The Untwinked Level 99 Progress Thread, Revenge of the 99ers

Pringlesman

Diabloii.Net Member
I know this thread is for 1.13, but how many videos of people hitting level 99 are there?

My 1.09D hybridzon hitting 99.

 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Mercy is making good progress, thanks to the RFL. Summary of finds (minus runes) is here. Beyond the finds noted there, she has filled in some jewelry and exceptional uniques and is getting close to grail -50.

When she finishes her 20 hour set in RFL, I'll probably switch up to Hiatus for a bit, and plan to get the last 20M to 98 for Mercy during the week.

Table update:

Code:
Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
zticazzy     Perkele         SC      Barb      99             No            -          -            -           -
Pb_pal       Eleanor         SC      Sorc      99             No         3068        437            5           -
NanoMist     Izuna           SC      Sin       99             No         5109        470            4         360
Neksja       Aura            SC      Paladin   98.03          Yes        5269        456            -           -
T72on1       Neverland       SC      Sorc      98             Yes        2190+?      446           13         260
PhineasB     Mercy           SC      Sin       97.9           Yes           -        445            9           -
hasuprotoss  Reina           SC      Sorc      96             Yes        1100        339            -           -
PhineasB     Hiatus          SC      Sorc      96             Yes           -        375           17           -
Tarantella   Tarasha         HC      Sorc      95             Yes           -          -            -           -
XyleneCyanol Fishie          HC      Sorc      95             No            -          -            -           -
Reyz         Qty             SC      Sorc      92             No            -          -            -           -
darkstarhub  Neptune         SC      Sorc      92             Yes           -          -            -           -
OldSoldier   Battleforge     HC      Pala      91             Yes           -        236            -           -
tokerdin     tokeress        SC      Sorc      91             yes           -          -            -           -
Southpaw     Njord           SC      Druid     90             Yes           -          -            -           -
Qwernt       CanbeOnlyBlizz  SC      Sorc      90             Yes           ?          -      Dont want to know
MercMan      Este            SC      Ama       90             Yes        1212        278            2      Classified
Lynchgrinch  Tattersail      SC      Sorc      89             Yes           ?        321         too many     lots
PhineasB     Phaedrus        SC      Pala      89             Yes         268        156            9           -
Chaostar     Prairie         SC      Sorc      **             Yes         335        190            8          82
LiquidClear  Sally           SC      Assn      **             Yes         225          -            1           -
liquid_mage  zDadColdSorc    SC      Sorc      **             Yes           -        160            -           -
Zenigma      Ayura           SC      Barb      **             No            -          -            -           -
Neksja       Turirao         SC      Druid     87             Yes         191        124            5           -
Gladstone    Socrates        HC      Druid     86             ?             -          -            -           -
Zenigma      Gnosis          SC      Druid     86             No            -          -            -           -
Lord Molyb   Cruise_Control  SC      Necro     84             No          104         87           16          idk
Qwernt       AmaAgainstAll   SC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          -            -           -
Gambit       Mallenroh       SC      Sorc      81             Yes           0          0            0           0
Jean Avila   SpeedAdict      SC      Ama       77             No            -          -            -          50
logo         Digimon         HC      Nec       76             Yes          85         65            0           -
TwentyMule   Rayne           SC      Sorc      76             Yes         195        140            ?           ?
Darke Rahl   Bells           HC      Ama       74             No           19          -            0
Vildecor     Celia           SC      Ama       59             Yes          52         43            0           -
ioupainmax   Durnik          SC      Paladin   52             Yes          50         42            -           -
Lord Molyb   Verisimilitude  SC      Ama       50             No           12          9            0         idk
Kitteh       Darozzo         HC      Druid     45             No            -          -            -           -
TrU          Henryk          SC      Barb      41             Yes           -          -           22          12
Gambit       Colossus        SC      Pal       39             Yes           0          0            0           0
Smancer      Smancer         SC      Necro     26             Yes           1          -            -           -
Ergroilnin   Erilinda        HC      Sorc      20             No            -          -            -           -
BKC          Poison_Vic      SC      Necro     12             Yes           1          1            -          2,5
The Fallen
Code:
Name (F)    Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
coju        NintyNine_orRiP HC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          0            0         a few
TwentyMule  Valus           HC      Barb      76             Yes           -          -            1           -
Tenecabo    OldShatterhand  HC      Druid     49             Yes           -          0            1           -
coju        fB              HC      Sorc      29             Yes           1          1            0           2
Kitteh      Verallus        HC      Druid     26             No          N/A        N/A            0          N/A
logo        Rolex           HC      Barb      21             Yes           0          0            0           1
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
A little catch up, mostly to include some nice finds over 20 additional runs after Mercy finished her 20 hours set for RFL.

The last two weeks saw 104M XP, with 180 runs each week: 20 before RFL started last week, 160 from Friday through Sunday last week, 160 this week through Sunday, and then 20 after she finished 20 hour set earlier today. Mercy is currently sitting at 3.215B, which should be ~56 Baal runs to 98.

The big improvements in her gear during that period were Andy's Visage (I ran Meph/Pits outside the RFL set for about an hour while watching TV last weekend) and Mara's (which will get some use if Mercy ever finds Arachnid's). She also found a Fletcher's skiller and an interesting +2 barb skillls/20 FCR circlet (without much resists, I am not sure how good it is though -- maybe use one of those 15IAS/[email protected] jewels on it?):
Baal (Barb Circlet).jpg
The Merc is wearing the Andy's now, and it's generally been a upgrade: Baal and Lister are faster, but Ventar is now dangerous on occasion due to -fire resistance. She still has one socket quest, which will be used either on the Andy's or the Stormlash (still skeptical kicker will be better, but I will try it out and feel like I should use the socket quest on there to give it best possible chance).

Then the last 20 runs were very lucky, from grail and quality perspective: Unique Ward (first for her), then:
WSK (DWeb).jpg
Not quite as good as @Neksja, but I'll take it. It's 2 better on -EPR than the other one I've found.
Code:
Death's Web
Unearthed Wand
One Hand Damage: 22 - 28
Durability: 11 of 18
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0x3bc1ccaf
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+1 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
-48% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+12 to Mana after each Kill
+9 Life after each Kill
And another Nightwing's with 15% cold damage:
Baal (Unique Spired Helm #2).jpg
Code:
Nightwing's Veil
Spired Helm
Defense: 348
Durability: 28 of 40
Required Level: 67
Required Strength: 96
Fingerprint: 0x8720f02
Item Level: 99
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+15% to Cold Skill Damage
+118% Enhanced Defense
+17 to Dexterity
+7 Cold Absorb
Half Freeze Duration
Requirements -50%
And finally another fun little double elite unique drop.
 

Burgomaster3

Diabloii.Net Member
interesting +2 barb skillls/20 FCR circlet (without much resists, I am not sure how good it is though -- maybe use one of those 15IAS/[email protected] jewels on it?)
It's a nice circlet, but in general, I don't think Barbarians have that many uses for FCR Circlets, since they can quite easily reach 105FCR if they use casting switch dual wielding Wizzeh/HotO/Suicide Branch. Missing FCR can be easily gained from Amulet, Rings, Belt and Gloves without sacrificing too much. Arreat's, Guillaume's and Shako are better for most builds out there. Some variant of Singer might use it though, but it's hard to beat Shako. At that point you're probably looking for something with more MF, mana, maybe two sockets etc.

Anyway, the reason I'm saying this: 15IAS/[email protected] jools are seriously rare. The SPTF Price Check Guide prices it at Ber/Jah, and even though it's outdated, I wouldn't necessarily disagree. If I were you, I'd save that jewel (or jewels? seriously, gg if you have more than one. I've never seen one) for something a bit more special.

Also, *sigh*, congrats for the second DW. Maybe I need to start untwinked 99er to finally get one?
 

darkstarhub

Diabloii.Net Member
You guys and your GG drops!!! I've been in a major drought, but at least I get some things here and there to mark of the grail list since I started it over. White, Blue, and Yellow Shakos all over the place and I can't get a gold one to drop to save my life. I got excited over a damn Lem last night!!!

I am just about ready to ding 93 so maybe things will change after that.
 

darkstarhub

Diabloii.Net Member
Dinged 93 a few days ago, and was hoping for a nice drop to add a picture to the post, but nada. I did find an Ohm on the way to AT, but nothing special otherwise. Just gotta keep chugging on.

Table update:

Code:
Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
zticazzy     Perkele         SC      Barb      99             No            -          -            -           -
Pb_pal       Eleanor         SC      Sorc      99             No         3068        437            5           -
NanoMist     Izuna           SC      Sin       99             No         5109        470            4         360
Neksja       Aura            SC      Paladin   98.03          Yes        5269        456            -           -
T72on1       Neverland       SC      Sorc      98             Yes        2190+?      446           13         260
PhineasB     Mercy           SC      Sin       97.9           Yes           -        445            9           -
hasuprotoss  Reina           SC      Sorc      96             Yes        1100        339            -           -
PhineasB     Hiatus          SC      Sorc      96             Yes           -        375           17           -
Tarantella   Tarasha         HC      Sorc      95             Yes           -          -            -           -
XyleneCyanol Fishie          HC      Sorc      95             No            -          -            -           -
darkstarhub  Neptune         SC      Sorc      93             Yes           -          -            -           -
Reyz         Qty             SC      Sorc      92             No            -          -            -           -
OldSoldier   Battleforge     HC      Pala      91             Yes           -        236            -           -
tokerdin     tokeress        SC      Sorc      91             yes           -          -            -           -
Southpaw     Njord           SC      Druid     90             Yes           -          -            -           -
Qwernt       CanbeOnlyBlizz  SC      Sorc      90             Yes           ?          -      Dont want to know
MercMan      Este            SC      Ama       90             Yes        1212        278            2      Classified
Lynchgrinch  Tattersail      SC      Sorc      89             Yes           ?        321         too many     lots
PhineasB     Phaedrus        SC      Pala      89             Yes         268        156            9           -
Chaostar     Prairie         SC      Sorc      **             Yes         335        190            8          82
LiquidClear  Sally           SC      Assn      **             Yes         225          -            1           -
liquid_mage  zDadColdSorc    SC      Sorc      **             Yes           -        160            -           -
Zenigma      Ayura           SC      Barb      **             No            -          -            -           -
Neksja       Turirao         SC      Druid     87             Yes         191        124            5           -
Gladstone    Socrates        HC      Druid     86             ?             -          -            -           -
Zenigma      Gnosis          SC      Druid     86             No            -          -            -           -
Lord Molyb   Cruise_Control  SC      Necro     84             No          104         87           16          idk
Qwernt       AmaAgainstAll   SC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          -            -           -
Gambit       Mallenroh       SC      Sorc      81             Yes           0          0            0           0
Jean Avila   SpeedAdict      SC      Ama       77             No            -          -            -          50
logo         Digimon         HC      Nec       76             Yes          85         65            0           -
TwentyMule   Rayne           SC      Sorc      76             Yes         195        140            ?           ?
Darke Rahl   Bells           HC      Ama       74             No           19          -            0
Vildecor     Celia           SC      Ama       59             Yes          52         43            0           -
ioupainmax   Durnik          SC      Paladin   52             Yes          50         42            -           -
Lord Molyb   Verisimilitude  SC      Ama       50             No           12          9            0         idk
Kitteh       Darozzo         HC      Druid     45             No            -          -            -           -
TrU          Henryk          SC      Barb      41             Yes           -          -           22          12
Gambit       Colossus        SC      Pal       39             Yes           0          0            0           0
Smancer      Smancer         SC      Necro     26             Yes           1          -            -           -
Ergroilnin   Erilinda        HC      Sorc      20             No            -          -            -           -
BKC          Poison_Vic      SC      Necro     12             Yes           1          1            -          2,5
The Fallen
Code:
Name (F)    Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
coju        NintyNine_orRiP HC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          0            0         a few
TwentyMule  Valus           HC      Barb      76             Yes           -          -            1           -
Tenecabo    OldShatterhand  HC      Druid     49             Yes           -          0            1           -
coju        fB              HC      Sorc      29             Yes           1          1            0           2
Kitteh      Verallus        HC      Druid     26             No          N/A        N/A            0          N/A
logo        Rolex           HC      Barb      21             Yes           0          0            0           1
 

Neksja

Diabloii.Net Member
Great progress everyone! Sorry for not updating in a while, but RFL got my mouth shut with rune drops and I was not running for XP that much, only a little.

Anyhow, let's update the table!

Code:
Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
zticazzy     Perkele         SC      Barb      99             No            -          -            -           -
Pb_pal       Eleanor         SC      Sorc      99             No         3068        437            5           -
NanoMist     Izuna           SC      Sin       99             No         5109        470            4         360
Neksja       Aura            SC      Paladin   98.15          Yes        6104        461            -           -
T72on1       Neverland       SC      Sorc      98             Yes        2190+?      446           13         260
PhineasB     Mercy           SC      Sin       97.9           Yes           -        445            9           -
hasuprotoss  Reina           SC      Sorc      96             Yes        1100        339            -           -
PhineasB     Hiatus          SC      Sorc      96             Yes           -        375           17           -
Tarantella   Tarasha         HC      Sorc      95             Yes           -          -            -           -
XyleneCyanol Fishie          HC      Sorc      95             No            -          -            -           -
darkstarhub  Neptune         SC      Sorc      93             Yes           -          -            -           -
Reyz         Qty             SC      Sorc      92             No            -          -            -           -
OldSoldier   Battleforge     HC      Pala      91             Yes           -        236            -           -
tokerdin     tokeress        SC      Sorc      91             yes           -          -            -           -
Southpaw     Njord           SC      Druid     90             Yes           -          -            -           -
Qwernt       CanbeOnlyBlizz  SC      Sorc      90             Yes           ?          -      Dont want to know
MercMan      Este            SC      Ama       90             Yes        1212        278            2      Classified
Lynchgrinch  Tattersail      SC      Sorc      89             Yes           ?        321         too many     lots
PhineasB     Phaedrus        SC      Pala      89             Yes         268        156            9           -
Chaostar     Prairie         SC      Sorc      **             Yes         335        190            8          82
LiquidClear  Sally           SC      Assn      **             Yes         225          -            1           -
liquid_mage  zDadColdSorc    SC      Sorc      **             Yes           -        160            -           -
Zenigma      Ayura           SC      Barb      **             No            -          -            -           -
Neksja       Turirao         SC      Druid     87             Yes         191        124            5           -
Gladstone    Socrates        HC      Druid     86             ?             -          -            -           -
Zenigma      Gnosis          SC      Druid     86             No            -          -            -           -
Lord Molyb   Cruise_Control  SC      Necro     84             No          104         87           16          idk
Qwernt       AmaAgainstAll   SC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          -            -           -
Gambit       Mallenroh       SC      Sorc      81             Yes           0          0            0           0
Jean Avila   SpeedAdict      SC      Ama       77             No            -          -            -          50
logo         Digimon         HC      Nec       76             Yes          85         65            0           -
TwentyMule   Rayne           SC      Sorc      76             Yes         195        140            ?           ?
Darke Rahl   Bells           HC      Ama       74             No           19          -            0
Vildecor     Celia           SC      Ama       59             Yes          52         43            0           -
ioupainmax   Durnik          SC      Paladin   52             Yes          50         42            -           -
Lord Molyb   Verisimilitude  SC      Ama       50             No           12          9            0         idk
Kitteh       Darozzo         HC      Druid     45             No            -          -            -           -
TrU          Henryk          SC      Barb      41             Yes           -          -           22          12
Gambit       Colossus        SC      Pal       39             Yes           0          0            0           0
Smancer      Smancer         SC      Necro     26             Yes           1          -            -           -
Ergroilnin   Erilinda        HC      Sorc      20             No            -          -            -           -
BKC          Poison_Vic      SC      Necro     12             Yes           1          1            -          2,5
The Fallen
Code:
Name (F)    Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
coju        NintyNine_orRiP HC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          0            0         a few
TwentyMule  Valus           HC      Barb      76             Yes           -          -            1           -
Tenecabo    OldShatterhand  HC      Druid     49             Yes           -          0            1           -
coju        fB              HC      Sorc      29             Yes           1          1            0           2
Kitteh      Verallus        HC      Druid     26             No          N/A        N/A            0          N/A
logo        Rolex           HC      Barb      21             Yes           0          0            0           1
So, a decent 10% up from last update, not too bad! I am hoping to do another update before Round 2 in RFL, if I have time to do some XP running. I also kinda want to play other characters as well, so we'll see.

Finds? Umm, can't really remember too much to be honest. Looks like I've found 5 more grailers, I know that includes at least Death's Web, IK Armor and Steel Pillar, so that's 3 TC87s knocked out of the list :) I think The Redeemer was one as well and maybe Horizon's Tornado? Anyhow, slowly crawling towards 470 that @NanoMist got :)

Runes! Loads of runes! I'll just summarise by posting the haul pic from RFL (mostly because I'm surprisingly proud of my 4th spot):

Aura ran River of Flame, Chaos Sanctuary and Nihlathak in RFL. Nihlathak only gave 1 Pul rune in 500 runs, so that didn't help out much, but that's where most of my XP came from since last update. Aura is surprisingly good at Nihlathak running, not the fastest (around 35 sec per run), but I am not really in much of a danger when running there. But, it's annoying as hell if Nihlathak starts teleporting! I think I mention this every time I do Nihlathak runs :D But it's annoying, just a friendly reminder if you are going in there with a character who needs to aim with their killing skill (mainly Hammerdin, also to some extent, Blizzsorc). I think I'll still do some Nihlathak runs down the stretch, to break the habit of Diablo runs.

Happy running everyone, hope your finds are going to be amazing and keep the rest of us updated!
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Matriarch Mercy and Pratham the Might Desert Merc, Lvl 98 (pic)
Part way through her 57th Baal run of the week, she pinged 98. To commemorate the occasion, how about a short retrospective on level 97? Sure!

Mercy hit 97 on 12/17/2016. With an assist from @NanoMist, she improved her Baal times due to better technique. She mixed in Pits a bit, but mostly ran Baal through 1/14/2017, when she found a BWKB. This was her first +skill ring and a major upgrade that allowed some gear shuffling. It also led to a new goal.
My goal is to average a minimum 8 Baal runs per weekday and 40 over the weekend, which will net a little more than 20M XP per week. That would see Mercy to 98 in early March.
Mercy was at 3.035B XP at this point, and she exceeded the goal by a good bit all but one of the weeks since (with a big assist from RFL the last two weeks). Summary of progress (there were some Pits runs mixed in here and there):
Code:
Week 1: 120 runs (30.44M)
Week 2: 140 runs (35.66M)
Week 3: 81 runs (20.56M)
Week 4: 180 runs (~47.80M)
Week 5: 180 runs (~46.50M)
Week 6: 57 (hitting 98)
A quick overview of finds for this level, beginning with runes:
Code:
Jah x2
Sur
Lo x2
Ist
Mal
Um
Notable items, in addition to the BKWB mentioned above, were an awesome +45 life skiller reroll from Baal GC :rolleyes:, upgrading her HoTo ([email protected] to [email protected]), finally a Vamp Gaze (which of course meant that 4 more fell in short order), and Andy’s. There were plenty of others, and she is now 446/504 items found compared to 408/504 at start of 97. Still not Arachnid's though :(

The highlights were two additional skillers that made a big difference, a Mara’s, a 2-off-perfect -EPR DWeb, and Stormlash. As noted after finding the Stormlash, she is going to try out Nihlathak as trapper and respec to kicker to compare the two before settling into the push for 99.

Table update:
Code:
Name         (C)            SC/HC    Class  Level/exp   Extended Stash  #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths  # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
zticazzy     Perkele         SC      Barb      99             No            -          -            -           -
Pb_pal       Eleanor         SC      Sorc      99             No         3068        437            5           -
NanoMist     Izuna           SC      Sin       99             No         5109        470            4         360
Neksja       Aura            SC      Paladin   98.15          Yes        6104        461            -           -
T72on1       Neverland       SC      Sorc      98             Yes        2190+?      446           13         260
PhineasB     Mercy           SC      Sin       98             Yes           -        446            9           -
hasuprotoss  Reina           SC      Sorc      96             Yes        1100        339            -           -
PhineasB     Hiatus          SC      Sorc      96             Yes           -        375           17           -
Tarantella   Tarasha         HC      Sorc      95             Yes           -          -            -           -
XyleneCyanol Fishie          HC      Sorc      95             No            -          -            -           -
darkstarhub  Neptune         SC      Sorc      93             Yes           -          -            -           -
Reyz         Qty             SC      Sorc      92             No            -          -            -           -
OldSoldier   Battleforge     HC      Pala      91             Yes           -        236            -           -
tokerdin     tokeress        SC      Sorc      91             yes           -          -            -           -
Southpaw     Njord           SC      Druid     90             Yes           -          -            -           -
Qwernt       CanbeOnlyBlizz  SC      Sorc      90             Yes           ?          -      Dont want to know
MercMan      Este            SC      Ama       90             Yes        1212        278            2      Classified
Lynchgrinch  Tattersail      SC      Sorc      89             Yes           ?        321         too many     lots
PhineasB     Phaedrus        SC      Pala      89             Yes         268        156            9           -
Chaostar     Prairie         SC      Sorc      **             Yes         335        190            8          82
LiquidClear  Sally           SC      Assn      **             Yes         225          -            1           -
liquid_mage  zDadColdSorc    SC      Sorc      **             Yes           -        160            -           -
Zenigma      Ayura           SC      Barb      **             No            -          -            -           -
Neksja       Turirao         SC      Druid     87             Yes         191        124            5           -
Gladstone    Socrates        HC      Druid     86             ?             -          -            -           -
Zenigma      Gnosis          SC      Druid     86             No            -          -            -           -
Lord Molyb   Cruise_Control  SC      Necro     84             No          104         87           16          idk
Qwernt       AmaAgainstAll   SC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          -            -           -
Gambit       Mallenroh       SC      Sorc      81             Yes           0          0            0           0
Jean Avila   SpeedAdict      SC      Ama       77             No            -          -            -          50
logo         Digimon         HC      Nec       76             Yes          85         65            0           -
TwentyMule   Rayne           SC      Sorc      76             Yes         195        140            ?           ?
Darke Rahl   Bells           HC      Ama       74             No           19          -            0
Vildecor     Celia           SC      Ama       59             Yes          52         43            0           -
ioupainmax   Durnik          SC      Paladin   52             Yes          50         42            -           -
Lord Molyb   Verisimilitude  SC      Ama       50             No           12          9            0         idk
Kitteh       Darozzo         HC      Druid     45             No            -          -            -           -
TrU          Henryk          SC      Barb      41             Yes           -          -           22          12
Gambit       Colossus        SC      Pal       39             Yes           0          0            0           0
Smancer      Smancer         SC      Necro     26             Yes           1          -            -           -
Ergroilnin   Erilinda        HC      Sorc      20             No            -          -            -           -
BKC          Poison_Vic      SC      Necro     12             Yes           1          1            -          2,5
The Fallen
Code:
Name (F)    Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
coju        NintyNine_orRiP HC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          0            0         a few
TwentyMule  Valus           HC      Barb      76             Yes           -          -            1           -
Tenecabo    OldShatterhand  HC      Druid     49             Yes           -          0            1           -
coju        fB              HC      Sorc      29             Yes           1          1            0           2
Kitteh      Verallus        HC      Druid     26             No          N/A        N/A            0          N/A
logo        Rolex           HC      Barb      21             Yes           0          0            0           1
 
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Neksja

Diabloii.Net Member
Very nice @PhineasB! Very nice! So it seems we have a 3-runner race going on here! I really need to get my Diablo/Nihlathak runs going once the RFL is done, I'll probably be stuck at that 98.15 for the next 6 weeks.

Luckily for me, you are running 3 characters, I'd imagine if you'd only run 1, you'd have a 99er by now... ;)
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
It's an interesting question @Neksja. I think you are correct that, mathematically (adding up hours), Mercy would be very close to 99 or already have passed it if the time on other two 99ers had focused on her journey. But I'm doubtful that actually would have happened (or that Mercy would be even as far along as she is) without the changes of pace from the different characters.

We'll see what the next stage brings. But I am glad to have three very different run options to mix up as Mercy plugs away at +11,000 Nihl runs. Hiatus has CS XP runs to 97 and Phaedrus has RoF super chests or LK to focus on for building Enigma. I can also go back to two tourney characters and finish up last character in 7x7+2 project. And progressing toward 99 with you and @T72on1 for added motivation! :)

After playing around with comparison between trapper and kicker, I'll probably set a similar weekly goal as with Baal runs (__ runs per week day + __ runs on weekends). But focus on other characters as soon as meeting the goal if I still have time for playing.

Edit: Nihl already delivered. First one of these I've ever found, so overall now grail -7.

Nihl (Metalgrid).jpg
 
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hasuprotoss

Diabloii.Net Member
@hasuprotoss was about half way to 97 last update, I think. And Hiatus has a few pixels on her XP bar . . .
We're now a little under 30 million XP away! It's been pretty smooth sailing. The "body retrieval kit" idea that I've (finally) stolen from others has saved a lot of time. Much easier to lose only a few minutes of XP grinding versus a few hours.

Of course, a lot of decent finds were obtained, including an Arachnid's (finally!!)


Lo #1!


Ended up being +16% Lightning/+17% Fire, so a little mediocre but if I do think of swapping to lightning and find resistances elsewhere, it is an option!


Lo #2!


The Arachnid's I've been looking for. Currently dumped Magefists for Chance Guards, but I think if a SOJ or BKWB drops I'll move my rare 10% FCR 20% MF ring to a stash and use one of those and still have the 105 FCR breakpoint.


An Ohm rune. Hopefully I'll find an Ist so that I may re-roll my CTA soon!

Anyways, I captured a ~13 minute session of my playing here:
The first few runs I forgot to bring up my inventory screen while teleporting, but I eventually remembered (one of those tricks that I've only recently begun to utilize...). Other than that, you can see sort've how my runs typically look! Listened to Diablo 2 music while doing so as I figured it was the most appropriate music :).

I'll aim to hit 97 by the end of this week so our open level isn't vacant for too long!
 

T72on1

Diabloii.Net Member
@hasuprotoss Very cool. Congrats on the progress.

@Neksja @PhineasB Like I said before, I won't be starting my leveling journey to 99 before the end of the RFL. So no worries about me getting ahead anytime soon. As a matter of fact, I'll really have to take the road to 99 at my own pace, and not focus on others too much. Right now I'm actually looking forward to doing Nihl runs. But when I finally end up doing so, I might as well get bored of them fast, and alternate those runs with other characters. I've also paid the inscription fee of my next 60K run, at the end of May, so it's not like I'll be able to spend tons and tons of time on D2.

Whatever my journey will look like, I wish you both (and all the others of course) all the best. The sheer amount of runs needed for 99 really seems daunting, but let's take those who did it before us as an example and motivation to keep the runs up. Needless to say that some HRs and other cool drops along the way will also help to keep it bearable, of course ;).
 

Neksja

Diabloii.Net Member
@T72on1 I think you hit the nail with your post. Eventhough it is a "race" to 99, I think it's mostly going to be race within people and beating the grind themself, not actually trying to be faster than other people. For example, I played several hours with Aura this weekend and I barely made a pixel or two of XP during that time. And I wasn't just fiddling around, I ran Nihlathak and Diablo, so I was gaining a decent XP. Good for you to admitting taking your time, I'm still in kind of denial and "afraid" of you or @PhineasB getting ahead of me and me needing to convert full-time Diablo runner for couple of weeks to get lead back :p

@PhineasB I like your approach, daily goals for runs! It certainly seems like Mercy is gaining some momentum and if you can keep up with your daily run goals, I wouldn't be surprised if you are the first to hit 99 of us. My 15% of the level lead might not hold for long, now that I checked it's surprisingly low amount of XP... I think I need to come up with a daily plan myself! Especially since Nihlathak running seems a lot more XP efficient than Diablo running. Maybe if I go back to my goal of 7%/week, with addition of the Ancients quest, I should be done in roughly 10 weeks. Anyhow, very very nice progress and I am excited and scared of the last "race".

@hasuprotoss great progress too! And some lovely drops!



Mini-update on Aura. Those who missed it from the IFT, Aura found a Cham today in CS, followed by an Ohm (got a screenshot of it, too lazy to upload now) as well as few millions of XP. So, now Aura has caught @NanoMist's Izuna in rune drop grail, everything except Zod. There is a small part of me that wants to find that Zod and 10 grailers to beat Izuna, but I'm not holding my breath for it. 10 grailers might be possible, but Zod? Yeah right. Although after my latest calculations, I need somewhere around 5.5k Diablo runs (not including XP Shrines) to get to 99 so I guess anything can happen? RFL won't bring that anymore, since Travincal can't drop Zod and Aura is not running Cows, at least not at the moment and I've spent 2x Ber, Lo, Mal and Ist of Aura's runes for my Javazon to be geared for Cow round.


Happy running everyone and hopefully you get loads of XP next week (except you @PhineasB :D )
 

NanoMist

Diabloii.Net Member
Zod will just be straight up luck, but anything can happen, as you witnessed in RFL round 1. My grail count at level 98 was worse off than our current three 98's, so I'm fairly certain it will be surpassed.

Happy running everyone!
 

Chaostar

Diabloii.Net Member
Hi !

Glad to see your progress everyone !

Far from there, Prairie makes slowly (at /p1 speed..) her way to the top.

After 20hrs running through AT, CS for the Rune Find Tournament (where she found not any interesting item, beside a Ist, not even a damn spirit monarch with the good number of sockets), I went back to mephisto a little, a found some stuff to replace my spirit sword. first an eschuta :


Nice Lightning %, but only +2 skills...
Still, I equipped this, but only for 5 minutes, as I found an occulus (Mephisto missed me during these 20 hours, I guess).

I made some LK runs again, with no more luck than before.

I decided to get to lvl 90, and after that killed the ancients, and made my way to Baal.
I found there the most empty Throneroom I ever saw ! I met 3 or 4 viper after the stairs, a not any monster in Baal's room, even before the entrance.

I slayed the final enemy :


It's not Tal Rasha, but this stupid vidala's snare

My equipment for the moment, far from perfect :


I'll apreciate a CTA, I'm still a Ohm short (and a Mal), because I need to move up from /players 1.
A Shako and a 4 sockets Monarch would also be a huge improvement. I have also room for a nice second ring...
Of course I'll love to get an arachnid, but I'll live without for the moment.


Code:
Name         (C)            SC/HC    Class  Level/exp   Extended Stash  #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths  # of Hours
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zticazzy     Perkele         SC      Barb      99             No            -          -            -           -
Pb_pal       Eleanor         SC      Sorc      99             No         3068        437            5           -
NanoMist     Izuna           SC      Sin       99             No         5109        470            4         360
Neksja       Aura            SC      Paladin   98.15          Yes        6104        461            -           -
T72on1       Neverland       SC      Sorc      98             Yes        2190+?      446           13         260
PhineasB     Mercy           SC      Sin       98             Yes           -        446            9           -
hasuprotoss  Reina           SC      Sorc      96             Yes        1100        339            -           -
PhineasB     Hiatus          SC      Sorc      96             Yes           -        375           17           -
Tarantella   Tarasha         HC      Sorc      95             Yes           -          -            -           -
XyleneCyanol Fishie          HC      Sorc      95             No            -          -            -           -
darkstarhub  Neptune         SC      Sorc      93             Yes           -          -            -           -
Reyz         Qty             SC      Sorc      92             No            -          -            -           -
OldSoldier   Battleforge     HC      Pala      91             Yes           -        236            -           -
tokerdin     tokeress        SC      Sorc      91             yes           -          -            -           -
Chaostar     Prairie         SC      Sorc      90             Yes         508        234           11         105
Southpaw     Njord           SC      Druid     90             Yes           -          -            -           -
Qwernt       CanbeOnlyBlizz  SC      Sorc      90             Yes           ?          -      Dont want to know
MercMan      Este            SC      Ama       90             Yes        1212        278            2      Classified
Lynchgrinch  Tattersail      SC      Sorc      89             Yes           ?        321         too many     lots
PhineasB     Phaedrus        SC      Pala      89             Yes         268        156            9           -
LiquidClear  Sally           SC      Assn      **             Yes         225          -            1           -
liquid_mage  zDadColdSorc    SC      Sorc      **             Yes           -        160            -           -
Zenigma      Ayura           SC      Barb      **             No            -          -            -           -
Neksja       Turirao         SC      Druid     87             Yes         191        124            5           -
Gladstone    Socrates        HC      Druid     86             ?             -          -            -           -
Zenigma      Gnosis          SC      Druid     86             No            -          -            -           -
Lord Molyb   Cruise_Control  SC      Necro     84             No          104         87           16          idk
Qwernt       AmaAgainstAll   SC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          -            -           -
Gambit       Mallenroh       SC      Sorc      81             Yes           0          0            0           0
Jean Avila   SpeedAdict      SC      Ama       77             No            -          -            -          50
logo         Digimon         HC      Nec       76             Yes          85         65            0           -
TwentyMule   Rayne           SC      Sorc      76             Yes         195        140            ?           ?
Darke Rahl   Bells           HC      Ama       74             No           19          -            0
Vildecor     Celia           SC      Ama       59             Yes          52         43            0           -
ioupainmax   Durnik          SC      Paladin   52             Yes          50         42            -           -
Lord Molyb   Verisimilitude  SC      Ama       50             No           12          9            0         idk
Kitteh       Darozzo         HC      Druid     45             No            -          -            -           -
TrU          Henryk          SC      Barb      41             Yes           -          -           22          12
Gambit       Colossus        SC      Pal       39             Yes           0          0            0           0
Smancer      Smancer         SC      Necro     26             Yes           1          -            -           -
Ergroilnin   Erilinda        HC      Sorc      20             No            -          -            -           -
BKC          Poison_Vic      SC      Necro     12             Yes           1          1            -          2,5
The Fallen
Code:
Name (F)    Name (C)       SC/HC   Class   Level/exp   Extended Stash   #of S/U   Grail/504   #of deaths   # of Hours
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coju        NintyNine_orRiP HC      Sorc      81             Yes           -          0            0         a few
TwentyMule  Valus           HC      Barb      76             Yes           -          -            1           -
Tenecabo    OldShatterhand  HC      Druid     49             Yes           -          0            1           -
coju        fB              HC      Sorc      29             Yes           1          1            0           2
Kitteh      Verallus        HC      Druid     26             No          N/A        N/A            0          N/A
logo        Rolex           HC      Barb      21             Yes           0          0            0           1
 

PhineasB

Diabloii.Net Member
Mercy sacrificed some XP in the name of science (or at least that’s what I’m telling myself). :rolleyes:

I found a nice enough map (option 3) with one shrine right by the stairs and was trying out some gear combos and techniques for attacking Nihl’s platform as a trapper. But I had planned on testing out kicker/dancer with the Stormlash and realized I was getting some pixels on the XP bar, so . . .

Code:
Hypothesis: 98 levels with one style
            and then switching up in a very dangerous place
            wasn’t going to work out well.

Prediction: Mercy will teleport into Nihl’s mob
            to DT away with poison clouds around, get amped,
            hit something other than Nihl (which he will corpse explode),
            and promptly die.

Outcome:    Correct.
I kind of knew, based on the testing as trapper, that it would not end well. Mercy already had one close call as trapper with Vipers and corpse explosion with might and cursed, which led to different teleport technique and location to drop traps (and more willingness to S&E if things looked nasty). And Mercy had trouble targeting Nihl in the midst of the ice boars with fire blast, so I wasn’t sure how tele-ing in with DT would work, especially if there were vipers around.

But I felt obligated to at least give it a good-faith effort based on the Stormlash drop. I compounded the error by not starting with maximum % damage reduction and integer damage reduction and then working back to balance out kill speed after demonstrating safety. And not spending enough time thinking through all gear before proceeding. And moving to p8 too fast before getting down hotkey order. And . . .

But her last death was level 93 when rolling Baal maps, so it was still a bit of a surprise to see the red letters on the screen.

Anyhow, assassins are pretty safe for corpse recovery and it’s not like she could have lost any more XP with further deaths. :) And thankfully she was nowhere near enough XP to suffer the full 10% penalty. So, seven minutes later, she had picked her body back up and was at 3.236B. I hadn’t actually checked XP because pixels were so low, but I think based on the XP formula that meant she had been ~3.238B.

So only a little less than an hour lost. But she immediately respeced back to trapper, and in the process added some points to BoS to max attack speed without any IAS, which allowed her to add Verdungo’s instead of Goldwrap and keeping 105 FCR (still no Arachnid’s:(). Extra vita and % DR seem well worth it for a slight drop in fire blast damage by dropping 2 points from WoF synergy.

In all, I still think a dancer could be powerful Nihl runner. But Mercy has been a trapper so long she was a bit slow picking up a new play style (nothing to do with her operator! :oops:). Once she hits 99, I think I will respec again and give it some proper testing for comparison.

Nihl rewarded Mercy’s persistence, with Mal and Sur plus an Eth Lacerator. :cool: I created a new stash just for level 98 and plan to pick up every Elite Set or Unique and rune above Hel as a sort of trophy.

And she gained back the lost XP plus some extra. We will take a break for a few days before settling on a new weekly goal for the journey through the last level.
 
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