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!
This week's Play Your Way Thursday stream will feature V3dun's Void Ray Wizard, and is bound to be an interesting watch. Tomorrow, 16th October, 2 p.m. PDT. With Blizzcon being really close, who knows, we might be able to learn one or two new interesting things from the stream! One can only hope.
While the master of magic, the Wizard, prevailed in our last Play Your Thursday community vote, we were unfortunately unable to sync up with V3dun#2884 for our upcoming livestream. Thankfully, runner-up Majier#1230 has raised his weapon in service and will be joining us this Thursday, October 16. But that's not all, nephalem. We'll also be joined by a very special guest for this week's show—deadmau5! Here are all the juicy details:
For this particular stream, associate game designer Don Vu raised the bar and challenged us to jump into the Hardcore Season with Halcyon himself, Joel Zimmerman. See just how long I'll last running V3dun's "Void Ray" Wizard and learn more about Majier’s "Sweeping Thunder" Crusader as we Rift our way to HC glory. May our deeds of valor be remembered! This is definitely an edition of Play Your Way you won’t want to miss, so be sure to follow us on Twitch so you’ll be notified the moment we go live.
Won't be able to tune in on Thursday? Just hang tight, because we'll have the VOD available on bothTwitch and YouTube shortly after we go off the air. Follow and subscribe so you can stay up to date on when our replays become available!
2014 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest
This year's Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest details have been revealed. Check the blog post below!
The Halloween season has finally arrived, and we're ready to cut straight to the heart of the holiday. If you're dying to pick up a knife and hack, gash, slash, and jab at something, then you might be excited to hear that as of October 14, Blizzard's 2014 Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest has officially begun! Unleash your magical axes, psi blades, chitinous claws, and other creative cutlery to carve up Blizzard-themed jack-o’-lanterns of epic awesomeness. If you're unclear as to what epic awesomeness looks like in the flesh, you can check out previous pumpkins for some inspiration.
Holy Hermit uploaded a guide to a very cool Tempest Rush build for Monks. He goes through skill choices, itemization and gameplay tips. While not the "best" Monk build, as it's progression seems to be limited to GR level 33, it's still a fast paced, high mobility fun build. Check it out!
It seems like some players think that Seasonal and Non-Seasonal enemies have different difficulties. As clarified by a blue post earlier today, that is not the case, and enemies are exactly the same on both game modes. Read below.
Hello everybody ! So i am here today on the forums because someone tries to argument with me that non season is made more difficult than season (if non season is harder, ppl will go play on seasonal, i know conspiracy theory). So i told him its the EXACT same thing (aside from the new items) but hes believing it SO hard. So i am here today to show him that both are the exact same degree of difficulty. He played both and he really have harder time on his non season character. Probably because he believe it. Anyway anyone can confirm ?
Just wanted to jump in here to confirm that enemy difficulty is the same for Season and non-Season.
While access to certain Season-only Legendary items might make it easier to create specific builds, neither the monsters themselves nor how they scale between difficulty levels changes. Hope that answers the question!
Possible Arcane Sentry Bug
There has been quite a few reports lately of people dying to Arcane Sentries (and in some cases, Walls of Fire - the fiery traps) while under immunity effects - either through Countess Julia's Cameo or skills like Serenity. The community managers are looking for more detailed info on the matter and will make sure it gets checked. In the meanwhile, hardcore players might wanna be careful when relying on Shield Pylons and other immunity sources on Arcane Sentry intensive fights.
It was by an arcane sentry. Do those just ignore shield pylons?
Thanks for the report on this! We're taking a look at it to see what we can find out. The shield pylon is intended to prevent all damage, but there could be a bug with this specific scenario. I do have some specific questions for you, though.
1.) Were you using your Enchantress when this happened, and was she wearing Unity, Smoking Thurbile, and Countess Julia's Cameo at the time? 2.) Was this in a multiplayer game? (If so any details about the party make up that you can provide might prove helpful) 3.) Were you wearing Unity at the time?
Jenaeia's Crusader Cosplay
Another awesome Crusader cosplay, from Jenaeia Cosplay, has been shared today on Reddit. Maybe we will get to see her at Blizzcon? One can only hope. Check the screenshots below!
How Far is a Yard in D3
Every now and then this question seems to resurface, either from players who never bothered to find out the technicalities of this subject, or who just got the game (due to a sale or from playing on consoles) and are starting to learn its systems. With that in mind, Rhykker made a useful video showing how far is a yard in D3, and with common milestones for this attribute. Check it out!