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Dev Interview: Necromancer & Diablo I Anniversary Event

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We've interviewed Wyatt Cheng, Senior Technical Designer and Rob Foote, Senior Game Producer of Diablo and asked questions about the Necromancer and the Diablo I anniversary event.

Will Necromancer be gated by payment or F2P?

The Rise of the Necromancer pack will be payed. You will get two stash tabs, two character slots and cool cosmetics.

Witch Doctor is really similar to the Necromancer, will there be a WD rework to make them different from the Necromancer or will they be left as is?

The way how WD was designed leaves a lot of space for the Necromancer. While the Witch Doctor has a jungly vibe, tribal tones, creepy crawlies with snakes and spiders and bats, the Necromancer is going to be focused on the skeletons, he is a field commander of the dead and the introduction of a golem. We're stressing the themes of blood which are unique to the Necromancer.

One of the skills Command Skeleton helps to emphasize being the "Commander of Dead". A Rift Guardian Spawns, you click a button to command your skeletons to attack and they converge on that single target and you feel like you're your skeleton minions what to do.

So the Necromancer focuses on order whereas the WD is more wild and stuff running around?

They throw spiders and the spiders run in different directions

Are there any plans to revisit other classes from Diablo II and bring them to Diablo III in the future or this is a one time thing?

I don't have any announcements at this time, but the amount of work we put into the Necromancer is substantial. The last class we did was the Crusader, which was part of the expansion. Often when we're brainstorming new ideas, the entire team will work together to throw out ideas and once the Necromancer got tossed out as an idea it was a near unanimous agreement, like yes we should chase it. We thought, the class is one of the most ambitious thing you can take on in Diablo III. There's over 20 skills.

There are so many things that go into making a class, if you think about a Diablo class it's not just "six skills and you're done". It's over 20 skills we have to design, 5 runes for every single skill, every class has at least 16 passives and that's just the beginning. After that we'll have to come up with legendaries that help us to break the skills and allow new combinations or augment what's already there. Then we design sets. 

When the Rise of the Necromancer goes live, the Necromancer won't have all four sets. None of the classes started with four sets. One of the reasons is classes take on a life of their own after they are released. We want to design the third and fourth sets in conjunction with the community, hearing what people would like to see. There's a lot to class design and on top of all to that we're adding full voice recording and voice acting in all regions and languages for story mode as well.

Will there be any new changes to sets of the current classes or will the patch be more focused on the Necromancer?

We've been working a lot on existing class sets and I don't think there are any super major reworks, but we'd like to revisit some of the play styles for some sets, by adding a complementary legendary for example adding a little something to the Zunimasa WD set. I can also say that for the Crusader, we'd like to have a look at Armor of Akkhan and we posted a blog about that last week. So, I don't think we are looking at something as big as the Necromancers. Nothing major is planned.

Switching between sets is challenging and what's happening in 2017 is we're introducing the Armory (an in-game equipment manager) that will allow to save a build and with the push of a button you'll be able to swap back and forth between two sets and not just items. It's going to change your skills, gems, passives, Kanai's Cube powers a really quality of life improvement and you will be able to save 5 loadouts per character.

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Does "Rise of the Necromancer" pose a new a model that you feel Diablo should move towards?

We have no announcements to make about future content. The team has been working so hard on the Necromancer as well as the anniversary event patch and two new zones are coming as well. The two new zones aren't part of the Rise of the Necromancer pack. Everyone will get them for free. We've got the Shrouded More and the Temple of the Firstborne and for people who decided they don't want the Necromancer pack, you still get the content.

2017 is a big year for Diablo. It's the 20th anniversary for Diablo on December 31 and that kind of helped us making this anniversary patch. Frank talked about it in the opening ceremony (retrovision). We're really putting a real visual filter on the game, when you enter this area and you will be able to fight through 16 levels and basically it will feel very similar to the Diablo I experience, you'll fight original bosses. Diablo obviously at the end and it's going to PTR next week.

Will it have scalable difficulty?

It pulls in the difficulty of the game. We had to draw a line of like how much of it is Diablo I and how much it is Diablo III. At the end of the day, it's a recreation in the D3 engine and one of the thing that we felt was important was that you're using your character. It feels like they were transported to a Diablo I world so we adopted the difficulties system of Diablo III and of course, items are Diablo III as well, the dungeons, monsters, music, sound effects those are all a tribute to Diablo I.

Other subtle things that make you feel nostalgic is your character will snap as you move.

When designing the Necromancer, are you looking to maintain the feel of the Necromancer, especially in his sets and legendaries?  Are you sticking to the "core of the Necromancer" or are you reinventing him for Diablo III?

I would say it's a little bit of both. We're not looking to recreate the Necromancer one-for-one, but reimagine what the Necro would be like if it were properly in Diablo III. While we are bringing forth a few skills like Corpse Explosion and Bone Spear, we're also adding new ones like Blood Rush, which is a mobility skill that allows you to teleport (similar to Wizard), you shed your skin and your blood travels through the air and reconstitutes at your destination. When we look at the Necromancer, it's not Xul from Heroes of the Storm or the same Necromancer from Diablo Ii, but they are the Priests of Rathma.

What's the story behind the new zones? Are they tied to the D3 story or aren't they going to push the story forwards?

The Shrouded More is an outdoor zone and it's not part of the campaign, but there are elements of a story. It's part of the world like Ruins of Sescheron. they are not like a giant campaign around it, but it'll be available. The Shrouded More leads to Temple of the Firstborne and lorewise, the Temple is one of the oldest area in the Sanctuary, but there's not more I'd like to reveal about that today.

With the Diablo I remake are there going to be aspects of the game brought in like negative effect (shrines)?

A lot of the Diablo I recreation is focused on the mood, visuals, music, the gameplay under the hood is D3 gameplay, you'll be using your D3 skills and you'll be using D3 items. We'll have a few transmogs that are anniversary celebratory as well as items, like a Goldly Plate of the Whale.

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For participating in the entire event there's a new Legendary gem reward which sockets in your Head slot. It will be Diablo III's first Legendary head gem.

Will it be similar to Gem of Ease? 

It's not supposed to be an end-game greater rift pushing gem. It's more thematic, it's the soulstone that in Diablo I Aidan crushed into his head. So the idea of this tribute dungeon is that you can take this gem and so it builds up energy and periodically releases it and has a level up effect. When you level up or Paragon level up, it augments what's going to happen (aside from the usual breaking up cosmetics), but it's really fun (it won't be used for GR pushing).

The event will happen during January and recurring in future every January as part of the celebration.

Do boss mechanics stick more to Diablo I boss mechanics?

It's not 100% Diablo I and it's not 100% Diablo III. It's just a recreation in the D3 engine. We tried to match the spirit of what the Butcher fight was like in Diablo I. And the visuals are different for the boss.

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Are there any plans to add more cow-themed gear?

There's no cow level.

Are there any other plans to focus on Diablo II in future years?

I think the reason why we picked Diablo I as the anniversary it's because it started it all. It started as a quick-to-design anniversary, but the team grew more passionate about it.

The legendary gems and Kanai's Cube are game-changing effect, will you be adding something similar in the future?

Nothing specific comes to mind. We have a lots of features, the two new zones, the Necromancer the anniversary event.

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    • By Starym
      The 16th season arrives next month on January 18th and continues the themed season trend, with the big buff this time bringing some grandeur, Ring of Royal Grandeur, in fact. Everyone gets the effect of the legendary without wearing it or having it in your cube, which will make set matching a lot simpler. We're also getting new cosmetics, including some weird butterfly wings (not the Magda kind, thankfully), new conquests, new Haedrig's Gift sets and a brand new UI feature highlighting when Primal Legendaries drop, giving them a red beam and a huge and unique map icon! We're also getting potions removed from the inventory, 5 new armory tabs and GR Keystones stored in the materials tab.

      But, most importantly of all, there's set changes/huge buffs for Legacy of Nightmares (Litany of the Undaunted + The Wailing Host), all Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk and Witch Doctor sets, most Crusader and Wizard sets, and one Necromancer set.
      Season 16 (source)
      Season 16 begins January 18 and accompanies our latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about upcoming class set tweaks, quality of life changes, and a brand-new Seasonal buff that’s sure to make Season 16 grand!

      Table of Contents
      Season 16 Theme New Cosmetic Rewards Season Journey Rewards Seasonal Conquests Haedrig’s Gift Quality of Life Class Set Updates Patch Notes FAQ New Season Theme
      Season 16 introduces a brand-new buff to the mix that will change up the way you play. For the duration of Season 16, all Seasonal players will benefit from the legendary power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur. This means you do not need to hunt down or equip the item to benefit from its Set bonus-enabling ability! Bear in mind that this buff does not stack with additional Rings of Royal Grandeur, whether they be equipped directly on your character or via the Jewelry slot in Kanai’s Cube.
      For the uninitiated, this means many classes may be able to combine different Class Set bonuses in new ways—or squeeze yet another Legendary power into their favorite builds. Theorycrafters unite!—this is the season to strut your stuff, experiment to your heart’s content, and push the limits of your most perfectly crafted build. While we’ve done our own experimenting, we can’t wait to see what the community comes up with in Season 16!
      New Cosmetic Rewards
      Season 16 will also introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.

      In addition to the Helm and Shoulder slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players can earn a brand-new series of portrait frames themed around the clarion call of adventure.. For the most devoted cosmetic collectors, we have a pair of wings fit for a monarch. The Wings of Lempo draw inspiration from some of the noblest creatures in Sanctuary, and aside from a cosmically rare drop, few other wings are quite as lovely.
      Season Journey Rewards
      If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs by now. But players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:
      Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII within five minutes Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55 All I Do IS Win: Complete two Conquests this Season In for The Kill: Kill Azmodan at level 70 in under 30 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty Money Ain’t a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty Take U There: Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo Power Amplification: Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item Seasonal Conquests

      The Seasonal Conquest rotation continues! For the speedy, Speed Demon/Need for Speed requires the fastest nephalem to complete a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or higher in under two minutes. On a Good Day/I Can’t Stop guides you to get your Legendary Gem grind on; level three Legendary Gems to 65 to complete this challenge! For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/World’s Apart is a speed challenge where you’ll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:
      The Skeleton King The Butcher Zoltun Kulle Ghom Cydaea Rakanoth Diablo Adria Queen Araneae Maghda Belial Siegebreaker Assault Beast Azmodan Izual Urzael Malthael Talk about a mouthful! For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. Finally, Years of War/Dynasty demonstrates your mastery of multiple classes by clearing a Greater Rift level 55 solo with the full bonuses of any six full Class sets.
      Haedrig’s Gift
      Finally, the Class Sets available for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:
      Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!
      The set you will receive depends on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.
      Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 16:
      Barbarian – Immortal King’s Call Crusader – Seeker of the Light Demon Hunter – Natalya’s Vengeance Monk – Uliana’s Stratagem Necromancer – Trag’Oul’s Avatar Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr Wizard – Vyr’s Amazing Arcana
      Quality of Life Changes
      Thanks to player feedback, we’ve focused on a couple of frequently requested changes to improve the overall Diablo experience. This includes minor changes, such as removing Legendary potions from player inventories so that they no longer take up space, but also more significant changes to celebrating end-game loot in Primal Legendaries.
      Primal Legendaries were, from the start, a goal largely intended for the segment of our audience pushing themselves to take on the game’s most challenging experiences. As power has increased over time, Primals have become more accessible across the board and we realized they were not celebrated or even as obvious as they should be, considering how ultimate they feel in a build. To this end, we’ve added specially colored beams and a unique mini-map icon to highlight when they drop, as well as shined up their tooltip and border colorations to be more discernible.



      Finally, we want to make sure everyone is clear when they can start collecting Primal Legendaries; upon completing your first Greater Rift 70 or higher Solo, you’ll receive an achievement indicating your accomplishment and the Greater Rift boss will be guaranteed to drop a Primal Legendary. This drop is subject to all other loot rules—meaning while there’s a large chance it will be suited for your class, randomness does play a factor.
      Class Set Updates
      The balance changes from Patch 2.6.1 have had a few seasons to percolate, allowing most classes and builds to settle in and reach for their best performance. With Patch 2.6.4, we’ve identified some of the best performing builds, like Condemn Crusader and Rathma’s Necromancer, and we’re looking to bring many of the other class set builds up to par.
      This is largely a numbers pass, and we haven’t just focused on class sets—the “no set Set” Legacy of Nightmares will be receiving a sizeable buff as well. We know many of you are curious as to what changes may have occurred as a result of your testing on the PTR. The updated Patch Notes are below for your viewing pleasure, so you can begin plotting out your ideal build before Season 16 begins!
      PATCH 2.6.4 - v2.6.4.54724
      Table of Contents:
      General Greater Rifts Seasons Class Set Changes All Classes Barbarian Crusader Demon Hunter Monk Necromancer Witch Doctor Wizard General Quality of Life Philosophy For this patch, we wanted to include a few frequently requested Quality of Life changes and focused on better celebrating and indicating Primal Legendary drops. Five (5) additional Armory tabs have been added for all characters, bringing the total to 10 Legendary Potions are no longer stored in player inventory and can be accessed or changed by right-clicking on the potion icon in the action bar Greater Rift Keystones are now stored in the Materials tab Any existing Greater Rift Keystones in both inventory and stash have been automatically moved Primal Legendaries are now marked by a red beam when they drop Primal Legendaries on the ground are now indicated by a red pentagram icon on the mini-map Primal Legendaries now have a red border and updated background on their icons Return to top Greater Rifts Philosophy The gameplay of micro-managing Paragon points during the course of a Greater Rift doesn't feel like especially engaging gameplay, nor was it consistent with the other existing rules of entering a Greater Rift. In addition, the below change to matchmaking is to make it much easier for all players to find groups for Greater Rifts, as the previous window (only between Greater Rifts) is typically very small. Paragon points can no longer be swapped while a Greater Rift is open Players can now be matched into public games where a Greater Rift is open Players who join in this manner will not be able to enter the active Rift, and players inside the Rift will be able to continue with no additional difficulty scaling until the run has been completed Return to top Seasons Season 16: Season of Grandeur The buff for Season of Grandeur has been implemented This buff gives all Seasonal players the legendary power from Ring of Royal Grandeur This buff does not stack with additional Ring of Royal Grandeur (either equipped or in Kanai's Cube) Unlike previous Seasonal buffs, this buff will not apply to Non-Seasonal players When completing a Greater Rift level 70 solo for the first time in a Season, a Primal Legendary is guaranteed to drop from the Rift Guardian Return to top Class Set Changes Philosophy We are taking another tuning pass across all class sets to improve class and set diversity at higher level Greater Rifts. Some of these values have been adjusted per our observations as well as player feedback during the 2.6.4 PTR. Thanks for testing! All Classes Legacy of Nightmares The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 100% to 750% Return to top Barbarian The Legacy of Raekor The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2800% to 5500% Immortal King's Call The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1500% to 4000% Might of the Earth The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 5600% to 20000% Wrath of the Wastes The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3000% to 10000% Return to top Crusader Thorns of the Invoker The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 140% to 350% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 5400% to 15000% Roland's Legacy The (4) Set bonus has been increased from 3300% to 13000% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 50% increased Attack Speed to 75% Seeker of the Light The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2000% Blessed Hammer damage to 12000% Return to top Demon Hunter Embodiment of the Maruader The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3000% to 12000% Unhallowed Essence The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 100% to 350% Natalya's Vengeance The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3500% to 14000% The Shadow's Mantle The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 1200% to 6000% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 50000% to 75000% Return to top Monk Uliana's Strategem The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2100% to 9000% Inna's Mantra The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 150% to 750% Monkey King's Garb The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1000% to 1500% Raiment of a Thousand Storms The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 100% to 400% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 13000% Dashing Strike damage to 60000% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1300% Spirit Generator damage to 6000% Return to top Necromancer Trag'Oul's Avatar The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3300% to 3800% Return to top Witch Doctor Spirit of Arachyr The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 4500% to 9000% Helltooth Harness The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 1500% to 3000% The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 4400% to 9000% Raiment of the Jade Harvester The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 560 seconds to 3500 seconds The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 1650 seconds to 10000 seconds Zunimassa's Haunt The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 5500% to 15000% Return to top Wizard Tal Rasha's Elements The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 750% to 2000% Delsere's Magnum Opus The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3800% to 8500% Vyr's Amazing Arcana The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 50% bonus damage to 100% Return to top  
      We can’t wait to see what combinations players come up with throughout the course of Season 16 . . . especially when considering the new Seasonal buff!
      Frequently Asked Questions
      Q: When does Season 16 start?
      A: Season 16 begins Friday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m. PST in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.
      Q: When do Seasons go live for players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch?
      A: Seasons go live for all console players globally Friday, January 18 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, regardless of which regional version of the game you may have. Please note that Seasonal Leaderboards for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch are still separate by hardware platform.
      Q: When will Season 16 end?
      A: We currently anticipate that Season 16 will be ending on Sunday, March 17 at 5:00 p.m. PST in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.
      Q: Why is the Season end date an estimate?
      A: Traditionally, we have given players two weeks’ notice prior to the ending of a Season. However, we’ve heard the community’s feedback, so going forward, we’ll be providing more comprehensive Season details in the Season preview blogs. Please bear in mind that this date is an estimate and there is always a chance it may shift. While we will do our best to hit these target dates as closely as possible, we will continue to verify the Season end date at the two-week warning mark.
      Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
      A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began November 9 and is scheduled to end January 8. For more information on Eras, please see this post.
      Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?
      A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 16 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 7, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.
      Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
      Themed Seasons are continuing to evolve as we venture into the future, and we’re quite excited to see where this one leads. Are you looking forward to the Season of Grandeur? Which build or class set buff are you looking to experiment with first? Share your thoughts below and we’ll see you in Season 16
      There's a lot of changes to both to UI, sets and a lot more coming next month, as well as a new buff!
    • By Stan
      Season 15 was supposed to end on December 16, but the Diablo team decided to extend it and the new end date is January 6. Season 16 is scheduled for the week of January 11.
      The new Season will go live with Patch 2.6.4 that was available for testing on PTR.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Hey everyone,

      In order to ensure a smooth transition between Seasons, and give players extra time to enjoy the Double Bounty Cache buff, we will be ending Season 15 on January 6. With this, Season 16 is scheduled to begin on January 11. 

      As a quick heads-up, we will also be resetting the current Era leaderboards on January 8, so you’ve still got some time to push for that final leaderboard placement before the rollover occurs!

      Good luck,
      - Tyvalir