Change, It's Only Natural

I Feel A Change In The Wind, Says I

Over the past few hours a good amount has changed around the Diablo III Community Site, some of these additions are more potent than other. Lets work our way through these updates, shall we?




The Official Item Page Is Up




It seems the page is still under mild construction, with some item icons repeating themselves, and others simply nonexistent. All and all though you can clearly see how the page will pan out, categorizing items by body slot, with class specifics gear being conveniently identified by class.

Through this one page, we have many significant topics to touch on.


Follower Specific Items


On top of being able to equip your Follower with standard gear, there will also be follower specific items which are only usable by the item's specified follower. These items don't have stats to them yet, so it's still unknown exactly what buffs they'll grant your follower.

Her items seem to be based on magical trinkets, such as mirrors and amulets.


The Scoundrel's items suit his character very well, consisting of such things as dice and satchels.


For the Templar, we find items like Tomes and Vials of Tears.


Amulets & Rings Have Sockets

Confirmed by multiple examples for either item, it's evident both amulets and rings can have sockets. Now to what extent this goes is unknown, can you add sockets to them? If so, can you add sockets to legendaries that don't already have them? Multiple sockets? These are questions without answers at the moments.


Consumables


Potion Revisions
Potions seem to have gotten a nice upgrade graphically, alongside a confirmed "Other" category of potion which grants a buff for a certain length of time.

Scrolls...
If there was any doubt that Scrolls will play a large role in Diablo III, the fact that they have their own page should alleviate any lingering doubts. There are currently three different types of scrolls. The Scroll of Companion, which summons a temporary critter who picks up gold for you, the Scroll of Identity, that identifies rare and legendary items (magic items no longer need to be identified), and the Scroll or Reforging, which re-rolls your item at the cost of negative 10% max durability (there are three ranks of these scrolls, each used for either magic, rare, or legendary items).

Tomes...
Throughout the world you will find Pages of Training, these alone do nothing. After collecting five Pages of Training, you may combine them to form a Tome of Training which is used to level up the Artisan of your choice. It takes multiple Tomes of Training to level your chosen Artisan.


Crafting Materials


As it stands, each difficulty will have four different crafting materials, one salvaged from each corresponding item class (Common, Magic, Rare, and Legendary). Gems will be broken down into Gem Dust which may have many uses, one surely being to craft higher tier gems.

Crafting Recipes..

Along your journey you will find Crafting Recipes, which may be given to the corresponding Artisan to teach him or her how to craft a new item.

The Black Smith recipe pages on the Diablo 3 Community Site not only list the item stats, but also the required Black Smith level, materials needed, and gold cost. These recipes will grant the Black Smith the ability to craft new items.


Recipes are also required for the Jeweler to craft high level gems. Three of one tier gem will be needed to craft the next tier gem.


Recipes will provide your Mystic with new Enchantments that she can imbue your items with.


Armor Dyes


Not everything about Diablo 3 is about how your gear functions. Making an item your own is very important, it helps you to feel connected with your character. Thankfully armor dyes have been granted their own page in homage of this. There is even a Vanishing Dye, in case you don't want a certain item to show at all.


Gems Get Overhauled


Gems have gone through a few public revisions over their development, most have been just graphical. Now it seems there will only be four gem types, instead of the six we've seen previously. Diamond and Sapphire didn't make the cut for one reason or another, leaving only the Amethyst, Emerald, Ruby, and Topaz.

This decision may have been made a while back, as looking back on the last showing of gems there were only four types on screen.




Unattuned Rune System


A while back our own Kickin_It reported on how the Rune System could very well change from its form we've seen in the past, and indeed it has. In short, the new system adds another type of Rune drop, one that will drop blank. This Unattuned Rune would only attain a type when you place it into a skill. Furthermore, even after you've taken the Rune out of your skill, it will forever remain attributed to that skill, and may only be used in that skill, even when traded to others. There was talk that the Mystic might be able to clear a Rune, essentially returning it to an unattuned Rune, but this remains unknown. With the new system the Unattuned Runes will also roll random attributes upon attaining a type, further extending the range in which a single rune can vary. For the whole story I highly suggest you read Kickin_It's article on the matter, since it has indeed come to reality.


Demon Hunter Resource Changes


As reported on by our own Magistrate in his recent article on the topic, it seems the Demon Hunter's resource has undergone a large revision.

There has been a consistent trend in the responses of current Beta testers regarding the Demon Hunter's Hatred resource. The complaint was that it simply runs out too quickly, leaving the class unable to use its offensive abilities. Blizzard has heard these claims, and changed the system according.

Where as the Demon Hunter's skills used to be categorized under Hatred, Discipline, and Utility, now there are both Hatred Generators, and Hatred Spenders, alongside a Discipline category. With this change the class will now be able to strategically choose both hatred generators, and spenders to keep the pain rolling at a consistent rate.


Complete Skill Damage Overhaul


While this topic doesn't have it's own page, or even a single mention on the entire site, one could say this is the most drastic change of them all.

Skills across all five classes generally were based off two types of damage, % weapon damage, or scaling damage which only changes with the rank of the skill; this posed a big problem. When a player found a decent weapon, all of the skills based off of scaling damage instantly became obsolete. In Force's recent Let's Play series he came across this issue many times, where he wouldn't use certain skills simply because the ones based off weapon damage outclassed the ones based of scaling damage.

What Blizzard has done is base almost every single offensive skill off % weapon damage. This will make nearly every skill viable, where as before it was almost always the better choice to stick with the % weapon damage based skills. This trend can be seen across all five classes. In concept, this change greatly broadens the number of viable skills, though only time will tell how it will turn out.

Comments

  • #1 Branmuffin
    Nice concise summary of the updates :) Good read!
  • #2 DragonJunkie
    So is Hatred like it was before just with added generators for Hatred boosts or does Hatred need to be generated first like Fury and Spirit?
  • #3 leftfoot
    I am interested to see how the skill rehaul will play out. I also didn't know about Scroll of Reforge before but I think it will be a great addition.

    I do think, however, that you should know the rune color before you place it into a skill, but still be attuned to the skill when you place it. And when you place it it should get the item Affix + Prefix so you will still always be on the hunt for a better rune.
  • #4 Verity
    Ever since you changed to the current "promoted from post XXX" for the frontpage it seems to be quite a delay for it to appear there :(. How come?

    Nice writeup anyway!
  • #5 okrane
    Why so few gem types???

    :S :S
  • #6 NeoPhythe
    :D
  • #7 ewoksy
    discussing this with another guy, whats to stop all of the WDs/Wizs to pump strength gems or gear and grab a massive 2h choppy weapon for maximum +dmg bonuses on spells?

    Jus a thought...
  • #8 Daemaro
    Quote from ewoksy

    discussing this with another guy, whats to stop all of the WDs/Wizs to pump strength gems or gear and grab a massive 2h choppy weapon for maximum +dmg bonuses on spells?

    Jus a thought...


    Attack buffs spells as well as melee attacks. So nothing really. If you want to build a melee Wizard you can, though you won't have as much defensive abilities.


    Quote from okrane

    Why so few gem types???

    :S :S


    I was sort of confused by this at first also, but then I noticed there are only 4 stats and all of the 4 gems cover the stats so you'll be able to gem for whatever stat you want. Also keep in mind there are a ton of enhancements you can do to your weapon for the elemental damage.
  • #9 pikke
    Nice recap Winged! :)

    Unfortunately the news about runes is not good news for me, I don't like it much.

    I'll cheer up watching Force videos.
  • #10 ewoksy
    Quote from Daemaro

    Quote from ewoksy

    discussing this with another guy, whats to stop all of the WDs/Wizs to pump strength gems or gear and grab a massive 2h choppy weapon for maximum +dmg bonuses on spells?

    Jus a thought...


    Attack buffs spells as well as melee attacks. So nothing really. If you want to build a melee Wizard you can, though you won't have as much defensive abilities.



    my point was the higher weapon damage the high %bonus to spells, wasn't so much focused on melee casters :P
  • #11 Anzacsas
    And when I was just starting to like the rune system blizzard had to go fuck it up...
  • #12 Dingler
    Wait, so all spells and abilities are based on weapon damage now? I mean, sure I can see why they did it, but it just doesn't sit right with me...Let's look at an example:

    "I'll crush you with this mighty meteor, summoned from the sky!!"

    "...oh wait, I forgot I had this dagger equipped"

    *Meteor does 25 dmg*

    *Zombie lives to see another day*

    Is my example exaggerated? You bet! But still, I feel like this is taking the caster-classes in a wrong direction. I've always loved casters because you could essentially run around butt-naked and still be able to throw down chilling blizzards, waves of lightning and kill everything in your path - you wouldn't be as effective, but still you'd feel quite powerful.

    Casters aren't supposed to be JUST as dependent on their weapon as melee-classes are, it completely goes against the caster archetype.
  • #13 Chnumpen
    The Grandfathers and Windforce is returning will Stone ring of Jordan do that too?
    we will have to just wait and see ;)
  • #14 Enkeria
    Sad, no Saphire, my favourite. Oh well..

    And about the "Complete Skill Damage Overhaul" will this mean ALOT of work???
    I mean, I would like to play this game THIS year.
  • #15 Loquenahak
    Awwww I demand a javascript for item tooltips on our websites :)
  • #16 The_Coby
    Why did Blizzard showing up all items from game to public? Playing will not be interested if we know how all items looks, isnt it?
  • #17 Daemaro
    Quote from The_Coby

    Why did Blizzard showing up all items from game to public? Playing will not be interested if we know how all items looks, isnt it?


    They did it with D2 as well to be fair.


    I think a lot of people are misunderstanding the rune feature. All current runes will stay, you'll just occasionally loot wildcard runes which you can take a chance with to gain a little bit more of a benefit than a regular rune or you can just sell if you want.
  • #18 Runner55
    Good read. I had just started thinking we probably won't get any more info about D3 before Blizzcon, yet here it is. Awesome! :)
  • #19 Daemaro
    Rune section updated to clear up some confusion. ;)
  • #20 Enkeria
    When is Blizzcon?
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