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    posted a message on Season Journey Tracker
    Quote from zikjego-next

    Did anyone take screenshots on the private PTR so the tracker can be updated for S11?

    That's a good question. Thanks for asking it. I'm currently travelling but as of next week would like to update it, if I have the data. Never had beta access myself :(
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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    15 games with a friend on either ranked, unranked or AI right? or do we have to play 15 games of each? lol

    Just any of those, yeah ;) 15 vs AI are enough.
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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward
    Quote from MugsyAUgo-next

    In my case, I'm getting through the games on 4x accounts so I'm gonna do it as fast as I can.

    Completely forgot my other accounts (from D3 multiboxing). Not that I *want* the wings on all of them, but it makes me wonder: is multiboxing in HotS allowed? Is it a thing? Surely nothing for competitive play but against beginner AI that could be quite useful, would also easily get the "friend requirement" out of the way.

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    Finally had a few 5-6 minute games today (on second lowest difficulty, not beginner, for no particular reason). Without Azmodan you need 1-2 minutes longer because you simply can't crush the core without any creeps or so (and sometimes even the creeps die before they reach the core). So Azmodan seems like a safe bet. For damage, we felt that Valla was better than Li Ming. But might be subjective or a matter of preference. Having both probably doesn't hurt - just means that any enemy heroes/minions will die instantly. As for healer, Auriel seems to be insanely useful. Still haven't tested Kharazim, will compare this weekend. Azmodan/Valla/Auriel combination seems to be the best combination for us at the moment.


    Masterflinter on Reddit posted a nice guide of doing the maps quickly. Some of that requires to be pretty fast (for example, if you don't destroy the Keep fast enough on Haunted Mines the AI will actually get to your core with a 100% golem), but overall following this guide is better advice than wasting time on some maps doing wrong objectives (like nukes or temples).

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    @thundergod90 and @MugsyAU: Thanks!!! Just logged it, started a game, and it worked.


    It took about 3-4 weeks or so. I got to HotS level 12 in the first week of May, played a bit of D3 at the end of May and never got it, but today when I logged in and just started a game (not even on a new character) I got the popup. Yay! Finally. Thanks for making me check again ;-)

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    Thanks MugsyAU for the pointer! Indeed lots of useful tips. Just one thing you probably want to edit: The Diablo portrait for getting to level 12 in HotS is not available anymore :( I never played HotS until a few weeks ago, and I'm now level 15 - but still no HotS portrait in Diablo.

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    put the game on begginer AI mode. i dont think anyone has ever lost against this. say you are 3 friends playing together, trust me, even by doing nothing the other 2 guys WILL carry you succesfully even if they are not pros.


    now if you want to contribute to the game, group up and start pushing one lane. focus on that one lane until you get to the core. and then focus on objectives or getting the boss to help you. thats basically it and you are done.


    as for which characters to take, valla is crazy strong and simple, just buff her auto attack talents and she will kill heroes and minion waves in seconds. azmodan is very good at dealing damage to structures and minions, buff his beam talents for safe/max damage against towers. and my personal favorite, sonya. take seismic slam talents and WOTB heroic and just stomp everything. xul/nazeebo are also very strong.


    avoid tanks and supports against AI. the only defense you need is your minion waves, while those are alive towers shoot at them first before targeting you. core does aoe damage to all of you near it though so you cant just go at it alone, azmodan with max beam talents candamage it with beam without taking damage since you out range it.


    hope that helps, happy grinding.

    Thanks, that did indeed help, Just a follow-up to Azmodan (who's my favorite) and you saying "you don't need support": Without support we feel like we lost a lot of health and have to fall back (or even hearth and heal) which always costs a minute or so. Not good if you want to keep games short. Also, high-level abilities - such as Azmodan's heal - are useful but best case you don't even reach those high-level endgame levels... if you get those 3-5 minute wins that people keep talking about (but I've yet to see).
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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    TL:DR, quit overthinking it and just do it.

    I keep reading that you can easily win every AI game in sub 5 minutes, but our fastest game was 7:30 or so and average is more like 10-15. I have very limited time in the timeframe of this event, but I have some time to prepare now. I really want to keep the games as fast as possible, and I'd really like to know what I'm doing wrong - because I'm just doing what you said (pick random compositions, follow objectives, push hard) and it takes 3 times as long.
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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    You're being kicked after a minute or so when afk'ing in HotS, so that's not possible ;)

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward
    Quote from RealGsussgo-next

    Well, I've never played hots, and wasn't planning on ever doing so, but now, for the wings, I feel like I have to.

    Same :/

    Can this be done alone? Or are any HotS players around willing to "carry" guys like myself through this in order to get the wings. And do you have to win 15 games or just do 15 games?

    Nope, needs to be "with a friend" (not sure if just any human player or someone who's actually on your friends list, I think the former). Right now on Reddit people are super willing to "carry", but honestly, moba strategies are so complex and the skill cap is so ridiculous, I think 2-3 days in the HotS veterans will absolutely loathe all those D3 noobs swarming their games. And there'll be a handful of those in every match. That's why I think we need a noob guide rather than those "gg 5 mins cheeze guides" which can't be executed by people like you and me.

    I think you can lose. I've been told that during some OW event that's what people did - which made for horrible games because in every game on both sides there were just people sabotaging and trying to intentionally lose. In HotS you can play against AI, so losing 15 quick vs AI matches against elite could be an option... not sure if it's really fast though and works. Also, the announcement is a bit unclear - it doesn't say "vs AI *or* ranked/unranked" but "AND". I hope it doesn't require us to play matches with+against other human players...


    Edit: Someone just said on Reddit that semi-afk'ing in an vs elite game can result in a 25 min game, so there's no "quick loss" option, probably.

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    posted a message on HOTS event with D3 reward

    I'm in a discussion on Reddit about this and gonna ask here as well:


    What's your advice for a group of total noobs of 2-3 players with zero moba experience/interest to do this as quickly as possible? Keep in mind:


    * No knowledge of game mechanics, weak/no coordination, we'll have to read tooltips, talents, skill in the game, so 2-3 minutes will probably be just that

    * We want games to end quickly, so strategies that focus on high-level hero skills are rather... useless

    * We'll play with AI allies against beginner AI, so we'll have the stupid AI allies sabotage as from time to time (I've tested this yesterday, they sometimes hearth back for stupid reasons instead of just finishing the push and demolish the core)

    * Everyone wants to play Diablo heroes since taking turns would extend this to 30 games, so hero combinations need to be comprised of Diablo heroes only.


    I personally like Azmodan the most of the Diablo heroes, but I need a strong healer on my back, especially in the beginning before I get the healing talent. Malfurion (AI ally) is an amazing healer to have on my back, but as I said, when I started blasting the core he was just like "get rekt m8" and hearthed back for no reason, delaying the entire game for ~5 minutes. I tried Auriel and gonna try Kharazim tonight but it seems like it's not the kind of sustained heal we might need for a 2-3 hero push team once AI allies backstab us again.


    Basically, 3-4 minute games are possible for people with tons of HotS experience. But those will get those 15 wins anyways because... well... they're regular HotS players. During those 13 days, however, many many people will come to HotS with no experience, take a random Diablo hero, and play like a total noob. So it would be great to have some strategies for those people (like me) :)


    I already wrote on Reddit: What would be useful is a HotS "15 games guide" similar to a T6-T8 low-gear guide for D3 starters, and not the kind of high-end meta guides. I'll play 15 vs AI games to get that thing out of the way and then uninstall, because mobas aren't my thing ;-)

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    posted a message on Dear Demon Hunters,

    I fail to see the constructive tone in OP's thread. It was also posted in the wrong forum. Some people see a reason for a civil discussion to be had... if so, please make a new thread with a constructive opening post in the correct forum (DH). But we're not a tabloid that rewards clickbait/rant threads like this one.


    Locked.

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    posted a message on I think that's it for S10

    1) The gap between solo and group still exists, I won't deny that. But if you absolutely *can't find your gear* in solo play then it's not like group play will all of the sudden fix everything. You're either extremely unlucky (can happen in group as well; I didn't get an In-Geom in S8 until paragon 650, nor anyone in my group, so that season was terrible for me). Or you just set yourself too high goals (I don't have an ancient Andariel's with cold yet for my LoN WD, but that's also like complaining that I haven't won the lottery yet). Or you're just really inefficient. (There are tons of people who finish the entire season journey completely solo in under 30 hours playtime, by the way.)


    2) The only real lag in the game is caused by too much net calculations (e.g., area damage + many effects on many mobs + too many mobs that are alive for a long time). Basically, Hammerdin lags the game out (in 3 player on GR85+), and a bit later the FB WD. Which is why everyone is so happy about the LoN WD. The game has no inherent lag problem, *especially* not for solo players. Are you a HC player in a group with some suicidal hammerdins that click on a shield pylon in the middle of 100 mobs on GR80? Yep, you're dead. That's a fair complaint about bad game implementation and a death that shouldn't happen. But as a solo player who probably isn't even pushing the limits yet (you say yourself you have been unlucky with gear) it sounds like it's 99.9999% something on your side (PC issues, ISP issues, etc).


    3) All those client issues etc that you mention sound exactly like what people have when switching to the 64 bit client. I had occasional lags as well, really annoying. Switched to 32 bit and now I'm happily multiboxing on 4 accounts, all on full HD resolution, with no lag at all. On a 6 year old gaming rig. Also, a busy internet connection in the background sounds like your B.Net client is uploading/downloading some stuff. I think you can turn that off.


    I can emphasize with honest complaints. Sorry if my reply sounds a bit harsh, but it just sounds like "let's make a thread and rant about this crap game" when actually I see issues like yours being resolved on an almost daily basis in Blizzard tech support forum. Ask for help, and you'll be fine. Millions of people play this game without issues and lag, this is not some kind of early access Steam beta. Are there issues? Yep. But it sounds like yours can easily be solved if you contact support.




    Edit: Thread locked due to unacceptable behavior of OP. Take a break and re-think your actions before you come back, please. And in the meantime I can only re-emphasize: contact Blizzard support.

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    posted a message on Different Types of Support Monks

    To my knowledge, there's two different main types:


    1) Support monk for high-level GRs, i.e., *not speed*


    2) Support monk for speed GRs, i.e., grinding paragon in 3-5 minute rifts with 2-3 wizards.


    The first you can easily find by just looking at the leaderboards. Look at a few profiles and look for most common patterns (never rely on a single profile as there's always trolls or people who accidentally equipped a wrong item - really high-level groups won't even notice because the monk is relatively flexible). The second you can probably find by looking at profiles from high-level people (not "inspect hero" but "view profile" or so) and check other characters on their roaster. Since it's a speed rift, obviously In-Geom is often part of the build.


    The most important thing for any support monk is to stack health globe bonus on any item you can (shoulders, chest, boots, and jewelry) in order for Epiphany-Soothing Mist to heal as much as possible. Almost everything else is "optional" and there's a lot of variation, and there's not so much right or wrong but it rather comes down to what you're comfortable with.

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