Moving to another topic that’s (probably) less controversial, here’s a round up of their various comments on item sets. These were mostly crowd pleasing, with promises of more new stuff and rebalances/improvements to under-used sets. The main complaint/request I see about item sets is the issue of six piece sets all being mandatory and not allowing much gear variety.
Most (all?) of the powerful builds in the game require one six piece item set, plus at least one and often 2 or 3 related legendary items. This results in fairly limited gear variety, with only a few paperdoll slots that aren’t basically mandatory for each strong. While it seems fair that the strongest powers only become available when you’ve got multiple items tied up to enable them, lots of players want more variety in gear and don’t want to be tied into 6 or 8 or more items in each build.
This issue was only indirectly addressed in the chat, with Wyatt saying he had some plans for improving 2 and 4 item sets that might make it into the next patch.
WyattCheng: Right now a lot of priority has been making sure there are multiple 6-piece sets that are fun to play for every class. We’re making great progress on this front not to mention the supporting legendaries and Kanai’s cube allow for a fair amount of build variation and player creativity.
That said, I am working on a little something something for those who don’t like six-piece sets for 2.4
No promises yet. Things VERY OFTEN get cut during development or internal testing.
If anyone in the chat asked about making powerful builds that didn’t require six-piece sets, the question didn’t get a reply. And really, it would have been a wasted question, since it’s pretty clear the devs like the itemization direction we’re heading in, where every top build is enabled by some six-piece set, with another legendary item or three supplementing the play style.
Click through for more chat replies about item sets, including promises of buffs to everything, plus John Yang’s sneak peek of that crazy-sounding melee Demon Hunter Shadow Power set coming next patch. The only fly in the ointment… the issue of where you’ll store all those cool new and improved item sets, without added stash space.