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Creating good random map generators is a difficult task in video games, and something we’ve seen done with relative success in all of the Diablo games. Diablo 1 had four dungeon types with quite different maps for each area, though all were just big squares with different arrangements of the pieces within them. (The Hellfire […]
Greater Rift Changes Coming: Less RNG, No Conduit Pylons?
Last week Blizzard replied to questions about the goal of Greater Rifts and how they are balanced. Here’s the meat of last week’s address: Today he returned to that thread and added a couple of replies about what sort of changes we might see for the future of Greater Rifts. Greater Rift Changes Coming: Less […]
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Seasonal Greater Rift 52 (3 Players)

Posted 25 Oct 2014 by at 23:42 GMT

On reddit, Gabynator posted a video of his 3 player party as they run through and complete a level 52 greater rift. The website is being slow as I type this but this would make them Seasonal Rank #1 – 3 Player Greater Rift.

Their party consisted of Gaby’s Demon Hunter, and a Barbarian and Witch Doctor. That Conduit at the end though.

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Some Diablo 3 Achievements are Bugged + Work Around

Posted 25 Oct 2014 by at 09:40 GMT

Top Achievers in the IncHC Europe clan.

Top Achievers in the IncHC Europe clan.

The quiet week for Blues continues with a technical support post sharing a workaround for a bug with Achievements.

About the Unique collection achievement, yesterday I killed 3, they got uncheck after I log out. This morning those 3 got cheked again so I went hunting and got another 5 killed. Now these 5 got uncheked like before. Still missing one but what the point in finding it if this crap continues.
Tsarnis: We’ve heard a few reports about this as well, and while we are still investigating this achievement in particular, one workaround we have found that helps ensure that you retain progress for this is to make sure you stay logged in for 5 to 10 minutes after completing each criteria item. This isn’t ideal, but this seems to be a viable workaround.

I read this and realize that I have no idea if I have these achievements. In fact, I’m certain that most/all of my Achievements could hang up on bugs without me knowing, since I never look at them. Which isn’t to say I disapprove of people who do; I sometimes sort our IncGamers Hardcore clans on US and EU by achievements, and there are multiple players with over 10k in achievement points, which amazes me as I’ve played all the classes and quite a bit of Seasonal (thus doubling up a lot of achievement points) and I’m barely over 8000.

Do you guys enjoy achievements? Grind for them? Value them for great justice?

If not, what changes (if any) would you like to see to Achievements? I hadn’t really thought about it until now, but if there were tangible game rewards, not just the number on your account, I’d probably care more about them.

What if every 500 or 1000 achievement points got you double MF/GF/EXP for an hour, or a day? What if there was some short duration buff every time you pinged a new ‘chieve? Or would such direct bonuses be impure and unclean, and detract from the holy purity of earning achievements purely for their own sake? (Plus the E-PEEN, of course.)

Update: Added a vote, spurred by comments debating in-game Achievement bonuses.

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Vote: Which are your favorite Legendary Gems?

Posted 24 Oct 2014 by at 11:09 GMT

The answer is clear...

The answer is clear…

ZappaFan started a thread in our Hardcore forum asking players to name their favorite DiabloWikiLegendary Gems. Most replies focus on function rather than fashion, which is to be expected in a HC forum… but even there style sometimes wins out! A few quotes from the “Which are your favorite Legendary Gems?” thread:

Lightning Leap Barb: Bane of the Trapped & Wreath of Lightning (so far). Bane/Trapped is kind of a no-brainer since I’m using the 3 second Stun rune for Leap, so all my Leap Quakes do extra damage. Plus it’s pretty hard to beat the lvl 25 attribute. I like the Wreath of Lightning because it scales linearly and is fairly effective right out of the gate. Plus it’s way cool. The speed bonus at lvl 25 is nice, too.

Solely Monk input here, as often happens with me :p

  • Gogok for ZDPS and SWK Genwuko monk (15% CDR and IAS, impossible to pass up)
  • BotP for quick T6 farming and decent usefulness in high GR as well
  • Mirinae if you have a proc skill (WotHF:FoF or TR:Electric Field)
  • Taeguk is great for hardcore, just gotta learn to keep the buff up
  • –Grishok

    I’m pretty boring in gem preferences: Powerful, Trapped, and Toxin. Jade Harvester build; these seem to work well with it. I’m slowly leveling others and I’ll probably mess around with the Smite one (in lieu of BotP).

    For myself, I tend to use the DPS+ LGems, and I feel drawn to ones that make cool shiny visuals. Mirinae isn’t as effective as Pain Enhancer for most high crit characters, but all those golden Smites of Light make it seem so much more sparkly, compared to Pain Enhancer’s invisible damage buff. An even bigger example is Bane of the Powerful which is probably the most impactful gem… but does nothing visually other than the buff icon. Imagine if it added a cool graphic to your character as well? Or take the opposite extreme; Boon of the Hoarder has very little function in-game (aside from some infinite-toughness Goldwrapers), especially below level 25, and yet plenty of people keep using it even if they are already rich… I think largely since it’s so fun to see all those stacks of gold popping everywhere.

    So, survey time. Which are your favorite gems to use? You can pick up to three, and you don’t have to vote for the 3 you use most often. Effective =/= fun, after all.

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    Silent Blues = Blizzard is Preparing for Blizzcon

    Posted 23 Oct 2014 by at 12:01 GMT

    blizzcon 2014A fan asked why so few Blue replies of late, and got a Blue reply. Magic! Silent Blues = Blizzard is Preparing for Blizzcon:

    I got used to seeing a few blue responses, and like a hotfix a week. Lately there has been just utter silence from all blue posts and hotfixes. Anyone know whats up?

    Whenever Blizcon is on the horizon, blue posts and changes become scarce because they are preparing for it. If they leaked all their plans in advance, then they will not have much to present at the convention.
    Tyvalir: The weeks leading up to BlizzCon are an exciting and busy time, and we’re looking forward to sharing some new info with all of you shortly. At the same time, it’s worth noting that it’s quite normal for there to be periods of time in Diablo IIII where there’s just not a lot of info to share, especially between patches.

    All the same, we really do appreciate you all sharing your feelings about the game, where you want to see improvements, and what you hope to see in the future. Above all, we hope you remember that just because we may not be as talkative as usual, it doesn’t mean we aren’t listening (or working on the game)!

    In my all-too-long experience, I can say that a general decrease in Blue forum activity is a pretty common thing pre-Blizzcon. Tyvalir says they’ll have new infos for us soon, which I assume means at Blizzcon. We’ve heard nothing about their Blizzcon plans, aside from the two D3 panels previously announced as part of the show schedule:

  • Friday at 2:15 – 3:15 PST – Diablo III, What’s Next. Join the Reaper of Souls developers as they discuss the new features and concepts that will be coming soon to the world of Sanctuary.
  • Saturday 12:45 – 1:45 PST – Evolving Reaper of Souls. Explore the team’s ever-evolving design philosophies, and learn about changes now in development. Then watch the developers team up with the community to create a new Legendary item for looting in a future patch.
  • I’ll be at the show this year, checking out the new (?) stuff and chatting with some of the devs. Presumably they’ll have a playable D3 demo, but what could it hold, if anything, in terms of new content? What do you guys expect from Blizzcon 2014 in terms of Diablo 3?

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    Diablo Fan Art Watch #261: Fan Classes

    Posted 23 Oct 2014 by at 08:00 GMT

    This week on the Diablo Fan Art Watch we feature 5 pieces of art featuring fan made classes based on the Diablo world.

    Some completely new and a few based on older classes like from Diablo 2. Check these amazing class ideas and their art behind them.

    The Shadowthief by Eristhe, The Amazona by NouraGK, The Demonologist, Necromancer, and Druid by SammaeL89.

    Click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image.

    If you enjoy Fan art and want to contribute to this growing community, please stop by the Fan Creations Forum. Many artists visit frequently, posting works in progress looking for feedback and conversation. You don’t have to be “arty” to join in. If you have any questions, comments or have some fan art related news on the web please send me a PM and I’ll get back to you. Also check out the wiki page for more art from the archives.

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    Alkaizer’s Solo Level 44 Greater Rift no Conduit

    Posted 23 Oct 2014 by at 00:00 GMT

    Alkaizer posted up a video on him tearing through a solo level 44 greater rift. No conduits no pylons just running around training, kiting, and controlling the mobs. With that as I am writing this makes him, Rank #1 Crusader Greater Rift Solo for the season so far.

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    Enchanting Hotfix for the Consoles

    Posted 22 Oct 2014 by at 20:41 GMT

    Blizzard recently rolled out a hotfix on the console servers a few hrs ago. The hotfix was for the Ultimate Edition for the PS3 & PS4 and it made adjustments for the mats needed to enchant Amulets and rings from the Mystic.

    Greetings everyone,

    A hotfix has been issued for Ultimate Evil Edition which affects the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. This hotfix makes an adjustment to the materials needed to enchant Amulets and Rings at the Mystic, reducing the quality of required gems from Flawless Imperial to Imperial.

    Please note that since this is a console hotfix, as opposed to a full client patch, there are some key differences of which players should be aware.

    • Parental Controls:
      • PS3 and PS4 users who are Parentally Restricted will not receive the hotfix. In order to modify Parental Control settings for these consoles, please refer to Sony’s Support Sites for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

    • New Gaming Sessions:
      • On the PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, users may be required to play online* in order for the hotfix to be saved between gaming sessions. Ultimate Evil Edition games created on one of these consoles while offline may not have the hotfix enabled.
      • On the PS4, users will only need to download and install the hotfix once while signed into their PlayStation Network account. After the hotfix has been downloaded and installed, no additional steps will be required. The hotfix will remain active, even if subsequent games are created offline.

    Users on all four platforms must be signed into their respective PlayStation Network or Xbox Live accounts to be eligible for hotfix (PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are not required, however). The hotfix will automatically download in the background when you progress to Ultimate Evil Edition’s Main Menu.

    *This is not a change to Ultimate Evil Edition’s optional offline play mode. Ultimate Evil Edition games created on PS3, Xbox 360, or Xbox One which were previously hotfixed, but are no longer connected online can still be played as normal; however, the hotfix may not be active.

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    Nightfalls: Diablo Clone or Copy?

    Posted 22 Oct 2014 by at 02:51 GMT

    Nightfalls is a browser based free to play MMO by 37Games. This little gem of a game popped up on reddit. The game features an archangel who falls from heaven and comes down to help the people of this world to defeat the demons.

    Her name is Sherri, and she has five followers: Crusader, Warlock, Cabalist, Monk, and Witch Doctor. Their recently released concept art you might find familiar in many ways. Some of these will be blatant, while others will have their own twist, but still have certain art being reused.

    The setting also feels familiar to Diablo. Here’s the background from the games facebook page.

    A long time ago, the battle between angels and devils was still raging. Archangel Arius fell in love with devil Lilith and defected. This unholy union of angel and devil brought an offspring of humans. Afterwards, angels won the battle with devils and sealed three Devil Kings temporarily with the Sealing Stone. However, angels have differences of opinion on how to deal with human beings. In the Angel Congress, Sherri admitted to protecting human beings and also granted human beings the duty to guard Sealing Stone. The human hero King Lee Twist who had once sealed Devil King was in turn lured by Devil King and proceeded to lose his mind. The Sealing Stone loosened and Angel Congress was disappointed with human beings. Therefore, in order to save human beings, Sherri gave up her angel status and came to the earth to find the Sealing Stone with human beings. At this time, the daughter of Devil King, Sia, found the Sealing Stone and became the new Dark Goddess. Even though Sia was Sherri’s friend, she had to kill Sia. As the one who sealed the Devil King, the fate befell to him and memories of the battle are destined to plague his mind forever.

    You can also find a more in depth description of the game here.

    But what this falls into is this: Is it a DiabloWikiDiablo clone or copy? The art above makes me feel like the game will have a diablo clone feel. Sadly no game-play is even shown yet just concept art. While the copy aspect is clearly in the concept art and idea of the followers. I think its a blend of the two with some twists. What do you guys think?

    Update#1: Oh it looks like they removed all of their diablo looking images save for this new one with the monk.

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    Metallica set to play BlizzCon 2014

    Posted 21 Oct 2014 by at 17:15 GMT

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    This years audio feast at BlizzCon will be provided by Metallica. The monsters of metal will be closing this year’s show and it’s quite a catch for Blizzard. James Hetfield comes across as a bit of a greedy git, Blizzard probably had to fork out quite a bit to get them to play.

    It should be a decent show as long as there’s plenty of early tracks from Master of Puppets and Ride the Lightning. Let’s face it they’ve not really done anything decent since the black album and that was back in the 90s. Not going? Then you can watch it all with the Virtual Ticket.

    Update: Much debate in the comments, spurred by Rush-lover Rush’s anti-Metallica comments. So let’s tack on a vote and see some opinions. What kind of music, if any, would you like to see in Blizzcon’s closing ceremony?

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    Toughness is Useless at Higher Greater Rifts?

    Posted 21 Oct 2014 by at 12:06 GMT

    A fan on the EU forums brought up the issue of Toughness meaning nothing in higher Greater Rifts, and after a few replies brought up Pylons as a massive difference maker in Grifts, a Blue jumped in and exacta-quoted another Blue post by Grimiku from last week. This one, about randomness in the game and how it can be too much sometimes, ala Conduit shrines making or breaking Grift record runs.

    I’m not going to quote the whole Blue again, even with a different author, but I thought the OP’s initial point deserved some

    discussion. The issue has come up recently on the podcast and in other conversations I’ve seen — the fact that Toughness becomes largely irrelevant past about Grift 40. The reason is that Monster damage is so high at that point that almost anything nasty, including common and all-but-undodgeable Elite Modifiers like Jailer or Thunderstorm, will one-shot most characters. This causes players to push all their gear bonuses to the offensive side of the scale, and strongly impacts which classes/builds are the most viable.

    And the toughness scaling issue is part of the reason that melee characters are at such a big disadvantage on higher Grifts, and why Hardcore characters, the best of whom can clear GR 30 about as fast as Softcore characters, are almost unseen past GR35.

    A few weeks ago we posted a video showing a 150k HPS Wizard with under 3 million Toughness beating GR38 (in softcore, obviously). That seemed crazy at the time, but in retrospect… he had the right strategy, he was just utilizing it 5 or 6 GRifts too soon. Playing with radically too little toughness is a novelty below GR40, but above that level it’s pretty much the law of the land.

    So what do you guys think? Does the ever-scaling difficulty of GRifts mean they’ll always be dominated by ranged characters? How could the game, or toughness, be changed to even things out? Better passives or gear bonuses for the tank classe? Lowered monster melee damage? Boosting the 30% melee char damage reduction up to 50%… or higher? Or just introduce 2 new ranged chars in the next expansion and say to hell with balance past GR35?

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    ArtificialFear’s Tristram Theme Metal

    Posted 19 Oct 2014 by at 22:42 GMT

    ArtificialFear made a video showing an amazing Tristram Theme Metal song he had created. You must watch it, it speaks for itself.

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    Play Your Way Thursday: Round 4 VOD

    Posted 19 Oct 2014 by at 05:25 GMT

    Blizzard made the VOD for the Thursday Livestream now available for viewing. There was much craziness and much almost death in their hardcore shenanigans.

    Last Thursday, we hopped on Twitch and livestreamed a very special Hardcore edition of Play Your Way, featuring Majier’s “Sweeping Thunder” Crusader and special guest, deadmau5! If you missed the live broadcast, the VOD of our play session is now available on both Twitch and YouTube.

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    For our fourth Play Your Way livestream, associate game designer Don Vu convinced Majier#1230 and I into leveling up new Seasonal heroes to join himself and Joel “deadmau5” Zimmerman in Hardcore mode. The threat of permanent death was very real, and you better bet my heart was racing the entire stream!

    We started out with Nephalem Rifts on Torment III and pushed our way past Torment VI. After our successes there, we challenged ourselves to Greater Rift levels 25-29! Want to see how we fared? Then check the video embedded video below or watch the VOD directly on Twitch or YouTube.

    Curious about the builds we were running? Here’s what we were rolling with:

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    Thanks to those who joined us in chat, especially those demanding blood tribute.

    Until next time, keep playing your way and don’t forget to send in your builds for a chance to join us on stream!

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    Diablo Fan Art Watch #260: The Wizard IX

    Posted 19 Oct 2014 by at 04:07 GMT

    This week on the Diablo Fan Art Watch we feature 10 more pieces featuring the wielder of the arcane and students of the Yshari Sanctum; the Wizard.

    This collection shows the Wizard as always in various styles capturing their magic.

    Art by 949207, N647, nilzenmate89, Tigrsasha, GeimoAio, crysiblu, FirebladePrez, ameshin, yy6242, and ZennaX.

    Click the thumbnail to see a larger version of the image.

    If you enjoy Fan art and want to contribute to this growing community, please stop by the Fan Creations Forum. Many artists visit frequently, posting works in progress looking for feedback and conversation. You don’t have to be “arty” to join in. If you have any questions, comments or have some fan art related news on the web please send me a PM and I’ll get back to you. Also check out the wiki page for more art from the archives.

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    First Greater Rift 50 Solo Clear: Demon Hunter

    Posted 18 Oct 2014 by at 03:37 GMT

    Hail to the master race.

    Hail to the true master race.

    We posted early this week about the first four-player clear of a Greater Rift 50 in Seasons, and looking now there are several other groups at 50 or 51 in non-seasons on the US and EU. There’s even a group up to 52 on the Asian server.

    How about solo play? Has anyone beaten GR 50 yet by themselves? First Greater Rift 50 Solo Clear: Demon Hunter! A DH on the Korean server managed the feat Friday night, finishing GR50 in 14:09, making him the first person on any server to solo clear GR50. The GR50 DH’s account can be seen here, but there’s not much to learn from it if you don’t read Korean, since Google translation isn’t of much use.

    The second character to beat 50 was also on the Korean Realm, a Barbarian who did it in 12:29 earlier today… but I’m assuming that the Barbs on Asia are cheating the same way US/EU Barbs are, so meh. (And yes, it’s possible some/all of the highest DHs are cheating the same way the Barbs are; by tricking the game into allowing four players in for the Guardian battle.)

    Assuming the DHs are doing it legit, congrats to them. No one has managed a GR50 solo on the US or EU yet, but several Demon Hunters are very close. There’s a non-seasonal a GR49 DH on US and a 48 on EU. Hopefully the contestants are streaming or recording their games, and we’ll get a video for a solo GR50 to prove it was legit.


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    “Leave the Group” Diablo Parody about GRift Exploits

    Posted 17 Oct 2014 by at 03:33 GMT

    Archon posted a video of a Diablo Parody song he sang on the subject of Greater Rift Exploits. It’s a short video and a quick rap on the subject.

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