05/31/2012 04:45 PMAzmodan is the Lord of Sin, and he seems to embody all seven Deadly Sins somehow in his personality; one of the more obvious ones is how fat he is due to being Lord of Gluttony, plus his extended involvement with his mistresses, being the Lord of Lust. Pride is one of the Sins. He probably honestly believes he's too awesome to be defeated, regardless of whether he tells you his intentions, which is of course a result of his Pride.
Posted by Aussir
That Azmodan embodies all 7 deadly sins in his personality/character is only subjective. A fatal mistake is to assume a "Lord of XXX" exihibits XXX as his character. But if you look at what the game tells you (lore books), it's clear that the 7 prime/lesser evils don't actually have their title as characters, but rather they are adept at inflicting it upon others. In fact, Cain clearly states that Diablo is immune to fear, and background evidence shows that Mephisto induces hate, while he himself manipulates all sides to his advantage.
As for Azmodan being a great commander, one has to look at the battle as a span of days (as stated by Leah's journal), instead of one sitting. Aside from the last parts (sin hearts and killing Az), each part of the act takes place over several days of fighting, yet Azmodan shows no signs of improvisation. If we don't look at the times elapsed while the party travels from act2 to 3, it's clear right away that Tyrael has taken charge (if even the merchants know that an angel is in charge, a "brilliant" commander would surely have the recon to know it), but his plan certainly did not change.
His plan of starving the soldiers might be sound, and he might have an endless supply of forces, but he still fails at being a tactician and a strategist because:
If Bastion Keep is the most important strategic point of the invasion, conventional wisdom would be to launch an all out assault with the strongest forces, to take it at once. (Think Bliztkreig) Doing so would preserve as much fresh troop as he would need to attack the rest of the world and heaven.
Ghom's attack on the keep's basement has been going on for days/weeks, the proof can be obtained from Ghom's journal. Why did they not have a concerted attack from both the inside and the outside? (It's important to note that while you light the signal fire, you are bombarded by catapults, thus implying that the war machines are already active)
His entire strategy consists of waves after waves of soldiers, with which the ultimate prize is being the prime evil and can easily topple heaven. Why would he not account for an intervention by heaven, what makes him think the Angiris council would play by the rule if everything is at stake? It ultimate leads to his downfall by an outside factor (Tyrael and the hero). What if instead of the hero, it is an ("endless") angel army led by Imperius? What chance does he have, using the same strategy, against a new front?
As you can see, all this boils down to his inability to grasp that time is the most important thing in a battle. Employing a debilitating siege when he clearly has the capacity to end it quickly (via the stronger minions like phasebeasts) just goes to show that he's incompetent. (Remember, the keep is already on it's last leg when the hero arrives, implying that had Az use a stronger/full force since the beginning, it would have been over before the hero gets there)
At best, he is a passable strategist (planning and maneuvering); but he is a horrible tactician (commanding the troops at hand in a battle).