I play SP twinked, so I must rely on whatever I find and an eternally countess-running paladin for equipment.
My problem is to balance +skills with defensive capabilities on a limited budget.
On resists, I have 22 res all and 52 lightning. Would it pay off to trade my +3 lightning for a 28% resist all on a lvl 73 CL/FO sorceress? I have +3 all skills in the rest of my equipment. My concern is that L and CL only gives ~2K max right now, and I think it is on the low side. Skill points: Max CL, CM, working on Lightning
Spirit (+2 skills & mana) or Cresent Moon (-35% light resist) weapon? I have no shields for spirit, but a 4s Broad Sword around somewhere (I dont bash people, I fry them)
In addition, I use
Gloom armor (switch for Vipermagi?)
Sanctuary shield (57% res)
Sanders boots (looking for improvement)
Ring +106 mana
+3 shiver armor staff on switch
Lore helmet (Go for Tals or Vamp Gaze for dam reduction?)
Most runes below Um are feasible, as stated I run the Countess (And does so in 6 min average)
Ok first off, I'm going to assume you're not the richest in the world so you can't afford Chains of Honour etc... sorry if this is a wrong assumption but I doubt it lol.
In hell you will want resists, since otherwise you can be 1hit KO way too easily. A Spirit sword will net you resists, FCR, FHR, +2 skills - all things nice . Crescent Moon is good, but doesn't compare.
I don't know your Orb dmg, but it probably won't be very high, and CL is only good for high levels.
More equipment suggestions:
More resists can be gotten from a 4 soc, PDiamond shield, if you have the Strength to use one.
Tals and Vampgaze are sort of lost on a sorc... they benefit Melee char's much more. Try to grab a Shako (DR, skills, stats) and maybe socket it with Um.
There are lots of good Boots. I like Silkweaves as a mid-range item. Tearhaunch give some resists I think (about 10).
Can't remember what the stats are on Gloom. But remember that Resists are more important than defense, and Vipermagi is a decent armour.
Rest of your stuff looks okay, or would be too expensive to switch out .
Hope that helped a bit.
Thank you for your replies, however getting the shako would rely on luck, and I do not feel like trying to run Hell Meph yet (Still in H2). Trading is not an option. So I am basically stuck with the gear I have and whatever runes I can run from the Countess. Would it pay off to run Hell Andy with no +MF (I have no such equipment)
Gloom is 45 res all and this one ~1500 def (basically a glorified Smoke). I will try Tearhaunch, which happens to be in my Atma, but I think I will stick to Trangs Belt for CBF. Further, I have a +1 skill 14% res all amulet.