I am voting for Barbarian, just checked tal.calculator, he has few very handy features out there, I know the games is made that way, so that everyone can solo the whole thing, but with those barb. talents I think it would be alot easier, the extra proc for a health globe, and dmg red spell is awesome! i think i will be stacking life steal on him
My first one will be Demon hunter. I'm also thinking about starting a Witch doctor just because of they funny voice and comments he can pull off. Buut since I always wanted to play Demon hunter, I'll just stick with that.
I love it how people are saying 1st char for hc will be Barbarian, Demon Hunter , Wizard when we all know the answer is a char that can stay back while his minions are testing the waters ( aka see how the mob packs behave , which have resistences and magic aoe, or high burst), so the answer to this is pretty much The Witch Doctor like Necromancer in Diablo 2.
You can stack finding magic items stuff while u stand back and you get a chance to use your head and not rush in to die like a nab especialy on inferno which seems to be as the dev say the place where you will die alot.
So after you farmed and get some stuff and maybe you get lucky and don`t die to a latency spike or something else you can think of gearing another class ( I thaught making a monk as 2nd char so I`ll tend to farm with witch doctor for a monk gear if I`m lucky with rng drops).
Active Character Skills
Crippling Wave [Concussion] - for 40% dmg reduction
Deadly Reach [Keen Eye] - for 125% armor increase
Dashing Strike [Soaring Skull] - crowd control - slow 50% - plus extra mobility
Inner Sanctuary [Circle of Protection] - crowd controll (tigh places!) plus 40% damage reduction
Mantra of Conviction [Intimidation] - increase damage by 20% (40%) and 30% damage reduction
Breath of Heaven [Blazing Wrath] - heal plus increace damage by 20%
Passive Character Skills
Resolve - damage reduction by 30% for hit targets
Near Death Experience - last stand for hard situations, must have for HC.
One With Everything - Max resistances, to focus on gear with one resistance only
One think i wonder how damange reduction will stack.
Voting for Witch Doctor personally. Have always played a pet-oriented class (WD is sorta it in D3) throughout the years from Necro in EQ to Warlock in WoW and then will continue the tradition of dark-oriented classes. Next choice would be a Demon Hunter, just because.
I'm going to start off with a Wizard in softcore just to unlock hardcore. After that I guess my first character in hardcore will have to be the witchdoctor. I'm going to build him as a full summoner, just stand back and enjoy. Once I become more familiar with the game I will be making a super tanky barb to rip through hardcore with.
I am going for Monk in SC first so i dont think i will test him out in hardcore for a while. My first hardcore char will be a Witch Doctor as stated in a previous post i can simply let my minions test the enemys until im sure i can join the fighXD I am very inexperienced with hardcore from d2 so this seems to be the safest way to start. I am definately eager to test hardcore with all the chars once i get a felling for it.