Battletags can be changed, Patch 16 Changes, Battle.net Mobile Alerts, Blue Posts, Micky Neilson Interview

  • #1
    Update: Blizzard has just posted the official blue post on the battletags change, adding it below.

    BattleTags Can Now Be Changed
    Big thanks to TheDomino for the tip. It looks like you are now able to change your Battletag. simply go to your battle.net page and click the "change" link under your current battletag name! (update: Blizzard has just released the official blue post)
    IMPORTANT: You can only change your name once!

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    When we introduced BattleTag nicknames, many of you created one to try the feature in the Diablo III beta test or simply establish your new identity in anticipation of Diablo III's release.

    Today, we're releasing an update that will give everyone one opportunity to change their BattleTag nickname for free. If you picked a nickname you're not happy with, don't worry -- you can pick a new one. Even if you haven't created your BattleTag identifier yet, you'll still get one free BattleTag change to use after it's been created (similar to the way character name changes for StarCraft II worked).


    As we announced previously, BattleTag nicknames will be required in order to play Diablo III, and in the future, they'll be used in a variety of ways across all of Battle.net. To set or change your BattleTag, simply log in to Battle.net account management, head to the Account > Summary page, and look for the Create or Change option. BattleTags aren't unique, so you can pick any name you like as long as it adheres to the BattleTag Naming Policy.

    Here's what you can expect from BattleTags when Diablo III launches:
    • Your BattleTag will serve as your public identity when chatting, grouping, or interacting with other players in Diablo III.
    • Once two players agree to become BattleTag friends, you'll automatically be able to see and interact with each of the Diablo III characters your friend plays automatically – no need to add multiple character names to your friends list individually.
    • Prior to the game's release, your presence on the Diablo III forums will be connected to your BattleTag, rather than any one specific character in the game. You'll transcend boundaries!


    Our long-term plans include adding the ability for BattleTag friends to participate in cross-game chat (in StarCraft II, Diablo III, andWorld of Warcraft, and future Blizzard Entertainment games), as well as offer other features similar to what's currently available viaReal ID. More cool additions to BattleTag are on the horizon, but we're not quite ready to talk about those yet.

    We'll continue to keep you up to date on our plans for BattleTag nicknames as more info becomes available. For more details, check out the BattleTag FAQ.




    Undocumented Patch Changes
    It's time to roundup all the undocumented changes! As always a massive thanks to Apoc for his amazing help. Feel free to suggest anything not found in this list!


    DiabloFans Quote:



    Monsters
    • Frozen ability changed for elite mobs to summon freezing exploding orbs (video)
    • Knockback pushes players further back and places a "Slowed" debuff (3 sec)
    • A rare mob will spawn on Cath L3, creating the only possibility of an elite Servant of Jondar
    • All elites have extra speed
    • Skeletons pop up from the windows sooner
    • Captain Daltyn's Frost Affix will actually increase with the number of players in the game (Spawn more orbs)
    World
    • Dead Plunderer (lootable container) can now spawn in the Musty Cellar
    • The Resplendent Chest from the non-Event Quest false Defiled Crypt has been removed
    • Defiled Grave event tile in Weeping Hollow changed to spawn many zombies instead of 3 champions
    • Den of the Fallen L2 now spawns with non-elite Carrion Bats instead of non-elite Plague Carriers
    UI/Other
    • You can now buy rings from a vendor (Video)
    • The blacksmith's apprentice now drops a blue.
    • The AH now has more search options (List)
    • People are reporting new "grunt" sounds when landing in Cath 1
    • You can now set your language options (Video)
    • New Healer minimap Icon (Pic)
    Usable Ability Changes
    (for a full list of ALL class changes, click here)

    Barbarian
    • Frenzy can gain charges from attacking breakable objects
    Monk
    • Fists of Thunder: "Thunderclap" rune unlocks at lvl 6 (was lvl 52) (Video)
    • Fists of Thunder: "Bounding Light" rune unlocks at lvl 52 (was lvl 6)
    • Exalted Soul (passive) unlocks at lvl 13 (was lvl 19)
    • The Guardian's Path (passive) unlocks at lvl 24 (was lvl 10)
    Wizard:
    • Ray of Frost: "Numb" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 38) (Video)
    • - Ray of Frost: "Sleet Storm" rune unlocks at lvl 38 (was lvl 7)
    Witch Doctor:
    • - Grasp of the Dead: "Unbreakable Grasp" rune unlocks at lvl 7 (was lvl 15) (Video)
    • - Grasp of the Dead: "Groping Eels" rune unlocks at lvl 15 (was lvl 7)





    Battle.net Mobile Alerts
    It looks like a new form of account security has pop'ed up on Battle.net. When you go to your account page, on the left under "Account Security" you should now have the option for "Add Mobil Alerts". If you have any questions check out the FAQ.





    Portrait of a Champion Contest Ending Soon

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    We've received more than 2,000 entries for the Portrait of a Champion Art Contest and we're looking for more talented artists to help bolster our ranks. The hour of Diablo's return is near…take up your tools and forge a hero to help stem the tides of darkness before it's too late!

    Time is short. The contest ends at 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, April 29, so there's no time like the present to begin crafting an original image of your favorite Diablo III class rising to the meet the challenges of the pending demonic invasion. The future of Sanctuary is at stake, as well as epic prizes including 3D monitors and video cards by ASUS, Diablo III computer cases by Antec, and Diablo III peripherals by SteelSeries.

    Head on over to the Darkness Falls, Heroes Rise promotional site for more information and official rules, or enter now!

    Please note that submissions must be wholly comprised of your own, original imagery, exceed a resolution of 1600 x 1200, and may be no larger in size than 5 MB. Submissions that do not meet these requirements will not be eligible to win.




    Blue posts

    Originally Posted by (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    RMAH Bug
    We are aware that, in the Diablo III beta, a 15% transaction was previously displayed when selling items in the Beta Bucks auction house. This was a configuration error, and has been corrected.

    We do not currently have plans to alter the auction house fee structure for the beta, as previously discussed here:http://us.battle.net...opic/4062879314

    As always, thank you for your feedback. This is exactly the sort of thing that makes a good beta test.(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Yellows From Barrels
    In our internal testing recently, I've gotten yellows from barrels. I started seeing them once in a great while starting at ~level 28. I'm talking about one in a hundred barrels or more. Blues from barrels definitely drop more often than yellows. I'd say it's working as intended. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)





    Fun Interview with Micky Neilson - Book of Cain
    PlayersCut had a rather interesting/unique interview with Micky Neilson. Most of the interview is just fun comments with a few random lore questions here and there, such as "Not all 7 heroes from Diablo 2 are still alive"

  • #2
    When you change your battletag does do anything about changing the number after your name? I'm satisfied with my name and the number after it seems to be there no matter what so I can't imagine I'll ever need to change it.
  • #3
    Aerisot confirms that it did indeed change his number

    edit: LOL looks like we beat blizzards blue post
  • #4
    Oh man, they should have gave the battletag an extra char, cause my name doesn't fit, one letter off...it's JaundiceBuny now... -_-
  • #5
    But you can't change to the same BattleTag. So if yours is Generic#6433 it won't let you create a new Generic#xxxx ... has to be different. Also it is definitely just a one-time thing. Tested on a secondary account :/.
  • #6
    Well, I just changed my tag to Trombone.
    Ne frustra vixisse videar.
  • #7
    I can't decide what name to use. Isn't naming things the worst part about games?! That's why I'm thinking about my D3 character names a month in ahead, so I don't get to character select and spend 3 hours deciding. :P
  • #8
    I have an ID for SC2... name#NNN. Is this the same thing? I assumed the SC2 ID would be the one I use across all battle.net games.
  • #9
    I'm happy that Blizzard has made it possible to change one's BattleTag. I'm content with mine, but there are definitely those out there who want to create a new one because he/she was testing the feature.

    Also, I self-proclaim myself Apoc's assistant even though all I do is basically stalk him in a game. :P
  • #10
    I hate that it shows your dumb battletag when in a group in your main menu and in game. I would much rather see my friends toon name and my own. Cause really, whats the point of naming your toons

    Isendims#1577
  • #11
    Quote from isendims
    I hate that it shows your dumb battletag when in a group in your main menu and in game. I would much rather see my friends toon name and my own. Cause really, whats the point of naming your toons


    The menu I don't mind so much because I can it being rather handy when you have multiple friends online. Now in a game... yes, that annoys me a lot.
  • #12
    Quote from JaundiceBunny

    Oh man, they should have gave the battletag an extra char, cause my name doesn't fit, one letter off...it's JaundiceBuny now... -_-
    I'm sure we'll all still recognise you either way!
    Bashiok - Blizzard Representative - 08/01/2011 -"So how many skill combinations are there now? Well taking into account 6 active skills, all the rune combinations, and 3 passives we currently expect each class to have roughly 2,285,814,795,264 different build combinations."

    "Hey, I thought you'd like the witty irony of grub-on-glowie violence!"
  • #13
    Why didn't my number go away!?!?
    "Just quit and wait for GW2"
  • #14
    you'll still get one free BattleTag change

    ffs, what a pathetic little company Blizzard has become. Another way to charge you to change 15 characters in a database.
  • #15
    Quote from misterwolf

    you'll still get one free BattleTag change

    ffs, what a pathetic little company Blizzard has become. Another way to charge you to change 15 characters in a database.

    A free way is a way for them to charge you?

    Actually the fact that they will even let you have any means (even if its paid) to change it is good. Though we have no confirmation on how much it will cost. How many games let you change your username after its made? not that many
  • #16
    Quote from Molster

    Quote from misterwolf

    you'll still get one free BattleTag change

    ffs, what a pathetic little company Blizzard has become. Another way to charge you to change 15 characters in a database.

    A free way is a way for them to charge you?

    Actually the fact that they will even let you have any means (even if its paid) to change it is good. Though we have no confirmation on how much it will cost. How many games let you change your username after its made? not that many


    It is not your username you are changing, it is just another display name (my username is my email address). The statement that you can change it for free once is repeated in the text, which does nothing else than indicate that they line up to make that another paid feature. I fully understand corporate drivers, but is it really necessary to really grab any small opportunity to make another dollar extra profit? In the long run, customer intimacy and a healthy lack of arrogance will get you much further imo.

    I used to be a big Blizzard fan (I added a healthy 1000E+ to their revenues while wow'ing), but somewhere over the last couple years that changed. They mean no more to me anymore than any other random software developer and I think that is a shame. I am probably not the only one that has that opinion and Blizzard may or may not care at all, but I don't think it will do them good in the long run.
  • #17
    A rare mob will spawn on Cath L3, creating the only possibility of an elite Servant of Jondar


    Could be this huge guy? met him just before fighting Jondar
  • #18
    Quote from Molster

    Quote from misterwolf

    you'll still get one free BattleTag change

    ffs, what a pathetic little company Blizzard has become. Another way to charge you to change 15 characters in a database.

    A free way is a way for them to charge you?

    Actually the fact that they will even let you have any means (even if its paid) to change it is good. Though we have no confirmation on how much it will cost. How many games let you change your username after its made? not that many


    who much does blizz pay you?
  • #19
    "The Resplendent Chest from the non-Event Quest false Defiled Crypt has been removed"


    Ran into one today so there still is a chance apparently.
  • #20
    Quote from Klusterboy

    Quote from Molster

    Quote from misterwolf

    you'll still get one free BattleTag change

    ffs, what a pathetic little company Blizzard has become. Another way to charge you to change 15 characters in a database.

    A free way is a way for them to charge you?

    Actually the fact that they will even let you have any means (even if its paid) to change it is good. Though we have no confirmation on how much it will cost. How many games let you change your username after its made? not that many


    who much does blizz pay you?


    Because Blizzard totally need to pay people to use common sense on the internet while not spewing blind hatred for their company.

    If that happened, it would be the easiest possible way to make money.
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