Congrats on the progress. Good to see you enjoyed the blitz through nm with nova. Nova telestomping is a lot of fun. What level is your nova? Also, have you used energy shield?
I am going to agree with Kesteg's second post and agree that you won't feel bad burning an ist in your wizspike. You won't have to worry about trying to weapon switch when you kill her. And Ists grow on trees in 1.13.
PS: Why Tal's armor for LF zon?
PS2: Dumb question, my LF zon has not left the cow level since she was rushed in from 1.07 at level 53. She is now 89 and doing p15 (without Titans, Razortail) like a champ!
ATMA lists it as a possibility and there has been anecdotal reports from when 1.09 was the BNet patch that she can drop Vex, but, no, I have not seen a screenie of a 1.09 Countess drop - that's the reason for my project. ATMA does not list any runes above Vex even at the much lower regular drop percentages, so any rune drop from Countess in 1.09 is her special drop. If Vex drops, it's her special rune drop. Keep in mind, none of the offshoot areas in 1.09 have special high levels, so Countess is only level 77 in 1.09. I'm pretty sure she's higher level in 1.10+.
And, yes, I'd say that Shako (being the most universally useful item in Countess' selection) validates that investment of the Ist. I didn't post a screenie, but she also dropped an Occy last night.
BTW - if you noticed a gold sphere above GIEB_VEX's head (less noticable are the frost sparkles around her), yes, I replaced the Occy/Rhyme with that Memory Battle Staff I made with the +2 ES and Shiver Armor staffmods and prebuff her runs with those, which appears to have helped her durability. ES casts at level 20 without a single hard point in the skill.
It's funny - I've been running her ad nauseum for Vex, but the very night of my proclamation of what I will do with the next Ist that falls, she delivers. This game is something else. Sometimes I'd swear it has a mind of its own, and can read your mind.
I'm now debating making a public pronouncement that I will make a Silence Crusader Bow for a Zon with the Vex if it drops - that seems to be the approach that works with Countess.
@thefranklin: I never answered your question - my apologies. I'm running maxed Nova & LM + 6 Sparking GCs + 2 SoJ + 1 (LW) + 1(SV) + 1(ammy) + 2(Shako) = level 33. Telestomping is AWESOMELY fun, but it is QUITE mana intensive! It also makes you lust after FCR. The Wizzy/Lidless setup is pretty much the way to go with it.
I tried ES a couple of times using that Memory Staff on switch, but I really can't say I'm impressed with it - GIEB_VEX actually seems to get hit harder with it on than without it - I stopped casting it for the time being. I DO like Shiver Armor for Countess running with a lightning sorc though - I love the retaliation against the Corrupt Archers.
@Fervid: I think the Sorc is hotter than the Zon. She has an exotic look... a little scary.
@Pegleg - definitely usable items there - the Ammy is end-game worthy for a Druid (better than any Druid ammy I have) and the Charm is a good combo - the roll on Fine is low, but combined with the life (which a shapeshifter can really make shine!) it a really nice one for, say, a Bear! Gratz on the Zon progress and thanks for the B-Day wishes.
Well i finally got my first 1.09 guardian since playing 1.09 on bnet years ago. Lvl 75 Firewall/Orb Sorc. Going to start doing some mf with her, but she already found a buriza, so my next char is going to be a zon or a druid.