Predicting what magic items you will get at any particular level?

teh roxxors

Diabloii.Net Member
Something I never understood in various build threads was how the writer would list the myriad magic items he would start using once hitting some particular level, going on at length all the wonderful things these items would then allow him to do going forward, until the next item came along at some later level.

How the actual heck does that work? I'm pretty sure drops are randomized. How does someone advise "At level six, get Death’s Hand and Death’s sash" when the player has no control whatsoever over when these items drop?

Can anyone explain how I am expected to get random items just when I want them?

I am playing single-player, because I don't play well enough to go online and risk ruining someone else's good times.