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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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    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:


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


    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.


    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.)


    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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    One life to Live: The dreamers, the streamers, and me

    Posted 11 Jan 2013 by

    On my way back to D3 I found myself doing one thing I hadn’t done since the beta..watching other people play. It started out simply just seeing what other’s had been doing with the DiabloWikimonk and skill set ups. I then stumbled on to a group of people playing hardcore, having fun and giving away gold; it was hard not to watch.


    I’m a sucker for contests and having very little gold the chance to win some seemed enticing. Their set up is simple, sit and watch and maybe win. I was lucky enough to win a spot on their “deal or no deal” contest and continued to be offered gold while they looted various monsters. The premise is simple, choose 1 of the 9 possible ilvl 63 armor types and as each one drops that’s not the one you called you get offered gold, or you opt out. Needless to say I got greedy and ended up with nothing. While that was going on they also were running “the price is right” contests. If you guessed with a certain amount of the vendor price of a legendary they identified you could win 5 million. I also did not win any of those.

    Despite my losses what I found myself enjoying was the camaraderie, and watching people play the game. Having spent the majority of my play time solo I felt inspired (despite current news) to go out and play with other people. I also liked how they made Hardcore approachable. Sure these are player with big piles of gold, and they’re giving away more than my character has five times over, but they’re not going for world firsts, or exploiting mechanics. They’re just playing the game and making it better for those who watch. Shifting over to Hardcore can seem risky for some, or a waste of time for others, but watching and experiencing it can give you a better picture of what it actually is, and maybe having a little gold in your bank might push you to try it.

    I’d be lying if I said I didn’t start watching to bankroll my many deaths. However, that watching kept me playing and made me want to keep going; so that I could do that on my own and maybe do that for someone else. One of my favorite things about D2 was the community. People would go out of their way to lend a helping hand, or some gear to someone who lost it all. With D3 being a bit more insular it’s good to see those ideas still going. We can’t all have contests giving away stacks of gold, or give gear to every new person we meet, but we can help out and play with new people (once they patch that) and get back to what hardcore really is. I’d rather die with people by my side knowing we put up a fight than kicking myself for playing alone. Of course until they patch it, check out Hardcore forums, meet some cool people and stay alive!

    If you’re interested in the stream that caught my eye check it out here and good luck!

    One Life to Live covers the Hardcore play and life style in the Diablo community. It is written by Xanth and published weekly. Post your comments below, Follow me on Twitter @HCXanth or contact the author directly. For all the archived news about Diablo 3 hardcore check our Archives!

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