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Diablo 3 Season Three begins tonight on the Americas server and is already underway in Asia and Europe. Are you guys jumping in and joining the (cooperative) race to 70? Here are the official start times: Vote: Season 3 Plans: Season One’s rush to 70 was broken by exp-exploitable bounties (in softcore, at least), and […]
Patch 2.2: Everything New and Important
Lots of new stuff and improved old stuff in Patch 2.2, so here’s a big compilation. Check the full patch notes for every single change, great and small. This is a listing of the changes that are most impactful and noticeable for players, and feel free to suggest others in comments if you feel the […]
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Buy Blizzcon 2015 Tickets Tonight

Posted 15 Apr 2015 by at 20:56 GMT

blizzcon-tickets-2015Tonight brings the first of two chances to buy tickets to this year’s Blizzcon. The purchase must be made online, and as usual you can expect the queue to fill far beyond the available tickets approximately 5 seconds after the store goes online. Buy Blizzcon 2015 Tickets Tonight:

The first batch of BlizzCon 2015 tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. PDT through Eventbrite.

  • Click here to buy tickets Wednesday at 7p.m.!
  • If you’re going to try for tickets, you might want to check out the ticket info section of the BlizzCon website or read our ticket-purchasing guide. Please note you’ll have 8 minutes to complete the purchasing process, and you have until August 14 to edit attendee information.

    If you don’t get tickets tomorrow, a second batch will go on sale Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PDT. In addition, tickets to an exclusive pre-BlizzCon dinner to benefit Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) will go on sale Wednesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. PDT. For those unable to attend the show, in-depth coverage of BlizzCon will also be available through the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket—further details will be announced at a later date.

    BlizzCon 2015 will take place November 6 and 7 at the Anaheim Convention Center, and tickets cost $199 each (plus applicable taxes and fees). Tickets to the BlizzCon Benefit Dinner cost $750 each (plus taxes and fees) and include BlizzCon admission. For further information, check out the official BlizzCon site.

    The usual technique for successful buyers is to get a lot of friends online who can try to log on at the chosen time, then at 7:01 when all the clicking is over, compare notes on where you are in the queue, and have the person closest to the front buy for everyone (maximum 5 tix per purchase).

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    Boon of the Hoarder not Dropping from Guardians in S3

    Posted 14 Apr 2015 by at 23:05 GMT

    Treasure Vault TipsAs the Seasoners assemble their array of DiabloWikiLegendary Gems in Season Three, one Gem has been coming up missing. The DiabloWikiBoon of the Hoarder. Initially dropped only by DiabloWikiGreed in DiabloWikiThe Vault, some patches ago the devs changed it so any Guardian in a Greater Rift could drop the Boon, once you’d found the gem from Greed in the first place. This was helpful if you lost the gem (Hardcore) or just wanted a second or third copy, but didn’t want to have to find The Vault again.

    In Season Two (almost) no one had gold issues or a need to search for The Vault, since players who had found a Boon previously just got it from GRift Guardians, same as all the other LGems. That’s not the case in Season Three, and this time you have to actually find The Vault to end your gold woes. This change was not documented in the Patch Notes and Blizzard hasn’t made any comment on it, so it’s not known if this is a bug or a feature.

    Update: Testing proves Guardians will drop a Boon if you’ve already found one. So you just have to find The Vault again in S3. Thanks to Leviathan for confirming.

    Portal from a Blood Thief.

    Portal from a Blood Thief.

    So, we’re back to farming Greed’s Domain again, eh? It’s not too hard in a multiplayer game; just spread out and fast explore areas (not Rifts), simply to find as many Goblins as possible, as quickly as possible. Also, has anyone seen the golden portal open up from a non-DiabloWikiTreasure Goblin? I’ve heard that all goblin types (except Rainbow) can open it, including Blood Thieves, Odious Collectors, etc, but I’ve never seen that myself. And no idea if the 3 new types of Goblins can open the Golden Portal as well?

    Update: Commenters confirm finding The Vault portal via Blood Thieves. Awesome. But shouldn’t the new Gilded Baron have a bonus chance to open the portal?

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    Updated Patch 2.2 Legendary Drop Rates and Gambling Odds

    Posted 14 Apr 2015 by at 19:57 GMT

    Linkitch has provided a useful updated Patch 2.2 Legendary Drop Rates and Gambling Odds spreadsheet. You can download it or view it in Google docs, and the tables show all legendary and set items in the game, with 1) their odds to drop if a legendary item of that type rolls via DiabloWikismart loot, and 2) approximately how many blood shards you’ll need to gamble to obtain that item.

    Legendary Bracer drop odds.

    Legendary Bracer drop odds.

    The math is simple, since for every gear slot there are X number of items that can appear for each class, with a few of the items weighted to be less common than others. So if a Monk rolls a legendary bracer, there are 15 possible items that can fall, and a 9.30% chance that Gungdo Gear is the one selected by the RNG gods. The same theory works for every item in the game via drops.

    Note that the drop odds apply only to DiabloWikismart drops, which are around 85% of item drops. About 15% are totally random, and can roll for your class or any other class. All gambling = smart loot though, so you’ll never gamble a legendary for some other class, or with a mainstat other than your character’s.

  • Spreadsheet via google docs.
  • Downloadable hardcopy.
  • As more legendary items are added to the game, it grows harder to find any particular item, so your odds of finding the items in a specific set are probably a bit longer than before. It’s not all bad though, since Blizzard recently improved the odds of finding the most uncommon items, making most of them 1/4 as likely as others of their type, instead of the 1/10th chance they had before.

    Thus if a Legendary two handed mace drops, the melee classes have a 4-6% chance of it being a Furnace (varies by class depending on how many different legendary 2H maces they can roll). The sticking point for most players is still the inability to gamble specific melee weapon types, so when you switch to the Gamble Weapons tab you see that it’ll take the melee classes 118,000 to 164,000 shards to have good odds of scoring a Furnace from Kadala. And there’s only a 1/10 chance that it rolls Ancient. Good luck with that!

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    Patch 2.2 Hotfixes

    Posted 14 Apr 2015 by at 11:34 GMT

    Blizzard has listed a few small Patch 2.2 Hotfixes with a couple more coming soon.



  • The “Wortham Survivors” bounty is being disabled
  • This bounty cannot always be completed and we will be addressing this issue in a later patch
  • Monsters

  • Fixing an issue where the Gelatinous Sire will occasionally fail to split

  • The basic Healing Potion should no longer occasionally vanish from a player’s hotbar
  • Bounties

  • The “Wormsign” Bounty should now always be able to be completed
  • I guess Sir Gelly isn’t just tricky after all. The broken bounties were broken all during the PTR, so it’s disappointing the patch went live with them still not working.

    Also note that the GRift congrats screen not closing with your “close all windows” key is a bug, but it’s not on the hotfix list since it can’t be hotfixed. It must be fixed in a patch, and presumably will be, next time. (That too was a bug during the PTR that the devs didn’t have time to fix before the rushing v2.2 to live.)

    Is it too much to ask that we be able to close this screen using the spacebar?
    Click space bar to exit. (Hahaha!)

    Click space bar to exit. (Hahaha!)

    Nevalistis: This is, in fact, a bug and we’re on it! However, implementing a fix will require a patch and cannot be addressed via hotfix.

    We appreciate the feedback on the new screen, though! What do you like best about it? What would you like to see improved in the future? We have a few improvements we’re iterating on, but it would be interesting to hear what folks would like to see.

    I suppose I might be won over by that screen-filling Greater Rift congrats screen, but that’s going to take a lot. Now I just want it gone. I don’t care what stats might show on it, or extra info… just remove it from my game. It’s way too “browser popup” in flavor now, and I don’t want to feel like I need to check the popup blocker settings on Firefox every time I finish a Grift. Even if the space bar worked to shut it properly, that wouldn’t make me like it… I’d just hate it less.

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    Diablo 3 Podcast #171: Season 3 + Fun New DH and Monk Builds

    Posted 13 Apr 2015 by at 23:16 GMT

    Season Three begins, but is the fresh start still fun? Plus why so many Treasure Goblins, fun new Demon Hunter and Monk builds, the mystery of Mortick’s Brace and Blizzard’s rush to start v2.2, and long term Season Three plans. Featuring Master X, MJNSpace, and Flux.

    Click through for approximate segment starting times and related links:

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    Season Three Gameplay: Spin2Win Barb and GR51 UE DH

    Posted 13 Apr 2015 by at 17:07 GMT

    For today’s installment of “people who have a lot more gaming time than you do” here are a couple of Season Three Gameplay videos showing off high level performance with new sets in the early days of Season Two and Patch 2.2.

    First up is a Hardcore Barbarian using five pieces of the new Whirlwind set and 3 pieces of the Immortal King’s set, plus a RoRG, and blitzing through a T6 rift in a cool 1:30. The player is Kniff and you can see his EU profile here.

    Next is a Demon Hunter using the new Unhallowed Essence Multishot set and clearing a GR51 fast enough to (temporarily) take the #1 spot on the Realm. Click through for the video.

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    More Treasure Goblins in Season Three?

    Posted 12 Apr 2015 by at 19:32 GMT

    Treasure-goblin-posterAre there more DiabloWikiTreasure Goblins, and/or more of the rare types, spawning in Season Three and/or Patch 2.2? I’ve seen that stated in numerous comment threads, most people in clan chat feel it’s the case, and I’ve definitely noticed it in my own play so far in S3. (I had to gamble at level 44 since I was already maxed at 500 shards thanks to 4 Blood Thieves, and I went the last month of S2, playing/gambling a lot, without seeing 4 of them.)

    I played a fair amount of Patch 2.2 on the PTR and did not notice Goblins appearing more than I expected, and definitely not of the unusual kinds. As in S2 and earlier patches, in v2.2 on the PTR the majority of Goblins were the standard type with occasional Gem Hoarders and Odious Collectors and Rainbow Goblins, and less often a Blood Thief of one of the three new types.

    That was the PTR, though. This week with Patch 2.2 live I’ve seen numerous threads asking, “Is everyone else finding more Goblins than usual?” and it’s definitely become a theme of Season 3, at least in the early going.

    So how about it? Are you guys seeing more goblins than you saw in S2 and v2.1 and earlier? More goblins of non-Treasure type? Is this a stealth buff for the whole patch, or a stealth buff for the level 1-70 period? Or are some people (like me) just getting lucky goblin RNG for a couple of days early in Season 3 and drawing spurious conclusions?

    Update: Messed up the initial poll, so created a new one with different answer options. Revote!

    Are you finding more Treasure Goblins in Patch 2.2 or Season 3?

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    More Treasure Goblins in Season Three? Click through for a bonus Treasure Goblin odd images gallery, just because.

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    Diablo 3 Season Three: Day One

    Posted 11 Apr 2015 by at 21:15 GMT

    season3-dhThe first night of the third season of Reaper of Souls went off last night, and seemed well-attended. I had to work IRL and didn’t get home and online until around eleven, which was almost exactly as the first members of the Americas IncHC clan dinged to max level. Of about 50 members online and playing in S3, there were 3 people at 69, several others at 68, and many others in the 60s or high 50s when I first called up the clan roster. I think Recursive was the first to 70, so props to him and +1000 bonus clan points!

    I had no such fun, with another tragic day of IRL work coming on Saturday, I only had about an hour to play, so I just got on and fooled around a bit with a new DH. It was kind of fun to be so weak and slow, after months of T6 speed runs, and I actually felt thrilled when I found a Fleeting Shrine. SO FAST!!1!

    I also got a good reminder of just how slow/weak a new character is, playing solo and untwinked. Turns out it’s just slightly faster to start off with a r35 Gem of Ease in a 3400 DPS ancient bow. Who knew? (My last new char was level 70 in about the time I took to reach lvl 11 last night.)

    But enough of my sad story. How about you guys?

    Our Friday survey showed about 30% of you guys planning to rush to 70 last night, with another 40% not rushing, but planning to play mostly Season Three over the next months. So how went it? Find any new strategies for leveling to 70? Anyone forget about the Farnham Cursed Cellar death trap and die horribly? Did anyone just enjoy the journey without obsessing over fasterfasterfaster for the destination?

    Diablo 3 Season Three: Day One…

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