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Leveling a Hardcore Barbarian Through Normal
I thought I would chronicle my experiences of leveling a hardcore Barbarian. First off I would like to state that hardcore is not that much different than the standard game. Its not difficult to play without dying as long as you change HOW you play. My first play through was a standard Demon Hunter who is now in Act 2 Inferno. I would die constantly... a single shot from anything could kill me. It wasn't until after making an hardcore character that I understood how the game is meant to be played. A bit of tweaking on my Demon Hunter and now those very same mobs that would one shot me are no problem. I actually almost never die, and when I do its because of stupidity on my part. Best part is those minor changes were less than 500k on the AH, and a slight play style change. I would advise everyone to roll an hardcore character at least once, it can vastly change how you play.
Since I am chronicling what I learned as I played hardcore... chances are some sections will be much shorter than others. Act 1 of each difficulty I would imagine would be quite long in comparison to the others. Also feel free to comment on my build and any strategies that you are using. If there is a better way, I'll gladly look into it.
Act 1 was pretty terrifying. Having never played an hardcore character before I was constantly thinking about "what if I die? I'd lose all my stuff... Oh god". It was actually pretty detrimental to my playing as even basic zombies I would hit once and run away. It wasn't until a bit later that I realized I was being silly and started actually playing. I had forgotten how easy everything in normal was. However in the back of my mind I was always worried about dying. I understood how gearing up in hardcore worked... but I wasn't sure of just how much I should prioritize my stats. (low level - vit>main>int, high level - res>vit>main). It took a bit to get into the swing of things. Pretty soon I was cruising along killing everything. (Always explore the whole map... provides good exp and items. Rushing leads to death).
Since I was moving along pretty well I stopped really paying attention to gear and just played the game. Once I got to the Skeleton King I realized that I was gearing up VERY wrong. I thought I was doing well up till that point, but I realized that he still hit like a truck... and I was going to have better luck killing him with kindness than with my blade. Turns out that even though I thought i was well geared I really wasn't. I had focused TOO MUCH on vit, and because of that I was lacking in str. Eventually I won, but I learned a valuable lesson. (low level - vit>=main>int) So, a quick trip to the AH and I found that the economy isn't jacked up... since there aren't any people in hardcore farming act 4 Inferno, there isn't an influx of expensive items, so everything is actually pretty cheap. For about 2k I got an awesome wep that made the rest of the run a joke. Lesson learned.
From this point forward I basically breezed through now that I had an understanding of gear and a new play style. When I downed the Butcher I was quite excited... Act 1 completed hardcore style. It was a high that I have not experienced in the standard game.
-Act 2: 17 - 25
Knowing from SC that Act 2 is unforgiving when it comes to melee I was once again quite scared. I know that in normal you generally don't have to worry much about being hit... but then again, its hardcore. I started out quite cautiously, however a few more levels and I discovered revenge... caution went out the window.
My gear was pretty awesome, I got to Belial and just did a nice "Tank and Spank". My HP never went below 90%, had I of thought ahead and used frenzy rather than cleave I would have killed him even faster.