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With the latest update to the PTR for Patch 2.5.0, Season 10 also kicked into gear. With that, we can preview which Haedrig’s Gift sets each class is getting as well as the Conquests that will be available. As always, this is all subject to change, since it’s still on the PTR and not yet official. Haedrig’s Gifts Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor Crusader – Armor of Akkhan Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder Monk – Inna’s Mantra Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus These sets mirror the Haedrig’s Gift rewards from Season 6, so it stands to reason that we will be able to predict all of the Haedrig’s Gift lineups going forward, as the current Season 9 gifts are the same as Season 5 when the feature was first introduced. Conquests Sprinter/Speed Racer – Complete Acts I through V at max level in


Patch 2.5.0 PTR February 14 Update

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The PTR for Patch 2.5.0 is still going strong and on this day of love, there is a new update to throw your adoration at. Below, you will find the latest updates to test with the marquee one being the overhaul to Primal Ancients that we touched on yesterday. Primal Ancient Items Legendary and Set items will now have a chance to roll as Primal Ancient These items are much more rare than Ancient items and have perfect Ancient-level stats on all affixes, including the item’s Legendary Power Note: Primal Ancients will only begin dropping after a character on the player’s account has reached Greater Rift 70 Solo There are separate unlocks for normal and Hardcore characters, as well as Seasonal and non-Seasonal characters The stats on these items will be tailored to the character class you are playing when the item first drops Primal Ancient items salvage into 15

Earlier this week, Senior Game Designer Joe Shely issued a new entry in the Developer Chronicles series on Greater Rifts. The topic of discussion this time around revolves around fishing in Greater Rifts. Shely goes into detail on the different facets that Blizzard takes into account in terms of how players experience Greater Rifts and what keeps the endeavor fresh each time. As certain aspects (character power, for example) become more or less static, according to Shely, it’s important for the team to make sure players still encounter high levels of diversity by other means. This is reflected namely in the recent changes to Greater Rifts regarding monster populations and more frequently changing tilesets. However, as they achieve this mission, it means that finding “the perfect Greater Rift” will take more effort by the players aiming for the highest GR clears. Continue onward for the entire entry and let us know


The PTR for Patch 2.5.0 is currently available for testing, with features such as the Armory, Crafting Mats tab, and Primal Ancients making their debut. However, this is a major patch and as such, more developments continue to arrive with each patch placed on the PTR. Yesterday, a new update was delivered and includes juicy changes to many class sets, among other things. As an aside, Primal Ancients are one of the more controversial additions for the community and Community Manager Nevalistis has noted that significant changes are coming to them, but they are scheduled for a future patch, so don’t expect to see anything different for Primals in this latest update. See the isolated February 7 changes below and refer to this post for the original patch notes.

As you may recall, there is a Facebook Live Q&A session coming up this Thursday focused specifically on the Necromancer class, which is set to be added to Diablo III sometime later this year. However, there was also a Facebook Live Q&A session of a more general nature near the end of 2016 hosted by Community Manager Nevalistis and Senior Game Designer Joe Shely. That session covered many questions on major features and developments that players were curious about, but it also left the community chatting in the wake of the session, looking for more answers. As such, Blizzard has rolled back around with some further enlightenment on questions concerning the Paragon system, Greater Rifts, and the meta of the strongest builds for each class. Continue below for the answers.

The next major Diablo event for 2017 has been announced. On January 26 at 5:00 p.m. PST, Senior Game Designer Travis Day, Lead VFX Artist Julian Love, and Community Manager Nevalistis will get together for a Facebook Live Q&A session focusing on the Necromancer. As you may recall, one of the marquee announcements from BlizzCon 2016 was the reveal of the Necromancer coming to Diablo III in the second half of 2017. This Q&A session will likely follow a similar style to the one that took place near the tail end of 2016 with Senior Game Designer Joe Shely and Nevalistis. You can submit your questions on the Necromancer  via Twitter or the forums and below are the details on how to do so.

A fun community event has recently been revealed to coincide with the beginning of Season 9 tomorrow evening, January 6. At 8:00 PM EST, the team of Community Manager Nevalistis and community guide maker/streamer Bluddshed will stream on Facebook Live as they attempt to take down The Butcher in the anniversary event, the Darkening of Tristram, using only the gear that comes with a newly created character. Details are scarce, but I personally hope this happens on a high difficulty with Hardcore characters for maximum fear and entertainment. Tune in here tomorrow to watch the show! On Friday, we're taking on the anniversary event's Butcher using only our starting weapons! Watch via Facebook Live: — Diablo (@Diablo) January 5, 2017

The celebrations for 20 years of Diablo continue to roll on. Another way Blizzard Entertainment is enjoying reaching this milestone is by offering an excellent deal to those that don’t currently own Diablo III, Reaper of  Souls, or both games on the PC. Better yet, if you have some friends that you’d like to get playing with you, especially ahead of all the features we have in store for the rest of 2017, now would be a great time to point them in the direction of this sale. Blizzard has chopped the prices of the games significantly, but they won’t be this cheap for too long, so grab a gift for a friend, an upgrade for yourself, or some extra copies and get playing!


Patch 2.4.3 Is Live!

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The next patch for Reaper of Souls is finally here! As we’ve been noting along the way, this particular entry includes the 20th Anniversary event, the Darkening of Tristram, as well as several updates to class sets, reworks to the way that Greater Rifts spawn their mobs and tilesets, and new Legendary powers on previously released items. This patch also makes way for the beginning of Season 9, launching this Friday, January 6. Take a look below for the official patch notes and we’ll see you in Sanctuary!


Official Patch 2.4.3 Preview

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With the new year here and Season 9 right around the corner, Patch 2.4.3 should arrive any day now. However, it looks like today, Tuesday, (which has been the normal day for patching Diablo III in recent history) is not that day. An official preview of everything we can expect to see when 2.4.3. goes live just went up on the official website for Diablo III, so it would stand to reason that if they were prepared to launch the patch today, they would have posted the actual patch notes instead. Either way, the wait shouldn’t be too long, since the patch has to go live before Season 9’s January 6 start date, so in the mean time, read up on what you can expect to see once we get this exciting update in our hands.

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