Finding the Balance – Tournament Results

ffs

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Hi all, it's time to see the results of the "Finding the Balance" MF/RF tourney. Here we had runes and S&Us both count towards a single overall score. This is a new format, and it was interesting to see how this played out.

Running thread can be found here.

Let's get to the results straight away:

Category 1 (Baal):
  1. Pax1990 – 203.9 – Stormspire, Executioner's Justice, Bul-Kathos' Tribal Guardian, Spirit Ward, Wolfhowl
  2. CaseyJones – no score submitted
  3. J-Dog – no score submitted
J-Dog and CaseyJones were not able to run much after all, making @Pax1990 the winner by default. Congrats nonetheless!

Category 2 (everything else):
  1. Pb_pal – 102.6 – Zod, The Redeemer, Azurewrath, Steel Shade, Spike Thorn
  2. ffs – 87.4 – Cham, Cham, Griswold's Redemption, Griffon's Eye, Halaberd's Reign
  3. Babyhell – 86.5 – Astreon's Iron Ward, Darkforce Spawn, Lo, Sur, Vex
  4. Tenecabo – 76.2 – Ber, Dragonscale, Sur, Sur, Sur
  5. maxicek – 75.1 – Cham, Sur, Sur, Ohm, Ohm
  6. Excalibur – 73.9 – Cham, Ber, Cerebus' Bite, Azurewrath, Gul
  7. PhineasB – 65 – Cham, Steelrend, Boneflame, Alma Negra, Wolfhowl
  8. Luhkoh – 62.4 – Lo, Sur, Griswold's Redemption, Griswold's Redemption, Cerebus' Bite
  9. ResTTe – 49.2 – Lo, Lo, Steel Carapace, Horizon's Tornado, M'avina's Caster
  10. Apila – 45.1 – Executioner's Justice, Executioner's Justice, Gargoyle's Bite, Alma Negra, Giant Skull
  11. Swamigoon – 37.3 – Vex, Ohm, Nosferatu's Coil, Mal, Mal
  12. mulligan – 37.2 – Steelrend, Steel Pillar, Giant Skull, Dracul's Grasp, Tal Rasha's Guardianship
  13. Peytron – no score submitted
  14. art_vandelay – no score submitted
  15. Nano – no score submitted
It was only a matter of time for @Pb_pal to snatch the top spot, coming close often in recent tourneys if memory serves. This time that special RNG touch was there to deliver a Zod, plus in HC to boot – congratulations!

I'm liking those results, 5 Chams to go with the Zod, and a couple of nice S&Us as well.

It was to be expected that runes would make up the bigger chunk of the top scores, and that was indeed the case. But other results such as Babyhell's show that a focus on S&Us is definitely competitive without relying all that much on runes. Getting a 27+ pointer means you're in the race for sure. A "runes only" approach may have slightly better odds, but e.g. in case of maxicek's #5 result it wasn't quite enough to beat sets and their S&U support. Interesting stuff in any case.

Thanks all for participating, this was fun! I think everyone liked the format, so let's do this again soon. There was some debate about the Baal and with 2/3 players not submitting a score there we can probably just go for one category next tiem.

Now for the fun part – show us those haul pics, as well as information on your chars and runs if you feel like it. :)
 
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Excalibur

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Omg, @Pb_pal show us that ZOD DROP!

I was farming with my Pure Blizzard Sorcy. I started at LvL 93 and ended the Tournament at 94 and a half since I had a total of 6 or more deaths.
All runs were played at players 8 since I had focused too much on damage leaving my MF at 0%.
My goal was to finally find my own Ber rune which till now was the only rune to never drop for me.
I really wanted to see that rune lying on the ground waiting for me to pick it up!
And it happened...!

I will post later more stuff!
Ber.jpg
 
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Well I was not expecting top spot, and will not be surprised to be unseated by @Nano once his score is in.

After a showing in the last RFL that would have been pretty much perfect for this tournament (and would have scored 142.2), it wasn't quite that perfect this time around.

Now I originally posted here about my plans, which were to start in the CS until I was happy with my rune score, and then switch to the Pits to bolster the S/U score. Well as you'll soon see, that plan did not materialize. I ended up spending the whole 20 hours in the CS with my HC Hammerdin Ned, though you wouldn't know it by looking at his drops. Here's how it shook out:

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He started off with a couple of S/U drops in IKSC and Azurewrath to get things going in the first few hours, but the only actually exciting thing was hitting 97 at the 3:15 mark and then a big ol' NDE at 5:45.



Close one! He was rewarded with a Steel Shade and Spike Thorn to bolster his S/U score, and up passed the 7th hour he was starting to wonder; where the hell are all the runes? Well, he only had to wait another half hour as he finally scored his first Pul+ rune:



Yuck. And then, if he thought waiting 7.5 hours to get a decent rune was bad, he had to wait ANOTHER NINE for his next one.



At least it's technically better than a Pul...

Still waiting for a rune to actually make his top-5 he found himself a new top S/U instead with the Redeemer at the 17-hour mark, and then an Ormus Robes to add to the grail (Frost Nova). Finally with just one measly hour remaining, just on the other side of 19:00 he got a rune that actually counts for something.

Omg, @Pb_pal show us that ZOD DROP!

Ask and ye shall receive:



Go big or go home, I guess? It figures that the only rune that would make the top 5 ends up being the highest scoring one. Very very strange distribution of drops for the CS as without that Zod I would have had exactly ZERO rune qualifiers in my top 5, but I can't really complain with a HC Zod. It's actually the second one that he's found (the first was in the last RFL), so that's kind of cool.

Lucky as well that my S/U scores were decent enough to propel me up the last few spots on the scoresheet. I can't bring myself to make a haul pic, it's just too damn sparse for a CS set, but it's basically just that Zod drop anyways so you can look at that again if you want. ;)

A big thank you again to @ffs for creating and hosting this tournament, it was super fun despite the lack of orange for me. Great job as well to all the other runners, congrats on all the loot!
 

Pax1990

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Hello.

Awesome finds everybody. Iam really impressed!
So many Cham runes o_O
@Pb_pal that Zod rune is just always such an amazing find.

Here are some of my drops. Sadly I never think of doing a "unid on the ground drop" screenshot.
Anyways here are some of my drops:

Executioners Justice.jpg
Spirit Ward.jpg
Stormspire.jpg

I didnt include Wolfhowl because its not that special IMO.

Sadly the Bul-Kathos' Tribal Guardian screenshot is not available. Something must have went wrong when I made that screenshot. Or mabey I forgot about it.
Iam really sorry for that.
Iam a little bit dissapointed that no HRs dropped for me but oh well.

My 99er Barb Anger did 319 baal runs during his 20h set. Ofc some of those runs had to be aborted etc so I think i did more like 300 real runs.
He level from 93 to 95 and about 20% if Iam not mistaken. Cant remember the exact number.
Overall the drops where not that exciting, but that was expected given the ~94 MF he has.
Iam really happy I had enough time to finish my 20h set.
It was my first Diablo Tournament/Event and I really enjoyed it. It helped alot giving me the needed motivation to grind those levels whenever I had some free time on my hands.

Lets do this again soon! I need more movtivation ^^
 

maxicek

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Big congrats to @Pb_pal for the Zod drop and the overall win.

I ran two sets, the first one was all in the CS with a Hammerdin. Despite my complaints of no drops after 6h, it wasn't too bad:

Ber 20.6
Sur 13.8
Cerebus' Bite 11
Griffon's Eye 10.7
Shadow Dancer 10.7
Total 66.8

Ramirez FTB1 Ber.jpg

Ramirez FTB1 Sur.jpg

Ramirez FTB1 Griffons.jpg

One of the main reasons to run the CS was to level my Paladin to clvl 95. A few deaths meant I didn't make this, so I picked him up again in the second batch. An Ohm and a Sur got things off to a solid start.

Ramirez FTB2 Ohm1.jpg

Ramirez FTB2 Sur1.jpg

At 3h and 38minutes he hit 95 witout further deaths and I switched to Trav. A few hours in and I got the second Sur.
Ninefingers FTB2 Sur2.jpg

Around the 10h mark the Cham dropped:
Ninefingers FTB2 Cham.jpg

... followed by the second Ohm at about 12 hours.
Ninefingers FTB2 Ohm2.jpg

The remaining time was faily uneventful except for a consolation Gul around 18h.
Overall I'm quite happy with my drops. A Jah would have been nice, but the RW grail is getting close.

Cham
2x Sur
2x Ohm
Gul
4x Mal
2x Um
25x Sol
30x Ral

33x PAmethyst
20x PRuby
16x PSkull

-5/+5 Poison Level Facet
-3/+5 Fire Die Facet

130 ish Junk Jewels

Code:
Rainbow Facet
Jewel
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xa6c8638d
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
100% Chance to cast level 23 Venom when you Level-Up
Adds 37 Poison Damage Over 2 Secs (50 Frames)
-5% to Enemy Poison Resistance
+5% to Poison Skill Damage

Vermilion Jewel of Carnage
Jewel
Required Level: 50
Fingerprint: 0x30cf9a15
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+25 to Maximum Damage

30% MF Nagelring

Burning GC
Expert's GC
Fungal GC
Lionbranded GC of Anthrax
Shogukusha's GC
Sparking GC of Inertia
Spiritual GC

Fine SC of Vita 2/19/19
Snake's SC of Good Luck 11/7
Steel SC of Vita 33/19

Code:
Fine Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0x2886c8a6
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Maximum Damage
+19 to Attack Rating
+19 to Life

Snake's Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm
Required Level: 33
Fingerprint: 0x255ed55e
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+11 to Mana
7% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0xb99306da
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+33 to Attack Rating
+19 to Life

Code:
Blood Spiral
Ring
Required Level: 66
Fingerprint: 0x1aa68ac0
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+78 to Attack Rating
5% Mana stolen per hit
+17 to Strength
+11 to Dexterity
Lightning Resist +29%
Poison Resist +23%

Ninefingers FTB2 Haul.jpg
 

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What a tournament it was, plenty of fun, variety pays, and a 3rd place! Congrats to all runners and @Pb_pal aka Never Sleep Joe for his victory! It didn't take long to Grumpy @maxicek Trump to accept the defeat...

So! Progress tables are available on the other thread, let's start with the plan, the sets, the vids.

The progress plan
The follow-up plan was to start with a top 5 of 7+ pointers, then get upgrades. Only two on first set, and four on the second one, but better score was on the first #RunesRules.

The first set was very variety oriented, i went with various characters and gameplays throughout the acts (Pits/Cows, AT, LK, CS, Pindle... all checked!), and it provided the most runes in the end, with 12 Lem+ runes (4 Lem, one Um, 2 Mal, Ist, Gul, Vex, Lo, Sur), 232 flawless and a perfect gems.

The second run was also a real pleasure. I mean, with 728/608MF, this guys drops like crazy, I didn't pay attention but he got really few bad moments, he was dropping S/U qualifiers very often, so often that at some point I just stopped to pick the viperforks, wizardspike, set/unique ogre mauls... he found 3 shakos (with a perfect El-mortal low one @D2DC), wolfhowl, jalal's mane, a 30/10 Andy (non eth sadly), 2 bartuc's...167 S/U picked, and I left quite a lot on the ground... so sad the unique SA wasn't the blue one!
Sur Rune
Required Level: 61
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: Hit Blinds Target +1
Armor: Increase Maximum Mana 5%
Shields: +50 to Mana

Lo Rune
Required Level: 59
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 20% Deadly Strike
Armor: +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Lightning Resist

Vex Rune
Required Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Darkforce Spawn
Bloodlord Skull
Defense: 537
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 11 of 11
Required Level: 64
Required Strength: 96
Fingerprint: 0x80bfca9f
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+3 to Poison and Bone Skills (Necromancer Only)
+2 to Curses (Necromancer only)
+30% Faster Cast Rate
+141% Enhanced Defense
Increase Maximum Mana 10%
Ethereal

Astreon's Iron Ward
Caduceus
One Hand Damage: 135 - 157
Durability: 35 of 70
Required Level: 60
Required Strength: 97
Required Dexterity: 70
Fingerprint: 0x62c481af
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+3 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)
+10% Increased Attack Speed
266% Enhanced Damage
Damage +71
150% Bonus to Attack Rating
+150% Damage to Undead
Adds 80 - 240 Magic Damage
33% Chance of Crushing Blow
Slows Target by 25%
Damage Reduced by 7

Vex Rune
Required Level: 55
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Weapons: 7% Mana stolen per hit
Armor: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Shields: +5% to Maximum Fire Resist

Griswold's Honor
Vortex Shield
Defense: 331
Chance to Block: 39
Durability: 87 of 90
Required Level: 68
Required Strength: 148
Fingerprint: 0x504b8ad8
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+65% Faster Block Rate
20% Increased Chance of Blocking
+108 Defense
All Resistances +45
3 Sockets (0 used)

Steelrend
Ogre Gauntlets
Defense: 275
Durability: 14 of 24
Required Level: 70
Required Strength: 185
Fingerprint: 0x59e80cf4
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
59% Enhanced Damage
10% Chance of Crushing Blow
+209 Defense
+20 to Strength

Dragonscale
Zakarum Shield
Defense: 545
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 42 of 65
Required Level: 80
Required Strength: 142
Fingerprint: 0x507a55f0
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Adds 211 - 371 Fire Damage
+15% to Fire Skill Damage
+10 to Hydra
+181% Enhanced Defense
+21 to Strength
+5% to Maximum Fire Resist
Fire Absorb 16%

Templar's Might
Sacred Armor
Defense: 1851
Durability: 48 of 60
Required Level: 74
Required Strength: 232
Fingerprint: 0xb36b4a80
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+2 to Offensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)
+20% Faster Hit Recovery
+208% Enhanced Defense
+262 Defense vs. Missile
+12 to Strength
+10 to Vitality
+43 Maximum Stamina

Favorite drops
Amongst non-qualifiers, there were some really nice things :)

The perfect IK helm!, and two pieces of the Cow king set
Immortal King's Will
Avenger Guard
Defense: 175
Durability: 44 of 55
Required Level: 47
Required Strength: 65
Fingerprint: 0x461c7f0b
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+2 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
+125 Defense
37% Extra Gold from Monsters
40% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items
+4 to Light Radius
2 Sockets (0 used)

Cow King's Hide
Studded Leather
Defense: 57
Durability: 26 of 32
Required Level: 18
Required Strength: 27
Fingerprint: 0x9265d4b0
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
18% Chance to cast level 5 Chain Lightning when struck
+60% Enhanced Defense
+30 to Life
All Resistances +18

Cow King's Hooves
Heavy Boots
Defense: 37
Durability: 9 of 14
Required Level: 13
Required Strength: 18
Fingerprint: 0x7d7ef62b
Item Level: 84
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Faster Run/Walk
Adds 25 - 35 Fire Damage
+31 Defense
+20 to Dexterity
25% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Obviously this perfect Windforce (also found a 6ml one)
Windforce
Hydra Bow
Two Hand Damage: 35 - 472
Durability: 31 of 55
Required Level: 73
Required Strength: 134
Required Dexterity: 167
Fingerprint: 0x1dc9025b
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+20% Increased Attack Speed
250% Enhanced Damage
+234 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
8% Mana stolen per hit
Knockback
+10 to Strength
+5 to Dexterity
Heal Stamina Plus 30%

Nice SCs: 3/19/19, 33AR/20life, 21AR/7MF
Fine Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 39
Fingerprint: 0xc9925b1e
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+3 to Maximum Damage
+19 to Attack Rating
+19 to Life

Iron Small Charm of Good Luck
Small Charm
Required Level: 33
Fingerprint: 0xf75e1d6
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+21 to Attack Rating
7% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Steel Small Charm of Vita
Small Charm
Required Level: 49
Fingerprint: 0x9192cfcc
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+33 to Attack Rating
+20 to Life

Nice GCs: 1x Shimmering, 1x Gheeds, 6x skillers
Shimmering Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 27
Fingerprint: 0x23e8ab41
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
All Resistances +13

Harpoonist's Grand Charm of Flame
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x7f8d36db
Item Level: 85
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Javelin and Spear Skills (Amazon Only)
Adds 1 - 2 Fire Damage

Shogukusha's Grand Charm of Sustenance
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xda477df6
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Martial Art Skills (Assassin Only)
+21 to Life

Preserver's Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xb6eace53
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Defensive Aura Skills (Paladin Only)

Sounding Grand Charm of Greed
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x35d96aac
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Warcry Skills (Barbarian Only)
37% Extra Gold from Monsters

Lion Branded Grand Charm
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0x5f93f828
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Combat Skills (Paladin Only)

Graverobber's Grand Charm of Life
Grand Charm
Required Level: 42
Fingerprint: 0xdab5db98
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
+1 to Summoning Skills (Necromancer Only)
+9 to Life

Gheed's Fortune
Grand Charm
Required Level: 62
Fingerprint: 0x73a7c950
Item Level: 81
Version: Expansion 1.10+
157% Extra Gold from Monsters
Reduces all Vendor Prices 14%
36% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items

Well... no really nice jewels, i picked these: 15allres and a RJoA
Ruby Jewel of Avarice
Jewel
Required Level: 58
Fingerprint: 0x3298314c
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
38% Enhanced Damage
30% Extra Gold from Monsters

Scintillating Jewel
Jewel
Required Level: 26
Fingerprint: 0x9d6afb22
Item Level: 80
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Unidentified
Cold Resist +15%
Lightning Resist +15%
Fire Resist +15%
Poison Resist +15%

Lots of fun. Didn't I say that already?

Anyway, time to update my grail status I guess :p

Thanks again to find this format, booking my free time for the next event in 2021!
 
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Congratulations, all! I did about 450 LK /p7 runs in ten hours with my berzerker, and about 100 AT /p1 runs in ten hours with my blizzard sorceress. Here's the pic I capped of my highest scorer in LK:

G3LK1.png

and here's the pic of my highest scorer in AT:
G3AT1.png

I picked up each and every qualifier I found: thirty runes and five S/Us. Here's me showing off my haul to the pretty ladies:
2020BalanceHaul.png

(For some reason, the game decided not to render the ohm rune in this pic. Maybe I should have made separate rune and S/U haul pics?)
 

Apila

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I only managed to get 6.5 or so hours in, so i'm very happy with my placement. No big scorers but a steady highish quality.

I now have 5 Executioner's Justices. I also had one rare Glorious Axe drop.
 
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Excalibur

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I am very satisfied with my results.
I had a nice start with an Um, Mal and Azurerwath drop quite early.
It didn't take long for the Cham to show up either.

During my runs I sometimes farmed Baal as well and his minions dropped me a Sur rune which I couldn't report since I wasn't in that category.

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Runes
um.jpg

mal.jpg
gul.jpg

sur.jpg
Ber.jpg
cham.jpg

Items!
blood spirit.jpgbonewave (2).jpgbonewave.jpgenchutas.jpgfury.jpgphase.jpgwraith.jpgwrist.jpg

However, my rarest drop by a long shot has to be this..
...I mean what are the chances of getting SUCH A BAD ROLL?
This is nearly a perfect item in reverse.
Screenshot001.jpg
 

Luhkoh

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You guys rock! Huge congrats to everyone.

Haul Pic


First set was 6 hours arcane light sorc, 10 hours pitnecro, 4 hours pit singer.
Second set was 14 hours pit singer.

Favorite finds: Sur, Lo, 2/20 java rares (only second pair ever), eth andys (first ever, but only 8LL), eth 2os heavens light, perf vmagi, 251 poison dmg small charm.

Thanks for hosting ffs!
 

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Congrats to the winners and everyone who got nice items! @Babyhell reminds me why I eventually need to take a break from 99ers and do some Pitzerking (or Singing) in search of the elusive last item in the grail and eth grail progress. As for this tourney, I did two sets, completing the first and coming up shy of 17 hours on the second, all of the runs involving 99ers-to-be (unless I deeds the HC ones, which shockingly didn't happen).

Set 1
We did 4 hours in AS with my HC trapper to complete her 10-hour Rune Finding Tour set, and then 16 hours with my Untwinked 99er Windy in the Pit. No items for top 5 for this set from AS, but this nice Sacred Targe to go with the [email protected] one my tourney Barb found for two nice options for spirit base in HC:
AS (43@ ST).jpg
After switching to the Druid, he picked up Steel Carapace almost right away, which stayed in the Top 5. Then oddly he got nothing but rune upgrades, despite ~370MF, with Ohm #1 becoming a CtA (finally, and a decent 4 BO roll to boot), then Ohm #2, a Jah, and a Vex from the chest around the 15-hour mark as the last upgrade. He also picked up IK Set, the Sounding Skiller of Vita (40) noted in the running thread, and 3 Ists, a Mal and lots of yellow TC87s. So the top 5 totaled up to 57.2.

The Windy's XP-per-hour increased significantly over the last 10 hours of the set. CtA made a huge difference, but the other was when I misteleported a little and noticed a shrine just north of my direct teleport path. It was an XP shrine, as was the next run. Of course, that didn't continue, but I checked it every run and the extra XP added up over the runs where the XP shrine wasn't cursed off immediately. Together with my experience with the untwinked 99er Necro, I think XP shrines on the way to the Pit are a thing when it's run at higher levels.

With 10 days left and only ~4.5 hours short of 96 with the Windy, we embarked on set 2.

Set 2
The 4.25 hours until he hit 96 saw two 10+ pointers, in Boneflame and Steelrend. We then switched to HC Sorc for a 10-hour set in CS for the Rune Finding Tour. I figured she would get from 94 into level 95 over that time, assuming I didn't kill her.

She was surprisingly safe until the end, but her highest rune was a Lem :\ But she picked up a [email protected] Mara's upgrade within the first half hour, then Wolfhowl and Alma Negra for a decent top 4, and couple 6+ pointer uniques. I had two really close calls over that last hour, with panicked S&E and only a couple hundred HP left after misteleporting. I ended up doing another half hour to get her close to 95.5, but had another two NDEs and realized that she was not long for the world if I continued.

So I looked at my characters and realized that my Untwinked 99er Barb was at 98, but had only one token that would be used to respec to Concentrate and it would be best to farm two more in case I want to rebalance skills/stats for Nihl runs while he still had WW spec. Of course, this then happened on p1:
Meph (Cham).jpg
So his third Cham, on top of the three Jahs he's also found. Quite a rune-finding pedigree with him :) After close to an hour of runs to farm two-each of Essences (and quite a bit of lollygagging on runs), we did the remaining ~10 minutes to get the HC Sorc exactly to 95.5, for a little more than 16 hours on the second set.

* * *

I wanted to end by thanking @ffs for hosting and repeat again how much I enjoyed the format, which allowed (and in some ways encouraged) switching up characters and/or targets. I haven't done two 20-hour sets in a tourney before and, even though I didn't quite get there, the second set was of interest due to ability to run so many different targets while still having reasonable odds of being competitive.
 

ffs

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Very good stuff!

Here's (most of) my noteworthy haul:

haul.jpg

Set Vortex Shield, Corona, fourth Sacred Armor omitted due to lack of inventory/stash space. :/

Also threw the Sur in there even though it didn't actually count (found while I rolled maps with timer not running).

Rough breakdown of how runs were distributed and when notable qualifiers dropped:
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Set 1                                            
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Character    Area    /P setting    Runs    MF    Notable drops            
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Nova            Pit    5           200    314    eth Reaper, Griffon's, Cham             
Necro           Pit    5           100    413    Ist            
Singer          Pit    1           200    581    -            
FB/Blizz        AT     1           200    513    -            
Conc            AT     1           747    506    eth Hotspur, Gris Caddy, Cham, perf. Gheed, Halaberd's Reign, Ghostflame            

                                
Set 2            
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Character    Area    /P setting    Runs    MF    Notable drops        
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AT Barb         AT    1            100    506    CoA             
AT Barb         AT    1            100    506    War Pike             
Necro           Pit   7            101    313    Gris shield, Pul

Nova Sorc was amazing for this and delivered some of my best drops early on. She's firmly established as my favorite Pit runner for higher player settings by now.

After playing AT FB Sorc for bit I then set my mind to pushing AT Barb, and this guy is a true MF machine... who didn't find any S&U upgrade for me in 11+ hours or so, but a second Cham instead. :D He's probably the project I'll go back to next. I have a feeling it takes only 1-2 minor tweaks and there's a chance he could get results like Pit Barbs.


As for non-qualifiers, actually a couple of useful ones, including eth Reaper's and perfect Gheeds:
eth Reaper.jpgperf gheed.jpgScreenshot026.jpg
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Magic & rare troll rolls:
Code:
Shadow Thirst
War Fist
One Hand Damage: 128 - 156
Durability: 48 of 64
Required Level: 51
Required Strength: 108
Required Dexterity: 108
Fingerprint: 0x4af1299e
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+30% Increased Attack Speed
192% Enhanced Damage
+2 to Maximum Damage
Adds 1 - 8 Lightning Damage
+3 to Phoenix Strike (Assassin Only)
+2 to Death Sentry (Assassin Only)
+2 to Dragon Tail (Assassin Only)
2 Sockets (0 used)

Pain Barb
Runic Talons
One Hand Damage: 117 - 216
Durability: 58 of 69
Required Level: 72
Required Strength: 105
Required Dexterity: 105
Fingerprint: 0xeb7968ce
Item Level: 87
Version: Expansion 1.10+
+10% Increased Attack Speed
223% Enhanced Damage
Adds 1 - 3 Damage
Fire Resist +10%
Required Level +12 Ethereal
2 Sockets (0 used)

Jeweler's Monarch of Absorption
Monarch
Defense: 144
Chance to Block: 0
Durability: 75 of 86
Required Level: 54
Required Strength: 156
Fingerprint: 0xd312ecc7
Item Level: 88
Version: Expansion 1.10+
Damage Reduced by 3
4 Sockets (0 used)

Thanks again for participating everyone! Seems like we're going to do a second edition soon! :)
 

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Late post and no haul pic from me this time, cause i only did 1 set long ago and had a surgery recently, so i have some different things on my head at the moment ^^

Running 90 mf Blizz sorc in CS wasn't particularly good for items, but i found 2 Lo runes, eth Knell Striker and eth shako. I only have those 3 clips. Can't find any pics...


I wasn't sure if it dropped from a minion or from Infector himself. Checked Gomule and it turned out to be the latter. Still should be 1 in 4mil+ drop. If it was from a minion it would be something like 1 in 170mil+ XD

This tournament was pretty fun and it would be nice to see it more often, even if i got bored in the middle ^^