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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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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 DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.

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    Reflects Damage too Dangerous in v1.05?

    Posted 2 Nov 2012 by

    A fan offers some QQing about the DiabloWikiReflects Damage boss modifier and touches off a conversation with the always-sympathetic Lylirra.

    Lylirra: We know Reflects Damage has been a little more challenging for some players in this patch, so we’ve been reviewing feedback regarding the affix pretty closely since 1.0.5 released. The actual values for the stat haven’t changed at all and, in general, it seems like the issue for players is really just related to increased monster health thanks to DiabloWikiMonster Power.

    Since monsters have a lot more health in the higher MP levels, not only do fights last longer, but players need to do a lot more damage in order to kill their targets. Of course, that means there’s a lot more opportunity for you to get hit with Reflects Damage. So, whereas before the patch, a player may have been able to kill monsters with the Reflects Damage affix no problem and with health to spare, now that fights are lasting longer that same player may not have as much success — at least, not without making some adjustments to their build or gear.

    That said, we do agree that we can make some improvements. For example, we’ll be making it so that damage dealt by pets will no longer reflect back to the player. We’re also toying with the idea of changing Reflects Damage so that it has a duration and can only be activated by monsters periodically (rather than it always being active), but that’s definitely not yet set in stone.

    NOOOO, don’t cave to these pussys.
    Lylirra: If we feel like it’s a change that will be better for the long-term health of the game, then we’ll move forward with it. We certainly appreciate your thoughts and feedback on the matter in the meantime. :)

    I just wish reflect dmg monsters have an aura or something so I can identify it before getting myself killed.
    Lylirra: I’ll pass on the suggestion.

    How about just changing it so RD can be dodged like pre-patch and all problems solved….duh
    Lylirra: You could never actually dodge Reflects Damage in the live game. The bug only existed in the PTR version of 1.0.5 (which was fixed before we released the patch), so the “we fixed it” line never should been included in the live patch notes; it was, however, correctly included in the PTR patch notes.

    I can take the heat for that one.

    Despite having Reflect Damage being an everyday complain on General/PTR Feedback thread FOR MONTHS, despite realizing it’s a bad design, nothing was discusses by the CMs til now. I didn’t wanna complain about lack of communication but really :/
    Lylirra: We certainly saw the discussions before hand and passed them along, but there were no plans for adjustments that we could communicate until now.

    Have you guys noticed a similar difficulty, and do you think it’s a bad thing? After all, the whole point in Reflects Damage as a boss mod is that it’s *supposed* to be hard, and force you to change your play style a bit. So that one type of monster can’t just be buried by ever-increasing DPS.

    That debate aside, I can definitely second the motion to give RD bosses an aura or some other visual representation. Perhaps a rotating halo of tiny tombstones? I haven’t had the problem so much in v1.05, but in previous versions, while MFing in very low hps and defensive gear, I regularly nuked myself by attacking RD boss packs before I saw their mods. One cast of Stampede and a trail of Ball Lightning orbs going in and my DH would shrivel in less than a second. It was a bit reminiscent of MSLEs in D2, pre-v1.10, where you had to check the mods before you opened up, especially at close range, lest you killed yourself in a blink.

    And no, not all forms of nostalgia are pleasant.


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