The Diablo 3 Podcast #160: Patch 2.1.2 Goes Live

The long-awaited Patch 2.1.2 went live last week with lots of big game changes. Show topics include Ancient Items, Rift density improvements, changes to Sunwuko’s and Marauder’s sets, Realm of Trials, auto-pickup and QoL requests, and more Featuring Aahz and Flux.

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The Diablo 3 Podcast #160: Patch 2.1.2 Goes Live

  • Intro and alphabetical name warmup.
  • 2:10 — Patch first impressions. Flux has none since he played only PTR for the past two months. Aahz: Rift density is great now, unimpressed by Ancient items so far.
  • 7:40 — Conduit Pylon nerf, and Flux laments his lost PTR mega-Demon Hunter.
  • 10:45 — Ancient items. Weapons are a must-have, and the wise man crafted one.
  • 14:20 — Sunwuko’s set change discussed from PTR testing. Flux wanted to love it, but had a disappoint.
  • 18:20 — Witch Doctor changes in v2.1.2. Weaker zombie dogs because fewer health orbs. Higher hit points from the Vitality boost.
  • 23:10 — The ultra-rare legendary items are more common now… has anyone noticed? Anecdote!
  • 25:50 — Monk’s new Gungdo Gear bracer, testing report from PTR. Much like Sunwuko’s buff, Flux wanted it to be amazing, but was disappoint.
  • 29:50 — Double goblins makes the need for auto-pickup overwhelmingly obvious. Everyone wants it. Will we get it?
  • 33:10 — More Stash space needed. Aahz grows atypically agitated at the lack of gear storage capacity.
  • 40:15 — Boon of the Hoarder find exploit. If your account has ever found one, Rift Guardians can drop them, even seasonal.
  • 43:00 — Realm of Trials, and why they can’t just enable players to enter their last Greater Rift level.
  • 46:00 — Marauder’s set changes, Flux tested extensively on PTR and now on live.
  • 52:00 — Gem of Ease mega-twink, and raising LGems thanks to v2.1.2
  • 57:20 — New podcast guests casting call. If you want to be on the show, mail [email protected] with your qualifications and reason for interest.

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.


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    1. Any idea why Blizz took out extra health and vampiric champ affixs? I mean, both were annoying but now everything seems to be frozen, arcane enchanted, wallers!

    2. Yup, having last name starting with W sucks in school. They somewhat always favorize first letters. What, they’re lettercists?

    3. You could really use a monk player on the podcast.

      The new Sunwuko applies the buff every time you cast one of the listed spirit spenders. The most efficient way to play is to play without a generator and get enough passive spirit generation to just use spenders non-stop.

    4. You guys really need a barb on the podcast. I really enjoy the comments you have on the game. 2.1.2 brought some great changes to the most viable barb set, raekors, and I really can’t see how you don’t see the play style as incredibly exciting. You move incredibly quick around the map, and as a melee class in the thick of every fight you have to make split second decisions on where you’re moving next. As a almost exclusive barb player (I dable with crusader) I live and breath melee. Because of this fact I play softcore, it seems that dying just comes with the playstyle of \in the shit.\ I recently picked up an ancient rimeheart sword and it did exactly what I thought ancients items were designed to do, it changed my play style. I went from 2h to 2x 1h weapons, which took a couple GR38’s to figure out I enjoyed it. With the faster atkspd I furious charge even quicker, which means more crazy running around, and more quick decisions. I find it the only class I can play because of this, everything else is now completely too calculated for me, i.e. stand here to not die, ewww don’t touch me. Neh, I stand right up close to the assholes trying to kill me and I say, you’re frozen, guy, please don’t unfreeze until you’re dead. That is, until I run into a fire chains pack in a GR40, sons of bitches. Anyways, love the podcast, and I’d really love to hear a barb voice on from time to time to know I’m not alone in the exhilaration (as long as it’s not Jay Wilson).

    5. The new Sunwuko set is a huge improvement over the old one.

      As somebody above already mentioned the damage buff is triggered every time you cast one of the listed spenders. The clone is by now only icing on the cake(1000% Weapon damage is pretty sweet as bonus though).

      The most popular builds right now focus on spamming Wave of Light without using a generator skill. This works because of the multitude of ways with which monks can generate spirit pssively and because of the Inecense Torch of the Grand Temple (grants 40% cost reduction on Wave of Light).

      Before the patch I had pretty well geared SC Monk and I could not get past GR33 (without unity), a couple of days ago I finished a GR39 which put me somenwhere low on the leaderboard. Today, after finding my second unity, I was able to clear GR43 which rocketed me into the Top 200.

      The new Sunwuko is much much better. Anyways love the pod, keep them coming 🙂

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