Season Two End: Season Three Start Dates


The leaf should turn brown now?

The leaf should turn brown now?

Blizzard said they’d give us a two week warning, and here it is. Season Two will end on Sunday April 5th and Season Three will begin 5 days later, on Friday April 10th. Season Two End: Season Three Start Dates:

Season 2 will be ending at the following dates and times for each region:

  • North America: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. KST
  • Season 3 will be starting shortly after at the following dates and times for each region:

  • North America: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. KST

  • “Soon.”

    Click through for the full Blue post with info about seasonal characters and paragon points and blood shards and gear merging into the non-seasonal account. The drill is the same as when Season One ended, so probably not news to many of you guys.

    Blizzard’s video tutorial about the end of Seasons.

    The Season Rollover:

    Seasonal players know there has been no shortage of gold, gear, or Paragon levels to grind. So what happens to all that hard earned progress when a Season ends? In short, you get to keep just about all of it.

    Here’s a list of all the rewards from this Season you can expect your non-Seasonal heroes to enjoy:

    Heroes

    Seasonal heroes will be converted to either non-Seasonal Normal or Hardcore mode heroes, as appropriate. There’s no need to delete any characters to make room for them; your Seasonal heroes will continue to use the same slot they currently occupy in your roster after the rollover.

    Gold

  • Any gold you earn during the Season will transfer to your non-Seasonal heroes.
  • Paragon Experience

  • The total amount of Paragon experience earned is the amount that rolls over, not your raw total amount of Paragon levels gained.
  • For example, if your Seasonal heroes reached Paragon 300, but your current non-Seasonal heroes are already Paragon 400, your new non-Seasonal Paragon level will still be less than Paragon 700 since higher Paragon levels take more experience to earn.
  • Blood Shards

  • Similar to gold, any Blood Shards you have available at the end of the Season will transfer to your non-Seasonal heroes.
  • If your non-Seasonal heroes are currently at the Blood Shard cap, any Blood Shards you earn once the Season ends will temporarily ignore the cap. You can spend these at your leisure; however, note that you cannot pick up any additional Blood Shards until you are below the current cap.
  • Items

  • Items that are currently equipped on a hero or that hero’s inventory will stay on that hero as it moves to a non-Seasonal game mode.
  • Items that are in your Seasonal stash will be sent through the in-game mail system to your non-Seasonal heroes. These items can be claimed by any non-Seasonal hero for up to 30 days from the time you first log in after the Season ends. To access these items, enter a game and hit the Mail icon located in the lower-left corner of your screen to open up your inbox.
  • Artisan Progress and Recipes

  • If your Seasonal Artisans are a higher level than your non-Seasonal Artisans at the end of the Season, their level will transfer to your non-Seasonal Artisans.
  • Any recipes you have on your Seasonal Artisans that are not available to your non-Seasonal Artisans will be transferred as well.
  • Shared Stash

  • Any Shared Stash slots or tabs you purchase during a Season that are not currently available to your non-Seasonal heroes will be transferred accordingly.
  • Achievements

  • Any Achievements or Achievement progress made during the Season is automatically applied to your non-Seasonal Achievement profile. This happens in real time and does not require the Season to end first. Your Achievement point total is also updated appropriately throughout the Season.
  • Season 2 Rewards

  • All players who reach level 70 on a hero in Season 2 will unlock exclusive Boots and Pants transmogrification appearances. These appearances will unlock immediately upon hitting level 70 on a Seasonal hero, and will be available on Seasonal and non-Seasonal heroes alike (even before the Season concludes). To access your new appearances, simply visit Miriam the Mystic and open the Transmogrification tab.
  • In addition, unique banner rewards will be available for those who go the extra mile and earn a few Achievements! Similar to the transmogrification rewards, these banner rewards will be available to all your characters immediately upon unlocking them. You’ll receive the following based on the number of Achievement points you’ve netted:
  • 100: Banner Shape
  • 200: Banner Pattern
  • 300: Banner Accent
  • 400: Banner Sigil
  • Note that all heroes, rewards, and progress will convert to the appropriate non-Seasonal game mode. Any items, gold, Paragon experience, Achievements, Artisan levels or recipes, Stash space, and Blood Shards earned on Normal Seasonal heroes with transfer to your Normal non-Seasonal heroes when the season is over. Similarly, anything you’ve earned on Hardcore Seasonal heroes will transfer to your Hardcore non-Season heroes instead.

    Season 2 Conquests:

    Unlike other rewards, Conquests do not roll over at the end of the Season (because they aren’t available to non-Seasonal heroes). This also means that your non-Seasonal Achievement point total will not be affected by any Conquests you earn during a Season.

    Worry not; your mighty deeds will still be chronicled in the Records page of your profile for you to view at any time!

    season 2 conquests

    Season 2 Leaderboards:

    Once the Season ends, all Seasonal Leaderboards will be wiped and you will be unable to attain new Leaderboard ranks until the next Season begins. The results of the previous Season’s Leaderboards will remain available for viewing in-game. Once the new Season begins, a handy drop-down menu will allow you swap between the current and previous Season records.

    Don’t forget that you can also view current and past Leaderboards right here on our website.

    The non-Seasonal Greater Rift Leaderboard will be unaffected by the end of Season and you’ll still be able to compete on them with your non-Seasonal heroes (including those who have just rolled over). These Leaderboards will be reset at a later date; we’ll have more information available as the end of the Era draws nearer!

    season 2 leaderboards

    Season 2 End & Season 3 Start Dates:

    There will be a short period of time between when a Season ends and the next begins. During this time, you’ll be able to sort through your rollover rewards and review your progress on the Leaderboards. It’s a great time to reflect on the accomplishments you’ve made and enjoy the culmination of your pre and post-Season loot hunts!

    Season 2 will be ending at the following dates and times for each region:

  • North America: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Sunday, April 5 @ 9:00 p.m. KST
  • Season 3 will be starting shortly after at the following dates and times for each region:

  • North America: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. PDT
  • Europe: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. CEST
  • Asia: Friday, April 10 @ 6:00 p.m. KST
  • For time zone assistance, click here. We look forward to seeing you in Season 3!

    If Season Two didn’t feel dead to people already, it probably does now? I haven’t had time to play lately because IRL, but if I did I’m not sure I would? Or you could swing the other way, and throw yourself into it in a last attempt to clock some record Grift clears before the season ends? That probably should be a thing in Hardcore, since you’re probably not going to play your S2 chars again once S3 begins, so why not go out with a (potential) bang?

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    1. If the third season will be as long as the second and the speculations on release of the 2nd expansion before this years Blizzcon are not unfounded, then Blizz aiming for a late June release to make use of the 15th anniversary of D2-Vanilla may indeed be a real probability.

      • man, that's counting a lot of hops forward from limited data…

        That said, the brevity of s2 is puzzling. S1 running 5 months was definitely excessive, but just 7 weeks for S2 seems abrupt… unless there's some larger time table in operation. (Though I don't see why/how a season just starting or ending would have any relevance to announcing an expansion pack.)

        • They've more or less admitted season length will be determined by patching schedules. Since 2.2 is pretty much ready to go, I guess they figured there's not much point hanging around. It would be very weird to have the PTR close (or just not be updated) for weeks while season 2 carries on.

          • I would argue 2.2 is about 33% ready to go but to each his own.

            Flux, to me they have a new attitude on seasons. Don't worry about builds being complete or carefully balanced. If season XYZ is dominated by a few classes/builds then no worries–it won't last very long. Season ABC will come along in a few weeks and different classes/builds may dominate that one.

            This approach is further reinforced by the insane power creep happening. If new season characters can be LOLing through T6 in 1-2 days, then a season length measured in a handful of weeks is probably long enough and/or too long.

            • Looking back a couple of weeks later, it seems even more rushed. Content patches and big balancing still going up on the PTR just days before v2.2 is due to launch. That's unusual; they usually go into just minor fine tuning for at least a couple of weeks before a patch goes live.

              Thus it seems more and more like they've got some larger time table and wanted to rush and launch v2.2 and S3 a few weeks ahead of what would have been an easier schedule.

              I don't buy any D3 expansion time table, but perhaps there's something big going on with B.net later in April and the tech support or computer power is required to launch a patch and wipe the leaderboards and start a new season wouldn't have been available, so they're rushing to push it up ahead of time?

        • "man, that's counting a lot of hops forward from limited data…"

          Indeed, it is. And I'd honestly be more than a little surprised if it'd turn out that I had called it right here. Even if they'd really pick a release date before Blizzcon, they'd probably want to announce it at Gamescom or so beforehand and still run the hypetrain a bit.

          • I assume they'd want to start a new season right when a hypothetical xpack launched (or maybe time it to be between seasons for the first weeks after launch?) So maybe if/when that time is coming closer we can try to estimate by the pace of the season.

    2. I stopped playing season 2 shortly after getting the transmogs , around a week later , even that was longer than I had planned . I actually geared my crusader in that time but there was no more incentives .
      I think the length of season 1 bored the hell out of me , by the end of November I had gone back to non season .
      I can wait for the new legendary items , they aren't all that after all . So went back to non season after a week and stopped playing , I just feel like crap when I log in nowadays . I usually sit there or run a quick T6 for yet another 0 drop and log out , not been on for a few weeks now . I don't think I will play again for a while . Just log in at the start of a new season and get to 70 for the transmog , then back to other games .

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