I've been on and off D2 for almost a decade and the last 1~2 of it on SP.
I've recently returned to D2, of course LoD, and decided i have enjoyed LoD for long enough. I have tried SP Classic before, just once, and quickly gave up. However, I am now back and to keep myself from quitting... - just like how i quit LoD 5 minutes ago - I'm going to challenge myself to a SP HC Classic.
I've never tried HC before, so i assume i will have MANY MANY deaths until i get the hang of it...
Anywho... Are there any SP users in this forum??
I know there are a few that plays many different versions of D2, but I rarely see them in the Classic forum. It would be lovely if i knew that i'm not alone. =P
I've only played one HC character so far, but it was nice. I was a martyr paladin (sacrifice/might), who used a short sword the whole game, up to NM diablo.
Since the character was quite underpowered, the game feel was very, very different. I couldn't get cocky, kept changing equipment according to area resists needs and was always careful not to wake up too many monsters. Only once did I get swarmed, by a couple of spiders in the kurast temples, and my life orb went below 1/2. But I managed to survive.
SP is ideal for HC, since you have no lag. In classic you don't easily get away with original builds, so I advise to just pick a cookie-cutter one and start from there. Since you are experienced, if you're cautious you can easily finish hell without many close-calls. Trouble happens mostly when you get overconfident and start wacking at a boss pack only to find out at deeds that it was xstrong, cursed, fana enchanted