Wargasm wrote:Not to mention a capstone that, in order to use best, you need to give up 30-50% of your inventory for. And people call JJ's prep cost crippling. GG gives lots of bonuses at the end, but any of them individually can be done better by another deity. Cleansing is really his only unique boon. I'm not really fond of GG at all and pretty much only use him if my other altars are Pactmaker and late-discovered JJ (or Dracul on a map full of undead), and after I've drank all my potions.
Humility is what really sells GG in terms of raw power, and absolution helps round it out. The amount of extra experience (along with a nice bit of extra power if you do hit lvl 10) you can get from it with fairly little effort is remarkable.
As for Enlightenment, I'm guilty of trying really hard to make it work in situations where a bunch of Protection shots or conversion or both would be better but if you plan for it, the payoff *feels* really good. Making it actually worth requires real GG dedication, often involves desecration(s), and as has been mentioned by Blovski, is tricky to plan; you really need to use it for a mid-fight level up to really get value out of it. It can be a pretty tough judgement call at best. But being the *only* thing in the game that offers a curse wipe definitely counts for something... and if set up with enough beads, the stats are actually rather nice. As for the Inventory complaint, I find that if I really want to use Enlightenment, I need to convert a lot of stuff for Piety anyway, so by the time I've got the beads, I don't have much else to put in there anyway.
Which is partially why it's pretty much never worth it outside of Vicious; those dungeons have extended end-games, which means more Piety from levels, often more gold with which to buy stuff to convert... and more opportunities to leverage Protection and Cleansing first, *then* aim for Enlightenment.
Speaking of which, it's bragging time (I know, I know, stupidly good deity setup, quite lucky overall, not *that* special... shut up, I'm proud damnit!
This was a while ago. I improvised an early Binlor (hadn't found anything else yet) into a Piety farm to convert into GG still at lvl1 with 50 Piety. Pactmaker's Scholar's Pact made Firstborn a breeze, and Cleansing for the Dragon Guards. Of course, I reached The Matron with a ton of curses...
I didn't even realise I'd managed Parched at first, but when I did, I *had* to keep a screenshot...(low quality is due to the fact that, in order to do so, I had to start a video recording software, take a still video, and screecap that XD)
*Edited* for ridiculously large image.