Blizzard is going to start featuring a new build every week, with discussion of why it works, what makes it cool and fun, what gear it requires, and so forth, and they’re calling it Diablo 3 Theorycraft Thursdays.


    Every Thursday starting May 1, we’ll highlight a new build created by you, our community. We’ll showcase the skills and passives you’re using, the items that may have had an effect on your choices, how this build has shaped your gameplay experience, and of course: why you love it. If selected, your build will appear on the front page (right here!) of diablo3.com, giving other players the opportunity to discuss, debate, and ask you questions about it.

    The fun doesn’t stop there, though. Every four weeks, we’ll throw up a poll and have the community vote on their favorite featured builds from the past month. The player whose build nets the most votes will have an opportunity to join a few Blizzard employees in-game and showcase their build LIVE on our official Diablo Twitch.tv channel!

    How to Participate:

    Interested? Awesome! To participate, just send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following information:

  • The name, if any, of your build. (If you don’t have one, I am not completely responsible for the lame pun your build may wind up being associated with.)
  • The mode in which you use this build. (Normal, Hardcore, or dare I say… Seasons?) Feel free to mention what difficulty you play on too!
  • Which skills, runes, and passives you use. A link to your build using the Skill Calculator would also be appreciated.
  • A screenshot of and/or a link to your character profile. (If you only submit a link to your character profile but not a screenshot, please do not change your skills until you’ve received a confirmation e-mail that we’ve received your submission.)
  • The names of any items or Legendaries that help this build flourish. If it doesn’t focus on a build-changing Legendary, that’s cool too – just let us know!
  • What this build does best. Do you use this build primarily for doing Bounties? Or do you use it for playing Campaign Mode? Whether you’re taking on Infernal Machines or doing a bit of everything, be sure to specify!
  • What makes this build AWESOME. Does it showcase big crits, or is it great at clearing large packs? Maybe it’s super mobile, or features supreme survivability?
  • Two to three screenshots of your build in action!
  • We’re eager to see the creativity of our community, and we’re even more excited about getting the chance to hang out and play alongside you. So get your submissions in and we’ll see you May 1!

    This sounds like a good way to publicize some new builds and play styles, hopefully going beyond the obvious cookie cutter stuff. And a good way to draw Blizzard’s dev/balancing attention to problems with some classes or items. My one concern is that we might not get enough attention on Hardcore builds, since I don’t know if the Bliz guys ready for the stream will have HC chars that can hack the hard stuff. I had to go softcore for the live stream I did during the beta since they didn’t have Hardcore chars available (nor were the other fans scheduled to be on the stream Hardcore-capable).

    Any of you guys planning to put your character and build forth in this Theorycrafting Thursday?

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