New Year Lewt Collection, RoS Phishing Scam Warning, PTR: Nemesis Bracers Hotfix, Demon Hunter Cosplay

New Year Lewt Collection

Happy New Year, heroic Nephalems! We're already 2 days in 2014, which is as good time as any for a fun collection of the paper treasure goblin Lewt photos. Hopefully they get the mood up for the whole year!

If you'd like to enjoy almost 30 more Lewt pics, go to Diablo's Facebook page and have a look at this entertaining collection!

RoS Phishing Scam Warning

Araxom was kind enough to give a pretty big warning about a scam lurking around, involving Reaper of Souls.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Original Source)

Greetings all,

Just a quick heads up here - although phishing scams are pretty common, we've received more reports than usual regarding a particular message for Reaper of Souls which encourages you to click a link and return back to account management. Please keep in mind that if you receive an official Closed Beta invitation from Blizzard we DO NOTencourage you to click any links in the email, and instead ask that you attempt to try the key out directly through your account management by logging over directly to (without redirecting through the email).

From our recent article about the Beta:

How will I know if I'm selected to participate in the beta??

If you are selected to participate in the Reaper of Souls Closed Beta, you will receive an invite via email. Opt-in invites will always be sent to the email address associated with your account, while Closed Beta keys may be sent to other email addresses.

To help avoid phishing attempts, if you believe you've received an invite to the Closed Beta, it's best to refrain from clicking on any links in the email(s) you receive. If you received an opt-in invite, you can verify that your account has been granted a Closed Beta license in Account Management. If you were sent a Closed Beta key, you can add it manually by visiting the Add or Upgrade a Game page.

Thanks for reading! Happy New Year!
Blizzard CS

Just to clarify on this one, there are two types of legitimate beta invitations going out.

  • a notification that your account has been activated for RoS closed beta - no key included here. When you see this one, your account's already been activated. You just launch your desktop client and you should now have the RoS beta option in the launcher without having to do anything. These are the ones that come out during the big waves of invitations.

  • closed beta keys. These are sent for smaller one-off invitations for hand-picked accounts, etc. The one I got came from an individual Blizzard employee whose name I didn't recognize, so I thought it was a spam message at first. These ones contain a beta key that you can copy/paste into account management to activate it.

Neither email contains a link that you have to click to activate the beta on your account.

Araxom, maybe you could include an example of what the current invitation emails look like?

Hey Raticus, although the format may change depending on how the email was distributed - the general message for the first wave included a header that shows Malthael and says in the Exocet font 'You're invited: Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Beta Test'.

Adding to this, the most recent phishing example I received included the following:

The game will be released on 2014/3/25 12:00 noon.

A few steps to get the game serial number:

  1. Open this link in your browser: (link removed)

  2. Type in the Game Number above, and start the game.

  3. After you successfully get the serial number, you can pre-install the game file. So that on 2014/3/25 12:00 noon, when the game is released, you can start the game directly.

NOTE: We suggest you to keep this email as a reference.If you have any problem with the present or account, please contact with our customer service. Enjoy!

-Such references to 'game numbers' or 'problems with the present' are tell-tale signs that the email was sent by an organization other than Blizzard. These scammers are betting that folks will just quickly quick the links rather than read through the mail first.

Hope that helps!

Pretty much all the Blizzard betas I've gotten into have been sent to me via email with the key in the email. I've never had it just added onto my account before, at least I don't believe so. Is that a normal thing?
It can be - for example, I believe the last two WoW expansion beta email invites did not include the key, but only let players know that the game was associated with their account. The format may changes depending on the game, and which wave the invite is being sent out through.
Alright fair enough, thanks. I'm looking forward to RoS. Keep up the good work man, I know customer support can be a thankless job, so thanks for all the work you put in and for helping clear all sorts of things up. You really look out for the players and that shows :)
Thanks Prince, I appreciate it! P.S. Happy New Year! :)

PTR: Nemesis Bracers Hotfix

The PTR Hotfixes thread was updated today.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

  • Nemesis Bracers: Bracers will now only generate a single pack of enemies when a shrine is triggered.

Demon Hunter Cosplay

Lylirra retweeted an awesome DH cosplay photo taken by Martin Wong on BlizzCon 2013. The cosplayer is Monika Lee and she does a great job impersonating the attractive D3 class.



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