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A thread from our Diablo 3 Community Forum asking about ring variety in Season Three brought up an interesting issue. What Happened to Legendary Ring Variety? I am certainly enjoying the new stuff but in the end I always come back to those 2 rings which are and Unity. It’s too bad because there is […]
Patch 2.3.0 PTR Notes
Blizzard has unveiled the official patch notes for Patch 2.3.0, coming soon to the PTR. As with all PTR patches, bear in mind that things will change during testing. There’s a ton of stuff in this patch, including , big changes to overall combat, four new levels of Torment difficulty, lots of new set items, […]
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PTR is Live for Patch 2.3.0


Posted 30 Jun 2015 by at 22:25 GMT

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.

Happy hunting.

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.

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Patch 2.3.0 PTR Notes


Posted 30 Jun 2015 by at 22:16 GMT

news-ptr-smallBlizzard has unveiled the official patch notes for Patch 2.3.0, coming soon to the PTR. As with all PTR patches, bear in mind that things will change during testing.

There’s a ton of stuff in this patch, including DiabloWikiKanai’s Cube, big changes to overall combat, four new levels of Torment difficulty, lots of new set items, changes to existing legendary items, etc. Here’s a quote from the Kanai’s Cube info; which makes the object sound insanely powerful. Reroll set item? Upgrade Rare to random Legendary? SuperKadala has arrived.

New Feature: Kanai’s Cube

Kanai’s Cube is a new artisan that offers a slew of new recipes to fully customize your items and catalogue your Legendary powers. Several recipes are available to players immediately upon acquiring Kanai’s Cube:

  • Extract Legendary Power: Destroy an item to add its Legendary power to your catalogue of collected powers. Once a power has been extracted, it can be equipped to your character without the need to equip the item. Players may have one Weapon, one Armor, and one Jewelry power equipped at a time. Players may only equip powers from items that their characters can normally equip and use.
  • Reforge a Legendary Item: Completely re-rolls a Legendary item as though it had dropped for the first time. This includes any powers that may have been previously enchanted on the item. Note that reforged items may re-roll as either Ancient or non-Ancient, so reforge at your own discretion!
  • Upgrade Rare Item: Upgrades the quality of a level 70 Rare item to Legendary. This item will roll as a randomized Legendary that shares that item’s equipment type.
  • Convert Set Item: Converts a Set item to a randomized piece of gear from the same Set. For example, if you convert a pair of Asheara’s Finders, you could get Asheara’s Custodian, Asheara’s Pace, or Asheara’s Ward in return.
  • Remove Level Requirement: Removes the level requirement from an item, allowing it to be equipped by a character of any level.
  • Convert Gems: Converts 9 of any color gem to 9 of any other color.
  • Convert Crafting Materials: Converts 100 of normal, magic, or rare Crafting Materials to 100 of another type of non-legendary Crafting Material
  • To acquire Kanai’s Cube, visit Zoltun Kulle in New Tristram, Hidden Camp, Bastion’s Keep Stronghold, or The Survivor’s Enclave in Adventure Mode. He’ll be quite pleased to guide you on your way.

    Kulle beans! Click through for the massive patch notes, which we’ll be able to hands on via the PTR any hour now.

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    The Diablo 3 Podcast #181: Patch 2.3 Item Sets


    Posted 30 Jun 2015 by at 11:11 GMT

    Patch 2.3 coming very soon to the PTR, so more analysis, including new and improved Item Set properties from datamining. Also T7-T10 scaling issues, shared LGems, and purist mode Hardcore? Featuring Aahz, N3rdwards, and Flux.

    Click through for more details and segment starting times.

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    Diablo II’s 15th Anniversary Memories


    Posted 30 Jun 2015 by at 00:06 GMT

    Thanks for Xanth for tweet-reminding me that today is the 15th anniversary of Diablo 2’s launch on June 29, 2000.

    I didn’t clearly remember what I was doing that day or which character I played first, at least not until I refreshed my memory. Let’s hop into the wayback machine and see what Diabloii.net looked like on that fateful day, before some of you were more than a twinkle in your daddy’s eye!

    You can read all the Diabloii.net news from June 29, 2000, and the years before/after it via Archive.org’s vaults. If you’ve never seen the original version of this site, realize that 15 years ago bandwidth expenses were a huge deal for websites, and most readers were on dial up modems… which is why we hardly ever included any images on the main page.

    Diabloii.net, June 2000.

    Diabloii.net, June 2000.

    OMG that classic wood border layout! (We had an alternate skin Elly made up with Christmas lights wound around it, which we put online for the holidays and usually left up until about March, just like your annoying white trash neighbors… if newer readers were wondering what people were talking about in various mysterious comments about our recent domain name resurrection.)

    Visuals aside, check out those historical artifacts! This is like the Dead Sea Scrolls of Diablo fandom. Vote results from early 2000:

    Which D2 player will you play first?

  • Necromancer – 28.4% [1687.244]
  • Paladin – 26.2% [1556.542]
  • Sorceress – 16.9% [1004.029]
  • Barbarian – 14.2% [843.622]
  • Amazon – 14.1% [837.681]
  • Total Votes: 5941

    There’s even a first hand report on the Diablo II launch party, attended by our old time writer Gaile Grey (who was the first of many, many site contributors to join the industry, eventually leaving us to take a head CM job with ArenaNet). I clearly remember having dibs on attending that party, and turning it down (letting Gaile go in my place) since I wanted to be home where I could play the game as soon as it launched and post site updates. Admire my youthful dedication compared to my more recent hedonism. *cough*

    I’ll repost Gaile’s typically-breathless D2 launch party write up below the fold for the sake of nostalgia.

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    No Diablo 3 PTR… Yet


    Posted 29 Jun 2015 by at 22:49 GMT

    Patience, Grasshopper.

    Patience, Grasshopper.

    In the old days of Diablo 3 classic, the PTR was inaccessible except during the rare times when a patch was up for testing. Back then you had to download and install what was basically a second copy of Diablo 3, (which you still do) and launch that to connect to the PTR and do any testing. That system was upgraded shortly before Reaper of Souls launched, and these days players see the PTR displayed all the time as one of the selectable realms in the B.net launcher, with the same “Play” button they see for their normal realm (or “Install” if they haven’t set up the PTR client yet.)

    This can be confusing, since the PTR shows in the drop down (up) menu whether or not there’s a patch available for testing. Thus players who aren’t following the news can click the PTR button, think they’re about to log on, and instead get a Battle.net failed to connect screen, same as if they try to play when their regular Realm is down, with no indication why. No Diablo 3 PTR… Yet:

    The battle.net service is down for maintenance – PTR Help!?

    I get this message every time i try and log into the Diablo 3 Public Test Realm (PTR). And the forum server check says everything is online and working… Is this a problem on my end i can fix? Thank you.
    Omrakos: I believe you’re referring to the Blog report concerning the upcoming PTR for 2.3. It’s not been released yet. Keep in mind, when it is, it’s a PTR (Public Test Realm), not the retail game.

    In an ideal world, the Diablo 3 launcher would tell you if a realm was up or down before you bothered to click “Play.” Failing that, just follow the news to keep up with the PTR’s status. It’s not available yet, but with any luck it will go live later this week. Bear in mind that the PTR is a separate realm, so when it gets patched and goes up or down doesn’t necessarily coincide with activity on the live realms, such as the weekly maintenance that goes on early Tuesday morning.

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    The Worst PTR Testing Advice Ever


    Posted 29 Jun 2015 by at 12:07 GMT

    Not even a Wyatt quote.

    Not an actual Wyatt quote.

    An amusing complaint leads to a Blue trying to counter The Worst PTR Testing Advice Ever:

    2.3 PTR – Mortick’s bracers NEVER FORGET

    Dont be a RetardedCookie…
    Dont test anything…
    Dont call nothing OP….
    Dont use optimized builds…
    Dont post about itens on forum…

    Remember Blizzard philosophy: Well tested itens for 2 months get removed, items everyone said are bad and noone give a **** will make it out of the PTR.

    DON’T SCREW THE BARBARIAN CLASS AGAIN.
    Tyvalir: I’m surprised and a bit dismayed to see this thread. :/

    The vast majority of players have been great about creating carefully constructed feedback as we test patches, much of which has helped us improve the game. Obviously, we wouldn’t ask for it if we didn’t genuinely want to hear your thoughts.

    Of course, it’s totally fine to express disappointment about an item being removed on the PTR. At the same time, it’s also important to remember that the entire purpose of a PTR is to tune patches so the final version is as balanced as it can be, so it’s quite common for items to be pulled if they’re unbalanced (as Mortick’s Brace was).

    Encouraging people to be deceptive in their play styles or falsify feedback is just plain not helpful. It works against one of the very goals of those who love competing on the Leaderboards: having as balanced a competitive gameplay environment as possible. Feedback about your disappointment in an item being removed, asking for better communication from the CMs (which we always strive to do!), or warning others to temper their expectations on the PTR? Those are all totally fair, if done respectfully.

    The insane hyperbole in the OP’s title is wonderful, and really, it just gets better from there. The short, almost poetic layout, the delightfully QQ tone, and best of all is how he acts like like Barbs were ruinously nerfed by the (admittedly ham-handed) removal of an OP item, when they are in fact the strongest class this season/patch.

    But if the “All-WoTB runes at once” bracers had remained in the patch, then Barbs would have been 5-7 GRs higher than everyone else, instead of just 2-5 GRs higher. And instead of 80% of 90% of chars this season being Barbs… 90% would have been Barbs? What a different word that would have been! When can we wake from this nightmare?!

    Seriously though. The upgraded WD’s Helltooth set has crazy OP numbers in Patch 2.3. We might as well start prepping for the nerf stick before the PTR even begins. Just hope it happens sooner than later, because Never Forget.

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    Pals’ Early Access: Diablo 3 Podcast #181


    Posted 29 Jun 2015 by at 11:35 GMT

    As usual, the newest installment of The Diablo 3 Podcast is now available early for site Pals. Check this thread in the Pals’ Forum to get access, and if that’s not you but you want it to be, here’s where to support Diabloii.net. The podcast will go live for everyone early Tuesday morning, (hopefully) not long before Patch 2.3 goes playable on the PTR.

    Patch 2.3 coming very soon to the PTR, so more analysis, including new and improved Item Set properties from datamining. Also T7-T10 scaling issues, shared LGems, and purist mode Hardcore? Featuring Aahz, N3rdwards, and Flux.

    Click through to view the full show contents…

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    The Worst Video Game Movies Ever (So Far)


    Posted 29 Jun 2015 by at 01:08 GMT

    warcraft-movie-poster1Over the weekend I enjoyed reading this article on MetaCritic.com, which compiles the best and worst-reviewed video game movies of all time.

    You’ll be unsurprised to learn that… there aren’t actually any well-reviewed video game movies. The closest is the original Mortal Kombat film from 1995, which mustered a mediocre 58% average score from 12 reviews. And honestly, that seems like a very generous rating, from what little I remember of that very cheesy non-masterpiece. I thought maybe one of the Tomb Raider films might have done decently, but nope; despite big budget’s, Angelina Jolie’s lovely presence, and a pre-Bond Daniel Craig, they managed only 43% and 33%.

    While there’s only one Best reviewed video game film, the Worst reviewed easily fill out a Top Ten list, which should feature prominently in any Uwe Boll is the World’s Worst Director debate. Honestly, #1, 3, 4, 7, and 9? Uwe, save some space for the others.

    This all becomes somewhat more relevant when you recall that production of a World of Warcraft movie is still lumbering along, and Blizzard should debut a trailer and other content stuffs at this year’s Blizzcon, if not sooner.

    I sat through the very brief, almost entirely CGI, “aren’t the orc graphics amazing” preview clip at last year’s show, (sometimes I think my ears are still ringing) and as someone whose experience with WoW is almost entirely shaped by making podcast jokes about “the Panda King” and witnessing sweaty cosplayers shout “For the Horde” while waiting in line at Blizzcon… I freely admit that the orc graphics were excellent. Much better than some “Shrek with tusks” type low-grade CGI I’d been half-expecting.

    Will the film be any good? There’s no telling, but as that Metacritic list shows, it won’t take much to vault the field of past video game movie adaptations. For the Horde?

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