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The Diablo 3 Podcast #135: Diablo 3 v2, Clans, Class Changes, and Our 17th Anniversary

Posted 5 Mar 2014 by

Diablo 3 version 2 had a very busy first week with much player excitement. Topics include class changes pros and cons, build-defining legendaries, too-smart Smart Drops, First World clan Problems, and Diabloii.net’s 17th anniversary. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Sentarius.

  • 0:30 — Intro and surprise of the sudden Reaper of Souls shutdown and Diablo 3 v2.0.1 the next day.

    first-world-problems-IncHC2

  • 5:20 — Economy impacts in D3v2. Why are gems so expensive all of a sudden? People know Marquise drop in RoS, don’t they? Why all current crafting materials are worthless in RoS.

  • 11:30 — Pros and cons of the countless class changes in D3v2. Wizard and Witch Doctor have new and awesomeness. But not as awesome as is the Demon Hunter.
  • 20:00 — Build-changing and defining legendary items. Find items, structure your skills and tactics around them, rather than trying to do one thing and fit your gear to fit it.
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  • 27:45 — Do Smart Drops make cross-class farming too difficult? Great incentive to play with friends who are a different class; you can feed each other gear.

    This stirred some excite when ID'ed in the HC clan chat.

    This ObZod stirred some excite when ID’ed in the HC clan chat.

  • 35:30 — Legendary and set jewelry. More common that other legendary types, usually junk. Working as intended!

  • 41:30 — Clans and communities. Everyone likes, but has some issues, and Flux has First World Problems. Everyone hopes Blizzard is treating now as a sort of clans beta, and fixes and improvements will appear fairly soon™. Friend’s list issues. Clans really need Hardcore Death Announcements. In black and red letters with glowing flames.
  • 57:50 — Surprising and overwhelmingly positive reaction of the community to Diablo 3 version 2?
  • 1:01:40 — Surprised at how many people now enjoying D3v2 who know nothing about the new features and obviously weren’t following the Reaper of Souls beta at all? People who played briefly upon launch, gave up due to terrible itemization, and are now back and happy.
  • 1:07:00 — The 17th anniversary of Diablo.IncGamers.com. Remember the very early days, and then the Diabloii.net days. What’s it like to be part of an online community that’s been evolving for so long?
  • The Diablo 3 Podcast Episode Guide in DiabloWiki.net provides links to every show, plus quick summaries.