madgod wrote:Two things:
1) you mention your attack and hit recovery frames a few times but didnt include them in the build as far as what the cap is/what to aim for, so i am curious as to what those are?
2) In the mid game section you say helm and gloves with a creepy shrine craft, but dont mention what kind of stats/affixes or whatever to go for on the gear. Can you give a rough suggestion
1) Maximum. You use d2stats and the d2 speed calc in the tools section of the site (not the forums but the site itself - under the "Game" dropdown at the top of the screen) to see where you're at and how much more you need. Include the weapon speed found on the base item page of the documents and the Dragonform option in the class dropdown in the speed calc to get the right numbers.
2) It talks about it throughout the guide:
In theory you should max Strength. The way the new Divine Judgement works is it hits like a truck on the initial melee swing. That means you want as much Flat Weapon Damage as possible and as many big multipliers for that Flat Damage.
At this point you will want to start jewelcrafting. I personally recommend you craft them with a Lem rune because the flat stats scale really well with Dragonknight.
You want to get on those jewels:
•% all attributes or % strength
•either life or defense,
•either FRW, IAS, FHR.
Basically you're seeking the same stuff. Stats, life, defense, and always +Skills. The +Skills combined with the Bear stance on Brahmen is what will boost your defense significantly. Other unmentioned stats are capping your resistances and damage reduction. This build will force you to learn the game to optimize. One thing that I did while building him was to get okay jewels through crafting to get the important runewords, and then I'll periodically unsocket them and assess which ones are giving pointless stats and replace them with better crafts. You also don't benefit for stacking speeds above the frame caps, and as you get more skill points, gear, and charms you can swap some of the FHR/IAS for other stuff that might benefit you more so long as you can stay above your breakpoints shown in the speed calc.
With d2stats make sure you fully buff (including vindicate and solar flare) outside of town before alt-tabbing to d2stats to take a reading.