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Diablo Fan Art Watch #290: Malthael – Angel of Death VII

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by at 08:00 GMT

Greetings all and welcome to the newest installment of the Diablo Fan Art Watch. This week we bring you a few pieces featuring the fallen aspect of wisdom and now Angel of Death; Malthael.

Featuring great art that is detailed, and stylized by: JesusAConde, Ryuutsu, Kryhelis, pegosho, mr8bitmonster, segawon, EdwardDelandreArt, and NorseChowder.


Click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image.

If you enjoy Fan art and want to contribute to this growing community, please stop by the Fan Creations Forum. Many artists visit frequently, posting works in progress looking for feedback and conversation. You don’t have to be “arty” to join in. If you have any questions, comments or have some fan art related news on the web please send me a PM and I’ll get back to you. Also check out the wiki page for more art from the archives.

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Set Dungeons Focused Feedback Requested

Posted 13 Nov 2015 by at 07:51 GMT

DH Set Dungeon: Shadow's Mantle

DH Set Dungeon: Shadow’s Mantle

The new feature of the non-random Set Dungeons is understandably tricky to get balanced properly, and Blizzard is seeking focused feedback on this game feature. Lots of useful info can be found by reading the player report. Set Dungeons Focused Feedback Requested:

With the release of Patch 2.4.0 on the Public Test Realm, we’ve introduced a new feature called Set Dungeons! We wanted to take a moment to create a space specifically intended for you to report issues that you encounter with this feature to us.

Here is the specific information we are looking for in a Set Dungeons bug report:

  • A detailed description of the issue encountered, preferably with numbered steps to help us reproduce what you observed.
  • What class were you playing?
  • What Set Dungeon were you in?
  • What supporting items (other than the main set) were you wearing?
  • Any other pertinent information you can think to include
  • Before posting in this thread, please review the following list of Known Issues associated with Set Dungeons. Please do not repost these issues, as we are already aware of them:

    Set Dungeons

  • The power of monsters within Set Dungeons can be affected by players joining and leaving the game
  • Set Dungeons can remain active indefinitely in a multiplayer game if the dungeon owner leaves the game session
  • Completing the Shadow’s Mantle Set Dungeon does not unlock the corresponding achievement
  • There is a portion of the map in the Legacy of Raekor Set Dungeon where objectives will vanish from the on-screen tracker and completed objectives may fail to be tracked
  • The meta achievements for each classes’ “Complete all class set dungeons” achievements displays inaccurate criteria
  • The Paragon Level-up fanfare explosion can cause certain Set Dungeons objectives that require killing monsters with specific abilities to fail
  • Set Dungeon objectives that require you to avoid taking damage from a certain elemental type will be failed even if you are wearing the appropriate elemental damage immunity necklace (example: Countess Julia’s Cameo)
  • The objective to maintain Sweeping Wind for the duration of the Dungeon of the Monkey King’s Garb can display a failure message even if you successfully complete the objective
  • It is currently possible to interact with a portal to another player’s Set Dungeon while you have another Set Dungeon of your own active in a multiplayer game
  • Please note that we will be actively monitoring and moderating this thread. Off-topic or unhelpful posts will be removed. Thank you for your diligence in helping us squash bugs and enjoy the patch 2.4.0 PTR!

    The specificity of features and not taking damage types and killing all of the monsters seems really tricky to get balanced and all sorted out. Lots of trouble for the programmers and QA and tech support… but their loss is our gain?

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    Patch 2.4 PTR Blizzard Comments

    Posted 13 Nov 2015 by at 07:44 GMT

    The new patch is live on the PTR and this development spurred a flurry of questions and comments and answers from Blizzard on the forums. A selection of the more useful action:

    First up, a long post on the Barb forums bemoaning some changes (nerfs) to Whirlwind got a topic-changing reply. According to testers, the main problem is that WW doesn’t proc enough now, which results in not enough resource to keep rolling.

    Fury management is already an issue for many Barb builds. Now it’s borderline impossible for WW. Even with BK swords, Hexing Pants, Unforgiving and Weapon Master passives, and max RCR via Paragon, anything less than GG density results in complete depletion of Fury in moments.

    Based on the above, it should be clear that the recent changes to WW cripple currently viable WW builds. The builds and skills were working fine. If anything, the two piece bonus on the Waste set could be altered to solve Fury issues and BK swords could offer a different (or stacking Fury bonus) benefit.
    Nevalistis: Let’s start with clearing some basics up:

    The changes made to Whirlwind (and Strafe) were not made because of concerns with balance. The changes to Whirlwind and Strafe were made to improve server performance. Our server logs indicate that Whirlwind was a significant factor in server performance issues experienced by all players (even if there isn’t a Barbarian in your game). The intention is to improve server performance without affecting the power of Whirlwind.

    We’re currently discussing how we can get server performance gains without affecting the power level of Barbarians. This might mean reverting our optimizations, or it might mean providing alternative complementary options for Barbarians to compensate for the change. While we haven’t made a decision yet, it’s possible you’ll see a couple iterations or different approaches throughout the PTR.

    Click through for lots more Blue replies on topics including Action Combat in Rifts (nope), Set Dungeons, the return of Stonesinger, and more.

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    Farewell to Grimiku

    Posted 13 Nov 2015 by at 07:00 GMT

    grimiku01We got a new Diablo 3 CM a couple of weeks ago, and this week we lost one of the long-time CMs. And not to a transfer to another Blizzard game, this time. Here are the relevant recent quotes from Grimiku’s twitter.

    I’ve written another blog! Check out the cosplay round-up for #BlizzCon 2015. 😀
    –November 10th

    I won’t get into the details, but I am now unemployed. It won’t stop my Fallout 4 stream tonight, though. Let’s get drunk.
    –November 11th

    Thanks everyone. I’m getting ready to fire up my Fallout 4 stream. Come by, drink with me, and let’s hang out. http:

    –November 11th

    Thanks for the well wishes, everyone. I’m already getting things done, and will be streaming more since it’s naturally therapeutic. <3! [source][/source] --November 12th

    According to a commenter, Grimiku mentioned earlier this week on his stream that he was heading in for a performance review. I guess it didn’t go so well? At any rate, condolences to the former Diablo 3 CM, and good luck to him in his future endeavors. At least now he no longer has to pretend to care when people bitch that class/build X is buffed/nerfed unfairly!

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    Blizzcon Interview: Josh Mosqueira on Free Patches

    Posted 12 Nov 2015 by at 08:58 GMT

    PCGamesN has posted a an article about an interview they conducted at Blizzcon with Josh Mosqueira and Travis Day. The article is very brief, just a couple of paragraphs summarizing some of the interview conversation, but there’s one interesting bit about Reaper of Souls’ content-rich free patches:

    When discussing how to monetise after Reaper of Souls, it was Mike Morhaime that told the team to “just release the stuff for free.” Mike apparently said that it was about winning back the hearts and minds of people who were disappointed with the original release.

    When I posited that I always felt there was an apologetic tone to the massive patches, Josh said that while it may appear that way from the outside, for them it was about pride – having pride in their product, and it being up to Blizzard’s usual massive standards. That was the core of why Mike pushed towards free patches, not letting anything get in the way of restoring that.

    Free content forever?

    Free content forever?

    The patches have greatly improved the game (in the opinion of most fans) and it’s nice to hear official logic for it, and reassuring for those of us who keep wondering why they’re not monetizing, and how long they can keep going like this.

    Talking to Wolfpaq on the new podcast, I put forth the theory that the lack of a D3X2, and seeing so much content in patches, means we’ll never get a second expansion pack. Wolfpaq didn’t agree and thought maybe Bliz was just taking their time working on it, or delaying it since they’ve got so many other brand new and upcoming game releases.

    He has a point and might even be correct about the scheduling, but also consider this theory. Blizzcon Interview: Josh Mosqueira on Free Patches.

    Blizzard admittedly rushed out patches after D3’s release, and hurried as fast as they could get out Reaper of Souls, since the original D3v game was lacking in many ways. Many of us assumed the developers would push quickly on to a second expansion, and that since we haven’t seen it yet, we’re not going to. Perhaps instead of that, the devs are working to redeem D3’s reputation with quality free patch content, easily paying the bills with the millions of D3 console sales, and biding their time, letting anticipation build (and fans embittered by D3v forget the intensity of their disappointment) for D3X2, which will come… sometime. Soon?

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    Diablo 3 Patch 2.4.0 Now Live on the PTR

    Posted 12 Nov 2015 by at 03:51 GMT


    As expected the Diablo 3 Patch 2.4.0  upate is now live on the servers and ready for testing. The patch contains everything that was talked about at BlizzCon last week including the new zones and those all important stash tabs. There’s also the usual class tweaks and that extra Kanai’s Cube recipe for good measure.

    The notes are very long so check them out after the break. If my memory serves me correctly the update is around 1.9Gb.

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    Blizzcon Interview: Wyatt Cheng and Rob Foote

    Posted 11 Nov 2015 by at 11:13 GMT

    Well known Monk player and streamer Quin69 conducted an interview with Wyatt Cheng and Rob Foote at Blizzcon last weekend, and he has now posted the video for all to see. Topics include density lag, paragon points cap (no), Augmented Gem options, loot tables, Area Damage, Rift variety/density/balance, LMB and RMB mapping options, UI mods and add ons, and microtransactions on the US/EU servers.

    Lots of good questions, many of them artfully dodged by the devs, as you can see for yourself. Blizzcon Interview: Wyatt Cheng and Rob Foote.

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    No Stash for Cash: Season Journey for Stash Tabs

    Posted 11 Nov 2015 by at 08:13 GMT

    This is easier in China.

    This is easier in China.

    Many fans saw the second chest icon on the Inventory screenshot in the Patch 2.4 preview and assumed we’d immediately get double stash tabs, or earn then via the Season Journey. Not so fast, and not so many, as a CM explained in the forums today. No Stash for Cash: Season Journey for Stash Tabs:

    Grimiku: In patch 2.4.0 everyone can purchase up to 6 stash tabs with gold. However, starting with Season 5, players will also be able to earn an additional stash tab by completing specific objectives in the Season’s Journey (for a total of 7). In the next season in which they participate they’ll be able to earn another stash tab for a total of 8. Each season (starting with Season 5) offers the chance to earn 1 more stash tab until the maximum of 10 has been reached.

    Grimiku: Yes, stash tabs opened up via Season’s Journey will also unlock them in non-season. Currently those additional tabs open up immediately, and do not require waiting till the end of the season to benefit non-season stash space.

    During each season, the max you can have then during that season is going to be 7, regardless how many tabs you have managed to earn each season (to your total of 10) that would be available in non season, correct?
    Grimiku: The first season where an additional stash tab is unlocked would result in 7 total tabs, but the next season where another is unlocked would have a total of 8. Once all 10 are unlocked then every season after would have access to all 10.

    I find the questions and the explanations clear as mud, but far as I can tell:

  • Everyone has up to 5 tabs now, with gold required to unlock the 2-5th tab.
  • Starting in Patch 2.4 there will be a 6th tab to unlock with gold.
  • Starting in Season 5 and continuing in each season afterwards, you can earn one additional tab via the Season Journey.
  • These additional tabs, one earned each Season, will take you up to a maximum of 10.
  • So in S5 you could have up to 7 tabs. Then up to 8 in S6, up to 9 in S7, and not until S8 would anyone unlock a 10th tab. (10 tabs ETA, December 2016?)
  • You can only earn one tab per season, even if you miss one. You can’t just quit playing, or play only non-seasonal until S8, and then earn +4 tabs at once.
  • The main complaint, other than people pissed at only gaining 1 tab every 3 months, is that players who do not play seasonal get nothing. Once earned, the extra tab(s) are available to your non-seasonal characters as well, but you have to play seasonal to earn them. Seasonal players are already scheming how to sell tab earning rushes, and non-seasonal players are hoping to wait until a month into a season when one of their friends has built a char strong enough to easily rush them through the Season Journey.

    What do you guys think? Any opinions beyond “moar tabs naow!” I have to say I’m surprised how grudgling they are doling out extra tabs. Back when Stash for Cash was introduced in China, I figured we’d see it the US/EU as soon as Blizzard saw that player feedback wasn’t totally hostile. Much less when the saw that most players actually wanted it. And yet here we are half a year later and it doesn’t seem like that much-desired system will ever enter non-Chinese markets?

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