I think you should at least mention that in HC week long races people are willing to part with really good gear for very cheap. Seeing as there is no need to hold on to gear for alts and what not. It is really easy to get top end gear in a race from other players.
So when you say you can't get more fresh start then you can in a hardcore race you are wrong. In open beta the gear you can trade for in a HC race will be super expensive to trade for in default normal mode.
This was not a fresh start character cause you traded for gear to make it work.
I like all your builds, but none of them are new player friendly at all. If a new person wishes to try out one of your builds (a really new person). They should first roll one of the easy mode early game cookie cutter builds like Blood Magic Mara or Minion Witch to farm up gear to make one of your builds work.
Just my opinions and once again great build.
You're certainly entitled to your opinion and I respect that! :) but would just like to add on a lil bit more.
Having played both Default and HC, the kind of gear I'm using will actually be much cheaper in default, simply because default players have a different mindset. In default it is the high DPS and high MF gears that go for much higher than in HC and it is the survivability gears that go for much lower than in HC.
It is indeed true that HC race economy differs slightly from OB HC, but that is only in the latter stages of the race, such as the last 2 days for instance whereby people start getting desperate for map crafting orbs and start selling stuff really cheaply. However at the start of HC races, which is certainly about the time I created the character, the economy doesn't differ much from the start of OB.
Things tend to go for alchs or chaos in HC and even now in regular HC, that hasn't changed. When OB starts no one will be asking for extravagant amounts in both default and HC because no one will be that rich yet.
To be honest, the only bargain I got was for Magnate which would usually be worth about an exalted but I got it for a GCP and 3 Chaos/Alchs. The other pieces of gear which I had to trade for were if anything more expensive during the race as compared to out of it because they were equipment with high +life rolls which were essential for survivability and subsequent progression. Again, with the different mindset of default players I expect default prices will be much lower.
I guess my opinion of a fresh start character differs from yours because to me, trading is part of the game, so is interaction with the online community. It is very difficult to succeed in HC in a race situation without trading because you need orbs to craft and you need upgrades, not all of which can be found. I didn't think I needed to define a fresh start character as one having to rely on all aspects of the game, ie. trading, crafting and farming but to me that's what a fresh start character has to do. On the other hand, if it were not a fresh start character, you would probably already have items in stash to support your character so that's a different story!
I admit that my builds aren't exactly the most newb-friendly builds to follow, but if they were easy to come up with in the first place I wouldn't have to try and write a guide about it! :)
That said, I'm still trying to make it easier to understand for new players, so guys, do feel free to let me know regarding aspects of the guide that could be improved!
I'm glad you voiced your opinions, and thanks for the compliment! :)
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