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BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Tickets on Sale


A quick heads-up that the BlizzCon 2016 virtual tickets are now on sale for those who prefer not to make the trip to Anaheim this year.

The ticket costs $39.99 USD covering the event which runs through Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5. There are a few perks too, there’s the in-game extras that come with the ticket (still to be revealed) and the option to pick up BlizzCon swag in the form of the Goody Bag in a Box featuring a few nice items such as the Blizzcon Commemorative Stein. The box will cost an additional $35 USD (plus tax, shipping, and applicable fees).

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Between Diablo 3 Seasons Doldrums


news-seasons-featureIt’s only been a few days since Season Six ended, and with still a week and a half until Season Seven begins, what’s a Diablo player to do with their gaming urges? I understand that there are members of the community who do not play Diablo 3 Seasons … but I don’t personally know any of them, and thus I desire to know what makes them (you?) tick.

I wasn’t able to play any in Season Six until the last few weeks, and with a real life full time and part time job my gaming time is very limited… thus I was just really starting to enjoy the push when S6 ended. I manage to finish the Conqueror page in the Season Journey the last night of S6, punching that extra stash tab reward in the nick of time. Then I had a day off last weekend and had a real urge to play D3… but without a season going it felt pointless to bother.

How about you guys? It seems like most people still playing Reaper of Souls dive in each Season and then gradually drift away over the next months before regaining interest again when the next season starts. But that’s very anecdotal, and short of Blizzard releasing player stats, we can only generalize by what our friends do, or by what we can extrapolate from the Leaderboards.

What are you doing until Friday, August 5th at 5pm?

Do you play Diablo 3 between seasons?

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The fresh economy and the fun of building a new character and seeing them become powerful is what makes the seasonal experience fun for me. And while we joke about the power creep and ease of leveling, I had to admit that I’ve come to really appreciate how Haedrig’s Gift enables a speedy ascension to T6+ via that first guaranteed six-piece. So what’s the the joy of not playing seasonal? Just working on perfecting the same character over a long, long time frame?

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Seasonal [6] Greater Rift Video Watch #12: Season’s End


Greetings all and welcome to the next installment of the Seasonal [6] Greater Rift Video Watch. This time around it has been a while since we’ve had many videos. As the sixth season draws to a close we look and see how high the current meta went.

Featuring videos by Empyriangaming, Alexis Williams, and Blatty.


Empyriangaming: [Diablo 3] Season 6 GRift 127 4man rank1 world


Update: Changed the video above with the latest greater rift vid by Emp. Thanks to TheHobbit for the heads-up.

Check below for the other videos.

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Diablo 3 Podcast #213: Top 10 Witch Doctor skills


Season Six comes to an end with a last push for GRs and Season Journey. Then it’s Witch Doctor skill debate, with the best and worst of the weird and witchy clicker options. Featuring Aahz, N3rdwards, and Flux.

Click through for segment start times and more podcast info.

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Diablo 3 Podcast #213: PALs’ Early Access


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The newest installment of the Diablo 3 podcast is now online with an exclusive 24 hour preview for our Site PALs. Our beloved site supporters can check out the podcast right now, in the PAL forum. This is the sixth and last of our shows covering the Top Ten skills of each class. We’ve covered the Barbarian, Wizard, Crusader, Monk, Demon Hunter, so let’s finish up with the Witch Doctor.

Diablo 3 Podcast #213: Top 10 Witch Doctor skills

Season Six comes to an end with a last push for GRs and Season Journey. Then it’s Witch Doctor skill debate, with the best and worst of the weird and witchy clicker options. Featuring Aahz, N3rdwards, and Flux.

The podcast will go live tomorrow for everyone, but if you can’t wait and want to become a Site PAL, it’s easy and will only set you back a few bucks a month.

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Blizzard trails Diablo 3 Season 7 with an update


Season 7 is just around the corner. Friday 5 August, 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia to be precise. Ahead of the launch Blizzard has posted their pre-season update highlighting what’s new.

Patch 2.4.2 is live on the PTR for testing and headed soon to live realms. For our Seasonal heroes out there, we’ve prepared a two-part guide to Season 7 so you can roll right into a fresh start on day one.

Season 7 will begin with the usual updates to Season Journey objectives, Conquest rotations, and rewards. We’ll cover rewards later, but for now, let’s tackle the challenges you’ll face in Season 7!

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Wyatt Cheng on Missing Diablo 3 Cosmetic Items


Fans kept a thousand+ post thread going all season, trying to crowd source knowledge about where to find some ultra-rare cosmetic items. During the struggle CM Nevalistis kept popping in with encouragement, while refusing to provide hints/spoilers for the struggle. It was all great fufallen-pennantn, until fans began to suspect that the items were actually impossible to find. And then finally Wyatt dropped in to confirm that yes, the search was impossible.

In Patch 2.4.1, we introduced a number of new cosmetic items to the game including a few extremely rare items such as the Cosmic Wings and Rainbow Portrait. Among the items intended to be extremely rare are Steffon’s Heavy Lance, Mace of the Crows, and the Harvest Pennant (also known as the Fallen Pennant). As 2.4.1 unfolded, we were surprised to learn that nobody appeared to have found these items. Weeks passed, we checked and double-checked the data, and ran some internal tests — these items were intended to be rare and hidden, but had we perhaps hidden them too well?

Unfortunately, it turns out we made a mistake. Instead of making the items extremely rare, they did not appear at all. The development team is sorry for this huge misstep on our part — we know that our mistake caused many players to spend hours trying to locate items which we now see in hindsight was a wild goose chase.

cosmeticsHow did this happen? Testing something that is intentionally extremely rare means we need to use some dedicated testing techniques. Our team uses a combination of code reviews, simulation and cheat codes to verify functionality. Sometimes things can appear to work correctly in parts, but malfunction when they are put together. For example, in the case of the Pennant, we were able to verify that individual portions of the criteria to obtain the Pennant functioned correctly, but the end to end process resulted in the Pennant being unattainable once the patch went live.

The dev team messed up and we’re sorry. We erroneously told our community team (including Nevalistis) that the Harvest Pennant could drop. We can’t make it right overnight but we’d like to start with two changes:

1. We’ve certainly learned our lesson, and going forward when things are intentionally this rare, we’ll have new testing procedures to make sure a similar mistake doesn’t happen again.
2. Although we cannot provide direct restitution to the individuals affected, we’re going to have a 48-hour Double Blood Shard Community Buff for this weekend.

The post is from Friday, so that weekend Double Shards buff was the one we just enjoyed last weekend. These ultra-rare items will presumably be findable in the next season, once the bugs are fixed. You’ll find them, won’t you? Don’t you want to be pretty?

The items were findable when the current patch was under testing months ago — click through to see them from the v2.4.1 PTR.

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Diablo 3 Podcast #212: PALs’ Early Access


news-podcast-212The newest installment of the Diablo 3 podcast is now online with an exclusive 24 hour preview for our Site PALs. Our beloved site supporters can check out the podcast right now, in the PAL forum. This is the fifth of six themed shows in which we’ll debate the Top Ten skills of each class. We’ve covered the Barbarian, Wizard, Crusader, Monk and now it’s Demon Hunter time!

Diablo 3 Podcast #212: Top 10 Demon Hunter skills

Season Six’s end is near. Too soon? Plus final thoughts on Josh Mosqueira’s exit, then the main event: The Demon Hunter’s best, worst, and most “should have been” great skills. Featuring Wolfpaq, Aahz, and Flux.

The podcast will go live tomorrow for everyone, but if you can’t wait and want to become a Site PAL, it’s easy and will only set you back a few bucks a month.

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Diabloii.Net Site changes complete


As you can see we have made quite a few changes to the site including a wider site to better accommodate larger monitors. There was also some weird comment stuff going on which was partially down to older functionality getting in the way of more recent changes. We have actually completely stripped the site down and created spanking new templates for everything.

Another area that has changed is the mobile side of things. While we have always had a mobile version of the site but it was always a bit hit and miss. We have now moved everything into a responsive layout so more mobile devices are supported which makes the site a lot more readable.

The login system remains as it was, your forum account is also your site account so there’s no change there.

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