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First Look: Patch 2.5.0 [Official]

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The Armory, Crating Materials storage, Primal Ancients and changes to Adventure Mode are detailed in this official preview.


One of the bigger patches in recent memory is going to be here "soon" and we got a preview for the major features it brings with it. 2.5.0 features: the Armory, showing up right next to your stash, which allows you to switch between 5 builds you previously saved, including skills, runes, Kanai, items and gems; the crafting materials UI, another in the "finally" category, that takes all those mats from our inventory/stash and puts them in a nice collection; Adventure Mode is getting some tweaks, mainly the removal of bonus bounties; we get some examples of Primal Ancients as well.

So, whatever "soon" means, when the patch hits will be a pretty good time to come back to the game, since it seems the Necromancer is still a ways off, as it's coming in the second half of 2017. You should also check out the Female Necromancer preview, featuring all new skills!

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Patch 2.5.0 is right around the corner! Read on to learn more about the new features coming in our latest patch, including The Armory, Primal Ancients, and numerous quality of life updates.

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The Armory

We’re happy to present a long-awaited feature we know you’ve been eager to get your hands on! The Armory enables players to store up to five complete character builds on each character, allowing you to swap seamlessly between set items, skills, runes, and gems with the click of a button.

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Any items equipped via the Armory will automatically swap to wherever the exchanged equipment was stored—whether that’s back into your stash or your personal inventory. Gems and Legendary Gems will also swap and, if you ‘ve upgraded or leveled up your gems, the Armory will automatically select the highest quality or level available for that gem type. Lastly, your skill bar will also update to your selected skills, rune, and Kanai’s Cube power preferences, and you’re welcome to name your setups whatever you like!

As a note, the Armory does not store Paragon points, so you’ll need to redistribute those if you have a preference with your build. However, we’ve added a new hotkey to use your points more efficiently. While you can still spend 10 points at a time by holding Shift and clicking, you can now spend them 100 points at a time by holding Ctrl and clicking!

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Spend those points like your life depends on it!

Crafting Materials UI

Sifting through your crafting materials in your stash is a thing of the past! All crafting materials including Arcane Dust, Veiled Crystals, Reusable Parts, Death’s Breaths, bounty crafting materials, and Hellfire crafting materials are stored in a convenient, separate UI tab. Just click the small anvil located next to your gold total in your inventory screen to view your materials.

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All crafting materials will be moved automatically into the Crafting Materials tab upon the launch of Patch 2.5.0, so there’s no need to store them somewhere specific before the patch hits. When using your crafting materials at Kanai’s Cube, there is now a convenient new Fill button to automagically transport your items directly into the cube interface for transmuting.

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Adventure Mode Updates

Several additional changes are coming to Adventure Mode, from iterating on Greater Rift changes that were made in Patch 2.4.3 to quality of life updates coming for Bounties and Horadric Caches.

First, the frequency of several different tile sets in Greater Rifts has been adjusted. Many of the more frequent areas, like various caves and Keep Depths, have had their appearance rate reduced. On the flip side, wide open areas that were previously rarer, like Festering Woods or Stinging Winds, have had their appearance rate increased. This should, overall, result in a more varied environmental experience in Greater Rifts.

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Wiiiiiiide open spaaaaaces, yeaaaaah.

In addition, bonus acts in Bounties are being removed. Bonus Caches previously granted by the old system have instead been combined with the base Horadric Cache to form Large Horadric Chests. These are granted after completing a full set of five Bounties in any one Act and hold the total amount of materials and loot that previously would have been contained in the two separate caches. Now, you can complete whichever Acts you prefer in any order and at your leisure without feeling like every game session needs to be at least twenty-five Bounties long.

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Primal Ancients

Players have different goals from Season to Season or game session to game session, and for some of our more dedicated players, there wasn’t a clear progression track beyond augmenting your Ancient Legendary items or completing the Season Journey. Enter Primal Ancients, a new tier of very rare Ancient items that allow you to aim for that perfect set of gear.

Primal Ancients are Ancient items with perfectly rolled affixes. This means every affix including Primary, Secondary, and Legendary are at their ideal value, whether that means the maximum or minimum value. While the items don’t try to guess what kind of affixes are perfect for your build, you can be certain that they will roll with a couple specific rules. First, they will always drop with the appropriate main stat for your class (Strength for Barbarian/Crusader, Dexterity for Demon Hunter/Monk, and Intelligence for Witch Doctor/Wizard). Second, they will always have the ideal number of sockets for that item. For pants, chest, and jewelry, this means the maximum number of sockets. Since ideally you will want to use a Ramaladni's Gift on your weapon, Primal weapons will roll with no sockets.

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Primal Ancients can drop from any source of Legendary item in the game, including Horadric Caches, Kadala, and Kanai’s Cube, but only after you have completed at least a level 70 Greater Rift. This requirement need only be completed once per game mode (Hardcore vs. Non-Hardcore, or Seasonal vs. Non-Seasonal), which means it will reset with every Season. However, once that requirement has been met, all characters in that game mode will benefit from it. Happy hunting!

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Patch 2.5.0 is almost here! Which new feature are you looking forward to the most? What’s the first build you’re going to store in the Armory? Which Primal Ancient are you dying to get your hands on? Let us know in the comment section below, or ask questions you might have about what’s in store!

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I'm curious how the Legendary Gems will work in the Armory.  Will this mean that you only need One (1) of Each Gem?  You just suit-up once, Add the Legendary Gems to the Build and put the Build in the Armory, and then move the same Legendary Gem to another Build and suit-it-up there too.

 

This should mean that we can use our Duplicate Legendary Gems in the Cube for Caldesann's Despair points.

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, albabe said:

I'm curious how the Legendary Gems will work in the Armory.  Will this mean that you only need One (1) of Each Gem?  You just suit-up once, Add the Legendary Gems to the Build and put the Build in the Armory, and then move the same Legendary Gem to another Build and suit-it-up there too.

 

This should mean that we can use our Duplicate Legendary Gems in the Cube for Caldesann's Despair points.

I was wondering the same thing and the description doesn't really help. I'm assuming it'll switch out the gems and we'll only need one, but it kinda seems too good to be true.

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And I'm wondering if you suit-up and add a Build, then put the gear and stuff on one of your mules... is that cool too? 

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Do you automatically get crafting materials by walking over them (just like gold pickup) or do you still have to actually click them?

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On 3/17/2017 at 5:29 PM, albabe said:

And I'm wondering if you suit-up and add a Build, then put the gear and stuff on one of your mules... is that cool too? 

No. the items you want to equip have to be in your inventory or your stash according to the videos they've posted from the PTR. It will place the items you are taking off in the place where the items you are equipping was.

On 3/17/2017 at 1:39 PM, Starym said:

I was wondering the same thing and the description doesn't really help. I'm assuming it'll switch out the gems and we'll only need one, but it kinda seems too good to be true.

It will switch out the gems, but you will have to remove the gems from the character holding them and put them in your stash in order for another character to use them. Probably be something that you just have to get in the habit of doing before you log off each gaming session.

 

Does anyone know when this will go live? Will it be during the 7-9am maintenance outage on Tuesday 3/21?

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On March 19, 2017 at 7:21 PM, tachi1247 said:

No. the items you want to equip have to be in your inventory or your stash according to the videos they've posted from the PTR. It will place the items you are taking off in the place where the items you are equipping was.

You just made me very dizzy... but I'm ADHD... makes it hard sometimes to be linear.

So, you can use one of your Characters Inventory as a Mule for the Build?  Just not Equip them?

On March 19, 2017 at 7:21 PM, tachi1247 said:

It will switch out the gems, but you will have to remove the gems from the character holding them and put them in your stash in order for another character to use them. Probably be something that you just have to get in the habit of doing before you log off each gaming session.

So just leave all your best Legendary Gems in your Stash and actually Only equip them once when you Build the Build for the "Armoire?"

On March 19, 2017 at 7:21 PM, tachi1247 said:

Does anyone know when this will go live? Will it be during the 7-9am maintenance outage on Tuesday 3/21?

Now!  It be Live as we speak!

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      Steady Aim Thrill of the Hunt Ballistics Cull the Weak Use Strafe on the move, it's your main spender. Hungering Arrow deals a fair amount of damage and the spell will be your generator. Your main damage-dealing ability is Rain of Vengeance and you must use it every 10 seconds to make use of the damage and toughness bonuses of your 6-piece. Vault should be used to move around the rift. You will take 50% less damage on the go and deal 100% increased damage when standing still. Check out Mnemonic's video of the clear.
      Challenge Rift 113 US Guide
      Gear
      Natalya's Vengeance Set (6/7) Spaulders of Zakara The Traveler's Pledge + Bane of the Trapped (Rank 70) The Cloak of the Garwulf Pinto's Pride Natalya's Reflection + Bane of the Powerful (Rank 30) The Compass Rose + Bane of the Stricken (Rank 28) Helltrapper + Natalya's Slayer Kanai's Cube Powers
      Envious Blade Frostburn Moonlight Ward Skills
      VaultTumble SentryPolar Station CompanionWolf Companion Rain of VengeanceFlying Strike Evasive FireFocus Cluster ArrowMaelstrom Passives
      Ballistics Cull the Weak Custom Engineering Steady Aim Vault is going to help you move around the map. Place Sentries under your enemies to proc Bane of the Trapped, followed by Rain of Vengeance. As you shoot Evasive Fire and Cluster Arrow on enemies, it brings up your Rain of Vengeance, allowing you to cast it again. Use CompanionWolf Companion on cooldown. If you're in for a long fight, stay far away and stand still to deal 100% increased damage (Endless Walk Set Bonus). Check out Raxx's clear for layout and more information!
    • By Stan
      The Season of the Triune will launch next week alongside Patch 2.6.6 on August 23.
      Highlights
      Season 18 starts on August 23. In Season 18, players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which gives all your abilities a chance when hitting enemies to spawn a circle that provides one of three random buffs. Note that only one circle can be active at a time. Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active. Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active. Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly. 13 new legendary powers are coming in Patch 2.6.6. You can find more details in the patch notes below. There's a new legendary gem called Legacy of Dreams to make the Legacy of Nightmares (Season 17) buff more permanent. Beginning with Season 17, Blizzard began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards and for Season 18, they decided to make Season 6 rewards return to the Season Journey. If you pre-purchased Spoils of War, Patch 2.6.6 includes a Mal'Ganis pet reward. Blizzard (Source )
      Season 18 begins August 23, alongside the latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about the all-new Season of the Triune buff, the heap of brand-new Legendary powers, and a handful of crafted item reworks in store for Patch 2.6.6!

      New Season Theme
      Season 18 introduced the Season of the Triune, a call-back to an ancient cult forged over three millennia ago by the Prime Evils of the Burning Hells. Masquerading as three benevolent deities dedicated to Determination, Creation, and Love, the Prime Evils sought to infiltrate the hearts of men in a bid to tilt the odds in their favor in the ongoing Eternal Conflict. Ultimately defeated by Uldyssian during the Sin War, the remnants of the Cult of the Triune still operate today as the more well-known Coven, whom continue the work of Adria and Maghda even after their deaths.
      For the duration of Season 18, all players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which will periodically summon circles around the battlefield that provide one of three random buffs:
      Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly We wanted to try something different this Season, and especially wanted to provide a change to your gameplay from the very first moment you begin your journey. This buff alters gameplay from level 1 to level 70 and beyond, providing an enticing reason to move around the battlefield to leverage these powerful boosts. We’re looking forward to seeing how players utilize these ancient powers from their first level to their final Greater Rift push!
      Season 18 Cosmetic Rewards
      Beginning with Season 17, we began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 18, this means awards that were originally available from Season 6 are returning to the Season Journey.

      In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players will be able to earn a series of portrait frames bedecked with the mysterious beauty of Blood Shards. A ghastly All Hallow’s pennant will also be available, allowing you to proudly proclaim your love for all things grim and creepy.
      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 acc rued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finising the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:
      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 Disarm You: Kill Rakanoth at level 70 in under 15 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
      Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 18? Here are the challenges you’ll face!
      Push your way to Greater Rift level 75 to complete Divinity/Lionhearted. 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 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. 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. 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 Haedrig’s Gift
      Finally, the Class Sets rewarded 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 18:
      Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor Crusader – Armor of Akkhan Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder Monk – Inna’s Reach Necromancer – Pestilence Master’s Shroud Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus
      Patch Notes
      Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6. Changes from the PTR have been highlighted in RED.
      PATCH 2.6.6
      Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.
      General
      A pet has been added that will be available for players who pre-purchase Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition (PC Only) Seasons
      The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time. Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures! Developer Comment: In addition, we received feedback from players during the PTR about colorblind accessibility. We've changed one of the blue-tinted circles to a darker, green earth tone that should stand out a lot more for affected players. We greatly appreciate your feedback! Items
      Developer Note: There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot! Updated Item Notes: There are a number of notes below clarifying the intention of certain item functionalities. In a couple cases, such as with Flavor of Time, the item wasn't behaving properly during PTR per our intentions (which has been fixed). For others, we just wanted to provide more clarity about exactly how these items behave. The Flavor of Time New Legendary Power: Pylon effects last twice as long. Note: Only wearers of this item gain this effect. This is intended. The Executioner New Legendary Power: Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health. Note: This item's power does not work on followers. This is intended. Stone Gauntlets New Legendary Power: Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times) PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon and has a clearer in-game description. Thank you for the feedback! Note: Immunity to control-impairing effects can work against the reduced attack and movement speed penalties. This is intended. Echoing Fury New Legendary Power: Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times) PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback! Squirt's Necklace New Legendary Power: While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%. PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon. Thank you for the feedback! Messerschmidt's Reaver New Legendary Power: Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy. PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback! Mortick's Brace New Legendary Item: Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune. Developer's Note: If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back. Developer's Note: We're not done with Barbarians, either. However, this is a change that required less testing and could be easily added to 2.6.6, so rather than waiting for a larger batch of changes, we saw no reason to hold this one back. Spite Note: This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop New Legendary Power: Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune. Legacy of Dreams New Legendary Gem: While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99) Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items. 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.
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