In Memorial: The Hardcore Graveyard

What better day than Memorial Day to cast a light upon our Hardcore Graveyard and the sad (yet glorious) tales of woe locked within its filigreed gates? The Graveyard is a subforum from our main Diablo III Hardcore forum, and most of the action goes on in the Our Fallen Friends thread.

There posts follow a handy format, and here’s a quote from Amarules’ entry, plus his Halls of the Dead postcard:

Character name: Devailai
Character level: 39
Character class: Barbarian
Character build: Frenzy/Seismic Slam/Ground Stomp/Leap/Revenge/WotB
Game difficulty: Normal
Act: Act 2 Nightmare, The area after Alcarnus
Death type: PvM

Cause of demise: My first D3 hardcore death, and sadly probably an avoidable one. Things were going fairly smoothly co-op with a Wizard. My barbarian was rockin close to 7k hp and we were dealing with most stuff pretty easily. Then just after crossing the bridge from Alcarnus she leapt into a pack of cultists to stomp their summon. A pack of extra fast, arcane enchanted Berserkers flew in from off screen and trapped me. Seismic slam stun didnt proc and the beserkers stunned me while the arcane enchanted beams and mass of cultists wiped my health in little over a second.

Some (all too few) fans get a screenshot of their moment of death, and I love to look at those for added visual insight. To date there’s only one video, thanks to Archaicx, who was live streaming a marathon MP play session when his level 43 Monk found a pack of Fallen Maniacs who were DiabloWikiPlagued. Boom Boom Boom in a blink, and that’s it for his hopes and dreams.

There’s even a webcam inset so you can see the horror and resignation on his face. I must say, he took it a lot better than most of us would have.

Watch live video from Arch, SC2 Master Protoss on TwitchTV

If you’re playing Hardcore, take a moment to screenshot your gruesome end, or at least share the story in the Hardcore Graveyard. I speak from long D2 HC experience when I say that it can be therapeutic and even cathartic, to share the sad tale with others who know what it’s like to lose someone you cared about in the ever-simmering demonic war.

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  1. Oh man, watching that video hurts. Question though- if he lashing tail kicks them and the knockback causes the maniacs to go near a teamate, will the maniacs come back after him or would it be possible for them to target the nearest teamate? That would be evil.

  2. Just fyi, the “Plagued” link in the article links to the obsolete witchdoctor passive.

  3. the disbelief of death

  4. Thanks for posting my video, I’m glad so many people have enjoyed it 🙂 GL to all you HC’ers, I got my second monk to 60 and have been farming very early inferno. 

  5. Going to start a HC monk after I finish D3 on softcore.

    I was wondering, what is the best way to avoid these plagued fallen maniacs, besides running away 🙂

    • As a monk, Serenity is the obvious choice for me.

      • Ah that’s a logical one 🙂 There are not so many ranged attacks on the monk to take them out from a safe distance. I think deadly reach is quite useful for hairy situations.

        On the topic of dying, first time I died somewhere end of act 1 because of a big lag spike 🙁 Second (and first real death) was in the first quest of the Keep, got surrounded by 20 of these green little demons and panicked ^^

        Looking forward to playing Hardcore for the first time, but a bit anxious about the LAG MONSTAH.. First I’ll finish normal before I start my hc monk, at least I know what to expect a bit then. Thursday I’ve got a date with Azmodan 🙂

    • It doesn’t matter what modifiers a maniac rolls with because they will die instantly anyway. Trigger the animation by letting them get into proximity, then get the hell out, or even better kill them before they get close to you.

      They have extremely low health. 

  6. What a good sport. Dude was already laughing. Funny he said “that’s the second time” like he’s been killed by the suicide goblins before. Third time’s the charm!
    My first HC death was at level 21 fighting some trash mobs. I DC’d and thought I was fine, and went to play softcore when I could log back in. Next time I decided to play my wizard, I realize she didn’t survive the disconnect. GG Bilzzard 😛

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