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Patch 2.5.0 Is Live!

by Stephen Stewart on

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.

Episode 113 – Necro News! This week Neinball is joined by Dredscythe to go over his experience at PAX East playing the new Necromancer build!


Blizzard announced today the release date of the first season for console players (PS4 and Xbox One) of Diablo 3, which was announced at BlizzCon. Starting Friday March 31st console players will be able to enjoy season just like PC players have (including the Rebirth option). Check out the full details on the Blizzard post about this, below are a few of the important items coming for this season. The following is the sets available via Haedrig’s Gift for Season 10: 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 Another key piece of info outlines that you will need to be connected to either the Playstation Network, or the Xbox Live service to create (or rebirth) your character for the season:

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

This week Neinball covers the latest PTR changes, Jay Wilson’s retrospective on D3, David Brevik’s thoughts on the future of ARPG’s, and some things to expect in Season 10. As always, we read through your comments and showcase your epic loot! We love hearing from our fans so drop us an email with your feedback and items at westmarchworkshop@blizzpro.com

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


Upcoming Changes to Primal Ancients

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Community Manager Tyvalir took to the forums yesterday to give some details regarding the upcoming changes to Primal Ancient items on the Public Test Realm. Instead of just being rarer versions of Ancient items with higher rolls, they will now roll perfect Ancient level stats and only start dropping after you complete Greater Rift 70 solo. Perfect stat ranges will also be kept when rerolling them at the Mystic. Along with these changes they will also be increasing the amount of Forgotten Souls that you get when salvaging Ancient items to 3 while Primal Ancients will salvage into 15. Hey all, As we mentioned previously, getting your feedback on Primal Ancients has been super helpful. We’ve heard some really good points, and along with this, we’ll be making some changes to how these items work in an upcoming PTR patch. Rather than increase the power they give you beyond Ancient

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