http://i.imgur.com/lL2LT.jpg
This post isn't really a D3 review, I just want to share my current character as he sits today.

I typically like the summons classes so the Witch Doctor seemed like a no brainer to me. The above image is "SnuggyBunny" as he sits right this second. My current skills for SnuggyBunny are: darts, zombie arms, spider queen, poison zombie dogs and horrify. The slowdown that occurs when you zombie arm/eel an area is the basis of how I play the Witch Doctor. Basically I try to get the enemies into a choke-point or slow them such that I can pick them off from a distance. When they are slowed, I toss in the Spider Queen and then start to use the poison darts. My zombie dogs train the mobs so they don't focus on me. Horrify if they get too close and I hit them as they run.

My current skill tree and attributes:

http://i.imgur.com/ZR9Nk.jpg

At the start of act II I got a pretty sweet legendary drop:

http://i.imgur.com/dI9ai.jpg

So far I know only one other person that got legendary gear, so that's kind of awesome I have some. Will be hard to let it go when I get something better. I imagine I can sell it at the auction house for a few gold.

Speaking of auction house, if I can't give my old yellow gear to the Enchantress, Templar or Thief I sell it at the auction house. So far I can generally pull in 5x the in game sale price. I am not into MMO's so this is the first real experience I have with an auction house, so far so good.

Haven't really unlocked a ton of achievements yet, but I open a few each game it seems.

http://i.imgur.com/n1JjM.jpg

One of the interesting things about Diablo 3 is the major amount of achievements the game has. Some achievements require a ton of gameplay to get, some are fairly easy. I believe one requires you to max level both class sexes? I wonder how many hours one would need to spend to unlock that?

All that to say, I really like the Witch Doctor character. I like how he talks and I like the kind of person he is. Odd to say that, but Blizzard did a great job fleshing him out as a person. The back and forth dialog he has with the Templar is really cool. The Templar is essentially a religious zealot and the Witch Doctor is spiritual. The contrast between those two types of personalities is very interesting as many times the Witch Doctor tries to offer a different perspective to the Templar's pretty intense dogma. I won't spoil the communication direction between the characters, but its a really interesting side story and I hope it continues to open up over the course of the game.

If you are looking for a class where you get a ton of pets to start, the Witch Doctor will not satisfy you. But, as you progress in levels you can focus on abilities that gradually allow him an army of pets and poison attacks.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/19/2012 at 07:30pm

There is no name more apt for a Witch Doctor than SnuggyBunny.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/19/2012 at 09:31pm

:) I like it. He is a cool character.

MoonWyrd   Supporter wrote on 05/20/2012 at 12:33am

I've only just gotten started due to time contraints, but I went for the Witch Doctor for my first char. Blizzard has learned a lot about creating a engrossing environment.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 05/20/2012 at 01:45am

Very much! The game is one of most polished I've ever played.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 05/20/2012 at 01:54am

For a second I thought he was holding a rubber chicken. I'm kind of sad that's not what it is. :P

Tungsten wrote on 05/20/2012 at 01:18pm

I just rolled a hardcore character, and it's a different game. Well, its the exact same game, but with the added perma-death, I play it completely differently. It's much more methodical and slow, but in a way that I enjoy.

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/20/2012 at 08:20pm

There's no chance I'm going to play hardcore. I would just ragequit if I lost a character I'd put time into.

Timogorgon   Member wrote on 05/21/2012 at 01:08am

Yeah I tried Hardcore mode in Diablo 2. It isn't for me.

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