• published the article Possibly Diablo: Immortal Release Date & Challenge Rift 120

    Leak Suggests Imminent Diablo: Immortal Release

    There was a recent post from our friends over at Battlechat regarding a leak found on the Chinese website d.163.com. According to the leaked image below, Diablo: Immortal may be releasing on October 25th--one week from the start of BlizzCon. All leaks like this should be taken with a grain of salt, but if Immortal were to release on the 25th of October, then it would certainly mean something much bigger is planned for BlizzCon itself.

     

    What do you think of this leak? If Immortal released before BlizzCon, would you download and play it? Let us know in the comments!

     


     

    Challenge Rift - Week 120

    Challenge Rift Week 120 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features a variety of Demon Hunter builds, but there is an awesome Rapid Fire available in the Asia region utilizing Natalay's, Captain Crimson's, and Aughild's sets! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     


     

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  • published the article BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket Now Available!

    BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket Now Available!

    The Virtual Ticket for this year's BlizzCon is now available! Additionally, most of the in-game rewards have been revealed, but the loot for Diablo III is still somewhat a mystery. The official announcement mentions that "More BlizzCon Virtual Ticket extras are in the works, including a pair of wings for Diablo III players (PC/Mac version only). " Be sure to check back here for information on the Diablo III loot once it has been revealed, but be sure to let us know what you think in the comments

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

     

     

    The most epic family reunion on the planet is just a month away! BlizzCon® 2019 kicks off in earnest on November 1–2, when the Blizzard community around the world comes together in person, in-game, and online for two days of games, cosplay, contests, esports, and so much more.

     

    Everyone’s invited to join the fun from home, with more panel content from the main BlizzCon stages available to watch live online for free than ever before, along with the opening ceremony and esports tournaments. But if you want to take your BlizzCon home experience to the next level, you can pick up the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, available to purchase now in the Blizzard Shop.

     

    The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket comes with a cache of commemorative extras to help you get into the show spirit in-game, including items for World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, StarCraft® II, Heroes of the Storm®, and Diablo® III—plus some to-be-revealed surprises. You’ll also be able to watch in-depth live coverage of the convention alongside your fellow players on November 1 and 2, including two days of the All-Access Channel, the Community Night contests on Friday, and bonus panel content that takes you further inside your favorite games. Here’s what’s in store!

     


     

    TAKE HOME A LEGENDARY LOOT HAUL

     

    When you purchase the Virtual Ticket, you can bring a piece of BlizzCon with you into whatever world or universe you call home, and mark the occasion in-game alongside your friends, allies, teammates, guildmates, broodmates, and rivals.

     

    WORLD OF WARCRAFT

    In-game today

     


     

    Finduin Pet – For the Alliance!

    Gillvanas Pet – For the Horde!

     

    Will you fight alongside brave Finduin, leader of the Mrrglliance and murloc-ified incarnation of King Anduin Wrynn? Or shall you serve Gillvanas, fearless leader of the Forseaken, on her quest for revenge against the Fish King? Both mini-leaders will bust out dance moves, combat maneuvers, and even their own mini pet to help recreate your own briny battle for Azeroth.

     

    Wendigo Woolies Transmog Outfit

     

    Bundle up for your next trip to Azeroth’s icy mountain peaks with the warm and whimsical Wendigo Woolies. This transmog outfit can partially or fully replace the look of your gear, filling your foes with a confounding combination of terror and delight.

     

    OVERWATCH

    In-game before BlizzCon

     


     

    Tyrande Symmetra – Legendary Skin

    Illidan Genji – Legendary Skin

     

    We’re celebrating 25 years of Azeroth’s past at this year’s BlizzCon—and to mark this legendary occasion on future Earth, we’ve created a pair legendary Overwatch skins representing two iconic Warcraft heroes. Prepare to seek vengeance against your opponents with Illidan Genji, and call upon the power of the (hard-)light of Elune as Tyrande Symmetra!

     

    HEARTHSTONE
    In-game after BlizzCon*

     


     

    BlizzCon 2019 Card Back

    Mystery Golden Legendary Card

     

    Celebrate the excitement of BlizzCon the next time you sit down for a duel with the BlizzCon 2019 Card Back. Plus, prepare to claim a mysterious Golden Legendary card—to be revealed at BlizzCon!

     

    STARCRAFT II
    In-game today

     


     

    Classic Battlecruiser – Terran Unit Skin

    Classic Battlecruiser Portrait

    Classic Ultralisk – Zerg Unit Skin

    Classic Ultralisk Portrait

    Classic Carrier – Protoss Unit Skin

    Classic Carrier Portrait

     

    Equip a trio of Brood War–era unit skins and portraits the next time you go into battle across the Koprulu sector. Scout for a zerg ambush aboard the Classic Battlecruiser, hunt your prey with the sinewy Classic Ultralisk, and honor Tassadar’s sacrifice with the Classic Carrier.

     

    HEROES OF THE STORM

    In-game today

     


     

    Celestial Deepcrawler – Mount

    BlizzCon 2019 Spray

    BlizzCon 2019 Portrait

     

    Make your mark in the Nexus with a commemorative BlizzCon spray and portrait, and ride into battle on Celestial Deepcrawler mount. It may not look dangerous, but those claws can give you a nasty pinch…or wipe out all life on your planet.

     

    AND MORE TO COME. . . .

     

    More BlizzCon Virtual Ticket extras are in the works, including a pair of wings for Diablo III players (PC/Mac version only)*. Stay tuned for more details.

     


     

    WATCH BLIZZCON AT HOME (OR ON THE GO)

     

    As always, we’ll kick things off with an epic welcome during the free-to-watch BlizzCon opening ceremony, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. (PDT) on Friday, November 1. You’ll also once again be able to watch this year’s BlizzCon esports tournaments free, including the Overwatch World Cup and the culmination of the World of Warcraft Arena World Championship, WoW Mythic Dungeon International, Hearthstone Global Finals, and StarCraft II World Championship Series. In addition, for the first time you’ll be able to catch additional content from the main BlizzCon panel stages free online—we’ll share more details once we reveal the BlizzCon schedule at a later date.

     

    If you want to geek out and go even further in-depth, the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket has you covered. Here’s what you’ll get to watch live and in on-demand replays on BlizzCon.com and in the BlizzCon Mobile App with this year’s Virtual Ticket:

     

    BLIZZCON ALL-ACCESS CHANNEL

     

    The BlizzCon All-Access Channel acts as your virtual tour guide through both full days of the main event on November 1 and 2. Your hosts will explore every corner of the convention, taking you from the main stages to the esports tournaments to inside places like the Darkmoon Faire. Plus, you’ll get even more exclusive developer interviews and insights over the course of the show.

     

    COMMUNITY NIGHT

     

    Every BlizzCon, the Blizzard community takes center stage on Friday evening and puts their imagination and skill on display in the legendary costume contest, talent contest, art contest, and movie contest—and every BlizzCon, Community Night winds up being one of our favorite parts of the show. Steel yourselves for some epic creativity!

     

    IN-DEPTH PANEL COVERAGE

     

    We’re making more panel content available free this year, but if you’re interested in going further in-depth and behind-the-scenes, the Virtual Ticket offers the most complete home coverage of this year’s developer panels you can get. You’ll get access to everything on the Mythic, Legendary, and Epic stages, including behind-the-scenes looks at your favorite games, session with artists and voice actors, and more. Full schedule to be revealed in the weeks ahead!

     

    CLOSING FESTIVITIES

     

    Stay awhile and close things out with a night full of musical performances, live from multiple stages on Saturday night—stay tuned for details about this year’s performances. Note that on-demand replays of the closing festivities will be limited; for the best experience, be sure to watch it live!

     

    Attention BlizzCon attendees! If you purchased a BlizzCon Pass, BlizzCon Portal Pass, or BlizzCon Benefit Dinner pass, our ticketing partner AXS will be sending Virtual Ticket codes to all current passholders starting today, so keep an eye on your inbox. If you have multiple tickets in your AXS account, you’ll receive one email containing multiple codes (one for each ticket in your account). If you’re planning to attend with friends or family, make sure to send them one of the codes so they can join the fun.

     

    BlizzCon Gear Sale Incoming! For everyone interested in what’s coming to the BlizzCon Store this year, the BlizzCon Online Gear Sale is coming soon—and this year, it will be open to everyone right off the bat, regardless of whether they have a Virtual Ticket. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks ahead.

     

    If you can’t be at BlizzCon in person, the Virtual Ticket is the ultimate way to be part of the planet’s most epic community celebration from wherever you call home.

     

    *Hearthstone and Diablo III items will be available on or before December 31, 2019.

     

     

    Posted in: BlizzCon 2019 Virtual Ticket Now Available!
  • published the article Blizzard Legends Series Malthael Statue Released!

     Diablo III On Sale Until 9/23

    Patch 8.2.5 PTR - War Campaign Conclusion, Show Final Destination, Worgen Portraits 

    Blizzard Legends Series Malthael Statue Released

    A new Blizzard Legends series statue is now available! This statue of Malthael shares the same artistic style seen in the other Blizzard Legends statues, such as Artanis, Saurfang, and Greymane. It also has a similar look to the Orc and Footman statues offered to BlizzCon attendees this year. From experience, we can share that the build quality of this statue line is quiet good, but the artistic style of these statues can certainly be divisive. You can purchase the Malthael statue from the official Blizzard Gear Store.

     

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  • published the article BlizzCon 2019 Key Art Revealed!

    BlizzCon 2019 Key Art Revealed!

    Blizzard has revealed the key art for BlizzCon 2019 on Twitter! As you can see in the image below, it features characters from Overwatch, Warcraft, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Starcraft. Most notably however is the Diablo Barbarian directly in the center. While there is no doubt that the character is a Barbarian, upon further inspection he appears to also be distinctively different from the Barbarian in Diablo Immortal due to different armor as well as the lack of war paint/tattoos; however, these differences could also just be due to a change in artistic expression, so take our interpretation with a grain of salt.

     

    Additionally, Blizzard also revealed that the Virtual Ticket will launch next month! Hopefully we will hear about the in-game rewards from the Virtual Ticket soon, which should help give us a better idea of what to expect from Diablo at BlizzCon 2019.

     

     


     

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  • published the article Season 18 Mega-Post!

    Season 18: The Season of the Triune

     

     

    Note: Our build tool has been updated with the latest patch! Be sure to report any bugs you find on our Forums or Discord

     

    Season 18 is the Season of the Triune! For the duration of Season 18, all players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which will periodically summon circles around the battlefield that provide one of three random buffs:

     

    • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
    • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
    • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly

    Season 18 begins on Friday, August 23rd at 5:00pm in each region. For timezone conversion, visit this site!

     

     

                                                                                   

     


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    If you don't use Discord you're missing out, but you can also find people to play with by using our forums! 

     

     


    Haedrig's Gift & Cosmetic Rewards

    Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

     

    The set you will receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

     

    Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 18:

     

    • BarbarianThe Legacy of Raekor
    • CrusaderArmor of Akkhan
    • Demon HunterEmbodiment of the Marauder
    • MonkInna’s Reach
    • NecromancerPestilence Master’s Shroud
    • Witch DoctorZunimassa’s Haunt
    • WizardDelsere’s Magnum Opus

     

     

    Beginning with Season 17, Blizzard began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 18, this means rewards that were originally available from Season 6 are returning to the Season Journey.

     

    In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players will be able to earn a series of portrait frames bedecked with the mysterious beauty of Blood Shards. A ghastly All Hallow’s pennant will also be available, allowing you to proudly proclaim your love for all things grim and creepy.

     

     


    Season 18 Starter Guides

    Bluddshed has published a series of guides for getting started in Season 18, including his guide for utilizing your Challenge Rift Cache efficiently at the start of the season! Keep in mind that this guide was uploaded for the start of Season 17, but the information is still relevant for Season 18. Additionally, check out the class starter guides linked below! If you're looking for a guide to leveling, Rattlez posted a comprehensive written guide on the Diablo Subreddit!

     

     

    Class Starter Guides:


    Solo Self-Found League

    The Solo Self-Found League is a player-created competitive league. The goal of the Solo Self-Found League is to give players the opportunity to play competitively in a purely solo space. Players who are interested in joining the Solo Self-Found league should fill out the submission form and visit the SSFL Discord server!

     

    Be sure to visit our forums for more information on the SSFL, and keep an eye on the SSFL public leaderboard throughout the season!

     

    The Solo Self-Found League begins at the start of the season, and ends on September 22nd at 5:00pm in each region.

    • North America ends at 5:00pm PDT
    • Europe ends at 5:00pm CEST
    • Asia ends at 5:00pm KST

    Level With A Cause

    The Level With a Cause charity event is returning for Season 18! Level With a Cause is a recurring charity event that occurs at the start of each new season in Diablo 3. Level With a Cause was created by Wolfcryer as a way to unite the Diablo community in an effort to raise money for various charities. 

    The first Level With a Cause was held on Thursday, July 20, 2017 with the release of Season 11 and continued throughout the weekend. Twitch streamers and YouTubers from the Diablo community played and directed viewers to donate to St.Jude's Hospital. In that first Level With a Cause, the Diablo community raised over seven thousand dollars and cemented this as a recurring event.

    As Level With a Cause continues to grow and the community generates more and more funds for charity, all streamers are encouraged to join the cause and be a part of something awesome! 

     

    You can donate to the Level With a Cause charity event here!

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 113

    Challenge Rift Week 113 is live! We highly suggest that you do not complete this challenge rift until you have created your seasonal character on Friday. For more information on how to utilize the Challenge Rift Cache to enhance your seasonal start, check out the videos in our starter guides section. This week the Challenge Rift features a variety of Demon Hunter builds! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!


     

     


    Patch 2.6.6 Changes

    Patch 2.6.6 added several new powers to existing legendary items and also changed some of the crafted set bonuses! 

     

    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)

     

    Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6. Changes from the PTR have been highlighted in RED.

     

    PATCH 2.6.6

     

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.

     


     

    General

     

    • A pet has been added that will be available for players who pre-purchase Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition (PC Only)

     


     

    Seasons

     

    • The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added
      • Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time.
        • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
        • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
        • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly
      • Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures!
      • Developer Comment: In addition, we received feedback from players during the PTR about colorblind accessibility. We've changed one of the blue-tinted circles to a darker, green earth tone that should stand out a lot more for affected players. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

     


     

    Items

     

    • Developer Note: There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot!
    • Updated Item Notes: There are a number of notes below clarifying the intention of certain item functionalities. In a couple cases, such as with Flavor of Time, the item wasn't behaving properly during PTR per our intentions (which has been fixed). For others, we just wanted to provide more clarity about exactly how these items behave.
    • Flavor of Time
      • New Legendary Power: Pylon effects last twice as long.
      • Note: Only wearers of this item gain this effect. This is intended.
    • The Executioner
      • New Legendary Power: Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health.
      • Note: This item's power does not work on followers. This is intended.
    • Stone Gauntlets
      • New Legendary Power: Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
      • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon and has a clearer in-game description. Thank you for the feedback!
      • Note: Immunity to control-impairing effects can work against the reduced attack and movement speed penalties. This is intended.
    • Echoing Fury
      • New Legendary Power: Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
      • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Squirt's Necklace
      • New Legendary Power: While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%.
      • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Messerschmidt's Reaver
      • New Legendary Power: Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy.
      • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Mortick's Brace
      • New Legendary Item: Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune.
      • Developer's Note: If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back.
      • Developer's Note: We're not done with Barbarians, either. However, this is a change that required less testing and could be easily added to 2.6.6, so rather than waiting for a larger batch of changes, we saw no reason to hold this one back.
    • Spite
      • Note: This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop
      • New Legendary Power: Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune.
    • Legacy of Dreams
      • New Legendary Gem:
        • While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99)
        • Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items.
      • Developer's Note: The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing.
    • Crafted Sets
      • Note: The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will not be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors.
    • Sage's Journey
      • A Belt has been added to this set.
      • Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12.
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Regenerates 6000 Life per Second
        • Reduces cooldown of all skills by 10% 20%.
        • Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
        • Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction
        • Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction
    • Aughild's Authority
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Reduces damage taken by 15%
          • Increases damage dealt by 30%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Reduces damage from elites by 15% 30%
        • Increases damage against elites by 15% 30%
    • Cain's Destiny
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Attack Speed increased by 8%
        • +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus)
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop.

     


     

    Bug Fixes

     

    • Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request
    • Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes

    PTR-Specific Bug Fixes

     

    • Squirt's Necklace
    • Fixed an issue where the damage taken increase was not reaching the 50% cap
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
    • Fixed an issue where the bonus provided by this class set was subject to snapshotting

     

     

    Posted in: Season 18 Mega-Post!
  • published the article Season 18 Begins August 23!

    Season 18 Begins August 23!

    Season 18: The Season of the Triune begins August 23rd, and brings with it patch 2.6.6! Additionally, the final patch notes with added developer comments have been released! You can read about it in the official blog post below, but be sure to let us know in the comments what you think of the start date and changes!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

     

    Season 18 begins August 23, alongside the latest Diablo III patch. Read on to learn more about the all-new Season of the Triune buff, the heap of brand-new Legendary powers, and handful of crafted item reworks in store for Patch 2.6.6!

     

     


     

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    New Season Theme

     

    Season 18 introduced the Season of the Triune, a call-back to an ancient cult forged over three millennia ago by the Prime Evils of the Burning Hells. Masquerading as three benevolent deities dedicated to Determination, Creation, and Love, the Prime Evils sought to infiltrate the hearts of men in a bid to tilt the odds in their favor in the ongoing Eternal Conflict. Ultimately defeated by Uldyssian during the Sin War, the remnants of the Cult of the Triune still operate today as the more well-known Coven, whom continue the work of Adria and Magdha even after their deaths.

     

    For the duration of Season 18, all players will benefit from the Power of the Triune buff, which will periodically summon circles around the battlefield that provide one of three random buffs:

     

    • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
    • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
    • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly

     

    We wanted to try something different this Season, and especially wanted to provide a change to your gameplay from the very first moment you begin your journey. This buff alters gameplay from level 1 to level 70 and beyond, providing an enticing reason to move around the battlefield to leverage these powerful boosts. We’re looking forward to seeing how players utilize these ancient powers from their first level to their final Greater Rift push!

     


     

    Season 18 Cosmetic Rewards

     

    Beginning with Season 17, we began re-introducing previous Seasonal rewards to make them available to players who may have missed them the first time around. For Season 18, this means awards that were originally available from Season 6 are returning to the Season Journey.

     

     

    In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, players will be able to earn a series of portrait frames bedecked with the mysterious beauty of Blood Shards. A ghastly All Hallow’s pennant will also be available, allowing you to proudly proclaim your love for all things grim and creepy.

     


     

    Season Journey Rewards

     

    If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve surely acc rued a few extra stash tabs. You’ll earn one additional tab each Season by finising the Conqueror tier, up to a maximum of five:

     

    • Guardian of Sanctuary: Finish a level 70 Nephalem Rift on Torment XIII within five minutes
    • Gem of My Life: Level three Legendary Gems to level 55
    • All I Do IS Win: Complete two Conquests this Season
    • Disarm You: Kill Rakanoth at level 70 in under 15 seconds on Torment XIII difficulty
    • Money Ain’t A Thang: Slay Greed on Torment XIII difficulty
    • Take U There: Reach Greater Rift level 60 Solo
    • Power Amplification: Use Kanai’s Cube to augment an Ancient Legendary item with a level 50+ gem
    • Cubic Reconfiguration: Use Kanai’s Cube to reforge a Legendary item

     


     

    Seasonal Conquests

     

    Want to prepare your Conquest plan for Season 18? Here are the challenges you’ll face!

     

    Push your way to Greater Rift level 75 to complete Divinity/Lionhearted. On a Good Day/I Can’t Stop guides you to get your Legendary Gem grind on; level three Legendary Gems to 65 to complete this challenge! For the speedy, Speed Demon/Need for Speed requires the fastest nephalem to complete a Nephalem Rift at level 70 on Torment X or higher in under two minutes. For Curses!/Stars Align, pick any Cursed Chest event that requires killing monsters and defeat over 350 or more at level 70 on Torment X or higher. For the fiercest demon slayers, Boss Mode/World’s Apart is a speed challenge where you’ll need to eliminate the following bosses at level 70 and Torment X in under twenty minutes:

     

    • The Skeleton King
    • The Butcher
    • Zoltun Kulle
    • Ghom
    • Cydaea
    • Rakanoth
    • Diablo
    • Adria
    • Queen Araneae
    • Maghda
    • Belial
    • Siegebreaker Assault Beast
    • Azmodan
    • Izual
    • Urzael
    • Malthael

     


     

    Haedrig’s Gift

     

    Finally, the Class Sets rewarded for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

     

    Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely!

     

    The set you will receive depends on the class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

     

    Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 18:

     

    • Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor
    • Crusader – Armor of Akkhan
    • Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder
    • Monk – Inna’s Reach
    • Necromancer – Pestilence Master’s Shroud
    • Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt
    • Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus

     

     


     

    Patch Notes

     

    Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6. Changes from the PTR have been highlighted in RED.

     

    PATCH 2.6.6

     

    Table of Contents:

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.

     


     

    General

     

    • A pet has been added that will be available for players who pre-purchase Warcraft III: Reforged Spoils of War Edition (PC Only)

     


     

    Seasons

     

    • The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added
      • Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time.
        • Triune of Love (Power): Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
        • Triune of Determination (Resource Reduction): Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
        • Triune of Creation (Cooldown Reduction): While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly
      • Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures!
      • Developer Comment: In addition, we received feedback from players during the PTR about colorblind accessibility. We've changed one of the blue-tinted circles to a darker, green earth tone that should stand out a lot more for affected players. We greatly appreciate your feedback!

     


     

    Items

     

    • Developer Note: There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot!
    • Updated Item Notes: There are a number of notes below clarifying the intention of certain item functionalities. In a couple cases, such as with Flavor of Time, the item wasn't behaving properly during PTR per our intentions (which has been fixed). For others, we just wanted to provide more clarity about exactly how these items behave.
    • Flavor of Time
      • New Legendary Power: Pylon effects last twice as long.
      • Note: Only wearers of this item gain this effect. This is intended.
    • The Executioner
      • New Legendary Power: Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health.
      • Note: This item's power does not work on followers. This is intended.
    • Stone Gauntlets
      • New Legendary Power: Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
      • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon and has a clearer in-game description. Thank you for the feedback!
      • Note: Immunity to control-impairing effects can work against the reduced attack and movement speed penalties. This is intended.
    • Echoing Fury
      • New Legendary Power: Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
      • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Squirt's Necklace
      • New Legendary Power: While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%.
      • PTR Update: This item now displays a buff icon. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Messerschmidt's Reaver
      • New Legendary Power: Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy.
      • PTR Update: This item's power now works on kill assists and pet kills. Thank you for the feedback!
    • Mortick's Brace
      • New Legendary Item: Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune.
      • Developer's Note: If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back.
      • Developer's Note: We're not done with Barbarians, either. However, this is a change that required less testing and could be easily added to 2.6.6, so rather than waiting for a larger batch of changes, we saw no reason to hold this one back.
    • Spite
      • Note: This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop
      • New Legendary Power: Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune.
    • Legacy of Dreams
      • New Legendary Gem:
        • While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99)
        • Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items.
      • Developer's Note: The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing.
    • Crafted Sets
      • Note: The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will not be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors.
    • Sage's Journey
      • A Belt has been added to this set.
      • Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12.
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Regenerates 6000 Life per Second
        • Reduces cooldown of all skills by 10% 20%.
        • Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
        • Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction
        • Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction
    • Aughild's Authority
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Reduces damage taken by 15%
          • Increases damage dealt by 30%
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • Reduces damage from elites by 15% 30%
        • Increases damage against elites by 15% 30%
    • Cain's Destiny
      • (2) Set Bonus
        • Attack Speed increased by 8%
        • +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus)
      • (3) Set Bonus
        • When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop.

     


     

    Bug Fixes

     

    • Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request
    • Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes

    PTR-Specific Bug Fixes

     

    • Squirt's Necklace
    • Fixed an issue where the damage taken increase was not reaching the 50% cap
    • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
    • Fixed an issue where the bonus provided by this class set was subject to snapshotting

     


    FAQ

     

    Q: When does Season 18 start?

     

    A: Season 18 begins Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.

     

    Q: When do Seasons go live for players on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch?

     

    A: Seasons go live for all console players globally Friday, August 23 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, regardless of which regional version of the game you may have. Please note that Seasonal Leaderboards for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch are still separate by hardware platform.

     

    Q: When will Season 18 end?

     

    A: We are no longer providing anticipated end dates for Seasons. However, we are committed to keeping Seasons roughly three months in length (give or take a few weeks based on development needs) and will continue to provide a minimum of two weeks advance notice for when the Season will be ending.

     

    Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?

     

    A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began January 8. For more information on Eras, please see this post.

     

    Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?

     

    A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 18 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 9, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.

     

    Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.

     


     

    Themed Seasons are continuing to evolve as we venture into the future, and we’re quite excited to see where this one leads. Are you looking forward to the Season of the Triune? How do you think you’ll utilize the powers the Triune will bestow upon you? Share your thoughts below and we’ll see you in Season 18!
    Posted in: Season 18 Begins August 23!
  • published the article Diablo III And Ongoing Support Blog

    Diablo III And Ongoing Support

    Blizzard has posted an official blog detailing the future of Diablo III and the ongoing support it will receive, including a new set for each class! Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments!

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post)

     

     

    Whether your personal journey with Diablo III began today or nearly seven years ago upon our launch, we want to give you an update on our ongoing development efforts with the game. Here’s what you can expect going forward from Seasons and patches.

     


     

    Ongoing Content & Seasons

     

    Beginning with Season 14, we introduced Themed Seasons. The goal was simple: change the expected gameplay loop and create unique experiences from Season to Season. Whether mixing up where the most rewarding gameplay lives or altering the source of your character’s most potent legendary powers, we want to continue to explore new and exciting ways to change how you play Diablo III.

     

    Since the addition of themed Seasons, Season 16 was one of the most popular Seasons overall, with Season 17 showing similar participation. On PC alone, we saw nearly as many people return for Season 16 as Season 12, the first Season in which the Necromancer was available. We've heard your feedback about wanting new ways to play and to change up your gameplay experience. Based on your positive feedback and increased participation in Themed Seasons, we think we are moving in the right direction. Continue to let us know how we can make your adventures even better!

     

    Our crew is hard at work crafting additional Themed Seasons, a new set for each class, dozens of Legendary powers, and some class balance changes. Quality of life and the occasional gameplay system updates are also within scope, as we evaluate how we can keep bringing new magic to the world of Sanctuary. These updates won’t arrive all at once, so if you don’t see something for your class right away, don’t worry; there’s something coming for everyone.

     


     

    PTR and Feedback

     

    For Season 16, we tried a new approach to launching and executing a PTR. With only one week of public testing, patch notes were provided in advance and a follow-up preview into the final changes was posted before the patch went live.

     

    This approach was highly successful. In the past, we would lose a lot of development potential to deploying additional PTR builds for incremental changes and, consequently, increase the amount of time it would take to deploy on our various supported platforms. PTR participation drops extremely rapidly after the first week, as does the amount of data and feedback, so we plan to continue to use this condensed PTR format going forward.

     

    We also want to better highlight the changes made as a direct result of feedback. Not all changes happen because of PTR testing. Occasionally it’s from an amazing forum thread we read mid-season and have worked on (and tested internally) for several weeks in advance. Sometimes that “simple” quality of life request winds up being more complex than anticipated and gets punted to a future patch or cannot be implemented at all without unforeseen consequences. Other times someone swung by a designer’s desk at work and a brainstorm happened while they swapped tales about their Season Journey.

     

    While one source isn’t always the reason behind a change we’ve made, we’re going to do our best to call out great feedback when it’s given, as well as further emphasize design intent and inspiration (when applicable) to changes in future patch notes. One thing is certain: we greatly appreciate the feedback and ask that you keep it coming, because inspiration comes from all places.

     


     

    Being Clear, Being Communicative

     

    One thing we’ve been asked for is to clarify what our plans are, what (exactly) we’re working on, and where the future will take us. This blog is one of our first steps. More frequent presence and interaction from our community team on our new forums, especially around patches and PTR cycles, is another. We want to be able to talk and interact with members of our community around the world on a regular basis about the thing we love that brings us together: Diablo.

     

    We hope we’ve provided you a better idea of where we’re at with Diablo III. In the meantime, we want Sanctuary to feel like home to all heroes, so you can return whenever you have the itch to slay monsters, don powerful Legendaries, and always find something a little new.
    Posted in: Diablo III And Ongoing Support Blog
  • published the article Season 17 Ends On August 18th

    Season 17 Ends On August 18th

    It was announced on the official forums that Season 17 will end on August 18th at 5:00pm in each region. The start date for Season 18 has not yet been announced, but will be revealed in the Season 18 preview blog before the end of Season 17.

     

    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)

    Greetings, nephalem!

     

    With the end of the 2.6.6 PTR, we’re working on preparing for patch launch and the subsequent rollover from Season 17 to Season 18!

     

    Season 17 will be ending on August 18 at the following times:

    North America: 5:00 PM PDT

    Europe: 5:00 PM CEST

    Asia: 5:00 PM KST

     

    We will be announcing the Season 18 start dates with the Season 18 preview blog, which will be available before Season 17 ends.

     

    Thank you for your participation in the 2.6.6 PTR and we look forward to seeing you in Season 18!

     

    This is your last chance to finish your seasonal journey for Season 17! If you need help completing your seasonal journey, be sure to join our Discord Server and use the Looking For Group channel to find other players looking to do the same!

     

     

    Posted in: Season 17 Ends On August 18th
  • published the article Patch 2.6.6 PTR Creator Spotlights And Challenge Rift 110!

    Patch 2.6.6 PTR Creator Spotlights

    As we work on updating our build tool to support the new item chances coming in patch 2.6.6, content creators took to the PTR to test a variety of new builds! Below, you will find a handful of amazing videos showcasing these builds, and links to the builds themselves on DiabloFans! Be sure to discuss these builds in the comments!

     


    Jade Harvester Crimson Fury Witch Doctor From BigDaddyDen76

    Utilizing the new Captain Crimson set with the Jade Harvester set on a Witch Doctor allowed BigDaddyDen to do some insane damage!

     

     

     


    Crimson Rainment Generator Monk From Wolfcryer

    The Generator Monk is a favorite for many Monk players, and Wolfcryer has added in the new Captain Crimson set to make it even better!

     

     

     

     


    Patch 2.6.6 Build Preview From Bluddshed

    Bluddshed takes a look at a wide range of new builds on the PTR which include a Strafe Demon Hunter, Shield Bash Crusader, Uliana Monk, Explosive Blast Wizard, Jade Witch Doctor Speed Build, and a Sweep Crusader!

     

     

     

     


    Unhallowed Essence Multishot Captain Crimson Fire Demon From Leviathan

    Leviathan brings us a new take on the Unhallowed Essence speed farming build which utilizes the new Captain Crimson set to power up this build!

     

     

     

     


    Blood & Essence Necromancer Speed Farm Build From Lord Fluffy

    Lord Fluffy has created a Necromancer speed farm build using a combination of the Pestilence set and the new Captain Crimson set. The result is permanent uptime on Land of the Dead!

     

     

     

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 110

    Challenge Rift Week 110 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features a wide variety of Monk builds! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     


     

      

    Posted in: Patch 2.6.6 PTR Creator Spotlights And Challenge Rift 110!
  • published the article Patch 2.6.6 PTR Now Available!

    Patch 2.6.6 PTR Now Available

    The PTR has been updated with Patch 2.6.6 and the Season 18 theme has been revealed! The Season of Triune will give all players a chance on hitting an enemy to spawn a circle which gives one of three different powers. Patch 2.6.6 also adds several new legendary powers to items that did not previously have one! Let us know what you think of the changes in the comments or come join the conversation in our Discord Server!

     

     

    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)

     

    With Patch 2.6.4, we started a new process for testing content both internally and externally that worked well for our production schedule and helped ensure that we received focused, actionable player feedback. We’re going to continue using this process for Patch 2.6.6, with a one-week PTR to test the full extent of Season 18.

     

    We’ve acted on your feedback and we’re introducing new powers across a number of existing Legendaries that previously had none. A brand new, unique Season buff for the Season of the Triune aims to change your moment-to-moment game play right from level one, so what are you waiting for? Jump in and get a taste of what Season 18 has to offer!

     


     

    Table of Contents

     

     

    Please note that this is a preview for PTR content, which is subject to change.

     


     

    PTR Details

     

    We’ll be conducting the Patch 2.6.6 PTR over the course of one week, starting Thursday, July 25. During the course of the PTR, there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches.

     

    There will be two buffs active to help you on your PTR journey: increased Legendary drop rate and double Blood Shard drops. This should allow everyone to acquire any new items (or supplemental items) that they might need for testing!

     

    Feedback should be provided in the PTR Feedback forum, while bug reports should be provided in the PTR Bug Report forum. Clearly separating these tracks allows our designers and quality assurance testers to home in on the information they need most.

     


     

    PTR Goals

     

    With another new game-impacting Seasonal buff and several beefy boosts to Legendary items, we know it’ll be very tempting to get your hands on as much as you can! To help guide your focus, here are our priorities in terms of what we’d most like to see tested.

     

    • Players pushing Greater Rifts as high as possible with the new item changes listed below
    • Experimentation with the Triune’s Will Seasonal buff, with emphasis on finding bugs

     


     

    PTR Tips

     

    As with our previous PTRs, this testing period will have a short duration. Whether you’re a PTR veteran or newcomer, we thought we’d pass along a few tips to get you started.

     

    • Because of the limited duration of this PTR, we ask that participants pick a particular portion of this update to focus on testing.
      • For example, if you’re primarily a Wizard player, consider what changes impact the Wizard specifically. What you like best, what you think may still need adjustment, and what you’d want to see in the future (even if that may be beyond the scope of this patch) are all good questions to ask yourself.
    • Prior to the start of PTR, consider stocking up on items like Puzzle Rings and Bovine Bardiches. Having these available after you import your character can make any necessary PTR farming much faster!
    • Try to break things! Just tell us when you do so we can make sure that the patch launch is as smooth as possible.
    • When providing feedback, focus less on a solution and more on your experience. How did the changes make you feel? Was there something “off” that you noticed? Did something seem wrong or insufficient? Suggestions are always welcome, but identifying the issues themselves is most important.

     


     

    Patch Notes

     

    Last updated July 25 @ 10:00 a.m. PST.

     

    Below you will find the patch notes for the most recent update for Diablo III, Patch 2.6.6.

     

    PATCH 2.6.6

     

    Table of Contents:

     

     

    Note: All changes apply to all versions of Diablo III, including PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC unless otherwise indicated.

     


     

    General

     

    A pet has been added that will be available for players who pre-purchase Warcraft III: Reforged (PC Only)

     


     

    Seasons

     

    • The buff for Season 18, the Season of the Triune, has been added
      • Triune's Will: All abilities have a chance when hitting an enemy to spawn a circle that gives a power. Only one circle can be active at a time.
        • Power: Players in the circle receive a 100% damage bonus while active
        • Resource Reduction: Players in the circle receive a 50% discount on resources spent while active
        • Cooldown Reduction: While standing in an active circle, any skills currently on cooldown come off of cooldown more quickly
    • Developer Comment: The last couple of Seasonal buffs have been focused primarily on end-game content. We wanted to try something different this Season with a buff that was more beneficial to players regardless of where they might be in their Season Journey. Triune's Will can come into play as early as level 1 and continue to make an impact on your game experience from the beginning to the end of the Season, and we're looking forward to seeing how players leverage this ever-changing boost throughout their adventures!

     


     

    Items

     

    • Developer Note: There are additional specific notes below, but broadly for 2.6.6, we wanted to introduce a handful of new item powers targeted at two audiences: (1) certain classes with long-standing requests for balance/quality of life adjustments and (2) the broader player base for experimenting with Kanai's Cube. This means fewer class-specific new additions, but more additions that everyone has an opportunity to play with. We also experimented with making some of the craftable sets from Haedrig more appealing for fresh level 70's or players looking to maximize their farming runs. We hope to see some interesting new theorycrafting and tactics out of 2.6.6 and can't wait to see what the community does with this new loot!
    • Flavor of Time
      • New Legendary Power: Pylon effects last twice as long.
    • The Executioner
      • New Legendary Power: Attacks will slay enemies with less than (5-10%) health.
    • Stone Gauntlets
      • New Legendary Power: Getting attacked will slowly turn you to stone... (You gain 50% more armor, but your movement speed is reduced by 15% and attack speed is reduced by 20%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • Echoing Fury
      • New Legendary Power: Slaying enemies engulfs the wielder into a Frenzy. (Killing enemies increases your attack speed by 15% and movement speed by 5%. This effect stacks up to 5 times)
    • Squirt's Necklace
      • New Legendary Power: While not taking damage, your damage is increased by up to 100% and damage taken is increased by up to 50%.
    • Messerschmidt's Reaver
      • New Legendary Power: Reduce the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second when you slay an enemy.
    • Mortick's Brace
      • New Legendary Item: Wrath of the Berserker gains the effect of every rune.
      • Developer's Note: If you played during the Patch 2.2.0 PTR, you'll recognize this as an item that was later removed from the game before it went to live servers. At the time, Mortick's Brace gave too much power for a single item slot. However, the power curve of Diablo III has changed significantly since then and we're comfortable with bringing it back.
    • Spite
      • Note: This item can be crafted from the Blacksmith and is not a normal loot drop
      • New Legendary Power: Non-cleaving Gargantuans gain the cleave and chilling effects of the Humongoid rune.
    • Legacy of Dreams
      • New Legendary Gem:
        • While you have no set bonuses equipped, every Legendary item you have equipped increases your damage dealt by 3.75% and reduces your damage taken by 2%. (Max level 99)
        • Rank 25: This bonus is doubled for Ancient items.
      • Developer's Note: The end game opened up significantly with Season 17's Legacy of Nightmare's buff (and the community was clear about how much these new options were appreciated), but wanted to make this addition a more permanent fixture in a more streamlined way than simply making it baseline. This Legendary Gem should open that path up even further and at more opportunities than just late game Greater Rift pushing.
    • Crafted Sets
      • Note: The following sets have been significantly revised from their existing level 70 counterparts. Items crafted prior to 2.6.6 will continue to exist in their old forms but will not be updated after the patch. In addition, after the patch, the old recipes will no longer be available to craft and all players will need to re-acquire these recipes by finding the plans again through Horadric Caches or by killing Odious Collectors.
      • Sage's Journey
        • A Belt has been added to this set.
        • Haedrig the Blacksmith now automatically learns how to forge this set at Rank 12.
      • Captain Crimson's Trimmings
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Regenerates 6000 Life per Second
          • Reduces cooldown of all skills by 10% 20%.
          • Now also reduces Resource Costs by 20%
        • (3) Set Bonus
          • Set bonuses have been replaced
            • Damage dealt is increased by your total percentage of Cooldown Reduction
            • Damage taken is reduced by your total percentage of Resource Cost Reduction
      • Aughild's Authority
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Set bonuses have been replaced
          • Reduces damage taken by 15%
          • Increases damage dealt by 30%
        • (3) Set Bonus
          • Reduces damage from elites by 15% 30%
          • Increases damage against elites by 15% 30%
      • Cain's Destiny
        • (2) Set Bonus
          • Attack Speed increased by 8%
          • +50% Experience. (5.0% at level 70) (Moved from (3) Set Bonus)
        • (3) Set Bonus
          • When a Greater Rift Keystone drops, there is a 25% chance for an extra one to drop.

     


     

    Bug Fixes

     

    • Fixed an error that occurred when reporting a player via a friend request
    • Fixed an error that occurred when saving an existing Friend Note without making changes

     


     

    How to Participate

     

    To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.

     

    Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.

     

    Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo III tab on the left-hand menu.

     

    Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.

     

    Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.

     

    Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.

     


     

    PTR Character Copy

     

    The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.

     

    Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.

     

    Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.

     

    Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)

     

    Step 4: Select your region.

     

    Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.

     

    Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.

     

    Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.

     

    Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.

     


     

    As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning. Thank you, and we look forward to your feedback!
    Posted in: Patch 2.6.6 PTR Now Available!
  • published the article Frank Pearce Has Left Blizzard Entertainment

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    Frank Pearce Has Left Blizzard Entertainment

    Frank Pearce has left Blizzard Entertainment. Frank was one of the original 3 founders that started Silicon & Synapse (the company that would later become Blizzard) along side Allen Adham and Mike Morhaime. Allen Adham had left the company before World of Warcraft originally launched, but rejoined Blizzard after a twelve year absence back in 2016. Allen is now the sole remaining founder still at Blizzard.

     

    What are your thoughts on this new development within Blizzard? Let us know in the comments!

     

     

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Post)

     

    From Frank Pearce

     

    The time has come for me to step away from Blizzard and pass the torch to the next generation of leaders.

     

    My journey as part of the Blizzard community began over 28 years ago. Allen offered me an opportunity to join him and Mike in their adventure and dream to make video games. Video games were a passion that we shared, and I had only a fleeting hope that I would have the opportunity to make games one day. The decision was easy for me - I did not have the benefit of internet searches to help start me down the path. Allen’s offer letter was the best and only chance I thought I might ever have. Looking back, I know how incredibly fortunate I was to have been a part of what Blizzard has become.

     

    Our efforts were always guided by well-intentioned purpose. We made games that we wanted to play, believing that like-minded people would also want to play those games. Today we characterize it more specifically with the ambitious vision of bringing the world together through epic entertainment. I am so proud to have had the chance to positively impact the lives of so many people through the experiences we have created.

     

    My time at Blizzard encompasses the entirety of both my professional career and my adult life. I have countless fond memories. Working with the best developers in the world on the best franchises in the world definitively stands out. Even more prominent are my memories of our first BlizzCon where I realized the special importance of the people and communities that had become part of the experience for our players.

     

    Words cannot express the gratitude I feel to have been involved with Blizzard, our games, our employees, and most importantly our community. Before Blizzard I struggled to find a place in which I felt I belonged. Now I know I will always have a place, as will many other people. Thank you to all of you for providing me the sense of inclusion I require as a person.

     

    I have been lucky enough to work with J and Ray for many years, and now it is their responsibility to define how the adventure continues. They are game development leaders that are incredibly talented, experienced, and truly understand what is foundationally most important for Blizzard and our community. I know that the future of Blizzard will be amazing under their guidance. There are many exciting initiatives in the works, and I can’t wait to see the end results.

     

    Everything I have done at Blizzard has been driven by my passion. I have worked very hard and very passionately for a very long time. Now it is time for me to reflect and be thoughtful about what comes next. I plan to spend more time active in the outdoors. I’d like to learn to play an instrument. I hope to devote more time to aspects of my life that may not have gotten as much attention in the past. One thing is for certain – I will continue to be a part of the Blizzard family.

     

    My request and hope for all of you is that you continue living the Blizzard values and that you be kind and respectful to one another as you experience what Blizzard creates in the future. Blizzard is a special place and a special community, and everyone with whom you interact is important to the Blizzard journey as it continues forward. Thanks to everyone for the wonderful past I have enjoyed, and thank you in advance for the great future I expect we will share.

     

    Play nice, play fair,

     

    Frank

     

    From J. Allen Brack

     

    The time has come to say goodbye to one of my heroes, one of our founders, as well as one of our friends. When I moved into my new position last year, Frank stepped into an advisory role to help with the transition, specifically working with Ray Gresko and me on our games, culture, and the future of Blizzard. His support has been invaluable to us and to say we’re going to miss him is an understatement.

     

    The first time I met Frank was during a lunch interview to join Blizzard. I was nervous not only because I was excited about the opportunity to join a company I loved, but because I was sitting face-to-face with one of the founders of Blizzard.

     

    Frank can be intimidating, and sometimes comes across as a bit gruff. Underneath is a person of deep feeling, and of deep love for both the family of Blizzard, and the unique and caring community that has grown around Blizzard games. Frank is also a person I’m proud to call a close friend. Frank was one of the people who got me into running, and we’ve run dozens of races together over the years.

     

    Like many of us, Frank is an introvert. Thus many of you haven’t seen a lot of him publicly, nor seen the deep impact he’s had on Blizzard, and on the culture specifically. But Frank has been here from the beginning, building and expanding the foundation and championing the values behind everything Blizzard does. Blizzard is better because of Frank Pearce.

     

    A few BlizzCons ago, Frank talked about the value of human connection through video games, feeling a sense of belonging within the community, and that comes from a very personal place for Frank. Frank might be hanging up his armor now, but because of the influence he’s had in helping to build Blizzard and the connections he’s made with so many of us, veterans and new recruits alike who are all carrying the same torch forward, he’ll always be here with us.

     

    We love you Frank.

     

    JAB
    Posted in: Frank Pearce Has Left Blizzard Entertainment
  • published the article Creator Spotlight, Official Forums, Barbarian Feedback, & Challenge Rift 107

    Creator Spotlight

     

    Looking to complete additional conquests in Season 17? If so, Leviathan is showcasing his completion of the Sprinter / Speed Racer conquest as a Solo Demon Hunter! This conquest is notorious for causing completion anxiety in new players; however, Leviathan shows you how it's done without having to rely on other players.

     

     

     


    Official Forums

     

    We previously covered news that the Official Diablo Forums will be migrating to the same forum software used on other Blizzard franchises. The migration is now complete, and players can access the new forums here.

     

     


    Barbarian Feedback

     

    Barbarian players within the Diablo community have compiled a comprehensive list of proposed changes for the Barbarian class, which received no changes in the last major patch. Barbarian players have been feeling overlooked in comparison to other classes and want to create a conversation regarding the balance of their favorite class.

     

    In addition to the Barbarian Buff Proposals Website, you can also view their proposed changes on the new Official Forums!

     

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 107

    Challenge Rift Week 107 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features a variety of Necromancer Thorns builds utilizing the Legacy of Nightmares seasonal buff! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     


     

     

    Posted in: Creator Spotlight, Official Forums, Barbarian Feedback, & Challenge Rift 107
  • published the article Creator Spotlight & Challenge Rift 106

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    Creator Spotlight

    Our featured build guide this week is from content creator Bluddshed! His off-meta LoN Holy Shotgun Crusader utilizing the Season 17 buff is a refreshing and relaxing way to play a powerful Crusader build without having to use the current meta builds! Be sure to check out his guide in the video below!

     

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 106

    Challenge Rift Week 106 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features a variety of Demon Hunter builds from Marauder's to an interesting Legacy of Nightmares build! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     


     

    Posted in: Creator Spotlight & Challenge Rift 106
  • published the article Creator Spotlight and Challenge Rift 105

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    Creator Spotlight

    Our featured build guide this week is from content creator BigDaddyDen, who is sharing his Legacy of Nightmares Gold Farming Necromancer build! This build utilizes the Season 17 Legacy of Nightmares buff with lots of gold find gear to generate a massive amount of gold. Be sure to check out his build page and video for an explanation on gearing and how to play this build.

     

     


    Challenge Rift - Week 105

    Challenge Rift Week 105 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features several Blessed Shield Crusader builds! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     


     

    Posted in: Creator Spotlight and Challenge Rift 105
  • published the article Discord Giveaway, Official Forum Migration, and Challenge Rift 104!

    Discord Giveaway!

    To celebrate our return, we are doing a giveaway through our official Discord server! To enter, first join our Discord server by clicking on the banner below. Then, go to the Announcements channel and follow the instructions on the giveaway post! We will choosing three winners when the giveaway ends this Sunday! The winners will be able to choose from either the Rise of the Necromancer DLC on PC, or the original Diablo + Hellfire expansion on GoG.com!

     

     


    Official Forum Migration

    The official Diablo forums are migrating to Blizzard's new forum software currently used on their other franchise forums!

     

    Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)

    As with other Blizzard game titles, the time has arrived for the Diablo III forums to migrate to new forum software.

     

    There are a few important things to note about this migration process:

    • Existing threads will not be carried over to the new forums
    • The existing forums will be available in read-only mode for some time after the Forum Migration completes
    • The same forum categories that you are used to will be available on the new forums
    • When you log into the new forums for the first time, you’ll be asked to link your Battle.net name to Discourse for use on the new forums – once you link, you’re good to post!

     

    We’re targeting the forum migration to happen between June 24 – July 9th – we are letting the community know early so they can be prepared for the switch to new forums.

     

    We’ll keep the community updated as we get closer to the dates above and post about when the final switch to the new forums will happen.

     

    You may have questions about the upcoming migration. Please feel free to ask them in this thread and we'll do our best to check in and answer as many as we can!

     

    We're looking forward to our shiny new community space and hope to see you there.

     


     

    Challenge Rift - Week 104

    Challenge Rift Week 104 is live! This week the Challenge Rift features several Legacy of Nightmare Witch Doctor builds! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!

     

     

    Posted in: Discord Giveaway, Official Forum Migration, and Challenge Rift 104!