The Official Game Guide Inaccuracies Have Been Fixed

Posted by DHAdmin on October 22nd, 2012 at 3:30 pm

The inconsistency between the online game guide and actual stats of items ingame have been fixed.

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Hey guys,

So the Web Team recently made a few bug fixes to the Game Guide. These fixes should now allow the Game Guide to pull correct data from the game.

Two high profile fixes include:
Stormshield now displaying +1 Random Affix, as intended.
Natalya's Embrace no longer displaying +170-200 as a DEX roll. This was never intended.

I'll report back once I am 100% sure the Game Guide is without error. Thank you!

Monster Power Bonus Damage Reduced in Inferno

Posted by DHAdmin on October 22nd, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Blizzard today announced that they will be reducing the bonus damage monsters deal in each Monster Power level. These effects are scheduled to go live after tomorrows maintenance.

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As the title suggests, we're going to be reducing the amount of damage monsters do in Inferno whenever Monster Power is enabled. Before I detail what's changing, though, let me first explain why we're making some adjustments.

When we originally designed and implemented the bonus values for monster damage in Inferno, we were unaware that a bug was causing monster abilities (i.e. Rare and Champion affixes) to not scale correctly with each Monster Power level. While this bug was caught during testing and did not make it into the game, the result of it being fixed meant that monster damage -- specifically damage done by monster abilities -- was ultimately higher at MP1 through MP10 than we intended it to be when 1.0.5 released.

So, to bring monster damage back in line with our original goals for the system, we're implementing a hotfix that will reduce the scaling bonus to monster damage in Inferno difficulty by approximately 25% for all Monster Power levels.

Here are the new damage values that will be hotfixed in for each MP setting:

  • MP1: 109.60% (down from 114%)
  • MP2: 120.12% (down from 130%)
  • MP3: 131.65% (down from 148%)
  • MP4: 144.29% (down from 169%)
  • MP5: 158.14% (down from 193%)
  • MP6: 173.32% (down from 220%)
  • MP7: 189.96% (down from 250%)
  • MP8: 208.20% (down from 285%)
  • MP9: 228.18% (down from 325%)
  • MP10: 250.09% (down from 371%)

Please note that these changes will only apply to monster damage in Inferno difficulty. Monsters in Normal, Nightmare, and Hell will be unaffected and continue to use their current values.

This hotfix is currently scheduled to be released tomorrow morning during normal Tuesday maintenance in the Americas, which means the new bonus damage values in Inferno will take affect once the game servers come back online.

Potential PvP Match Summary Menu

Posted by DHAdmin on October 20th, 2012 at 12:13 am

Maglincer a user from Reddit experienced a bug while he was playing a public game that sent him a PvP match summary menu. Unfortunately there isn't anymore information but it's still interesting to look at.

Now if I had to guess I would say the top left recaps the experience, gold, PvP tokens and renown gained from a battle. I have no idea what the renown stat is but I assume it will be similar to arena points from World of Warcraft and used as your ranking points. PvP tokens is the one thing we actually know a little about as people have datamined information related to it. In particular this string exists in the client "TIP015 - Visit Gryffith the Warmaster at New Tristram’s Slaughtered Calf Inn to redeem PvP tokens for items." Which clearly means PvP tokens will be used as a currency for PvP items.

The bottom left is perhaps where your team members portraits will be along with their stats from the battle. Lastly the right side with takedowns seems to be a place to recount all the kills and maybe even rank the top 3 players from the match.

Community Creation of the Week: The Spear of Valor

Posted by DHAdmin on October 20th, 2012 at 12:11 am
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This week's community spotlight shines on Caleb Neal, a Blizzard game enthusiast who also happens to be one hell of a prop artist. Whether you're on Team Angiris Council, a costumer yourself, or just want to see some great Diablo fan art, you won't want to miss his rendition of the archangel Imperius' weapon of choice. Check it out below.


(For more images of Solarion, the Spear of Valor, click here.)

While it may not have been forged in the heart of a dying star or felled scores of demons alongside the Heavenly Host, this replica is certainly worthy of its namesake. To learn more about this piece and other works in progress by Caleb Neal, head on over to his website at

Xah'Rith the Keywarden - Too Hard?

Posted by DHAdmin on October 18th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

Players have been complaining that Xah'Rith is too difficult and makes normal progression through the act frustrating. Lylirra chimed in and noted that Blizzard agrees he is a bit too challenging and they may make changes in the future.

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It's not a bug, but we're definitely paying close attention to player feedback about Xah'rith's current difficulty -- not just in Inferno, but in all difficulty levels, and at all MP levels too.

We agree that he may be a little bit too challenging at the moment, and are discussing the possibility of either reducing his outgoing damage, tweaking what affixes he spawns with, or moving his spawn location (right now, he's kind of hard to avoid if you're just questing normally). We'd like to hear more from the community on the topic first, though, before we make any decisions.

In the end, we want the keywardens to provide a fun challenge for players, and be a little more difficult than the surrounding wildlife (i.e. a fight you have to put some thought into), but we don't want that to happen at the expense of being able to progress through an Act.

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