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Barbarian Community Buff Proposals for Patch 2.6.6 & Mortick's Brace

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Despite an exhaustive list of buff proposals from the Barbarian community, the class isn't getting any buffs besides one new Legendary item, which makes Wrath of the Berserker gain the effect of every rune in the forthcoming Patch 2.6.6.

The community compiled a list of proposed changes for Barbarians in Patch 2.6.6 over here, and what we'll get is the return of Mortick's Brace, an item added in Patch 2.2.0, which was later removed, because it was too powerful. The power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and the team is comfortable with bringing it back, based on the official patch notes.

Community Manager Nevalistis replied that some of the proposed changes pose significant engineering risks that the team can't pursue and there are dozens of factors that go into class balance requests, feedback, changes, and bugs. They're probably not done with balancing yet, and there will be a blog post about what to expect from patch to patch in the future.

What do you think about the current state of Barbarians?

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I’m going to contact Nev directly and ask for clarification. Giving us Mortick’s but nothing else? That’s like throwing a bone to a starving dog except, whoops, the bone is made of rubber.

No need. Most of your answer lies in the patch notes. It’s important for us to balance what we can do with how many resources we have available to do them, and to do as much as we can for as many players as we can. For this patch, we focused on items as many players as possible could use, with a couple noted exceptions that were long-standing requests. Mortick’s Brace was a good fit for this, because we agree Barbs needed a significant boost.

We wanted to make sure to include something for Barbs, but that doesn’t mean we are done forever. I have a blog coming soon™ (I hate using this because memes, but it applies here as it’s working its way through various approvals and still needs localization) that will explain more of what you can expect from patch to patch in the future. Please bear with me. Transparency takes time and a lot of coordination.

Are Barbs going to get additional buffs?

I literally cannot promise you’ll get everything you want or have proposed, and honestly, that would be a bit unfair to ask of anyone. Some changes proposed might be literally impossible, or pose such significant engineering risks that we can’t pursue them. As an example, we’ve encountered cases where what might be one great change to the game is such a risk it means we can’t add three other things, either because of the work involved adding it or testing issues arising. There’s dozens of factors that go into class balance requests, feedback, changes, and bugs that I cannot begin to list here (largely because I have a lot of other work to do today with the PTR live, my apologies).

Please wait for the communication I’ve already mentioned. I know you all have been more than patient. But I’m asking for a little bit more while I work within the limitations I have to get you the information you’re asking for.

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