Quote fromWell, as one of the most hardcore Diablo players ever, knowing practically everything, and playing the game for over 8 years, I would like to share my take on most things that I've read about, or encountered in the passed few weeks. If you want to know a hardcore player's POV, a player who isn't blinded by nostalgia or bias, then read on. If you're looking for Blizzard bashing and calling them incompetent careless idiots, then read no further.
III: The With Doctor/Necromancer Issue:
Well, I know the Necromancer is a great character. I didn't play with the Necromancer, but I know how awesome a character he is. Not to undermine all the Necro players, I played the Barbarian and the Assassin, and I disliked the fact that they kept the Barbarian. The reason to why I say that is because I'm not buying a tweaked version of Diablo 2, I'm buying an entirely new game, that can offer the same "experience" that the previous titles have put forth, but not the same everything, because I could just get back to play Lord of Destruction and bore myself to death with it. The With Doctor seems to be pretty dang awesome. He can be absolutely formidable in parties. You'd get the Barbarian bashing everyone, with support from him, and God knows which other characters. The Necromancer was awesome at that as well with his useful spells, but come on, we need something new, something completely different, and that's portrayed in the Witch Doctor. Don't be afraid of change, embrace it, maybe you will like what's put forth more than what you wanted. I think we're all just stuck in a pit called nostalgia, and just want a revamped Diablo 2. That's impossible my friend.
Those are just some major issues I wanted to talk about. I may have forgotten some stuff, but I will add on to it if it comes to mind. Hope that was a good read for you, take care.
THIS, this is where you and I differ. Lorewise and Gameplay wise the Necromancer outdates the Witch Docter by far. Trade in the Barbarian for another warrior class and swith the Witch Docter with the Necromancer IMO.
Gameplay: Witch Docter uses disease and summons unholy creatures to do his bidding. Specializes in crowd control and dps from afar. The Necromancer uses poisen and of course necromancy to do his bidding. Specializes in summons and pure dps, crowd control at a minimun (Bone Wall Bone Prison). The only promising thing about the Witch Docter is the Zombie Wall by far, a revamped Necromancer could have more of a promising effect in D3.
Lorewise: Witch Docter, an unmutated goatman that uses disease. Necromancer, a being who uses Necromancy to tip the scales between Order and Chaos to remain prefectly balanced. I don't know about you, but I rather have a World Balance Guardian than a disease-freak unmutated goatman.