Why nerfing attack speed is wrong

Obviously, I play a Demon Hunter so I lost quite a bit of DPS on account of the increased attack speed (IAS) nerf that Blizzard did a month ago. Before the IAS nerf, I was pulling off 2.5 attacks in a second with a bow, which wasn’t anything spectacular. I’d imagine with a better bow (20% IAS), I could’ve passed 3 attacks per second. At first glance, it does look quite excessive. English longbowmen were renowned for being able to shoot a dozen arrows in the span of a minute. Here’s the counter-argument! Just replace the handgun with a handbow: Yes, that’s right – two shots from a handarm can be done in a split second. Blizzard, give us back the attack speed! It’s Athene again, annoying is ever but showing how Diablo can be killed with blue gear only. The video furthers my point about French players having amazingly low latency thanks to Blizzard’s datacenters being inParis. On my computer, the five cages come up almost simultaneously while in Athene’s version, they appear almost in slow motion.

If you are following game casters on Youtube, you might have heard about Athene who is the self-proclaimed “best gamer in the world”.I believe he was the first one to down Diablo in Diablo 3 – abound with rumors that Blizzard actually gave him super-equipment. I doubt this is the case, he has a ton of followers on Youtube, so it’s easy to see how every nice item went to Athene to speed up his kill. It’s the same with the first hardcore kill by Kripps & Co, who got incredible items for free from their loyal fans. So why is Athene so good? Of course, he is pretty hardcore, so that is a big part of the explanation.

However, having played Diablo 3 since it’s release, I can tell you my best guess. Athene is good, because he’s French! No, I’m not prejudiced against certain nationalities (though you know the saying that in Starcraft, the only imba race is Korean). It’s just that Blizzard servers are based inFrance(Parissuburb Velizy). So while I am lagging and misclicking even at my lowest ping (100ms), he is probably enjoying sub-20ms gameplay. In other words, he’s playing Diablo 3 like it was meant to be played – as a singleplayer game! While most of us (being not French) are playing a super-twitch game on a lagging connection. Anyway, check out his speed kills – boasting a DPS of over 400,000.


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