On the flip side of that, you can really master this game and become an epic warrior! While I enjoyed playing the game in single-player, playing with a couple of friends is an experience I will always remember. It is cool how they will let you play with 7 other warriors. So if you have enough friends, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction can be quite the amazing multiplayer experience for all those involved.
I would bet many people have just ignored this well those new to the series and just jump into Diablo III. That is a huge mistake as Lord of Destruction is a wonderful experience that may not be super long, but it is an experience that is well worth having. It's probably fair to say that Blizzard has encouraged Diablo II fans to buy the expansion pack, Lord Of Destruction, in the same kind ot way Don Corleone encourages loyalty.
The character skill and spell modifications imposed on the online community in their last tew patches have meant many players have found their elite characters dampened and have been 'persuaded' to buy the expansion pack to play through the higher nightmare and hell modes and pick up some new weapons to try and regain their status. Blizzard need not have been quite so militant because Lord of Destruction is good enough to have sold itself, but you can't help but have respect for that kind of sneakiness.
For those not so familiar with the Diablo world, Lord Of Destruction contains two new characters, the druid and the assassin, a fifth Lord Of Destruction that picks up from the end of Diablo II, two combat sets, plus a host of new weapons and items such as runes and jewels.
Among some of the most notable 'tweaks' is the increase in damage of the Amazon's strafe arrow and the reduction in damage of her multi-arrow, which has meant a Lord Of Destruction pissed off Amazons who have previously poured all their skill points into multi-arrow. There has also been a reduction in the amount leeching weapons leech, and the whirlwind skill of the Barbarian is now dependent on the speed of their weapon, rather than the standard whirlwind speed.
Blizzard seems to be trying to create a level playing field to incorporate the new characters or it could be just a way of getting players to abandon their grip on the original five to give the two new ones a going over. This has obviously worked, as the two new characters are proving immensely popular, and have boosted battlenet's already healthy attendance.
The assassin has proved particularly tasty, as she employs the traits of most of the other characters, plus her own unique charge-up skills. The druid works in a similar way to the necromancer, but instead of summoning skeletons he summons wolves, bears and poisonous vines to his side. If tweaking the sorceress's spell-casting speed helped combat the ever-present problem of online lag, then this guy makes up for it.
What makes this expansion pack good value, is that by making-over the original characters, it changes the way the original game is played. Although the fifth act is sadly rather short when compared to the previous four, the enhanced difficulty levels, new weapons and rune words, have kept the trade channels buzzing, and you can't build a superior online character unless you jump in and show off the colour of your money. Blizzard has cleared things up since we last saw Diablo 2 online, the play is quite smooth even on a 56K modem, although there's lag with larger games.
The Martial Arts tree consists of charge-up skills and finishing moves. Attacking with a charge-up skill increases the number of charges, up to three, then the finishing move releases the charges in a single powerful blow note that a normal attack also counts as a finishing move.
The charge-up skills include attacks like Blades of Ice and Fists of Fire, which add elemental damage to the finishing blow, and also skills like Cobra Strike, which adds life Lord Of Destruction mana stealing to the finishing attack.
The finishing blows are, for the most part, kicks, such as Dragon Talon, which releases a number of kicks in quick succession, and Dragon Flight, which teleports on to a target and kicks them, releasing any charges.
The Druid specialises in nature-based magic and shapeshifting, with direct damage spells and a variety of minions. The Druid is voiced by Michael Bell. The Elemental tree consists of the magic of earth and sky.
The 'storm' spells have effects like Cyclone Armor, which protects the Druid from the elements, and Tornado, a vortex of swirling winds that moves somewhat randomly and can deal massive damage.
The 'fire' spells are more earthly than the Sorceress's, with spells like Fissure and Volcano. The ultimate Elemental spells are Hurricane and Armageddon; both create a storm that follows the Druid, damaging all that come too close. The Summoning tree governs the calling of natural allies to the Druid. While the wolves and grizzly the Druid can summon are traditional melee summons, the other summoning spells are a bit different.
Ravens do marginal damage, but can blind enemies and cannot be targeted. Ravens disappear after they have attacked a certain number of times. The Druid can summon will-o-the-wisp -like spirits that provide Paladin-like Auras, increasing damage, life, or returning damage Lord Of Destruction to the attacker like the Necromancer's Iron Maiden. The Druid also can summon one of three vines. These can poison enemies from below, or consume corpses to replenish the Druid's life or mana.
The Shape-Shifting tree gives the Druid the ability to become an animal, with gigantic bonuses to life. The Druid may either become a nimble Werewolf or a large Werebear. Each form has its own special attacks, such as the Werewolf's Feral Rage, which causes the Druid to get faster and faster as he continues to attack enemies, and the Werebear's Maul, which makes the Druid swing harder and harder during attacks.
The Werebear is also able to obtain substantially more life and armor than the Werewolf is. It is worth noting that all of the Druid's equipment functions as normal when shifted, if at different speeds, but the druid is virtually unable to cast spells, except for Armageddon and summoning ones. Kirk Trevor of the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra conducted the sessions.
The music for it was written in Septemberit was the first time when Matt Uelmen worked with the orchestra. The orchestral session for Slovakia was in January The style of the score is modern classical [ clarification needed ] and experimental,  trying to impose with a Wagnerian style. At the time, GameSpot 's writer Desslock noted that Lord of Destruction had "sold well and continue[s] to do so", and cited its performance as evidence that "there's probably never been a larger demand for RPGs".
By July 26,global sales of Lord of Destruction had surpassed 1 million units, while more than 2 million units had been shipped. These figures made it the fastest-selling expansion pack ever for a computer game at the time. Lord of Destruction received "generally favorable" reviews according to review aggregator Metacritic. Within the Diablo II community the expansion caused some controversy when Blizzard patched the original game with an update that made Nightmare and Hell difficulties particularly harder than before; some players felt that Blizzard was effectively forcing them to upgrade to the expansion in order to find the items and gain the abilities necessary to deal with the new challenges.
BR 20 Your sun BS will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will Lord Of Destruction your everlasting light, Lord Of Destruction your days of sorrow BT will end. BY 22 The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. BZ I am the Lord ; in its time I will do this swiftly. All rights reserved worldwide. Vernon McGee. Anyway, I can't speak for later nightmare, hell levels, as I haven't gotten that far yet but I sure was impressed with the archers ability as done so far.
I discovered this purely by accident, but helps out a lot. Put that in a socketed weapon and you merely get that value, added by whatever you choose to put in the object. Basically, find a socketed weapon with a magical property, whether it be fire, lightning, cold, poison.
Fill the sockets with gems that match that property and increase the gem's property exponentially. Last Edited: 7 Mar pm. Submitted by Shawnpm shawnpm advertisement. Was this guide helpful?
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