@ineffablebob - that was a lot of fun and it reminds me I haven’t played a summoner since waaaaaaaaay back when and probably should try one again next league. I died a lot once we started doing high tier maps, once due to a weird “the game decided to minimize” incident, once to my not spotting frozen quickly enough (although I also realized I am playhing another character heavily with the de-freezing flask on a different hot key and probably also cost myself that way), and several times due to just dying, POE style. We did take down the hardest guardian, though.
I’m at an impasse. I need to do something for my Cycloner but I’m not sure what. I can improve his gear in a few places but we’re talking more marginal improvements. Thinking on the order of +150 hp without going nuts (for a gain of about 375 hp, on top of my 4990; +165% increased life on the tree currently)). I also have my attack skills in 5l (cyclone, Ancestral Warchief), and could go to 6l since the best defense is killing everything. I have about 2.2ex in just ex and chaos right now, but I have some stuff that might sell (nothing crazy) and a couple of intriguing items I’m about to discuss. Also using a Daresso’s salute amulet, which gives no health (but works pretty great since via Slayer I overleech and get some big bonuses from it). Mathil recommends getting a corrupted one to add +1 curses on affected enemies, but I didn’t see any for sale and suspect it might be too expensive. My current axe is about 440dps. I figure a 6l has to be another +100 dps to be really worth blowing a bunch of currency on, and is going to be expensive no matter what (but not necessarily the 6ex you pay for a 6l Atziri’s Disfavor, heh). I could try for a 6l Belly of the Beast, although they’re a bit out of my league until I generate more money (iirc 3ex+).
I run Enfeeble for my curse (he runs Enfeeble + Vuln), because I wanted the more defensive option. I could swap that out. I also run Determination. Don’t laugh. It was good for low and the low mid tier maps. It’s arguably not doing as much for me now but I don’t need the mana. So I could maybe do something else there, although I am not sure what. I am incapable of elemental damage, I should note.
Anyway, the two most intriguing drops from our efforts today. I spent about 150 Jewelrs to get both to 6s. The first is an Oro’s Sacrifice, which is going for 4ex+ at 6L. The second is a juicy chest with 1500 armor (which overall is ok defensively, of course), + 100ish life, and a 23% cold rez. I think The best crafting option on it would be either another res or maybe +str (it’s already got flat and % armor). I could 6l that. Although now that I think about it, that’s better than my current chest so I could just use it at that point.
I do have a Lightning Coil and a Lioneye’s Glare, which are probably my best other options to try and 6l and sell. I currently have 160+ fusings.
Thoughts and commentary welcome.