Patch v1.0.3 provided an undocumented (and unintended) boost to the partial set bonus of the Natalya’s Wrath item set. Since the patch, a Demon Hunter wearing any 4 pieces of the set will regenerate 2 Discipline per second. That might not sound like a lot, but the total Discipline pool is only 30, the natural refill rate is quite slow, and there are very few skill or item options to boost the total pool or the regen rate. Thus 2 more per sec is a huge boost, since virtually all of the DH’s escape, CC, and movement skills are fueled by Discipline, and it runs out very quickly.

    The whole Natalya’s set has 5 items, and while none of them are great, and the weapon is like all set and unique weapons — underpowered compared to comparable blue/yellow weapons — you only need to wear 4 of them to get the Discipline partial set bonus. That means you could still use a proper weapon and get the useful bonus, providing you had the ring, cloak, helm, and boots. (Obviously you’ll need to AH for them, since most Diablo 3 players are lucky to have found even 1 set item so far, much less 4, much much less 4 from the same set.)

    Click or hover on the following links for the stats of all the items, courtesy of DiabloNut.

  • Natalya’s Gaze
  • Natalya’s Mark
  • Natalya’s Redemption
  • Natalya’s Shadow
  • Natalya’s Soul
  • Does Blizzard know about this? Was the change intentional? Are they going to fix it? Yes, no, and maybe. Here’s Bashy’s honest but entirely unhelpful reply:

    Yeah that was an unintentional change in 1.0.3, and we’ve been aware of it. We’re not quite sure what we’re going to do yet. We’re a bit apprehensive because we really don’t want to keep fiddling with people’s items, even though this makes the set quite good. On the other end, it was an unintended change and so correcting it isn’t quite the same as fiddling. In any case, it hasn’t been discussed fully and so we don’t know yet, and probably won’t know exactly what we’ll do until next week.

    Is it worth trading for the four items, knowing you’re losing quality in at least 2 or 3 of the slots, just for the big boost to Discipline? That question is being pondered in our Demon Hunter strategy forum, but I say probably not, unless you’re Hardcore, or you just really don’t like to die. On the other hand, maybe you just want to change things up and get some variety in your play style, which adding this much Discipline would certainly allow.

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