Why can't we use mercs in multiplayer?

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With the new patch 1.07 i've been enjoying public games a lot more and have been running a lot of them. I have to admit they're quite fun and having other people in the game helps me keep up a good pace. The only issue I have with multiplayer games is I cannot use my mercenary at all, why? Many players have geared their mercenaries and they're quite useful, whether they have magic find, add additional procs/abilities from their gear, or are simply meat shields. I think mercenaries should be allowed in multiplayer games, what's the harm?
op here, posting as a diablo 3 account
framerate issues maybe?
I doubt it, turn down settings?
anyone else want to use their mercs?
Blizzard just wants 4 people in a party, and yes mercenaries counts as people.
mercs are important to the storyline
it would be appropriate
it would be nice to have a self rezzing meat shield in groups. that expendable extra target is very useful
4x (puzzle rings + Buriza with high pierce/freeze + cold soj)...
yeah, not going to happen.
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to add to the question, why can't mercs actually deal any damage, it sucks that they can't beat anything at all in the game, why can't mercs carry more gear? good good questions
to add to the question, why can't mercs actually deal any damage, it sucks that they can't beat anything at all in the game, why can't mercs carry more gear? good good questions


They were meant to be only for normal playthrough, they just buffed them a little.
in diablo 2 mercs added to your character value, be it mana regeneration from insight, conviction aura from infinity, magic find gear, or high damage gear [i.e. ebotd, fort, guillames], etc. I think restricting them from multiplayer games is hurting the multiplayer aspect of diablo 3.
to add to the question, why can't mercs actually deal any damage, it sucks that they can't beat anything at all in the game, why can't mercs carry more gear? good good questions


I've seen mercs with 20k damage. Mine does 10k and can kill trash mobs and some Elites.
I think there should be 8 ppl in games again.
I'd rather see them expand the number of players from 4 to 8 instead of allowing followers.
why does it have to be mutually exclusive?
I'd love mercs in multiplayer but some of their CC abilities would pry have to be toned down.

They should at least allow people in a 2 player game to each use one though.
Here's a quote from Bashiok regarding the follower viability:

Followers won’t follow you into co-op games because you’ll already have the superior firepower of your friends to help you, but playing alone you’re going to want to take advantage of their benefits.

Source: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/3871218074
I've seen mercs with 20k damage. Mine does 10k and can kill trash mobs and some Elites.
I think there should be 8 ppl in games again.


Yeah, my merc does 10k - 15k too, but if you compare it to my char damage it`s actually pretty lame, i had mercs in D2 that would completely own the game for my Necromancer dying only to the Bosses like Diablo, it was quite fun creating ``the perfect tanking machine``
02/18/2013 08:23 PMPosted by Der
anyone else want to use their mercs?

I do. That will make playing multiplayer way better or at least give us the bonus xp from the mercs hellfire and signet.

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