My first guess is that it was one of the random magic items you get when you turn in quests, you know like a yellow chest piece or blue boots, ect. Shouldn't be important.
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May 18, 2015Bleu42 posted a message on Removing perma stun on wd and sader, What happens when trying to push higher levels?Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Ok, OP, it seems you've missed the point of Greater Rifts entirely.
They are meant to NOT be beat-able. They ARE the end game, which is why there is an 'infinite' amount of Greater Rifts.
Being able to perma-CC mobs completely side steps different mobs abilities. Coming soon, you'll HAVE to worry about winged assassins jumping to your DPS'ers, who will in turn have to start taking defensive skills / passives / runes. You'll now HAVE to worry about every mob type to varying degrees, which I personally think is very healthy for this game.
The fact that you're calling it 'dumb design' when different mobs types can cause huge problems for your group is very telling. I applaud Blizzard for fixing this issue, and I hope they keep up with it in the future.
Apr 16, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
The real issue is this:
Why is doing this more fun, beneficial, and lucrative, than doing a Greater Rift the normal way?
Furthermore, no one is getting banned for this. Unless Blizzard issues in-game warning, players have fair grounds to play within the scope of the game, unaltered.
Blame QA, not the players who are just trying to keep up/compete/find some enjoyment in the grind. Bugs add interesting spikes in an otherwise static experience right now.
I'd also say that we discovered this by accident two days ago due to a failed GR cancellation and did not try to duplicate in days following, sighting that 2 minute GR35 runs were overall more beneficial in terms of primarily exp, but also total Legs + Bloodshards per hour.
What you just spewed is complete bullshit. Blizzards 'warning' is the eula, they don't have to specifically name every single instance of possibilities.
This is supposed to be a 4 month long season and we're less than a week in. There needs to be punishment for this, whether it's a ban or a gear reset as we'll as leader board position wiped. Exploits always get through, but what will make me greatly disappointed in Blizzard is if there's no rectification.
Apr 8, 2015Bleu42 posted a message on Female Wizard outfit changes blizzard must be MarxistsPosted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Maybe that's the style of the set? Either way you can't have it both ways. Either they're super sexy pants and people complain, or they're like these and people complain. Blizzard can make them look how they want.
Mar 21, 2015Posted in: Barbarian: Bastion's Keep
Agreed. Pylons need to gtfo of Grifts.
Mar 11, 2015Bleu42 posted a message on Two-Handed (w/ no shield) build viable for Crusader?Posted in: Crusader: The Church of Zakarum
Feb 28, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Oh absolutely agreed, if items stayed the same the only thing what I proposed would offer is even less choice, because there's pretty obvious items for each slot that would end up being mandatory.
The reason I suggested all this in the first place is because I'm trying to look ahead, to patch 2.3, 2.4, 3.3, 3.4, ect and ect. We're going to eventually have all these legendaries, and still be stuck with limited options because of the limited slots.
How different would your example be if all those items you listed had 2-3 other items that were equal in power for those slots? Suddenly there's a lot of nice setups that *should* (in a perfect world) compete with each other.
Feb 4, 2015Paragon isn't supposed to be WHY you play, it's an extra on the side benefit OF playing. Pretty much there so when you don't find any good loot for awhile you can know at least you got some paragon XP.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I'd personally hate that change to Kadala, and honestly I don't really like her as it is. It's my own opinion but I hate knowing that I'll get most of the gear I want from her rather than actually farming.
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Oct 21, 2013shaggy posted a message on Feedback on Capped Stats / Paragon Point Allocation in RoS!Posted in: Diablo III General DiscussionQuote from nuvision25
I would rather not hit P200 and go "Damnit. I have to put a point into adventuring." I want that decision left up to the player.
Idyllic. And that's the problem. It's not remotely pragmatic for numerous reasons that both bleu42 and maka have already articulated and don't need to be repeated.
Stats like Movement Speed, Magic Find, Crit Chance, Crit Damage, IAS, and primary stat will always be "best." There is NO WAY POSSIBLE to actually achieve some kind of decent balance between something like IAS and Pickup Radius without doing some absolutely ridiculous herky-jerky-makes-no-fucking-sense-at-all shit like making the radius of all AoE abilities increased by a %age of your Pickup Radius.
The bottom line is that rotating between CATEGORIES still allows us to stack what stat we want, but we have to stack four stats concurrently instead of four consecutively and it also disallows everyone from maxing the Offensive and Adventuring categories first - something that would be a total eventuality under almost every circumstance imaginable.
I mean unless you have a reasonable way to balance, say, dexterity for a WD versus Movement Speed. In which case I'd love to hear that because in 18+ months now I really haven't been able to crack that nut.
Oct 12, 2013They need a bear class. The bear class will be called Bear. Bear is a stamina focused class, so no stat overlap with the current classes, Bear will have passives to convert his str/int/dex into useful bear stats like stamina and honey pickup radius. Bear players don't see gold on the ground, but delicious honey. Bear players thus cannot visit the gah, or the rmah, since Bears don't have good credit. Bear players gain power based on the amount of honey they have in their honey hoard as well as a temporary boost whenever they pickup honey. The vendors of sanctuary will accept this honey as currency lest they be torn in two by the Bears.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Bears class specific items are Bear claws, thick pelts and Bear legwarmers.
Oct 1, 2013This is a fanart I did based on the male wizard concept art by Wei Wang (Whose art I am a big fan of).Posted in: Fan Art
When Blizzard first announced the concept for the wizard I fell in love with its design immediately. Despite the initial controversy surrounding its design, I found that the snobby expression, the whole far-eastern influence, the mixture of ornate metal armor and fine robe really sold the upper echelon spell caster image to me. I went about to re-create the character in 3D, please let me know what you guys think!
There are a couple more images that can be found on my website at www.cobolyu.com
You can also check out the Diablo fanart I did earlier at the gallery section too. Thanks!
Model and Rigging: Maya
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Oct 1, 2013I'm just happy to see someone ranting about WANTING to log in and being unable due to maintenance as opposed to the other junky ranting we get about how Jay Wilson is heading up a group of secret ninja-pirate-manbearpigs who sneak around in the middle of the night to rape our grandmothers and garrote our newborns so that we will use the RMAH more.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Sep 18, 2013Posted in: Diablo III General DiscussionQuote from horadrimm
Looks like the Diablo 3 cleanup street team is out in full force tonight. How much do you guys get paid by Pardo?
Rob, which is what I call him since we are best of friends and hang out at the bars on Friday nights, pays me in rare collectible coins, which is my hobby when I'm busy not playing D3 and masturbating to reruns of the Golden Girls (sometimes simultaneously).
One time Rob, Mike, and I went out and did so much blow that I have very little recollection of the evening but I know it involved at least two dozen dead hookers. That's OK because Mike, which is what I call him since we have each other on speed dial and regularly consult each other on the best choices to make for all Blizzard games, has plenty of acid and plenty of big oil drums and we get rid of the bodies in his basement much the same as they do in mobster movies.
Speaking of disposing of corpses, I just got off the phone with Aaron Paul because I'm the president of the Jesse Pinkman fan club and we regularly correspond about the weather, girls, and the tax rates on rich, important people like ourselves. And that reminded me...
Hopefully someone laughed at this... I figured since this thread is obviously going to get locked that I may as well have some fun and try to make someone smile.
Sep 13, 2013overneathe posted a message on [Spoilers Ahead] D3: Reaper of Souls - Game Modes: Adventure, Bounty, Loot Runs, Challenges, Devil's Hand, and More Stuff!Posted in: Diablo III General DiscussionQuote from CheehC
The names... the rest they stole and gave no credit to ya... i would be asking for god damn MVP stuff like MrMonstrosity and Jeatch got.. think it was a little unfair that they got it and not you - coz your ideas were Awesome and also deserved a community commentry..
Eh, no. That is exactly the problem with these things. Suggestion authors can either give ideas and receive community praise but never get acknowledged as inspiration from developers, or simply never publish anything so that they can't be angry afterwards. We've had dozens of great suggestion threads all around and only one of MrMonstrosity's got published by Blizz only because of the mega hype the players gave it. The hype was justified, but so it was for all other suggestion topics if you ask me.
If you publish these ideas with the thought process that some developer out there is going to ever even hint that you inspired him you're in for a hell of a nightmare. It's insane legal stuff that no one will ever touch. Just be happy that the ideas are being implemented. Your own fans will know you were the inspiration for it. Or don't post at all.
If Blizz decides they can also give a throwback to their community heroes through named items, flavor and other such in-game stuff. But never a direct acknowledgment of anything.
Sep 6, 2013I don't usually waste my time. But let's take the bait this time.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
- It has an actual economy.
Enlighten me with your infinite knowledge of Diablo 2 about how that game's economy was better than D3's. Even better, explain in how that game even had an economy (and please leave the idiots who lost actual money being scammed and buying duped gear from third-party websites out of the explanation).
- It has a better respec system.
Do you even know what I'm talking about? Or did you only play D2 up to Normal Act IV, and is jumping on the fan bandwagon? The rose-tinted-glass symptom usually indicates that.
In D3, you can change gear pieces around and rebalance the power of your character. Too squishy? Get more EHP pieces. Taking too long to kill? Change that +AllRes +Vit ring into a Trifecta one. Dying to Reflect Damage and from standing in Plague? Get more sustain. I'm deeply sorry if I prefer a system that actually requires you to use your intelligence instead of 50 hours of grinding the same shit for levels/stat-pointsbecause the game design surrounding stats is crap.
- It has a better skill system.
Maybe please tell me how managing Paladin auras made the gameplay so much more fun in D2? Or how Leap(Attack) could actually be used for something. Or how much fun was it to farm with a Hammerdin pressing the exact same BUTTON (singular, not plural) for hours. Oh wait, nevermind, you had to press 3 buttons - 1 for potion spam, 1 for Enigma's Teleport and 1 for Hammer. Such tactical decisions.
You sir, are everything that's wrong with "old school nostalgic" gamers. Stuck in the same mindset forever. Incapable of accepting any change. Can't even simply deal with a different opinion than yours. Can't handle the fact that someone is enjoying a game, and you aren't.
But hey, keep... that... up... In 30 years you're gonna be blabbering about how your grandsons' music is shit, how "there weren't so many problems back then", how that new Virtual Reality is crap and videogames of 2005 were better than it, how their hobbies are less fun than playing paper-and-pen RPGs, and how their new brain-implanted cellphones are a dumb novelty. I'm sure everyone will love that attitude.
Sep 5, 2013At first, I was pretty much just interested to see what changes were made to D3 by Blizzard in regards to moving a pc-based game to the console.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I must say that I am INCREDIBLY impressed overall! With only about 10 hours logged into a game in which I have played copious hours for my Mac, I have compiled a short list of things that I am very pleased with and I believe positive feedback is sorely missing from these forums so I decided to create an account with the forums and post to share some positive light. :Thumbs Up:
- Controls - I LOVE the complete control over my character!! I can't emphasize enough how great it feels to be able to lock on to my target and then move away when those nasty fireballs are on their way to me without clicking the other side of the screen! I am a HUGE fan and think the evasive controls are an amazing touch, thank you!
- UI - My background is in User Experience and Information Architecture and I am again, incredibly impressed by how well the interface was created for the console. You could tell that Blizzzard developers did their homework and a lot of usability studies to make the game feel as if it were a first class, first thought to develop from the console. Probably a great benefit from having separate dev teams as you get a more diverse and open mindset than just asking people from the PC/Mac world to port something over.
- Loot - I am getting excited again about gear! I no longer have to drop USD (because I'm lazy) and get amazing legendary items and sets. It would only really cost me about $5 to be completely outfitted at level 60 to play inferno MP 5 to a comfortable paragon level. This just feels more rewarding; in fact, I got into work this morning and couldn't wait to tell my buddy that (at level 18) a legendary quiver with very useful stats dropped for my DH! That's the part of the game that really gets me excited. I do wish, however that I could pull up my toon on an amory of sorts to take a look at his gear and show friends whilst away from the game. I love me some good meta-game.
- Difficulty - There are so many ways to customize the difficulty of the game and tune it to where you feel comfortable and the risk -> rewards. Not only are there the standard levels (normal, nightmare, hell, inferno +MP), there are also fine tuned difficulties (easy, medium, hard), and yet combine that with adding more players to your party and the combinations are quite many!
- Content - The only downer as someone who played the game for the Mac for so long. I don't expect new content or lore since its the same game from a story-line aspect...but had I known day 1 that this game was coming out for the console, I would have just waited and bought it then. **Who am I kidding...I wouldn't wait a year, Blizzard got me good...I have bought the game three full times now, twice for me, and once for a kid I coach as part of a bet I lost**
- Local Multiplayer Experience - I am so far impressed with this. I can just be lazy and go make a drink while my friends wander the world or do things in town and my toon will stay on the screen and keep up on his own. The loot sharing can be a bit hairy if you have multiple toons who could benefit from dropped gear. It would be nice to see in my inventory how well an item might compare for a member of my party so we can make better decisions about who the item best suits. Right now that process takes a fair amount of manual labor and impedes game progress. At least the loot is more meaningful and not as cluttered in terms of the amount of things that drop so we aren't in our inventory screens as much as we might have been on the PC/Mac.
- Online Experience - I have only played one game online so far and I think it works out very well. It is just like the PC/Mac version except for some very cool buffs! I love the ability to fine tune the group you are looking for based on some important criterion; such as key warden, brawling, killing things, or challenges, which are synonymous with PC/Mac achievements but may net you some pretty cool trophies on the ps3 if you are into that sort of thing, and I suspect I will be as I will want to get as close to a total 100% as possible.
I have noticed that my spec changed (so far) in that I don't even bother on my DH to spec into Vault as the evasive maneuvers get me the distance I need to stay alive in a pinch and can therefore spec into more DPS and CC abilities that suit my tastes.
Thanks Blizzard for making a game that I enjoyed playing for a while, feel even better! The visuals are good, and the sound on my 7.1 system is AMAZING! There is nothing like smashing a foe across the screen and feeling it in your gut...poor neighbors!
Aug 31, 2013In general, I was pretty happy about the teaser information provided about the Reaper of Souls expansion but a recent post by Grimiku regarding adjustments to existing skills made me much more optimistic.Posted in: Wizard: The Ancient Repositories
We think the expansion is a great time for it, so we'll be giving all of the existing classes (Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard) skill updates in Reaper of Souls. We're looking to make adjustments that improve the experience for skills that are currently underused, or have balance issues. These changes will likely be part of the pre-expansion patch, but new skills will require players to purchase the expansion to access them.
Of all the classes the wizard is by far my favorite. I wanted to parse through her existing skills, runes and passives and make suggestions on how they could be tweaked (and in some cases, totally revamped) to encourage build diversity. By necessity this review will be from a hardcore perspective as that is all I have played in D3, having gotten hooked on hardcore in D2. But with a few exceptions I think most of the comments here translate well to softcore.
While I don't have the data Blizzard has regarding which skills are used the least, it is pretty easy to guess. Other than two basic builds--permanent Archon and CM--no wizard builds are considered endgame viable. Blue posts have said (can't find the reference) that of all the classes wizards (and barbs) have the least skill diversity. Thus there is a lot of work to do here. At the same time there is are great opportunities for improvement.
For all of the proposed changes I'm going to avoid giving exact percentages in terms of weapon damage. I assume that all those numbers will have to be tweaked in RoS and I don't have the data about changes to other combat systems to suggest values for these percentages. Where appropriate I will note when a skill should do more or less damage (relative to the other skills) than is currently the case now.
And yes, this is long. Very, very long. But this is our opportunity to start a discussion that could influence how wizards play in the expansion. I hope people can add their thoughts here and some of the ideas will eventually be noticed by Blizzard.
Of all the different active skill groups, primary/signature skills need the most severe changes. It is safe to say that the original design--that wizards alternate between regenerating arcane power while using signature skills and nuking things with stored arcane power--is a failure. The two viable builds both cicumvent the AP mechanic completely. Skills in archon form don't use AP and CM builds have enough APoC to never have to really worry about AP. Other than one rune of one skill (Living Lightning) neither build uses a signature skill at all.
This is not the case with other classes. For example, Monks have no issues using Fists of Thunder/Thunderclap as part of many builds. Why is this? Because in addition to help with resource creation, the skills also have utility. The idea here is to make it so that players don't look exclsively for ways to not use signature skills but to give reasons that they would want to.
Given that AP regeneration isn't enough of a reason to use a signature skill, the first suggested change to all of the signature skills is to bake in any AP generation runes into the base skill. The hope is that it makes them viable alternatives to stacking APoC and CHC in every build.
Of the four signature skills, magic missile suffers the most. In addition to the AP generation issues described previously, Magic Missile also has the dreaded single target problem. Single target skills in D3 are most often weaker than AOE skills because the task at hand is most often to destroy hordes of monsters, not individual ones. Therefore the propsed changes to Magic Missile are the most severe.
The base magic missile spell should be changed to include the effect of the Seeker rune. This gives Magic Missile some utility the same way Hungering Arrow works for Demon Hunters. Additionally, as noted above, Magic Missile would automatically return some AP on hit so the Attunement rune can be replaced. The amount of AP returned can vary based on rune choice.
Modified to increase the damage of Magic Missile and gives it a small chance to stun the target. Combined with Temporal Flux, this would give Charged Blast some much needed utility. Other changes (such as making it explode on impact) make it too much like Arcane Orb. I'm still skeptical that even with these changes (generating AP, seeking, small chance to stun) that anyone would use it but at least the potential is there.
No change here other than the overall changes--seeking and AP generation. Each missile could seek a different target. The AP generation per hit would have to be reduced to account for the multiple hits.
If this is to work like Hungering Arrow the penetration chance has to be reduced or the number of targets an indvidual missile can hit needs to be capped. AP generation per hit would of course have to be adjusted based on the maximum number of targetst that could be hit. But again, a single missile that seeks targets, penetrates, and bounces between them at least has some potential for use.
The Attunement rune is unneeded since all casts of signature spells would generate AP. In its place would be Ice Shard. Ice Shard would change the missile into a sliver of ice that explodes on impact doing a small amount of damage to nearby targets. More importantly, the damage type is naturally changed to cold damage, giving wizards a much needed cold-based signature ability. The potential interactions with Cold Blooded would promote build diversity. Note that the shard would still seek and gerneate a little AP, as dicated by the changes to the base skill.
Seeker is also replaced as its effect is included in the base skill. Its replacement is Heat Seeker. Heat Seeker changes the missile into a small fire ball that tracks down the nearest target. Again, interactions with Conflagration could allow for more build diversity. I still am not sure it would be of use if it is still strictly single target but the proposed changes (seeking, AP generation, fire damage) is a decent start.
Shock Pulse is in a slightly better place than Magic Missile as it does AOE damage. But other than the use of Living Lightning as a Critical Mass or APoC generator, Shock Pulse is not part of any viable wizard builds.
Explosive Bolts is actually one of my favorite wizard skills but I'm forced to stop using it come endgame. The biggest problem is one shared by a number of skills--the interesting proc is basically negated in group play. With other classes nuking groups of monsters the chances of getting the actual killing blow is too low. Ideally this should be changed to say "Enemies damaged by Explosive Bolts explode when slain."
No thematic changes here but it is my understanding the Fire Bolts don't actually do fire damage and thus don't interact with Conflagration. Obviously this oversight should be corrected.
I'm not exactly sure how to change Piercing Orb to make it desirable in endgame builds. The path of the orb, while visually interesting, makes it hard to use. Simple changes could include making it easier to hit desired targets and increasing damage done but suggestions welcome.
The old Lightning Affinity is unneeded with the change that all signature skills generate some amount of AP. Replacing it would be Lightning Nova, which changes the skill to create a lightning pulse that radiates out from the wizard in a complete circle. This is a shout out to the D2 skill nova, which was one of my personal favorites. Lightning Nova would give "melee wizards" an interesting choice of a signature skill.
Again no thematic changes. In general, the conjured beings should do more damage and proc effects less, to give other signature skills a chance to compete. The beings should also last longer as an increase in range would help distinquish this rune from the other Shock Pulse runes.
Of all the wizard signature skills, Spectral Blade is probably in the best place. The fact that it transfers weapon damage to the blades has the potential for interesting interactions with other skills and passives. Clearly it isn't quite good enough, as except for novelty builds, spectral blades is rarely utilized.
The idea here is fine. Maybe an increase in overall damage (initial and bleed) would make this rune more attractive and a go to choice for melee wizards looking for good damage from a signature skill. That combined with the baked in AP generation might make it viable.
Again, good concept but not enough utility to make anyone actually use it. The slow effect should last longer than 1 second and affect attack/casting speed as well as movement.
Same name, different effect. Siphoning Blade now draws in enemies struck in the same way Cyclone Strike works for a monk. This would give a melee wizard a skill choice that allows her to cluster enemies for a follow-up attack.
No change (other than the default AP generation of all signature skills).
No change (other than the default AP generation of all signature skills).
Despite have good range and good AOE, Electrocute in inferno is a rare sight. I was tempted to suggest that all runes of Electrocute include the effects of Chain Lightning by default but the interactions with some of the existing runes didn't make sense. But clearly changes are needed.
No real change. The proc rate on Paralysis needs to be improved. The hope is that with increased proc chance and AP generation, Chain Lightning becomes attactive enough to be considered.
Forked Ligntning is removed to allow for a more interesting effect. Heat Lightning changes the damage type of Electrocute to both fire and lightning damage allowing it to take advantage of both Paralysis and Conflagration. It should also increase the damage done to allow it to compete with the other runes which hit more targets.
No change (other than the default AP generation of all signature skills).
Surge of Power isn't needed because of the automatic AP generation. Ice Rift causes spikes of ice to snake along the ground (in a similar path to lightning) causing cold damage to all enemies impacted. This gives ranged wizards a cold primary to work with Cold Blooded.
No thematic change--I wouldn't want to mess with people's ability to role play the dark side. That said, it needs to do a bit more damage.
Other than Distegrate and a few runes choices, the Secondary Skills are grossly under used in endgame builds. A number of changes are necessary to make them attactive enough choices.
___Ray of Frost___
Patch changes to Ray of Frost have made it more used in the case of the Black Ice rune. Additional rune changes would promote build diversity.
Given the single target nature of Ray of Frost, the mild increase in slow amount from 60% to 80% is way too insignificant to make this rune a viable choice. The effects need to either last longer, include attack/cast speed reductions, and/or give a chance to freeze the target in place. Some combination of those changes would make Ray of Frost have enough crowd control ability to be interesting. (Though using the term crowd control on a single target spell is tenuous, at best.)
Decent thematic effect but needs to do more damage. Let Snow Blast be the single target nuke for bosses, elites and ubers but to be a real choice it needs absolutely wreck single targets.
In the original D3 beta / notes, Cold Blooded reduced the cost of Ray of Frost to zero, not ten. I suggest it should reduce the cost to somewhere in between, making it more cost neutral when balanced against AP regeneration. Furthermore, Cold Blooded should be considered a signature spell and allow interaction with Prodigy and Arcane Dynamo.
No signficant changes needed as Sleet Storm does enough damage that a few experimental builds use it. The biggest problems with Sleet Storm is that getting hit often interrupts the channel. Suggested changes include making the wizard resistant to interrupt while channeling and increasing the radius of the storm. If that isn't enough to make it viable, allowing the wizard to move (at a reduced rate ala unruned whirlwind) could be considered.
No changes in single player are really needed. Black Ice builds are one of the few current choices that can compete with Archon / CM builds. However, in group play Black Ice suffers greatly as it is very hard to get a killing blow when group members are raining down death and destruction with AOE abilities. Therefore the description should be changed to read "Enemies damaged with Ray of Frost leave a patch of ice when they die that..."
On paper Arcane Orb should be fine. In practice you never see Arcane Orb in inferno--I think I've seen one random wizard using Celestial Orb in hours and hours of inferno farming. The basic problem is damage per AP cost. If the concept is wizards build AP via signature skills and then nuke using other skills then Arcane Orb needs to really hurt when it hits. The base damage of Arcane Orb needs to increase and/or the cost needs to decrease.
With a name like Obliteration it needs to do signficant damage. A simple change here, increase the damage done relative to signature skills signficantly.
A cool concept with poor execution. The orbs need to orbit with a larger radius to be useful. As it is now, monsters have to be right next to you in order to trigger the explosion. And of course the explosions need to do more damage.
If base damage has been increased and cost decreased then the larger area of effect granted by this rune should be enough to make it viable.
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Again a good idea but too limited in scope. Really reduce the AP cost here and encourage a gun slinging build where the wizard covers the screen in arcane orbs. If that isn't enough, sucessful strikes could trigger a mild resource generation boost in nearby party members.
Once again if base damage is increased and cost decreased then this rune should be more viable.
One of the runes of Arcane Torrent (Arcane Mines) is very close to being viable and another (Death Blossom) has been included in a novelty build. A few small tweaks should hopefully make Arcane Torrent a legitimate choice.
A good concept that clearly doesn't go far enough to make people use it. Obvious potential changes include increasing the duration and the additional damage granted by the debuff. It should be made clear that additional hits from the same channel take adavantage of the debuff. With improvements to other arcane based skills hopefully Distruption becomes more viable.
There's no arguing that Death Blossom doesn't do tons of damage but the targeting is so sporatic it is generally considered not worth the skill slot. Suggested changes include larger area of effect of each individual hit (giving a greater coverage area) and possibly allowing the wizard to move while she channels Death Blossom.
Arcane Mines is actually semi-viable in a few builds. I've used it enough in key farming runs to both like it and be very frustrated by it. Two changes are necesary. One, the arming period needs to be removed. In group play, the monsters are often dead before the arming period finishes. Two, the trigger radius needs to be slightly increased. As it stands, a monster needs to walk directly over the mine to trigger it--monsters seem to walk 1/4 yard away from the mine unharmed.
Good thematic concept but in practice the 2% proc rate (I think) just makes this rune go unchosen. Suggested changes include increasing the proc rate and giving power stones grant health in addition to arcane power.
Again on paper this seems like it should work, especially if the new missile explodes with AOE damage like the original missile. I'm somewhat at a loss as to why it doesnt work. The description suggests that every enemy struck in the orignal blast should fire off a missile of their own. Is the area of effect just too small? Open to suggestions here.
Distengrate comes the closest to actually competing with Archon/CM builds. Unfortunately only in combination with Blizzard and Cold Blooded but Disentegrate probably needs the fewest changes of any of the Secondary Skills. To the base skill a minor increase in damage and/or reduction in AP cost would be good.
I just have to change the name of the Convergence rune since it actually widens the beam not narrows it. Overall the effect is fine.
No real change needed outside of a possible increase in damage of the secondary beams.
A small tweak to the radius of the explosion would make this rune compete well with Divergence. Additionally the explosion needs to triggered if the enemy is killed while being struck by the beam, even if the killing blow comes from another player.
On paper this rune should be fine but the lack of use suggest otherwise. Suggested improvement include increasing the size of the arc, increasing the damage and/or decreasing the AP cost.
Again I don't know of any builds that suggest Intensify over other Disentegrate runes. The only thought that spings to mind is moar damage but more creative solutions appreciated.
Along with the Conjuration Skills, the Defensive Skills are by far the most successfully designed skills. A few tweaks are needed to address lesser used runes but overall major changes are not required.
A staple of many builds, Frost Nova needs little in the way of changes. To save space, only the one rune needing attention will be listed.
Of all the runes, only Frozen Mist is rarely (never?) suggested. The obvious suggestion would be to increase the damage done but it is unclear if that is enough to make it viable. Another possibility is increasing the radius of the area of effect.
A useful skill, even without the consideration of infinite duration due to Critical Mass. Given that interaction should be nerfed (sorry guys, but you know it is happening), a very small tweak to the spell is in order. The damage absorbed should scale in some small way with the wizard's power (meaning damage done). This would of course include Crystal Shell. Other than that, all of the runes are viable and well designed.
As with other Defensive Skills, Slow Time is well designed and needs only a few changes. Overall I would suggest the reduction of enemy attack speed be bumped up just a little. Only the runes requiring attention will be listed.
Of all the runes, Miasma is one of two that I never see suggested even in less popular builds. The obvious change would be to increase the duration to something longer than 3 seconds but more creative solutions would be ideal. Suggestions?
The improvment in movement speed reduction isn't enough to make this rune attractive compared to the other runes. The change here is signficant but the name can remain the same. Time Shell now allows the warb bubble to move with the caster, ala the slow time effect under Archon.
Ahh Teleport. The only skill I can think of that was nerfed into the ground because of the overpowered nature of the legacy skill from D2. In general teleport is fine but overall the wizard feels sluggish compared to the other classes. Some improvements are definitely in order. The first would be lowering the cooldown from the rather ridiculous 16 seconds. It was clear that the original D3 developers didn't want a wizard skipping content at will like a D2 sorc could. Hopefully the new development team will be more reasonable. Only the runes requiring adjustment are listed.
If the overall cooldown on Teleport is lowered, the usefulness of Wormhole is diminshed. A quick fix would be to increase the delay to greater than 1 second but that might be problematic.
In theory I love this rune. In practice the problem is I've usually teleported because the ground I was standing on was being covered by some nasty elite effect and the last thing I want to do is go back to that spot. Open to suggestions here, but I really do like the concept.
Again on paper this seems to promote interesting builds where a wizard teleports into monsters instead of away from them. But even CM wizards (who often do just that) don't pick this rune. My initial thought would be to have the Wave of Force also stun, but suggestion welcome here, too.
Overall the Force Skills are a mixed bag. Some skill/rune choices are commonly used, others are never seen. Therefore a combination of buffs and nerfs is required to promote more interesting build choices.
___Wave of Force___
I'll be honest--I love Wave of Force. The concept, the graphical effect, everything. Unfortunately even that isn't enough for me to pick it in any build come endgame, though I try to use it when leveling just because. Overall the effects of the Force Affinity rune should be incorporated in the base skill. As it stands, Wave of Force has too long of a cooldown and costs too much to cast.
No change needed other than the reduction to cost and cooldown of the base skill.
With Force Affinity gone, this rune can take its place. Force Field cast a normal Wave of Force and than surrounds the wizard with a personal shield that absorbs some damage (ala Diamond Skin) for a few seconds. This make Force Field an ultimate "oh sh!t" button.
In addition to the reduction in cooldown and cost, this rune needs to do more damage. If it is less defensive (less knockback) it needs to do a lot more damage to compete with any actual damage abilities.
A cool thematic idea but yikes--why would I want to put monsters in random locations? (And how is this better or even equal to increasing the knockback distance and stunning them like Impactful Wave?) One bizarre suggestion is that it has a chance to teleport non-elite/bosses hit by the wave into non-existance. You don't get XP from killing them but they can't kill you. Other than that, open to suggestions but as it stands this rune needs major work / replacement.
Again a good concept. My fear is the secondary waves could knock mobs back into me but that is a minor concern. Hopefully with the reduction in cooldown and cost this is viable. Or pehaps the chance of a secondary waves and/or the damage they do needs to be increased.
Energy Twister is a split personality skill in that one rune (Wicked Wind) is a staple in CM builds and all the other runes are hardly ever used, if at all. The fundamental problem is that targeting this skill (with the notable exception of Wicked Wind) is sufficently random and frustrating that no one uses it. In general then the path of the twisters needs to be more linear so that the player can at least try to target what monsters are hit.
Not a bad rune but the cost reduction needs to be even lower to make it a candiate for consideration. Let Minstral Breeze builds cover the screen in twisters.
Hopefully with the more linear pathing this rune becomes more viable. Damage can always be tweaked upward if further modifications are necessary.
For this rune to work, the pathing of the individual twisters would have to remain more random so that collisions are possible. But the merged tornado needs to last much longer and do more damage since it is basically impossible to target the spawn location. Even then I have my doubts anyone would pick this.
No change needed (and the pathing change to the base skill does not apply here) as Wicked Wind is already a go to skill for CM wizards. Depending on how CM is adjusted, a reduction in proc rate is warranted.
When the decription to a skill requires an abstract, you know there's an issue. Clearly the combination of the complicated mechanics coupled with the poor damage--the "giant Energy Twister" does less damage than a normal one--make this a rare build choice. If the effect is deemed interesting enough to keep then the damage per Wind Charge needs to be massively buffed.
It is my suspicion that Hydra was designed in anticipation of PvP. Given that the spirit of Diablo is PvP considerations shouldn't effect skill design, I'm going to suggest massive changes in Hydra to make it cool again. Hydra was by far my favorite spell in D2 and the neutered version we got in D3 isn't cutting it. Furthermore the each-rune-is-an-element design works much better when elemental damage meant something.
The first major change is that a wizard can now have three active hydra instead of one. Damage of course would have to be adjusted downward to take this into account. The damage done (by all three hydra) should be enough to make it the major nuke of a wizard. I want the ability to design Hydra wizard builds, not have it relegated to being a support only skill. Having three "pets" out works for Zombie Dogs, it should work for Hydra especially with the requirement that wizards have to spend three casts to get three Hydra out and the Hydra are not permanent.
The second major change involved Hydra damage scaling. The current scaling mechanics are confusing. Hydra cast speed is not affected by the wizard's attack speed, but damage per bolt is increased to scale with attack speed. Hydra cannot crit however and don't take advantage of CHC or CHD. Um, why? Hydra should cast faster (and last less time) with increased attack speeed. Right now a Hydra fires 15 bolts in 15 seconds. Keep the max bolts fired at 15 and when that's done, the Hydra disappears. They should also be able to crit and take advantage of CHC and CHD so that they scale properly. Currently improper scaling makes them unused in endgame builds.
The interaction between Arcane Hydra with Distruption and Temporal Flux is interesting enough to keep the change in element type. No further changes required.
This rune replaces Venom Hydra (and is granted earlier, where Lightning Hydra use to be). Volatile Hydra leave a pool on the ground like Venom Hydra use to but this pool is a fire pool. This allows easier interactions with Conflagration.
This rune is now granted earlier, too, in the same spot at the old Venom Hydra. Given the ability to cast 3 of them, this rune should be a viable choice to blanketing the field in frost for the slowing effect and/or interactions with Cold Blooded.
This rune is granted when Frost Hydra use to be. Enduring Hydra do fire based damage. At the end of its duration an Enduring Hydra doesn't disappear--it splits into two smaller hydra that are randomly positioned nearby. These spawned Hydra continue to cast for an additional set period of time.
Unbound Hydra are smaller versions of normal hydra. They do less damage than their runed counterparts. But there can be up to a dozen unbound hydra active at any one time. Basically Unbound Hydra lets someone design a real Hydra wizard. They must pay the penalty of having to spend most of their casting time summoning hydra but Hydra becomes their main damage dealing spell.
Even with tweaks to casting cost and impact delay you don't see many meteor wizard builds in inferno. A modiciation to the standard CM build replaces Explosive Blast with Meteor, generally Meteor Shower. But if we can assume CM wizards are getting, um, adjusted in RoS, then Meteor needs more attention to be viable.
Overall Meteor doesn't do enough damage to justify the AP cost and impact delay. Thematically it should remaing the huge, heavy hitter in a wizard's arsenal. Therefore damage should increase but it can remain expensive. Additionaly proc chance should increase. Meteor is one of those skills that really needs to proc APoC to be viable. The rune choices are actually decent and only those requiring changes are listed.
A further reduction in AP cost is warranted. If this is the "cheap to cast" version of meteor, then make it actually cheap enough so people pick it to design a build around.
I feel the damage is too low in relation to the other Meteor runes.
The requirement that the initial impact crits seems an uncessary burden. If Molten Impact can flat out increase the damage, then Liquefy can simply increase the molten fire duration.
The frustration that people have with Blizzard (the skill, not the company) is that it is designed as more of a support skill and not a skill you can design a build around. The main use of Blizzard is to trigger Cold Blooded so that Disentegrate does enough damage. While that was a creative combination of skills, it is rather disappointing that is the only real use.
The first main change suggested for Blizzard it to let it stack. Stacking Blizzard would still have a built in penalty--you can't chill something twice. But damage stacking would allow people to make Blizzard their main nuke and cast it as often as possible. Other classes, notable the Witch Doctor, have large AOE nukes you can spam. Blizzard would be no different and thus the concept is not unbalanced. (If the damage boost Blizzard received in a previous patch needs to be revisited and adjusted because of this then so be it.)
The second major change is to allow Blizzard to proc other effects. Currently its proc chance is bizarrely set at 0.01. Allowing it to have a non-negligible chance to proc APoC would support Blizzard spamming builds.
The exisitng rune choices for Blizzard are decent and only the ones needing comments are listed.
This is the one rune for Blizzard no one seems to take. This is because Blizzard already slows and after 6 seconds of Blizzard most things are dead or people simply cast another one. This rune is crying out for complete replacement but suggestions welcome.
On paper this seems useful but again in practice very few builds suggest using it. Maybe a slight increase in damage per time (in addition to the increased duration) would be enough to make it viable.
Conjuration Skills are one of the more successfully designed groups. A few of the runes are rarely used (and a few overused), however, and could use some adjustements.
In general Ice Armor has a decent design. The problem is more that Energy Armor is too good in comparison. That said, a few of the runes are weaker than the rest.
This can be used to proc Cold Blooded for melee opponents. But only slowing the movement speed by 30% to mobs that are already close enough to hit you is pretty pointless. Either attack speed should be affected or the radius of the effect needs to be increased.
This seems to be a signficant boost to armor but again Energy Armor is generally chosen here. A slight buff to the armor bonus might help matters.
I don't understand this rune. The damage is flat out horrible for the AP cost so spamming it makes little sense. It was used way back when to break destructibles with GF/MF before that was nerfed. If the concept is to make an offensive damage rune for an armor, the damage greatly needs to increase and/or the AP cost deceased.
Storm Armor is pretty good as it is. It serves its purpose well--being a choice for an offensive based armor. Dangerous to run in hardcore but that is as it should be. Only a couple of the runes require comments.
The minor increase in damage from 100% to 130% isn't near enough to encourage people to take this over other runes. I would suggest instead a signficant increase in the firing rate.
A cool idea but I believe the movement speed cap still affects this, so if you have MS on items--which almost everyone does--this becomes a niche rune.
Boring name, great skill. Two of the runes are very common in many builds...the rest, not so much. The "magic" of course is that affects base weapon damage and is mulitplied by other skills.
In comparison to the 10% base weapon damage boost, the 30% additional weapon damage (not base) granted by Electrify isn't very signficant. I don't know of any builds that suggested it over Force Weapon or Blood Magic. Therefore it is replaced by Quicken, which increases attack speed by a small amount, but enough to be interesting.
You hear this mentioned occasionally but only have a chance to restore 1 AP per attack seems rather weak, especially considering one meteor costs 50AP and is considered 1 attack.
The old Venom rune was also weak and never used. In its place I suggest Empower. Empower treats a small percentage of Strength on items to be treated as Intelligence for the purposes of boosting wizard damage. The percentage would have to be small but would let items with a little Strength be useful to melee wizards.
In practice one of the familiars is common (Sparkflint) and the rest are used only in gimick builds to not at all.
The fixed amount of life regen is the problem here. Once you boost life to high levels, 620 life per second just isn't enough to justify picking Vigoron over Sparkflint. If this regen amount could scale with health(and level), then it would be more interesting.
This rune has even been buffed but I don't know of many builds that suggest using it. Adjustments to it that would make it help surviving elite attacks would help but I'm not exactly sure how to do that without making it OP. Suggestions?
Cool concept but again not sure this is widely used. Maybe a slight boost to the AP regen rate would be enough.
I don't think the damage here is enough to justify the skill slot--especially compared to Sparkflint. It would have to be changed significantly to compete and scale properly.
By far the most common armor used in hardcore. The problem is that the two primary wizard builds don't care about AP so running with 80 instead of 100 makes little difference to them. But try running a Disentegrate / Blizzard build with 80 AP... The trick would be making people want to consider other armors but at the same time making Energy Armor viable for builds not named Archon or CM. I'm not exactly sure how to accomplish this so hopefully people smarter than I can tell me how.
This rune effect fits well with the Energy Armor theme but I think most people pick other runes. Maybe the chance is too low?
This rune went from the only choice in inferno to never used after it was nerfed. The problem is with good armor and resistances most attacks don't hit me for > 35% of my health so this rune never fires.
Even after the resistance boost has been nerfed, this is this the go to armor for hardcore. I hate to suggest another nerf but I don't know how to change that. Saddling every hardcore build with 80 AP (and the effective loss of a skill slot) because they have no choice but to take Prismatic Armor is very very bad for build diversity.
A heavily used spell but only because of the CM wizard build. That said it doesn't really require any tweaks. Chain Reaction is obviously the most popular but the other choices are decent. (And adjustments to proc rates could help balance that out further.)
Mirror Image is fantastic in concept but only so-so in execution. While usedful, especially soloing, it just isn't useful enough to replace teleport, diamond skin, frost nova as a defensive skill...at least most of the time.
The main problem I have found is that the images don't attack and certainly don't distract monsters as well as they should. When I summon five duplicates and they mill around behind me while I am getting pounded by an elite, well, I soon change my spec back to something cookie cutter. The fact that it is the only spell to break out of frozen is not enough to save it. On top of that, some of the runes are poorly designed.
I've never had an issue with my images dying so boosting the health is not very attactive.
Mirror Image isn't cast to do damage and the damage done here is to small to be change that.
Extension of Will
The duration boost is nice but the increase in life from 25% to 29% is laughable.
The minor damage couple with the fact that the images often stand around not casting makes this rune choice unappealing.
Overall Mirror Image needs a lot of work to be useful. I've skipped making suggestions in the hopes people can do so below.
Obviously one of the most used skills as the Archon wizards are one of the only two viable builds and are cheaper to equip than CM wizards. That said, you all know the nerf is coming. Blizzard has said they never wanted infinite Archon wizards (or infinite Wrath barbs). The idea is to make the Archon a fun "save me" button that makes you feel epic for a brief period of time, not kinda-sorta epic all the time.
So the big change I am suggesting is to have Archon also boost damage (in addition to armor and resistances) by 40% (or more, if necessary) but to remove the increase in duration for every enemy killed. Yeah, I know, that won't be a popular decision but inifinite Archon needs to stop if other builds are to be considered. And I say this as a PL 72 archon wizard. The damage boost needs to be significant so you feel absolutely epic for 15 seconds but then you have to rely on your normal build for a while before you can Archon again.
This massive change would suggest a few rune changes are necessary.
Since you will only be in Archon form for 15 seconds, having a 10 second cooldown on teleport makes little sense. Change the cooldown to 1 second and this becomes the defensive Archon rune choice.
Again with the capped 15 second duration, just have this rune permanently surround the Archon with the moving slow time bubble.
Some of the passives are very useful, others not so much. They require less tweaking than the active skills but a few suggestions are made here. And of course there the looming problem with Critical Mass that has to be addressed.
I actually think the usefulness of this passive is underappreciated. A simple boost would be an increase in pick-up radius, since a wizard taking this obviously wants to grab health globes, but with Paragon 2.0 letting you boost that anyway, I'm not sure that would be a good change. Additionally in group play it is hard to keep others from grabbing your health globes so maybe this should fire even if other people grab a globe.
On paper this is an excellent defensive passive. In practice I've died in HC before and had this not proc. Maybe if it triggerd on damage taken before armor / resistances (with a higher activation percentage) would make it more consistent and reliable.
The desciption says up to 8% but when I've experimented with it is seems like 0.08%--I rarely see Paralysis fire. Given all the lightning based signature spells, it would be nice to see this actually fire once and a while.
As with Vigoron, the life per second would be more attractive if it scaled with max health.
I'm not going to be popular but the fix here is relatively straight forward. Instead of reducing cooldowns by 1 second, Critical Mass could reduce the remaining cooldowns on all spells by a fixed percent. That way it has the desired thematic effect--CM makes spells with a cooldown usable more often--but it is self limiting and doesn't let you infinitely casts spells that were never designed to be spammed.
This may seem harsh but as long as a CM wizard has infinite life (because of spammed Diamond Skin) and infinite crowd control (because of spammed Frost Nova) it is going to be very hard for any other build to compete.
This is more of a hardcore concern but I personally feel that all the life saving passives need to go. Their existance essentially makes it so hardcore characters only have two passive slots because you are forced to take Unstable Anomaly as your third passive. Sure it only fires once in a blue moon but when it does it can save you hundreds of hours of playtime so it is basically required. That's the opposite of promoting build diversity.
Blizzard is definitely taking a second look at existing skills and build diverstiy. And they've shown in the past to be open to player ideas. This is our chance to get ideas out there that might spark some internal discussion at Blizzard.
Well if you made it to the end I'm really hopeful we can get a good discussion going. I'm sure not all of the above suggestion will be popular and people will have better ideas. So let's hear them.
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