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Diablo 3 Podcast #146: Patch 2.1, Story, and Blizzcon D3X2?

Lots on this show, including PTR Patch 2.1′s big changes, legendary item buffs, Paragon 1000 achieved, the Stash space emergency and micro-transactions, Diablo 3′s story and “demon soul hooks,” and Blizzcon 2014 Diablo 3 expansion announcement expectations. Featuring Flux, N3rdwords and Neinball.

Approximate topic starting times:

  • 2:30 — Paragon 1000 has been achieved. Does everyone have amazement?
  • 5:00 — Seasons and Patch 2.1 should go live simultaneously?
  • 11:00 — Legendary item buffs on the PTR. Looking forward to new items when 2.1 goes live, since Blizzard doesn’t hate the Monk (currently). Hydra build rules, but intentionally bugged on PTR?
  • 18:30 — Story implications of the Black Soulstone and why Diablo is free in Prime Evil form. Adria setting “demon soul hooks” is obviously a metcon, but is it parsimonious with the larger story/lore/plot? Both guests surprisingly say yes.
  • 27:00 — Is Diablo 3 + expansion packs self-contained? Will Diablo 4 be set a week later just continuing the same story? Or a totally new story, set centuries earlier or later?
  • 37:30 — Stash space insufficient = biggest problem in Diablo 3? One guest disagrees.
  • 40:00 — Most fans accept micro-transactions these days. Why isn’t Blizzard selling more stash tabs yet? Votes have shown most fans would accept this.
  • 47:30 — Diablo 3 expansion #2 announced at Blizzcon later this year? Everyone votes yes, though tentatively.
  • 52:00 — There are a lot of Blizzard games out and/or under development. Busiest days ever in Irvine?
  • 54:00 — Bonus secret trick to guarantee Greed’s Domain entrance?!?

  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    Reaper of Souls Item Sets Illustrated

    A fan assembled all six of the class-specific item sets in Reaper of Souls, took pics of them on each gender for each class, and provided views from all angles. It’s quite a useful presentation, and credit to Zeldrin for creating it.

    I found it interesting since I’d never actually seen the full sets so clearly. Everyone’s got a few or all of the items from each set, but usually mixed with other gear, some transmogged or vanishing dyed, etc. So here they are, unadulterated and straight from the D3 artist’s tablets to your screen. All the sets (except for Firebird’s, which adds a source) consist of six items: helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, and boots, so visually they are pretty much apples to apples comparisons. So here are Reaper of Souls Item Sets Illustrated:


    DiabloWikiLegacy Of Raekor (armory), Barbarian set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.


    DiabloWikiArmor Of Akkhan (armory), Crusader set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.

    Demon Hunter

    DiabloWikiEmbodiment of the Marauder (armory), Demon Hunter set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.


    DiabloWikiRaiment of a Thousand Storms (armory), Monk set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots.

    Witch Doctor

    DiabloWikiHelltooth Harness (armory), Witch Doctor set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, legs, boots. (This set apparently lacks the light weight and flexibility of the huge slabs of unrefined steel that the other classes have strapped to their bodies, as both of these weary medical professionals are bent double beneath the weight of their assorted shark teeth, baboon femurs, and coconut shells.)


    DiabloWikiFirebird’s Finery (armory), Wizard set. Helm, shoulders, chest, gloves, source, legs, boots. (Firebird’s has a seventh item, a Source, which is the only difference in the slots filled by these sets.)

    Diablo 3 “Gear Sets”

    This whole presentation reminds me of the hot (pre-game) topic of DiabloWikiGear Sets. We’ve got a big wiki article about them, and “Gear Sets” was a regular news category from 2010-2012, with 29 news items so categorized.

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    Datamined: Diablo 3 Difficulty Changes in Reaper of Souls

    Posted 3 Oct 2013 by

    Game difficulty seems set for a revamp in Reaper of Souls, with datastrings pointing to big changes and a new interface image that drives it home visually.

    The relevant data strings:

  • DifficultySelector_Description_0 – At this difficulty enemies are weaker and have less health. — Recommended for players with either little or no experience with dungeon crawlers (point and click RPG’s) or for players more interested in story than a challenge.
  • DifficultySelector_Description_1 – This is the baseline Diablo III experience. — Select this difficulty if you are familiar with dungeon crawlers (point and click RPG’s).
  • DifficultySelector_Description_2 - Enemies are slightly more powerful and have a little more health. — This level is intended for players with experience playing dungeon crawlers and want a little challenge.
  • DifficultySelector_Description_3 – Enemies are more powerful and have more health. There is also an increase to experience and item drops. — This level is intended for players who are looking for a challenge and have a healthy amount of gear to back them up in combat.
  • DifficultySelector_Description_4 – Enemies are more powerful and have more health. There is also an increase to experience and item drops. — This level is only recommended to players who have aquired a good deal of gear and are seeking a much greater challenge.
  • DifficultySelector_Description_5 – Enemies are much more powerful and are very difficult to kill. There is also a significant increase to experience and item drops.. — Only adventurers with the highest level of skill and gear should consider this difficulty..
  • It sounds like you’d need to move up to level 3 to see any boost to MF/GF/EXP and monster density? Here’s a slightly scrambled look at the new interface, with cute little demonic skull and crossed-swords icons in another image below. (As pointed out in comments, there are not 12 different icons, but 6 different with an on/off graphic for each.)


    If you’re wondering, this is *not* the same as the modified DiabloWikiMonster Power system seen on the DiabloWikiconsole. Click through for details on that and hit comments to explain why this is a terrible change meant to punish casuals and preserve all the good bonus stuffs for players who are rich already. Or vice versa; your choice.

    This system sounds a bit like what we see on the Diablo 3 console today… Here’s the console version of Monster Power:

  • Easy = Equivalent to Monster Power 0
  • Normal = Equivalent to Monster Power 2
  • Hard = Equivalent to Monster Power 4
  • Master I: +60% Magic Find, +60% Gold Find, +120% XP Bonus (Equivalent to Monster Power 6)
  • Master II: +70% Magic Find, +70% Gold Find, +140% XP Bonus (Equivalent to Monster Power 7)
  • Master III: +80% Magic Find, +80% Gold Find, +160% XP Bonus (Equivalent to Monster Power 8)
  • Master IV: +90% Magic Find, +90% Gold Find, +180% XP Bonus (Equivalent to Monster Power 9)
  • Master V: +100% Magic Find, +100% Gold Find, +200% XP Bonus (Equivalent to Monster Power 10)
  • The console system requires higher MP levels to gain rewards, but that’s fair enough since the console is easier in a variety of ways. Loot 1.5 means more drops of higher quality, items roll much higher stats, Paragon levels are shared across all your Inferno characters, Elites only get 3 random affixes on Inferno, etc.

    It’s not known how RoS will tweak the overall difficulty, and the whole system is still under heavy development, as recent posts by Wyatt Cheng have stressed. Presumably we’ll find a lot better gear in RoS with Loot 2.0, and Paragon 2.0 will make characters stronger in Inferno. Hence perhaps it’ll be fair to make players turn up the MP more in order to gain added Experience and Magic find?

    Reaper of Souls game difficulty icons.

    Reaper of Souls game difficulty icons.

    It’ll be interesting to see how this translates into Hardcore. Modestly geared chars in softcore can happily run MP3-MP5, especially in multiplayer games, since dying once in a while (or more often than that) is no biggie. In Hardcore that’s not the case, because forever. Hardcore chars can pretty cheaply gear up to farm MP1, but going higher than that gets quite expensive, and many players don’t bother since the added bonuses don’t really scale with the increased risk.

    Besides, there’s not a huge need to go higher than MP1, since that’s all you need to get the full monster density increases. Above that just adds marginally to your bonus EXP/MF/GF, and that’s optional. If the RoS system changes that, and requires players to deal with the equivalent of MP4 or MP5 to get the monster density boosts and other bonuses, it’s going to be a real issue for Hardcore chars.

    Or perhaps not, if Loot 2.0 really does make it rain…

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