Blizzcon Diablo 3 News Summary

by DHAdmin on November 7th, 2014 at 10:32 am

I will be updating this post as details are revealed. First Diablo 3 panel starts at 2:15 PM PST.

New Game Mechanics/Modes/Areas:

  • New snowy ruins zone called The Ruins of Sesheron, old Barbarian capital. Based on the area in the Diablo 2 cinematic where baal goes to the gate of Sesheron.
  • Will have new bounties and monsters in Adventure mode.

New Monsters:

New Boss:

  • Rat King
  • Everytime you hit him rats come out of his back.
  • Summons Rat Tornados.
  • Eats your corpse when you die.

General Changes:

  • Three new Goblins:
    • (1) The Blood Thief: Drops Blood Shards
    • (2) Odious Collector: Drops Crafting Materials and Plans
    • (3) Gem Hoarder: Drops Gems
    • Goblins now seek out enemies and have unique minimap icons.

Adventure Mode:

  • New Act Layouts in towns. To make all the artisans closer to each other.

Rifts:

  • New Boss: Rat King
  • Improved random map layout in Rift maps for Oasis, Spider Caves, Leoric's Jail.
  • No more long straight ways and loops, they want rifts to feel more fresh every time.
  • Experimenting with a new mechanic. Death timer when you die that increases every time you die, instead of just spawning at the last Greater Rift checkpoint.
  • Changes to Nephalem Trials coming to be more consistent.

Pylons:

  • Pylon Changes
  • Shield Pylon: Now reflects damage taken and explodes dealing damage when it ends.
  • Speed Pylon: Lasts 1 minute and ignores collisions even allowing you to walk through waller.

Seasons:

  • Season 2 on PTR soon.
  • They will bring back old conquests and add new ones.
  • They don't want a Paragon leader board, as it promotes repetitive gameplay.
  • They really liked speed racer conquest. (Complete story mode in an hour)
  • Three new conquests:
    • Get 50m gold outside of the vault
    • Kill certain bosses within 20 minutes of starting the game
    • Complete lore books

    Legendary Gems

    • Will not be redesigning current legendary gems, instead they will be adding new gems.
    • Hoping new legendary items will make the under used legendary gems perform better.
    • Two new Legendary gems.

    New (and updated old) Legendary Items:

    • More legendary items will be shown tomorrow
    • New item type: Ancient Legendary items.
      • Ancient items have higher stat ranges. About a 30% increase.
      • Higher chance on higher Torment and Greater Rifts for Ancient legendary items. 5-10% of legendary item to be Ancient quality.
      • For example: 500-650 Strength on a Chest Piece instead of 416-500.
    • Crown of the Primus: Slow Time gains the effects of all runes
    • Wormwood: Locust Swarm deals continous damage. Also rolls 21-25% Poison Damage.
    • Gungdo Gear:Exploding Palm's on-death explosion applies Exploding Palm.
    • Ranslor's Folly: Energy Twister periodically pulls in an enemy withing 30 yards. An enemy can only be pulled in this way once every 5 seconds.

    New Sets:

    • Barbarian: Set based on Whirlwind and Rend.
      • 2 Piece:Rend Deals 300% more damage.
      • 4 Piece: Rend lasts 300% longer.
      • 6 Piece: Targets affected by rend take +30)% Whirlwind damage.
    • Demon Hunter: Multishot and Discipline
      • 2 Piece: Gain 2 Discipline every time you use a Hatred Generator.
      • 4 Piece: Take 20% less damage if there are enemies within 40 yards.
      • 6 Piece: Every point of Discipline you currently have increases the damage of your Hatred Generators and Multishot by 10%
    • Wizard: Slow Time
      • 2 Piece: Casting Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Magic Missile and Shock Pulse reduce the cooldown of Slow Time by 1 second.
      • 4 Piece: Enemies affected by your Slow Time take 1250% weapon damage every second.
      • 6 Piece: Enemies affected by your Slow Time take 500% more damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Magic Missile and Shock Pulse.
    • Monk: Sunwuko Set Changes
      • 2 Piece: Casting Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush or Wave of Light causes a decoy to spawn that taunts nearby enemies and then explodes for 100% weapon damage.
      • 4 Piece: Enemies hit by the decoy explosion take 500% from your Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush or Wave of Light abilities for 3 seconds.

    Seasons:

    • New Boss: Rat King

    Class Changes will be discussed at tomorrows Diablo panel.

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