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Update: the Season 21 start date has been announced at it's July 3rd! Check out the full article for more info.

In a bit of a disappointing development, it seems the announcement of the Season 21 start date has been postponed a little, as we were expecting it this week, but it will instead be coming next week. The patch notes for 2.6.9 will also be coming next week, and apparently they won't be too different from the most recent PTR ones.

Blizzard LogoS21 (source)

You guys will know more about the start of the Season next week ❤️

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There will be final patch notes next week as well. I should note that patch notes didn’t get too much change as there were some bug fixes that had to get prioritized in between the ptr patch and wrapping things up for release/console cert.

We were previously told it would be coming "in the coming week or so" last Saturday, so we definitely were expecting something this week, especially considering Season 20 ends in 3 days. Presumably this means we'll be finding out about the S21 start on Monday, as Diablo players really don't like to be in the dark for too long.

As far as our best guess as to when the season will start, well, there's some more factors to consider this time around. The last couple of seasons have been relatively consistent, with the gap between seasonal end and start clocking in around the 12-13 day mark, but this season has had a slightly more turbulent PTR, with some significant issues with the new sets and items, Demon Hunters in particular, and there's the Covid pandemic to also factor in.

So we're looking at a start date of either Friday July 3rd, if everything remains consistent with previous seasons (but the 4th of July US national holiday might also impact that choice), or we might even see a full week's delay and have the season come out on July 10th instead. There's always the option that Blizzard forgo the Friday start date, but that one seems a bit more far fetched.

We can also take a look at all the season durations so far, courtesy of D3resource:

Season
 
Duration
(Days)
Start Date
 
End Date
 
Patch
 
Season 1 159 29.08.2014 03.02.2015 2.1.0
2.1.1
2.1.2
Season 2 52 13.02.2015 05.04.2015 2.1.2
Season 3 136 10.04.2015 23.08.2015 2.2.0
Season 4 125 28.08.2015 30.12.2015 2.3.0
Season 5 92 15.01.2016 15.04.2016 2.4.0
Season 6 85 29.04.2016 22.07.2016 2.4.1
Season 7 70 05.08.2016 13.10.2016 2.4.2
Season 8 71 21.10.2016 30.12.2016 2.4.2
Season 9 71 06.01.2017 17.03.2017 2.4.3
Season 10 85 31.03.2017 23.06.2017 2.5.0
Season 11 92 20.07.2017 20.10.2017 2.6.0
Season 12 94 09.11.2017 11.02.2018 2.6.1
Season 13 100 23.02.2018 03.06.2018 2.6.1
Season 14 93 15.06.2018 16.11.2018 2.6.1
Season 15 107 21.09.2018 06.01.2019 2.6.1
Season 16 114 19.01.2019 17.05.2019 2.6.4
Season 17 93 17.05.2019 18.08.2019 2.6.5
Season 18 79 23.08.2019 10.11.2019 2.6.6
Season 19 100 22.11.2019 01.03.2020 2.6.7
Season 20 100 13.03.2020 21.06.2020 2.6.8

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On 6/19/2020 at 7:03 AM, Altair1970 said:

Thanks for this article. So we are now certain that Season 21 will NOT start on 26 June, correct?

Sorry for the late reply, just noticed now. We can never be 100% sure, but it would be extremely strange and not in-character for Blizz to do so.

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