Diablo 3 Expansion Will Have a Beta, Patch 1.0.7 Notes (Updated 1/22), Black Weapons Staying The Same, StarCraft II: Heart of th

Diablo 3 Expansion Will Have a Beta
Rob Pardo has confirmed that both Diablo 3's expansion and Blizzard All-Stars will have betas. No dates yet though.

Public Test Realm -- Patch 1.0.7 Notes (Updated 1/22)
There was a small patch on the PTR with some nice bug fixes, but it also brought new textures for Marquise gems, the PvP NPC's portrait and a whole new string!

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PvP NPC Portrait

New Marquise Gem Textures

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

  • General
    • Subjugators now count towards the achievements "We are Champions" and "Champion's Collection"
PTR Bug Fixes
  • General
    • Using the PTR Character Copy feature for a region on which you have no active characters will no longer result in login errors or your PTR account becoming locked
  • Crafting
    • Marquise designs and Archon crafting recipes are now searchable on the Auction House
  • Dueling
    • Players are now correctly considered "Elites" in PvP and PvE combat
    • Players should now be automatically healed and have all active debuffs removed upon leaving the Scorched Chapel
    • Followers should no longer become hostile towards players after exiting the Scorched Chapel
    • Storm Armor shocks can now be dodged
    • Nek the Brawler will no longer die if another player joins or leaves a game while someone is standing near him
    • It's no longer possible to have inactive followers providing buffs in duels
  • Items
    • Goldskin's proc will no longer work when in the Scorched Chapel
    • The Puzzle Ring's proc will no longer work when in the Scorched Chapel
    • The Incense Torch of the Grand Temple and Neanderthal can now drop

Black Weapons Staying The Same
The bug looks to have been known to Blizzard for some time. But it might've actually become a feature!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We do our best to ensure that we alert the community in advance of game changes (just like we did for the Legendary Item Improvements), and in this particular case, I wanted to jump in to reassure everyone that “black weapons” (i.e. weapons with the MinMaxDamage Affix) are not going to be nerfed in patch 1.0.7, and we have no plans going forward to nerf them.

Known Issues are just that, bugs that we know about. They are NOT necessarily bugs that are going to be fixed. The MinMaxDamage bug has been a bug known to us since July of last year, however, we did not want to fix a bug that would effectively nerf a large number of existing weapons. That’s why we did not fix the bug in any previous patch that we've released since the bug was found, nor are we fixing it in patch 1.0.7. Currently, the plan is that at such a time that we address the bug, the bug fix will only apply to newly created items, so as to not adversely affect existing items.

I'm still curious though, in the hypothetical scenario that this bug is fixed, will it be a buff or a nerf?
I think the theorycrafting folk would really appreciate clarification on what the expected proper behavior of the minmaxdam affix is.
If and when we consider making adjustments to the MinMaxDamage affix (whether it be a bug fix or some other change), we’ll be sure to let you know in advance or otherwise provide as much warning as possible. We haven’t decided on anything yet, though, or really even discussed much in the way of possible changes. So, while I definitely admire theorycrafting and appreciate why you’re posting the hypothetical, there’s not a lot more clarity to provide other than what I’ve already given. It’d just be speculation at that point, and that’s not a very good role for me or any Community Manager to really serve.

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Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Trying Hard to Squeeze in Dyes for Legendary
I cannot say for certain that it will be in the next PTR build, or even the one after that... although we work hard to get it ready for patch 1.0.7, there is still a small chance that it might not be ready in time, in which case it will be pushed for a later patch.

I just don't get this....
Changing the skin color of your armor won't make this game any better you know...
Whether dyes for legendaries makes this game any better or not is clearly in the eye of the beholder... I totally know that this is not a big deal for everyone, but it means a lot for those people who put emphasis into customising their characters :-) (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Endless Paragon Levels?
Indeed. An Endless Paragon as the one suggested above would at some point render monsters and bosses completely irrelevant, and it would also become impossible for others to "catch up", which in turn would cause issues in co-op games and such.

But I think the thought is interesting, though. Imagine there was a new endless levelling "prestige" system that kicked in as soon as you reached Paragon lvl100 - a system that didn't give anything to make your character stronger or better, only some sort of score or some type of vanity rewards, would you enjoy or even care about such a system? (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Cinematic
Blizzard has released the Heart of the Swarm cinematic and it is glorious!


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