Which Hardcore melee char?

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Which Hardcore melee char?

Well, I've tried 5 necros now and lost them all at various stages. A Fishymancer is supposed to be the safest char to play but I can't seem to get the job done. I have to accept the fact that I'm a lousy player, but I don't want to give up on the HC Guardian chase just yet. Casters seem dangerous in HC.

So, it's back to melee for me. My best b.net char is a lvl 94 Conc barb, who has ALL the bells and whistles. My best Hardcore effort to date was a lvl 70 Tesladin, who got snuffed by Lord de Seis.

I would try the conc barb, minus the great stuff the b.net guy has, but I believe I read that a conc barb has a hard time in v1.11, so I'm leaning towards frenzy barb or some model of Pally, probably a Zealot.

What do you HC players think?
 
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Bad luck with the necro, what happened to this one?

I would go for a Frenzy Barb, just get some CB and you should be fine, you don't even really need to do a vast amount of damage. I wouldn't go with a zealot, as they have less life and are quite a bit more dangerous to play, as with a Barb you have masses of crowd control and loads of life.
 
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Bad luck with the necro, what happened to this one?

I would go for a Frenzy Barb, just get some CB and you should be fine, you don't even really need to do a vast amount of damage. I wouldn't go with a zealot, as they have less life and are quite a bit more dangerous to play, as with a Barb you have masses of crowd control and loads of life.

Awwwww, Milb... this one was level 55 in Arcane, about to get the Summoner, on the very last walkway to him, and some little axe wielding guy just emptied his bottle. Didn't see any special curses or skills on the monster, and he seemed to be one of the many ordinary ones, so I wasn't even worried about him. POW!!! Deeds again, followed by personal screams of "NOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!".

I am playing much more cautiously these days, I don't run ahead, I wait for the supporting cast, etc but I must be making critical mistakes to lose so many. Oh well, back to the Rogue camp as a plebe again.



 
Damn, ah well, back to the drawing board. I seriously recommend the Frenzy Barb though, it was the first character I had made a proper attempt at HC with and it's probably the safest character I've ever made. If you check out my Guardian thread for him and the Tournament of the Ring thread you may get some hints from how I did it.

Just PM me if you need some advice :smiley:
 
Have you considered or tried a trappsin? Cloak of Shadows and Mindblast make her very safe to play, and when confronted by a tough mob you cann throw your traps, hit Burst of Speed, and run away. Fade makes max resists very easy to obtain, and good trapping claws can be shopped for with a bit of patience. Just something to consider!

If you're set on melee, I echo the barb suggestion. Huge life, an emergency exit with Leap, and Berserk to deal with Iron Maiden.

Best of luck with whatever you eventually choose, and please keep us updated on your progress!

- Noodle
 
go with a shapeshifter druid - lot's of life, anti-IM skill called hunger(works better for me then Berserk):wink3:
 
Whatever melee character you choose, you will need a throwing or magic attack. Otherwise, you will learn to hate Iron Maiden. Someone said Beserk, which is a good choice.
 
my advice would be a barb, but not frenzy..... A THROWING BARB!! if you use warcry and little retreat strategy you can solo hell. Pi's are still a problem unless you can find a lacerator/glimmershred or something similar on switch. good luck,
 
I haven't tried it yet, but I've been lookin at NF's berzerker. I too have been thinking of a HC melee character build. I'm really starting to get bored of the Summon/CE necro.

Great character, and I'm sure I could easily make it with him, I just have been using him so long, I think it's time for a change.

-Reip
 
I think a Holy freeze pally, with Holy shock would be the easiest and safets. just get a weapon that does like 2-5 damage for a weapon switch when your near Iron Maiden casters. Then use the weak weapon with zeal and youll still do a lot of damage with your holyfreeze aura on.
 
Personally, I would say stick with what you know - Conc Barb. I just Guardian'ed one on my second attempt (first was completely untwinked ,and sneak IM'ed from off screen in WSK3 NM lvl78). 20 BO/Shout/Conc/Mastery, 1pt everything else, maybe a few extra in NR. Conc on left hot key and taunt most common on right, followed by howl (except obvious BO/Sh/BCom with dual echo on switch). But you know all of this already. My point is that, yes, it can be done in 1.11b without all of the bells and whistles (I am poor and my gear would make you laugh...).

Good luck,
DudSpud
 
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