Guess lightning does strike twice, or thrice, in this context.
After the last ~10 days of D2 binge and near exhaustion I managed to finally hit 99 with Nikola. Really fun character that I enjoyed thoroughly, and pretty much every aspect of every piece of gear and skill synergized very nicely. I love synergy in characters. Anyways, here he is:
20 Holy Shock
20 Resist Lightning
1 Holy Shield
Weapon: Crescent Moon PB
Helm: Griffon's (IAS/LR jewel)
Belt: Arachnid Mesh
Ring: Raven Frost
Ring: BK Ring
Gloves: Crafted gloves (20 IAS, CB, leech, resists)
Boots: Rare Boots (30+ fire/lit/cold res, 30FRW)
Charms:8x Offensive Skillers with +life
7 Lightning Damage/life Small Charms
5 life/resist Small Charms
On switch: CtA/Spirit
Merc: (Holy Freeze)
Helm: Guillaume's (Ort)
Need to rest now, too much d2. I actually fell asleep at the computer last night trying to finish the character as fast as I could. Half the level in 10 days is pretty insane to say the least, I didn't even do that on my sorc. Closing thoughts... 3:30 or a bit longer on Baal runs, very safe char. Even when lifetap didn't work I was able to handle fanat lister or mobs with nasty mods in general. Charge to throne, use FoH to kill OK's (though IM only damaged me heavily - didn't kill me), then proceed to wipe the floor with Baal's minions. Baal himself was quite slow actually even with 75% CB on the merc and Static Field and 10% CB of my own, at 4fpa. I wished the whole time I'd have more life, somewhere closer to my Trapsin and Hammerdin but overall he was quite safe and I never really had any close calls. Doll bosspacks with nasty mods were the only thing to really watch out for, Gloams were not a problem.
Before anyone brings it up, yes, he's melee. I don't care if he's not physical - that's too much of a risk in HC. He's melee, so Dash and everyone else can just shut up about it. Your argument about "a sorc is melee if she casts in melee range" is useless because a sorc is not forced to be melee, while a zealot is forced to be melee. IM was still a danger anyways, that's why I used FoH.
Drops from minions and Baal once again were not that amazing, considering the amount of time spent on said runs. Baal really does suck for TC87s :\
Can't think of anything else to say now seeing as my brain is pretty fried.
EDIT: Part of my charscreen now...