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First Look - Season 12 (Official)

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Season 12 is approaching! Learn more about cosmetic rewards, Conquests and Haedrig's Gift sets in the official preview.

Season 12 starts Thursday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. Patch 2.6.1 is now live and you can find the official patch notes here.

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Season 12 begins soon! For those among you who enjoy the fresh start a Season brings, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect before you race out the gate.

New Balance Changes

Patch 2.6.1 brought updates for class sets, Legendary items, and skills. Whether you’re eager to explore an old standby build or just play around with your current favorite, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game. Season 12 is the perfect time to dive in and start fresh—so grab a friend and get ready to play!

New Cosmetic Rewards

As per tradition, Season 12 will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.

In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand-new series of portraits themed around the High Heavens will be available. Those who enjoy collecting cosmetic wings will also be pleased to see a new arrival—Fiacla-Géar, which gives your character a distinctly angelic look.

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Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. 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:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Kill Greed on Torment XIII
  • Kill Spider Queen on Torment XIII in under 15 seconds
  • Reforge a Legendary or Set item
  • Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55
  • Complete two Conquests

Seasonal Conquests

Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Love going fast while killing things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart will be making a return. On A Good Dayand I Can’t Stop are also available, if leveling Legendary Gems is more your thing. If you’d rather max out your kill count with Cursed Chests, Curses! and Stars Alignwill be right up your alley. Those who enjoy seeing how far they can go without Set Items will get a kick out of The Thrill and Super Human. Finally, if you’re keen to show off your mastery of various Class Sets, Years of War and Dynasty will be available for you to attempt once more.

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Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, just as before, you’ll get a shiny new Class Set courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. 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 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 12:

  • 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

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When does Season 12 start?

A: Season 12 begins Thursday, November 9 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 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 current Era will end November 8 and a new Era will begin immediately afterward. 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 12 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 3, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from Era 2 when Era 9 goes live.

Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.

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Considering I base my season on the looks of the set it seems like I'm going with either monk, wizard, necro, or whatever Candle McSkullhead is.

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Hey @Stan, can we expect an update on the builds for this season? Just glancing over the "tabs" indicates they're not yet updated for Patch 2.6.1. Sets like Sunwuko WoL are top tier for solo non-season right now (117+), just one of the many sets that are still mentioned as "mid-tier" from 2.6.0.

 

Seeing as 2.6.1 is a powercreep (or more aptly named: powerburst) patch, it seems very fitting to overhaul the ratings of the sets/builds.

 

Edit: I noticed that most builds have actually been updated except for the list in the tabs. I added a picture to clarify what I mean as I'm not sure what the official term is for these "tabs":

 

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7 hours ago, Sawzorthn said:

Considering I base my season on the looks of the set it seems like I'm going with either monk, wizard, necro, or whatever Candle McSkullhead is.

Crusader!

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5 hours ago, Yridaa said:

Edit: I noticed that most builds have actually been updated except for the list in the tabs. I added a picture to clarify what I mean as I'm not sure what the official term is for these "tabs":

Deadset's working on overhauling everything ahead of the Season release, so that should be sorted prior to the release :)

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8 hours ago, Yridaa said:

Hey @Stan, can we expect an update on the builds for this season? Just glancing over the "tabs" indicates they're not yet updated for Patch 2.6.1. Sets like Sunwuko WoL are top tier for solo non-season right now (117+), just one of the many sets that are still mentioned as "mid-tier" from 2.6.0.

 

Seeing as 2.6.1 is a powercreep (or more aptly named: powerburst) patch, it seems very fitting to overhaul the ratings of the sets/builds.

 

Edit: I noticed that most builds have actually been updated except for the list in the tabs. I added a picture to clarify what I mean as I'm not sure what the official term is for these "tabs":

 

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Deadset always updates our Diablo 3 guides just in time for upcoming Seasons and I think Season 12 will be no exception :). Anyway, keep an eye out for updates.

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Candle McSkullhead :D i will NEVER be able to refer to the crusader any different from now on. Seeker Set does look nice though :)

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44 minutes ago, Evincare said:

Candle McSkullhead :D i will NEVER be able to refer to the crusader any different from now on. Seeker Set does look nice though :)

Sounds like a nickname for Kobolds in WoW :p

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19 hours ago, Blainie said:

Sounds like a nickname for Kobolds in WoW :p

You should show this to Blizzard and have them create a Kobold King - or something similar - in WoW going by that name. He would swing around blessed hammers and on Aggro ofc scream: You no take candle (candles?). If not, make him a heroes Hero at least :)

First Line on topic: I'll probably give the Monk a shot, Uliana EP seems fun.

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Well I'm sure, they're working on it an will have them out come season start.

If you want to know immediately, you could always look up the starter set for your respective class and then check the appropriate endgame guide. Can't take it 1:1 but this should give you a nice idea of what to expect. As far as I can tell, the endgame guides have all been updated for season 12.

Edit: Just remembered: The current Leveling and Fresh 70 Guides do usually have a section called Other Set Starter Builds. Granted they tossed a few things around numbers wise in 2.6.1, I'd guess, the basic mechanics of the sets stay roughly the same. So if I were you, I'd check Headrig's for your class and head over to the current Guides and take a look at the aforementioned sections.

That leaves the leveling process for your class, which - quite frankly - doesn't change that much (at all?) with any given set, since set bonuses are lategame stuff.

Hope that helps.

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On 11/2/2017 at 11:37 PM, calgeekgrl said:

When will the fresh 70 guides for season 12 come out? Considering Season 12 starts next week? On Thursday?

They'll be ready for season release :)

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On 11/3/2017 at 10:00 AM, Evincare said:

Hope that helps.

Thanks for helping to respond - they're normally a slightly lower priority to get updated, since they only become relevant on season start, while set and build guides are relevant as soon as the patch drops (normally pre-season). They'll be ready for season release!

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