*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)
- 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, up to 30 (I pay 8 Ancient Decipherer points for each)

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, All resists

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, All resists

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, All resists

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.

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.

Amazon Passive & Magic tree SQUARE Charm skillers
- With or without suffix.
- I want enough of these to fill my inventory.
- Currently have: 3

Jewels
- [Unique] Nexus Star: 3
- [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)
- [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.)




***For trade: [#u649a5ed]
Dragon Stones / Ancient Decipherers

Ethereal rare weapons (for rerolling)
- If you're looking for an ethereal rare weapon with ilvl 88 or higher just send me a pm and I'll check if I have the one you're looking for.

Skillers (Grand Charm)
- [Assassin] +1 Shadow Disciplines
- [Assassin] +1 Shadow Disciplines
- [Assassin] +1 Martial Arts, Adds 4-11 Cold Damage, 6% Deadly Strike, -5 Monster defense per hit, +3 Dexterity, +45 Stamina (Rare)
- [Assassin] +1 Martial Arts, Adds 12-22 Fire Damage, Adds 90 Poison Damage Over 4 Secs, +44 Life, Attacker Takes Damage of 38
- [Barbarian] +1 Combat Masteries, 6% Crushing Blow, +23 Life, +13 Mana, Attacker takes damage of 15 (Rare)
- [Barbarian] +1 Combat Masteries
- [Barbarian] +1 Warcries
- [Barbarian] +1 Warcries, -7 Monster Defense per Hit, +17 Life, +0.25/clvl Life, +42 Stamina
- [Druid] +1 Elemental Skills, +8 Maximum Damage, Adds 15-33 Fire Damage, +7 Dexterity, Attacker takes damage of 50 (Rare)
- [Druid] +1 Summoning Skills, Adds 1-40 Lightning Damage, 6% Deadly Strike, +17 Life, +0.5 Mana/clvl, Attacker takes damage of 49 (Rare)
- [Druid] +1 Shapeshifting Skills
- [Necromancer] +1 Curses, 10% Faster hit recovery, +8 Attack rating, +17 Life, Attacker takes damage of 89 (Rare)
- [Necromancer] +1 Curses
- [Necromancer] +1 Summoning Skills
- [Necromancer] +1 Summoning Skills
- [Necromancer] +1 Poison & Bone Skills, +31 Poison Damage over 3 secs
- [Necromancer] +1 Poison & Bone Skills, +12 Strength
- [Paladin] +1 Defensive Auras, +6 Life
- [Paladin] +1 Defensive Auras, +7 Dexterity
- [Paladin] +1 Offensive Auras
- [Paladin] +1 Offensive Auras
- [Paladin] +1 Offensive Auras, +5 Strength, +20 Life, +0.625/clvl Mana, +45 Stamina (Rare)
- [Sorceress] +1 Cold Skills   
- [Sorceress] +1 Cold Skills, Adds 23-45 Fire Damage
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills, +22 Life
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills, Attacker takes damage of 74
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills, +7 Maximum Damage
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills, +46 Life
- [Sorceress] +1 Fire Skills, Attacker takes damage of 68
- [Sorceress] +1 Fire Skills

Skillers (Square Charm)
- [Barbarian] +1 Combat Skills
- [Druid] +1 Shapeshifting Skills, 90 Poison Damage Over 90 Seconds
- [Paladin] +1 Defensive Auras
- [Paladin] +1 Combat Skills, +12 Dexterity
- [Sorceress] +1 Fire Skills
- [Sorceress] +1 Fire Skills, +4 Dexterity
- [Sorceress] +1 Fire Skills, +22 Life
- [Sorceress] +1 Cold Skills, +22 Life
- [Sorceress] +1 Cold Skills, +31 Life
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Skills

Large Charms
- [Assassin] +1 Melee Mastery
- [Assassin] +1 Phoenix Strike
- [Barbarian] +1 Stun
- [Barbarian] +1 Battle Command, Attacker Takes Damage of 34
- [Druid] +1 Summon Dire Wolf, +1 Feral Rage, +0.5/clvl Attack Rating, 7% Faster Hit Recovery, Lightning Resist +7%, +2 Life, Attacker Takes Damage of 39 (Rare)
- [Druid] +1 Cyclone Armor, +1 Firestorm, 4% Deadly Strike, +26 Defense, +6 Dexterity, +30 Mana (Rare)
- [Druid] +1 Volcano, +40 Attack Rating, Adds 7-14 Cold Damage, Replenish Life +3, Cold Resist 16% (Rare)
- [Druid] +1 Rabies, +1 Poison Creeper, +1 Maximum Damage
- [Necromancer] +1 Lower Resist
- [Paladin] +1 Salvation, Adds 4-9 Fire Damage
- [Paladin] +1 Thorns, Adds 3-6 Cold Damage
- [Sorceress] +1 Frozen Orb
- [Sorceress] +1 Shiver Armor
- [Sorceress] +1 Lightning Hydra, +1 Glacial Spike

Jewels (magic / rare / unique)
Tell me what you're looking for and I'll tell you if I have anything like that. I'm aware that I can reroll all the unique jewels with 2 Perfect Gems but that is a bit costly when someone might be willing to trade his/her Icestorm Shards for other jewels.

**Lunarbreeze's gear (Strafer)[#x538c5b0]
|~Self|Current|Final|h
|~Weapon|Dualmax GMB|Dualmax GMB (2/3soc, 900%ed, ll, ml, ias)|
|~Quiver|Quiver of Prince Ashitaka (RIP) / Legolas' Quiver|Quiver of Prince Ashitaka / Legolas' Quiver|
|~Helm|Titania Crown of Aurora (3soc, lvl 10 Defiance)|Jeweler's Titania Crown of Aurora (4soc, Defiance / Cleansing / Vigor)|
|||Valkyrie's Titania Crown of Aurora (3soc, Defiance / Cleansing / Vigor)|
|~Body Armor|Eternal Reign (perf roll in eth 15ed Dragon Scale)|Jeweler's Archmage Robe of Aurora (Defiance / Cleansing / Vigor)|
|~Gloves|Suffocation of Indifference (45% slow)|Suffocation of Indifference (48+% slow)|
|~Belt|Hemp Band of Skill Master (2soc, +7 to Oak Sage)|(Good Prefix) Hemp Band of Skill Master (2soc, +8 to Oak Sage)|
|~Boots|Suffocation of Indifference (48% Slow)|Suffocation of Indifference (48+% Slow)|
|~Amulet|Plague's Last Arrowhead (Random roll, lvl 5 Concentration)|Rare Amulet (6% CtC lvl 5 Amplify Damage, lvl 7 Meditation)|
|~Ring|Rare (Teleport)|Rare Ring (Teleport)|
|~Ring|Lily Petal (Random roll)|Rare Ring (6% CtC lvl 5 Amplify Damage|
|~Swap Weapon|Lissom Spear of Skill Master (+8 Battle Orders)|<Throwing Spear> of Skill Master (+12 Battle Orders)|
|~Swap Shield|Giant Buckler of Skill Master (+3 Enchant)|Jewelers <Shield> of Skill Master (4soc, +4 Enchant)|

|~Mercenary|Current|Final|h
|~Weapon|Faith Arcane Bow (lvl 15 Fanaticism, +2 All Skills)|Faith Ancient Bow (lvl 15 Fanaticism, +2 All Skills)|
|~Helm|Rare Titania Crown (2soc, lvl 10 Cleansing, some adds)|Jeweler's Titania Crown of Aurora (4soc, Defiance / Cleansing / Vigor)|
|~Body Armor|Atlastrust (lvl 8 Annihilation)|Atlastrust (lvl 8 Annihilation)|
|~Gloves|Mighty gemword (10% CtC lvl 8 Amplify Damage)|Greiz's Legion (Protection from Fire)|
|~Belt|Band of Famine|?|
|~Boots|Hermes' Gift (lvl 5 Vigor)|?|
|~Amulet|Band of War (7% CtC lvl 7 Amplify Damage)|Beads of the Guardian (lvl 5 Concentration)|
|~Ring|Elemental Jewel (+7% Max All Resists, +38 All Resists)|Elemental Jewel (+7% Max All Resists, +40 All Resists)|
|~Ring|Band of Death|Elemental Jewel (+7% Max All Resists, +40 All Resists)|


**My Diary [#lbcb6a64]
***03-22-2011 [#n5f7b142]
Rolled 6 Square Charms. I still have few thousand gempoints and around 1.8k AD points remaining but I would have to do a lot of Tristram runs for Wirt's legs (6 for each charm) and also obtain magic jewels. Usually I just put them into my rerolling orb right away in order to reroll them into uniques (since I still need a lot of them). Converting 3->1 from magic points is of course possible since I could say that I'm trying to roll Knowledgeables but meh. Normal Cow level with my Holy Fire -sorceress tends to give me 3-4 jewels each run but I'm lazy.

I've been thinking that I could create a destruction machine at some point. Strafer is nice already though I'll still keep honing her for a long time. I'm eager to create something that doesn't strike too many hits but each of them would make a difference. Earth would shake on her (or his) steps and enemies in the whole screen will get obliterated when she releases her wrath. Is there such a build?

Elemental damage is a bit turn off but I suppose it is inevitable to use it if I want to do proper aoe damage. I can remember that I read some sort of kicker guide a long time ago and she was something I'm looking for (oneshotting big heaps of enemies with every buffed kick). Only problem is that I want her to be somewhat universal and Dragon Talon suffers badly from Physical OR Fire Immunes. All in all my options after going through all the skills listed on wiki:
- Dragon Tail assassin
- Freezing Arrow amazon
- Enchanter sorceress with Demon Machine (LoD unique)
- Fist of Heavens paladin

I'm not interested in:
- Casters (pretty much any other sorc than chanter, caster barbs, necromancers... Nova based builds might be ok but I doubt their damage potential is high enough even after very serious building up)
- Druids (they look silly imo)
- Trappers (too boring)

***03-21-2011 [#r623aa96]
Yesterday I spent a lot of time by doing Diaruns with my strafer. I realized that those weren't that bad for my xp although Baalruns would have granted better xp/time ratio. I've always liked Diaruns a lot more so just for the pure enjoyment they were a blast. Finally after hours of playing she heard that beloved sound that echoed across seas and mountains. She dinged 99. Just one more to go. I'm not going to plan when she claims that last powerup but I could imagine that 2-3 weeks is not too bad guess.

Now I have 2417 Ancient Decipherer and 17883 gem points (divided across all the different gem types). Let's see how many Squares I score with them. ;) I'm a bit tired though since I had to wake up pretty early this morning due to my studies so some of the rolling job might be saved for later.
***03-19-2011 [#w5ef19db]
Nihlathak went down  in normal so I started working on NM. I had a fun death at Radament. He poisoned me and the poison was so strong that it kept my health at 1 even if I drank potions. Unfortunately I had no purples on my belt. I was running away few monsters with one hp for quite a while until I met an unkilled skeleton mage who finally got me. It was pretty hilarious. Maybe I should finally put Tome of Town Portal under some hotkey.

I also grinded Baal a bit and my strafer is now nicely over halfway from level 99. Only 104M xp to go! After I got tired of Baal I farmed some Halls and ended up having around 1.6k decipherer points in my multistocker. I suppose that I'll make new Square Charms at some point to burn those points.

***03-18-2011 [#j09464bc]
Main thing: I updated my tradelist by adding some more charms for sale and adding some jewels on my needlist.

It has been a bit calm for me in the D2 world. I've been busy with other things and Dragon Age 2. Pretty much all I've done is few Baalruns and I've kept the game on for DC walks.

Before I started this slower period I got a bit tired of playing my strafer. Not too tired but I was in need of something new. I was resistant to start another character as (s)he would inevitably eat some resources. In the end I came up with a somewhat challening game mode to play with. I'm not familiar with all the tournaments that are held at the Phrozen Keep but I believe that at least to some extend this is a bit similar thing but without scores of any kind.

Anyway. Here is what I came up with:
- 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)
- 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

With these rules in mind I created an Amazon. Restriction of blues should keep me from burning too much decipherer points into her. I was able to beat Baal on normal but when I ventured to Naraku I was getting rather cold welcome there. I had to use my first respec at that point. I swapped to Viper Bite / Plague Javelin. With these Reziarfg was easy but the witches (or whatever they are called) slaughtered me and I was too tired to try again. I've earned some life charms after that so I suppose that I could try again...

Till the next update.
***03-05-2011 [#u7abacc0]
I thought that I could do some rerolling since I figured out yesterday that I want to wear more rares with oskills and auras. I burned all what my gemcan contained and got an ugly rare with +4 to Oak Sage. I decided to put it to test. Before wearing it I did all the preparations: unsocket and unforge my old belt etc. When I tried to do sockets to that belt I was stunned. It only got 1 socket! Quickly I headed to the ES database to check if I did some sort of error with the recipe and found out that rare belts only get one gemsocket.

I thought that a good magic with two sockets can easily beat bad rares with just one. So I headed to act 1 where Charsi was eager to serve me. I ended up hitting +14 to Shadow Master and +7 to Oak Sage belts which both I must test out later. Oak Sage would be nice but if they die too easily then I'll definitely want to go with a Shadow Master that would grant me slightly more safety by being a third melee tank. Not really needed but whatever.

So now that I was in the world of magic items I started checking the padded armors and other act 1 items that Charsi has to offer. Slowly I got an idea: I could buy those hard to get of Aurora -items by buying them from vendors!

First of all the main idea was to buy some lightweight low strength requirement armor and helm with four gem sockets and one of the following auras: Defiance, Cleansing and Vigor. If I would scrap Sorrow body armor I could use my own body armor and helm slots for these aura items. Also my mercenary's helmslot was occupied by Animal Friend so it could be replaced with something else as well. With these three auras I could drop Hermes' Gift and get something else instead of it. I don't know really what but something.

After a bit of teleporting around Charsi I had this idea of having Titania Crown as the base item for my helm so I could get some extra staffmods along the sockets and aura. I started checking different vendors and finally the second last npc to check had Titania Crowns for sale. Even better he stood right next to town entrance so rerolling his stock was easy. After a short while I was breathless. No. I did not find 4 socket, lvl 12 Defiance, +3 Valkyrie, +3 Strafe, +3 Slow Missiles Titania Crown. I saw Jewelers Archmage Robe with 5 empty gem sockets.

Quick look at database revealed that some armors can indeed spawn with 5 sockets. Actually some can spawn even with SIX sockets! After this shocking finding I spent like 7 hours trying to find 4s helm or 6s body armor without being that lucky. I picked up some almost nice plain lvl ~10 aura items which I now wear. In the end my ISO list is a bit more cooler with few Magic items.

***03-04-2011 [#qfd7df5d]
Created this file, wrote some stuff to my profile and went to bed. It was 5:14 am after all. =.=

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