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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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    How Diablo 3 Auction House Botters Got Rich

    news-d3ah-botters-richFascinating and very long article by a self-confessed Diablo 3 Auction House botter, talking about how he made over 100k Euros in a year, entirely through buying low and selling high on the AH and RMAH. The article is huge and goes into great detail about everything, including the scripts he used, the multiple machines he had running, and how easy it was to avoid Blizzard’s very lacking anti-botting measures.

    The botter’s first attempts were by using a very simple script to scan Auction House listings, one item at a time, and automatically buy ones with stats that exceeded his set parameters, and with a price below his maximum value. This required him to know which items were powerful, what the best stats on them were, how much they’d sell for on the RMAH, etc. It took a lot of work and daily updates to the search scripts, but with millions of players using the AH, many of them without a clue about the actual value of their items, it was shooting fish in a barrel.

    I remember in these months I used to search a lot for rare rings or rare amulets. What still comes to my mind is a criteria searching for rare amulets with more than 7 critical hit chance and more than 50 critical hit damage and buying any that cost below 1 or 2 million gold. I sold amulets with these criteria on the RMAH (Real Money Auction House), for tens and sometimes even 100+ euros. Stuff like 7+ crit chance, 50+ crit damage and a high main stat like strength or intelligence + vitality was considered pretty good back then. Trifectas ( crit chance + crit damage + increased attack speed) was even more rare and expensive.

    Another popular thing I remember botting the old fashioned way was Chantodo’s force wizard sources. These were great because almost no one seemed to know that the property “Arcane power on critical hit” was actually rare and very valuable. So you could just adjust your bot to search for chantodo’s force sources with arcane power on crit and above a specific damage, choose the minimum price under which the bot would buy any item it found, and you were good to go.

    That was the very earliest version of the system, which was active in late 2012. The technology was quickly improved and with better coding his bot became able to search many types of items at once, all with different selected stats and minimum values in them, with different pricing criteria, and he figured ways to keep it refreshing constantly, so it would scan literally every single gold item sale that appeared within seconds of it going on the market.

    On January 1st I started selling those sweet sweet presents. And the results were staggering. The money started flowing in immediately. Before, I was searching for 1 variation of 1 single item, for example any Mempo of Twilight with Critical Hit Chance, below the price of 1 million gold. Now, I could search for 100 different variations of Mempo of Twilight, plus hundreds of variations of all other worthwhile items. In the first days though, I only had one bot account, which I was using to bot some legendary items in the “armor” category. Even with this small sample of all possible items though, it was soon obvious to me that I had to buy a very powerful PC which could run more than 1 diablo window, and would also search the Auction House which much higher FPS (Frames per second).

    He also made a fortune buying items that people mislisted in gold instead of RMT. That seems impossible, but the article has literally dozens of screenshots of spectacular items listed at 150 or 200 gold, when clearly the seller meant to list them at those prices… in EUROS! And no, the conversion rate of Diablo 3 gold to real money wasn’t exactly 1-to-1…

    First I bought one more account and started using 2 accounts which were botting for legendary Armor. Why another one botting the same subset of items? Take another look at the screenshots above.

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    Datamined Reaper of Souls Info: Affix Hardcaps?

    Posted 29 Sep 2013 by

    More datamined infos have surfaced from that pre-alpha version of Reaper of Souls. Bear in mind that all these are from a very early version of RoS and changes can and will be made between this and what we see in the game.

    The most interesting details seem to show that the devs have come to agree with long time fan theorizing that a lack of hard caps or breakpoints on gear in Diablo 3 is a big reason the item system feels so boring. (Read all about Breakpoints in Diablo 2.) With no caps or diminishing returns on the best affixes in D3C — CC, CD, and IAS — MOAR in those fields is always the best strategy, hence every character wants the same few affixes on all of their gear.

    D3 still needs more variety and utility from other affixes, and seems to be getting them in RoS, but putting diminishing returns or hard caps on some stats (D2 had both on most useful stats) seems like a reasonable way to promote affix diversity and to open up the item game since players won’t seek just the same few stats on every piece of gear.

  • DiabloWikiCritical Hit Chance – *You may have a maximum of +40.00% Critical Hit Chance from items.
  • DiabloWikiCritical Hit Damage – *You may have a maximum of +250.00% Critical Hit Damage from items.
  • DiabloWikiAttack Speed – *You may have a maximum of +40.00% Attack Speed from items.
  • DiabloWikiMovement Speed – *You may have a maximum of +25.00% movement speed from items
  • Block Chance – *You may have a maximum of 75.00% Block Chance.
  • DiabloWikiGold Find – *You may have a maximum of +300.00% Gold Find.
  • DiabloWikiMagic Find – *You may have a maximum of +300.00% Magic Find.
  • Magic Find – *This increase is diminished for rare and legendary and set items.
  • You can directly boost all but one of those fields in the DiabloWikiParagon 2.0 system to add more on top of your item bonuses. There are two values that really stand out: 1) DiabloWikiCritical hit Damage capped at just 250% (+another 50% from Paragon Points) would be huge drop for most characters (you can get more than that just on a Manticore, Skorn, or many 2H weapons today), and 2) Block Chance capped at 75%? That’s about 50% higher than anyone has now!

    Currently shields go up to 20% and can increase up to 8% more from a Block increase affix on the shield, but that’s far from a common bonus and the vast majority of top quality rare shields (these are much sought in the Hardcore Auction House) have 15-20% blocking. And that’s about all characters have, since other gear that adds blocking % is virtually non-existent in D3C.

    +Blocking chance was initially (in some dev interviews from Gamescom) said to be amongst the fields that you could boost in Paragon 2.0, but it’s not amongst the fields in the DiabloWikiDefensive Tab in the recent datamined info. So where else are players supposed to get that much blocking%? Do shields in RoS go much higher than the 20% cap we see in D3C? Will shield blocking bonuses be found on other pieces of armor?

    And is this a general indication of the increased importance RoS will place on a bit slower and more defensive play style, as Wyatt Cheng keeps warning telling us?

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