Tournament: Bow Masters

JayeM

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Tournament: Bow Masters

Hyperopia, the far-sighted goddess of archers, has aligned herself against the 3 Primary Evils and has sent out several of her most devout followers (including you) to aid in the campaign to eliminate them.

1) Bows and crossbows are the only weapons allowed.

2) Bows are easy to find, so no starting equipment may be used until a bow is found or bought.

3) Re-running of areas is permitted. ATMA and RWM are allowed. Untwinked, hardcore, or softcore until first death. Players may choose their players setting and change it at will. Enter as many times as you wish.

4) The character and merc can make bow kills only. Curses, auras, buffs, etc. are allowed to enhance the damage of the bow, but spells or skills which deal damage without a bow are not permitted (they can, however, be used as synergies or have a point as a prequisite.) Damage return skills are OK, such as Thorns, Iron Maiden, and Spirit of Barbs.

5) Summons, Minions, and Mercs: The only mercenaries allowed are the Act I rogues. You can have no more than two damage-dealing minions, including mercenaries. For example, a necromancer who summons a golem and a skeleton could not have a mercenary. However, a druid with a grizzly and Act I mercenary could summon his Heart of Wolverine (because it does not deal direct damage to enemies), but not a raven or poison creeper.

6) Archers need light, flexible armor, so only the leathers are allowed, no metal armor though studded leather is good. Gloves and boots must also be leather. The exceptional and elite forms are permitted (goddesses like to dress fashionably.)

7) To give better peripheral vision, the only headgear allowed are circlets and their exceptional and elite kin.

8) Classes: Any, though some have clear disadvantages.

SPECIFIC SKILL INFORMATION:
ASSASSIN:
No traps. No mind blast. Shadow Warrior/Master allowed as long as they follow the summons rule.

AMAZON:
Passive and bow trees only. Valkyries allowed as long as they follow the summons rule.

BARBARIAN:
Everything except War Cry. Weapon masteries will be useless of course.

DRUID:
Summons as long as they follow the summons rule. No shapeshifting, as then you're using claws and not a bow. Nothing in the elemental tree except Cyclone Armor.

NECROMANCER:
All curses are permitted in combat except Confusion and Attract. Summons as long as they follow the summons rule. No poison skills, no bone spear, teeth or bone spirit. No corpse explosion.

PALADIN:
No holy bolt, Fist of Heavens, blessed hammer, smite, or conversion.

SORCERESS:
Only skills available are Enchant, Warmth, Energy Shield, teleport, masteries, and the cold armor branch.

Winner is the highest level guardian, or the highest level character (alive or dead) when there have been no posts for 2 weeks. There will be a handicap system for the different classes to defray the difficulty of some classes. Amazons have a 5-level handicap to offset her advantages.

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
 

TheReadMenace

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

I'll add myself to the table, though as I said in the discussion thread this will be a rather casual character. I'll be rolling a Holy Fire/xxxxxxx Paladin, SC w/ RRM/RWM. I plan on keeping him around for a while, and maybe he could become an Andariel runner? :shrug:

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Hey Jaye, what skills do you plan on using most with your build?
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edit: Again, on the cusp of the MFO and with so many tournaments around, this tournament might not get as much participation as you'd like. But I hope it does well!
 

JayeM

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Hey Jaye, what skills do you plan on using most with your build?

edit: Again, on the cusp of the MFO and with so many tournaments around, this tournament might not get as much participation as you'd like. But I hope it does well!
The only ones I'm sure of yet are Clay Golem and Golem Mastery. I've never cared much for curses, but I'll use a couple of those and maybe Bone Wall.

I hope it does well too. I had several entries in most of the other tournaments...great fun, but I'm ready for something different now.
 

jiansonz

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

I am not going to enter just yet, maybe later. In that case, it will be with an assassin. Without Mind Blast, it will be harder, but CoS and a Shadow would probably make it doable. Normal Duriel will probably be my biggest fear early on...


Regarding curses, my advice is to invest heavily in Dim Vision.
 

Jason Maher

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
I'm in with a Venom-using Assassin. Will be fun playing with maxed-out Burst of Speed, Cloak of Shadows, and Fade. I'll be using the Shadow Warrior - Shadow Master using traps is a bit too cheesy as far as the point of this tournament goes for mine.
 

jamesixgun

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Ok, despite being in two other tournaments already, I'm in.

Enter Ranger Rick, a Fanatic Frost Ranger who loves him some XBows. As I expect him to do fairly well (once he gets Holy Freeze, and especially one he has some levels in Fanaticism), I think I'll play him Softcore, so when he dies I won't have to drink myself into a stupor over the loss.
 

TheReadMenace

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Clever name, JayGun. You got me thinking about children's magazines. Maybe I could name a Thunderstorm/Lit sorc as Highlights. [/bad pun]

I agree with jiasonz's assessment to work on Dim Vision. Sa-a-afe character, that will be.

@bob: Indeed, they will. I don't know if the -5 point penalty is enough to offset it, but maybe it will dissuade enough people from using 'zons. Meh. It's all about challenging yourself, right?
 

Shaandore

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Okay, this is my first tourney, and I have a question: if rerunning is allowed, wouldn't it be better to choose the lowest level guardian to win? or if there are no guardians, then the latest wp would decide the winner. This way the amazon handicap would mean +5 "level". But only a suggestion.

I add Korinela, the Amazon.
Korinela just cleared the caves. Her weapon is a 2socket Hunter's bow with a chipped ruby, and she was very lucky to find two chipped topazes. They are in good use in her leather armor.

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10        Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro          4        Rogue Camp
TRM               ????               Paladin        1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin       1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin        1        Rogue Camp
 

Sir Mister

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Sure, I'll give it a go! I normally play amazons, so it would make sense to do one here, but I want to try something different, so here goes my Cat Assassin instead! Should be fun ;)

A couple of quick questions- when you say untwinked, I read that as meaning self found only. Am I correct in that assumption? Also, how often do you want us to update our status? Since it's running until there is no thread activity for 2 weeks, I assume it's as often as we feel like, without being a spaz about it?

Sorry for the dumb questions, it's my first tournament, want to make sure I'm doing it right :)
 
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JayeM

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

@jiansonz/TRM: Thanx for the advice, I'll do that. :)

@Shaandore: I gave lowest level some thought and decided against it. If people choose to put that much time into it, maybe they deserve to win. Also it encourages people to use the higher player settings, making them work harder.

Igor and the claymation have finished off Blood Raven and are now, accompanied by the rogue Elly, clearing the Crypt. I'm glad I was talked out of a poison restriction as an emerald chippie was the first addition to Igor's 3os hunter's bow, and a Jewel of Envy was socketed in his leather armor...he's a walking plague.

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
 

Haerviu

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

I'm already playing a ranged Necro in the Gish tourney, so I'll try something different here. (10 points in DV already makes Kreskin very safe). Think I'll go with an Enchantress for this one.

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Haerviu           Athena             Sorceress     1        Rogue Camp
 

Kimppi

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Another one to the meat grinder.

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Haerviu           Athena             Sorceress     1        Rogue Camp
Kimppi            Seppo              Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
 

TheReadMenace

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Well. I had started my character and had gotten kind of deep in to give you all something to shoot for in the early hours. Guess I should have reread the rules before I began. ...Oh, I didn't break one rule. I broke two. :banghead:

Okay, now I won't forget, no metal armors, and no helmet 'til I find/gamble a circlet! Stinks, too, since I was at clvl16 and had better than 50MF on my gear. ...36% of it in a Helm and Ring Mail. SO breaking the rules.

Hmm. Hope you don't mind a restart! :grin:

Introducing General_Horrify. (that's 'Holy Fire Ranger' anagrammed). This will actually be the fourth incarnation of the General. Gen. Horrify was my first attempt at a HF Ranger on my old laptop that crashed some time ago. After my restart, Junior was a different tourney character that never really got off the ground. And you just witnessed the early retirement of Mr. Horrify III. The family seems to be getting bigger and bigger!
 

Mandingo

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
Mandingo          Farsighted         Sorceress     6        Burial Grounds
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Haerviu           Athena             Sorceress     1        Rogue Camp
Kimppi            Seppo              Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
TheReadMenace     General_Horrify     Paladin      1        Rogue Camp
Farsighted has cleared the burial Grounds.
 
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Friiser

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
Mandingo          Farsighted         Sorceress     6        Burial Grounds
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Haerviu           Athena             Sorceress     1        Rogue Camp
Kimppi            Seppo              Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
TheReadMenace     General_Horrify    Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Friiser           Feirefiz           Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
I'm gonna give this one a go as a break from HF running, LK running, AT running...:coffee:
 

TheReadMenace

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

Thanks for the add, 'dingo, but I was already there (TRM). :grin:

Just making sure, but merc gear is restricted the same as your character, correct?

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
JayeM             Igor               Necro         9        Cold Plains
Mandingo          Farsighted         Sorceress     6        Burial Grounds
TRM               General_Horrify    Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Haerviu           Athena             Sorceress     1        Rogue Camp
Kimppi            Seppo              Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Friiser           Feirefiz           Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
 

Sixstringer

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

I'll definitely join this one, but the progress will be slow for a while. I'm planning on doing the MFO, and still running the Sword of Destiny tournament, but this will be fun.

Not sure what character to play, though I've never made a cold/fire arrow zon and this might be a good opportunity for that.
 

JayeM

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

@Sixstringer: Sword of Destiny is a good one, I had 4 entries of different classes and thought about doing the other 3 classes too.

@TRM: Yep, merc gear is the same. Sorry about your mishap...
 

Estaxest

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Re: Tournament: Bow Masters

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Forum Name        Character Name     Class         Level    Last Waypoint
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JayeM             Igor               Necro         4        Rogue Camp
Shaandore         Korinela           Amazon        10       Cold plains
TRM               ????               Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Jason Maher       Vena               Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
jamesixgun        Ranger Rick        Paladin       1        Rogue Camp
Sir Mister        Cat                Assassin      1        Rogue Camp
Estaxest          RobbinginaHood     Paladin       17       Outer Cloister
Ok lets give this a go. Never played a ranger before, think I'll try a freeze/shock combo.

My poorly named Paladin is running along OK, and at least he's more impressive than mercenary Rouge 'Debi.' No frights so far, even found two uniques, hopefully I can start killing again once I actually get freeze next level.
 
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