I haven't been as scared/on edge as I have been today since I first moved into Inferno Act I.
Every time I've tried to push into Act II it's been scary - real scary. The last time (I posted about it somewhere in this thread) the first elite I ran into was molten/vortex/something/something wasps, and they vortexed me onto stacked molten and I nearly died.
But 1.0.5 is looming ... and I want to know what I am capable of without the nerfbuffs. And I see people I know moving in on act II and act III, and I think to myself ... are you really not going because you think you're not ready ... are you really waiting to up your armor w/ your source offhand and/or up your dps with your shield offhand? Or are you just scared?
And last night, I bought some pants. You know nothing's going to go wrong when you buy some lucky pants, right?
So put my shield in my offhand again, because I'd rather find out I need more dps in my armor build by having to run away, than find out I need more armor with my dps build by dying. And I change quests, selecting the first quest in Act II.
and then ...
and then ...
I got my first 5-stack in act II: http://i.imgur.com/ITBiL.jpg
I ran a *lot*: http://i.imgur.com/YzD5E.jpg
I full cleared every map I went through (you need space to run, to run that much): http://i.imgur.com/mCvj4.jpg
Sometimes I'd shoot while I ran: http://i.imgur.com/NAnTC.jpg
MAGHDA IS DOWN: http://i.imgur.com/IPhKx.jpg
I do feel like I could use some more dps. I was creeping real slow, scared out of my mind, especially against elite wasps, and the arcane/molten/something/something land shark that I had to kill by DSing, dps'ing, running when ds ran out until DS came off cool down, then doing all that again. So scared I had to consciously stop myself from repopping Energy Armor over and over between packs ... because I was hitting it so much I'd have no AP when I was starting to fight a pack. But it felt good, too, to be pushing in to an area/difficulty I'd never played before (well, technically, I'd killed maghda on the ptr, weeks and weeks ago. So I've sort-of done it once. But that is not the same as doing it on live before 1.0.5 comes out). It felt damn good.
I did have to use the Diablo III equivalent of an AK,
but today was still a good day.
Edited by Anomie#1322 on 10/12/2012 3:49 PM PDT