2017 Rune Finding League: Results Thread Round 1 [by Grape]

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This tournament has already ended. It was originally posted by @Grape on Feb 18, 2017.
(link to original thread on diabloii.net)


Ask and you shall receive!

First of all: huge thanks for all the participants. It was a pleasure to have you all running for this round. Without you, we would have nothing!

I present you The results of the Rune Finding League Round 1:

1. Grape 72.4 (10 points)
Jah Jah Lo Vex Ohm

2. Xios and tokerdin 71.8 (8 points)
Zod

3. Pb_pal 64.3 (6 points)
Jah Jah Lo Ist Mal

4. Neksja 61.2 (5 points)
Jah Lo Vex Ohm Gul

5. NanoMist 53.1 (4 points)
Lo Sur Ohm Gul Gul

6. Brak 46 (3 points)
Ber Ist Ist Gul Pul

7. Gripphon 41.9 (2 points)
Lo Ist Gul Gul Um

8. ILikeRocks 38.6 (1 point)
Ber Vex Ist

9. PhineasB 37.1
Jah Sur Um

10. DaveW 35.9
Cham Mal Pul

11. Burgomaster3 32.2
Ist Ist Gul Um Mal

12. ffs 27
Lo Um Pul Pul

13. T72on1 18.9
Gul Mal Pul Pul

14. Chaostar 16
Ist Um Pul

15. Lynchgrinch 15.7
Vex Um

16. Noodle 10.6
Vex

17. maxicek 5.1
Um

18. Southpaw8668 5
Mal

18. DiabloTwoinDC, mir, pharphis 0

@Fabian , @Noodle , @TwentyMuleTeam , @grim : feel free to submit your results.

Big congrats for all the nice runes!

Special congrats for the TOP 8, you got some points for the RFL!

Mega congrats for @Xios and @tokerdin, Zod is a major find and an achievement in itself! GG!
 
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Congrats to the top 8, and especially @Grape for winning, and even beating two people finding Zod, and @Xios and @tokerdin for actually finding those Zods. O yes, and to top 6 for beating Gripgod !!!

As for my own results ... I feel even more terrible now. With all the people claiming their drops were awful, for a while I figured mine were bad, but not too bad. Guess not :(. I'll post details and screenies later on, when I have more time.

Hopefully things will go better in round 2 for me. I don't have my hopes set too high though. Over 5 hours of Travincal running over the past few days have netted me 2 qualifiers only: Sur and Pul. For round 1 I was doing the area that was supposed to be best, did a full batch, and even lost to people doing far worse areas and maybe not even a full batch. I must be doing something terribly wrong :(.

Sorry for the rant. But the results are really shocking for me personally.
 

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Originally posted by Grape

@T72on1 don't feel too bad. This round was mostly about luck. Ofc such is needed for the next two also, but one can work it little farther with efficient running.

As for myself, I got nice 9 qualifiers total, but that top5 is quite lucky indeed, as you can see :p

I feel little bit of revenge with winning and beating two Zods! I lost one MFO with Tyrael's. Not the same, but something at least!

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Originally posted by Neksja

Wow, 2 Zods! That's amazing, where did you @Xios and @tokerdin found them? And no other qualifiers? :eek: I kinda like the idea of "Found a Zod, **** it, I'm not gonna even bother with this round anymore" :)

Now, for my 4th spot, that's simply amazing. But what is more amazing, at least to me, is that it's my 2nd set. Which was not a full set. Only 13 hours. So, you can kinda see why I was still pushing it on Thursday night, trying to get something going on and increase my score. Then again, my last hour was pretty crazy in that set, it landed me with Lo, Um, Ohm, Pul and Gul, so three of my top5 in that final hour. And the Jah came in an hour before that, so the last two hours it was raining for me.

But, people want screenshots, right? Here's my haul pic:

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And here are screenshots of the drops (Vex+ only):
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Notice anything? None of them are actually from Grand Vizier pack! All around the place, except for the two from RoF Superchests (I'll post in that thread too). Pretty unexpected. Here are my sets in writing:

Set 1 (full set 20 hours):
Code:
Ohm 10.1
Um 5.1
Um 5.1
Mal 5.0
Pul 3.4
Pul 3.4
Set 2 (13 hours):
Code:
Jah 18.3
Lo 15.1
Vex 10.6
Ohm 10.1
Gul 7.1
Um 5.1
Um 5.1
Mal 5.0
Pul 3.4
Pul 3.4

And my randomly selected item finds:

Set1:
Code:
Bitter Whorl
Jewel
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x4473212b
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+9 to Strength
+5 to Energy
Heal Stamina Plus 10%
Cold Resist +10%
Lightning Resist +10%
Fire Resist +10%
Poison Resist +10%

Bul-Kathos' Sacred Charge
Colossus Blade
One Hand Damage: 75 - 195
Two Hand Damage: 174 - 345
Durability: 39 of 50
Required Level: 63
Required Strength: 189
Required Dexterity: 110
Fingerprint: 0xdbfc6e62
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Increased Attack Speed
200% Enhanced Damage
35% Chance of Crushing Blow
Knockback
All Resistances +20

Death's Web
Unearthed Wand
One Hand Damage: 22 - 28
Durability: 17 of 18
Required Level: 66
Required Strength: 25
Fingerprint: 0xc496a134
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
+2 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
-49% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+11 to Mana after each Kill
+11 Life after each Kill

Immortal King's Soul Cage
Sacred Armor
Defense: 1001
Durability: 46 of 60
Required Level: 76
Required Strength: 232
Fingerprint: 0x5c8c305e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 5 Enchant when struck
+2 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
+400 Defense
Poison Resist +50%
Set (2 items): +25% Faster Hit Recovery
Set (3 items): Cold Resist +40%
Set (4 items): Fire Resist +40%
Set (5 items): Lightning Resist +40%
Set (6 items): +50% Enhanced Defense

Natural Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0x6509abfd
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Elemental Skills (Druid Only)
+37 to Life

Plague Circlet
Circlet
Defense: 26
Durability: 28 of 35
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xc9e3596f
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Amazon Skill Levels
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+20 to Mana
All Resistances +20
Level 4 Ice Blast (23/30 Charges)

Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xe2ec921e
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 47 Chain Lightning when you Die
Adds 1 - 74 Lightning Damage
-5% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
+3% to Lightning Skill Damage

Viper Heart
Jewel
Required Level: 37
Fingerprint: 0xe21c919b
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7% Faster Hit Recovery
22% Enhanced Damage
Adds 1 - 4 Cold Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
Set2:
Code:
Head Hunter's Glory
Troll Nest
Defense: 563
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 57 of 74
Required Level: 75
Required Strength: 106
Fingerprint: 0x96df01eb
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+392 Defense
+341 Defense vs. Missile
Fire Resist +24%
Poison Resist +35%
+5 Life after each Kill
3 Sockets (0 used)

M'avina's True Sight
Diadem
Defense: 209
Durability: 10 of 20
Required Level: 64
Fingerprint: 0x186325d4
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Increased Attack Speed
+150 Defense
Replenish Life +10
+25 to Mana
Set (2 items): +1 to All Skills
Set (3 items): 50% Bonus to Attack Rating
Set (4 items): Cold Resist +25%
Lightning Resist +25%
Fire Resist +25%
Poison Resist +25%

Ruby Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x5b936d10
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Fire Resist +18%

Sapphire Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x1d72c9d0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Cold Resist +30%

Steel Pillar
War Pike
Two Hand Damage: 110 - 594
Durability: 20 of 25
Required Level: 69
Required Strength: 165
Required Dexterity: 106
Fingerprint: 0x57627842
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Indestructible
+25% Increased Attack Speed
234% Enhanced Damage
-20% Target Defense
25% Chance of Crushing Blow
+70% Enhanced Defense

Tomb Reaver
Cryptic Axe
Two Hand Damage: 99 - 450
Durability: 48 of 65
Required Level: 84
Required Strength: 165
Required Dexterity: 103
Fingerprint: 0x33198f5e
Item Level: 95
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+60% Increased Attack Speed
200% Enhanced Damage
+190% Damage to Undead
+275 to Attack Rating against Undead
All Resistances +49
10% Reanimate as: Returned
+10 Life after each Kill
52% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+4 to Light Radius
1 Sockets (0 used)

Vermilion Jewel of Joyfulness
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0x9de71c11
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 3 - 15 Damage
Thanks for the Round 1 everyone and like @T72on1 said, good job on forcing Grippgod to spot 7!
 

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Originally posted by Gripphon

Opposition is too stronk. Help!
Big congratz to our expected winner Grape, and big congratz to our Zod finders. Actually, that is amazing that two players found Zod and for both that was the only qualifier. All your runes are Zod. That is what I call maximum efficiency rune hunting! :D

As for me, during last 3 hours I still hunted upgrade on score to have at least above 40. Kinda expected to see like 5-6 players with 50+ score as mentioned during running when I did some bit of statistics, so I kind of knew that with my score expectation was to be really happy if I end up in top 5 with higher probability to land below that. 7th place is not something I hoped for, but expected given my score.

I nailed total of 10 qualifiers:
Lo, Ist, Gul, Gul, Um, Mal, Mal, Pul, Pul, Pul

Not something to do haulpic from for sure :D

"Memorable" finds:

Code:
Viridian Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm
Required Level: 33
Fingerprint: 0x10928af7
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Poison Resist +6%
6% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Shimmering Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm
Required Level: 33
Fingerprint: 0x47cf2de2
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
All Resistances +5
7% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Ruby Jewel of Truth
Jewel
Required Level: 36
Fingerprint: 0x62bb7950
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+7% Faster Hit Recovery
Fire Resist +27%

Raven Scarab
Jewel
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xa56308a9
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+9 to Strength
+9 to Dexterity
+24 Maximum Stamina
Cold Resist +18%

Order Coil
Ring
Required Level: 29
Fingerprint: 0x1a39a886
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+5 to Minimum Damage
Lightning Resist +20%
Poison Resist +18%
15% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
Farmed total of 34 Rals and 33 Sols.

During running I kept some statistics going on how good CS can be in runefinding, and came to conclusion it could get very near to cows, however also found upgrade for cows, so in the end difference will be higher. Overall pretty interesting experimental 20 hours comparing javazon in pit vs sorc in CS and such things. Also got my sorc to level 96 and then some.
 

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Originally posted by Burgomaster3

Hmm, let's see:

So three outta five, not bad. I was also wrong when I predicted that someone running Pits has no chance against efficient CS runner, since at least Grape and Pb_pal ran Pits. Obviously, getting two Jahs within twenty hours or so is amazing luck, but it can't be total coincidence it happens to some of the most experienced players participating.

As for my own performance... yeah, not that awesome. The qualifying set is my first set, the PitNecro one. All the qualifiers were found during the first 10 hours of said set, so the second half was absolutely miserable. Almost all useful items dropped in the first half, so my morale wasn't high and it definitely had an effect on my efficiency. In other words, I kinda stopped giving the crap, and it obviously didn't help.

Here is the top 5 of my second set, in which I ran CS with Blizzard Sorceress:
Code:
1. Gul 7.1
2. Gul 7.1
3. Um 5.1
4. Um 5.1
5. Mal 5.0
Total: 29.4
So yeah, the game really didn't want to throw me that bone. I focused mostly on ghosts but I killed a lot of bosspacks as well, shuffling it a bit as I went along. I mostly ran the two seals, but there's also few hours of only the Vizier seal. All in all, I think I did the best I could. I killed a lot of monsters in with pretty decent efficiency, but you can't really force those High Runes outta monsters, can you?

Leveled the Necro to 95 and the Sorc to 96, so that counts as time well spent. In the end, I decided not to respec the Sorc, so that's a bonus. She's Travincal ready, now I just gotta roll a map.

Overall, within 40 hours I found 12 qualifiers, six each set. Bit low I guess, but I'm ok with that, since basically only goal I set myself (apart of leveling my toons) was to find 5 qualifiers each set. 16 hour dry streak speaks volumes. Here are my rune totals (Picked up Ko+, Rals and Sols):
Code:
69 Ral
36 Sol
6 Ko
10 Fal
4 Lem
3 Um
4 Mal
2 Ist
3 Gul
No Pul in sight, that might be a bit surprising. I must admit, I'm a bit dissapointed I didn't get even one qualifier with over 10 points, that would've been nice morale boost. But in the end, I'm actually kinda pleased results, since the I actually have use for the qualifiers I got. I'm especially happy about two Ists, since for me, Ists are Jah/Ber-tier in regards of how hard it seems to be for me to find them. So, by personal standards, I got pretty lucky after all.

Not gonna do haulpic. Honestly, 10h at Countess would've probably netted a better haul :p Instead, I'm probably gonna use them for something cool and ridiculous.

Congrats to winner and all who got scores! Amazing luck! Two Zods! I wasn't really expecting any scores based on my results, but next round I'll be dissapointed if I'm not in the Top 8.
 

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The scorekeeper comes in first place?? Very suspicious.. I'm going to launch a Congressional Inquiry into this matter!!

Just kidding. Congrats to @Grape (half way to next Zod God item :)) as well as everybody that participated. Seeing all those roons.. :🤤: :rolleyes:
@Burgomaster3

No 10+ pointer in 40 hours is extremely unlucky event. I think your expected number of those was like 5+... But everything will come to its place sooner or later.
 

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Originally posted by T72on1

Ok, my screenies:

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Obviously disappointed about quality of qualifiers, and the fact that I didn't even find 5 during 20 hours. In fact, they all dropped between the 7.5 hour and 12.5 hour mark, so outside of those runs were frustrating. In the first period I switched AT and CS, after that I only did CS. In total I spent 3:53 hour in AT (158 runs), rest in CS (522 runs).

Interesting drops, because they are rare, good or a grailer:

Code:
Arreat's Face
Slayer Guard
Defense: 321
Durability: 39 of 55
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 118
Fingerprint: 0x681ef622
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
3% Life stolen per hit
+166% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
+20 to Dexterity
All Resistances +30


Blood Slippers
Greaves
Defense: 18
Durability: 20 of 24
Required Level: 29
Required Strength: 70
Fingerprint: 0x169d9c02
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
+18% Enhanced Defense
Lightning Resist +6%
Fire Resist +35%
41% Extra Gold from Monsters
16% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


Crescent Moon
Amulet
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0x7fb35c68
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
13% Mana stolen per hit
3% Life stolen per hit
+45 to Mana
Magic Damage Reduced by 10
10% Damage Taken Goes To Mana
-2 to Light Radius


Graverobber's Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xc4b84e48
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+21 to Life


Fleshripper
Fanged Knife
One Hand Damage: 56 - 214
Durability: 27 of 36
Required Level: 68
Required Strength: 42
Required Dexterity: 86
Fingerprint: 0x2fc9de7b
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
276% Enhanced Damage
-50% Target Defense
25% Chance of Crushing Blow
33% Deadly Strike
50% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
Slows Target by 20%


Hailstone Visor
Circlet
Defense: 53
Durability: 19 of 35
Required Level: 27
Fingerprint: 0x9e56ddf0
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Assassin Skill Levels
+73% Enhanced Defense
+18 to Life
All Resistances +11
20% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items


Lacerator
Winged Axe
Throw Damage: 20 - 173
One Hand Damage: 31 - 161
Quantity: 180
Required Level: 68
Required Strength: 96
Required Dexterity: 122
Fingerprint: 0x35c3cd62
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
33% Chance to cast level 3 Amplify Damage on striking
+30% Increased Attack Speed
189% Enhanced Damage
33% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
Hit Causes Monster to Flee 50%
Replenishes quantity


Sharp Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0xad6e533
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10 to Maximum Damage
+53 to Attack Rating
+38 to Life


Soul Veil
Circlet
Defense: 23
Durability: 18 of 35
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xc12628b8
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Druid Skill Levels
+20% Faster Cast Rate
+3 to Minimum Damage
Adds 21 - 57 Fire Damage
3% Mana stolen per hit
Lightning Resist +19%


Templar's Might
Sacred Armor
Defense: 1622
Durability: 56 of 60
Required Level: 74
Required Strength: 232
Fingerprint: 0x541f0096
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Offensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+170% Enhanced Defense
+295 Defense vs. Missile
+14 to Strength
+12 to Vitality
+43 Maximum Stamina


Wolfhowl
Fury Visor
Defense: 351
Durability: 28 of 35
Required Level: 79
Required Strength: 129
Fingerprint: 0xda8da416
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+5 to Feral Rage
+4 to Lycanthropy
+4 to Werewolf
+133% Enhanced Defense
+14 to Strength
+11 to Dexterity
+11 to Vitality
Level 15 Summon Dire Wolf (10/18 Charges)
Also 2 times Tal Rasha's Guardianship and 2 times M'avina's True Sight, bringing my total of the latter to 9.
 

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Originally posted by Xios

I knew I'd end up coming second despite the result (I even said it to Grape as I sent in the results, who must have been cackling on his throne), although I wasn't expecting a second person to be in the same boat.

As for myself, well, there's a lot of flash for what essentially amounts to "I got lucky early in AT, and unlucky for the rest."

First off.. where it started.

Set 1: Operation: "Wishful Thinking" - Just because it's different, doesn't mean it's a good idea.

So as far as SC SP, I had actually only a single character, that being Squid from the Old Gods tournament. And while he has stepped away from his tournament rules slightly since his completion, he's still mostly using the same gear. I figured that I'd stand no chance against more efficient player using much better items in arguably better areas than the Pit. Thus I wasn't overly excited to play him, despite actually liking the character and expecting him to make a potential return in later rounds.

So for some reason, in my half-baked, hipster mind I thought "Okay, I need to try an area/run other people aren't doing that may be overlooked and just hope I get lucky." After perusing drop tables I remembered that Hephasto has an unusually high chance to drop a Zod. "Oh cool, I'll go and make a character to kill him, that'd be neat." I thought, for some reason convinced that killing a boss in an area competition would be more efficient. In any case, this spawned RouteSixtySix, my kicker. She was positioned at Pindle in Normal by the time the RFL started, and I turned on the timer when I was in later parts of NM just because I didn't want the mud on my face if I ran into something good.

After many NM Pindle deaths she eventually pushes her way into Hell and gets to Act 4. It's there that the reality of "Maybe trying to clear an 85 zone to get to one of the toughest superuniques wasn't a good idea, nor is it particularly fast." Despite cobbling together a Crescent Moon and Guillaumes, my poor Kicker didn't have her preferred boots (She was using IK Boots in the meantime) and so I felt very undergeared to do this efficiently, still convincing myself this was a good idea.

"I just need gear, that's my problem!" I said, and thus Clover, my MF Sorc was born. She joined in extending the timer once she was at NM Pindle as well, and began farming Mephisto with it on as well. Despite an early Shako find and moderate success there, I wasn't really finding anything of particular use to my kicker but I kept the Mephisto runs going for a time. Once my Sorc started getting more gear I was jumping around Hell to pick up quest rewards (Izual, Den, Radament, Resists, etc) all with the timer on because why not. I was alternating between Pindle and Mephisto, being in the low 80s when I made my (now moved) post about running zones where I believe @Gripphon said (paraphrasing) "Not exactly sure what is Meph for except farming first Shako and stuff[...]" which made me start to look at other areas (so yes, this is all your fault, is what I'm getting at). Because I kept the timer on for just about all late NM/Hell shenanigans I was actually running out of time. With no gear yet coming in for my kicker, I ran out the timer setting up my (now level 84) Sorceress and had a big goose egg of qualifiers to show for it due to the very unfocused use of the clock.

Set 2: Operation: "Wet Blanket" - Because there's probably a reason people do the things they do.

So this was a mixture of "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em." As well as a lie that I was telling myself that once I find my Kicker gear (which I still hadn't) I'd go and do my original intention of killing Hephasto who had been killed maybe only one to two dozen times.

So I decided to go to the land of AT to continue magic finding. It should be noted I was trying to have my cake and eat it, as I was soon playing on /players 8 with mostly MF dedicated gear. I had maybe an hour of getting used to my map until I was comfortable with the layout and style of AT, which I haven't run in a while.

"Unfortunately" it was around this time that all of my friends decided to come out of the woodwork and play other games, so it was cutting into my Diablo 2 time. Still, when we weren't playing anything and in Skype calls I would be mindlessly farming AT in the background, which was when only a few hours into this second set, my Zod dropped. My friends had to endure a rather impressive chain of expletives over Skype when that happened, all with very little context.

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And no, the ring was a Manald Heal, I didn't hit the ultra lottery, just the Zod one.. :p

Besides sending out shards of truth behind sarcasm as to what other things I was up to, the remainder of this set time was used in AT. I ultimately ended up running out of time in the tournament, not the set. After all my additional hours in AT the next highest run I found was a Hel, so as it turns out the cheese stands alone.

Unused Operation: "Résumé Padding" - Because you need to put something in the white space.

I actually had a plan after finding my Zod to create/respec a Sorc to run Countess. I was worried that I wouldn't end up finding any other qualifiers, and that I'd wind up losing to someone who had five good qualifiers rather than just the highest (clearly now we can all see I was just being paranoid..). I figured that she was the most guaranteed method to get any qualifiers, even if they were the lowest ones. But due to the time crunch and other commitments I ultimately abandoned this idea, although my Blizzard Sorc did run about 10 Countess runs with her Merc, which resulted in the highest rune since my Zod of the set: A Lem. Countess, you are a heartless woman with your taunting.

Because I was doing so much MFing and my overall wealth is fairly low, there were notable drops for myself that might be of lesser values to others, so don't mind the trash.

Shako
String of Ears
IK's Pillar
Shaftstop
Tal Rasha's Crest
Waterwalk
Ormus' Robes (Static)
Dwarf Star x2
Ethereal Reaper's Toll
Duriel's Shell
Blade of Ali Baba
Bartucs
IK's Detail
Goldwrap
Multiple Nagelrings
Buriza
WWS
Marrowwalk
IK's Stone Crusher x2
Kelpie
Aldur's Stony Gaze x3
Steeldriver
Rockstopper
Crown of Ages
Arreat's Face
Kira's Guardian
Vampire Gaze
Gerke's Sanctuary
Veil of Steel
Hellmouth x2
Spectral Shard x2
Razortail
Lightsabre
Thunderstroke
Ribcracker
Guardian Angel
Trang'oul's Scales
Gheed's Fortune x2
Crown of Thieves

I'm sure I missed a few or there's some on there that aren't very useful, but that was my single pass observations.

As far as charms go, nothing to blow anyone's minds. Some decent resists charms, and I believe my only Skiller was a plain +1 Combat Skills.

In any case, looking forward to the next round and maybe racking some 1.07 for that Eth BA. :D
 

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@Xios Very nice story, thanks for sharing :).

About the finds: eth Reaper's is definitely very nice, as well as Crown of Ages. Never ever found that one myself. Was it 2os?
Yeah, this things have a tendency to balance themselves. I think the game knows I've been sitting on some high runes and refuses to give me more until I use them.

That being said, my biggest dissapointment during round 1: Not being able to find worthy Zod God item. OK, found eth Blackbog's Sharp, but it's been done already. I want something original.

@Neksja Agree about @Grape 's haulpic. Action poses ftw. Although the hopelessly clueless merc kinda ruins the mood a bit...

@Xios Good write-up and nice mf haul. And congrats for the Zod of course. As a current owner of two Zods, I can give you some pointers on what to do with it. So far my favorite use for Zod has been to drop it in stash and keep it there, kinda forgetting it exists, never doing anything with it. Has been going pretty good so far. Other thing I've been doing with it, is remembering I have it, theorycrafting about BotD a while, then dropping the thought because it would be a waste of perfectly good Vex.

Seriously, I got no clue what to do with Zods.
Sounds like an issue that will sort itself out...
Hopefully, some day. So far my inability to come up uses for Zod has only been surpassed by my inability to find perfect ethereal uniques.

(I'm actually seriously contemplating about bugging Assassin claw for Chaos. Still feel it's probably a bit silly though.)
@Xios great story! I was wondering how we ended up with not one but TWO Zod only contributions. It seems the odds of finding a Zod are nearly as low as rune hunting for 33 hours and not finding Pul+

As I mentioned all my drops came from chests and poppables. Ber, Gul, Ist, Pul from Superchests, Ist Pul from poppables. I didn't really do a lot of killing as I only leveled from just below 91 to about 2/3rds to 92 during the course of this. Really wish I had switched to Blizzard earlier, and that I could have completed the set. But I was already lucky enough to hit that Ber in the time span. It wasn't a new pattern btw, further convincing me that p7/8 LK truncated superchests are actually a rather strong outlier from normal chest drop odds.
@Xios
I'll take full responsibility for your Zod drop :D
Nice writeup.



Code:
Chaos
Superior Suwayyah
FalOhmUm
One Hand Damage: 286 - 385
Indestructible
Required Level: 57
Required Strength: 89
Required Dexterity: 89
Fingerprint: 0x3c09c412
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion
9% Chance to cast level 11 Frozen Orb on striking
11% Chance to cast level 9 Charged Bolt on striking
+35% Increased Attack Speed
394% Enhanced Damage
+2 to Attack Rating
Adds 216 - 471 Magic Damage
25% Chance of Open Wounds
+1 to Dragon Flight (Assassin Only)
+1 to Whirlwind
+10 to Strength
+15 Life after each Demon Kill
Ethereal
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Fal Rune
Socketed: Ohm Rune
Socketed: Um Rune

Fury
Superior Feral Claws
JahGulEth
One Hand Damage: 123 - 295
Indestructible
Required Level: 65
Required Strength: 103
Required Dexterity: 103
Fingerprint: 0x2cff04f4
Item Level: 98
Version: Expansion
+40% Increased Attack Speed
274% Enhanced Damage
Ignore Target's Defense
-25% Target Defense
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
6% Life stolen per hit
33% Deadly Strike
66% Chance of Open Wounds
Prevent Monster Heal
+5 to Frenzy (Barbarian Only)
+2 to Blade Shield (Assassin Only)
Increase Maximum Durability 12%
Ethereal
3 Sockets (3 used)
Socketed: Jah Rune
Socketed: Gul Rune
Socketed: Eth Rune
:D

Even worse, I didn't use Zods. I used 4 Chams.



Perhaps less silly than using it on something you won't use at all? Who knows!
Woo squeaked in there in 8th place. I am at work, when I get home this afternoon, I will post a picture of the runes and the sweet loot I found. I only had about 16 hours or so in this round as some crazy things IRL got in the way, but this Round I will be all clear and good to go for 1 maybe 2 sets.
I like the idea to run countess to guarantee another drop. Should have just gone for it w/o a respec and do 50 runs. That should be enough to get pul+ or whatever
That was what I was doing when I was playing until midnight but I ran out of time. I still had plenty of time in that set so if it was played to its full extent I should have been able to pul one extra qualifier out of that hat. Oh well.

I blame becoming Shogun thrice in that time.



Yes it was 2os, and it actually rolled quite well.

More specific item information:
Reaper's Toll: 206% ED [190-240] 11% LS [11-15]
Crown of Ages: 2 Sockets [1-2] 26 AllRes [20-30] 15 DR [10-15] 118 Def [100-150]

Oh, I should mention that the kicker finished at 76 and the Sorc at 90. Two characters that weren't Hell ready pre-RFL, so I'll take it.
 

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Originally posted by PhineasB

Congrats to the winner and others who earned points. +1 for the awesome action shot, @Grape.

I thought that I'd be outside the top 8 without a fourth qualifier, but it turned out to be only just so. Baal died a lot during my 20 hour set (320 times or so).
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And one qualifier from incomplete second set
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Three runes, all from different sources. The Um came from boss mob in WSK2, the Sur from Baal, and the Jah from the minions. Too bad she didn't find a fourth from random monster in the throne room (like an earlier Lo she found) to tick off a fourth possible source.

Most important, Mercy got very close to 98 during her 20 hours and just pinged the level this morning! :cool:
 
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Originally posted by tokerdin

@Xios zod brother!! lol and both from AT i got mine at the very end of my set though. I had given up for the most part so i switched back to P1 and in the last hour of my 20 boom ZOD lol
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i had a few notable finds a couple of ethereal uniques that i couldnt zod even if i wanted to lol

my favorite would probably be the large charm
and the amulet i actually gamble with the clocks off but still quite nice
Code:
Arachnid Mesh
Spiderweb Sash
Defense: 132
Durability: 8 of 12
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 50
Fingerprint: 0xd09d37ab
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to All Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Slows Target by 10%
+111% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Level 3 Venom (11/11 Charges)

Arreat's Face
Slayer Guard
Defense: 317
Durability: 51 of 55
Required Level: 42
Required Strength: 118
Fingerprint: 0x5335490
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Combat Skills (Barbarian Only)
+2 to Barbarian Skill Levels
+30% Faster Hit Recovery
20% Bonus to Attack Rating
3% Life stolen per hit
+162% Enhanced Defense
+20 to Strength
+20 to Dexterity
All Resistances +30

Darkforce Spawn
Bloodlord Skull
Defense: 415
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 16 of 20
Required Level: 64
Required Strength: 106
Fingerprint: 0xfa9bdb7c
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+3 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+3 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+30% Faster Cast Rate
+179% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 10%

Death Cleaver
Berserker Axe
One Hand Damage: 85 - 253
Durability: 15 of 26
Required Level: 70
Required Strength: 138
Required Dexterity: 59
Fingerprint: 0xf382dfc6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+40% Increased Attack Speed
257% Enhanced Damage
-33% Target Defense
66% Deadly Strike
+8 Life after each Kill

Eschuta's Temper
Eldritch Orb
One Hand Damage: 18 - 50
Durability: 22 of 30
Required Level: 72
Fingerprint: 0x8c071d8c
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to Sorceress Skill Levels
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+17% to Lightning Skill Damage
+20% to Fire Skill Damage
+26 to Energy

Magefist
Light Gauntlets
Defense: 33
Durability: 10 of 10
Required Level: 23
Required Strength: 35
Fingerprint: 0xbae7c144
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Fire Skills
+20% Faster Cast Rate
Adds 1 - 6 Fire Damage
+29% Enhanced Defense
+10 Defense
Regenerate Mana 25%
Ethereal

Rune Master
Ettin Axe
One Hand Damage: 109 - 219
Durability: 23 of 24
Required Level: 72
Required Strength: 145
Required Dexterity: 45
Fingerprint: 0xcf5688a5
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
232% Enhanced Damage
+5% to Maximum Cold Resist
Cannot Be Frozen
5 Sockets (0 used)

Steelrend
Ogre Gauntlets
Defense: 265
Durability: 13 of 24
Required Level: 70
Required Strength: 185
Fingerprint: 0xcd3fc64f
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
55% Enhanced Damage
10% Chance of Crushing Blow
+203 Defense
+19 to Strength

Wolfhowl
Fury Visor
Defense: 344
Durability: 23 of 35
Required Level: 79
Required Strength: 129
Fingerprint: 0xf0cf527f
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+5 to Feral Rage
+4 to Lycanthropy
+4 to Werewolf
+128% Enhanced Defense
+13 to Strength
+8 to Dexterity
+10 to Vitality
Level 15 Summon Dire Wolf (18/18 Charges)

Dracul's Grasp
Vampirebone Gloves
Defense: 200
Durability: 8 of 8
Required Level: 76
Required Strength: 40
Fingerprint: 0x175565f6
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
5% Chance to cast level 10 Life Tap on striking
7% Life stolen per hit
25% Chance of Open Wounds
+103% Enhanced Defense
+14 to Strength
+6 Life after each Kill
Ethereal

Shimmering Large Charm of Dexterity
Large Charm
Required Level: 26
Fingerprint: 0x44d0b564
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+5 to Dexterity
All Resistances +8

Wraith Gorget
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xfdb07ce4
Item Level: 92
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Assassin Skill Levels
+10% Faster Cast Rate
+40 to Mana
All Resistances +16
Magic Damage Reduced by 1
 

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Originally posted by Treeharl

Finds a Zod rune on v 1.00 suddenly! Grape what is the chance?
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Then I wake up and see my picture editing skills...

Yeah congratulations to our rune hunters nice to see two zods here. Congratulations all.
 

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Hahahahaha @Treeharl. You ALMOST had me for a second there! :p

Well, with my Vex I just made my first high end runeword since my restart.

Heart of the Oak
Flail
KoVexPulThul
One Hand Damage: 1 - 24
Durability: 20 of 30
Required Level: 55
Required Strength: 41
Required Dexterity: 35
Fingerprint: 0x6f802df8
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+3 to All Skills
+40% Faster Cast Rate
+75% Damage to Demons
+100 to Attack Rating against Demons
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 3 - 14 Cold Damage Over 3 Secs (75 Frames)
7% Mana stolen per hit
+10 to Dexterity
Replenish Life +20
Increase Maximum Mana 15%
All Resistances +30
Level 14 Raven (60/60 Charges)
Level 4 Oak Sage (25/25 Charges)
4 Sockets (4 used)
Socketed: Ko Rune
Socketed: Vex Rune
Socketed: Pul Rune
Socketed: Thul Rune


HotO!!! Wooooo!!! With a perfectly low roll of +30 res all. Gah. Still, it's a step in the right direction and a definite upgrade from my 2x eth Eschuta's that I had found, one of which my Blizzy was still using. STILL no Oculus after 1.3K Meph runs, 700 kindle runs and ~ 1K mausoleum and AT runs. At this rate i'll find a Fathom before I find an Oculus.

Next stop CoH and CTA. Hopefully my rune finding skills get better and i'll make one of them before the RFL is over!
 

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Originally posted by Chaostar

Wow ! Gratz everyone with the awesome finds (2 zods !!:eek:)

My 20hrs weren't really great. I found 3 low runes - Pul Um Ist.
I knew it will be hard, because I chose to pick my untwinkled lvl 87 sorceress, with an average stuff. So I did the 20 hours in /p1, I ran mostly Ancient Tunnel, River of Flame / Chaos Sanctuary (including Diablo kill), Shenk/eldritch.
As you can see I found my runes on 3 different spots :
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I thought even if I don't win, I could find some nice runes (I would have loved Jah, Ohm or Vex). And if not, I could easily find nice stuff to strengthen my sorceress or my merc (a monarch could be a start, I only found a 1 socket and get 3 sockets in another one...)
Item drops were poor also. I didn't change any piece of equipement...
I gained about 2 lvl to 89 1/2, but I expected these 20 hours to be more efficients.

Anyway, just after the batch, I went back to mephisto and I dropped an eschuta's temper (+2) and an occulus right after that...

I'll be on the 2nd round, but probably with my zeal/smite paladin, I made some test, and the concil is easy and very safe in /p5.
 
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Originally posted by ILikeRocks

Alright guys, here is the screenie of the items and runes I found that were worth mentioning. Not shown in the screenshot, 6 Cathan's rings... I pick up every green/gold item I find, so I have a lot now...
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Originally posted by Nano

Great stuff everyone, and congrats to Grape!

I like these finds too:
Neksja - Death's Web and Elemental Lifer
Gripphon -5/7 SMFC
T72on1 - Sharp Vita GC
Xios - that CoA

As for my results, I found 11 qualifiers in the first batch, with the top 5 being Lo, Sur, Ohm, Gul, and Gul. The remainder were Ist, Mal, Um, Um, Pul, and Pul along with 39 Rals and 38 Sols collected. Highlight video! No transitions separating the 5 clips, but the start times are in the description.

My second batch of runs fell about 4 hours short of the full 20, but the point total was not too far behind my first batch. The top 5 were Sur, Vex, Ohm, Ohm, and Ist, with a total of 52.0 points, only 1.1 points less than my first set. My only other qualifier was a Mal, giving me a total of 6 qualifiers in this batch. I found my top 4 on the last day, so it was rough going up until then. 28 Rals and 28 Sols this time. Highlight video#2!

Other finds:
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Sparking Grand Charm of Vita
Grand Charm
Required Level: 69
Fingerprint: 0xbfa388a0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+1 to Lightning Skills (Sorceress Only)
+36 to Life

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0xf9b8854f
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20 to Life
+17 to Mana

Mara's Kaleidoscope
Amulet
Required Level: 67
Fingerprint: 0xd0a118a0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to All Skills
All Stats +5
All Resistances +30

Scintillating Jewel of Fervor
Jewel
Required Level: 31
Fingerprint: 0x30e32cdc
Item Level: **
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+15% Increased Attack Speed
Cold Resist +14%
Lightning Resist +14%
Fire Resist +14%
Poison Resist +14%

Serpent's Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 40
Fingerprint: 0x3ce9e97a
Item Level: 86
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+18 to Life
+16 to Mana
 

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Wow! Some great results there are TWO Zods?! Congrats everyone on their finds, some good showings all around. :) Special congrats of course to the Zod God winning round one (I was one of the many who predicted as such), despite some Zods being thrown around!

As for me, it was an... interesting set, to say the least, and I'm extremely happy that I snuck in there and nabbed 3rd.

I did minimal running as practice beforehand, and really didn't have much experience with a Pit Windy in general, so there was definitely a learning curve. It got off to a bang with Jah #1 within the first hour of running. Not an hour later we found our Ist, and then again an hour or so of running later we dropped Jah #2!

So within the first 4 or so hours of running, we already had a pretty good score going. Karma of course decided to even things out and we didn't see another qualifier for another 10 hours (it was an Um by the way, just to rub it in a little bit). It was another couple hours (into hour 16 or so now when we finally filled out a Top 5 with a Mal. Finally we topped it off with a Lo not too long after that.

So not as many runes as other contestants, but luckily the ones I did find were good scorers! As previously mentioned, my druid leveled from 89-94 during this round, so I'm happy with that too. I managed to find exactly 1 skiller as well (Assassin - MA), so that was a bit disappointing.

Would I recommend the Pits to anyone doing this next time? Not with a Windy.

~0.32 runes/run
~0.21 runes/min


Not stellar numbers. Enough to get by, sure, but there are better targets/builds out there. That said, I'm happy with my luck, and I hope it carries over to the next round. :)

Congrats again everyone, see you in Round 2!!
Wow, great results and huge congratulations to Grape and bascially all top 8 and of course especially Zod finds!

I'm also happy with my result considering I could only finish about two thirds of a set. That Lo only came after 10 hours so close call. ;)

Of course as far as efficiency goes... went back to LK yesterday and found Sur after 30 minutes. So that's that. :)
These highlight videos were amazing! Thanks for them. Also, gives a nice false optimism of "A HR every rune in CS, better go back to running!".

And you must have been pretty excited about finding Vex and Sur on the same run? :)
Thanks, I combined 5 separate clips, and it's a coincidence if any clip appends smoothly into the next clip. Vex and Sur were 50 runs apart, judging by the timer/counter on the left.
Oh alright. Just looks like you had them on the same run! Oh well, nice videos (and drops) regardless :)
 

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Originally posted by Grape

Some pretty damn sweet finds there!

I guess I paid a price for my HRs, not much good uniques/charms/jewels/etc. dropped for me. [email protected] Mara's and 20L/8LR were probably the highlights.

I did ~950 P7 Pit runs with my Javazon, so about 75s each run. I believe I could make it below 70s maybe, not much faster for extended periods on this map.

Qualifiers and the run number:

Mal 20
Lo 40
Pul 95
Jah 101
Pul 163
Vex 239
Gul 549
Ohm 835
Jah 890

Really great start and then couple long dry streaks (239-549 and especially 549-835) with a Jah in the end to bring the round to the home.

I'm really happy with the Jahs, since they will probably serve as a half Zod for a Zod God item in the future. I rather take those instead of little higher pointer Bers. Jahs are twice as valuable for me personally at the moment :)

Few screens more:
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Same level, 97, in every picture. Paid a price in exp also. I didn't die a single time when I took it little slower with my warm-up runs, but the RFL speed did the trick. But that didn't really hurt.