You say that barbarians can't use magic; but they can. They can infuse their weapons with magic (the Berserk skill). Some of them use druidic powers. At least one of them uses necromancy, who also uses a druidic ability. Maybe not all of them can, but we know some does. And we know all of these from Diablo 2. You know, the game that introduced the barbarian race into the lore. Before you call people "blind", you could have done some research before saying that barbarians were not supposed to be magic users.
So to be sure, you are ok with barbarians materializing hundred of pounds of matter above the ground? (Y/N)
Does the concept of classe archetypes ring any bells?
Am I actually arguing with actual people about this? This is surreal.
There was a barbarian who can summon demons and explode their corpses. He also used a druid spell (Arctic Blast). His name was Nihlatak. There were other barbarians (council of elders) who casted a druid spell to shield Harrogath. Does these still in your classe archetypes? Druids can materialize hundred of pounds of matter above the ground, it was the Armageddon spell in Diablo 2. If some barbarians are capable of casting druid spells, why a nephalem, a race much more powerful than an ordinary human, can't?
And I think you fail to understand that the characters in Diablo 3 are not ordinary humans. They are nephalem, a race more powerful than the angels and demons; and we don't know the limits of their power. So you can't argue what the barbarian in Diablo 3 can't do, because you have no basis for that argument.
It is sad I have to remind people that barbarians are not supposed to be magic users.
There is no justification for barbarians to materialize boulders from the sky beyond "we thought it was awesome".
You guys defending this are only making the whole d3 situation more weird.
Berserk: A powerful but reckless attack that increases damage and attack rating but decreases defense rating. Attack: +100%, Magic Damage: 150%, Mana cost: 4, Recieves bonuses from Howl (10% Magic Damage per level), Shout (10% Magic Damage per level).
In Diablo 2, barbarians were able to deal magic damage and they used "mana", which is used for magic. There were also barbarian elders who managed to summon a shield around Harrogath. Nihlatak, even though he is shown as a necromancer in game, was one of the barbarian elders.
Even if we ignore these, in Diablo 3, the barbarian character can summon the first barbarians, can cause an earthquake which can freeze or burn, can pull his enemies to himself with by stomping his foot into the ground ect. And he is a descendant of the most powerful race in the world. I think we can say that, even if barbarians as a people don't use magic (and they can, see above), that doesn't mean barbarian in Diablo 3 won't too, as he is a nephalem.