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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:

Barbarian

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


Crusader

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.


Monk

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.)


Wizard

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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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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Josh Mosqueira: Reaper of Souls Beta Test May Start This Year

Posted 23 Aug 2013 by

A new Josh Mosqueira interview from Gamescom with Korean site Players Cut, in which he answers numerous short questions with a yes, no, or maybe. Most of them are technical stuff about the story and lore, but more general topics came in halfway through and the one that everyone’s going to seize on Josh’s reply to a question about the Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls beta test start time. Here’s the exact quote of that one, which you can hear at 7:33 in the video:

Question: “I hope that Blizzard can put up the first beta test of Reaper of Souls within this year.”
Josh, “Yes.”

Before anyone gets too excited, note that “hope” does not equal “it will happen.” Also note that the interviewer didn’t say “Public beta.” Game developers generally begin beta tests on internal servers with only a few employees playing. They gradually expand to include more internal testers, then friends and family, then some media and other connected types, and finally go “public” and when they begin to really scale up the number of testers. So the RoS beta could indeed get underway this year, but not get to the public testing phase until well into 2014.

Still, it’s good news that they’re even far enough along to think about starting up the Beta! Here’s the full interview, with more transcript below:

Most of the questions in this are very technical stuff about lore and story, and Josh seems to really enjoy them. Probably it was nice to get a change from the usually run of general questions, and I thought it was nice to hear more about the story and the lore, even if that’s not my main area of interest.

The following are paraphrases of most of the questions Josh answered “Yes.” to. There were at least a couple of dozen others that got “No.” replies, and many more “Maybe.” answers, some of which Josh’s reply appeared to mean, “Yes, but I’m not going give out that information yet.”

Josh said yes to the following:

In the cinematic, Tyrael’s sword wouldn’t hurt Malthael, the former Angel of Justice, which implies that Malthael’s behavior is just and righteous.

There’s a new historian in D3X, taking the lore-explaining role we saw filled by Cain and DiabloWikiAbd al-Hazir in D3C.

The Pandemonium Fortress will loook very different in D3X than it did in D2.

The Crusader has a stronger spell than the Paladin.

The Warrior class from Diablo 1 was an influence on Crusader’s design.

The Crusader’s Wrath resource is different than Barbarian’s Fury resource.

Reaper of Souls has the same PC requirements as D3C.

Exact quote on this one: “I hope that Blizzard can put up the first beta test of Reaper of Souls within this year.” Josh, “Yes.”

Much more info about RoS will come at Blizzcon. Yes yes yes.

I want a Josh Mosqueira monster as an Easter Egg in in RoS so I can knock it down? Yes (says Josh).

Josh spoke more in a question about how the Crusader and the Paladin differ. Summary of his reply: “The Crusader and Paladin are from the same order. While the Paladins traveled West to spread the Zakarum faith, the Crusaders are an elite order within the Paladins. Individuals are chosen to become Crusaders if they demonstrate a stronger capacity to embody the power of the Paladin. The Crusaders splintered off to form their own sect within the order. One cool lore bit is that there’s only a fixed number of Crusaders. Each one of them takes on an apprentice, and when the Crusader falls their apprentice takes the shield and role of the master, and choose a new apprentice to follow him/her.”

Beta news = excite? Anyone really into the lore who wants to listen to the first 5 minutes of this one and break down any new revelations to the rest of us? Thanks to Mark and Nobbie for the news tip.

Update: I tacked on a vote because why not?


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