I played the Beta last weekend into Monday morning and it was fun. I took the time to explore the barbarian class to level 25. I started with dual wield skills, then respecced war hammer, then finally respecced again to 2H slash (bleeds).
Something I learned later on is the ability to change which weapon sets to use with which skill. When the weapon skill says it can be used by the entire weapon arsenal, that means the default is set to “Auto Select”, however while in the Abilities window hover over the skill on your hotbar then mouse wheel click on it. It will cycle through the weapons to assign it to be used for that skill.
Example, Leap skill - Arsenal skill, so I set it to 2H blunt. Rend- Dual weapon (1 slash needed), Flay - 2H Slash. While leveling your barb it will be tough to work on all your weapons expertise at once to level up, but by assigning skills to different weapons this will help as you progress. Make sure to change out your arsenal weapons frequently.
Example, dual wield with sword, hand axe, club, mace etc… and keep different ones in for periods of time to gain more expertise in each. 2H slash - great axe, sword, pikes, same deal. 2H Blunt - war hammer, club, mauls, etc…
I can see end game barbs needing to have all their weapon expertise max and it will be a pain to start leveling a weapon once 50 since your damage output will be reduced.
This coming weekend I’m going to try the druid and compare gameplay, but for now barbarian looks like a winner for me.
PS - I didn’t see a Diablo discord channel last weekend, unless the folks that were in Public channels were playing?