Blizzard has announced that the PTR is now accessible to players wishing to test out Patch 2.3.0 and its myriad of changes and game enhancements. You’ll need to have the PTR client downloaded and installed, and all the info about that and how to copy over your characters from the live realms can be seen below.
Update: I hopped onto the PTR and took some screens of the new stuff, and posted them while sitting in the 23 minute game creation queue.
Update #2: Short play update, from Campaign Mode on Torment 10. A trick of the PTR; if there’s a long queue, you can often find a shorter one trying a different, less-popular difficulty, or by going to campaign mode. I had 29m wait trying to create Adventure Mode on T10, 17m trying to create T7 Adventure Mode, and 2m wait to create Campaign Mode on T10. So that’s what I played, just to get some trial time on Torment 10.
It’s for real. Playing my HC Natalya’s DH who was wearing gear that could 3-4m farm GR35 Rifts, and felt safe up to GR40… I proced half a dozen times just doing early Act 1 Campaign Mode. Jailer seems to have been nerfed in damage (not dangerous now) and Thunderstorm felt much less damaging also… but Reflects Damage was horrifying. Instant proc even from off screen, and I had to switch from Vault to Smoke Screen at once. Mortar was very dangerous as well, nearly one-shotting me to proc each time.
Monster hit points are way high also; I was kiting and bombing off 10-15 RoVs every Elite pack (It takes me 3-5 RoVs per elite on GR35ish, at most), and Goblins (double spawning with the community buff) were legitimately hard to kill. I had a few escape when I got an Elite at the same time, and it’s been so long since I didn’t one-shot Goblins (on T6) that I hardly knew how to chase them down anymore.
Repair costs are crazy high on TX; I was getting 500k+ bills every time back in town, and this is Hardcore so it wasn’t like I was dying a bunch and breaking my gear.
I didn’t get to test out Greater Rifts since I didn’t have time to wait to create an Adventure Mode game, but all Trial Keys and Rift Keys of any level are the same Rift Key + now, and they all stack up. All Keywarden Keys I had in my inventory became Infernal Machines; no crafting required.
Also, the PTR reset all clans since last PTR, so I created Diinet PTR. All are welcome, hardcore or softcore. As with the past few PTRs, it’s very useful to be in a clan so you can join someone’s game, since creating your own usually requires a very lengthy queue.