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The new patch is here, bringing with it not only the Anniversary event, the new season and new legendary abilities, but also a lot of other changes such as an Overpower revamp, Rift tweaks and more!

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Diablo III patch 2.4.3 is now live in the Americas for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One! Check out the full PC patch notes below to learn all about the latest changes. To view our console patch notes, click here.

Important: Please note that you will not be prompted to download patch 2.4.3 until the patch is live in your home region. If you are logging in from a European or Asian client, you will need to wait for this patch to release in that region before it can be installed. Additionally, if your home region is in the Americas, you will be unable to log into Europe or Asia using Global Play after patch 2.4.3 is live until those regions have also patched.

Diablo III PATCH 2.4.3 - v2.4.3.42336

Visit our Bug Report forum for a list of known issues.

If you are experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Battle.net after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.
 Table of Contents:

 GENERAL

New Feature: 20th Anniversary Event

  •  A mysterious group of Cultists is stirring up trouble! Hunt them down in Adventure Mode to uncover clues that reveal a portal into Tristram’s past, and rediscover the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago…
  •  This event is only available in January
    •  Please note that the anniversary event features a pre-cursor event

 Hardware Support

  •  Support has been added for the Corsair Utility Engine (CUE) SDK and Razer peripherals
    • Supported backlit keyboards will respond to certain in-game situations like Legendary and Set item drops, characters leveling up, and more
    • Players will need to update their firmware for supported devices to use this feature
  • Added a 64-bit client as default for 64-bit Microsoft Windows operating systems
    • With this, players should see improvements to system performance and faster loading times
    • This change uses DirectX 11 natively, which brings support for normal maps, per pixel lighting and improved anti-aliasing options
    • The 32-bit client is still available as an option through the Battle.net Launcher
  • Added a screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) pixel shader option
  • Added a large cursor option
  • Improved support for 60Hz+ monitors
  • Bug Fixes
  • Resolved an issue that could cause crashes in some instances

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 CLASSES

Barbarian

  • Overpower
    • Now has 3 charges
    • Cooldown per charge remains 12 seconds with a chance to be reduced slightly by critical strikes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused Wave of Light to sometimes fail to deal damage when players were under the effect of Epiphany
  • Fixed a bug which prevented a Hydra from being spawned when two Mirror Images attempted to cast Summon Hydra at the same time
  • Fixed an issue which caused the active effect of Earth Ally and Fire Ally to not benefit from Attacks Per Second or +Mystic Ally damage
  • Fixed an issue which prevented the Archon version of Teleport from correctly incorporating the player’s attacks per second
     

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 ITEMS

Legendary Items

  • Red Soulstone Shard
    • New Legendary Gem
    • Periodically struggle for control, unleashing a ring of Fire that inflicts 12,500% weapon damage to enemies it passes through
    • With the above change, the primary effect of the gem deals significantly more damage at the gem’s base level, but scales more slowly with additional levels
    • After gaining a level, your resource costs are removed and cooldowns on skills are reduced by 75% for 30 seconds (Requires Rank 25)

Class Specific Items

  • New items have been added to the game
  • Crusader
    • Armor of Akkhan
    • Talisman of Akkhan (Amulet)
    •  Has been added as a 7th piece to Armor of Akkhan
    • The set’s current bonuses and powers remain the same
    •  This amulet will always roll with Critical Hit Chance in addition to 3 other random affixes
       
  • Some existing class-specific Legendary items have been updated to include a unique Legendary power
    • Note: Existing items will not be affected by the following changes; only new versions of the items will roll with the added Legendary power
  • With the below changes, the minimum levels required to use these items have been adjusted to match the level at which their corresponding skills unlock
  • Barbarian
    • Saffron Wrap
      • The damage of your next Overpower is increased by 40-50% for each enemy hit, up to a maximum of 20 enemies
  • Crusader
    • Faithful Memory
    • Each enemy hit by Falling Sword increases the damage of Blessed Hammer by 50-60% for 10 seconds, stacking up to 10 times
  • Demon Hunter
    • Hellcat Waistguard
    • Grenades have a chance to bounce 3-5 times, dealing an additional 50% damage on each bounce
    • This bonus is increased to 800% on the final bounce
    • The following skills are affected by this power:
    • Cluster Arrow – Dazzling Arrow, Cluster Bombs, Loaded for Bear, and No Rune
    • Rain of Vengeance – Anathema
    • Strafe – Demolition
  • Monk
    • Rabid Strike
    • Spirit spenders that teleport you while Epiphany is active are also mimicked on a distant target for free
  • Witch Doctor
  • The Barber
    • Instead of dealing direct damage, your Spirit Barrage now accumulates on the target
    • When you stop casting, it explodes dealing the accumulated damage to all enemies within 15 yards
  • Wizard
    • Manald Heal
    • Enemies stunned with Paralysis also take 13,000-14,000% weapon damage as Lightning
       
  • The functionality of some items has changed
  • Crusader
    • Defender of Westmarch
    • Can no longer summon a wolf more than once per second
    • Damage done by the wolf is increased for each block made during the interim
  • Witch Doctor
    • Jeram's Bracers
    • The minimum level for this item to drop has changed from 12 to 31 in order to match the level at which Wall of Death unlocks
       
  • The following class set powers have received changes
  • Barbarian
    • Wrath of the Wastes
    • (6) Set Bonus
      Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and all Whirlwind damage is increased by 800%
    • The damage of your Dust Devils is increased by 180%
    • Please note that these changes will not be reflected in the item’s tooltip
  • Crusader
    • Roland's Legacy
    • (4) Set Bonus
      Increase the damage of Shield Bash and Sweep Attack by 1250%
    • (6) Set Bonus
      Every use of Shield Bash or Sweep Attack that hits an enemy grants 50% increased Attack Speed and 15% damage reduction for 8 seconds. This effect stacks up to 5 times.
  • Demon Hunter
    • Embodiment of the Marauder
    • (6) Set Bonus
      Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 1200% increased damage for every active Sentry
  • Monk
    • Inna’s Mantra
    • (6) Set Bonus
      Gain the five runed Mystic Allies at all times and your damage is increased by 100% for each Mystic Ally you have out
  • Witch Doctor
    • Spirit of Arachyr
    • (6) Set Bonus
      The damage of your creature skills is increased by 2400%. Creature skills are Corpse Spiders, Plague of Toads, Firebats, Locust Swarm, Hex, and Piranhas.
  • Wizard
    • Delsere’s Magnum Opus
    • (6) Set Bonus
      Enemies affected by your Slow Time take 2800% increased damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Explosive Blast, Magic Missile, Shock Pulse, Spectral Blade, and Wave of Force abilities.
       
  • Bug Fixes
    • Hellfire Amulet
      • Fixed an issue where Fetishes spawned by this item with the Fetish Sycophants passive would not reduce the cooldown of Big Bad Voodoo correctly when Starmetal Kukri was equipped
    • Illusory Boots
      • Will now properly allow Crusaders using Steed Charge to pass through walls
    • Pinto's Pride
      • Fixed a bug where the bonus Wave of Light damage from this item was not being calculated correctly
    • Flail of the Ascended
      • Now takes into account +Shield Bash affix bonuses in its damage
      • Damage stacks will now persist when changing gear and picking up items
    • Faithful Memory
      • Fixed an issue where Faithful Memory was not properly buffing damage from certain Blessed Hammer runes
    • Fixed an issue which sometimes caused cosmetic pets to be dismissed unintentionally, requiring the player to resummon them through the collections UI
    • Fixed a bug causing transmogrify options to not properly unlock sometimes when first acquiring an item which grants a new transmogrify option
    •  Fixed a bug which caused the buff from the Legendary item Ahvarion, Spear of Lycander to end when changing floors in a Greater Rift
    • Fixed an issue which caused the Bones cosmetic pet to incorrectly produce sound when players interacted with some user interface elements
    • Fixed an issue which caused +Elemental damage bonuses on weapons to override the damage bonus granted to Ancient Spear by Skular’s Salvation and its elemental type
    • Fixed an issue which allowed Necrosis damage from the Helltooth Harness set to be reflected back by some enemies onto Witch Doctors using projectiles like Poison Dart

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 SEASONS

Season Journey

  • The Destroyer and Guardian tiers of the Season Journey will no longer require players to augment an Ancient Legendary item using level 30 or higher and level 40 or higher Legendary gems, respectively
  • Along with this, the Conqueror tier now requires players to augment one Ancient Legendary item using a Legendary Gem at level 50 or higher
  • Starting with Season 9, players will be able to complete the Sanctuary’s Most Wanted objective in the Season Journey across multiple games

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 ADVENTURE MODE

Bounties

  • The number of enemy kills required to complete the following Bounties has been reduced
    • Kill Aloysius
    • Kill Axegrave
    • Kill Bholen
    • Kill Captain Donn Adams
    • Kill The Crusher

Rifts

  • The Cesspools map has been adjusted
  • Enemy density and overall map size have been reduced
  • This area can now appear as the starting dungeon in Rifts and Greater Rifts

Greater Rifts

  • We have made a number of changes to improve the play experience of Greater Rifts
  • The Greater Rift progress bar now displays the percentage completion at the end of the bar when it is nearly filled
  • Monsters should now be more evenly distributed on each floor in Greater Rifts
    • Along with this, the experience and Greater Rift progression awarded for defeating many smaller monsters has been increased
  • The size of each floor in a Greater Rift is now more consistent
  • On average, a rift should take between two and four floors to clear
  • There is no longer an increased chance to see the same tile set when you venture down a floor in a Greater Rift
  • There is now a guaranteed area at the entrance of each floor with no monsters
    • This area is just large enough for ranged characters to maneuver
  • Several additional monster types can now appear as Champions and Elites
  • Greater Rifts now spawn Hellhide Tremors, Disentombed Hulks, Sand Dwellers, and Colossol Golgors with other monsters in somewhat larger groups
  • Greater Rifts now spawn somewhat fewer Sand Wasps and Fallen Grunts on floors where they appear
  • The stacking effect of the following is now cleared upon entering a Greater Rift
    • The items Lord Greenstone’s Fan, Fortress Ballista and Flail of the Ascended
    • The skills Arcane Dynamo and Mythic Rhythm
  • The gold reward and empower cost for Greater Rift 25 and above have been increased
  • The ratio between gold reward and empower cost remains about the same
  • Players will now get an extra chance to upgrade their Legendary Gems if they do not die in a Greater Rift

Greed’s Realm

  • The portal to Greed’s Realm will now close 60 seconds after opening Greed’s chest
    • With this, players may now open multiple portals to the realm in a single game

Zones

  • The waypoint for Pandemonium Fortress Level 2 in Adventure Mode has been moved from the entrance to the midpoint of the level in order to provide quicker access to some bounties
  • With this change, bounties requiring you to kill unique enemies will only spawn these enemies in the first half of the dungeon, and all monsters on the map will contribute to bounty progress

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing the scene for Bounty: Research Problems from spawning
  • Fixed bugs that led to large open areas with no monsters in some rooms in Greater Rifts, which was especially common near the entrance to certain floors

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 MONSTERS

Enemies

  • Quality of life improvements have been made to enemies
    • Several enemies that leap at the player can now be killed in mid-air, including Winged Assassins, Punishers, Lacuni Huntresses, and Burrowing Leapers
    • Several enemies that can become un-attackable, such as Sandsharks, Snakemen, and Rockworms now spend more time vulnerable. When these enemies do burrow or stealth, they no longer remain in this state for more than 3 seconds
    • In addition, emerging Rockworms now always show ground cracks to help attentive players avoid their initial attack
  • The Succubus' Bloodstar attack has had its damage reduced by 15% and the projectile's travel distance has been reduced
  • The damage from Khazra spears has been reduced by 15%
  • The damage from Ice Porcupine icicles has been reduced by 15%

Enemy Affixes

  • Shielding
    • Will now be cancelled immediately if the shielded monster is the last remaining monster in a pack
  • Reflects Damage
    • Now fires a projectile instead of instantly dealing damage to the player
    • The warning duration for this affix has been reduced from 2 seconds to 1, and its active duration has been reduced from 6 seconds to 4
  • Electrified
    • Crawling lightning generated by this affix now pierces, allowing it to damage multiple targets in succession
    • With this, the damage caused by this affix has been reduced by about 35%
  • Juggernaut
    • New enemy affix
    • Juggernaut monsters are permanently immune to crowd control effects, but move more slowly than normal monsters
    • Along with this change, enemies with this affix take 30% more damage from all sources
    • Only a rare Elite enemy can be a Juggernaut

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue which caused Winged Assassins to sometimes travel across the ground instead of through the air when leaping
  • Fixed an issue which prevented Greater Rift Guardians from reliably teleporting to players when they spawned more than a few screens away
  • Fixed an issue which sometimes cause Rift Guardians to spawn in a location where they couldn’t be targeted

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 BOSSES

Belial

  • Now transitions more swiftly between his normal and larger version boss phases

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 ACHIEVEMENTS

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed the wording on the “Socket To Me” achievement to clarify that socketing only one gem is required

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 QUALITY OF LIFE

Dyes

  • Can now be accessed through a new tab at the Mystic
    • This includes Collector’s Edition dyes
  • With this change, dyes will no longer be sold by vendors

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed display and text issues with some skills and items
  • Fixed an issue causing keybind issues when the UI was hidden
  • Fixed a bug which caused Followers to sometimes become idle in combat
  • Fixed an issue which prevented Followers from being dismissed while they were incapacitated in battle
  • Fixed an issue which allowed pets and Followers to be attacked immediately after exiting a portal

 

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Awwww yiss. No more dyes taking precious inventory slot. No more travelling between towns to look for specific dyes. No more relogging to check vendors and pray for the dye you want to be available. This is probably the feature I like the most in this patch; that is before they give us the Necromancer.

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The portal to Greed’s Realm will now close 60 seconds after opening Greed’s chest

  • With this, players may now open multiple portals to the realm in a single game

i like this the most for now
cant wait for the necro to arrive

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4 hours ago, Rankrage said:

The portal to Greed’s Realm will now close 60 seconds after opening Greed’s chest

  • With this, players may now open multiple portals to the realm in a single game

This is awesome, given that every public game ALWAYS has the portal open.

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Hell yeah! Super excited to start a Crusader for this season. Can we expect some new 2.4.3 guides soon on Icy Veins?

Edit: NVM looks like the 2.4.2 guides seem OK no big rush, not a huge meta shakeup

Cheers, Coodu

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1 hour ago, Blainie said:

This is awesome, given that every public game ALWAYS has the portal open.

Honestly I wasn't aware that multiple greed runs is a thing, although I mainly play solo or with friends and never had too much of a reason to go there more than once but I may miss something :)

For me the greatest QoL addition is the leaper mechanic change, I always hated their immunity, especially since I mainly play with ranged classes. 

Overall I think it's a nice package they delivered even though it doesn't have too much game/meta-changing feature but the adjustments and the few new legendaries seems interesting enough to explore them further

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14 minutes ago, Marvus said:

Honestly I wasn't aware that multiple greed runs is a thing, although I mainly play solo or with friends and never had too much of a reason to go there more than once but I may miss something :)

I normally stack my Puzzle Rings and go in with a Broken Crown to farm gems in early-season. I generally do it with a group of 4, blast through T13 and enjoy the free legendaries and shards. 

It's not bad with a quick group.

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On 1/5/2017 at 4:04 PM, Blainie said:

I normally stack my Puzzle Rings and go in with a Broken Crown to farm gems in early-season. I generally do it with a group of 4, blast through T13 and enjoy the free legendaries and shards. 

It's not bad with a quick group.

Thanks for the info, maybe we'll utilize this in the current season :)

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23 hours ago, Marvus said:

Thanks for the info, maybe we'll utilize this in the current season :)

Definitely do it. It's the easiest way to push for a full set of Flawless Royal gems.

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Developer's Note: The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing. Crafted Sets Note: The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will not be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors. Sage's Journey A Belt has been added to this set. Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12. Captain Crimson's Trimmings (2) Set Bonus Regenerates 6000 Life per Second Reduces cooldown of all skills by10% 20%. Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20% (3) Set Bonus Set bonuses have been replaced Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction Aughild's Authority (2) Set Bonus Set bonuses have been replaced Reduces damage taken by 15% Increases damage dealt by 30% (3) Set Bonus Reduces damage from elites by 15% 30% Increases damage against elites by 15% 30% Cain's Destiny (2) Set Bonus Attack Speed increased by 8% +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus) (3) Set Bonus When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop. Bug Fixes
      Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes PTR-Specific Bug Fixes
      Squirt's Necklace Fixed an issue where the damage taken increase was not reaching the 50% cap Captain Crimson's Trimmings Fixed an issue where the bonus provided by this class set was subject to snapshotting FAQ
      Q: When does Season 18 start?
      A: Season 18 begins Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. PDT 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, August 23 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 18 end?
      A: We are no longer providing anticipated end dates for Seasons. However, we are committed to keeping Seasons roughly three months in length (give or take a few weeks based on development needs) and will continue to provide a minimum of two weeks advance notice for when the Season will be ending.
      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 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 18 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 9, 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 the Triune? How do you think you’ll utilize the powers the Triune will bestow upon you? Share your thoughts below and we’ll see you in Season 18!
      The Season of the Triune begins next week and here are the official Patch 2.6.6 notes.
    • By Stan
      This week's Challenge Rift is easy to clear and we are dealing with Crusaders.
      Challenge Rift 112 EU Guides
      Gear
      Seeker of the Light Set (6/6) The Traveler's Pledge Sacred Harness Convention of Elements + Gogok of Swiftness (Rank 32) The Compass Rose + Bane of the Trapped (Rank 32) Gabriel's Vambraces Johanna's Argument + Frydehr's Wrath Kanai's Cube Powers
      Faithful Memory Hammer Jammers Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac Skills
      Blessed HammerLimitless ProvokeToo Scared to Run Laws of ValorCritical Iron SkinFlash Falling SwordRapid Descent Akarat's ChampionProphet Passives
      Fervor Indestructible Holy Cause Finery Blessed Hammer will be your highest-hitting ability. When you're out of Wrath and there's high mob density, you can get it back with Provoke. Laws of Valor gives you Attack Power, so use it on Elites and the Rift Guardian. Activate Iron Skin on cooldown to increase Movement Speed. You can get value out of Falling Sword on the second floor. Try to have Akarat's Champion up against the Rift Guardian. Here's Mnemonic's weekly clear of the EU Challenge Rift.
      Challenge Rift 112 US Guides
      Gear
      Roland's Legacy Set (6/6) Rakoff's Glass of Life + Pain Enhancer (Rank 66) Strongarm Bracers Thundergod's Vigor Focus + Bane of the Powerful (Rank 61) Restraint + Bane of the Trapped (Rank 34) Golden Flense + Denial Kanai's Cube Powers
      NA Skills
      Steed ChargeEndurance Iron SkinFlash Laws of ValorUnstoppable Force Akarat's ChampionProphet Sweep AttackGathering Sweep CondemnVacuum Passives
      Heavenly Strength Long Arm of the Law Indestructible Finery This week's build is strong and you're going to melt everything. Spam Laws of Valor, Iron Skin, Condemn, and Akarat's Champion when they are up. Sweep Attack is your main damage-dealing ability.  Use your Steed Charge to move around. Here we have Raxx's clear.
    • By Stan
      Even though Diablo III is almost seven years old, the team continues to explore new avenues of gameplay with the introduction of Themed Seasons that substantially alter how you play your character. The dev team will continue with this trend going forward until Diablo IV is ready for preview.
      Blizzard (Source)
      Whether your personal journey with Diablo III began today or nearly seven years ago upon our launch, we want to give you an update on our ongoing development efforts with the game. Here’s what you can expect going forward from Seasons and patches.
      Ongoing Content & Seasons
      Beginning with Season 14, we introduced Themed Seasons. The goal was simple: change the expected gameplay loop and create unique experiences from Season to Season. Whether mixing up where the most rewarding gameplay lives or altering the source of your character’s most potent legendary powers, we want to continue to explore new and exciting ways to change how you play Diablo III.
      Since the addition of themed Seasons, Season 16 was one of the most popular Seasons overall, with Season 17 showing similar participation. On PC alone, we saw nearly as many people return for Season 16 as Season 11, the first Season in which the Necromancer was available. We've heard your feedback about wanting new ways to play and to change up your gameplay experience. Based on your positive feedback and increased participation in Themed Seasons, we think we are moving in the right direction. Continue to let us know how we can make your adventures even better!
      Our crew is hard at work crafting additional Themed Seasons, a new set for each class, dozens of Legendary powers, and some class balance changes. Quality of life and the occasional gameplay system updates are also within scope, as we evaluate how we can keep bringing new magic to the world of Sanctuary. These updates won’t arrive all at once, so if you don’t see something for your class right away, don’t worry; there’s something coming for everyone.
      PTR and Feedback
      For Season 16, we tried a new approach to launching and executing a PTR. With only one week of public testing, patch notes were provided in advance and a follow-up preview into the final changes was posted before the patch went live.
      This approach was highly successful. In the past, we would lose a lot of development potential to deploying additional PTR builds for incremental changes and, consequently, increase the amount of time it would take to deploy on our various supported platforms. PTR participation drops extremely rapidly after the first week, as does the amount of data and feedback, so we plan to continue to use this condensed PTR format going forward.
      We also want to better highlight the changes made as a direct result of feedback. Not all changes happen because of PTR testing. Occasionally it’s from an amazing forum thread we read mid-season and have worked on (and tested internally) for several weeks in advance. Sometimes that “simple” quality of life request winds up being more complex than anticipated and gets punted to a future patch or cannot be implemented at all without unforeseen consequences. Other times someone swung by a designer’s desk at work and a brainstorm happened while they swapped tales about their Season Journey.
      While one source isn’t always the reason behind a change we’ve made, we’re going to do our best to call out great feedback when it’s given, as well as further emphasize design intent and inspiration (when applicable) to changes in future patch notes. One thing is certain: we greatly appreciate the feedback and ask that you keep it coming, because inspiration comes from all places.
      Being Clear, Being Communicative
      One thing we’ve been asked for is to clarify what our plans are, what (exactly) we’re working on, and where the future will take us. This blog is one of our first steps. More frequent presence and interaction from our community team on our new forums, especially around patches and PTR cycles, is another. We want to be able to talk and interact with members of our community around the world on a regular basis about the thing we love that brings us together: Diablo.
      We hope we’ve provided you a better idea of where we’re at with Diablo III. In the meantime, we want Sanctuary to feel like home to all heroes, so you can return whenever you have the itch to slay monsters, don powerful Legendaries, and always find something a little new.
    • By Stan
      This week's Challenge Rift, we've got Witch Doctors in both regions. Check out our guides to learn more!
      Challenge Rift 111 EU Guides
      Gear
      Carnevil Pauldrons of the Skeleton King The Traveler's Pledge + Bane of the Trapped (Rank 70) The Compass Rose + Enforcer (Rank 0) Zunimassa's Finger Wraps Zunimassa's String of Skulls Rare Ring + Simplicity's Strength (Rank 0) Depth Diggers Illusory Boots Lakumba's Ornament Kanai's Cube Powers
      Sacred Harvester Mask of Jeram Ring of Royal Grandeur Skills
      Poison DartSpined Dart HauntPoisoned Spirit PiranhasPiranhado Soul HarvestLanguish Spirit WalkJaunt Fetish ArmyLegion of Daggers Passives
      Confidence Ritual Grave Injustice Fetish Sycophants Pierce the Veil Poison Dart is going to be your Mana generator. Use Haunt on the Rift Guardian. Summon Fetish Army at the beginning of the rift. Spirit Walk grants you a short boost of speed. Anytime you're next to trash, cast Soul Harvest and maintain its buff. Cast Piranhas when there are elites around you. Check out Mnemonic's video below to learn more about this week's rift.
      Challenge Rift 111 US Guides
      Gear
      Hellthooth Harness Set (6/6) Eye of Etlich Coils of the First Spider Krelm's Buff Belt Ring of Emptiness Bul-Kathos's Wedding Band Sacred Harvester Wilken's Reach Kanai's Cube Powers
      Uhkapian Serpent Mask of Jeram The Short Man's Finger Skills
      Spirit WalkSeverance Wall of DeathRing of Poison Summon Zombie DogsLeeching Beasts Locust SwarmCloud of Insects Grasp of the DeadUnbreakable Grasp GargantuanRestless Giant Passives
      Midnight Feast Fierce Loyalty Zombie Handler Confidence Ritual Your pets are going to be doing all the damage thanks to the 6/6 set bonus, so at the start of the rift, Summon Zombie Dogs and the Gargantuan. Use Spirit Walk to move from elites to elites. Cast Wall of Death on cooldown and Locust Swarm in between. Note that whenever you mouseover an elite, you can cast your pets and they will automatically attack the new target. Check out Raxx's clear for more info!
    • By Starym
      Well, it seems Diablo Immortal won't quite be the first game in the franchise that's playable on a phone, as the original has taken that spot (there have actually also been previous modded versions that worked on phones but this one is the easiest to use)! Rivsoft, who have a bunch of projects such as PoE and D3 character planners, a HotS replay manager etc,  has taken it upon them to make the old-school hack and slasher playable in a browser and by god they did it!

      The game is the shareware version but you can also play the full version if you own it, simply by selecting one of the game's .mpq files. It's incredibly easy to get into, as you'll go through one loading screen at the beginning and you're instantly in there, with the opening cinematic, character creation, and then probably some of the best music gaming has ever seen slamming you in the face. Followed by "I don't have a spell ready" if you're a nervous mouse button clicker like I am.
      The game was reconstructed from source code and it took some effort to get it done:
      If you don't own Diablo 1, well first off, what's wrong with you, go get it now, and second you can still play the shareware version which has the first two levels of the game and you can play the Warrior.
      So, it's clearly time for some fresh meat and Halls of the Blind poems, what the hell are you waiting for?!
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