The Ring 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 difficulty 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.
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.
Thread Starter -Points: 15 -You have started 5 Threads
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Confabulator – Points: 91 -You have started 80 Threads
Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.
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Diablo 3 Patch 2.0.1 Now Available on the PTRPosted 12 Dec 2013 by
It’s all go with shiny new stuff today. If you’re sick of watching people play Reaper of Souls – sick as in green with envy well now is your chance to enjoy some new things for yourself. (Closed Beta for RoS has also begun, so check your email and your B.net account for an invite.)
The PTR server is available for Diablo 3 vanilla now and full details of how to load it can be found on Battle.net.
The PTR contains many of the new game features in Reaper of Souls. You can not level to 70 or play a Crusader or use the new lvl 61+ skills, but you get lots of skill tweaks to the existing classes, Adventure Mode, Nephalem Rifts, Loot 2.0, Cursed Chests, Paragon Points, and lots more. See the full feature list comparison here:
How to Participate:
To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. it hasn’t been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Battle.net desktop app.
Step 1: Create a PTR account by logging in to your Battle.net Account Management page. Select your Diablo III game license, and then click “Create a PTR account.”
Step 2: Download and install the Battle.net desktop application.
Step 3: Once you have created a PTR account, installed the Battle.net desktop, and logged in with your Battle.net credentials, select “Diablo III” from the menu on the left-hand side of the application.
Step 4: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the “Play” button (note that this may say “Install” if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select “Beta: Reaper of Souls” from this drop-down menu before proceeding.
Step 5: You should now have the option to install and play the patch 2.0.1 PTR.
Please note that the 2.0.1 PTR and Reaper of Souls Closed Beta are running on the same client and, as a result, participants will be able to interact and even play with one another.
- If you do not have a Reaper of Souls Closed Beta license attached to your account, you will only be able to access and test content available in patch 2.0.1.
- If you have a Reaper of Souls Closed Beta license attached, you will have access to all patch 2.0.1 content as well as expansion-only content including (but not limited to) Act V, the Crusader, and Adventure Mode.
While the 2.0.1 PTR is only available in English and Korean, accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.
PTR Character Copy:
The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.
Step 1: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you’re done, return to the main character screen.
Step 2: Click on the “PTR Copy” button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)
Step 3: Select your region.
Step 4: Click “Copy.” This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.
Step 5: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.
Step 6: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.
Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.
In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 72 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.
The full patch notes of the changes you’ll find in vanilla are after the break.
New Feature: Clans & Communities
To better enable players to find and play with others who share similar interests, two new social features have been added to Diablo III: Clans and Communities.
Anyone can create or join a Clan, and doing so will give you access to the Clan window (default hotkey N) and display your clan tag next to your name. In the Clan window, you’ll find a Members roster, a private chat channel, and a News & Info tab where Clan affairs and information can be posted for all members to read. Clans can support a large number of players with a currently undetermined cap and require an invitation to join.
In addition to Clans, players will also be able to join Communities. Like Clans, each Community has a Members roster, a designated chat channel, and a News & Info tab where stories and a Community description can be posted. While you are only able to join a single Clan, you can join multiple different Communities. Additionally, Communities can be designated as Public or Private, are organized by categories (such as Classes, Regional, and Game Type) and allow a nearly unlimited number of players, making them a great option for meeting new people outside your Clan!
New Event: Cursed Chests
Chests scattered about Sanctuary are now occasionally cursed, starting an event once they are inspected. Some chest events spawn in both Campaign and Adventure modes, while others are exclusive to Adventure mode. Like other events, completing a cursed chest event provides a small gold and experience reward. Chests offer a variety of challenges, including endless monster waves, timed events, and potentially spawning bosses out in the open world! Once the associated event is completed, the chest will be cleansed into a Radiant Chest, ripe for the looting!
Itemization Updates (Loot 2.0)
Treasure seekers rejoice! Loot has undergone several changes in Patch 2.0.1, all of which are designed to improve the item hunt in Diablo III. Major changes include (but are not limited to):
- Players will now occasionally find “smart drops.” Smart drops are items that drop with stats tailored to the character who found them.
- Item properties are now separated into two categories: Primary and Secondary. Primary stats are stats that have the greatest impact on a character;s power and/or survivability, while Secondary stats generally offer utility or character power in an indirect way. These stat groups will no longer compete against one another when an item is rolled.
- Stat ranges on items have been narrowed significantly (ex: instead of an item having a stat range of 1-200 Strength, its range might now be something like 140-200). In addition, players can now view the stat ranges on items in their inventory by pressing and holding CTRL while an item’s tooltip is open.
- Several new stats have been added to Rares and Legendary items with the goal of supporting and/or encouraging the use of specific builds.
- All Legendary items have been reworked with one or all the above points in mind.
The Paragon leveling system has undergone several significant revisions to promote additional diversity and character customization past level cap:
- Paragon levels are now account-wide and shared across all characters. However, Paragon levels are tracked independently for Hardcore and Normal mode characters.
- In addition, there is no longer a cap on Paragon levels; they may be gained infinitely.
- Bonuses gained upon achieving Paragon levels have been redesigned. Players no longer gain static primary stats and Magic/Gold find. Instead, players will now earn Paragon points in four separate categories: Core, Offense, Defense, and Utility.
- With these changes in mind, the Paragon leveling curve has been updated.
All classes have undergone significant revision. Additional details and patch notes will be available in the future as changes continue throughout development and testing.
Crafting has received several quality of life changes. Major changes include (but are not limited to):
- Crafting materials have been condensed into two item level tiers: 1-63 and 64-70. This change is to reduce the amount of stash space consumed by crafting materials and simplify older crafting recipes.
- In addition, crafted items will now roll with stats appropriate to the character crafting them, operating off of Loot 2.0’s smart drop system. (Note that items designed to roll specific stats, such as the Archon Armor patterns, are exempt from this system.)
The difficulty system has been completely revised. Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno have been removed, and this tiered system has been replaced with “dynamic difficulty,” allowing monsters to level up with your characters.
There are also now a total of five difficulty settings that players can select from at-will: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master (unlocks at level 60), and Torment (unlocks at level 70). Torment includes a difficulty slider offering an additional six adjustments to tailor your challenges.
Each level offers new bonuses and rewards, visible in the difficulty selection menu. In addition, you can now lower your difficulty setting in-game (however, increasing your difficulty still requires exiting your current game).
Several new potential affixes for elite and champion monsters have been added: Frozen Pulse, Orbiter, Poison Enchanted, Thunderstorm, and Wormhole. In addition, monster density has been adjusted across all Acts.
Note: If you are in the beta or on the PTR then look for ‘IncGamers Community‘ (case sensitive) to meet up with other windswept and interesting people from the Diablo: IncGamers’ community.