Diablo 3 Beta Patch 17 is LivePosted 18 April 2012 by Flux
Repeating the minor miracle that patch 16 inaugurated, Diablo III beta patch 17 went online on time and without major incident, just a short time ago. The Blue thread was updated and after playing for the last hour, I can confirm that the patch is working and that characters, achievements, and everything else have been wiped.
I was prepared to say that some subtle tweaks have been made; I first played a Barbarian to level 9 and checked the ring merchant numerous times without ever seeing a ring with +damage. There were rings, but just with +hps per kill, small bonuses to stats, +experience per kill, etc. Never any with +damage though, which seemed reasonable to me, as that modifier on commonly-obtainable rings at level 6 was making the early going way too easy.
And then I played another game with a Wizard for 20 minutes, and my first check of that vendor showed him with two rings, both with +2-4 damage plus another stat. Thus is demonstrated the dangers of drawing sweeping conclusions from limited sample sizes.
That said, I don’t notice anything in gameplay, NPCs, different in this patch than the previous one. Things really do seem to be pretty well set in their all-but-final release state.