While not all classes are available, Diablo 4 already shows what makes certain classes strong while others are a bit tougher to find success with. For the beta, here is a quick tier list of which classes are the best so far in Diablo 4. This tier list only consists of three classes, as these three were the only playable ones in the beta so far.
However, with the open beta adding the next two, this will be updated after we experience their gameplay.
Out of the three classes to choose from in the Diablo 4 closed beta, the Rogue is by far the hardest to just pick up and learn. That mainly revolves around the adaptability of the class, as it can do a good amount of damage both at range and up close. The high critical damage that Rogues can output can shift fights quickly, especially against a smaller group of enemies. Plus, with aspects such as poisons or imbuing magic into your damage, Rogues can hurt almost any enemy if played correctly.
What makes the Rogue class unique is its Energy, the class’ primary resource for its skills. It is similar to Mana in how it regenerates and can be improved with the skill tree. Also, much like Mana, using your abilities and expending your Energy correctly is key to success for the class. The one thing to keep in mind for Rogue is that it is a glass cannon build; a build that can do a lot of damage but can’t take it.
The second available class in the beta, the Sorcerer shares a lot with the Rogue. To start, both have very low health, not meant to take a lot of damage up close. Also, both have a resource they use for their skills; with Sorcerers using Mana instead of the Rogue’s Energy.
However, where the Rogue is adaptable, the Sorcerer is the best long-range damage dealer available in the beta. As the name of the class entails, magic is the Sorcerers strong suit, able to pump out massive damage and status effects at range towards hordes of enemies. Effects like Chill to slow down enemies and Burn for damage-over-time are two key examples of the utility that Sorcerers can provide.
The only reason why Sorcerers aren’t at the S-tier alongside the Rogue is their usability alone. If you have another teammate to help take away attention, Sorcerer is still a great option in Diablo 4.
Last but not least for the beta, the Barbarian is a key but average class in Diablo 4 right now. In comparison to the other two classes available in the beta, the Barbarian is by far the easiest to learn and the tankiest available choice. That also means that players who are getting used to the game won’t have to worry about dying as quickly as a Rogue or Sorcerer would.
Barbarians also have a resource, called Fury. But, Fury is based on when you attack, building as combat builds and decreasing when out of combat.
Out of all their abilities, their best has to be their unique status effect Bleed, doing damage-over-time on top of other unique skills. With the ability to equip multiple weapons, the Barbarian can clear out enemies quickly, but not at range. That’s the key weakness for Barbarian, as they have a limited range for their attacks. Get used to fighting up close, you’ll be doing a lot of it as a Barbarian and taking damage for it.
Other classes still unknown
Though not in this tier list, we know the rest of the classes coming to Diablo 4 at the open beta and its release. Both the Necromancer and the Druid will be playable and bring two new elements to players hopping into Diablo 4. While players can’t judge the usability of these classes yet, based on the past, they’ll both provide their own uses.
No matter what, there will be a worst class, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be a poor one. We’ll have to wait and see what these last two classes can provide soon.
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