No reason not to. Since rares are even more interesting than usual, I want as many chances as possible to find good ones. Uniques also, of course, especially some of those exceptional unique merc weapons are tasty.erimatbrad said:What's your plan for playstyle, Jian? You going to go full tilt MF again?
Right now, Leharas the Defiance merc has +113% MF on his kills.
Io will be a 'mercasorc' throughout Normal and NM, mostly hanging back, assisting the merc with Enchant, Teleport, Glacial Spike and Telekinesis (maybe Terror and Life Tap from charges, too). There are 4 reasons to let the merc kill (almost) everything:
* He will have no trouble keeping up with IoÂ´s level.
* I get ALL the MF factored in for every kill.
* ItemÂ´s wonÂ´t lose durability.
* Safer. If Leharas dies in about two seconds, even if I donÂ´t know why he died, I KNOW that I donÂ´t want my character to be where he was standing!
The Savage polearm recipe is cheesy, but oh so addictive and useful. Some of the weapons you can generate with this recipe are overpowered way into Nightmare on /players 8! Imagine how good they will be on /p1. The only slight downer is that it will take longer for Leharas to reach the level needed to equip the best ones.
For the late game. I plan to have high blocking and defense, so Io can have the option to fight shoulder-to-shoulder alongside the merc, chilling enemies with her Shiver Armor, popping some Statics against bosses and pounding them with fast weapons. I just realized that a small investment in Lighting Mastery can pay off really well, using the right gear. Already at level 5, the lightning damage is almost doubled. Guess IÂ´ll save the good lightning damage charms along the way. I am really good at looking for good items to buy when I sell stuff anyway, so IÂ´ll stock up on good lightning weapons along the way. With good damage both with fire, physical and lightning, nothing should be immune to our damage (every full clearer must deal at least 3 different damage types OR use Open Wounds).
Her dream (but still very much possible) end-game weapon is a 'Crescent Moon' Phase Blade. Sooner or later, one of these tourneys HAS to give me an Um rune from NM Hellforge.