Ok so I'm pretty new to hc and wanted some advise. I'm playing a dh impale build. I have a back up set in case I die. I was thinking would it be worth it to use a gem of ease and bring the starting level of the set down to level 1 so that way you can level much faster? It may take a bit of time to level all the gems up but it is time farmed anyway. What are your thoughts?
Don't forget the hellfire amulet which also doesn't have a level requirement. It doesn't have an XP bonus but gives you a free passive and high stats so you can do higher difficulties for more XP to level solo.
On the topic of Hellfire Amulets, as the OP is playing HC, getting a hellfire with a second life passive will be the biggest benefit. I'd probably play it safe and not push the difficulty up too much in HC still.
Thank you all for the replys! I tested my theory out and have to say it worked out very well. For starters Im in a good clan with lots of helpful clanmates so all of your suggestions would have worked great. For me I wanted to see how well it would go solo. As much as I like to play with others I have a family and solo is the way to go (being able to pause the game). So I put a gem of ease on 4 pieces of the shadow set, one on the holy point shot and one on karlies point. I took my time and was on t3 and leveled up in 1 1/2 hrs. It could have gone much faster but i tend to play it safe. Because you get Impale at level 2 I was able to just tear threw everything. I think this method would work very well with crusaders thorns set, wizards tals set, monks inns set. Im not familiar enough on the wd and barb to know with set would be best for them.