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Blizzard just revealed the start date of Season 21 in Diablo 3. The forthcoming Season is known as Trial of Tempests and begins July 3. They're expecting to release Patch 2.6.9 on June 23.

Main Highlights

  • Patch 2.6.9 will go live on June 23.
  • Season 21 comes with a new Season Theme, an elemental power that unleashes into the environment for a limited time and makes your character rain meteors from the skies around you, breath lightning, summon walls of flame, and more.
  • New Demon Hunter and Necromancer sets have been added in Patch 2.6.9.
  • You can earn a new Pet and Portrait Frame in Season 21 (see below for details).

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Season 21 will begin July 3, shortly after our next Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about the brand-new Season buff, new class sets, and a handful of item and skill adjustments coming in Patch 2.6.9! We are expecting Patch 2.6.9 to be released on June 23.

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New Season Theme

Wait, Nephalem. Do you sense that? Though the air remains tainted with a demonic brimstone stench, the world around you crackles with chaotic elemental energy. You have been deemed worthy, and the primal forces of Sanctuary manifest to aid you in the fight against the swelling darkness. 

With you as the champion of the elements, the burning hells will face the Trials of Tempests!

  • During Season 21, your character will occasionally (every 90 seconds) channel an elemental power which unleashes into the environment for a limited time:
    • Rain meteors from the skies around you.
    • Breathe lightning.
    • Summon a wall of flame.
    • Release twisters of pure energy.
    • Crush your foes under the weight of rolling snowballs.

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Seasonal Cosmetic Rewards

Beginning with Season 17, we began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 21, this means awards originally available from Season 9 are returning to the Season Journey.

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However, we know it’s nice to have something new to aim for if you’ve participated in previous Seasons. We’re continuing to provide new End of Journey rewards as introduced in Season 17, with two new cosmetic rewards for those who complete the entirety of the Season journey. Prove your worth in the Trial of Tempests to earn the Stupendous Contraption pet and the Industrial Portrait Frame.

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In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, you’ll be able to earn the Pandemonium portraits and the cute and craggly Rocky pet first introduced in Season 9.

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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. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finishing the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

  • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII difficulty within 5 minutes.
  • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55.
  • All I Do is Win: Complete 2 Conquests this Season.
  • Lose Yourself: Kill the Skeleton King at level 70 in under 30 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty.
  • Money Ain’t a Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty. Treasure Goblins outside of Nephalem Rifts will sometimes open portals to Greed’s domain, The Vault.
  • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift Level 60 Solo. Greater Rift keystones can be obtained from any Nephalem Rift guardian.
  • 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.

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Seasonal Conquests

Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 21? Here are the challenges you’ll face!

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. Also returning for Season 21 is Sprinter/Speed Racer, where you’re challenged to complete the entire Diablo III campaign from Act I to Act V at level 70 in under 1 hour! Next is Avarice/Avaritia, where all that glitters is gold—that is, if you can complete a 50 million gold streak outside of The Vault or its Inner Sanctum. We're also bringing Thrill/Superhuman, which requires completion of a Greater Rift level 45—solo and without any Set items equipped. And lastly we'll be bringing back Speed Demon/Need for Speed, meaning you'll need to beat a Torment X Nephalem Rift at level 70 in 2 minutes. Best of luck!

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Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, the Class Sets rewarded 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 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 21:

  • Barbarian - Might of the Earth
  • Crusader - Thorns of the Invoker
  • Demon Hunter - The Shadow's Mantle
  • Monk - Monkey King's Garb
  • Witch Doctor - Raiment of the Jade Harvester
  • Wizard - Firebird's Finery
  • Necromancer - Grace of Inarius

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Patch Notes

Below you will find the final patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.9. Changes specifically from the last version of the PTR have been highlighted in RED.

PATCH 2.6.9

Items

Demon Hunter

  • New Demon Hunter Set: Gears of Dreadlands 
    • 2-Piece Bonus
      • Gain 4 seconds of MomentumMomentum when attacking with a Primary skill, at a maximum of 20 seconds. Your Primary skills deal 10% increased damage per second of MomentumMomentum
    • 4-Piece Bonus
      • Casting StrafeStrafe against enemies will automatically shoot your last used primary skill, and also give 60% damage reduction while strafing and for 5 seconds after. While Strafing, you gain 8% increased movement speed for each second of MomentumMomentum.
    • 6-Piece Bonus
      • Your primary skills deal 10000% more damage
  • Leonine Bow of HashirLeonine Bow of Hashir
    • BolasBolas have a 30% 100% chance on explosion to pull in all enemies within 24 yards, and also deal 100-150% increased damage.
  • Emimei's DuffelEmimei's Duffel
    • BolasBolas now explode instantly and deal 150-175% increased damage.
  • The Ninth Cirri SatchelThe Ninth Cirri Satchel
    • Hungering ArrowHungering Arrow has 20-25% is guaranteed to pierce and also deals 450-600% increased damage.
  • Odyssey's EndOdyssey's End
    • Enemies snared by your Entangling ShotEntangling Shots take 20-25% 100-150% increased damage from all sources.
  • Hunter's WrathHunter's Wrath
    • Your primary skills attack 30% faster and deal 45-60% 150-200% increased damage.
  • Holy Point ShotHoly Point Shot
    • ImpaleImpale throws 2 additional knives and deals 75-100% increased damage.

Necromancer

Developer's Note: With the adjustments coming in for a few past Necromancer sets and abilities, we will continue to evaluate the performance of the new set this season and may make additional adjustments in future seasons if we believe they are necessary.

  • New Necromancer Set: Masquerade of the Burning Carnival
    • 2-Piece Bonus
      • Your SimulacrumSimulacrums no longer take damage, gains all runes, and its cooldown is refreshed when you die.
    • 4-Piece Bonus
      • While you have a SimulacrumSimulacrum, damage is reduced by 50%. Damage you take is split with your SimulacrumSimulacrums as well.
    • 6-Piece Bonus
  • Grasps of EssenceGrasps of Essence
    • When an exploded corpse damages at least one enemy, Your Corpse ExplosionCorpse Explosion deals 75-100% 150-200% increased damage for 6 seconds, stacking up to 5 times.
  • Haunted VisionsHaunted Visions
  • Razeth's VolitionRazeth's Volition
    • Skeletal MageSkeletal Mage gains the effect of the Gift of DeathGift of Death and SingularitySingularity runes. You gain 35-60% damage reduction if your Essence is not full.
  • Jesseth Arms
    • 2-Piece Set BonusWhile your skeletons are commanded to attack a target, you deal 400% increased damage.
  • Grace of Inarius
    • 4-Piece Set BonusBone ArmorBone Armor grants an additional 2% 3% damage reduction per enemy hit.
  • Pestilence Master's Shroud

Crusader

General

  • Stone of JordanStone of Jordan
    • Added powerEach of your elemental's damage bonus is equal to your highest static elemental bonus to skill.
  • Reaper's WrapsReaper's Wraps
    • Added a 2-second internal cooldown to the Health globe effect.
  • Mantle of ChannelingMantle of Channeling
    • Now works with the Necromancer's Siphon Blood.
  • Convention of ElementsConvention of Elements
    • Added "non-static" to the wording of the legendary power's description. The functionality is unchanged

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Skill Changes

  • Necromancer
  • Witch Doctor
    • Spirit BarrageSpirit Barrage
      • The Spectres from the PhantasmPhantasm rune no longer benefit from pet bonuses.

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Bug Fixes

  • Necromancer
    • Fixed an issue where Skeletal MageSkeletal Mages were not attacking certain creatures
  • PTR Specific: 
    • Note: The following issues were only live on the PTR, but we’re including the fixes here for visibility to indicate intended functionality on live. 
    • Seasonal effects no longer deal area damage. 
    • Seasonal buff resets if player exits and reenters a rift. 
    • Seasonal theme should no longer work in Set Dungeons. 
    • Fixed Maltorius' Petrified SpikeMaltorius' Petrified Spike dealing additive bonus damage instead of multiplicative. 
    • Fixed seasonal buff that sometimes may drop off whenever the player enters an invulnerable state. 
    • Changed seasonal buff to base its damage on the amount of kills. (not really a bug, more of a change) 

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      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:
      PTR (source)
      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!
    • By Starym
      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
      US
      Diablo III Rankings
      Diablo III Rankings
          Asia
      Diablo III Rankings 2
      Diablo III Rankings
          Europe
      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.
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