Just like any die hard Diablo fan, I was ecstatic to receive my beta key. The first thing I wanted to do was try out the demon hunter. At long last I can sink my teeth into what was to be the new character that would make waves in the Diablo Universe!
I had this expectation that the demon hunter would be a crossbow weilding badass and let me tell you I was sorely mistaken. This is not the easiest class to play.
First off, the demon hunter is a hybrid class with traits from the Rogue, the Amazon and the Assassin from the Hellfire expansion. This class is all about ranged dps and limited melee fighting. In fact, I would discourage up close and personal contact unless you absolutely have to. This character class will find themselves overwhelmed quite easily. Instead of the typical mana and health stats, Demon Hunters also have Discipline and Hatred. Most of your offensive attacks utilize hatred and your discipline attacks (traps and evasive manuvers) fuel off your Discipline meter.
As a fledgling demon hunter you start off with the basic active skills ; leve 1 traps (caltrops) and a one projectile attack (hungerining arrow which is a guided rebounding missle!) . You have active skills and then passive traits (just like in Warcraft). Each time you level up you get something; whether its another slot to have more active skills or unlock another offensive or discipline skill. At this point it seems completely random as I am level 10 and the next skill I can unlock is at 11, and the next one after that is 14. With the passive skills you get one every 10 levels (10, 20, and so on). These passive skills can vary in traits. The first passive skill unlock gives you choice between regaining health or allows you to increase damage on one target.
This class needs to be played with a bit of strategy and thought, as you can’t just bolt through a door and shoot the living crap out of stuff. If you time it right you can get bonuses for technical kills and massive kills (ala Devil May Cry). You will need to pay attention to what you equip your character with including the traits that the magic weapons enhance. As of now I have only seen grey items (crap), white items (commons), and blue items (magic common). I have yet to see one of the famed green items or even gems or runes.
Playing the campaign as the Demon Hunter give some great backstory on the class; how they are chosen, their order and their mission. I look forward to more character development as the beta goes on.
More to come as I level up my Demon Hunter Callisto!
If you are like me and hate waiting in lines and want to find that special something for your Blizz finatic guess what! The Blizzcon store is open! Here are the details from the Blizzcon site!
“Have a ticket to BlizzCon 2011? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? Between now and Tuesday, September 20 at 9:59 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2011 ticket holders attending the show in person are able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2011 store (while supplies last) during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon Pre-Sale. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2011.
To participate, simply log in to the online Blizzard Store using the Battle.net account you provided when you purchased your BlizzCon 2011 tickets, and click the BlizzCon Sale button in the lower right-hand corner of your screen to browse this year’s selection. Please note that only ticket-holders who provided Battle.net account info will have access to BlizzCon 2011 merchandise during this online sale — you can view this information in the ticket buyer’s Order History.
If you’re planning to purchase this year’s BlizzCon Virtual Ticket to watch BlizzCon from home, you’ll have an opportunity to participate in a second BlizzCon merchandise pre-sale September 23 through September 27. Check out our previous BlizzCon Pre-Sale blog post for more information.”
Blizzard Entertainment’s fifth BlizzCon gaming celebration to be held at Anaheim Convention Center October 22-23, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. — March 25, 2010 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for its fifth BlizzCon® gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, October 22 and Saturday, October 23, 2010. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® universes.
“BlizzCon offers us a great opportunity to meet with our players and share our enthusiasm for gaming with one of the most passionate communities in the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’re looking forward to providing another great show filled with entertainment, competition, and the latest information about Blizzard Entertainment games.”
In addition to serving as a gathering place for Blizzard Entertainment gaming communities, BlizzCon will offer attendees a chance to enjoy:
Hands-on play time with upcoming Blizzard Entertainment games
Discussion panels with Blizzard Entertainment developers
Competitive and casual tournaments for players to showcase their talents
Community contests with great prizes
Commemorative merchandise based on Blizzard Entertainment’s game universes
More exciting activities and attractions to be announced
The previous BlizzCon was held in Anaheim in August 2009. Tickets to the event sold out in minutes, and some of the highlights included the announcement of World of Warcraft®: Cataclysm™, the unveiling of a new playable class in Diablo® III, the first public hands-on with the single-player campaign of StarCraft® II: Wings of Liberty™, and a closing concert featuring rock legend Ozzy Osbourne.