I think the reason why one can stick to playing D2 LOD for such a long period of time is due to the versatility of the game. Though the gameplay is pretty straight forward but the variety of stuffs you can do with items, craftings, difference of how an item can change from patch to patch to make the game more exciting. Not only to the my fav moo moo level .
Wah... so many technical questions wor... Hard to give a straight forward answer as the game items' power and usefulness change from patch to patch. Some patches can render certain items to become useless and vice versa.
1) I prefer to balance among all when in Hell level. Imagine a boss that's so uber to immune to physical and elemental, with only poison to counter. Then some are immune to elemental and poison but not physical and release level 20 charge bolts when attacked. :sweat:
2) Minimum damage is more important but most important is critical strike damage %.
3) Depending on what character you are using. Some like set items, some like unique and sometimes a rare item with nices combi stats can pwn many uniques. Like Amazon, many likes dex + critical, baba is life + physical min, Pala has Auradin / Paladin / Hammerdin etc... Too many to be listed out.