Vampire Gaze... to go eth or not to go eth.

FrostBurn

Diabloii.Net Member
Vampire Gaze... to go eth or not to go eth.

I just found this:
Vampire Gaze
Grim Helm
Defense: 378
Durability: 21 of 21
Required Strength: 48
Required Level: 41
Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
Item Level: 87
Fingerprint: 0xeffeb2f4
+100% Enhanced Defense
Magic Damage Reduced by 14
Damage Reduced by 19%
Adds 6-22 cold damage over 4 seconds
6% Life stolen per hit
8% Mana stolen per hit
15% Slower Stamina Drain
Ethereal (Cannot be Repaired)

Not a bad roll, although I would prefer to switch around the life steal % with the mana steal %. This will obviously go on a merc, probably an Act 2 NM Might merc.

I've got several more non-eth Vamp Gazes (252 defense). At least one of them is perfect with 20% PDR and 8% life steal. Here's the question:

Everything else being equal, which one is better for my merc? The eth has 1% less PDR and 2% less life steal compared to my perfect non-eth one. In order of priority, my hunch is:
1. Life Steal
2. PDR%
3. Defense

If that's correct, then I should go with the non-eth one, since the eth only offers an additional 378 - 252 = 126 def, which is nothing. Have I read this right?
 

MageChick

Diabloii.Net Member
If this is the only sorce of Life steal I'd be afraid it was kinda weak. But if he's got some good IAS and damage, then it could be plenty. (might merc probably has good damage I'm thinking)

*sorry not in the mood to get more elaborate tonight. Calculator and brain are still smoking from that sorc comparison.
 

FrostBurn

Diabloii.Net Member
Ok, I'll flesh it out. Might merc is also wearing Guardian Angel socketed with an Um, The Reaper's Toll with at least 12% life leech socketed with a Shael, and the Vamp Gaze will be socketed with a 15% resist all jewel or an Um.

His attack speed will not be brilliant, but thems the breaks if I want a merc with 90 resist all to help my Javazon take down Souls in the WSK.:rolleyes:
 

MageChick

Diabloii.Net Member
Reapers + Vamp Gaze should be plenty of leech, even at less than perfect %'s. I run with just one or the other and do fine. My goal is usually 10% total life leech. With a might merc your damage is likely a bit higher anyway, so that means a slightly lower leech% would work.

You could look into an IAS/Resist jewel for the gaze, but that gets pretty expensive/hard to find. I do think it'd be worth it for a find a good as this though. IAS and total damage will impact his leeching.
 

FrostBurn

Diabloii.Net Member
FrostBurn said:
Everything else being equal, which one is better for my merc? The eth has 1% less PDR and 2% less life steal compared to my perfect non-eth one. In order of priority, my hunch is:
1. Life Steal
2. PDR%
3. Defense

If that's correct, then I should go with the non-eth one, since the eth only offers an additional 378 - 252 = 126 def, which is nothing. Have I read this right?
C'mon folks. Your reply would barely take a moment. I just need confirmation.
 

Delreich

Diabloii.Net Member
I'm thinking you're right. Then again, I'm thinking the differences on all three
points are small enough to not really matter. I'd probably go by looks.
 

FrostBurn

Diabloii.Net Member
Thank you Delreich. Although I didn't stop to think that the difference between all three is small enough to not really matter. Thanks for bringing that to my attention.
 

leetserv

Diabloii.Net Member
I'd take the eth one for style points. By the way, i found an 8% 20% eth one the other day :)
 

Thyiad

Moderator Single Player, D2 Assassin, Barbarian
I would go non-eth for the extra pdr and ll. A few def points here or there is nothing and I don't fancy spending 50k on a style point.
 

helvete

Diabloii.Net Member
I would concider upping the eth one (beware it may very well end up with lower defense than you started with) and hope for a good roll. If you get a perfect or close roll, then the defense starts to mean something. If you get a low roll, then just toss it, or start your eth grail ;)
 

Demonic Angel Rules

Diabloii.Net Member
I think your merc will be find. Whats his damage hes doing? If its above 5000 damage and u got 12% on his wepon thats 600 life per hit. Thats a ton of life steal. But i know im forgetting something. Someone plz tell me if i am.
 

helvete

Diabloii.Net Member
You're forgetting that leech is cut to 1/3 in hell, so that's 200 life per hit, which is much less impressive. Also, some monsters don't allow as much leech as others, or some not at all.
 

Demonic Angel Rules

Diabloii.Net Member
O ya thats right. I knew I was forgetting something. But still thats 200 a hit unless u hit a monster with drain res. But u should be killing faster then the monsters should be hitting. I only have life leech on my merc incase I hit a immune. But i guess the more the better.
 
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