Builds, Guides, and News for Diablo 3

Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style A while ago, we reported that Blizzard registered a trademark that hinted at an animated Diablo series. Today, we finally got more details via Gamespot. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Yesterday at 18:26 by Stan
Update on Diablo 4 February Blog - Possible Video Coming? Update on Diablo 4 February Blog - Possible Video Coming? We have some new info on the big Diablo 4 quarterly update blog that's coming soon, shared by Nevalistis over on reddit. We found out that the post is still scheduled to arrive in February and that it's very close to done, with localization and other technical details to be finished. It may not be much, but any D4 news is good news at this point, particularly the "assets" comment which might mean we get a new video to go with the update (or at least new screenshots)! Diablo IV D4 1 comment Feb 14, 2020 at 22:05 by Starym
Patch 2.6.8 PTR Season 20 Update Notes, Season 19 Ending March 1st Patch 2.6.8 PTR Season 20 Update Notes, Season 19 Ending March 1st Update: In another miscommunication on the D3 team, it seems Season 19 won't be ending next week, but on March 1st!

The update to the PTR patch have arrived! We have the modified patch notes below with the changes highlighted in red. We have changes to all 3 new sets and some of the accompanying legendaries. The big news is that the Barb set now also effects frozen enemies.
Diablo III D3 5 comments Feb 14, 2020 at 19:18 by Starym
New Patch 2.6.8 PTR Build Coming Soon New Patch 2.6.8 PTR Build Coming Soon Blizzard is intending to launch a new 2.6.8 build on the PTR during the ongoing test cycle, but major changes past the second patch are not expected, because they would put the build at risk before it hits live servers. Diablo III D3 Feb 13, 2020 at 20:21 by Stan
Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack talked to concerned investors regarding the launch of Warcraft III Reforged during yesterday's Q4 2019 earnings conference call. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Feb 07, 2020 at 20:49 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Blizzard has had 32 million monthly active users in Q4 2019 (down from 33 million in Q3 2019). Diablo Immortal will be available for testing in the middle of 2020, and WoW exited 2019 with more than twice the size of its Q2-ending level subscriptions. Blizzard Blizzard 10 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 23:37 by Stan
New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War Rod Ferguson, current studio head at The Coalition, current developers of the Gears of War franchise, is moving to Blizzard and will be in charge of Diablo. He's actually been with the Gears games since the first one, participating in the development of each game, ending with Gears Tactics which comes out in a couple of months. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 03:58 by Starym
Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket You only have one day left to purchase the Virtual Ticket and claim rewards in all Blizzard games before they are gone for good. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 06, 2020 at 02:01 by Stan
Permanent Addition of Seasonal Buffs, Exact PTR Timing Discussion Permanent Addition of Seasonal Buffs, Exact PTR Timing Discussion The topic of adding the current seasonal buff as a permanent thing to the game has come up a lot, especially with the Ring of Royal Grandeur and Legacy of Nightmares ones, and it's now come up with the Season 20 FFA Kanai's Cube. Community manager Nevalistis has commented on this on reddit, talking about why that's very unlikely to happen and what the philosophy behind the buffs themselves is, as well as explained that there's no exact timing on when the PTR will go up tomorrow and why that is. Diablo III D3 4 comments Feb 05, 2020 at 19:01 by Starym
Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Earlier today, the Warcraft III developer team responded to criticism regarding the game's launch and the company has now started to offer automated refunds for the title regardless of how much time you've spent playing it and without the need to submit a ticket. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Feb 04, 2020 at 15:40 by Stan
Deadsets Thoughts on the New Sets, Season Power and Legendaries Deadset's Thoughts on the New Sets, Season Power and Legendaries With the PTR 2 days away, it's time to hear what the pros think of the new sets, legendaries and seasonal power that have been announced, and who could be more pro than our own Deadset, also known as Mr. Diablo here at Icy Veins, he takes a look at Barbarians, Witch Doctors, Wizards and Crusaders in Season 20: Diablo III D3 7 comments Feb 04, 2020 at 13:22 by Starym
Rank 1 Monk S19 Solo GR 150 with New Set Rank 1 Monk S19 Solo GR 150 with New Set We have some Monk action to look at today with another solo GR 150, featuring the new Season 19 set, Patterns of Justice, aka the Tempest Rush set. We've already seen Crusaders and Barbarians do their max GR soloing, even in Hardcore, so it was high time we got some Monk action. Diablo III D3 Feb 01, 2020 at 16:50 by Starym
Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Redditor u/gizmosguide received a response email regarding the damaged charity server blades that arrived to collectors in December and you have until March 31 to reach out to Blizzard and get them fixed. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 01, 2020 at 01:23 by Stan
Blue Clarifications and Comments on Season 20 PTR Patch Notes Blue Clarifications and Comments on Season 20 PTR Patch Notes We have another Nevalistis onslaught of interaction with the community, with many people talking about the recently announced Season 20 PTR and patch notes. We have discussions on the specifics of the new sets, how they function and what slots they'll occupy, clarifications on the seasonal effect, Barbarian-specific questions, some concerns about the fear mechanic damage bonus and more. Diablo III D3 2 comments Jan 31, 2020 at 23:36 by Starym
Preliminary Patch 2.6.8 Patch Notes & Season 20 Details Preliminary Patch 2.6.8 Patch Notes & Season 20 Details Blizzard today posted preliminary patch notes for Patch 2.6.8 that will be available for testing on PTR for two weeks starting February 6. Season 20 is dubbed Season of the Forbidden Archives, and all slots in Kanai's Cube will be able to select Legendary powers from Weapon, Armor, or Jewelry, meaning you can have three Armor powers, three Weapon powers, three Jewelry powers, or any other combination thereof across categories. The effects won't stack, though. Diablo III D3 8 comments Jan 31, 2020 at 18:57 by Stan
New Job Openings at Icy Veins New Job Openings at Icy Veins Icy Veins is looking to expand its current team with the introduction of writers for new sections, for games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Teamfight Tactics, as well as a freelance Graphic Designer. Icy Veins Icy Veins 4 comments Jan 30, 2020 at 20:45 by Blainie
Which Classes Might Be Getting A New Set in Season 20? Which Classes Might Be Getting A New Set in Season 20? The Season 20 PTR is very close now but we still don't have any solid info on which two classes will be getting the special treatment in the patch, with a new set and some new/reworked legendaries to go along with it as well. In Season 19 the new set worked out pretty great for Crusaders, with Monks being less thrilled about theirs, and while their set wasn't necessarily weak, it just didn't push them that much higher in GR performance. Speaking of GR performance, with the seasonal buff from 19 going away, unless the S20 buff is just as overpowered, we probably won't be seeing as many solo GR150ies anymore as well. We also don't have any new info on when the season might be coming, but we've already locked in our guesses on that.
 
Diablo III D3 Jan 29, 2020 at 23:10 by Starym
Massive Blue Feedback to Balance Blog Comments Massive Blue Feedback to Balance Blog Comments Well this is a new one. It seems the comments to the balance blog posted yesterday sparked more explanations and clarifications than the blog itself had! Nevalistis has been hard at work addressing player's concerns related to the post over on reddit, with a staggering amount written, so let's get into it. Diablo III D3 3 comments Jan 29, 2020 at 04:50 by Starym
Developer Insights: Balancing & Class Set Design Developer Insights: Balancing & Class Set Design We finally got the huge balance blog we've been promised for a long time, and it is indeed massive. As you'd expect the blog goes into detail about how exactly the game is balanced and what the goals are, from the effects of paragon levels, the GR cap, seasonal buffs, etc. with many tables showcasing individual class performance in the greater rifts. There's also a big focus on explaining what the balance goal of the game is, aka is it focused around group or solo content, and they also touch on exploits in the game. Diablo III D3 Jan 28, 2020 at 19:11 by Starym
Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today It's been quite a wait, but it's finally time to head back to Azeroth's past, before the World part of Warcraft existed and the view was a bit different! Reforged is releasing today and we've gathered up all related content here, including the most important piece of info: just when exactly is the game releasing in your time zone! Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Jan 28, 2020 at 05:53 by Starym
Balance Blog Coming This Week, Season 20 Patch Notes Tease Balance Blog Coming This Week, Season 20 Patch Notes Tease We have some news on Season 20 from Nevalistis, with the big blog about balance in D3 now and in the future coming out this week and the fact that it will be preceding the PTR. We also got a mean tease image with the new season PTR patch notes being written/edited! Diablo III D3 1 comment Jan 27, 2020 at 21:00 by Starym
4-Player Greater Rift 150 Cleared in 3:26 4-Player Greater Rift 150 Cleared in 3:26 Raxx and his group managed to clear Greater Rift 150 in 3 minutes and 26 seconds and here is a video of their clear. Diablo III D3 Jan 27, 2020 at 09:59 by Stan
Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) We a very big or very small thing to check out today, depending on how you look at it, with the original Diablo-like being presented and playable in 4k, inside the highly modified "The Hell 2" mod. You might be thinking that would look weird and "playable" is a subjective term... and you'd be right! You can actually see the entirety of the Tristram map in one screen in 4k, as well as huge chunks of the dungeon maps (also I'll issue a "feels" warning here: the best game music of all time plays in the video below, so prepare accordingly): Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 25, 2020 at 15:45 by Starym
All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube Activision Blizzard released a statement today announcing a multi-year "strategic relationship to power new player experiences" with Google. While this deal includes Google Cloud being the main host of the companies game infrastructure, the more immediate effect of it is that all Activision Blizzard esports will now be exclusively streamed on Youtube. This includes the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, both Arena and MDI WoW coverage and more. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Jan 25, 2020 at 02:21 by Starym
Diablo 4 Beta Signup Clarifications Diablo 4 Beta Signup Clarifications There's been some confusion today over the beta signup for Diablo 4, with community manager Nevalistis adding to the confusion with some out-dated info. It all started with a reddit post stating that the D4 beta signups are "now" open, with an immediate reply adding that they've been open since the game's reveal back at BlizzCon. Both of these were right and wrong, as there actually are no beta signups available at the moment, but in came Nevalistis to try and (incorrectly) clarify: Diablo IV D4 1 comment Jan 24, 2020 at 07:01 by Starym
Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser We've already talked about the fan-made Diablo 2 AI upscale project run by redditor zomprd and took a look at some still images and creature models, but today we have his finished demo to check out! His second and final version of the browser-based sample shows off the Rogue Encampment with an Assassin walking around the place. You can also switch back and forth from the original game look and the new upscale, just to see what exactly has changed. Also, if you've ever really waned to walk around in the stream in the encampment, you can! Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 21, 2020 at 19:59 by Starym
Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics There's more AI upscales incoming, with one pretty cool one and another weird one as well. MoP got the much-deserved higher res version, especially appropriate since 8.3 has us going back to Pandaria, while the Reforged video is doubly weird as it's already a remaster of the original so we're 3 layers deep here. Both also have an additional upgrade to the originals: they're running at 60 fps. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 19, 2020 at 08:00 by Starym
Hardcore Solo EU First GR 150 Barbarian Video Hardcore Solo EU First GR 150 Barbarian Video We have another milestone for Season 19 as we get our first HC GR 150 clear video! Ilovemf managed an EU first and what seems like a World 4th, with a US Necromancer and another Barbarian ahead of him, as well as a Crusader from Korea. The ending gets pretty explosive, but with 41 seconds left on the clock it's a pretty great clear. Diablo III D3 1 comment Jan 19, 2020 at 00:30 by Starym
Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released We've recently talked about the Path of Diablo mod that improves the game by adding and tuning some skills items and features, but still keeps things as close as possible to the original (LoD) version of the game (and the new season that's come out for it recently). Today we have a new and huge patch for probably the best, biggest and most popular mod for D2 out there, Median XL (or Median XL: Sigma as the more recent versions have been called).

Calling it a mod might be a bit of an understatement, however, as it's basically a complete overhaul and rework, with massive amounts of new skills (35 new ones PER CLASS), items (thousands, crafting), mechanics, content (40 endgame quests, new zones like Heaven and one quest actually has you traveling back in time and playing as Diablo while trying to defeat the Bear Tribe in order to break into the Worldstone Chamber. No, seriously.)
Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 18, 2020 at 07:43 by Starym
Diablo 4 GamesRadar Hands On - Death Kits, Difficulty and More Diablo 4 GamesRadar Hands On - Death Kits, Difficulty and More We have another hands on with Diablo 4 as GamesRadar not only tinkers with the demo, but also chats with the devs. The main focus of the article is the new engine, with the usual ground already covered about weather and day and night effects, but we do get to hear about the advanced systems of monster death animations, or "death kits", as they call them: Diablo IV D4 Jan 14, 2020 at 08:18 by Starym
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