One life to live: Twas the Night before Season 4


Twas the night before Season 4 and all through the house
not a device was clicking not even a mouse.
The redbull was stocked on shelf with care,
in the hopes that the patch would soon be there
The adults nestled snug in their beds,
while dreams of loot goblins danced in their heads
and Leah with her ‘kerchief, and I with my cap,
settle our brains in for a long season’s nap
When out on the internet there rose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the screen I flew like a flash,
Opened multiple windows and cleared my cache,
The light on the screen shined of the demonic glow,
Gave a lustre of midday to objects below,
When what to my wondering eyes did appear,
But a Kanai’s cube and season 4 premier,
With everyone racing to 70 I had to be quick,
But it’s hardcore, so be safe, or be dead as a brick.

Okay, Now it’s out of my system. I promise not to break into poem again. Season 4 is right around the corner and that means it’s time to level! Never mind that exclamation point we play HC and level far more often then our SC counterparts. That being said there is a nicety to this round of leveling for a few reasons. First if you’re leveling when the patch hits you’ll be surrounded by players at the same level doing the same thing. It’s exciting to be meagerly geared and fighting tooth and nail to make that next level. Secondly, with the addition of the cube the those low level legendaries you’ve managed to find could end up being salvaged for their properties, setting you up for future success at 70.

The cube does however dilute the sting of Hardcore death yet again. Cube properties are not lost upon death, just like artisans, gold, paragon xp, and your stash. This leaves gems and any gear you have equipped as the biggest hurdle you have to overcome. While the bitter losing a high level gem can be painful, knowing that you have a few powerful cube items to hit the ground with will be nice.

Having played a lot of the PTR I can say this is a great patch; I can’t wait to finally get to play it on live. I’ve decided to keep to my mainstay of a WD despite how powerful/fun the Monk currently is. With a baby on the way my playtime will be spotty but looking forward to getting in as much as I can before sleep deprivation kicks in. What are your Season 4 plans?

One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published (semi)weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly.

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  1. Very good job on that poem.

  2. best part of season 4 is it starts 1 hour after i have to be at work

  3. i”m getting sicked of these public games with so many leechers. Last night, i played a t10 bounties game. guy was only 454 and kept dying and did not do anything. difficulty should be based on your high gr solo with the class you’re playing.
    Meaning if you do a gr 34, you can do a t7 multi.

  4. ‘i”m getting sicked of these public games with so many leechers. Last night, i played a t10 bounties game. guy was only 454 and kept dying and did not do anything. difficulty should be based on your high gr solo with the class you’re playing.
    Meaning if you do a gr 34, you can do a t7 multi.’

    said the Nazi.

  5. This will be the first D3 season in which I cannot join the rush because I’m going to a concert 🙁

  6. frothier properties! I love those :-). Good luck everyone

  7. Good poem :). dinner party. Good luck ladies and gents as well.

    Here’s mine…

    Stuck at work atm,
    Work stacked high,
    Grind, grind again and again,
    Fallen to slay, my Monk’s fist must make impact without lag and delay this day :D!
    Hope my RSI doesn’t stop by to make me cry as my exp bar wishes to fly.
    Wish I could stay, but I got to work do to without delay.

  8. I’ll join you as a WD — they share intelligence with my wizard of S3 and I did a crusader on the PTR.

    After all if you play season only, there is not much difference between the PTR and live.

    And I’ll be on the road when season starts.

  9. It’s back to my one true love the witch doctor for me as well. Took a break season 2 and 3 playing monk and barb/wiz respectively. The allure of the revamped Helltooth set is strong, and with such easy access to scrimshaw (50% chance when upgrading rare 1-h spears via the hope of cain recipe) season 4 promises to provide all the Zombie Bear spamming your heart desires.

    I can’t wait to get back to my vanilla roots with a hardcore, petless, caster witch doctor. It’s going to be like 1.0.8 all over again, and it’s going to be glorious!

  10. I’m unsure what I’m rolling in season, I’m thinking mostly monk or witch doctor. Probably WD!

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