Bashiok made one short forum post yesterday, but it contained some interesting info as the Monk’s Class-Specific Weapons saga grinds on:
Is it correct that the Monk can only dual wield fist weapons?
Monk and barbarian can dual wield all 1-handed weapons.
Even the Monk using swords and maces and such, much less dual wielding them, is a big change. Back in February of this year, Bashiok sung a very different tune about the Monk’s weapon choices.
It would be interesting to hear what changed; why did the devs decide that version of the Monk was not working, and why did they change the class so radically? Did the Monk feel too limited with so few weapons to choose from? Also, there were many mentions back in 2009 of potentially weapon-specific skills for the Monk; talents that he could only use with fists, or perhaps with a staff. Yet there was no sign of any such in the Monk skills at Blizzcon.
Do these Monk changes make the class seem more fun? Or has the bearded one lost something of what made him unique, by gaining access to every item? And on that subject, how about the Monk getting to dual wield everything? Isn’t that supposed to be the Barbarian‘s specialty? Do you Barb fans feel your class is being encroached upon by this news?