Hi, I am VadC. Haven’t played for quite a while. Recently I looked at the best drops and price check topics and thought to myself – when I played like 2 years ago, I didn’t find such things(but loot was good, nevertheless). That made me remember quite a thing from psychology. Seeing good stuff that always happens to others leads to feeling bad. Ala what I call Facebook effect. Here’s why: You log into Facebook You see all your friends having great time, cars, exceptional holidays (for women - glamorized wedding, babies, I am proud to be mommy) posts. Seeing stuff like that day in and day out makes one feel like a looser. Why do they get all the fun and excitement? They don't. They're just posting highlights of their life. Milestones. Waypoints of sort. They have plenty of shit in their lives too, they just don't show it. Therefore you're seeing only the good stuff and feel like you're the only one who get's the tonns of shit... Enter Diablo. Seeing how other members have this amazing loot just drop out in random place or to sell for countless of HR’s also makes one get a bit less excited about the whole d2 thing. Here’s the simple answer – it’s all math and it isn’t all that that great. While the server offers wide variety of easy to get loot places and have great chance of finding good stuff, all the drops are still more or less a result of countless hours of *work*. And after that hard work, that one or two pictures one posts are a selection of one exceptionally good item versus 10k of worthless and crappy stuff. Yes, there are success stories of magically finding that one super hard-to-get tiara with 2 socks, 2 class skills, 30 frw or 20 fcr, str, all res etc, but that kind success is quite calculatable. Plus, most items are to be shown by maphack, so it’s harder to simply miss them. You start understanding using simple strategies like – what is my end goal? For example, if you need a jewel of 9 str and 15 all res, you’re going to reroll it and you're most likely not going to find it at Hell Baal room. You’re going to check which item level is needed for both of these affixes to *spawn*(p.s. it's ilvl50) and you're going to go and clear those area levels(50) to get the jewel with those stats(actually it's not that uncommon to find one) or to find one to reroll. Same for 20hp/5 all res sc’s or max dmg/ar/hp(or str/dex) GC’s. For finding good stuff clearing speed is of essence. For gambling, rerolling and crafting good stuff, either item level, either area level or your character level is of essence(sometimes, like when crafting two of those). You check with affix calculator to calculate best levels to get mods you want on an item you want. For example, crafting good gloves means checking all the affixes and seeing which item level offers greatest bang for your buck. There are very high item level affixes that are simply crap. Then you look at formula how the item level is calculated when crafting. A lot of times teducing the char level at which you craft the gloves means you can control the item level of the gloves, which in the end can cut down the unnecessary additions to the gloves. In the end you cut down shitty mods and have higher chance to get the lovely one's. For example, if I remember correctly from d2jsp forum, gloves usually were best gambled and then crafted with level 72-76 character(you should check d2jsp for crafting guides unless someone has brought them here or made worthwhile version themselves). Anyway, use math, calculate better drops. Have success more easily. While this turned into some kind of rant quite fast, I'll show you how to roll 20hp small charm with a chance of either mana or all res. Let's check the diablo 2 affix calculator, shall we? We want small charm, so we choose small charm and press that magical Show Affixes button below. We get a table. So we check both prefix and suffix for mods we want(there can be only one of each, except when 3/20/20, from where the prefix has both max dmg + ar). So we find the necessary Prefix and Suffix at their isles and find the item level necessary for those affixes. Prefix: +13 to +17 to Mana - ilvl 48 +3% to +5% to each Resistance - ilvl33 Suffix: +16 to +20 to Life - ilvl 47 For you to get sc with 20hp/17mana you need to loot for sc's at areas with level 48 max. Open chests etc. Pick up all the sc's and then you reroll them. It cuts off all the mods like ''5 - 7 to 9 - 14 Cold-Damage over 1 Seconds''(ilvl66). For you to get sc with 20hp/[email protected] you need ilvl47, but I'd always go for ilvl48 because of adding the the mana prefix. I used this strategy to get Sur's+ for GC's that are perfect for low level duelists I found and rolled from small areas. Always check char level required for item to be used. For some unknown reason a bit more nooby players laughed at me when they saw I am selling a gc with ilvl29, but the best GC you can find/roll with ilvl29 and that is usable on lvl21 lld char is: Prefix(max dmg + ar is single prefix): ''+49 to +76 to Attack Rating +7 to +10 Maximum Damage'' Suffix: ''+12% Faster Hitrecovery'' or ''+16 to +20 to Life'' or ''+7% faster Run/Walk'' or ''+5 to +6 to Dexterity'' or ''+5 to +6 to Strength'' or ''50 Poison-Damage over 6 Seconds'' etc. Or you can roll large charms which are even better for lld char. Here's there best ilvl29 large charm you can roll: Prefix: ''+21 to +48 to Attack Rating +4 to +6 Maximum Damage'' Suffix: ''+8% Faster Hitrecovery'' or ''+16 to +20 to Life'' or ''+5% faster Run/Walk'' or ''+4 to +5 to Dexterity'' or ''+4 to +5 to Strength'' Add 2 of these large charms and you have the best bang for your buck at lld with char of lvl 21. There are only 4 places where you can get ilvl29 items - one is normal Izzy and the rest are chests in normal act 5. Chaotic and turned into something else, I know... but I hope I was of any value. Here's one more. Rolling a skiller with some hp. I know we all love 45hp, but 24 is better than clean one and it's quite easy to roll. Checking for some affix levels for skiller GC with hp: Prefix: 1 to skill (ilvl 50) Suffix: +26 to +30 to Life(ilvl45) Take GC's from ilvl 50-54 places and roll those to have best chance to get 1 cold/light 30HP GC. Also, if you were able to find a clean skiller, there was already a chance to get at least 30hp on it. Don't despair if no success comes to you yet, use math, calculate better drops for future before you mindlessly look for it. WHy am I giving this away? Not going to play. Just thought some of the less fortunate members who are better with math should turn their luck around with a bit smarter decisions.