Do you think Barbarians will be viable in pvp?

  • #1
    Most of the other classes are ranged and have movement abilities to avoid leap. Where do you think a Barbarian will be, 1-5 in pvp?
  • #2
    He will be very OP, trust me!
  • #3
    Barbs have a lot of mobility control at their disposal, including some that seem to be designed to specifically counter ranged attackers:

    Weapon Throw: Throwing Hammer Rune
    Ancient Spear: Any rune really but especially Grappling Hooks/Harpoon
    Leap: Call of Arreat/Death From Above
    Furious Charge: Again any rune but especially Merciless Assult/Bull Rush/Dreadnought
    Seismic Slam: Stagger
    Sprint: Marathon/Forced March

    That doesn't even take into account their ability to impair movement on enemies once they're within reach... and the barb has more of that than I care to mention...
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  • #4
    Yeah i really forgot about the Ancient Spear, that seems to have a lot of potential. It seems that i have overlooked a lot of aspects of them, i was only going by what I was watching on streams.
  • #5
    VERY viable,

    stuns
    leap
    that trow/drag back spear
    seismic slam (oh you get away... like it matters lol)
    survivability skills

    they are gonna own pvp, but then again, so can anyone ;) its more about build & skill
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  • #6
    I've got a post on these forums somewhere for what I've labeled as the PITA (Pain In The Ass) Barb build. It's not really designed to kill anyone so much as just showcase how much control the Barb can have over the field of play. If you locate it just keep in mind some of the runes have changed since that post so it might not make as much sense as it used to - but for the most part I think you'll agree that the Barb has plenty at his/her disposal to stay competative.

    In my opinion the Barb probably has more control than anyone.
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  • #7
    Barb will be good don't worry :D

    They may very well be a primary target though they can probably take the extra heat from always being a target (melee) regardless.
    The strong must rule if we are to survive.
  • #8
    :facepalm:
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  • #9
    Not to sound biased but I would rank Barbarian number 1. Based on what I've seen, of course I haven't played any arena because that's impossible.
  • #10
    He'll do fine - since the game is online only I believe blizzard will try to balance all characters equally.
  • #11
    Yes.

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  • #12
    the five class will be op. The millions of spell combo u can pick, it all depends on you. How you make your build and how you act.
    Vingor#1871
  • #13
    Every class will be viable.. duh
  • #14
    I've you would take some time to check the barbarian pvp clips from BlizzCon you will see that they are quite viable. Even if it is old footage. For 3v3 and up, ancient spear and ground stomp is win. So you do not need to worry about em, they will be fine.
    Black Swordsman
  • #15
    I didn't play much PvP in d2, but if memory serves they were pretty quick. If the fights will consist of short-term devestation, Barbs will probably be #1 with all the firepower they pack in the 120s cds.
  • #16
    Barb will only lose to demon hunter with hungering arrow/jump spams

    It sort of reminds me of 1.09 patch were amazons use to snipe people with windforce and the old version of guided arrow.....
    .... However in 1.10 with items such as enigma and doom bowazons went extinct in duels
  • #17
    Quote from Vanhyo

    Barb will only lose to demon hunter with hungering arrow/jump spams

    It sort of reminds me of 1.09 patch were amazons use to snipe people with windforce and the old version of guided arrow.....
    .... However in 1.10 with items such as enigma and doom bowazons went extinct in duels

    This game has a real Diablo 1 - classic D2 feel to it. The dueling will be a lot like Classic D2 was. Until they mess it up at least ha.
  • #18
    this is a serious question? like they would only make 4 out of 5 viable? o.0
  • #19
    Barb will be on top until Arena's begin and they get nerfed like Warriors did :(
  • #20
    Barbarian is a very strong archetype and seeing how he is the only STR hero, I doubt Blizzard will be able to nerf him a lot without affecting balance. So yes, Barb will be a PVP machine, together with Monk (I think).

    For solo play, I play DH because my computer lags and homing missiles clear levels even at 15 FPS.
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