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TC3 Hunting Tournament winter 2018 - Sign-up and running thread

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  1. T72on1

    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Welcome to the second TC3 Hunting Tournament !!! In this thread players sign-up and talk about hunting TC3s. We had a little pre-tournament discussion about this, and it seems like we'll have 6 participants, but obviously the tournament is open to anyone, and it would be awesome if we would have more people enter. Last time it seemed like we would have 4, and we ended up with 14 :).

    What is the TC3 Hunting Tournament?

    The TC3 Hunting Tournament is a contest where we try to farm as many different TC3 items as possible during a 2 week period, within a maximum amount of time for each character. Score will solely depend on the number of different TC3 items found. This wiki page contains a list of all unique and set TC3 items. All items can be dropped by Normal Andariel (a lot of them even from lower targets), except for the 4 items with a qlvl of >16. If you are seeking for advice to increase your efficiency at tracking down those TC3s, check out the TC3 hunting FAQ draft. Or you could have a look at the first TC3 Hunting Tournament or it's results thread. Both contain very good information on which builds to use, tactics, ...


    When is the TC3 Hunting Tournament?

    Starts next Friday January 12 at 00:00, ends on Thursday January 25 11:59pm. Both local time.


    Rules and info

    1. Areas we run are: all areas up to Normal Halls of the Dead level 3; this includes the Sewers level 1 - 3 and Dry Hills; reason for this is that I want to keep it low-profile, but want to enable the cube, to turn those chipped and flawed topazes into perfect ones ;)

    2. Only version 1.13+ of the game.

    3. HC or SC

    4. New characters only, untwinked; muling items from the character to an external stash (GoMule or Atma) is allowed though

    5. MP game to reset a map is allowed

    6. Player setting is free; no increasing the /p setting just for chests or other poppables though

    7. Max amount spent with one character is 15 hours; you can however enter the contest with multiple characters

    8. This is just meant as a small, low profile challenge. There are no prizes, except for eternal glory if you manage to find all items one can find within' these areas (20 items)

    9. Every different (e.g. not already found) TC3 item grants you 1 point; readouts of one of each of those different TC3 items can be posted here after the event; in case of a tie, the person who finds the highest total amount of TC3 items, wins

    10. Gambling is allowed. TC3 items found while gambling, follow the same rules as TC3 items that drop

    11. Reset at Akara is allowed


    Scoring

    As has already been stated, every different TC3 item grants 1 point. These are all TC3s available:



    Tancred's Hobnails, Sander's Paragon and Vidala's Ambush can't drop in the selected areas. Blinkbat's Form can only drop from certain superuniques in act 2, as well as most bosses / champs there. Bane Ash can also drop this item.

    Results

    In a lot of tournaments there is a supervisor, to whom you can send your results after the tournament period over. Since this is such a low-profile tournament, I suggest all participants just post their result (number of different TC3 items, total number of TC3 items and item readouts (edit: or screen shots)) in the results thread I will put up shortly after the tournament itself has finished, but not until the ending time of the tournament has passed for all participants. So people from Australia and New Zealand will have to wait a bit longer than us Euro people, and those two groups have to wait for people from US and Canada before posting any results :).

    Please don't post any info on how many TC3s you have found before the tournament is over, as that would ruin a lot of the fun.


    Participants

    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
    JoeBruce
    NanoMist
    Tatterson
    Southpaw8668
    Cypher Aus
    drmalawi
    Grape
    Smittyphi
    jiansonz
    Dezrok
    Caralis
    logoutzero
    Gynli
    Xios
    Darkstarhub
    GothamsBeard

    Post any suggestions or questions you might have.

    Good luck to everyone !!!
     
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  2. Kitteh

    Kitteh Diabloii.Net Site Pal

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    Good luck all!
     
  3. T72on1

    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I'm not sure about the character I'll be playing. Last time I did a Holy Fire, which is very good for the job: Vigor for faster running, no mana issues, and when high enough a level, you don't even have to hit targets like Rakanishu, your pulse damage is good enough to do the job :).

    Now I'm in doubt between Double Swing Barb (has Find Item, some minor increased speed from lvl 24 on, and can dual wield Gull for more mf), some Sorc (teleport, good low level skills) or Assassin (BoS all the way !!!). I'm currently leaning towards a DTalon Kicksin. Not sure if I can get boots that do enough damage though. But if not, there's always 2 TC3 weapons with CB :).

    I'm mainly looking for the Gnasher and Biggin's Bonnet, as those would be grailers for me. But I'll welcome any TC3 obviously. I already found eth Torch of Iro and eth Rixot's Keen from Nihl within some 30 minutes of each other, so may all the other TC3s be eth too ;).

    Tactic will probably be the same as last time: get to the cube as fast as possible first, maybe as fire trapper instead of Kicker first because of more area damage. Level up until 24 or 25, then focus on Andy for a while first in search of those lovely unique rings !!! What I didn't do well last time, was shrine hunting from the beginning, so I'll be on the lookout for that soon now. Other than that I might run Rakanishu and/or Tristram first, if I get good maps for those targets.

    Edit: welcome Kitteh :).
     
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    ioupainmax Diabloii.Net Member

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    I'll join with a Double Swing/Frenzy Axe Barbarian.

    EDIT:

    PATCH: 1.14d
    STATUS: FAM
    STASH: Extended GoMule
    SC/HC: SC

    EDIT2:
    I'll be making a character that goes on to do other things after the tournament has ended, so I won't be respeccing unless I misclick and it might not be ideal, but it will kill 2 birds with one stone, since I've been meaning to start an Axe Barbarian for a while.
     
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    darkstarhub Diabloii.Net Member

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    I am sorry if this is one of those stupid questions that I should know from the tournament description. I am thinking the answer is yes but I just want to make sure. Is this with a new character?
     
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    MizzouFTW Diabloii.Net Member

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    I'll join with a fire druid.
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    No, no stupid question, but instead not clear from the description, so I'll edit my post.

    To answer your question: yes with new characters.
     
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    Let's do it! I'll be going with a Fire Trapper most likely.

    Participants

    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
     
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    JoeBruce Diabloii.Net Member

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    I really like this idea. I can probably get 15 hours in during that time frame.

    Put me on the list! Unsure about the type of build. My gut says Assassin but it looks like we have one of those already. I will have a late start anyway so I have a few days to decide.

    Does that mean we will not be finding these items for this tournament?
     
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    NanoMist Diabloii.Net Member

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    Finding those 4 items is not impossible, just very difficult. 3 of those items can only be gambled due to the area restriction. IIRC, none of those 4 items were found in the previous tournament.

    Of course I'm in.

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    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
    NanoMist
     
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    Southpaw8668 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I think I’ll make a Fire Trapper this time around.

    Participants

    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
    NanoMist
    Tatterson
    Southpaw8668
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I love it when a plan comes together :).

    Very happy to see you all joining. I added you all to the op. Seems like there will be quite some Assassins this time around !!
     
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    I'll give this a try as well. Don't know how well I'll do but it'll be fun :)

    Participants

    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
    NanoMist
    Tatterson
    Southpaw8668
    Cypher Aus
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    Cool !! That makes 10 participants already :).

    This tournament is more about fun than anything else, so don't worry. If you skim trough the threads about previous tournament, you'll get a good idea of tactics and such.

    This is the complete list for now. Adding it here, so JoeBruce is in it as well.


    Participants

    T72on1
    Kitteh
    ioupainmax
    MizzouFTW
    ffs
    JoeBruce
    NanoMist
    Tatterson
    Southpaw8668
    Cypher Aus


    Edit: just made a test character, an Assassin, and leveled her to 18 as a Fire Trapper. Then respecced to DTalon (4 kicks). Both builds are definitely good options for this tournament, although DTalon only when leveled up, when the focus is on single targets only. Found two TC3s in a few runs, good sign?

    So long story short: I'll be sticking to the original plan of leveling up as a fire trapper and then respeccing to DTalon. The only downside of that build is that I'm more or less forced to use Greaves, limiting attribute points spent in Vita and limiting my choice of boots.
     
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    Kitteh Diabloii.Net Site Pal

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    Personally, my initial character is a Fists of Fire assassin, but if I have time then I will run with a HF zealot or a barbarian of some kind.
     
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    Looks like people are really getting into tactics...almost nobody is going for a Barbarian it seems...oh well!
     
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    Kitteh Diabloii.Net Site Pal

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    I am for my second attempt. First attempt is meant to be competitive, my second one is meant to get me a few grailers and give me an excuse to moan :p
     
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    T72on1 Diabloii.Net Member

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    I was in doubt between Sorc, Barb and Assassin. My reasoning was that Sorc and Barb is so cliché for an mf tournament, hence the Assassin :). Seems like for this one, Barbs and Sorcs aren't top pick. While they are top competitors in my opinion.
     
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    Kitteh Diabloii.Net Site Pal

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    The sorceress worries me because of the mana pool, but clearly others have handled that. The barbarian, I'm not sure the kill speed will be as good. However, find item is appealing.
     

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