Anyway, before I go completely off track with all that, my original intent of this post was to bring to light something that bothers me on the story aspect of the game now.
As I mentioned above, everyone's favorite old grandpa-like NPC, Deckard Cain, has been slain by pew pewing butterflies. The badass angel, Tyreal, is reduced to nothing more than a mere mortal. Diablo dies at the end of Act 4, or at least until the expansion. So...as of right now, the ONLY character remaining from previous Diablos is Adria the Witch. She is also the ONLY character to have gained status from previous Diablos.
Deckard Cain - Dead
Tyreal - Mortal
Griswold - Killed at the end of D1, killed as a zombie in D2
Wirt - Dead in D2
Warriv - Dead in D3
Butcher - Dead...again?
King Leoric - Dead...again?
Diablo - Dead until future announcements
And Last But not least...
Adria the Witch - Simple merchant in Diablo 1...mother of Leah/spawn of Diablo...the reason for Diablo "walking the earth" again.
I have a really hard time keeping Diablo up near the top of the list when there's nothing left from what made Diablo interesting. Ah well...here's to hoping that the expansion reveals that the entirety of Acts 1 - 4 were just a dream sequence. As lame as that sounds, I sure would find that more interesting than what we were force fed on this one.