The PTR is up and humming(sometimes) and the patch is right around the corner(hopefully). Spring is slowly rolling along in and all is right in the world. Yet not all is right in D3,the auction house is slowing down to emulate winter, and people are hopping on less. Anticipation is building, but what to do while we wait?


    The PTR is a strange thing for me. On one hand it’s great to be able to have a full scale test of upcoming changes to weed out any new bugs. On the other hand it has stymied my urge to log in. Now do not get me wrong this is not a this game is awful type rant, in fact I’m still playing(a lot), but I can’t help but look forward to what is next. When you can see some nice changes heading your way it’s hard to jump in and not play them. So for now I’m biding my time, and waiting for patch day.

    The PTR does allow for us hardcore players to experiment in a risk free environment. The first thing I did was toss on some random gear and push my limits. Surprisingly my Monk can’t solo MP10 Ubers. Aside from suicide missions it’s nice to experience what the new patch has to offer.

    Multiplayer isn’t perfect yet, but it’s growing by leaps and bounds from where it used to be. Think about multiplayer on release. It was more difficult with more people! Which caused us to isolate ourselves and our community. Now we can get bonuses from playing with each other, can find games in public based on what we are hoping to do, and dare I say it… have more fun. Hard to argue with that.

    That’s what the heart of a Diablo game has always been for me, jumping online and playing with others on a shared goal. Scouring for loot, helping each other survive, and gaining new friends. I’ve gone far too long without really playing with new people. First it was harder, then people killing you in town, and last no way to find those people who shared my same desires. All that is changing, and changing for the better.

    It’s also refreshing to play in acts outside of Act three to break up some tedium. Though I will say I think Blizzard is missing the mark by not having the game fully open to hope between acts at will and farm as much as you want. That’s what was nice about D2 slaughtering the act bosses and clearing your favorite areas, while skipping the parts you didn’t care for, instead of being cattle herded into one direction.

    However, The patch has a downside or two. Obviously the implementation of the patch has caused a few hiccups on the real servers. Hardcore players are dying in droves to spontaneous shutdowns, and the AH is a crapshoot when it comes to stability. All to be expected on the day of a Patch release but not normally due to a PTR. The other downside is not as noticeable but still effective. With the PTR up and humming it’s hard to focus on the game as it currently is. Playing with other people still has no luster, and you know right around the corner you would be rewarded for it. Players are also dipping into the pools of the PTR and not diving into our AH creating some stagnation.

    By in large I have very few complaints about this patch, other than I want it here already. One of my largest complaints about D3 has revolved around Multiplayer, which now I’m excited try out, to run with strangers, meet new friends, and start building that network of hardcore players in game. What are you looking forward to in the new patch?

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly. For all the archived news about Diablo 3 hardcore check our Archives!

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