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We got the closing date for the PTR and it's tomorrow! We should also find out more about the actual season details, release date etc when the PTR goes down.
PTR 2.6.10 is up and tentatively scheduled to be down by 10/20. Once it goes down we’ll share updates on our blog (title), general discussion and close down the PTR section.
It seems Season 22 is a little farther off than expected, as the PTR has been extended for an unspecified amount of time! There are more server-side issues than Blizzard expected, and they're now asking for additional help with testing:
Hi all -
We wanted to provide a quick update regarding PTR for 2.6.10.
As some have experienced, we are seeing reports of some latency and login issues with the current update with PTR. Due to these items, we are planning on extending PTR for an unspecificed amount of time while we continue to troubleshoot the issues behind the scenes.
During this time, we are asking for help! We would love for people to jump in and play the game as you would on PTR.
As you are doing this, we will be doing some things that will be changing up the game as we troubleshoot some items on the backend.
Starting later today, we will be turning off the Shadow Clones seasonal theme. This feature will be turned back on sometime tomorrow. Starting tomorrow (and after we turn back on Shadow Clones), we will be turning off the fourth slot in Kanai’s Cube. This feature will be turned back after a short period of testing with this disabled. There may be some additional testing that will occur after these two phases, but we will update the thread regarding any additional items or adjustments to these testing periods. Please continue to provide feedback or report any issues you encounter through the PTR as we will be paying close attention to these on our end.
Thanks again for all the help during this PTR testing phase!
We have some PTR hotfixes coming, mostly related to the Shadow Clones mechanic and a freeze issue, as well as the Diablo 3 site receiving some upgrades, mostly to the leaderboards.
Diablo 3 (source 1, 2)
10/8 Update: Hotfix Incoming
We’ve read into player issues and want to share some of our findings and plans for an upcoming Hotfix:
Shadow Clone Dying: The Shadow Clone should only die under the conditions of the player dying or when the 1-minute Shadow Clone spawn timer runs out. Unfortunately, the Shadow Clones dying outside of the designed circumstances and a fix is being worked on to correct this.
Necromancer Shadow Clone Causing Crashes: Necromancer Shadow Clones are currently causing game crashes for players. We believe this is due to Build Variation 3, specifically with the skill Bone Spirit - Poltergeist.
Game Freezes at Loading Screens: An issue we’re currently investigating is related to game freezes when loading into a game (error:395002). We’re currently investigating this and want to invite any additional insight on this if you encounter the issue.
Timing: The team will continue to monitor the current progress of the PTR and we wanted to share that we are aiming to implement a Hotfix for this on 10/9. We understand that due to issue #2, you may be limited to testing the Necromancer. Thank you all for your patience and I’ll post back up when I get more updates.
Web team has made some adjustments today.
New URLs for Leaderboards
Diablo III Rankings
Diablo III Rankings
Diablo III Rankings 2
Diablo III Rankings
Diablo III Rankings 2
Diablo III Rankings
You can also adjust regions on the leaderboard on the top left as noted earlier in this thread. They were still testing things out throughout the day.
Likewise, they also brought back the region select to the profile page. Players will be able to self-select to view additional regional profiles outside of the one they are currently in.
Phase 2 of the Diablo 3 Season 22 PTR is underway now, and it's on to the seasonal power! The Shadow Clones we get to play with are the main focus, as well as the massive 4th Kanai's Cube slot, so get on over to the test realm and test these crazy things out! You can also check out the full PTR patch notes here.
Here's the modified skill list for the clones as well.
PTR Phase 2 (source)
The shadows, they are moving, and they seem… animated. It is as though they have a will of their own. Whatever this trickery is, perhaps you can use it to your advantage. Let’s see what the demons say when you fight side by side with your own shadow!
Shadows of the Past: Activating a Shrine/Pylon will spawn in a shadow clone of your class. This clone will randomly have 1 out of 3 predetermined builds. This clone's power will scale with your character and will last for 1 minute or if your character dies. See below for the shadow clone variations that can spawn when activating.
Developer's Note: We appreciate and gathered feedback regarding the initial list of skills from the clones. We have decided to remove all hard crowd control effects from all kits and balanced each of the build variants to not have a potential buff that is more beneficial than the other 2 in the same class.
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Grasp of the Dead - Rain of Corpses Wall of Death - Fire Wall Haunt - Poisoned Spirit Piranhas - Zombie Piranhas Firebomb - Flash Fire Spirit Barrage - The Spirit is Willing Acid Cloud - Kiss of Death Acid Cloud - Corpse Bomb Wall of Death - Communing with Spirits Zombie Charger - Zombie Bears Piranhas - Zombie Piranhas Piranhas - Zombie Piranhas Corpse Spiders - Medusa Spiders Zombie Charger - Explosive Beast Acid Cloud - Slow Burn Locust Swarm - Diseased Swarm Spirit Barrage - Well of Souls Grasp of the dead - Unbreakable Grasp Wizard
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Arcane Orb - Frozen Orb Meteor - Molten Impact Arcane Orb - Obliteration Frost Nova - Bone Chill Arcane Orb - Scorch Disintegrate - Volatility Blizzard - Unrelenting Storm Explosive Blast - Short Fuse Wave of Force - Debilitating Force Energy Twister - Raging Storm Blizzard - Apocalypse Slow Time - Exhaustion Explosive Blast - Obliterate Wave of Force - Heat Wave Energy Twister - Raging Storm Ray of Frost - Black Ice Disintegrate - Convergence Meteor - Star Pact Barbarian
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Seismic Slam - Rumble Battle Rage - Marauder's Rage Battle Rage - Ferocity Threatening Shout - Falter Threatening Shout - Falter Threatening Shout - Falter Avalanche - Volcano Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity Leap - Launch Earthquake - Molten Fury Sprint - Run Like the Wind Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity Whirlwind - Dust Devils Bash - Pulverize Ancient Spear - Boulder Toss Rend - Lacerate Hammer of The Ancients - Rolling Thunder
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Lashing Tail Kick - Sweeping Armada Fists of Thunder - Static Charge Exploding Palm - Essence Burn Seven-Sided Strike - Fulminating Onslaught Way of the Hundred Fists - Hands of Lightning Seven-Sided Strike - Sudden Assault Inner Sanctuary - Intervene Crippling Wave - Concussion Lashing Tail Kick - Spinning Flame Kick Epiphany - Soothing Mist Lashing Tail Kick - Vulture Claw Kick Sweeping Wind - Fire Storm Breath of Heaven - Circle of Scorn Dashing Strike - Barrage Wave of Light - Explosive Light Wave of Light - Empowered Wave Sweeping Wind - Blade Storm Epiphany - Inner Fire Necromancer
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Land of the Dead - Plaguelands Land of the Dead - Plaguelands Land of the Dead - Plaguelands Frailty - Early Grave Frailty - Early Grave Frailty - Early Grave Army of the Dead - Dead Storm Army of the Dead - Blighted Grasp Bone Spirit - Poltergeist Corpse Explosion - Final Embrace Corpse Lance - Ricochet Corpse Lance - Blood Lance Bone Spear - Blood Spear Bone Spear - Blighted Marrow Bone Spear - Shatter Death Nova - Blood Nova Death Nova - Blight Death Nova - Bone Nova Demon Hunter
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Marked for Death - Valley of Death Marked for Death - Valley of Death Marked for Death - Valley of Death Caltrops - Jagged Spikes Rain Of Vengeance - Dark Cloud Rain Of Vengeance - Shade Fan of Knives - Assassin's Knives Cluster Arrow - Shooting Stars Cluster Arrow - Maelstrom Chakram - Twin Chakrams Multishot - Arsenal Impale - Overpenetration Vengeance - Side Cannons Vengeance - Personal Mortar Chakram - Serpentine Impale - Ricochet Elemental Arrow - Immolation arrow Elemental Arrow - Frost Arrow Crusader
Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3 Akarat's Champion - Fire Starter Akarat's Champion - Hasteful Akarat's Champion - Rally Falling Sword - Superheated Iron Skin - Flash Falling Sword - Rapid Descent Sweep Attack - Blazing Sweep Blessed Shield - Shattering Throw Heaven's Fury - Split Fury Consecration - Shattered Ground Consecration - Bathed in Light Fist of the Heavens - Retribution Bombardment - Annihilate Blessed Hammer - Limitless Iron Skin - Explosive Skin Condemn - Reciprocate Condemn - Unleashed Condemn - Shattering Explosion
Rewards: Two unique new rewards, a portrait frame, and a pet will be granted to players who complete the Season 22 Guardian Journey.
Kanai’s Cube: Additionally, the Kanai’s Cube will have a fourth slot this season. This fourth slot will have the choices of the first 3 slots but will not stack with any of them. The intent is to provide players with creative flexibility to their character builds.
The patch 2.6.10/Season 22 PTR is now live and you can go check out the new legendary items and set tweaks with increased legendary drops as usual and the new addition of increased blood shards as well!
PTR Is Live (source)
Our two-week PTR testing period for the 2.6.10 update begins on October 1, and we’re asking for your help to quell the tides of surging demons in Patch 2.6.10.
Please note PTR 2.6.10 is phasing in content over the next two weeks. The current focus is on Legendary and Set item changes. Seasonal Theme content will be added in phase 2 which is scheduled for an update on October 8.
For all the information on what to test and to take a look at the patch notes, please see our full blog here.
As a reminder, this forum is for PTR feedback. Please direct any bugs or issues regarding Patch 2.6.10 to the PTR Bug Report Forum.