Diablo 3 Beta Gameplay Video #21: One-Shot Leoric and Full DH Playthrough

First up, here’s what will probably be the last video we post from the pre-patch beta. It’s worth it though, since it’s an achievement I doubt we’ll see again. A one-hit kill of the Skeleton King, pulled off by a super tanked up Barbarian.

This Barbarian is something of an all star, with item contributions from the players from six different Chinese Diablo 3 fansites, created and played just before the beta patch wiped all characters and items clean. With all the top gear his damage was as high as possible in order to give him a chance to kill the Skeleton King in a single hit. It took a DiabloWikicritical hit with DiabloWikiWeapon Throw to do it, of course, and even then it was very close: 1362 damage vs. Leoric’s 1351 hit points.

Thanks to Trainman for posting the video and explanation in the forum. Stick with the video after the kill (and slow motion replay) for a look at the stats on every item the Barbarian is wearing. Also note that Weapon Throw was nerfed a bit in the patch, dropping from 210% to 180% weapon damage. (Though the Fury cost also dropped from 20 to 10.)

We’ve often talked about PvP with the Beta characters, and how unbalanced and arbitrary it would be with the characters just Clvl 13. Barbs who could consistently deal over 500 damage (which is a lot more hit points than the beta characters have) with their Weapon Throw would pretty well drive that point home.

Click through for a second video, this one showing a full 63 minute playthrough by a Demon Hunter in the new beta patch. Hatred Generators, new skills, and more.

Here’s a full playthrough with a Demon Hunter. The video quality is like the player skill; mediocre, but it’s an hour of non-stop action and you should get a good feel for the new DiabloWikiHatred spending/generating skill balance and plenty of action with the new DiabloWikiRapid Fire skill. If nothing else, skip to 42:00 for a quick battle with some champions with the new Mortar DiabloWikiboss modifier, for the graphical bug that’s fun while it lasts.

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20 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Beta Gameplay Video #21: One-Shot Leoric and Full DH Playthrough

  1. Whats funny is a lvl 13 character is doing as much damage as the 60th lvl characters in the Blizzcon PvP demo.  Just goes to show you how much real gear can effect your damage. 

    • Well, it ever occurred to you, that there might be a PVP dmg multiplier just like in Diablo 2? PVE Damage divided by 4 / 6 or maybe even more? Additionally they said all abilities can be balanced separately for PVP.

  2. I hope this is the first sign that we might see rusbarb/gerbarb-type first to 60 team efforts at release.

    • Not really.
      This guy has just farmed to much gear.
      Isn’t even that impressive or interesting actually.

      • You’ve basically just called the entire goal of this game, that of acquiring gear, not “impressive or interesting” when it was done at its best. Dare I say, what are you doing here?

        • He meant the video of an over-levelled over-gear Character (for the zone) can kill the Skelly King that easy (it like a lvl 21 Hero in D2 with great gear killing an early act 1 normal mini boss in seconds).

        • Because wasting so much time in a beta is…
          I look forward to the real game and not a 0.01% piece of it.
          And therefor it isn’t really impressive or interesting.

  3. One thing I noticed was that Bola shot seems to have been changed. You can now hit a target with a bola more then once and the each Bola will go off separately. Was the skill changed before I talked to Leonard (at blizzcon). As much as I would like to think it was me, they probably already knew the problem was there and changed it way before Blizzcon.

  4. One thing though wtf does this have to do with China. Are you supposed to be someone Fkin special cause ur chinese and you had some so called uber gear set up. Next time keep ur nationality out, cause no one gives a fk.   EDIT – This comment by Xaero has been edited to remove racist and/or personal attacks. ~ Elly

    • Ahh the sweat taste of racism.  It’s like a fine wine…

      I guess you feel national pride should only be a American thing.

      • Sorry to disappoint you but I’m not American. I’m just tired of nationalism period, It does no good globally.

    • Hi, im Trainman, one of the leaders of the team who posted the video here.

      Sorry for that part if it makes you feel a little bit uncomfortable, man. I personally just wanna emphasize the one-shot killing itself, rather than any other issue such as nationality or something else, you know. But it was a team decision, and I do respect my fellows.

      A possible reason here could probably be that, according to some statistic charts from BLZ, we Chinese players only possess 1% of all the Beta keys on this planet. So my men and I decide to do something. I’m wondering maybe it could show that our crazy love for this game is beyond “1%”.   lol

      So far, we don’t wanna go aggressive or racism at all. Hope you may understand and enjoy the video anyway. Thanks.

  5. Is not this game too easy? I think they should increase monster’s damage golobally (+20% ? ). How do you think guys. For me this it is far too easy. In DH gameplay video he was near death only once. Even boss fight is not a challenge. Leoric could not kill merc lol.

    • Hmm might be a level imbalanced? Also I think Skelly King might have some of his powers disabled. Also what gear power did the DH get compared to the average expected power, after all a couple of really good drops means that the power level can be massivly increased compared to someone with average gear.
      Lastly DH is still under going changes so not really balanced yet.

      Oh and its early normal act 1 so everything is meant to be stupidly easy.

    • That is my thought exactly. Even though the developers have stated that this is an early level that is intentionaly easy, I have no faith that any part of this game (except maybe inferno) will pose a challenge for Diablo 2 veterans. If you look at WoW, that game did not provide any challenge for non-casual gamers after vanilla unless you raided, which took a lot of your time. I don’t want a timesink that will eat my free time, before I get to the point for which I actually bought the game: a challenge.

      • better buy something else then, like tl2 or grimdawn. d3 is being designed for noobies, it was already stated by devs that they want even youre mum beating diablo

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