Patch 10 Soon, Article Tomorrow, Twitter Wave #4, Generated AH Items, Sword of Justice #2, Poison Dart

Update: Systems article will not hold a release date. (source)

Beta patch 10 Before Weekend and Character Wipe.
Looks like we will be seeing the patch before this weekend if all goes well (as early as tomorrow). Keep in mind that all character data will be wiped with this patch.

Official Blizzard Quote:

We're currently in the process of preparing the next beta patch for release and wanted to provide all beta testers with a heads-up that a character wipe will be included. Please note that, as with previous character wipes, this wipe will also affect gold, items, followers, and artisans.

We're hoping to release beta patch 10 before the weekend (potentially as soon as tomorrow evening), but we don't yet have a precise ETA. We'll provide more information as it becomes available, and patch notes will be posted once the patch is live.

Thanks for your continued feedback and testing!

Systems Article Tomorrow
It looks like we will be getting the Article by Jay at some point tomorrow, we will post it as soon as its up!

Official Blizzard Quote:

Zarhym said last week that in a next couple of weeks that a writeup of what is being worked on would be posted.This week? Comment?
I don't know what he was talking about. He drinks a lot of cough syrup. (jk it'll be going up tomorrow)

Twitter Beta Wave #4
Make sure to check your emails today, as the fourth wave of the twitter invites have gone out to the winners!

Official Blizzard Quote:

Round 4 winners have been selected and emails have been sent. Be sure to check your junk mail and spam folders. Grats everyone!

Generated AH Items
Blizzard has told us in the past they will not be placing items up on the AH and that it will be fully player driven. Bashiok confirmed this once again today.

Official Blizzard Quote:

Gold and other stackable items can be searched for and purchased from multiple people in a single transaction. You can get a better explanation here:

In short, no, we don't generate any items or gold on the auction house. It's a player driven feature and the items you're buying are from what other players have found and placed on the AH for sale. There can certainly be a situation where you may want to buy 1 million gold and only 850,000 is available in total from all current auctions. You'd be informed of this when presented with a final purchase price.

Any word on whether we will have better search features in final release?
We do want to have a full search, and not just drop down selectors, but it's a feature that may or may not make it in for the initial release. We think the drop downs do work pretty well right now, especially considering the randomness of the vast majority of items. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Sword of Justice Issue #2 Sneak-Peak
The second issue of the official Diablo comic is now available for purchase. Click on the image to read the whole page.

The Dreadlands are being corrupted by madness, causing its victims to open their flesh and lash out at friend and foe alike. Jacob, a young fugitive from the city of Staalbreak, may be Sanctuary's only hope to stop this plague before it consumes or destroys mankind. His destiny is bound to a mysterious sword and the woman who watches over it, but his own troubled soul may keep him from embracing its true power in time.

Witch Doctor - Poison Dart Runed
Today, we would like to showcase the first looks at the Witch Doctors - Poison Dart Poison Dart ability with all five runes. Disclaimer: Please keep in mind some effects or graphics may be missing or not be working correctly!


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