The most recent character that I have played on the normal servers and have fallen in love with, is the Summoning Necromancer. PTR Patch 1.13 brought about some buffs which really helps define the damage done from the Necromancer himself, and also helped solve some problems as far as what skills to choose aside from summons.
Official Blizzard Quote:
-Blood Golem - Removed negative shared life effect (player no longer loses life when golem takes damage).
-Corpse Explosion - Increased base damage dealt from 60% - 100% to 70% - 120% of corpses health.
-Poison Nova - Increased base damage by 15%.
Strength: This depends on how rich you are in-game. However, as of now, you can respec your character if you overfill your Strength. Basically, you only need enough Strength to use all of your items.
Dexterity: This also depends on how rich you are in-game. However, as of now, you can respec your character if you overfill your Dex. Basically, you only need enough Dexterity to use all of your items. Max block isn't a big deal here, you won't be tanking at all. If you happen to take damage, you'll have Bone Armor on.
This leaves us with 3 skill points wherever you want. We don't have Bone Wall or Bone Prison, but we receive the Bone Wall charges from our boots. You could put them in Bone Spirit or Bone Spear, but our damage will be coming from Poison Nova and Corpse Explosion, with Teeth for psn immunes. With that in mind, you could either put the last three into CE, Bone Armor, or you could complete the Curse tree by getting Dim Vision, Confuse, and Attract. If you are looking to save points you can take a few out of CE, though with 10 points in CE, it should clear a room out due to it's large radius.
With the news grinding to a halt, the holidays have been rather uneventful.
... If, you don't count THE NEW DIABLO II PATCH!
Your levels of excitement may vary, but I was pretty thrilled that the patch had finally been released. I've gone from despising it at first, to now being absolutely pumped that it's out, since now Blizzard is really starting to take community suggestions.
So, now that I've got that out of the way, onto the community.
First off, is this gem of speculation, created by Don_guillotine. If you haven't read it, read it, as it could be the most solid speculation I have ever seen. This thread, also played a massive part in making Don part of the news team (Welcome to the team, BTW.), but that will be discussed later. In conclusion, he figures that the next class will be a rogue. But the road he took to get to that conclusion was, as the very least, massive.
There has been a lot of talk lately about Blizzard moving games to consoles, and CrazyCapnMorgan made a pretty solid poll about the opinions of the forum. In it, he's carefully outlined the questions, the conditions, and has left the door open for some interesting speculation about how, when, and if Blizzard would ever make a console game. As it stands, most people are sitting on the fence, however, this trend could be swayed by some of you voting (hint hint).
Since Avatar has been blowing peoples minds left right and center, it seems appropriate to spotlight the thread created on these forums about the movie, brought to you by hyde. The thread had gotten 10 pages of solid discussion on the movie thus far, if you're looking for a review, opinions, or nuances about the movie, this is the place to look for em'.
Restructured yet again, this time the Blizz Tracker. Now, we've got one button that leads to the various trackers (another of which is soon to be added, giving us a total of 3).
Also, we've got a button that will send you to the Diablofans Twitter page. If you've got a twitter account, spread that page like the plague, we need more followers.
Also, we've got 3 new staff members!
Nyalite - "If there's anything else you want to know about me, please ask me. I don't bite." Scyberdragon - "My main focus will be braving the black plague that is twitter to relay all of the important information back to you guys safely." Don_guillotine -"Hi, I'm Don G, and while I don't sleep with the fishes, I'll be writing editorials for the news!"
Zomg, we've got activity on the fan art and fan fiction forums.
Art This picture by DefiledVisions is just another one of his incredible pieces of artwork, throw some rep at him if you've got the time.
Fiction Seth and Daemaro have taken it upon themselves to revive the fan fiction forum. Both of their works (The Veiling by Seth, and False Prophecy by Daemaro) are works in progress, but both will hopefully be updated soon with more work, I'm looking forwards to having some reading material round' here.
The scramble has begun to update pages with the changes made by the 1.13 patch. More will be on the way, of course, since this patch will no doubt see more changes once feedback begins pouring in fron the public test realm. So if you see a change that has yet to be made, take it upon yourself to help them out.
They're also still finishing a lot of the quest pages, and NPC pages, and are in need of some help. This post has a table listing the completed, and yet to be completed pages for this section. So, once more, if you've got time to kill, and knowledge to spread, do it in the wiki. Blues not in the news
Snappy new title, hope ya'll like it.
Anywho, before Scyberdragon became staff, he posted up a thread about the Dreadlands, and the Arreat Crater. It included various pictures, and posts that never got much attention. The conclusion he reached was that, at some point in Diablo III, it seems we're visiting the Arreat Crater.
Happy Holidays everyone! I hope you all enjoy your Christmas Day festivities. Looks like Cain Clause has received our Christmas wish list, I wonder what he'll bring... Help him before Nasty Diablo steals everything; how many candy "cains" can you find in the picture? Perhaps you can join the ranks of Cain Clause.
Something that i've been wanting to do for quite some time now, is announce the DiabloFans Twitter! Feel free to follow us and receive tweets about the latest news posted here.
In other news, we've now literally got a new face to DiabloFans. Brand new favicon on the main site and a few new images for us to toy around with in the news. Some of you may want to "book" a flight to our DiabloWiki to see the changes in season there as well. [Technical difficulties on the wiki updates, they'll be up Soon(TM).] Feel free to make an account there and then link it to your Forum account via the "Edit Your Details" portion of your UserCP.
In case anyone wants to link to DiabloFans from their website, we've also got a brand new Link2Us Button to show for.
In addition to the cool new stuff, the rep system was recently redone, and a new post rank was recently added. Check out the introduction thread for more information regarding those changes. We've also had a few new Staff additions, all of whom are very well deserving of their positions. With that in mind, i'd like to welcome Nyalite, ScyberDragon, and Don_Guillotine! Lastly, if you haven't seen our recent announcement about CloudWolf's Project D3W, I urge you to check it out.
I'd like to give Jetrall and Psyxix a big thanks for being the DiabloFans plastic surgeons and creating all of these new images. To conclude the holiday post, i'd like to share with you a little poem that ScyberDragon wrote for this special day...
On the first day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, a return of the old man Deckard Cain
On the second day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 2 added inventory slots.
On the third day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 3 headed Diablo.
On the fourth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 4 new energy sources
On the fifth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 5 playable classes.
On the sixth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 6 clues on the fifth class.
On the seventh day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 7 types of fallen.
On the eighth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 8 different demons.
On the ninth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 9 years of waiting.
On the tenth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 10 details on the monk.
On the eleventh day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 11 creatures without a beastiary log.
On the twelfth day of Christmas, Blizzard revealed to us, 12 monster archetypes.
The close of December is upon us once more and the holiday season is ripe for celebration. We would like to share with all of you our requests to the jolly fat man in red this year as they pertain to a certain Diablo III.
Daemaro: I wish for Blizzard to release more information on how the new skill system will work soon.
Don_guillotine: I wish that Blizzard would work their bottoms off to polish patch 1.13 some more and make the fifth class extremely interesting to complete the already interesting round-up.
LinkX: I wish for a greater feel of all hell breaking loose in Diablo III. In Diablo II, it just seemed like we took our time. I want it to feel like if we don't defeat Diablo then the world is screwed. At the same time I want to feel like Heaven is also down our backs, waiting for us to kill Diablo for the final time so they can destroy us. In other words, I want all hell to break loose, and the heroes to not blindly fight what is viewed as bad, but to fight for balance in the world.
Lt. Venom: I wish for Diablo III to be released in October 2010 and for more opportunities to use the Horadric Cube.
MurderFace: I wish for a form of imbuing which allows you to develop your character's own set. The level of the item being imbued would determine how many enchantment slots it has, and there would be a diminishing return for repeated stat increases on the same item. Players could pick the color, model, aura (radiating light), and text color. The set would be named after the player, and they could only have one of each type of item (armor/weapon/amulet/ring) in their inventory.
necronergal: I wish for a fun clan experience.
Nyalite: I would wish for peace on earth for all mankind if this weren't a Diablo forum. With that in mind, the more carnage and destruction we get to see from Blizzard's creative team in the months to come will be quite sufficient.
PhrozenDragon: I wish for a truly masterful story. A tale that will have you jumping with joy at one point and cursing at heaven and hell in the next. A tale that will give us memorable characters that will remain strong for years beyond Diablo III's life-span. A tale that will carry with it moments that still reverberate within us when we reinstall the game for the tenth time. A tale that weaves the worlds of Diablo together and finishes with a thunderous roar.
Rykker: I wish for "desocketable" socketables, without destroying the item or socketables (as are the two choices in Torchlight... booooo).
scyberdragon: I wish that the Witch Doctor gets a lot of attention this coming up year. Skills, machenima video, and armor concepts.
Seth: I wish for the chance to enter an elemental plane like the Sorceress Habacalva did with her enchanted sword.
Siaynoq: I wish for the Priests of Rathma and Viz'jaqtaar to have an important role in the story of Diablo III as neither the Necromancer or Assassin will be returning as a playable class. Both these factions make up a big part of what I love about the lore of Sanctuary and overall feel and aesthetic of the Diablo universe. I know there have been comments from developers about the Necromancers being featured in some way, I only hope Necromancers and Assassins manage to play a more integral role in the story and not just an accessory one.
Sixen: I wish for a new age Cow Level and the return of the Chat Gem. Both will, of course, work as intended.
Stormcat: I wish for a 2010 release and for the game to be a challenge even with godly gear.
Zhar: I wish for runes that change the element a spell uses, as well as the color of the spell. Aesthetics and customization have always been an important feature for me, lets you make your character (or in this case, your skills) your own.
Zhuge: I wish for more info about the remains of Mount Arreat and how it affects Diablo III.
I hope you enjoyed ours and that these gave you guys some ideas. Let's hear 'em!