Decided to test out dueling on the PTR client 1.0.7. As you can see it didn't work out too well. May the person with the best gear win and the others fall to their demise. Not what I expected after eight months of development...
I mean no disrespect but.....what you just said there is pretty darn silly. Diablo is no MMO. It is supposed to be about who has the best gear. Whether you have no life and played 12 hours a day to get your gear, played for 3 hours a night after work for a year to get your gear or you whipped out your bank account for your gear...........Diablo is, has been and hopefully always will be about the gear.
By the looks of videos I've been seeing on YouTube, it's very reminicant of D2 PvP.
It also goes to prove how many people jumped on the "I played D2 bandwagon" without really doing so.
From my somewhat limited D2 PvP experience: there was no way out of stunlock Charge Paladins. There was no way to dodge an Amazon throwing 100 homing-piercing arrows at your direction. There was no way to dodge Thunder Storm/Frozen Orb Sorcs or a Bone Spirit Necro.
10+ years went by and they didn't "fix" anything. The skills remained the same. But don't worry, they will very likely fix some of those more broken strategies. They listen a lot more nowadays than what people give credit.
I'm enjoying dueling so far. I really don't have any significant complaints -- as a DH, WD for me are pretty tough to beat, but I'm sure someone will figure out a counter build.Then again, I don't have amazing gear.
Something that may be cool is if they added a faster regen buff for all players in the dueling arena (would disappear if you leave though).