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Diablo 4’s Launch is Going to be a Neck and Neck Race

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With the launch of Diablo 4 imminent, many fans are excitedly planning builds around one of the game’s five classes that will be present on release. Between the Barbarian, Rogue, Sorcerer, Necromancer, and Druid, players will likely be able to find a class that suits their preferred play style on launch day. The betas for Diablo 4 already gave players a pretty good look at what they can expect from each of these classes, but it’s become clear that the Necromancer and Sorcerer are likely going to be the most popular of the bunch.

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The classes of Diablo 4 are a good mix of series staples that have been updated with new mechanics to reflect the skill tree system that forms the basis of the game’s build customization options. Players got the opportunity to see them in action during the Server Slam beta complete with balance tweaks following feedback from the first beta. After experiencing each class in the state closest to where they will be at Diablo 4’s launch, the Necromancer and Sorcerer were proven to be the most powerful, which makes it likely that a large portion of players will be choosing these classes on release day.

Diablo 4 Necromancer and Sorceress Skull Fire

Diablo 4‘s Sorcerer class was a standout from the first beta, so much so that the class received a nerf to its strongest skill going into the Server Slam beta. However, even with this nerf, the Sorcerer is still a top-tier class thanks to their high damage potential and combination of strong ranged and AoE abilities. Additionally, the Sorcerer’s unique Enchantment mechanic allows them to swap active skills into the Enchantment slot to provide a variety of useful passive effects. That means the class will end up with some of the most complex build combinations for players to explore on launch day.

For as powerful as the Sorcerer is, Diablo 4‘s Necromancer gives the class a serious run for its money despite receiving its own set of nerfs. Not only do Necromancers have fantastic damage options with skills like the iconic Bone Spear, but their Blood skills can drain the health of enemies while restoring the Necromancer’s own, allowing them to survive much longer. On top of all that, Necromancers can essentially be their own entire party with their ability to summon minions like Skeletal Warriors, Skeletal Mages, and Golems, making the class essentially capable of playing each necessary role on its own.

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The Necromancer may be at a slight disadvantage over the Sorcerer as some of the nerfs implemented between betas hit their minions a little too hard. Although Blizzard deployed a hotfix to help balance the Necromancer’s minions in Diablo 4 during the Server Slam, they are still not as powerful as they were during the first beta period. Regardless of the status of their minions, the other skills the Necromancer has access to are strong enough to make it a class players will want to flock to when booting up Diablo 4 on release.

Even though the over-powered Chain Lightning skill of the Sorcerer was nerfed prior to the Server Slam beta, Diablo 4‘s Sorcerer still has the Enchantment mechanic that gives it a strong edge over the other classes. With the Necromancer acting as the only real competition to the Sorcerer’s power, the title of most popular class at launch is either one’s for the taking. While other classes like the Barbarian, Rogue, and Druid will likely have their niches, the Sorcerer and Necromancer’s skills are strong enough that they will likely be able to carry players through Diablo 4‘s endgame without much reliance on specific gear investments.


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