Hotfixes June 28th, Increased Drop Rates for High-End Items, Nephalem Valor Boss Change

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Hotfixes for June 28th
With the hotfix going live today, not only will we be seeing an increase of high-end items, but bosses will now drop one guaranteed rare with 4 stacks of NV and two with 5 stacks.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

June 28
Items
  • General
    • The drop rates for high-end items (items level 61-63) have been increased for Acts III and IV of Hell difficulty and Acts I – IV of Inferno difficulty:
      • The new approximate drop rates are as follows:
        • Hell – Act III and Act IV
          • iLvl 61: 9% to 13.9%
          • iLvl 62: 1.9% to 3.45%
          • iLvl 63: 0% (no change)
        • Inferno – Act I
          • iLvl 61: 17.7% to 23.9%
          • iLvl 62: 7.9% to 12.6%
          • iLvl 63: 2.0% to 4.8%
        • Inferno – Act II
          • iLvl 61: 18.6% to 23.3%
          • iLvl 62: 12.4% to 18.6%
          • iLvl 63: 4.1% to 9.3%
        • Inferno – Act III and Act IV
          • iLvl 61: 24.1% to 27.1%
          • iLvl 62: 16.1% to 21.7%
          • iLvl 63: 8.0% to 16.3%
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug with several items that would allow those items to block pathing when dropped on the ground
Bosses
  • General
    • Bosses are now guaranteed to drop at least 1 Rare item for players with 4 stacks of Nephalem Valor and at least 2 Rare items for players with 5 stacks of Nephalem Valor
Bug Fixes
  • General
    • Fixed a crash that could sometimes occur when a player was interacting with environment objects (e.g. opening chests or clicking on a lectern)
    • Fixed several additional game and service crashes

Comments

  • #1 nameyetna
    Oooohhh.... This patch I like.
  • #2 bokkkie
    good job, good effort
  • #3 Nordic Gamer
    Love the changes to the drop rapes and finally there is a reason to kill bosses too with the extra rare drop with 5 valor buffs!
  • #4 Therec
    So which is more efficient now for a person who has great gear? Act I with Warden and Butcher, or Act III with Cydaea and Azmodan? I have no problem with either, but Act III takes me longer due to the increased health pools.
  • #5 peasofme
    finally a patch that didn't nerf anything
  • #6 Cyeron
    Me gusta!
  • #7 head0r
    Quote from Zavannah

    Love the changes to the drop rapes and finally there is a reason to kill bosses too with the extra rare drop with 5 valor buffs!


    qft!
  • #8 SiKK
    So basically they reverted drop rates on bosses as it was pre-1.0.3. Along with the Act 3/4 drop rate increase, I really hope they remove all the ilvl 50+ crap.
  • #9 strykzer
    So the hotfix is active now ?
  • #10 lorien1973
    The question is; is it better to go back to boss killing? I stopped killing SK/Spider Queen cuz it was a drag with only 1 rare drop. The story parts slow down the killing too.
  • #11 Skelly
    I thought they were going to make A3/4 farming more viable since people were just farming A1 instead because they could clear faster, but they buffed ilvl 63 drop rates more for A1 than for A3/4...
  • #12 Aldrek
    I'm thinking Act II is gonna be the best place to farm, if you can't handle Act III. Act II and III got about the same reduction in 50-60 ilevel drops, whereas Act II got the highest increase of ilevel 63 items (New% divided by Old%) out of all three categories.

    Act I has 2.4 times more, and Act II has 2.268 times more ilevel 63 drops, but Act I has 2.4% more chance to drop ilevel 50-60. Act III/IV only got a 2.0375 times increase in ilevel 63 gear, but it does have a very high chance now. It's actually very tempting regardless of it being the hardest to farm.
  • #13 BaneWilliams
    Quote from Skelly

    I thought they were going to make A3/4 farming more viable since people were just farming A1 instead because they could clear faster, but they buffed ilvl 63 drop rates more for A1 than for A3/4...


    This. Congrats blizzard, you made it EVEN MORE PROFITABLE to farm Act 1 over Act 2-4.

    I'll enjoy filling my bags in 15 minutes on Act 1 unlike the hour+ it takes on Act 3, and I'll enjoy the fact that crafting is worth EVEN less!
  • #14 Slayerviper
    So people are going back to boss farming again... Yay for more drops but you'll still see QQ on "OMG not all of these drops are awesome". The previous post is spot on as well, there is more incentive to farm lower acts, they should have JUST buffed the last two acts and not hell mode.
  • #15 BaneWilliams
    Quote from aldrek

    I'm thinking Act II is gonna be the best place to farm, if you can't handle Act III. Act II and III got about the same reduction in 50-60 ilevel drops, whereas Act II got the highest increase of ilevel 63 items (New% divided by Old%) out of all three categories.

    Act I has 2.4 times more, and Act II has 2.268 times more ilevel 63 drops, but Act I has 2.4% more chance to drop ilevel 50-60. Act III/IV only got a 2.0375 times increase in ilevel 63 gear, but it does have a very high chance now. It's actually very tempting regardless of it being the hardest to farm.


    Act 2 however you have to go all over the place to find Elites, Act 1 I know exactly where each of them spawn and have an identifiable route. filling my bag in Act 2 is 40minutes, Act 1 is 15. double the percentages of Act 1. Yep, that's what I thought. Still miles and miles and miles better.
  • #16 Greenjoke
    there's no reason to restrict yourself to one act or one specific route unless you don't have good gear

    do them all. you don't always have to do what's most efficient. do some different areas even if it's a bit less loot.
  • #17 lorien1973
    Yeah. Act 2 simply isn't efficient. Rares are too random. Act 1 has lots of guaranteed places for rares.
  • #18 Demonious
    In my experience although Act 2 takes a little longer and does not have as many "set" rare spawn locations I feel like I find packs of elite's everywhere in Act 2. I'll do Maghda runs and get to 5x NV within 10-15 minutes. Additionally and this is purely my own experience I have found many many more 62 and 63 items in these runs. My A1 farms ended in MAYBE 1 63 item out of the 50+ i'd each in the run.

    I will have to test this further with the new drop rates, either way hopefully more 62 & 63's dropping will mean I'll get a much needed ring upgrade.
  • #19 Aldrek
    Quote from BaneAu

    Quote from aldrek

    I'm thinking Act II is gonna be the best place to farm, if you can't handle Act III. Act II and III got about the same reduction in 50-60 ilevel drops, whereas Act II got the highest increase of ilevel 63 items (New% divided by Old%) out of all three categories.

    Act I has 2.4 times more, and Act II has 2.268 times more ilevel 63 drops, but Act I has 2.4% more chance to drop ilevel 50-60. Act III/IV only got a 2.0375 times increase in ilevel 63 gear, but it does have a very high chance now. It's actually very tempting regardless of it being the hardest to farm.


    Act 2 however you have to go all over the place to find Elites, Act 1 I know exactly where each of them spawn and have an identifiable route. filling my bag in Act 2 is 40minutes, Act 1 is 15. double the percentages of Act 1. Yep, that's what I thought. Still miles and miles and miles better.
    True, I didn't take into account the fact that Act I is much more densely packed with elites. I thought about that after I posted. From a pure numbers perspective Act II may be better, but Act I is much more predictable and has shorter farm routes.
  • #20 Pherce
    Quote from lorien1973

    Yeah. Act 2 simply isn't efficient. Rares are too random. Act 1 has lots of guaranteed places for rares.

    I disagree. Load up The Black Soulstone. Take the waypoint to Zultan and hit up his chambers. You can usually get 5 stacks between the 2 chambers unless you get the rare pack of baneling guys. Kill Zultan after the 5-stack, tp back to town and start the quest for Belial (go to the bazaar to start the event) and then tp back to town again.

    From here you can take any waypoint you choose. Ancient paths has a chance to get a goblin, road to alcarnas, sewers, all have rare packs in them. Farm packs until you're blue in the face and tp back to town to kill Belial. He always has a rare pack right before his entrance too.

    I would like Act 1 slightly better if you were given Halls of Agony level 3 but I guess that would be too easy. However, the drops are simply better in Act 2 if you have the gear.
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