Barbarian to test the waters, then very soon simultaneously my main, a Monk. Looks like Monk will be the typical HC class atm, I would 've guessed Witch Doctor initially. But yeah, Monk gets some pretty OP spells / runes later on which are perfect for HC.
Probably will go demon hunter for hc and monk of sc. DH looks like fun and a challenge so hc would be my primary choice. D2 i played assassin and had to be my fav class so DH is as close as it gets to that
I haven't had a chance to try the game out just yet, but I imagine I'll make a monk to start things off in HC. They look like the most fun by watching the videos, and judging by their skills it seems like I won't have too hard of a time surviving.
If not monk, then demon hunter. My favorite class in Diablo II was Amazon, and rogue in Diablo I. I really like the ranged-type classes, but for some reason monk seems more appealing.
I dont know if anyone remembers the game Dark stone, but it was a very diablo-esque game that looked pretty good for its time. Anyway, Monk and Priest was the way to go in that game. I stand by that today
Also, Hellfire (the Diablo 1 expansion that I for some reason never beat the boss in the Hole), had the monk. I thought he was pretty sick. I just don't want to be the typical every-day barb, since there will be a million of them.
Another thing to think about is the fact that in HC, some classes will be way more popular b/c of survivability. That means that auction house prices will be jacked for certain classes as a result of the higher demand.