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Diablo 3's Patch 2.2 went live for all platforms (PC, PS4, XB1) yesterday. The patch introduces new Treasure Goblins, crafting quality of life improvements, new legendary potions, gems, and powers, and class set tweaks and additions, among other changes.

 

You can access the complete patch notes here. A copy of the original post is also below:

 

PATCH HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three new Treasure Goblins have made their way into the realm of Sanctuary. Riches await for those who can catch them!
  • When crafting gems and items, the entire quantity will now be crafted at once
  • You can now increase your Blood Shard cap by achieving a personal best in Solo Greater Rifts
  • Two new Legendary potions, two new Legendary gems, and dozens of new and revamped Legendary powers have been added
  • Several sets across all six classes have received significant improvements and new Barbarian, Demon Hunter, and Wizard sets have been added to the game

 

GENERAL
  • New Seasonal rewards have been added to the game, including two new transmogrification appearances, a new pennant, and a new portrait frame
  • Several improvements have been made to looting items in mass
    • Developer comments: This patch we took a hard look at our auto-pickup rules. We started by looking at an option to auto-pickup potions but as we discussed this further we realized it made more sense to just remove normal potions from the game completely. For crafting materials and gems we want to avoid simply having them auto-pickup but with the introduction of certain Treasure Goblin variants last patch the amount of clicking was excessive. We've implemented what we call "vacuum pickup" to alleviate how often you have to click to pick up a large quantity of items while maintaining some aspect of the physical pickup act.
    • Regular health potions have been removed from the game
      • The health potion slot on the action bar is now a Bottomless Heath Potion that will heal you for 60% of your maximum Life
      • The functionality of Legendary potions is unchanged
    • Looting a crafting material will now also pick up all other materials of the same type within 20 yards
    • Looting a gem will now also pick up all other gems within 20 yards
  • A Wardrobe has been added to the town in each act next to Myriam the Mystic
    • Clicking on the Wardrobe will open a new cosmetic window in which players can manage any wings, pets, pennants, and portrait frames unlocked on their account

 

CLASSES
  • Developer comments:
    • Every class has received a few changes this patch. Many of these changes are aimed at creating synergy with new Set and Legendary items or supporting revisions to existing Set items.
  • Barbarian
    • Active Skills
      • Hammer of the Ancients
        • Skill Rune - Rolling Thunder
          • Should now more reliably hit nearby enemies in front of the Barbarian
      • Rend
        • Skill Rune - Mutilate
          • Bug Fixes
            • Fixed an issue preventing this rune from increasing the damage of itself
      • Whirlwind
        • Radius increased from 8 to 9 yards
        • Can now be cast sooner after using another skill
        • Skill Rune - Dust Devils
          • Dust Devil spawn rate now scales with your Attack Speed
          • Dust Devils now travel in a more predictable path
    • Passive Skills
      • Nerves of Steel
        • Has been redesigned
          • Fatal damage instead reduces you to 15% Life. For 3 seconds afterward, you take 95% reduced damage and are immune to all control-impairing effects
            • This effect may only occur once every 60 seconds

 

  • Crusader
    • Active Skills
      • Laws of Hope
        • Active effect duration increased from 3 to 5 seconds
        • Skill Rune - Stop Time
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with:
            • Promise of Faith
              • Empowering the Law also reduces non-physical damage taken by 25%
      • Punish
        • Skill Rune - Celerity
          • Proc coefficient increased
        • Skill Rune - Fury
          • Proc coefficient increased
        • Skill Rune - Rebirth
          • Proc coefficient increased
        • Skill Rune - Roar
          • Proc coefficient increased

 

  • Demon Hunter
    • Active Skills
      • Rain of Vengeance
        • Skill Rune - Anathema
          • Duration reduced from 5 to 2 seconds
            • Note: Total damage dealt is unchanged
          • This rune should now begin dealing damage more quickly
        • Skill Rune - Flying Strike
          • Duration reduced from 5 to 4 seconds
            • Note: Total damage dealt is unchanged
        • Skill Rune - Stampede
          • Duration reduced from 6 to 3 seconds
            • Note: Total damage dealt is unchanged
      • Sentry
        • Now displays a buff icon indicating how many Sentries you have active
      • Smoke Screen
        • Cooldown reduced from 3 to 1.5 seconds
        • This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire
        • Skill Rune - Vanishing Powder
          • Cooldown reduced from 8 to 6 seconds
      • Strafe
        • Can now be cast sooner after using another skill

 

  • Monk
    • Active Skills
      • Dashing Strike
        • Dashing Strike will now complete its animation more quickly
        • Bug Fixes
          • Fixed an issue that prevented Dashing Strike from reliably hitting enemies when used to travel a short distance
      • Deadly Reach
        • Skill Rune - Piercing Trident
          • Bug fixes
            • Fixed an issue that prevented the third hit from always knocking enemies up in the air
      • Mystic Ally
        • Now has the same attack speed as you do
      • Tempest Rush
        • Can now be cast sooner after using another skill
      • Serenity
        • Cooldown reduced from 20 to 16 seconds
        • This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire
    • Passive Skills
      • Near Death Experience
        • Has been redesigned
          • When receiving fatal damage, you instead restore 35% Life and 35% Spirit and are immune to damage and control impairing effects for 2 seconds
            • This effect may occur once every 60 seconds
      • Seize the Initiative
        • Bug fixes
          • Fixed an issue that prevented the attack speed bonus from being granted if your initial attack brought your enemy below 75% Life

 

  • Witch Doctor
    • Active Skills
      • Fetish Army
        • Skill Rune - Fetish Ambush
          • Weapon damage dealt by each Fetish when it is summoned increased from 250% to 680%
      • Haunt
        • Skill Rune - Consuming Spirit
          • Life per second increased from 2682 to 4291
          • Damage type changed from Cold to Fire
        • Skill Rune - Poisoned Spirit
          • Bug Fixes
            • Fixed an issue that prevented this rune from increasing the damage of itself
      • Hex
        • Hex will now turn all enemies within a 12 yard radius into chickens, instead of just 1 enemy
        • Increased the maximum range for both Hexing enemies and healing friendlies
        • Minimum time between Hex casts by the Fetish Shaman increased from 3 to 4 seconds
        • Duration for which enemies can be Hexed reduced from 4 to 3 seconds
      • Plague of Toads
        • Skill Rune - Rain of Toads
          • Proc coefficient has been reduced
      • Spirit Walk
        • Cooldown reduced from 15 to 12 seconds
        • This ability does not start its cooldown until after its effects expire
      • Soul Harvest
        • Intelligence bonus granted by each enemy harvested increased from 2% to 3%
        • Skill Rune - Languish
          • Has been redesigned
            • Now increases your Armor by 30% and reduces enemy movement speed by 80%
      • Summon Zombie Dogs
        • Skill Rune - Final Gift
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with Chilled to the Bone
            • Enemies hit or hit by Zombie Dogs are Chilled for 3 seconds and take 15% increased damage from all sources
    • Passive Skills
      • Fetish Sycophants
        • Proc chance increased from 10% to 15%
        • Fetish Sycophants damage is now increased by your highest elemental damage type at the time of summoning

 

  • Wizard
    • Active Skills
      • Slow Time
        • Is now cast at your target location, up to 60 yards away
        • Skill Rune - Time and Space
          • Has been removed
          • Replaced with Exhaustion
            • Enemies caught inside Slow Time deal 25% less damage
        • Skill Rune - Time Warp
          • Damage bonus increased from 10% to 15%
    • Passive Skills
      • Arcane Dynamo
        • Bug Fixes
          • Fixed an issue that caused Nephalem Glory orbs to consume Flash of Insight stacks when picked up
          • Fixed an issue that caused Flash of Insight stacks to be removed when speaking to an NPC

 

 

ITEMS
  • Developer comments:
    • A new class set has been added for the Barbarian, Demon Hunter, and Wizard. In addition, all classes have received updates to at least one of their existing sets.
    • This patch brings the introduction of many new Legendary rings. We hope to these rings lead to new and exciting build opportunities for players to explore.
    • Legendary powers on a number of existing items have been added or improved. Note that these changes are not retroactive and only apply to items found after 2.2.0. As a rule, we try to not to change existing Legendary items, though we will often make an exception for Set items. This is because Set items work in conjunction with each other and creating a new set would force players who have an existing set to start over.
  • +Max Discipline can now roll on Bows and Crossbows, in addition to Hand Crossbows
  • All crafted Rare items are no longer Account Bound
  • Andariel's Visage
    • Poison nova weapon damage increased from 100-130% to 350-450%
  • Arcstone
    • New Legendary Ring
      • Lightning pulses periodically between all wearers of this item dealing 1000-1500% weapon damage
  • Blood Brother
    • New Legendary Two-Handed Sword
      • Grants a 15-20% chance to block attacks
      • Blocked attacks inflict 30% less damage
      • After blocking an attack, your next attack inflicts 30% additional damage
  • Boots of Disregard
    • Life per Second increased from 500 to 10000
    • Number of stacks reduced from 8 to 4
  • Bottomless Potion of the Leech
    • Life on Hit increased from 1500-3000 to 15000-20000 for 5 seconds
  • Bottomless Potion of Mutilation
    • Life on Kill increased from 4000-8000 to 40000-50000 for 5 seconds
  • Bottomless Potion of Regeneration
    • Additional Life gained increased from 25000-45000 to 75000-100000 over 5 seconds
  • Bottomless Potion of Rejuvenation
    • New Legendary Potion
      • Gain 20-30% of your maximum resource when used below 50% Life
  • Bastions of Will
    • (2) Set Bonus
      • Has been redesigned
        • After casting a resource-generating attack or primary skill, gain 50% increased damage for 5 seconds
        • Your first hit with each cast of a resource-spending attack, grants 50% increased damage for 5 seconds
  • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
    • (2) Set Bonus
      • Life per Second increased from 2000 to 6000
  • Convention of the Elements
    • New Legendary Ring
      • Gain 150-200% increased damage to a single element for 4 seconds
        • This effect rotates through the elements available to your class in the following order: Arcane, Cold, Fire, Holy, Lightning, Physical, Poison
          • Note: Cold is not included for Crusaders
  • Cord of the Sherma
    • Chaos field duration increased from 2-4 seconds to 3-4 seconds
    • Greatly increased proc chance
  • Corrupted Ashbringer
    • New Legendary Two-Handed Sword
      • Chance on kill to raise a skeleton to fight for you
      • Upon accumulating 5 skeletons, they explode for 1000% weapon damage and the sword transforms into Ashbringer for a short time
      • Attacking with Ashbringer burns your target for 4500-6000% weapon damage as Holy
  • Death Watch Mantle
    • Fan of knives weapon damage increased from 200% to 750-900%
    • Chance to explode on hit increased from 15-35% to 25-35%
    • Radius increased from 10 to 20 yards
    • Internal cooldown has been greatly reduced
  • Defender of Westmarch
    • Charging wolf weapon damage increased from 300-400% to 800-1000%
  • Eun-Jang-Do
    • New Legendary Dagger
      • Attacking enemies below 17-20% life freezes them for 3 seconds
  • Fire Walkers
    • Burnt ground weapon damage increased from 100% to 300-400% per second
  • Guardian's Jeopardy
    • (2) Set Bonus
      • Life per Second increased from 2000 to 8000
  • In-Geom
    • New Legendary Sword
      • Cooldowns are reduced by 8-10 seconds for 15 seconds after killing an elite pack
  • Pandemonium Loop
    • On death explosion weapon damage increased from 200-800%
    • No longer rolls against skill proc coefficients
  • Pox Faulds
    • Vile stench weapon damage increased from 240-320% to 450-550%
    • Duration reduced from 10 to 5 seconds
    • Greatly reduced internal cooldown
  • Puzzle Ring
    • The Treasure Goblin helper spawned by this item will now pick up items in a larger radius
    • The Treasure Goblin helper spawned by this item will now run faster when picking up items
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue causing players to receive a chat message stating that you have killed a Treasure Goblin when a player with this item equipped died
      • Fixed an issue that caused the Treasure Goblin lore book to be granted to players when they died with this item equipped
  • Ramaladni's Gift
    • Can now stack to 100
  • Sash of Knives
    • Dagger weapon damage increased from 275-350% to 500-650%
    • Increased proc chance from 25% to 100%
  • Schaefer's Hammer
    • Has been redesigned
      • Casting a Lightning skill charges you with Lightning, causing you to deal 650-850% weapon damage as Lightning every second for 5 seconds to nearby enemies
  • Sebor's Nightmare
    • Haunt is now cast on all nearby enemies
      • Note: The spell effect will only be shown on 5 enemies
    • Greatly increased Haunt cast radius
  • Sky Splitter
    • Lightning smite weapon damage increased from 150-180% to 600-750%
    • The internal cooldown has been greatly reduced
  • St. Archew's Gage
    • Has been redesigned
      • The first time an elite pack damages you, gain an absorb shield for 120-150% of your maximum Life for 15 seconds
  • Wyrdward
    • Chance to stun increased from 13-17% to 25-35%
  • Several existing Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
    • Broken Promises
      • Legendary power added
        • After five consecutive non-critical hits, your chance to critically hit is increased by 100% for 3 seconds
    • Oculus Ring
      • Legendary power added
        • Chance to create an area of focused power on killing a monster. Damage is increased by 35-40% while standing in the area
  • Class-Specific Items
    • Barbarian
      • Bul-Kathos's Oath
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Increases Fury generation per second by 10
            • During Whirlwind gain 30% increased Attack Speed and Movement Speed
      • Immortal King's Boulder Breaker
        • Now rolls +45-60% Call of the Ancients damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Immortal King's Call
        • Now has an additional set piece: Legs
        • Has been redesigned
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Reduce the cooldown of Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients by 3 seconds for every 10 Fury you spend with an attack
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • New Set Bonus
              • While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients are active, you deal 100% increased damage
      • Wrath of the Wastes
        • New Set
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Increase the damage of Rend by 500% and its duration to 15 seconds
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • While Whirlwinding you take 40% reduced damage
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and the damage of the Dust Devils is increased to 2500% weapon damage
    • Crusader
      • Golden Flense
        • Wrath per enemy hit increased from 3-4 to 4-6
      • Roland's Legacy
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Every use of Shield Bash and Sweep Attack reduces the cooldown of your Laws and Defensive Skills by 1 second
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Damage bonus increased from 100% to 500%
            • Damage bonus is now multiplicative
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Attack Speed bonus increased from 20% to 30% per stack
      • Drakon's Lesson
        • New Legendary Bracers
          • When your Shield Bash hits 3 or less enemies its damage is increased by 150-200% and 25% of the Wrath cost is refunded
      • Omnislash
        • New Legendary Belt
          • Slash attacks in all directions
    • Demon Hunter
      • Crashing Rain
        • New Legendary Belt
          • Rain of Vengeance also summons a crashing beast that deals 3000-4000% weapon damage
      • Natalya's Slayer
        • Now rolls +20-25% Rain of Vengeance damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Natalya's Vengeance
        • Now has additional set pieces: Gloves, and Legs
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • The cooldown of Rain of Vengeance is reduced by 2 seconds every time you cast a primary skill or from the first hit of each cast of a resource-spending attack
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Rain of Vengeance deals 100% increased damage
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • New Set Bonus
              • After casting Rain of Vengenace, deal 400% increased damage and take 30% reduced damage for 5 seconds
      • Omryn's Chain
        • New Legendary Belt
          • Drop Caltrops when using Vault
      • Unhallowed Essence
        • New Set
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Your generators also generate 1 Discipline
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Gain 20% damage reduction and 20% increased damage for 4 seconds if no enemy is within 10 yards of you
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Your generators and Multishot deal 15% more damage for every point of Discipline you have
      • Cluckeye
        • Chicken weapon damage increased from 100% to 500%
        • Enemies hit by the Chicken are now confused for 2 seconds
        • You are probably also confused (amused?) by the fact that your bow, for some reason, shoots Chickens
    • Monk
      • Inna's Mantra
        • Now has additional set pieces: Gloves, and Boots
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Increase the passive effect of your Mystic Ally and the base passive effect of your Mantra by 100%
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • New Set Bonus
              • Mystic Ally casts Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm, Lashing Tail Kick, Seven-Sided Strike, and Wave of Light when you do
      • Inna's Reach
        • Now rolls +20-25% Mystic Ally damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Madstone
        • Bug fixes
          • Fixed an issue that caused Exploding Palm to be applied after Seven-Sided Strike did damage
      • Raiment of a Thousand Storms
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Your Spirit Generators have 25% increased attack speed and 300% increased damage
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Dashing Strike now spends 75 Spirit, but refunds a Charge when it does
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Your Spirit Generators increase the weapon damage of Dashing Strike to 12500% for 6 seconds
              • Dashing Stike now lights up on your action bar when the increased weapon damage is active
    • Witch Doctor
      • Haunted Girdle
        • New Legendary Belt
          • Haunt releases 1 extra Spirit
      • Homunculus
        • Time to summon a Zombie Dog to your side reduced from 4-6 seconds to 2 seconds
        • Now rolls with +20-25% Sacrifice damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Raiment of the Jade Harvester
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • New Set Bonus
            • When Haunt lands on an enemy already affected by Haunt, it instantly deals 10 seconds worth of Haunt damage
        • (4) Set Bonus
          • New Set Bonus
            • Soul Harvest gains the effect of every rune
        • (6) Set Bonus
          • Amount of DoT time detonated increased from 30 to 40 seconds
      • Tiklandian Visage
        • Now displays a buff icon indicating the duration of the Horrify effect
      • Zunimassa's Haunt
        • Now has additional set pieces: Gloves, and Legs
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Your Fetish Army lasts until they die
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • You and your pets take 2% reduced damage for every Fetish you have alive
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • New Set Bonus
              • Enemies hit by your Mana spenders take 275% more damage from your pets for 4 seconds
      • Zunimassa's String of Skulls
        • Now rolls +20-25% Fetish Army damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Belt of Transcendence
        • New Legendary Belt
          • Summon a Fetish Sycophant when you hit with a Mana spender
    • Wizard
      • Delsere's Magnum Opus
        • New Set
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Casting Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Magic Missile or Shock Pulse reduces the cooldown of your Slow Time by 2 seconds
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Enemies affected by your Slow Time take 2000% weapon damage every second
              • This damage type will be determined by your highest equipped +% Elemental Damage
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Enemies affected by your Slow Time take 750% more damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Magic Missile and Shock Pulse
      • Firebird's Finery
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. This effect has a 300 second cooldown
              • The meteor that falls from the sky is now a Molten Impact Meteor
            • Bug Fixes
              • Fixed an issue that prevented the cooldown debuff from being removed on death
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Your Fire Spells cause up to 3 enemies to explode, dealing 400% weapon damage as Fire to enemies within 10 yards
      • Halo of Arlyse
        • Bug fixes
          • Fixed an issue that could sometimes cause Ice Armor - Crystalize stacks to fall off with this item equipped
      • Nilfur's Boast
        • New Legendary Boots
          • Increases the damage of Meteor by 100%
          • Increases the damage of Meteor by 150-200% when it hits 3 or less enemies
      • Tal Rasha's Elements
        • Now has additional set pieces: Gloves, and Legs
        • Has been redesigned
          • (2) Set Bonus
            • Damaging enemies with Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning will cause a Meteor of the same damage type to fall from the sky. There is an 8 second cooldown for each damage type
              • Now uses the Molten Impact rune when triggered by Fire damage
              • Can no longer be triggered by hitting a destructible object
            • Bug Fixes
              • Fixed an issue that prevented Magic Weapon: Electrify from triggering this set bonus
          • (4) Set Bonus
            • Attacks increase your resistance to that element by 100% for 6 seconds
          • (6) Set Bonus
            • Attacks increase your damage by 150% for 6 seconds. Arcane, Cold, Fire, and Lightning attacks each add one stack (maximum of 4). Adding a stack refreshes the duration
      • Tal Rasha's Unwavering Glare
        • Now rolls +20-25% Meteor damage as a fifth primary affix
      • Crown of the Primus
        • New Wizard Hat
          • Slow Time gains the effect of every rune
      • Gesture of Orpheus
        • Can now roll with +% Arcane, Cold, Fire or Lightning damage instead of just Arcane
        • Slow Time cooldown reduction reduced from 50-70% to 30-40%
    • Several existing class-specific Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
      • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
      • Barbarian
        • Gavel of Judgment
          • Legendary Power added
            • Hammer of the Ancients returns 15-20 Fury if it hits 3 or less enemies
          • Now rolls with +30-40% Hammer of the Ancients damage as a fifth primary affix
        • Skull Grasp
          • Legendary Power added
            • Increases the damage of Whirlwind by 300-400% weapon damage
      • Crusader
        • Denial
          • Legendary Power added
            • Each enemy hit by your Sweep Attack increases the damage of your next Sweep Attack by 30-40%, stacking up to 5 times
        • Ivory Tower
          • Legendary Power added
            • Blocks release forward a Fires of Heaven
      • Wizard
        • Triumvirate
          • Legendary power added
            • Your Signature Spells increase the damage of Arcane Orb by 75-100% for 6 seconds, stacking up to 3 times
  • New Seasonal Legendary Items
    • Note: The following Seasonal items will be not be available to PC players until Season 3 begins and will be available exclusively to Seasonal characters until the conclusion of Season 3
    • Bottomless Potion of Amplification
      • New Legendary Potion
        • Increases healing from all sources by 20-25% for 5 seconds
    • New Legendary Gems have been added
      • Iceblink
        • Your Cold skills now apply Chill effects and your Chill effects now slow enemy movement speed by an additional 5%
        • The additional movement speed reduction is increased by .4% per rank
        • At rank 25 you gain 10% increased chance to critically strike Chilled or Frozen enemies
      • Mutilation Guard
        • Gain 10% melee damage reduction
        • Melee damage reduction is increased by 1% per rank
        • At rank 25 while below 50% life, you may move through enemies unhindered
    • Several existing Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
      • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
      • Nagelring
        • Legendary power added
          • Summons a Fallen Lunatic to your side every 10-12 seconds
      • Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac
        • Legendary power added
          • Your first hit with each cast of a resource-spending attack reduces the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second
    • Class-specific Items
      • Crusader
        • Blessed of Haull
          • New Legendary Belt
            • Justice spawns a Blessed Hammer when it hits an enemy
      • Monk
        • Spirit Guards
          • New Legendary Bracers
            • Your Spirit generators reduce your damage taken by 30-40% for 3 seconds
      • Witch Doctor
        • Short Man's Finger
          • New Legendary Ring
            • Gargantuan instead summons three smaller Gargantuans each more powerful than the original
      • Wizard
        • Ranslor's Folly
          • New Legendary Bracers
            • Energy Twister Periodically pulls in enemies within 30 yards
      • Several existing class-specific Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
        • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes. Only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power.
        • Barbarian
          • Dread Iron
            • Legendary power added
              • Ground Stomp causes an Avalanche
        • Demon Hunter
          • Dead Man's Legacy
            • Legendary power added
              • Multishot hits enemies who are below 50-60% health twice
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that would sometimes prevent Account Bound Legendary item names from being faded out for players who were not eligible to loot them
    • Bonus Armor now properly rolls at an increased value on Ancient items

 

ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Packs of Champion Archers in Westmarch now spawn as Revenant Archers instead of Skeletal Archers
  • The drop chance of Rakanishu's Blade has been increased
  • Increased the spawn chance of several extremely rare unique monsters in Act V

 

ADVENTURE MODE
  • Developer comments:
    • We would like to celebrate the individual accomplishments of players and personal progression on Solo Greater Rift leaderboards is great place to start. By defeating a higher Greater Rift you can now increase your blood shard cap. This seems like an appropriate reward since higher Greater Rifts also drop more blood shards, so the need for extra capacity increases as you progress further.
  • You can now increase your blood shard cap by achieving a personal best in Solo Greater Rifts
    • The cap will be increased by 10 shards per Greater Rift level completed
  • Areas in which Keywardens are located now have a boss icon on the Waypoint map
    • The icon will indicate whether or not the Keywarden has been killed
    • This is only for level 60+ games
  • Act I
    • Cursed Cellar
      • Farnham now spawns closer to the door
      • Farnham now has the Orbiter and Jailer affixes
      • Farmham now pursues the closest player
  • Act II
    • Ancient Waterway
      • New bounties have been added for the Eastern and Western channels
      • Eastern and Western channels now each have two levels
    • Waypoints
      • New Waypoint added
        • Ancient Waterway
      • Dahlgur Oasis waypoint has been moved down slightly
  • Nephalem Rifts
    • Some changes have been made to the way Pylons spawn in Greater Rifts
    • Slightly increased the chance for a couple of extremely rare Nephalem Rift maps to spawn
    • Several new Nephalem Rift maps have been added based on the following zones:
      • Festering Woods
      • Fields of Misery
      • Fields of Slaughter
      • Stinging Winds
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players who paid a Rift Keystone to enter the Greater Rift from being able to obtain an upgraded Rift Keystone if they were not in the game when the quest advanced to the "Talk to Orek in town" step

 

CRAFTING
  • When crafting gems and items the entire quantity will now be crafted at once
  • Mystic
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that allowed players to attempt to Transmogrify Legendary Quivers

 

MONSTERS
  • Rift Guardians
    • Blighter
      • Has been given two new attacks
  • Armored Destroyer
    • The warning time before an Armored Destroyer lands has been significantly increased
    • Armored Destroyer impacts will now knock players away from the landing zone
  • The Merciless Witch (Uber Maghda)
    • Removed enrage timer
    • Reduced the maximum time she can be shielded to 15 seconds
    • Butterfly projectile speed reduced
    • Butterfly projectile duration reduced
  • Nekarat the Keywarden
    • Has been moved from Silver Spire Level 1 to Gardens of Hope 2nd Tier
  • Orlash
    • No longer applies a healing debuff
    • Now summons shadow clones
    • Has been given a breath attack
    • Now has the Waller monster affix
  • Realmwalker
    • Fixed an issue preventing the portal to the Realm of the Banished from being visible before the Realmwalker was killed
  • Savage Beast
    • Maximum Charge range has been reduced
  • The Skeleton King
    • Will now drop the improved version of Leoric's Crown the first time he has been killed by a hero
  • The Soul of Evil (Uber Diablo)
    • LIghtning breath now targets the closest enemy
    • Mirror image damage has been increased
    • Bone cages now damage you
  • Succubus
    • Bloodstar
      • Removed the armor debuff from this attack
      • The projectiles now move at random speeds
    • Leap cooldown has been reduced
  • Treasure Goblins
    • Three new Treasure Goblins have been added to the game
      • The Insufferable Miscreant, the Gelatinous Sire, and the Gilded Baron
      • The new Treasure Goblins can only be found in Adventure Mode

 

USER INTERFACE
  • A new Greater Rift completion screen has been added
  • You now must now confirm deletion of a Seasonal item in your mailbox before it will be removed
  • Rift Guardians' positions now always show on the map or minimap regardless of your distance from them
  • The Social Button now opens the Friends list by default, but will remember what was last viewed and will navigate to that screen the next time it's opened

 

 

 

A ton of changes have been made! Will you be taking advantage of any of them specifically as we get ready for the launch of Season 3?

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    • By Realbookwurm
      A look at the legacy of Season Five, and how it has shaped the game.
      What will we think of when looking back at Season Five?
       
      Another Season has come to pass in Sanctuary, and with it some pretty massive revelations. We saw a rise in certain playstyles, reactions from Devs, changes in Team Diablo, No-Boss runs, Banwave after Banwave, and even new ways to play the game.
       
      So what is the lasting impact of Diablo Season Five?
       
      Disclaimer: This post is purely the opinion of the author, Realbookwurm, and is intended to review from the broad community perspective what Season Five was like to many players. Many arguments here have subjective components, and as such should not be taken as fact. Your mileage or experience probably varied. 
       
      Let us start with the bad, and work our way to the good stuff, since there is a lot more that Season Five has done to impact the game positively than negatively.
       
      The Ugly
       

      Set Dungeons: While the concept is novel, the execution and reality did not meet the standards of the community by-and-large. Born as an attempt to give players a specific goal, something which Diablo often lacks, the idea was sound. Why not create a scenario where players can demonstrate mastery of a Set's mechanics, and even be rewarded in game for the their efforts? Well, the schism between great idea and the reality is probably most related to the actual objectives of the dungeons. Some set dungeons were quite easy to grasp and execute, the Immortal King's Dungeon for an example. Others suffered from mechanics that were unclear, counter-intuitive or just plain at the mercy of RNG. Firebird's Finery Dungeon asked players to die on purpose. Shadow's Mantle Dungeon gave an objective that failed players for consecutive hits on an enemy. Jade Harvester Dungeon gave you invisible enemies, and penalised you for not killing them. Wrath of the Wastes Dungeon put you in a Melee build and told you not to take ANY physical damage. The number of dungeons which seemed to nail it were small, and the ones that frustrated players seemed numerous.  
      Power Creep: While this is always present, Season Five saw an unprecedented leap forward in the average player's experience. From people doubling their highest Greater Rift, to Paragons running into the thousands, the whole game now has a higher bar set. There were many reported situations of public groups that would kick people for "only being Paragon 800" or similar. Players in groups cleared Greater Rifts well past the 105 mark, while solo saw numbers in the 90s. Season 4 had not even saw the group move past 90, so seeing people now doing it alone has really driven this point home. 
      Paragon Disparity: This point is substantially tied to the previous issue, but deserves a special nod, as many player find themselves on one side of the divide or the other. The group meta saw legitimate players spanning well into several thousand paragons, and on the flip side any number of posts in r/Diablo's reddit detailing solo player journeys saw people hitting new highs in the hundreds. While many were not directly affected by this divide, the solo leaderboards closed in a stranglehold not from the Solo players themselves, but instead were mainly comprised of group players who then leveraged their superior paragons and gear in order to also dominate in this area. 
      No-Boss Runs: This one was saved for last on this list, because it is a bridge between the two previous issues listed, and The Worst issue which is near the end of this editorial. While it was not a new idea, the prevalence of this phenomenon in Season Five had new levels of impact. The idea behind a No-Boss Runs is that players in a group (or even solo) run an extremely high greater rift level (usually higher than could actually be cleared) and play up until the rift guardian is spawned. Players then exit the game and make a new rift, repeating the procedure. The result is massive amounts of XP gained, lending handily to the paragon disparity. Since the rift guardian is usually the bulk of time spent in a rift, and nets significantly less experience per time spent comparative to the rest of the rift, this practice born of pragmatism characterized greater rift pushing this season.   
       
      The Bad
       

      Lost Devs: This season saw the departure of many strongly talented figures from Team Diablo, and while some could potentially return, others are lost for good. How this will affect the game moving forward remains to be seen, but the figures lost were those who had direct and observable impact on the game as a whole.
      Class Diversity: In what always results in a continued struggle, Diablo's developers yet again took painstaking efforts in balancing, with a goal of roughly approximating all sets to be equal in terms of power. Once more, we saw a season ruled by flavor-of-the-month builds, and a particular class warping the entire group meta in around itself. While Season Four was the Year of the Monk, Season Five will forever be the Year of the Wizard. Like the Static Charge Monk of yester-season, the strength of the Energy Twister Wizard left an indelible mark on the group play of Diablo, and even caused a series of severely hard-hitting changes to several class and item mechanics. Health Globe spawning as a purposeful mechanic has all but been removed from the game, and the warp was so massive that even other classes had their skill mechanics changed thanks to the Wizard build in question.    
       
      Mixed
       

      Buff UI: While this issue is actually part of larger change that has positively impacted the game, it also has some quirks that presented and still require a clean up. The changes to the Buff UI that came baked into Patch 2.4 are overall successful. Making the bar more concise, it grew in Season Five to be the tool of information it was also supposed to be, and no longer is quite the source of player focus it once was. While the goal of making players engage the game (not their buff bar) seems to have been achieved, the improvements have left some aspects seemingly unpolished. The two most common issues that now seem to arise in discussion are the lack of drop shadow on stack numbers, and the paragon point allocation button covering part of the bar itself. With some minor tweaks, these could be changed and really let the newly designed buff bar come into its own glory. Rightfully so, as it now is leagues ahead of its old counterpart! 
      Stash Tab: While this might be a confusing place to find the stash tab, please read on as to why it finds a home here. Many players, myself included, were ecstatic about the inclusion of this reward. To me, the gaining of the extra space was massive, and let me fully devote a tab of stash to each class, as I am an alt-a-holic. I did not have any issue with the implementation, but the implementation was inline with how I play the game already. For many players, the implementation did not line up with their playstyle, or desired mode of play, and this is what lands the stash tab here. Like a billion dollars in the bank, it's great for those who have it, and not so much so for those who don't. I play seasons exclusively now in Diablo, and even quit during the interseason period to recharge and play other games. While Seasons are on, I religiously play each weekend with some friends, and manage to go far in, or complete the season journey. Getting the stash tab for me was merely a consequence. Now, my playstyle is not the only one. Many players don't play seasons. Others, are not as able or willing to devote the many hours needed to get to where I do. As a result, many groups found themselves left out, or struggling with a game (something we play for fun) to get what they felt was necessary to enjoy the game. This lack of fun for those players, well it's rough. I applaud the developers for setting a standard which players must achieve to be rewarded optional content in the game. Likewise, I see the strong argument from those who do not like being forced to play a game mode they do not enjoy in order to get access to something they want, and sometimes feel compulsion to gain. I am not sure what the right answer here is, and as such it remains in the murky waters of mixed. My only input is that I do think there is strong value in rewarding players for certain achievements. The term reward is defined as "a thing given in recognition of one's service, effort, or achievement." Perhaps the discussion should focus not on what is wrong, but what else can be opened as an avenue for others to also achieve.   
      The Good
       

      Single Player XP: Wait, wasn't there something about paragon disparity earlier? Yes, but there is strong hope for solo players, and Season Five gave the most compelling evidence. While by season's close the gap was huge, the early reports of the season saw solo players hitting 70 in roughly the same time as partied groups. This was the first time this had occurred in season play without some form of XP exploit being used. The main driver behind this was the addition of bonus kill-streaks which had previously been seen in console versions. Additionally, changes were made to group dynamics and xp sharing. More changes are coming with Season Six, meaning the outlook for this aspect is high. Perhaps this issue will eventually see a form of parity between groups and solo players. Certainly, we are seeing that goal closer than further as of writing.  

       
      Death's Breath: They're a distinct color now, making them much easier to distinguish. This optimizes time spent while farming, and is a seemingly small, yet huge-in-impact change that I have yet to see a complaint about. An all around victory. 
      New Zones: For those who saw the Diablo panel at Blizzcon this year, the amount of changes coming with 2.4 seemed impossibly large. Since Season Five is a child of Patch 2.4, the addition of new zones with the patch meant that many players saw these sights for the first time in season. From minor additions with the Library at Leoric's Manor, to the entire zone replete with new mobs, tiles and lore (Greyhollow Island) there is not a fair argument against these additions. Free is free, but quality additions for free are just gravy!  
      The Great
       

       
      Empowered Rifts/Caldesann's Despair: While Wyatt Cheng (@Candlesan on Twitter) might hide his despair of this change behind a weak anagram, finally having a viable and impactful gold sink enter the game has many of the Diablo 1% jumping for joy. With so much gold coming from regular farming of high torments, and trips to The Vault, the community saw gold inflation in the highest order. With so many sources of generation, and few sources of loss, the amount players had stashed away became looney (Canadian money jokes). The idea of slightly lessening the time needed to level gems, and thus getting to imbue gear with the new enchanting recipe in Kanai's Cube faster, all while making gold worthwhile again was a massive victory for Team Diablo. It addressed an issue in a creative, fun, and engaging way that had players wanting to play the game more. It also diversified to a greater extent what players did while playing at endgame, and I think it is easy to classify this as an example of creative game design which resulted in a victory.   

       
      Haedrig's Gift: The thorn in my side, (I played Invoker's Burden Crusader this Season) I have to admit that this feature was a success from the community perspective. I will freely admit that I was bent out of shape with the announcement of this feature, and still question its merit. However, I was shown how my opinion here is narrow, and needs broader context. As a gamer who loved the early adventure games such as Sierra's King's Quest line, or the amazing LucasArt's Monkey Island series, I lamented the inclusion of "free sets" as a softening up of gaming culture, and an attempt to cater to those who want things without working for them. I also still question if this sped up the progression of seasonal character too much, leading to faster burn-out or season completion. The second point I hold true to, the first, I was gravely mistaken on. While I can be crusty old gamer who complains about walking uphill to school both ways "back in my day," I also have my scope wrongly adjusted to those old games. Many old computer games are famously confusing and difficult at times, and often lead to out-of-the-box or just plain weird solutions. These games also could often be played, once you knew what to do, in a matter of hours. You might sink lots of time into solving the puzzles initially, but the actual game length is relatively short. Now, we have a whole genre of game with the word massive in its title. These are games where a player can take an hour just to make a character's appearance right if they so choose. In this wave of massive gameplay comes things like Diablo, which actually never end. Sure you can beat the game, but that's not the goal for most. Set dungeons still leave the stopping point role unfulfilled. Instead we continue to push hard, faster and further a group each season, and many players were not having fun anymore trying to keep up. Enter the Gift, and now player who might have never even owned a full set before are getting a chance to explore the game in new and exciting ways. This is obviously a positive, and something that is good for the health of the game. In practice my Softcore Crusader who received Invoker's Burden through the Gift, and my Hardcore Crusader who farmed the pieces had very little difference of experience. It was a small gap in time spent between their progression, several hours to be fair. My enjoyment was no less on my softcore crusader, and progression only felt slightly slower on my hardcore one. The upshot? It let players with limited time, or perhaps those who don't spend hours talking theorycraft on the forums to be able to get moving faster and enjoying themselves sooner. Thus, I have to concede this to the clear win category. 
      Diablo Unannounced Project/Job Postings: While this isn't anything related with the Season, it did come to light during the season, and had a measurable effect on the community. The posting of various jobs to Blizzard's career page, and the mention in those posting about a "Diablo Unannounced Project" have many speculating. With the possibility of another Diablo III expansion, to another game set in the Diablo universe, to Diablo IV, the community is abuzz with theories. Only time will tell exactly what it is that Blizzard has up their sleeve, but many remain exceptionally excited for whatever that could be. More Diablo is always welcome.
      Kanai Event: Like the previous entry, this is more something that merely came to light during Season Five, and is not a direct product of it, but it certainly merits mention. The event consisted of a longstanding mystery of Kanai's Throne Room finally being revealed. Since the arrival of Ruins of Sescheron in Patch 2.3, there were cryptic in game clues and references to the "right time" in Kanai's Throne Room. The right time turned up in Season Five, with the Kanai's Stomping Ground event coming to life in March. This tribute is touching and tasteful on behalf of Blizzard, and is set to outlive this past season, by coming around each March. More can be read about the event and the person it honors here. 
      Legacy of Nightmares/Invoker's Burden: These two sets might not share anything in mechanics, but what makes their birth in the Season 5 meta important is that both represent a paradigm shift in what makes a character powerful in Diablo. Firstly, let's examine Invokers. This set, also known as the Thorns Set, offers a look into a world where Crit Chance/Crit Damage stats and Sheet DPS are utterly irrelevant. This change was lauded by many long term pundits of the game, who often argued that Crit was a stat too crucial to DPS output. This new way of thinking about how you get your damaged threw convention out the window, and did so successfully. 97,786 is how much DPS when my Invoker Crusader cleared his first 70 Greater Rift, something I know because I immortalized it via screen capture. With DPS figures ranging in the 2-3 million range for well-geared and high paragon toons, the idea that 97,786 could do anything of impact seemed astounding. It still is, if you think about Diablo convention to this point. This brings us to Legacy of Nightmares, another fly-in-the-face of conventional Diablo 3 Since the Loot 2.0 revamp, sets have been king of DPS. Some argue the lack of true diversity is gone in builds, something Vanilla had a surprising amount of in contrast. Few arguments could be mounted for anything but set based builds of late, and enter The Legacy of Nightmares . The "No-Set Set" gave rise to a new and exciting branch of gameplay that satisfied many of the prior complaints of too heavy reliance on set bonuses. While the issue is still not dead, after all Wizards couldn't seem to materialize a competitive build with LoN, it went on to dominate the solo leaderboards for classes like Crusader and Demon Hunter. I will state there is much work to be done here, but like Apollo 11, this was a "Giant Leap" for Diablo III.   
      Now, the heart of article is revealed. We have made it this far, and now the rock bottom and the sky-high aspects of Season Five come to light. 
       
      The Worst
       

      A Support Meta/Single DPS Gameplay: This is probably not a twist(er) to those who played Season Five, as we saw a worrying trend that began in Season Four take a whole new level of notoriety in Season Five. In a game that is all about smacking skeletons until they collapse, a striking meta emerges where 75% of a Four-man group are not doing it. David Brevik (you know, the guy who envisioned Diablo and worked so hard to make the game a reality) stated fondly of working on the first Diablo "I clicked on the mouse, and the warrior walked over and smacked the skeleton down. And I was like, ‘Oh my god! ...That was awesome!'" Thus was born the Action Role Playing Game, or ARPG. This quote characterizes what makes the arpg so special, and for many what their first Diablo experience was like. With this in mind, consider a situation where only one out four in a party are doing the skeleton smacking. Change might be good, but such a dramatic shift away from what seems so core to the arpg and the Diablo experience is nearing criminal. The reaction from the developers behind the game seems to be in vein with my own take on the situation, as they have mobilized en masse to try and cull this type of gameplay. Even well-known community figures admit that they only partake in it because it is the most efficient, not because it's what they enjoy. It is how to climb the leaderboards, for better or worse. Worse, really. This will likely be the most remembered aspect of Season Five looking back. Actually, strike that. The most remembered thing about Season Five, the thing that will put it down in the history books as what went right is:   
      The Win
       

      Season Five saw the purge of the Botter, and humans attaining victory. An update to Blizzard's Warden, in conjunction with well timed and decisive waves, saw the leaderboards all but purified of those who chose to break the Terms of Service by utilizing suspect third party softwares. Whether you and Brother Chris played Diablo 24/7, or you used a software which rhymes with MurboMud, or maybe plotted your trips through Sanctuary using some GPS, you probably saw the boot. While not all elicit software users were burned by the righteous fires of the purge, a great chunk saw, and thus now fear the Light. Whatever this means moving forward, the message has been sent, and the result are clear for all to see: Play by the rules, or risk consequences. Exceptionally well played on Blizzard's part with timing and deployment, the banwave has many of the jaded questioning if perhaps there is much to be said about the game after all. Excellent work to Blizzard, and I personally hope that you keep this momentum you've gained.   
       
      Conclusion:
       
      Season Five has come and gone, and with it a new legacy was born. What the full effect is still remains to be seen, but we can assess some core principles in the immediate. What we know is that like any Season, there are going to be bad aspects, and those that make us remember exactly what has us logging in again and again and again. Season Five seemed to polarize the issues, making the extremes of the bad, as well as the good, more apparent than ever. In the end there more good than bad, and this should have all fans of the franchise reaching for that mouse.
       
      Personally, I had a great time in Season Five, and I am looking forward to Season Six, which will begin as follows: 
      North America: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT Europe: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST Asia: Friday, April 29 @ 5:00 p.m. KST  
      I want to thank readers, and now that I have said my piece, I open the comment box to all of you below. Do you agree or disagree with my take? Let me know! 
       
      In the meantime, happy farming! 
    • By Realbookwurm
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      While some might see this as information for the Min/Max crowd, it is truly amazing how small tweaks like this can make your character so much more viable. I have invited many people in my life to try Diablo, and small tips such as this one have vastly improved their experience. It seems players tend to have more fun when they don't die often. Rambling aside, I am really happy to see such a quick and easy-to-understand explanation of the mechanic being made available. Thanks Meathead MIkhail!
       
      Please take the time to give it a watch, and I hope that players find this useful. I know that I have over the years! 
       
       
       
    • By Realbookwurm
      Get your cosmetic groove on with oodles of new looks coming in Patch 2.4.1!

      It is no secret that I am strongly looking forward to the new farmable cosmetic content that is due to drop with Patch 2.4.1. I even wrote a brief news about it featuring way too many caps in the title. The truth is while the game may still produce minor gripes here and there, let's not fail to celebrate that we finally are to the point with Diablo III where this type of development can take precedence. The gameplay has been tweaked, modified and perfected for nearly four years now, and the result is a patch that lets us focus on the finer things. 
       
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    • By Realbookwurm
      Well, China made my day. For more on how that statement makes sense, read this!
       
      The first step to recovery is supposed to be admitting that you have a problem. The truth is, I have a problem.
       
      It's just that I cannot stand romping through Sanctuary looking like a hot mess. There is some primal part of my being that cringes each time I swap new gear on and it throws off my Feng Shui. Luckily, my wife and closest friends understand this, and never mind affording me the extra time in town. Usually they're also busy picking out new looks. 
       
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      The idea was teased with Lachdanan's Stormshield, a cosmetic item which is found in the Patch 2.4 addition, the Royal Quarters. Getting the shield unlocked a Transmog, and while many just assumed it was a one-off in Diablo nostalgia, it turned out to be a prophet of things to come. 
       
      Now to bring the header line into context, it would seem that players in the West are benefiting from the recent Asian Free-To-Play release of Diablo III, which is supported by an in-game store featuring cosmetics.
       
      It is also important to note that Blizzard is sticking to their vow to keep the store exclusive to the Asian market, and we are seeing the items added to the game in the form of free content. Well I was actually for the idea of implementing a cosmetics store-
       
      with purchasable stash space-

       
      I really applaud the way that the content is being delivered to us. For the small price of two box games, I have had thousands of hours of enjoyment, and the content continues to flow almost four years later. 
       
      Thank you Blizzard, and I suppose thank you to the Chinese market as well!
       
      Oh, and there was a cornucopia of balance changes too. Hit this link for more on the changes which are listed in the Patch Notes. I guess I was a bit carried away by the cosmetics. 
       
      Last item of interest for now is this thread over on Battle.net forums, which is documenting these changes via community effort. Thank you to Lumamaster for getting the ball rolling over there. 
       
      In the meantime, go nuts on the PTR! Also, don't forget to comment below and tell us your thoughts! 
       
       
    • By Realbookwurm
      East, Always... into the East. -Marius in Diablo II
       
      Well an interesting piece of Free-to-Play Diablo culture has just crept into our collective laps! 
       
      I would imagine that many Diablo 3 players, such as myself, are extremely curious about the "other" Diablo. The other Diablo being the totally Free-to-Play version made for the Chinese market. Many of us have heard the tales of being able to buy stash space, or a set of crazy wings. Well, Reddit user Apspd has managed to provide the Diablo community with some detailed pictures of the mythical shop. 
       
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      The original Reddit thread can be found here and I have linked the albums containing all the images below. 
       
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