With the upcoming Diablo III expansion ‘Reaper of Souls’ comes a brand new class, enter ‘the crusader’. The Crusader is a mid-range melee class wielding a flail/sword and a shield, but also has mid-ranged spells at their disposal using Wrath as their energy source. The class is based on the Paladin from Diablo II. Resourceful and resilient, Crusaders are a different breed of holy warrior, trained to wield powers unlike any before. They are a group of men and women chosen for their prowess and cunning on the battlefield, and also for their unyielding dedication to the Light; their purpose, to hunt down the enemies of Zakarum and rid Sanctuary of their corruption – they will not let anything stand between themselves and their goal finding strength in their unshakable confidence in their cause.
Background of the Crusader
The origins of the Crusaders lie during the time of Rakkis’s crusade against the Western Kingdoms. As Rakkis’s paladin forces moved westward, one of the leaders of his forces sensed Mephisto’s taint in the Zakarum faith, and secretly founded the Crusader order. The order was specifically founded as a separate entity from the paladins for fear of carrying over corruption into their new sacred duty. Over the centuries, the Crusader order was hardened through combat with the foul evils plaguing eastern Sanctuary as their quest to cleanse the Zakarum of Mephisto’s taint, the corruption of Sanctuary as a whole drove them on and they were intent on achieving this goal through any means necessary.
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Smash your enemy for 130% weapon damage, plus 10% of your shield’s block amount as damage. Your strikes heighten your battle senses, increasing your block chance by 2% for 3 seconds.
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Ignite the air 5 yards in front of you with Holy fire, causing 135% weapon damage to all enemies caught in it.
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Hurl a hammer of justice at your enemies, dealing 140% Holy weapon damage.
Generates 5 Wrath per attack. Scourge your enemies for 120% weapon damage. Striking an enemy surrounds it in hallowed threads which have a chance to jump to 3 nearby enemies.
Costs 25 Wrath. Bash all enemies in front of you with your shield, dealing 270% weapon damage as holy, plus 10% shield block amount as damage as holy. / Enemies struck have a 20% chance to be stunned, increased by 25% of your shield’s block chance. / The skill can also be used to reflect projectiles.
The Fist of the Heavens
Costs 25 Wrath. Call a lightning bolt down from the sky, dealing 220% weapon damage to any enemy within 8 yards. When the lightning bolt hits the ground, it splits into 6 piercing charged bolts that fire outward, dealing 50% weapon damage to enemies they pass through.
Costs 25 Wrath. Sweep a mystical flail in a wide arc through enemies 20 yards before you, dealing 230% weapon damage to all enemies caught in the arc.
Costs 25 Wrath. Hurl a celestial shield at enemies, dealing 200% weapon damage and 10% of shield block amount as damage. The shield will ricochet to 1 targets nearby.
Cost: 10 Wrath Summon a blessed hammer that spins around you, dealing 125% weapon damage to any enemy hit. Hammers have a 100% chance to pierce.
Cooldown: 12 seconds. Light erupts from your shield, blinding all enemies 30 yards in front of you for 4 seconds.
Cooldown: 20 seconds. Pass judgment on all enemies in an area, rooting them in place for 4 seconds.
For more information about Diablo III and what the game is all about check out the game guide here: http://www.battle.net/d3/en/game/what-is. While you’re at it, you could grab yourself a virtual ticket to Blizzcon 2013, along with your ticket you get a Diablo III in-game gift – the Murkalot, this is a murloc based on the Crusader. The crusader sounds like a fun character to play, I can’t wait. For gamers who love their MMOs there are often difficult decisions to be made regarding how many games you play at any one time, in my own experience I have a main game that I play in-depth, WoW, and try to play other games in my downtime – but Diablo III is a bit of a rogue element, it’s definitely going to be getting a good share of my time once the expansion is released. Killing monsters and looting dungeons hand-in-hand with some apt one-liners… bring it on!
We are now on the final leg in the run up to Blizzcon 2013, 8-9 November at the Anaheim Convention Center in California. It’s a great time to be Blizzard fan with so much being offered up this year whether you are into WoW, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone or Heroes of the Storm. Whether you’re joining Blizzard at the Anaheim Convention Center or taking advantage of the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, you can find the schedule of events here: http://eu.battle.net/blizzcon/en/event-info/schedule/friday-schedule and ensure that you don’t miss a thing.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls
“Malthael, the Angel of Death, grows restless. Having sieged the historic city of Westmarch, he now sets his sights on a new metropolis: Anaheim, California — the great gamer haven of the West” Blizzard.com. There will be 300 stations set-up to demo Reaper of Souls where all five original Diablo III classes will be playable, as well as the new Crusader class, a fierce mid-range melee warrior. It has also been confirmed that there will be a playable version of Reaper of Souls on the PS4 at Blizzcon this year, players will also be some of the first in the world to get their hands on a DUALSHOCK®4 controller to enhance their monster slaying rampage through the Nephalem Rifts.
Heroes of the Storm
Blizzard All-Stars, formerly Blizzard DOTA is notably absent from Blizzcon 2013, the reason being because it’s changed it’s name to Heroes of the Storm. If you remember, about a year ago Blizzard and Valve engaged in a legal battle over the DotA name after Valve revealed that it was going to title its sequel to DotA, DotA II. That battle was eventually won by Valve and led to Blizzard naming its DotA sequel Blizzard All-Stars. And in true Blizzard style they have produced a trailer for Heroes of the Storm which can mean only one thing – we are bound to be seeing more about this one at BlizzCon.
Hearthstone Innkeeper’s Invitational
“The idea behind the Invitational is simple: Take some of Hearthstone’s most passionate players and pit them against each other in a no-holds-barred deathmatch” Blizzard.com. Blizzard have lined up Day Vs. Reckful and Hafu Vs. Kripparrian in the top bracket and Trump Vs. Husky and Noxious Vs. Artosis in the bottom bracket, each player brings three decks with three different classes and play each other in a set of best-of-five matches – but if one of their decks loses then they will be eliminated, only one player will survive to be named ‘Grandmaster of the Hearth’, all live on stage at Blizzcon.
Last weekend saw the spectacle that is PAX East 2013 in Boston. If you were lucky enough to go we hope you had a fantastic time, if like me you watched from afar, perhaps not as far as the UK though, I thought I’d do a quick update on the MMO side of things at this years event. Blizzard Entertainment promised us something new would be announced and they didn’t disappoint, there was plenty of speculation before hand about them perhaps revealing more information about Titan or some new content relating to Diablo III, but instead they gave us Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft which is billed to be a new digital card game where players build card decks based around one of nine WoW character classes. With all the excitement it definitely warranted a bigger piece on the blog and you can find the full story about Hearthstone here: http://www.thegamersblog.com/hearthstone-heroes-of-warcraft/. If you were at PAX East you would have been able to try out the game now and reports coming back are positive from gamers – although they don’t see anything particularly groundbreaking it’s perfect for your ‘off-wow time’. For the rest of us the beta should be coming soon – there is currently no set date at present.
On the MMO expansions side a few interesting ones were announced: CCP Games announced EVE Online’s next expansion, Odyssey, due for release on June 4th 2013; and Cryptic announced the first expansion for Star Trek Online, Legacy of Romulus, due for release on May 21st, this gives players the ability to play as a Romulan and captain a Warbird-class vessel. On the flip side ArenaNet confirmed that we won’t be getting an expansion for Guild Wars 2 anytime soon, the game’s developers are focusing instead on more immediate content releases to make the game as good as it can be.
We recently also had a piece on the blog about Runescape and Jagex announced Runescape 3 at PAX East 2013 which improves on the last 12 years of the original game’s development. You can check out why you might want to play Runescape in our MMORPG Update piece titled ‘Discovering Runescape’: http://www.thegamersblog.com/mmorpg-update-discovering-runescape/. The release takes advantage of a new game engine and will run faster and look better, although you will still be able to use the old Java client if you want.
Newcomer to my world of MMOs was F2P MMO City of Steam from Mechanist Games, described as an “industrial age fantasy in a fallen world” the game mixes fantasy with industrialism. Good reports are coming out from the PAX East weekend about this game and it will be going into beta sometime soon, the developers tell us that they are hoping to launch sometime in the next few months.
Blizzard were also showcasing their Diablo III’s console edition and hinted that it might not stop at just the PlayStation 3 and 4. Check out the trailer shown to gamers at the Blizzard booth here:
There was of course tons more information available over the weekend and if you are interested in what else happened or other PAX events a good starting point is the website here at: http://east.paxsite.com/.
Blizzard game director Jay Wilson has announced that the planned Team Deathmatch mode for Diablo III PVP has been scrapped, pretty interesting news for Diablo fans out there who have been waiting for what comes next to improve the much criticised end game. The dev team just don’t feel that what they’ve currently got meets either their own or the fans expectations, I know that this will come as a blow to a large number of fans but looking on the bright side this surely can only mean that rather than releasing something that isn’t going to cut it, the team are thinking ahead and want to get it right this time. So it’s back to the drawing board regarding Team Deathmatch, but in-game dueling is still currently scheduled to release in patch 1.0.7 which should be in the near future.
Read more about this decision in the Diablo III PVP Update. I look forward to hearing more about the duelling, hopefully there will be more news soon.
After a couple of attempts… maybe a few more on top of that, my level 31 wizard was triumphant and took down Diablo! Okay, it was only on normal but small victories people, small victories. Now that I’ve moved on to nightmare mode it feels like I’m actually starting the game for real and that everything up until this point has been a practice run for the main event (I’m not quite ready to consider inferno just yet)! Normal mode was where I got to know the story and also where I got to grips with how to play, or how not to play, my wizard. I did make a ton of mistakes, but I definitely learned from them and embrace them as part of the game experience. I ran through normal as a single player, but I think that nightmare for me is going to be all about the co-op, I’ve now done the practice run so I don’t need to worry about slowing down my team to go and look at an interesting rock or marvel over a perfectly placed rainbow!
Of course, there were times when I would find myself stuck, I would be at a boss fight and have trouble taking the boss down – so I did what anyone would do, I checked out the D3 forums to see how other people were overcoming these issues. There was a pretty even split between people that could solo normal with a wizard without batting an eye, and others like myself who tended to encounter sticking points; I found some really good advice on tactics to overcome my limitiations (being seriously underpowered) and so I thought I’d share a few of the things I learned along the way that would have definitely helped me.
Train your Gem Cutter: Of course I had socketed gems, but I hadn’t spent the time training up my Gem Cutter, by the time you hit level 31 you should really be crafting flawless gems to boost your stats.
Socket the Right Gems: I had traded a lot of damage for vitality that I just didn’t need, this was why I took so long to kill bosses, I was playing defensively (equipping too many amethysts), trying to keep alive but not doing very much damage – you need the right balance.
Wizards Need Intellect: Equip yourself with armor and weapons that provide intellect, in fact every slot should be giving you intellect. As with the gems I was sometimes equipping items that conferred vitality only instead, keeping items that were lower in damage, intellect or level in order to keep the ‘life’ they provided me.
Train your Blacksmith: He will be able to make the items you need without you worrying about getting the right drops all the time.
Farm, Farm, Farm: If there is one thing you need then that’s gold, training your blacksmith, gem cutter, buying new items in the auction house, repairs etc., all takes gold so don’t miss any opportunities to farm it.
I think the only other thing I can add is that picking your skills is a fine art, and it really depends on how you play the game. For the most part it’s a lot of trial and error, swapping skills in and out to see what works best and suits you, but you can find plenty of builds online as a starting point, I found that to be the best way to go. I’d love to hear any other advice you’ve found helpful too, until then, let the nightmare continue.
The staff at TGB would like to give a big congratulations to George Ransom! He is the winner of the Diablo III giveaway. An email has been sent to you and Iceman with instructions on how to claim your prize. Thank you so much to everyone who participated in the contest. We look forward to many more events with you guys and hope you guys had fun!
Welcome KCGameOn attendees! Welcome to TGB! We will be sponsering your local LAN with a free copy of Diablo III. This contest is ONLY available to KCGameOn attendee’s. If you are not a member you CANNOT win.
This contest is for a physical copy of Diablo III for PC which can be picked up from Iceman at the LAN.
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3. Tell us in the contest article what your favorite video game of all time and what did you like so much about it?
Thats it! The winner will be chosen at random around 6 PM CST and an email will be send to the winners email address and to the LAN host Iceman. Show your winning email to Iceman to claim your prize.
Thank you all KCGameOn members who are participating in the Diablo III giveaway! We hope you come back and check us often.
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Blizzards recent annoucement that Diablo III would be online only has generated a lot of rage in the PC gaming community. For example, the man above, has some choice words for Blizzard about their recent business decision to make Diable III online only. While I and the videos author are on the same page for Blizzards decision and I might even consider sending them a letter to appeal their decsion. However, I don’t think the author of this video will accomplish that. It doesn’t really give the professional vibe that one might want in a business letter.