Returning player from way back, but all my old guildies seem to be gone (and the times I can play are erratic these days) so I've mainly been running a WF Rogue 2/Artifcer X (using a Great Crossbow) under the old challenge-solo rules of no grouping, no AH and no farming (one completion per difficulty). I'm currently level 15 and it looks like I've hit diminishing returns as far as AC goes, I can get it up to 33 long-term via Shield of Faith and Toughen Construct, 39 for single fights using Tenser's, but I'm getting hit pretty often whenever I take aggro away from my dog. Also, looking at some of the named gear that I could possibly get later on much of the stuff I'm leaning towards is Wizard stuff. On the other hand, my Reflex is +19 which doesn't seem to be enough for Evasion to matter more than 1/2-2/3 of the time if it's an Elite trap.
So my question is, as the topic says, should I give up on AC entirely, stock up on Blur scrolls and become even better friends with the S key or retrain Mithral Body into Adamantine Body (and retrain my Rogue levels if I find a Heart) and accept that any traps where the box is in the danger zone I will have to just run through?