PTR Patch 2.2 Texture Changes, Season 2 Ending Soon?, Bloodshard Cap Increase, PTR Buff is Back

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PTR Patch 2.2 Texture Changes

Below you can check a montage with some notable texture changes datamined from the latest Patch 3 on the 2.2 PTR. Note some of these (Premium Pass, Cosmetics UI Icons) seem to be exclusive to the new Store/Cosmetics system being implemented in the Asian servers as datamined some time ago. Click the image to see the its full resolution version.


Season 2 Ending Soon?

We had a blue thread earlier today titled "Season 2 Ending Soon" - recently updated to be less misleading. Its purpose is to explain to us how the 30-day notice before the end of the Season is changing to a 15-day notice. Now bear in mind Nevalistis said this post is not said notice, so the Season is not ending in 15 days! But maybe it's a lot closer than we expect. Let the speculations begin...


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

We've been thrilled to see so many players actively participating in Season 2 as well as on the PTR for our upcoming 2.2.0 patch. Your feedback has been integral in the great strides we've made towards not only our next patch, but our next Season. As we previously mentioned during our most recent Tavern Talk, we want to ensure our patching schedule provides the best player experience possible while allowing us to provide updates in a timely fashion. To facilitate this, we're moving towards the following model:

  • End the current Season
  • Launch our latest patch
  • Begin the next Season
We received a lot of feedback during Season 1 that thirty days was too long a time frame for an end of season announcement. For Season 2, we'd like to instead provide a two week notice. At the time of that notice, we will also provide the exact times that Season 2 will end as well as the date and exact times that Season 3 will begin.

Please note that this post is not the two-week warning. While we don't have that information to share with you today, we want those of you participating in the current Season to know what to expect moving forward so you might plan accordingly to meet your Seasonal goals.

In the meantime, we wish all Season 2 challengers the best of luck, whether it’s knocking out a Conquest, putting together your perfect set of gear, seeing how high you can get in Greater Rifts, or wherever your adventures may take you.

Bloodshard Cap Increase

There was a blue post clarifying how the blood shard increase coming in Patch 2.2 is likely going to work. It's not going to be "retroactive", that is, you will have to run additional solo Greater Rifts to update the cap. Read the other details below.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Just a few clarifications:

  • The boost to your cap is not retroactive. You will need to run additional solo Greater Rifts after 2.2.0 goes live to update your Blood Shard cap.
  • Your cap will increase by 10 per solo Greater Rift level completed. For example, if you complete a level 20 solo Greater Rift right after the patch launches, your cap will increase to 700 (a bonus of 200). If you then complete a level 21 solo Greater Rift, your cap will increase by another 10 ( and so forth).
  • Your "Personal Best" is defined by the highest Greater Rift level you reach. In the case of increasing your Blood Shard cap, this only applies to your highest solo Greater Rift level reached.
Hope this is more clear!

PTR Buff is Back

The buff to legendary drop ratio on the PTR is back to allow players to more easily find those new and changed legendaries. All meant to facilitate the actual feedback from the testing players without forcing them to go through a couple dozen hours of farming to provide that. Read below.


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Patch 2.2.0 is introducing a lot of new and revised Legendary and Set items to the game. Some may find it challenging to gear effectively within a short testing window, especially if you don't happen to own some of the items receiving updates or want to test Legendaries with a newly created Seasonal character. To help facilitate item testing, we will be activating community buffs during the course of the PTR.

The following buffs are now active on the PTR:
  • 2000% Bonus Chance to find Legendaries
  • 300% Bonus to Experience gained
  • Double Treasure Goblin spawns
  • Double Blood Shards earned
This buff is temporary and will run starting today until March 18 at 9:00 p.m. PDT. We may activate additional buffs throughout the course of the PTR as testing needs arise.

As always, your feedback is appreciated and we thank you for participating in our latest testing phase.



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