New to HC, just finished Normal. Conc Barb/Shielded. Killed Baal @ Lvl 33. What a refreshing approach to D2 game play. This was the first time in years I've played solo un-twinked, non-muled. In the beginning, I wanted to try a thrower so double-throw was the main path I followed, along with a shield/axe on swap. I found double throw to be the most damaging attack for a low level barb I have ever attempted. It was really amazing how fast everything dropped. I yawned zzzz at the smith and Andarial was no problem, especially with Stealth armour (poison res). When I finally got to Duriel I was pretty much screwed. I just couldn't over come the cold or avoid him enough to do any damage. So I ended up lvling a few more and respec'd for Conc strictly. So ActII was pretty significant in that case, and that's when I also got the Darkglow armor:thumbsup: I was able to pretty much tank both Diablo and Baal with the high res, block and Conc. Where I nearly died was in Act 5 in the Abaddon portal in the bloody foothills. I found that a group of frenzied Blood-lords (i think thats the name) were a force like no other. If they have a tough unique boss, then they are much faster already. I also opened up one of those urns in the Ancient Way that spawned a group of them, one Boss with holy freeze... I ran like hell of course. Well anyway, below you can see my layout. Peace. I got a lucky find early, dropped by Duriel in ActII, which was Darkglow armor +5 to max res across the board, +10 res all. (80-80-80-67 res) I couldn't find a good axe or even a decent socketed, so I crafted a blood War Axe. Blocking was Ancients pledge in ActII, then I moved to plain magic tower shield of blocking in the end. Kept Anya's +2 Shout barb helm (rare). 2x +1 WC daggers Gloves, rings and belt had random res mods mostly. 10% ias on gloves. Boots were Hsarus 20% FRW + fire res. Saved the best charms I could, end game 72% Block + 850 Life after BO. Merc = ActII prayer, used gear I discarded - Stealth rune word armour and Nadir helm.