I’ve read many articles on what the best class for Diablo 3 might be and can tell you that it’s pretty much up in the air at this point (but then won’t it always be?!). While some people actually do look into damage dealt and other technical aspects the hard fight to top the charts and be the best class is just about always going to come down to each indiviuals preferred play style and other personal preferences. So here’s a breakdown of the classes and you can decide for yourself as to which might be the best class.
For the sake of simplicity I’m going to combine the classes into a melee up close combat style group (Barbarian and Monk) and a ranged group (Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, and Wizard).
Barbarian and Monk – Melee Up Close Combat Style
The Barbarian and Monk are both melee classes that rely on vitality, mitigation, and avoidance skills to be able to survive direct up close and personal combat with mobs. While these classes can take more hits and survive a lot more than a ranged class like a Wizard might, they are a bit weak at times with fighting big groups of rare mobs. Another issue with these melee classes is that it can sometimes be difficult to avoid standing in damage causing effects created by certain mobs.
Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, and Wizard – Ranged Combat Style
The Witch Doctor, Demon Hunter, and Wizard are all ranged classes and are generally weak when it comes to taking damage. These ranged classes also need to focus on gathering Vitality and using avoidance skills because they aren’t able to withstand the same kind of attacks that a Monk and Barbarian might handle with ease.
So What’s the Best Class?
I broke the classes down into direct melee combat and ranged because there is oftentimes a personal preference for one of these play styles. I personally enjoy playing ranged classes but have friends that would never play anything but a Barbarian/Warrior/Paladin tank-like class. You could break it down even more really to say that some players prefer playing casting ranged classes like the Wizard and so on.
So in order to determine the best class for you consider the following:
Barbarian – The Barbarian is a brute force class that takes high amount of damage and causes direct physical damage to mobs. It’s a heavy duty tank type class.
Witch Doctor – The Witch Doctor is a Necromancer type class that casts diseases, curses, and summons minions. It’s a ranged class that allows you to stay back and annihilate mobs from a distance.
Wizard – The Wizard is a ranged casting class that utilizes elements of energy (essentially) to destroy mobs from a distance.
Monk – The Monk is a martial artist, holy warrior type class that deals direct physical damage and fights up close and personal.
Demon Hunter – The Demon Hunter is reminiscent of the Amazon in Diablo 2 and similar to a Hunter. With this class you’ll fight mobs with explosive damage from a ranged distance.