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Monday, March 5, 2001

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GameSpot has posted an updated preview of Blizzard's upcoming Diablo 2 expansion set, Diablo II: Lord of Destruction. Instead of just rehashing old news, they detail the core gameplay changes that will be included with the expansion. Some of the changes discussed include the addition of eight more hotkeys (for those Necromancers who absolutely have to use every skill in the skill tree) and the ability to switch between two different sets of equipment with the push of a key. Among the changes that are sure to get some Diablo 2 fans up in arms are the modifications to certain skills of existing character classes. Here are some of the changes that will be made to the Paladin:

Blizzard North says that the paladin is getting many of his higher-end skills boosted. For instance, holy shock will now do more damage and apply it to each melee attack you make, rather than doing a little bit of damage in an area. Conviction, another skill being boosted, will give monsters negative resistances, making enemies more vulnerable to the paladin's follow-up elemental attacks.
Gamespot also has new information on the class-specific items and "elite" set items, as well as details on several of the new quests. The Macintosh and PC versions of the Diablo 2 expansion set is scheduled for release during the first half of this year.

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