It’s fun to rack up massacre bonuses while playing through the Diablo 3 beta, and as players have grown bored with the limited content and started looking for other ways to amuse themselves, abusing the system to score mega combos is becoming something of a pastime. The trick to gaining a huge massacre bonus is to keep constantly dealing damage, without dealing too much too quickly and killing everything off.
The Witch Doctor is uniquely well-suited to this, thanks to the Haunt skill, which fires out a nasty spirit that latches onto monsters, dealing DoT before leaping out to other nearby targets once the first one is dead. Haunt isn’t hugely damaging, but since it keeps dealing damage for several seconds, and spreads to other nearby monsters, it’s very good for keeping the damage going.
Tidusz demonstrates this with a new video in which he racks up 157 kills just running through Cathedral level 4. It doesn’t require unusual boss packs, or herding, or any special quest monster concentrations like the Jar of Souls provides. Just a lot of monsters on the level, with good spacing so the WD can keep getting to new bunches before the Haunts have finished with the last batch.
Click through for another even larger massacre bonus, plus a Diablo 3 Beta video with almost no gameplay action that you’ll want to watch anyway.
Another one from Tidusz with an even bigger massacre, as he racks up 185 kills by herding monsters into the Jar of Souls area, and then popping that quest as well.
Finally, here’s a 20m video from One Moderately Funny Gamer. It’s got almost no gameplay, but lots of discussion and examples of how the banner system works, the Templar‘s interface and skills, the Wizard‘s skills and passives, and more. Informative stuff, with the moderately-funny narration you’d expect.