Patch 2.6.9 Public Test Realm Begins 5/21

Posted by DHAdmin on May 16th, 2020 at 12:19 pm

Diablo III Patch 2.6.9 PTR Begins 21st May

PTR 2.6.9 Notes

PTR 2.6.9 starts

Blizzard have announced that they will be launching a 2-week PTR starting May 21st.

We have all the patch notes and details for you, so you can be ready to take part in a week's time. Blizzard are testing two new class sets, and loads of Legendary item changes in Patch 2.6.9 and we have the notes for you here.

PTR 2.6.9 table of contents


PTR 2.6.9 Table of Contents


PTR Focus & Details

Blizzard will be running the Patch 2.6.9 PTR over two weeks, starting Thursday, May 21st. Blizzard are warning that there may be server outages for periodic maintenance, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches during this time.

There will be two PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that Blizzard are keen for us to test!

To ensure that the most significant changes receive an ample amount of attention, Blizzard has asked players to concentrate testing and feedback on the new Demon Hunter and Necromancer sets, Necromancer Skill changes, and new the Legendary item changes and to give feedback in the PTR bug report forum.

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PTR 2.6.9 Testing Tips

As with previous PTRs, this testing period is just two weeks, so it's best to be prepared by reading these release notes thoroughly. Whether you’re a PTR newbie or veteran, here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, Blizzard asks that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
    • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. Think about what you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch).
  • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
  • Try to test thoroughly and break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the patch launch is as smooth as possible.
  • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Blizzard always welcome suggestions but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

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2.6.9 Patch Notes

Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III.


PATCH 2.6.9

Table of Contents:

Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated. Please note that PTR is only available for PC and Mac users.


Seasons

  • The elements have deemed you worthy. With you as their champion, the burning hells will face the Trials of Tempests!
    • Your character will occasionally (every 2 minutes) channel an elemental power which unleashes into the environment for a limited time:
      • Meteors rain from the skies around you.
      • Breathe lightning.
      • A wall of flame engulfs everything.
      • Release twisters of pure energy.
      • Crush your foes under the weight of rolling snowballs.
  • Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame and a pet, will be granted to players who complete the Season 21 Journey.

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Items

Demon Hunter

  • New Demon Hunter Set: Gears of Dreadlands
    • 2-Piece Bonus
      • Gain a Momentum stack when attacking with a Primary skill. Each Momentum stack lasts 2 seconds at a maximum duration of 10 seconds. Your Primary skills deal 10% more damage per stack of Momentum.
    • 4-Piece Bonus
      • Casting Strafe against enemies will automatically shoot your last used primary skill, and also give 60% damage reduction while strafing and for 5 seconds after. While casting Strafe, you move faster per stack of Momentum.
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Your primary skills deal 10000% more damage
  • Leonine Bow of Hashir
    • Bolas have a 30% 100% chance on explosion to pull in all enemies within 24 yards, and also deal 100-150% increased damage.
  • Emimei's Duffel
    • Bolas now explode instantly and deal 150-175% increased damage.
  • The Ninth Cirri Satchel
    • Hungering Arrow has 20-25% is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450-600% increased damage.
  • Odyssey's End
    • Enemies snared by your Entangling Shots take 20-25% 100-150% increased damage from all sources.
  • Hunter's Wrath
    • Your primary skills attack 30% faster and deal 45-60% 150-200% increased damage.
  • Holy Point Shot
    • Impale throws 2 additional knives and deals 75-100% increased damage.

Necromancer

  • New Necromancer Set: Masquerade of Burning Carnival
    • 2-Piece Bonus
      • Your Simulacrums no longer take damage, gains all runes, and its cooldown is refreshed when you die.
    • 4-Piece Bonus
      • While you have a Simulacrum, damage is reduced by 50%. Damage you take is split with your Simulacrums as well.
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Your Bone Spear deals 10,000% increased damage. Simulacrums gain triple this bonus.
  • Grasps of Essence
    • When an exploded corpse damages at least one enemy, Your Corpse Explosion deals 75-100% 150-200% increased damage for 6 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Haunted Visions
    • Simulacrum now drains 5% 1% of your maximum life every second and lasts twice as long forever. They can now duplicate Grim Scythe instead of Skeletal Mage.
  • Razeth's Volition
    • Skeletal Mage gains the effect of the Gift of Death and Singularity runes. You gain 35-60% damage reduction if your Essence is not full.
  • Jesseth Arms
    • 2-Piece Set Bonus: While your skeletons are commanded to attack a target, you deal 400% increased damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 4-Piece Set Bonus: Bone Armor grants an additional 2% 3% damage reduction per enemy hit.
  • Pestilence Master's Shroud
    • 6-Piece Set Bonus: Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3300%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 1650% 3300%.

Crusader

  • Shield of Fury
    • This effect may stack up to 20 10 times.

General

  • Stone of Jordan
    • Added power: Each of your elemental's damage bonus is equal to your highest static elemental bonus to skill.
  • Reaper's Wraps
    • Added a 2-second internal cooldown to the Health globe effect.
  • Mantle of Channeling
    • Now works with the Necromancer's Siphon Blood.
  • Convention of Elements
    • Added "non-static" to the wording of the legendary power's description. The functionality is unchanged

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Skill Changes

  • Necromancer
    • Final Service

      • No longer consumes pets.

    • Bone Prison
      • Simulacrums now benefit from this passive skill.
    • Serration
      • Simulacrums now benefit from this passive skill.
    • Corpse Explosion
      • Damage increased from 350% to 1050%.
  • Witch Doctor
    • Spirit Barrage
      • The Spectres from the Phantasm rune no longer benefit from pet bonuses.

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PTR 2.6.9 Bug Fixes

  • General
    • Fixed a rare issue where players could enter a locked party and become unable to enter games or change game settings
  • Necromancer
    • Fixed an issue where Skeletal Mages were not attacking certain creatures

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How to Participate in this PTR

To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing. In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR visit the support page.

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PTR Character Copy

The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

Step 4: Select your region.

Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

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Top eSports from Blizzard

Posted by DHAdmin on April 15th, 2020 at 1:14 pm

Top eSports from Blizzard

The world of eSports grew rapidly and it continued this trend in recent years with more and more people interested in the phenomenon. Gamers, spectators and people that like to bet on the outcome of eSports matches are all contributing to the success of a very entertaining industry that enjoys a welcomed boost in recent times. With most of the sporting events canceled or postponed, more and more punters look at eSports as the alternative to keep having fun while backing up their favorite teams for a positive outcome. Even though it goes without saying that CS:GO is the most popular game among eSports, there are several other games out there that enjoy a lot of popularity. It’s no wonder that Blizzard has several titles in the race as well since they’re a huge developer and publisher. Today, we’re taking a look at the most popular eSports developed by Blizzard and what makes them appeal to gamers.

Starcraft II

Starcraft eSports

Even though it was launched long before eSports became a thing, Starcraft Brood War was the first Blizzard game to generate a huge wave of online games, tournaments, and contests. It was no wonder that with the launch of Starcraft II in full eSports era, Blizzard was going to make some waves in an industry controlled by shooters. Released in 2010 with the first part of the series, Wings of Liberty, Starcraft II received incredible reviews from both critics and gamers and was quickly adopted by the big esports competitions. It all started in South Korea and slowly evolved all across the globe. Furthermore, Starcraft II is credited with making eSports popular across the globe, just like StarCraft Brood War brought this phenomenon in South Korea. The StarCraft II World Championship Series was the first big tournament built around the game and it kicked off in 2012. Other big events such as the Intel Extreme Masters and Dreamhack included StarCraft II in their schedule.

Overwatch

Overwatch eSports final

Another huge success in the world of eSports for Blizzard comes from Overwatch. This FPS is also described as a hero shooter since it allows the players to choose a hero out of over 30 characters. Each time is comprised of six players, and the goal is to eliminate the opposing team to win the game. It was obvious that just like CS:GO a shooter that also gives special abilities to each character is going to enjoy a lot of success. And Blizzard’s bet with Overwatch turned out to be a very inspired one because the game was rapidly included in all big eSports competitions. The variety in maps and characters allowed Blizzard to maintain the game relevant for a long time and even though it was launched in 2016, the game is still extremely popular nowadays despite the launch of Overwatch 2 has been teased by the publisher for quite some time.

HearthStone

HearthStone eSports final

Launched in 2014, HearthStone is another huge success for Blizzard. Even though it wasn’t developed with eSports in mind, this game that builds on the Warcraft series lore was transformed into one of the top eSports games by the users. So, it’s no wonder that the game has its own World Championship and is also part of big tournaments like the ones hosted by Major League Gaming and ESL. Besides the warcraft lore, HearthStone was welcomed as an eSport because of its fast-paced gameplay and accessibility.

World of Warcraft

WOW eSports final

Even though it was designed as an online game, World of Warcraft - just like many other Blizzard games that enjoyed a huge success as eSports - was not intended to become an eSport sensation. However, with the Arena World Championship, everything changed, and WoW players are more and more interested in enjoying their favorite game while competing with other teams out there. Recently, on top of the Arena World Championship, Blizzard also added the Mythic Dungeon Invitation which is one of the best player-vs-environment available at this point. It was introduced in 2017 and it enjoyed huge popularity right from the start. Another game mode that makes World of Warcraft fit for eSport success is Race to World First which is a mode that exists ever since WoW raiding started. However, with the launch of the Battle for Azeroth, the Race to World First started to change for good. Through a partnership between Red Bull and Method, a leading esports team and guild, the event started to be hosted at the Gaming Sphere in London.

Even if you were not into esports before but you loved to enjoy these Blizzard games online, perhaps it’s time to give them a chance. Especially during this period when good sports entertainment is quite hard to find. Is it boring to stay at home? Play at the best online casinos at CasinoProper and discover some good offers for eSports as well!

Season 20 The Forbidden Archives in Reciew

Posted by DHAdmin on March 29th, 2020 at 9:02 am

Season 20 - The Forbidden Archives in Review

Season 20 review

Now that Season 20 has been running for a few weeks, we thought it was time for a review of what we've picked up so far. We welcome your feedback as well.

In Season 20, there are 3 brand-new class sets to try out and we review the new armour sets here.

Horde of the Ninety Savages Armor - Frenzy

Horde of the 90 savages

In this armor set, there is a main Barbarian Skill known as "Frenzy". Frenzy is a single-hit attack that increases your attack speed each time you make a successful strike. If you get the Horde of the 90 Savages set bonus, Frenzy deals increasing more damage as you use it. What's more, each strike is spread out to all enemies located in a radius of 15 yards.

Blizzard have released Frenzy builds in previous Seasons, and the return of the Frenzy Barbarian Character is considered by many to be long overview.

If you enjoy thrashing and smashing around, then you'll love this set!

Season 20 Witch Doctor class set: Mundunugu's Regalia

Mundunugu's Regalia set featuring spirit barrage

The Mundunugu's Regalia set features another skill that is popular with Diablo fans.

The set is based around the Witch Doctor skill; Spirit Barrage. The Spirit Varage is a medium range missile attack that blitz's enemies with magical, spectral bolts.

There are many Witch Doctor builds but it's likely that Mundunugu's Regalia is likely to become one of the most popular builds ever.

Once of the major reasons for this is the fact that the Spirit Barrage is just one of the Witch Doctor's skills available in the set. There's also a new Diablo III game experience in parallel with Big Bad Voodoo.

Big Bad Voodoo normally only allows a buff within a confined area ie the Spirit Barage skill is only available in limited places in the game. In the Mundunugu's Regalia set, the buff can be used throughout the game.

Season 20 Wizard class set: The Typhon's Veil

The Typhoon's Veil

The Typhon's Veil class set interacts with the Wizard's Hydra skill in a completely new way. Normally this skill spawns a single, elemental Hydra that attacks your enemies independently. In the Season 20 Wizard's class set, Hydras are modified so that they grow extra heads and inflict even more deadly damage. There is a trade-off though; each time you take damage, one of your Hydra heads dies. This will of course will reduce the damage reduction the Typhon's Veil set would otherwise provide.

During the Typhon's development, there were some intial concerns as to whether this tradeoff would make this set viable for players

After this feedback, Blizzard made some adjustments to the set on the Public Test Realm 2.6.8 (PTR). An important tweak prevents the Hydra heads from dying off too suddenly with a two second delay between the time between heads die. At the same time, the amount of additional damage each head deals was increased further to help address player concerns.

Those are the notes on Season 20 we've put together, but we'd love to hear your feedback as well!

Season of the Forbidden Archives Starts Today

Posted by DHAdmin on March 3rd, 2020 at 12:02 pm
Season of the Forbidden Archives Starts Today

Season 20 - Season of the Forbidden Archives Notes

Diablo Season 20

Blizzard has launched Diablo III Season 20, naming it Season of the Forbidden Archives. Many adventurers have come to learn how to use the power within the ancient nephalem artifact known as Kanai's Cube. However, none understand this power better than the equally celebrated and reviled Horadrim, Zoltun Kulle. Kulle was able to unlock and harness the power of the Cube like none before, leveraging its power to siphon and archive the energies of powerful items. With Season 20, players are invited to explore the power Kulle might lend to your fingertips if his experiments went unchecked.

Season 20 has started


Table of Contents

Throughout Season 20, the slots in Kanai's Cube that allow you to equip three additional Legendary powers will not be restricted to their usual categories. Normally a player can equip one power each from the Weapon, Armor, and Jewelry categories but, in Season 20, players will be able to mix and match between all three! This might allow you to run two Weapon powers with one Armor power. Or perhaps you might choose to run three Amulet powers instead. The choice is yours, and we're as eager as you are to experiment with the new build opportunities this creates!

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Season 20 Cosmetic Rewards

Blizzard began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards in Season 17 to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 20, this means awards originally available from Season 8 are returning to the Season Journey.

Season 20 rewards

That said though, Blizzard want to be sure that players have something new to aim for if you've participated in previous Seasons. With this philosphy if leaving no one behind, Blizzard aims to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic rewards for those who complete the Season of the Forbidden Archives in its entirity. Check out this Teganze Warrior Portrait Frame and Bat pet!

Season 20 Teganze Warrior Portrait and Bat

As well as the Boots and Pants slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, you'll also be able to win a series of portrait frames that smolder with demonic fires of the Burning Hells. The iconic "wings" of Andariel will also be available once more, allowing players to live in their inner Maiden of Anguish.

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Season 20 Journey Rewards

If you've been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you will almost certainly gained a few extra stash tabs. You'll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

  • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII difficulty within 5 minutes.
  • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55.
  • All I Do is Win: Complete 2 Conquests this Season.
  • Warm Thoughts: Kill Izual at level 70 in under 15 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty.
  • Money Ain't a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty. Treasure Goblins outside of Nephalem Rifts will sometimes open portals to Greed's domain, The Vault.
  • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift Level 60 Solo. Greater Rift keystones can be obtained from any Nephalem Rift guardian.
  • Power Amplification: Use Kanai's Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem.
  • Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai's Cube to reforge a Legendary item.

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Seasonal 20 Conquests

Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 20? Here are the challenges you will have to overcome in Season 20.

For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. Push your way to Greater Rift level 75 to complete Divinity/Lionhearted. For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/Worlds Apart is a speed challenge where you'll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:

  • The Skeleton King
  • The Butcher
  • Zoltun Kulle
  • Ghom
  • Cydaea
  • Rakanoth
  • Diablo
  • Adria
  • Queen Araneae
  • Maghda
  • Belial
  • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
  • Azmodan
  • Izual
  • Urzael
  • Malthael

Finally, Years of War/Dynasty will be a great test for those who enjoy mastering various Class Sets, and if that's not enough, Masters of the Universe/Masters of Sets will challenge your tactical understanding of Set Dungeons.

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Haedrigs gift season 20

Haedrig's Gift in Season 20

Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig's Gift have rotated once more. Here are the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here's how it works:

Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig's Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

The set you receive depends on the class of the character you're playing when you open each Haedrig's Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you'll need to open all three on the same character.

Here are the sets granted by Haedrig's Gift in Season 20:

  • Barbarian – Immortal King's Call
  • Crusader – Seeker of the Light
  • Demon Hunter – Natalya's Vengeance
  • Monk – Uliana's Stratagem
  • Necromancer – Trag'Oul's Avatar
  • Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr
  • Wizard – Vyr's Amazing Arcana

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Patch Notes

You will find the final patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III here; Patch 2.6.8.

Patch 2.6.8 is live

Posted by DHAdmin on February 23rd, 2020 at 2:11 pm

PTR 2.6.8

There's a two-week PTR testing period for 2.6.8 that begins February 6 and Blizzard needs your help again!

There are 3 brand-new class sets to dig into, an armful of Legendary item changes, and a pretty crazy game-changing Season mechanic that's bound to blow the lid off your traditional build approach. Check out the preliminary patch notes below and start theorycrafting; Patch 2.6.8 is here!

Patch 2.6.8 table of contents

Table of Contents

  • PTR Details
  • Patch Notes
  • How to Participate in PTR
  • PTR Character Copy

    PTR Details

    Blizzard will be conducting the Patch 2.6.8 PTR over the course of two weeks, starting Thursday, February 6. During the course of PTR, there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

    There will be two buffs active to help you on your PTR journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy customized gear Blizzard are focused on testing from the special PTR vendor, D'jank Miem, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that need your testing!

    Feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum. Clearly separating these discussions allows your designers and quality assurance testers to home in on the information they need most.

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    PTR Goals

    With another new game-impacting Seasonal buff and entirely new class sets to experiment with, Blizzard knows it'll be very tempting to get your hands on as much as you can! To help guide your focus, here are our priorities in terms of what Blizzard would most like to see tested.

    • Barbarians, Witch Doctors, and Wizards heavily testing their new class sets and item changes
      • Please note when providing feedback about these class sets to avoid mixing/matching with the Season buff, mentioned below. While that feedback is valuable, it's best kept separate to ensure Blizzard are reviewing the long-term strength of these sets beyond Season 20.
    • Experimentation with the Season of the Forbidden Archives mechanic, with emphasis on finding bugs and testing functionality

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    PTR Tips

    As with Blizzard's previous PTRs, this testing period will have a short duration. Whether you're a PTR veteran or newcomer, they will pass along a few tips to get you started.

    • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, Blizzard asks that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
    • For example, if you're mostly a Wizard player, think about the changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you'd want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
    • Prior to the start of PTR, think about stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
    • Try to break things! Tell Blizzard when you find a problem so they can fix it when the patch launches.
    • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

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    Patch Notes

    Below you will find the patch notes for the latest PTR patch for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.8.


    Patch notes

    PATCH 2.6.8 Notes

    Table of Contents:

    Note: The following changes apply to both PC and Console versions of Diablo III unless otherwise noted.

    Note: Changes between PTR patches have been denoted in RED.


    General

    • Infernal Machines and Organs are now subject to vacuum pick-up
    • Crafting plans from Bounty Caches are now guaranteed to drop unless all plans have been learned
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    Seasons

    • A new Season Theme has been added for Season 20, the Season of the Forbidden Archives:
      • For the duration of Season 20, all slots in Kanai's Cube will be able to select Legendary powers from Weapon, Armor, or Jewelry
        • This means you could select three Armor powers, three Weapon powers, three Jewelery powers, or any other combination thereof across all categories
        • Items are not self-additive or multiplicative (meaning, you cannot stack multiples of the same item's power)
        • Once the Season has ended and characters roll over to Non-Season, players will have all currently active powers in their Kanai's Cube reset
        • Developer's Note: As Blizzard outlined in its Developer Insight blog, they want to continue to get creative (and maybe a little crazy) with the Season Themes and powers that Blizzard add to the game. The Diablo 3 team heard from some players that they preferred themes that made your character directly feel more powerful rather than needing to focus on the environment around you. If that describes you, then the Season of Forbidden Archives should be right up your alley, and Blizzard are really interested to see how this changes the game for Season 20.
    • Two new Seasonal rewards are available for players who fully complete the Season 20 Journey, including a new portrait frame and pet
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    Patch classes

    Classes

    • Crusader
      • Developer's Note: Blizzard are not convinced that this change has fully reigned in Crusader performance to be more in line with other classes. Blizzard will be continuing to keep an eye on overall Crusader performance (as well as performance among the other classes) as Blizzard moves into 2.6.8 and beyond.
        • The animation for the Fires of Heaven rune can no longer be cancelled early.
    • Witch Doctor
      • Spirit Barrage (Phantasm)
        • The periodic attacks from Spirit Barrage (Phantasm) are now twice as slow, but twice as powerful
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    Items

    • #
      • The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun
    • Barbarian
      • Developer's Note: Blizzard wanted to provide an alternative method to gaining the benefit of the 2-Piece bonus of Horde of the Ninety Savages. Adding in Frozen as an option allows this benefit to work on bosses, provides an alternative gearing option, and should work better in groups without having to remove an option for play.
      • New Class Set: Horde of the Ninety Savages
        • 2-Piece Bonus: Double the effectiveness of all Shouts. Feared and Frozen Enemies take double damage.
        • 4-Piece Bonus: Each stack of Frenzy reduces damage taken by 5% 6%. Frenzy lasts twice as long.
        • 6-Piece Bonus: Frenzy deals 1000% increased damage per stack.
      • Undisputed Champion
        • Frenzy gains the effect of every rune and deals 300-400% increased damage.
      • Bastion's Revered
        • Frenzy now stacks up to 10 times and hits an additional time per stack. Each additional hit will chain to any enemies within 15 yards and the damage is split between all affected enemies.
    • Witch Doctor
      • Developer's Note: Many of the changes Blizzard made for the Witch Doctor focused on improving the set's survivability and server performance. They've also improved the behavior of Big Bad Voodoo, so it should be much less likely to be left behind!
      • New Class Set: Mundunugu's Regalia
        • 2-Piece Bonus: Big Bad Voodoo now follows you and lasts twice as long.
          • Big Bad Voodoo will now follow you more closely, across zones, and correctly in groups
        • 4-Piece Bonus: Gain 50% 60% damage reduction for 30 seconds when you enter the Spirit Realm.
        • 6-Piece Bonus: Spirit Barrage deals increased damage equal to 50 times 50% of your Mana Regeneration per Second.
          • Developer Note: This isn't actually a buff or a nerf; it's a rewording to make the functionality of this bonus more clear.
      • The Barber
        • Instead of dealing direct damage, your Spirit Barrage now accumulates on the target. When you stop casting, it explodes dealing 225-250% 400-500% of the accumulated damage to all enemies within 15 yards.
        • Is now classified as a Ceremonial Knife, with a base 1.4 attack speed
      • Gazing Demise
        • Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune. Each active Phantasm lasts twice as long, increases the damage of Spirit Barrage by 40-50% 100-150%, and also increases the attack rate from Manitou spectres.
        • PTR CHANGE: The attack rate granted to Manitou specters has been slightly reduced.
      • Ring of Emptiness
        • You deal 250-300% increased damage to enemies affected by both either your Haunt and or Locust Swarm.
    • Wizard
      • Developer's Note: Wizard encountered a lot of bugs with its new class set, so please make sure to check the Bug Fixes section below for additional detail! Blizzard did consider adding another skill into The Typhon's Veil, but they believe there's more work to do first on Wizard Legendary options to make choices outside of the Etched Sigil/Deathwish/Mantle of Channeling combo more appealing. They're looking at this now as a longer term goal, as they have plans to do much larger overall balance passes in the future after all the new class sets have been added to the game.
      • New Class Set: The Typhon's Veil
        • 2-Piece Bonus: Double the duration of Hydras and increase the number of heads on multi-headed Hydras by two.
        • 4-Piece Bonus: Damage taken is reduced by 8% for each Hydra head alive as long as there is one available. Each time you take damage, a Hydra heads dies. Heads cannot die more than once every 2 seconds
        • 6-Piece Bonus: Hydras deal 1000% 1200% increased damage for each Hydra head alive.
      • Serpent's Sparker
        • You may have one extra Hydra active at a time and they deal 450-600% 350-450% increased damage.
      • The Magistrate
        • Frost Hydra Your Hydras now periodically casts Frost Nova and deal 450-600% 350-450% increased damage.
      • Etched Sigil
        • The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun.
      • Deathwish
        • The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun.
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    Bugs

    • Several issues with adding/removing players to group and starting new games as a group have been resolved
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
      • Fixed an issue where the set bonus did not increase damage reduction when using Devour - Voracious
    • Barbarian
      • Fixed a bug where Threatening Shout (Grim Harvest) would not activate when enhanced by the Horde of the Ninety Savages set bonus
    • Crusader
      • Corrected the spelling of “Imperius” on the flavor text for several pieces of the Aegis of Valor set
      • Fixed an issue where the bolts cast by Fist of the Heavens - Divine Well failed to zap enemies
    • Demon Hunter
      • Fixed an issue where In-geom was not properly dropping for Demon Hunters
    • Wizard
      • PTR CHANGE: Arcane Dynamo should now properly apply to extra Hydra heads created by The Typhon's Veil
      • PTR CHANGE: Fixed a bug where active Shields would not prevent Hydra heads from dying while utilizing The Typhon's Veil
      • Fixed a bug where Arcane Torrent would get an extra damage multiplier from Etched Sigil and Deathwish
      • Fixed a bug where Hydra (Frost Hydra) was getting a damage bonus instead of Attack Speed bonus from its owner's Attack Speed; this rune now benefits from Attack Speed in the same manner as other Hydra runes
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    PTR Only Changes

    • Djank Mi'em's Bag of Fortunes now also include crafting materials
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    How to Participate

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

    Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

    Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

    Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

    Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

    Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.

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    Patch characters

    PTR Character Copy

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

    Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

    Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

    Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

    Step 4: Select your region.

    Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

    Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

    Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

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