The Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Podcast #138: RoS Week One!


Reaper of Souls has been live for a week, and there’s much to discuss. Changes since the Beta test ended, first classes played, Adventure Mode, Gambling and Blood Shards, Paragon Points, Nephalem Rifts, and more. Featuring Flux, Xanth, and Ynzerg.

Show segment approximate start times. This recording had some minor sound desynch issues, hence there are some overlapping comments. Alas.

  • 0:20 — Intro and Ynzerg’s legendarily-awkward opening remark. Xanth offers rebuttals to criticisms he endured on the last show re: not attending the launch party, dying immediately with his HC Witch Doctor in direct opposition to his own “Preparing for Hardcore in Reaper of Souls” column, and his Mac usage.
  • 12:00 — First characters for everyone; sticking to one at 70 and trying to gear them or alternating play between several classes? Everyone loves Adventure Mode.
  • 24:00 — Nephalem Rifts. Changes from the Beta, improved maps, rewards and time spent clearing.
  • 31:00 — Gambling and Blood Shards. Useful feature now with no viability long term? It’s only rares with a horrible rate for non-Torment legs.
  • 38:00 — Economic issues thus far. Anyone broke and missing the Auction House yet? Flux is down 40 million in 5 days of RoS, almost all from gem upgrading and enchanting.
  • 44:00 — Legendary Materials and crafting plans. Hunting the leg mats yet? Hours and hours of running the same area with fingers crossed. Is this the return of “runs?”
  • 56:00 — Reaper of Souls abbreviation pronunciation: “arr-oh-ess” vs. “ross.” Why do most people say “arr-oh-ess” while everyone says “wow” instead of “double-you oh double-you?”
  • 1:03:00 — Paragon Points. Are they good enough? Do players care? Should they add something more? Xanth suggests some form of skill modification.
  • 1:12:00 — IncGamers Hardcore clans are recruiting. IncGamers HC West/East/North. (East is full, but West and North are recruiting.)
  • The Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    1. Just about to start listening while I farm.

    2. RoS as “ross” is so cringe-inducing. It makes me think of Rick Ross and then my brain is just too entirely confused to function afterward.

      There were other things I wanted to comment on to display my immaculate brilliance based on recent gameplay, but that topic has just destroyed my brain for at least the rest of my day, if not lifetime. I want that poll, haha.

    3. WoW is a bit unique to me in that regard. Ross, would be kinda lame. R.O.S.

    4. Loved the podcast, as usual.

      I’m probably being simplistic here, but it seems like we have 2 obvious problems that could resolve each other. On the one hand, we have extremely rare legendary crafting ingredients that are tedious to farm. On the other, a long-term issue of where to spend Blood Shards. How about a change where you can turn in 500 blood shards (250? 100?) for a random legendary crafting material? Maybe you don’t get to pick which one, but at least you’ll get something useful with those Blood Shards. Not that I’m one to talk about that-I got a nice legendary belt for my DH from Khadala.

      • Considering the speed blood shards are coming together, the value should in my opinion even be a bit higher (: 750 shards for one random leg mat…) or far lower, while including all lvl 70 mats. (5 shards for one random mat.) But imo the general idea is great. So please repeat it in the official forums, if not already happened.

      • A new use for blood shards: Grant a temp boost to magic find. That way instead of feeding Kadala until your inventory flows over you can go out and kill things.

        Also someone needs to Photoshop David Schwimmer into some Mal fan-art stat!

      • That’s kind of what I suggested on the show (and have thought a viable idea since way back in the beta). I think just buying one random leg mat for 500 shards is insufficiently RNG for bliz, though. If they did it I’d think more like 50 shards for 1 random crafting mat, with like .00001% chance of it being legendary.

    5. As “Ross” in German means steed/horse and with the expansion, it is the first time that I can really say that I’m having fun playing D3, I’m seeing Ross as kinda fitting. The right saddle is finally strapped on and going onwards it’s just a good ride 🙂

      Silverfang

      (Although I won’t keep quite about the game needing more depth in both item and skill system. But I’ll keep quite today. I promise… 😉 )

    6. Wow is a very natural word, Ross isn’t. Wow could be used to also describe the experience by people that like it, but ross?

      • As I’ve said: “Ross” is a german word with actually quite a few figures of speech attached. “Ross und Reiter nennen,” for example, which means as much as naming the people responsible and what exactly they have done. It may be unnatural for an english speaker, but it ain’t unnatural per se 😉

    7. 1 thing you said about never going back to story mode in relation to farming crafting mats:
      I had to do story mode a2 sewer runs to get my crimson pirate set crafted because the particular sewers map I needed is not in adventure mode and the mat only drops from Razormouth (allegedly) in black canyon mines, and Moonsharkwhoever in the sewers. After 20 kills and no drop on Razormouth, I got 2 from Moonshark in 2 hours.

      I would imagine there is probably a few other crafting materials that you could farm faster in story mode as well.

      Also, ROS is a lot of fun. Crusader is “meh” even though I can blow through T1… I just don’t see much further progression to be had since I personally don’t care for argent’s champion and apperently that’s all you get from his class set… boo?

      Monk shows a lot for possibility for progressing higher into Torment because of OWE and stacking that single res while getting 4 primary stats on gear. While it would make your gearing take longer, I think they stand a good chance of being able to do t6 once fully geared out. Hell, I’ve been dropping diamonds out of my gear because they just aren’t needed.

    8. Wow, Flux was not kidding about the gem upgrading costs taking a toll on your gold, I am down to 2 million.

      Thankfully, RNG decided to drop me a pair of gladiator gauntlets so I could roll in the gold that just rains from the sky in VERY LARGE piles after each massacre kill…..

      😛

    9. I don’t understand your position on the viability of blood shard gear. I got Tri-fecta gloves, rings, an amulet, and a kickass witching hour and a broken crown from blood shards. I have only spent around 1.3 k shards. On top of that, all the gear you get that is useless, you can salvage or vendor for gold. For someone like me who started RoS with about 3mil gold, it’s a great source of income.

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