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    The recent Patch 2.1 preview blog by Blizzard has thrown up a few questions from the community which the Blizzard CM team have been busy answering. First up is Desolacer who asks if there are going to be a Paragon leaderboards.

    diablo 3 leaderboards

    Leaderboards

    Nope, not currently. There are no Leaderboards planned at this time that would track Paragon levels (or even total experience gained) within a Season. It was a conscious choice on our end to shift Leaderboards for Seasonal characters away from a pure level grind towards more objective-based (or even skill-based) goals like Greater Rifts, Seasonal achievement points, and Conquests.

    Standard caveat: This is all according to current design. Details and functionality subject to change pending testing and feedback.

    Pereg asked if they can figure out a way to reward hardcore conquests vs normal separately. As you’ll remember DiabloWikiConquests are season only achievements.

    As noted in the preview, some Conquests will require your character to be in Hardcore mode to achieve. In fact, we intend to have the number of Conquests per Season split evenly between both Hardcore and Normal game modes.

    The goal with Conquests in general is to encourage different styles of play, or at least target those different styles to some degree. That’s under our current philosophy, at least; Conquests are still development and may see some iteration during the PTR. 🙂

    Pegionspank asked for clarification on what happens when the timer on a Greater Rift runs out.

    Greater Rift Timer

    Tick tock

    The timer in a Greater Rift is only to determine if you’ll progress to a more difficult Greater Rift.

    Running out of time will prevent you from progressing in difficulty, but it will not remove you from the Rift you’re currently in, and you’ll be able to continue your progression towards the Rift Guardian like normal.

    As usual, the normal caveat applies that this is still in development, and possibly subject to change.

    Are DiabloWikiGreater Rifts available only to those playing in DiabloWikiSeasons?

    Greater Rifts will be available to both Season and non-Season characters as well as the Legendary Gem rewards associated with them. This means everyone will be able to start working on these gems regardless if you choose to participate in a Season.

    The standard caveat of this all currently being under development and subject to change still applies, though.

    A final little one clarifying the changes that are planned for DiabloWikiHealth Globes from Wick220:

    The number of Health Globes that drop isn’t changing, which should reduce the impact for items or skills that proc off of collecting them.

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