Hardcore Diary Part VI : The Continuation

Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/17/13 06:45 AM #1
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Leveling up Vulumoolu, my second WD, now, to replace UlumuluWey who is dead due to disconnection.


A) Normal
MP10
Level 1-7 : Questlines
Level 8-11: Carried by Zerokewl in Act III
Level 12-17: Grinding at FW, WPs unlocked by yoyo
Level 18: She nearly die at Desolate Sand, retreated to BCM.
Level 19-23: VoTA, WPs unlocked by yoyo
Level 24-26: Carried by zerokewl in Act III

Level27-28:
Keep1. Sticked my head into Tower of the Damned, nearly die to phasebeasts, a few of them + an elite pack of Phasebeasts. I took a chance to horrify and jaunt into the crater. If there was any monsters at the end of the crater, I would have die with my little remaining HPs.

Level29-30: Keep 1 & Keep 2. Finally reached level30, and unlocked the most wanted Spirit Vessel passive.
Level31-33: Craters/ Towers.

Killed Diablo with the help of Zerokewl who logged in at a good time.

B) Nightmare MP10
Level34-40: Carried by Zerokewl in craters. Some close calls, I better upgrade some vitality gears!
@zerokewl, for your record, it was around 23 minutes for the good 6 levels. Thanks!
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/17/13 07:26 AM #2
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That's awesome. I think I could go faster, but would Lose safety as those dumb dudes that climb up the wall would get you. I think that is why the recommend areas were chosen. Then again worms could get you too.


Oh and feel free to loot some yellows. I will wait when bags get full as long as you're not looting everything.


Also do you have max JC? I don't but lots of patterns dropping for me that aren't selling.
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/17/13 07:28 AM #3
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One more thing. Hell mp10 will be tough as I may not be able to one shot things. I can already notice some elites requiring more than one spell. Will need some serious gear by then.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/17/13 02:56 PM #4
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Yes.......last night my close calls came from:

1. Dudes which climb up the wall
2. Worms from underground
3. Firespitting static holes - my mistake of standing in front while portaling

I have almost doubled my HP after did some shopping in the AH - that should make it much easier. Hell MP10 could be difficult. I could grind myself a little in Act 1 - that should get me to 60.

I haven't spent anything on JC and BS. Maybe I should later, for those AB plans.

Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/17/13 07:19 PM #5
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I changed some skills so it might be easier. Falling in love with ghost bomb in place of rain of toads. Though rot does not stop by walls
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/18/13 07:11 AM #6
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Level41-49: A solid 9 levels gained within 50 minutes, when carried by Zerokewl.
Posted by Member JJK59 on 2/18/13 09:59 AM #7
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Please don't misunderstand my question/comment because I believe everyone should play how they like and maybe I missed this in an earlier post.

My question is: Why are you playing MP10 if you need to be "carried"?

I would love to level up my replacement DH as a team (last one died to overconfidence grinding Stonefort - Craters L60(23)) - currently level 51 - done by playing the game all the way through at MP3 in normal & nightmare. Starting Hell on MP2. I've done this before and you end up at level 60 in Act3 somewhere. It takes me 10-11 hours to get to Inferno and yes I do get bored. If you would like to level in a "more normal" way, please add me. I'll be on evenings eastern.
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/18/13 03:59 PM #8
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Not to speak for you, but I think part of it is due to the double lag death in one night of his 2 HC toons.

Add me as I am always looking for HC friends I can trust. If you have I 60 I will keep an eye out while I farm for 60 gear It won't be amazing, but could be decent starter pieces.
Posted by Member JJK59 on 2/18/13 05:55 PM #9
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Thanks for the add - I'll be 60 by tonight - I have some gear already in storage. I have lost only one 60 due to dc, but 2 between 40 and 50.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/18/13 06:57 PM #10
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Posted by JJK59 at 02/18/2013 09:59 AM

Please don't misunderstand my question/comment because I believe everyone should play how they like and maybe I missed this in an earlier post.

My question is: Why are you playing MP10 if you need to be "carried"?

I would love to level up my replacement DH as a team (last one died to overconfidence grinding Stonefort - Craters L60(23)) - currently level 51 - done by playing the game all the way through at MP3 in normal & nightmare. Starting Hell on MP2. I've done this before and you end up at level 60 in Act3 somewhere. It takes me 10-11 hours to get to Inferno and yes I do get bored. If you would like to level in a "more normal" way, please add me. I'll be on evenings eastern.


Hi there,

You are asking a fair and obvious question. I would like to take this opportunity to add a little bit of context to what I am doing/ planning to do now.

First of all I see myself as a capable player, in terms of leveling:

When I first started Hardcore, I immediately choose MP10 without hesitation. This is because I want to fight every battle with adrenalin pumping, and I also expect me to die early. Frankly, with WD, I was quite disappointed because it was an easy cruise. I solo levelled all the way up to 56, MP10 all the way, and I had level 60 waving hand at me until the disconnection got me.

When I switched back to Softcore, I solo level 2 remaining classes to 60. One is WD with 9 hours 49 minutes. The other one is Wizard with 8 hours 53 minutes. WD is MP10 all the way.

Now, why I need to be carried (with witch doctor):

1) Going through the same storyline all over again, with WD, in such a short span of time, is kind of bored. Hence I am looking for some carry, or at least help in opening waypoints such that I can grind instead of going through storyline. MP10 is still the way to go for leveling, especially with WD which I have experience with.

2) I want to take the opportunity to test also, on how fast or possible or the stats required, when I am carried/ grinding my way. I believe this information will be valuable for my future reference, should I decide to carry other players in the same way.

3) Last point - seems that @zerokewl is feeling lonely at Inferno. If carry can helps me attain Inferno faster and farm with him, let's do it.

On the other hand, for my other hardcore toons I think I will just solo level them. DH at level 41 (MP10 all the ways), but I am going to let her just play MP0 with @yoyo. I am not comfortable with DH at Hell MP10. Then probably my new level9 monk MP10. I would like to explore the various other monk builds which help survival in Hardcore, c.f. with my mindless TR build at softcore.

Finally, hope we can do Hardcore as a team later. It is definitely much safer playing with people you know.........at least you could help cover my ass when a disconnection hits!
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/18/13 08:59 PM #11
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Level50-57: 7 levels in about 90 minutes, with zerokewl then a 3 players party with JJK59's new 60 DH.

I made a mistake of inviting JJK to the game without alerting Zero in advance. So there was this sudden lag when a new player joined! My apology!

Got Diablo down, so I just need to grind my last 3 levels, and to gear up, before playing Inferno.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/19/13 12:49 AM #12
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Btw it was 6 hours and 45 minutes time played to level 57.

I currently continue solo in MP3, grinding FW, Leoric Manor, Hall 2 to Prison. Act 1 monsters are less scary, so I figure grinding in Act 1 with MP3 is safer than grinding in other acts for the last 3 levels.
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/19/13 05:16 AM #13
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Time is good to know as I'd like to get some back up toons to 60 or near it for the time when my WD dies to some random event.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/19/13 05:31 AM #14
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The more I think about it, it is safer to farm with HC players who I know.

At least for me, when a weird disconnection bites again (don't worry, it hasn't happened for me again since the last disconnection which resulted in the death of my 2 HC toons), hopefully my party member(s) can help cover my ass by clearing shit around my last location.
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/19/13 05:57 AM #15
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I was wondering how DCsworked in multi player games. I thought if host DCs all DC. Thus resulting in possibility of more deaths due to one DC
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/19/13 06:44 AM #16
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We could test it out....lol just kidding. At softcore at most.

What I read in some forum is that people appreciate helps from party member when a disconnection happen. I could be wrong but let me see if I can dig out anything about that.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/19/13 07:01 AM #17
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This link, about tips on hardcore with unreliable connection
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/6520713822

If you read through all the replies, someone actually only plays in public games so that others can help save him when a bad connection happens. Not sure if the same applies to a our private RMT party.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/20/13 08:16 AM #18
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Finally reached level 60!

Last 3 levels:
57-58 : Grinding FW, Leoric Manor, Hall 2 to Prison.
58-59 : Carried by @zerokewl. Thanks buddy!
59-60 : Grinding VoTA. It is about 1.5 bars XP gained per VoTA run at MP0.

I was playing extra careful at the last level. I avoided battles (i.e. flee away from it, portal, restart) which I didn't feel confident of handling with my squishy leveling gears. Elites which pose the most threat are the Vicious Magewraith with affixes such as waller, vortex, frozen.

Time played to 60 is 9 hours 36 minutes. This is not much faster compared to my softcore solo questline play of 9 hours 49 minutes, but is good enough considering that I don't have that much budget to spend on expensive Spectrum and high damage reduced level weapon, and I don't have any Leoric Signets, Hellfire rings and high level rubies. Also, I gotta exercise extra care in Hardcore hence I did not spam jaunt for speedboost but saved it as a lifesaving button.

What to do next? Inferno. Gotta gear myself up first!

http://i.imgur.com/JRoxQb6.jpg
http://i.imgur.com/fVodMcV.jpg
Posted by Member ninjax on 2/20/13 08:50 AM #19
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Wow, awesome work!

Yep Horrify/Jaunt is actually a really good escape combo. Sometimes I run right into the middle of a pack to ensure I hit as much as possible with Soul Harvest, and then just Horrify everything away so I don't get attacked and then I have some speed as well to reposition myself. Love my WD!

Posted by Member JJK59 on 2/20/13 09:49 AM #20
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Nice job! I solo leveled to 60 in under 13 hours just running the game through act 3 hell, then had help killing Diablo. Of course, since this is my 4th DH, I have leveling gear saved up which helps ALOT. My first attempt from scratch probably took 25 hours+...I'm looking forward to farming act 3 with you once you gear up. Zerokewl and I did a MP0 run last night that went very smooth without any scares. Although 2 WDs in a tight space make it hard to see what to shoot at... :)Cya!
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/20/13 04:51 PM #21
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With my new 60 gears I am at like about 27k DPS with 5 free sockets in chest and pants, and over 50k HP.

My DPS is a bit low, but I am eager to try solo Act 1 MP1. MP1 so as to up the M-level to 63, not sure if this is a wise move!
Posted by Member zerokewl on 2/20/13 05:09 PM #22
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Posted by douvinsky at 02/20/2013 04:51 PM

With my new 60 gears I am at like about 27k DPS with 5 free sockets in chest and pants, and over 50k HP.

My DPS is a bit low, but I am eager to try solo Act 1 MP1. MP1 so as to up the M-level to 63, not sure if this is a wise move!


It is not!!!! That is how I lost my first WD. I died to first elite pack as they hit VERY hard with a lot of life.

I still run mp0 for speed and safety sake. Death is way more likely with even mp1. Do not fall into the trap of how easy soft core is. It does not apply to HC.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/20/13 05:16 PM #23
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Points taken...........guess I will party with those MP0 skelies for a while first......btw up my DPS to 33k after spending 3m on a 4.5 CC 50% CD ring.
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/21/13 12:21 AM #24
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Finished spending away my savings. With 5 socketed +34 intel gems, it should get me to 47k DPS with 230k EHP.

http://i.imgur.com/nbBqyoh.png
Posted by Member douvinsky on 2/21/13 07:55 AM #25
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I finally......decided to do MP1 on Inferno Act 1. Killed Skeleton King.

Dangerous encounters were at:
1) South of Cemetery - some dogs with mortar and fire chains are moving so quick. Took a shelther into Cave of the Scavenger and finish them off later.
2) Crypt - Wallers with Arcane at tight corridor
3) Cathedral - Some vortex fat guy pull me in when his friends were going to explode

Looted first legendary, a WKL.

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