A fan assembled all six of the class-specific item sets in Reaper of Souls, took pics of them on each gender for each class, and provided views from all angles. It’s quite a useful presentation, and credit to Zeldrin for creating it.
I found it interesting since I’d never actually seen the full sets so clearly. Everyone’s got a few or all of the items from each set, but usually mixed with other gear, some transmogged or vanishing dyed, etc. So here they are, unadulterated and straight from the D3 artist’s tablets to your screen. All the sets (except for Firebird’s, which adds a source) consist of six items: helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, and boots, so visually they are pretty much apples to apples comparisons. So here are Reaper of Souls Item Sets Illustrated:
Helltooth Harness (armory), Witch Doctor set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots. (This set apparently lacks the light weight and flexibility of the huge slabs of unrefined steel that the other classes have strapped to their bodies, as both of these weary medical professionals are bent double beneath the weight of their assorted shark teeth, baboon femurs, and coconut shells.)
Diablo 3 “Gear Sets”
This whole presentation reminds me of the hot (pre-game) topic of Gear Sets. We’ve got a big wiki article about them, and “Gear Sets” was a regular news category from 2010-2012, with 29 news items so categorized. Blizzard regularly promoted these cool armor looks, and the theory was that Diablo 3 had 18 different tiers of gear, and that if players were wearing all their items from say, Tier 16, then it would present a uniform and organized appearance, like a proper uniform, rather than the “clown college” style of mismatched leather/chain/plate/bone/etc we saw on characters in Diablo 2.While we fans liked the idea of cooler costumes for our heroes, there was a lot of skepticism if characters would actually equipped be in enough items from the same tier to achieve a unified look, and if the unique looks of legendary items wouldn’t disrupt any attempted gear set harmony.
And, of course, that’s exactly how it turned out. Our last news post to really speak of Gear Sets was about a Diablo 3 Art Panel from GDC in March 2012, and once the game was out no one ever noticed or thought about Gear Sets again, and everyone geared up their characters in clown suits of every color and style, since no one was ever going to sacrifice performance for visuals (as Diablo 2’s universally-equipped bright green Harlequin Crest) proved.
Now we’ve got transmog and armor dyes, and item sets with lots of pieces that are all themed to look good together, so at last fashion is rearing its ugly head in the land of sanctuary?
What do you guys think of these six sets, viewing them side by side? While cropping the images I was surprised at just how hunched over the Witch Doctors were, and by how drab/dull the Barbarian’s set is. Also, the Crusader is actually the tallest class, though the bright points of the Crusader hat helps sell the “stand taller to present a more threatening profile” illusion.