The Diablo 3 Podcast #117: Blizzcon and Crusader Excite + Datamining


Blizzcon’s Diablo 3 Panels, excitement for playing the Crusader demo at the show, skill datamining discussion, and console loot finding without an Auction House. Featuring Xanth, Rankil, and Flux’s cold.

Click through for show contents and approximate times for each topic.

I was really dragging from a cold during the recording of this show so excuse my leaden voice. Due to lack of energy I commented much less than usual — whether or not that is an improvement is open to debate.

  • 1:20 — Recent play stuff and Xanth’s perpetual post-Paragon100 victory lap. Hearthstone beta testing?
  • 4:50 — Rankil compares his Console character’s and their awesome gear. Xanth just started on the console play. Does he miss the Auction House? Long term limits of self-finding = can’t find the specialized gear? (Related article.)
  • 17:10 — What will replace the Auction House?
  • 22:20 — Blizzcon panels revealed. Five for Diablo 3. Excite? Will we get a RoS beta start date? RoS release date? Does PS4 playable RoS demo indicate greater progress than expected?
  • 32:30 — Blizzcon attendance plans. Xanth watching virtual pass. Rankil and Flux are attending and eager for the RoS playable demo.
  • 36:50 — Datamining analysis. Hard to theorycraft with any comprehension with such big changes to everything, and especially for the Crusader who most have not yet played.
  • 46:50 — Westmarch and moar gothic. Improvement? Irrelevant?
  • 50:20 — Halloween coming soon. Diablo costumes this year? Is the Diablo costume series held back by the absence of children characters in cute costumes? Emperor Hakan II does not count.
  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    1. Flux sounded better with a cold…

    2. i don’t really want the RoS by spring. I really want to see this shit in beta or on test realm and I want players to have a chance to give enough feedback that we don’t get a repeat of D3 release. I don’t want to see another year of oh shit we f’d up, lets fix it over and over and over.

      I would rather RoS get delayed and have feedback listened to. Loot 2.0 in some form does need to come out by end of AH tho along with a better trade chat system.

    3. I’m still waiting for a hearthstone beta key

      hopefully we’ll get a hearthstone open beta announcement at blizzcon

      • I was fortunate enough to have a friend give me his before he realized how much they were going for. Excellently designed game, imo. Kinda lame (for those that haven’t had a chance to play) that there won’t be another reset though.

      • Hearthstone’s pretty fun, but it’s pretty obvious that you really need to buy cards/arena. The gold rate is really, really slow. Basic decks (except Priest) lack Silence, which is a huge drawback.

    4. I’d say it’s true your most basic of decks wouldn’t have access to silence (read: less than an hour or two of playtime), but one would also need to consider the fact that people who have played that little likely don’t have an idea how to appropriately use silence/control/removal cards anyways.

      It would only take 1-2 packs (which a new player can earn in likely 2 hours) to get his/her pick of silences or any other common removal cards, if only through the disenchant feature.

      The real time sinks are getting the higher end epics/legendaries which are usually crucial for certain decks, but that’s fine imo.

      • I didn’t get silence until about my 3rd or 4th arena, when I had enough dust to make a Spellbreaker. I didn’t get any silence (other than the basic Priest ones) from any of the packs I won w/ gold. I did get a golden Al’Akir, though, so who am I to complain?

    5. I wonder if the beta will actually involve the beta testers testing out the legendary passives as well?

    6. Flux, I am going to make you sit through the Lore Panel with me now just so I’m not alone.

    7. I like the lore too, but not enough to travel over the Atlantic and across the width of the US. I’m quite tempted by the virtual pass, but it’s the price of a brand new game so I’m having a hard time going through with it.

      I’ve been really looking forward to this podcast. I was just listening to older ones over and over again while playing Diablo 3 recently. I did detect that Flux sounded a little more grumpy than usual, I don’t know if that was just the sound of his voice due to the cold, or just the cold making him feel miserable.

    8. Also, if a little kid came to my door dressed as Emperor Hakan II, I would freak the hell out. Especially if he appeared in a puff of green smoke.

    9. The aesthetics of the game were fine, it was the presentation and storytelling that wasn’t GRIMDARK enough. There were just lots of little moments that disrupted the overall atmosphere of the game.

      Complaints about green grass and some trees isn’t anything anyone should take seriously.

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