Progress Report : Life based Tesladin I have a Ladder(East) Tesladin on the way. So far he's lvl 68, and going fast. I've never hit Hell yet, but I'm pretty confident he will do well from what I see. Nevertheless, I would like to take some advices and suggestions b4 I enter Hell. Name : Giant-Electron, lvl 68 Stats : 95 base str, 115 on screen 116 base dex, 136 on screen (no more points will be spent on str or dex) rest into vitality, 200+ on screen. none into energy Skills : (now/will-be) +4 to all skills - will add anni later for +5 ~10/20 Salvation (not sure how much I put) 20/20 holy shock 20/20 resist lightning 2/1 conviction (made a mistake of 1 more skill) 1/20 holy shiled 1/1 vengeance 0/1 redemption 1 into Zeal, 1 Sacrifice(prereq) Setup : Guillaume's Face, with IAS/max jewel Highlord's ammy Crescent Moon(ShaelUmTir) phase blade Skin of Vipermagi, 23 resist - will change to Naj's plate later Hoz, with UM Lavagout String of ears Gorerider RavenFrost Ring CarrionWind Ring - No skill charms except for an anni later Explanations on Stats/setups/skills - Low Str : This build is not aimed on nice physical dmg. Rather, it relies on Crushing Blows(50%), Deadly Strikes(30%) and Open Wound(35%). And as you can see, all other gears are relatively low in str req(especially the naj's armor), so you don't need much str for dmg or gear. - Some Dex : There's some considerable Dex put into this build, for 2 reasons : Blocking, and to wield phaseblade. Joined with Hoz's high block and Holy shield, this build is expected to have max blocking throughout the game. - Rest Life : Take advantage of low str - No mana : I have figured that zeal consumes almost no mana, even when low lvl. Combined with '%dmg taken goes to mana', which I aim to be 55%, will prove useful too. When low lvl, I used angelic sets which provide 20% dmg to mana. - Low Zeal : Zeal adds both dmg and AR to your attack. But when you are using CM runeword, you have ITD, so you don't need AR (especially when you have considerable dex). Dmg wise, as I have explained in 'Low Str' section, Who cares. Your CM phaseblade is poor on physical dmg anyways. - Max all synergies : Taking advantage of low zeal and low sacrifice. Points into Salvation will even add synergy to Vengeance. - Vengeance and Conviction : For the rare case of Physical AND light immunes. Or party play(conviction). - Max Holy Shield : High defense can't hurt. I am thinking of using a defiance merc, which will give me some niiice defense. There are not really any other skills to max or invest. - Overall Gears : For the above reasons, the choice of gear is kinda obvious. I'd like to emphasize that my setup is far from being godly. If I were more able, I would have tried a Frostdin with Doom runeword. All these setups will cost less than a third of an enigma. - IAS Jewel : All these setups will give +75% to IAS. Combined with Phaseblade[-30], this means 4fps Zeal WITHOUT fanat aura! How kool 5fps zeal and 4 fps makes a huge difference. It means 1 more hit every second. Faster killings. - Lavagout : I expected this glove to show me some action with it's enchant. It proved to be not much of the use. However, some fire dmg can't hurt and the resist is nice. IAS is a must. - Naj's plate : I don't know why ppl neglect this wonderful armor. It's low in str req, huge life, all resist, and +1 skill. I would like to call this armor a 'mini CoH'. All the mods on this armor seem like it's specially tailored for this build. - Carrion Wind Ring : Obviously for Leech, seconly for resist, but also because of it's twister mod. 8% chance isn't that bad when you are hitting 4fps. Twister will stun your enemy for a bit, which helps not to be hit. This ring and CM phaseblade launches Twisters, Chain lightning and static field, which is quite gorgeous in action. Viablilty So far he's more than ready to enter Hell. His resist maxed in nm, 2 more anya quests left, Has an extra UM to socket in armor. Dmg wise, he's doing nm baal runs in an 8 ppl game as if he is soloing. Not much problem is seen against lighning immunes. Some more health would help, I guess. Questions - Leech : It seems to me that 16% leech is not really enough. This is one part I am concerned. I don't seem to leech off those huge Cblows as much as I expected. Penalty on leech will be bigger in Hell. What should I do? - Merc : I have nice merc gear ready. But I just can't decide which merc to use. I think either defiance or HF merc, but so far HF merc don't seem very effective. If I am to use defiance merc, I will have to lvl him from normal act2 , or just hire him from Hell and endure a few lvl difference in defiance aura. What shall I do?