So I just started Hell difficulty, and those of you who aren't there yet will be glad to hear that the jump in difficulty form NM to Hell is a lot like the jump from NM to Hell in D2.
I'm finding Hell to be quite a bit harder than NM, even after cruising through Act 4 with.... not ease, but with some degree of competency. In Hell, however, every elite pack takes a few minutes of kiting and flat out running away while defensive skill cooldown timers run out.
So, at least the transition from NM to Hell is very satisfying, if a bit frustrating.
Well, it turns out there's an area that's fairly easy and returns a decent amount of gold/hour, so I'm back in Hell killing the blacksmith's wife ad nauseam. I gained a level fairly quickly, and soon (ahem, 10 hours?) I should be able to upgrade both artisans as far as hell difficulty allows.
Originally Posted by Doctor Clock
It gets a lot easier once you get a few of item upgrades.
Some of my items are pretty good for my level (weapon for example), but others are not nearly as good and need to be replaced. Hopefully crafting goes okay.