Diablo 3 Patch 2.6.4 PTR Preview


Tomorrow a PTR patch test will be going live for Diablo 3 which includes a few quality of life changes among other things. Read on for the notes.

PTR Details

We will be conducting the Patch 2.6.4 PTR over the course of one week, starting Wednesday, November 21. During the course of the PTR, there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

There will be two buffs active to help you on your PTR journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. This should allow everyone to acquire any class set items (or supplemental items) that might be needed!

Feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum; clearly separating these tracks allows our designers and quality assurance testers to hone in on the information they need most!

PTR Goals

With a huge number of class set changes and a game-breaking Seasonal buff, we know it will be very tempting to get your hands on as much as you can! To help guide your focus, we’d like to offer our insight behind what we’d most like to see tested.

  • Players pushing Greater Rifts as high as possible in both Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play
  • Experimentation with class set mix-and-matches, as made possible by the Season of Grandeur buff

PTR Tips

This PTR is a little different from ones we have conducted in the past (and it’s been a while since we last had one). Whether you’re a seasoned PTR veteran or this is your first go around, here are a few tips to get you started.

  • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
    • For example, if you’re primarily a Monk player, consider what changes impact the Monk specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you may want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
  • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches.  Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
  • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure the 2.6.4 launch is as smooth as possible for all our fans.
  • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something off you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

 

PTR PATCH 2.6.4 – v2.6.4.49286

To provide feedback on patch 2.6.4, please visit the PTR Feedback forum.
To report any issues you experience while playing, please visit the PTR Bug Report forum.
For additional information on how to participate in the PTR, click here.

  • General
    • Quality of Life
      • Philosophy
        • For this patch, we wanted to include a few frequently requested Quality of Life changes and focused on better celebrating and indicating Primal Legendary drops.
      • Five (5) additional Armory tabs have been added for all characters, bringing the total to 10
      • Greater Rift Keystones are now stored in the Materials tab
        • Any existing Greater Rift Keystones in both inventory and stash have been automatically moved
      • Primal Legendaries are now marked by a red beam when they drop
      • Primal Legendaries on the ground are now indicated by a red pentagram icon on the mini-map
      • Primal Legendaries now have a red border and updated background on their icons
  • Greater Rifts
    • Philosophy
      • The gameplay of micro-managing Paragon points during the course of a Greater Rift doesn’t feel like especially engaging gameplay, nor was it consistent with the other existing rules of entering a Greater Rift. In addition, the below change to matchmaking is to make it much easier for all players to find groups for Greater Rifts, as the previous window (only between Greater Rifts) is typically very small.
    • Paragon points can no longer be swapped while a Greater Rift is open
    • Players can now be matched into public games where a Greater Rift is open
      • Players who join in this manner will not be able to enter the active Rift
      • Players inside the Rift will be able to continue with no additional difficulty scaling until the run has been completed
  • Seasons
    • Season 16: Season of Grandeur
      • The buff for Season of Grandeur has been implemented
        • This buff gives all Seasonal players the legendary power from Ring of Royal Grandeur
        • This buff does not stack with additional Ring of Royal Grandeur (either equipped or in Kanai’s Cube)
        • Unlike previous Seasonal buffs, this buff will not apply to Non-Seasonal players
      • When completing a Greater Rift level 70 solo for the first time in a Season, a Primal Legendary is guaranteed to drop from the Rift Guardian
  • Class Set Changes
    • Philosophy
      • We are taking another tuning pass across all class sets to improve class and set diversity at higher level Greater Rifts. Please note that these values are not final and we anticipate some adjustments to occur during the course of PTR.
    • All Classes
    • Barbarian
    • Crusader
      • Thorns of the Invoker
        • The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 140% to 350%
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 5400% to 15000%
      • Roland’s Legacy
        • The (4) Set bonus has been increased from 3300% to 13000%
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 50% increased Attack Speed to 75%
      • Seeker of the Light
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2000% Blessed Hammer damage to 12000%
    • Demon Hunter
    • Monk
      • Uliana’s Strategem
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2100% to 9000%
      • Inna’s Mantra
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 150% to 1500%
      • Monkey King’s Garb
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1000% to 1500%
      • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
        • The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 100% to 400%
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 13000% Dashing Strike damage to 60000%
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1300% Spirit Generator damage to 6000%
    • Necromancer
    • Witch Doctor
      • Spirit of Arachyr
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 4500% to 9000%
      • Helltooth Harness
        • The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 1500% to 3000%
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 4400% to 9000%
      • Raiment of the Jade Harvester
        • The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 560 seconds to 3500 seconds
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1650 seconds to 10000 seconds
      • Zunimassa’s Haunt
        • The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 5500% to 15000%
    • Wizard

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  1. So basically, “Turn it up to 11”, the patch? I mean it will be fun, sure, but it’s not exactly going to new gameplay. Not so sure that giving the seasonal players such a huge boost with the free ring is a good idea either, it’s going to basically mean every class gets to run bastion or pledge on top of their set bonus, on top of the new buffed damage, and is basically going to get vastly stronger gems than will likely ever be seen again (until the next super buff I guess). I mean I’m all for seasonal getting some bonuses but that seems a bit over the top. Maybe that’s just me.

  2. Yawn, shitty pity patch after they dropped the ball & it put a hole in the floor at Blizzcon. They’re all like “here, have some power creep to make up for Diablo Immoral.” Yeah, no thank you. I’ll just casually play your broken game that you could easily fix if you weren’t obsessed with your set item philosophy & greater rift obsession & obsession with the word “nephalem.” The only thing on here that interests me at all is the buff to legacy & we all know it’ll get nerfed back to lower than the current lvl by the time the patch goes live. Who do they think they’re fooling, after 5 years we all know they’re not going to allow build diversity in this mess of a Diablo game. The 1 set to free you from sets has to be NERFED to protect their precious pigeonhole gameplay.
    PS: No buff for Firebird? LOL.

  3. All I know is that they remastered SC and a remastered WCIII is coming up. Doesn’t take a genius to predict what should come next. Should. Soon™

  4. What have they been smoking?

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