- Buying Gold
- Pooling Resources from 20 accounts
- Listing expensive items at prices that only gold buyers could afford (gold buying by proxy)
- Abusing 3 second smoke screen
- Abusing broken chest spawns
- Extensively abusing mob AI
Unfortunately I now find myself at a nigh impenetrable gear wall. There’s 2 ways to approach Diablo, one being purely luck based and centered around having 180k + damage with sharpshooter, you win maybe 1/20 times due to massively outgearing the fight more or less. The other is a defensive build, and since the defensive build method seemed more skill based and slightly more affordable I tried to go that route. My stats are within this SS: http://img42.imageshack.us/img42/4100/defensey.png
Fortunately I was able to procure a solid 1h crossbow and shield for the low low price of 3 million, both items being worth roughly 10 million combined at this point. However, even with INSANE defensive stats for a demon hunter Diablo still 2 shots me with virtually any combination of attacks. Now; I can gradually progress through the fight based solely on luck. Diablo’s AI is pretty damn random, if he slowly walks 90% of the time instead of teleport chaining 7 times in 15 seconds then the fight’s pretty easy, if he doesn’t its pretty close to impossible short of having that impossible to acquire legit gear, but since the fight is so time consuming generally you’ll have a spot of bad luck somewhere along the way.
It would probably take several hundred attempts to solo but there is virtually no impetus for doing so other than being the only legitimate player who had done it with a DH, also I do have various illegitimate friends who I could easily group with and kill Diablo, I was hoping that there was another route to success in this game though. Plus, for 30 attempts and a lot less tedium I get twice as many achievement points! 2 times 0 is greater than 0. Want to play a difficult action RPG? Go play Dark Souls it sure as hell annihilates this game.
I realize this game is not skill based in the slightest and essentially a free to play MMO with just enough Diablo in it to be appealing to more than just WoW’s playerbase; but it would be nice to not have a giant “haha !@#$ you” sign sitting there. Wait for the RMAH to open and then you can progress! Or wait for a nerf/passive damage reduction talent for your class instead of the garbage like numbing traps. What does it cost to get better gear? 100 million, on the offensive or the defensive front. If I sold everything I could get maybe 50 million after a month of listing everything at gold buying prices.
There is no “I killed Diablo;” there’s “I killed Diablo due to buying gold to outgear it” or “I killed Diablo because my class was broken at this point in time” or “I killed Diablo because his AI decided to be retarded.” Now it is likely someone will luck their way to broken gear in a month or so, and maybe in a year someone will have acquired enough gear playing the game as a solo purist, but for those of you with any small amount of sanity left I’d just like to say: have fun grinding. Off to play a melee wizard in hardcore, the only fringe element of challenge that this game has.
Note: Izual is a repeatable fight assuming you have passable gear (~80k sharpshooter damage, probably doable with about 60k though), people just use horrible specs for it.