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    IncGamers Member Freyja's Avatar
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    Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Hello everyone!

    So, I've been away for over half a year now, and all my characters are gone.
    I'll get right to it: Is it worth starting with HC again, or is there still alot of hack and PK'ing going on in Hell?
    I've been thinking about starting EU HCL and I've always liked the Sorc.
    Is there anyone out there who could be so kind and point me to an in-depth strategy guide to a HC Sorc?
    I'd be delighted! If you've got time of your hands I'd like to look at a Amazon HC guide as well. I've been trying to find some but not quite sure where to look and how to find my way around the forums when looking for a very specifc guide.

    Besides all that - is there anyone still playing some Hardcore on the EU servers and are there any tips for me?
    Haven't played for a long time, so I wanna get a good start on this

    Thank you much in advance, I hope you'll give me a helping hand!

    Cheers,

    Freyja

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    I can't answer your questions but I'm enjoying playing HC solo on US west after being away from the game for a long time.

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Activity actually seems surprisingly fine on EUHCL. Must've been the reset a few weeks ago. The only game mode ever worth playing is HCL, or SP equivalent.

    I hear USEHC has the greatest population though, but mäh...

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    As for guides, I would recommend reading various FAQs, but for sorcerer specific HC builds, please see:

    http://diablo.incgamers.com/forums/s...-Edition-der-0

    Notice how only two of the builds are specifically HC-designated, but also note how most builds work just fine for HC as well.

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Thanks alot for the answers! Very helpful indeed!
    I'm thinking about trying out the Orb/TK-Blind build - but the gear mentioned in that, is that really the best gear for a Sorc like that?
    Also, is there any of you who's fresh for some gaming on EU HCL?

    Again, thanks a bunch, I really appreciate it!

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Well, I personally agree with most of it, but there's some I disagree with. Was there anything in particular you had in mind?

    I'd be happy to do a playthrough. After all, I only have a level 25 sorc at the moment lol.

    You're welcome.

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    I would just assume that Stormshield and Shako was used abit more on HC? For not mentioning Hoto/CTA and all those things
    I've always thought of a HC Sorc wearing things like Shako, Storm, Wizard, Maras, and things like that. I could be wrong though, times have changed But nevertheless a very good start, and good alternatives that's being mentioned in that guide!
    Imma start a new acc tonight and begin with the preparations, prolly reading the guide and write down things I find important etc - Am I allowed to ask for your acc name here, or should I PM you?
    Again, thanks alot for your helpfulness - I'm glad there's still someone around to guide me, and someone that still has a good knowledge and understanding of the game!

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Stormshield is significantly inferior in terms of primarily blocking and resistances, as well as requiring a lot more strength, but it remains a common choice in HC nonetheless, as does Shako. It's a matter of build and preference largely, but CTA is always a good idea!

    Keep in mind that particular build is aimed at survival and magic-finding, and don't underestimate breakpoints; neither those of FCR nor FHR nor FBR. Conversely, don't overestimate my knowledge and understanding of the game either. ^^

    Please see the following topic, or simply the text below my avatar, after "Location:"

    diablo.incgamers.com/forums/showthread.php?836403-Any-HC-EU-players-left

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Thanks a alot Zoi!
    I think I'll have a better understanding of it all when I'm back in the game. I spend over 9 years playing it, began when I was a kid (8 years old), but unfortunately I lacked brain at that time, so I've forgot alot of the important stuff, and I've never been good at math
    If I wanted to do this guide for some MF runs but would want Shako and Stormshield instead of Peasant Crown/Tarnhelm and Whitstan/Visceratuant, would I loose anything by doing so? More vulnerability? It just confuses me that he would would use these things instead of Shako and SS which I've always been used to have when playing HC as a kid :>

    Again, thanks alot! Looking forward to some PvM with you and the other lads!

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    Re: Worth starting D2 HC again?

    Quote Originally Posted by Freyja View Post
    Thanks a alot Zoi!
    I think I'll have a better understanding of it all when I'm back in the game. I spend over 9 years playing it, began when I was a kid (8 years old), but unfortunately I lacked brain at that time, so I've forgot alot of the important stuff, and I've never been good at math
    If I wanted to do this guide for some MF runs but would want Shako and Stormshield instead of Peasant Crown/Tarnhelm and Whitstan/Visceratuant, would I loose anything by doing so? More vulnerability? It just confuses me that he would would use these things instead of Shako and SS which I've always been used to have when playing HC as a kid :>

    Again, thanks alot! Looking forward to some PvM with you and the other lads!
    Well I suppose if you're into gold find you might prefer Tarnhelm...

    Stormshield has massive disadvantages however and there's plenty you'd looooooo000000000OOOOOOO00000ooose (nothing implied...) by opting for it over Whitstan's. There's also some you'd gain.

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