We saw a glut of class preview articles the last two days, with lots of news about upcoming patch changes for the Barbarian, Wizard, Monk, Demon Hunter, and Witch Doctor. Fan opinions are all over the place about the proposed changes, and I thought about running a vote for love/hate on all five classes, but that would have been a bit of vote spam. So let’s just do two votes; which class’ improvements have you the most excited, and which left you cold?

    We’re trying to measure the patch changes in this vote, not the class as a whole, so give it some thought and vote for the class that you think got the most interesting improvements. Not just your fave class. (And the worst, not just your least favorite class.)

    For instance, my current fave class is the DH, but her patch changes seem pretty uninspired. There don’t appear to be any changes to play style; just buffs to lots of skills that will provide more variations on the same basic kiting glass cannon build. So I won’t be voting for my favorite class in this poll, though I’m honestly not sure who I think got the best changes yet. I might have to give the previews another skim to decide.

    Which class is getting the BEST improvements in v1.0.4?

    • Witch Doctor (36%, 2,268 Votes)
    • Barbarian (27%, 1,678 Votes)
    • Not sure/no opinion. (22%, 1,374 Votes)
    • Demon Hunter (6%, 396 Votes)
    • Monk (5%, 347 Votes)
    • Wizard (4%, 259 Votes)

    Total Voters: 6,322

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    Which class is getting the WORST improvements in v1.0.4?

    • Wizard (30%, 970 Votes)
    • Not sure/no opinion. (22%, 714 Votes)
    • Monk (21%, 672 Votes)
    • Demon Hunter (16%, 521 Votes)
    • Witch Doctor (7%, 232 Votes)
    • Barbarian (4%, 120 Votes)

    Total Voters: 3,229

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    Last Vote Results

    The most recent vote measured popular opinion about the v1.0.4 proposed changes. That vote went up before the recent run of class preview articles, so the vote was more about theory than knowledge, but most of you guys seemed to like what you were hearing from Blizzard, even then. We’ll run another vote about v1.0.4, but probably not until after the patch goes live so we can vote with knowledge rather than just speculation.

    How do you feel about the proposed v1.0.4 game changes?

  • 2) They’re good, but don’t fix everything. (40%, 2,034 Votes)
  • 1) They sound awesome. Big approval. (36%, 1,863 Votes)
  • 3) They’re not so good, but at least a step in the right direction. (11%, 584 Votes)
  • 4) They’re lame. Useless. Too little too late. RagerageRAGE! (8%, 431 Votes)
  • 5) No opinion/not sure. (5%, 220 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 5,133

    The previous vote went up on the last day of July and measured the current class popularity. No real surprise to see the Barbarian on top, but I was surprised by how easily he dominated the poll. Also, let’s pity the poor WD, not only in last place, but even behind the hater option. It’ll be interesting to measure this one again in some months, to see if the various patch changes alter the balance of popularity.

    Your favorite Diablo III Class is…

  • Barbarian (24%, 1,713 Votes)
  • Monk (17%, 1,220 Votes)
  • Demon Hunter (15%, 1,096 Votes)
  • Wizard (15%, 1,069 Votes)
  • I hate them all. (12%, 869 Votes)
  • Witch Doctor (10%, 697 Votes)
  • I have more than one favorite. (7%, 598 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 7,262

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