2.1.0 PTR Patch Notes - Diablo III

Posted by DHAdmin on June 26th, 2014 at 12:01 pm
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Below you'll find the preliminary PTR patch notes for patch 2.1.0. Please note that this isn't the final version of the patch notes and that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.

PTR PATCH 2.1.0 - v2.1.0.25014

To provide feedback on patch 2.1.0, please visit the PTR Feedback forum.
To report any issues you experience while playing, please visit the the PTR Bug Report forum.
For additional information about the PTR, click here.

Table of Contents:

PATCH FEATURES

New Feature: Seasons
Seasons are an optional, recurring game mode that offers players the opportunity to periodically start fresh, leveling Normal or Hardcore characters from scratch without gold, resources, or previously earned Paragon experience. Similar to the separation between Normal and Hardcore game modes, Seasonal characters will have their own shared stash and artisan progression as well. Any items, gold, or Paragon experience earned during a Season will be rolled over to a player's non-Seasonal characters once the Season concludes.

Seasons offer unique rewards and new challenges for players, including new Legendaries, an exclusive Transmogrification set only available to those who compete in each Season, and new achievements called Conquests. Progress within a given Season will be tracked in our new Leaderboard system. 

To learn more about Seasons, click here

Please note that Seasons are not yet available for testing on the PTR. This feature will be enabled at a later date.  

New Feature: Greater Rifts
Formerly referred to as Tiered Rifts, Greater Rifts are a special type of timed Nephalem Rift. There are an infinite number of Greater Rift levels, and each Greater Rift level will be progressively more difficult than the last. 

Completing a Greater Rift within its alloted time will allow players to progress to the next level (and if your time is exceptionally good, you may even skip multiple levels at once). Players can continue progressing through Greater Rift levels so along as they complete the Rift before its timer expires. Once a timer expires, players will reach the end of their current Greater Rift journey and their best results will be tracked in our new Leaderboard system. 

To learn more about Greater Rifts, click here

New Feature: Leaderboards
With the addition of Seasons and Greater Rifts, we want to provide players with a way to measure their progress within each of those environments. To do so, we've created Leaderboards. 

Leaderboards will track a variety of competitive player data including Greater Rifts clear times, Seasonal achievement point totals, and Seasonal Conquest completion ranking across several different game styles. Designed to be informative and detailed, Leaderboards will also allow you to compare your progress to that of players within your gameplay region, on your friends list, and in your clan roster.

To learn more about Leaderboards, click here

New Feature: The Cesspools
In patch 2.1.0 and moving forward, players will now have a chance to spawn a new level environement while in a Nephalem Rift or Greater Rift: The Cesspools.  

Originally designed as the sewers of Westmarch, we weren't quite able to include the Cesspools in the list of playable environments in Reaper of Souls by the time the expansion launched. Still, we loved the look and feel of this festering, dank underworld and have spent some time polishing it up for use in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts. We hope you enjoy this new randomized landscape!

To learn more about the Cesspools, click here

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GENERAL

  • An additional Stash Tab is now available for all players with Reaper of Souls
  • Players will now be disconnected from Diablo III upon being inactive for 30 minutes while outside of a game
  • Healing Changes
    • The amount of Life restored by Health Globes from Rare monsters has been reduced from 30% to 15%
    • The amount of Life restored by Health Globes from Champion and Minion monsters has been reduced from 20% to 15%
    • The amount of Life Regeneration and Life On Hit granted by items has been increased
      • These changes apply to all items from level 1 to 70
      • These changes are retroactive and will apply to existing gear

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CLASSES

  • Made a number of improvements to the AI of several pets:
    • Pets that belong to other players will now be less visible
    • Fixed a number of issues which could sometimes cause pets to not attack a nearby enemy or stand still and stop attacking the enemy they were currently attacking
      • Pets affected by these improvements include:
        • Call of the Ancients
        • Companion
        • Fetish Army
        • Gargantuan
        • Mystic Ally
        • Phalanx
        • Zombie Dogs
  • Barbarian
    • Active Skills
      • Call of the Ancients
        • Ancients should now more reliably hit moving targets
        • Korlic's Furious Charge ability now deals damage to enemies he passes through
        • Mawdawc's Seismic Slam ability now has a small knock up effect instead of the knock back
        • Skill Rune - Duty to the Clan
          • Has been redesigned
            • Enemies hit are now chilled reducing Movement Speed by 30% for 2 seconds
            • Chilled enemies have a 10% increased chance to be critically hit
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Bug Fixes
          • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause the ancients to never use their bonus abilities
          • Fixed an issue that allowed the Ancients to snapshot attack speed when summoned
      • Cleave
        • Damage area has been increased from 120 to 180 degrees to more closely match the visual
        • Skill Rune - Gathering Storm
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now Chills all enemies hit and causes them to take 10% increased damage from all sources for 3 seconds
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
      • Earthquake
        • Weapon damage increased from 2600% to 4200%
        • Skill Rune - Giant's Stride
          • Secondary tremor weapon damage increased from 160% to 200%
        • Skill Rune - Molten Fury
          • Weapon damage increased from 4500% to 5100%
      • Furious Charge
        • Weapon damage increased from 360% to 540%
        • Skill Rune - Battering Ram
          • Weapon damage increased from 760% to 900%
        • Skill Rune - Bull Rush
          • The stun has been replaced with a freeze
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Dreadnought
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
      • Ignore Pain
        • Now grants immunity to all crowd control effects while active
        • Skill Rune - Bravado
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now increases your run speed by 40% and knocks back enemies as you run
        • Skill Rune - Contempt for Weakness
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now instantly heals you for 35% of your maximum Life
      • Rend
        • Skill Rune - Mutilate
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now causes enemies Chilled by Rend to take 10% increased damage from all sources
      • Seismic Slam
        • Will now lock on to an enemy you targeted with your mouse if you hold down the button
      • Rend
        • Weapon damage increased from 1000% to 1100% over 5 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Lacerate
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
        • Skill Rune - Mutilate
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Ravage
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Fire
      • Wrath of the Berserker
        • Skill Rune - Slaughter
          • Damage caused by this rune can now trigger procs

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  • Crusader
    • Active Skills
      • Phalanx
        • Avatar run speed increased from 100% to 200%
        • Skill Rune - Bowmen
          • Bug Fixes
            • Fixed an issue that caused the Bowmen to stop attacking when an enemy was in range, but out of line of sight

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  • Demon Hunter
    • Dexterity no longer grants Dodge chance
    • Dexterity now grants 1 Armor per point
    • Active Skills
      • Cluster Arrow
        • Skill Rune - Maelstrom
          • Tendril weapon damage increased from 220% to 450%
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Shooting Stars
          • Rocket weapon damage increased from 400% to 600%
      • Companion
        • Skill Rune - Boar Companion
          • Now cleaves enemies in front of him
      • Entangling Shot
        • Skill Rune - Chain Gang
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Physical
      • Impale
        • Weapon damage increased from 620% to 750%
        • Skill Rune - Chemical Burn
          • Weapon damage increased from 220% to 500% over 2 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Grievous Wounds
          • Additional damage on Critical Hit increased from 130% to 330%
        • Skill Rune - Impact
          • Stun chance increased from 50% to 100%
        • Skill Rune - Overpenetration
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Cold
      • Multishot
        • Skill Rune - Arsenal
          • Rocket weapon damage increased from 160% to 300%
      • Preparation
        • Skill Rune - Punishment
          • The Discipline cost has been removed
          • Now has a 20 second cooldown
      • Rain of Vengeance
        • Weapon damage increased from 1250% to 1500% over 5 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Anathema
          • Weapon damage increased from 5400% to 5800% over 5 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Dark Cloud
          • Weapon damage increased from 2650% to 3500% over 8 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Flying Strike
          • Weapon damage increased from 3200% to 3800% over 5 seconds
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Shade
          • Weapon damage increased from 2400% to 2800% over 5 seconds
        • Sill Rune - Stampede
          • Weapon damage increased from 4200% to 4600% over 6 seconds
      • Rapid Fire
        • Weapon damage increased from 525% to 685%
        • Skill Rune - Bombardment
          • Weapon damage increased from 465% to 545%
        • Skill Rune - High Velocity
          • Pierce chance increased from 40% to 50%
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Lightning
        • Skill Rune - Web Shot
          • Slow duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds
      • Sentry
        • Weapon damage increased from 200% to 280%
        • Skill Rune - Chain of Torment
          • Weapon damage increased from 240% to 300% per second
        • Skill Rune - Impaling Bolt
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
        • Skill Rune - Spitfire Turret
          • Weapon damage increased from 70% to 120%
      • Shadow Power
        • Skill Rune - Gloom
          • Damage reduction increased from 15% to 35%
        • Skill Rune - Well of Darkness
          • Cooldown reduced from 14 to 10 seconds
      • Smoke Screen
        • Skill Rune - Special Recipe
          • Cooldown has been removed
          • Now reduces the Discipline cost to 10
      • Spike Trap
        • Weapon damage increased from 250% to 340%
        • Skill Rune - Echoing Blast
          • Weapon damage increased from 250% to 420% per explosion
        • Skill Rune - Lightning Rod
          • Weapon damage increased from 280% to 500%
        • Skill Rune - Long Fuse
          • Weapon damage increased from 300% to 520% per explosion
        • Skill Rune - Sticky Trap
          • Weapon damage increased from 680% to 800%
      • Strafe
        • Weapon damage increased from 400% to 575%
        • Skill Rune - Demolition
          • Weapon damage increased from 340% to 400%
        • Skill Rune - Emberstrafe
          • Weapon damage increased from 80% to 185% over 2 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Rocket Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 90% to 110%
        • Skill Rune - Stinging Steel
          • Extra damage on Critical Hit increased from 130% to 140%
      • Vault
        • Skill Rune - Acrobatics
          • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
      • Vengeance
        • Skill Rune - From the Shadows
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Cold
    • Passive Skills
      • Awareness
        • Has been redesigned
          • Now when you receive fatal damage, you instead vanish for 2 seconds and regenerate 50% of maximum life
            • This effect has a 60 second cooldown
      • Perfectionist
        • No longer increases your Life by 10%

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  • Monk
    • Dexterity no longer grants Dodge chance
    • Dexterity now grants 1 Armor per point
    • Active Skills
      • Crippling Wave
        • Weapon damage increased from 143% to 175%
        • Skill Rune - Mangle
          • Weapon damage increased from 216% to 265%
        • Skill Rune - Rising Tide
          • Spirit generated on Critical Hit increased from 4 to 6
        • Skill Rune - Tsunami
          • Every third hit now also Freezes enemies for 1.5 seconds
      • Cyclone Strike
        • Skill Rune - Wall of Wind
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now Freezes enemies for 1.5 seconds after pulling them in
      • Deadly Reach
        • Weapon damage increased from 109% to 120%
        • Skill Rune - Foresight
          • Buff duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Keen Eye
          • Has been removed
          • New skill rune added: "Searing Grasp"
            • Increases weapon damage dealt to 200%
        • Skill Rune - Piercing Trident
          • Chance to knock enemies up on the third hit increased to 100%
        • Skill Rune - Scattered Blows
          • Third hit weapon damage increased from 156% to 185%
        • Skill Rune - Strike from Beyond
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now reduces the Spirit cost of your next Spirit spender by 8% for each enemy hit by the third hit
      • Exploding Palm
        • Weapon damage increased from 1179% to 1685% over 9 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Essence Burn
          • Weapon damage increased from 1623% to 2620% over 9 seconds
          • Weapon damage of the explosion DoT effect increased from 258% to 640% over 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Impending Doom
          • Weapon damage increased from 2149% to 3265% over 12 seconds
      • Fists of Thunder
        • First and second hit weapon damage increased from 122% to 255%
        • Third hit weapon damage increased from 183% to 510%
        • Skill Rune - Bounding Light
          • Weapon damage increased from 195% to 240%
        • Skill Rune - Quickening
          • Spirit generated on Critical Hit increased from 4 to 6
        • Skill Rune - Static Charge
          • Additional weapon damage dealt to enemies affected by Static Charge increased from 125% to 180%
        • Skill Rune - Thunderclap
          • Shockwave weapon damage increased from 95% to 105%
        • Skill Rune - Wind Blast
          • Freeze duration increased from 1 to 2 seconds
      • Seven-Sided Strike
        • Significantly increased proc coefficient
        • Skill Rune - Fulminating Onslaught
          • Explosion weapon damage reduced from 977% to 877% per hit
          • Significantly increased proc coefficient
        • Skill Rune - Pandemonium
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now removes the Spirit cost and Freezes all enemies hit for 7 seconds
          • Significantly increased proc coefficient
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Sudden Assault
          • Weapon damage increased from 6477% to 8285%
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Lightning
          • Significantly increased proc coefficient
        • Skill Rune - Sustained Attack
          • Cooldown reduced from 17 to 14 seconds
          • Significantly increased proc coefficient
      • Sweeping Wind
        • Weapon damage increased from 30% to 60% per stack
        • Skill Rune - Blade Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 40% to 85% per stack
        • Skill Rune - Cyclone
          • Tornado weapon damage increased from 23% to 35%
        • Skill Rune - Master of Wind
          • Has been redesigned
            • Enemies damaged by Sweeping Wind for 3 consecutive seconds while the vortex is at 3 stacks will now be Frozen for 2 seconds
              • Enemies cannot be Frozen by Sweeping Wind more than once every 3 seconds
      • Tempest Rush
        • Weapon damage increased from 240% to 260
        • Skill Rune - Northern Breeze
          • Weapon damage increased from 285% to 310%
      • Wave of Light
        • Skill Rune - Numbing Light
          • Has been removed
          • New skill rune added: "Shattering Light"
            • Frozen targets have a 20% increased chance to be critically hit by Wave of Light
        • Skill Rune - Wall of Light
          • Now has a 40% chance to stun enemies
          • Removed knockback
      • Way of the Hundred Fists
        • Weapon damage increased from 192% to 220%
        • Removed the target cap on the third hit
        • Skill Rune - Hands of Lightning
          • Weapon damage increased from 429% to 490%
        • Skill Rune - Spirited Salvo
          • Has been removed
          • New skill rune added: "Assimilation"
            • Each enemy hit by the third hit increased your damage by 5%
        • Skill Rune - Windforce Flurry
          • Wave of wind weapon damage increased from 191% to 285%
    • Passive Skills
      • One With Everything
        • Has been removed
        • New passive added: "Harmony"
          • 30% of your single elemental resistances from items instead increases your resistance to all elements
      • Provocation
        • Has been removed
        • New passive added: "Determination"
          • Your damage is increased by 4% for each enemy within 12 yards of you up to a maximum of 20%
      • Relentless Assault
        • New passive skill
        • Available at Level 30
        • You deal 20% more damage to enemies that are Blind, Frozen, or Stunned
      • Seize the Initiative
        • Has been removed
        • Will be replaced by another passive skill in the future

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  • Witch Doctor
    • The collision boxes for the following pets have had their radii reduced
      • Zombie Dogs
      • Gargantuan
      • Fetishes
    • Active Skills
      • Corpse Spiders
        • Weapon damage increased from 324% to 576%
        • Skill Rune - Blazing Spiders
          • Weapon damage increased from 400% to 700%
        • Skill Rune - Leaping Spiders
          • Weapon damage increased from 383% to 646%
        • Skill Rune - Spider Queen
          • Weapon damage increased from 1575% to 2625%
      • Fetish Army
        • Skill Rune - Fetish Ambush
          • Damage type changed from Physical to Cold
      • Locust Swarm
        • Skill Rune - Devouring Swarm
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now grants 25 mana per second as long as the first enemy hit is still alive
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Cold
        • Skill Rune - Cloud of Insects
          • Damage type changed from Poison to Physical
      • Mass Confusion
        • Skill Rune - Devolution
          • Chance to summon a Zombie Dog reduced from 50% to 30%
      • Poison Dart
        • Skill Rune - Flaming Dart
          • Weapon damage increased from 425% to 565% over 4 seconds
      • Sacrifice
        • Has been redesigned
          • Now sacrifices a single dog at a time
          • The dog will now be thrown to you cursor location and detonates on impact
        • Weapon damage increased from 185% to 1090%
          • If you're wearing The Tall Man's Finger, the damage is tripled to 3270% weapon damage for sacrificing your dog
            • You do not gain additional damage if your giant dog represents more than 3 normal dogs
        • Skill Rune - Black Blood
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now stuns enemies in the impact area for 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Pride
          • Mana gained increased from 60 to 280 per dog
        • Skill Rune - For the Master
          • Has been redesigned
            • All your dogs will now be sacrificed in a single cast for 1090% weapon damage each
        • Skill Rune - Provoke the Pack
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now gain 20% increased damage for 5 seconds when you sacrifice a dog
              • This buff gains a stack with each cast and has a maximum of 10 stacks
      • Spirit Barrage
        • Skill Rune - Well of Souls
          • Damage type changed from Cold to Fire
    • Passive Skills
      • Circle of Life
        • Chance to summon a Zombie Dog has been reduced from 30% to 15%

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  • Wizard
    • Active Skills
      • Arcane Torrent
        • Now has an initial cost of 30 Arcane Power
        • Weapon damage increased from 573% to 670%
        • Skill Rune - Arcane Mines
          • Weapon damage increased from 688% to 825%
        • Skill Rune - Death Blossom
          • Weapon damage increased from 1452% to 1725%
      • Blizzard
        • Weapon damage increased from 807% to 910%
        • Skill Rune - Unrelenting Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 1296% to 1360%
      • Disintegrate
        • Now has an initial cost of 30 Arcane Power
        • Weapon damage increased from 511% to 580%
        • Skill Rune - Entropy
          • Weapon damage increased from 649% to 745%
      • Energy Twister
        • Weapon damage increased from 1000% to 1525%
        • Skill Rune - Raging Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 1935% to 3200%
      • Familiar
        • Weapon damage increased from 179% to 240%
      • Hydra
        • Weapon damage increased from 66% to 195%
        • Skill Rune - Arcane Hydra
          • Weapon damage increased from 111% to 245%
        • Skill Rune - Blazing Hydra
          • Weapon damage increased from 108% to 185% over 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Frost Hydra
          • Weapon damage increased from 108% to 275%
        • Skill Rune - Lightning Hydra
          • Weapon damage increased from 138% to 305%
        • Skill Rune - Mammoth Hydra
          • Weapon damage increased from 178% to 400%
      • Magic Missile
        • Weapon damage increased from 170% to 230%
        • Skill Rune - Charged Blast
          • Weapon damage increased from 240% to 325%
        • Skill Rune - Seeker
          • Weapon damage increased from 211% to 285%
      • Meteor
        • Molten fire weapon damage increased from 167% to 190% over 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Comet
          • Freezing mist weapon damage increased from 197% to 224% over 3 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Molten Impact
          • Molten fire weapon damage increased from 549% to 625% over 3 seconds
      • Ray of Frost
        • Now has an initial cost of 30 Arcane Power
        • Weapon damage increased from 510% to 605%
        • Skill Rune - Sleet Storm
          • Weapon damage increased from 375% to 455%
    • Passive Skills
      • Cold Blooded
        • Bug Fixes
          • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent skills from refreshing this skill when their Chilled duration was refreshed

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ITEMS

  • A new Legendary consumable has been added
    • Ramalandi's Gift
      • Use on an unsocketed item to add the maximum number of sockets that item type allows
  • Several existing Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power 
    • General
      • Depth Diggers
        • Legendary Power added
          • All resource generators deal 80-100% more damage
      • Kymbo's Gold
        • Legendary Power added
          • Picking up gold heals you for an amount equal to the gold that was picked up
            • Note: This power has not yet implemented
      • Sash of Knives
        • Legendary Power added
          • Chance on attack to throw a dagger at a nearby enemy for 275-350% weapon damage
    • Barbarian
      • Lamentation
        • Legendary Power added
          • Allows Rend to be applied twice
      • Bastion's Revered
        • Legendary Power added
          • Increases maximum number of Frenzy stacks to 10
    • Crusader
      • Angel Hair Braid
        • Legendary Power added
          • Allows Punish to gain the effect of all runes
      • Eternal Union
        • Legendary Power added
          • Increases the duration of all Phalanx Avatars by 200%
    • Demon Hunter
    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by these changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power. 
  • Class-Specific Items
    • Crusader
      • Blade of Prophecy
        • The text on this item no longer improperly states that all enemies hit by Condemn will trigger another explosion
    • Demon Hunter
      • Embodiment of the Marauder
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Fixed an issue that caused Hatred spenders cast by the Sentries to have a slower attack speed than intended
      • Natalya's Vengeance
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Cooldown reduction increased from 1 to 2 seconds per kill
          • Now also triggers on assists
      • The Shadow's Mantle
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Now, upon receiving fatal damage you instead automatically cast Smoke Screen and are healed to 25% Life
            • This effect may only occur once every 120 seconds
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now causes Shadow Power to last forever
    • Wizard
      • Firebird's Finery
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Weapon damage increased from 300% to 2000% over 5 seconds
    • Several existing class-specific Legendary items have also been updated to include a unique Legendary power (please see above)
  • New Seasonal Legendaries
    • General
      • Bottomless Potion of Rejuvination
        • New Legendary Potion
        • Restores 15% of your primary resource when used below 25% Life
      • Krelm's Buff Belt
        • New Legendary Belt
        • Grants a 20% Movement Speed bonus
        • Taking damage causes you to lose this effect for 15 seconds
      • Krelm's Buff Bracers
        • New Legendary Bracers
        • Grant you immunity to Knockback and Stun effects
      • x1_FollowerItem_Legendary_03 (Name still TBD)
        • New Legendary Follower item
        • Equip on Follower: Reduces the cooldown of all Follower skills by 50%
    • Barbarian
      • Remorseless
        • New Legendary one-handed Mighty Weapon
        • Grants Hammer of the Ancients a 25-30% chance to summon an Ancient for 20 seconds
    • Crusader
      • Amazonian Parma
        • New Legendary Shield
        • Allows Phalanx to summon twice as many Avatars
        • Applies to all rune variants
      • P1_CruShield_norm_unique_01 (Name still TBD)
        • New Legendary Crusader Shield
        • Removes the cooldown of Condemn
        • Condemn now costs 40 Wrath
    • Demon Hunter
      • Leonine Bow of Hashir
        • New Legendary Bow
        • Grants Bola Shot a 15-20% chance on explosion to pull in all enemies within 24 yards
    • Monk
      • Alabaster Gloves
        • New Legendary Gloves
        • Increases the duration of Sweeping Wind to 1 minute
    • Witch Doctor
      • Seasonal Legendary not yet implemented
    • Wizard
      • p1_Wand_norm_unique_01 (Name still TBD)
        • New Wand
        • Removes the cooldown of Teleport
        • Teleport now costs 25 Arcane Power

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ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Bad Time to Be a Beast
    • Number of kills required has been reduced from 500,000 to 250,000
  • Bouncing from Bounty to Bounty
    • Number of bounties required has been reduced from 50,000 to 5,000
  • Bounty Hunter Extraordinaire
    • Number of bounties required has been reduced from 100,000 to 7,500
  • Bounteous Maximus
    • Number of bounties required has been reduced from 150,000 to 10,000
  • Death Death and More Death
    • Number of kills has been reduced from 2,500,000 to 750,000
  • The Million Monster Mortality
    • Has been renamed to "Killin' It"
    • Number of kills required has been reduced from 1,000,000 to 500,000
  • Some Hordes
    • Number of kills required has been reduced from 5,000,000 to 1,000,000
  • Splinter is Coming
    • Number of kills required has been reduced from 25,000 to 1,000
  • Ten Grand and Counting
    • Has been renamed to "Bountiful Bounties"
    • Number of bounties required has been reduced from 10,000 to 2,500

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ADVENTURE MODE

  • Bounties
    • The following Bounties have had their gold and XP reward values decreased:
      • Act I - Clear Khazra Den
      • Act II - Complete event: A Miner's Gold
      • Act III - Clear Cryder's Outpost
      • Act III - Clear Forward Barracks
      • Act IV - Clear Hell Rift level 2
      • Act V - Complete event: The Miser
  • Nephalem Rifts
    • The cost to open a Nephalem Rift has been reduced from 5 Rift Fragments (total) to 1 Rift Fragment (per player)
      • Each player must pay the 1 Rift Fragment cost in order to enter a Nephalem Rift
    • You can no longer click the Rift Obelisk to open a new rift while one is already open
    • Conduit Pylon duration reduced from 30 to 15 seconds only while in a Greater Rift
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that allowed the matchmaking system to place players in games with open Rifts where the Rift Guardian has already been killed

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CRAFTING

  • Blacksmith 
    • The number of Magic materials required to craft Legendary and set Bracers has been reduced from 120 to 72
  • Mystic
    • When Transmogrifying an item with existing visual effects into a Legendary item, the original item's visual effects will no longer be displayed in addition to the Legendary item's visual effects
    • Torment-only Set items can now be restored to their original appearance after being transmogrified

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EVENTS

  • Infernal Machine
    • A new reward has been added: The Hellfire Amulet
      • New Legendary amulet
      • Will randomly roll a passive appropriate to your class
      • Recipe is available for purchase from Squirt in Act II for 5 million gold 
      • Requires the same materials to craft as the Hellfire Ring plus 10 additional Forgotten Souls

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MONSTERS

  • The Skeleton King will now drop the Leoric's Crown the first time you kill him from level 11 to level 65
  • Larvas will now also drop loot
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that could prevent some DoTs from dealing damage while Treasure Goblins were running

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USER INTERFACE

  • Character "Minis" have been added to Profiles
  • Added a text box to the friends list that will filter the list as you type
  • Filter settings on the Clan News pane will now be saved even if you log out
  • The Achievements drop down filter will now save your selection as long as you remain logged in
  • Holding down Shift when comparing items will now exclude bonuses provided by sockets from the comparison
  • Chat
    • Messages will now convert to a whisper after space is pressed when entering a player name
    • New messages will now prioritize your whisper targets if you are currently whispering someone
    • A new hotkey has been added to display the chat window
      • You can now force the chat window to be displayed by holding down the X key
  • Bug Fixes
    • Players will now properly be notified when the Party Leader changes the games difficulty setting
    • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent the last few monsters required to clear a bounty from displaying on the minimap
    • Fixed an issue preventing Paragon levels and portraits from displaying on the Heroes Profile tab for offline players
    • Fixed an issue causing Paragon portrait award toasts to pop up before a new portrait was actually earned
    • Fixed an issue that was improperly limiting Community news posts to a character limit that was lower than intended

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BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue that was causing frame rate to cap at 60 FPS with Vertical Sync enabled

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First Look: Patch 2.1.0

Posted by DHAdmin on June 17th, 2014 at 11:23 am
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It's almost here, nephalem! The first major content patch for Reaper of Souls™ is right around the corner and we're preparing a Public Test Region to give you a hands-on look at the upcoming changes. Before the PTR goes live, let's get started with a high-level overview of what you can expect from patch 2.1.0.

Table of Contents:

Please note that this is only a preview. The below information does not reflect all changes available in patch 2.1.0 and is subject to change. Some images represent works in progress, and may not be representative of the final product.


Seasons:

Similar to Ladders in Diablo® II, Seasons will offer players in Diablo® III a chance to periodically start fresh, leveling their level 1 characters and artisans from scratch. Season participation benefits include exclusive rewards and unique Legendaries as well as the the thrill of climbing all-new Leaderboards by completing achievements, earning Conquests, or running Greater Rifts.

 

Left: A Seasonal Hardcore Crusader gets ready to hop into the action. Right: A full overview of your Seasonal characters will be available in your Character Profile.

Conquests:

With the start of each Season, players will have the opportunity to earn Conquests. Conquests are special Season-only achievements (offered in addition to the suite of non-Seasonal achievements already available in the game) that represent a variety of challenging goals. These goals can vary in terms of gameplay and difficulty, and some might be easier to complete than others. With tasks ranging from killing Malthael at level 70 on Torment VI to finishing Acts I-V in an hour or less, Conquests are designed to encourage and promote an array of different playstyles. 

Conquests are considered "first come, first served," and the first 1000 individuals to complete a Conquest within a given Season will be immortalized on that Season's regional Leaderboard. Right now, we're looking to provide between 10-15 unique Conquests each Season, and each Conquest will have its own Leaderboard. Conquests will also provide achievement points and will count toward your Seasonal point total. These points will be provided regardless of whether your character placed in the regional Leaderboard. 

No Seasons? No Problem!

Not in the mood to start from scratch? You’ll still benefit from Seasons. New Seasonal Legendaries will roll over to non-Seasonal loot pool after a Season concludes. In addition, Greater Rift leaderboards will also become available to non-Seasonal characters, so you can compare the progress of your friends and clanmates with that of your most veteran heroes!


Greater Rifts:

Formerly referred to as Tiered Rifts, Greater Rifts are a special type of Nephalem Rift that are designed to provide players way to measure their gear progression and efficiency.

How to Access Greater Rifts:

To access a Greater Rift, simply complete a regular Nephalem Rift in any difficulty. When you defeat the Rift Guardian, they'll have a chance to drop a Greater Rift Key. You can then use this new key at the Nephalem Obelisk, similar to other Rift Fragments—this will open a Greater Rift. If you have members in your party, each player will be prompted to use one of their own Greater Rift keys to join the fun!


Entering a Greater Rift requires its own type of Rift Keys.

How Greater Rifts Work:

While Greater Rifts are a type of Nephalem Rift, there are some key differences between the two features. In Greater Rifts:

  • You'll race against a clock to fill a progress bar by accruing monster kills.
  • Most monsters do not drop loot; rewards have been completely shifted to the Rift Guardian.
    • This removes conflicting pressure from attaining a better time versus picking up all your loot.
  • Monsters grant differing amounts of progress for your progress bar; the tougher the monster, the more they fill up your progress bar.
  • You cannot resurrect at your corpse or in town while in a Greater Rift—only at the last checkpoint.
  • You cannot use player banners or the Teleport option if the target player is in a Greater Rift.
  • Higher Greater Rifts levels are progressively more difficult. 
    • This difficulty is separate from the standard difficulty settings (Master, Torment I-VI, etc.)

If you complete a Greater Rift before time expires you'll advance to the next difficulty level. Should your time be exceptionally good, you might even skip a few levels! If time instead expires, you'll have reached the end of your current Greater Rift journey and your best results will be posted to the appropriate Leaderboards.


Your progress bar is a little different inside a Greater Rift, to allow you to gauge your completion compared to your efficiency.

Legendary Gems:

Greater Rifts are truly a challenge, and conquering such challenges should be met with great reward. To provide a unique and upgradable incentive, we're introducing Legendary Gems.

Legendary Gems are still undergoing significant iteration at this time, so you won't see them available on the PTR right away. The gist is that these gems are infinitely upgradeable, and provide special Legendary powers when socketed into the appropriate gear slot. They can only be socketed into Rings and Amulets, and can be upgraded by completing additional Greater Rifts. The higher you place in a Greater Rift, the more likely your gem will be successfully upgraded. We'll have more details in the future as we continue development on these powerful baubles, so stay tuned!

Coming to a Nephalem Rift Near You:

Some of the changes in Greater Rifts are also coming to regular Nephalem Rifts—like the way the completion bar will advance based on monster difficulty. In addition, we're slightly modifying the entry mechanism for all Rifts. All players will need to have a Rift Fragment in order to enter a Nephalem Rift; however, we’ve reduced the cost for entering a Nephalem Rift down to one Rift Fragment per character to compensate.


Leaderboards:

With so many ways to compete, we want to provide players with a quick and easy way to measure their progress. Enter our next big feature for patch 2.1.0: Leaderboards.

Leaderboards will track progress for Greater Rifts, Seasonal achievement points, and Seasonal Conquests across a variety of game styles. Designed to be informative and detailed, Leaderboards will allow you to compare your progress to that of your gameplay region, friends, and clan members, and each type of board will track progress a little differently.


Leaderboards offer a variety of ways to compare your accomplishments to your friends and clanmates.

Greater Rift Leaderboards:

Greater Rift leaderboards will be split between both Hardcore and Normal gameplay modes as well as Seasonal and Non-Seasonal characters. To help encourage a variety of play styles and allow you to measure yourself against similar competitors, we've also broken up Greater Rift leaderboards into the following categories:

  • Solo play for each class (e.g. top players for Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Crusader, etc.)
  • 2-Player Groups
  • 3-Player Groups
  • 4-Player Groups

Season-Only Leaderboards:

Some Leaderboards will be Season-only. For example, Conquests are only tracked on Seasonal characters, so these Leaderboards won't have a non-Season equivalent. The same will be true for Seasonal achievement points. In addition, because Conquests and achievements are account-wide, their associated Leaderboards will not be split between Normal and Hardcore (even though some tasks may require playing a particular mode). 


Combat Changes:

Of course, with so many competitive elements hitting the PTR, we're also reviewing each class thoroughly to ensure no matter what you play, you have a fair chance at reaching your Seasonal goals. While we won't be getting into class specific details here, we wanted to share with you a few examples of overarching adjustments we plan on experimenting with during the Public Test phase.

Dexterity & Survivability:

A major change is coming to Dexterity to benefit Demon Hunters and Monks. Each point of Dexterity will grant 1 point of Armor instead of Dodge chance. Dodge isn’t as reliable as Armor or Resistances and doesn’t protect you from some of the most dangerous monster affixes like Plagued or Thunderstorm. In light of this buff, the existing passives that grant 30% of your Dexterity as Armor (Seize the Initiative and Awareness) will be completely redesigned.

Healing:

The next change will be to Healing. Currently, Healing provided by gear isn't very valuable because you receive the vast amount of your healing from Health Globes. During internal testing, we discovered that as you reached higher Greater Rift levels, you really wanted more of your healing to come from your gear in order to survive. To facilitate this, we are reducing the amount of healing Health Globes provide, but buffing Life on Hit and Life Regeneration on gear to compensate. This change should make a more consistent experience when you turn up the difficulty (or reach a higher tier in a Greater Rift) in situations where you’re not killing as quickly and actually require the increased Healing.


The Cesspools:

While Seasons and Greater Rifts are definitely taking center stage with this patch, we're also providing some additional content to add more variety and flavor to your Adventure Mode exploration.

Originally designed as the sewers of Westmarch, we weren't quite able to include the Cesspools in the list of playable environments in Reaper of Souls by the time the expansion launched. 

  
Expect to encounter (and slaughter) a variety of creatures in the Cesspools!

Still, we loved the look and feel of this festering, dank underworld and we've spent some time polishing it up for use in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts. You'll have a chance to spawn Cesspool levels while in a Rift, and we hope you enjoy this new randomized landscape!

We may have additional treats on the horizon, but let's not get too Greedy. . . . You'll have your hands on the PTR soon enough to find out more.


We are incredibly excited to share patch 2.1.0 with you and can't wait to see your reactions once the PTR goes live. Be sure let us know what you think of the changes and features, and send any bug reports our way as you explore Seasons, Greater Rifts, Leaderboards, and more.

What new feature are you most excited about? Are you going to climb the Greater Rifts leaderboard, or will you race to be the first to complete as many Conquests as you can? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll see you soon™ on the PTR!

Round 1 Livestream VOD Now Available

Posted by DHAdmin on June 16th, 2014 at 3:35 pm
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Last week, we hosted our inaugural Theorycraft Thursday livestream. Missed the broadcast? Don't despair! The VOD of our play session is now available on Twitch.tv/Diablo.


For our Round 1 livestream, I was joined by Game Designer Travis Day, Community MVP Nolan "Monstrous" Mitchell, and Theorycraft Thursday runner-up Stephen "Leviathan" Stewart. We rumbled through a number of Nephalem Rifts and had a wonderful conversation spanning a variety of topics, including Leviathan's "Zoosader" Crusader, our own Crusader builds, and upcoming itemization changes you can expect in our first major content patch. 

Be sure to check out the VOD embedded below for all the gory details, or click here to view the livestream directly on Twitch.

By popular demand, here are the builds we were each running on our Crusaders:


Thanks to everyone who joined us in chat and heckled my noob-tacular death (Death Maidens OP). Until next time, nephalem—play your way, and don't forget to send your builds to TheorycraftThursday@Blizzard.com!

PlayStation® Exclusive Content Revealed at E3

Posted by DHAdmin on June 11th, 2014 at 2:05 pm
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Prepare your couch and gather your closest friends, because on August 19, Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ - Ultimate Evil Edition™ will unleash Death itself on console systems around the world.

Today, we're also excited to announce that players who take the fight for Sanctuary to their big screen TV on the PS3™ or PS4™ will enjoy exclusive content based on two popular PlayStation® games!*


The Last of Us™ Nephalem Rift:

Get ready to endure and survive! We've teamed up with Naughty Dog to create a unique Nephalem Rift for the Ultimate Evil Edition inspired by the award-winning PlayStation® 3 title, The Last of Us™. Featuring hand-picked environments from the Diablo III universe and an ominous yellow spore effect, this randomized dungeon level (available only on PS3™ or PS4™) is sure to awaken the survivor in us all.

Oh! And did we mention the monsters? The Last of Us™ Nephalem Rift is teeming with a series of ravenous creatures modeled after the infamous Stalker, Clicker, and Bloater infected. 


Shadow of the Colossus™ Transmog Set:

Raise thy sword by the Light! In addition to The Last of Us™ Nephalem Rift, the Ultimate Evil Edition will also include a PlayStation® exclusive that pays homage to a gaming classic.

Players who choose to join the crusade against death on the PS3™ or PS4™ will be rewarded with the "Guise of the Colossi," a unique set of transmogrification plans that unlocks six armor appearances inspired by the influential PlayStation®2 title, Shadow of the Colossus™. These striking appearances will be available to each of Sanctuary's larger-than-life classes.


The fate of humanity rests in your hands, heroes. Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls™ - Ultimate Evil Edition™ will be out before summer's end, so make sure to place your preorders with your local retailer today!

*Please note that this exclusive content cannot be transferred to other platforms and will require you to connect to the PlayStation® Network to redeem.

Patch 2.0.6 is Live - Official Patch Notes

Posted by DHAdmin on June 10th, 2014 at 9:35 am
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Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, patch 2.0.6.

CLASSES

  • Monk
    • Philosophy
      • We felt that Momentum was not as strong as some other Monk passives. The buffs to Momentum should help bring it more in line with its peers.
      • While there are no additional changes at this time, we intend to buff other abilities in a future patch to open up more build diversity.
    • Active Skills
      • Wave of Light
        • Skill Rune - Pillar of the Ancients
          • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue causing the pillar created by this rune to have collision
    • Passive Skills
      • Momentum
        • Reduced the distance required from 30 to 25 yards
        • Damage bonus increased from 15% to 20%
        • Duration increased from 4 to 6 seconds

ITEMS

  • General
    • Increased the drop rate of all class-specific Set items
  • Class-Specific Items
    • Monk
      • Philosophy
        • Legendary items are just as important to class power as class skills. We recognize that the Monk class sets went out underpowered, and are substantially increasing their damage to be closer in comparison with the sets of other classes. Additionally, the Raiment of a Thousand Storms 6- piece bonus has been redesigned slightly to allow the damage to be higher, more controlled, and more deliberate.
      • Monkey King's Garb
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • Explosion weapon damage increased from 100% to 1600%
          • Lowered explosion delay from 1 to 0.5 seconds
          • Bug Fix: Fixed an issue that cause the Spirit spent counter to reset when an item was picked up
      • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Will now be triggered only by Dashing Strike
          • Weapon damage increased from 100% to 3000%
          • Damage dealt can now be a Critical Hit
          • Removed the target cap
            • The visual effect will still be capped at six targets
  • Bug Fixes:
    • Fixed an issue introduced in Patch 2.0.5 that prevented the +% Haunt Damage, +% Locust Swarm Damage, and +% Rend Damage item affixes from being applied

CRAFTING

  • Legendary crafting recipes have received several changes:
    • Philosophy
      • Legendary crafted items are meant to be both a stepping stone into end game items and a good place to spend crafting materials at the end game. While we like the fantasy of having the unique crafting materials, obtaining them was either keeping too many people from being able to complete the recipes in a timely manner or encouraging game flipping and similar less than ideal patterns of play in order to acquire them. As such, we are removing the requirement for unique items when crafting Legendaries.
    • Unique crafting materials are no longer required
      • Legendary crafting materials will no longer drop
      • Existing Legendary crafting materials will now be grey and have had their sell prices increased
    • Level 70 crafted sets and Legendary items with unique properties now require additional Death's Breath
    • Level 70 crafted Legendary items without unique properties have had their Death's Breath costs removed
  • Death's Breath is no longer required for most Artisan training costs
    • The Mystic no longer requires any Death's Breath to train
    • The Blacksmith and the Jeweler now only require 1 each to learn the first rank of level 11

USER INTERFACE

  • +% Skills damage bonuses will now display on the details page
  • +% Elemental damage bonuses will now display on the details page
  • Paragon bonuses will now be reflected in Character Profile Damage, Toughness, and Healing values
  • Community chat will now be joined by default and the settings for which channels you have joined or left will be saved
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