We've seen video evidence of armor ignore being chained from beginning to end of a battle with an EV. Lynk has said this is a normal occurrence. I have yet to have a single battle where I chained AI from beginning to end. Have I chained 10, 20, maybe 30, yes but eventually I run out of mana and need to hit without specials to recover mana. This happens easily 5 - 10 times, sometimes more. Below are my specs, what's not right? 120 Swords, Tactics, Bushido, Anat 100 Lumber (I have tried switching to a broadsword with same result, adding parry in) 99 Necro The rest in Chiv which I only use for sacred journey My weapon is a hatchet 56 Mana leech - Max 50 HLD (+30 on M&S) 38 Stam leech 20 SSI (+5 on cape) total 25 SSI Air ele slayer My armor and jewels 100 DI 45 HCI 45 DCI 40 LMC 50 EP 30 HLD 138 HP / 190 Stam / 115 Mana I'm hitting for 165 - 222 per AI I'm swinging at 1.25 down to 120 stam which I rarely ever get down to. I'm using honor and reaching perfection. I have the 300 points required for mana reduction on specials. Soul charge on a shield helped very little. What gives?