Today brings another new video with some great skill visuals. Just like yesterday’s offering, this one is a tight closeup of the video screen, showing the skill runes coverage from the Gameplay Panel at Blizzcon 2010. It’s pixely and the sound isn’t very good, but the visuals are far clearer than they were via the tiny view from the Direct TV feed. (This section starts about 13 minutes into part 3 of the panel.)
There’s a lot of cool stuff here, mostly from the rune effects. A few are entirely new, while others are visuals of stuff we’d otherwise only heard about. The skills move very quickly, so expect to pause and rewind the movie repeatedly, as you try take it all in. There is a lot of new stuff here:
0:30—The Barbarian uses Ancient
Spear Harpoon with a rune effect that grants multiple harpoons per use. (The rune in the Arena demo granted the ability to spear multiple targets in a row, if you were accurate enough to pull it off.)
0:36—Wizard uses what appears to be Frost Armor, but with a rune that turns the spell into something like the D2 [d2W]Paladin[/d2W]‘s [d2W]Holy Freeze[/d2W] Aura.
Click through for the rest, since there’s a ton to document. We’ll be updating the wiki skill pages with new rune info for a while, thanks to this video.
0:53—Wizard shows off Explosive Blast a few times, each one leaving a lovely crater in the ground.
0:59—Wizard hurls lightning bolts that look a bit like javelins. When each one hits it sizzles the target and sends our several tendrils of lightning that kill other enemies. This is apparently a runed form of Electrocute, and it really shows the utility of skillrunes, as a single-target, beam-type spell is changed to a multi-target projectile.
1:28—Snakes on the face! It’s Bashiok’s favorite rune effect for Poison Dart. I must admit to enjoying the way the snake’s tail keeps wiggling after it strikes. If higher levels of this rune grant a bigger snake, until you’re shooting out an anaconda that can constrict and consume enemies, I will use it and giggle with delight.
1:29—I’m not sure what the glowing green flamethrower type attack is. Most likely a runed version of Firebats.
1:35—The wiggly blueish-white spell is probably Haunt, engulfing victims, then thanks to a rune bonus, propagating multiple additional Haunts off to other nearby targets. Locust Swarm does the same thing a second later.
2:55—The WD shows an awesome rune upgrade to Zombie Charger (yes, even better than skinless Zombie Bears), with some kind of multi-zombie effect that creates almost as much green poisonous gas as your great uncle did after last year’s Christmas Dinner.
3:30—Another uncertain WD skill; probably another runed version of Soul Harvest? It creates a purple light around monsters and sends a blue ghost flying back to the WD when the target dies. A buncha Zombie Bear stampedes shown around this time as well.
Comments on the video, different interpretations of the skill/rune effects, or generally salivating anticipation should be added in the comments.