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The State of the Monk: Additional follower or future OP class?

state of the monk in diablo 3It’s no surprise that the Monk class has been in need of some love pre 2.1. However with the second iteration of the patch on the PTR that need has not yet been abided. People are still clamoring for more sweeping changes(pun intended).

I was a heavy Monk user pre ROS and took a break with the xpac to delve into my first love(WD) and my new fling(crusader). I returned to the Monk only a few weeks ago and what I found was a shell of what I had left. After suffering for a long time as a WD it was nice when they finally rose to prominence. After a while on the top I wanted a new challenge and set my sights back on my monk, however even this challenge seems to daunting then all that time as a struggling WD. Diablo Forum MVP Druin put together an eloquent look at the myriad issues facing the class:


Hello everyone!

I am back from vacation and I am looking to write up a concise review of where we stand in 2.1.

My plan is to give a quick overview of our major issues then discuss the 2.1 changes and how they affect the various facets of our class.

I will be using this thread to fine-tune what we want to communicate to the devs and then I will make a major “state of monks in 2.1″ thread on the PTR forums to attempt to get some help for our lovely class! :D

1. Current Monk Issues

Damage

This is really at the forefront of the monk issues.

Since the release of RoS, monks have been having a tough time with DPS. We have a very limited range of options mostly centering around the skill Exploding Palm. (Un)fortunately EP is being changed as it breaks greater rifts (along with Rimeheart and Furnace) so our only source of widely competitive damage is going away. This leaves monks in a pretty bad spot.

Our spenders do very little damage (I mean VERY little) relative to their cost and our generators are used more as proc-vehicles for Odyn Son, Thunderfury, Shard of Hate and Rime/Furnace more than as sources of damage themselves. This leaves us with our 6pc Raiment of 1000 Storms which makes DS proc a 3000% weapon damage attack on cast. 3000% damage is a lot and it scales with lightning damage gear but DS has a flat-immutable 6 second cooldown. This can be mitigated to some extent by using Jawbreaker to give “free” dashing strike charges but that interaction is quite clunky.

Basically, monks will be forced into a clunky, hard-to-use situationally terrible Storm-breaker set in order to compete with other classes in damage. If they don’t want to use this mechanic, they will do very poor damage.

Durability

Next on the list is our ability to survive. This is a more controversial topic with some finding survival to be quite easy and many others finding it to be quite hard. In 2.1 with the change from dex giving dodge to dex giving armor and the change from OWE to Harmony, many monks who had minor synergy with OWE will see a minor tankiness boost. (my Raiment set for example)
On the other hand, monk who are deeply invested into OWE will see a major tankiness loss. (my Shatter-palm set). In either case, both types of monks probably have a lot of trouble living in T6 without 2x Unity or the constant dashing from Storm-breaker. Why is this? Because monks have to face-tank so much stuff.

Our primary source of resource generation comes from skills that require you to be up-close and personal with mobs which means a lot of damage can’t be avoided. To compensate for this, end-game monks are forced to take defensive passives (Harmony) defensive skills (Epiphany-shroud / Serenity / Inner Sanc / Blinding Flash) and CDR in basically every single spec. This is extremely limiting to the monk playstyle though arguably less of a problem than the DPS as the defensive skill/CDR solution does exist.

Additionally, sustain is nearly non-existent. LoH requires primary affixes which takes away from our already terrible DPS, LPS is the same, LPSS both takes primary affixes AND is extremely poor and Globes took a pretty big hit in 2.1. Monks actually have access to healing skills but, for some reason, they are tuned to be SO weak that they are essentially non-existent.

Resource Management

This is a more fundamental problem than the other two issues. Mere number tweaks would likely not result in this issue being resolved.

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Guide: Legendary Gems

legendary gems guideLegendary Gems were first officially revealed in the Patch 2.1 preview blog back in June of this year.   They will be added to Reaper of Souls in Patch 2.1, and are currently undergoing testing on the PTR.

The gems add special bonuses when socketed in rings and amulets (only on Characters and not on Followers), and can be upgraded in power via DiabloWikiUrshi, the NPC who appears after Greater Rifts are cleared.

While the developers are calling them “legendary gems” these socketables have nothing in common with regular DiabloWikigems in stats or appearance, and are more analogous to the Rainbow Facet unique jewels of Diablo 2. The main difference in Diablo 3 is that these gems can only be socketed in jewelry, and the way the gems can be upgraded to improve their functions over time.

Legendary Gems Listing

While the Legendary Gems are still undergoing development on the DiabloWikiPTR, their stats and bonuses are changing constantly. A major revision was created on July 15, 2014 with new or upgraded stats for almost every gem. The following are the most current details about Legendary Gems.

 

DiabloWikiBane of the Powerful
bane of the powerful
  • Gain 30% increased damage for 20 seconds after killing an elite pack.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1 second buff duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 20% bonus damage to elites.
DiabloWikiBane of the Trapped
bane of the trapped
  • Increase damage against enemies under control-impairing effects by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.5% damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain an aura that reduces the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30%.
DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder
  • 30% chance on killing an enemy to cause an explosion of gold.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance on kill.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 30% increased movement speed for 3 seconds after picking up gold.
 DiabloWikiEnforcer
 enforcer
  • Increase the Critical Hit Chance of your pets by 20%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.4% Critical Hit Chance. Max +20% upgrade (+40% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Your pets are unkillable.
Bliz Note: As was discussed in another thread, allowing this this gem to rank up to +100% pet Crit would likely cause undesired gearing issues and probably be a little out of line.
DiabloWikiGem of Efficacious Toxin
gem of efficacious toxin
  • Poison all enemies hit for 1000% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: All enemies you poison take 10% increased damage from all sources.
DiabloWikiGogok of Swiftness
 gogok of swiftness
  • 50% chance on hit to gain Swiftness, increasing your Attack Speed by 2% for 3 seconds. This effect stacks up to 10 times.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 2% Cooldown Reduction per stack of Swiftness.
 DiabloWikiInvigorating Gemstone
 invigorating gemstone
  • While under any control-impairing effects, reduce all damage taken by 30%.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +1%. Maximum +50% upgrade (80% total).
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Heal for 20% of maximum life when hit by control-impairing effect.
 DiabloWikiMirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
 Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
  • 15% chance on hit to smite a nearby enemy for 1000% weapon damage as Holy.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: Smite a nearby enemy every 5 seconds.
 DiabloWikiMoratorium
 Moratorium
  • 30% of all damage taken is instead staggered and dealt to you over 3 seconds.
  • Upgrade rank grants: +0.1 second to the stagger duration.
  • Rank 50 unlocks: 10% chance on kill to clear all staggered damage.
 DiabloWikiPain Enhancer
 Pain Enhancer
  • Critical hits cause the enemy to bleed for 500% weapon damage as Physical over 3 seconds.
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Caption This: Bashiok from San Diego Comic Con 2014


Posted 25 Jul 2014 by at 22:46 GMT

Blizzard has been tweeting pics from their merch booth at the San Diego Comic Con, and since it’s been months and months since we’ve seen Bashiok and his mustache… I couldn’t resist.

Caption This: Bashiok from San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Bashiok and his mustache from SDCC 2014.

Bashiok and his mustache from SDCC 2014.

Don’t be mean, or at least don’t *just* be mean. You’ve got to be clever too. Besides, why would you want to be mean? Everyone loves DiabloWikiBashiok. That merch he’s posing with is the limited edition Whimsyshire skinned Treasure Goblin plushie, if you were wondering.

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The Sage Kings Part 1 Diablo 3 Stop Motion Film Released


Posted 25 Jul 2014 by at 22:08 GMT

A very well done community created stop motion movie inspired by Diablo 3 called The Sage Kings has been released. This is the first part of the story and it has take its creator “countless hours of writing, drawing, filming and above all: editing” to get the first part out the door.

According to its creator Danion, over 750 unique PNG files were created in Photoshop using a Intuos4 Drawing board which were then altered to create the animations. All the voice acting was done by Danion too.

The Sage Kings is a short film done in multiple parts. It tells an in depth lore story about the Monks from Diablo 3 and their believes in order to destroy evil in all forms. However I decided to twist our already known lore and add a new dimension to it. With a new and interesting concept I give the Monks a more in depth story in line with a unique drawing style and in game footage.

Watch out for the second part some time in future.

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Ring of Royal Grandeur Farming Exploit?


Posted 25 Jul 2014 by at 00:13 GMT

You want? You take!

You want? You take!

The DiabloWikiRing of Royal Grandeur (armory) has become the most sought after item in Diablo 3, as its legendary affix is basically mandatory for all end game gearing decisions, given the power of partial Item Set bonuses. The hard part is finding one, as it’s one of the five legendary items that can only be obtained from Act One Horadric Caches. This is good in a way, as it’s the sole remaining item/profit-based reason players have to do *anything* other than RiftRiftRift. (Given the game’s design direction in recent months, I’m frankly surprised the RoRG hasn’t been turned into a Greater Rift Guardian drop.)

Most players hunt RoRGs with brute force, by grinding hundreds of Act One bounties as quickly as possible, which usually means split-farming on Normal difficulty. That’ll work, eventually, but is there a better way? A user in our Diablo 3 community forum named Horadrimm says yes, there’s a trick to it, by following a method players are calling the “Junger Rules.” Quote:

I got 5 RORGS with very minimal effort and so can you!!

How it works: The game has a pity timer, meaning that if you don’t get a legendary within an hour or so it drops one for you automatically. The goal the aforementioned method of farming is to ensure that pity drop is in your horadric cache and not in the world.

What to do:

  • Do not kill any mobs except those required for objectives.
  • Do not kill goblins.
  • Do not open chests including resplendent chests.
  • Do not destroy breakables (pots, barrels, looting bodies etc).
  • Do not pop fortune shrines.
  • Do not kill mobs from required cursed chest and shrine event objectives until the timer has run out.
  • Avoiding a legendary drop in the world increases the chance the pity timer drops one in your cache.

    First off, the guy who invented this was apparently named Junger, so now it’s called the “Junger Rules.” Which is fine, but how the hell did they avoid the obvious pun and call it the “Junger Games?” So that’s what I’m calling it, since I’m all about obvious puns.

    As for the technique, the theory is that since the game has a “pity timer” that increases your chances of finding a legendary item the longer you go without finding one, you can exploit this by obtaining a Horadric Cache after not finding any Legendaries for some time. Hence not killing Goblins, not opening golden chests, avoiding random Elites, etc. This is a sacrifice since it’ll lower your total legendaries found, but boost your chances of finding that all-important RoRG.

    Does it work? Some players swear it does, others say it doesn’t. And thus we’re plunged back into the conspiracy theories that are inevitably spawned by item hunting in a game where we don’t know exactly how item drops work. I think the principle is sound, as the pity timer is real, but I’m not at all sure the stated rules are how it should be done.

    First of all, we don’t know when items in a Horadric Cache are determined. The Junger Gamers say the legendary pity timer works when you find the Cache, but that seems contrary to what we know about how Horadric Caches determine their item drops. Remember early in RoS, when players were storing Caches up in Normal and opening them on Torment 6? That was a real exploit, easily observed since it caused Imperial Gems to drop from Caches found in Normal. (Which made it seem that items in Caches were determined when the Cache was opened. NOT when it was found.)

    Blizzard confirmed that exploit by hotfixing it and adding an internal tag to unopened Caches that tracked what DiabloWikidifficulty level they were found on, and the level of the character that farmed them. (So if you find bags with a lvl 70 and open with a lvl 60, all the items will be lvl 70.) Bliz later expanded on that in Patch 2.0.5 when they boosted the chances for legendary items to drop from Caches found on Torment 2 and higher.

    Furthermore, Bliz recently confirmed that items from Caches roll their smart drop according to the class of the character that opens the cache. It doesn’t matter who farms the cache in terms of what items drop. That matches my experience and testing as well, as I once farmed a bunch of caches with my DH and my Barb, and then opened them with a WD and got almost all INT gear, plus several Witch Doctor-restricted items.


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    Diablo Fan Art Watch #252: Vigilance of the Crusader VI


    Posted 23 Jul 2014 by at 21:56 GMT

    On this weeks Diablo Fan Art Watch we bring another batch of 12 pieces of fan art featuring the 6th Class the Crusader. From holy to bad-ass this class is getting ready to take on the forces of heaven and hell.

    Featuring Fan Art by PatrickRC, ilyya, DwarfVader23, Stupid-Crow, 31883milesperhour, iNexam, 30Niawve94, thomaswievegg, madadman, EspadaRyaN, LeeKent, and fleshtint.
      



    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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    Guide: Legendary Gems


    Posted 23 Jul 2014 by at 04:45 GMT

    legendary gems guideLegendary Gems were first officially revealed in the Patch 2.1 preview blog back in June of this year.   They will be added to Reaper of Souls in Patch 2.1, and are currently undergoing testing on the PTR.

    The gems add special bonuses when socketed in rings and amulets (only on Characters and not on Followers), and can be upgraded in power via DiabloWikiUrshi, the NPC who appears after Greater Rifts are cleared.

    While the developers are calling them “legendary gems” these socketables have nothing in common with regular DiabloWikigems in stats or appearance, and are more analogous to the Rainbow Facet unique jewels of Diablo 2. The main difference in Diablo 3 is that these gems can only be socketed in jewelry, and the way the gems can be upgraded to improve their functions over time.

    Legendary Gems Listing

    While the Legendary Gems are still undergoing development on the DiabloWikiPTR, their stats and bonuses are changing constantly. A major revision was created on July 15, 2014 with new or upgraded stats for almost every gem. The following are the most current details about Legendary Gems.

     

    DiabloWikiBane of the Powerful
    bane of the powerful
    • Gain 30% increased damage for 20 seconds after killing an elite pack.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +1 second buff duration.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 20% bonus damage to elites.
    DiabloWikiBane of the Trapped
    bane of the trapped
    • Increase damage against enemies under control-impairing effects by 20%.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +0.5% damage.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain an aura that reduces the movement speed of enemies within 15 yards by 30%.
    DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder
    • 30% chance on killing an enemy to cause an explosion of gold.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance on kill.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 30% increased movement speed for 3 seconds after picking up gold.
     DiabloWikiEnforcer
     enforcer
    • Increase the Critical Hit Chance of your pets by 20%.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +0.4% Critical Hit Chance. Max +20% upgrade (+40% total).
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Your pets are unkillable.
    Bliz Note: As was discussed in another thread, allowing this this gem to rank up to +100% pet Crit would likely cause undesired gearing issues and probably be a little out of line.
    DiabloWikiGem of Efficacious Toxin
    gem of efficacious toxin
    • Poison all enemies hit for 1000% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage over 10 seconds.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: All enemies you poison take 10% increased damage from all sources.
    DiabloWikiGogok of Swiftness
     gogok of swiftness
    • 50% chance on hit to gain Swiftness, increasing your Attack Speed by 2% for 3 seconds. This effect stacks up to 10 times.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +1% chance.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Gain 2% Cooldown Reduction per stack of Swiftness.
     DiabloWikiInvigorating Gemstone
     invigorating gemstone
    • While under any control-impairing effects, reduce all damage taken by 30%.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +1%. Maximum +50% upgrade (80% total).
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Heal for 20% of maximum life when hit by control-impairing effect.
     DiabloWikiMirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
     Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver
    • 15% chance on hit to smite a nearby enemy for 1000% weapon damage as Holy.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +20% weapon damage.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: Smite a nearby enemy every 5 seconds.
     DiabloWikiMoratorium
     Moratorium
    • 30% of all damage taken is instead staggered and dealt to you over 3 seconds.
    • Upgrade rank grants: +0.1 second to the stagger duration.
    • Rank 50 unlocks: 10% chance on kill to clear all staggered damage.
     DiabloWikiPain Enhancer
     Pain Enhancer
    • Critical hits cause the enemy to bleed for 500% weapon damage as Physical over 3 seconds.


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    Heroes of the Storm Diablo Master Skins Revealed


    Posted 23 Jul 2014 by at 03:36 GMT

    In semi-related news today. Blizzard revealed their Heroes of the Storm Diablo Master Skins (there are also new Warcraft skins too). These are additional skins that can be applied to the characters for a small fee to make your hero stand out on the battlefield. The video below shows Diablo, Sonya, and Valla, and the models all look great.

    Heroes of the Storm is still in Tech Alpha testing and there are some major changes coming to the game but not all of the new additions have gone down well with the testers. We’ll have to see how the new additions pan out but for now just enjoy the skins.

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    Seasonal Legendaries Now Enabled on the PTR: full list here


    Posted 21 Jul 2014 by at 21:45 GMT

    Seasonal Legendaries are now enabled on the PTR. Timeline!

  • They were revealed in the patch notes but said to be DiabloWikiNYI when Seasonal chars were enabled.
  • Then fans said they were finding them and Bliz said it was a bug.
  • Now they’re enabled and a gogo! (But we’ll never really know if it was on purpose or not!)
  • Here’s Lylirra just a few minutes ago, confirming they are up and running.

    As an update, the Legendary items listed here are all currently enabled on the PTR: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/14569138/patch-210-ptr-patch-notes-updated-july-9-7-18-2014#seasonalitems

    Checked with our designers. Not a bug, just a little ahead of schedule.

    Here’s the full list of the Seasonal Legendaries, which as the name suggests, can only be found by ladder characters. The properties (and names, obviously) are subject to change during further PTR testing.

    New Seasonal Legendaries

    Bottomless Potion of Rejuvenation

  • Restores 15% of your primary resource when used below 25% Life

  • Krelm’s Buff Belt

  • Grants a 20% Movement Speed bonus
  • Taking damage causes you to lose this effect for 15 seconds

  • Krelm’s Buff Bracers

  • Grant you immunity to Knockback and Stun effects

  • x1_FollowerItem_Legendary_03 (Name still TBD)

  • Equip on Follower: Reduces the cooldown of all Follower skills by 50%

  • Barbarian
    Remorseless
    Legendary one-handed Mighty Weapon

  • Grants Hammer of the Ancients a 25-30% chance to summon an Ancient for 20 seconds

  • Crusader
    P1_CruShield_norm_unique_01 (Name still TBD)
    Legendary Crusader Shield

  • Removes the cooldown of Condemn
  • Condemn now costs 40 Wrath

  • Demon Hunter
    Leonine Bow of Hashir
    Legendary Bow

  • Grants Bola Shot a 15-20% chance on explosion to pull in all enemies within 24 yards

  • Monk
    Alabaster Gloves
    Legendary Gloves

  • Increases the duration of Sweeping Wind to 1 minute

  • Witch Doctor

  • Seasonal Legendary not yet implemented

  • Wizard
    p1_Wand_norm_unique_01 (Name still TBD)
    Wand

  • Removes the cooldown of Teleport
  • Teleport now costs 25 Arcane Power
  • The plan is for a new batch of DiabloWikiSeasonal Legendaries added each ladder season, and to become findable for all characters once the season ends. Then the next season will add more Seasonal Legenaries, and so on… forever!

    Any of these currently listed that would be clear obvious awesome upgrades for your favorite character? The Wizard wand would be fun, to finally enable the turbo twitch mode wizard play option many of us loved in Diablo 1 and Diablo 2… though there’s still the Arcane Power limitation, alas.


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    Updated Diablo 3 Patch 2.1 Notes for the PTR + Varying Socket Values


    Posted 21 Jul 2014 by at 19:08 GMT

    Blizzard provided Updated Diablo 3 Patch 2.1 Notes for the PTR over the weekend to reflect changes in the newest patch. We covered all the skill changes in a skill comparison datamining post late last week, but the notes codify and centralize a lot of the miscellaneous changes (buffed 2H weapons, salvage all, DiabloWikiRamaladni’s Gift bugs, etc) that have been mentioned in recent blue posts.

    Here is the newly-added stuff of note:

    ptr-splash

    General

  • Portals to the DiabloWikiTreasure Realm can now only spawn in Adventure Mode at level 70
  • Healing

  • The amount of DiabloWikiLife on Hit granted by items and DiabloWikiParagon points has been further increased
  • Ramaladni’s Gift
    Bug Fixes

  • Players will now properly be prompted with a confirmation dialog before using DiabloWikiRamalandi’s Gift
  • Fixed and issue that caused items to re-roll their affix values when Ramaladni’s Gift was used on that item
  • Will now properly be Account Bound
  • Fixed an issue that allowed sockets to be rolled back on to an item via Enchanting after Ramaladni’s Gift was used on that item
  • User Interface

  • Legendary Gem upgrade success chance will now show on the Greater Rift scorecard
  • General

  • Cooldown Reduction now affects the recharge time of skills with charges
  • Items

    The base damage range of all two-handed melee weapons has been increased by approximately 23-26% depending on the speed of the weapon, with slower weapons receiving a slightly higher increase

  • This change will retroactively apply to existing items
  • This change will apply to all item rarities
  • As a direct result of this change, the Crusader Passive Skill, Heavenly Strength has also been adjusted
  • Items

    DiabloWikiLeoric’s Crown

  • Legendary Power added
  • Increase the effect of any gem socketed into this item by 75-100%
  • DiabloWikiThe Swami

  • Minimum level increased to 30
  • Legendary Power added
  • The damage bonus from enemies killed while in Archon form now lasts for 10-15 seconds after Archon expires
  • Achievements: Bug Fixes

  • Champion Subjugators will now properly be counted towards Achievements
  • Fixed an issue preventing some of the criteria for the On the Edge of Reality achievement from being completed in Adventure Mode
  • A Prisoner’s Journal should now properly drop after freeing the prisoner from the A Stranger In Need event
  • Players should now properly receive credit when completing Realm of the Banished in Adventure Mode for the Dungeon Master Achievement
  • Fixed an issue that prevented looted follower tokens from progressing the I Got What You Need achievement
  • The Swamp Hawks needed to complete the Stamp the Champs achievement should now properly spawn
  • CRAFTING

    Blacksmith

  • The number of Magic materials required to craft Legendary and set Bracers has been reduced from 120 to 72
  • New buttons have been added to salvage all normal, magic, or rare quality items in your inventory at once
  • These buttons unlock when the Blacksmith reaches maximum level
  • Do you realize that DiabloWikiLife on Hit and DiabloWikiRegeneration have been boosted 5x from their initial Paragon 2.0 value? LoH was 16.5 and it’s up to 82.5 per point. Regen was 33 and it’s now 165.1 per point.

    Varying Socket Values?

    Interesting legendary property on DiabloWikiLeoric’s Crown (db), with 75-100% more bonus from socketed gems. First of all, that helm does NOT get a socket as an inherent bonus, which should probably be changed if the legendary affix only works with one. Secondly, that change doesn’t include DiabloWikiLegendary Gems which can’t be put into helms. That aside, is doubling your gem bonus (up to +46% Life, 23% faster cooldown, or +82% MF/GF/EXP) going to influence your helm decision? Probably not much at the high end, especially since practically all the Torment-only sets include DiabloWikiLegendary Helms and many players are locked into one for their gear/build. But it’s a nice bonus that gives that particular hat some variety and uniqueness from all the rest.

    It also brings up a topic I was debating with people some months ago. What if the power of sockets in items in D3 were variable? Say every socketed item had from 75-150% gem bonus, and it worked just like it sounded; gems socketed into that item would grant 75-150% of their listed stat.


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    Blizzard on Season Legendaries – PTR Seasons are “mini seasons”


    Posted 20 Jul 2014 by at 16:49 GMT

    Now that the “seasons” are underway on the PTR, Blizzard posted a few notes regarding the Seasonal Legendaries and this PTR testing season which which is a “mini season” which will likely be restarted as testing progresses.

    Please don’t tell me they are going to run an entire Season on PTR…

    Nah. We’ll host what are effectively “mini Seasons,” but we won’t actually run a full Season (i.e. for the duration we intend to have one run in the live game) during the PTR. We’re also going to start and end a Season likely more than once during this public test. The goal here is to make sure both processes run smoothly, so we’ll want to test out each function a few times before the patch goes live.

    Is the Ramalandi’s gift considered a seasonal legendary or will it be added to the non-seasonal server once the patch goes live along with greater rifts?

    Ramaladni’s Gift is not a Seasonal Legendary item and will be available in all games modes (Normal, Hardcore, and Seasonal) once patch 2.1.0 goes live.

    Seasonal legendaries are indeed dropping, and the Monk gloves and Wizard wand are indeed of little value and will not add to build diversity.

    Thanks for the report! We’ll follow up with our QA and engineering teams. Could be a bug, could be that they were enabled a little early. We’ll let you know.

    Since it’s PTR, it’s likely not a big deal that these items dropping right now, so please feel free to use them if you find one. If you encounter any bugs picking them up or using them, though, be sure to drop a line in our PTR Bug Report forum: http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/14579126/

    Similarly, if you’ve got any feedback on said Legendaries, we’d love to hear from you in our PTR Legendary Feedback thread:http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/13241704325


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    Updated — Diablo 3 Two-Handed Weapons: Viable at Last?


    Posted 19 Jul 2014 by at 22:25 GMT

    Making cool fan art viable, at last?

    Making cool fan art viable, at last?

    Blizzard continues to pursue the impossible ARPG dream of making two-handed weapons viable, and big changes are coming soon to the PTR. It’s a whole new world… Diablo 3 Two-Handed Weapons: Viable at Last?

    John Yang: We’ve been discussing 2-Hander buffs for a while now. Right now on live, 2-Handers are almost always less powerful than dual-wielding 1-Handers for a few different reasons, and we wanted to rebalance them for Patch 2.1. We had two options to address the issue:

  • 1) Make new 2-Hander passives and buff existing 2-Hander passives for Barbarian, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard.
  • 2) Buff all 2-Handed weapons baseline and adjust Heavenly Strength accordingly.
  • After trying both options out internally, we decided to go with option 2. This solution has two desirable benefits: 1) it’s immediately noticeable to all players when they pick up a 2-Hander and see the DPS number both significantly higher than a 1-Hander and higher than pre-Patch 2.1 2-Handers and 2) changing 1 passive is less of a jarring overall change for players than changing/adding 4 passives.

    In the upcoming PTR patch, you should see the DPS of 2-Handed Melee Weapons increased by 23-26% across the board. The goal is to get the raw DPS of a 2H build to be close enough to the raw DPS of a Dual-Wield build that the weapon choice is mostly determined by the legendary powers on the item and by the build you are using. Some of the tradeoffs of 2-Handers vs. Dual-Wielding are that 2-Handers are intended to make more efficient use of resources and hit harder for skills with cooldowns while Dual-Wielding is intended to generate more procs, Life on Hit, and give more of certain stats. Currently, the raw DPS gap is large enough that Dual-Wielding feels like it is always the right answer.

    To summarize the changes:

    The DPS of 2-Handed Melee Weapons has been increased by 23-26% across the board.
    This applies to the following weapon types:

  • 2-Handed Maces
  • 2-Handed Mighty Weapons
  • 2-Handed Axes
  • 2-Handed Flails
  • 2-Handed Staffs
  • 2-Handed Swords
  • Daibos
  • Polearms
  • In direct response, Heavenly Strength will now reduce damage done by 20%. With both changes, Crusaders using a 2-Hander should see a very small DPS increase.

  • This change is retroactive to existing live items.
  • This change only affects level 70 two-handed melee weapons.
  • This change affects two-handed melee weapons of all rarities.
  • We are still considering additional changes if needed but this should be a solid step towards making 2-Handers viable again for all classes.

    We’ve been debating this issue since long before D3 was released, and always the issue isn’t just about damage, it’s about all the other bonuses players get from using two items instead of one big two-hander. It’s simplifying the issue to just count up the primary affixes, but you’re looking at 4 or 5 on a 2H vs. 8 or 9 or 10 with dual or off-hand item, plus dual wielding you can get 2 gems for 260% crit damage, and much faster attack rate.

    As a Hardcore player, I’d need to see *much* higher DPS from a 2H to consider giving up all the other bonuses and survival boosts I get from two weapons. Plus I just generally prefer faster attack rate over slower, bigger hits and tend to favor builds that are about speedy hitting. Other players like different things though, which is what makes games with variety fun.

    So what do you guys think? Will these two-handed boosts make polearms and diabos and all the rest viable choices at all? In a few special cases (like Skorn in D3v)? Or can Bliz actually make 2H a reasonable choice across the board?

    Update: John Yang returned to the thread the next day to add replies to some of the more common questions and objections.

    As for bows not getting the same treatment, no reason for it since DHs have quivers to add stats.
    John Yang: You hit the nail on the head here. Currently, 2-Handed Crossbows/Bows are very competitive with 1-Handed Crossbows because Demon Hunters can use a quiver with any bow type and as a result, 2-Handed Crossbows/Bows do not require a rebalance.

    The only thing left unanswered is the extra socket, which is such a large DPS boost, does warrent concern.

    I’m guessing the reason they don’t add the 4 stats and extra gem slot is … Crusaders. They still get to use a shield and get the 4 stats and a gem slot, no second crit gem but still.


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    Diablo 3 Patch 2.1 PTR: Known Issues Updated


    Posted 19 Jul 2014 by at 18:52 GMT

    The Diablo 3 Patch 2.1 PTR: Known Issues Updated is worth a look, with a few new bugs that may affect your play experience:

    Achievements

  • Achievements associated with Greed are not currently being awarded when the criteria is met
  • The “Beating a Dead Death” and “The Demon Butcher” achievements are currently not tracking the correct monsters for completion credit
  • Combat

  • Channeled Wizard skills currently cost an extra tick of their channeling cost upon initial cast
  • Greater Rifts

  • Greater Rift bonus objective text remains in the quest tracker after the rift quest has been completed
  • After opening a Realm of Trials, the obelisk portal in other town hubs will lead to a Rift rather than the Realm of Trials
  • The health and damage of monsters within the Realm of Trials currently scales with game difficulty
  • Items

  • Legendary Gems that have been socketed into an item do not display their current rank
  • Hellfire Amulet – Amulets with the Wizard passive “Dominance” are not properly granting the passive skill to the player when the amulet is equipped
  • Fire damage from pets does not currently apply the Firebirds Finery 6-piece set bonus effect
  • Seasons

  • The New Season announcement UI has multiple placeholder and missing pieces of art
  • Players aren’t being correctly placed on the Conquest Leaderboard for the Speed Racer Conquest
  • Be advised. Fixes incoming.

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    Realm of Trials: Tower Siege Mode comes to Diablo 3


    Posted 19 Jul 2014 by at 18:34 GMT
    Hardcore death in a Realm of Trials.

    Hardcore death in a Realm of Trials.

    A new tower siege type game mode called Realm of Trials is now present on the PTR. Players can find a key to open one of these special areas in Greater Rifts. Once created, players face waves of progressively more powerful enemies, with bigger rewards given for how many you clear before the timer ends.

    This sounds very fun, but it’s obviously a risk for Hardcore characters, (even though it’s just the PTR and death only means re-copy.) Especially since there’s a bug in the system now, and the monster difficulty starts at the equivalent of the Greater Rift level you were on, and scales up from there. It’s a known issue, at least.

    When I did a regular rift on T4, I was awarded Trial Rift Token and when I entered it it was some sort of arena with 5 waves of T6 HP and damage on monsters. It would suck for a HC player if they get in that trial rift with T1 capable character but monsters are T6. Based on our performance in that Trial Rift run we get awarded GR keys it seems.

    There is a new system in place on PTR for Greater rifts. It has a very good idea behind it, but it’s poorly executed on Blizzard’s end.

    When you drop a Greater Rift Token in a Normal Rift run, instead of starting at level 1, you will open a portal to a Trial Run Rift, where based on the number of waves you complete before the timer runs out a key of some level will be rewarded to you, but here where things become interesting – the monsters are about T6 when it comes to their damage and HP in the first wave and the more waves you clear the more damage they deal, while at Wave 9 my Barb got 1 shot by a Dark Berserker.
    Araxom: This is a known issue. For the time being, it’s advised that you set the difficulty of the game to a mode you’re very confident with as ramping it up to what is considered challenging will tip the GRift difficulty inordinately out of proportion.

    I haven’t tried one yet, but this sounds really fun. A siege mode where you must withstand waves of enemies has been a favorite fan idea since long before D3′s release, and it’s cool that it’s finally come to the game. (Slight bugs that almost guarantee HC death aside…)

    Realm of Trials: Tower Siege Mode comes to Diablo 3! Has excite?


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    Diablo 3 Ladders: Seasons are Live on the PTR


    Posted 19 Jul 2014 by at 17:58 GMT

    Seasonal hero creation screen.

    Seasonal hero creation screen.

    News from Blizzard that the Seasonal Hero check box is now functional and that Diablo 3 Ladders: Seasons are Live on the PTR!

    Our first Seasons test begins today! To create a Seasonal hero, simply check the “Seasonal Hero” box located below the class selection list.

    Please note that over the course of the patch 2.1.0 PTR, we may periodically “end” a Season to test the rollover process and ensure that Seasonal character data migrates correctly. To get the most out of this PTR, we will likely start and end a Season several times before our public test phase concludes.

    For more information about Seasons, click here.

    Seasonal Legendary items are not yet enabled and therefore will not drop in the current build of the patch 2.1.0 PTR. We’re currently working to enable Seasonal Legendaries with the next PTR build and will provide an update in this thread once they’re live.

    The ability to Salvage All is a perk that’s unlocked once your Blacksmith reaches level 12. So while this feature is available in Seasons, it may take you some time to reacquire it.

    One of the ironies is that since the PTR is a fresh new realm, anyone could simulate a Season at any time on the PTR, simply by creating a new character there and playing, instead of copying over your existing account. But it’s different when everyone can do it together!

    I know a lot of players are very interested in the fresh start a season will allow in the live game, but are you guys going to test it out now on the PTR? I don’t really see the point in trying out PTR seasons that are going to be ended several times during the testing cycle? I guess if you’ve got the time to play and want to try starting from scratch, to test which classes or parties (if you’re doing it with friends) level up the fastest, it’s a way to hone your skills in advance of it going DiabloWikilive.

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    There is no more Theorycrafting in Diablo 3


    Posted 18 Jul 2014 by at 19:16 GMT

    play-your-way-thursdayThis week Blizzard changed the name of their “Theorycrafting Thursday” project. It’s now called “Play It Your Way Thursday.” and there’s a short blog post explaining the change. I’ll quote it, but I’m posting it since I think the larger issue is worth debate, which begins after the Blue:

    Theorycraft Thursday has been a wonderful experiment and opportunity for us to engage with you, the community, on a personal level. However, after reading through your feedback, we’ve made the decision to change the name of this blog series to Play Your Way Thursday.

    So What’s Changed?

    You may be wondering how this will affect the content of the newly named blogs. In short, neither the content nor the focus will be changing. You’ll continue to see interesting and innovative builds here, and the emphasis on accessible experimentation will remain.

    This series was never intended to focus exclusively on top tier players who live and breathe Torment VI. While efficiency and number crunching are important parts of theorycrafting, they both stem from experimentation and hatching unique or, dare I say, crazy new ideas that take some trial and error to explore. Playing around with those ideas is a lot of fun, even if they don’t work out to be the best. After all, every great build has to start somewhere, so let’s poke around, think outside the box, and share your fun and interesting builds with the world!

    A rose by any other name would smell as sweet, and the goal here remains the same. I still want you to send in your builds with your items to show the rest of the community how you play the game. This has been, and surely will continue to be, a fantastically fun feature to write and I look forward to continuing to share it with you all.

    This makes me think of an issue we discussed on the last podcast (#144). Namely, that a character with quality gear can use virtually any DiabloWikibuild (or even a semi-random collection of skills) and play smoothly up to about Torment 2. To do T3-T4 requires very good gear AND a good build. To do T5-T6+ requires great gear and using the one or two ideal builds per class. (If there are such builds. Most Wizards and Monks would argue there are currently zero T6 viable builds for them.)

    This kind of puts a damper on Theorycrafting, doesn’t it? I mean sure, you can use weird builds and do interesting, novel things in Reaper of Souls and hang with Torment 2ish…but only if you’ve got great gear. And in that great gear, if you were using a better build, you’d be able to do T4 or higher.

    It seems like Nevalistis took the “Theorycrafting in Diablo 3″ thing as far as she could, but in a game without meaningful DiabloWikiMagic Find, where all rewards stem from the difficulty level you play on, where the power curve is 95% defined by equipment, and the only thing worth picking up is a legendary item, there’s just not much room for quirky or unusual builds or gear combinations.

    Or am I wrong? I’d be happy to be wrong, if someone wants to point out where and why.


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    The Diablo 3 Podcast #145: Greater Rifts and Monk Problems


    Posted 18 Jul 2014 by at 14:42 GMT

    Greater Rifts are a great new feature, but there are pros and cons. Monks are not so great, with devoted Monastics deeply worried about the class. Higher difficulty is the source of all rewards in RoS, putting huge pressure on the devs to balance the classes. Show features Xanth, Neinball, and Flux.

    Approximate segment times:

  • 2:00 — PTR testing. Greater Rifts, playing Hardcore crazy since you can just re-copy your characters from the realms.
  • 5:00 — DiabloWikiGreater Rifts are now the only thing worth playing? Bounties are only worth doing to get a DiabloWikiRoRG and Rift Keys. DiabloWikiNephalem Rifts are only worth playing to get Greater Rift keys.
  • 12:00 — DiabloWikiSeasons and Ladders. The shock players will receive with a new level 1 character and no twinks/paragon points/etc.
  • 20:45 — Class discussion. Monks are broken? What needs fixing with the class. DiabloWikiMonks are especially screwed in GRifts, since their viable T4+ build is tanking with low DPS, which doesn’t work at all in the timed GRs. Is the Monk the 4th Follower? Or the next stage in Diablo III becoming WoW, filling the party roll of a tank/healer who can’t actually kill things?
  • 35:00 — All rewards in Diablo 3 now come from higher DiabloWikidifficulty level, which really puts pressure on the devs to make multiple builds for every class that are viable for T6+. Good luck with that.
  • 42:10 — DiabloWikiDemon Hunter issues; surviving nicely these days, but they can’t kill fast enough on higher DiabloWikiGRifts? (Odd change for a class that was in D3v always the glass cannon.)
  • 48:30 — Cow Rift! Xanth wishes he’d seen it, but gloats over completing DiabloWikiGreed’s Domain, because RICHES.
  • 50:00 — Bonus off topic content, 4 minutes of World Cup jokes snipped from the start of the show.

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus short content summaries.