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Blizzard's Season Four Preview

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  1. Flux

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    [caption id="attachment_385132" align="alignright" width="350"][​IMG] Season Journey begins in Season 4.[/caption]Blizzard has posted a blog covering the new features in Season 4, with info on the Season Journey, new Legendary Items, Conquests & Achievements, and Cosmetic rewards. The feature is mostly geared to casual players or those who don't follow the PTR, so likely you guys know more about these features than the preview tells, but just in case...

    Here's a quote of the FAQ, featuring a bunch of questions no one has ever actually asked. (Well, except for the first one.) Blizzard's Season Four Preview:


    Frequently Asked Questions



    Q: When does Season 4 start?
    A: Season 4 begins August 28 at 5 p.m. PDT in North America, 5 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5 p.m. KST in Asia.

    Q: How long will Season 4 last?
    A: While we don’t have a specific time frame to share for Season 4, we anticipate that it will be at least three months long.

    Q: When are the Leaderboards being wiped for Season 3?
    A: Leaderboards will be cleared once the Season comes to a close. Though the leaderboards are eventually cleared, they will be preserved both in-game and here on our website if you wish to review your Season 3 accomplishments.

    Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
    A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras.” We currently anticipate the next wipe to coincide with the transition to Season 4, although this may not be the case for future Seasons.

    Q: Will Seasons be coming to console?
    A: Some features on console are best designed for that platform, and the same is true for the PC version of the game. A large part of the fun of Seasons is the entire community rerolling heroes together at the same time. Because the offline and disconnected nature of console does not support this style of play, we do not currently have plans to implement Seasons on console.[source]http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/19824753/first-look-season-4-8-11-2015[/source]


    Note that Season 4 is set to be "at least 3 months" in length. That would take us into late November, well past the time of Blizzcon, so whatever Diablo 3 news we might get at the show, it doesn't seem timed to the start or end of anything in the D3 patch/season schedule.

    Click through for the whole preview, and if you want a lot more depth than this blue preview offers, check out our past articles on the new Season Journey and Season 4 Conquests (AKA power creep!).




    First Look - Season 4



    Patch 2.3.0 is headed your way soon, loaded with cool new features for Diablo III. Among all the excitement over what’s ahead for the game, we’ve seen many players ask important questions about what they should expect in Season 4, which we’ll be addressing in the following guide.

    As before, those who play in Season 4 will have access to Season-exclusive Legendary items, cosmetic rewards and transmogrification effects. We’ll highlight these below, plus the GLOOOORIOUS new Season Journey interface. Ready or not, it’s time to see what’s in store for you in Season 4!


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    Season Journey Interface


    Your journey through Sanctuary is unique, nephalem. In order to better celebrate your accomplishments, as well as guide newcomers through Sanctuary and help players compare their progress from one Season to the next, we’ve added the Season Journey.

    This helpful tool is easily found on the main menu screen in Patch 2.3.0 when a Seasonal hero is selected, and helps you track and plan your Season progress easily. Upon opening the interface, you’ll find the game’s challenges categorized into Chapters and Tiers separated by degrees of difficulty.

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    Chapters include challenges designed to be within reach of most players, and should you finish all of them in Season 4, you’ll be awarded a brand new cosmetic pet and portrait. Meanwhile, Tiers represent a true test of your mettle, and grant you exclusive portrait frames upon completion, perfect for showcasing your Seasonal accomplishments.

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    New Legendary Items


    Season 4 also brings exciting new Season-exclusive Legendary items for you to enjoy. These include the Legendary Gem, Bane of the Stricken, along with class-specific items like Dishonored Legacy and Sacred Harness. We won’t spoil the surprise of finding them all, but we’ve included a few of these below, including the purr-fectly crafted new Witch Doctor mojo—Henri’s Perquisition.

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    New Conquests and Achievements


    Conquests have returned in Season 4, and include a mix of challenges both updated and new. Among these are On A Good Day / I Can’t Stop and Boss Mode / Worlds Apart, both of which now reflect the brand-new Torment X difficulty. We’ve also upped the ante on Divinity / Lionhearted, which are achieved when you reach solo Greater Rift 60. Finally, for the true theorycrafters among you, we’ve added the intriguing new challenge The Thrill / Superhuman, which requires you to reach Greater Rift 40 without benefiting from Class Set item bonuses. As with Conquests in past Seasons, you’ll be able to see how well you completed these epic feats compared with other players on the Leaderboards.

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    If you’ve somehow managed to chew through these and find yourself hungry for even more challenges, we’ve also added several Achievements requiring you to complete certain objectives when facing bosses. Can you kill The Savage Behemoth and The Undying One within 5 seconds of each other in the Realm of Turmoil? Now, you’ll be able to prove it!

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    New Cosmetic Rewards


    For those who missed out on the Conqueror’s transmogrification set from past Seasons, you’ll have a shot at obtaining a few pieces once more. The head and shoulder parts from this set will be available in Season 4 to those who reach level 70 with at least one Seasonal hero.

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    Q: When does Season 4 start?

    A: Season 4 begins August 28 at 5 p.m. PDT in North America, 5 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5 p.m. KST in Asia.

    Q: How long will Season 4 last?

    A: While we don’t have a specific timeframe to share for Season 4, we anticipate that it will be at least three months long.

    Q: When are the Leaderboards being wiped for Season 3?

    A: Leaderboards will be cleared once the Season comes to a close. Though the leaderboards are eventually cleared, they will be preserved both in-game and here on our website if you wish to review your Season 3 accomplishments.

    Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?

    A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras.” We currently anticipate the next wipe to coincide with the transition to Season 4, although this may not be the case for future Seasons.

    Q: Will Seasons be coming to console?

    A: Some features on console are best designed for that platform, and the same is true for the PC version of the game. A large part of the fun of Seasons is the entire community rerolling heroes together at the same time. Because the offline and disconnected nature of console does not support this style of play, we do not currently have plans to implement Seasons on console.



    Are You Ready?


    There’s so much to look forward to in Season 4, and we can’t wait to see what you’ll achieve. With brand new Set items and Kanai’s Cube to shake up the game, this may be our best Season yet!

    Have you already picked the build you’ll be using in Season 4, or are you planning to see what you can achieve using an old favorite? How far will you go in your Season Journey, and how much power will you wield by the time the Season ends? Share your plans below—and best of luck in the new Season!


    [source]http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/19824753/first-look-season-4-8-11-2015[/source]


    It's more than two weeks until S4 kicks off, but that's plenty of time to start getting excite. If you want to stoke the fires of your anticipation, don't play any for a week or more before the season. Especially if you did a lot of PTR testing (like me) it's good to forget what you were doing and let some space develop between you and the game, so when you dive back in it feels new and fresh. Like getting back with an Ex after some time apart!

    And then the bitter acrimony begins again... okay, maybe not the best example. But I bet none of your exes have a Kanai's Cube offering you new legendary powers, now do they?
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  2. koko

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    Yes better take a week off the 2000% legendary drop rate buff and the 300% experience buff. Level 1 to 70 is exactly one T6 rift... Power leveling has never been so simple.
     
  3. Turbojugend

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    kurrrrap :( henri's perquisition? wtf kinda name is that for a cat mojo?!
     
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    I might need to play as a Witch Doctor just to be able to use a cat named Henri in battle.
     

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