A ban wave has gone out regarding players who utilized a Necromancer exploit. You can find more details in the official post below:
Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post)Greetings all,
A couple weeks ago, an exploit was discovered in which Necromancers could receive an unfairly high advantage over other classes. Utilizing this exploit required both implicit knowledge and intention to execute and, as a result, we are issuing account suspensions and removing affected records from the leaderboards.
You may be wondering why we're executing this now rather than when we originally fixed the exploit; the long and short of it is that this was a very complicated issue to track and we are, as always, dedicated to ensuring we are not punishing players who may be innocent.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we work to maintain as honest and fair a gaming environment as we can.
PTR Server Slam:
A new PTR will be available today (February 8th), and Blizzard needs help testing out some more optimizations! You can view the full blog and details below:
Originally Posted by Blizzard Enterainment (Official Post)
Greetings, nephalem! We’re working on a series of behind-the-scenes optimizations for Diablo III, and we need your help. Since we don’t want to risk breaking anything, we need to test these changes thoroughly before we deploy them to the live servers.
Join us starting today, February 8, for a special PTR that includes these changes. We’re looking for reports of login or character display issues that might arise during this PTR.
We encourage all players to participate. Download that PTR and hop right in!
A few important notes:
- There is no new content included on this PTR.
- While you will be able to copy your existing characters, we will also be activating the 2000% Legendary Find buff to encourage participation.
- As a reminder, any progress made on the PTR does not transfer over to your live account.
- Since this PTR is exclusively focused on identifying and fixing bugs related to the issues noted above, we will only be opening the Bug Report forum during the testing period.
- Over the course of the PTR, server performance may vary.
- This PTR will only be available for a limited time, and we’d greatly appreciate all the help we can get in testing it quickly and with as many participants as possible!
We hope you have some time to help us out. If you need more information on how to participate on the PTR, visit our FAQ or see below for details.
Thank you, nephalem, and we’ll see you in Sanctuary!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo III game license attached your Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. it hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.
Step 1: Create a PTR account. To create a PTR account, log in to Battle.net Account Management and double-click on your Diablo III game license; this will bring you to the game management page. On this page, click "Create a PTR account."
If you've participated in any previous Diablo III PTR (including the Reaper of Souls beta), the "Create PTR account" button may not appear. This is because you've already created a PTR account and can therefore skip this step.
Step 2: Once you have created a PTR account, installed the Battle.net desktop, and logged in with your Battle.net credentials, select "Diablo III" from the main menu on the left-hand side of the application.
Step 3: On the Diablo III screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo III currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo III" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.
Step 4: You should now have the option to install and play the patch 2.4.2 PTR.
The 2.4.2 PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate.
PTR CHARACTER COPY:
The option to copy your existing Diablo III characters from your live account to the PTR will be available and can be done directly through the PTR client. However, only one region per account can be copied at a time. So, if you choose to copy characters from your account in a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost.
Step 1: Log into the live game and then log out.
Step 2: Log into PTR client and create a level 1 character. After you're done, return to the main character screen.
Step 3: Click on the "PTR Copy" button located in the upper right-hand corner. (The PTR Copy button will not appear in-game until you have created a new level 1 character.)
Step 4: Select your region.
Step 5: Click "Copy." This will copy all characters on your account from the selected region.
Step 6: You will be disconnected from the PTR client.
Step 7: Log back in. Your copied characters will be available for play.
Please note that you can only copy characters from one gameplay region at a time. If you choose to copy characters from a different region, any previously copied PTR characters will be lost. In addition, you can only copy characters over to your PTR account once every 24 hours. Attempting to copy characters before this cooldown is up will result in an error.
As this is a test server, please anticipate uneven game performance, and note that restarts and downtime may occur without warning.