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A few hours ago, the official artwork concept for the Necromancer was leaked on Reddit. What could it mean?

With so many leaks lately, there might be no surprises to look forward to for BlizzCon 2016! u/Metalexe posted earlier on Reddit an image from an official Blizzard webpage showing a male and a female Necromancer. Since the link may not open for everyone, here is the imgur mirror:

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The legitimacy of this image is undeniable. The same person also leaked an official artwork image for Sombra, the upcoming Overwatch hero. The mere fact that both of these images originate from an official Blizzard site proves their authenticity. We see from the link's name that the image is meant to be presented during BlizzCon 2016.

What could this mean for the Diablo franchise? Well, the most obvious answer is that the Necromancer is coming to Diablo 3, since both a female and a male Necromancer are depicted in the picture (in Diablo 2 the Necromancer was originally male only). The problem is that there is already a similar class in Diablo 3: the Witch Doctor. Blizzard has stated that the Witch Doctor was never meant to replace the Necromancer, but the gameplay similarities are quite obvious.

Since the Necromancer was one of the iconic features of Diablo 2, this image also strengthens the Diablo 2 HD theory. The Necromancer could possibly be present in a future Diablo game, too. However, the other option is that this image may mean nothing at all. As you know, there is a Necromancer in another Blizzard game: Xul in Heroes of the Storm (depicted in the header image). Perhaps this image is just meant to be shown in an artwork panel and there is no hidden meaning behind it.

What do you think? How do you feel about the prospect of the Necromancer reappearing in the Diablo universe?

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My take on it, as someone who had Diablo (the original) when growing up, never liked Diablo 2 (I know I am a heretic, please don't burn/scold me too much) and finally got into Diablo more with the third installment... but rather late.

For me the fact that you encounter a necromancer in Diablo 3 as a NPC has always been quite weird. I know that the necromancer was the pet-class so to speak from Diablo 2 but... everything I have ever seen of it, it has never been a 'pet' class per say but rather what would appear like a 'swarm'-class. Think of it like Anub'arak from Warcraft 3; he may have summoned a whole lot of scarabs with a limited duration on them and the fact that they appeared from corpses and the amount you summoned... Anub'arak and the necromancer's concept has to me always seemed very similar. The witch doctor feels more like a hunter from World of Warcraft or just some random old hippie who found a dog and then decided to raise a doggy family... all whilst being high on toxins.

 

As someone who never experienced the Necromancer, I don't have any way to compare it to how it used to work but I can see the prospect of a new more 'swarm'-like class in Diablo 3. Especially one that interacts perhaps more with corpses in some way of which the necromancer due to well, 'necromancy' would probably do.

So if it is going to be a case of the necromancer being introduced to Diablo 3... probably gonna be some kind of a rework and is probably going to be quite exciting for new players such as myself but might lead to infuriating or pissing off old veterans most likely. At least this is the only way I can make 'sense' out of how this particular class could ever work in a updated Diablo 3.

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It's still keeps things more or less in the same camps

Diablo 2 remake

Diablo 3 Xpac

Diablo 4

Of the three possibilities i like 1 and 3 best. I love Diablo 3 but its getting a bit stale. So i'm hoping its just not another xpac. However, if it is hopefully there will be enough new to spice it up. I felt Westmarch was sort of uninspired ACT 5, so if we are getting an ACT 6 i'd like to see a lot more variety and stuff in it then just grey buildings. Beyond that it would be really weird to keep D3 the same and just add a new playable class out of the blue. 

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IF this is Diablo 3 related, maybe they will use Xul from Heroes of the Storm (who is the same Necromancer in Diablo 2) as a base for the new character and gameplay, making him more Melee oriented than the Witch Doctor. Who knows? The Necromancer could take a different route as being a "Melee-Mage" with various forms of stackable debuffs in the form of the Curses and being able to summon different kinds of skeleton warriors and Golems.

Or this is something for Diablo 4. Either way I'm very hyped about it.

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I think we'll get an expansion. Member Crusader getting released with Reaper? A new class is imo classified as an expansion addition and something big like that wouldn't come with just a content patch.

I also think he will be more melee-oriented, pretty much like Xul look at the difference between WoW's DH & Diablo's DH. It's completely different.

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I'm thinking it's between a Diablo 3 exp or D2 HD. Between the 2.....it's hard to say. Anniversary gears it up for the latter but I feel like they wouldn't be doing this kind of drawing for D2 HD.

 

I'll be happy to see either happen tbh.

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I'm with Demonardvark. D2 HD remake, D3 expansion, or D4.

I'm seriously hoping for a D4 announcement, but that would be a HUGE announcement. If it is a D3 expansion I hope it comes with a decent graphics update, and some new gameplay mechanics, and not just a new class and a new act.

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On 11/1/2016 at 7:33 AM, demonardvark said:

It's still keeps things more or less in the same camps

Diablo 2 remake

Diablo 3 Xpac

Diablo 4

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Just because you want D4 to come out does not make it a reasonable guess. It is certainly NOT going to be D4. In my opinion, it is going to be a D3 expansion but not like Reaper of Souls. I have a feeling that is will be more like a Starcraft 2 mission expansion. 

One class in the ROS expansion was weak and did not follow the LOD expansion model. It is possible that they intended to bring out the Necromancer at that time but were unable to for some reason. All the free content that has been added since ROS could simply be the remnants of what was actually supposed to be in that expanse but that was not ready in time. It could also be that a second expansion is actually going to come out as originally assumed but they have to patch the game to match up with that content and they are doing it slowly over time. Who knows really but large content releases usually have a good amount of publicity for many months or years ahead of time and this has not happened.  

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