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    Diablo 3 Beta Patch Notes 14It was quite a surprise to get this patch just now and there are yet more surprises in its contents. Read on for the official release notes and if anything unofficial appears we’ll be sure to report on that too.

    There is no mention of a character wipe so we’re not sure on that score but expect a clean slate when you get back in game. Also no changes to the DiabloWikiWitch Doctor which is a little surprising after Kaivax’s update earlier:

    Looks like some cool things happening with the Diablo III beta today. I think my next new character will be a witch doctor.

    Were changes not rolled live or are they just a fan of Hardcore Witch Doctors?

    As well as the official notes below we have lots more information and Patch 14 Resources that you won’t wish to miss:

     

    Official Patch Notes

    Diablo III Beta Patch 14 v. 0.8.0.8815
    Released 3/8/12

    General

    • Hardcore mode is now available, and can be unlocked by reaching level 10 with at least one character
    • Cast time to resurrect a fallen ally has been increased from 1 second to 3 seconds
    • Player created games now default to Invite Only. Check “Allow Quick Join” in the Social tab of the Options menu to allow your friends to join
    • Magic Find and Gold Find are now shared amongst party members. The average combined value of the entire party’s Magic and Gold Find applies to all players regardless of location in the game world. The averaged values will not display in the UI

    Skill UI

    • DiabloWikiIn Elective mode, skills can now be dragged and dropped from the skill interface into hot-key slots
    • Right-clicking a skill hot-key will now open the skill interface

    DiabloWikiAuction House

    • The Sell interface has been updated to better match the in-game inventory and stash
    • Combined the advanced and basic search features
    • The Active auctions tab now allows users to see all active auctions
    • Searches for recipes and tomes have been added




    Classes

    DiabloWikiBarbarian
    Barbarians now have innate 30% passive damage reduction versus all sources.This damage reduction is applied at the same time as all other damage reducing effects (such as Armor), but prior to Shield Block

    • DiabloWikiGround Stomp
      Now destroys barrels
    • DiabloWikiLeap Attack
      Ability renamed to Leap
      Weapon damage reduced from 125% to 85%
      Now slows enemies in the landing zone by 60% for 3 seconds
    DiabloWikiDemon Hunter
    • DiabloWikiHungering Arrow
      Rune of Puncturing Arrow pierce chance reduced from 55% to 50%
    • DiabloWikiImpale
      Rune of Impact stun chance reduced from 100% to 65%
    • DiabloWikiSmoke Screen
      Duration increased from 2 to 3 seconds.
      Cost increased from 15 to 24 Discipline

    DiabloWikiMonk
    Monks now have innate 30% passive damage reduction versus all sources.This damage reduction is applied at the same time as all other damage reducing effects (such as Armor), but prior to shield block

    DiabloWikiCrafting

    • Gold cost to craft items reduced
    • Cost to train Blacksmith doubled
    • More crafting materials are now required to craft items
    • Chance to DiabloWikisalvage rare crafting material from blue Magic items reduced from 10% to 5%

    Followers

      DiabloWikiTemplar

    • Normal attack now deals 15% weapon damage
    • DiabloWikiIntervene taunt reduced from 5 seconds to 3 seconds

    Items

      Several aspects of the game economy have been adjusted, including but not limited to:

    • Gold drops
    • Item sale values
    • DiabloWikiVendor costs
    • Repair costs
    • DiabloWikiRings and DiabloWikiAmulets now become available at a higher level.As a result, these items will no longer drop in the in beta. Fear not – sparkly baubles await you in the retail version of the game.

    Monsters

    • DiabloWikiMira Eamon now drops better loot.
    • Monster damage has been increased

    Bug Fixes

    For a full list of documented game and service bugs, please review the Known Issues sticky located in the Beta Bug Report forum.

    • Players are now able to leave the game if unexpectedly disconnected from DiabloWikiBattle.net
    • Public Games can once again accommodate up to four players
    • Players can now queue for a Public Game involving any quest they’ve unlocked
    • Players should now properly be able to send and receive friend invites
    • Friends should no longer appear as [ ] in chat

    So, how do you feel about these new changes?  Are you overjoyed, excited, indifferent or just give me the damn game?!

    Update: We’ve have begun to datamine the information directly from the Diablo 3 game files. You know how this goes – class this as a spoiler – there is information and pretty images. It will not make up for not having the game I know 🙁

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