Diablo III: Rise of the Necromancer
Priests of Rathma
It’s been three years since my Nephalem and I last ventured into Sanctuary and the High Heavens to deal the nal blow on Malthael in Reaper of Souls,
and it’s safe to say I have not revisited Diablo III – till now. And it’s all thanks to Rise of the Necromancer which, instead of a traditional expansion pack, is a US 15 DLC that introduces the eponymous character class. It coincided with the release of Patch 2.6.0, which adds weekly Challenge Rifts, two new Act 2 areas (The Moors, The Temple of the Firstborn) in Adventure Mode, and four new Realms of Fate bounties. The much-requested Necromancer class is described by Blizzard as a ‘reimagining’ of his (and her) Diablo II incarnation. Similar to the expansion’s Crusader class, the Necromancer is playable in both the story campaign and Adventure Mode – complete with fullyvoiced brooding one-liners, new tomes, and unique conversations with NPCs. Familiar skills, curses and minion summoning capabilities make a welcomed return in Diablo III, enhanced by the various skill runes, passive buffs, and streamlined skill tree.
Masters of the dark art
There’s something incredibly visceral about the Necromancer experience, as you’ll nd yourself balancing primary attacks (Bone Spikes, Siphon Blood, Grim Scythe) with curses and blood magic to gather enough Essence (and the occasional Life points) to cast the latter spells. Enemy corpses can be manipulated in many ways, from messy combustions to targeted projectiles, or even consumed for Essence – but it’s easy to run out of bodies if you’re not careful. Iconic summons, such as the skeletal army, undead mages, and Golems, each received a suitably grotesque appearance to tilt the battlefield in your favor. It’s fun to experiment with the ideal combination that works best for your Necromancer build. For console players, those who already owned Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Collection on PS4 or Xbox One will have to purchase the Rise of the Necromancer DLC, while newcomers can opt for the Diablo III: Eternal Collection bundle. Other bonuses include a Half-Formed Golem in-game pet, Wings of the Crypt Guardian cosmetic item, Necromancer-themed bundle (banner, sigil, accent), a Blood Master pennant, as well as two extra character slots, and two additional stash tabs (exclusively for PC players).
As good a reason as any to revisit the constantly evolving world of Diablo III.