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Wyatt Cheng Gives More Details on 1.0.7

Posted 14 Jan 2013 by

In a follow up to the other day’s 1.0.7 Preview Wyatt Cheng has expanded on a few key areas of the changes to come.

“We’re removing the incrementing resurrection timer on consecutives deaths.”

Just to make sure we’re setting expectations correctly, the radius increase is modest. As mentioned in the blog, for melee characters who are very particular about saving their health globes, we wanted to make sure we didn’t increase the radius so much that melee characters picked up health globes unintentionally.

So, kinda imagine a health globe dropping a melee range, we increased pickup by LESS than that. I’d tell you the exact number but I don’t remember it off the top of my head and it’ll be in the patch notes anyways. The bump is small.

Regarding DiabloWikiOne With Everything (db)

One With Everything is not changing in 1.0.7. We still recognize it as an issue, but 1. We do not want to make any change that invalidates the existing gear people have acquired. 2. We have to weigh the cost of any change vs. the benefit of doing so. Does One With Everything feel mandatory to many monks? Yes (though not as much as it used to be). Is fixing it urgent? No.

Increased monster density

Unfortunately increased monster density in Act 1 and 2 in Inferno difficulty did not make patch 1.0.7. It is absolutely something we would like to improve, and it is still on the list for the future. I spend most of personal play time in Act 3 as well: Keeps 1, Core, Tower, Bridge, Fields. It’s a matter of degrees, it’ll never all be balanced 100% equal in all zones everywhere you go – but they need to be comparable within a certain tolerance, and we’re definitely outside that margin right now.

Stacking DiabloWikiNephalem Valor carrying over between acts

I did not mention it in the blog but Nephalem Valor should carry over from Act to Act.

The Patch Notes represent a collated list of the things that have changed in a patch. When choosing which changes to list in a Patch Preview, it’s the design teams opportunity to provide some additional commentary, insight or explain the reasoning behind the changes.

The new DiabloWikiRuby gem

The new Ruby gives flat damage increase, much like the existing rubies do. However, because of the way the math works out, the higher your attack speed, the more your character benefits from a flat damage increase.

For example, let’s say Your attack speed is 1.1 If a Ruby adds 20 damage to your weapon, then it is adding 22 DPS to your weapon.

However, if your attack speed is 2.4, then that same Ruby that adds 20 damage to your weapon is going to add 48 DPS to your weapon.

Essentially, flat damage benefits higher attack speeds.

Our goal with the tuning on the new Ruby is that if you have high attack speed, and/or your skill build leans heavily on skills that don’t crit (such as Hydra), then you may prefer the flat damage granted by the Ruby over the Critical Hit Damage provided by the Emerald. The exact tuning point has gone through some internal testing but we’ll be monitoring things on PTR as well. I expect some clever theorycrafters will figure out some breakpoints for when to use one gem or another.

Judging by the comments in the update news item and in the forum discussions this patch has been largely well received, more so than some of the previous.

Source: Reddit


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