I have been playing assassins and druids lately, and whilst they're pretty fun (especially the phoenix striker), I thought I'd have a quick romp with a Barbarian again, for old time's sake.
He shall be called Divinus, in honour of my first (massively flawed) attempt at building a frienzier. He will be using swords, mainly because duel-wielding great swords looks badass, and because I've got a few lined up in my stashes. I would like to ultimately turn this guy into a Baal/Mephisto runner.
I know that the sorceress or LF Javazon seem more suited to this role, but the frienzier is so much fun! Anyways, I will be intending to get huge IAS, a lot of crushing blow, and everyone's favourite... static field.
For gear, I was thinking as follows:
- Arreat's face for general use
- Guillaume's face for boss running
-Duress is certainly attractive, but that means I'll need two more Um's
-Lionheart is a cheap-ish alternative, and that stat boost is very nice indeed
-Treachery is certainly nice too, with the fade, venom, and big IAS
-A nice rare
-I've got a decent string of ears, on layby from CelciusXII
-Verdungoe's hearty cord (if I every find one)
-Gorerider seems the best candidate though
-A nice rare with resists or skills could work.
-I'm also intrigued by the Cat's Eye. Could be fun on a frenzier
-Ravenfrost (a staple item)
-A nice rare with useful stats
-for boss running (and probably general use too...) 2x Crescent moon swords. Though this means I need another Um rune. I've already got one, but I need another for this... Add in Duress... and things start looking rather expensive. :cry:
On paper, the setup seems pretty solid, but what do you guys think?
It looks good, I've got two myself (swords and axes). But, I've found out that diverting more resources towards your weapons pays bigger dividends. I recently made a Grief RW myself, and I can kill alot of monsters with one hit in Hell! You can do pretty good with just Gloom or Smoke for armor -- it helps but IMO your weapons are :king:
I also think you need either a Life Tap wand or Dracul's grasp. And, I think the FRW on Cat's eye is good, but the DS on Highlord's is better. That's my 2 pennies.
Why use two CMs? I'd use one and then go for some other sword that does something CM doesn't. Two weapons is your chance to go nuts with the mods. Maybe something with amp damage, + skills, CB, massive damage since speed doesn't matter, etc.
Well, I figured that with my inherently high IAS, the static field on CM would trigger a lot. I can make one crescent moon, I suppose, and see how he goes with it. I can always make another, If I want...
But I suppose I could use another weapon to fill the gaps, for boss-running, I could use the el-cheapo strength runeword to get some more CB...
Between the Orphan's helm, Goreriders, and SF, Strength probably wouldn't be worth it since it doesn't do much other than CB.
Lawbringer would be a nice boss running sword with that decryp and -TD. It has all sorts of goodies in terms of mods, and it makes sure nothing is even remotely immune to you (nice for WSKing while you Baal.)
I'd probly splurge and go for some massive damage sword though. rop: Kingslayer is my favorite boredline unreasonable RW.
I'd go for an Oath RW for your first (in an eth Conquest sword, superior if possible), if you don't come across runes too much. I have some nice one-handed rare swords I can throw your way, if you don't mind handouts. I used them until I found runes for CM, Kingslayer, and Grief. Needless to say that the CM is now retired. If I could do it again, I wouldn't even bother with CM or Kingslayer. A good Oath tops them both for raw dmg.
Edit: IIRC I have a Cruel Mythical sword, if you want it.