You may recall that not too long ago, I discovered that necromancers are a thing in Diablo 3. I was also surprised at how powerful the character was, even before Blizzard announced that it was releasing a buff.

In that same post, I had mentioned how dearly I was hoping for a good set reward for the necromancer in Season 11.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

 

Offering the Bones of Rathma

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Not gonna lie, this set looks awesome. But it’s well-suited to a different build.

In retrospect, I’m really not surprised that Blizzard chose the set that it did. After all, offering the Bones of Rathma set, named for the priesthood and designed to kick butt in the most traditionally necromancery way, is the perfect way to appeal to nostalgic fans.

If you haven’t read up on it yet, the set focuses on the Army of the Dead and Skeletal Mage skills. I tried both of them earlier on in my character’s career, because I’ve kind of had a bit of indecision building her.

I didn’t really love them, though, and instead went a different route.

 

Picking a set for my character

Now, I just want to be really clear here for a second.

No matter which set Blizzard had chosen to offer, someone would have been upset. And realistically, there aren’t that many sets available for the necromancer at this state anyway. This is just my opinion, and my experience.

Because I had built my character, Persephone (yes, named after the queen of the underworld in Greek mythology), with features like Corpse Explosion and other things that would make her into a very deathy one-woman army, that set wasn’t going to do me a whole lot of good.

Actually, based on my build, both the Pestilence Master’s Shroud and Trag’Oul’s Avatar sets would be pretty useful, but that does leave me at the whims of that ever-fickle merchant, Kadala.

 

Hey there, Kadala

Kadala and I have a history of not really getting along. You could even call it a grudge match.

It started back in Season 10 when I was trying to build Artemis. Kadala taunted me by giving me an ancient set hand crossbow that would boost Vault’s damage by 800%, which of course I loved because I had Vault and its Trail of Cinders rune.

I don’t even know how many thousands of blood shards I spent trying to get the other half of that set.

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I’m not sure if it’s the powers or the weird seahorse appearance that appeals to me with this set…

So far, I think I’ve decided to try for the Trag’Oul set for Persephone, which will boost her life-spending powers by 3,300% when I have the whole set. I’ve managed to get a few sets of the boots, so a few trips to Kanai’s Cube ought to help, but as for the rest?

I guess I’ll just out-wait (and out-blood shard) Kadala.

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