I. Inception Hello everyone, and welcome to the Trials of Balthazar! I've been playing the Diablo franchise since 1999, when I was seven years old. I watched my stepdad fight The Butcher and heard that infamous line - "Mmmm, fresh meat!" - and I instantly knew I absolutely wanted to play Diablo. I was of course terrible at it, but I found joy in trying. Eventually, I moved on to Diablo 2. I still remember watching the screen as the bulb filled every time a new patch dropped, and the hours it would take because we had dial-up internet. It took years before I was good enough to beat Normal mode on my own, and it wasn't until I was 14 that I finally managed to beat the game on Hell mode. I had my breaks, but I always came back to it. Here I am, twenty years later, and I've accomplished just about everything I've ever wanted to do in Diablo 2. However, there are a couple of things I've never quite finished: Pat/Guardian an untwinked Barbarian Complete a S/U Grail (Got down to just Hommunculus and Templar's Might at one point, though.) I switched to hardcore years ago, which is why the grail went unfinished. As for the barbarian... I've tried. I just hate it. The only exception I've found was with a throwbarb I made a long time ago, but I got bored in A2 Hell. The challenge of it was the only reason I'd even made it that far. Now, my goal is to complete these last two thorns in my side. II. Concept The pitzerker, created and perfected by the legendary Fabian. The highest efficiency item finder in the game to date and my build of choice for this character for that reason. It also plays unlike any other barbarian, is challenging to master, and incredibly intense to play. It is also pretty risky, especially in hardcore. That makes me like it even more. I don't want to play a singer. I know it's safer, easier to gear, and almost as efficient... but I don't want it to be that safe. I don't want to be unconcerned with my character's safety. I also don't want to play any build of any character that relies on a mercenary to kill things quickly. No thank you. III. Rules Untwinked - All items must be found, purchased, crafted, etc. by Balthazar alone. Ladder Runewords enabled Extended stash via GoMule (both to and from) Hardcore - I mean this wholeheartedly. Some people make exceptions to a death if it was caused by a glitch like the infamous Fire Enchant bug... I do not. No revives, period. IV. The Plan I will be updating Balthazar's progress at least once per Act until he has beaten hell. After that, updates will coincide with gear upgrades, interesting finds, and grail progress. Any and all questions are welcome!