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Patriarch Dienekes.

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  1. frosty

    frosty IncGamers Member

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    Patriarch Dienekes.

    Yup, the Spartan is now patted. :D

    The name Dienekes comes from the novel, "The Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield, which is about the battle of Thermopylae, which a select force of Greeks held a mountain pass for a week against overwhelming odds.

    The character build was born long before the book however, the idea came from WhiskyJack and his 2H pally. I created this char to MP with a friend, but the MPing petered out by the time he reached Act 3 Norm.

    After I read the book, I revised the build for pure SP play and added some variety for a kick. Thus Dienekes, a Spartan using a spear, the Disciple set and the Veil of Steel was reborn.

    Patriarch Dienekes.
    lvl 82 Spear Fanatic.

    Stats:

    Str: 139
    Dex: 99
    Vit: 252.
    Ene: Hmmmmmm.........

    Total life was about 1.1k

    Skill pts:

    20 in Zeal, Sacrifice and Fanaticism.
    4 in Charge and Holy Shield. 6 in Conviction.

    Equipment

    The Disciple set, with a +8 str and dex jewel in armor.
    The Veil of Steel with a -15 req jewel in it
    Arioc's Needle (+4 skills, 222 ED)
    Ravenfrost + dual leech ring

    Switch is Lightsaber and Tiamat's Rebuke.

    Charms: either fine sc or sc of vita. And some resistances here and there.

    As Dienekes' squire in the novel was also his spear carrier, I used a NM act 2 merc for it. He uses Duriel's , eth Reapers and Guiliame 's Face. The squire is also an archer, but I opted for the act 2 merc in order to save whatever little sanity I had while designing this build.

    Comments

    Norm and most of NM was easy. He was wielding a 300+++ ED Stygian Pike that dealt 7.8k damage with zeal.
    OKs in Chaos gave me a lot of grief. In Hell, p8 was unsustainable after dying 10+ times in the area from Blood Moor to the Stony field. I kept on getting LE/FE bosses and a single bolt was enough to maim Dienekes. THe theme of FE/LE bosses continued throughout the rest of the game. I counted more than 20 of them and had a sequence of six in a row in Act 5.

    Fighting tactics are pretty much the same for all my melee builds: Charge in, and start zealing. ( Yes I am reckless). But the tactics was modified after act 1 Hell to run up abit, draw some creatures and take them down together with merc. Still number of times I died was a lot. Like ~30 times I guess. Most of the time he used the needle, except in areas where there were a lot of PIs or ranged attackers whereupon he switched to lightsaber + Tiamats. There is one quest he haven't completed yet though. The Anya quest in the Frozen River. Gloams+Vipers+ Succubi = major headache. I'll finish up that area once I think of a way to counter all that. Then he shall be retired.

    Hellforge dropped a Gul in accordance to the point where the most difficult builds get the best drops. FYI, my lightning spearzon also got a Gul. The rest of my builds, some 14 in number, got Lem , Ko and Lums.

    Next up: my chargeboltress sitting in act 3 hell, and a revival of Apollo my FC werebear.

    Oh yeah: before I forgot. Zeal damage was 5.2k with the needle and 2.5k with Lightsaber.
     
  2. corax

    corax IncGamers Member

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    cool Pat frosteh :D
    gg on the CB sorc
     
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    Congrats on your Pat! :thumbsup:
     
  4. DeathMaster

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    Sounds like a fun build. Congrats!

    I found hit and run tactics work fine agains Succubi, they like to chase you one by one, so giving some time, you should be fine. Gloams can be really bad, if you don't have lit resist up or T-god.
     
  5. ToastedTacoGuy

    ToastedTacoGuy IncGamers Member

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    that was a great book, i read it earlier this year. if you really wanted to be true to the book you should have used javs and a shield imo. congrats on your pat =)
     
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    Congratulations on the Pat, Frosty! :)

    And good luck with the CB Sorcy.
     
  7. Toppo

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    Yay, Frosteh :clap:

    Congrats on the secksy Pat! My 2h Zealot/Staffpally is still in Act2 Hell waiting to be quested with.
     
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    Congrats on the Pat! Was your zeal extremely slow using the Spear?
     
  9. Toppo

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    Not extremely slow but 6 fpa (I guess - it's the fastest possible with 2h spear/any 2h non-sword).
     
  10. corax

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    i think most (if not all) 2 handed weapons are capped at 6-fpa with zeal.
    IIRC when the paly attacks with a spear he does it one handed. he lets go with the front hand. been ages since i had a paly with a spear though
     
  11. Amiral

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    sorry, wrong, 5 fpa is the fastest for two-handed, and can only be reached with spear and sword, for every other 2-handed wep though, it is max 6 fpa.

    hm, how did you do with FHR? weilding spears screws it up bigtime so...
     
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    So, I screwed it up again? Well, GG me! :lol:

    But who would be n00b enough to equip a Zealot with a spear anyway? :p
     
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    frosteh and sledge is probably n00bish enough to think it 1337. i mean honestly a flaming bear. wtf :D
     
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    Gogo on the pat! A pally without a shield? tis not normal..
    however, it did seem to r0xx0r, so well done.
     
  15. frosty

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    *raises hand*

    :p

    Zeal is at 5 fpa. FHR is very low, about 30 I think, with all of it from charms.

    As of the question of javelins, I just simply thought that a massive long spear would look better than a toothpick of a javelin.

    Did I say that a flaming werebear is on the cards too? :eek:
     
  16. frosty

    frosty IncGamers Member

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    Hmm....can't edit.

    Anyway, I have just completed the Anya quest. By switching gear such that gloams heal me. :p

    Succubi still hurts lots though.

    Now he can retire in peace. ;)
     
  17. Vargas

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    Congratulations for your *unique* pat! This was a omoshiroi (interesting) build!
     

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