PTR +2000% Legendary Drop Rate is Over

PTR +2000% Legendary Drop Rate is Over

+2000% legendary buff ends...
+2000% legendary buff ends…
The Patch 2.2.0 PTR +2000% Legendary Drop Rate is Over. There was no warning given on the PTR and Blizzard hasn’t made an announcement yet, but the buff icon is no longer displaying in game, and players who were playing when it went away saw the effect in real time.

Sadly, I was one of them. That screenshot shows my inventory; I had actually just begun a T6 Rift when the buff ended, and you see the first few pick ups were legendary, when suddenly all the Elites and chests weren’t popping legs anymore. Cruel reality!

There is one bonus; it’s possible to obtain blue materials now. (You see my hunger for them in the inventory screen.) One side effect of the +2000% legendary buff was that blue items became almost nonexistent, since goblins hardly drop them, and all the magical items that usually spawn from chests were rolling as legendaries. Since Enchanting armor and weapons carries a high blue material cost, this was handcuffing players in their efforts to experiment with the new sets, or change around their builds.

Blue mats! No game queues!
Blue mats! No game queues!
Again, I was a sad victim of this and had actually copied over my Live US account yesterday, since my existing PTR chars had great gear, but no way to enchant anything without any blue materials dropping. And with the +2000% buff, it was actually quicker to refarm all of the legendary items than it was to try to scrounge up blue mats with the buff active, primarily by praying for failed gambles or Infernal Hoarders.

It’s possible that Blizzard might turn the +2000% buff back on again during this PTR, if they make changes to the sets and a new wave of players need a quick way to farm them up, but there’s no official word on that. And this also means that any lingering game creation queues should soon be gone, with fewer players on the PTR (though the game creation delays seemed to have almost entirely vanished yesterday).

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6 thoughts on “PTR +2000% Legendary Drop Rate is Over

  1. 500 plvls onlive(300 on season atm) and 2000% drop rate on ptr and stil havent got an SMK, luck is not on my side i guess :@

    • Well I haven’t had ANY KIND OF DROP since Patchweek. Not one useful ancient set item (0 boots,chest,gloves), 2h wep or sth. else.

      230 Paralevels from 430 to 660.

      The last patch was a massive disappointment since Ancients simply don’t exist and M6’s play-style actually didn’t change that much.

      So the PTR was kinda useful in those point…

      Until you realize that no blue mats drop so you pretty much can’t test how good stuff really is.

  2. I think I was on at the same time (Duskmourn) and I was mid-rift and noticed that everything was suddenly less fun drop rate bonanza. No warning, no message, just lost a buff icon (that I didn't notice left) and my item drop mad dash to get the gear I needed in time ended. Was hoping for a few items that never dropped, but did get most of my needed build defining items except Ashbringer I really wanted one to see it's effect once it became re-implimented down the road and there is a monk build for it.

    • Just as an aside I didn't have a blue material issue because well I had over 5k already on my seasonal.

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