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*Blackduck's Diary [#l1a0b426]

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**My Profile [#peff1898]
I started D2 as early as 1.00 patch but to be honest the first times I played it more serioysly were at 1.10+ era. At some point I tried Eastern sun thanks to a friend of mine. I fell in love with the mod and thought that I would never return to LoD.

However I was a fool back then and I used to cheat every now and then with the game a little. Out of gold and still want some unique item? Just cheat some gold and gamble it. I didn't do any very big cheats unless doing some infinite rerolling with some uniques by using the read only tag on save files counts as one. In the end I got bored with the game and returned to LoD.

I played few ladders on b.net. After that I was fed up with bots that advertised some item shops and the endless grinding with bots that ran diablo and baal 24/7 and decided to stick with Single Player. That was lots of fun but when I was doing the 200th (or insert any "big" number) Diarun with my cheaply done hammerdin I remembered Eastern Sun and returned to it. I still have my old save files somewhere secured but I decided to start from fresh so I could say that everything is 100% legal.

My favourite class has always been Amazon so I created one. I though of making Dance of Death her main skill but at the end of NM I decided to drop that idea and stick with good old Strafe. I may make another amazon at some point but until I truly have a godly Strafer at my hands I won't be focusing on other characters too much.

*** Characters [#x97b3b8e]

|Class|Name|Level|Progression|Notes|h
|Amazon|Lunarbreeze|99|Hell Domain /p8 done|Main character|
|Amazon|Lunarpillar|57|Nightmare Act 1 done|Blues only -ruleset challenge character|
|Sorceress|Lunarpulse|80||Has lvl 100 Holy Fire, used for easymode material farming and lvl 75 amulet/ring gambling|
|Sorceress|Lunarburn|50||Used for rolling skiller charms|
|Paladin|Lunarring|15||Used for gambling material rings/amulets|

*** Blues only -ruleset [#c461e7f4]
- Always play with /players 8
- If you die you must save & exit and start all over from the last waypoint
- Only gray/white/blue items are allowed
- Runewords or gemwords are NOT allowed
- Runes, gems and magic jewels are allowed (as long as they don't form a rune- or gemword)
- Charms with sockets are banned except the Noob's or Veteran's Charm
- All quests must be finished including Nihlathak
- D.stoning, gem melding, forging or tinkering is NOT allowed
- Respeccing stats and skills is allowed but only once after finishing Den of Evil quest on each Difficulty (similarly as in LoD 1.13)
- Extra respec is earned after each time you beat Hell Baal
**Tradelist [#o554d9e2]
Everything is in SC. Send offers and questions with private messages in the Phrozen Keep forums.

***ISO: [#x6adddf4]
Materials:
- Steaks (I pay 8 Ancient Decipherer points for each)
**My Diary [#lbcb6a64]

Ring with +x to Teleport with decent / great additional mods for a Strafer
- I have one but I'm still interested in improving it a bit.
- Great mods: +1 All Skills, +x Amazon Skills, +x Passive & Magic Skills, Life
***02-16-2013 [#f2ee6537]
After my long hiatus I've been honing my strafer's gear. Her bow now has 900% Enhanced Damage! I'm wondering how the Bonus damage to demons/undead mods work. Bonus on demons might be worth it as at least most of the act bosses are demons. Maybe the bosses in Naraku are too. (Haven't taken a look yet.)

Ring with 6% CtC lvl 5 Amplify Damage on Striking
- Needs decent sidemods. Can have the lower quality Amplify Damage proc mod (5% lvl 4) IF the other mods are great.
- Great mods: +1 All Skills, +x Amazon Skills, +x Passive & Magic Skills, Life
I also remembered why I got bored of ES previously which is the fact that the most efficient way to farm Maple Leaves is to farm gold, gamble rings on a level 1 character, cube the rings into class specific unique rings and then turn those into Devil's Food.

Amulet with 6% CtC lvl 5 Amplify Damage on Striking
- Needs decent sidemods. Can have the lower quality Amplify Damage proc mod (5% lvl 4) IF the other mods are great.
- Great mods: +1 All Skills, +x Amazon Skills, +x Passive & Magic Skills, Life
I did farm 300-400M gold already and then I started leveling up another Amazon with my Strafer's gear. Guess that is just something else to do besides farming Dead End.

2x Jeweler's Titania Crown of Aurora/Valkyrie's Titania Crown of Aurora/Athletic Titania Crown of Aurora
- Needs one of the following auras: lvl 10+ Defiance, lvl 10+ Cleansing, lvl 9 Vigor
- If it has Jeweler's prefix it must give 4 gemsockets
- Valkyrie's or Athletic give +3 Amazon Skills or +3 Passive & Magic Skills
- I need two helms and one armor with separate auras. If I get one of the items I'm looking for then the field of allowed auras gets slimmer (because I don't want duplicates).
- Titania Crowns are preferred because of the low strength requirement and the possibility of staffmods.
- Titania Crowns can be shopped from Drognan in act 2.
(I removed the tradelists from this page because they're out of date and I got most of my stuff what I want anyway.)

Jeweler's Archmage Robe of Aurora
- Needs one of the following auras: lvl 10+ Defiance, lvl 10+ Cleansing, lvl 9 Vigor
- It can have up to 6 gemsockets but due to their rarity I'm interested in 4 or 5 gem socket versions as well.
- I need two helms and one armor with separate auras. If I get one of the items I'm looking for then the field of allowed auras gets slimmer (because duplicates do not stack as far as I know).
- Archmage Robes are preferred because of the low strength requirement. Other alternatives that can have 6 sockets are: Dragon Scale, Plated Cuirass and Ceremonial Armor.
- Archmage Robes can be shopped from Drognan in act 2.
- Staffmods (from Archmage Robes) do not matter as the item goes to an Amazon.
***04-11-2011 [#y6bffc9c]
I noticed that I had used wrong syntax with my previous entry in the date part. It was DD-MM-YYYY (which actually makes much more sense to me) when all the other entries are MM-DD-YYYY. I think this is just one of those localized things that differ in different countries. I don't know about details but I really hate all kind of crap like this that is not universal across our planet. Even metric system is not adopted in the USA and you never know when you should use "," as a decimal separator or ".". I really really hate things like this.[/whining]

Amazon Passive & Magic tree SQUARE Charm skillers
- With or without suffix.
- I want enough of these to fill my inventory.
- Currently have: 6
I have slowed down with Eastern Sun a bit. Still I have started that frostmaiden I have always wanted to try out. Thanks to some twinking the game hasn't been too hard yet and she got her first death in the Bookstore Sarina (Nightmare /p8) when she got ambushed by two or three bosspacks and I wasn't interested in escaping by using esc.

Jewels
- [Unique] Nexus Star: 2
- [Unique] Icestorm Shard: 7+ (7 for strafer, more will be reserved for a frostmaiden so I could use a lot of them at some point)
- [Unique] Salamander Stone: Many
- [Magic] Knowledgeable Jewel (+1 All Skills. These will be on my ultimate final end game gear so naturally I'm interested in getting as many as possible. However I'm not giving these too much priority so I'm not that much into paying a lot for them. For example in the end I would fill my mercenary with these and my weapon swap for higher level Battle Orders and Enchant.)
In general she has been just as relaxed character as I thought. Most of the time I'm just nuking groups of helpless enemies into pieces. However it hasn't been completely smoothsailing. Single strong targets seem to be very tough with her. I don't really know what skill I should use against them (out of all the synergies) but currently I'm building up Cold Arrow which seems to get much higher damage overall with high enough skill levels. Also I still have some crap quality equipment on her and only few forgings have been done on her items so it shouldn't be that hard to achieve some significant increase in her power. Still I doubt that she won't be even half of a bosskiller as my strafer was with some easier to get equipment she had when she killed Baal on Hell for the first time.

Another issue that I have with her is that she uses so many arrows. With strafe I can play quite a while without running out but with my frostmaiden I have to refill the quiver very frequently. Sure it isn't that big job to cube it alone but it is annoying as hell. I certainly hope that in D3 all the quivers have infinite amount of arrows or bolts. (Yep. Demonhunter shall be my first pick when that game comes out.)

***04-01-2011 [#e768bf9f]
I'm into gold finding. Up to this date I've been too lazy to make a gold finder character but today I decided to finally make one. I started levelling up yet another amazon. At level 16 I started hesitating. I just couldn't force myself into playing through normal, nightmare and then hell all over again. I would end up with a level ~80 character with either cheap or mediocre gold find gear and no idea if she would be able to kill efficiently enough for my tastes (at least unless I transfer breeze's bow to her). I started pondering that maybe I should just get another gear set for breeze and use her for gold finding.

Pros:
- She is level 100 so she gets much better g