The gaming world was recently excited by the news that Twitch streamer Souaïb ‘cArn’ Hanaf managed to reach level 100 in the hardest mode of the popular game Diablo IV. Blizzard, the company behind the game, recognized cArn as the first player to do so.
However, during one of cArn’s last play sessions, an unfortunate event occurred: the game got disconnected from the server while struggling to reach the final boss. In Diablo’s Hardcore mode, if a player dies, their character dies permanently and must start over from experience level 1. Because a player could potentially deliberately log out when their health is low to avoid dying, the game treats a disconnection as a death.
Carn restarted the game after the disconnection and discovered the sad news: his level 100 barbarian character had died and lost his 82 hours of gameplay. Despite the obvious disappointment this will have caused cArn, Blizzard has recognized his achievement and will include it in a statue of Lilith. As part of a challenge set by Blizzard, the names of up to 1,000 players will be added to the statue if they manage to reach level 100 in Hardcore mode and provide proof.
Although permadeath in Hardcore mode can be daunting, many players view this mode as the best way to experience the true excitement and challenge that Diablo IV offers. The dedication and hard work that cArn showed on his way to level 100 is an example to other Diablo players and fans. His achievement proves that even in the most daunting of times, it is possible to find the strength to keep going and face even greater challenges. While the loss of his Hardcore level 100 barbarian character was certainly a disappointment, cArn’s legacy in the gaming world has been secured thanks to his position as the first player to reach level 100 in Diablo’s Hardcore mode. IV.
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