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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Primary Source – Points: 1 – Somebody out there liked one of your posts.
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One life to Live: The dreamers, the streamers, and mePosted 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 monk 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!
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