RoS Pre-Download Targeted For This Month, Plan Drop Rates To Be Fixed In Next Beta/PTR Patch + Tons Of Info, Malthael Fan Art

RoS Pre-Download Targeted For This Month

A great thing Blizzard tends to do is release the files for the upcoming content for download. In Diablo 3's case there will be Reaper of Souls patch that will be available for download (hopefully) this month. This is a great thing, because players won't have to wait for the content to get downloaded on release day and they can simply get into the expansion once it's activated!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker/ Official Forums)

Is there somewhere we can pre-download RoS? It said somewhere that I could when I purchased it digitally.
Not yet! The exact date that the predownload will start is still TBD, but we're targeting this month if all goes well. Note: this download will begin automatically (meaning, you shouldn't need to do anything special).
Or will we automatically download all of RoS when the pre-expansion patch goes live? That would make sense, but you never know...
Similar to what we've done with other games, the pre-expansion patch (2.0.1) will contain all of the expansion data that's on the normal disc. So, for players who don't predownload, they'll basically get everything that's available whenever they patch up to 2.0.1.
Caveat: Expansion-only content like the Crusader, Act V, and Adventure Mode won't be playable until March 25th and only players who purchase Reaper of Souls will have access to them.

Plans Drop Rate To Be Fixed In Next Beta/PTR Patch + Tons Of New Info

Nevalistis poured tons of new info on the Official Forums: The Legendary plans drop rate will be fixed in the next Beta/PTR patch, Caches will be removed as rewards for completing a Nephalem Rift, we'll get the reward in the form of loot from the Nephalem Guardian instead, Lorath Nahr will no longer be a vendor, and more!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Official Forums)

Started up a new thread for what to do about duplicate plan drops:
Since it's been mentioned here already, I'd like to clarify - there is a bug with Legendary plans dropping too frequently. It will be addressed in the next patch in the Beta/PTR test. =) At this time I don't have a patch date to provide, but as we draw nearer, we will keep you informed!

Rift bags = yes very little to no drop rate but I have found new set items from them, so maybe if you get a drop from Rift bag in torment, I have a feeling it has a chance at being any Legendary item where as bty bags may be limited.
Currently, both types of Cache bags (from Bounties and Nephalem Rifts) should have a chance to produce most Legendaries. For those obtained by completing Bounties, this also includes Legendaries that only drop in particular Acts. 

That said, we'll actually be removing the caches that are acquired from completing Nephalem Rifts in the next patch. However, don't fear! The loot from these caches is just being moved to the Rift Guardian, and you'll be instead enjoying the loot-splosion when the Rift Guardian is defeated. 

Rift bags not dropping legendaries has been a known and discussed issue for weeks now.
As mentioned above, Legendaries should be dropping from both Bounty and Nephalem Rifts caches in the current beta build. We are making a lot of adjustments and tweaks in the next patch, but there's also some mitigating bugs that have been skewing loot acquisition in this particular portion of the Closed Beta. The Legendary plan bug above is part of it, but Legendaries (including Set items) are also supposed to have a small chance to drop when purchasing from Kadala, the Blood Shard vendor. This was always the intent, it just had yet to be implemented.

So this only leaves regular caches since there's no way to get Greater Caches unless you plan on bringing back Lorath Nahr's loot table.
Correct, and Lorath Nahr will no longer be a vendor.

What about the bug involved with opening caches in a higher difficulty?
This should have already been resolved. Changing difficulty should have no effect on the contents of a cache when it is opened. Contents are set when the Cache is acquired.

Also one last question, the Legendaries that can be acquired by gambling... are they restricted by difficulty? Or can gambling not even produce a torment level Legendary?
Need to double check on some info regarding this one. I'll get back to you when I find out more. =)

"No One Can Stop Death" - Malthael Fan Art

An amazing art piece was shared by Blizzard in the social networks today - a drawing of Malthael by deviantArt member wacalac. The image is titled "No One Can Stop Death" and is quickly gathering a lot of admirers!



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