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    Blizzard is changing the way gear and wealth are handled on restored accounts on all realms starting today. As we saw with the changes to account restore on Asia last year and US/EU back in March, this tightening of what you can get restored is being driven entirely by players abusing the account restore system to dupe gold and items. (Get a friend to log on and strip your gear, file a ticket claiming your account was “hacked,” get everything restored.)

    Over the past year, we’ve made some changes to our account rollback policy for players in the Asia, Americas, and Europe regions. These updates were an added step in protecting the in-game economy from the noted rise of false compromised account claims by players attempting to duplicate items. To date, these policy changes have been effective in helping to reduce the number of duplicated items in the game.

    On August 6, we’ll be further updating the policy to include a cap on gold and commodities that are restored as part of the process, adding further protections for the game economy.

    [What’s Changing Starting Tuesday, August 6]

    All character equipment (including weapons and armor) restored via the Diablo III rollback service will continue to be bound to the restored account. The restored items cannot be traded with other players or posted on the auction house, but they can still be shared with other characters on the account and sold to merchant NPCs.

    Additionally, the below changes to gold and commodities restoration will also occur:

    Gems:

  • Each gem type (Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, Topaz) up to Perfect Square will be restored up to a total maximum count of 500 of that type (e.g. 500 Flawless Amethysts). Marquise gems will be restored in full, as they are Bind-on-Account. Higher level gems will be restored up to the following limits:
    • Radiant Square – 250
    • Star – 100
    • Flawless Star – 50
    • Perfect Star – 25
    • Radiant Star – 10

    Crafting Materials:

  • Each type of crafting material will be restored up to a total maximum count of 500 (e.g. 500 Subtle Essence).
  • Each type of training material will be restored up to a total of 500 (e.g. 500 Tomes of Blacksmithing).
  • Each type of crafting plan will be restored up to a total of 1 (e.g. 1 plan for Cain’s Fate).
  • Gold:

  • Gold restored will be limited to 10 million.
  • As always we are committed to continuing to monitor the overall health and economy of the game and make additional tweaks if necessary.

    As always, douches abusing the restore tool to dupe their gear ruins things for everyone else. So now if you get hacked and your account is stripped, you’ll get your gear back with it all BoA, and only get back up 10m of your gold. (Approximate Softcore value = 1/3 of a cent.) Authenticator time, anyone?

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