To me, nothing in Diablo beats the rush in Hardcore mode when your character gets in a tricky situation, your health drops to a sliver and your skill, luck or a combination thereof gets you out of it. In the end, you're sweating, your hands a shaking, and you've probably got to log off for a while, but you'll be back playing HC again in no time, waiting for the next rush.
Thought I'd start a threat where we could share such moments. Apologies if this has been done before. Ideally these should be about legit gameplay challanges rather than when lag or bugs intervene but a lot of crazy situations I've saved my character from start with sever lag, so its all fair game.
Mine happened a couple of days ago. I was leveling my Wizard through Act I nightmare and had just gotten through the Khazra Barricade with relative ease. Feeling complacent (only had diamond skin as a defensive since I was using venom hydra/blizz to kill/kite and nothing was getting close), I started walking straight through to where I knew Leoric's manor would be and I set off the trapped chest and 4 elite bugs (one mod was Fast, not sure about the other) were on me.
I tried to kite them back through the Khazra barricade, but I miscalculated in my surprised state, and missed it. Now I have to circle around, and while kiting them, I pull another elite pack and a horde of goatmen. Now I'm panicking, using diamond skin/pot whenever they're up, and wishing badly I had kept Frost Nova or Wave of Force on my bar. I miss the barricande entrance again on my second pass. Health is at 10%, Diamond Skin and Pot on cooldown. I've now resigned myself to the most embarrasing of Hardcore fates, Death-by-Stupidity, and I plant a final blizzard and hydra and stand there to take death staring back.
Instead, my last Blizzard kills 2 of the wasps and I get two heatlh globes getting me back to ~40% hp. I decide I'll try to pull it out, and run back to the barricade, finding the entrance (finally!). Now I have room to kite, my and Venom and Blizz make short work of them. I consider going back to finish the rest of the goatmen and elites but consider my mental state and log off for a while. (And then go back to farming Wortham before attempting to finish Act I again :P)
Happy ending, and now it defintiely feels like my Wizard has a second life.