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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Double Blood Shards this weekend


A bonus for all Diablo 3 players this weekend…

If you love getting rare items from Kadala (and who doesn’t?), you’re going to love our upcoming buff!

Starting this weekend, all heroes who log in to Diablo III on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will receive double the usual amount of Blood Shards in Adventure Mode! This buff affects all events which grant Blood Shards, including Bounties, Rifts and Greater Rifts.

The bonus buff begins in the Americas region this Saturday, July 9 at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends on Sunday, July 10 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

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Site updates and changes


A quick heads-up to everyone we are making some changes to the site at the moment so things may go a little weird from time to time while we test them out. We expect this to take about 48 hours assuming there are no problems arising from the changes. We’ll let you know when the work is complete.

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Season 6 ending soon and Season 7 start dates


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It’s that time again. Diablo 3 Season 6 is coming to a close on 22 July and Season 7 dates are confirmed to begin at the start of August according to the latest update,

Season 6 will be ending on the following dates and times:

  • North America: Friday, July 22 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, July 22 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, July 22 @ 5:00 p.m. KST

Season 7 will begin about two weeks afterwards on these dates:

  • North America: Friday, August 5 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, August 5 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, August 5 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
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Diablo 3 Podcast #211: Josh Mosq’s Exit + Top 10 Monk Skills


Big news as Josh Mosqueira announces his departure from Blizzard. Is Diablo 3 development done? Also v2.4.2 PTR testing and our class skill ranking continues with a controversial Top 10 Monk skills.

Sorry for unsaved bad version of the post. Fixed now. Enjoy!


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Planned Diablo 3 expansion content released as patches says source


diablo 3 LogoWith all the recent departures and the lack of any news of an expansion, most had given up hope of a second expansion and an article on Forbes does nothing to keep any remaining hope alive. Citing a “source” it is claimed that a planned second Diablo 3 expansion was scrapped and new content has instead been rolled out in game updates. Back in November Blizzard confirmed they would release content in free patches but there was no confirmation that there would not be a second expansion.

This could of course not be true, we don’t know the “source”, but it make sense. There was a gap of two years between the release of Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls and we would have expected to have heard something about a second expansion by now.

With Blizzard no longer monetising the game through the auction house, it’s likely they are unwilling to dedicated resources to creating new content for free. Content that was planned. and a possibly already created for a second expansion, can now be rolled out in the patch updates while they carry on tweaking the existing game to keep players on-board.

We also have to look at how Blizzard are approaching their games now, it’s all about microtransactions and monetisation with Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and now Overwatch being prime examples of this.

What all this means for the future of the Diablo franchise is unknown. We have to take some comfort in the fact that they are hiring a new game director so something new could be in the works.

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Diablo 3 Podcast #211: 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 fourth of six themed shows in which we’ll debate the Top Ten skills of each class. We’ve covered the Barbarian, Wizard, and Crusader, and now it’s Monk time! We also discuss the new Patch 2.4.2 on the PTR and Josh Mosq’s not-so-shocking departure from Blizzard.

Diablo 3 Podcast #211: Top 10 Monk Skills

Big news as Josh Mosqueira reveals his departure from Blizzard. Does Diablo 3 have a future? Also v2.4.2 PTR testing and our class skill ranking continues with a controversial Top 10 Monk skills. Featuring Cpt. Goldfish, HolyKnight, 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.f

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