It might not be known by a lot of players, but Blizzard has a thread on the official forums (EU), handled by community managers, to which players can add their Diablo streams. With all the new content added by Patch 2.1 quite a few players started streaming once again. Vaneras updated the list today, and reminded players to post on that thread if they want their stream added to the list.
It has been a while now since this thread got started, so it is possible that some of the channels listed may no be longer active, or are simply no longer featuring Diablo III. As such, if you notice an inactive channel listed in the thread above, please let us know so that we can remove it from the list. ---------- Please post a link to your stream/podcast/video channel below if you wish to have it listed in the 'Diablo III streams & video channels'.
As per usual, If your stream/video channel is already listed in the thread above and you would like to have the description of your channel changed, please make a post below with the new description you would like (please keep it short though - think twitter short)
Farm Goblins from Greed
Redditor Taffer posted a very useful tip for players who find The Vault. I have also gathered a compilation of tips from the internet and personal experience below!
Greed, the Baroness of the Treasure Realm, drops Treasure Goblins when she charges and hits an obstacle.
If you find the Vault on lower difficulties (like when doing split Bounties), deactivate "passive" damaging abilities (like Storm Armor or Mystic Ally) and maybe even dismiss your follower.
You must be able to kill these Goblins quickly, as they appear to despawn quicker than normal Goblins.
You can count how many Goblins she still has left by looking at her back!
If you die, the boss fight is reset. And yes, so do the goblins.
Also, since we are talking about him, might as well show an Archon guide teaser that he tweeted the other day. Judging from the original Archon Guide, I'm sure this one will also be amazing. Check the awesome artwork below!
Physical Demon Hunter vs Greater Rift 40
Natalya85 posted a very in-depth guide to a Physical-focused Demon Hunter that capable of doing Level 40 Greater Rifts (!). Watch it below!
Such Stronk made a video in which he explains a few important aspects of stacking bonus Elemental Damage. It basically shows that, while +% Elemental Damage does not have direct diminishing returns, the last few items added to your character have less of an impact on your damage as the first ones. It is also showed how this relates to +% Damage to Elites and +% Skill Bonuses. See the video for the full details!
UEE Behind the Scenes
The official Playstation channel uploaded a few behind the scenes videos with the developers talking about some UEE features. The production value is quite high, and overall it's an interesting look into some developer thoughts about Diablo on the new generation of consoles.
Remember these guys? Who in the past two or so weeks were DDoSing game servers and related services like BNet, Twitch, League of Legends. Well, it appears things are looking a bit grim for them, as some bits of their personal info has been leaked by Activist Revolution, and their own Twitter feed reported that some members were caught. Whether they were actually caught by authorities or not, it appears they have stopped their activities for now and people can play their hardcore characters without worrying too much.
Diablo III Season 1 is now live in all gameplay regions! To create a Seasonal hero, select your class, gender, and name as usual, then select the "Seasonal Hero" checkbox on the lower left of the screen.
What Are Seasons?
Seasons are an optional, recurring game mode that offers PC players the opportunity to periodically start fresh, leveling new Normal or Hardcore heroes from level 1 without any currency, resources, items, or previously earned Paragon experience. Similar to the separation between Normal and Hardcore game modes, Seasonal heroes will also have their own shared stash and Artisan progression. Any currency, materials, recipes, items, Paragon experience, and Artisan progression earned during a Season will be rolled over to a player's non-Seasonal profile once the Season concludes. Seasons offer unique rewards and new challenges for players, including new Legendaries, an exclusive Transmogrification set only available to those who compete in each Season, and new achievements called Conquests. Progress within a given Season will also be tracked in our new Leaderboard system. To learn more about Seasons, click here.Good luck, nephalem! May the loot gods treat you kindly and your deeds of valor always be remembered.
Achievement Bug Update
We've had an update on the Achievement Display bug that has been plaguing some players these past couple days. Check below!
Update: If you are still affected by the Achievements UI bug, please try switching to the Europe servers from the login screen, hit Play to launch the game, log out, then try switching back to the Americas servers. This should solve the issue. If it doesn’t, please let us know in this thread.
In the meantime, we believe we have identified the problem and are working with our ISP to resolve it as soon as possible. Once again, your achievements and progress are not lost. -------------------------- Update: We're continuing to investigate and troubleshoot more permanent solutions to this issue and will work to keep you all as updated as possible in this thread.We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this particular bug has caused and thank you all for your ongoing reports!
Updated Hotfix List
The Hotfix post was just updated with some recently applied fixes. Check the posts below to see what was hotfixed in the last day!
Official forum user TheGoat made a long and in-depth guide to the UEE of Reaper of Souls, with an overview on the exclusive systems of that version. It has even been blue tagged by CM Tyvalir! A great source of information if you just started playing Diablo. Check a small preview below as well!
What a great guide! I'm sure console players will appreciate it.
Thanks, Goat 'n' Hog!
Legendary Gem Tool
Redditor khaozxd made an amazing tool to easily check the upgrade chance of a Legendary Gem, based on the level of said gem and the Greater Rift difficulty level. Click the preview screenshot below to see it!
We would like to remind you that the first Season of Reaper of Souls begins tomorrow! For those interested in the race aspect, make sure to check the launch times for each region below (shortened version) and setup your alarms. Use EveryTimeZone if you need help finding out the exact time on your location, and best of luck.
The Play Your Way stream earlier today gave us some interesting thoughts from the developers about Patch 2.1 and the console version of the game. Check below for the highlights, or watch the full VOD.
Class and Item Changes
There may be a supporting piece for the new Crusader Set in the future.
The Cold element on Crusader skills is probably getting phased out to focus on 4 elements.
Firebird's will get the Crit Damage and Crit Chance rolled into its effect, so it doesn't either deal a ton of damage or hardly any (hotfix).
DHs being multiple Greater Rift levels above other classes is being regarded as a "slight problem". To the devs, the issue isn't just their damage but their sustain, how they can avoid most damage and that their Sentries can't die.
Control over pets is an issue which is hard to fix. Currently they hit the closest target, which is the least server-intensive way to deal with pathfinding.
The Crusader's Archers might have their collision removed in the future.
The Invoker Set will probably stay the way it is now, as the team is focusing on making new Sets.
The WD's Horrify was quite "overbudgeted", being much stronger than similar skills for other classes, and that is why it was nerfed.
The Firestarter "ninja nerf" some people think happened might only be related to the fact that procs can no longer proc other procs (dat proc-ception!).
Thunderstorm and Jailer deal damage instantly because ranged classes need to take damage or they could just avoid those affixes entirely and have very low Toughness and just pure Damage.
Greater Rift reward structure is being closely monitored, and constantly discussed by the devs.
There will be a Monk build featured on the next Play Your Way stream.
They're working to fix a bug with Rift density right now, and will keep a close eye on density feedback afterwards.
There will be no new rewards for reaching a high position on the Leaderboards - only bragging rights.
No plans currently to provide patch support for PS3 or Xbox 360 - the architecture of those systems makes it incredibly difficult to port PC patches.
PS4 and Xbox One systems were significantly improved, that's why they're able to provide post-launch patch support for those systems.
No plans currently to bring Seasons to console.
On console's Offline mode - "When we made the decision to bring Diablo III to consoles, we knew we would need to make significant changes in order to ensure that the game was accessible to the widest possible console audience. One of those changes was to allow offline play on supported platforms. Naturally, offline games don’t require save file verification, allowing you to get right to the business at hand—slaughtering copious amounts of demons. While we will continue to explore ways to discourage exploitative behaviour, we believe that most players will value the experience of battling the vile forces of the Burning Hells and finding cool loot over copying someone else’s inventory."
Leveling Tips and Tricks
With Seasons starting tomorrow, it might be useful to learn some useful tips for leveling fresh characters. Let's start with Rhykker's recently released video with tips on leveling (uploaded his youtube channel).
Also, Usling recent shared, in a thread on our forums, a method he considers to be the fastest way of leveling a character from 1 to 70 - in slightly over 3 hours (tested on the PTR before it went down - see the VOD). It consists on farming Bounties (on Torment 6) which do not require you to kill any monsters to be completed. Not exactly a new method, but still a very efficient one.
Create a new game and check the map for the following bounties:
Miser's Will (Act V - very rare) - Westmarch Commons - could take a while to find the Miser's Hovel
Miner's Gold (Act II - common) - Howling Plateau - need to be alive to get the experience when the event ends. Either keep moving and avoiding enemies, or respawn right before it ends. If you can, open the resplendent chest to get some loot so that you are tankier in future runs.
Jar of Souls and The Matriarch's Bones (Act I - somewhat common) - Cemetery of the Forsaken - the Matriarch's Bones can be completed without killing the Ghost. Just ignore him and click for the crypt to end the quest.
This method is even better in a party (since there are more targets for enemies, less chance of dying), with each player creating their own game and inviting others once the quests are found. It also makes it more likely for the party to find the Miser's Will event, which grants more experience than the others.
Mind that this method has a few cons:
It is somewhat boring, as you aren't really fighting, just avoiding enemies and collecting the bounty reward.
You will die often, so it's not suitable for Hardcore (unlike the tips from the previous video).
You will get most of the experience from Miner's Gold, and there's a catch with that event - if you're dead when it ends, you get no experience (unlike the other 3 events which require you to "activate" something to get the reward).
You will barely collect any materials (pre-level-60), almost no gold (for lvl 70 enchants), and less Rift Keystones and Blood Shards than through normal leveling.
Note that in the VOD previously acquired Gold was used to buy gear from vendors (for improved Toughness), which is needed to survive and get the experience in the Miner's Gold event. That would result in even less gold once the player reaches level 70.
Remaking games over and over again (to check for the events) could be problematic for players who have disconnect issues, or if Blizzard servers are overwhelmed by too many users.
Rhykker also explained this method in the past, so check his video if you need explanation on how it works.
Legendary Gems Guide
MeatHeadMikhail uploaded a video with some tips on getting all Legendary Gems very quickly, and some thoughts on how to most efficiently upgrade them. Might also come in handy once the first Season goes live and players won't have instant access to high-end gear. Watch it below!
Give and you shall recieve... The Rankings page is now active, and will be updated with the feats of brave nephalem warriors: We've also updated the game guide with information on the following Patch 2.1.0 features:
We're always searching for ways to expand and improve the guide with answers to all of your questions. If there are any aspects of the game you're curious about, let us know in the comments! *Seasons and Rankings are only available for Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac.
Ramaladni's Gift Rarity
Nevalistis made a post with some info on the drop rules for the much sought after Ramaladni's Gift
There are still a few bugs left to squash in Patch 2.1. One of them prevents Greater Rifts from spawning enough enemies to complete the progress bar. Another is related to achievements not being displayed to some players - while the devs work on a solution, a suggested workaround by redditor xMikeh is to log in to a different region and then back to yours. There has also been quite a few hotfixes applied to the patch already. Check the posts below!
Originally Posted by Blizzard
Insufficient Mobs to Complete GR
Not enough mobs to spawn RG.
Thanks, Dommer! We're definitely aware that some Greater Rifts are still unable to be completed because of a lower enemy density (or because they are filled with weak enemies, like Random mentioned). While these cases should be relatively few and far between, we're working on reducing and hopefully eliminating their occurrence.
One question I have for all of you: are you unable to complete regular Rifts, Greater Rifts, or both? (Knowing the answer to this will help us target our efforts better.) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) ------------------------------ Achievements Display Bug We’ve received some reports from players who are currently unable to view their achievements in-game after updating to patch 2.1.0. We are actively investigating this issue, and hope to have a resolution in place soon.
There is a temporary workaround however that you can try if you experience this issue, but please keep in mind that it may not work for all players - please exit Diablo III completely and re-launch the game from the Battle.net desktop app. You may need to do this a few times, but doing this should make the issue disappear.
If this issue persists after re-launching the game client, or if you experience any other game-related issues while playing Diablo III, please report them in the Bug Report forum so that we can investigate further.
If you’re experiencing technical issues with the patching process, connecting to Battle.net after installing the patch, or errors while playing a newly-patched game, please visit our support site or post in the Technical Support forum for assistance.
Thanks, and welcome to patch 2.1.0! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) ------------------------------ Patch 2.1 Hotfixes Below you will find a list of hotfixes recently applied or coming soon that address various bugs or mechanic tweaks.
These hotfixes should not require you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented while others may require restarting the game to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch. Also note that changes to certain abilities will not be reflected in its tooltip until a patch is issued.
Last updated August 26th. Hotfixes are denoted by the date they were applied to live servers.
[UPCOMING HOTFIXES] There are no upcoming hotfixes at this time.
Fixed an issue where increased elemental damage debuffs applied to enemies were stacking from multiple sources (8/26)
Fixed an issue where the fireball effect from Gyana Na Kashu was being applied to the first target twice (8/26)
Laws of Hope (Time Stop) will no longer allow the invulnerability effect to last beyond 3 seconds (8/26)
Please note: The visual bubble and buff icon for Time Stop's invulnerability effect will still remain for 8 seconds when using the Long Arm of the Law passive
Fixed an issue where Blizzard (Apocalypse) was unintentionally applying extra damage when reapplying the Firebird's Finery damage over time effect (8/26)
Disintegrate will now properly proc Arcane Power on Crit
By now, it's safe to assume everyone knows the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Reaper of Souls development team was challenged by DatModz and they accepted! They also challenged a few other developers as well. Watch it below!
Crusader Play Your Way
As a reminder tomorrow the Play Your Way stream will be featuring Deadset's "Leapquake" Crusader build, so be sure to tune in and see the build in action!
Last week, voting completed for the latest round of Play Your Way Thursday builds. Your dedication to the Zakarum faith is clear, so tune in this Thursday, August 28 for our Round 3 livestream featuring the Crusader! Here are the TL;DR details:
Come join me and the winner of our last vote, Deadset, as we don our armor and raise our shields alongside Associate Game Designer John Yang and YouTuber Qelric. We'll be going over the finer points of Deadset's "Leapquake" Crusader build while crushing our foes in Nephalem Rifts, and just generally having a grand ole time! Tune in to Twitch.tv/Diablo and give us a follow to be notified the moment we go live! See you there!Can't catch the livestream this week? No problem—we'll have the VOD available on both Twitch and YouTube shortly after the livestream concludes, so subscribe or follow so you know exactly when you can rewatch the glory at your leisure.