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    IncGamers Member felixbavaria's Avatar
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    Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    My 2nd untwinked Sorceress Matriarch. I had wanted to make a Hydra Sorc for a long time. I first thought of a Hydra/Lightning/FOrb tri-elementalist, but that turned out to be too weak for untwinked play. I respeced to Hydra/Lightning, but was unable to beat Act V NM at /p8 with this combo (Shamen were resurrecting minions faster than I could kill them, and I had no source of cold damage). So I burned another respec to Hydra/FOrb, unfortunately without points in Static Field, Teleport, and Telekinesis. Frustration kicked in and I parked her in Act V NM for a few months. In the end, I just finished NM at /p1 and did a few baal runs so I had enough skill points to invest in SF/TP/TK before starting Hell.

    Hydra/FOrb is a reasonably powerful combination, though combined CI/FI monster spawns are a real pain due to the casting delay bug / design failure. Obviously, Hydra excels in situations like this and this, but the Sorceress simply lacks the crowd control to cope with Hydra's long warm-up time and relatively slow killing speed (compared to her usual powerhouse skills) in situations like this. (The bat boss was ES / cursed, so it was just GTFO).

    All in all, Hydra is definitely viable untwinked but it requires some dedication to get the build to work smoothly in the later parts of Hell, even with fairly good gear and at /p1.

    MVP goes to Treachery. It's nothing short of a full titanium plate mail armour. Also, Telekinesis is awesome, particularly against CI/FI bosses (it appears that this is by far the most common double immunity for Unique monsters). Take this! And this! And this!

    Notable Finds: Aldur's Deception (grailer), Burning Grand Charm, perfect resist The Ward, and a 4os Cryptic Axe turned into Insight.

    Total S/Us found: 160+

    Highest rune found: Lem (in one of the Act V pits in Hell).

    Hellforge: Io and Hel. The first 1.13 character of mine that was not able to make Smoke before Act V Hell (and that would have required cubing the three Io runes that she found, including the NM Hellforge one).

    Skills:

    1(8) Warmth
    14(23) Fire Ball
    20(29) Hydra
    20(29) Fire Mastery
    1(3) Glacial Spike
    20(22) Frozen Orb
    10(12) Cold Mastery
    1(3) Static Field
    1(3) Telekinesis
    1(3) Teleport
    Prereqs

    LCS
    Hydra dmg: 1191-1349
    Resists: 75/46/75/19

    Gear:

    Volcanic Circlet socketed with 13@ jewel and Ral rune
    Blazing Amulet
    'Spirit' Dimensional Blade
    Full Plate Mail socketed with 4x PTopaz
    The Ward socketed with PDiamond (69@)
    Magefist
    Rare LR (23)/CR (26) ring
    Coral (29) Heavy Belt of the Mammoth (34)
    Felicitous Ring of Fortune (28)
    Garnet (27) Greaves of Luck (34)

    Honorable mentions:
    'Nadir' Basinet
    Nokozan Relic
    Fortuitous Amulet of Luck (43)

    Merc:

    Holy Freeze
    Tal Rasha's Ugly Face
    'Insight' Cryptic Axe
    'Treachery' Dusk Shroud


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    Re: Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    Grats on the Mat! I haven't tried Hydra yet, but I will. That tri-elementalist idea sounds neat, too.

    Nice mf amulet there!

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    Re: Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by SunsetVista View Post
    Grats on the Mat! I haven't tried Hydra yet, but I will. That tri-elementalist idea sounds neat, too.
    Do it! It's fun ;-)

    Quote Originally Posted by SunsetVista View Post
    Nice mf amulet there!
    Thanks. This is why I keep on cubing those junk rings all the way through Hell.

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    Re: Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    Nice character, love the idea of hydra, wish it was just slightly more viable, but either way. Congrats

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    Re: Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    Did you name her Nadine in reference to the show Twin Peaks? Because you might be my best friend if you did.

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    Re: Matriarch Nadine - Hydra sorc (untwinked, 1.13d)

    @Twibz: Thanks! It's definitely viable if you have enough +skills to have a spammable skill as backup ...

    @jocular: Sorry, no, just random name taking ...

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