Okay thanks guys. Weird, I could have sworn that Leoric wasn't randomized. And to think, I call myself a Diabo fan!
Considering how important Leoric is to the story, with Albrecht and Lazarus, it actually is kind of surprising it wasn't a non-randomized quest. Imagine playing D1 all the way through without the Leoric quest, then to play a second time and getting to kill him and hearing your character say to him, "....I'll find your son." You'd feel a little cheated, yes?
You can still get the whole plot pretty good through NPC dialogue and the books found in the labyrinth, but encountering King Leoric on the way to Albrecht definitely adds intrigue to the story. And Leoric's story is supposed to be really sad and tragic. A once very noble king who was corrupted by Diablo and ultimately ended up as an undead servant-great stuff.
Its a fun/shit your pants fight. Jesus that sword of his does some good damage and knockback or something. Too bad he has a mace or whatever that is in D3 instead of his 2h sword.
I know we all talk about how scary the fight with The Butcher is, but I've always felt the one with King Leoric was totally underrated among hardcore fans. Just his taunt upon entering the tomb totally had me quaking in my bug boots.
Yeah, now that I think about, the King Leoric fight was just as scary if not more scary than the Butcher. The fact that he could revive his minions made the possibility of getting swarmed so much more possible than with the other bosses. In fact, I'd say just about every boss fight was very tense. Zhar the Mad included haha.