Obvious vote is obvious… now that you’ve had a week to test out (or to complain and refuse to play while wearing your best “NO” face) the Diablo III v1.04 patch, what do you guys think? The patch brought buffs to dozens of character skills/runes, weakened monsters in many ways, increased drop rates, greatly improved Unique items, introduced the grind-tastic DiabloWikiParagon system, and much more.

    Our last podcast was all about the patch and both guests were strongly positive about it. I’ve also heard from a number of formerly-disenchanted fans who are back and playing happily now as well, and when I’ve been on my Friends List has been much more populated than in recent weeks.

    That’s all anecdotal evidence, though, so let’s get some science. Or at least some numbers.

    What do you think of the v1.04 patch changes?

    • 2) They are pretty good. (42%, 2,793 Votes)
    • 1) They are great. (27%, 1,807 Votes)
    • 3) Meh. Mixture of good and bad. (14%, 908 Votes)
    • 6) Not played/no opinion. (8%, 545 Votes)
    • 4) Lame. Game is unimproved. (7%, 438 Votes)
    • 5) Terrible. D3 is much worse now. (1%, 93 Votes)

    Total Voters: 6,584

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    Last Vote Results

    Last time we previewed v1.04 with a pair of votes by asking which class seemed to be getting the best and worst improvements. No real surprise that the WD dominated the best vote, with all the promised (and delivered) improvements to pets and other skills. I figure the Barb came in second just from Bliz’s promise not to nerf the OP and likely-unintended Double WW build.

    Which class is getting the BEST improvements in v1.0.4?

  • Witch Doctor (36%, 2,267 Votes)
  • Barbarian (27%, 1,678 Votes)
  • Not sure/no opinion. (22%, 1,373 Votes)
  • Demon Hunter (6%, 396 Votes)
  • Monk (5%, 347 Votes)
  • Wizard (4%, 259 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 6,320

    As for the worst projected improvements, the Wizard carried the day, no doubt due to the promised semi-nerf to her OP and likely-unintended WW build. This didn’t actually happen, and that build still works spectacularly, with some minor changes.

    This one got a lot fewer votes since the BEST changes vote was carried in the sidebar, and was thus visible to all site visitors for a week, while this one was only in the post itself.

    Which class is getting the WORST improvements in v1.0.4?

  • Wizard (30%, 970 Votes)
  • Not sure/no opinion. (22%, 714 Votes)
  • Monk (21%, 672 Votes)
  • Demon Hunter (16%, 521 Votes)
  • Witch Doctor (7%, 232 Votes)
  • Barbarian (4%, 120 Votes)
  • Total Voters: 3,229

    In retrospect, it doesn’t seem like any of the classes really deserved to be on the WORST list, since none of them were unimproved by the patch. It’s just a question of whether the weakest classes were improved enough to match the rest, or if the changes impacted them in meaningful ways, or just buffed junk skills that still aren’t quite good enough to put on the tool bar.

    Incidentally, I liked how every class got a fair number of total votes. Just add up the best+worst percentages: Witch Doctor 43%, Wizard 34%, Barbarian 31%, Monk 26%, Demon Hunter 22%. At least no class got like 4+7%, in a big “no one cares” result. Ironically, the big winner was “Not sure/no opinion,” which just outpointed the WD with 44% total.

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