A fan posted some happiness about the Anniversary Week bonus, which prompted a chatty Blue reply. Which prompted me to remember to remind you guys that the week’s bonus time is ending soon. How soon?

    Well we don’t know, exactly. The official announcement post went up some time after the bonus we live (I had to figure out the values myself for this post), and it doesn’t give an actual ending time. It just says, “…between May 15 and May 21 will receive a 25% boost to their Magic Find and +EXP stats.” The usual weekly maintenance is coming up early Tuesday morning, which is the 21st, so maybe the bonus will end with the maintenance? Or maybe it’ll last all day Tuesday?

    Loving the free Anniversary Boost!

    Ever since it was activated, I’m finding legendary and set items all over and the gold drops are wicked. Would be nice to get feedback from other players (positive or otherwise) on how everyone would feel about making that boost permanent? I’m in!!
    Grimiku: The anniversary buff combined with the multiplayer changes, and monster density in patch 1.0.8 have been a lot of fun. I keep joining Public Games through the “Any Act – Any Quest” feature, and managed to increase my dps by about 20k in the last few days. I hope everyone is enjoying the anniversary buff, and good luck on finding awesome loot!

    I love the anniversary buff, but my luck has been a little more tempered. I found a nice Butcher’s Sickle that sold for a decent amount, but everything else I’ve found was salvaged. I’d like to craft something with additional pick up radius and not lose any other stats, but I haven’t been that lucky yet.

    I’ll pass along the feedback about using buffs for special events, and feel free to keep posting your thoughts on the anniversary buff.

    I enjoyed the OP’s appreciation of the “wicked gold drops” for the near beer effect. You know, how you can serve non-alcoholic beer at a party, tell people it’s the real thing, and watch them fool themselves into thinking they’re drunk?

    The Diablo community speaks.

    The Diablo community speaks.

    I like the EXP and will definitely miss the speedier leveling, but I haven’t noticed any diff in my Magic Find, and I still think it should have been say, +100% for the bonus. Maybe it’s enough for lower level characters or those without MF, but if you’ve got like 400% normally, going up to 425% isn’t making any visible difference.

    Just on that point, am I the only one who finds a surprising number of Legendaries before I’m even stacked up? Quick game this morning I found a green spirit stone and an orange two-handed sword, both from trash mobs, when I only had one stack. That’s with a character who was over 270% MF even without stacks, but finding a legendary before I’m stacked up happens quite often, in my anecdotal experience.

    As for the overall anniversary bonus, what do you guys think? Good bonus feature? Should have been MOAR?

    Update: Blizzard clarified when the buff ends: Tuesday morning.

    It ends at May 22 @ 9:00 a.m. PDT (we’ll be posting another reminder tomorrow evening).

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