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    My first 99 thread

    Hello everyone,

    As you already know my Untwinked Tourney Sorc finally made it to 99. She could be finished a lot earlier but my laziness put off her progress a lot (also a couple of deaths helped to that). On the other side I really enjoyed playing her and I didn't want it to be over so quickly. Now, the only thing that is left are memories….and several thousands of items in her GoMule stash…and of course, the fact that she is 99 now.

    Character name: Diiieeeeee (Matriarch)
    Level: 99
    Build: 200 FCR Lighning/Fire Wall

    It all began when Kestegs opened his 99 Tourney thread and I joined the madnes few days later.Hi everyone,

    As you already know my Untwinked Tourney Sorc finally made it to 99. She could be finished a lot earlier but my laziness put off her progress a lot (also a couple of deaths helped to that). On the other side I really enjoyed playing her and I didn't want it to be over so quickly. Now, the only thing that is left are memories….and several thousands of items in her GoMule stash…and of course, the fact that she is 99 now.

    Character name: Diiieeeeee (Matriarch)
    Level: 99
    Build: 200 FCR Lighning/Fire Wall

    It all began when Kestegs opened his 99 Tourney thread and I joined the madnes few days later.
    I decided to go with a Sorc, knowing that any other char would be much harder to play untwinked and the rest is history.


    I started with Charged Bolt and Static Field, hoping for a fast ride through Normal and Nightmare. IIRC I used Firewall aslo. I think that was a good choice because I don't remember anything until I hit Hell LK but I think I respeced to Blizz before I entered Hell or something like that. The plan was to find runes for Infinity and Fort, but I ended up making CoH also since I got really fast first Ber.

    I tried running Meph but I only did few runs before I decided to run AT and I was altering between AT and LK. AT was so much better for exp than Meph, obviously. IIRC I had Spectral Shard unique knife (replaced by HoTo soon) and CoH so there wasn't much need for running Meph. Also, I was after Griffon's and decent Infinity base so AT was my first choice.

    Hell Hellforge gave Io, CS and Diablo were POC and before I knew it I was in Act V. I started running Pindle in hope of getting that 25% FCR hat. It really didn't take long to get to 93 with pure Blizzard build and while I was preparing for Ancients it finally dropped.

    After I killed Ancients to reach 94 I went back to LK for runes to make Infinity and CTA.
    Here is the runecount after…well I can't remember everything…who knows how much runs:

    6 Pul
    4 Um
    2 Mal
    4 Ist
    1 Gul
    1 Vex
    0 Ohm
    1 Lo
    1 Sur
    3 Ber
    1 Jah (from Pindle)

    Then a 3 month break came.
    in the meantime I participated in MFO and MFL with other chars. When I got back I respeced to pure lightning and ran Baal.

    Hit 96.

    At that time I was using this equipment.

    Hit 97.

    Exp after WInter MFO and before AT round of MFL (97.5)

    Quoting myself:“ …it took me a little less than 20 mins for 1m of exp on p8 in AT at clvl 97.“
    For comparison, my level 97 Poison Necro needs around 17 mins in Pits for 1M of exp.

    Hit 98.

    From now on I ran Nihl all the time and Diablo when I needed Full Rejuvs. Also I ran Baal for the MFL.
    About running Nihl: I went with pure Lightning build at the begining, runs were pretty fast but I had to abort the run quite often because Nihls light im. The runs were either super safe or extremely dangerous due to bugged leapers, cold archers and bloodstar shooting physical immune creatures aka Hell Temptress (I had to go there and see how they are named ).
    Most of my deaths happened when I already killed Nihl and wanted to see if he dropped something useful and than *ssssss*, I landed in a couple of invisible poison clouds and my life bulb went down faster than I could hit Escape or drink a purple pot. One death was due to Nihl's CE when I was Amped. One of the NDEs.
    Sometime when I was not far from the end I respeced to Ligthning/Fire wall to see if I can deal with LI Nihl and that worked pretty well, not sure if my run times dropped off for better though.

    THE END

    Now, about equipment, finds, skills and comparing run times.

    I know most of 99 runners go for Baal, but I was wondering if Diablo or Nihlathak could be more efficient targets. Long story short, there is no definite and final answer because to answer that you would need to make more than one 99ers…. of the same class on the different targets and compare total times to give an exact answer. The perfect route for 99 would IMO be:
    1. run 85 areas (except WSK and Throneroom) till level 98 (or Diablo/Nihl obviously)
    2.run Nihl till 99.85
    3.do Ancients quest

    But, now the questions are: Can you make an effective 85 area runner so that saving Ancients quest till 98 is worth it? Can you make safe and fast Nihl runner? Can you make yourself do 10k Nihl runs knowing that place is the most dangerous in the game due to bugged Leapers and not wet your pants every time you see the room filled with them?
    Well, if answer to that 3 questions is yes, I think you got yourself the answer.

    Finds:

    250+ ilvl95 grand charms
    Grail -24
    Best items from Nihl: green caduceus, Dragonscale, 6 rainbow facets, tons of HRs
    Total HRs:
    Cham x3
    Jah x5
    Ber x4
    Sur x2 ??
    Lo x4 ??

    Skills:

    I mentioned that already but here we go again:
    -charged bolt/fire wall/static field for leveling until hell
    -pure Blizzard for hell and farming AT/Pindle
    -pure Light for Baal and Nihl
    -final setup for Nihl:

    20 Fire wall, 1 Fire mastery, 1 Warmth
    20 Lightning, 20 Charged Bolt, 20 Light mastery, 4 Static field, 19 Nova, 1 Teleport and prereq.

    Stats:
    -str for equip. rest in vita

    Equipment:
    Code:
     Griffon's Eye
    Diadem
    Defense: 216
    Durability: 14 of 20
    Required Level: 76
    Fingerprint: 0xc0fec79e
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 41 Nova when you Level-Up
    +1 to All Skills
    +25% Faster Cast Rate
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -20% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +18% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +160 Defense
    1 Sockets (1 used)
    Socketed: Rainbow Facet
     
    Rainbow Facet
    Jewel
    Required Level: 49
    Fingerprint: 0x3f8dfc25
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    100% Chance to cast level 41 Nova when you Level-Up
    Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
    -5% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +3% to Lightning Skill Damage
     
    Arachnid Mesh
    Spiderweb Sash
    Defense: 122
    Durability: 6 of 12
    Required Level: 80
    Required Strength: 50
    Fingerprint: 0x52e2de93
    Item Level: 88
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    Slows Target by 10%
    +94% Enhanced Defense
    Increase Maximum Mana 5%
    Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)
     
    Skin of the Vipermagi
    Serpentskin Armor
    Defense: 279
    Durability: 9 of 24
    Required Level: 29
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0xe3cedfbf
    Item Level: 87
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +30% Faster Cast Rate
    +120% Enhanced Defense
    All Resistances +34
    Magic Damage Reduced by 12
     
    Aldur's Advance
    Battle Boots
    Defense: 46
    Durability: 15 of 18
    Required Level: 45
    Required Strength: 95
    Fingerprint: 0x2044edd4
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Indestructible
    +40% Faster Run/Walk
    +50 to Life
    +180 Maximum Stamina
    Heal Stamina Plus 32%
    Fire Resist +49%
    10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
    Set (2 items): +15 to Dexterity
    Set (3 items): +15 to Dexterity
    Set (4 items): +15 to Dexterity
     
    Skull Coil
    Ring
    Required Level: 30
    Fingerprint: 0xc151bb1b
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    +9 to Strength
    +9 to Life
    +20 Maximum Stamina
    Lightning Resist +30%
    Poison Resist +21%
     
    Doom Torc
    Amulet
    Required Level: 67
    Fingerprint: 0xdf0bcb32
    Item Level: 93
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    +9 to Minimum Damage
    +5 Maximum Stamina
     
    Viper Spiral
    Ring
    Required Level: 30
    Fingerprint: 0xb9be4eb9
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +10% Faster Cast Rate
    +6 to Strength
    +3 to Energy
    Lightning Resist +19%
    Poison Resist +26%
     
    Trang-Oul's Claws
    Heavy Bracers
    Defense: 74
    Durability: 13 of 16
    Required Level: 45
    Required Strength: 58
    Fingerprint: 0x7952f068
    Item Level: 99
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
    +20% Faster Cast Rate
    +25% to Poison Skill Damage
    +30 Defense
    Cold Resist +30%
     
    Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 319
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 1 of 44
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 146
    Fingerprint: 0xe587ac6
    Item Level: 88
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +110 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +7 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Ethereal
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
     
    Tal Rune
    Required Level: 17
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    Armor: Poison Resist +30%
    Shields: Poison Resist +35%
     
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
     
    Ort Rune
    Required Level: 21
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
    Shields: Lightning Resist +35%
     
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
     
    Super Healing Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenish Life +320
     
    Greater Healing Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenish Life +180
     
    Super Mana Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 250%
     
    Super Mana Potion
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Replenishes Mana 250%
     
    Eschuta's Temper
    Eldritch Orb
    One Hand Damage: 18 - 50
    Durability: 30 of 30
    Required Level: 72
    Fingerprint: 0x29489c84
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +3 to Sorceress Skill Levels
    +40% Faster Cast Rate
    +17% to Lightning Skill Damage
    +15% to Fire Skill Damage
    +23 to Energy
     
    Diiieeeeee's Spirit
    Monarch
    TalThulOrtAmn
    Defense: 148
    Chance to Block: 0
    Durability: 77 of 86
    Required Level: 54
    Required Strength: 156
    Fingerprint: 0xa37e79ad
    Item Level: 85
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +2 to All Skills
    +35% Faster Cast Rate
    +55% Faster Hit Recovery
    +250 Defense vs. Missile
    +22 to Vitality
    +101 to Mana
    Cold Resist +35%
    Lightning Resist +35%
    Poison Resist +35%
    +7 Magic Absorb
    Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    4 Sockets (4 used)
    Socketed: Tal Rune
    Socketed: Thul Rune
    Socketed: Ort Rune
    Socketed: Amn Rune
     
    Tal Rune
    Required Level: 17
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 75 Poison Damage Over 5 Secs (125 Frames)
    Armor: Poison Resist +30%
    Shields: Poison Resist +35%
     
    Thul Rune
    Required Level: 23
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
    Armor: Cold Resist +30%
    Shields: Cold Resist +35%
     
    Ort Rune
    Required Level: 21
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 1 - 50 Lightning Damage
    Armor: Lightning Resist +30%
    Shields: Lightning Resist +35%
     
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit
    Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
    Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14
     
    Call to Arms
    Superior Double Axe
    AmnRalMalIstOhm
    One Hand Damage: 17 - 45
    Durability: 26 of 26
    Required Level: 57
    Required Strength: 43
    Fingerprint: 0x195d2bcb
    Item Level: 86
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    +1 to All Skills
    +40% Increased Attack Speed
    252% Enhanced Damage
    +3 to Attack Rating
    Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage
    7% Life stolen per hit
    Prevent Monster Heal
    +3 to Battle Cry
    +6 to Battle Orders
    +3 to Battle Command
    Replenish Life +12
    30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Increase Maximum Durability 11% 5 Sockets (5 used)
    Socketed: Amn Rune
    Socketed: Ral Rune
    Socketed: Mal Rune
    Socketed: Ist Rune
    Socketed: Ohm Rune
     
    Amn Rune
    Required Level: 25
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 7% Life stolen per hit Armor: Attacker Takes Damage of 14 Shields: Attacker Takes Damage of 14 
    Ral Rune
    Required Level: 19
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Adds 5 - 30 Fire Damage Armor: Fire Resist +30% Shields: Fire Resist +35% 
    Mal Rune
    Required Level: 49
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Prevent Monster Heal Armor: Magic Damage Reduced by 7 Shields: Magic Damage Reduced by 7 
    Ist Rune
    Required Level: 51
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Armor: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Shields: 25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items 
    Ohm Rune
    Required Level: 57
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    Weapons: Enhanced Maximum Damage Armor: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist Shields: +5% to Maximum Cold Resist
    Charms:
    -perfect Gheeds, 2 plain Light skillers, rest were Small Charms of Vita and few with res/str

    Merc, HF:
    -Fort, Infinity, Delirium

    Summary

    Easy char to get to 99 untwinked IMO, she is a naturaly good MFer and when you gather a good equipment it's only a matter of time and patience to get to 99. Sure, melee or some other non-cookie cutter char would get more style points, but if you only want a quick 99er - Sorc is the way to go.

    I think that's it, this is my first writeup and I didn't use anyone's for a guideline so it probably misses a thing or two. Feel free to comment anything or ask questions.

    Next 99 attempt is Poison Necro, he is currently in the Pits running for 98 (97.3 ATM).



    Hope you enjoyed reading.



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Congratulations braw. What's happening braw? *lifts arms up* sup braw?

    Sorry for the awful South Park reference...

    Seriously though, congratulations! Would you do it again?



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Do it again! It's great to see someone who started early with the beginning of that thread finish, even if I wasn't around when it was new
    Still major style points for doing Nihl runs Lots and lots of HRs, too. Holy smokes.
    did you spawn firewall underneath him and then spam lightning when he wasn't immune, or did you only use it to deal with immunes? how long does a Nihl run take?

    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Congrats zgpmf. Well done.

    Quote Originally Posted by zgpmf View Post
    I know most of 99 runners go for Baal, but I was wondering if Diablo or Nihlathak could be more efficient targets. Long story short, there is no definite and final answer because to answer that you would need to make more than one 99ers…. of the same class on the different targets and compare total times to give an exact answer.
    Wut, you're not gonna try this?

    That necro of yours is already quite far. Is he supposed to stay poison or are you gonna switch to summoner later on?




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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Very big gratz and wow what an insane list of HR drops, I guess nihlatak is good for that.
    Quote Originally Posted by zgpmf View Post
    -perfect Gheeds
    I guess what you mean is a 40% gheeds, if you really have a perfect gheeds that would be absolutely awesome, only 1/10206 gheeds are perfect. You might wake up Hrus to come back. He was really proud at his gheeds (39/159/15).




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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Congratulations <--- this is a 'well done' smiley but with a drink included

    And it's decided, I'm giving this madness a try as well very 'soon'



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    My sorc is currently level 27. I got this.

    Congratulations! Do you have an idea of your play time for this char?



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    level 27 you are more than 1/4 of the way there.



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitteh View Post
    Congratulations braw. What's happening braw? *lifts arms up* sup braw?

    Sorry for the awful South Park reference...

    Seriously though, congratulations! Would you do it again?
    Thanks, probably yes, it was tons of fun.

    Quote Originally Posted by pharphis View Post
    Do it again! It's great to see someone who started early with the beginning of that thread finish, even if I wasn't around when it was new
    Still major style points for doing Nihl runs Lots and lots of HRs, too. Holy smokes.
    did you spawn firewall underneath him and then spam lightning when he wasn't immune, or did you only use it to deal with immunes? how long does a Nihl run take?
    CONGRATS!!!!!!!!
    I quickly teleported next to his 'minions' and spammed static and then one fire wall if he wasn't LI and then lightning to finish him off. If he was LI I just spammed fire wall. Sometimes he was both fire and lightning enchented so it took too long to kill him, but I usually S&E then.
    I think an average Nihl run took no more than 20 secs, but loading time was awful, around 5 secs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrax View Post
    Congrats zgpmf. Well done.

    Wut, you're not gonna try this?

    That necro of yours is already quite far. Is he supposed to stay poison or are you gonna switch to summoner later on?
    I actually considerd that but I'm not that crazy. :P

    At the beginning of the 97th I tried summoner and he is great and all but I think I'll go with poison, not 100% decided yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by EasyG View Post
    Very big gratz and wow what an insane list of HR drops, I guess nihlatak is good for that.

    I guess what you mean is a 40% gheeds, if you really have a perfect gheeds that would be absolutely awesome, only 1/10206 gheeds are perfect. You might wake up Hrus to come back. He was really proud at his gheeds (39/159/15).
    Yeah, that's what I ment. Here's the readout, not a bad roll on other mods too:
    Code:
    Gheed's Fortune
    Grand Charm
    Required Level: 62
    Fingerprint: 0xd670d6eb
    Item Level: 95
    Version: Expansion 1.10+
    141% Extra Gold from Monsters
    Reduces all Vendor Prices 15%
    40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
    Quote Originally Posted by Ilandalar View Post
    Congratulations <--- this is a 'well done' smiley but with a drink included

    And it's decided, I'm giving this madness a try as well very 'soon'
    Thanks, that's in HC right, massive style points even if you never make it but I'm sure you will some day.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bali View Post
    My sorc is currently level 27. I got this.

    Congratulations! Do you have an idea of your play time for this char?
    Thanks, ummm I'm not sure, but it's somewhere in the range of 200-300.



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    Re: My first 99 thread

    Wow. Big congrats man! *shakes head* Insane patience there man. Well done.




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