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d3 Diablo 3: Why Taeguk Isn't Fun, and What is Being Done About It

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Senior Technical Game Designer Wyatt Cheng hit the forums with information about possible incoming changes to a staple legendary gem.

 

One of the things a Diablo player can expect is an atmosphere of constant change. This has worked its way into the soul of Diablo, and we now now have a functional Metagame that shifts constantly. Remember the days when a Mempo of Twilight was the best helm in the game, and Echoing Fury sat at the top of the DPS charts? Of course we have moved a far distance from those days, but the changes are bound to keep coming. There are a variety of factors that contribute to this, one of which is the developers are always tweaking things to make the game more enjoyable. 

 

One of the key points which was made during the 10 Items in 10 Minutes Lightning Talks was that the team really have begun actively discouraging game play which results in players "playing the buff bar," and not the game. 

 

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What they mean is that certain abilities are crucial aspects to the performance of a build, but they don't want player to only be sitting and watching their bars to keep buffs up. They have the opinion that actually slaying monsters might be more fun that playing "Buff Bar Tycoon" and I happen to agree. It is one of the main reasons they pushed out more appealing choices to replace Focus and Restraint dominated meta which was Season 4. It encouraged too much attention being focused on little icons, and not on the hordes of demons! 

 

This was the driving force behind the complete Buff Bar overhaul we had in Patch 2.4, and the changes have generally been really well received. Unfortunately there are still a few items in the game that still fall into the old playstyle, and require constant attention from the player in order to be effective. The Legendary Gem Taeguk is a prime example of this. The gem creates a stacking buff with a brief duration, and the buff is so critical in most builds that run the gem, that players often find themselves playing "don't let Taeguk expire."

 

The good news is that Team Diablo is aware of these offenders, and they are actively working on ways to fix the problem. Wyatt Cheng shared this in the Official Forums yesterday. 

 

Blizzard Icon Wyatt Cheng

Taeguk feels too necessary for a number of builds that it doesn’t fit well into. Every gem should have a specific use. Zei’s Stone of Vengeance is an example of a gem we think works well: it’s used by people who want a ranged playstyle, and it’s not used by people who fight close. Taeguk was intended to be a gem that was great for players who used movement-based channeled skills like Strafe or Whirlwind. It feels bad shooting Multishot into thin air to keep Taeguk stacks up, and we want to look at some changes that would give players other options. We want to avoid changes to Taeguk that would further cement Taeguk as a gem that is strong regardless of playstyle. We’re still working out the best way to address this, but if we change Taeguk to adjust it more for channeled skills then we would certainly provide other comparable alternatives, probably in the form of buffs to some other legendary gems. (Source)

 

Stay tuned for more news as it develops! 

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I don't understand why people would put Taeguk on their D.H. in the first place...seems like to much up keep on it for such a range player....why would you not run (like Mr. Cheng said) Zei's Stone of Vengeance, Siplicity's Strength, Bane of the Powerful, or even Bane of the Stricken....all good LGs that could put real good use to a D.H....or if you are feeling really frisky you could even go Gem of Efficacious Toxin, Because at level 25 every enemy that you poison to 10% Increased damage from all sources...with the right kit all 5 of these gems can make a D.H. run farely well solo, but would help destroy in groups...are these people picking this item because it runs very well with certain builds from certain Hero's? Because in all truth why not run LGs that would help maximize your damage with out the stressful upkeep of a Gem that you have to make sure you reset before the 3 sec mark hit...to me sounds like people arn't playing the game to its fullest...they are looking at builds online so they can get to the same point as some people who actually had to go through the items and find out their style of play..one man's/woman's build might work for them and not others because of their play style...first and for most this game is made to have fun...to do runs with friends and enjoy your experience...Try different things and who knows your build might be crazy but works...hey im just a fellow D3 player like all of you and i must say Be you, do what you DO! from your friend PlainMcgee

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Taeguk buffs your armor as well as your damage.  It's one of the few (maybe the only) gems to buff both--and buff them considerably--which is why it's used even where it's not a natural fit.  Even though it's a pain to keep it up on, say, a Furious Charge barbarian, if you can keep it up, you get a buff you can't really get any other way, which gives that ever-sought-after edge in pushing Greater Rifts.

 

I hate Taeguk, and refuse to use it anywhere except on my Whirlwind Barb, where it's tolerable (but still not favorite.)  I'm really glad they are looking at this, because I couldn't agree more.  Playing the buff bar is obnoxious!

 

Another thing I'd like addressed is all the incidental things that kill the buff.  Getting frozen or jailed is part of the game, and I can change how I play the game (for example, wear Ice Climbers) to prevent losing my buff.  But I lose Taeguk stacks almost every time I load a new Rift level (slow computer), or when I have to free a prisoner on a bounty, or when the game pauses to "skip" a cut scene before a boss.  When it takes a good minute or more to build that buff back up, this is very frustrating, especially on timed Greater Rift runs!

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Healing from skills consumes one stack regardless of how many targets are hit Command Skeletons: Dark Mending and Land of the Dead: Land of Plenty no longer consume stacks or receive increased healing Grace of Inarius (2) Set Bonus Bone Armor’s damage is increased by 1000% (4) Set Bonus Bone Armor stacks are now refreshed. In addition, Bone Armor grants an additional 2% damage reduction per enemy hit (6) Set Bonus Bone Armor also activates a Bone Tornado damaging nearby enemies by 375% weapon damage per second as Physical. Enemies hit by the tornado take 850% additional damage from the Necromancer’s abilities and minions Pestilence Master’s Shroud (2) Set Bonus Each corpse you consume fires a Corpse Lance corpse fragment at a nearby enemy, dealing 800% weapon damage (4) Set Bonus Each enemy hit by Bone Spear reduces your damage taken by 2% up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds. (6) Set Bonus Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 1000% Jairoan Arms (2) Set Bonus Army of the Dead gains the effect of the Unconventional Warfare rune Bug Fixes Fixed an issue causing phylacteries to roll only the lowest possible damage value Fixed an issue which allowed non-Necromancer characters to equip Necromancer gear Adventure Mode
      New Zones: The Moors & The Temple of the Firstborn The fog-enshrouded Moors and the darkened Temple of the Firstborn can be explored in Adventure Mode through a new waypoint on the Act 2 map. General (Beta Only) Made changes to reduce the occurrence of dead ends when floors in Rifts and Greater Rifts use the Temple of the Firstborn map. Set Dungeons The user interface has been updated to better explain tier completion requirements. With this, the basic completion tier must be finished within the given time limit. The time limit to complete a Set Dungeon has been increased to 5 minutes Necromancer Set Dungeons have been added to Adventure Mode Set dungeon monsters are now tracked on the mini-map when the dungeon begins All Basic Tier monster kill requirements have been lowered Bounties Four new Waypoints have appeared in Act IV. Each one has bounties to complete. These Realms of Fate are the unintended consequences of the battle between the nephalem and Diablo in the High Heavens. Greater Rifts Players who die in solo Greater Rifts can now choose to immediately resurrect. When choosing this option, the time remaining on your death timer will be removed from the remaining Greater Rift time and your cooldowns will be advanced by the same amount. Bug Fixes Fixed an issue which sometimes prevented players from completing the “Clear the Forgotten Well” bounty PTR Only
      D'jank Miem Players can exchange Blood Shards with this vendor for bags containing gear The cost per bag has been set to 500 200. Players will now be able to purchase bags containing new Legendary items in addition to the previous bags containing Set items
    • By Starym

       
      Welcome Vesalius, the first new Rift Boss in a long time! While it seemed he was entirely unique at first, it later turned out, as most Rift Bosses, that he was based off an Adventure Mode boss (Vidian from the Sanctum of Blood, a new area). Both bosses are giant Enslaved Nightmares, new models coming with the Necromancer pack and showing up now on the beta, so we can hope there will be even more new additions once it goes live.

      Streamer Zhanji first ran into the boss and his Necromancer's first encounter with Vesalius didn't go that great, considering the Frozen Pulse, Wormhole and Glowy Balls. So, let's take a look:
      Source: Troupster.com.
    • By Stan

      Necromancers have - as of the latest beta build - four different sets. In this preview, we're looking at their appearance and set bonuses. 
      Bones of Rathma (Bone / Pet)
      2P - Your pets have a chance to reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 sec each time they deal damage. 4P - You gain 1% damage reduction each time your pets deal damage. Max 50 stacks. 6P - Each active Skeleton Mage increases the damage of your minions and Army of the Dead by 200%.
      Grace of Inarius (Saint)
      2P - Bone Armor's damage is increased by 1,000%. 4P - Bone Armor grants an additional 2% damage reduction per enemy hit. 6P - Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 375% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 850%.
      Pestilence Master’s Shroud (Melee)
      2P - Each corpse you consume fires a Corpse Lance at a nearby enemy. 4P - Each enemy you hit with Bone Spear reduces your damage taken by 2%, up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds. 6P - Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 1,000%.
      Trag’Oul’s Avatar (Blood)
      2P - Blood Rush gains the effect of every rune. 4P - While at full Life, your healing from skills is added to your maximum Life for 45 seconds, up to 100% more. 6P - Spending 10% Life grants you a stack of Blood Cascade. Each stack of Blood Cascade increases the damage of Life-spending attacks by 200%, but also increases the Life you lose by 10%. Using a skill to heal will consume a stack and heal for 300% more.
    • By Stan

      A closer look at the new game mode, where you'll play someone else's build.
      The Challenge Rifts game mode is added to the game in Patch 2.6.0. Players don't need to purchase Rise of the Necromancer as Challenge Rifts are standard patch content that launches alongside the Necromancer DLC.
      The point is to race against the clock in a fixed Greater Rift with a unique character. You receive rewards if you beat the original timer. No customization is available, because the character comes with preset gear, Paragon level, Greater Rift difficulty and skills.

      If you beat the timer, you get a Challenge Rift Cache that contains Blood Shards, Bounty & Crafting materials.
      Gear, Kanai's Cube affixes, skills, runes and passives can be previewed under Hero details.

      If you enter the Challenge Hub, you can adjust spell positioning on your action bar and practise the build on either a Punisher for single-target damage (he's on the left side of the room) or Revenant Soldiers for AoE damage (located on the right).


      A mirror inside the room serves the same purpose as Hero details in the menu and displays information about the character's gear, skills, passives and runes.

      The timer begins when you click the Challenge Obelisk. Moving to Town (T) restarts the challenge and the cast isn't interrupted.