I've always been curious as to the melee character with the fastest, most efficient solo Baal runs. Hence, this experiment.
Several forum-goers will be involved (hopefully), bringing together a nice compilation of melee chars. They play their chars and post their results so we can compare. It's that simple.
What do we do?
Post your interest and character here. We will then set a date where everyone will be able to join a MP game to acquire the same good map seed (to make sure the level layout doesn't influence the outcome).
Then, each participant will have one hour do to the following on their own time.
-Get to the throne room
-Eliminate throne room minions at players 8
-Eliminate Baal at players 3
-Save and Exit, new game, rinse and repeat
(Make sure to record any deaths)
How do we score this?
Well, we need a way to score this and I'm open to ideas. The best way would probably be tallying experience and then figuring out how much you actually earned by somehow breaking it down, out of its inherent level penalties. (a lvl 97 char would gain far less exp than a lvl 77 char if you didn't take into account the leveling penalties).
Or! We could just go based on how many runs each char was able to complete. This is simpler, but isn't as accurate. Like I said, I'm open to ideas.
Can we enter more than one char?
Someone is entering the char I wanted to enter.
Enter yours as well. The more data we collect, the more definitive the results.
What chars can we enter?
Anything that's melee. I'd like to see a broad spectrum of characters as well as differently geared specific classes. Here are some of the classes I'd like to see.
Frenzy, Concentrate, Whirlwind, Wolfbarb, Zealot, Smiter, Avenger, Tesladin, Frost Zealot, Fury, Fury/Rabies, Fireclaws, Mauler...
And although not really "melee," it would be interesting to see the results for a Double Throw barb.
When you post your char, could we maybe get a screenshot of the stats and a breakdown of what you are using, specifically Crushing Blow, Deadly Strike, damage, life, PDR, FRW, FHR, and resist totals. Does your guy block? Swing exceptionally fast? Does your guy use a curse? Is there something interesting or unconventional about your skills or item choices?
Is this a tourney?
No. There are no prizes, its all for the sake of knowledge. There's no reason to report 111 runs in the hour time limit if you only managed 15. The purpose of this experiment is to compare good chars and maybe get some inspiration going for someone to get a melee char into the top ~30 (at least) in the Quest for 99 thread.