Necromancer Bone Set Hands-On Review

For a bit of a background, I played a lot of Diablo III when it launched, in those nefarious days when elite packs felt like today’s Torment V and you died a lot. I got tired many months later and retired to focus on World of Warcraft.

Then, Reaper of Souls came out and I leveled a Crusader to level 70, and played for another length of time. Then Hearthstone came out, Heroes of the Storm came out, Warlords of Draenor, and Overwatch. My time got split between the other five games, and I barely had much Diablo III gameplay until now.

I attended the PAX East 2017 Rise of the Necromancer fansite summit, and played for about 15 minutes. It was a Greater Rift as the female Necromancer, and I got enamored. I mean, 10 minions, a Blood Golem, and Blood Nova. That was awesome.

Nowadays, in beta, Blizzard Entertainment added four Necromancer sets on Tue Apr 25th, and I decided to go with the Necromancer Bone Set. At first, it was bit difficult, and changed around some of my skills and runes to benefit from the Bone Set Bonus. You can view all the Necromancer Sets here.

Just before the Necromancer Sets were introduced for testing, Necromancer players had to craft the Cain Set to benefit from the intellect (which is its main DPS stat). I could only go as far as Torment III with the Cain set.

Then I started upgrading my legendary gems, and stacking Thorns. Today, out of the blue I was one-shot’ing elite packs. It took me a bit to figure out what happened. I started observing elite pack fights, and nailed the source. My Skeleton Mage was critting for 15-24 million damage, my pets were hitting stronger, and my last two enchanting thorn upgrades started to wreck without even lifting a finger. So a combination of all these choices made a big difference.

Before the sets were introduced, I would die nearly instantly in Torment IV. I decided to test-ride my Skeletal Mage in Torment IV. Wrecked. Greater Rift guardian died in less than 5 seconds. I cranked up to Torment V. Now I was dying if not too careful, but the Skeletal Mage was wrecking everything. Finished Greater Rift Torment V in under 6 minutes.

I was not satisfied yet. For giggles, I cranked up Greater Rift to Torment VI (Level 25). I died a few times to mobs that jump toward you or that shoot you from range, but overall the Skeletal Mage didn’t disappoint. I played Torment VI (level 25) 3-4 times, and deemed it a success.

 

I am not by any means an expert. Most of these systems didn’t exist last time I played a Crusader when Reaper of Souls came out. Right now I am using the Enforcer Legendary Gem (Rank 24 of 25), and Boyarski’s Chip Legendary Gem (Rank 11).

Diablo III Necromancer Skills

The Diablo III Necromancer is a commander of the dead, leading a fearsome army to battle and willing to make the ultimate sacrifice of life when necessary. The Necromancer balances essence and health to power his unnatural abilities over blood and bone. The Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer Pack is arriving Summer 2017. All skills shown below might defer from the released product. These are seen in beta test servers.

NECROMANCER SKILLS

Necromancer Primary

NECROMANCER SKILLS

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*Work in progress

Diablo III Patch 2.5.0 Live: Seasons 10 in Consoles

Diablo III patch 2.5.0 is now live in the Americas for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! That means Season 10 has begun! The first major feature introduced in this patch is the Armory, which allows you to save 5 different build loadouts per character (including gear, gems, runes and skills).

Crafting materials are now saved in a different UI interface within your character inventory. When you login, all materials in the stash will be moved there automatically.

Primal Ancient gear is unlocked after playing a level 70 Greater Rift. After that they drop anywhere, including Kadala.

Finally, Seasons 10 has arrived to Consoles (PS4/XBox One!

PAX East 2017 Diablo III Rise of the Necromancer Hands-On Preview

PAX East 2017 Diablo III eventBoston, MA — Several fansites and gaming outlets were invited by Blizzard Entertainment to a press event about the Necromancer. The event took place at PAX East 2017 on Saturday, March 11 with senior game designer Matthew Berger and lead game producer Rob Foote.

 

Blizzard Entertainment gave us a shot at playing as a female Necromancer. While playing at the demo station, I was able to play in a Greater Rift environment. However, the inventory, and skills tab were disabled as the main focus was to give us a taste of how playing as a Necromancer feels like. I was literally obliterating everything in my path with little effort.

Once I completed the Greater Rift, a portal was opened to face the Rift Lord. The portal led me into a large hallway within the walls of the Temple of the Firstborn (located beneath the Shrouded Moors). For those who follow the lore, this is where Angel Inarius first set foot in Sanctuary, and where the original Nephalem were born at.

Inspired by the Diablo II hero, the Necromancer is a commander of the dead, and draws upon the power of blood and bone to eradicate those who threaten the balance. The Necromancer’s main source is Essence, which you gather by slashing at enemies with your one-handed Grim Scythe weapon by pressing the mouse left-button. The Necromancer’s weapon animation is ridiculously awesome slashing half-the-screen with a 20-yard-long green-hued ghostly scythe.

The Necromancer holds the scythe in the right hand, while on the left hand, hovering above, is the phylactery where the Essence is collected and stored by the Necromancer. However, you can also wield a two-handed scythe. Don’t panic.

BlizzCon 2016 Arrives this Week

BlizzCon 2016 starts this Friday, November 4. There are massive expectations on the Diablo front at BlizzCon this year, due to the BlizzCon 2016 Goodie Bag. Unless it was a strong coincidence, the Diablo III dice that came with the Goodie Bag was accidentally or intentionally misprinted so that the side that says “1” actually said: 1, 1, 4 — instead of 1, 1, 1 on of those sides (personally, I’m leaning on “intentionally”). The significance of 1, 1, 4 is that it stands for a massive hidden clue: 11 / 4 — aka November 4, which is the day when BlizzCon 2016 starts. Hints of a Diablo announcement? Could it be Diablo IV? Or a new Diablo III expansion?

Regardless of the outcome, if you aren’t attending BlizzCon nor watching the livestream, Blizzplanet will have you covered. As every year, you will find transcripts of the entire panel and images as seen in our BlizzCon archive.

Our reporter, DPerschonok will be attending for two pre-scheduled interviews as well. Stay tuned.

If you aren’t attending BlizzCon this year, you should definitely order the BlizzCon 2016 Livestream Virtual Ticket to watch it on your internet browser.

BlizzCon 2016

BlizzCon 2016 Features

Join the celebration of Blizzard Entertainment’s 25th anniversary with two days of games, esports, developer panels, and a closing concert featuring “Weird Al” Yankovic

IRVINE, Calif. — BlizzCon® 2016, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival, returns Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5 to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California ! This year’s sold-out show marks the 10th BlizzCon celebration and commemorates Blizzard’s 25th anniversary, and gamers around the world can be part of the fun with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—available to order now at www.blizzcon.com.

This year’s BlizzCon features a variety of events and activities, including developer discussion panels, epic esports tournaments, incredible community-created movies, art, and costumes, and a performance by legendary Grammy -winning pop parodist “Weird Al” Yankovic.

“We can’t wait to celebrate 25 years of Blizzard games with everyone at this year’s BlizzCon,” said Mike Morhaime , CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment . “We’ll have world-class esports action throughout the weekend, the latest news to share about our games, and fellow geek Weird Al joining us for a concert during the closing ceremony. We’re excited to meet up with our friends and fellow gamers from across the globe.”

This year’s BlizzCon will be jam-packed with epic events and activities from beginning to end, including:

Opening Ceremony

Join us Friday at 11 a.m. PDT as the BlizzCon festivities kick off with the opening ceremony. Hear updates on Blizzard’s development plans, and catch it online free at www.blizzcon.com.

 

Blizzard Esports Global Finals

BlizzCon Opening Week has come to a close, but that was just the beginning—now it’s time for the finalists to battle it out for the Championships! Starting Friday morning, tune in for the final rounds of the World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship, the Overwatch™ World Cup , the Hearthstone® World Championship, the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals, and the Heroes of the Storm™ Fall Championship! This year, esports aficionados everywhere can watch the Blizzard esports championships for free on Twitch (www.twitch.tv/blizzcon), on MLG.tv (www.majorleaguegaming.com/blizzcon), and on www.blizzcon.com. Visit www.blizzcon.com/esports for more information.

 

Community Contests

Starting Friday at 6 p.m. , join us for a crazy night of community contests—including the Costume Contest, Art Contest, Talent Contest, and Movie Contest—hosted by comedian Thomas Middleditch from HBO’s Silicon Valley .

 

Developer Panels

Go behind-the-scenes with your favorite Blizzard games in developer panels throughout both days of the show. You can be among the first to learn about upcoming content for Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, StarCraft II, and Diablo® III, and join the celebration of two major milestones with Blizzard’s 25th Anniversary Panel and Diablo ‘s 20th Anniversary Panel . Take a peek at the complete schedule at www.blizzcon.com/schedule.

 

On-Site Activities and BlizzCon Sponsor Booths

Everyone attending in person can explore a variety of events and activities, including the Hearthstone Tavern and the Darkmoon Faire on the third floor of the convention center. This year’s Darkmoon Faire features the Community Amphitheater , the Voice Actor Stage, the Creative Collective Stage, and more.

BlizzCon wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of the event’s sponsors, who help provide hardware, peripherals, and other support for the show. Attendees are invited to visit our partners’ booths around the show floor for prizes, contests, and giveaways, including:

  • ASUS: Play Find-the-Robot in VR or play games to win great ASUS, Intel, and Newegg prizes from the ROG vending machine, including motherboard/CPU combos, SSDs, and gaming laptops.

  • Corsair: Snap a pic in the prop-filled Overwatch photo booth, take a selfie with a community star, or enter to win a shirt, poster, or even a custom Warcraft-modded Crystal 460X RGB Case PC.

  • Newegg : Catch fun informational sessions on PC building, get some esports coaching, or enter to win a VR-ready computer system.

  • NVIDIA: Check out Blizzard games running on GeForce GTX 10 series GPUs, a Google Tilt Brush VR experience, signing opportunities with esports and community personalities, and lots of prizes.

  • Razer: Visit the Razer booth for the chance to win a Blade gaming laptop, Overwatch products, and more.

  • Rosewill: Stop by for exclusive giveaways, ranging from RGB gaming keyboards and Overwatch-themed collectibles to a custom Widowmaker-themed Cullinan case.

  • T-Mobile: Visit the Un-carrier Lounge to charge your device, stop by the GIF photo booth to pose with an Overwatch hero, and watch the Overwatch World Cup live stream. Everyone’s invited to vote for the tournament MVP using #TMobileMVP and the player’s BattleTag™ on Twitter.

 

Although BlizzCon tickets have sold out, viewers can still join the excitement from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket ( $39.99 ), which offers comprehensive live online coverage of both days of the event—including the community contests on Friday evening and Weird Al’s performance at the closing ceremony, starting at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday night. Virtual Ticket holders will also receive a treasure trove of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, Overwatch, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and StarCraft II.

Attendees and Virtual Ticket viewers alike can download the BlizzCon Guide Mobile App, available free for Android and iOS devices, and use it to plan their day, map a route through the convention center, and even watch live streams.

 

NYCC 2016: The Walking Dead Season 7 Negan Outcome Trailer

It’s Negan whack-a-mole time! Not directly related to Diablo, but heck … it’s Zombies! AMC revealed the latest The Walking Dead Season 7 trailer which presents the outcome of Negan killing a member of Rick’s team. The person killed is not spoiled in the trailer, but Rick is pretty pissed and shocked. He threatens he will kill Negan. Not today. Not tomorrow. But he will kill Negan.