Hullo, new guy here. You guys are great, you know. I've played D2 quite a lot over the years, and after the distasteful launch of d3 I decided to come back and stick to D2 (forever ), and you, along with arreat summit, and other nice compendiums and forums are almost always alive in my web browser from a day to day basis. So, thank you for existing. Onto business. What I have: 1.13c, RWM, GoMule, and a poorly (emphasis on poor) constructed bowazon with FA as her primary attack (I love quaffing mana potions.). ~120% MF. Lvl 56. Currently, I've managed to get myself to NM diablo and kill him after much valk dancing. I feel like I'm not strong enough to progress onward to Baal and beyond, so I started doing NM mephisto runs. I die occasionally, and my Merc (A2Might) dies slightly more frequently due to having only a semi-decent insight and a poor 250 defense shirt. The process is long and slow, yet do-able. What I would like to ask is this: should i try killing other things as a way to get a little bit better gear? andy perhaps or some area clearing... or is there some minor things I can do to maximize my meph run effectiveness. I feel like I should just hold out until I get a lucky shaftstop drop, but I've never really had an endgame character before and am unfamiliar with the higher level stuff (despite the hours I drop into perusing MF and treasure class number crunching threads). Thanks for reading.