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It seems an item has been causing a lot of issues for players, but Blizzard was quick to fix it:
Razor Strop Fix (source)
Today we addressed an issue related to the Razor Strop item. After some investigation, it appears that the item was causing long game freezes for players and making it difficult for some to connect to games.
A fix has been applied, and we will keep our eyes peeled if the issue persists. Thanks everyone!
The new season starts today at 5 PM PST/CET/KST, and we have the guides ready. The season and patch change things up in the solo department and bring tweaks to Firebird, Bones of Rathma, and Gears of the Dreadlands, including more items. You can also check out our other handy season-related guides here, with a follower-centric one for the new systems and abilities here.
But enough introing, let's get to it!
Support GR Build with Raekor and HotNS Sets (Top) Frenzy Build with the Horde of the Ninety Savages Set (Top) Rend Build with Wrath of the Wastes Set (Top) Leap/Earthquake Build with Might of the Earth Set (High) Seismic Slam Build with Might of the Earth Set (High) Furious Charge Build with Immortal King and Raekor Sets(Mid) Hammer of the Ancients Build with the Raekor Set (Mid) Hammer of the Ancients Build with the Immortal King Set (Mid) Hammer of the Ancients GR Build With LoD (Mid) Whirlwind GR Build with Wrath of the Wastes Set (Low) Frenzy/Thorns Build with Legacy of Nightmares Set (Low)
Heaven's Fury Build with Aegis of Valor Set (Top) Thorns Bombardment Build with Akkhan and Invoker Sets (Top) Thorns Build with Invoker Set (High) Blessed Hammer (Hammerdin) Build with Seeker of the Light Set (Mid) Sweep Attack Build with Roland's Set (Mid) Blessed Shield Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid) Condemn Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid) Fist of the Heavens Build with Aegis of Valor Set (Mid) Condemn Build with Akkhan Set (Low) Shield Bash Build with Roland's Set (Low)
Support Build with Gears of Dreadlands/Marauder (Top) Hungering Arrow Build with Gears of Dreadlands (Top) Rapid Fire Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Rapid Fire Build with Natalya's Vengeance (High) Sentry Build with Natalya's and Marauder Set (High) Shadow's Mantle Build with Impale (High) Multishot Build with Unhallowed Essence Set (High) Cluster Arrow Build with Marauder Set (Mid) Grenade Build with Unhallowed Essence Sets (Mid) Rain of Vengeance Build with Natalya's Set (Mid) Fan of Knives Build with Legacy of Dreams (Low) Chakram Build with Unhallowed Essence Set (Low)
Support Build with Inna's Mantra Set (Top) Tempest Rush Build with the Patterns of Justice Set (Top) Tempest Rush Build with Sunwuko Set (Top) Wave of Light Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Wave of Light Build with Sunwuko or Inna Sets (High) Crippling Wave Build with Raiment and Shenlong Sets (High) Seven-Sided Strike Build with Uliana's Stratagem Set (High) Lashing Tail Kick Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid) Lashing Tail Kick Build with Sunwuko Set (Mid) Exploding Palm and Mystic Ally Build with Inna's Mantra Set (Low)
Necromancer Support Build With Pestilence Set (Top) Bone Spear Build with the Masquerade set (Top) Corpse Explosion Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Poison Scythe Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Bone Spirit Build with Rathma Set (High) Army of the Dead Build with Rathma Set (High) Generator Build with Grace of Inarius Set (High) Skeletal Mage Singularity "Rat" Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Corpse Lance Build with Legacy of Dreams Set (High) Corpse Lance Build with Pestilence or Trag'Oul Set (Mid) Thorns Skeletons Build with Legacy of Dreams (Mid) Skeletal Mages Build With Trag'Oul and Jesseth Sets (Mid) Blood Nova Build with Legacy of Dreams (Low)
Spirit Barrage Build with the Mundunugu's Regalia Set (Top) Carnevil Poison Dart Build with Zunimassa Set (High) Carnevil Dagger of Darts Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Spirit Barrage Build with Legacy of Dreams (High) Soul Harvest Build with Jade Harvester Set (Mid) Zombie Bears Build with Helltooth Set (Mid) Firebats Build with Spirit of Arachyr Set (High) Gargantuan Build with Zunimassa Set (Mid) Gargantuan Build with Helltooth Set (Low) Acid Cloud Build with Helltooth Set (Low) Grasp of the Dead Build with Helltooth Set (Low)
Mirror Images Build with Firebird Set (Top) Frozen Orb Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Energy Twister Build with Legacy of Dreams (Top) Flame Blades Build with Firebird Set (High) Archon Build with Vyr Set (High) Mammoth Hydra Build with Legacy of Dreams(High) Energy Twister Build with DMO Set (High) Frozen Orb Build with DMO Set (High) Frost Hydra Build with Typhon's Veil (Mid) Arcane Orbit Build with DMO Set (Low) Meteor Build with Firebird or Tal Rasha Sets (Mid) Explosive Blast Farming Build with Tal Rasha Set (Low)
We hope you have fun in the new season, and you can check out the full patch notes here.
Season 23 starts today, and we're looking at which class to play and the tier rankings.
Solo Greater Rift Push Build Rankings for Season 23
If you like to play alone and would like to push rifts, we recommend you the following builds for each class, with more builds listed in our solo Greater Rift pushing guide.
Barbarian: Wrath of the Wastes Rend Build Crusader: Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Build + Thorns Bombardment Build Demon Hunter: GoD Hungering Arrow Build Monk: Sunwuko Tempest Rush Build Necromancer: Masquerade Bone Spear Build Witch Doctor: Mundunugu Spirit Barrage Build Wizard: Firebird Flame Blades Build Speed Farming Tier Lists for Season 23
These are your best class choices if you prioritize speed-clearing bounties, Greater Rifts, or Torment 16 standard rifts in Season 23. For more details, check out our speed farming and rankings guide.
S-Tier: Necromancer, Demon Hunter A-Tier: Wizard, Barbarian B-Tier: Monk C-Tier: Witch Doctor, Crusader The Group Meta for Season 23
Determining the exact meta is more complex, which is why we're listing class roles at which the classes excel in Season 23. You can find a more in-depth look at how individual classes perform in a group environment in our group meta overview.
Best Trash Killers for Season 23 will be Masquerade Bone Spear Necromancer. LoD Poison Scythe Necromancer and Firebird Flame Blades Wizard. Best Rift Guardian Killer compositions revolve around DPS builds that focus on single-target damage, mainly stacking the Bane of the Stricken gem. The best ones are Aegis of Valor Heaven's Fury Crusader and Firebirds Flame Blades Wizard. Best at Grouping are Support Barbarians with their Ancient Spear and other classes that utilize items like The Executioner and Strongarm Bracers. Best Tank Support for Season 23 goes to Inna Monk! The best class for Experience Farming is Wrath of the Wastes Rend Barbarian since Barbarians can move extremely fast while dealing consistently high AoE damage. We hope you will enjoy Season 23, and we'll see you in the game!
Something went awry with Followers on consoles, so Blizzard will release a hotfix to address a few of their skills.
The hotfix should be live within the next 12-24 hours.
Hello all -
We are currently working on a hotfix that will address an issue with a few follower skills on console. Night’s Veil (Scoundrel), Erosion (Enchantress) and Onslaught (Templar) will be part of this hotfix. We will have an update here in the next 12-24 hours on deployment on this for all consoles and I will update this thread once this is deployed!
Diablo 3 Season 23 is coming on Friday at 5, and it's one of the bigger ones in recent memory (at least for solo players), so we poked our resident expert and guide writer Deadset to hear his thoughts on the upcoming season, currently live patch and all the changes it's bringing with it. One of the major things discussed is the change for Leaderboards, with each set getting its own!
Firstly, I can't help but notice that Season 23 continues a tested Blizzard tradition of starting out on a holiday. This date of choice this time is April 2nd, which is Easter weekend for western countries - and falls less than a week from the Season 22 end date, March 28th. I have mixed feelings about this choice; part of the playerbase might appreciate the chance to grind on a holiday weekend, but others have already voiced their displeasure with what seems a rushed start, and especially their irritation with the inconsistency of seasons' end and start dates. The closeness of the new Season start to end of the previous Season's leaderboard push grind certainly doesn't help. A more uniform approach will be helpful to players that need to schedule time off work, especially if they plan a more focused burst of grind at the start. Let's hope this is something Blizzard considers going forward.
Season Theme - Follower and Leaderboard Changes
The seasonal theme for Season 23 is a mildly amusing topic, since it doesn't have a "theme" in the strict sense of the word. The patch notes have worded the follower changes - which are not to be underestimated, mind you - as the "theme" this time around, but the companion rework applies to non-seasonal players as well, which makes it a little hard to pass off as something exciting to restart a character around. With that being said, the cosmetic rewards of Season 23 are excellent - with the return of the Emerald Dragon pet, as well as the addition a very memorable Lacuni pet and Butcher-themed portrait. If you are a cosmetics-driven player, you definitely have an incentive to grind the Seasonal Journey out.
Speaking of the Seasonal Journey, the Conquests for Season 23 are some of the easiest and least annoying in the game, so if you're in just for a quick weekend, you can easily knock out Divinity, Speed Demon and Avarice and get on with your gaming life. Of course, we have full guides on those and the remaining conquests here on the website. The best Haedrig's Gifts this Season are for Demon Hunters (Unhallowed Essence) and Barbarians (Wrath of the Wastes), both of which will carry you through the Seasonal Journey before you can say "I'm grinding".
While we have a full guide on Followers and the changes made to their systems, which you can read here, I want to briefly touch upon the companion rework as one of the more notable changes to the game in recent memory. In Patch 2.7, followers turn from a ragtag bunch of mildly helpful walking buffs into nearly full-fledged characters, with the ability to equip a full character's worth of items - that's right, all 13 slots that you're used to on your character, plus the unique follower slot for the follower tokens. While dealing damage is still way out of their reach (they can't equip any damage-oriented sets), they have the ability to equip a plethora of incredibly useful legendary powers and have their effect apply to your character via a system called Emanate. This is an incredible buff to solo play, as your follower easily triples his overall usefulness with powers like Nemesis Bracers, The Flavor of Time,Avarice Band and the Cain and Sage sets, among others.
On the topic of seasonal changes, I should mention that of the unsung heroes of Patch 2.7 is the Leaderboard update, which now creates a separate Leaderboard for every set in the game, as well as a leaderboard for non-set (Legacy of Dreams-based) builds. I cannot overstate how good of a change that is for competitive and semi-competitive play, as well as the overall health and creativity within the game! Diablo 3 has often been (rightfully) admonished for pushing Leaderboard performance around the "meta set" of the Season, and having individual categories for specific playstyles is one of the better band-aids the set-centric Diablo system can hope to receive. I have nothing but praise for its implementation, and can't wait to see what players come up with as they push with their favorite off-meta builds!
The two targeted reworks in Patch 2.7 are the Bones of Rathma set for Necromancers and the Firebird's Finery set for Wizards. Keeping up with tradition, some of the changes are well warranted and amazing, while others leave us perplexed and confused as to their purpose. Let's dive briefly into what they bring!
Bones of Rathma
The Bones of Rathma have been changed into a Revive, Army of the Dead and Bone Spirit-centric set. Do not be fooled by the summoner-heavy appearance of the new Rathma Necro - he maintains a vast army of *permanent* minions at his side simply in order to reset and empower his nuke abilities. Note the emphasis on permanent; the developers very intentionally shifted the Rathma focus away from Skeletal Mages, which are a well trodden path for Necromancers, to say the least - all in all, a good mechanical shift on the dev's part. The set allows for two playstyles, one focusing on Army of the Dead, and another - on Bone Spirit for dealing damage, with dedicated items being created or buffed for both skills.
From a purely meta perspective, the current damage numbers and overall capability of Rathma playstyles hovers around the middle of the Necromancer pack, and will definitely not outclass staples like the Skeletal Mage "Rat" Necro or the Bone Spear Masquerade Necro. The playstyles however are solid, fun, and different - and likely just a few multipliers away from becoming flavor of the month, which is something we might see as early as next Season.
The Firebird's Finery set has been a maligned part of the Wizard arsenal for long, and with good reason; its ignition mechanic simply didn't bring anything inspiring to the table, and at some point early in Seasons' development, got vastly outclassed by other sets and builds. It has lingered dormant ever since, but the changes in Patch 2.7.0 just might bring it back to life!
The playstyle has been entirely shifted into a "set on fire - detonate stacks" playstyle that tries its best to shy away from the all-reaching grasp of channeling builds, but doesn't quite fully escape it. Currently, the set encourages you to ignite enemies with Disintegrate (finally, a use for the skill!) and then stop channeling altogether and incinerate your enemies into oblivion with an arsenal of non-channeling fire spells of your choice. While the meta points to Spectral Blade - Flame Blades as the optimal way to slice-and-dice-and-sear your foes, you can viably alter into a good number of other fiery incantations including Hydra, Meteor and others.
On top of that, one of the more curious interactions spotted in the PTR is the ability of Mirror Images (remember that skill?) to proc the combustion effects of the set, as your clones duplicate your spell selection - leading to a very interesting Mirror Images summoner build that will likely be the top end pusher for the Firebird set, albeit trapped in a channeling playstyle yet again. (Guess what you do if your clones are the one doing the manual attacks? That's right, keeping up the Deathwish buff.)
Gears of Dreadlands, Mundunugu's
Last but not least, the GoD Demon Hunter build was nerfed as well, but with a timely and reasonable buff to the The Ninth Cirri Satchel, developers have ensured the build remains well into the strong category, and we won't have to endure a dominant Sentry meta once again. The Mundunugu Spirit Barrage build however got hit hard, and with no compensation for this or any other WD build in sight, the Witch Doctor community has every reason to be irritated with the state of the class this season.
With some very robust (and frankly, unexpected and welcome!) mechanical changes like the follower and Leaderboard reworks, Season 23 has the potential to be one of the game's best Seasons yet. On the other hand, the lack of a discernible Season theme and the meandering numeric changes on what are supposed to be the fresh new builds of the Season dampen the excitement of the community overall. I remain hopeful that the acknowledgment of the miscalculated nerfs will lead to a last minute reversal of fates for Firebird at least, and we can have a true - if you would pardon the pun - Phoenix of a Season!