To explore the synergy of skills, builds and classes when some of the forums’ most knowledgeable players are given a challenge to complete within a set budget. Through this Challenge, I am hoping we can all learn from some of our games finest, the thought processes they go through to when selecting characters, builds and purchasing gear to accomplish the Challenge. As such, I would like the majority of discussions to remain in open forum.
I am hoping we can all learn something from each other.
TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT
Each class will provide a team of at least 4 players, who will then complete the 4 stages of the Challenge.
Fighters – these are the 4 players that will use the 4 team characters to complete the Challenges. I will also allow up to 2 reserve Fighters who can fill in this role in the advent that any of the original 4 are not able to fulfill their roles for whatever reason.
Beyond this, each Class may involve as many Theory Crafters and Gearers as they wish.
Each Team is to consist of at least 1 character of their class, and at least 2 characters of 2 other classes.
To qualify for a Class Team either:
1. That Class must be your main by elite kills OR
2. You must have at least 20,000 elite kills in that class
The Challenges will be broken into 4 stages, with the results due 3 days apart.
Act I: The Ubers
Enter the Festering Woods and kill the 2 elites in the Crypt of the Ancients and the Warrior’s Rest.
Return to Tristram and kill the 6 Ubers.
Time starts on entry into the Festering Woods and ends at the fall of the last Uber.
2 NV are required to be maintained by all team members
Act II: Belial
Enter the Citadel and kill Belial and all his minions
Time starts on entry into the Citadel and ends with the fall of Belial
100% monster and map clear required for this stage.
Act III: Azmodan
Enter the Core of Arreat and kill Azmodan
Times starts as soon as the team arrives at the Core of Arreat Waypoint and ends will the fall of Azmodan
100% monster and map clear required.
Act IV: Diablo
Time starts on entry into Diablo’s Lair and ends with the fall of Diablo.
No shrines at any time
Deaths will incur a time penalty of 10s, which will be added to the run time.
In maps requiring 100% monster and map clear, failure of strict adherence to this will result in disqualification of that run.
Teams are free to stream or not as they wish. For the purposes of this Challenge however, only posted video evidence will be accepted.
All 4 team members will be required to post their version of the run.
Either prior to the run beginning or after the run is complete, each team member is required to open and scan EVERY item in their inventory, except potions.
The deadline for posts will be set at 12 midnight, American Eastern Standard Time on the nominated day
Each team will be given 4B gold to gear their characters.
Within this budget, the teams may spend the gold as they see fit. The gold does not need to be spent evenly across the four characters and alternate gear may be substituted in and out for the various tasks, as long as the budget is not exceeded.
No crafted gear
Photo evidence is required for every gear purchase, both the price and the time.
Teams may purchase via bid or BIN
In the case of BIN items, items cannot be purchased prior to 1’10hrs. This is to prevent teams from posting dummy auctions for team mates. I think with the caliber of the players we are involving, this will not happen anyway but this will remove any doubt.
Gear purchases are only allowed within the specified time period
The winning team will be given all 20 gear sets to distribute amongst their community as they see fit.
Sunday, 21st of July
Team nominations for the Fighters are to be completed
Teams who fail to nominate at least 4 players willing to compete will be assumed not to want to participate. Their 4B gold will be given to the winning team. If this scenario eventuates, I would ask that this gold be used to produce starter sets for new players.
Wednesday, 24th of July
Gold is handed over and gearing commences
Saturday, 3rd of August
Gearing is to be completed.
The Challenge Due Dates
The runs may be made and recorded at any stage after the completion of gearing. However, posts are due on the below dates.
Act I: Tuesday, 6th of August
Act II: Friday, 9th of August
Act III: Monday, 12th of August
Act IV: Friday, 15th of August