We who are about to die salute you!
This thread is for the discussion of Diablo 3’s hardcore mode. For stories of success against all odds and bitter defeat, of triumph and tragedy.
I always found hardcore mode intellectually appealing, but it was the last Qt3 podcast, where Tom and Jason were talking about the suicidal danger of playing a HC Wizard, that finally got me to give it a shot.
Man, what a difference this game mode makes! Certain things are obvious- when your character’s life is on the line, of course combat takes on new meaning. Even Normal mode’s relatively languid pace suddenly has teeth. Here’s another thing, though- can you imagine that EQUIPMENT suddenly becomes more exciting? You pore over every piece of gear. The balance between vitality and your damage stat is particularly agonizing.
Choosing skills and runes takes on a new meaning, as you cannot easily just slap together an experimental build- you need to use every skill slot carefully, considering frequency of skill use, resource drain, all that good stuff.
Anyway, so my Wizard is creeping through Act 2 right now. Just like the Bartertown, Hardcore mode has no rules, but I have promised myself not to grind areas over and over again like a coward. It’s forward, forward, forward, and death or glory!
Right now I’m running Diamond Armor with Prism, Disintegrate, Magic Missile, Magic Weapon (why the heck doesn’t it have an icon? That’s gonna get me killed!) and Force Wave. I’ve been using Disintegrate at range, then heroically been running into the pack of enemies with Diamond on, followed by a force wave. It gets the job done in dramatic fashion, but one of these days it’ll get me in big trouble. I’ve been considering using Time Bubble, but what to take out? And I am one level away from Teleport…any Wizards out there have thoughts about builds for surviving Hardcore?
So what are your experiences like so far? Does anyone want to party up?