[citation][nom]wydileie[/nom]This is exactly what they did, and they pretty much stated that as a fact. Their goal was to allow players to build any character they want and use any skills they want and still be effective to try to minimize the min-max builds. The fact that you had to follow exact guidelines to build your character in D2 or else it is a failure in Hell is what they are trying to avoid. There are upsides and downsides to this. If you think about it, they didn't really dumb down the game, they made it more complicated, because now you have different builds for each character type that could be relevant and certain items with specific stat bonuses on each that would be required to max your characters potential. They essentially took 5 'classes' and made an infinite amount of possibilities out of them. Now I am sure there will be some builds that are more effective then others, and those will be fleshed out, probably within the first week, but I think the attempt to diversify the classes is a noble goal in development. It was annoying to see nothing but firewall/blizzard sorcs, hammerdin pallys, and whirlwind/shout barbs and nothing else.[/citation]
I never followed guides as they were for noobs. Most all my builds were great in hell. This is what made the game better than others that always had limited gimped balanced skills to save time. They took 5 classes and allow unlimited respect making only 5 possible builds. Diablo 2 had thousands of great builds. The one I really like was the barb druid using the helm for over 10k health. Even this build had several great alterations. Diablo 2 is the only one with anywhere near infinite possible builds. This was the reason it was unchallenged as the top game for near 5 years.
Diablo 3 will have one best build for each class and everyone of that class will has that exact same build. I guess you forgot the static sorc, fireball sorc, necro exploiders, plague/chain lighting zone, barb druid, zallyadin, shockadin, and ect. The three I could take down the ubers with was the hammerdin, zallyadin, and my 10k barb/druid. Firewall sorcs were never good and when they did do decent damage no one would let you in a group for the lag it caused.