'What's Your Poison?' Tourney Thread II

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
'What's Your Poison?' Tourney Thread II

1/24/2005 Status Update

Amazon
1. Exarkun--Matriarch Stinky_Poo--Clvl84--All Acts Completed
2. Crazy Runner Guy--Alexis--Clvl29--Act4
3. Insane Wayne--Champion Emerald Lin--Clvl87--Act3 Hell

Assassin
1. Gaz--Deathblade--Clvl6--Act1
2. Gabriel74--Slayer Strychnine--Clvl44--Act1 NM
3. AltheKiller--Slayer Tact--Clvl50--Act3 NM

Druid
1. AlterEgo--Slayer Canis_Rabie--Clvl48--Act1 NM
2. Quickdeath--Slayer Curare--Clvl63--Act4 NM
3. Falcon4eva--Slayer Vile_Jaws--Clvl49--Act1 NM

Necromancer
1. doctorgonzo
2. PSYCHO--Alice_Cooper--Clvl14--Act1
3. azn_apocalypse--Champion Pestilence--Clvl82--Act3 Hell

Thought a new thread was in order. Hope that you all continue with your poison characters! Stinky_Poo will continue to MF to improve the prize packages. There will be prizes in addition to the top 3 finishers. Once I get a list of the different categories, I will post that as well!

Good Luck to all!!!!!

Ekun
 

PSYCHO

Diabloii.Net Member
I'm still here! Updates are a rarity from me and this one's no exception. DII time is nearly always occupied with the TWDII and even that is limited. I shall play Alice_Cooper this evening, I promise.
 

Gaz

Diabloii.Net Member
Just a small update, Deathblade is still in act 1 but is Level 11.

It's been so long since I played an assassin that I am dying every time I take her out. Going to try and spend some time this week before the MFO next week.
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
I was looking in the mirror the other day and noticed something. Despite my rouged handsomeness, I have a small...

BUMP

...on the bridge of my nose. How disconcerting that I never noticed it before...

;)
 

Mage11

Diabloii.Net Member
Congratulations on making it all the way through, Ekun. Here's to hoping there will be plenty more guardians to join you.
 

Gaz

Diabloii.Net Member
Well, I took deathblade out again last night before the MFO starts, and again I died twice. Going to have to sit and play some long hours with this character before I manage to get anwhere.

This is by far the unluckiest/worst played character I have ever had.
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
1/30/2005 Status Update

Amazon
1. Exarkun--Matriarch Stinky_Poo--Clvl84--All Acts Completed
2. Crazy Runner Guy--Alexis--Clvl29--Act4
3. Insane Wayne--Champion Emerald Lin--Clvl88--Act5 Hell

Assassin
1. Gaz--Deathblade--Clvl11--Act1
2. Gabriel74--Slayer Strychnine--Clvl44--Act1 NM
3. AltheKiller--Slayer Tact--Clvl50--Act3 NM

Druid
1. AlterEgo--Slayer Canis_Rabie--Clvl48--Act1 NM
2. Quickdeath--Slayer Curare--Clvl63--Act4 NM
3. Falcon4eva--Slayer Vile_Jaws--Clvl49--Act1 NM

Necromancer
1. doctorgonzo
2. PSYCHO--Alice_Cooper--Clvl14--Act1
3. azn_apocalypse--Champion Pestilence--Clvl82--Act3 Hell

Well, a few of you have found some time to make some progress.
I've been playin', too. I've found some more stuff for prizes. I'm thinking there will be a few categories for prizes...

1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place
Highest Poison Damage
and, Best Dressed

For the last two I will, need screenies e-mailed to me upon completion of Act5 Hell. I'll get the prize packages toether, you guys just keep playin'!

Best of Luck!!!
 

Insane Wayne

Diabloii.Net Member
Emerald Lin, the Conclusion...

Upon resuming her trip through the Crystalline Passage, Emerald rolled some easy monsters: Hell Witches, Infidels, and Mages. Meager life and no poison immunes! It was a total rout. The first cool find here was the set spired helm. Hmm... That makes 3 out of 4 for the "Heaven's Brethren" set, I only need the shield to complete another "seen and sold" set. The rest of the Passage was tame, except for the last bit of unexplored hallway which housed double-boss packs of witches and infidels. When the dust settled, Emerald had her first elite repeat. Actually, I was more excited about the rare colossus sword. Mighty elite rares are always fun to find (this one was anything but mighty, blah..)

On to the Frozen River: Rot Walkers, Frozen Creepers, and Vipers. Time consuming, but again no poison immunes and no major threats. After a steady full clear, Anya was freed and I was free to gamble again. Lacking only a nice +skills amulet, I focused entirely on gambling dozens of them (instead of 60% amulets, as I'd been doing) until I finally hit a stunner. Nice! +2 skills and only a small net MF loss versus my Coral Amulet of Fortune. With the extra cold resist and Malah's resistance scroll, I made another gear change. I swapped my rare plated belt for the Goldwrap (newly upgraded to a Battle Belt). Ka-ching! More full-time MF and Gold Find :D

Major slowdown in Nihlathak's Halls! Lots of Poison Immunes. And plenty of unleechables to give me headaches managing the merc. From a non-sparkly chest in the Halls of Anguish, another elite unique weapon! Wow, this would've been fun for my tankazon. Fast, big damage, freeze +4, lvl 10 Arctic Blast. Oh well, moving on...
Halls of Pain was easier, with Guardians, Heirophants, and Night Lords. I found another heavy exceptional armor, Black Hades Chaos Armor. Like Griswold's armor, it has high defense and 3 sockets, plus a nice boost of 54% damage to demons. The timing of this find was good, I was contemplating "Hel"ing the topaz out of Griswold's and putting in a couple fervor jewels for the merc. Instead, I sold Griswold's and set up Mizan with the Hades, socketed with a plain jewel of fervor, camphor jewel of fervor, and a decent rare jewel, seen here.

Mizan didn't see much action while trying his new armor. Halls of Vaught had Poison Immune Returned Archers and Pit Vipers. The bugged viper poison attacks killed him instantly. Even the valk often lost 80% of her life when engaging a new pack. I quickly realized Mizan was useless, and didn't bother to resurrect him. I assisted the valk with PMH throwing knives and let her finish them off. Decoys were blasted off profusely. After a full clear, I brought Mizan with me for the killing blow against Nihlathak. No good drop from him though.

I had more trouble on the Glacial Trail, with two poison immune species, Pit Vipers and Bone Warriors. Emerald gets very fidgety when she can't lend her massive poison attack to the group effort. I gotta get my drops though, so I waited patiently and honed my casting techniques.
Nothing news-worthy occured until I hit the Ancient's Way, where I had a cake walk against Abominables, Afflicted, and Rogues. A monster dropped one of Bul-Kathos' children. Yet another elite I've never seen before. Awesome!

I was able to defeat p8 Hell Ancients! I did several rerolls until I got no Extra Fast or Cursed. I littered the area with stacks of javelins and potions. First, I led my gang around until Mizan hit each Ancient while wielding Blackhorn's and Woestave, for a big slowing effect. Then I switched Mizan's helm to Guillaume's, and set up a position where Madawc threw into a pillar. I burned through many potions keeping Mizan alive, but eventually got a semi-stable situation where the valk tanked and Mizan hacked away with Steel Pillar. I switched his gear often to refresh the slowing and life steal. Mizan eventually was killed but had done some good damage with 60% CB. Poison clouds and the valk did the rest, after a long wait.

Plague Javelin provided great fun in each of the WSK levels. I infected packs of my arch-enemy spawners in level 1, flayers in level 2, and blow dart flayers in level 3. Those flayers are really dense in WSK levels, more so than in Act 3. It was awesome to watch them twitch and drop en masse as my poison spread.
The Throne of Destruction had Hell Witches, Pit Lords, and wimpy Horadrim Ancients (sans skellies). No problem. Lister's pack arranged themselves perfectly. A few of them stun-locked the valk while the stragglers got stuck trying to get around a pillar. Mizan slowly and neatly made his way around the bunch.

Against Baal, I used the merc gear-switching as I had against the Ancients. What a joke! Baal could not even land a single hit after the slowing. I poisoned him while Mizan tanked effortlessly. Baal was soon slivered. I unsummoned the valk and changed Mizan yet again to his full magic gear, which includes the 7 PTopaz armor + crown. Baal died to the tune of 680% MF, but sadly only produced a mediocre drop. I was hoping for at least one more uber-find from the WSK/Baal areas, but no such luck.

p8 Hell cows produced a massive amount of loot, but nothing noteworthy. In gambling away my last batches of gold, I did score a unique ring (Manald Heal). Thus ended Emerald's career, with a sputter. But I'll never forget my incredible run from the Chaos Sanctuary to the Halls of Pain.

Matriarch Emerald Lin, level 89 (about 80% to level 90)
Full-time end-game gear:

Dread Scourge Ceremonial Javelin +1 zon skills, +2 jav skills
Sigon's Guard Tower Shield, +1 skills
Blade of Ali Baba Tulwar , 97% MF, socketed with MF jewel and so-so resist all rare jewel
"Rhyme" Heater, 25% MF
Ethereal Harlequin Crest Shako, socketed with PTopaz, +2 skills, 74% MF, 4 of 7 durability left
Tal Rasha's Guardianship Lacquered Plate, socketed with PTopaz, 112% MF
Lancer's Gauntlets of Wealth, +3 jav skills, 74% Extra Gold
Goldwrap Battle Belt, 30% MF
Wraith Spur Scarabshell Boots, 18% MF
Doom Talisman amulet, +2 zon skills, 23% MF
Nagelring, 28% MF
Garnet Ring of Fortune, 24% fire resist, 24% MF

Full-time MF: +462%, with option for +680% on merc kills
Notable optional gear: Chance Guards (28% MF), Spirit Shroud Ghost Armor (+1 skills), Rune Whorl ring (10% resist all, 15% MF), amulet of luck (35% MF)
Notable charms: Harpoonist GC of Sustenance (+1 jav skills). Gheed's Fortune (28%MF)

Skills / Stats: 93 Strength, 113 Dex, 322 Vit (1386 life), 17 Energy
Resists: 75 Fire, 63 Cold, 48 Lightning, -35 Poison

20 (+12) Poison Javelin
1 (+12) Lightning Bolt (prereq)
20 (+12) Plague Javelin
1 (+6) Inner Sight
2 (+6) Critical Strike
6 (+6) Dodge
1 (+6) Slow Missiles
6 (+6) Avoid
1 (+6) Penetrate
20 (+6) Decoy
1 (+6) Evade
20 (+6) Valkyrie
1 (+6) Pierce

All skills can be boosted +1 with Spirit Shroud armor.
Level 33 Plague Javelin does 29921-30143 damage over 15.8 seconds
Level 33 Poison Javelin does 37096-37961 damage over 72 seconds

Mizan the Holy Freeze Merc, level 89, stats / gear:

Life: 1927, Defense: 2553, Resists: 53 C,F,P, 63 Lightning
Woestave Great Poleaxe (socketed with Amn) 417-830 damage
Guillaume's Face Winged Helm
Black Hades Chaos Armor, socketed with 2 jewels of fervor + rare 20%ED jewel

Notable optional gear: Blackhorn's Face, Steel Pillar (548-2089 damage, yields 4033 defense)
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
WOW!!
All in all, I'd say Emerald Lin licked Stinky_Poo's arse. The plus skills added sooooooo much to your poison damage it's frightening!!! No wonder you were able to do p8.
I never did a end game palyer breakdown for Stinky_Poo and now I'm glad b/c she'd be pretty embarrassed standing next to Emerald Lin. I think her Plague Jave maxed out at about 14K damage :worship:
Congrats on p8 Matriarch!!!!!
If you get a chance send me a screeny with with her max poison damage and her outfit. [email protected]
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
2/2/2005 Status Update

Amazon
1. Exarkun--Matriarch Stinky_Poo--Clvl84--All Acts Completed
2. Crazy Runner Guy--Alexis--Clvl29--Act4
3. Insane Wayne--Matriarch Emerald Lin--Clvl89--All Acts Completed

Assassin
1. Gaz--Deathblade--Clvl11--Act1
2. Gabriel74--Slayer Strychnine--Clvl44--Act1 NM
3. AltheKiller--Slayer Tact--Clvl50--Act3 NM

Druid
1. AlterEgo--Slayer Canis_Rabie--Clvl48--Act1 NM
2. Quickdeath--Slayer Curare--Clvl63--Act4 NM
3. Falcon4eva--Slayer Vile_Jaws--Clvl49--Act1 NM

Necromancer
1. doctorgonzo
2. PSYCHO--Alice_Cooper--Clvl14--Act1
3. azn_apocalypse--Champion Pestilence--Clvl82--Act3 Hell
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
Role Call!!!!!!!
Okay, Who's still playin'?
Just curious. Wonderin' who's still tryin' the Poison thang....
 

Insane Wayne

Diabloii.Net Member
Exarkun said:
The plus skills added sooooooo much to your poison damage it's frightening!!! No wonder you were able to do p8. I never did a end game palyer breakdown for Stinky_Poo and now I'm glad b/c she'd be pretty embarrassed standing next to Emerald Lin. I think her Plague Jave maxed out at about 14K damage :worship:
Yep, plague jav starts to build enormously after level 28, like +3000 damage every point! +6 skills is automatic, from Lancer's gloves/jav. Sigon's +1 shield is bound to pop up for most chars. Finding the +1 armor was kinda lucky, but I rarely used it. +2 on ammy/circlet was bound to occur after gambling millions on them. The Harly and the skiller were definitely my luckiest +skill finds.

Exarkun said:
Congrats on p8 Matriarch!!!!!
If you get a chance send me a screeny with with her max poison damage and her outfit. [email protected]
Thanks. Best dressed? :lol: Emerald loves posing for the camera. Here are the screens:
Plague Javelin
Poison Javelin, highest overall damage, but never used in Hell. too slow.
Emerald in her Tal's / Shako with Ali Baba
Emerald in her queenly gear, Jeweler's Full Plate Mail / Crown stuffed with PTopaz, used through NM and most of Hell
Emerald at her deadliest wearing Spirit Shroud for max +skills.

edit: had to fix some busted links from moving screenies around.
 

azn_apocalypse

Diabloii.Net Member
Exarkun said:
Role Call!!!!!!!
Okay, Who's still playin'?
Just curious. Wonderin' who's still tryin' the Poison thang....
I'm still in. My progress has been slowed somewhat lately due to RL committments, but I played Pestilence for a little while tonight, got Khalim's Heart and did the Lam Esen quest. Don't worry, I plan to make this character my first ever Mat/Patriarch, if all goes well.
 

azn_apocalypse

Diabloii.Net Member
So I fought my way into Durance 2, but had some troubles there. It was taking too long to kill stuff, and in my impatience I died a couple of times. So I decided to go back to Normal difficulty to find the chipped amethyst I needed to make Honor. I found one quickly, and so now my merc is wielding this. Didn't have time to test it fully, but he'll see how he fares next play session.

Honor
Lance
'AmnElIthTirSol'
Two-Hand Damage: 113 to 453
Durability: 13 of 13
Required Dexterity: 78
Required Strength: 100
Required Level: 27
Spear Class - Slow Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
Item Level: 79
Fingerprint: 0x5382536e
+10 to Strength
+160% Enhanced Damage
+250 to Attack Rating
+9 to Minimum Damage
+9 to Maximum Damage
7% Life stolen per hit
Replenish Life +10
+1 to Light Radius
+1 to All Skill Levels
+2 to Mana After Each Kill
25% Deadly Strike
Ethereal (Cannot be Repaired), Socketed (5: 5 used)
 

azn_apocalypse

Diabloii.Net Member
Well, Pestilence has killed Hell Meph and moved on to Act 4 NM.

The Honor Lance has served my merc well. Monsters die much more quickly now. On top of the 7% lifesteal of the weapon, The merc is also wearing Tal Rasha's Mask for an extra 10% lifesteal and resists, so he is pretty tough to kill. His armor is still 4-socket ptopaz armor.

Durance 3 was challenging. I hate vampires, and there were tons of them down there. In the entry chamber I was simultaneously attacked by Bremm Sparkfist's pack of council members, a LE boss pack of vampires, and a non-boss pack of vampires on top of that. Meteors, firewalls, hydra bolts, and lightning bolts were everywhere, and it was only by parking Bremm's minions within the inner chamber, WP'ing back to Durance 2, and running back downstairs that I was able to separate the packs and kill them all.

Fortunately, I had drawn a good Durance 2 map, where the WP was in the very next room from the stairs down. I will probably use this to run Meph a couple more times, since his drop was INCREDIBLY disappointing. No s/u items and only one crappy rare.

From other monsters, I found an IK Forge and The Scalper, the unique Francisca, as well as a rare jewel with 27% ed and other useful mods. No Shako...I would love to find some elite unique armor soon...
 

azn_apocalypse

Diabloii.Net Member
Woohoo! The second run of Hell Meph was the best run ever! As usual, Meph didn't drop crap (just a unique Full Plate Mail and another Civerb's Icon), but while I was waiting for the merc to finish him off I decided to open one of the chests in the room on the left side. Out pops THIS baby.

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Keep in Inventory to Gain Bonus
Required Level: 62
Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
Item Level: 83
Fingerprint: 0x52db7fc2
107% Extra Gold from Monsters
35% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Reduces All Vendor Prices 11%

Excellent! The 107% GF is a little off the max of 160%, but I am very happy with the MF% draw. 35% out of a possible 40% is good enough for me! Woo-hoo, back to playing (and possibly running Meph one more time)

EDIT: At this point, Pestilence in his battle gear has an MF of 223%, with 319% for merc kills. This can increased temporarily by 18% by swapping gloves.
 

azn_apocalypse

Diabloii.Net Member
Hell Diablo has fallen to Pestilence, who is now level 85.

Two significant changes in gear. 1) My merc weapon has changed from a Honor ethereal Lance to an Honor Cryptic Axe, mainly b/c of the faster attack speed. 2) A trip back to the Hole in Act 1 Hell netted me Fleshripper, the unique Fanged Knife. I immediately socketed it with an Eld (yes, an Eld)and put it in my weapon switch to use against poison immunes and undead. It's a pretty good backup weapon.

Fleshripper
Fanged Knife
'Eld'
One-Hand Damage: 49 to 188
Durability: 31 of 36
Required Dexterity: 86
Required Strength: 42
Required Level: 68
Dagger Class - Fast Attack Speed
Item Version: 1.10 Expansion
Item Level: 84
Fingerprint: 0x782a4984
+231% Enhanced Damage
-50% Target Defense
Prevent Monster Heal
75% Damage to Undead
+50 to Attack Rating against Undead
50% Chance of Open Wounds
25% Chance of Crushing Blow
33% Deadly Strike
Slows Target by 20%
Socketed (1: 1 used)

So now my two weapons are Blackbog's and Fleshripper.

The Chaos Sanctuary was time-consuming, but not very hard. I did spend over 500,000 gold resurrecting my merc b/c of Iron Maiden, and I myself got single-hit killed a couple of times from IM when I was using Fleshripper. Not bad for someone who was doing almost no melee damage before. :)

Diablo (at players 3) was easy. I managed to corner him in a spot where his pink lightning would go into a pillar and not harm me or my party members. The crushing blow from Fleshripper just owned him, and then my merc finished him off. He didn't drop anything good, which was disappointing. I've found that most of my best items are coming from random bosses.

Act 5 next, and then I will join the ranks of the ascended! My first Mat/Pat is in sight!
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
2/12/2005 Status Update

Amazon
1. Exarkun--Matriarch Stinky_Poo--Clvl84--All Acts Completed
2. Crazy Runner Guy--Alexis--Clvl29--Retired
3. Insane Wayne--Matriarch Emerald Lin--Clvl89--All Acts Completed

Assassin
1. Gaz--Deathblade--Clvl11--Act1
2. Gabriel74--Slayer Strychnine--Clvl44--Act1 NM
3. AltheKiller--Slayer Tact--Clvl50--Act3 NM

Druid
1. AlterEgo--Slayer Canis_Rabie--Clvl48--Act1 NM
2. Quickdeath--Slayer Curare--Clvl63--Act4 NM
3. Falcon4eva--Slayer Vile_Jaws--Clvl49--Act1 NM

Necromancer
1. doctorgonzo
2. PSYCHO--Alice_Cooper--Clvl14--Act1
3. azn_apocalypse--Champion Pestilence--Clvl85--Act5 Hell
 

Exarkun

Diabloii.Net Member
Hello All,
It's looks as if interest has flagged a bit, so it's time to cap this tourney.

What's Your Poison Tourney will be closing at the end of February.

That gives any still interested in playing a good 2 weeks to finish up.

Sorry to do this, but I'm working on my next tourney and don't have the time to host 2 at once.

Good Luck to All!!!! May the monsters your fighting be Green with Envy...or poison...

Ekun
 
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