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

But, most importantly of all, there's set changes/huge buffs for Legacy of Nightmares (Litany of the UndauntedLitany of the UndauntedThe Wailing HostThe Wailing Host), all Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk and Witch Doctor sets, most Crusader and Wizard sets, and one Necromancer set.

Blizzard LogoSeason 16 (source)

Season 16 begins January 18 and accompanies our latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about upcoming class set tweaks, quality of life changes, and a brand-new Seasonal buff that’s sure to make Season 16 grand!

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New Season Theme

Season 16 introduces a brand-new buff to the mix that will change up the way you play. For the duration of Season 16, all Seasonal players will benefit from the legendary power of the Ring of Royal Grandeur. This means you do not need to hunt down or equip the item to benefit from its Set bonus-enabling ability! Bear in mind that this buff does not stack with additional Rings of Royal Grandeur, whether they be equipped directly on your character or via the Jewelry slot in Kanai’s Cube.

For the uninitiated, this means many classes may be able to combine different Class Set bonuses in new ways—or squeeze yet another Legendary power into their favorite builds. Theorycrafters unite!—this is the season to strut your stuff, experiment to your heart’s content, and push the limits of your most perfectly crafted build. While we’ve done our own experimenting, we can’t wait to see what the community comes up with in Season 16!


New Cosmetic Rewards

Season 16 will also introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.

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In addition to the Helm and Shoulder slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players can earn a brand-new series of portrait frames themed around the clarion call of adventure.. For the most devoted cosmetic collectors, we have a pair of wings fit for a monarch. The Wings of Lempo draw inspiration from some of the noblest creatures in Sanctuary, and aside from a cosmically rare drop, few other wings are quite as lovely.


Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely accrued a few extra stash tabs by now. But players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:

  • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII within five minutes
  • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55
  • All I Do IS Win: Complete two Conquests this Season
  • In for The Kill: Kill Azmodan at level 70 in under 30 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Money Ain’t a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty
  • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo
  • Power Amplification: Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem
  • Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item

Seasonal Conquests

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The Seasonal Conquest rotation continues! For the speedy, Speed Demon/Need for Speed requires the fastest nephalem to complete a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or higher in under two minutes. On a Good Day/I Can’t Stop guides you to get your Legendary Gem grind on; level three Legendary Gems to 65 to complete this challenge! For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/World’s Apart is a speed challenge where you’ll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:

  • The Skeleton King
  • The Butcher
  • Zoltun Kulle
  • Ghom
  • Cydaea
  • Rakanoth
  • Diablo
  • Adria
  • Queen Araneae
  • Maghda
  • Belial
  • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
  • Azmodan
  • Izual
  • Urzael
  • Malthael

Talk about a mouthful! For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. Finally, Years of War/Dynasty demonstrates your mastery of multiple classes by clearing a Greater Rift level 55 solo with the full bonuses of any six full Class sets.


Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, the Class Sets available for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

The set you will receive depends on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 16:

  • Barbarian – Immortal King’s Call
  • Crusader – Seeker of the Light
  • Demon Hunter – Natalya’s Vengeance
  • Monk – Uliana’s Stratagem
  • Necromancer – Trag’Oul’s Avatar
  • Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr
  • Wizard – Vyr’s Amazing Arcana

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Quality of Life Changes

Thanks to player feedback, we’ve focused on a couple of frequently requested changes to improve the overall Diablo experience. This includes minor changes, such as removing Legendary potions from player inventories so that they no longer take up space, but also more significant changes to celebrating end-game loot in Primal Legendaries.

Primal Legendaries were, from the start, a goal largely intended for the segment of our audience pushing themselves to take on the game’s most challenging experiences. As power has increased over time, Primals have become more accessible across the board and we realized they were not celebrated or even as obvious as they should be, considering how ultimate they feel in a build. To this end, we’ve added specially colored beams and a unique mini-map icon to highlight when they drop, as well as shined up their tooltip and border colorations to be more discernible.

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Finally, we want to make sure everyone is clear when they can start collecting Primal Legendaries; upon completing your first Greater Rift 70 or higher Solo, you’ll receive an achievement indicating your accomplishment and the Greater Rift boss will be guaranteed to drop a Primal Legendary. This drop is subject to all other loot rules—meaning while there’s a large chance it will be suited for your class, randomness does play a factor.


Class Set Updates

The balance changes from Patch 2.6.1 have had a few seasons to percolate, allowing most classes and builds to settle in and reach for their best performance. With Patch 2.6.4, we’ve identified some of the best performing builds, like Condemn Crusader and Rathma’s Necromancer, and we’re looking to bring many of the other class set builds up to par.

This is largely a numbers pass, and we haven’t just focused on class sets—the “no set Set” Legacy of Nightmares will be receiving a sizeable buff as well. We know many of you are curious as to what changes may have occurred as a result of your testing on the PTR. The updated Patch Notes are below for your viewing pleasure, so you can begin plotting out your ideal build before Season 16 begins!

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Table of Contents:

  • General
  • Greater Rifts
  • Seasons
  • Class Set Changes
    • General
      • Quality of Life
        • Philosophy
          • For this patch, we wanted to include a few frequently requested Quality of Life changes and focused on better celebrating and indicating Primal Legendary drops.
        • Five (5) additional Armory tabs have been added for all characters, bringing the total to 10
        • Legendary Potions are no longer stored in player inventory and can be accessed or changed by right-clicking on the potion icon in the action bar
        • Greater Rift Keystones are now stored in the Materials tab
          • Any existing Greater Rift Keystones in both inventory and stash have been automatically moved
        • Primal Legendaries are now marked by a red beam when they drop
        • Primal Legendaries on the ground are now indicated by a red pentagram icon on the mini-map
        • Primal Legendaries now have a red border and updated background on their icons
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    • Greater Rifts
      • Philosophy
        • The gameplay of micro-managing Paragon points during the course of a Greater Rift doesn't feel like especially engaging gameplay, nor was it consistent with the other existing rules of entering a Greater Rift. In addition, the below change to matchmaking is to make it much easier for all players to find groups for Greater Rifts, as the previous window (only between Greater Rifts) is typically very small.
      • Paragon points can no longer be swapped while a Greater Rift is open
      • Players can now be matched into public games where a Greater Rift is open
        • Players who join in this manner will not be able to enter the active Rift, and players inside the Rift will be able to continue with no additional difficulty scaling until the run has been completed
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    • 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
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    • Class Set Changes

     

    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

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So any absurd call outs to what will be broken this season?
I do like the considerable LoN buff, I would like something like a starfire meteor wiz with etched sigil. I like it the first time they introduced the original LoN change, probably not the meta and definitelly not given the seasonal affix, but I still think it could "compete".

But more or less which build will benefit MOST from the RorG affix and why?

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lol, small indie company Blizzard puts out this minor update...meanwhile...GGG puts out major new leagues and content without even charging. The people in charge at blizzard should be fired.

 

#Save Diablo

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I find it interesting that this season will only last 2 months. Why so short? I'm wondering if there's a reason.

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6 minutes ago, jeremy2020 said:

lol, small indie company Blizzard puts out this minor update...meanwhile...GGG puts out major new leagues and content without even charging.

relevance?

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36 minutes ago, jeremy2020 said:

lol, small indie company Blizzard puts out this minor update...meanwhile...GGG puts out major new leagues and content without even charging. The people in charge at blizzard should be fired.

 

#Save Diablo

I dunno man, every league in Path of Exile is worse than the last. Betrayal is a confusing mess and GGG's netcode seems to get worse with every patch. There used to be occasional lag spikes, now you can get freezes for up to 20 seconds every couple minutes.

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Sounds dope. Sadly dead game, i wont play solo

Edit: No clue how i remove the quote thing

 

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1 hour ago, jeremy2020 said:

lol, small indie company Blizzard puts out this minor update...meanwhile...GGG puts out major new leagues and content without even charging. The people in charge at blizzard should be fired.

 

#Save Diablo

At least I can actually play D3. For the last week PoE has been literally impossible to play. The thing crashes upon picking a character. PoE may get more content updates, but none of that matters when the game is literally unplayable.

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14 minutes ago, DasBigHippo said:

At least I can actually play D3. For the last week PoE has been literally impossible to play. The thing crashes upon picking a character. PoE may get more content updates, but none of that matters when the game is literally unplayable.

Sorry to hear that. I've literally had no problems this season but it's a shame to hear

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2 hours ago, jeremy2020 said:

lol, small indie company Blizzard puts out this minor update...meanwhile...GGG puts out major new leagues and content without even charging. The people in charge at blizzard should be fired.

 

#Save Diablo

Diablo 3 has no other additional charges outside from the game itself, RoS, and the necro pack. Back when D3 began and since the release of RoS  they have pushed out major patches and updates that were free. I really dont understand the point of your post. If anything most blizzard games push out major patches that cost the consumer no money, unless it's Wow but that's a monthly fee and even then the content patches are still free.

2 hours ago, Ogerscherge said:

Not going to lie, that sound like a lot of fun. I always liked the concept of this set and now it seems kind of awesome. ^.^

It sucks that they have not changed the restless legendaries to include interesting effects and benefits to further support LoN. I am happy that they have finally buffed the set.

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is not a bad patch, sure D3 need more love, but this is what we have. Is going to be an interesting Season, and i will play it all the way.

Talking about PoE, im not the only one with problems during the game, im sure is a great game, but it has too many disconection problems, that makes the game almost unplayable.

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1 hour ago, Rhondis said:

It sucks that they have not changed the restless legendaries to include interesting effects and benefits to further support LoN. I am happy that they have finally buffed the set.

Yes, it is cool that you'll finally be able to do something more interesting, or rather unique, with your character, instead of just going for a set, which pretty much dictates the way you have to play.

Of course, with this particular season bonus and the huge buffs to so many sets, LoN will probably still be only second rate, but it sure is a step in the right direction nonetheless. ^.^

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2 hours ago, Melcahia said:

Talking about PoE, im not the only one with problems during the game, im sure is a great game, but it has too many disconection problems, that makes the game almost unplayable.

I've had absolutely zero issues with DC's and I've been no-lifing the hell out of this last week to get started in Betrayal League. 
Might be an issue where you live though, but connecting to servers here are freaking flawless. 

Ohh and people saying blizz releases major patches, should take a look at what GGG releases every 3 month. 
I am deeply impressed at the job they do at GGG, and after Blizz has lost the connection with their community, I only end up disappointed every season.

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18 minutes ago, Clindberg said:

Ohh and people saying blizz releases major patches, should take a look at what GGG releases every 3 month
I am deeply impressed at the job they do at GGG, and after Blizz has lost the connection with their community, I only end up disappointed every season.

My argument is not about the size of the patches, but rather that they are free when you have bought the game or play the game for free (and some games do actually receive big patches). Of course GGG is receiving large patches, it's an independent company that actually listens to their fan base. Some would say they have more passion than Blizzard, because let's face it, blizzard is losing their touch with the community and the passion they once had back in the good days.

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As a non season hardcore player I'm satisfied with just the LoN set bonus alone. For the same reasons as most, sets kind of dictate the way you have to play. Not a huge deal, once you go ham long enough you can have 4 or 5 separate decent builds, you can appreciate them when they help you progress, I've been smashing the A button on the xbox controller for a month with my thorns build, I'd have expected that would be more boring by now. First primal ancient later and I feel like I could smash A for another month.
But LoN being more capable unlocks a litany of options. Literally pick your legendary power poisons and mash em together however you'd like. If there were more legendary powers (Just a few more even, please, you still got a couple weeks), it could be pretty well up to our preference. 
Second primal ancient? A 2 Handed Flail with a legendary power of double bombardment impacts. So a LoN Bombardment build, mashed with whichever else I like that doesn't interrupt bombardment buffs sounds like the new plan. I suspect that it will be my favourite set for all 7 classes in time. Time for some homework. 
I just started playing a year ago ish, so I have a ways to go. Gotta rush some playing in with different sets now, cuz I'm going to be tempted to try em all but yet yearning to get through it and make my own LoN build for each class. At this point I can wait about 3 years for D4... ?

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Something about this feels like it’ll be the last-ever balance patch for the game. And I reiterate, I just don’t get Blizzard here. The game is amazing from a technical standpoint.

I played “Path of Exile” for all of two hours or so before uninstalling it again – it felt like a “Diablo II” mod in its early development stage, with all the nowadays completely outdated nuisances (penurious inventory management, TP scrolls being an actual item, pedantic waypoint hunting, etc.). A massive Sphere Grid-like skill tree can’t win me over if the underlying game makes advancing on it seem more like a chore than a reward.

“Diablo III” doesn’t have any of this, which is why this obvious lack of care and maintenance feels like a deliberate limiting of the game’s potential – and all the more frustrating because of it. For instance, why not give the community a chance to contribute their own Legendaries for the next content patch (don’t laugh)? Have some dumb contest where people can vote on the five best submissions, replete with mandatory balance, inventory pics, and in-game models; bam, new stuff for free and a year’s worth of good will with the public. Or how about a fourth Kanai’s Cube slot that accepts a Season buff in which you progressed until at least, say, Slayer? That way you could actually unlock long-term benefits from participating in them, rather than the I-had-my-15-year-old-deviantArt-loving-daughter-come-in-and-design-the-Season’s-four-Paragon-portraits-in-Photoshop-during-lunch-break portrait frames we get now. I’d love to be able to activate the double Goblin buff again for treasure hunting, or the double Bounty Cache we have right now for the admittedly tedious gathering of materials. And a thusly slotted RoRG could bring about actual gameplay novelties without the Season’s end looming over them in what currently sounds more like an extended PTR, owed to its ephemeral nature.

Sigh. There are so many talented fans of this game who could raise it from the scarcely visited, oatmeal enthusiast retirement home inhabitant to a foxy grandpa in no time. If only they had the chance. But with Activis— the accountants running the firm, this wishful thinking is about as useful as asking sexual favors of my waifu.

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1 hour ago, Infinal said:

Something about this feels like it’ll be the last-ever balance patch for the game. And I reiterate, I just don’t get Blizzard here. The game is amazing from a technical standpoint.

I played “Path of Exile” for all of two hours or so before uninstalling it again – it felt like a “Diablo II” mod in its early development stage, with all the nowadays completely outdated nuisances (penurious inventory management, TP scrolls being an actual item, pedantic waypoint hunting, etc.). A massive Sphere Grid-like skill tree can’t win me over if the underlying game makes advancing on it seem more like a chore than a reward.

“Diablo III” doesn’t have any of this, which is why this obvious lack of care and maintenance feels like a deliberate limiting of the game’s potential – and all the more frustrating because of it. For instance, why not give the community a chance to contribute their own Legendaries for the next content patch (don’t laugh)? Have some dumb contest where people can vote on the five best submissions, replete with mandatory balance, inventory pics, and in-game models; bam, new stuff for free and a year’s worth of good will with the public. Or how about a fourth Kanai’s Cube slot that accepts a Season buff in which you progressed until at least, say, Slayer? That way you could actually unlock long-term benefits from participating in them, rather than the I-had-my-15-year-old-deviantArt-loving-daughter-come-in-and-design-the-Season’s-four-Paragon-portraits-in-Photoshop-during-lunch-break portrait frames we get now. I’d love to be able to activate the double Goblin buff again for treasure hunting, or the double Bounty Cache we have right now for the admittedly tedious gathering of materials. And a thusly slotted RoRG could bring about actual gameplay novelties without the Season’s end looming over them in what currently sounds more like an extended PTR, owed to its ephemeral nature.

Sigh. There are so many talented fans of this game who could raise it from the scarcely visited, oatmeal enthusiast retirement home inhabitant to a foxy grandpa in no time. If only they had the chance. But with Activis— the accountants running the firm, this wishful thinking is about as useful as asking sexual favors of my waifu.

Very well put. The simple answer is that they've moved on and 3 people are working on the game. Obviously they also have 0 idea what to do with D4 so they've basically put the franchise on ice until 4 releases in like 5 years. I doubt this will be the last balance patch though, it's really easy to just up the % numbers on sets every once in a  while and double a stat like gold or legendary drops.

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14 hours ago, Starym said:

it's really easy to just up the % numbers on sets every once in a  while

I do think they can't push it much further than this though, as the GRift cap (150) has already been reached before this substantial buff, it took a team like 6K paragon average and a "one in a thousand" rift to pull it off, but it does show that it is already attainable with very hard work and luck. The more they'll start buffing sets (including the builds/sets that can reach that cap), the less effort it is going to take to reach that cap.

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On 12/21/2018 at 11:02 AM, rickster said:

Surprise, surprise, compared to the other Monk class sets, Blizzard has nerfed Inna's again.

But we can put Tasker and Theo in it now! 

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12 hours ago, Koxsos said:

But we can put Tasker and Theo in it now! 

and yet, even Inna's (hybrids) will still not come close to Sunwuko'sWoL, including Generators, but it's the only thing that makes Inna's viable. PTR's made no mention of the un-buffed TnT ?

 The Inna's 1500% to 750%, (for S16), is still a 50% full DMG% reduction, and NO other set Class got that nerfed.

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On 12/24/2018 at 11:04 PM, rickster said:

and yet, even Inna's (hybrids) will still not come close to Sunwuko'sWoL, including Generators, but it's the only thing that makes Inna's viable. PTR's made no mention of the un-buffed TnT ?

 The Inna's 1500% to 750%, (for S16), is still a 50% full DMG% reduction, and NO other set Class got that nerfed.

Say what? Either you’ve misread that or you have inside information that clues you in that there’s a typo in their announcement. Inna’s Mantra went up from 150%, not down from 1500%. It’s not a 50% damage nerf but a 500% damage buff.

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      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 Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d 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 that the patch launch is as smooth as possible. When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome but identifying the issues themselves is most important. Return to Top
      Patch Notes
      Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.7.0.
      PATCH 2.7.0
      Table of Contents:
      Seasons Items Bug Fixes Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.
       
      Seasons
      Follower System Revamp: The Follower system for Diablo III has been revamped and will be made permanently available for Seasonal and Non-Seasonal play! Players can now equip Followers with a total of 14 different item slots which include the Follower Relic Item, Helm, Shoulders, Chest, Gloves, Bracers, Belt, 2 Rings, Neck, Pants, Boots, main-hand weapon, and off-hand. We're introducing a new Follower feature into Diablo III called Emanate, which allows the player to gain the intended effect of certain Legendary Powers and Set Bonuses when equipped on the hired Follower. The current list of items with Emanate capabilities are the following:
      Broken Crown Homing Pads Spaulders of Zakara Goldskin Custerian Wristguards Nemesis Bracers Gladiator Gauntlets Gloves of Worship Dovu Energy Trap Rakoff's Glass of Life Avarice Band Krede's Flame The Flavor of Time Sage's Journey (3-piece set bonus) Cain's Destiny (3-piece set bonus) Follower Skills Revamp: Follower skills have been reworked to showcase new and updated skills. Check out the skills change list below:
      Scoundrel
      Crippling Shot Ranged attack that deals 140% weapon damage and slows enemies hit by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. Powered Shot Ranged attack that explodes on impact, dealing 120% weapon damage as Arcane to enemies within 10 yards and has a 100% chance to Stun enemies for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. Hysteria Whenever you or the Scoundrel land a Critical Hit, you both will go into hysterics, increasing all damage done by 3% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. Anatomy Increases Critical Hit Chance by 1.8% to 4% for you and the Scoundrel based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. Multishot Passive Passive: The Scoundrel's special attacks have a 50% to 70% chance to fire 3 bolts based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. *Skill Rework - Vanish When you take fatal damage, the Scoundrel conceals you from enemies for 3 to 7 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity and prevents your death. *New Skill - Night's Veil The Scoundrel launches a cloud that covers a 20-yard area and lasts 5 to10 seconds based on the Scoundrel’s Dexterity. All attacks against enemies that are inside the cloud will be critical hits. *New Skill - Piercing Shot Ranged attack that pierces and increases damage done to enemies by 10% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Scoundrel's Dexterity. *Removed Skills - Dirty Fighting and Poison Bolts Templar
      Heal and Loyalty These skills now scale based on the Templar’s Strength. Intimidate Enemies that hit or are hit by the Templar are slowed by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength. Charge Charges a target, dealing 280% weapon damage and stunning all enemies within 8 yards for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength. Intervene Taunt enemies within 10 yards of you for 3 to 6 seconds based on Templar's strength when you are hit. *Skill Rework - Onslaught Delivers a massive blow to an enemy for 800% weapon damage and causes the target and nearby enemies to take 10% increased damage for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Templar's Strength. *Skill Rework - Guardian When you take fatal damage, the Templar will rush to your aid, knocking back enemies within 15 yards, healing you for 15% to 25% life based on the Templar's Strength, and shielding you from all damage for 5 seconds. Enchantress
      Erosion Conjures a pool of energy that deals 330% weapon damage as Arcane over 5 to 7 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. Affected enemies will also take 10% increased damage. Focused Mind A 40-yard aura that increases attack speed for you and the Enchantress by 3% to 6% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *Skill Rework (Renamed from Powered Armor) - Powered Shield Reduces damage by 6% from ranged attacks, increases Armor by 3%, and slows melee attackers by 60% for 3 to 6 seconds for you and the Enchantress based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *New Skill - Temporal Pulse The Enchantress casts a guided orb that deals 150% weapon damage and slows enemies by 80% for 3 to 6 seconds based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *New Skill - Amplification Increases your highest static elemental bonus by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *New Skill - Prophetic Harmony Reduce your skills’ Cooldowns by 5% to 10% based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *New Skill - Fate's Lapse When you take fatal damage, the Enchantress empowers you to speed up your movement through time for 3 to 7 seconds to avoid death based on the Enchantress's Intelligence. *Removed Skills - Forceful Push, Mass Control, Disorient, and Missile Ward Developer's Note: By reworking and adding Follower skills, expanding the Follower’s equipment set, and introducing Emanate, we believe Followers will be more meaningful and provide greater utility to the single-player experience.
      Solo Leaderboards Update: Greater Rift solo leaderboards now contain additional filters to sort by. This update provides a total of 7 filters available per class.
      Class Sets No Class Set Overall (default filter) Developer's Note: In their current form, the Solo Leaderboards are great at showcasing the strongest builds for each class but tend to only highlight a small percentage of the wide variety of builds that players have available to them. We want to empower the community to play their favorite set and be represented on the leaderboard.
      Season Rewards: Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame, and a pet will be granted to players who complete the Season 23 Guardian Journey. Please note that the reward content will not be available during PTR 2.7.0.
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      Items
      Item Changes
      Bones of Rathma 2-Piece Set: Your minions reduce the cooldown of Army of the Dead by 1 second each time they deal damage. Your skeletal warriors spawn faster, and your revived minions no longer expire. Bones of Rathma 4-Piece Set: Your minions no longer take damage. You gain 1% damage reduction for 15 seconds each time one of your minions deal damage. Maximum of 75 stacks. Bones of Rathma 6-Piece Set: Each active minion increases the damage of Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit by 1000%. Defiler Cuisses: Bone Spirit's damage is increased by 400% to 500% for every second it is active and will also freeze enemies on impact. New item* Bonds of C'Lena: Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit deal 300% to 400% increased damage. Bone Spirit deals an additional 2% increased damage for 5 seconds each time Army of the Dead hits an enemy. Developer's Note: We recognize that the Bones of Rathma set plays similarly to other Necromancer builds. Our goal is to preserve the fantasy of the set while maintaining diversity among the Necromancer sets.
      Firebird's Finery 2-Piece Set: When you die, a meteor falls from the sky and revives you. Disintegrate Ignites enemies, causing them to take 3000% weapon damage per second until they die. Firebird's Finery 4-Piece Set: You gain 80% damage reduction and 4000% increased damage while Ignite is applied to a target. Casting Disintegrate adds Combustion stacks that reduce the cooldown of Teleport by 2% per stack. Stacks up to 50 times. Firebird's Finery 6-Piece Set: Hitting an Ignited enemy with a fire spell other than Disintegrate deals Ignite damage multiplied by Combustion stacks. Developer's Note: Firebird’s Finery is due for a rebirth. We have overhauled the set to breathe new life into it while still allowing the player to incinerate the forces of Hell.
      Gears of Dreadlands 6-Piece Set: Hungering Arrow pierces a maximum of 2 times while wearing the Gears of Dreadlands Developer's Note: We toned down the number of pierces Hungering Arrow can perform while Gears of Dreadlands is equipped to address concerns when interacting with Missile Dampening.
      Gazing Demise: The damage of Spirit Barrage is increased by 100% to 150%. Spirit Barrage gains the Phantasm rune that lasts twice as long, and the attack rate from Manitou spectres is increased. Developer's Note: Mundunugu’s Regalia is overperforming compared to other sets. This change to Gazing Demise should simplify the gameplay mechanic while reducing its damage output.
      Blackthorn's Jousting Mail: Replaced one primary property with a random elemental damage affix. Class Set Dungeon Update
      To account for the Necromancer redesign of the Bones of Rathma set, we have updated the objective to "Revive 100 Corpses" from the current "Raise 100 Skeletal Mages". Return to Top
      Bug Fixes
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      How to Participate
      To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a 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: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.
      Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.
      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: Click Install to begin the installation process.
      Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.
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      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.
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      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!
    • By Staff
      There's more loot to be had in Season 22, as Blizzard have just doubled (most of) trasure goblin spawns for the remainder of the season!
      Goblins (source)
      For the rest of Season 22, all Treasure Goblin spawns will be doubled. This means that each time you encounter a Treasure Goblin in the wild, they’ll be accompanied by an exact duplicate of themselves for two times the loot, chaos, and fun!
      There are a few important details to keep in mind with this effect:
      This does not affect goblins encountered via Bandit Shrines, Goblin “Rift” packs, or in the Realm of Greed. Duplicate Whimsydale portals created by the Rainbow Goblin will enter the same instance of Whimsydale. The Insufferable Miscreant is not affected by this buff; this is intended. Need a refresher on the various types of Treasure Goblins and what they do? Be sure to check out our Game Guide 43 for more information. We’ll otherwise see you in Sanctuary!
    • By Staff
      Diablo's anniversary event, the Darkening of Tristram ends January 31.
      (Source)
      Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this annual loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you.
      Read on for more, including a closer look at the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.

      Stop the Cultists
      Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .

      Explore the Cathedral
      Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him. . . .

      Discover Precious Loot
      What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.
      While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all? There’s only one way to find out!

      Your Journey Begins…
      Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The cultists will appear on December 31 at 4 p.m. PST, and the portal opens January 3 at the same hour. Both parts of the event end January 31 at 4 p.m. PST.
      Enter the dungeon, reap your rewards, and survive the evils within—or die in the process, never to be heard from again. . . .
    • By Staff
      Diablo's anniversary is almost here and the Darkening of Tristam event returns January 3.
      (Source)
      Diablo’s anniversary is right around the corner, along with the Darkening of Tristram event! Whether you’re a series veteran craving nostalgia, or a newcomer hungry for your first taste of the franchise’s past, this annual loving homage to the earliest days of Diablo is for you.
      Read on for more, including a closer look at the anniversary dungeon and its unique rewards.

      Stop the Cultists
      Your journey begins on the trail of a group of mysterious cultists causing trouble in Sanctuary. As you hunt them down in Adventure Mode, you’ll uncover clues leading to a portal into Tristram’s past, and the terrifying darkness that took hold of the town so many years ago. . . .

      Explore the Cathedral
      Follow the clues and you’ll soon find yourself in a realm of glorious RetroVision™, where an all-too-familiar cathedral looms. Explore the depths and you’ll discover familiar enemies and iconic items, all brought to life in the Diablo III engine. Meanwhile, deep beneath the catacombs, the Dark Lord himself awaits any intrepid adventurer who dares to challenge him. . . .

      Discover Precious Loot
      What is a Diablo game without shiny new loot to call your own? Completing activities in the anniversary event yields unique transmogrification effects, achievements, portraits, pets, and more.
      While some rewards are easy to find, others may have you scouring every nook or unlocking every achievement before you can get your hands on them. Can you earn them all? There’s only one way to find out!

      Your Journey Begins…
      Exclusive rewards and challenging enemies await you, but they won’t last forever! The cultists will appear on December 31 at 4 p.m. PST, and the portal opens January 3 at the same hour. Both parts of the event end January 31 at 4 p.m. PST.
      Enter the dungeon, reap your rewards, and survive the evils within—or die in the process, never to be heard from again. . . .
    • By Damien
      This thread is for comments about our Frenzy HotNS Barbarian build.
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