(re)Introduction: Iím Doctor Clock. I like diablo 2, the SPF, books, hiking, and Paladins. I donít post much but I lurk a lot. Shin guards equipped.
Well, Iíve been away from Diablo for some time doing other things but I got the itch again recently and finished up an Assassin I had parked in mid nightmare. Sheís a Kicker/trapper hybrid thingy. To be honest, my knowledge of Assassins prior to this character was something along the lines of: ďOh yeah, that class existsĒ. So, playing her was quite a learning experience.
Matriarch Smoke level 86 Assassin
Stats w/ gear:
DT kick damage: 614-993
12746 Attack Rating
Lightning Sentry damage: 1-2357
Resistances (with fade):
Head: Guillaumeís Face
Neck: Maraís Kaleidoscope
Weapon: Crescent Moon Phase Blade
Shield: Moserís Blessed Circle
Armor: Treachery Archon Plate
Gloves: Draculís Grasp
Belt: Thundergodís Vigor
Rings: Raven Frost/ Manald Heal
Boots: upped Gore Rider
And an inventory full of Resistance/life charms, 1 Trap skiller, and a Gheedís Fortune.
Holy Freeze Merc:
Skills (with gear):
9 Shadow Master
24 Dragon Talon
18 Charged Bolt Sentry
25 Lightning Sentry
25 Death Sentry
And 1 point in most of the other skills.
Deathís Fathom (15% meh)
4os eth Berserker Axe (needed one for a Frenzy Barb I want to build)
Hell Hellforge: Um rune (donít remember NM Hellforge)
I donít remember much of anything from Normal or the first half of Nightmare. I used a Crushflange until I could equip Crescent Moon. Thatís about it.
All in all, I only have good things to say about this character. Kicking is fun, Dragon Flight is awesome, Death Sentry makes everything dead, etc. I had a real blast playing this character. She had a lot of skills to use and I could adapt my play style on the fly. If things got dangerous, I could sit back and spam Mind Blast while keeping my trap ups, or just charge in and deal out some sweet five-toed justice.
What I liked best was that there was no down time. Of course, Death Sentry did the majority of the killing, but there was still plenty to do before the corpses hit the floor. I never felt like I was sitting around waiting for corpses the way I do when I play a Fishymancer, which I really enjoyed.
I also liked how playing her was a real visual treat. With Lightning Sentries shooting off, my Shadow Master doing whatever it was she was doing, bodies exploding, Crescent Moon procs, and the myriad of Assassin skills, it was actually fun to watch her in action.
Overall, very powerful, very safe, and doesnít require terribly uber gear. Played through Normal and NM on /players 8, Act 1 Hell on /players 8, and the rest of Hell on /players 5. Only had problems with Hell Ancients, Hell Baalís Minions, and a few nasty unique packs. Lightning Immunes were annoying, but 50% CB + Merc + Death Sentry wore them down.
Sheís tired after fighting the Prime Evils and will retire. I usually donít play my characters much after Pat/Mat. Thanks for reading.