yeah i agree with someone here that said its not much of a paladin replacement...
Well, then that's good. We don't need a Paladin replacement. All he was was an unbalanced and over-powered, over-exploited class. It's not like he was an archetype in the original Diablo I game- that was embodied in pure fighting in the Warrior, which is covered by the Barbarian sufficiently.
and i would expect the 5th class to be a more party buffer
I'm really not. Characters are not party-oriented in Diablo III, Bashiok already said that. They have skills that have the addition of helping parties, but they are not party-oriented, and so I do not think we will be seeing a "buffing" class next.
Well unless the Monk comes with some sort of party healing abilities we still need a healer.. So my bet is it's going to be a mix between a druid/ranger with nature based healing skills.. Or a paladin/ranger mix with healing abilities and aura's
Bashiok said some time ago that they were not planning a "healing" class or a class which would major in healing, although some skills of some of the characters would obviously be characterized as buffing. A whole class for it or a whole tree? No, I don't think so. A few skills here and there among the whole character selection? Maybe, probably likely.
I just don't like the idea of a monk, and I don't believe I stated that with any anger toward anyone here. I really don't appreciate having you guys rip my throat apart for not agreeing with everything.