End of Season Preview
Season 2 is just around the corner. Nevalistis made a huge blog post reviewing all the known information on the transition from the first to the second Season. There's also some preview screenshots of what the interface for the leaderboards look like. Definitely watch the cool video they made for this! Check out the small snippet below, or the full post here.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)The time draws near, nephalem. New heroes have come and gone, Conquests have been conquered, Greater Rift levels have been crushed, and Leaderboards have been filled to the brim. As our very first Season comes to an end, you might find yourself wondering what’s next. Today, let’s cover what the end of Season 1 will mean for you and what to expect as you prepare for Season 2. Table of Contents:
Seasonal players know there has been no shortage of gold, gear, or Paragon levels to grind. So what happens to all that hard earned progress when a Season ends? In short, you get to keep just about all of it. Here's a list of all the rewards from this Season you can expect your non-Seasonal heroes to enjoy:
- Seasonal heroes will be converted to either non-Seasonal Normal or Hardcore mode heroes, as appropriate. There's no need to delete any characters to make room for them; your Seasonal heroes will continue to use the same slot they currently occupy in your roster after the rollover.
- Any gold you earn during the Season will transfer to your non-Seasonal heroes.
- Paragon Experience
- The total amount of Paragon experience earned is the amount that rolls over, not your raw total amount of Paragon levels gained.
- For example, if your Seasonal heroes reached Paragon 300, but your current non-Seasonal heroes are already Paragon 400, your new non-Seasonal Paragon level will still be less than Paragon 700 since higher Paragon levels take more experience to earn.
- Blood Shards
- Similar to gold, any Blood Shards you have available at the end of the Season will transfer to your non-Seasonal heroes.
- If your non-Seasonal heroes are currently at the Blood Shard cap, any Blood Shards you earn once the Season ends will temporarily ignore the cap. You can spend these at your leisure; however, note that you cannot pick up any additional Blood Shards untill you are below the current cap.
- Items that are currently equipped on a hero or in its inventory will stay on that hero as it moves to a non-Seasonal game mode.
- Items that are in your Seasonal stash will be sent through the in-game mail system to your non-Seasonal heroes. These items can be claimed by any non-Seasonal hero for up to 30 days from the time you first log in after the Season ends. To access these items, enter a game and hit the Mail icon located in the lower-left corner of your screen to open up your inbox.
Unlike other rewards, Conquests do not roll over at the end of the Season (because they aren’t available to non-Seasonal heroes). This also means that your non-Seasonal Achievement point total will not be affected by any Conquests you earn during a Season. Worry not; your mighty deeds will still be chronicled in the Records page of your profile for you to view at any time!
Once the Season ends, all Seasonal Leaderboards will be wiped and you will be unable to attain new Leaderboard ranks until the next Season begins. The results of the previous Season’s Leaderboards will remain available for viewing in-game. Once the new Season begins, a handy drop-down menu will allow you swap between the current and previous Season records. Don't forget that you can also view current and past Leaderboards right here on our website. The non-Seasonal Greater Rift Leaderboard will be unaffected by the end of Season and you’ll still be able to compete on them with your non-Seasonal heroes (including those who have just rolled over). These Leaderboards will be reset at a later date; we’ll have more information available as the end of the Era draws nearer!
No Planned PvP Improvements
It has been known for a while how little chance for us to ever have a PvP focused mode, but some players still hoped to see improvements to Brawling. However, a post over at the Polish D3 forums hinted that we might not even see any other PvP improvements whatsoever.
Click here to see the original post, or check the small google translated quote below. Mind how this has been google translated and does not come from the CMs at the NA forums, which usually have a more direct contact with the developers.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Google Translation / Official Forums)"Na koniec przypomnę, że jeżeli masz ochotę powalczyć z innymi graczami, to oczywiście możesz to zrobić na osobnej mapie już od pewnego czasu, ale aktualnie nie planujemy dalszego rozwoju trybu potyczek."
(which roughly translates to)
"At the end I remind you that if you want to fight with other players, then of course you can do it on a separate map for some time, we currently do not plan further development of skirmish mode."
Furnace vs Alternative
The Furnace is not a common item, and an ancient, well rolled Furnace is an even rarer sight. With Season 2 approaching and how Wizards' end-game choices mostly revolve around this item, Shinobi has put together a video comparing it to an ancient Devastator paired with a Firebird's Eye, and the results are quite enlightening. Watch below!