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Diablo III PTR: Crowd Control Changes & Season 7 Journey and Rewards

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The latest build of Patch 2.4.2 is now live on the Diablo III Public Test Realm. It introduces some changes to how crowd control works, as well as Season 7.

The details of Build 38066 had been datamined previously and they are now live on the PTR. This new build has brought quite a few nerfs, especially to support skills. The team wants to completely change the current group end-game meta, but with these nerfs a lot of people think that solo play will be made very difficult. Something that hadn't been datamined were the changes to how crowd control mechanics (and knockbacks in particular) work:

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  • Knockbacks now apply a flat 40% increase to crowd control resistances
  • Monsters cannot be knocked back if they are over 65% crowd control resistant
  • Powers that apply knockbacks continuously, such as Black Hole, can bypass this resistance if they already knocked a monster back successfully. These powers increase the crowd control resistance by 20% per knockback instead of 40%
You can read the rest of the official patch notes for this build here.

Meanwhile, Season 7 went live this week on the PTR. You can find out what the Season 7 Conquests will be in our previous article. Redditor -iberion- has the Haedrig's Gift sets, as well as the portrait frame and pet rewards for the next Season. Most classes will receive strong set items, while the portrait frame is snowy-themed (in the middle of summer?!) and the pet looks like a dark unicorn.



  • Demon Hunter - Unhallowed Essence
  • Barbarian - Wrath of the Wastes
  • Wizard - Tal Rasha's Elements
  • Witch Doctor - Helltooth Harness
  • Monk - Raiment of a Thousand Storms
  • Crusader - Roland's Legacy

Portrait Frame and Pet



Lastly, Nevalistis made an extensive post detailing the requirements for each chapter of the S7 seasonal journey. One change to previous Seasons is that the Haedrig's Gifts are awarded after completing a whole chapter, instead of just a specific step.

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Here's what you can expect in each tier, for convenience:

Chapter I

  • Complete a Nephalem Rift
  • Equip 5 Gems into your gear
  • Level your Blacksmith to 10
  • Level your Jeweler to 10
  • Level your Mystic to 10
  • Complete 5 Bounties
  • Defeat Izual at any difficulty level
  • Defeat Rakanoth at any difficulty level
  • Reach level 50

Chapter II - Completing rewards 1st Haedrig's Gift

  • Complete a Nephalem Rift on Expert difficulty
  • Level all artisans to 12
  • Craft a level 70 item from the Blacksmith
  • Craft a level 70 item from the Jeweler (Ring or Amulet)
  • Enchant an item using the Mystic
  • Fully equip a follower
  • Defeat Cydaea at Hard difficulty or higher
  • Defeat Siegebreaker at Hard difficulty or higher
  • Reach level 70
  • Unlock Kanai's Cube

Chapter III - Completing rewards 2nd Haedrig's Gift

  • Complete a Nephalem Rift on Master difficulty
  • Transmogrify an item
  • Craft an Imperial level gem
  • Learn 5 Blacksmithing recipes
  • Learn 5 Jewelcrafting recipes
  • Buy 1 item from Kadala
  • Defeat Belial at Master difficulty or higher
  • Defeat Maghda at Master difficulty or higher
  • Complete a full set (Act I-V) of bounties
  • Extract 1 Legendary Power into Kanai's Cube

Chapter IV - Completing rewards 3rd/Final Haedrig's Gift + New Portrait Frame and Pennant

  • Complete a Nephalem Rift on Torment I difficulty
  • Enchant a weapon to have a socket at the Mystic
  • Defeat Odeg (A1 Keywarden) on Torment 4 or higher
  • Defeat Sokahr (A2 Keywarden) on Torment 4 or higher
  • Defeat Xah'Rith (A3 Keywarden) on Torment 4 or higher
  • Defeat Nekarat (A4 Keywarden) on Torment 4 or higher
  • Defeat the Spider Queen at Torment II difficulty or higher
  • Defeat the Skeleton King at Torment II difficulty or higher
  • Complete a Greater Rift level 20 solo
  • Upgrade a rare item to legendary using Kanai's Cube

Slayer - Rewards Portrait Frame

  • Complete a Nephalem Rift on Torment V difficulty
  • Level one Legendary Gem to level 25 or higher
  • Complete the Realm of Regret (A1 Uber) on Torment VI or higher
  • Complete the Realm of Putridness (A2 Uber) on Torment VI or higher
  • Obtain a Legendary from Kadala
  • Complete one Set Dungeon
  • Defeat the Butcher at Torment VI difficulty or higher
  • Defeat Zoltun Kulle at Torment VI difficulty or higher
  • Complete a Greater Rift 35 solo
  • Equip additional legendary powers for weapon, armor, and jewelry via Kanai's Cube

Champion - Rewards Portrait Frame

  • Complete a Torment X Nephalem Rift in under 6 minutes
  • Level 3 Legendary Gems to 35 or higher
  • Craft a Flawless Royal gem at the Jewelcrafter
  • Complete the Realm of Terror (A3 Uber) on Torment X or higher
  • Complete the Realm of Fright (A4 Uber) on Torment X or higher
  • Master a Set Dungeon
  • Defeat Malthael at Torment X difficulty or higher
  • Defeat Urzael at Torment XI difficulty or higher
  • Complete a Greater Rift 50 solo
  • Use Kanai's Cube to convert a Set Item

Destroyer - Rewards Portrait Frame

  • Complete a Torment XII Nephalem Rift in under 6 minutes
  • Level 3 Legendary Gems to 45 or higher
  • Craft a Hellfire Amulet
  • Complete 1 Conquest
  • Defeat Diablo at Torment XIII difficulty
  • Defeat Adria at Torment XIII difficulty
  • Complete a Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Use Kanai's Cube to augment an Ancient item with a level 30+ gem
  • Extract 20 Legendary powers into Kanai's Cube

Conqueror - Rewards 1 additional Stash Tab

  • Complete a Torment XIII Nephalem Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Level 3 Legendary Gems to 55 or higher
  • Complete 2 Conquests
  • Defeat Ghom at Torment XIII difficulty in under 30 seconds
  • Defeat Rakanoth at Torment XIII difficulty
  • Complete a Greater Rift 70 solo
  • Use Kanai's Cube to augment two Ancients with level 40+ gems
  • Use Kanai's Cube to reforge a Legendary item

Guardian - Rewards Portrait Frame

  • Complete a Torment XIII Nephalem Rift in under 4 minutes
  • Level 3 Legendary Gems to 65 or higher
  • Complete 3 Conquests
  • Defeat Azmodan at Torment XIII difficulty in under 15 seconds
  • Complete a Greater Rift 80 solo
  • Use Kanai's Cube to augment three Ancients with level 50+ gems
  • Extract 40 legendary powers into Kanai's Cube

Sorry if it's a bit messy to read. Tried to get this up for everyone to reference ASAP, so let me know if you see any issues (as there was much copypasta involved)


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