Continued Uncertainty of Diablo 4 Release Date

Posted by DHAdmin on June 29th, 2019 at 5:45 am
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Diablo 4 in Le Monde newspaper

Le Monde Reports Blizzard Diablo 4 in France

According to the Le Monde newspaper (article here in French) Blizzard has demonstrated a version of Diablo 4 to developers in France.

According to Le Monde, the demo took place in Versailles but was overshadowed by talk of job cuts as Blizzard tries to cut its workforce in 2019.

Most of Blizzard's current titles, World of Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo etc are gettin g long in the tooth now but the latest version of Diablo isn't expected until 2020.

Originally released in 1996, Diablo is one of the biggest games in the world, with a massive online community contributing to Activision Blizzard's profit margin.

In 2016, the 20th anniversary of Diablo, two former developers David Bervik and Bill Roper tweeted hinting at an imminent release of Diablo 4;

David Brevik Tweet

At the same time there were rumours of an announcement at BlizzCon 2018 with talk of a release date for Diablo 4. This was apparently removed at the last minute and replaced with a version of Diablo for a Smartphone instead. The same article discusses the many different directions the new version has taken whilst in development have caused the current delays.

BlizzCon 2018

At the same time fans were left frustrated when a goody bag containing a Diablo4-branded set of dice leading many to speculate that a release of version 4 had been planned but withdrawn at the last minute.

Despite all this controversy and uncertainty at BlizzCon 2018 though, some argue that version 4 is imminent.

What do we know about Diablo 4 then?

Well, again from Screenrant we can assume that expectations are high! We also know that Blizzard is taking as long as it deems necessary to get this version right after the internal disappointment with the release of Diablo 3.

The same article also speculates that the next version will be "dark and more gothic", in contrast with what many people see as the cartoon-like graphics in some parts of version 3; particularly the Gothic World of Sanctuary.

Apparently, v.4 will be designed to be much more social the previous versions, where players will be able to gather and trade online.

What do Blizzard say about Diablo 4?

Some would say remarkably little.

In their announcement of BlizzCon 2019, there doesn't seem to be any mention of Diablo 4, only a promise of "the latest news on everything Blizzard".... Watch this space!!!

Battle.net Server Problems Continue

Posted by DHAdmin on June 15th, 2019 at 1:05 pm
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Many of you will have seen this screen when trying to access the Battke.net website;

Battlenet offline screenshot

We've been following these problems that have resurfaced in recent days.

Clicking on the "Retry" button above set off a redirect that took us to this Twitter post;

Battlenet Twitter

Here's the discussion we found;

Diablo 3 Server Status? General Discussion Conners 4 days ago Diablo 3 Servers down at 12:57 PM on a Friday? Why can't Blizzard do server maintenance at like 3 am on a monday instead? When will the Diablo 3 servers be back up? I'm guessing the Diablo 3 servers are 100% down right now? If I'm wrong someone please post here, or post in this thread when the servers are back up? Rnclock 4 days ago @BlizzardCS 1h1 hour ago We apologize once again for the inconvenience caused by today's outages. We're working to resolve this as quickly as possible! @BlizzardCS 3h3 hours ago We're currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may result in failed or slow login attempts.

Here's what else we uncovered;

BlizzardCS- the Americas tweet on 29th of May "We're currently investigating an issue affecting our authentication servers, which may result in failed or slow login attempts." As a result of the authentication servers having issues, players may have trouble logging into their Blizzard-related accounts. Players may be placed in a virtual "queue" to log in. And due to the issues, these queue times are enormous and not accurate whatsoever. Some Overwatch players were notified of estimated queue times ranging from three hours to nearly eight hours. r/Overwatch - 7.5+ hour wait to log-in? Just say the servers are down, Blizzard. r/Overwatch: Subreddit for all things Overwatch, the team-based shooter from Blizzard Entertainment. Initial reports of server outages began appearing at approximately 11:30pm CT on Reddit and other social media outlets. Predictably, within the hour, frustrated players had made some pretty good memes about the server issues. BlizzardCS- the Americas tweet We apologize once again for the inconvenience caused by today's outages. We're working to resolve this as quickly as possible! At 1:50pm CT, Blizzard apologized for the outages and reminded players that the company is working on a resolution. For now, players can keep attempting to log into games, but it may be a lengthy delay before the servers are working as intended. Update June 7, 3:00pm CT: Blizzard Entertainment has released another statement apologizing for the outages and offers no estimated time that they will be resolved. Update June 7, 5:00pm CT: Blizzard Entertainment announced the server issues have been resolved for most customers. They recommend restarting the Battle.net app for optimal performance. The outages lasted upwards of five hours in some areas.

Many people suspect that the login problems are due to DDOS attacks that have taken the server down.

We had a look at some server checkers and found the following;

Battlenet server report

Clearly Blizzard are having server problems that they are struggling to resolve. Let us know your thoughts!

Legendary: An Ancient & Primal Guide

Posted by DHAdmin on June 2nd, 2019 at 1:26 pm
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Legendary: An Ancient & Primal Guide


Season 17 ancient primal

Ancient items play a pivotal role in Season 17.

Each Ancient you kit out will yield a huge 750% increase to damage inflicted and a 4% decrease in damage sustained.

First, for those of you who've taken a rest from collecting loot, let's step back and take a refresher to clear up any mis-understandings regarding the differences between Legendary, Ancient and Primal Ancient items.

Legendary Ancient and Primal Ancient pieces

Essentially, Ancient Items and Primal Ancient items are more powerful variations of Legendary items. They are equivalent to Legendary items but for the fact that their essential attributes (damage or armor) and all their potential values can yield boosted results for lowest and highest possible rolls.

Ancient & Primal Ancient Items

  • The stats on these items will (generally) be tailored to the character class you are playing when the item drops
  • Set items are also able to roll as both Ancient and Primal Ancient
  • You can't equip more than one item with the same name, even if one is Ancient and the other isn't
  • Any percentage-based affix will not be boosted (such as Attack Speed, bonus % to skills or % Critical Hit Chance/Damage)

Ancient Items

  • Only drop for characters who have reached level 70, and only on Torment level difficulties
  • When dropped, Ancient items share the same orange glow as regular Legendaries
    • You must identify the item to see if it's an Ancient
    • Once identified, Ancient items have an orange border (or green for Set items) around the item tooltip and say "Ancient" in the item description.
  • They drop from all sources including monsters, chests, Kadala, Horadric Caches, Kanai's Cube, and even crafting at the Blacksmith or Jeweler

Primal Ancient Items

  • When dropped, Primal Ancient items have a red beam and glow
  • Drops from any source of Legendary item in the game, including Horadric Caches, Kadala, and Kanai's Cube, but only after having successfully completed at least a level 70 Greater Rift solo
  • These items are much rarer than Ancient items and have perfect Ancient-level stats on all affixes, including the item's Legendary Power

Primal Ancients & Developer Philosophy

Primal Ancients are intended for Diablo III players who have mostly finished their build or finished their Season 17 Journey but want to carry on in this Season. They're also intended for non-Seasonal players who have awesome kit and spend most of their time gaining Paragon Levels and upgrading Legendary Gems. We wanted to extend the excitement of seeing gear drop or spending Blood Shards at Kadala beyond obtaining Ancients in every slot. Primals provide an avenue for dedicated players to complete a build, without feeling like required upgrades. We hope that answers any questions you may have about Ancients and Primal Ancients.

Now off you go!

A Brief Introduction to eSports Betting

Posted by DHAdmin on May 26th, 2019 at 4:44 am
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eSports betting Starter

gaming competition

eSports have grown tremendously over the past one decade and are also bet upon excessively these days. In fact, competitive gaming has never been this popular. It's no longer only a pastime activity, but has transformed into a million-dollar industry, actively indulged-in in every part of the world.

If you're someone who is planning to bet on eSports, you must first ascertain if it is really for you. Are you ready to accept the wins and losses that come inevitably with it? You'd need to learn a great deal about sports betting odds, and how to use them to your advantage. Here's a brief introduction to the world of eSports betting for you.

What is eSports betting?

Simply put, placing bets on the various outcomes of eSports matches is referred to as eSports betting. As highlighted above, with the massive popularity of eSports, eSports betting has also grown tremendously over the past one decade.

eSports are no longer only about playing to win, but are also about banking on other people's plays. A great number of reputed bookmakers today offer attractive odds on outcomes of eSports matches, and a huge number of punters bet actively on them. In fact, there are millions of people out there, who although don't play eSports, are constantly fixated on the online video gaming portals, as they have bets on the digital sportsmen.

Top bookmakers to bet on eSports

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Not every bookmaker offers eSports bets, but there are some who are seasoned campaigners in this domain. We have done all the hard work and research for you, and have figured out some of the bookmakers you must definitely check out. Bet365, Sports Interaction, Betway and PowerPlay are a few that definitely deserve a mention.

ESports betting strategy

Betting on eSports is a lot of fun, as there's plenty of cash on the table. However, as is the case in any betting endeavour, you must know about some important things before starting to place your punts. These are:

The games to bet on

Some of the most popular eSports games that people actively bet on are:

  • Dota 2
  • League of Legends
  • Hearthstone
  • CS:GO
  • Counter Strike
  • StarCraft
  • Call of Duty
Teams and players

Read up well about the teams and players before putting your money on them. You should constantly stay on top of the latest news stories related to the eSport and become a part of the social network gaming communities on platforms like Reddit, Facebook, Twitter etc. For instance, Saahil Arora is a well-known eSports player who nets around $ 1 million per year and travels all over the world. You can reap great rewards by following him online and betting on his matches.

Gain a good understanding of the game

It will become very hard to predict the outcomes of the eSports matches if you're not much of a gamer yourself. Please note, you don't necessarily need to be a top-notch gamer; all you need is a good knowledge of the basics. The idea is to not feel completely lost when you see the live streams on Youtube or Twitch.

2.6.5 for Diablo III Released

Posted by DHAdmin on May 18th, 2019 at 1:45 pm
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Diablo III PATCH 2.6.5 Notes

Season 17 Patch 2.6.5

Patch 2.6.5 has been released for the start of Season 17. Here are some of the new features:

  • To match Greater Rift, 75, 70 and 65, Damage and Health of the enemies in Torment 16, 15 and 14 respectively have been adjusted.
  • From time to time, players will spawn somewhere unusual when using portals dropped by Treasure Goblins.
  • Look out for new effects in Kanai's Cube after using Primal Puzzle or Ancient Rings.
  • Players using PC's will now be able to find out if they used their Cheat Death buff in Party portraits.
  • Permanent pings will appear on spots where bosses fell in the Nephalem Rift until that Rift's closure.
  • PC Players get an improved Boss Notification screen.
  • PC Players get an improved Greater Rift Notification screen.
  • PC Players get an improved Greater Rift Completion screen.
  • Players will not be prevented from entering the game due to matchmaking, uring a Greater Rift.
  • However, it is impossible to join an active Greater Rift after entering a game.
  • Improvements have been made to rewards for Greater Rift Keys, Organs and Infernal Machines.

Patch 2.6.5 Quality of Life

  • Players get additional stash space; 5 for PC players and 140 for all consoles
  • PC Player now have stash search functionality
  • Players who are crafters can Expand/Collapse recipe buttons
  • Immediately after going into Bounty areas, a majority of bounty indicators will be displayed
  • Horadric Caches now drop Death's Breath Seasons
  • Season Journey Journals now show all chapters.
  • The Galactic Wings are available for Season 17.
  • Season 17 buffs added; Damage taken has gone down by 4-percent and damage dealt has gone up by 750-percent.
  • Ring of Royal Grandeur is now active for free.
  • The Season of Grandeur was by far Blizzard's most popular Themed Season yet. After having a free Ring of Royal Grandeur active, we saw a lot of requests to try the same thing with the Legacy of Nightmares set power
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    New Patch 2.6.5 Items

    • 5-7 are affected after consuming the Bottomless Potion of the Unfettered.
    • Akkhan's Leniency : Three-second 75- to 100-percent 35- to 40-percent damage increase of Blessed Shield when used to hit enemy.
    • Bloodtide Blade: Enemies in a 25-yard radius suffer 300- to 400% damage with Death Nova.
    • Chantodo's Will: Release Wave of Destruction in Archon form; enemies within a 30-yard radius suffer 4000-percent damage per second; Wave of Destruction damage increased by 4000-percent for all non-Archon form attacks (can be multiplied 20x); Attack speed increase also speeds up Wave of Destruction ticks.
    • The Dagger of Darts: Poison Darts of the player and their Fetish deal 400- to 500-percent more damage and pierce enemies
    • Iron Rose: Blood Nova has 40- to 50-percent 100-percent chance of being casted after using a Siphon Blood to attack
    • Jekangbord: Damage increment of 225- to 300-percent and six extra ricochets on enemies for Blessed Shield.
    • Sage's Set: Dropped Death's Breaths amount doubled.
    • Carnevil : You will shoot a powerful Poison Dart every time you do(10 Fetishes).
    • Grace of Inarius :6-piece Bonus.; A swirling tornado of bone will now be activated by the Bone Armour, which will increase the Necromancer's damage by 10000-percent and deal weapon damage of 1000-percent to all enemies in proximity.
    • Sin Seekers: Rapid Fire will now also get a damage increase of 250- to 300-percent.
    • Wojahnni Assaulter : Every 0.5 seconds you channel Rapid Fire, it will deal an addition 75- to 100-percent damage; and it can multiply up to 4x. Wojahnni Assaulter-acquired stacks will stack at a faster pace

    Patch 2.6.5 Bug Fixes

  • Blizzard have fixed chat failure within public games (PS4 and Xbox One).
  • Incorrect objective number for Immortal King's Set Dungeon.
  • Zero players online incorrectly shown on player counter UI.
  • Players getting Primal drops for Greater Rift 70 with a first time completion of over 15 minutes.
  • Objectives not immediately updating after completion of Bounties requiring interaction with an object.
  • Kanai's Cube UI displaying additional Puzzle Ring tab on consoles when Puzzle Ring is equipped.
  • Torment levels games not displaying Keywarden icons on the map on Switch.
  • Certain subtitles going off-screen in Taiwan localization on Switch.
  • Hidden mouse cursor when launching Mac client.
  • After defeating Key Wardens, players still having access to Public Games tagged "Key Warden".
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