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    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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