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This thread is for comments about our Leap/Earthquake Barbarian Build Guide.

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Is it not better to use Earth set items, gloves, shoulders and pants then use a leo's crown with a big diamond in it for the huge CDR? instead of the bonus fire dmg from andariels/magefists (depending what item you swap out?). Sure a 5 second CD of Leap is better than the 10second CD of leap with an extra 20% dmg on it?

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Is it not better to use Earth set items, gloves, shoulders and pants then use a leo's crown with a big diamond in it for the huge CDR? instead of the bonus fire dmg from andariels/magefists (depending what item you swap out?). Sure a 5 second CD of Leap is better than the 10second CD of leap with an extra 20% dmg on it?

Hey, Maurier

In most situations when a player struggles building up CDR for better uptimes on WotB, Leoric's Crown is probably the best choice and Andariel's Visage on the list is a mistake that will be fixed. Magefist is a really solid alternative if you have no access to Leoric's Crown. 

Thanks for pointing it out.

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I dont like the build. Tried it with some good gear on t8. never was so fast down with a single grp with 2 groups of champs. no survival skills no escapeskills.

 

i am sure that i played not perfect but i simple dont like this.

 

also i think whirlwind on t10 is much faster and safer

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I dont like the build. Tried it with some good gear on t8. never was so fast down with a single grp with 2 groups of champs. no survival skills no escapeskills.

 

i am sure that i played not perfect but i simple dont like this.

 

also i think whirlwind on t10 is much faster and safer

I completely agree.  I have a full IK set with a decent ancient wep (though not the Gavel I'm supposed to have) and I can fly through t8.  I was so excited to try this build once I finally got all the right pieces in place, and I got absolutely murder-faced, still on t8, on just about every pull.  What am I missing? Did something get nerfed at the beginning of this patch?

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I completely agree.  I have a full IK set with a decent ancient wep (though not the Gavel I'm supposed to have) and I can fly through t8.  I was so excited to try this build once I finally got all the right pieces in place, and I got absolutely murder-faced, still on t8, on just about every pull.  What am I missing? Did something get nerfed at the beginning of this patch?

 

Nerfs did not occur, but neither did any reworks - the set is simply begging for a revision, as it is the oldest Barb set from Reaper of Souls and hasn't been designed for difficulties over t6. Some minor adjustments can be made (mixing with IK, cubing some of the necessary items), but it simply doesn't hold up to the newer sets without a redesign.

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I completely agree.  I have a full IK set with a decent ancient wep (though not the Gavel I'm supposed to have) and I can fly through t8.  I was so excited to try this build once I finally got all the right pieces in place, and I got absolutely murder-faced, still on t8, on just about every pull.  What am I missing? Did something get nerfed at the beginning of this patch?

 

Nerfs did not occur, but neither did any reworks - the set is simply begging for a revision, as it is the oldest Barb set from Reaper of Souls and hasn't been designed for difficulties over t6. Some minor adjustments can be made (mixing with IK, cubing some of the necessary items), but it simply doesn't hold up to the newer sets without a redesign.

 

I can confirm that this is correct, the set WAS powerful, as was this build, but when compared with the new or reworked sets, it simply doesn't compare, i attempted to use this set and even in t6 it's damage potential is no where near a hota set, sad but true i was looking forward to trying it for speed running though rifts, but my hota build is faster.

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In the new revision to the build posted today, it looks like there is an error in the passives.  Berserker Rage is listed in the skill section, but the text says it should be Earthen Might.

 

Still reading the rest of it, but already excited to try it out...!

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Yes using Dread Iron belt is pointless in the build unless you use the spell ground stomp Deadset needs to learn how to upload build correctly the belt does nothing at all towards the build best off using String of ear's instead. So for anyone that is going to use this build dont use Dread Iron belt unless u use the spell grpund stomp also in the setup

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It also increases Avalanches damage by up to 200%.

Since both Shouts cast Avalanche in addition to EQ, you will more than notice the extra damage.

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War Cry and Threatening Shout Cause an Avalanche and Earthquake. So you do use avalanche in that sense. You don't have a rune for it since you don't have it on the skill bar, but it's still a source of extra damage so it's definitely not pointless.

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This build needs to be updated. Animosity is useless here. Swap out animosity for Earthen Might. Every leap gives you 30 Fury. Every Warcry use gives you 60. Every Threatening Shout gives you 60. Try it, it works.

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The confusion probably comes from the fact that the pre-patch version of the belt does not have the Avalanche damage increase, so if you're looking at a belt you already had, it would appear pointless.  But the post-patch version has up to a 200% increase, and as pointed out, with Avalanche being triggered by War Cry and Threatening Shout, it is far from pointless.

 

NOTE --> Something I've been meaning to post is that the guide should include a note clarifying the use of the belt.  It's confusing at first since you're not making use of the Legendary Power.

 

By the way, you can take pre-patch Legendaries and reforge them in the Cube to turn them into post-patch versions.

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This build needs to be updated. Animosity is useless here. Swap out animosity for Earthen Might. Every leap gives you 30 Fury. Every Warcry use gives you 60. Every Threatening Shout gives you 60. Try it, it works.

 

If you read the text, Earthen Might is one of the passives.  They made a mistake and left it out of the skill list at the top.  But it replaces Berserker Rage, not Animosity.  Berserker Rage is not helpful because you dump all your Fury with Boulder Toss as soon as it's full, so you don't spend a significant amount of time near max fury.  Animosity is useful because of the +20 maximum Fury.  Boulder Toss does 20% weapon damage per point of Fury spent, so Animosity (potentially) gives you an extra 400% weapon damage per boulder.

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In the new revision to the build posted today, it looks like there is an error in the passives.  Berserker Rage is listed in the skill section, but the text says it should be Earthen Might.

 

Still reading the rest of it, but already excited to try it out...!

 

I'm also confused by the opening lines in Section 2, Strategy:  "The typical rotation during a fight includes a triple barbarian_leap.pngLeap into the thick of enemies".

 

How, exactly, are we doing a triple Leap when it's got a 10 second cooldown, and *before* doing any of the abilities of the 2pc bonus which would reduce the remaining cd?  Is there some passive effect somewhere else that I'm missing?

 

EDIT:  never mind, I was drunk on cheese when I read the description the first time; what I was missing were the unique_boots_009_x1_demonhunter_male.pngLut Socks

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Hardcore barb here, unwilling to play without my cheat death proc passive, which of the passives is easiest to cut while maintaining a functional build.

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How, exactly, are we doing a triple Leap when it's got a 10 second cooldown, and *before* doing any of the abilities of the 2pc bonus which would reduce the remaining cd?  Is there some passive effect somewhere else that I'm missing?

 

EDIT:  never mind, I was drunk on cheese when I read the description the first time; what I was missing were the unique_boots_009_x1_demonhunter_male.pngLut Socks

I was surprised to find that, while tripple-jumping with the Lut Socks, you can cast Threatening Shout even in midair.  You don't even have to pause, which makes it easy to get the damage bonus and still get in all three jumps.

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I'm using In-Geom http://us.battle.net/d3/en/item/ingeom instead of the furnace in the cube. It's - in my point of view - a viable option instead of a furnace. Why is that? With in-geom you can reduce the CD of all skills by 10s, 15s after you kill a group of elite / goblins / rift guardians /  bosses. If you time it right you could kill a rift guardian in some seconds with multiple leaps (10s cd) + Threatening Shout (10s cd, so you could use it after the internal cd of ~1s again) in a rift with suitable difficulty.

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Hey there!

You talked about that new buff on Dread Iron, i think, its simular to Blade of the Tribes buff on Earthquake and for the following question in a way expandable on buffs on Bouldertoss, Earthquake an Avalanche on shoes, chest and shoulder.

Having 6 piece of MotE you gain 800% increased damage on earthquake and other skills ...

Gaining 200% increased damage of an identical buff will

give you 800% + 200% = 1,000% (better to say eleven times) increased damage

or even

give you 800% * 200% (which means twentyseven times) increased damage?

 

It's quite important to know, because 15% buff on earthquake from your chest might effectivly increase your damage by only 1.3% if the buffs are additive (800%+200%+15% = 1015% compared to 800% + 200%)

And 200% buff on Avalanche, which isn't casted as often as Earthquake, would increase your damage dealt by Avalanche by 22.2%.

 

As the guide recommends these 15% buffs for some skills already buffed by MotE i hope, you have an answer!

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Hello there :> Terrific work as usual.

 

One question: after I do the three-leap+boulder-to-the-face combo, I still have a second or two left on the leap cooldowns. I've seen videos of people chaining it and I have no idea how. I even have CDR on the shoulders, in the helm gem and maxed as paragon, but I still can't permaleap like I've seen so many people do.

 

What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

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As the guide recommends these 15% buffs for some skills already buffed by MotE i hope, you have an answer!

 

Hello! Damage increases in Diablo are an unfortunately hidden and convoluted system. The 200% damage rolls for Avalanche (on Dread Iron) and Earthquake (on Blade of the Tribes) fall into the same category of damage increases (skill damage rolls) as skill rolls on gear, and are additive with each other. The set bonus is an independent multiplier. Hopefully that cleared some of the confusion?

 

Hello there :> Terrific work as usual.

 

One question: after I do the three-leap+boulder-to-the-face combo, I still have a second or two left on the leap cooldowns. I've seen videos of people chaining it and I have no idea how. I even have CDR on the shoulders, in the helm gem and maxed as paragon, but I still can't permaleap like I've seen so many people do.

 

What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

 

Thanks! Have you maxed Fury in Paragons? Have you taken Animosity? These are potential little omissions that can lead to an incomplete reset.

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The damage of Explosive Blast is increased by 300-400% and 3 additional blasts are triggered after casting Explosive Blast. Note: Existing versions of this item will also be changed to include the damage roll in the orange text, but will always roll a damage roll equal to the previous maximum possible. Set Items Barbarian Immortal King’s Call (6) Set While both Wrath of the Berserker and Call of the Ancients is active, you deal 400% 750% 1500% increased damage. Might of the Earth (6) Set Increase the damage of Earthquake, Avalanche, Leap, Ground Stomp, Ancient Spear and Seismic Slam by 1200% 3000% 5600%. The Legacy of Raekor (4) Set Furious Charge gains the effect of every rune and deals 300% 500% 1000% increased damage. (6) Set Every use of Furious Charge increases the damage of your next Fury-spending attack by 750% 1500% 2800%. This effect stacks. Every use of a Fury-spending attack consumes up to 5 stacks. Wrath of the Wastes (4) Set During Whirlwind and for 3 seconds after, you gain 50% damage reduction and your applied Rends deal triple damage. (6) Set Whirlwind gains the effect of the Dust Devils rune and all Whirlwind damage is increased by 800% 1700% 3400% 3000%. Bul-Kathos' Oath (2) Set Increases Fury Generation by 10 15 During Whirlwind you gain 30% 45% increased attack speed and movement speed Crusader Armor of Akkhan (6) Set While Akarat's Champion is active, you deal 600% 900% 1000% 1300% 1500% increased damage and take 15% 20% 50% less damage. Roland's Legacymonke (4) Set Increase the damage of Shield Bash and Sweep Attack by 2500% 3300%. Seeker of the Light (6) Set Increase the damage of Blessed Hammer by 1250% 1500% 2000% and Falling Sword by 500% 1000%. Thorns of the Invoker (2) Set Your Thorns damage now hits all enemies in a 15 yard radius around you. Each time you hit an enemy with Punish, Slash, or block an attack your Thorns is increased by 35% 115% 70% 140% for 2 seconds. Note: There is currently an issue which causes the actual Thorns increase to be 35% instead of 70%; this will be fixed in an upcoming PTR patch (6) Set The attack speed of Punish and Slash are increased by 50% and deal 800% 1600% 2700% 5400% of your Thorns damage to the first enemy hit. Demon Hunter Embodiment of the Marauder (4) Set Sentries deal 400% 100% 400% increased damage and cast Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, and Cluster Arrow when you do (6) Set Your primary skills, Elemental Arrow, Chakram, Impale, Multishot, Cluster Arrow, Companions, and Vengeance deal 1200% 2100% 2400% 2500% 3000% increased damage for every active Sentry Natalya’s Vengeance (6) Set After casting Rain of Vengeance, deal 500% 750% 2500% 3500% increased damage and take 60% reduced damage for 10 seconds The Shadow's Mantle (6) Set Impale deals an additional 40000% 50000% weapon damage to the first enemy hit. Unhallowed Essence (6) Set Your generators, Multishot, and Vengeance deal 40% 70% 100% increased damage for every point of Discipline you have. Monk Inna’s Mantra (6) Set Gain the five runed Mystic Allies at all times and your damage is increased by 125% 150% for each Mystic Ally you have out. Monkey King’s Garb (6) Set Has been redesigned. Lashing Tail Kick, Tempest Rush, and Wave of Light have their damage increased by 600% 1000% for each stack of Sweeping Wind you have. Raiment of a Thousand Storms (6) Set Your Spirit Generators increase the weapon damage of Dashing Strike to 12500% 13000% for 6 seconds and Dashing Strike increases the damage of your Spirit Generators by 1250% 1300% for 6 seconds. Uliana’s Stratagem (4) Set Your Seven-Sided Strike deals double 777% its total damage with each hit. (6) Set Increase the damage of your Exploding Palm by 250% 1800% 2100% and your Seven-Sided Strike detonates your Exploding Palm Shenlong's Spirit The damage of your Spirit Generators is increased by 1.5% 2% for each point of Spirit you have When reaching maximum Spirit, all damage is increased by 150% 200%, but you no longer passively regenerate Spirit and 65 Spirit is drained every second until you run out of Spirit Necromancer Bones of Rathma (6) Set Each active Skeletal Mage increases the damage of your minions and Army of the Dead by 625% 1000%. Grace of Inarius (6) Set Bone Armor also activates a swirling tornado of bone, damaging nearby enemies for 750% 1000% weapon damage and increasing the damage they take from the Necromancer by 2750% 3750%. Pestilence Master’s Shroud (4) Set Each enemy you hit with Bone Spear, Corpse Lance or Corpse Explosion reduces your damage taken by 2%, up to a maximum of 50%. Lasts 15 seconds. (6) Set Each corpse you consume grants you an Empowered Bone Spear charge that increases the damage of your next Bone Spear by 3000% 4000% 3300%. In addition, Corpse Lance and Corpse Explosion damage is increased by 1500% 2000% 1650%. Trag’Oul’s Avatar (6) Set Your Life-spending abilities deal 3300% increased damage but cost twice as much Life. Your healing from skills is increased by 100%. Witch Doctor Helltooth Harness (2) Set Enemies hit by your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, or Wall of Death are afflicted by Necrosis, becoming Slowed, taking 1500% weapon damage every second, and taking 20% increased damage from your attacks for 10 seconds. (6) Set After casting Wall of Death, gain 1400% 1700% 5100% 3700% 4400% increased damage for 15 seconds to your primary skills, Acid Cloud, Firebats, Zombie Charger, Zombie Dogs, Gargantuan, Grasp of the Dead, Piranhas, and Wall of Death. Note: This set bonus is being temporarily disabled to fix an issue with the set. It will be re-enabled in a later PTR patch. Note: The damage bonus for you against enemies affected with Necrosis causes performance issues when encountering high density. This change is not intended to be a nerf and, when coupled with the six-piece change, should be a net buff for the complete set. This change should not change the gameplay style of this set. Raiment of the Jade Harvester (2) Set When Haunt lands on an enemy already affected by Haunt, it instantly deals 120 480 560 seconds worth of Haunt damage. (6) Set Soul Harvest reduces damage taken by 50% for 12 seconds and consumes your damage over time effects on enemies, instantly dealing 300 1200 1400 1650 seconds worth of remaining damage. Spirit of Arachyr (6) Set The damage of your creature skills is increased by 2400% 4500% 3900% 4500%. Creature skills are Corpse Spiders, Plague of Toads, Firebats, Locust Swarm, Hex, and Piranhas.  Zunimassa's Haunt (6) Set Enemies hit by your Mana spenders take 2500% 5500% increased damage from your pets for 8 seconds. Wizard Delsere’s Magnum Opus (6) Set Enemies affected by your Slow Time and for 5 seconds after exiting take 3500% 4100% 3800% increased damage from your Arcane Orb, Energy Twister, Explosive Blast, Magic Missile, Shock Pulse, Spectral Blade, and Wave of Force abilities. Firebird’s Finery (6) Set Your damage is increased by 120% 200% 150% 250% 200% and damage taken reduced by 3% for each enemy that is Ignited. This effect can stack up to 20 times. You always receive the maximum bonus whenever a nearby Elite monster is Ignited. Vyr’s Amazing Arcana (6) Set Increased number of Archon stacks gained when hitting with an Archon ability from 1 to 2 You also gain Archon stacks when you hit with an Archon ability. Archon stacks now also reduce damage taken by 0.15% and have their damage bonus increased to 18% 25% 50% Chantodo's Resolve (2) Set Every second while in Archon form you expel a Wave of Destruction, dealing 350% 600% 1000% weapon damage to enemies within 30 yards Every time you hit with an attack while not in Archon form, 350% 600% weapon damage is added to the Wave of Destruction, stacking up to 20 times Other Items Shields acquired by Necromancer players can now properly roll the +Max Essence affix Bug Fixes Fixed an issue where Mimics created from Rabid Strike were not correctly inheriting the player’s bonus damage from Lashing Tail Kick, Seven Sided Strike, Cyclone Strike, Exploding Palm and Wave of Light. Fixed an issue where after dying, the pet damage bonus granted from Jesseth Arms could sometimes be lost if skeletons are re-commanded onto the same target. Fixed an issue preventing the free Blood Nova granted by the Iron Rose from correctly granting the damage bonus from the Trag’Oul’s six-piece bonus. Fixed an issue causing certain items to drop for the Necromancer which are not able to be equipped by the class. Fixed an issue preventing Necromancer primary skills from taunting enemies when Boyarsky’s Chip is equipped. Fixed an issue which prevented the +% Thorns damage bonus granted by Aberrant Animator from applying correctly to items such as the Spear of Jairo Fixed an issue where you would not gain the buff from Crystal Fist when you had the buff from Channeling Pylon and Raiment of a Thousand Storms equipped (PTR Only) Fixed an issue with Etched Sigil where the internal cooldown for casting another spender was scaling with the item’s damage roll (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where minions summoned by the Demon Hunter's Companion skill would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Embodiment of the Marauder (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Gargantuan would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus on Helltooth Harness (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Hydra would double dip on damage from the (6) Set bonus of Tal Rasha's Elements Fixed an issue with the (2) Set power of Vyr's Amazing Arcana where your Arcane Blast and Arcane Strike would not Freeze enemies unless you had the Slow Time rune chosen (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where equipping certain Legendary items to a follower would cause performance issues (PTR Only) Fixed an issue which caused the change to Dayntee's Binding to incorrectly affect existing versions of the item Fixed an issue where the Wave of Destruction was doing slightly less damage than intended (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement was not being applied when the item was equipped (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the equipping the new version and then the old version of The Short Man's Finger would result in no Legendary power from either being applied (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the legacy version of the Legendary power on Dayntee's Binding did not upgrade to the new version of this item’s power in Kanai’s Cube (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where you could equip the legacy and new version of the Legendary power on Gavel of Judgement at the same time (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where every rune except for Shattering Throw was not benefitting from the increased damage from Akkhan’s Leniency (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where where Lashing Tail Kicks cast by mimics spawned by Rabid Strike were not having their damage increased by Scarbringer (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the new version of Fate's Vow was not displaying the correct visuals per rune selected with Army of the Dead (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where Fate's Vow was not providing the maximum bonus to Army of the Dead when used in Kanai’s Cube (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where it was possible to reach zero HP and live when using Haunting Visions and Simulacrum (PTR Only) Fixed an issue where the damage over time effect left on the ground by Meteor was not being increased by the legacy version of Nilfur’s Boast. 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      ADVENTURE MODE
      Rifts Reduced the number of deadends when Rifts choose the Temple of the Firstborn tileset Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by the Hematic Disciple Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Blazing Guardians Increased the amount of experience and Rift progress granted by Smoldering Constructs Reduced the fog effect in the Shrouded Moors tilesets in Rifts The Shrouded Moors tileset and the large Temple of the Firstborn tileset can no longer be selected for Greater Rifts The amount of experience and Rift / Greater Rift progress that Shock Towers provide has been increased Shield Pylons no longer reflects damage back to attackers Note: Reflecting damage back to attackers caused performance issues when encountering high density. Return to Top
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      Increased the amount of materials that the Challenge Rift Cache drops The Challenge Rift Cache now always drops 10 Death’s Breath Return to Top
      MONSTERS
      Bug Fixes Fixed a champion spawn rate issue for certain monsters required for the achievement ‘We Are the Champions’. The following monsters were adjusted and should spawn with the same frequency as other champion packs: Fallen Conjurer Fallen Peon Fallen Cur Fallen Grunt Fallen Overlord Fallen Slavelord Return to Top
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      D’jank Miem Players can exchange Blood Shards with this vendor for bags containing Legendary items Return to Top
    • By Stan

      Patch 2.6.1 is just around the corner and we're taking a closer look at some of its highlights in terms of skills and itemization.
      The main goal of Patch 2.6.1 is balance. Many class sets have been revisited and updated. Raekor & Uliana's Stratagem received numerical tweaks in power. Wrath of the Wastes got a damage boost and the damage reduction from the 4P set bonus lasts an additional 3 seconds. Blessed HammerLimitless has been redesigned, because it caused performance issues in high density areas. Arcane OrbFrozen Orb can now benefit from Audacity & Power Hungry passives, because its range has been increased to 40 yards. The vast majority of updates to Legendary items are number tweaks. Blizzard plans to deploy the last Patch 2.6.1 build to PTR this Thursday.
      - Update: Here are the probably final 2.6.1 patch notes.
      Blizzard (Source)
      The latest patch for Diablo III is on its way! Read on to learn more about incoming class set updates, skill changes, and balance passes coming in Patch 2.6.1.
      Class Set Revisions
      Following the release of the Necromancer, the theme of this patch is (appropriately) balance. We’ve taken a top-down look across all class performance in Greater Rifts, and made several changes to bring as many gameplay styles as close in line to each other as possible. Targeting the most popular or requested builds, we started with Class sets, and you can expect buffs coming your way no matter which hero is your favorite.
      While some sets, like Legacy of Raekor or Uliana’s Strategem, have simply received numerical tweaks in power, others have had minor functionality tweaks that make a big difference. For example, if you’re a big fan of spinning to win, you should revisit the Wrath of the Wastes set. In addition to getting a boost in damage, the damage reduction provided by the 4-piece set bonus now lasts an additional 3 seconds, making plenty of room to toss out a Rend without feeling too vulnerable.

      The Necromancer isn’t left out either; if you enjoy the bloody gameplay of Trag’Oul’s Avatar, the double-life cost from the 6-piece set bonus has been removed. Hardcore players may now feel a bit more comfortable experimenting with this set, enabling oodles of gore-tastic gameplay.  

      Skill Changes
      While most of the incoming changes are focused on items, there were some skills that needed tweaks to improve their overall performance. Skills are the stage upon which balance is built, so we identified a number of them that would benefit from more careful tuning and improved in-game performance .
      For example, Crusaders with a hankering for hammers will find that the Blessed Hammer (Limitless) rune has been redesigned. The additional projectiles were causing performance issues in high density areas, so we’ve compensated by increasing both the rune’s base damage as well as its area of effect.

      Other changes were more straightforward. We noticed, for example, that Arcane Orb (Frozen Orb) could not benefit from either the Power Hungry or Audacity passives due to its ideal explosion range. We’ve increased its range to 40 yards to make the intent of this skill’s synergies clearer.

      Item Revisions
      Like the changes made to class set items, we’ve targeted many Legendary items to help with tuning. The large majority of these are number tweaks, but keep an eye out for a few exceptions with broader updates!







      Patch 2.6.1 is well on its way and will make game play options more diverse than ever! What classic build are you looking forward to revisiting? Is there a play style you’ve always wanted to try that you plan on giving a whirl? Let us know in the comments below, or ask your questions about the upcoming patch. We’ll see you in Sanctuary!