Legendary Workshop Stream

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Legendary Workshop Stream
The Legendary Workshop stream will begin in about 5 minutes at the official Diablo channel on Twitch! We will be following and putting together a summary of all that is discussed.


 

Q&A Summary

Ring Elemental Rotation
  • Will it rotate between elements that are available for the class that's using it
  • Current unsolved problem: how long should the elemental rotation be?
  • Ideally low (5-10 second range) because of the interaction between resource generators and spenders
  • Elemental rotation probably fixed (not random) to allow planning
Band of Untold Secrets Removal
  • Was morphed into the item that makes Ice Armor better
  • There was two ways of doing it: putting another item or replacing a bad one with one that has a cool power
Helltooth set Fix?
  • Barbarian, DH and Wizard are getting new sets on Patch 2.2
  • So John Yang wants to start working on Witch Doctor asap
Buffing weak Sets a high priority?
  • A priority for classes that don't have a viable build
  • Put more work on classes that have only 1 viable build. Put more work into that Set/Build.
  • Buffing weak sets not their number one priority
Rarest Legendaries new Drop Ratio
  • Rarest Legendaries are roughly 2.5x more common.
  • Because new items added to the pool, chances of getting specific items decrease
Plans to Bring Wrath of the Berserker? 2nd Life Passive for Barbarians?
  • Try not to use the same ideas on every class (aka 2 minute cooldown skill be the main set focus)
  • The Barbarian fantasy is not to use "magic" to cheat death, he's a big strong guy.
Do devs look at Leaderboards?
  • Leaderboards is less a reflection of overall class happiness than most players think
  • It's an accessory to analyse end-game balance, but not the primary one
Buff Pets in Higher Greater Rifts
  • They don't think the pets are in a bad place right now
  • Monster damage has been reduced and some bugs were fixed
  • Will be buffed as necessary
Ramaladni's version for Jewelry
  • It's power creep on jewelry, so not currently
  • Felt really bad not having a slot for your weapon
  • Alternate way of getting a socket on a player's weapon
Ancient Items
  • Not designed for 99% of the playerbase
  • End-game luxury: giving something for streamers and hardcore players to hunt
New Sets will be on the PTR?
  • They will be on a Patch 2.2 PTR in the future, not the 2.1.2 PTR
Legendary Effect that promote rotating different Spenders? (similar to the Ring)
  • Will be discussed
Affixes to Daggers? (since they have none)
  • Not necessarily; nothing has come up
  • Circular problem: low damage on Daggers paired with no interesting affixes - requiring fixes on two systems
D2's Quest to Name your Weapon
  • Worth looking at and seeing where it fits
Allowing Players to target specific items?
  • Currently not, they are happy with the amount of control Kadala gives
Passive Buffs for the Wizard being worked on to be similar to DH's Companion and Monk's Mystic Ally.

Balancing gems for Weapons
  • They could balance them to be mathematically balanced, by say buffing Diamond's on weapons by 10 times
  • At the end of the day it's just "more damage", there's no gameplay in it
  • They would rather design weapon specific Gems, for instance
Stream Summary

  • The Legendary Workshop panel at Blizzcon was the first of a kind
  • Most panels at Blizzcon are these "one way" means of pushing information
  • Developers wanted to bring the audience into the item development process
  • The internal brainstorming sessions are fun for the devs and they wanted to open that up for the public
  • When designing things, the developers don't just "vote" for a good idea, they discuss them and try to reach a consensus
Roadblocks to overcome when doing the Panel
  1. done in 45 minutes
  2. going to be televised
  3. engaging for the audience
Rejected ideas and why they didn't work
  1. Ideas that promote just big numbers - "criticals increase critical damage"
  2. Players are just killing things a little bit faster instead of interacting differently
  3. Suggestions that change a skill or mechanic intended use - Offensive Potions for instance.
  4. Example: chance on hit to ressurect enemies, it creates confusion since players can't tell which enemy skills are friendly and which are dangerous.
Energy Twister ideas
  1. Ransor's Folly mechanic - pulls enemies that are closest to the player within its area of effect
  2. Improved over giving it knockback when cast - pulling enemies retains that soft crowd control
Mirror Image ideas
  1. Cast all of your skills instead of only equipped ones
  2. Problems: performance budget and confusion - each image is already an "independent Wizard"
  3. Ball Lightning build had to be fixed because it broke the game's performance
Wizard Source (Legendary Workshop) suggestion
  1. Rotates elements allowing for multiple element focus
  2. Could be a Ring instead, so that other classes could use it
  3. Would work as a balance factor as well - Rings have a lot of power
  4. Only coming after Patch 2.1.2
  5. They are pretty much done with Patch 2.1.2 (John Yang)
Legendary Workshop experience
  1. It worked well, but there's room for improvement
  2. They would like to try it in other types of events, where people can see the whole process
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