Oh Max, you know the only thing I'm good at is spamming .Lounge is busy tomight
Besides, even if I don't particularly play anymore doesn't mean I don't remember at least something about the game.
Edit because someone else edited so this can be contributive:
I do (or at least did) battle its enemies and I do (or at least did) succeed. I probably just did it in a manner different from how you typically play the game (and I know I do because I read some of your stories and they are fantastic). My favorite way to play the game was with another person and in hardcore. If you go back to any of my 20ish guardians you will see that for almost all of them I did it in conjunction with another forum member. Some of them were typical builds, but some of them were builds that would only work ok on their own, but worked fantastic complementing eachother. Each of them went from normal to hell straight through and then the character was free to be used for whatever else such as mf runs or baal runs or what have you and almost all of them ended up somewhere around level 84 all said and done. That's how I liked playing it so that's how I did it. That being said, we still skipped content that we didn't enjoy, particularly I remember blasting through as much of the jungle as fast as possible because I hated that area, and almost never did nihl because the danger outweighted any real benefit. Especially since that guy and his vipers are overpowered and bugged as hell.Single element characters have great charm so obviously one would want to clear the game with those too. What kind of hero would a character be that left dangerous demons alive and free in her wake to keep terrorizing Sanctuary?
I actually found the mighty bonehew, speaking of it, with the aforementioned cold sorceress but due to her overall frailty and bad preparation for combating cold immunes she could not take advantage of that, or of the also very useful Draculs Grasp she had found.
Ehm, what is the point of Diablo II if not to battle its enemies and succeed with as many different characters as you can come up with? It sounds extraordinary strange that skipping great parts of the game should be considered some sort of standard approach for any kind of build.
This is terribly boring and often not enough, I found out the hard way. The mercenary needs more dedicated help to prevail.
Yes, you can kill everything if you want to, but do you have too? Not really, why not leave some for the iron wolves, or the barbs to take care of . You kind of even contradict yourself a little here. if the point is to battle its enemies and succeed with as many different characters as you can come up with, you are going to have some builds that will struggle in certain areas, and it then in fact becomes terribly boring. Its not really a challenge to watch a merc try and kill 3 cold immunes for 10 minutes, its really just a game of how long can I wait before I'm annoyed to the point of not playing anymore because I'm bored.