@kstuart: Welcome, and Good Luck!
Annoying with the failed Tarnhelms. The Gnasher isn't bad, though.
25 greens and golds in the previous act, 20 in this one. MF improved a little bit further.
We managed to kill everything else before Sszark. Big spider hung around and watched us killing the rest. (They do that sometimes if nobody touches them and they aren't provoked in some other way.)
It attacked the Valkyrie - just as we want it to:
The Gidbinn pack didn't show up for a long time. I went looking for them in all possible places nearby. After over a minute, they spawned and almost mobbed me. Geez...and then the boss didn't drop any Gidbinn. Oh well, it's just a little gold anyway.
Flayer Dungeon level 2 had a room with a LOT of flayers, and all of them had help from a Might aura. Decoys were destroyed in seconds. Just the sight of all that Might was scary! I found it best to withdraw, find the other way around the level and pick them off from the rear, in smaller numbers. Here is when I first got a view of the little pest:
Angelic Halo #2 (Spider Forest)
Vidala's Barb #2 (Spider Forest)
[Highlight]Ichorsting[/Highlight] (Great Marsh sparkly chest)
[Highlight]Gorefoot[/Highlight] (Great Marsh Gloam boss)
Naj's Circlet (Flayer Dungeon level 2)
Another Halo, and here I had just shelved my Angelic setup for the Vidala's/Sigon's with topazed armor.
I was committed to find the LK waypoint this session, though. But afterwards, I swapped in Angelic Mantle and Wings, added the second ring and muled in Sigon's Guard. I took Blade of Ali Baba and my Barbarian friend had to make do with Bloodletter (again, although it's another dude now). MF at this stage was up to +384% for Vikhyat's kills and +248% otherwise.
Unless I'm in an emergency, I now summon my Valkyrie in town, switching to my spear and taking off my amulet so I can summon a level 7 valkyrie.
Bloodletter worked quite well. Not at all annoying kill speed against the smaller enemies, but somewhat annoying vs. treebeasts, Maulers and such. I much preferred poisonous valkyries, now that the merc no longer dealt poison damage himself.
We met Gloams both on Great Marsh and Swampy Pit levels 1 and 2. Now without Sigon's armor, Viri's lightning resist was 6% with sword/shield and 21% with spear, while sporting Avoid level 1+2 and 1+1, respectively. Wasn't too bad - I was careful and used a lot of Decoys in strategic places. This boss was hard for Vikhyat to kill, due to very high physical resistance:
At the start of the session when I cleared Kurast Bazaar, I got into an annoying situation where a wounded Faithful boss fled back to Lower Kurast. Can't leave it there, that drop is MINE! Problem was, there were numerous bosspacks in LK (one each of ape, vulture and leaper) that we had to kill to get at that Faithful boss (and some other Faithfuls). I feel slightly bad about gaining some visible extra XP I wasn't due, but I think it's not so bad in this tournament (where the connection between clvl and ilvl on shopping/gambling is much less important than usual). I kept good track of which loot was mine and which was off-limits. And of course this happened (all the drops shown here are off-limits):
What's even more remarkable - a few moments later, an ape minion dropped the unique War Scythe!
(BTW, I had to identify that amulet since it could be a grailer. It wasn't - Cathan's)
Berserker's Headgear #2 (Arachnid Lair)
[Highlight]Stormeye[/Highlight] (Lower Kurast)
Isenhart's Case #2 (Lower Kurast)
[Highlight]Snakecord[/Highlight] (Lower Kurast)
[Highlight]Nightsmoke[/Highlight] (Kurast Bazaar)
Sigon's Gage #2 (Sewers)
[Highlight]Soulflay[/Highlight] (Icehawk Riftwing)
Tal Rasha's Fine-Spun Cloth (Upper Kurast)
[Highlight]Felloak[/Highlight] (Forgotten Reliquary)
[Highlight]Stormstrike[/Highlight] #2 (Durance level 1)
[Highlight]Twitchthroe[/Highlight] (Durance level 1)
Angelic Halo #3 (Durance level 1)
Sigon's Visor (chest in Durance level 3)
Isenhart's Lightbrand #3 (Mephisto)
[Highlight]Bloodtree Stump[/Highlight] (Mephisto)
Took Mephisto on /players 8. Was wary of his lightning but had boosted poison/cold resists with potions. He attacked the Valkyrie if she was closest, and he almost couldn't kill her unless he used a combo with poison, so it was a pretty easy fight. Charged Strike is great against bulky creatures. Merc had Guillaume's for most of the fight, which probably sped things up.
[Highlight]Viridissima the Valkyrie/Charged Strike Amazon and Vikhyat the Barbarian, level 64, NM Pandemonium Fortress, 82 S/U items found[/Highlight]