Round 4 Livestream - Join us Thursday, October 16

Posted by Anuiran on October 14th, 2014 at 10:45 pm
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While the master of magic, the Wizard, prevailed in our last Play Your Thursday community vote, we were unfortunately unable to sync up with V3dun#2884 for our upcoming livestream. Thankfully, runner-up Majier#1230 has raised his weapon in service and will be joining us this Thursday, October 16. 

But that's not all, nephalem. We'll also be joined by a very special guest for this week's show—deadmau5!

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Here are all the juicy details:

For this particular stream, associate game designer Don Vu raised the bar and challenged us to jump into the Hardcore Season with Halcyon himself, Joel Zimmerman. See just how long I'll last running V3dun's "Void Ray" Wizard and learn more about Majier’s "Sweeping Thunder" Crusader as we Rift our way to HC glory.

May our deeds of valor be remembered!


This is definitely an edition of Play Your Way you won’t want to miss, so be sure to follow us on Twitch so you’ll be notified the moment we go live. 

Won't be able to tune in on Thursday? Just hang tight, because we'll have the VOD available on both Twitch and YouTube shortly after we go off the air. Follow and subscribe so you can stay up to date on when our replays become available!

Patch 2.1.0 Now Live on PS4 and Xbox One

Posted by Anuiran on October 7th, 2014 at 2:45 pm
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Greetings heroes!

Patch 2.1.0 is now live for Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – Ultimate Evil Edition on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

New features in Patch 2.1.0 include:

"What's New" Screen
  • A "What's New" screen will now appear whenever a player logs into the game after a new patch has been installed (and pressing "Start" at the Main Menu). As the name suggests, this screen will provide a quick overview of new features included in the patch.

The Cesspools
  • When adventuring in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts, players will have a chance to encounter a new randomized environment: The Cesspools. Originally designed as the sewers of Westmarch, this festering, dank underworld is now ready to explore and plunder!

The Vault
  • Whenever Treasure Goblins are defeated, there's now a chance they will spawn a new type of portal through which players can enter. Inside this mysterious new realm known as "The Vault," mighty treasures await…along with Sanctuary's newest boss: the Baroness Greed.
  • Please note that portals to The Vault can only be accessed in Adventure Mode, and that they will not appear inside Nephalem Rifts or Greater Rifts.
  • For more information about The Vault, click here.

Greater Rifts
  • Greater Rifts are a special type of timed Nephalem Rift. There are an infinite number of Greater Rift levels, and each level will be progressively more difficult than the last. Upon completing a Greater Rift, players will be able to choose between one of two rewards: a chance to upgrade their Legendary Gems or (if they complete the Greater Rift level within its allotted time) the opportunity to move on to the next Greater Rift level. Players can continue progressing through Greater Rift levels so along as they complete the current Rift level before its timer expires.
  • Please note that Greater Rifts can only be accessed in Adventure Mode.
  • For more information about Greater Rifts, click here.

Legendary Gems
  • Legendary Gems are a new type of gem that can drop in Greater Rifts and The Vault and will offer powerful abilities when socketed into Rings and Amulets. Players will have the opportunity to upgrade their Legendary Gems over time by completing Greater Rifts.
  • For more information about Legendary Gems, click here.

Ramaladni's Gift
  • Ramalandni’s Gift is a new Legendary item that will allow players to add a socket to any weapon that does not already have one. This item can drop randomly in the game world and will be consumed on use.
  • For more information on Ramaladni’s Gift, click here.

Good luck, nephalem. We wish you fortune and glory in your continued adventures across Sanctuary!

To update your game, please make sure you are signed in to either your PlayStation Network or Xbox Live account. PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are not required to access this newest update.

Save 50% on Diablo III and Reaper of Souls

Posted by Anuiran on September 30th, 2014 at 3:09 pm

If you haven't picked up the base game or expansion yet, now might be the time!

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The mortal realms need heroes, and now—for a limited time only—you can save 50% on the digital PC editions of Diablo III and the Reaper of Souls expansion set!

Hurry though, this offer ends Monday, October 6 at 11:59 p.m. PDT. If you still haven't joined the battle against the Lord of Terror and the Angel of Death, your hour has come at last.

Patch 2.1.1 Now Live - Diablo III

Posted by Anuiran on September 23rd, 2014 at 1:43 pm
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Diablo III patch 2.1.1 is now live in the Americas for PC! Check out the full patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes.

Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download patch 2.1.1 until the patch is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is in the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after patch 2.1.1 is live until those regions have also patched.

Diablo III Patch 2.1.1 - v2.1.1.27255

Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues.

Table of Contents:

CLASSES

  • General
    • Pets
      • Philosophy
        • We want pet survivability to be roughly equivalent to the player that summoned them
      • Many monster attacks that are intended to be avoided by players, and weren't already dealing reduced damage to pets, now deal significantly less damage to pets
      • Bug Fixes
        • Pets are now properly affected by Shield Pylons
  • Witch Doctor
    • Active Skills
      • Fetish Army
        • Fetish Life has been greatly increased
        • Fetish movement speed has been significantly increased
        • Fetish leash range has been slightly increased
      • Gargantuan
        • Gargantuan is now summoned at the location of your mouse cursor
        • Summon animation speed has been increased
      • Spirit Walk
        • No longer cancels early when the physical body that is left behind takes enough damage
      • Summon Zombie Dogs
        • Zombie Dog Life has been greatly increased
    • Passive Skills
      • Fetish Sycophants
        • Fetish Life has been greatly increased
        • Fetish movement speed has been significantly increased
        • Fetish leash range has been slightly increased
    • User Interface
      • Fetish Army and Fetish Sycophants portrait icons should now display more fitting names on mouseover

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ITEMS

  • Class-Specific Legendary Items
    • Wizard
      • Firebird's Finery
        • The infinite DoT debuff should now have a unique effect when it is applied
  • Legendary Gems
    • Boon of the Hoarder
      • The number of Gold piles that explode from enemies on kill has been reduced
        • To compensate, the amount of Gold in each pile has been increased
        • The total amount of Gold dropped remains unchanged, but this will noticeably reduce screen clutter
  • Bug Fixes
    • The Moratorium secondary power can now be triggered by assists
    • The Bane of the Trapped damage increase will now properly applied to Frozen enemies
    • The Gem of Efficacious Toxin poison DoT can now properly be applied by pet attacks

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ADVENTURE MODE

  • Rift Guardians and Greater Rift Guardians now drop more crafting materials
  • Infernal Machine
    • In multiplayer games, the Key of Bones, Key of Gluttony, and Key of War will now be considered group drops 
      • This means that, instead of players having an individual chance to find a key, that chance is now exists at the party level
      • If a Key of Bones, a Key of Gluttony, or a Key of War drops, it will drop for everyone in the party at the time
  • Greater Rifts
    • The Rift of Trials has received numerous adjustments in an effort to more accurately assess an appropriate level of Greater Rift
    • Large Aqueduct and Sewer maps will no longer show up in Greater Rifts
  • Kadala
    • Philosophy
      • While Kadala is doing a great job of giving players more control over finding specific items, we felt the current experience was a bit cumbersome and inconvenient
      • As a result, we're working to reduce the frequency at which players need to run between Kadala and the Blacksmith to salvage unwanted items
    • The cost to purchase items from Kadala has been greatly increased
    • The chance for Kadala to drop a Legendary item has also been greatly increased
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that could cause Greater Rift Guardians to sometimes drop multiple of the same Legendary Gem

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CRAFTING

  • Mystic
    • Enchanting
      • Philosophy
        • We want players to be able to more reliably add sockets to their jewelry in order to enjoy Legendary Gems
        • We still have long term plans to provide more outlets for excess gems and more ways to farm gems that a player needs; however, since those changes are further down the road, we wanted to improve the quality of life of Seasonal and Non-Seasonal players alike by making it easier to add a socket to your Rings and Amulets
      • The cost to enchant jewelry has been reduced from a Flawless Imperial gem to an Imperial gem

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MONSTERS

  • The Electrified monster affix now has a short internal cooldown
  • The damage of The Butcher's Fan of Spears attack has been slightly reduced
  • The range of the Charging Beasts' Charge attack has been slightly reduced
  • Plague Nest Bats have had their health globe drop rate significantly decreased
  • Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts
    • Maggot Broods no longer start out burrowed in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts
    • Sand Dwellers no longer start out burrowed in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts
    • Demonic Hellflyers now run away less frequently and no longer ambush players from the air in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts
    • Ghosts now run away less frequently and no longer fly through walls in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts
    • Rockworms can no longer spawn in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts

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If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Battle.net after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.

The Waypoint - Week of September 15

Posted by Anuiran on September 19th, 2014 at 4:48 pm
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Some nephalem hunt for portals to the Vault, while others hunt down Easter Eggs. Some celebrate their odd gaming quirks, while others obsess over their latest Legendary. What fascinating discussions are your fellow players sharing? Find out in this week's edition of The Waypoint!


Love At First (Legendary) Sight

/u/Mosaz (also from Reddit Diablo) asked an interesting question: Have you ever looted an item that you decided to try out, ended up falling in love with, and changed your whole play style as a result? Over a hundred players have already chimed into the discussion, citing a variety of Legendaries like Boon of the Hoarder, Wand of Woh, Carnevil, and Fate of the Fell, and more!

Can you think of an item that made you rethink your play style? If so, what was it, and what build did you end up using?


Seasonal to Non-Seasonal Paragon Experience

Are you wondering how many Paragon levels you'll ding on your non-Seasonal characters once the current Season is over? Wonder no longer, as /u/djindjin from Reddit Diablo has you covered with his Diablo III Paragon Calculator! Just type your current Seasonal and non-Seasonal Paragon levels into his helpful calculator, or simply enter your BattleTag, and hit "Go!" 


Becoming a Treasure Goblin Hunter

Since the Vault was released in patch 2.1.0, many nephalem have been hunting for that one Treasure Goblin who will grant them their portal to riches! Over on Diablo Incgamers, several players in Vantek's thread are sharing their experiences tracking down this golden, but often elusive opportunity, discussing different farming locations and techniques. 

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Have you had any luck finding the portal to the Vault? If yes, where did your lucky Treasure Goblin spawn?


A Handy Guide to Every Acronym In The Game

DPS? CD? CHD? Even, dare we say, a DW WW Barb using CotA? What does it all mean? Hulktopus on our official forums helps you sort out all of this Diablo speak and more in his "Acronyms - The Definitive List" guide, which was also stickied in our New Player Help forum! It's a long list, but as Hulktopus says: "ctrl + F is your friend!"

Did Hulktopus miss any key phrases? Post your additions below!


What Easter Eggs Have You Seen in Diablo III?

Anuiran of Diablo Hub made a list of all the fun, fabulous, and sometimes freaky Easter Eggs he's found in the game. His database is filled with everything from Legendary items to Lamentations (of the women), and includes a variety of references you might not have recognized.

Know of any other Easter Eggs or homages buried in Diablo III? If so, we'd love to hear your most hilarious or clever finds!


That wraps up this week's discussions! Until next time, heroes. We'll see you in Sanctuary.

Found a cool player-created thread, article, guide, tweet, or video? Then don't hesitate to send it to tyvalir@blizzard.com along with a brief explanation of why you think it should be included in our next column! 

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