My friend decided to just copy all his runes to attain high runes - and I decided to go with this too. Sure, it ruins the longetivity of the game, but thinking of it, that might be a good thing
Anyway, that allowed me to turn my melee sorc into a DualDream sorc - a sorceress equipped with a Dream helm and shield (effectively giving the sorc a permanent lvl30 holy shock aura). Because lightning mastery influences melee attacks twice (or something), the damage boost is huge - I now have between 1k and 30k average damage (mostly lightning, some fire, even less physical) and an aura that's worth a few thousand lightning damage per second. With Passion equipped, the attackspeed is huge too.
This is all nice and fun, but here's my problem:
She's more fragile than a box of wineglasses in a rollercoaster. I thought energyshield would make my character resilient enough (atm I'm maxing telekinesis), but she's still extremely fragile. And melee manaburn monsters are the worst - apparantly they do 256x mana burn damage instead of the 4x they should, due to a bug. Heh, if you think TQ was bugged, you should check out the D2 bugs...
Since we play on /players 8 - everything is much more resilient. Does anybody have any advice what to do? I could make a bearsorc if necessary, but I'm not sure if that would work. I also don't know if I should go max block... this is for pvm only - and I'm starting to suspect a melee sorc is crap no matter how you build here, mostly due to the mana burn bug. I've maxed Warmth and equipped Insight on my prayer merc (around 1000% mana regen), but still, it's too tough.
Any ideas/suggestions to make her last longer in Hell?