What worries me is that we still need another ranged class and none of the mellee classes seems to be designed to use shields a lot.
I proposed this idea in the "Official Ranged Class Idea Contest" thread:
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The "Guardian" Class
The Guardian is kind of a mix between the Paladin and the Amazon with some Druid-ness thrown into it.
The current D3 classes don't have a lot of weapon variety, but the Guardian could use bows, crossbows, javelins, throwing knives, swords, clubs, shields, etc.
It wouldn't be a very "Holy" class (since we have the Monk now) but a bit of a mix between an armored knight and an archer.
Skill Trees: Nature: Auras and nature-magic skills, possibly summons Defense: Shield techniques, traps, and other defensive skills Range: Bow skills, throwing weapon skills, etc.
The Guardian is a formidable opponent that can quickly adapt to his situation. He has many skills at his disposal while he has distance between him and his enemy, but when his enemies get close he can still protect himself while dealing some serious damage.
While I don't think this EXACT idea will come to fruition, I believe Blizzard is probably toying around with something similar. Although we won't actually know for another year...
But wait folks, in all these posts did we even talk about what they'd do for females? Because all the other classes are male and female, what about female monks (if such a thing, perhaps more like a priestess. Makes me think of Iron Monkey movie)? Or would they only have a male monk and a female only 5th class?
I'm pretty sure they're making all the classes both Male and Female. Just because they did not reveal the Female Monk right away doesn't mean she doesn't exist. The Male Wizard wasn't seen in-game until the gamescom/BlizzCon build.
Heads up guys, the Monk's skill videos are up on Diablo3.com. Thankfully they don't seem as ridiculous as they did in the gameplay video. Also, they definitely have some kind of charge-up like the Assassin.
There are already bows in the game, so the final class has to be a ranged or hybrid type of some sort. It will probably not be anything as simple as we are expecting, though
I'm gonna guess a generic "Ranger" class because we've already had Rogue/Amazon/Druid and they need a ranged fighter and a nature-magic user, and "Ranger" covers both of those. Actually, I have a theory they're gonna have 6 classes in the game because at this point the game is mostly likely not coming out until 2011, which gives them more time, and I'm sure they have too many ideas to fit into 5 classes.
One thing I'm concerned about is the effectiveness of the Monk. He just seems a bit overpowered at the moment. I'll hold my judgement until we see REAL gameplay, and not the gameplay trailer which obviously is going to showcase the strength of the Monk and not the weakness of it. Also, I really hope they make some severe gameplay changes for the other classes, to make them more interesting both physically and visually, because I'd hate to see half of all the D3 players playing the Monk.