Diablo 3 Daily Gameplay Video: #9

Today’s dose of gameplay action starts off with a DiabloWikiDemon Hunter and finishes with a full play-through from a Witch Doctor. The Demon Hunter clears the last 3 levels of the Cathedral, plus the Skeleton King’s two levels. He’s Clvl 12, and is played by someone who knows what he’s doing, which makes for a nice change. It’s pleasant to see a DH who doesn’t just frantically DiabloWikiBola Shot everything, usually putting 2 or 3 of them per target when one would do the job. This DH also enjoys DiabloWikiChakram, and this video really shows the power of that spinning ninja star when it’s aimed properly.

The most used skill though, is DiabloWikiEvasive Fire, which seems like a fantastically useful skill for an archer. It adds damage to the DH’s ranged attacks, plus it causes a short Vault backwards whenever an enemy is near, enabling the DH to retreat while he keeps firing. That skill completely frustrates the DiabloWikiSkeleton King and his Whirlwind attacks, and so long as the DH has open space behind him, it seems like a majestic tactic against any kind of melee attacker. I can envision smart DHs using this plus some DiabloWikiVault to completely vex melee attackers in the DiabloWikiArena, though of course a smart melee attacker would counter that with movement skills or something like DiabloWikiAncient Harpoon. I see your rock and raise you paper!

The video is about 20m and can be viewed in 1080 at full screen, so enjoy.

Click through for three more videos, showing a Witch Doctor going start to finish on a full beta clear.

The next three videos are to be watched consecutively, as Wafflectomy plays a new DiabloWikiWitch Doctor through the entire beta. The videos are 23, 19, and 29 minutes, so it’s a bit over an hour for the full trip. The whole video is narrated (but not annoyingly), and the pace is leisurely, as he takes time to show off the interface windows, talk to the DiabloWikiNPCs, explain what the skills are doing, etc. You might find this too slowly paced if you’ve watched about 10 full play-throughs already, but it’s thorough, and we don’t see that many WD movies so it’s informative as well.

Part one takes the WD from the start into the DiabloWikiTristram Cathedral, in search of DiabloWikiDeckard Cain.

Here’s part two, from Cathedral level 1 back to town, and into the crypts as he searches for the DiabloWikiSkeleton King‘s crown.

Part three concludes things, as the WD pushes through the entire Cathedral, with a few edits to save time/repetition. The WD hits Clvl 8 just at the end of Cathedral 4, and he mostly does the entire beta with a very simple strategy; let the DiabloWikiMongrels tank and stand behind, shooting a lot of DiabloWikiPoison Darts for his attack. The other WD skills vary in function and are better in some instances, but they aren’t just point and click targeting, and they cost more mana. In this video you can see that the WD is entirely out of mana quite often, pretty much any time he tries to use Haunt, or Corpse Spiders, or Zombie Charger.

Playing the WD at Blizzcon 2010, the last demo with DiabloWikirunestones enabled, I found the WD greatly improved by runes; more than any other character. Just a level 2 rune was enough to turn Poison Dart into a machine gun and DiabloWikiFirebats into a nearly-full screen inferno, and before adding those runes I found the WD very slow and underpowered (comparatively speaking). The class probably suffers as a result in the DiabloWikiDiablo 3 Beta, as there are no runes to turn up his fairly slow and basic skills. He’s safe behind his tanking Mongrels, but kinda slow in the early going.

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15 thoughts on “Diablo 3 Daily Gameplay Video: #9

  1. thats the first demon hunter video that actually made it look fun.  the others I’ve seen seem to just spam a single skill or 2 which is dull.    Not sure I like the star much..but I was never a fan of the blessed hammer in d2 either.

  2. After watching all the game play videos, not just these but from all the news posts, you know what I don’t like.  When starting out, being treated like we are not intelligent enough to use and manage our resources for more than 2 skills at a time.  At Level 1 it’s OK as we only have access to 2 skills and our normal attack.  But at Level 2 it’s no longer OK.  At Level 1 we are allowed to use/hot-key 3 abilities, our 2 starter skills and our normal attack.  So at Level 2 when we unlock a new ability, please explain to me why we are not allowed to slot the newly unlocked ability to the slot/hot-key being used by our normal attack.  If we are allowed to use/hot-key 3 abilities, we should get to choose what the 3 abilities are, not be told we can only use 2 of our 3 hot-key slots unless we slot our next to useless normal attack.

    (How useful/useless the normal attack is depends on class though.  For a Barb it’s far more useful than for a Witch Doctor.  As a Witch Doctor, by Level 2 the normal attack is pretty darn worthless, and it gets more worthless as you level.  Having said this, I’m sure at some point someone will make a melee Doctor, but it’s probably not going to happen in Beta where max level is 13.)

  3. These people are generally smart enough to set up a recording, edit it, get voice over work done, and upload it. Why can’t these people read the minimap in the corner? Or read the actual words that show you that you need to choose a follower skill, not have both up at the same time? It says it right there! It’s flashing! Select a skill! As much hand-holding as there is, it’ll never be enough.

  4. Do you guys know if there’s a video with all the town NPC dialogues? So far from the few streams and youtube videos I haven’t seen such a recording…

  5. seeing the demon hunter go through was kinda slow at start compared to the barb but I did notice that the DH was prime at not taking damage. I’m still going for DH and either WD or wiz afterwards because they seem to be more in your face damage.

  6. While this DH seems to be better than most he still looks pretty bad.
    Densely packed mobs are begging for a Bola shot on a few different ones to do some big AoE damage . He seems to be very slow using the abilities too, wasting the 1h x-bow speed.

  7. It was so infuriating to watch that Witch Doctor playthrough and see the guy go to his Templar multiple times to see what was flashing and not pick a skill.

  8. the DH video was interesting for me but I don’t think I could ever select Evasive Fire as a skill without a lot of grimacing.  The combat sound is way too close to a gunshot for my personal comfort.  Did anyone else feel the same way?

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