1st HC char ever: Barb, died in Act 2 Hell at level 59 + 6 bars, only 4 bars remaining to 60 . Got a nightmarish pack that chain feared me in a corner with a stack of void zones under me, it kinda bugged and I didn't run anywhere, just stood there and watched my HP go helplessly.
2n char: Barb, lvl60, Act 1 Inferno, I only got to Tristram, haven't been into D3 in like 3 weeks now.
Needless to say that unlike softcore, both of these were leveled without any exploits and following the appropriate path (lvl29-31 to Nightmare, fresh 50 to Hell).
According to what I saw on the AH, Hardcore must be a shit ton easier now because the AH is literally full of ilvl 61-63 now. You barely saw any of those before.
So since this thread got revived... has there been a bunch of Inferno Diablo kills post 1.03? Can't say I've heard of a single one.
My first barb died at 41 at the end of NM a2 1½-2 weeks ago, the second barb died at 52 in hell a1 less than a week ago (both died to sheer stupidity and not because it got too hard :P) and my third barb reached 60 yesterday and is currently on The Imprisoned Angel quest, only did 2 attemps so far and both times some über pack has been standing in my way so decided to duck out and farm champs instead =)
Fairly good stats for a fresh 60 I believe, but haven't played a barb other than in HC so can't be too sure. With shout I got 486-574 all resists and 7576 armor, 47264 HP and 11016 DPS without any buffs to DPS.
A bit more LOH would be helpful but need to get some more Amethysts for that. (haven't had a single one drop in 2 hours, plenty of other gems but no amethysts..)
Edit: Butcher down, guess I wouldn't have minded a somewhat higher DPS on him, took slightly over 2 minutes to kill him (could use Wrath of the Berserker twice without having the passive to reduce CD).
And also I have cleared everything on SC with a monk so I do know what to expect in terms of melee (un)friendliness :P
Last edited by Caelia; 2012-07-06 at 03:43 PM.
Currently level 53 wizard in act 2 of Hell. Starting to get much more nerve wracking. But I find it more enjoyable then normal mode. The AH on HC is is so much better with much less clutter.
Ah, yeah I refused to make a hardcore character to farm inferno before I was farming it on my softcore barb, Darsi. I just didn't want to hit inferno with NO idea what it was like for melee and get wrecked.
I have a 40 HC WD that I haven't logged into for weeks. Since then I've watched most of them die to lag/bugs/server disconnects. Basically it seems like you have to way outclass/gear the content to prevent from getting unfairly shanked.
I wouldn't mind dying to game mechanics but I'm pretty sure you wouldn't call most of the deaths I've seen core game mechanics. Maybe if they had an offline/LAN option but for now I'm happy finding the occasional SC upgrade (just got +10k DS from a bow purchase) and slowly ticking up my $ account balance to spend on MOP+subscription time for free.
I'm reluctant to play HC because of server lag.
Got my Diablo HC Inferno kill today 23.30 Paris Time.
Solo'd Diablo as a Barbarian.
Here are my stats for the Diablo fight.
15% Crit chance
79% Crit hit damage
890 Physical Resistance, the rest is between 666-790
6,88% Melee Damage Reduction
788 Life regen
500 Life on Hit
3100 Thorn Damage
...and finally 44k HP.
LONG LIVE HARDCORE!
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I don't play HC that often as I lag quite often playing from New Zealand, but I was pretty stoked last night when I beat Belial on HC Hell mode with my Demon Hunter. Was crapping my pants in the "exploding puddles" phases!
Should be an easy run now through to Inferno Act 2 (other than maybe Rakanoth, who is not too difficult on Hell since only his charge does a lot of damage and is easy to avoid), looking forward to getting there so I can mix up my farming a bit between HC and SC.
Pretty much abandoned my HC Wiz, might finish him off just for the 2x60 Wiz achieve.
Last edited by nightshark; 2012-08-06 at 10:22 PM.
I have only played one hardcore character so far. I got a barb near the end of act 1 normal and died while talking on the phone just playing through casually. I started laughing because it happened so unexpectedly but then I never started another one. I guess the thought of sinking all that time into a char to never play it again upon death isn't too exciting for me.
With full disp and no cooldowns used. I laughed it off and rerolled, learnt a lesson - don't get arrogant!
At least in HC there is some progression even if you die, you have gear saved up for re-levelling and any gold you made from farming, so it doesn't feel like you are completely starting over.
I have a wizard at the beginning of A2 inferno...scared to really start A2 until I have a great set of gear since it's hard enough as a wizard regardless of gear.
I remember playing HC in D2 after SC bored me - not much to do besides farming Mephisto or running Baal in eternum, you know. :P
It was pretty fun and challenging, but frustrating at some times. Yet, i think that there is where the true replayability of the game resides.
I will do it in D3, but not yet, so far i'm having fun with my Wizard and still in Act 1, so i have plenty of farming and things to kill in the meantime.
Also, i think HC in D3 is a lot more harder than in D2, because you can't just instant tp from anywhere, nor log out. That was a really nice addition to the mode imo.
Are most people using Barbs? I might give Hardcore a go if they ever buff Witchdoctor pets. I think they would be able to carry you pretty far especially the dogs if you spec them to heal you. Also with the big pet and using firebats that also heals you I think you would have no chance of dieing at least until inferno. Come to think of it when I first rolled a WD like 2 months ago I dont think I died at least until Act 2 Hell once your pets started to blow. With a buff to pets I know getting to Inferno would be just lolz.
Last edited by Alilei32; 2012-08-07 at 04:55 AM.