Diablo 3: Blue Posts Round-Up Incl. New Job Listing & 2.4.1 PTR Ending Soon

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With Season 6 being only a week away, the blues have been quite chatty lately. There is also yet another job opening for an unannounced Diablo project! Lastly, the PTR will close this Monday.


Since we have a lot of blue posts to cover, we will start with the older ones and work our way to the newer ones. One of the first features that got us excited about Patch 2.4.1 were the farmable cosmetic wings. Unfortunately, most of them were removed at a later build, but two still remain. Here are a couple of clarifications on how to obtain them:


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Some, but not all, wings were removed from the 2.4.1 PTR. Both the Cosmic Wings and the Falcon's Wings are still able to be obtained in 2.4.1.

While the other wings were removed for the time being and will not be appearing in the 2.4.1 patch, it's always possible we'll add more cosmetic items in the future.


All the new cosmetics as mentioned in the blog are not tied to Seasons. However, they do only drop in Adventure Mode, so keep that in mind when you're looking for them!

As with past seasons, there are also some seasonal cosmetics coming in 2.4.1, obtainable through the Season Journey. We'll go over those in an upcoming blog!


The Scythe is also a farmable cosmetic weapon that will be available once Patch 2.4.1 goes live. Only classes that can equip staves can use it for transmogrification.


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Any class that can use staves can equip the new Scythe transmog. That would be the Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard. You can view what classes can equip which items on this page in our Game Guide.

There's quite a lot of different new transmog items coming in 2.4.1, so while the Barbarian, Crusader, and Demon Hunter won't be able to use this option, they'll have a lot of other nifty new visuals to choose from!


The five banwaves that took place at the end of Season 5 were definitely the number one topic of discussion these days. We made a report on the first three banwaves, while you can read Realbookwurm's impressions on Season 5, where he also discusses the issue of cheating. One of the questions raised at the aftermath of these banwaves is whether all members of a 4-man group should be stripped of their records, even if not the entire team was caught botting. Nevalistis had a few - perhaps overly optimistic (in my opinion) - words to say about the whole issue:


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Overall, the Diablo community is filled with honest and dedicated players. For those that suddenly experienced their teammates disappearing, it's already a sobering situation to realize a friend or clan mate you trusted wasn't playing fair.

That said, this is the first time we’ve used this particular approach. We’re constantly monitoring the results of our account actions to ensure that the process remains effective as both punishment and a deterrent for behavior that is against our Terms of Use. We may change our methods in the future. The bottom line is that if you Play Nice, Play Fair, you won’t ever need to worry about the status of your account or your leader board records. smile.png



People noticed that in the latest PTR build upgrading gems is much slower than it used to. Kauza explained that the cause of it was the team trying to fix a display issue and that they are definitely not happy with the outcome. Unfortunately, the gem upgrade speed will be fixed after Patch 2.4.1 goes live. You can read about the developers' philosophy on gems in Patch 2.4.1 here.


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This is one we've had our eye on for a while and we're still working on, but here's the current status.

Previously we ran into an issue where accelerating the gem upgrade speed with Urshi was causing the animation confirming whether your upgrade was successful to fail to appear. You may have experienced this yourself - really frustrating. In response to this, we made another change to slow down the upgrade speed to ensure that those confirmations would fire off. The result is that now the speed is slower again.

We're not happy with the upgrade speed as it stands, and this is actively on our radar. It's going to require additional work to fully fix, meaning that if we do find a solution, it won't happen before 2.4.1 goes live.



In addition, Nevalistis had the chance to talk about procs, while explaining an interaction between p2_unique_belt_008_demonhunter_male.pngBelt of the Trove and the Invoker's set which is going to be fixed before 2.4.1 goes live.


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I wanted to get a bit more detail before making this post, and I had the opportunity in one of my more recent meetings.

Let's talk procs. We have a general philosophy that, for both performance and balance reasons, procs shouldn't proc other procs.

However, there are some items in the game that are an exception to that rule. Belt of the Trove is one such design; it was totally created in mind to work with the Invoker 4-piece set bonus. So, when we were doing our optimization passes to reinforce our basic philosophy, we accidentally impacted this and a couple other similar situations (specifically Blade of the Tribes and Lut Socks).

We've done a pass to correct these, and these changes have been hotfixed onto the current PTR. For the most part, going forward, you should expect that procs shouldn't proc other procs (including Area Damage)... but if there's an exception that seems weird, please let me know. I'm happy to forward on the feedback for review!



As Season 6 approaches, it's time for the Patch 2.4.1 Public Test Realm to shut down. This will happen on Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m. PDT.


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Greetings, nephalem.

In preparation for the launch of 2.4.1 to live realms, the PTR will be shutting down next Monday, April 25 at 5 p.m. PDT. We will also be taking both the PTR Feedback and PTR Bug Report forums offline at that time.

We are truly grateful for the incredible testing, feedback, and mounds of bug reports we received from dedicated testers. We're looking forward to sharing 2.4.1 everyone, and can't wait to join you next week in Season 6.

Thank you for all your testing efforts, and we'll see you in Sanctuary!




We've saved the most important and exciting post for last: Blizzard is looking for a lighting artist for an unannounced Diablo project! This is the fourth job listing so far concerning this mysterious Diablo project. You can click on this link to view the details of this job ad.

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