D3 Videos: Beta Speed Run and High Level Skills

A pair of Diablo 3 videos today, as “where did the beta go?” withdrawal is beginning to set in. The first is something the poster is calling a world record Diablo 3 Beta speed run. I don’t know who kept track of such things; in theory that would be someone like me, but after some of those early 19-minute new char runs, I lost interest in the rush rush beta thing.

At any rate, four guys with level 13 chars cleared the whole beta, from start to Leoric, in 9:26. World record or not, it’s an entertaining video to see the sorts of tricks and tactics this requires. The team is 2 Demon Hunters (essential for their Vault speed) and 2 Monks, and while they aren’t perfect in strategy or level spawn luck, they do pretty well.

There are a lot of tricks, mostly involving taking turns moving fast, splitting up at the right times, knowing which barriers are going to open when various quests are completed, etc. For instance, the DHs Vault to the Tristram gates at the start, while the Monks plod along behind. When the first rush of zombies is killed the first DH Vaults into town to talk to Leah, while the second DH waits at the gate, to Vault along Old Tristram Road the second the wagon crumbles. The first DH stays in town, letting her Discipline regenerate, and banner teleports to the second DH a moment later, just when her Discipline is out, thus passing the Vaulting baton. This sort of thing goes on throughout the movie, with the guys talking over headsets so they can split up and hit all 3 crypts at once, so players can banner in from town to explore each fork they find Cathedral Level 2 and 4, etc.

Though the party would be better with 3 DHs, and one of them in this game is hobbled by not having the DiabloWikiTactical Advantage passive speed boost, their overall coordination is quite good. I don’t know if this is the record or not, but it’s certainly not going to be beaten now, so congrats to the rushers. Watch it and see for yourself.

Click through for another video, recorded by Risingred in a D3 emulator. In it he shows off a lot of high level skills and runes for all five classes. It’s actually pretty spoilery, so if you want to see some of those effects with your own eyes, you might want to skip this one.

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  1. I would have made a much better video if I thought it would end up here.

    That speedrun doesn’t count imo because these guys started twinked at max beta level. They had all that gear, they had TP, all the other stuff. Speedruns are usually a fresh lvl 1 played solo, and that is all I really consider as far as actual records go. 

  2. Yeah! I would have won five NBA Championship rings if I would have known Kobe Bryant would get so much respect for it. Yeah!

  3. Can you not adjust the spread when firing multishot? :S

    • Do you mean with runes, or by aiming? By aiming, no, it’s a set animation. It’s predictable and you can easily learn how to use it that way.

        • I’m not trolling, that’s just good design. -.-
          That’s why grenades no longer works as it did at BlizzCon 2011. You should be able to reliably use a skill or spell because you know exactly how it is going to work.

  4. yeah? I heard Flux beat it solo in 8:46 using his Speedy Heeleecopter skill  😀

  5. Not bad time but not great DPS on DH either 😛

  6. I would have enjoyed that more if the people playing it weren’t SO damn annoying.

  7. A lot of it has to do with luck of the draw in finding the right paths in the catacombs / crypts.

  8. Are you able to show Ice Armor – Frozen Storm rune (Wizard)? Would be good if could produce a clip for that skill please!

  9. Not really impressive… As already stated, it’s not a speedrun if players start twinked at max level already.  And a speedrun should probably also be solo… but I can see a category for doing it multiplayer as well.  I’m wondering (with the online-only nature of D3) if speedruns will end up on http://speeddemosarchive.com/ It’s fun to watch the D1 speedrun :p

    • I’m sure it will and I look forward to it. I love that site. Best part is that there’s an in-game clock now, too, which works out better for video editing.

    • It’s clearly intended to be a speed run regardless of level or gear. That’s the truest speed run you can have — starting at level 1 is arbitrary and will make the run take longer.

      That’s not to mention that a level 1 untwinked speed run is so dependent on gear drops that it’s not even an interesting exercise. Whoever gets the luckiest with weapons and map spawns will win. 

  10. Anyone else spot the Nephelem Cube item that dropped on the ground at 1:15?  Seems a bit strange to me.

    • Its from a emulated server, not the real deal. There is not Naphelem Cube in the release 🙂

  11. The split strategy was decent, but I realized that these guys were getting way too excited for doing nothing important or monumental.

  12. is anyone able to explain to me how the witch doctor soul harvest skill works?   😀

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