Diablo 3's Necromancer Has a Bone to Pick in Closed Beta

Cast curses and raise the dead with this fan-favorite class from Diablo 2.

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Announced at BlizzCon 2016, Diablo 3's Necromancer class has entered closed beta. You'll know if you made the cut if a Necromancer icon shows up on your Blizzard Account Management page.

"As a master of the dark arts, you wield the powers of life and death necessary to restore the Balance," per Blizzard's official description. "Necromancers are powerful spell casters who lay waste to their enemies using curses and reanimation—along with an obedient cadre of pets. This new class employs a controlled gameplay style using the raw materials of life: blood and bone."

Participants in the beta can get started by selecting "Necromancer Beta Test" from the drop-down menu in your Battle.net—er, "Blizzard"—launcher and following instructions for installation. All of your Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls characters can be copied over for play, too.

More information on the Necromancer class, as well as breakdowns of other new content introduced in the closed beta, patch notes be found on Battle.net. Not Blizzard. Oh, no. That's the company and the launcher. Battle.net now refers to forums, where I do suppose a fair amount of battling takes place.

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    April 11, 2017 4:15 PM

    David Craddock posted a new article, Diablo 3's Necromancer Has a Bone to Pick in Closed Beta

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      April 11, 2017 4:17 PM

      What year is it???

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        April 11, 2017 4:37 PM

        This. Also isn't there basically already a necromancer in D3 via the Witch Doctor?

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          April 11, 2017 5:34 PM

          No, the witch doctor is different. They are both pet classes, but there are many differences.

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            April 11, 2017 5:35 PM

            Oh yeah I get that, but I guess my point is that they're similar enough that I'd rather see something new than just another rehash. Granted, a rehash of my favorite D2 class, but still...

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              April 11, 2017 5:36 PM

              Yeah, I was hoping for the druid instead. Still kinda excited for it tho.

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                April 11, 2017 5:40 PM

                Mos def will give one a spin myself

            • Zek
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              April 11, 2017 5:41 PM

              Seems like they're going quite a different direction with the D3 Necro in order to differentiate him from the WD.

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              April 11, 2017 11:03 PM

              They are not similar at all though. After playing for a few hours at 70, there's just nothing about the playstyle of the 2 classes, other than the ability to have pets, that overlap.

              They've managed to design yet another unique playstyle
              (which is great) based on a generator/spender mechanic (which is meh).

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      April 11, 2017 5:34 PM

      Did not get in. Anyone?

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        April 11, 2017 6:04 PM

        haven't checked

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          April 11, 2017 6:07 PM

          looks like I made it, not really excited about trying it though

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        April 11, 2017 6:17 PM

        I did, and I'm totally excited for the Necro pack, BUT -- man, I've grown to hate betas. They just burn me out on the game and then I don't get to enjoy it when it's not broken.

        • Zek
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          April 11, 2017 6:25 PM

          I mainly hate playing betas for games with permanent progression. Knowing that it's all being wiped completely kills my enjoyment.

          • DM7
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            April 12, 2017 5:33 AM

            I always play hardcore mode in Diablo and it's great. :)