jdodson gives this a solid "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
jdodson gives this a "Rad" on the Ghost Scale
This is fun, with very few issues, and is well worth your time.
A week ago I was let in to the Diablo III Necromancer Beta and to put it simply the Necromancer is a ton of fun. If you loved Diablo III and Reaper of Souls and want a new reason to jump back into the game to play all the new updates you should check out the upcoming Necromancer update. To be clear, The Necromancer will be a separate DLC that you will need to buy and is launching this summer(no word on the pricing yet).

"As a master of the dark arts, you wield the powers of life and death necessary to restore the Balance! Necromancers are powerful spell casters who lay waste to their enemies using curses and reanimation—along with an obedient cadre of pets. This new class employs a controlled gameplay style using the raw materials of life: blood and bone."

The Necromancer is a class that feels at home in Diablo III. It was my most played class in Diablo II and I was expecting it to be a near clone of the Diablo II class and I was surprised that it plays differently but feels very similar in tone to the original. My current Necromancer character "DeathsDoor" has the dual Scythe as his main attack(it sends out two Scythes that hit all enemies in front of him) and a long ranged bone spear alternate attack that takes up mana. This bone spear is a good powered attack for taking down enemies at a distance and travels through all enemies in it's path. That said the main fun of my current Necromancer build is my massive army of Skeletons, Corpse Explosion, the Flesh Golem and Bone Armor.

When you play as the Necromancer whenever you kill an enemy a corpse drops on the ground. The Necromancer has many abilities to use corpses and one that's my favorite is Corpse Explosion. This allows a crazy chain reaction where you start exploding enemies in a chain to take down a huge mob. The only downside to sinking most of your abilities into corpse attacks is that if you don't have any corpses available you can't do much. Corpse explosion works well for huge mobs but not bosses so having good alt abilities here is useful.

Another cool ability is Bone Armor which is activated when you select it over a group of enemies and it yanks out their bones and you wear them as armor for a time. It's a fun and totally gross ability that fits the Necromancers theme well.

I haven't leveled my Necromancer to max yet but already have had a blast just taking it as far as I have. The Necromancer is a very fun addition to Diablo III and one I am very interested in playing more of when it launches this summer. With that, I still wonder what the future of Diablo III is and I hope they add another campaign to the base game as I really enjoyed the last one in Reaper of Souls. That said, the Necromancer update should be well worth checking out and if you want to jump back in to Diablo III it might be a good time to do it.


Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/01/2017 at 04:16am

That sounds cool. I always thought it looked like a cool class to play. I intend to get it when it's out. I don't think I'll take mine through Story Mode, as I've overplayed it. I need to check out Adventure Mode more.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/01/2017 at 04:26am

If you like collecting moar loot, Adventure Mode is the way to go. I miss the campaign so I think i'll take the Necromancer back through that again.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/02/2017 at 01:54am

I'll always take a new class through the story, but I'm definitely glad you don't have to just repeat the story over and over like back in the day. I'm looking forward to trying this!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/02/2017 at 07:02am

Is there any indication when it might become available? I'm not sure how long the beta testing phase lasts for D3.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/02/2017 at 01:43pm

No indication yet, but I would guess very soon barring the unforeseen. The beta tests for less involved updates (by which I mean, not massive expansions or loot 2.0) tend to last under a month. This is the first update we will have gotten that's not super major but also not just balancing and things like that, so it's less clear.

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/02/2017 at 01:43pm

They've announced it's coming in patch 2.6 but nothing about when that patch will drop.

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/02/2017 at 07:30pm

Thanks, Travis!

Azurephile   Super Member wrote on 06/03/2017 at 04:23am

After seeing the new cinematic, I may actually start a Necromancer Campaign, or two. https://youtu.be/3Ajt6rOoFw4

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/05/2017 at 09:03pm

New information dropped today about what will be in the Necromancer DLC pack: https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20838873

Travis   Admin wrote on 06/06/2017 at 01:53pm


Seriously excited for this.

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/13/2017 at 05:45pm
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