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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.

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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
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What we really need is a Double Bounty "Forgotten Souls" cache somewhere, since we burn through them so much.

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IMHO, Blizzard would've been better off keeping the December 16 end of S15, and opening S16 just before the xmas/new years holidays, ...

Just because nobody wants Diablo Immortal, Is that a reason for Blizzard to vengefully chase us onto PoE. ?

Those Blizzard dev's really are lazy aferall.

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Seasons are fine and all but just put Immortal into Diablo and keep adding to the game. I want to hear from a fan who actually wants Diablo to go to mobile. Just because there is a lot of games on the phone and tablet doesn't mean no one is using PC. Seriously look at WoW. But Blizzard isnt looking like they listening to the fans anyway.

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this is bullshit, ive been waiting for ages to come back with the new set buffs, now i can wait another month.. they really know how to please their customers atm.

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Are the starter sets (from the seasonal journey rewards) going to be the same as S-15? Only played S-15 (NSwitch) so unsure if they change each season or not. 🙂

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6 hours ago, Subjective said:

Are the starter sets (from the seasonal journey rewards) going to be the same as S-15? Only played S-15 (NSwitch) so unsure if they change each season or not. 🙂

They change them up every season.

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On 12/11/2018 at 3:41 PM, inteus said:

this is bullshit, ive been waiting for ages to come back with the new set buffs, now i can wait another month.. they really know how to please their customers atm.

Considering they announced said changes November 19, I'm not sure how you've been "waiting ages" for them.
That being said - I too was annoyed to find that the season had been extended almost an entire month. It'd be nice if they were taking time to make other improvements and changes - I'd give my left nut for pets to pick up Death's Breath and/or crafting mats - but, whatever. I guess I'll go farm some bounty mats.

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3 hours ago, darkinchworm said:

Considering they announced said changes November 19, I'm not sure how you've been "waiting ages" for them.
That being said - I too was annoyed to find that the season had been extended almost an entire month. It'd be nice if they were taking time to make other improvements and changes - I'd give my left nut for pets to pick up Death's Breath and/or crafting mats - but, whatever. I guess I'll go farm some bounty mats.

well considering diablo 3 has gotten 0 changes for AGES, then weeks does feel like AGES ... 

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4 hours ago, darkinchworm said:

 I'd give my left nut ...

 also, if those timer "globes" in Rifts/Greater Rifts were just automatically picked up and/or given credit for, during runs, -that has been an age-old issue with D3 that needs to be FIXED. !

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Any theorycrafting ideas on the most impactful build given you will have a freed up RoRG slot?
Or is it just dumbed down to "oh yeah, slot in ring of elements instead of that, and if you already had ring of elements, well slot in focus restraint or compas rose and cube it or something"
 

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On 12/14/2018 at 6:52 PM, Koxsos said:

Any theorycrafting ideas on the most impactful build given you will have a freed up RoRG slot?
Or is it just dumbed down to "oh yeah, slot in ring of elements instead of that, and if you already had ring of elements, well slot in focus restraint or compas rose and cube it or something"
 

Since, (for S16), you won't need a RoRG anymore, then any, and every set build will now benefit from not having to wear/cube RoRG, which yes, free's up another Ring/Cube slot, and that's it.

-not sure if that's what u meant ?

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What I would like to know is,

Many times we see the all buffs/benefits of Seasonal patches applied to regular/non-seasonal play,

But why is Blizzard implementing the (no need) buff of RoRG into S16, but NOT into the regular non-seasonal players. ???

In other words, what's the point of playing a "crippled" regular/non-seasonal character now ?

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17 minutes ago, Chazzx said:

Appears the double bounty caches are gone now... Just completed a run and got singles

Yep, I just did an Act IV bounty tonight Dec.16, and I only got one cache.

wow, wtf,  I thought Blizzard wasn't ending Season 15 until January 6, 2019 ?!  Can't they make up they're minds? -Blizzard owes us some cash, or is that cache ? 😉

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On 12/17/2018 at 3:02 AM, rickster said:

Since, (for S16), you won't need a RoRG anymore, then any, and every set build will now benefit from not having to wear/cube RoRG, which yes, free's up another Ring/Cube slot, and that's it.

-not sure if that's what u meant ?

"Any theorycrafting ideas on the most impactful build given you will have a freed up RoRG slot?" is literally what I meant.
I mean I get all builds benefit, but which one will benefit the most?
Given the "mutator" I want to know if someone crunched the numbers and said "this and this build will have the most impactful and fun slot to benefit from it."  Also if there are more creative ways to take advantage than slotting focus/res or compas rose.

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On 12/18/2018 at 2:46 PM, Koxsos said:

"Any theorycrafting ideas on the most impactful build given you will have a freed up RoRG slot?" is literally what I meant.
I mean I get all builds benefit, but which one will benefit the most?
Given the "mutator" I want to know if someone crunched the numbers and said "this and this build will have the most impactful and fun slot to benefit from it."  Also if there are more creative ways to take advantage than slotting focus/res or compas rose.

Ah k, but you're gonna have to be more specific than just, "What's the best build for S16.. "?  For example, in my case, I'll be looking to build a viable (Monk) T13/Rift DB runner with 2 sets now, Sunwuko/WoL, and Sages set, thanks to not needed RoRG. But ya, there will obviously be many, many other possible Class "Set" mixes too, coming soon, some better than other's.

 It looks like our "icy-veins" site here are gonna be busier this upcoming Season drafting some extra (mixed) Class Set build tutorials for us, hopefully?.   😉

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On 12/16/2018 at 9:22 PM, Chazzx said:

Appears the double bounty caches are gone now... Just completed a run and got singles

I was playing last night (12/29/18) and getting double bounty caches.

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At the end of S16 when our toon gets converted from a seasonal to a normal, will they keep the RoRG effect, or does that build then become worthless for normal gameplay, requiring a ring change?

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On 1/2/2019 at 3:58 AM, Sinbad said:

At the end of S16 when our toon gets converted from a seasonal to a normal, will they keep the RoRG effect, or does that build then become worthless for normal gameplay, requiring a ring change?

Wow I had not even thought about that. Makes me rethink a lot about season 16. Spend tons of time testing new builds that will all become obsolete when season 16 ends. Need time to think about that...

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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
      The long wait is over and the Sanctuary is finally getting an update with set changes and various quality of life improvements. Patch 2.6.4 will be available for playtesting on Wednesday.
      Patch 2.6.4 Highlights
      Patch 2.6.4 will be deployed to test realms on November 21. It will be available one week for testing. 5 Armory tabs have been added for all characters. Greater Rift Keystones will be stored in the Materials tab. Primal Legendaries are marked with a red beam when they drop. They now have an updated background on their icons and are indicated by a red pentagram icon on the mini-map. Season 16 buff has been implemented and all Seasonal players will receive the legendary power from Ring of Royal Grandeur. This buff doesn't stack with additional Ring of Royal Grandeur. In order to improve class & set diversity at higher level Greater Rifts, Blizzard's adjusting some sets. Paragon points can't be swapped while a Greater Rift is open. Completing a Greater Rift level 70 solo for the first time in a Season will yield a Primal Legendary from the Rift Guardian. Blizzard (Source)
      We’re launching the Patch 2.6.4 PTR later this week for some rapid-paced testing, and we want you to have the full download before you jump in to provide feedback. Between long-requested quality of life changes, class set balancing, and a new game-changing seasonal buff, Season 16 is going to be quite the journey.
      Table of Contents
      PTR Details PTR Goals PTR Tips Patch Notes General Greater Rifts Seasons Class Set Changes All Barbarian Crusader Demon Hunter Monk Necromancer Witch Doctor Wizard How to Participate in PTR PTR Character Copy Please note that this is a preview for PTR content and subject to change.
      PTR Details
      We will be conducting the Patch 2.6.4 PTR over the course of one week, starting Wednesday, November 21. During the course of the PTR, there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.
      There will be two buffs active to help you on your PTR journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. This should allow everyone to acquire any class set items (or supplemental items) that might be needed!
      Feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum; clearly separating these tracks allows our designers and quality assurance testers to hone in on the information they need most!
      PTR Goals
      With a huge number of class set changes and a game-breaking Seasonal buff, we know it will be very tempting to get your hands on as much as you can! To help guide your focus, we’d like to offer our insight behind what we’d most like to see tested.
      Players pushing Greater Rifts as high as possible in both Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play Experimentation with class set mix-and-matches, as made possible by the Season of Grandeur buff PTR Tips
      This PTR is a little different from ones we have conducted in the past (and it’s been a while since we last had one). Whether you’re a seasoned PTR veteran or this is your first go around, here are a few tips to get you started.
      Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing. For example, if you’re primarily a Monk player, consider what changes impact the Monk specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you may want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself. Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches.  Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster! Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure the 2.6.4 launch is as smooth as possible for all our fans. When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something off you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important. Patch Notes
      Last updated November 19 @ 10:00 p.m. PST.
      Below you'll find the preliminary PTR patch notes for patch 2.6.4. Please note that this isn't the final version of the patch notes and that some changes may not be documented or described in full detail.
      PTR PATCH 2.6.4 - v2.6.4.49286
      To provide feedback on patch 2.6.4, please visit the PTR Feedback forum.
      To report any issues you experience while playing, please visit the PTR Bug Report forum.
      For additional information on how to participate in the PTR, click here.
      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 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 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 Players inside the Rift will be able to continue with no additional difficulty scaling until the run has been completed 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 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. Please note that these values are not final and we anticipate some adjustments to occur during the course of PTR. All Classes Legacy of Nightmares The (2) Set bonus has been increased from 100% to 500% Barbarian The Legacy of Raekor The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 2800% to 7000% 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% 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% 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% 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 1500% 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% Necromancer Trag'Oul's Avatar The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 3300% to 3800% 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 35000 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% Wizard Tal Rasha's Elements The (6) Set bonus has been increased from 750% to 3000% 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% How to Particpate
      To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.
      Step 1: Create a PTR account. To create a PTR account, log in to Blizzard Battle.net Account Management and double-click on your Diablo III game license; this will bring you to the game management page. On this page, click "Create a PTR account.
      If you've participated in any previous Diablo III PTR, the "Create PTR account" button may not appear. This is because you've already created a PTR account and can therefore skip this step.
      Step 2: Once you have created a PTR account, installed the Blizzard Battle.net desktop, and logged in with your Blizzard Battle.net credentials, select "Diablo III" from the main menu on the left-hand side of the application.
      Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.
      Step 4: You should now have the option to install and play the patch.
      The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.
      PTR Character Copy
      The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.
      Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.
      Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.
      Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)
      Step 4: Select your region.
      Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.
      Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.
      Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.
      Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.
      As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback!
      A new Diablo patch will hit test realms this week. Check out the official patch notes!
    • By positiv2
      This thread is for comments about our Divinity Conquest Guide.