Crusader. First Impressions.

  • Love the fact a holy warrior will be returning to the roster. I felt just the monk was a little lacking for the 'light' department. In DnD terms.

    Monk, Crusader: Chaotic Good
    Barbarian, Wizard: Neutral
    Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor: Chaotic Evil

    I think making him different from a paladin or barbarian was a good idea, though some of the direction of the class is confusing. Bombardment should be a barbarian move first off.

    To quote Nevalistis. "Crusaders tend to travel alone, occasionally with a ward or apprentice, and rarely interact with one another or the public as a unit. It's part of the reason they've remained unnoticed for so long."

    Considering that, why does the crusader have a platoon of readily stocked and equipped siege-men following behind the "Lone Ranger(s)"?

    Crusaders are described also as being of cleansers of land and soul. The last line against evil and corruption. Something which other paladin factions failed to fight off. Will Crusaders be seeing more healing/support spells, or was oom the bane to other holy factions.

    I love the steed abilities, cant wait to battle clash with them.

    Iron Maiden though. Wasn't that a Diablo 2 necromancer spell? I know the crusader is going toward a grittier holy warrior feel, and they are starting to feel like the Spanish inquisition(here we go).

    Why not go all out and do dual wield shields. Or throwing them. Having it be the focus beacon of their power? Or duel wield flails charged with sweeping holy power?. It seems as though we are going to be using sword and board all the time, and I already get that with my protection paladin. Let me blast a golden lazor from holy runes on my shield. Reference: Warrior of light from dissidia.
  • Monk, Crusader: Chaotic Good
    Barbarian, Wizard: Neutral
    Demon Hunter, Witch Doctor: Chaotic Evil


    Hm. I'd personally be thinking more:

    Monk: Lawful Good
    Crusader: Neutral Good
    Barbarian, Demon Hunter: Chaotic Neutral
    Wizard, Witch Doctor: True Neutral

    I don't think any of the Nephalem are inherently evil. Perhaps some are a little morally nonplussed about how they go about saving the world, but ultimately they have good intentions.

    10/11/2013 04:44 PMPosted by Gorvi
    Will Crusaders be seeing more healing/support spells, or was oom the bane to other holy factions.


    The intention behind the Crusader is more of a medieval, literal tank. I don't mean so much in the role of "tank," but in terms of an actual, mechanical, modern-day tank. Heavy armor, brutal mid-range artillery, and general militaristic bad-assitude are the themes you should associate with the Crusader.

    10/11/2013 04:44 PMPosted by Gorvi
    I know the crusader is going toward a grittier holy warrior feel, and they are starting to feel like the Spanish inquisition(here we go).


    The real question is... do you expect them? On a serious note, Crusaders are pretty much the opposite of an "inquisition." Part of their reason for journeying to the East for a way to purge their faith of taint was because they were vehemently against the more inquisition like sects of the Zakarum. I covered that a little in this post, but I'm happy to provide further clarity. =)
  • 10/11/2013 09:47 PMPosted by Cormag
    Is the Crusader's Bombardment ability magic, or is there really a small crew of artillery following her around Sanctuary to proved fire support?


    The Crusader doesn't really roll with an entourage. They rarely travel with more than a single ward or apprentice (if not entirely alone). Their abilities are fueled by Wrath, which subsequently is fueled by their devotion to the Zakarum. In a sense, it's divine magic.

    10/12/2013 02:45 PMPosted by Guybrush
    Hourah! Nevalistis is one of us. I am glad to see you like tabletop rpg.


    I wear a d20 around my neck on a daily basis, and a set of dice is always within my reach. Never know when you need to roll a saving throw.

    10/13/2013 07:30 AMPosted by JellyPants
    So crusaders won't be seeing a Melee centric focus? Or do you mean that the crusader sort of rolls forward, attacking target's at midrange and then crushing them in melee?


    Both! Melee with a shield focus and mid-ranged artillery are both combat elements for the Crusader, and the different styles intermingle quite well. You might throw a powerful burst of light to lead in before bashing a demon in the face with your shield, or you might focus entirely on one style over the other. There will be quite a few options to experiment with. =)

    Why do some people think the Crusader is a Lawful Good type character? They aren't D&D paladins.


    I think it's important to note that not only are Crusaders unlike D&D Paladins, they are also unlike Sanctuary's Paladin orders. While they share some surface similarities, their goals (and more specifically their means to those goals) are quite different. Paladins are devoted to the teachings of Akarat and spreading the Zakarum faith. Crusaders, however, are focused on purging all evil, particularly by purifying the corruption that they fear still lingers in their faith.