Fresh Meat N' Greet - Fitz#1329

The world of Sanctuary is a BIG place, defended by hundreds of thousands of heroes each and every day. To help you get to know some of these fellow nephalem a little better, we've created the Fresh Meat N' Greet.

The Fresh Meet N' Greet is a recurring series of interviews featuring you, our community. A few times each month, we'll sit down and chat with six different community members, one for each class, and then post our Q&As right here in these forums.

Up this week for Monks: Fitz#1329

Read on below to find out more about your fellow ally in battle!

General Info
Feel the Wrath of Ytar
Who's Up Next?

Grimiku: What would you like to tell us about yourself?

Fitz#1329: My name is Fitz. I am happily married. I have been a teacher for over a decade and I am in the process of switching careers, starting a wrap-around service center for at-risk youth. It keeps me super busy lately going to college full time again while also working full time.

Grimiku: Got any cool hobbies or talents?

Fitz#1329: My current hobby is home remodeling. I never repaired, built, or even decorated anything for the most part as a bachelor, but I learned I have a bit of a knack for it. I designed and built a pretty fancy deck and now am onto bathrooms and whatnot.

Here’s a pic of part of it:

Still have to finish staining it!

Grimiku: How long have you been playing Diablo games?

Fitz#1329: I am a bit of an oddity around here in that I have never played any other Diablo games but this one. I didn’t do much computer gaming as a kid (being too poor to have a computer!) and oddly I got into gaming later on in life. I found D3 after picking up StarCraft 2 and being blown away by how great it was.

Grimiku: What other games are you currently playing right now (if any)?

Fitz#1329: While I am waiting for 2.1.2 to drop I’ve been playing Dragon Age: Inquisition. As you can see I got a thing for fantasy rpg type games. That and unicorns.

Grimiku: Do you play any other classes?

Fitz#1329: Never! Monk for life! My path ends here. I dabble occasionally though, just don’t tell my friends.

Grimiku: Are you in a great clan or community? If yes, tell us about them!

Fitz#1329: Only the best community ever! Many of the OGs from the monk forums here became pretty good friends beyond just the game. That lead me to create a free template-based site where we could chat about other stuff and eventually through a rather large team effort we created the Banned of Gamers.

So many people have been involved in doing really neat things on our site and we’ve been able to crowd source the funds to keep it up and keep it ad free. I daresay our clan is pretty awesome as well. I’ll be passing the reins onto someone else soon though as my time has become much more limited with school/work.

I am currently taking applications for this: Email if you’re interested. Repeatedly. I tend to forget to check my email.

Grimiku: Do you normally play solo or in groups?

Fitz#1329: I have met some great people playing D3, many of which I consider friends so I do play in groups, but oddly despite that I prefer to play solo most of the time. Weird for a CL I guess too huh?

Grimiku: What's your most embarrassing moment while playing?

Fitz#1329: I think many people know this story but for those who don’t here it goes:

I messed around HC a bit after Jco310 (Mr. Auction House Tycoon himself) harassed me into it. He let me wear a set of pretty much GG gear which at the time translated into a decent amount of cash. Some guys I knew playing HC were running EP in HC mode back when it was mob hp based damage, which was basically suicidal if an elite with RD blew up. So for reason I was checking Elite mob HPs by MP level to show them the math. I did not realize I was doing this on my HC toon. Don’t ask me how I did not die on lower MPs as I would check mob hp, then alt-tab to a spreadsheet but I got all the way to MP10. Well, in CotA I alt-tabbed and came back to being dead. It didn’t even register at first and I was confused why I couldn’t respawn…

Very embarrassing. Sucked more for Jco though. :D

Grimiku: Okay, what about your most AWESOME moment while playing?

Fitz#1329: There have been many but I would have to say the time LordRaahl showed me the skill interaction between Infused with Light and the DoT of Fists of Fury. Raahl wasn’t big on playing “efficiently” or “competitively” but I immediately went to work on figuring out how to abuse the heck out of it. I even remember at the time Druin telling me it was crap! (<3 you Dru) Well, that lead to the build that became known as Nirvana. I still think that was the most fun build to play. It was messy, required some skill, bursty and felt super monk-like.

Here is a vid for some nostalgia:

Grimiku: What drew you to the Monk?

Fitz#1329: Like most people I think Kung Fu movies as a kid. I love the idea of a warrior without armor or weapons using the power of spirit to kick butt.

Grimiku: What's your favorite skill (or skill rune), and why?

Fitz#1329: I would have to say all of the spirit generators. It just feels like the backbone of what a monk should play like, punching stuff in the face before launching some mystical attack. I guess I am partial to the gen > gen > gen > spend play model.

Grimiku: If there was one thing you could change about this class, what would it be?

Fitz#1329: Seven Sided Strike! That poor skill has been super lonely since the game launched. It looks super cool and feels very monk-like, but the right balance of cost/cooldown/damage still doesn’t seem to have been found by the dev team to make it worthwhile for people to add to their skill bars. It has a ton of potential as well, being an immunity spell on top of looking good and doing damage.

Grimiku: What build are you running currently?

Fitz#1329: The obvious answer here is Genwuko like everyone else. I also mess around with a DW ranged LTK build using GNK + Shen’s with Spinning Flame Kick for fun. It is a semi-ranged build that is very engaging in its playstyle.

Here is that toon:

On the PTR I have being messing around with a Stun Bell build and threw in a Madstone with SSS (in place of Inner Sanctuary) to help clear the trash in GRs and make it more fun. Seems like Gungdo is going to be the way to play though!

Grimiku: Is there a particular item you’re still chasing, and how would you change your build if you found it?

Fitz#1329: I haven’t had nearly as much time to play as I had in the past, but lately when I log in to do a run I have been getting the pieces I have been missing. Recently I picked up a pretty nice WH (which had never dropped for me in 2.0) and a really nice Rue Chamber. I still need trifecta SWK gloves and I have never found IC boots in 2.0 either, but neither would change my build up at this point. I have high hopes for more build diversity in 2.1.2 though!

Grimiku: If you could create a new legendary Monk item, what would it be?

Fitz#1329: Definitely boots that look like this:

In fact, I would LOVE to see a full Samurai looking set for monk. I know; it doesn’t make sense. Oh and a ninja set too. Ninjas are cool.

Grimiku: Name one piece of advice that you think every Monk should know.

Fitz#1329: Play the class because it is fun for you. If you want to be top ranked versus all classes at the moment it simply can’t be done. If this frustrates you wait until some changes come and give it another go. Like I said before, I think games are supposed to be fun. (Piffle loses his mind in 3, 2, 1…)

Grimiku: What do you enjoy the most about discussions with your fellow Monks?

Fitz#1329: I enjoy both the more serious game-centric conversations as well as the items people get silly and just have casual fun on the forums. Games are things I do for fun, so I try not to be too serious about them. Some of the best forum discussions have been around builds, but also others have been great and been about nothing at all.

Grimiku: Pick a Monk quote!

Fitz#1329: I’ll have to go with “I am ready,” and “We must go,” which I pretty much just hammer repeatedly when waiting for people in group games. I think that sorta shows why I tend to play solo, which is I annoy people.

Grimiku: Which of your fellow Monks should we also interview?

Fitz#1329: I know so much about a lot of the monk players around that I think I will pick someone I don’t know too much about. Lightdemon #1672 has been posting some good things and seems like a genuinely nice person, so please give him/her a shot!

Grimiku: What’s another question you’d like to see in these interviews?

Fitz#1329: Maybe, “If you could change a single rune on a monk skill, what would it be?” Or something like, “What are 3 words you could use to describe how awesome Fitz is?” Either of those could work.

Got any questions yourself for Fitz#1329? Post them below!
01/23/2015 11:02 AMPosted by Grimiku
Lightdemon #1672

Great recommendation, but you missed a chance to get to know Darth#1885! <3

In any case, need these meet n greets to occur more often!
That's my boss there
01/23/2015 11:02 AMPosted by Grimiku
Lightdemon #1672

Great recommendation, but you missed a chance to get to know Darth#1885! <3

In any case, need these meet n greets to occur more often!

Just checking in to say that I've just completed my Meat and Greet. :)

I hope it doesn't take too long to get posted.

Also, I mentioned you in one my responses.
01/23/2015 11:01 AMPosted by Grimiku
Definitely boots that look like this:


01/26/2015 12:17 PMPosted by Heisenberg
In any case, need these meet n greets to occur more often!

Was actually suprised that we got another one...and will get another oen..thought they forgot those threads...^^
Wow, this Fitz fella sounds really dreamy. I'm disappointed there's no pics of him in RL to ogle over :(

Also, whoa! Since when did they create a post counter?
^ You been out for a while !

Nice interview :P I thought the japanese sandals would make a FANTASTIC legendary too, maybe they can upgrade shenlon set to 3 pieces and make a homage to akuma sandals + ryu gloves (maybe make it 4 piece and include ryu's forehead band lol can you imagine a monk with that ? !! ).

Itd be so epic and it would increase monk diversity at the same time.

BTW sent an application to Fitz email adress :D, its got a nice name to it btw

now stop pestering me fitz.
Nice, Fitz! Great interview, though I'm a little disappointed you didn't mention your entire awesome community by individual names. :mad: :piffle:

Wait. That doesn't work here.

Three cheers for Fitz!!!

(mojo said 3 cheers)

Hip Hip ! ....
Hip hip!
(owwww, old age doesn't help)
Man look at all you noobs with under 4k posts.

KJ's the only one of you with any sort of dedication!
01/29/2015 07:48 AMPosted by Piffle
Man look at all you noobs with under 4k posts.

Pff...only 4k posts...casual... (<-- EU forums)


01/28/2015 05:07 PMPosted by Colt
(mojo said 3 cheers)

Hip Hip ! ....

01/28/2015 05:13 PMPosted by Weegee
Hip hip!
(owwww, old age doesn't help)


That took 2 days, I'm kinda disappointed folks :D
Awesome Interview!!! Nice one Fitz.
01/30/2015 01:51 AMPosted by Volun

That took 2 days, I'm kinda disappointed folks :D

LOL you are my new favourite monk Volun <3

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