Patriarch Tyto_Alba (Doom/Phoenix fury wolf) Patriarch Tyto_Alba This is yet another ridiculous (but stylish, I hope) rune-fest thanks to 1.13b. Early on in 1.13b, I found a Cham and built a doom/2x dream pally. One of my favorite things about the doom was the CtC Volcano. What a neat animation, and it sure does spit out a ton of fireballs with unfortunately trivial damage. So I wondered, what about if we synergized that volcano? Well, I refreshed my memory on the under-utilized fire side of the elemental tree, and remembered that both Fissure and Molten Boulder synergize Volcano. Then I noticed that those two skills also synergize Firestorm. So I wondered, what has a CtC firestorm? Oh yeah, Phoenix. It’s a dumb, overpriced, never-been-made-on-SPF runeword. I had 1x Vex (from Trav) and 1 Lo (from Pindle, 1.13a). Better start crushing the cows…. I spent about 5 days running the cows like crazy. No Jah. I took a break and did some baal-running with my relatively new lite-sorc, and got a Jah within an hour or two. What a crazy game. I cubed up another Vex and made Phoenix. That would have been unthinkable a few months ago. Amazing. The name is the latin for the Barn Owl. A fascinating bird, really, found nearly everywhere, but evolutionarily and biologically quite distinct from all the other owls. Beautiful. STATS: Name: Tyto_Alba Level: 80 Strength: 139 (166) Dexterity: 55 (79) Vitality: 276 (281) Energy: 20 (45) Life: 2744 Mana: 268 Skills (after + skills): Elemental tree: Firestorm: 1 (8) Molten Boulder: 20 (27) Fissure: 20 (27) Summoning tree: Oak Sage: 1 (8) Heart of the Wolverine: 6 (13) Shape Shifting tree: Werewolf: 1 (10) Lycanthropy: 20 (29) Feral Rage: 1 (10) Rabies: 1 (10) Fury: 20 (29) LCS: LCS Fury damage: 3099-9942 6 fpa AR: 6448 5% CtC Lvl 18 Volcano (224-231 physical damage, 224-231 fire damage per ball) 40% CtC Lvl 22 Firestorm (1266-1470 fire damage/second) 35% Deadly Strike 25% Crushing Blow 16% Life Leach 3% Mana Leach Active Auras: Level 12 Holy Freeze (Doom) Level 13 Redemption (Phoenix) Level 12 Conviction (Infinity – Merc) Level 16 Might (Merc) Level 13 Heart of the Wolverine How I got there: I leveled him up to 67 as a standard fury wolf, with a standard ribby then an upped ribcracker. I experimented a bit and statted all the vines, and played with PC and Rabies a bit. Once I hit level 67 I respecced into my final gear/skills/stats. On to equipment…. Equipment: Head: Jalal’s Mane (ummed) Amulet: Mara’s (+30 resists) Armor: Fortitude Archon Plate Weapon: Doom Berzerker axe (eth-bugged) Shield: Phoenix Monarch Switch: Lawbringer Crystal Sword/Stormshield Belt: String of Ears (8%LL, 15%DR) Gloves: Cruel Fist (awesome crafted gloves) Rings: Ravenfrost (18 dex/ 242 AR) and a BKWB (5%LL) Boots: Gore riders Charms: Some Sharp GCs, some shimmering SCs. Resists: 85/75/85/75 Merc: Might with Infinity ethereal thresher, Fortitude, Crown of thieves Finds: Hellforge: Hel/Gul Thoughts: This guy is AWESOME. I love him dearly. He worked EXACTLY how I hoped he would. I knew that the CtC firestorm would interrupt his fury, but I hoped that the negative enemy fire resists (-85 from Infinity, - 28 from Phoenix) would make the damage relevant, and that the Holy Freeze and Freezes Target +3 mod on Doom would make those hiccups in his attack sequence safe and tolerable. Well, it worked perfectly. Even against PIs, the fire damage from firestorm and volcano killed them pretty darn quick. Against non-PIs, the massive damage from doom generally took care of them plenty fast. Against bosses or mobs, whenever Volcano triggered, it just melted them amazingly fast. I have no idea how many of those fireballs spew out, but it is a big number, and the cumulative damage is very impressive. The safety of this character was really awesome. The HF and Freezes target from Doom work well to slow any advancing enemies to a crawl. The big LL and huge damage is nice, and the Redemption is great too. An added bonus is that reviving monsters are no longer an issue. Gearwise, I’m pretty happy with what he’s got. I really struggled with what to do on the switch. I used CtA/Spirit for most of the game, but it really only added about 600 life, and he didn’t really need it. I switched to a lawbringer to have the option to spread some Decrepify in case I ever ran into FI/PIs, but never really needed it. Regarding Phoenix, I’m really not sure what to think. I think that if the CtC firestorm was not synergized, the interrupted melee attack would be much more annoying. Also, if everything around him wasn’t frozen, it would have made him very vulnerable. I’m very glad I built it for him, but I’m not sure what I’ll do with it next. Skillwise, the only debate was what to do after MB/Fissure/Lycan/Fury were all maxed. I ended up going with HoW for a bit of added damage, but it was pretty frail and the boost was small. In another 5-10 levels, it might get a bit tougher and be more useful. I debated working my way up to Armageddon. I think it would have worked OK. Maybe if I rebuild… A nice CTC screenshot: Two Volcanos Next? I think I'm done with the HR craziness for a while. I'm excited for the ladder starting with the final 1.13 patch. I think a restart is just what the doctor ordered. I'll play these guys some on the side (still at grail -1), but playing some less powerful toons sounds like fun too... Thanks to: Liquid Evil, whose Earthshifter Armageddon duid is kind of like this guy’s big brother. Vox_Dei, whose recent Wind Wolf is Tyto’s evil twin (or maybe its vice versa?) All of SPF for being so fun… Thanks for reading.