The one actually known for his speed runs Diablo-Streamer MrLlamaSC (real name Alex Sementelli) took a particularly long time for a challenge this time. For over two years he was looking for a single item in Diablo 2: the Mang Song’s Lesson staff.
But even before that, MrLlama put a lot of time into his run. Even before the search for Mang Song 217;s Lesson began, the streamer spent another two and a half years combing the game for all sorts of objects. In total, his odyssey through Diablo 2 lasted four and a half years. What started in September 2016 now came to an end on April 29, 2021
The reason for this lengthy search was the so-called Holy Grail Challenge.
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What is the Holy Grail Challenge?
The Holy Grail Challenge has existed in the Diablo community for decades. So the search for the Holy Grail. The name is a bit irritating, because actually it’s not about finding a single item. Instead, players want to collect all of the unique items and set items.
For MrLlamaSC that meant to find a total of 386 unique items, as well as another 127 set items. For his search he built a magician who was perfectly skilled for the task. So he was able to increase their “Magic Find” value, which means that rare items are more frequently dropped by opponents.
Why did he have to search so long?
But that doesn’t change the fact that some items have an incredibly low drop chance. MrLlamas Excel spreadsheet it can be seen that he needed two years for the last 17 items and another two years for Mang Song’s staff alone.
No wonder, after all, the drop probability itself is on the Hell difficulty level at just 0.0024624 percent. And so the staff is not even the rarest item. Tyrael’s Might has a drop chance of 0.0006715 percent.
The concept of the Holy Grail is therefore justified at the latest when players only need to find a certain item. In the case of MrLlama, that was Mang Song’s Lesson. His joy when the wand finally appears can hardly be put into words. Fortunately, we don’t have to do that at all (from 00:26):
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If you want to see the entire journey up to this point, you will find it a playlist with 286 videos on Youtube. There you can accompany MrLlama on his entire search and, for example, experience how he taps Tyrael’s Might.
It will now be exciting to see how the search for the Holy Grail continues with the release of Diablo 2: Resurrected. Certainly, some streamers will not miss this opportunity and go looking for all the unique items in the remaster again. Colleague Natalie asked the developers what will happen in Diablo 2: Resurrected before the release and prepared an article:
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Have you ever tried to collect all of the unique items in Diablo 2? Please tell us in the comments about your adventures in the Hack & Slay classic.