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We have a new season PTR coming on October 1st, with Season 22 focusing on shadow clones of your class helping you out (with various builds of their own) and a fourth Kanai's Cube slot! The class changes focus on Wizards, Crusaders and Witch Doctors, there's plenty of new and changed legendaries, so check out the full post!

We get 2 weeks of the PTR, with the standard legendary drop rate buff, but also a new double Blood Shard buff added as well!

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Our two-week PTR testing period for the 2.6.10 update begins October 1 and we're asking for your help to quell the tides of surging demons. Take a look at the preliminary patch notes below and start theorycrafting how you'll make the most of the brand-new season content, a new item, and tons of Legendary item changes; Patch 2.6.10 will be arriving soon!

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Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.


PTR Focus & Details

We’ll be conducting the Patch 2.6.10 PTR, and phasing in content updates over the course of two weeks, starting Thursday, October 1. During this time there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches. This time around, testing will consist of two phases:

  • Phase 1 - October 1: During this phase, we will be introducing Legendary and Set item changes
  • Phase 2 – October 8: In this phase, we will be adding the Seasonal Theme content

NOTE: Phase 1 content will persist throughout the entirety of the PTR. Phase 2 content will be an addition to the existing content. 

There will be two PTR-unique buffs active to help you on your journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. You can also buy new gear for testing from the special PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em, who will exchange Blood Shards for class-specific bags full of Legendary items that we'd love for you to test!

Class Changes: To ensure that the most significant class changes receive an ample amount of attention, we'd love for you to focus testing and feedback on the Wizard changes around Etched Sigils and Hydras, the Crusader’s Steed Charge build, and the Witch Doctor’s Crazy Chicken build.

So that we can efficiently review your posts, feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum

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PTR Testing Tips

As with our previous PTRs, this testing period is short, so it's best to hit the ground running. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

  • 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.

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Patch Notes

Below you will find the patch notes for the upcoming update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.10.


PATCH 2.6.10

Table of Contents:

Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated. Please note that PTR is only available for PC and Mac users.

Seasons

The shadows, they are moving, and they seem… animated. It is as though they had 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. 

Witch Doctor

Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3
Grasp of the Dead - Rain of Corpses Wall of Death - Fire Wall Mass Confusion - Mass Hallucination
Piranhas - Piranhado Firebomb - Flash Fire Spirit Barrage - The Spirit is Willing
Wall of Death - Surrounded by Death Hex - Unstable Form Wall of Death - Communing with Spirits
Zombie Charger - Zombie Bears Piranhas - Piranhado Piranhas - Piranhado
Corpse Spiders - Medusa Spiders Zombie Charger - Explosive Beast Horrify - Face of Death
Hex - Jinx 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 - Obliteration Disintegrate - Intensify
Blizzard - Unrelenting Storm Explosive Blast - Short Fuse Wave of Force - Debilitating Force
Ice Armor - Frozen Storm Black Hole - Blazar Slow Time - Exhaustion
Black Hole - Absolute Zero Energy Twister - Gale Force Energy Twister - Raging Storm
Ray of Frost - Snow Blast Disintegrate - Convergence Meteor - Star Pact

Barbarian

Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3
Seismic Slam - Shattered Ground Battle Rage - Marauder's Rage Overpower - Killing Spree
Ground Stomp - Jarring Slam Threatening Shout - Falter Threatening Shout - Falter
Avalanche - Volcano Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity Furious Charge - Battering Ram
Earthquake - Molten Fury Sprint - Run Like the Wind Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity
Wrath of The Berserker - Insanity Whirlwind - No Rune Bash - Pulverize
Ancient Spear - Boulder Toss Rend - Lacerate Hammer of The Ancients - Rolling Thunder

Monk

Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3
Blinding Flash - Faith in the Light Fist of Thunder - Thunderclap Exploding Palm - The Flesh is Weak
Seven-Sided Strike - Fulminating Onslaught Deadly Reach - Scattered Blows Wave of Light - Explosive Light
Inner Sanctuary - Sanctified Ground Way of the Hundred Fists - Hands of Lightning Lashing Tail Kick - Spinning Flame Kick
Epiphany - Soothing Mist Lashing Tail Kick - Sweeping Armada Epiphany - Inner Fire
Breath of Heaven - Circle of Scorn Dashing Strike - Barrage Sweeping Wind - Fire Storm
Wave of Light - Empowered Wave Cyclone Strike - Implosion Seven-Sided Strike - Sudden Assault

Necromancer

Build Variation 1 Build Variation 2 Build Variation 3
Land of the Dead - Frozen Lands Land of the Dead - Plaguelands Land of the Dead - Frozen Lands
Frailty - Volatile Death Decrepify - Wither Bone Spear - Shatter
Bone Spirit - Possession Army of the Dead - Blighted Grasp Death Nova - Bone Nova
Corpse Explosion - Final Embrace Corpse Lance - Ricochet Frailty - Early Grave
Bone Spear - Blood Spear Death Nova - Blight Army of the Dead - Death Valley
Death Nova - Blood Nova Bone Spear - Blighted Marrow Corpse Lance - Blood Lance

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 - Stampede Rain of Vengeance- Flying Strike
Fan of Knives - Assassin's Knives Cluster Arrow - Shooting Stars Cluster Arrow - Maelstrom
Chakram - Twin Chakrams Multishot - Arsenal Multishot - Wind Chill
Vengeance - Side Cannons Vengeance - Personal Mortar Vengeance - From the Shadows
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 Falling Sword - Flurry Falling Sword - Part the Clouds
Sweep Attack - Blazing Sweep Judgment - Mass Verdict Heaven's Fury - Split Fury
Consecration - Shattered Ground Consecration - Bathed in Light Fist of the Heavens - Retribution
Bombardment - Annihilate Blessed Hammer - Limitless Iron Skin - Charged Up
Condemn - Reciprocate Condemn - Reciprocate Shield Glare - Uncertainty

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.

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Items

General

  • Haedrig’s Gifts now grants all class sets and we have a new rotation schedule. This upcoming season, depending on which class you choose, Haedrig’s Gifts will reward you with Horde of the Ninety Savages, Aegis of Valor, Gears of Dreadlands, Patterns of Justice, Masquerade of the Burning Carnival, Mundunugu’s Regalia, or Typhon’s Veil.
  • Stone Gauntlets now drops for all classes.
  • Paragon Bonus Gold Find has been changed to Gold Pickup Radius at 0.1 per point.

Item Changes

  • New Item* Gelmindor’s Marrow Guards: Bone SpearBone Spear cast from SimulacrumSimulacrums deal 400-500% increased damage.
  • Ivory TowerIvory Tower: Rapid multiple blocks will now scale the damage for Fires of Heaven, up to a maximum of 2.5 times damage.
  • Mantle of ChannelingMantle of Channeling: Removed the 1 second start up before the power takes effect.
  • Etched SigilEtched Sigil: While channeling Arcane TorrentArcane Torrent, DisintegrateDisintegrate, or Ray of FrostRay of Frost, the damage of your Energy TwisterEnergy Twister is increased by 200-250%, and you also cast Energy TwisterEnergy Twister every second.
  • Fragment of DestinyFragment of Destiny: Your Signature Spells attack 50% faster and deal triple damage. You gain a Spectral buff whenever you land an attack with a Signature Spell. Hydras deal 25-30% increased damage for each Spectral stack. Max 10 stacks.
  • Valthek's RebukeValthek's Rebuke: Energy TwisterEnergy Twister now travels in a straight path and deals 300-400% increased damage.
  • Winter FlurryWinter Flurry: Enemies killed by Cold damage have a 25% chance to release a Frost NovaFrost Nova. Your HydraHydra deals 125-150% increased damage to enemies in a BlizzardBlizzard.
  • WizardspikeWizardspike: Performing an attack has a 25% chance to hurl a Frozen OrbFrozen Orb. Arcane OrbArcane Orb deals 300-350% increased damage.
  • Delsere's Magnum Opus: 6 piece bonus increased from 8500% to 12500%.
  • The Typhon's Veil: 6 piece bonus increased from 1300% to 2000%.
  • Nervold's Fervor: Buff 2 piece bonus damage from 100% to 400%
  • Armor of Akkhan: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 1500% to 2000%
  • Roland's Legacy: Buff 4 piece bonus damage from 13,000% to 17,500%
  • Seeker of the Light: Buff 6 piece Blessed Hammer bonus damage from 12,000% to 15,000%
  • Belt of the TroveBelt of the Trove: Every 4 seconds, call down BombardmentBombardment on a random nearby enemy. BombardmentBombardment deals 400-500% increased damage.
  • The Mortal DramaThe Mortal Drama: Double the number of BombardmentBombardment impacts. BombardmentBombardment deals 400-500% increased damage.
  • Manajuma's Way: Angry ChickenAngry Chicken explosion damage increased from 400% to 2000%.
  • Spirit of Arachyr: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%.
  • Helltooth Harness: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%.
  • ScrimshawScrimshaw: Reduces the Mana cost of Zombie ChargerZombie Charger by 75% and increases its damage by 6-7 times.
  • Inna's Mantra: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 750% to 950%.
  • Shenlong's Spirit: Damage bonus increased from 200% to 350%.
  • Gungdo GearGungdo Gear: Exploding PalmExploding Palm's on-death explosion applies Exploding PalmExploding Palm. Exploding PalmExploding Palm's damage is increased by 75-100%.
  • Blade of the TribesBlade of the Tribes: War CryWar Cry and Threatening ShoutThreatening Shout cause an AvalancheAvalanche and EarthquakeEarthquake. AvalancheAvalanche and EarthquakeEarthquake both deal 150-200% increased damage

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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!

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on a serious note, I don't follow PTR developments so I wonder why they've reverted the Mantle of Channeling nerf. too much backlash?

 

also the witch doctor exploding chicken buff looks crazy. a season or 2 ago I accidentally collected all the chicken complimentary gear and it turned out to be a super fun way to speed through bounties, torment 16 rifts, and key hunting. it was surprisingly efficient at that level; lightning fast, movement wise.

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Well where to start...

Im thankful that youre still trying to create some content for this game, but that being said there are so many questionmarks... what were you thinking...

I get it that youre trying to make a viable Twister Build, but am i reading it right that youre not only killing every channeling build out there, AND give us a 3rd weapon option for the Build ? ( Etched Sigil offhand and Twister Sword, Rebuke and Deathwish ?)

making the Twister Build only really viable in the new Season?

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some stupid typos

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2 hours ago, Valhalen said:

Ohhh they're buffing Leapquake? I love it.

i want to try this so bad, but it's hard to break the spin-to-win habit dating back 20 years in diablo 2 with my trusty [superior lance] 🙂

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2 minutes ago, TyZone said:

i want to try this so bad, but it's hard to break the spin-to-win habit dating back 20 years in diablo 2 with my trusty [superior lance] 🙂

Understandable. Old habits die hard, lol. However, Leapquake is by far my favorite build in the entire game. I hope they bring it back on Diablo IV.

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I am a fan of Diablo since diablo I.

Diablo two was fantastic due to the ability we had to create our custom rooms, and interact with players and negotiate. A communication gap that made Diablo III too impersonal and lost a lot of the game soul.

Now, I just fell that the changes are too minimal. We want more items, a lot more items! More innovation more crazy items like charms and the "Anny". Big variaty of crazy receipts and ingredients like we could do in diablo II cube. 

I still like diablo but is getting boring and boring each season. 

Our current big surprises are just fixes and minimal adjusts on items properties and cosmetic rewards that doesn't give any real excitement.

Diablo became a very repetitive play, a eternal dejavu with not really much space for different builds and personality. Everybody has too end up with the same two or three options that really work for specific class and the are no real player interation. I hope DIV completelly redesign the game to be again that small  world that we could have more space for creation and with 100 times more items...

 

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8 hours ago, gabrielgarciapro said:

I am a fan of Diablo since diablo I.

Diablo two was fantastic due to the ability we had to create our custom rooms, and interact with players and negotiate. A communication gap that made Diablo III too impersonal and lost a lot of the game soul.

Now, I just fell that the changes are too minimal. We want more items, a lot more items! More innovation more crazy items like charms and the "Anny". Big variaty of crazy receipts and ingredients like we could do in diablo II cube. 

I still like diablo but is getting boring and boring each season. 

Our current big surprises are just fixes and minimal adjusts on items properties and cosmetic rewards that doesn't give any real excitement.

Diablo became a very repetitive play, a eternal dejavu with not really much space for different builds and personality. Everybody has too end up with the same two or three options that really work for specific class and the are no real player interation. I hope DIV completelly redesign the game to be again that small  world that we could have more space for creation and with 100 times more items...

The thing is: Diablo was always repetitive. Saying that Diablo II had "build variety" is pretty untrue. Sure, it was more flexible than Diablo III since sets didn't play a huge role, but it was very limited. Yeah, you could come up with crazy builds, but most of them were not very effective.

As for the seasons, I'm surprised the devs are still even making seasons. But Diablo III is on maintenance mode for years now as they make Diablo IV. There is little to no reason to add new content. At least they keep rebalancing stuff.

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13 hours ago, Notoriousthf said:

Is bombsader back? after a long time?

This is exactly the build I want try on the PTR, Notoriousthf. Especially given the added Akkhan set bonus too. I wonder what might work best in the free 4th Cube slot?

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1 hour ago, Metro said:

This is exactly the build I want try on the PTR, Notoriousthf. Especially given the added Akkhan set bonus too. I wonder what might work best in the free 4th Cube slot?

What about thorns bomber?

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On 9/28/2020 at 12:26 PM, peltfire said:

What about thorns bomber?

Bombsader is thorns.

 

On 9/28/2020 at 10:26 AM, Metro said:

This is exactly the build I want try on the PTR, Notoriousthf. Especially given the added Akkhan set bonus too. I wonder what might work best in the free 4th Cube slot?

Definitely would want the Nervold's Fervor set, which also got buffed.

Another option is the classic blockbardment Invoker(2-4) Akkhan6 With Nervold's Fervor. This was my go to for solo while bombsader was still popular. Justice Lantern is required. Here's a link to my old build: https://www.diablofans.com/builds/98677-akkhan-blockbardment-crusader-gr95

4th slot will depend on whether or not we choose to run Akkhan's talisman. After all, Endless Time set and Hellfire Amulet are also powerful here (If using Lord Commander, Heavenly Strength, Iron Maiden, Finery, then Hold Your Ground for Blockbardment), I can see Pylon being the 4th option, Blood Brother for Blockbardment.

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Test etched sigil with hydras? It no longer works for LoD hydra build! there I tested it and am very very sad :(

 

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Ok, the Paragon stat for gold is objectively the least meaningful of them all, but why change it from bonus gold to pickup radius? My pets vacuum the gold just fine, thanks.

Edit hours later to add it didn't immediately dawn on me that this may ultimately be more beneficial for certain skills, though if we're being honest I still haven't put that much thought into it.

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      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.
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      Items
      General
      Haedrig’s Gifts now grants all class sets and we have a new rotation schedule. This upcoming season, depending on which class you choose, Haedrig’s Gifts will reward you with Horde of the Ninety Savages, Aegis of Valor, Gears of Dreadlands, Patterns of Justice, Masquerade of the Burning Carnival, Mundunugu’s Regalia, or Typhon’s Veil. Stone Gauntlets now drops for all classes. Paragon Bonus Gold Find has been changed to Gold Pickup Radius at 0.1 per point. Item Changes
      New Item* Gelmindor’s Marrow Guards: Bone Spear cast from Simulacrums deal 400-500% 300-400% increased damage. Developer's Note: We see how strong this is performing. We would like to tweak it back a little for now.
      Ivory Tower: Rapid multiple blocks will now scale the damage for Fires of Heaven, up to a maximum of 2.5 times damage. Mantle of Channeling: Removed the 1 second start up before the power takes effect. The Twisted Sword: The Twisted Sword: Energy Twister damage is increased by 125-150% for each Energy Twister you have out up to a maximum of 5. The Raging Storm rune is automatically applied to Energy Twister and allows the tornado to merge with 3 additional Energy Twisters. Unfortunately, this item is not available with PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em. Developer's Note: We want to address the lag situation of multiple Energy Twisters doing AoE by allowing them to combine up to 5 while dealing with their combined damage. We will monitor the situation and see if this is the correct approach. 
      Etched Sigil: While channeling Arcane Torrent, Disintegrate, or Ray of Frost, the damage of your Energy Twister is increased by 200-250%, and you also cast Energy Twister every second. Fragment of Destiny: Your Signature Spells attack 50% faster and deal triple damage. You gain a Spectral buff whenever you land an attack with a Signature Spell. Hydras deal 25-30% increased damage for each Spectral stack. Max 10 stacks. Valthek's Rebuke: Energy Twister now travels in a straight path and deals 300-400% increased damage. Winter Flurry: Enemies killed by Cold damage have a 25% chance to release a Frost Nova. Your Hydra deals 125-150% increased damage to enemies in a Blizzard. Wizardspike: Performing an attack has a 25% chance to hurl a Frozen Orb. Arcane Orb deals 300-350% increased damage. Delsere's Magnum Opus: 6 piece bonus increased from 8500% to 12500%. The Typhon's Veil: 6 piece bonus increased from 1300% to 2000%. Norvald's Fervor: Buff 2 piece bonus damage from 100% to 400% Armor of Akkhan: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 1500% to 2000% Roland's Legacy: Buff 4 piece bonus damage from 13,000% to 17,500% Seeker of the Light: Buff 6 piece Blessed Hammer bonus damage from 12,000% to 15,000% Belt of the Trove: Every 4 seconds, call down Bombardment on a random nearby enemy. Bombardment deals 400-500% increased damage. Mortal Drama: Double the number of Bombardment impacts. Bombardement deals 400-500% increased damage. Thorns of The Invoker: 2-Piece bonus decreased from 350% to 90% and has a cap of 10 stacks. 6-piece bonus increased from 15,000% to 67,500% and increased attack speed bonus from 50% to 100%. Developer's Note: This is to address the Bombardment build that Crusaders have been tearing across the board. We've severely nerfed the 2-piece and compensated in the 6-piece. We also thought about extending the duration of the buff past 2 seconds, but we rather change a couple of things first rather than too many things to see how things play out.
      Manajuma's Way: Angry Chicken explosion damage increased from 400% to 2000%. Manajuma's Way now includes a third legendary affix, which allows angry chicken to spawn a chicken that seeks enemies every second that deals 25% of the angry chicken's explosion damage.  Developer's Note: This build wasn't clearing T16 as fast as we want, so we wanted to give it more juice in an interesting way
      New Item* Ursua's Trodden Effigy: New Witch Doctor Legendary mojo buffing Zombie Charger 100-150%, and spawning more Zombie Bears. Unfortunately, this item is not available with PTR vendor, Djank Mi'em. Developer's Note: More, Bears
      Spirit of Arachyr: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%. Helltooth Harness: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 9000% to 17,500%. Scrimshaw: Reduces the Mana cost of Zombie Charger by 75% and increases its damage by 6-7 times. Inna's Mantra: Buff 6 piece bonus damage from 750% to 950%. Shenlong's Spirit: Damage bonus increased from 200% to 350%. Uliana's Strategem Set: Now has 77% damage reduction for 7 seconds after applying Exploding Palm. Developer's Note: This set needed damage reduction much more than a damage boost, so we'll see where this takes it.
      Gungdo Gear: Exploding Palm's on-death explosion applies Exploding Palm. Exploding Palm's damage is increased by 75-100%. Blade of the Tribes: War Cry and Threatening Shout cause an Avalanche and Earthquake. Avalanche and Earthquake both deal 150-200% increased damage. Consolidated Blade of the Tribes Earthquake affix into the new legendary affix so that it's no longer two affixes that buff Earthquake.   
      Developer's Note: This item had a standard affix that boosted earthquake by up to 200%, along with a legendary affix that boosted Avalanche and Earthquake. We've combined those two which means also buffing Avalanche at the same time.
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      Bug Fixes
      Fixed an issue with PC Win32 (32-bit) and macOS clients crashing. Please share any issues on our PTR Bug Report section Fixed Wizardspike to more properly proc Frozen Orb. Simulacrums casting Grim Scythe with Haunted Visions no longer gain double benefit from Trag’Ouls Corroded Fang (currently bugged on the PTR) Blessed Hammer will now destroy itself after hitting 63 targets. Reduced the tick rate of Energy Twister by half and doubled its damage. (currently looking into improving this) Reverted Energy Twister's tick rate and damage back to normal which is 0.5 seconds per tick. Fixed legacy items stacking with the new items from this PTR: Gundo Gear, Blade of the Tribes, Scrimshaw, Belt of the Trove, Mortal Drama, Winter Flurry, Wizardspike, Etched Sigil, and Fragment of Destiny Fixed Necromancer's pets doing extra damage to cursed enemies from a bug caused by the original fix for Haunted Visions + Trag'Ouls Corroded Fang. Return to Top
      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
      It seems the PTR will continue after all, as we get another week on the test realm with some adjustments to the theme, items and more.
      PTR (source)
      10/20 UPDATE
      PTR is scheduled for an Update (scheduled for this week)
      – PTR and will be extended to 10/27 Patch will include:
      – Seasonal Theme Adjustments
      – Item Nerfs/Buffs/Updates
      – Bug Fixes
      – Dev Comments
    • By Staff
      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 (source)
      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.
    • By Staff
      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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