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    The race to 70, the absence of gold, artisans, hellfire rings, and high level friends to boost you. It’s all gone away and it’s hard not to be excited. I still recall the rush of playing my first WD on launch day, wading through it all with no support and no fallback. Did reaching 60 take awhile? Of course but it also felt really good. Everything else after that was easier since I blazed the trail for myself. That is an experience you didn’t get with RoS, everything was established, gold was banked, gear still usable, and friends prevalent. However, with a season wipe we can do it all again.

    While there is some dissenting opinions on Seasons I’m 100% for them especially for hardcore. For SC it is simply a slough back to 70 and back to the grind, but for HC it is a true test to make it back up that mountain. For a long time we’ve had a lot of safety nets and ladders to help us trek back. All that is gone and I think that trek back is going to be a bit harder. However, it will be nice to go through that struggle with so many of our HC brethren. I’m not sure where I will even start for season 2, I’m tempted to play it safe and go Monk, but chances are I’ll simply go back to Witch doctor for nostalgia.

    The best part of seasons is the push to the top and watching so many fall on the way there. Not to say we can take pleasure in people’s demise, but it helps show what makes the mode so special.

    As we begin to chase the chart, and face death in its hardest iteration; I’m happy to announce a new contest. I’ve got a large amount of limited addition Treasure goblin posters that we’ll be giving away to start the season. One poster for each week until they’re gone. The rules are simple simply tweet the @Diabloincgamers a picture of your HC death and an epitaph for your fallen character. We’ll start the contents when Season two starts, so no prepping your deaths in advance! While a poster may not make up for your lost character, you’ll always be able to remember what drove you to that death…greed…and sweet,sweet, loot.

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published (semi)weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly.

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