Blizzard on PTR Class Changes and Downtime


Blizzard on PTR Class Changes and Downtime, with Wizard Set and Demon Hunter changes coming soon, plus DiabloWikiPTR downtime issues. First up, the PTR has been down most of today and a little while ago Lylirra popped in with an update.

The DiabloWikipatch 2.1.0 PTR is currently undergoing maintenance. We estimate that this maintenance will continue until approximately 7:00 p.m. PDT. Thank you for your patience!

As a reminder: As the PTR is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning.


Wizard set bonuses are inadequate, and Nevalistis says that’s soon to change.

We are, indeed, redesigning the 6-Piece Set Bonus for Firebird’s Finery. In this case, it’s been completely redesigned, though we do want to keep Fire thematically appropriate to the set. We’ve removed the on-death qualifier from the set bonus, and dealing Fire damage will now cause enemies to start burning for the same amount of damage over 3 seconds, stacking up to a total of 3000% weapon damage as Fire per second. Once that cap is reached, enemies will instead burn until they die.

You’ll be able to give this new set bonus a try in the next PTR patch, which we should be looking at arriving pretty soon. As always, be sure to let us know what you think when you give it a whirl!


Finally, Grimiku says Demon Hunters will receive some love yet, and the CMs are keeping an eye on all the classes.

Monk, Barb, and Wiz all got some new information release, for good or bad. They get blue response. Us are still in the dark. I would blame ourselves especially those that seek to nerf the set power of Marauder…
Grimiku: Really the only one that can be blamed for a lack of blue response is myself. I’ve been reading Demon Hunter feedback (every class, really), but I never dropped a simple message saying “hey guys, we’re paying attention”. So, I don’t think it’s really your fellow community members fault when it’s actually just a bad goatman’s. However, I have been reading a lot of Demon Hunter feedback threads, and passing your feedback along.

I’ll say hello in one of the Demon Hunter threads on the PTR Feedback forum to help consolidate the feedback, and keep the conversation rolling. We’ve got a new build on the way (no ETA, but soon!) to the PTR, and we’ll have to see where things stand after you’ve had a chance to test things out. It’s a very iterative process that can feel slow sometimes, but we definitely have not forgotten about Demon Hunters.

Awesome, thanks for chiming in! It makes me happy that you’ve at least read the feedback we’ve been giving (note that its not all on the PTR feedback forum, please see DH specific class forum as well), since myself and many others want to see DH improved.
Grimiku: One of my favorite streamers plays a Demon Hunter in T6, and I’ve been taking advantage of the knowledgeable folks in that channel to help get a better understanding of DH feedback I’ve been gathering. Mostly so that I personally understand it a little more, and help make sure that I can convey any concerns in a clear way. The reason that I’m pointing this out is so that you know I take it very seriously as well. 🙂

It sounds like Blizzard could use another Diablo 3 CM person, huh? I wonder if they’ll soon add someone to the team to help cover all the classes and forums and such? Someone well known from the community, who has written good stuff and whose work you’ve enjoyed? (Hint: it’s not me.)


As for all these Blue posts, there’s clearly a lot of work going on with the PTR and Patch 2.1, but as often happens during a PTR, things get into a weird sort of holding pattern. Nothing in the DiabloWikilive game seems very important wit all the changes coming, but nothing from the PTR seems that important since it’s all being patched and changed so regularly.

We don’t know what’s real anymore!

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  1. Excited for the changes. I play wizard/monk/DH/WD, but I'm most looking forward to the monk changes and firebird set changes.

  2. "Someone well known from the community, who has written good stuff and whose work you’ve enjoyed?"
    Xanth comes to mind. Still, can you trust Witch Doctor?

    • Xanth was offered a CM job last year and had to turn it down. Eventually Nevalistis took it, transferring from another position within Blizzard. This is a new one, to fill the slot left vacant by Vaeflare who transferred to CM for… Hearthstone? Or was it Blizzard DoTA? I've forgotten already.

  3. Maybe Druin from the monks? I bet he can fix the shit fest that ROS is.

  4. The wizard fire build and Firebird set leaves no gearing option to the player. You have 4 slots for Firebird: feet, helm, gloves and shoulders. You must have a mirrorball, can't use the offhand. With a Mirrorball depth diggers are mandatory comes 2.1, cannot use firebird pants. The only slot available left is the chest armor, replacing what could have been a Cindercoat.

    Then if you want to fit Tal Rasha, you can just forget about it, there is no way you can use the chest armor or helm, the offhand is out of the question. Not a big deal when focusing one element, but it's a fun bonus that deals a substantial amount of damage.

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