List of Torment Only Legendaries, MannerCookie's Reaper Witch Doctor Build, European Community Meet Up in Paris

List of Torment Only Legendaries

Nevalistis has released a full list of the Legendary items that drop in Torment. 

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

The Wand of Woh is not a Torment only item. =)

So, this has been requested for a while, and it took some time to put this together in a way that made sense. Previously, many items hadn't been implemented fully, or didn't have names yet. Of course, bearing all that in mind, understand that things are always subject to change. 

A couple things to note going into this list:
  • You might not recognize some of the names. That's because names on the current Beta build (and in much of the available datamined information) haven't been finalized. Most, if not all, should be updated in the next Beta patch.
None of the below Legendaries include Legacy items or their remakes.
  • If you are wondering why a Legendary you feel is particularly strong isn't on this list, it's quite likely that we instead lowered the drop rate on that item. It's still available in all difficulties, but more rare than other drops.

Allow me to present the (current) list of Torment-only Legendaries:

Class Restricted Item Sets
The Legacy of Raekor (Barbarian Set)
Firebird's Finery (Wizard Set)
Embodiment of the Marauder (Demon Hunter Set)
Raiment of a Thousand Storms (Monk Set)
Armor of Akkhan (Crusader Set)
Helltooth Harness (Witch Doctor Set)

Theme Sets (Non class-restrictive)
Monkey King's Garb
Vyr's Amazing Arcana
Thorns of the Invoker
The Shadow's Mantle
Might of the Earth
Raiment of the Jade Harvester
Bastions of Will
Istavan's Paired Blades

Follower Items
Smoking Thurible (Enchantress)
Hand of the Prophet (Enchantress)
Skeleton Key (Scoundrel)
Ribald Etchings (Scoundrel)
Enchanting Favor (Templar)
Relic of Akarat (Templar)

Legendary Potions
Bottomless Potion of the Tower
Bottomless Potion of the Diamond
Bottomless Potion of Regeneration
Bottomless Potion of the Leech
Bottomless Potion of Mutation
Bottomless Potion of Kulle-Aid

As you can see, the list is actually fairly small. The items we selected for Torment-only are to provide additional rewards and incentives to players who have advanced to higher difficulties. The vast majority of Legendaries, though, both new and old, are able to drop in every difficulty.

MannerCookie's Reaper Witch Doctor Build

MannerCookie has released a new Torment build, this time for the Witch Doctor. The highlight of the build is the use of the new DoT set, as it's currently named. MannerCookie has also started a thread on our forums where he welcomes any feedback! Check out the topic over here.


European Community Meet Up in Paris

A huge amount of European streamers, community managers and any other sort of popular Diablo players met up in Paris last week. The purpose of the meet is giving Blizzard Community Managers a lot of feedback about how they can work better with the community itself. Here's a bit more information from Lylirra. There's a lot more from her on the topic, which you can read in its entirety in our Blue Tracker. Below you can check a picture from the meeting, where you can notice quite a lot of familiar faces!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker/ Official Forums)

It's a community summit, wherein in fan sites and key influencers within our different Blizzard communities are invited to the local office in Versailles to come hang out, meet other players, meet the EU community team and learn a bit more about how they operate, and provide feedback. Our EU community team does this on the yearly, and we've had similar summits here in the US as well. (To my knowledge, this is actually the first year that the EU team has invited players who aren't directly affiliated with fan sites. They've done this for something like 5 years now.)

It's not a press tour or anything of the kind, particularly it since includes fan sites/influencers from all of our games, not just D3. It's more about getting some members of the local community together, understanding how everyone could work together better, and generally facilitating mingling among like-minded people ("like minded-people" = fan sites and influencers from all of Blizzard's different gaming communities).
Understanding how everyone could work better to do what exactly?
How better to serve the community.

A summit like this gives the EU community team a chance to say "Hey, this is who we are and what we do. Here are our main goals and challenges. And here are some ways we could work together to better serve the community."

In turn, it gives EU fan sites and influencers (people who serve the community as well in their own way) a chance to say "Hey, this is who we are and what we do. Here are our main goals and challenges. And here are some ways the community team can help us better serve the community."

As noted, this is something that the EU community team has been hosting for years now and all the gaming communities are represented, not just D3. The summit itself is not really about giving game feedback, though (since we have a lot of channels for that already); it's about improving/building relationships with members of the community who are also supporting the community itself and figuring out ways that we can help each other do what we do better -- something which can benefit from an in-person setting. 
So....Only streamers and youtuber's are community?
Not at all. They're just one part of it (albeit typically a part that does that whole "members of the community who are also supporting the community itself" thing). 

If you have an issue with who specifically was invited, that's fine. I can absolutely pass that info along to our EU community team.
Either you are insulting our intelligence or are just really naive.

This is nothing but a lame (albeit effective) way for Blizzard to earn some quid pro quo with people who have influence on others opinions about the quality/buyability of a product that your company just so happens to have for sale.
Sincere question: You think it's better that we (we = community managers) don't meet with or otherwise try to work with fan sites and other influencers to figure out how we can better support the player community? 

If your answer is "yes," that's cool. We'll just have to agree to disagree. But I'm curious why you think that kind of relationship and outreach isn't actually meaningful or worth the investment. 

Speaking on behalf of the US community team, we think our fan site owners (like Diablo Fans and Diablo IncGamers), YouTubers (like RedTeamGaming and Quelric), as well as lot of streamers (like Archon, DatModz, MadMori, and cdxliv) -- just to name a few in each category -- have done a lot and do a lot to build and support the D3 community. It's important to us to in turn support that as much as possible, since it helps a lot of players in a very real way. Summits are just one way to do that; for EU, I think summits work out well due to how many fan sites and influencers there are in Europe itself across all the different game communities, and getting everyone in one place at one time is helpful (or at least has proven to be useful in the five previous years they've done this kind of thing).
I sincerely hope you don't believe this. I'm not trying to troll you, this is just insanity. These guys aren't talk show host, they have people who watch them play video games. Many people don't even care to hear commentary, they just want to watch them play the game, and majority of the time that's all it is. 

Wow this planet is messed up.
I do believe it, and if that makes me a little mad in your mind, so be it. I've certainly been called worse. :) 

I think streamers including, but not limited to MadMori, Moldran, Archon, Jaetch, DatModz (plus the folks at IncGamers, Reddit Diablo, and Diablo Fans who stream) can do a lot of good for a community -- not only because they often aim to help their viewers, but also because they provide entertainment. And, of course, players enjoy it. 

They also frequently interact with other members of the community and, more often than not, generate a ton of constructive feedback. They get players talking about things, which helps us gather the information we need to pass on. Essentially, they're information brokers without really realizing it.

Sure, it's somewhat self-serving, but given how much time some of these guys (and gals) dedicate to streaming, I'm glad they're able to get something out of it.
What does any of this have to do with making great video games?
It's about building and supporting a gaming community. That's what community managers work to do. That's also what many fan sites, streamers, YouTubers, bloggers, MVPs, and -- heck -- even some players who've accrued large followings on Twitter work to do, as well, and we want to support that endeavor. In fact, there's lots of great posters here that work towards that same goal, though may not even realize it. 

If you can build and a support a gaming community, that leads to great discussions and feedback, which can in turn help with making great video games. Similarly, if you can build and a support a gaming community, that also (in many cases) leads to a better overall experience with game itself -- for some players, at least, certainly not everyone.

 

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