Reintroduction, a Matriarch, and questions Hello there all SPFers! :wave: First, I'd like to officially reintroduce myself to the SPF. I used to post here quite a while ago under the name Whomhead. I took a long hiatus and lost my password and no longer have access to the email I used to create the account. But hey, I'm back! *straps on shinguards* OK, now that that's taken care of, I'd also like to introduce the SPF to my newest Matriarch, Not_Hardcore, the Fishyzon. I don't have any fancy screenshots or anything since I'm on my laptop without D2. She's a very standard Fishyzon who's job will eventually be WSK runs for fun and profit. Helm = Harelquin Crest (12 res all jewel) Amulet = Mara's (28 res all) Armor = Skin of the Vipermagi (12 res all jewel - 44 total) Belt = Razortail or Siggard's Stealth (yeah, that's the 1.09 version of Nos' Coil) Weapon 1 = Titan's/Spirit Monarch Weapon 2 = +3 skills Melody Matriarchal Bow Boots = 44% War Travs Gloves = +12 dex, 20 IAS, +2 Jav skills rares Merc = Defiance Merc helm = Vampire Gaze Merc Armor = Leviathan Merc weapon = Insight Great Poleaxe (its non eth, so I'm looking for an upgrade) Stats = enough dex and strength for gear and the rest in Vitality. I named her because I got really burnt out on D2 a year or so ago while doing HF rushes. When I finally got the itch to play again, I decided to try my hand at HC. After 3 level 70+ Destroyers (or whatever the HC folks who beat Nightmare are called) died, I got so frustrated that I swore off HC and created Not_hardcore. This leads me to my questions. I tried some WSK runs and found her dissapointingly slow at them. So, I'd like to upgrade her gear to the greatest extent possible (for me). Remember those HF rushes I mentioned? Those gave me the runes, if I cube up basically everything I've got, to give me a Ber and a Lo. My other favorite character is a lvl 92 Fanatic Zealot who also does Baal runs. (I don't know why, but I just really like the challenge of the WSK/Baal. I also (apparently) really like parantheticals.) He uses Schaeffer's Hammer with enough IAS to give him a 4-frame zeal. When I realized that the Fishyzon wasn't as indominatable as I'd hoped, I switched to him. It had probably been literally a year and a half since I last took this guy out for a stroll. On the very first Baal run, off of Baal himself, I found a +15/-18 Griffon's Eye. The first run! So I think to myself, "hey, this may be just the thing to give the Fishyzon the boost she needs!" I put it on her, but found that she's still quite fragile. So there's some more room improvement, I think. My first question: would it be at all useful for WSK/Baal runs to make the Fanatic Avenger a Grief weapon to use instead of the Schaeffer's? The ctc static field on Schaeffer's is really nice, so i'm reluctant to give it up. I could also make him a Fortitude, but then I'd lose out on a lot of MF. Any advie? Second question: Would I be well-served to switch my Fishyzon's gear to use a Chains of Honor and the Griffon's Eye? I have a perfect lightning facet I could throw in there for the extra coolness factor. Is there a better use for that Ber? Especially given that I will absolutely not be going back to HF rushes again. Ever. That's it! Kudos and cheers to anyone who read all of my blabbering. Now, bring on the drinks (assuming Durf's credit card is still good)!