It’s been a crazy exciting last few days. More and more people are leaving Normal mode behind, kick ass in Nightmare, one by one reach Hell – and get stomped by champions and rares with three affixes. I’ve talked to a lot of people the last few days and one of the things I’ve probably heard the most was “I get permakilled in Diablo 3 Hell difficulty”, so I decided to compile a list of things that might be able to cut your repair bill by a lot. Enjoy!
I – Pimp your companion
In the beginning followers were created as a nice gimmick. But Blizzard reacted to player feedback and made them viable throughout the game. This doesn’t just mean you can actually use them, it means you should. The whole single player balancing was done with followers in mind, so not picking one up puts you at a serious disadvantage.
Pick the right one
Need a bit of tanking and maybe some heals? The Templar is your guy. Going for all out damage? Enlist the Scoundrel. Want some crowd control while you focus fire away? Enchantress it is. Take them for a ride and play around a bit with them. See who fits your style the most.
Keep their equip up to date
It’s easy to forget to upgrade those six extra slots your followers have. Don’t do that. Each of your followers gets his damage through one of the main stats (Templar – Strength, Scoundrel – Dexterity, Enchantress – Intelligence) and you should be able to find some nice pieces for them. In addition to the regular item slots, each of them has a special trinket slot reserved for “follower only” items.
Learn to control them
From pulling a Treasure Goblin, over running with you instead of tanking the boss you’re running away from, to “standing in the fire”. Your followers can be useless idiots. If you learn how to position yourself to get the most out of your follower, you’re one step closer to surviving Diablo 3 Hell difficulty.
II – Get some gear
I know farming is an outdated concept and you’re not used to it. I know you don’t want to play through difficulties and acts you already left. And I feel for you. But Diablo doesn’t care. Diablo feeds off your sweat, swears and tears and gets a cut from every gold piece the repair dude takes from you. Try going back. It’s quite fun to breeze through waves of opponents that just a few hours or days ago spent most of their time dancing on your corpse. Maybe you’re able to add a few pieces of magic find gear, so you get more drops. And if there’s a specific area you really don’t like – skip it. You got the waypoints now.
III – Choose your battles
Hell takes concentration. If you just came from work after along day, or realize you’re spending more time repairing your gear than actually fighting opponents after a few hours of play – take a break. Lean back, relax, then come back. There’re affix/monster combos that can simply break you – every time. You don’t have to beat them all. If you can, just go past them. If not – reload the chapter and hopefully you’ll have more luck. Analyze the battlefield. Maybe you can use the area you’re fighting in to your advantage by blocking or kiting your opponent.
IV – Optimize your style
I won’t go into details here. Skill setups and advanced tactics are for another time. I’m just saying, that if you find something that’s working for you, you should try to optimize it. For me – at the moment - it’s bruteforcing things. I optimized my build to ditch out massive damage, while hoping I’ll survive longer than my opponent. Without realizing, I kept skills that weren’t aiding that strategy, cause I liked them. Don’t fall into that trap. If something doesn’t aid your strategy – change it. With all the runes and spells in Diablo 3, you should be able to find 6 spells that have nice synergies. And if your tactic doesn’t work out? Modify it! Don’t stick to something just cause you want it to work. That’s what the dodos did – try finding them at your local zoo.
V – Ask for help
Talk to other people. Meet new people. Ask them what’s working for them. And if you’re at a total road block – ask them if they can help you out. But please – don’t bug them. Don’t ask to be powered through a few acts, don’t ask for item handouts.The person helping you could be spending his time doing something useful at that moment. Appreciate what he does for you. And don’t ask for help lightly. There’re big chances the person you’re asking managed to pull through Hell all by himself, so give him a good reason to help you – not just your laziness.
I’m sure you’ll be able to beat hell in no time. Just keep in mind that no matter how easy the people already through make it sound, every single one of them got their ass kicked in Hell. It’s supposed to hurt. Just cause I tell someone “Belial isn’t that hard, if you move out of the poison wells”, doesn’t mean I didn’t spend half of the fight waiting for someone to revive me.
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