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 in France (Paris suburb 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.
Btw, mine is steady about 100,000k with full Natalia set which gives me a TON of survival with discipline regen of 3/sec. I need to give credit to Athene for this build – as he demonstrated in a video that a Demon Hunter can stay in shadows for over a minute with Natalia and Preparation. Trust me, you need that much discipline to survive on a lagging connection.
I don’t always need to stay a minute, I use it for Caltrops (damage rune) to clear quickly the pony level as well as act rare and elites that give chase.