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    All Rift Keys are now the same. All Keys turned into Machines.

    All Rift Keys are now the same. All Keys turned into Machines.

    Blizzard has announced that the PTR is now accessible to players wishing to test out Patch 2.3.0 and its myriad of changes and game enhancements. You’ll need to have the PTR client downloaded and installed, and all the info about that and how to copy over your characters from the live realms can be seen below.

    Happy hunting.

    Update: I hopped onto the PTR and took some screens of the new stuff, and posted them while sitting in the 23 minute game creation queue.

    Update #2: Short play update, from Campaign Mode on Torment 10. A trick of the PTR; if there’s a long queue, you can often find a shorter one trying a different, less-popular difficulty, or by going to campaign mode. I had 29m wait trying to create Adventure Mode on T10, 17m trying to create T7 Adventure Mode, and 2m wait to create Campaign Mode on T10. So that’s what I played, just to get some trial time on Torment 10.

    It’s for real. Playing my HC Natalya’s DH who was wearing gear that could 3-4m farm GR35 Rifts, and felt safe on GR40… I proced half a dozen times just doing early Act 1 Campaign Mode. Jailer seems to have been nerfed in damage (not dangerous now) and Thunderstorm felt much less damaging also… but Reflects Damage was horrifying. Instant proc even from off screen, and I had to switch from Vault to Smoke Screen at once. Mortar was very dangerous as well, nearly one-shotting me to proc each time.

    Monster hit points are way high also; I was kiting and bombing off 10-15 RoVs every Elite pack (It takes me 3-5 RoVs per elite on GR35ish, at most), and Goblins (double spawning with the community buff) were legitimately hard to kill. I had a few escape when I got an Elite at the same time, and it’s been so long since I didn’t one-shot Goblins (on T6) that I hardly knew how to chase them down anymore.

    Repair costs are crazy high on TX; I was getting 500k+ bills every time back in town, and this is Hardcore so it wasn’t like I was dying a bunch and breaking my gear.

    I didn’t get to test out Greater Rifts since I didn’t have time to wait to create an Adventure Mode game, but all Trial Keys and Rift Keys of any level are the same Rift Key + now, and they all stack up. All Keywarden Keys I had in my inventory became Infernal Machines; no crafting required.

    Also, the PTR reset all clans since last PTR, so I created Diinet PTR. All are welcome, hardcore or softcore. As with the past few PTRs, it’s very useful to be in a clan so you can join someone’s game, since creating your own usually requires a very lengthy queue.

    Patch 2.3.0 PTR Now Available

    Patch 2.3.0 is currently in development and now available for testing on the PTR. To learn about major changes included in 2.3.0, please see the official PTR patch notes. For information on how to participate, copy over characters, and provide feedback, read on below!

    Further details on how to access the PTR and use the Character Copy system can be found in the FAQ.

    HOW TO PARTICIPATE:

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. it hasn’t been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

    Step 1: Create a PTR account. To create a PTR account,  log in to Battle.net Account Management and double-click on your Diablo III game license; this will bring you to the game management page. On this page, click “Create a PTR account.” 

    If you’ve participated in any previous Diablo III PTR (including the Reaper of Souls beta), the “Create PTR account” button may not appear. This is because you’ve already created a PTR account and can therefore skip this step.

    Step 2: Once you have created a PTR account, installed the Battle.net desktop, and logged in with your Battle.net credentials, select “Diablo III” from the main menu on the left-hand side of the application.

    Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the “Play” button (note that this may say “Install” if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select “PTR: Diablo III” from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

    Step 4: You should now have the option to install and play the patch 2.3.0 PTR.

    The 2.3.0 PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.

    PTR CHARACTER COPY:

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

    Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

    Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you’re done, return to the main character screen.

    Step 3: Click on the “PTR Copy” button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

    Step 4: Select your region.

    Step 5: Click “Copy.” This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

    Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

    Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

    As a reminder: Any progress made on the PTR will not transfer over to your live account. 

    FEEDBACK AND BUG REPORTING:

    Once you’ve had the chance to try things out, be sure to visit the Public Test forums to discuss the patch.

    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. 

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