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    • By Stan
      In this week's Challenge Rift, we're dealing with the new Wizard Hydra set.
      EU Challenge Rift 144
      Use Storm Armor and Familiar at the beginning of the rift to buff up.
      Black Hole should be used on Elites and to stack up enemies. Teleport around and let HydraArcane Hydras do the work. You always want to have up five hydras.
      For the layout and additional tips check out Mnemonic's video below.
      US Challenge Rift 144
      At the beginning of the rift, activate your Magic WeaponConduit and Storm ArmorScramble.
      Activate Slow TimeTime Warp on Elites. You can use TeleportWormhole twice within a short time frame, so make sure to use that for moving around efficiently. 
      Black HoleAbsolute Zero should be used to gather up enemies, otherwise, just summon Hydras.
      Check out the video below Raxxanterax for more details about this week's Challenge Rift!
    • By Stan
      The first Challenge Rift of Season 20 has arrived and we have a Barbarian utilizing the new Frenzy set in both regions.
      EU Challenge Rift 143
      Activate Battle Rage for more damage and War Cry for more toughness when you enter the rift. Immediately start attacking mobs to get the 5 stacks of Frenzy going. You need to maintain them which is not that hard, just keep attacking. Use Furious Charge to move around. Try to utilize the Shield Pylon from the first floor up to the fourth where the mob type deals less damage.
      For the layout and additional tips check out Mnemonic's video below.
      US Challenge Rift 143
      The Flavor of Time is going to double the duration of your pylons and Bane of the Powerful provides a damage-increasing buff after killing an elite pack. When killing yellow elites, it means you must defeat all their minions too for it to trigger.
      You activate Wrath of the BerserkerInsanity, Threatening ShoutIntimidate, and War CryImpunity all the time. Battle RageBloodshed should be cast just twice because the buff lasts long.
      Other than that, you use Furious Charge to move around and fish for Elite packs and keep 10 stacks of Frenzy up.
      Check out the video by Raxxanterax for the layout of this week's Challenge Rift.
    • By Blainie
      With the current server issues still affecting EU players, we've put together a quick tutorial on how to start Diablo 3 without ever needing to open the Battle.net client!
      As many of you have most likely already noticed, with barely any time left to go until the start of Season 20 in Diablo 3 for EU players, there are currently issues with the Battle.net app for a large number of players, regardless of which game they are hoping to play.
      While WoW players can simply boot up using the .exe file in their program files, things are slightly more difficult for Diablo players, as the .exe file will normally just start up the Battle.net app.
      To avoid this problem and log into Diablo despite the ongoing issues, follow the steps below:
      Create a shortcut to your Diablo .exe file (not the launcher .exe). You should use the 64-bit version in /x64 if you normally use this version. Go into the properties of the shortcut and edit the shortcut target. Add " -launch" to the end of it, including the space at the start, but without quotation marks. Save your changes and use the shortcut - Diablo 3 will start up shortly afterwards. You will need to log in with your account details and, if you have an Authenticator, you will need to enter the code manually. Make sure to double check the region you are logging into with the options menu on the log-in screen. While this method is not perfect, it should get you into the game in time for the new season! There are a few issues that you may run into, which can be solved as follows:
      My game is taking too long to load. This is completely normal when booting in this manner, just let the game load up. If it is taking a really long time, you may be trying to start up the wrong version of Diablo (32-bit vs. 64-bit). The 64-bit version can be found in /x64. My game stopped responding. Go into Task Manager and end any Battle.net or Diablo 3 launcher tasks. These cause it to stop working/stop loading. I never downloaded the latest patch. Unfortunately, this method only works if your game is up-to-date. It will not let you into the game if you need to download a patch. Once your game is up and running, make sure to check out our updated class guides for Season 20!
    • By Starym
      The Season of Forbidden Archives and its free-for-all Kanai's Cube slot usage is upon us today and it's time to check out what all classes have to offer in our build guide roundup! Most players will probably be focusing on Barbarian, Witch Doctor and Wizard, with the WD getting it's most powerful build to date, and despite those three classes getting the biggest changes and most new toys to play with,  there's plenty of interesting and powerful builds for the other classes as well.

      You can also check out the most recent balance patch notes here or check out the Season 20 group meta, solo and speedfarming rankings.
       

      Aside from the new Frenzy build based on the new set, the best Barbarian group build also got a big boost this season, as it's using the 2 part bonus from Horde of the Ninety Savages as well as the new season's power.
      Support Barbarian (Raekor + HotNS + Istvan) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variant Rend Barbarian (WotW + Istvan) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Seismic Slam Barbarian (MotE + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Frenzy Barbarian (HotNS + Endless Walk) (High Tier) (New) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients Raekor Barbarian (Raekor + Endless Walk + Istvan) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients IK Barbarian (IK + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Furious Charge Barbarian (IK + Raekor) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Leap/Earthquake Barbarian (MotE + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammer of the Ancients GR Barbarian (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Mid Tier) Whirlwind Wastes Barbarian (WotW + Bul-kathos) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Frenzy Thorns Barbarian (LoN) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation
       
      Crusaders stayed mostly the same at the very top, with the Condemn LoD build jumping quite a bit into 4th place, the Hammerdin Seeker of Light build going down a tier and the Akkhan versions of the Bombardment and Blessed Shield build getting dropped entirely.
      Heaven's Fury Crusader (Aegis of Valor) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Blessed Shield Crusader (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Thorns Crusader (Invoker + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Condemn LoD Crusader (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (High Tier) Condemn Akkhan Crusader (Akkhan + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Hammerdin Crusader (SoL + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Sweep Attack Crusader (Roland + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Fist of the Heavens Crusader (Aegis of Valor) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Bombardment Crusader (LoN) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Shield Bash Crusader (Roland + Bastions) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation
       
      The Demon Hunter got two new top dogs courtesy of both Rapid Fire builds, with the Sentry build dropping a tier, and finally the Marauder versions of Fan of Knives and Multishot got retired.
      Rapid Fire Demon Hunter (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Rapid Fire Natalya Demon Hunter (Natalya + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Impale Demon Hunter (Shadow + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Sentry Demon Hunter (Marauder + Natalya + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Multishot Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Bastions) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Cluster Arrow Demon Hunter  (Marauder + Bastions) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Rockets-based Progression Variation Grenades Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Rain of Vengeance Demon Hunter (Natalya + Bastions) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Fan of Knives LoD Demon Hunter (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Low Tier) Chakram Demon Hunter (Unhallowed + Bastions) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation
       
      Monks see the return of the Support Inna build to the very top, with the two Tempest Rush builds moving up to the top 3, as the Uliana Seven-Sided Strike build moves up a tier.
      Support Monk (Inna + Born's Command + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Tempest Rush Sunwuko Monk (Monkey King + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Tempest Rush Patterns Monk (Patterns of Justice + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) Wave of Light LoD Monk (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Wave of Light Monk (Monkey King + Captain Crimson) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Inna Variation Generator Monk (Rainment + Endless Walk + Captain Crimson + Shenlong) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Inna Variation Seven-Sided Strike Monk (Uliana + Captain Crimson + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Lashing Tail Kick LoD Monk (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Mid Tier) Lashing Tail Kick Monk (Monkey King) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Exploding Palm Monk (Inna + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Mystic Ally Pets Variation
       
      The Necromancer has has a big shakeup at the top, with the Support build rising to the very top in Season 20 thanks to the season power, and the second best build, Poison Nova LoD, also being possible only thanks to the Forbidden Archives buff and using 3 weapons in the Cube.
      Support Necromancer (Pestilence + Captain Crimson) (Top Tier) (New) Poison Nova Trash Killer (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) (New) Corpse Lance LoD Necromancer (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Singularity Necromancer (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Skeletons Thorns Solo LoD Necromancer (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (High Tier) Corpse Lance Necromancer (Pestilence + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Trag'Oul Variation Group Progression Variation Generator Necromancer (Inarius) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Skeletal Mages Rathma Necromancer (Rathma + Jesseth) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Speed GR Variation Skeletal Mages Trag'Oul Necromancer (Trag'Oul + Jesseth) (Mid Tier) Solo Progression Variation Blood Nova Necromancer (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Mid Tier) Corpse Explosion Necromancer (Inarius + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Bone Storm Necromancer (Inarius + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation
       
      Witch Doctors got the best deal this season, with another top tier entry in their build lists, as the new Mundunugu set performs very well, as the two Carnevil Posion Darts and Soul Harvest builds stay at the top as well.
      Carnevil Poison Dart Witch Doctor (Zunimasa + Aughild's Authority + Endless Walk) Speed Farming Variation Carnevil Poison Dart LoD Witch Doctor (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) Soul Harvest Witch Doctor (Jade Harvester) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor (Mundunugu + Endless Walk) (Top Tier) (New) Speed Farming Variation Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Firebats Witch Doctor (Arachyr + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Group Progression Variation Gargantuan Zunimasa Witch Doctor (Zunimasa + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Gargantuan Helltooth Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Zombie Bears Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Acid Cloud Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Bastions) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Grasp of the Dead Witch Doctor (Helltooth + Endless Walk) (Low Tier)
       
      Wizrds are the only ones this season to get the two new builds, Hydra-based ones, and the LoD version is a contender for the best build yet, but they did also lose their top build for a long time, with the Bazooka Wiz finally going down after many nerfs.
      Archon Wizard (Vyr + Chantodo) (Top Tier) Speed Farming Variation Mammoth Hydra Wizard (Legacy of Dreams Gem) (Top Tier) (New) Frost Hydra Wizard (Typhon's Veil) (High Tier) (New) Meteor Wizard (Firebird + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Speed Farming Variation Tal Rasha Variation Star Pact Variation Frozen Orb Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Energy Twister Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (High Tier) Manald Lightning Archon Wizard (Tal Rasha + Vyr) (Mid Tier) Group Progression Variation Solo Progression Variation Archon Wizard (Firebird + Chantodo + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Speed Farming Variation Arcane Torrent Manald Wizard (Tal Rasha + Endless Walk) (Mid Tier) Electrocute Variation Spectral Blade Variation Arcane Orbit Wizard (Delsere + Endless Walk) (Low Tier) Speed Farming Variation Explosive Blast Farming Wizard (Tal Rasha + Sage) (Low Tier) Greater Rifting Variation

        Now let's get started on the season and don't forget to try out your own builds as well!

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    • By Starym
      Here comes the final build spotlight for the new patch 2.6.8/Season 20 sets, but this time we have an extra one! The Wizard's Typhon's Veil Hydra-based set also brought with it changed legendary powers, and this prompted the making of a Legacy of Dreams-based set, which then turned out to actually be better than the new set one! And not only that, the Mammoth Hydra LoD build is actually the second most powerful for Wizards now, only beaten out by Archon Vyr.

      You can also head directly to the guides themselves here if you're in a hurry: Frost Hydra Build With Typhon and Mammoth Hydra Build With LoD, or you can check our our build highlights for the new Barbarian and Witch Doctor sets instead. But enough preamble, let's see what Deadset has to say about these two builds.
      Typhon's Veil Frost Hydra Build

      We're starting with the new set build, as Typhon's Veil focuses on buffing Hydra, summoning it either manually or with Etched Sigil while channeling Arcane TorrentFlame Ward. Here are the set bonuses you'll be taking advantage of:
      2-Piece Bonus: Double the duration of Hydras and increase the number of heads on multi-headed Hydras by two. 4-Piece Bonus: Damage taken is reduced by 8% for each Hydra head alive as long as there is one available. Each time you take damage, a Hydra heads dies. Heads cannot die more than once every 2 seconds 6-Piece Bonus: Hydras deal 1300% increased damage for each Hydra head alive. Topping both Barbarian and Witch Doctor, the Wizard got 4 new and modified legendaries, but the latter two are unfortunately actually nerfs to the existing items (meant to break the overpowered Bazooka Wiz), but all 4 are used in the build:
      Serpent's Sparker You may have one extra Hydra active at a time and they deal 250-300% increased damage. The Magistrate Your Hydras now periodically cast Frost Nova and deal 250-300% increased damage. Etched Sigil The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun. Deathwish The bonus granted by this item now occurs 1 second after channeling has begun. Once again we see the new seasonal power be ignored in this build, with the traditional weapon/armor/jewelry setup used in the cube. Let's take a look at the gear you'll be needing for the build:
      Helm: Typhon's Frons Shoulders: Typhon's Tibia Chest: Typhon's Thorax Bracers: Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Gloves: Tasker and Theo Belt: The Witching Hour Pants: Typhon's Abdomen Boots: Typhon's Tarsus Amulet: Squirt's Necklace Ring 1: Halo of Karini Ring 2: Convention of Elements Weapon: Deathwish Offhand: Etched Sigil Legendary Gems
      Legendary Gem 1: Bane of the Trapped Legendary Gem 2: Enforcer Legendary Gem 3: Taeguk Kanai's Cube
      Weapon Slot: Serpent's Sparker Armor Slot: The Magistrate Jewelry Slot: Ring of Royal Grandeur
        For skills, playstyle, rotation, and detailed gear requirements/suggestions, head on over to Deadset's guide and get ready for Season 20, or if you're playing non-seasonal, start building that Typhon Wizard right now!
      Wizard Frost Hydra Build With Typhon
       
      Legacy of Dreams Mammoth Hydra Build

      And now we move on to the better of the two builds, the "accidental" one, coming about due to the problem with losing Hydra heads in the set version. The build is very similar, using the buffed powers of The Magistrate and Serpent's Sparker to enhance two Mammoth Hydras, along with a bunch of other legendary powers and the LoD bonus.
      This one also ignores the new seasonal power and runs the usual setup in the cube:
      Helm: The Magistrate Shoulders: Mantle of Channeling Chest: Aquila Cuirass Bracers: Ashnagarr's Blood Bracer Gloves: Tasker and Theo Belt: The Witching Hour Pants: Swamp Land Waders Boots: Ice Climbers Amulet: Squirt's Necklace Ring 1: Unity Ring 2: Convention of Elements Weapon: Deathwish Offhand: Etched Sigil Legendary Gems
      Legendary Gem 1: Legacy of Dreams Legendary Gem 2: Enforcer Legendary Gem 3: Taeguk Kanai's Cube
      Weapon Slot: Serpent's Sparker Armor Slot: Stone Gauntlets Jewelry Slot: Halo of Karini
        For skills, playstyle, rotation, and detailed gear requirements/suggestions, head on over to Deadset's guide and get ready for Season 20, or if you're playing non-seasonal, start building that LoD Wizard right now!
      Wizard Mammoth Hydra Build With LoD
       


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