hey there once again - I really think this is a well thought out guide, so I want to put a couple more of my two cents in.
Did another run with a friend of mine tonight (same person, only two of us)This is the setup I used tonight
It worked wonders. Was a GREAT mix of Bandos not hitting me a lot, and CONSTANT splashes from the mage.
I don't know if you'd like to edit your guide when specifically talking about Duo setup versus a full team, or possibly talking about the importance of Magic defense in a small group. Another option would be to definatly test it out for yourself... but I am 100% sold on at least having half decent magic defense and good ranged.
Thanks again, and I hope you don't see this as trying to hijack your thread or tell you what to do or anything malicious like that. Just would like to help out in any way possible towards this very thorough guide.
The trouble is that the tank strategy isn't meant for duo trips. If your tank doesn't attack, you're not doing enough damage to kill the boss efficiently. Unforuntately, with only one other person, your splitting the damage from the minions 50-50.
I may look into writing a guide for duo trips, but yes, I would wager that you want partial magic defense when doing duo. Although really, I'd suggest just sticking to at least 3 people. The amount of kills you get is far higher, your chances of obtaining good treasure is therefore also higher, and if something goes wrong, it's more likely someone will be able to bless your grave and such. Admittedly you do get a smaller share, but getting more kills seems to cover that.
I might take a look into duo Bandos trips, but I've tried it once in the past, and found that if you want to duo, both Armadyl and Zamorak are far better alternatives.
And yes, I'm willing to say your death was a stroke of bad luck. Your friend either ate or potted exactly as you struck another hit, and Graardor and Steel decided to combo you. This is always possible of course, but with a larger team, it's far less likely EVERYONE will stop and leave all 4 guys on you.
If you would still prefer to do duo trips, go ahead and use whatever set up works for you best. Sorry I can't really help you with that, but from my experience, it's very inefficient and therefore I've spent less time refining strategies for it.