Sunday, 13 May 2012

Diablo 3 Class War - Witch Doctor Weigh-in

 Diablo 3 Class War - Witch Doctor Weigh-in

I told the Witch Doctor I was in love with you.. And then the Witch Doctor summoned demons and poisons and sent me to a living hell because that song is terrible and it's probably gonna get stuck in his head.

So once upon a time there was this Necromancer and he summoned skeletons. He then went into the depths of hell to face off the Lord of Terror.

The Necromancer's army was quickly dispatched, leaving the conjurer of corpses to fend for himself. Trying again, the Necromancer focused more on his golems and found that they lasted a bit longer but you couldn't have more than one at a time. The Necromancer decided to reroll as a Druid who focused on Lycanthropy and he lived happily ever after.

Now I'm sure there are a lot of Necromancer builds that were very impressive, and combining the right hexes with the right summons one could even take on the Demon Lords solo without too much concern.

But that required a lot of trial and error, and without a respec option, that could get annoying. The Witch Doctor, who seems to have replaced the Necromancer in both job and skill, might have been fixed up a bit.

The pets seem a bit more durable and a bit more varied.

Along with your little entourage of minions, a Witch Doctor can use some destructive magics or curses to turn the tide of battle, again very similar to that of the Necromancer, and possibly the Druid (which was roughly a Necromancer class with melee combat if you wanted it to be).

The Witch Doctor also has a few crowd control skills that could be very useful if played right. Weakening, slowing killing, fear inducing abilities or even being able turn enemies into chickens - all the while sitting back and pretty much making sure his mana doesn't run out.

And for a change, the Witch Docotr is a character who uses the classic Mana resource. Classically, mana regens slowly. But that won't stop a spellcaster.

Once you start equipping +500 mana items alongside "very fast mana regeneration" weapons, you're set. All you have to do is make sure you're not in the fray, but then again...that IS what the pets and other players are for.

So if you were a fan of the Necromancer class of Diablo 2, and actually knew what you were doing, then the Witch Doctor will be a welcome friend.

Blizzard has seen fit to change up a few things, of course, but not so much you would feel betrayed. A knife to the back is never a fetching sight.

And in closing...Oooh, Eee, Ooh Ah Ah Ting Tang Walla Walla Bang Bang!

1 comment:

  1. After playing for about a week I have to disagree about most things in this post. The witch doctors summons all feel extremely fragile to me, much much more so than the Necromancer's summons from D2C or D2X. Finding the right build for the Necromancer wasn't difficult, it just took some thinking. eg, Dont put a ton of points into poisons if you plan on being a Summoner.

    All in all I felt that the Witch Doctor was a very poor substitute for the Necro.


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