I'm going FW/FO and using static to speed things up (no meteor for me). I already have FW and I can freeze things with glacial spike. I usually freeze things and drop a Fire Wall where they stand. It just requires a lot of mana. With lower player setting I could tank monsters myself and so could my merc. I just find it to be a tall order for my untwinked merc to tank monsters with p8. Especially when I have to level him first. But I'll try to run gem shrines for that diamond and try that savage recipe - can that spawn with a life leech mod, too? What A2 merc do you recommend?
I don't want to cave and use lower player settings, though. I'm just dreaming about Frozen Orb..