Legendary 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 Urshi, 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 gems 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 PTR, 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.
|Bane of the Powerful|
|Bane of the Trapped|
|Boon of the Hoarder|
|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.|
|Gem of Efficacious Toxin|
|Gogok of Swiftness|
|Mirinae, Teardrop of Starweaver|
Regular readers will have noticed quite a few changes on Diablo: IncGamers since the launch of Reaper of Souls which was the motivation for us to make some of the changes we had been thinking about for a while.
When RoS launched we pushed the first stage of front page layout changes live. We know everyone likes to read their content in different ways so the site was changed to a similar layout to the main IncGamers site. Of course not every one will love that format so in the past week we set to work on the second phase which was giving you the option to read the content in the old format if you so desired.
In case you hadn’t spotted it, there are a couple of buttons above the news that allow you to switch to your preferred format.
Probably the toughest job we had to undertake was the forums. We have used the same forum system for around a decade and there were millions of posts to port over. It was important to us to make sure that threads from the old forum were not lost, we’d have hell to pay from you guys if they went missing Remember the great forum crash of 2003? That was not pretty.
So why the change? There were numerous reasons, the next version of the same forum was bloated with features that were useless to the community here. Spammers were also a consideration and the previous software was starting to struggle with the rise in spammers over the last couple of years. We needed a system that could pro- actively catch them and then make life easier for IncGamers moderators to deal with anything that managed to slip through.
The end results once we switched were good. The forums are now easier to use, faster and more robust. It’s taken some time to iron out issues with posts moved over from the old system but I would say we are 95% there with most things now. The forum is now easier to use and has more features to track new content additions.
One of the main issues we had during the change was with your logins. We have a custom login system that ties your forum account to the main site. When we moved forums that obviously broke down and had to be recreated. One of the issues we came up against was the inability for guests to post in the news and members who were logged in seeing a captcha. This was not acceptable so it took a few days for me to sort out but thankfully it now all works.
Regarding commenting on news, originally we had the news post into the community forum but as things move quite quickly here as far as content is concerned, we thought it best to create a separate forum for the news discussions. This reorganisation prevents any community forum discussion being lost in a pile of news. Your discussions are important after all.
Regarding accounts. Some of you have been registered here for over a decade and we have been helping members who have had login issues since the switch because they no longer have access to the email they originally registered with. If there are any of you still caught in that trap then we can sort it for you. Send an email here and we will deal with it.
With the new forums came new features, and something we’ve wanted to do for some time is highlight pro-active members and also award trophies for actions by the community. Elly sat down over a few days to come up with the points and reward system. You may have spotted the icons on threads but so you know how it works I have posted all of the trophies below for reference.
There are still a few things to do but the core updates are now in place. Your feedback on anything we do is much appreciated and a special thanks to the PALS who have helped make all the changes possible with their contributions.
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Diablo 3 Auction House to Close Permanently in 30 DaysPosted 1 Apr 2013 by
We received strong hints from Jay Wilson’s anti-Auction House comments at GDC, and the fact that the Diablo 3 console version won’t have an Auction House at all, but today’s sudden announcement of a major change to the PC/Mac version of Diablo 3 still comes as a surprise.
If you are an active Diablo 3 Auction House user, read carefully as this will greatly affect your gaming experience.
Unfortunately, there are problems associated with the Auction House as well. Chiefly, it’s as Jay Wilson said in his postmortem from GDC — it’s simply more fun to find items than to buy them.
Therefore, after long discussion with the development team and the community team, and reading thousands of posts worth of fan feedback, we feel there is only one real solution to resolving the current game issues. Effective Tuesday 30 April, 2013, the Diablo 3 Auction House will be taken permanently offline. This goes for all realms, Real Money and Gold, and Softcore and Hardcore.
To assist with the transition to a post-Auction House Diablo 3, later this month we will be implementing new trade forums with greater moderation from the community team, plus new volunteer “TV”s. These “Trade Valuators” will oversee all threads in the trading forums, offering advice and guidance to players about the actual worth of their items, as well as seamlessly and permanently adjusting unrealistic item list prices, when necessary to reflect economic realities.
Furthermore, as a special thank you to the players, all items traded during this last month of the Auction House will receive a free graphical buff; a new rainbow-patterned glowing effect similar to, but much more colorful than, the graphics now seen on some of the class-themed Item Sets. Owing to its special beauty, this reward is permanent and can not be dyed over or removed with Vanishing Dye.
We know this is a big change, and this has been a difficult decision for the Diablo 3 Team, but after careful consideration we think this is the best direction for the community and the Diablo franchise.”
Big news indeed, but maybe not a complete surprise, given Jay’s comments during his GDC presentation. What do you guys think? Will you be happy to go back to hunting items for their own sake, rather than just as coal to shovel into the furnace that is the Diablo 3 Auction House?
Update by Flux: This is not a legit news item and was posted as an April Fool’s joke. The concept and rough draft was by Rush, while I edited it to sound more like a press release written in American style. I also added the TVs and rainbow coloration parts, as tip off that it was a joke. Rush didn’t want those; he thought it should be written in totally serious fashion with an aim to fooling people, while I thought that a good April Fool’s joke came from a believable premise, but took enough odd turns throughout to tip off an alert reader. He might have been right, but I worried that someone with thousands of dollars invested in their gear might go insane if they believed this, so thought we’d be better safe than sorry on the joking in the joke.