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Necromancer Temporarily Taken Down During Beta Testing

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This artwork was promptly taken down after being posted

Blizzard has removed the new Necromancer class from Diablo III prematurely without explanation or notice of when it will return for further testing.

Last week the newest hero class in Diablo III, the Necromancer, went live in a beta and a few lucky players were able to try before the official release. Today, the Necromancer has been taken down without any indication of if or when it will be available again according to a post on a Reddit thread.

As an update to the first point, we will be taking down the Necromancer class tomorrow, April 18 at 10:00 a.m. PDT. After this time, we fully encourage you to explore and test some of our other Patch 2.6.0 features, such as Challenge Rifts and the new zones that have been added to Act II and IV.

We’ll update this thread once the Necromancer is available for testing again.

Diable III Necromancer Screenshot 2

As you can see, not much reason was given for the temporary take down or even a date when it will be back up for that matter. But, it shouldn’t be something that causes alarm. Though there have been comments floating around in the comment sections, that the Necromancer isn’t great in its current condition. It may be a possibility that they’re going to do some rework to make the best possible mechanics for the Necromancer. Others have joked that Blizzard wants the testers to play the other portions of the new patch.

For those who are unaware of what Challenge Rifts are a new mode for Diablo III. In Challenge rift players will have their skills tested by selecting a preset of armor and will compete against other players times. Players will have their builds snapshotted each week, so if there is a particular set of armor you want to try out you now have the availability to do so.

The Necromancer class will be available later in 2017 for PC gamers who own both Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion and for players who own the Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4 or Xbox One.

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  • Damn, I guess it would be better for them to take Necro down and fix it, rather than leave it on the PTR being broken or bugged. That way players won’t talk badly about the characters playability.

    I just can’t wait for the Necromancer to be out!!!

    What do you think?

    • I didn’t hear anyone talk negative about the necromancer. I didn’t get to play the PTR, however, I did play D2 and the necromancer does not play that differently from the witch doctor. Maybe someone realized that.