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#27 May 21 2012 at 3:52 PM Rating: Good
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By the time a DH gets to Iskatu they should have Multishot (22) and maybe the rune that cuts its hatred in half (26). Combine with a good weapon and the swarm of shadow weenies is just achievement fodder. That attack has incredible coverage. That said, like any class if your weapon isn't up to date everything becomes exponentially harder, particularly if you've neglected vitality like most folks do through about mid-nightmare. After that you're going to get punished for not having some health, the end bosses of act 2 will one-shot you.

Personally I run this build at level 52, but they've got a lot of nice abilities that can be tweaked to playstyle. With a slow crossbow on this one rapid fire can be used pretty much indefinitely.
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#29 May 21 2012 at 6:24 PM Rating: Good
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Generally speaking, I'm pretty "meh" about D3 right now. Its fun but not addictingly so for me. But when I was at Blozzcon for the annual pass announcement I figured I'd be playing WoW for a year (until MoP hits), so it was an easy call. I was a huge D2 player (hardcore ftw) and I really don't understand why this one isn't zomg fun. Just isn't.

At this point after playing the MoP and GW2 betas, I don't know that I'll be playing pandas. It's not the money, but available time. with only a few hours to play games, I'd rather not spend them grinding up to some item level.
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If she was in a group, particularly if playing ranged, that's not so unbelievable.

Yeah, I can see that. I've soloed it as a DH, and while it's not super hard on normal, I certainly died when I accidentally pulled extra mobs dealing with challenging champions every now and again. A couple of the bosses kicked my *** in act 4 as well. Especially the one that spawns millions of mobs.

Of all the classes I've played (monk, barb, DH), I've definitely found DH to be hardest to solo as.

I'm also relearning how to click to move, since I've been playing WoW for so long that it pretty much destroyed any ability I had from playing D2.

I also tend to play D3 like a ******, just running around and shooting everything.
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#31 May 21 2012 at 7:13 PM Rating: Decent
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I also tend to play D3 like a ******, just running around and shooting everything.


Like...?
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#32 May 21 2012 at 7:39 PM Rating: Good
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I also tend to play D3 like a ******, just running around and shooting everything.


Like...?


Everything.

I'm playing a monk and I've been running around entire maps to make sure I kill everything, because it is so easy it is fun. I finally had some big groups today when I played (and I'm only level 11) so I hope for more of them.
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#34 May 21 2012 at 11:41 PM Rating: Excellent
I can say that if you let your bank account lapse while on the annual pass, that doesn't mean you won't get your perks back when you pay. It probably depends on how long you are lapsed for, but who knows. I was only lapsed for about a week, and this was before D3 came out. I was still able to play at launch, and I still have my mount in WoW as well. Hard to say what would happen if you let it lapse for a month or more.
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#35 May 22 2012 at 8:43 AM Rating: Excellent
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The questions I haven't asked is do you need to clear the ****** easy difficulties in order to play hard?


The loading screen tells me I have to clear normal to unlock nightmare. I dunno about the rest.
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#36 May 22 2012 at 9:28 AM Rating: Excellent
I've had a blast playing through normal and nightmare, I wouldn't call them ****** difficulties, unless you replay stuff and actually try to grind for gear. Then yeah, it'll be super easy. If you progress quickly, I'd say you'll be at least a little challenged. The other option is to have a friend who doesn't want to play join your game and sit in town, or clear a different section, so you get to fight harder mobs.
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#37 May 22 2012 at 3:05 PM Rating: Excellent
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Things I don't like:

... I'm not fond of the AH interface.

I think it was intentionally designed to make it hard to optimize your searches, to cut down on the material advantage that goblins get from better knowledge while still allowing the determined campers to make a suitable profit (at a significantly lower profit/hour ratio than in WoW). Basically, there are always at least a few reasonable auctions slipping through to real people before the goblins find and relist them. On the gold AH, that is - I'm not touching the RMAH. I think that on the whole it's better for the whole population, albeit a little more frustrating for me.

The biggest negative I have with the AH is that with yellows readily available for half the price of vendor blues, it makes magic find gear basically redundant at low levels.

Agreement on the left-click movement thing. In tight space it can get real difficult to find the hole in the mobs that get you to a red pill without accidently attacking everything on the way.

I'm having a blast, though. The core gameplay of smashing crowds of things that spew fountains of gold when they die is still very much there. I especially like how easy and fluid it is to join and leave games with friends.

And to bring it back to WoW, even with the simplified skill system, the different "specs" can feel very different in actual play. This gives me hope that they can bring off the same thing in MoP.
#38 May 22 2012 at 3:12 PM Rating: Good
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I don't believe she played through normal without dying at all honestly. You'd have to be really careful, although I guess it would be doable. I really don't see beating a few of the bosses without dying at least a couple times.

Edited, May 21st 2012 10:45am by Xsarus


I got through Act 1 with a Barbarian, only died twice.

Once was because of my own stupidity (standing in bad stuff, lol. didn't notice quickly enough that those stupid seed pods the treants drop hurt so dang much) and another time because of just bad luck and cheapness. A itty-bitty small hallway with a yellow named mob (one of those red big spike guys that almost look like diablo did in Diablo 1) and lots his minions with the spikes all over them. He happened to be a "Waller" mob (I am REALLY getting to hate those now, SO annoying), so he trapped me in a bunch of walls and those guys took up the whole hallway. Nothing I could really do about it to be honest.

I didn't even die on Butcher, and I think I was a little undergeared, took a long long time to kill him.

If you were careful and did a lot of leveling up, I could see getting through normal without any deaths. It isn't THAT hard.

Haven't tried nightmare yet, I'm going to go through Normal first and/or upgrade my blacksmith, I'm tired of wearing old junk because nothing good ever drops. When yellows drop, they are worse than I'm wearing and/or for other classes that I'm not even playing at the time. The Butcher dropped a body for a demon hunter (I was playing my barbarian as I said), a hat for a witch doctor and a normal belt (I had a barbarian-only belt on that was arguably better).

So yay, killed a boss, got next to nothing to show for it. meh. oh well. At least the Stash is shared across all the characters; I stuck those items in my stash.
#39 May 22 2012 at 3:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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ElMuneco wrote:

The biggest negative I have with the AH is that with yellows readily available for half the price of vendor blues, it makes magic find gear basically redundant at low levels.


That was one of the big surprises for me too. There's a crazy amount of nice yellow gear under 500g. I suppose prices could climb as more people get further into the game in the months to come, but yeah those vendors are just ripping us off at the moment.

Also, I have discovered the awesome usefulness of dyes so no more ugly colors! Smiley: yippee

Edited, May 22nd 2012 2:44pm by someproteinguy
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#40 May 22 2012 at 4:16 PM Rating: Excellent
I guess I just play way too recklessly Smiley: grin
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#41 May 22 2012 at 4:23 PM Rating: Good
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I guess I just play way too recklessly Smiley: grin


I tend to play games like I live RL -- with caution. lol.

I don't die very often in games, but sometimes I miss opportunities because I decided against trying it because I thought it was too dangerous.
#42 May 22 2012 at 7:23 PM Rating: Good
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Lyrailis wrote:
Sir Xsarus wrote:
I guess I just play way too recklessly Smiley: grin


I tend to play games like I live RL -- with caution. lol.


Hey, live a little...

Funny how that suggestion to live more in "real life" would result in an increase in dying within the game. Is there a correlation between life on this side of the screen and death on the other?
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Enjoying D3 as well, and have not tried the co-op play yet except for on beta. Working on a Monk at the moment, and I'll add that along with the tree pods, those wasp things that send out little wasps can whittle ones globe of red stuff down pretty quick if not paying attention.

Also, you too can have a cool Diablo look to your WoW experience with Roths UI.
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#44 May 23 2012 at 12:20 AM Rating: Good
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I've reached my limits in WoW. Partly my guild, partly the game, partly the direction its been going. I suppose a huge contributing factor is that real life has been extra messy this year and I really just don't feel like stumbling around doing dailies/quests 70 levels below my character/insert other repetitive farm. Not that D3 isn't repetitive, but it's been entertaining, different, and kept my interest so far.

I guess I've become cynical of the community, cynical of the game, and cynical with the majority of my guild that I've been leading for 7 years. I really wish I hadn't locked myself into WoW, because I think that if I didn't feel "tied" to it, my opinion of it would be better. Honestly, I wish I could opt out of the Annual Pass after the fact, buy Diablo, and let my WoW subscription slide. As I told my friends earlier today, I'm now paying 15 bucks a month to play Diablo.

I really don't want to harp on the dead horse that is why I don't like WoW. I go through these phases practically every summer. So in a few months I'll probably be stumbling back into WoW... maybe. But this time, with everything I'm dealing with IRL. I really just don't feel like touching it. If I'm going to be playing by myself 99% of the time, I'd rather play a game meant to be played by solo 99% of the time.
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I didn't even die on Butcher, and I think I was a little undergeared, took a long long time to kill him.

If you were careful and did a lot of leveling up, I could see getting through normal without any deaths. It isn't THAT hard.
Literally every* single time I've died has been due to hitting Diamond Skin and it not going off, but thinking that it had. Maybe I had too many actions already queued or didn't hit the button hard enough. I dunno. Anyway, none of those deaths has been on a boss. Every boss I've fought so far was rather easy.

I'd imagine that my gear choices paired with a healing focused Templar cohort are part of what's making it easy.
Dam > Int = Vit > XP per kill = Health per hit > everything else


*Okay, so there's one exception. My latency shot up to about 1800 while my roommate downloaded Diablo 3, so I died there too.
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I didn't even die on Butcher, and I think I was a little undergeared, took a long long time to kill him.

If you were careful and did a lot of leveling up, I could see getting through normal without any deaths. It isn't THAT hard.
Literally every* single time I've died has been due to hitting Diamond Skin and it not going off, but thinking that it had. Maybe I had too many actions already queued or didn't hit the button hard enough. I dunno. Anyway, none of those deaths has been on a boss. Every boss I've fought so far was rather easy.

I'd imagine that my gear choices paired with a healing focused Templar cohort are part of what's making it easy.
Dam > Int = Vit > XP per kill = Health per hit > everything else


*Okay, so there's one exception. My latency shot up to about 1800 while my roommate downloaded Diablo 3, so I died there too.


Diamond Skin... Smiley: inlove

That darn thing has saved my **** a couple of times. I was crazy enough to neglect vitality until just recently, and was relying on more intellect and health/hit. It was nice when there were lotsa baddies, then they'd peter out, and whatever was at a distance was still nuking me. A couple of close calls and I decided having more HP would be advisable. Level 20 with 600HP or something... Smiley: disappointed

Also made me think of trying to balance Health/Hit and Health/Second a bit better. Smiley: lol
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#47 May 23 2012 at 9:50 AM Rating: Excellent
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I had to put "none of the above".
I have the annual pass and I am perfectly happy with it and the mount since I still play WoW daily and enjoy it.
I haven't even downloaded my free Diablo 3 yet...

Ditto.
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Diamond Skin... Smiley: inlove
If you haven't gotten it yet, you're gonna love Archon. I just stand there and nuke until it wears off or the monsters die. With its extended duration per kill, I've been just about able to keep it up 3/4ths of a boss fight or better. The first boss in Act IV left me with around 3 minutes remaining on the buff after the boss fight had ended, and all I did was sit there and spam the beam for about 15-20s.
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The One and Only Poldaran wrote:
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Diamond Skin... Smiley: inlove
If you haven't gotten it yet, you're gonna love Archon. I just stand there and nuke until it wears off or the monsters die.


Not yet, I was looking forward to it though, and am even more so now. Smiley: grin I'm somewhere in the low 20s, 23ish I think? Only midway through act II atm. The Mrs is charging well ahead of me though with her melee Wizard and having a blast.
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Smiley: nod

It seems to work pretty well from what I've seen over her shoulder. Apparently is inferno-viable as well; people using critical mass and various +crit skill to get near 100% uptime on Diamond skin or something, and using various close-range AoE stuffs.

Me? I'll just nuke from afar though. Like a proper wizard. Smiley: cool
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