It appears that the enchanting hotfix applied to the console version of Reaper of Souls, mentioned yesterday, has caused some issues to players. Quite a few are reporting display glitches, item issues (and legendary gems) and even problems with parental control. Blizzard is aware and working on a solution - check the post below.
[UPDATE] – We are currently investigating issues affecting Ultimate Evil Edition games in which this hotfix was applied. One of these of these issues includes, but is not limited to, a reported loss of Legendary Gem progress.
Until further notice, this particular hotfix has been reverted across all the console platforms. To help ensure the hotfix has been removed and will not impact your gameplay, power cycle your console platform (turn it off and then back on) before starting a game. Additionally, please note that joining an online game which was created with the hotfix active may cause players within the party to be affected by the reported issues. As a result, we advise using caution when playing online for the next 24 – 48 hours.
We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience and will be sure to provide updates as they become available. Thank you for your patience!
The official Diablo account on tweeter posted some "detention notes" for popular D3 characters, and asked for players' own notes for when they get in trouble too. Pretty cool - check them out!
Good or evil—makes no difference when you get in trouble at school. Tweet us your own #D3DetentionNotes!
Crusader Roland's Set Guide
Deadset Gaming published another well crafted guide, focused on the new Crusader set introduced in Patch 2.1. It uses a really cool sinergy between Phalanx Bowmen and the stacked attackspeed from the Roland's Set. Really cool concept capable of doing GR 37 solo. Watch below.
We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.
BlizzCon is a gaming convention like no other. With developer panels, exclusive interviews, intense eSports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an unforgettable concert from Metallica to close out the show on Saturday, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss.
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket lets you catch all of the action online, live and in high definition. You’ll also get access to this year’s epic collection of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Visit the Battle.net Shop to order your Virtual Ticket, and check out the press release for more details on Metallica’s performance.
Enchanting Hotfix Live on Consoles
Blizzard deployed a hotfix to enchanting on the Ultimate Evil Edition version of Reaper of Souls. It adjusts the materials needed to enchant Amulets and Rings at the Mystic so that it uses lower quality Gems. Read below.
A hotfix has been issued for Ultimate Evil Edition which affects the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. This hotfix makes an adjustment to the materials needed to enchant Amulets and Rings at the Mystic, reducing the quality of required gems from Flawless Imperial to Imperial.
Please note that since this is a console hotfix, as opposed to a full client patch, there are some key differences of which players should be aware.
PS3 and PS4 users who are Parentally Restricted will not receive the hotfix. In order to modify Parental Control settings for these consoles, please refer to Sony’s Support Sites for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
New Gaming Sessions:
On the PS3, Xbox 360, and Xbox One, users may be required to play online* in order for the hotfix to be saved between gaming sessions. Ultimate Evil Edition games created on one of these consoles while offline may not have the hotfix enabled.
On the PS4, users will only need to download and install the hotfix once while signed into their PlayStation Network account. After the hotfix has been downloaded and installed, no additional steps will be required. The hotfix will remain active, even if subsequent games are created offline.
Users on all four platforms must be signed into their respective PlayStation Network or Xbox Live accounts to be eligible for hotfix (PlayStation Plus and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions are not required, however). The hotfix will automatically download in the background when you progress to Ultimate Evil Edition’s Main Menu.
*This is not a change to Ultimate Evil Edition’s optional offline play mode. Ultimate Evil Edition games created on PS3, Xbox 360, or Xbox One which were previously hotfixed, but are no longer connected online can still be played as normal; however, the hotfix may not be active.
Fanart Concept by NouraGK
Eleonora Abdrakhmanova, aka NouraGK, posted some cool fanart pieces over at Deviantart with concepts of a new class called Amazona and cool new monsters. Awesome looking material - check it out!
High Level HC 3 Player GR
Drahque recorded some high level 3P Greater Rift footage over at Twitch. This (world) record took them roughly 8 hours of attempts to be achieved, and it a testament to how dedicated these players are. Check the gameplay here!
The developer news and blue post draught continues, and all we had recently were a couple comments reminding us that devs are working on future changes, and reiterating that they're working on solutions to Greater Rift's excessive randomness and for end-game gems to have more uses. Hopefully we should have more info soon™.
I will reiterate that we do have future plans to add more uses for high level gems, but I do not yet have any details to share on this. More info on that will hopefully come soon, but until then please know that the gems you have crafted now will be useful in the future for more things than just socketing your gear. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums) ------------------------- Greater Rift's Randomness This thread has been interesting to follow, so I just wanted to thank everyone who have posted so far for the solid feedback :-) Also, I wanted to comment on these bits, because this is feedback we see regularly:
In current situation you can do whatever you want, play like god and yet if you get a bad rift, or an elite instagib-thunderstorms you from off-screen when you didn't even know it was there and you fail because of that, it simply feels unfair.
That's the whole point, not removal of the wall, it will always be there, but rethinking the experience of reaching it.
We do acknowledge that randomness plays too big a part in Greater Rifts right now, so the developers are looking into making improvements to the Greater Rift experience overall.
The purpose of randomness in Diablo III is to increase the replayability, and this is likely never going to change, but we do agree that there is such a thing as too random. We would like the randomness in Greater Rifts to not only offer unexpected moments of excitement, but also properly test player skill... In short, randomness will always have an influence on your progress in Greater Rifts, but how well a player is able to adapt to the unpredictable should have a greater influence on success than it does today, and this last bit is something the developers are working on. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
As a reminder tomorrow (or today, for some) NA servers will be under the usual weekly maintenance. Unlike the last time we gave a heads-up though, this time the game will be unavailable for playing.
We will be performing maintenance beginning on Tuesday, October 21 at 5:00 AM PDT and we expect it to be complete at approximately 11:00 AM PDT. During this time the game and many web services will be unavailable.
TactikEndGame uploaded a guide a while ago for a HC Barbarian build focused on Whirlwhild and converting Elite enemies to fight for you (through Threatening Shout). A solid build that has reached very high ranks on the EU HC leaderboards. Check it out!
Wizard Group Build for GR 45
With the recent update to our Builds section, some players have already started re-uploading some popular end-game Builds, with clearer stat priorities and Paragon point distribution. Check out Elenara's Group Wizard Pure DPS build for higher GRs, which even has some CDR to allow for more frequent Black Hole casting. Click the banner to visit the guide.
Tristram Theme Metal
ArtificialFear made a really awesome "metalized" version of the Tristram Theme. Enough said - you must watch it!
Yesterday's stream had developers and players more worried about making sure their Hardcore character did not die in front of a few thousand viewers rather than discussing a lot of new info, but we still got some interesting commentaries.
On those juicy community buffs, while they don't have anything planned for the near future, important events like the launch of a big patch might definitely come with those. About Season 1 duration, they don't have anything to announce yet but will make sure to let people know in advance. Check the post below, and the VOD on Twitch or Youtube.
Last Thursday, we hopped on Twitch and livestreamed a very special Hardcore edition of Play Your Way, featuring Majier's "Sweeping Thunder" Crusader and special guest, deadmau5! If you missed the live broadcast, the VOD of our play session is now available on both Twitch and YouTube. For our fourth Play Your Way livestream, associate game designer Don Vu convinced Majier#1230 and I into leveling up new Seasonal heroes to join himself and Joel "deadmau5" Zimmerman in Hardcore mode. The threat of permanent death was very real, and you better bet my heart was racing the entire stream! We started out with Nephalem Rifts on Torment III and pushed our way past Torment VI. After our successes there, we challenged ourselves to Greater Rift levels 25-29! Want to see how we fared? Then check the video embedded video below or watch the VOD directly on Twitch or YouTube.
Curious about the builds we were running? Here's what we were rolling with:
This year’s BlizzCon online merchandise sale is underway! Starting today through November 11, BlizzCon attendees and Virtual Ticket buyers can score some cool BlizzCon-premiere loot through the Blizzard Gear Store.
Gearing Up for BlizzCon
Hordes of blacksmiths, drones, and goblin engineers have been tirelessly working on a treasure trove of epic new items to debut at BlizzCon 2014, and the first results of their labor are available for purchase now. The store is stocked with some epic never-before-seen loot, along with some of your favorite items from BlizzCons past—check out our Facebook gallery to get a closer look at the products currently available. To access the BlizzCon sale, simply head to the Blizzard Gear Store (gear.blizzard.com), log in, and click the BlizzCon Sale banner to start shopping! Make sure to log in to the Gear Store using the Battle.net account you used to purchase your Virtual Ticket. If you’re attending BlizzCon in person, use the account on which you redeemed the BlizzCon Digital Bonuses code from your badge confirmation email. (If a friend bought your ticket for you, ask them for your code, then redeem it here.) Supplies are limited, so if you’re not going to the show in person or haven’t yet purchased a Virtual Ticket, you might want to order now to get an early chance at some cool BlizzCon merchandise. We’ll also be adding new items once BlizzCon gets underway on November 7, so be sure to check back in then. All orders will be shipped upon receipt—so the sooner you order, the faster you’ll get your BlizzCon swag. Keep in mind that orders are shipped from the United States, so international shipping rates may apply.
"Leave the Group" Parody
Archon the Wizard has made a funny parody about the way some players are reaching higher (solo) Greater Rift levels - by setting up groups and having party members leave. The beat and lyrics are quite catchy! Check it out.
Azmodan Heroes of the Storm Trailer
For those who follow (and luckily, play) Heroes of the Storm, waiting eagerly for more Diablo characters in that game, good news! The latest patch added another hero from Sanctuary, or rather the Burning Hells. Azmodan, the Lord of Sin, joins the fray with a bulky body and a miriad of minions. He also got a very awesome trailer!