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Addiction Starts Early, As Blizzard Launches Diablo III Skill Calculator

Start crunching those numbers and prepping those mouse clicks for the beta.

Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.

Blizzard should be kicking off its Diablo III beta test any day now (it's currently in the "Friends & Family" phase, which is right before the floodgates open), but you're impatient, there's a solution.

The company has launched a "Skill Calculator" online, which basically allows you to start rolling a character ahead of actually having to spec one out in the game.

In essence, the addiction can start early. Way early. It's also incredibly mean, given the beta test hasn't started yet, though one could argue it will be even meaner for the players who never get into the beta.

If you haven't had a chance to look over the skill tree for Diablo III, now's a good time to brush up. If you haven't picked a class to jump into yet, here's an easy way to become familiar with the new ones.

Click.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click.

Blizzard should be kicking off its Diablo III beta test any day now (it's currently in the "Friends & Family" phase, which is right before the floodgates open), but you're impatient, there's a solution.

The company has launched a "Skill Calculator" online, which basically allows you to start rolling a character ahead of actually having to spec one out in the game.

In essence, the addiction can start early. Way early. It's also incredibly mean, given the beta test hasn't started yet, though one could argue it will be even meaner for the players who never get into the beta.

If you haven't had a chance to look over the skill tree for Diablo III, now's a good time to brush up. If you haven't picked a class to jump into yet, here's an easy way to become familiar with the new ones.

Click.

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Edited by RuneseekerMireille

Totally didn't anticipate that...

I think I might try to get into Diablo III. I like the look of some of those classes...

Posted by SirOptimusPrime

Argh, I made like 6 characters already with this.

I can't wait for this damn game.

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Posted by ajamafalous

Typo: but if you're impatient, there's a solution.

Posted by poik007

That's pretty old news, still ;)

Posted by Digidono

I'm not prepared for this 0_o

Posted by emergency

Going to wait till I'm in the game and I have the shiny skill point to spend before allocating and reading.

Posted by Branthog

I love Deiablo, but going through the trouble of building a template ahead of time is a bit overkill for a game I'm only going to play through once -- and most likely in a single sitting.

Posted by CaLe

I did it but without context it feels kinda pointless.. Nerds might like this.

(I'm sorry if I judged you as being a nerd)

Posted by Gonmog

@emergency: no skill points....lol :P

Posted by Sjupp

Can't wait to click my finger off.

Posted by Levio

I think this skill system is 1,000,000 times better than D2's.

No offense to D2 fans, but having only 2-4 useful skills per character sucked.

Posted by Gonmog

@Levio: This sytem may have 6 skills you max out and use all the time.

This time a large chunk of leveling your skills is based on item drops.

Posted by l3illyl3ob

The runestone system seems really cool in the way it completely changes up the skills. Also, on paper the Barbarian looks fun as hell to play. Melee AoE DPS machine. Murder everything everywhere all the time. Sign me up.

Posted by HydraHam

I am staying away from all diablo 3 skill trees and videos till the game releases, i want to go in straight D3 virgin so it will be a magical experience.

Posted by Addfwyn

I basically know what I am going to build for all 5 of my characters now because of this, and I don't really feel spoiled at all.

Posted by Enigma777

Come on, Patrick! This is not news ffs!

Edited by Kesselrun

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Posted by PepitoneConQueso

The runestones bring an insane level of customization. Without playing the game it's hard to get a feel for how useful each of the skills are but its clear that we will have more than enough opportunity to tailor our characters to our play styles.

Posted by Nocall

Ahh...Diablo 3, aka "the game i know i should be outraged about but can't bring myself to not nerdgasm over"

Posted by StarvingGamer

I have already theorycrafted a melee-zard and a ranged monk that enemies cannot attack at melee range.

I am excite!

Posted by Hyuzen

Wow....

I can't believe looking over that skill calculator actually made me really really want this game, I really wasn't too excited about it until just now

Posted by Boopie

I worked at Costco with this guy who would talk about playing Diablo and Diablo 2 in sickening detail over and over and over again he wouldn't stop he would explain every detail about every update everything he had done in the game before he went to work everything he had done in the game for the last two weeks the highlights of the last three months and he would not let me get a word in edgewise like STFU GOD DAMN IT WE ARE AT WORK STOP BABBLING ABOUT FUCKING DIABLO I would just walk away and he would still be talking about Diablo

true story and YES fascinating!

Posted by BD

Wizards can turn into Archons, I'm a wizard.

Posted by BionicMonster

Witch Doctor all the way

Posted by Summoboomo

@Enigma777 said:

Come on, Patrick! This is not news ffs!

It's news if you like to click.

Click. Click. Click.

Posted by NathHaw

It'd be nice to have connections.

Posted by Crono

The chat gem at the bottom of the page (its the little blue gem near the bottom) will make the page pick a random skill setup, runes and all.

This is the first time in about 7 or 8 years since I was really stoked about a game release to the point where I can barely stand it.

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Posted by DJJoeJoe

@Enigma777 said:

Come on, Patrick! This is not news ffs!

I don't rely on Giantbomb for news, since they don't cover news in that way. Just like their 'coverage' of games and trailers and things, they just have what they enjoy/like and they try not to cover everything because there is no point. There are too many other sites that do the 'all news' 'all of the news' aggregation stuff and they are great for plugging into my rss reader so I stay 'up' on what's going on. Patrick felt this was worthy to share to the GB community, and I think the write up he did was fine enough to warrant it's existence eventhough I'd seen the headline from other sites earlier.

Posted by Dark_Lord_Spam

Hey, Blizzard? I'm not buying your game.

Posted by nefarious_n

Don't forget to click the chat gem while you're there ;)

Posted by Enigma777

@DJJoeJoe said:

@Enigma777 said:

Come on, Patrick! This is not news ffs!

I don't rely on Giantbomb for news, since they don't cover news in that way. Just like their 'coverage' of games and trailers and things, they just have what they enjoy/like and they try not to cover everything because there is no point. There are too many other sites that do the 'all news' 'all of the news' aggregation stuff and they are great for plugging into my rss reader so I stay 'up' on what's going on. Patrick felt this was worthy to share to the GB community, and I think the write up he did was fine enough to warrant it's existence eventhough I'd seen the headline from other sites earlier.

Oh yeah? Well I had sex with your mother!

Posted by Summoboomo

@nefarious_n said:

Don't forget to click the chat gem while you're there ;)

You really are the worst kind of perso-

Oh my god it actually does something.

Posted by mewarmo990

I still can't believe they added Shaolin kung fu monks into this already awesome game. Super stoked!

Posted by PsyChronic

I am curious - would it affect chances to be selected for the Diablo 3 Beta if you do not have an active World of Warcraft account?

Posted by Wuddel

Weirdly I forgot this existed! I am in!

Posted by conanpowerftw

seems like a nice feature

Posted by atomic_dumpling
@Summoboomo said:

@Enigma777 said:

Come on, Patrick! This is not news ffs!

It's news if you like to click.

Click. Click. Click.

Well played.
Posted by White

Is there WASD control in D3?

Posted by Mr_Cardiac_ZERO

Interesting. I may have to get into this. It's been ages since I sat down with Diablo II

Posted by Pyso

Wow, I..I..must click

Just one more level, just one more

Posted by Zanthox

I nearly died from joy when I happened upon this yesterday! CLICK CLICK~!

Posted by Funkydupe

We need a big fat news article whenever the beta actually opens up beyond F&F.

Posted by Kookro

That wasn't much of a skill calculator...

Seriously, this is shaping up to be WoW: Diablo addition. Blizzard doesn't know how to make a Diablo game and now they're just going to ruin it for the real fans of the series.

Poor Blizzard North, I miss them so much.

Inb4 someone who doesn't know the difference between Blizzard and Blizzard North tries to convince me that I don't know what I'm talking about.

Posted by ichthy

Oh god, starting to get the shakes. This game needs to come out soon. SOON.

Posted by Capn_US

Where is The Archivist?

Posted by BoG

I've made two characters with it. I'm lame. 
I'm pretty certain I'll be rolling Monk. He's got everything I want in a character. I'm disappointed about Demon Hunter, which is way too focused on projectiles. I expected that, though. Witch Doctor seems pretty cool, too.
Posted by Craymen_Edge

I don't know, it seemed a bit pointless.

I'm sure it's going to amazing, and I was going to get this day one, no question. But the constant online requirement and no mod support kind of dented my enthusiasm. Now I'm planning on waiting for it to turn up on sale somewhere.

Posted by valrog

It sure is cold in here.

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@Kookro said:

That wasn't much of a skill calculator...

Seriously, this is shaping up to be WoW: Diablo addition. Blizzard doesn't know how to make a Diablo game and now they're just going to ruin it for the real fans of the series.

Poor Blizzard North, I miss them so much.

Inb4 someone who doesn't know the difference between Blizzard and Blizzard North tries to convince me that I don't know what I'm talking about.

Oh, you mean hoarding points that you get in early levels for later skills since they are generally way more useful? Yeah, that was a great system. (Yes, I know they added the passive bonuses way after launch to try to make it a little more interesting. I don't think it changed things that much in all practicality.)

As much as I love Diablo II, putting one more point in primary damage skill of choice was not a terribly interesting gameplay mechanic. Hard to say if I'll end up finding any glaring issues with the new skill system, but it certainly sounds better than what they had before. In particular, I like that every single skill can be useful at high levels, instead of them simply becoming worthless when you get new ones. There should be a much larger range of viable builds and playstyles. (Note I said viable, not optimal.)

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