A fan asked which class will rule the Diablo 3 Ladders, and got some blue words.
Nevalistis: This is our goal. We’d like all classes to have their way to shine in their own right.
I do feel as though it’s worth clarifying that the solo Greater Rift Leaderboards will be separated by class. Because each class is so different, we feel it’s more interesting and relevant to see how you stack up against other members of your own class rather than other classes. Of course, this categorization isn’t applied to the 2, 3, or 4-man team Leaderboards, so there will still be some measure of comparison between classes — it will just be more focused on composition rather than on an individual level.
It will definitely be super interesting to see the different compositions and builds that come together for the best run times, and how those groups and times change based on how early or late it is in the Season.
The thing that’s going to be interesting (and weird) is that Blizzard isn’t planning on having *any* ladders to measure levels or experience gain. That’s the only thing the Diablo 2 ladders did measure, but it’s not even going to exist for the D3 ladders. Because reasons! Here’s the quote from the Patch 2.1 preview, which you can find easily on our Leaderboards wiki article.
That’s cool and all, but why not have exp gained leaderboards as well? They’d be the easiest and most obvious thing to measure, and why not? I’ll be curious to see how the classes progress, and it would be fun to have some impetus to leveling up quickly, now that no one cares about EXP anymore since P100 isn’t a goal. We’ll never see anything like the old “Level 99 in 39 hours” Diablo 2 ladder reset rushes, but it would be interesting to see how fast people could level up in RoS, if that’s what they were really focusing on.
As for the OP’s question and the blue reply… which classes do you guys think will rule the ladders? I’m not a CM so I don’t have to pretend it’s all balanced; some classes are much stronger than others in the current game, and we all know it. But since there’s no EXP ladder, and we only know what a few of the Leaderboards will rank, it’s hard to say. From what we’ve heard about Greater Rifts, dying will ruin your time since you can’t resurrect on corpse. So we won’t see any all-DPS, Zerg-to-win style builds on those leaderboards. Sorry, Wizards. Who, then?
Lots of you guys have played more classes/builds than I have so far… which do you think are the best builds? Which can be geared up the most quickly from level 1 with no equipment or paragon points in a new ladder season? What character teams will work together the best for the group rankings? Do you want a variety of classes with a tank and artillery? All Monks or Barbs to share Auras and Warcries? All WDs for fetish hordes?