Exploits in Diablo 3, Community Commentary: Hardcore New Player Guide and Veteran Challenge, Imperius Fan Art

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    Update: Added a few new notes since last PTR patch!

    PTR Patch 1.0.8 Updated Notes – v.1.0.8.16256

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    PTR Specific Changes
    • Certain areas in Act II and Act IV have received further adjustments to monster density
    General
    • The Magic and Gold Find granted by Fortune shrines can now exceed the 300% cap
    Achievements
    • Bug Fixes
      • The "Uncaged" achievement now requires the player to stay alive during the encounter
      • The "Good Eye" achievement now requires the player to stay alive during the encounter
      • Fixed an issue that caused the "Self Sufficient" achievement to sometimes not be awarded the first time a player killed Diablo
      • Fixed an issue that caused the "Death Trap" achievement to not be awarded the first time a player completed the criteria
    Bosses
    • Bug Fixes
      • Skeleton King
        • A bug causing The Skeleton King and The King of the Dead to not play an animation when performing their Whirlwind attack should now occur less frequently
    Monsters
    • General
      • The health of normal Spiderlings has been reduced by approximately 68%
      • The health of Elite Spiderlings has been reduced by approximately:
        • 4.5% for Champions
        • 3% for Rares
        • 9% for Rare minions
      • Poison damage dealt by Brood Hatchlings has been reduced by 40%
      • Experience granted by the following monsters has been reduced:
        • By 75%:
          • Brood Hatchlings, Cavern Spiders, Spiderlings, Stygian Crawlers, and Tormented Stingers
        • By 50%:
          • Bile Crawlers, Doom Wraiths, Shade Stalkers, Shadow Vermin, Skeletal Crawlers, and Spine Lashers
      • The chance for the following monsters to drop loot has been reduced:
        • By 50%:
          • Bile Crawlers, Doom Wraiths, Shade Stalkers, Shadow Vermin, Skeletal Crawlers, and Spine Lashers
        • By 25%:
          • Brood Hatchlings, Cavern Spiders, and Spiderlings




    Exploits in Diablo 3
    Following the announcement earlier, involving a hotfix to the Witch Doctor pets exploit, Lylirra has posted some of Blizzard's philosophies concerning exploitation in Diablo 3.

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    Totally understand. It's a legitimate concern. The best response to your question is actually covered by our exploitation policy, which I linked previously:

    Bug Exploitation

    Some bugs are minor and do not affect gameplay, but sometimes bugs can be used to provide an unfair advantage to certain players or negatively affect the game itself. An appropriate penalty for exploitation is determined by whether or not:
    • The exploit is performed intentionally, maliciously, or repeatedly
    • The exploit damages another hero or their gameplay
    • An attempt has been made to conceal the exploit's use
    While certain exploits can be cut-and-dry, most are complicated beasts. Sometimes, players will use an exploit and not realize it. Sometimes, an exploit will exist, but it won't be damaging to any other player or the economy. In those situations, our priority will always be to fix what’s wrong as quickly as we can so that the game is better for everyone (as opposed to calling down the banhammer). If someone is actively abusing an exploit, though, and doing so maliciously and knowingly, then yeah, we might step in -- but it would likely be something that's handled on a case-by-case basis. Again, our primary goal is it to improve the game environment, not get some sort of revenge, so whether or not someone is penalized really depends on the individual situation.

    Even so, the best course of action if you know an exploit exists is not to use it. If you want to submit a report, you can (and we'd be thankful for it), but that'd be going above and beyond.

    And somebody read the submissions from here: http://us.blizzard.c...bmit/hacks.html Correct?
    Correct, both our [email protected] and Hacks web form inboxes are reviewed. As noted, though, reports submitted via those outlets will not receive a response.

    As you said it yourself, dev team knew about it, released it live and I bet many ppl already exploited game mechanic, that was implemented in the client via official patch.
    On the contrary, I said that we did not know about the bug when the patch went live. I'm not sure if that's better or worse in your mind, but it was issue on our end, and we’re already taking a look at our reporting processes to see how we can improve them to reduce the chances of something like this happening again.

    We're not infallible, though, and we may not catch every bug or report, but we can always do better. It means a lot to us that players submit bugs and report exploits, and we want to make sure they're being utilized in the right ways.




    Community Commentary: Hardcore New Player Guide and Veteran Challenge

    Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

    This week's community commentary is focused on Hardcore mode. We have a great resource for new Hardcore players to share from Pokebunny on the TeamLiquid forums, as well as a fun challenge from KeiGu on the EU forums.

    If You're New to Hardcore:
    Are you considering playing Hardcore, or are you new to Hardcore and looking for some helpful tips? Pokebunny has put together a great resource for new Hardcore players on the TeamLiquid forums. It covers how to start Hardcore, what character might be right for you, and even a FAQ from some expert Hardcore players. Take a look at the guide, and feel free to leave him feedback, suggestions, or share some helpful advice of your own.

    If You're a Veteran:
    KeiGu on the European forums has a great Hardcore challenge for any of you veterans out there. The short version is you need to kill Inferno Diablo in a solo game with as little gear as possible, and post a video of your victory! Are you up for the challenge? Take a look at the thread for a full list of rules if you're interested in joining the fray.

    Image credit: BlizzPlanet

    Have you been thinking about playing Hardcore? If so, did you find the guide helpful? And for our Hardcore veterans, are you a champion ready to risk it all by fighting Diablo bare-chested? Let us know!




    Imperius Fan Art
    Diablo 3 player Nizaris has created a topic in the new Community Creations forum on Battle.net where he has displayed his Imperius fan art. You can also check out his Deviant Art profile and gallery, which features a nice variety of works.

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    What about WotB/Archon with this definition of exploitation? Blizzard already said that those two specials are not working as intended. Barbs and Wizards use these specials intentionally and repeatedly. Do they have to fear getting banned for playing the game?

    And secondly, a good step to not get bugs like Pet EXP going live: start reading forums! This move should be very obvious to Blizzard.
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    What about WotB/Archon with this definition of exploitation? Blizzard already said that those two specials are not working as intended. Barbs and Wizards use these specials intentionally and repeatedly. Do they have to fear getting banned for playing the game?

    And secondly, a good step to not get bugs like Pet EXP going live: start reading forums! This move should be very obvious to Blizzard.


    Not the same, I'm not sure what the WD exploit is, nor do I care to look up what it is, but I can tell you it is not the same as WotB/archon. Describing it as such sounds to me like you are trying to defend the use of the exploit which sounds like you probably are one who uses it... but we won't go there.

    WotB/Archon are not exploits, people who use them are not exploiting. They are using the skills the way they were designed. The problem with those abilities is that Blizzard did not intend for them to be so effective. They probably didn't foresee the ability being up near 100% of the time, they probably assumed that they would maybe last twice as long instead of being up all the time. That is not an exploit, that is just an oversight of the dev team.

    So please try understanding the difference between clever use of game mechanics and exploits before you start comparing things or trying to defend something.
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    WotB/Archon are not exploits, people who use them are not exploiting. They are using the skills the way they were designed. The problem with those abilities is that Blizzard did not intend for them to be so effective
    So please try understanding the difference between clever use of game mechanics and exploits before you start comparing things or trying to defend something.

    This 100% ^. I used to use Wotb with ToC cause i thoght you had to so you could do MP10. Never did i have 100% upkeep. What i did was pop WoTB try keep it up during most elite packs then by the time i got to the next elite pack Wotb was off cooldown.

    With that said. Its not exploits. I was able to make a better more unique build anyways once i heard about them planing to nerf down WotB/Archon that can easyer farm MP10 so i guess i should have looked at other skills before i stuck myself with thinking that Wotb was the only way...And to tell you the truth - I cant stand big cooldown skills anyways.
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    Are you really comparing leaving a book/hard drive/etc laying on top of your mouse to an overpowered skill build?
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    Are you really comparing leaving a book/hard drive/etc laying on top of your mouse to an overpowered skill build?


    I love how you make it sound as though many people just have hard drives laying around to use for whateve
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    I request the source for PTR Patch 1.0.8 Updated Notes – v.1.0.8.16256

    Swedish Official Fansite www.Diablo3pvp.se

  • #8
    We are the source. :)
  • #9
    Release it already!!
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