Hi everyone! I played a ton of D2 back in the day (exclusively SP) and have been on this forum basically whenever I used to play. With D3 out now, I decided what better time to get back into LoD? So I have a necromancer in Hell right now, I want to beat Baal then start doing some serious MFing for my other characters (unfortunately I don't have nay of my old stuff from when I played before). It's good to see the forums are still fairly active!
As far as accumulating a stash of socketed items for making runewords, I've looked a bit but haven't found any concise guides on what base items/sockets to look/keep for while questing. I know some basics of what are good (e.g. I found a 6 os eth Colossus blade for my eventual BotD , and I should hang onto 3os dusk shrouds/whatever for enigma, 5os (eth) polearms for honor, 3os (eth) poles for crescent moon...), but I'm looking for a nice quick rundown like Kronos did for charms as far as what's valuable and what to keep. Also, for which runewords should I look for ethereal bases? BotD and Merc weapons are obvious, are there any others?
Thanks for any help you can toss my way! I haven't played too many characters all the way through Hell before so I've never quite accumulated a ton of wealth, and hence have never looked too carefully at runewords/bases. Any other things I should know about finding bases? e.g. some items can get sockets rolled via Cube, so I don't need to worry about finding/hanging onto those items before I find the runes(?) Is that a valid/convenient method?
Oh you'll definitely want to hold onto the bases before you find the runes. The cube recipe sockets a random amount with the maximum dependent on the ilvl. Nothing drives a man crazier than not having a base for infinity but sitting on those bers he worked so hard to get :P
There are lots of bases people like. My advice would be to keep all elite polearm class white items, as 4 and 5 socketed ones are people's favourites, as far as I know (for obedience, infinity and insight, especially). I would also keep all crystal sword/phase blade drops and even flails, too. Obviously you can ditch the one socketed ones, but there are some useful recipes such as spirit (again, 4 sockets) and Grief and even more budget items like Strength in a flail or HOTO in a flail.
so, to summarise my experience: Just keep everything you think might be useful later. Use the cube recipe to socket the items (unless you want to use Larzuk for a guaranteed max socket item) and keep the ones that are good for useful runewords. If you don't know if they're useful or not, hold onto them until you do :P
I just have a separate stash for socketed/white items (ethereal "white" items are important to keep, too).
I'd add that a good light 2os armor and 2os Heater (or high staff resists Crown Shield) are good bases for Smoke and Rhyme, and a 5os Yari would be my top pick for a merc Honor base (just as I would say a 5os Divine Scepter is the best Honor base for a melee character). This would be for character development, obviously.
Oh yes I forgot about spirit monarchs ( 4os/plain monarch )
There's also a few exotic bases I'll mention for completeness sake
4os/plain 40+ res eth pally shield ( 'Exile' base )
4os/plain +3 Energy shield staff ( 'Memory' base )
Druid helm with +3 tornado ( 'Delirium' base )
Necro shield with +3 RS +3 SM ( 'Splendor' base for summoning )
Crystal swords - generic base for some RWs like 'Call to arms' because of low requirement
4os flail- 'Heart of the oak' base