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WOW down to 7.7 million subscribers

Commenters who have waited for schadenfreude over the last two expansions, start your keyboards.

Back in May, we were told that World of Warcraft subscriptions had fallen to 8.3 million. Now there are reports that the MMO has lost even more subscribers, dropping to 7.7 million subscribers worldwide. Those of you keeping score at home will probably recognize that the game hasn’t fallen below 8 million since before the game’s first expansion launched some six years ago.

On the one hand, World of Warcraft is obviously nowhere near failure, considering that it’s still far and away the game with the largest number of subscribers on the market. On the other hand, that margin is slowly shrinking, and the game continues to have a slow decline of subscriptions over the past several months. It’s unsure when the game will be getting its next expansion, but we know that changes are coming to the game’s business model, so it’s quite possible that Blizzard still has some tricks up its sleeves.For more news of warcraft please click Wow Powerleveling

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WOW unleashes the summer sale

World of Warcraft unleashes the summer sale

For this week only, Blizzard is lowering the price of World of Warcraft and all expansions for the popular MMO’s annual summer sale.

From now until June 24, you can get the WoW Battle Chest (including the original game, The Burning Crusade, and Wrath of the Lich King) for only $5 US. 2010′s Cataclysm is also $5, and the recently launched Mists of Pandaria is half price at $19.99. That means you can get the complete game and everything launched since 2004 for only $29.99.

Head over to the official summer sale page for more info.More content recommendation please attention wow power leveling support

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D3 Monk Leveling

D3 Monk Leveling
Leveling has always been quite difficult in any game, but since using this Diablo 3 Monk Leveling guide, I’ve actually gained levels quite fast by knowing all the best locations to level. More importantly, what was made quite easy for me was selecting the type of build I wanted my Monk to have. I am more of an all out DPS build so in this guide, the exact skill sets was shown in quite an easy to read format. If you are also interested here’s a link to a downloadable guide.

The tales of Ivgorod’s monks are steeped in mystery and legend. It is said that these reclusive holy warriors endure grueling training for years on end at the wondrous Floating Sky Monastery forging their bodies and minds into weapons of righteousness. For the Monks, there is no greater honor than to follow the will of their 1001 gods even if it means death. Now, as the forces of darkness right against the world, Ivgorod’s ruling patriarchs have dispatched one of the Monk order’s greatest disciples to purge the evil at its source and restore balance to the corrupted lands of Sanctuary.

The Monk is a weapon of the gods themselves. He is a peerless martial artist who can pommel single foes with rapid fire strikes or annihilate throngs of demons by unleashing waves of pure energy through force of will. Combat is essential to the Monk’s lifelong pursuit of physical perfection destroying hordes of monsters using his holy fists. As a side note, another formidable opponent holding enchanted staves is the Diablo 3 Witch Doctor class, able to summon the undead with their dances of death rather than extinguish enemies with holy light.

The Monk’s melee prowess is boasted by his Spirit, an inner reserve of power that can be used to perform devastating attacks like the stunning Wave of Light and the fabled Seven Sided Strike. The Monk can also replenish his drained Spirit by landing successive blows against enemies. Another ability of this outstanding warrior is the creation of mantras: by harnessing his Spirit, the Monk can generate torrents of holy energy around himself and his allies. These powerful mantras can mend wounds and fortify defenses while simultaneously weakening nearby foes.
The Monk forgoes heavy armor relying instead on his super human agility to evade danger. With lightning quick reflexes, he can deflect vicious attacks and escape his adversaries with the grace and swiftness of the wind. Devout and wise, fierce and unrelenting, the Monk symbolizes a union among body, mind and the world at large.

If you have the courage to brave intense close range combat and the discipline to seek perfection in all things, then perhaps your destiny is to walk the righteous path of the Monk.

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D3 Monk The Pros and Cons

D3 Monk The Pros and Cons
I am beginning a few posts about the class and starting with its pros and cons so that you might be interested in the class. For more a in-depth review, I have written up a pdf file reviewing the Diablo3 Monk and all its skills/builds and various item run strategies.

Pros
The First best thing about Diablo 3 Monk is that they’re not an easy class to master. Their dynamics, use of Spirit, combo-attack potential, and vast array of skills makes them an intricate challenge to overcome. The leveling process and the rate at which new abilities are introduced makes the adjustment easy at first, but it gets increasingly complicated over time. Some find this draining, while others love it!

Secondly, for melee addicts, they are a huge change of pace from a typical warrior-like experience. The animations compliment their dashing skills, and the class mechanics are situated so that with each quick punch and kick, there’s power and magic behind them that can’t be found anywhere else.

Finally, because of Mantras, Monks will have a much easier time getting in groups. Pure DPS classes like diablo 3 demon hunter or diablo 3 barbarian will be easy to come by, but the buffs that Monks can give will be highly sought after. There is a tanking, DPS, healing/Life regeneration, and thorns Mantra, all of which can bring any group to a new level of adventure.

Cons
First of all, Diablo 3 Monk can basically use every weapon in the game, except two-handed weapons and wands. Yet, the class is primarily about martial arts destruction at the end of their fists. With such a wide sweeping array of choices, this can make gearing unnecessarily time consuming. Too many options can be confusing. Where diablo 3 wizard stick with wands and Demon Hunters to bows, the Monk class contains a vast array of weaponry thus locating the most suitable weapon for the Monk is, as mentioned previously, time consuming.

Another shortfall, which can persist for the first chunk of the game, or into the last part of normal difficulty, is that Diablo 3 Monk Leveling isn’t as fast as other classes. It takes some time before Monks are able to swiftly storm through packs of mobs, for example, diablo 3 witch doctor can from early on. However, once higher levels are achieved, their astonishing power can overcome imposing odds in a snap.

Finally, the last drawback is that Monks don’t have different specs, so to speak. They’re not meant to be tanks, overt healers, and their DPS really only comes in one shade. Of course certain attacks and special abilities can be accentuated with Skill Runes and build choices, but it’s not the same as say, a frost centered Diablo 3 Wizard, or a Summoning master Diablo 3 Witch Doctor.

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D3 Monk Guide Review

D3 Monk Guide Review
Being very new to the MMO scene, I was introduced to Diablo 3 by a couple of my hardcore gaming friends. Due to the fact I’m a console gamer, finding the right strategies for me was the most important thing for me. Performing some research on guides, I stumbled across a website called Killer Guides. I’ve never heard of the website before, until today that is. Looking through their arsenal of games, they have games I used to play in the past like RIFT, SWTOR, WoW, Aion and FFXIV. I was encouraged to buy their Diablo 3 Monk Compendium which is the class I’m currently playing.

Buying the guide at $29.99 USD, I was immediately sent my login details. After that, I headed over to the members area and began my download. The guide was laid out into 8 or so chapters covering important topics: leveling strategies, crafting, equipment and gear, questing and so forth. Giving the questing section a try, I headed over and found some interesting facts in the guide. The questing section was divided into levels accordingly i.e. 1-10, 11-20, 21-30, 31-40,41-50, 51-60. The section delve into more details on quest objectives and which quests are skippable. The quests written down are quests which will give me the most experience points. This alone helped me greatly; instead of wasting my subscription time doing every single quest, the guide tells me which quests I should do along with the main storyline quests. This alone cuts my questing time by half.

My Diablo Monk is now equipped with the most effective skill rotation available. The guide goes into detail which skill builds and rotations are recommended for dungeons. Previously I used to have issues with dungeons as I was using my skills all over the place with planning any strategy. I was faced with painful cooldown periods. When I’m about to use the skill again, my Life was depleted.

Noting another section in the guide was its very detailed walkthrough. The guide literally gives a step by step walkthrough through the game providing tips, hints, and tricks. Needless to say, I was very pleased with the guide. Why? My Monk reached the level cap and I’m plowing through Act III, Hell. As a Diablo 3 soon-to-be-hardcore-gamer, I recommend the complete bundle exclusively from Killer Guides.

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D3 Death?

D3 Death?
I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about this before, but I just had the dumbest death I’ve ever suffered in any Diablo game, so we’re going to talk about it for my catharsis. Here’s my entry from the Hardcore Graveyard burial thread, where you can find many other tales, most of them sadder than mine.

I’m pretty sure we’ve talked about this before, but I just had the dumbest death I’ve ever suffered in any Diablo game, so we’re going to talk about it for my catharsis. Here’s my entry from the Hardcore Graveyard burial thread, where you can find many other tales, most of them sadder than mine.

New DH, 10 hours played, 100% solo (no rushing) and I was relaxing on the home stretch to 60. I’d just spent an hour pricing gear, designing what I was going to wear in Inferno (hadn’t bought any of it yet). I cleared Keep 2 and 3 to get to level 59.75 and then ran over to the Armory. As I clicked the door my cat, in her usual bed on my desk, started freaking out, doing that “stare at the empty corner behind me” thing. So I turned to look, nothing there, carried her over to look, then put her in the window and she hopped out onto the roof. I then returned my attention to D3… and saw the screen below.

Yes, I died while AFK to those crawling PoS things that come out of the Black Soulstone. Dunno how long it took them to chew me up; I was over 44k hps and they’re not exactly Phase Beasts, but I was not looking at the computer for at least 30 seconds and that was clearly long enough.

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I blame D3′s bland music! I usually play with the volume down low and music playing so I didn’t hear the crunching sounds.

I blame you guys! For all those, “The DH isn’t squishy since she only dies every now and then,” softcoreific comments that motivated me to build another hardcore Demon Hunter after wisely resisting the death wish urge for the past few months.

I didn’t lose anything expensive; had a 1220 dps windforce with -lvl req on, but I found that myself. I had my worst Dex HR on, but it’s not hard to replace. (Oh yeah, I had a flawless star ruby in my hat, and that’s about 5m in HC.) Nothing else was more than 100k in price or value. The gold loss is annoying, though minor to my overall fortune, so mostly I’m mad at such a stupid and pointless death. Yes, they’re all stupid and pointless, but this one especially so! At least it didn’t happen .25 levels later, after I’d spent 200m to gear up for Inferno.

The protagonist, Leah, and Tyrael travel to the city of Caldeum. The protagonist leaves to track down Maghda at Alcarnus as per orders from Cmdr. Ashaera, while Leah and Tyrael search for evidence of Belial in the city sewers. The protagonist heads to Khasim Outpost to try and pass the gate, but a suspicious man tells him/her to speak with Cpt. Davyd in the Command Post. When the hero walks in, Maghda thinks he/she was given as a sacrifice Belial, but the hero cleverly states that the Lord of Lies send her there as bait. Offended by the insult, Maghda orders the Imperial Guards (Deceives in disguise) to mince the hero. Thankfully, Cpt. Davyd and the Iron Wolves reclaim Khasim Outpost from the serpent demons, and the hero is given access to Alcarnus. After freeing all of the prisoners at Alcarnus, the hero fights Maghda in her lair and destroys her, avenging Cain, then returns to Caldeum where Leah has learned that her mother, Adria (the witch of Tristram from the original game) is still alive. The protagonist aids Leah in rescuing Adria from the city’s sewers. Adria reveals that the key to stopping the forces of hell is the Black Soulstone, which can trap the souls of the seven Lords of Hell and destroy them forever. The protagonist resurrects the soul of the traitor Horadrim, Zoltun Kulle, in order to recover the Black Soulstone, who reveals that it is hidden in his archives. After recovering Kulle’s body and some of his blood, so that he can open his lair, the protagonist is forced to defeat him after he attempts to take the soulstone for himself. Upon returning to Caldeum, the protagonist finds the city under attack by Belial’s forces. Adria and Leah fight their way to the palace with the aid of the protagonist, revealing Belial as having taken the form of the Emperor of Caldeum to deceive them, and eventually defeat him. Leah traps his soul within the Black Soulstone, freeing Caldeum, after which she receives a vision of the demon lord Azmodan, who is invading Sanctuary from the crater of Mount Arreat (destroyed by Tyrael in Diablo II) in order to retrieve the black soulstone and empower himself.

Has anyone else ever died in the Armory? I wouldn’t have thought it was possible (unless you went AFK) but maybe if you were way over your head on the MP level?

Can anyone beat this for stupid and needless death? It doesn’t have to be HC, though that certainly ups the “stupid and needless” quotient.

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D3 Fan Art Watch

D3 Fan Art Watch
Greetings everyone and welcome to this special 200th post of the Diablo Fan Art Watch, and this week we mark nearly 5 years ago when the watch was first started by Flux. With that start the first artist to be visually featured was Vortexh.

Greetings everyone and welcome to this special 200th post of the Diablo Fan Art Watch, and this week we mark nearly 5 years ago when the watch was first started by Flux.

With that start the first artist to be visually featured was Vortexh. These days he’s known as Unidcolor from deviantART. I chatted with him over the weekend to mark this occasion.

Q: It has been five years since your art was first featured any thoughts about then?

Thanks for the feature! Its been five years already huh? Its weird how time goes so fast, but I’m glad to have played Diablo 2 and for that reason I found Diablo Incgamers, its a great community!

I’m thankful to have had some of my painting shared past years with the community and hopefully it has reminded people of their own great experience they had from Diablo 2.

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Q: When did you first start making fan art?

Oh that’s a difficult question, the very first fan-art I can even remember drawing must have been when I was around 7 years, drawing Sonic, there is no obvious point when I truly started, and I have definitely been doing a lot of different kind of fan-art throughout the years, Pokemon, Naruto, WoW and a few more, but as for Diablo, 2008 was definitely the year I did my first fan-art for it, with hopefully more to come in the future as well.

Q: What is your favorite piece?

Its definitely the picture I made of Act 3 in Diablo 2 with the Thorned hulk, because I put in some extra effort on the figures and I felt like I managed to to capture the likeness and not totally screw up them and such ^^, usually I add a few figures early in a painting, but end up removing them because they don’t look right.

But as a close second it must be the Maggot Lair image just because of the lightning and the slightly more accurate environment to how it actually looks in game, I originally planned to have a Paladin entering the scene, but was later replace with a Death Beetle, much easier not to screw up.

Q: What do you use to make your art?

For software I use Photoshop cs5, the reason I really like Photoshop is because it is sort of easy to understand, yet have great versatility and complexity with all the tools if you so desire, brushes and colors behave in a way you think they would and it doesn’t get it the way of the painting process.

I have tried using other software like Painter, but I never liked how colors and brushes and the digital paper interacted with each other, I end up spending most of my time figuring out how the physics works rather than be painting, so Photoshop seems to the job good so I stick with that, I’m still learning new stuff about it every now and than, so I still got plenty to learn!

Together with that I use a tablet, Cte-640, its an old Wacom graphire4, its neither new, fancy nor big, but it works great, I did buy one of the newer Intuos tablets that was released, however with thinner and newer technology with more buttons things are bound to break fast, and sure it did :) .

Other than that, two monitors sure do help while working, since I can have any reference images on the second screen.

The protagonist travels to Bastion’s Keep with Tyrael, Leah and Adria to find it under attack by Azmodan’s army. After defeating the demon Ghom, the Lord of Gluttony, the protagonist travels to crater of Mount Arreat to confront Azmodan. Tyrael assists the protagonist in reaching the demonic gate protecting the crater, and destroys it with his sword. The protagonist traverses the depths of Arreat’s inner core to destroy the Sin Hearts, which empower Azmodan and his armies. Azmodan’s consort Cydaea, the Maiden of Lust, attempts to protect the hearts but is defeated. The protagonist confronts and defeats Azmodan, and Leah seals his soul in the black soulstone. With all seven lords of hell trapped within the stone, Tyrael states that the war will be ended if the stone is destroyed. The protagonist returns to Bastion’s Keep, but finds that Adria has betrayed them. Adria reveals she has been serving Diablo from the beginning, and that Leah’s father is Leoric’s son Aidan, the Dark Wanderer (the Warrior player character from the first game and Diablo’s reincarnate body in Diablo II), who was possessed by Diablo. Adria sacrifices Leah and uses the Black Soulstone to resurrect Diablo. Now in possession of all the souls of the Lords of Hell, Diablo becomes the Prime Evil, and begins an assault on the High Heavens.

Q: How was the Darkness Falls: Heroes Rise fan art contest for you?

It was exiting and great with so many good artists participating! I think would have been even more exited if the contest had allowed you to paint anything from the Diablo universe rather than the heroes from Diablo 3. I’m not very confident with painting figures or humans, and it probably showed in the picture I did as well :( .

It also felt slightly awkward painting fan art for a game that has not yet to be released, I’m used to be able to walk around in game and figure out where and what I like to paint, getting references and such, but besides that it was pretty cool!

Q: Any plans on your next work?

I got no plans right now, but this have made me feel like exploring the possibilities for what more cool stuff there is to paint from Diablo 2. I have some old fan art ideas (sketches) I made probably a year ago. If I recall right I attempted to do a picture of Act 1 with the five stones you activate to go to Tristram. Unfortunately the image wasn’t very exiting so I stopped working on it.

I also had some early attempt at a painting involving the Frozen river rescuing Anya, The Arcane Sanctuary, and a few more, but it can be hard to translate the Diablo 2D top view perspective into something viewed from the ground. I probably didn’t give myself enough time to really work out the images, but sometimes it just feels like a hopeless struggle.

But you will definitely see more fan art for Diablo in the future. I even have a picture from the outside of the Claw Viper Temple in Act 2 finished I did earlier this year, just waiting for it to be released before I can show it!

Q: Final comments?

Hopefully there will be more great things to come, also for Diablo 3 as well, I am looking forward to the next expansion to see how the game will evolve, but for right now I would like to stick with creating images that gives you the “blast from the past” feel.

Special thanks to Unid for the sketch art pieces. You can see all of Unidcolor’s artwork in our fan art gallery and his deviantART gallery. Also to mark this 200th post I have made a wallpaper with Unidcolor and his Demon Hunter fan art.

If you enjoy Fan art and want to contribute to this growing community, please stop by the Fan Creations Forum. Many artists visit frequently, posting works in progress looking for feedback and conversation. You don’t have to be “arty” to join in. If you have any questions, comments or have some fan art related news on the web please send me a PM and I’ll get back to you.

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D3 Console Hardcore Legit

D3 Console Hardcore Legit
Greetings everyone and welcome to this special 200th post of the Diablo Fan Art Watch, and this week we mark nearly 5 years ago when the watch was first started by Flux. With that start the first artist to be visually featured was Vortexh.

A blue reply to a question about DiabloWikiHardcore on the DiabloWikiDiablo 3 Console got me thinking about the larger issue.
Do we know if hardcore will be the same on console – when you die that’s it, start again. I hope it is otherwise it is not really hardcore.

Grimiku: The console version of Hardcore mode will behave just like the pc version, and death will be permanent.

I’ve seen a few people saying it wont be perm death for console, it will have consequences but you can come back to life, just want a blue post or link to say otherwise.
Grimiku: The game is not designed to do this by default, and it would require some manipulation to ensure a “safety net” for a hardcore character.

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It’s odd that someone would even ask this question, as often as Blizzard has said the console is the same PC game with a few minor changes to the controls. But now that it’s been answered, here’s my bigger question. Is Hardcore legit when done on the console?

57_PigSticker_IIIIt’s not that the dodge ability or diminished disconnect issues makes HC dubious on the console, but that characters can be saved and restored. (From what Blizzard has said, the save files are all packed together so you’d have to restore all of your characters to the last save, not just the one HC one. So at least it’s potentially inconvenient to cheat.)

There’s a ready rebuttal to that, and it’s Diablo 2 single player. There is online closed realm HC in D2 where players can not access their character files and death is forever, but there’s always been a substantial community of D2 players who played offline, and while they *could* restore their chars if the died, many players would rather die! (Oh wait.) You can see ample testimony to their devotion in our old time and still quite busy Diablo 2 Single Player forum (the SPF), where players much more hardcore than the rest of us can be found chronicling their 5000 or 10000 run grail quests (or worse) while recording precise stats and drop rates in spreadsheets.

The protagonist, Leah, and Tyrael travel to the city of Caldeum. The protagonist leaves to track down Maghda at Alcarnus as per orders from Cmdr. Ashaera, while Leah and Tyrael search for evidence of Belial in the city sewers. The protagonist heads to Khasim Outpost to try and pass the gate, but a suspicious man tells him/her to speak with Cpt. Davyd in the Command Post. When the hero walks in, Maghda thinks he/she was given as a sacrifice Belial, but the hero cleverly states that the Lord of Lies send her there as bait. Offended by the insult, Maghda orders the Imperial Guards (Deceives in disguise) to mince the hero. Thankfully, Cpt. Davyd and the Iron Wolves reclaim Khasim Outpost from the serpent demons, and the hero is given access to Alcarnus. After freeing all of the prisoners at Alcarnus, the hero fights Maghda in her lair and destroys her, avenging Cain, then returns to Caldeum where Leah has learned that her mother, Adria (the witch of Tristram from the original game) is still alive. The protagonist aids Leah in rescuing Adria from the city’s sewers. Adria reveals that the key to stopping the forces of hell is the Black Soulstone, which can trap the souls of the seven Lords of Hell and destroy them forever. The protagonist resurrects the soul of the traitor Horadrim, Zoltun Kulle, in order to recover the Black Soulstone, who reveals that it is hidden in his archives. After recovering Kulle’s body and some of his blood, so that he can open his lair, the protagonist is forced to defeat him after he attempts to take the soulstone for himself. Upon returning to Caldeum, the protagonist finds the city under attack by Belial’s forces. Adria and Leah fight their way to the palace with the aid of the protagonist, revealing Belial as having taken the form of the Emperor of Caldeum to deceive them, and eventually defeat him. Leah traps his soul within the Black Soulstone, freeing Caldeum, after which she receives a vision of the demon lord Azmodan, who is invading Sanctuary from the crater of Mount Arreat (destroyed by Tyrael in Diablo II) in order to retrieve the black soulstone and empower himself.

Not everyone plays HC in the D2 SPF, but most do, and they take it seriously. So sure, Diablo 3 console players could be dedicated and legit and Hardcore. In fact, you could even argue that the console players are more Hardcore, since there’s no DiabloWikiAuction House to provide easy gear upgrades. (So I guess the remaining question is how legit a console DiabloWikiIronborn player is, given the improved quality of drops and NPC item sales?)

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Diablo 3 Monk Gear Tips Guide

Regardless of whether you choose to play solo or in a group, getting the right gear for your Monk is a huge help. When leveling up, I recommend taking what you can get as far as weaponry goes. No stat is as important as the raw DPS of your weapon as a Monk.

Unlike other classes, which can benefit from the powerful hits of slow weapons, Monks do just as well with fast weapons as they do with slow weapons. Fast weapons means you can execute more combos, many of which have short buffs. For example, the Fists of Thunder Rune – Lightning Flash – boosts your dodge by 15% for 2 seconds each time you use this ability.

With a fast attack, it is not hard to use Fist of Thunder every couple of attacks to gain that dodge bonus. With slow weapons, you will have a much harder time keeping up these valuable buffs.

There is still one downside to fast weapons. Your most powerful ability, Seven-Sided Strike, is on a 30-second cooldown. The slower your weapon, the more damage it does, since its damage multipliers are based on % weapon damage. Normally weaker, faster attacks are balanced out by the fact that faster weapons generate Spirit faster, but in this case the 30 second cooldown renders this extra Spirit worthless.

As a result, I recommend using the highest DPS weapon you can get your hands on, regardless of weapon type. Do not worry about getting access to a Daibo or Fist Weapons at an early level but instead use whatever does the most damage, whether it is a 1-hand club, axe, sword, or fist, it does not really matter.

For armor, I recommend maxing out Dexterity, Vitality, and Attack Speed. For Jewelry, always look for +Weapon Damage. Gold Find and Magic Find as well as other secondary stats are nice when you can get them for free but not necessary. For more information on gear, check our our Diablo 3 Monk Stats guide. 

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D3 Monk Playing With a Friend Guide

Before we go into specifics for this Diablo 3 Monk leveling guide, you should first know that out of all the classes, the Monk is by far the best class to play with groups. The Monk’s damage capacity is a bit lower than other classes, but it has the best group buffs and several enemy debuffs which make it an excellent class in group play.

You do not need to use a full party to make this work. If you only have 1 friend to play with, I actually recommend running a duo as Monk and Barbarian. The reason for this is that the Monk does solid AoE damage and has a lot of great debuffs to use on bosses (i.e. -25% damage dealt by the enemy, +% damage taken) but is a bit lacking in single target damage category.

The Barbarian on the other hand can come up with a very powerful single-target damage build if it focuses entirely on offense but in turn lacks survivability with such a build. The Monk can compensate for this weakness through healing, buffs, and debuffs.

Since they are both melee classes, you will not have to move to use Breath of Heaven and once you reach a higher level you can both benefit from the 16% damage buff provided by the Guided Light skill. Additionally, both the Barbarian and Monk deal great AoE damage through Cleave and Crippling Wave, making this an excellent leveling pair that will tear through content faster than either class could solo.

When playing in groups, be sure to use the abilities which take advantage of group play. For example, the passive skill Resolve reduces the damage of enemies that you hit by 25% for 2.5 seconds. When used against a boss mob or in an AoE attack against a champion pack, you can keep enemies dealing significantly less damage at practically all times. The best part is this means that your game partners will also take less damage, allowing them to be more offensively-oriented. 

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