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    Next week at this time we’ll be dying, thriving, and playing Diablo 3. It feels good to finally say that. However there are a few things to do before we step into Sanctuary.

     

    What class to take?

    I thought I would know by now. After having the beta for ages, and following the game for so long, I was sure I would have it in my mind what I would roll day 1. Yet here I am still stumped. It’s a toss up right now between the Monk, the Barbarian and the Witch Doctor. I like each one in varying ways, and while I know I’ll play them all, your first hardcore is something special. It’s probably the first character you’ll be afraid to lose, the one you’ll build your stash with, and the first you may lose. All great memories and important to choose wisely.


    Your First Hardcore Character Will Be?

    • I'm not playing any Hardcore characters. (17%, 192 Votes)
    • Witch Doctor (15%, 175 Votes)
    • Still undecided. (15%, 173 Votes)
    • Barbarian (15%, 171 Votes)
    • Wizard (13%, 152 Votes)
    • Monk (13%, 151 Votes)
    • Demon Hunter (11%, 126 Votes)

    Total Voters: 1,140

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    Which class will get me to hardcore fastest?

    If the beta is any indication, I found the monk was the fastest to clear those first ten levels with. So while I’m agonizing over what to take into Hardcore i’m steady in this decision. This character is purely about speed and how quickly I can get into Hardcore. From my beta experience 1-10 takes a little over an hour. Which is much easier than a full clear and leaves us available to conquer Hardcore unspoiled.

     

    Spoilers or no spoilers?

    Waiting 12 years is a long time. Waiting five more days shouldn’t be hard. However when your privy to all this information it’s damn tempting. However part of the reason I wanted to see a Hardcore from the start was to experience everything fresh and new. So in a sense not only would I spoil that but I would be going back on my own convictions. So I push on with blinders trying not to spoil things for myself.

     

    How do  I plan for release?

    I can’t play until 2 am. I also have to work the following day. So I think I’ve figured out what I’ll have to do since by no means can I not play on release. So I will be going to bed early, and waking up to play until work. Ideally I will be well into my Hardcore character before I even have to get ready. I wish it was something more epic, like taking a week off while feasting on bacon and steak, pausing only for the bathroom and mandatory sex breaks administered by Scarlett Johansson and Sofia Vegara. However since it isn’t I’ll take solace in just enjoying the time I do get.

    What about you? How are you approaching release? What class will you be taking in? What time are the Hollywood starlets arriving?

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

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