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    Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    Hi. Which is better for an act 2 freeze aura merc:

    Crown of Thieves Def:332 with 12 life stolen per hit or

    Vampire Gaze Def:252 with 20% damage reduction and 12 points of magic damage reduction?

    The difference in defense is about 100 points when I switch between them. Also with the Vampire gaze the merc looses 7 fire resistance, 20 dex and 50 life.

    Thanks for any useful insight you can give me on this question.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    what armor on merc?

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    VG, easily... Leech, DR, mdr. No competition. CoT is for GF and nothing else.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    Agree with Kitteh there. And since youve gone with a pretty "tanky" aura on him, why not get him even more tankier!

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    Merc is wearing "Corpsemourn" ornate plate with 1253 defense. The thing is, Crown of thieves has a higher life leech, and that is his only source. Weapon is insight.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    Damage will be of a greater concern than a few % of lifesteal.

    But mercs arent that good for doing dmg, compare to your character. So people tend to build them as tanks not as dpsers.

    So stick to the tank build, with Vamp Gaze. And a nice armor with that, which has a little resistances, high def, or even more dr%.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    I am a huge fan of vamp gaze on my mercs. It has ll although not as high as the CoT, the damage reduction alone makes it better.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    I play with Andariel's Visage for max DPS on him. Don't know if it is influenced by the fact I play sorc or not.. Killing cold immunes as fast as possible is prio 1, he doesn't die for me anyway.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    Andariels visage is a whole different story. (str/ias/defense)
    They have a lvlreq of 83 so its for high end characters, in later hell.

    Iirc, CoT and Gaze has a lvlreq of 42ish. And drops in Nightmare.

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    Re: Vampire Gaze or Crown of Thieves for Merc?

    That's a good point, I'll be sure to mule one or two of those whenever I come across them, thanks!

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