When Diablo III was initially released on May 15, 2012, the Necromancer class from Diablo II was notably missing to the dismay of many players. Now, Blizzard is preparing to introduce a reworked version of the class five years after the release of the core game. Blizzard has started allowing users to test the new class on a server dedicated to the Necromancer. Only users who have received an official invitation from Blizzard will be allowed to test the Necromancer due to Blizzard wanting “focused feedback and a smooth testing experience,” as stated on the official site for Diablo III. [1] Many viable builds for the Necromancer are being showcased on gaming news sites and YouTube for players to get a taste of the class’s powers and how they work together.

Some players have questioned what the Necromancer brings to the table that’s different from the Witch Doctor currently playable in Diablo III. Blizzard noted that the Witch Doctor and Necromancer support different play styles. The theme for both classes differ with the Witch Doctor relying on their connection to the spirit world to power their magic and the Necromancer’s relying on darker means, such as blood, for their powers. The Necromancer class will likely appeal to players who enjoy playing antiheroes with gray morals.

While Blizzard hasn’t commented on an official release date, the expansion—titled Rise of the Necromancer—is set to release later this year. However, Rise of the Necromancer will not add more content to the game’s story. Along with the release of the Necromancer class, this expansion will add two additional character slots for players, an in-game pet, a pennant, a banner, two additional stash tabs (PC only), a portrait frame, a banner sigil, and cosmetic wings. Players will be required to have Diablo III and The Reaper of Souls expansion in order to take advantage of the upcoming content.

[1] https://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/20698502/necromancer-beta-now-live-5-17-2017