My 2 cents: People who want to use THUD compete in higher GRs and push gameplay to the limit. I am just rollig around low 90's with mates, we never intend to Push like "pro's" and just mess around with how far we can go. But none of us ever had the idea of using THUD - Why should we? What can i get from 2-3 LEvels more of GR? i dont blame people for using THUD, let them be, let them play their game. You will never reach the "pro's" level no matter how dedicated you are because you need playtime, Paragon AND Skill. You can have the last, but lack elsewhere. THUD wont compensate for that.
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Jan 16, 2017Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Well you should use Pound rune for %Block chance scaling with Shield Bash, so the highest singletarget damage gets into AOE with glare. So cindercoat is pretty useless :/ Try leorics for perma Champion uptime or go for Aquilas Curass.
Jan 16, 2017Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Just to clarify certain things:
Rolands Toughness Bonus is currently bugged, it provides only around 50%. Flail of the Ascended is bugged and does only damage for one ShieldBash not five. Shieldglare Bonus does also not account for CoE or other %dmg Modifiers that exist for a "short time". Me and several other ppl. have brought this via Videos and Posts to Blizzards attention but are yet waiting for response/Hotfix.
These bugs exist since the LAST DAY of PTR and make Roland Bash underperform ~15 GRs than it could. Keep collecting gear, as we all do, and play this amazing set when everything is alright...
Aug 20, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
The problem with the games today is, that almost nobody wants to level anymore. Everybody is rushing as fast as possible to the maxlevel and is trying to reach the endgame content. The developers focus more on quests and story and all that stuff so many people get bored when they reach maxlevel. That was the dying point in warhammer for me for example.
Thing is, some years ago (lets take WoW - BC as an example) people including me fkn LOVED repeatly grinding a dungeon to get points and
then get a piece of gear as reward after ~20h play time. Nowadays people including me do not want to wait 20h of playtime for new gear or making
progress. There you have Paragon level circumventing this problem as example. The general gaming community is so casual ( what i think is not
bad) as more and more working/married/"older" people game and won't have time for ~20h/piece of gear or progress.
Aug 24, 2014Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
No, not because of some occasional downtime, but because of the imcompetence to create a "cheat" dectecting programm which allows us to play offline and participate in the "seasons and common online" mode.
Aug 24, 2014And there we are again. Why is there still no offline mode? If I cheat i can't go online with the offline char anymore. Done.Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
But hey now, we are still susceptible to aaaaall the random stuff that may happen while the sun is infront of the moon and and the cleaning woman at blizzservers pulls the plug for the vaccum cleaner, and some hackers here and some random internet problems from the provider in my hometown there... Gj new age of technology
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Feb 19, 2017Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I actually care about 0% between primal 1.0 and 2.0. Both of them would have roughly 0 effect on the way I play my character since all they do is a minor stat increase. To actually be exciting, they would need to do something that actually alters gameplay or the way my character looks in some way. Doing 0.25% of a GR tier higher after finding a primal is pretty much a 0/10 for excitement.
Jul 29, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
UPDATE2: Apparently, paragon starts scaling exponentially again - after level 2250. Updated chart at the bottom of this post. However, paragon 750 to 2250 are still unchanged and relatively easy to get, and provide a ridiculous benefit; and even beyond it's not super crazy scaling, though much more difficult than on PTR and pre-2.3. Despite this small bandaid fix to insanely high paragon levels, all the issues (and potential solutions) of this thread are still valid.
UPDATE: Some of the issues in this thread have been addressed as paragon continues to scale linearly after 2000. Nevertheless, paragon is still an issue and, depending on how long season 4 will last, will be an even larger issue as it was in season 3 due to the fact that XP gain will even be more inflated. The core issues are still relevant, and the solutions proposed should still work. Note that CAPPING paragon is not really a solution - better would be to either 1) let it continue to scale exponentially after 750 (best solution), or 2) remove XP gear (it's the same as MF gear in D3V), or 3) lower the benefits paragon gives after level 800 (probably the best overall and feasible solution as it also works retroactively on non-season).
Yay, catchy title! Sorry for the buzzfeed style, but at least I got your attention now. I previously made a thread about my concerns regarding paragon. There was also a nice thread on Reddit by Xabster highlighting an issue with paragon scaling. However, since yesterday we have new data as Kalmah raced to paragon 10000 on PTR using the GR glitch (live on Empyrian's stream). As it turned out, that changed the game once again - because the paragon XP charts we used so far (including Xabster in his post) were off. After reaching paragon 2000, every level requires exactly the same amount of XP - approx. 170 billion. Yep - paragon level 2000 to 2001 takes exactly as much XP as 9999 to 10000.
Edit: If you don't like to read text but prefer videos, watch Empyrian's great summary of the paragon issue: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llPluMsxE7M
Now, in all those paragon threads many people said "I don't care". If that's the case, and you don't like numbers or charts then just stop reading and don't bother replying, there will be nothing in here for you. Otherwise, hear me out and read on.
This is a chart displaying the race from paragon 1 to 750, how much XP you need for the next level. This is what most people are probably experiencing, or have experienced - in all Diablo games ever: as you acquire more power, acquiring *even more* power becomes more difficult. In one word, power creep is exponential. As it has always been, and as it should be. Now... after 750 this is not the case anymore. This is what it looks like once you reach paragon 750:
The amount of XP needed to reach the next level increases only linearly - by exactly 122.4 million per level. On this level you acquire several billions of XP per hour though - in 2.3 there might be scenarios of 200-250 billion per hour in a fast group - which makes this a minuscule increase. It's not like in D2 where the next level *feels* like it's going to take longer; instead of an hour it will only take an hour and a few seconds more (not even a few minutes), so not noticeable at all. That's the reason why paragon leveling at this point has become so rewarding: after 750 you make steady progress without a noticeable slowing down effect. However, after paragon 800 every level gives you 5 more main stat - which is a noticeable increase in power and something that you can't get easily through gear upgrades on that level. That's why people are hunting paragon like crazy. And the first few have reached 2000 already. That number will increase in season 4 when paragon farming becomes even easier (shared XP, power creep will let us farm 10-15 level higher). In non-season, where half the playerbase (including me) has found its home, it's going to be even worse: from the start we will have several 2000+ paragon players, and many many more just after a few weeks. Now, why is paragon 2000 such an interesting number? The answer can be found in this chart:
After level 2000, the paragon needed does not increase - as aforementioned. It will always be 170 billion. Now, why is this an issue? Simply because you will *increase your power* - more paragon, maybe occasionally even more gear, more DPS/toughness which allows for even more XP, higher GR clears which result in higher gem ranks. Paragon leveling will be faster and faster - but the paragon XP required will be the same. When you're paragon 2000, you need probably a bit more than one hour to get one level. When you're paragon 3000, you will have 5000 more main stat (!!!), which means 5000% more damage - granted, it's additive damage; but it will still make you much much stronger and let you farm faster. What that means: the higher paragon you are, the more powerful you are, and the more paragon you will acquire. "Paragon per time" (or "power per time) will not be an exponential curve anymore in Diablo - as it has always been - but it will be a bell curve. Once you're at paragon 2000, you are definitely on the lowering right slope of the bell curve, and you will acquire more power as you go on, and you will not slow down but actually get faster in acquiring this increased power.
I hope some more people start to understand now why there's something wrong with paragon. There are several issues - and relatively "easy fixes", though they might hurt. Note, I am not crying for nerfs or anything - I am almost 1000 myself, so I can see the "benefits of the bell curve" for me as well soon. But I just don't think that running low-level Greater Rifts non-stop every day is the best that this game can offer. Here are my main issues with the paragon system and how I believe it can be fixed:
Problem 1: Paragon leveling becomes slower and slower until 750, stays at approximately a steady pace from 750 to 2000, and becomes even faster after that.
Solution: It should continue to be exponential after 750, and especially after 2000. It cannot be that the power creep is even exacerbated by a bell curve - that simply has to be a design flaw. It doesn't necessarily need to be as crazy exponential as before 750, but as players gain more power it should be harder to get *even more* power.
Problem 2: Paragon levels after 800 are more rewarding than any before.
Solution: After paragon 800, each additional level should only grant 2 main stat (instead of 5). After paragon 1000 - up until 10000 - each additional level should only grant 1 main stat. That would still mean a paragon 1000 player has 400 more main stat than a paragon 800 player, and a paragon 2000 player has 800 more. On this level, those differences matter - especially in season 4/era 4, where top-level players will all have very similar gear thanks to the cube. But at least with a bit of skillful play and luck in GR RNG you can make up for it, and aren't straight out of the competition.
Alternative solution by Skelos_bg: "Cap the bonus from stats at P800. Turn the points after P800 in a currency: With this currency the dedicated players who reach P1k, P1.5k, P2k etc can buy special cosmetic rewards, more stash space etc..."
I love this idea - I would kill for stash space. The option to have one more stash tab every 200 or 500 or 1000 levels or whatever would just sound amazing and, although I dislike paragon leveling, would have me leveling like a mad man. Plus, it wouldn't break the game for anyone else if I'm paragon 5000, but at least I don't have to re-farm all gear when I want to experiment new builds. Thanks!
Problem 3: Greater Rifts, especially low GRs for speed runs in 2-4 minutes, are too rewarding and pigeonhole competitive players into a very specific, tedious, time-consuming, and (in many people's opinion) boring gameplay.
Solution: Make XP gained similar in all aspects of the game. This low GR speed madness only started after the XP was changed to be multiplicative in GRs. I guess this was done because T6 was more effective for XP than GRs (I don't really remember, but I think that was the case), and it gave people a gearing choice (Hellfire Ring or Stone of Jordan? Diamond or Ruby?). However, this means that you want to run GRs only (as it currently yields about 10 times more XP!), and you want to run approximately 20-25 levels below your "real power level", as you can afford to give up DPS for XP gear on at least some characters in the group and run this at an insane speed which yields the best XP/hour. Basically, if this game's rules would apply to football, it would mean that Champions League players would have to practice 10-16 hours a day against mediocre low-league teams to become the best players. I'm not sure that would be fun for either side. The concrete solutions here would be to reverse the multiplicative bonus XP change - or even better, get rid of XP bonuses on gear (just like you did the absolutely right decision by basically removing magic find).
Thanks for reading everyone. If you want to see the complete 1-10000 XP plot, here it is:
(Last change in 2.3, accurate as of October 2016 (2.4.2/S8), thanks to <ZE> Vajet for data and Diablo3Ladder.com for publishing them)
Sep 1, 2015Posted in: Witch Doctor: The Mbwiru Eikura
Your pets scale based upon your damage, F/R raises your damage, so yes, the end product is the the set bonus does increase your pets damage, and it is used in the highest ranking carn builds.
You will automatically keep it up constantly as playing the build in the first place requires using a spender every 4 seconds, which is more than enough to constantly keep both parts up combined with your normal dart spam.
Aug 19, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
Shouldn't the question be "My girlfriend wants to play X class. What should I play to go along with that?"
You've got a girlfriend who is down to be your Season 4 co-op partner... you make concessions for something that awesome.
Aug 5, 2015Posted in: Witch Doctor: The Mbwiru Eikura
Hey guys I'm Debo, I Main the Witch Doctor class, ever since the beta for Diablo 3 Vanilla. Encouraging players to try out the Witch Doctor class, and enjoy Diablo 3 is my major focus. I started to do this by compiling my thoughts in guides, and streaming to provide information to those who seek it.
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PTR Patch 2.3 Coverage
Patch 2.3 (Currently on PTR) is bringing a lot of changes to all classes in general. With the ability of the new Kanai's cube allowing us to utilize up to 3 legendary affixes open up a lot of possibilities for new builds, and item combinations that were not possible before. We will go over what is mostly relevant to the Witch Doctor class, and what items/changes greatly effect them.
In this section I will only be covering the biggest skill changes that effect Witch Doctors the most. I've included a link to the general patch notes below so you can see all of the changes.
Active Skill Changes
- * The Toad/Shaman will be now summoned where the mouse cursor is placed at the time of the skill being cast.
- * Summoned Shamans'/Toad cast range increased from 25 to 50 yards
- * Damage bonus increased from 10% to 15%
- * Skill Rune - Jinx, Damage bonus increased from 10% to 30%
- * Skill Rune - Toad of Hugeness
Every second for 5 seconds, the toad pulls in the farthest enemy within 45 yards, swallows him for 0.5 seconds, then spits him back out, leaving the enemy with a debuff that deals 750% weapon damage over 5 seconds and increases damage taken by 25%
Picture of Toad of Hugeness:
With the changes to hex have made it a very flexible skill that can't be fit into almost any build. The damage increase to the base skill, changes to toad of hugeness, and the damage increase for Jinx enable builds that lack survivability (Jade, Helltooth, Arachyr) to function much more smoothly. Since the ability to cast the Shaman/Toad at our mouse cursor location, it allows for us to hang back, and start of a fight vs a mob pack with solid crowd-control, that's on a low cool down.
- * Arachyr Set also works very well with hex, due to its 4 & 6 piece set bonuses, this is a must take skill for this set.
- * Jade set Benefits from the changes to hex, with the ability to control where the Shaman/Toad are summoned
- * Most other sets, simply benefit from the damage increase that was granted in the recent change.
Wall of Zombies ----> Wall of the Dead
*Raise a wall of Zombies 28 yards wide from the ground that blocks enemies and attacks them for 800% weapon damage as Physical over 6 seconds*
Skill Rune - "Communing with Spirits" Summon a 15 yard radius spectral ring that deals 1400% weapon damage as Cold over 6 seconds, Chills all enemies who walk through by 60%, and reduces their damage done by 25%
Communing with Spirits Picture
Might be the strongest rune, out of all the Wall of Dead arsenal with "Ring of Poison" being the only one that can match closely to it. The chill effect triggers "Bane of the Trapped", and reduces the enemies damage done by 25% for 3 seconds. With a Wrath of the Bone King, while using the Kanai cube for the "Furnace" Affix could make this potentially the best Rune choice for Wall of the dead.
Skill Rune - "Fire Wall" Summon a fire wall 40 yards wide for 8 seconds that burns enemies who walk through, dealing 1000% weapon damage as Fire over 4 seconds.
Not to much to say about this skill, the damage is "Ok" when used with the HellTooth set, but the "straight line" effect when it is cast, would benefit more if it were a "Circle" radius effect like some of the other Wall of Dead have. Getting enemies to "walk thru" the fire wall isn't to difficult, but not as optimal as if it did cast in a circular manner around the enemy, a "circle of fire" if you would.
Skill Rune - "Wall of Zombies" Increase the width of the wall of Zombies to 50 yards and knock all enemies back behind the wall
Wall Of Zombies Picture
Suffers from the same problems as the "Fire wall" rune, however the knock back effect with strong-arm bracers makes for an interesting combination. The weakness of this skill lies in that if the enemy doesn't touch the wall they will not take damage, and the way the zombie wall is cast doesn't hit enough enemies within its radius.*
Skill Rune - "Ring of Poison" Summon a 15 yard radius ring for 5 seconds that poisons nearby enemies, causing them to take 1200% weapon damage as Poison over 8 seconds
Ring of Poison Picture
One of my favorite "Wall of Death" Skill runes. Poison is a very strong element choice with Witch Doctors, and synergies well with many skills. The overall utility as compared to "Communing with Spirits" is lacking, however the overall damage output, Worm Wood with Kani Cube Effect "Furnace" makes for a very strong Wall of Dead rune to use.
Skill Rune - "Surrounded by Death" Raises a circle of zombies from the ground that traps and attacks nearby enemies for 1000% weapon damage as physical over 4 seconds.
Surrounded by Death Picture
*The circle radius is very nice for the skill, it entraps enemies, and deals damage to any enemy that touches the wall of zombies. Out of both physical elemental property skills for "Wall of Dead" this seems to produce the best results due to its utility, and damage*
"Confidence Ritual" You deal 25% additional damage to enemies within 20 yards.
Nothing much to talk about here, solid new passive that gets the job done. You should take whenever possible due to its effects. wouldn't be surprised if a lot of players build this into a viable Hellfire Amulet option.
I'm going to keep this short and straight to the point. The crafting recipes that comes with the cube are solid, and will allow for us to easily build ancient, legendary sets and maximize our itemization to push high level greater rifts. With that being said, the major purpose of the cube is to provide us legendary affixes of some of the most important, and powerful items in game. With the ability to have 1 armor, 1 weapon, and 1 jewelry legendary affix equipped to our character, "Ring of Royal Grandeur", "Unity Ring", and "Mask of Jeram" , "Star Metal Kukri" don't have to take up precious item slots, and can allow for us to really push some powerful build combinations.
Weapon Kani Cube Popular Choices
- * Start Metal Kukri
- * Rhen'Ho Flayer
- * Furnace
- * WormWood
Armor Kani Cube Popular Choices
- * Mask Or Jeram
- * Carvnevil
- * Grin Reaper
- * King Leoric's Crown
- * Strong Arm Bracers
- * Belt of Transcendence
Jewelry Kani Cube Popular Choices
- * Ring of Royal Grandeur
- * Unity
- * Convention of elements
New Arachyr Set & Changes to Helltooth
First we will cover what changes happened with the Helltooth set, showing off how the original set was, and how it has evolved since then.
Pre-Patch 2.3 Helltooth Version
**(2) Piece Set Bonus**
* 500 Int for a 2 Set bonus use to be solid, but with all the changes to most of the class sets, 500 int isn't what it use to be.
**(4) Piece Set Bonus**
* Reduction in the Wall of Zombie cast, was only meaningful if paired with Legacy Legendary items, than enabled for a 0 Cool Down Zombie wall build.
**(6) Piece Set Bonus**
* 300% Damage dealing Acid attack, that only hits in front of the Zombie Wall, that scales with physical damage, a very lack luster 6 piece bonus, and didn't enable the build to really do much.
Patch 2.3 Helltooth Version
**(2) Piece Set Bonus**
Solid 2 Piece set bonus, Marks the target with Necrosis (Slows, 1000% Weapon Damage, Increase Damage taken 15%, for 10 seconds), with most of the skills that WD use. A way better setup then the previous 2 piece set implementation, and provides group utility with the 15% increase Damage on monsters inflicted with Necrosis.
**(4) Piece Set Bonus**
* This is Where the damage mitigation comes in. You will notice that this occurs in all major sets for WD outside of the Jade set. As long as an enemy is inflicted by Necrosis you take 50% less damage, this will allow for us to get the toughness in which we need, without sacrificing to much damage in our gear setup.
**(6) Piece Set Bonus**
* 300% Increased Damage, per wall of Death cast, stacking up to 3 times. This is the bread and butter that really makes the build function. 900% increased damage, with Zombie Charger/Gargantuan is all you need to push this build up towards greater rift 60, and beyond
New Arachyr Set
**(2) Piece Set Bonus**
* 2500%(Up from 1500%) Weapon Damage dealing spider queen. She is controlled to move where ever you cast corpse spiders. She does AOE damage, and slows enemies. Not the strongest of 2 piece set bonus, but bane of trapped works well with it, and the damage she deals is "solid".
**(4) Piece Set Bonus**
* 40% Damage reduction when Hex is active, also it gains the effect of Toad of Hugeness automatically.Provides a small heal based upon your life per-second over the course of 10 seconds. Hopefully blizzard ups the damaged reduction to a clean 50%, and re-evaluates the healing effect of this bonus. But overall, it provides the toughness we need to survive higher level greater rifts.
**(6) Piece Set Bonus**
* 800%(Up from 500%) increased Damage to our creature spells. Gonna be honest here, the idea behind this 6 piece is pretty cool, however the only note worthy "Creature" spell that can actually get the most out of this bonus is Locust Swarm. Increasing the damage of this bonus, and or re-working the creature skills in general is necessary in my opinion to change the set for the better. However that might need an extended amount of time to work, so maybe altering how the 6 piece set bonus might be the best direction for blizzard.
* Hell Tooth
New Witch Doctor Items
Fantastic Legendary item that combos in with the new Hell Tooth changes. Cast three Wall of Deaths, for the price of one? Pretty much no brainer here, with the Helltooth 6 piece set bonus that amps damage per Wall of Death Cast.
**Coils of the First Spider**
The initial implementation of this item was lack luster, however with the change to reduce damage taken while channeling Firebats does make it interesting to look at a second time. The problem doesn't lye within the item, but the skill, now blizzard has made some changes in terms of mana management, and overall damage of fire bats but it just doesn't seem to be enough. Firebats needs a serious re-working, or some type of Damage increase within the item, to get it being used on a regular basis.
This is the new seasonal Witch Doctor Item coming in Patch 2.3 Season 4. It has a very solid damage mitigation effect, combined with a strong crowd control charm. Was very pleased with the overall testing of this item, and a good example of what a "solid" legendary looks like. It may or may not be used at the highest level of Greater rifting, but will provide ample damage mitigation until people are able to start pushing toward end game gear progression.
Greater/Nephalem Rift Changes
*Evolution of Bounty/Rift System*
- * Bounties Provided 5/6 Rift Keystone Fragment per full clear
- * 5 Rift Keystone Fragment were needed to open a rift (Only one person needed to open them)
- * Greater Rifts were released
- * Rift Keystone Requirement reduced to 1 per player
- * Rifts had a % based chance to drop Greater Rift Trial Keystones
- * Players would defeat monsters in Trials to determine what GR level they would start on
- * Nephalem Rifts no Longer require any Keystones to open
- * Greater Rifts no Longer require trials to be completed, players can now select their rift difficulty
- * Gems can no longer be upgraded unless a player successfully clears the rift
The only things that I feel might change in the up coming weeks to this list, is the overall placement of Carnevil, and Helltooth/Garg Builds. Blizzard stated that Helltooth in fact will receive another buff, and that Carnevil will have a change to the build to help "reduce lag" that the fetish darts can cause. I don't believe Arachyr, or Jade will be able to compete with Helltooth, or Zunimassa for at least this upcoming season.
* 1. CarnEvil (As long as future changes don't impact the build negatively)
* 2. Helltooth/Garg
* 3. Melee/Zuni (As long as your using Bane of the Stricken)
* 4. Arachyr/Locust Swam
* 5. Jade
Witch Doctor 2.3 Meta (Conclusion/My Thoughts)
- * In previous patches it was ok for the Witch Doctors solo builds to fall behind when compared to other classes. This was due to the fact that what we lacked in solo play we made up for in groups. It didn't matter if it was 2, 3, and 4 person groups a Witch Doctor was always represented, because our support build was so dominant.
- * When the changes to crowd control went thru in rendered the Zombie Dog "Stun Lock", and Tikilidan Visage "Perma-Fear" builds useless. This was perfectly fine, as long as our solo capabilities received some type of "boost/buff".
- * Currently our solo builds are suffering greatly when compared to other classes, but until the PTR is officially announced "completed" their is still a chance that things can do differently. Their also might be a possibility we can still provide groups great utility with a new support focused style of build, but it has yet to be made/discovered yet.
Overall I think we have a variety of builds we can use to effectively hit Greater rift 50. Now I don't expect all of these builds to be 60+ viable, but 2 out of the 5-6 Builds we have would more than enough. The only thing I don't agree with is undermining the hard work, and effort that goes into making these builds solid, only to nerf them later Ex: Jade Set , and potentially future changes to CarnEvil.
Witch Doctor isn't in a great state at the moment, but that doesn't mean we lack potential to become better then what we currently are. Hopefully towards the end of PTR Patch 2.3 we will be in a much better state, otherwise we might end up taking seat for the next season.
Jul 22, 2015Posted in: Diablo III General Discussion
I dont get the point of hanging on to the items being mentioned.Everything from current season gets put on non season,then we start a new season all fresh.
Unless new patch is released a month or so before new season begins,couple days beforehand is pointless.
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