology of getting to 99 is pretty messed up. It's like taking a hacksaw to the floor bolt of a new toilet: you know it's going to take 15 minutes of frustrating, mind-numbing work. You know you can't go too fast or you'll lose your groove. If you cheat and use a sawzall you'll crack the porceline. Most people would say "screw it" and leave the bolt sticking up. Except my wife would yell at me and tell me she won't have guests staring at a 3 inch bolt stickout of the toilet when they come to visit...

    Hang on. That got weird at the end.

    The inspiration for this crazy trip was Dark Chaos, who was cranking out a stupid number of 99s when I was relatively new to the SPF. I swore I'd never do that--95 is high enough, thanks!--but the idea just kept hanging around and hanging around and then one day I was going for it and didn't know why. As for the character choice: I remember DC saying Kara was ugly and me thinking "No wai!" Once I had the gear, I decided to give it a shot. The conversion from MF-freak to 99-freak was not hard.:thumbsup: So a big thanks to DC.

    I'd like to call out grogs as my special dedication, though. Of everyone on the board above me, Ayla is the most impressive to me. That's a PURE BLIZZ sorc WITHOUT CTA. 1000 hp and 33 fire res...everyone on the board deserves big props but I think Ayla is the most impressive of them all. I almost didn't go for CtA just so I could match it.

    To everyone else in the Hall of Heroes: I re-read your threads when inspiration ran low. Thanks! And to all the 98s working their way up now, keep at it. You helped push me toward the end...I couldn't have more people pass me for being lazy!

    Ok, enough of that. The meat:

    Str 125/161
    Dex 25/46
    Vit 395/432
    Ene ???/yeah right
    Health 968/1990
    Mana 445/746

    Those base health/mana values might be off a bit...I forgot to check before I stripped my charms.

    Gear
    DFathom (22 w/ a 3/3 cold facet)
    Spirit Monarch
    CtA (BO 5) + Spirit Monarch
    Nightwing's (12% w/ a sexy rare res jewel)
    Blizz Ormus (14/14/14 w/ a scintillating jewel)
    Arachnid Mesh
    Magefist
    Sandstorm Trek (I can't get enough of t3h vits)
    Crafted sorc ammy (from a trade iirc)
    BKWB and a rare for res/life/mana
    7 Chilling GCs with newb mods and 1 Burning GC
    Lots of small charms for res, balance

    Idiot went through many gear changes but in the end it was:
    Act 2 Defiance Merc w/ upped Kelpie, GA w/Sol, Kira w/Sol
    I probably should have switched to Might merc at 97-98 but I didn't feel like re-rolling my map. I'm stubborn.

    Proof of Concept
    We'd like to nuke everything with blizzard but we have cold immunes. So we take a page from Tweety and try fireball as a backup. Does it clear our difficulties and does it give us any new tricks? Shouldn't we be using a better sorc like infinity-light?

    Getting there
    I had a nice map, except every 100 runs or so I teleported right into a pack of mana burning snakes. Ugh. That nearly got me a few times. Clearing the throneroom was very fast and easy, even before 1.13. There were a few times I didn't feel like dealing with an intense setup, but the fireball was plenty fast at clearing the witches and the OKs.

    Wave 1
    Best case: Blizzard melts them all before they can scatter or my GS holds them all in place.
    Worst case

    Wave 2
    Best case: I keep the Ancients off the stairs, blizzard melts them, and the skeletons stay grouped up for fast fireball cleanup.
    Worst case: Dolls and Gloams revived to stab me in the back. Skeletons scatter across the throneroom forcing me to kill 1 at a time.
    Reality: I pick off small packs at a time. The fireball was not a perfect solution to this wave, but it usually got the job done. I was not overly impressed with the improvement over a pure blizz.

    Wave 3
    Best case: A blizzard sorc can, with some luck, freeze the entire pack with GS and wipe them out before a single hydra is cast. That saves many seconds waiting for the next wave. Sadly I never mastered how to do this reliably.
    Worst case (rare): With his super-high Fire Res, this is basically FICI.

    Wave 4
    Best case: These guys were designed and play-tested to die so fast to blizzard that you never even see them on the screen. I often double-checked p8 dealing with these guys.
    Worst case (extremely rare): With his super-high Fire Res, this is basically FICI...hmm, that sounds famililar.
    Reality: I don't pay attention to the venom lord near me. He hits me and I laugh until I see he's Manaburn and I have to drink another blue.

    Wave 5
    Best case: They sometimes filter down through the blizzards without scattering. Because of their large footprint, they can die as fast as wave 4. Which is good, because sometimes these guys have sick mods that kill even 98 mercs.
    Worst case: Lister is FICI. The pack melts. My merc pokes Lister with Kelpie and now it takes me 6.5 HOURS to lure him outside of the throneroom so Baal will leave. He's just not worth the time to kill with an upped Kelpie...maybe if I had an eth, but my gear was fairly newbish for a 99.
    Reality: The ugly mods could get my merc dead and me scrambling. I definitely downed some purples here...2k hp goes fast to cursed extra fast fana blah blah blah. Mana burn could be pretty scary here.

    The Big Guy
    Best case: Baal's tentacles have a really awesome glitch that I don't know the exact mechanics of (WARNING: observation mixed with speculation follows). Basically if he's standing on a tentacle, any blizzard strikes that hit the tentacle will do damage to Baal. Sometimes Baal will summon a huge tangle of them right on top of himself and one blizzard will kill him in about 1-2 seconds. I was never able to control this, sadly.
    Worst case: For no reason other than to mess with me, Kelpie refuses to trigger. Baal burns my mana, summons a clone, goes on a teleporting spree, and hits me with a limit break of chain spells. Much forum-forbidden language ensues.
    Almost as bad: Baal decides to park himself on a railing where blizzard absolutely cannot hit him. I have to hide behind a pillar until he walks away from it or teleports. If the merc Kelpies him on the railing, he'll never leave and I'll have to CB him to death (not kjewl).
    Reality: 1 Blue potion of steady "Blizz Staticx5 Blizz CBx4 Blizz etc." 2 Blues if he hits me with mana burn before Kelpie kicks in.
    Baal's Deadliest Attack. What is this, 1.07? Off to Act IV I guess...

    Close calls
    Never blow up dolls while cursed.
    Never walk through your own blizzards!
    Never leave a huge pack of nightmare just outside the throneroom, forget it's there, and then teleport back into it while luring FICI Lister out. Ugh.

    So was it worth it? Yeah probably.

    Included for reference: What the xp bar looks like with 1000 runs to go. 500 runs to go.

    Thanks for reading!
     
  2. nubikoen

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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Congratulations Eric! That is one exceptional accomplishment.

    I've often cursed at Baal when he moved to the rail or close to a pillar so a 'regular' Blizzard won't hit him. I also found a solution:
    When you're about the cast the blizz on him just hover the mouse a bit off to the side of him (but still over him) and hold down Alt when casting the blizzard. I usually press Alt simultaneously with pressing the blizzard hotkey. And releasing Alt again when I switch back to Ice Blast (to regain the lock on him).

    It's worked just fine for me for a couple of years anyways :)

    Congratulations again :balloons:
     
  3. Eric Xanthu

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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Aiming Blizzard left/right works great, especially if he hugs the lower/right (depending on how you think about the screen) rail. There's one place on the upper rail where I couldn't even get that. It's near one of the small mid-posts.

    Thanks!
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Congrats , just the amount of runs you'd have to grind is one reason I'll never get a 99. So gg for you to get that far. The loot is very nice also. Would have guessed to see more top end items but whatever. Nice runes btw.
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Gratz on getting her to the end of the road :thumbsup:. Hopefully i can join you soon..uh someday in the distant future i mean.

    Btw, what are the damage numbers on your blizzard and fireball?

    And just as Tanksaabas i would've expected more highend items from so many runs. Didn't you have any MF? I'm saving up the items my Baalrunning sorc is doing to get a screenie after 1k runs and i think i'll have more highend items in there than you (i'm at about 500 runs now). I do have some MF however. Not a great deal, but enough to get something decent every once in a while.

    Any plans on going for a second (and third) one as DC was your inspiration or is 1 enough?
     
  6. Eric Xanthu

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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    I left off some details...post felt long.

    Only 8% MF, on the rare ring. Baal running is really not a great source of treasure, although I did leave off most of the TC84 and 81s I found. The ones that really made me happy were Ravenlore and Dragonscale, which were grailers (and in a tough TC). My biggest disappointment was no CoA...it's one of the five items I've never owned across all my restarts.

    4k fireball, 8k blizzard.

    No way no how I go for another 99. If I had sick gear I'd really like to try a poisonmancer w/ skellies, but I'm a few years too late to bother with that. 2 kids, a new house, a job where I keep getting promoted...there's just no time for it. I plan on enjoying my D2 time at a leisurely pace until D3 comes out.
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Who cares if it's long. You're here long enough to know we like details here at the SPF. As long as it's shorter than the road to 99 you're ok :wink2:.

    I've heard more people say that Baal isn't very good for finding items, but i see that differently. Doing some serious, really fast AT running (or Pindle) might get you more items, but Baal isn't all that bad.

    Allright i'll give you some pointers to get more time to get another one:
    kids -> That's what you got a thrashcan for (or give them up for adoption).
    new house -> Great. That way it won't collapse if you go a couple of years without maintanance.
    constant promotions -> Slack off. Take time to rest from playing D2 and think of ways to improve runtimes. That way you don't have to deal with all those promotions. Or even better just quit altogether. Even more time to play.

    I think it goes without saying that the previous paragraph isn't to be taken serious (and yet, here i'm saying it :rolleyes:).
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Congratulations on such an awesome achievement. Thats a serious amount of grind but i can imagine how good it felt to get there, well done. I hope you enjoy or your more leisurely D2 pursuits in the future.
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Oh Eric that's awesome! :balloons:

    Well done doesn't even begin to cover it.

    Fantastic write up.
     
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    A very hearty congratulations! I am thoroughly impressed.

    Excellent write-up.
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    HUGE congrats! This one achievement I highly doubt I'll ever reach. Big respect to you and all the other 99 monsters!
    Highly enjoyed reading your write up as well.
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Wow.

    Ten Characters.
     
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    Incredibly impressive Eric. Congratulations!
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    That was an excellent read Eric. Congratulations on your 99'er! Somehow though I can feel that you might just consider attempting this again. If all those responsibilities don't stop you then nothing will :) Thanks for sharing this experience and all the best with your next goal.
     
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    An excellent writeup for an epic accomplishment. Congratulations!
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Congratulations!

    So what character do you plan to take to 99 next?

    *Runs away* :evil:
     
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    Re: Mihana (99) Joins the Hall of Heroes

    Congrats, I've never dared try a build that can't deal with all the minions in a very direct manner.
     
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    Congrats does not begin to cover it. BTW what's the exact skill allocation of your blizzballer?
     
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    Congrats, very impressive and a really good read!
     
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    Sick dedication! Style points for not making pure light sorceress, I doubt this is the last 99:er of this summer.
     

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