So having my first run through be with 2 buddies and meaning progress is slow whilst we wait for everyone to be online at the same time, decided to start up a hardcore run with another friend in order to see how we could do.
I rolled a wizard he picked a barbarian and we made decent progress through the game - almost catching up with our main three man run through.
However then we found it, a dungeon in act 2 we had not encountered before. There was an npc outside warning of a time limited treasure run inside, that if we didnt get out in time then we would die. It was a silly thing to even attempt on a hardcore run through, but we were foolish and brash and laughed in the face of danger.
Upon entering the dungeon a timer starting at 2 and a half minutes started, we panicked and i bolted into the depths shouting for my friend to keep up so we could get the treasure and teleport out. I was aoe stunning and freezing everyone i could, frost skinning to mitigate damage and pushing deeper and deeper. we ran past champion mob after champion mob, all falling in line behind us as we fought against the timer, by now sitting at one minute.
Then tragedy stuck in the form of wallers. Fucking. wallers. we came to a dead end and frantically tried to get back out of it before the ocean of enemies hounding us caught up.
A swarm of wallers threw up their barriers and split us apart - i couldn't break out of the corner i was in and got frozen in place whilst a swarm flew in with me and walled up. I was dead in seconds, my barbarian companion put up a brave fight with his proc coming at a good time for him! however he couldnt make it out and eventually perished. Teamspeak was silent for a while whilst we took in the fact our entire afternoons worth of work had gone up in smoke. then we laughed.
It was an amazing experience, every encounter being more meticulous and strategic than beforehand and the underlying tension made everything more satisfying! So come on, share your fallen hero screens and how your toons met their untimely ends!
Now if you'll excuse me, i have a hardcore demon hunter to throw into the fray!