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d3 Firebird's Finery Changes, Play Your Way Returns June 23

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Play Your Way is back on a bi-weekly schedule. Changes to Firebird's Finery we reported about finally come into existence.

Firebird's Finery Changes

The developer team announced their plans to change Firebird's Finery. Finally we have some details to share.

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We've been preparing the changes for Firebird's Finery, and ultimately, we've settled on slightly redesigning the 4-piece and 6-piece bonuses. Here's how they currently read internally (though, as always, these details are subject to change):

  • (4) Set Bonus
    • Dealing Fire damage with one of your skills causes the enemy to take 1000% weapon damage as Fire for 3 seconds. This effect can be repeated a second and third time by different skills. If an enemy is burning due to three different skills simultaneously the enemy will Ignite, dealing 3000% weapon damage per second until they die
  • (6) Set Bonus
    • Your damage is increased by 100% for each nearby enemy that is Ignited up to a maximum bonus of 2000%. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited

As you can see, we've definitely gone the way of trying to preserve its play style while approaching it from a slightly different angle. You are still encouraged to light multiple targets on fire, and the more you light up, the more powerful you grow. 

It should be noted this will impact some existing builds, like the Firebird's/Chantodo's interaction. We are definitely going to want plenty of player testing and experimentation with the revised set, so expect to see a dedicated Focused Feedback thread when we head to PTR. 

We're really looking forward to see your thoughts and testing!


The Return of Play Your Way

Play Your Way is back and players can submit their builds using the updated Play Your Way web form.  Play Your Way is moving to a bi-weekly format, so we can expect new updates every other Tuesday.

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With the return of Play Your Way, there will be a several changes coming to streamline the process and make the feature a smoother, more manageable beast than before. Between the hundreds of submissions to review and the original weekly schedule, we realized we needed to space things out to provide better content. We also received plenty of feedback about how you’d like to see the Play Your Way experience enhanced and looked at data to determine which aspects you most enjoyed. After a lot of review, experimentation, and tweaking, we’ve put together the final format. Here’s what’s changing:

  • Updates are coming to the Play Your Way web form to better cover all the important aspects of a build, including Kanai’s Cube Powers and Legendary Gems
    • In the meantime, we ask when submitting your build to use the “additional information” text field to include this information
  • Play Your Way will be moving to a bi-weekly format; this means you can expect regular posts to occur every other Thursday
  • Each feature will include a short gameplay video to highlight the builds and provide a visual look at player creations
  • Play Your Way livestreams will not be returning; while we know plenty of folks enjoyed these short hangouts, many more players enjoy the blogs so we’re focusing our efforts primarily on those.
  • Blogs will be shorter and more to-the-point; less commentary, more statements of fact to get you in game and experimenting as fast as possible

We want to know how you play on a day-to-day basis and give you the chance to share your findings with the rest of the community. There are plenty of places on the internet to find the fastest or most efficient build. However, that’s never been the spirit of Play Your Way; we’d much rather give the average hero a chance to show off their creativity and inspire others. We hope to get to explore some amazing, funky, and downright cool gameplay styles together with our community as a result.

So what are you waiting for? Start sending those builds in, and we’ll see you in Sanctuary!


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