The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

jamesixgun

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The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Socket to Me!

It's time for the . . .
Socketed Tournament of Confusion​

Goals:
  • To promote underused gems, items and mercs

  • To promote class-specific items and items with class-specific bonuses (wands/scepters/staves)

  • To confuse everyone with convoluted rules and regulations :whistling:


General Restrictions:
  • 1.10+ LOD, Vanilla or FAM, Hardcore or Softcore, pretty much anyone (as long as they're untwinked :wink:)! We want Mats/Pats and Guardians! :yes:

  • GoMule (or ATMA) is allowed as an extended stash

  • Enter as many times as you like. Should you choose to play multiple active toons, each character must have a separate stash.

  • Skill and Attribute point distribution is at player discretion (with some restrictions, see below).

  • Full clears are not required, but skipping waypoints and quests will result in point penalties.

  • Re-running for items/experience/whatever you like is allowed, but only within the current act and before defeating the Act Boss. No re-running of Act Bosses or the MooMoo Farm.

  • Save and Exit to avoid death is not allowed. No exception for SC toons.

  • Player settings may be changed at your discretion (No Chest-popping Cheese, Please!)

  • Imbue/socket and other quest rewards may be saved for later acts/difficulties, but will result in point penalties (see scoring, below)

  • Gambling is allowed and encouraged

  • Assassins and Barbarians are free to dual-wield, or not, at player discretion

  • Only one castable, damage-dealing minion may be used, and will incur a point penalty. Restrictions apply (see below).

  • NO A2 MERCS

  • Teleport may not be used unless an item grants charges.

  • All charms may be used without restriction.


    *Rules vary slightly for Hardcore and Softcore play (see below). There will be 2 ‘winners,’ one HC and one SC.


Item Restrictions:
[*] Weapon/Helms/Armor/Shields must all be socketable and follow socket rules (below). Socket quest may be used on any item.


  • Starting equipment may be used without restriction.

  • Items with class-specific bonuses (wands/scepters/staves) must be used once they become available.

  • Class-Specific Items must be used at all times, once they become available, with two exceptions.

    [*]Amazons must wield bows/crossbows/javelins/spears. These items may be class specific or not, at player discretion.

    [*]Assassins must wield Katars

    [*]Barbarians and Druids must wear class-specific helmets

    [*]Paladins must use Scepters and Pally shields

    [*]Necromancers must use Wands and Necro heads

    [*]Sorceresses may use Orbs or Staves or one of each​

  • Amulet/Rings/Belt/Gloves/Boots must be of varying types: one maximum of each type (white, eth, blue, yellow, orange, green, gold). Personalization quest may be used to allow multiple use of one item type (multiple golds, for example). White items may be used without restriction, but must be replaced as finds/shopping/gambling/crafting allows. See scoring for more details.

  • Throwing weapons may be freely used, but you’ll miss out on some points.

  • Oskills from items may be used (with some restrictions, see below), but only if the items are socketable; CtC allowed and encouraged.

  • Imbues and other reward items may be freely used, but point totals will be effected.


Socket Restrictions:

Socketable refers to any item with sockets.

There are 9 possible socket fillers (Amethyst, Diamond, Emerald, Ruby, Sapphire, Skull, Topaz, Jewels, and Runes). Jewels may be magic or rare and of any color. Runes may be of any type.


  • only one filler may be used in any given socketable. For example, if you have some Studded Leather with 2 open sockets, and you stick a topaz in one socket, a topaz must also fill the other socket.

  • socketable items may be of any color, type, or quality

  • each socketable must contain a different filler. For example, if you have topazes in your Studded Leather, your helmet, weapons, and shields must use other filler types.

    -exception: the 10th socketable (available only with an A3 merc), may be filled with the filler of your choice, but it must be employed on the merc, and must be the only filler of that type on the merc.

  • one total runeword (on toon or merc) may be used, but runes may be used to fill the 10th socket.

  • Gem qualities may be mixed and matched at your discretion.


Merc Restrictions:

A1, A3, or A5 ONLY. Items must follow above rules



Skill Restrictions: I originally planned to have some complex and convoluted rules regarding skill placement, but why? The item restrictions should be enough. However, a few rules remain. :wink:

Minions
  • Assassins and Amazons may use a Shadow or the Valk, but will incur a point penalty (see below).

  • Druids are limited to Grizzly only, plus the spirit of your choice. Use of Grizzly will incur a point penalty. Additional points may be put into Wolves for synergy. Hardcore players may use vines without penalty.

  • Necromancers are limited to one Golem of any type: no skeletons, no skeleton mages, no revives. Point penalty applies.

  • Mind Blast and Conversion may be used without restriction.

Teleport
  • Teleport may be used if an item grants charges, or if you find the runes for Enigma (HA!). Otherwise, you get to run.

  • Sorceress may only skill Teleport as a pre-req for Energy Shield. It may not be used. Items with “+X to Teleport (Sorceress Only)” may be used, but the use of Teleport granted by such items is forbidden.

  • Dragon Flight, Leap, and Leap Attack may be used without restriction.


Scoring

  • -1 per clvl

  • -5 per death, if softcore (please be honest)

  • -5 (HC) or -10 (SC) for use of a castable minion (may only use one, and must follow above rules).

  • -5 (HC) or -10 (SC) for use of a HEL rune to un-socket an item.

  • +1 per waypoint, including town waypoints; -5 for each skipped waypoint

  • +2 per quest completed before leaving the act; -2 for quests completed after leaving the act; -5 for quests completed after leaving the difficulty (quest completion defined as greyed out in quest window); -10 for skipping a quest completely

  • Killing Cow King counts as 1 quest.

  • +5 for completing Normal; +10 for completing Nightmare; +20 for completing Hell (defined in all cases as killing the Cow King)

  • +1 per item type used in non-socketable slots (white, eth, blue, yellow, orange, green, gold, personalized*), tallied after killing the Cow King in each difficulty, and added to previous total: potential for 18 points. No wardrobe quick-change cheese, please.

    *Personalization quest may be used to allow the use of one item type in multiple slots. Every personalized item in use for the majority of an Act receives one point, for a maximum of one point in Nightmare and two points in Hell. This is in addition to the points earned for multiple item types.​

  • +1 per socket-filler used (Amethyst, Ruby, Sapphire, Topaz, Emerald, Diamond, Skull, Rune, Jewel), tallied after killing Cow King in each difficulty, and added to previous total: potential for 27 points. Socketable must be completely filled for points to count.

  • Note that you receive a maximum of 1 point per item slot, except for Personalized items, which receive an additional point in Nightmare and Hell.


The Guardian and Mat/Pat with the highest score receive bragging rights (one Hardcore winner and one Softcore winner). In case of a tie, lowest level wins.

Tournament ends when there have been no posts for two weeks. I will post a last call for final write-ups.


Thanks to everyone who helped with the planning phase of this tourney. I couldn't have done it without your help! :wave:


Good Luck!! now go stuff some sockets!
 
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Spudnik

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Hmm interesting tournament.. may enter.... Let me think about it
 

jamesixgun

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Enter Keyne, the dual-wielding MA Sinner. I've always wanted to make one of these, and now I'm going to do it.

She hasn't even come into existence yet, but I needed an excuse to post the tables, and give myself a kick-start.

Softcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
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jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
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Edit: and I hope you decide to enter, Spudnik!
 

Spudnik

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Enter Locke The Barbarian, i'm going to give this a shot, however hmm..
to go DW Frenzy, WW or A conc/Zerker or something now thats the question

Softcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
=============================================================================================
jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Rogue Encampment      1       0           0
Spudnik          Locke              Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
=============================================================================================
EDit: some questions JSG.

To wear items after "whites" they have to be socketed already yes?
2) this is untwinked yes (i dont have any stashes only the gems and the rune i found on my trapsin when i got her to 19)?
 
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Brutass

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Since I've just bowed out of the Bow Masters tourney I think I shall enter this one. A Frenzy Barb named Ignoramus

Softcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
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jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Rogue Encampment      1       0           0
Spudnik          Locke              Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0 
Brutass          Ignoramus          Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
=============================================================================================
Question: Since javelins cannot be socketed does that count out javazons from the tourney?
 

jamesixgun

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Welcome, Brutass! Good luck!

As stated in the rules, throwing weapons are allowed. So Javazons are in no way forbidden from entering the tourney. . . They'll miss out on some points, of course, but they're not forbidden or in any way discouraged from participating.
 

Brutass

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Welcome, Brutass! Good luck!

As stated in the rules, throwing weapons are allowed. So Javazons are in no way forbidden from entering the tourney. . . They'll miss out on some points, of course, but they're not forbidden or in any way discouraged from participating.
Whoops must have missed that. I'm confused already, mission accomplished, lol. Just joking!


 

jamesixgun

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Well, Keyne had her beginning tonight. Quick and Easy. No finds of note, and no NDEs. Blood Raven went down without incident, and she wanted to continue on and rescue Cain, or at least find the Stony Field Waypoint, but I wanted to drink beer and stare blankly at the tele. Guess who won. :D

Currently using: emeralds, sapphires, topazes, skulls, a blue, and a bunch of whites/oS's. Meh.

Softcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
=============================================================================================
jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Cold Plains          10      -4           0
Spudnik          Locke              Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0 
Brutass          Ignoramus          Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
=============================================================================================
And sorry for the confusion, Brutass! (Well, not really . . . :D) Though you were the first, I definitely hope you won't be the last! :smug:

Cheers! :guiness:
 

JayeM

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

As item and socket points are tallied once per difficulty, please ensure that you claim points only for item types used through at least 3 of the 5 acts in each difficulty.
This might be difficult...so we can only count items we've had since Act III of the difficulty? Oh, my aching memory! :)

Sock is still alive and well, so I'll enter him. He's 16th level HC, dual-wielding swords, has a rogue merc named Annor, has hit 5 WPs and completed 4 quests. If I'm not too confused, this puts him at -3 points.

(Is it OK just to post the table(s) we're changing? Like so: )

Hardcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
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JayeM            Sock               Barbarian     Black Marsh        16      -3
Oh yeah, currently using: eth, white, yellow, blue; diamond, emerald, ruby, sapphire, skull, topaz, jewels.
 

jamesixgun

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Welcome, JayeM! I'm glad to see that Sock is still alive and kicking.

Ok. I meant to mention about the tables. . . please feel free to post only the table(s) that you're updating. I'll try to collate and post all the tables together every now and again so people don't have to go back more than a page or two to find the most recent entries.

As to the point tracking. . . It's not what you've used since Act 3, but what you've used for 3/5 of a difficulty.

I guess that's a bit difficult. . . Ok. I'll change it to something easier. Like "if the sockets aren't fully stuffed, the points don't count: keep those socket's stuffed!" Something like that.

Edit: I just removed the entire line. It seemed a bit unnecessary.

If it helps, I keep a pad filled with little chicken-scratchings about skill allocations, finds, ndes, interesting sights, etc. and when I'm done for the night, I run GoMule and jot down the stuff that I'm using at that time. But that's just me and my ocd. :crazyeyes:

Anyway, I'm sure you'll do just fine in tallying points. And this tourney is about fun, not about keeping exacting records about your item usage and whatnot. . . unless you find that fun.
 

JayeM

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

"Take those sockets and stuff'em!" :crazyeyes:
 

Spudnik

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Ill ask again james since you missed it, is this untwinked or not? :p
 

jamesixgun

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Um. . . I missed untwinked? Jeez.

It is an untwinked tourney, yes.

I'll go fix up the rules. And thanks for pointing it out to me, Spud!

Edit: and sincere apologies for missing your questions, Spud!

And to answer your other question, Everything that can be socketed must be socketed. You can use whites until you find something appropriate (like, you can hold out for some 3os body armor in A1 if you like). After that? Sockets all the way, for sure, but it doesn't really matter where they came from.
 

Spudnik

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Fair enough.. and the gloves/belt/boots/rings/amulets

you can only equip 1 magic, 1 rare, 1 unique and 1 crafted in those slots right? so you cant have 2 magic glove/boots then 2 rare rings?
 

Spudnik

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Well, started locke this morning, Pretty Quick and Easy on /players 8. No finds of note, and no NDEs. Blood Raven went downlike a pansy, Cold Crow was annoying, Griswald took a bit of time, rescued Cain, cleaned out the countess, currently trekking around the black marsh, too many gems and potions, found a tal rune from countess though.

Currently using: 3 os chain mail with 3 chipped ameythst in, Superior Bonejaw Cap +1 mace mastery(im a sword master ><). a magic amulet. no rings, rare belt, white gloves/boots, and a magic two handed sword(havnt found a socketed one yet :()

Softcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
=============================================================================================
jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Cold Plains          10      -4           0
Spudnik          Locke              Barbarian     Black Marsh          16      -2           0 
Brutass          Ignoramus          Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
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Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
=============================================================================================
 

jamesixgun

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

@Spud: As to non-socketable items: you can fill those slots with as many whites as you like, plus 1 eth, 1 magic, 1 rare, 1 crafted, 1 set, and/or 1 unique. You can use, however, use the personalization quest to allow multiple uses of one type. Say you have some rare gloves and find a spanky rare ring. You have to give up one of them unless/until you have the gloves personalized. Then you can use both.
 

Rhia

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Hey James, many of these scored tourneys include +1 for the in town Waypoint. You might want to clarify if that's the case here or not. :)

I've started up a hardcore Amazon, but will wait until she gets in a bit to post!
 

jamesixgun

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Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Welcome, Rhia! Good luck with your Amazon!

And thanks for the tip about the town waypoints. I added a brief snippet in the scoring section to clarify.
 

Spudnik

Diabloii.Net Member
Re: The Socketed Tournament of Confusion

Well, ive finished Act 1, met a few boss packs, majority of the super uniques in the catacombs had Stoneskin, Andariel wasnt too hard, my merc didnt die as she stood directly behind me so i ate the poison, used 2 lines of health pots, a line of mana and a line of Rejuv to kill her. She Dropped me a Crushflange mace. My stash and inventory is full of gems, so Cannot wait to get the Cube. Going to Gomule my gems to make a bit of space before I start Act 2.


Softcore
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points      Deaths
=============================================================================================
jamesixgun       Keyne              Assassin      Cold Plains          10      -4           0
Spudnik          Locke              Barbarian     Lut Gholein          20      +3           0 
Brutass          Ignoramus          Barbarian     Rogue Encampment      1       0           0


Hardcore
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points
=================================================================================


Their Deeds Remembered
Code:
Name             Character          Class         Location          Level  Points    Slain By
=============================================================================================
 
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