Well you gotta remember our hotkeys will be a lot more numerous in d3. So if I had to use one slot for a aura it wouldn't really bother me now.
It just got annoying in D2 with only 2 skills and it had to be on your right mouse.
I just can't see how having to constantly switch back to your aura after each special ability could be considered good game design.
The ability to switch your aura's in a fight would still be better with the hotkeys, but I could see aura's being in general much less effective with the new d3 style of play (where more skills are employed by each class build). Funny though, we still have no idea if aura's will even be included in the game.
...Or are you thinking that just having an aura on you hotkey bar would be all you need? that would be nice.
What if say a Paladin always had a default aura on, but you could add different abilities to your aura as you level up. Maybe it gets brighter the more powerful it is, different colors/effects depending on what skills you add to it, etc.
Oh yeah that'd be awesome. You just start off with like "Aura of Divinity" then as you level you can choose to have it either increast attack speed, or mana regeneration, or crushing blow. Or whatever. That'd be really cool.
So you could end up with like
Aura of Divinity:
+20% attack speed
+10% crushing blow
+30% mana regeneration
Yeah, for sure. And depending on what you add to it, it may look different, you know? As long as it is somewhat subtle, so a level 100 person isn't like, blazing around the screen with this huge bright pink stuff flying around him, ha ha.
It would be odd though, having 3 aura's on your hotkey and all 3 of them working. xD
It seems we wont have aura's, or the class that has aura's has a separate slot for one of his aura's. Either that or it might be a form of the barb shouts, but then lasting very long.
yeah that's why I think having a buff would make more sense... you could have 3 aura's bound to hotkeys, but they would be for switching to and replacing you current one when you 'cast' it on yourself. Obviously they would buff everyone near you, but as a effect you put on yourself. As for duration, just make them last until death or they get replaced with another one. Having multiples work just from sitting on your hotbar would be imba...
Alternatively having a special icon that was your aura and being able to switch it with a hotkey would be really nice to see
Man you guys are hilarious. I've been mentioning an aura-support/ranged/shield class that would maybe be able to use a bow also for the last couple of months, and I got that idea from the Paragon.
Since people have a hard time paying attention only few people actually responded to the idea
And now when someone else comes up with a similar idea people are mentioning "hey it actually sounds like the Paragon, now here's a guy that worked like that and was fun to play, they should do it like that".
Sorry man, I'm kinda new here lol. Musta skipped that post.
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