XP Farming Guide With No Good Gear Required, Blizzard's Builds Initiative: Theorycraft Thursdays, Starter Pet WD Build

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Vizizu's XP Farming Guide: No Good Gear Needed

Vizizu shared an Experience farming method he discovered, but which he expects to be nerfed soon, so take advantage of it while you can. Make sure to check the topic out as well, because he listed the steps required in case you're not in a mood for a video.


Blizzard's Builds Initiative: Theorycraft Thursdays

Blizzard decided to embrace the builds sharing and is looking for players confident in their hero's skill set and willing to share it with the rest of the player base. Check the full post for more information, but don't forget our forums have tons of builds shared already.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

In your adventures across Westmarch and beyond, you've undoubtedly come across different items, affixes, environments, mechanics, and even anecdotes from other players that have influenced or outright changed the way you play the game (or at least tempted you to try something you never before considered). All these variables can shape and help define your hero's individual playstyle, also known as its build. 

There are so many different ways to a build a hero in Diablo III. But what build are you using right now? How did you create it? And why do you like it so much? That's exactly what we intend to explore in our new weekly segment, Theorycraft Thursday!

What's Theorycraft Thursday?

Every Thursday starting May 1, we'll highlight a new build created by you, our community. We'll showcase the skills and passives you're using, the items that may have had an effect on your choices, how this build has shaped your gameplay experience, and of course: why you love it. If selected, your build will appear on the front page (right here!) of diablo3.com, giving other players the opportunity to discuss, debate, and ask you questions about it.

The fun doesn't stop there, though. Every four weeks, we'll throw up a poll and have the community vote on their favorite featured builds from the past month. The player whose build nets the most votes will have an opportunity to join a few Blizzard employees in-game and showcase their build LIVE on our official Diablo Twitch.tv channel!

How to Participate:

Interested? Awesome! To participate, just send an e-mail to [email protected] with the following information:

  • The name, if any, of your build. (If you don't have one, I am not completely responsible for the lame pun your build may wind up being associated with.)
  • The mode in which you use this build. (Normal, Hardcore, or dare I say… Seasons?) Feel free to mention what difficulty you play on too!
  • Which skills, runes, and passives you use. A link to your build using the Skill Calculator would also be appreciated.
  • A screenshot of and/or a link to your character profile. (If you only submit a link to your character profile but not a screenshot, please do not change your skills until you’ve received a confirmation e-mail that we’ve received your submission.)
  • The names of any items or Legendaries that help this build flourish. If it doesn't focus on a build-changing Legendary, that's cool too – just let us know!
  • What this build does best. Do you use this build primarily for doing Bounties? Or do you use it for playing Campaign Mode?  Whether you’re taking on Infernal Machines or doing a bit of everything, be sure to specify!
  • What makes this build AWESOME. Does it showcase big crits, or is it great at clearing large packs? Maybe it’s super mobile, or features supreme survivability?
  • Two to three screenshots of your build in action! 

We're eager to see the creativity of our community, and we're even more excited about getting the chance to hang out and play alongside you. So get your submissions in and we'll see you May 1!


Boxsalesman's Starter Pet Witch Doctor Build

Yet another contribution that's aimed at heroes who don't have fabulous Legendaries yet! Boxsalesman's starter pet WD build uses a mix of physical and fire damage which leaves the player with a few more gearing options. As usual, you can see the build in action in the video below.

Comments

  • #1 BaneWilliams
    Let's call it 'Theorycraft Thursday' but not actually be about any theorycrafting.

    Theorycrafting is the act of creating a build or circumstances that work in THEORY. i,e; they haven't been fully tested yet but in theory they work. This is not that, it's the opposite of that - it's Practibuilding Thursday really.

    For instance I have a ZDPS Monk that is solely designed for T6 groups with glass cannons that will keep them alive at all times, while also debuffing enemies. I don't have all the BiS gear for it (Heck, I'm still waiting for Aughild's plan to drop) so this works in THEORY. I've crunched the numbers, have some impressive calculations, but all in all that's about it. I can't submit my build because it requires me to show in game screenshots of a character that simply doesn't exist yet.
  • #2 st0rmie
    I don't think it's particularly cool for DiabloFans to be front-page promoting "farming methods" which are quite simply cheating. Really lowers to tone of the site, imho.
  • #3 Morgh
    Well that's a nice exploit bound to be easily corrected by resetting quest progress when you switch difficulties.
  • #4 Exe441
    The farming guide doesnt really seem to work on low level (13). The guards are taking forever to kill the mother.
  • #5 Xenocow
    Theorycrafting... ya right.

    I call it "Fishing for new Stuff to nerf".
  • #6 BloodOmenEU
    Why do people keep making videos of quest exploits for xp that other people have come up with? then take credit for them? rather sad.
  • #7 NiiChan
    "Vizizushared an Experience farming method he discovered"
    d3fans totally wrong about it. That is very old, me and several ppl doing it since 2.0 LoL

    I know it since i back on 2.0
    I dont know who need the credit but obviously not that guy.


    Why the guy take the credit?
    And do it is boring since we have adventure mode!
    Adventure mode and rift all the way ty =)
    Last edited by NiiChan: 4/18/2014 10:27:30 AM
  • #8 phatosen
    Quote from st0rmie

    I don't think it's particularly cool for DiabloFans to be front-page promoting "farming methods" which are quite simply cheating. Really lowers to tone of the site, imho.

    On that note allow me to voice the opposite opinion. I rather enjoy that the site tells the users whatever ways there are to farm experience, and leave it up to the users if they want to take advantage of said method. I don't want the site to make a "moral" decision for me - I am very much capable of doing that myself.
  • #9 lorien1973
    Firebats is dumb for a WD because it forces you to stand still. Haunt is, by far, the superior choice. Get the rune that adds a second target and you have a massive group nuke. Get the helm that doubles its damage and the passive that lets it last forever and you win every fight automatically as long the mob stays near on screen (DoTs seem to stop ticking if they go offscreen for too long). Add locust swarm and mobs die even quicker.

    Movement is the key to the WD/Wiz survival. Firebats take that away and the damage isn't impressive enough to give it up.
  • #10 TheDemonkaze
    Okay since no one else will say this...I think another game (wont mention the name) does the same thing with a build of the month or something? This to me feels like the same exact thing, but with less game changing items. We shall see, I won't shoot it down until I see the first couple but if I see the same builds that are already on fansites, like this one where people put time and effort into the builds and descriptions, or the ones already on the website forums, I would think this is just a waste of time.
  • #11 Morgh
    Quote from Exe441

    The farming guide doesnt really seem to work on low level (13). The guards are taking forever to kill the mother.

    You are not waiting for guards to kill the mother... you lure her (that's why the spear is so helpful) into the city - behind the gates she simply dies immediately - irregardles of her health state ;-P
  • #12 BBirdP
    Guards have stolen aggro each time. Maybe this only works on barb or crusader - someone that can demand attention or a high enough levle that their damage draws the aggro. This is not reliable at all.
  • #13 Lorune
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    Quote from BBirdP

    Guards have stolen aggro each time. Maybe this only works on barb or crusader - someone that can demand attention or a high enough levle that their damage draws the aggro. This is not reliable at all.

    Its not about having aggro, wretchet mothers will spew at you within a certain range distance, if you get out of that range distance (but not to far its a sweet spot) then they will start walking towards your direction.



    Being a barb certainly helps but its by no means needed.
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