Cause meets effect...

    Cause meets effect…

    After a weekend of normal drop rates at the start of Season Four, the giant community buff has returned to the PTR for Patch 2.3. Legendary drop rate +2000%, double Blood Shards and Gold, plus triple EXP and gemini spawning Goblins are all back, and players are once again completely filling their inventories with legs before they even reach the Guardian. (And then filling it once or twice more before completing the Rift…)

    No word from Blizzard on how long it will be active, but here’s the official announcement. PTR Community Buff Returns:

    The following buff is now active on the PTR:

  • 2000% Bonus Chance to find Legendaries
  • This buff was reactivated on July 13 at 5:00 p.m. PDT. Happy testing!

    The buff turned back on while I was playing, and ironically I was doing some Grifts to get my 2nd LGem leveled up. So I didn’t notice the change at first, except I started to wonder why I was gaining so many levels so quickly, and why the Guardians were dropping so big. That and the suddenly full screen clan chat legendary item find tipped me off soon enough…

    I would like the record to state that I’d reached P170 and cleared up to GR38 (in under 10m) in Season 4 before the mega drops turned back on, despite using Marauder’s Set (I’d found 7 items from that set and only 3 each from UE and Nat’s) with just 1 LGem (R26 Bane of Powerful) in my gear and no Pride’s Fall or Hexing Pants yet. The economy was working really well too; Goblins drop tons more mats now, and I had a nice balance between white/blue/yellow mats, and wasn’t even bottlenecked on Souls. More on that later.

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