The Diablo 3 Podcast #182: PTR Patch 2.3.0, Week One

The first week of Patch 2.3.0 on the PTR was awesome, if you could ever get into a game. Kanai’s Cube skills and recipe economy issues, new Monk item sets, GR ranking snapshot controversy, and much more. Featuring N3rdwards, Muggs, and Flux.

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The Diablo 3 Podcast #182: PTR Patch 2.3.0, Week One

  • 0:30 — The first week of the PTR, or the first 87 days if you’ve been in a queue. What’s everyone been testing on the PTR, and how the theory-crafting of legendary powers from Kanai’s Cube compare to the actuality.
  • 7:30 — Nerdwards laments the CC-nerfs that have ruined his Wizard build. Witch Doctor time?
  • 12:00 — The eternal PTR queues make some kinds of testing much harder; no GRift fishing and not enough Cache materials. Flux’s miserable, unskippable GR49 ordeal.
  • 19:00 — Testing the Uliana’s Stratagem set and finding it lacking, but other Monk set combos are insanely powerful.
  • 28:00 — Torment 7-10 changes and differences. Double Death’s Breaths drops, 2 or 3 organs per Uber, massively more EXP, can’t judge item drops because 2000% community buff.
  • 39:00 — Kanai’s Cube recipes discussion. Legendary power extract… what’s it like doing caches in all five acts?
  • 49:00 — Upgrade rare item to legendary item. Wildly OP with such low material cost. Soon to be nerfed? Convert Set Item is even more OP, Blizzard has said it will be adjusted.
  • 57:00 — Remove level requirement from any item. So useful for softcore twinking! Could a character go 1 to 70 in 1 minute, leeching in a T10 rift with full -level req +exp gear on?
  • 1:07:00 — Snapshot of your gear/skills/cube when you get a top 1000 Leaderboard. Great feature or ruins the ability to work on your own secret build?
  • 1:15:00 — PTR first world problems… inventory is always full! Sick of double Blood Thieves and another trip to town!

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    1. Did we stop publishing Podcast episodes on iTunes? Haven’t seen this episode or the last in the Podcast app. Nothing since the 24th of June? Commutes get long with no new Flux Talk

    2. I’m surprised nobody has mentioned that if converting crafting mats is a 1 to 1 ratio, then all mats are exactly the same and having different colors is tedious and irrelevant. Having a system where you have enough materials (1000 yellow, 0 blue, 0 white), but you have to do a trivial 1 to 1 conversion before you can craft (300 yellow, 300 blue, 400 white) is clunky as hell .

      Bliz has to either come up with something unique about each crafting mat and make the conversion rate more taxing (2 to 1 as an example), or just consolidate white/blue/yellow crafting mats into a single universal crafting mat and be done with it.

    3. The Summer of Soccer continues!  The CONCACAF Gold Cup is in full swing!

    4. I really like the Podcast. I am a new returning player. I was wondering if you could explain what Botting is in relation to D3? Do the bots have an AI and actually go around killing things? I just don't understand what the Bots are doing. I do not understand why anyone would want to ruin their game experience with Bots. It is like you paid money for a computer to play a computer game. Thank you Dan

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