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Post by Danjen on Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:03 am

Hi guys,
Long time player here and I had a few questions I thought you guys could help me with. I am running Diablo LoD v1.13c, PlugY 10.00, and Median XL 2012 v005 (this is the version I am most familiar with, also the latest one from Laz's lander site, I think)

Anyways, I'm doing an Amazon, just hit about 95. My characters always seem to peter off sometime between Terror and Destruction, and I'm not sure how to give them that oomph. I usually end up making a glass tank Assassin caster, but I decided to roll with a Bowazon this time. Build is pretty simple, most of the damage comes from Curare, Dragonlore, and Barrage, and that last bow skill that shoots the dragons out. Item-wise, I've been focusing on IAS, and have about +200%. Normally I play on players 8, but after Act 1, I had to drop down to players 1, because I just die in 1 hit.

I'm not too keen on shrine-crafted items, since the effects on certain tiered uniques seem to be better, but this might just be a case of me not knowing how to itemize properly. Most of my stuff is either rare with +skill(s), or T6 unique. I don't know if I can easily unlock my Black Road skill either, since I have had bad luck with defeating the Butcher since he got his invincibility shield. Anyways, any advice you guys could give me would be great!

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Post by MarcoNecroX on Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:17 am

With bowazon you only need 32% IAS to hit the fastest attack speed if you're using Ecstatic Frenzy. If you're not using it, then use it. After reaching 50% attacker slow from Defensive Harmony, and a crapton of resistances from gems and life from Paragon, bowzon logic is pretty straightforward: DMDND (dead monsters do no damage). If you're dying, get more damage. You can make abandoned crafts for %dexterity and +dex, and orb them with -enemy resists until you get -100 fire/light/cold. Basically, more damage. Make sure you're running because there's no reason not to. And get more damage. WDM procs such as arrow are very good.

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Re: Looking for Amazon/general advice

Post by Danjen on Fri Sep 26, 2014 3:54 am

So... 82% is the IAS cap? I was using Ecstatic Frenzy for a while, but once I hit 90, I respecced and dropped it and put points into Balance for some much-needed defense (Moon Knights and their teleport hits, etc). I find I tend to spray arrows at everything until something gets close, so it kinda helps to tank the occasional guy that gets too close.

Is there a particular unique or runeword I should get? Looking at the list, the Curse bow word looks pretty solid (300% ED at best). I'm guessing that I want a high dex because of the +% weapon damage? Most people seem to suggest that from what I've seen, but it didn't seem like it was that big of a factor.

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Post by MarcoNecroX on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:44 pm

no, the cap is 200% ias. But the 50% ias from ecstatic frenzy is more than 50% item ias because it doesn't suffer from penalties ( http://www.medianxl.com/t5893-speed-mechanics-explained-updated-speedcalc )


crafted bows with 40% ctc arrow on hit are usually pretty good

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Post by Wotan on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:49 pm

40%?

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Re: Looking for Amazon/general advice

Post by MarcoNecroX on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:52 pm

25%* im old

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Post by Wotan on Fri Sep 26, 2014 1:55 pm

Damn, I thought you knew some secret crafting recipe or something Very Happy

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Re: Looking for Amazon/general advice

Post by hellgrind on Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:35 pm

Early-mid game gear:

Armor: Albrecht's Revenge (Chain Mail)/Jitan's Kamon (Splint Mail)
Helm: Topspin (Skull Cap)/Auriel's Halo (Tiara)/Haareis (Diadem)/Jah rw in circlet
Gloves: Featherclaw (Chain Gloves)/Dex craft/honorific res-dex gloves
Belt: Deadfall (Heavy Belt)/Vith rw
Boots: Death Spur (Heavy Boots)/Dex craft/honorific res-dex boots
Weapon: Ber wr in bows(works with amazon bows too)/Flowerspring (Stag Bow)/Herald of Skartara (Reflex Bow)
Arrows: Locust Hive/Hanabigami(they lag but they are good too)
Rings: 2x rare +1sk nova on kill/ulysie curse on kill res ect./Empyrean Band
Amu: rare +4(after lucky bless) +x TTAD +Doom on kill res/stats

end-game to very end-game gear:

Armor: Scales of the Serpen/Segnitia/Natasha's Legacy RW/keep jitan's or albrecht's
Helm: Gehenna/Rathma's Phantom/Crest of Arnazeus/Rainbow Maiden/Ylfe Ban/Asgardsreia/keep jah rw
Gloves: Dex craft/Facebreaker/Deamon Touch/
Belt: Dex craft/Ghal rw/Lilith's Temptation(for mf buff)
Boots: Dex craft/Qor rw(tanky reanimates)/Lifecrusher/Titan's Steps/Knight's Grace
Weapon: Dear Esther(aim for good roll)/most bows are good, aim for wdm proc on them/Horned Hunter/Chasmstriker/Auhe-Ghal rw in bows(works on ama bows too)
Arrows: keep Loctus Hive/Bag of Tricks
Rings: keep rare/2x Bad Mood Ring/Adrenaline Rush-Elemental Ban(for buffs)
Amulet: keep rare/Beads of the Snake Queen/King

If u dont have those items but have full ama bow set use set. It's very good option between getting very rare ssu/sssu items.

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Post by void on Fri Sep 26, 2014 2:40 pm

^ He said he plays Omega though, some of these items don't exist there.

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Post by Quirinus on Fri Sep 26, 2014 4:08 pm

@void wrote:^ He said he plays Omega though, some of these items don't exist there.

MXL 2012 ≠ MXL Omega

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