Diablo 3 Character Builds: it’s like WoW mark 2

D3 news this week is that Blizzard have put up a web based Diablo 3 Skill Calculator so that you can stat up those hypothetical characters that you can’t yet create.

Blizzard have always borrowed generously from one game to the next. The original talent tree setup in WoW and many of the classic skills were based solidly on Diablo 2, so maybe it’s not such a great surprise to see the influence going back the other way also. If you look through the various characters’ lists of skills, you may see a few that look very familiar.

This time around, talent trees are also out, active skills are separated from passive skills, and glyphs (runestones) are done the way they really were intended. Incidentally, I remember blasting talent trees as a design feature a couple of years back so it’s nice to see that Blizz are finally getting with the programme 🙂

So to build a character, you pick out 6 active skills (each of which can be socketed with a runestone), then 3 passive ones. The runestones affect each skill in a different way, and have a huge effect on how that skill works. Stabs has cracked open a sample build for each class, which should give you an idea how they work — note that as the game is in beta, a lot of this could change before launch.

But mostly I am sitting here open mouthed, wondering how Blizzard could give a proper Bladestorm effect to the D3 monk (Seven Sided Strike) when they couldn’t manage that for my warrior.

If you’re planning to play Diablo 3, have you decided yet which class to pick first?



4 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Character Builds: it’s like WoW mark 2

  1. Yeah now that’s a talent system I really like, now if only they would port it to WoW I might be convinced to return. Oh and monk all the way.

    Picking a small number of active skills is immensely more engaging than having several actionbars of situational skills. Rift has it particularly bad with all the mostly redundant skills, if they kept the number of skills low per soul, it would have been more interesting when combining souls, and it’s the worst game for over-reliance on macros to automate the experience.

    Hopefully it is more difficult to min/max than to find a couple of builds that have good variety and can be changed up depending on situation, and some of the runestones just sound more fun than others.

  2. “wondering how Blizzard could give a proper Bladestorm effect to the D3 monk (Seven Sided Strike) when they couldn’t manage that for my warrior.”

    ‘Cause then it woulda looked silly when they used the same animation fer that tanking trinket’s Dodge effect. Cain’t be havin’ that, oh no….

  3. As far as the borrowing and influence between Diablo and WoW, there was actually a pretty amusing quote from Bashiok I found:

    “Diablo (1) did not have skill trees, it was a feature added to Diablo II, and then more or less copied by World of Warcraft. Some could say to World of Warcraft’s detriment as it’s been struggling with how to cope with a skill tree system, which has huge inherent issues with very little benefit, for years. Diablo III, like Diablo II, is an evolution of the series and game systems.”

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