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Patch 2.5.0 Is Live!

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After many months of waiting, the highly anticipated Patch 2.5.0 is finally live on the Americas server. The patch is also live on the next generation console versions, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. This patch brings with it many of the features showcased at BlizzCon 2016. The Armory, where you can save five builds per character; The Crafting Materials tab, which now virtually holds all of your crafting materials and allows for easier interaction with Kanai’s Cube; and Primal Ancients, a brand new Ancient item-type that is ultra rare and rolls with perfect affixes as well as a red border. For more information on the above and numerous other changes, please see the official patch notes below.

This article is co-authored by Leviathan and Dredscythe. Both were at the female Necromancer reveal and wanted to share their combined experiences. PAX East returned to Boston, Massachusetts on Friday, March 10, 2017 through Sunday, March 12, 2017, but the most exciting things happening for Diablo fans that weekend did not require a badge or access to the convention. A small group of media and community members were invited to an exclusive first-look at the female Necromancer and the latest skills that the developers have been hard at work on. There were several sessions throughout the day on Saturday with each one running on the same format – an introduction and general overview, a play session of an entirely new build, and then a Q&A session. If you’d like a refresher on the Necromancer reveal and the build that was offered for play at BlizzCon 2016, check out this hands-on review. Lead

Many of you may recall that there are several tributes to Kevin Kanai Griffith in Diablo III to celebrate his passion and all of the work he put into the game when he was alive. One of the tributes is particularly rare and should be of great interest to collectors. Kanai’s Skorn is a special white item weapon that only spawns in the last week of the month of March and when you find it, it grants you a weapon transmogrification. Previously, this item was only available on the PTR, as noted in Bluddshed’s video below: However, nothing on the PTR transfers over to live and the patch that added Kanai’s Skorn did not go live until April, so this year will be the first time you can get it on your live account. Read on for the official word on this from Community Manager Nevalistis:

You are officially on notice for the end of Season 9! As per usual, each season brings with it a two-week warning to give you a heads up on how much longer you have to complete your Season Journey or post your highest Greater Rift clear. Season 9 is set to end on March 17, 2017. For those looking to plan for the future, we also have the start date and time for Season 10! The next season will begin on March 31, 2017, outlined below: Season 9 will be ending on the following dates and times: North America: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT Europe: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. CET Asia: Friday, March 17 @ 5:00 p.m. KST Season 10 will begin about two weeks afterward on these dates: North America: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT Europe: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. CET Asia: Friday, March 31 @ 5:00 p.m. KST

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


Patch 2.5.0 PTR February 7 Update

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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.

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