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  1. With rumors of the "Unannounced Project" and Diablo 4 circulate around the community, we have to stop and ask, 'What comes next?' We're going to take a look back at many of the loose ends and unfinished story lines within the games to speculate about where future stories of the franchise could go. Lyndon's Brother and the Kingsport Thieve's Guild Lyndon, the Scoundrel, was the second follower to join the side of the Nephalem during the End Times and the fight against the Prime Evil. Throughout most of the story, Lyndon alludes to his life in Kingsport as a member of the Thieves Guild and the guilt he feels over the imprisonment of his brother, Edlin. Lyndon and Edlin were very close despite having took very different paths in life. Lyndon had a knack for stealing and Edlin joined the city guard. Lyndon wasn't entirely without morals, he'd slip information to his brother to disrupt the Thieves Guild's plans and make Edlin a hero. The brothers also loved the same woman, Rea, but she had no feelings for Lyndon and married Edlin. During a major heist Edlin showed up too early and instead of catching the Thieves Guild in the act was instead accused of being a part of it. Lyndon barely escaped, but left his brother behind to be locked away and the Thieves Guild has been chasing after Lyndon ever since. Rea convinces Edlin that it was Lyndon who had set him up. Due to his guilt, Lyndon never returns home to Kingsport, but instead sends all the money he steals and cons back to Rea to help pay off Edlin's debt and help get him out of prison. Growing Fears Shortly into Malthael's attack on Westmarch, Lyndon decides that he must leave to save his brother. The Nephalem is able to talk sense into Lyndon that he'll likely die trying to leave Westmarch with Malthael's attack going. A nearby guard overhears their conversation and points out that they recently received a transfer of prisoners from Kingsport and that they're being kept in the guard's garrison. Restlessness The Nephalem and Lyndon break into the garrison to rescue Edlin, but it seems that the Thieves Guild had already infiltrated the prison and were moving to kill Edlin. After fighting their way through the Guild and the prison, the Nephalem and Lyndon discover they are too late. Edlin had already been murdered. All that was left in the cell was Edlin's corpse and a dagger. A Stolen Life After heading back to the Survivor's Enclave, Lyndon is inconsolable until Haedrig take a closer look at the dagger. Their was a note hidden in secret compartment in the pommel of the dagger addressed to Lyndon. The note was from Rea, saying that it was she that had Edlin killed and told Lyndon that if he wanted revenge, that he could come to Kingsport to find her. This cliffhanger leaves many questions unanswered: Why would Rea kill her own husband? Is there more history between her and Lyndon that would cause her to lash out at him in this way? What is Rea's connection to the Thieves Guild? And the big question: Will Lyndon get justice? We ultimately don't how much more of the Diablo III tale Blizzard intends to tell. The storyline was pushed forward slightly in the Shrouded Moors with Patch 2.6, but we're left to wonder how many of these other minor stories within the game will be picked up and finished, whether it's in Diablo III or in a future game. Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary. View the full article
  2. Hotfixes for the 11th of December: A small patch was deployed to hotfix several issues. You can find the hotfixes below. Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post) The following hotfixes are now live: Fixed an issue that prevented players with 32-bit clients to have trouble joining parties (12/11) Fixed an issue where occasionally a party invite would result in a string error (12/11) Fixed an issue where the right-click context menu in the Social pane occasionally disappeared (12/11) Challenge Rift - Week 25: The new weekly Challenge Rift is live! Be sure to complete it for a quick set of crafting materials and other rewards! Are you competing for the top leaderboard positions on this Challenge Rift? Let us know in the comments, and share any tips you may have! Challenge Rift 25 - NA by OSW_Zenkiki Arcane Torrent Flame Ward Teleport Safe Passage Ice Armor Crystallize Magic Weapon Deflection Familiar Sparkflint Meteor Meteor Shower Illusionist Blur Unwavering Will Audacity Challenge Rift 25 - EU by OSW_Zenkiki Spectral Blade Siphoning Blade Disintegrate Convergence Magic Weapon Force Weapon Familiar Sparkflint Teleport Wormhole Meteor Meteor Shower Glass Cannon Evocation Unwavering Will Audacity View the full article
  3. Challenge Rift - Week 24

    Challenge Rift - Week 24: A new weekly challenge rift is live! The challenge this week features Hammer of the Ancients Fire Barbarian! Make sure you complete the challenge rift this week for quick set of bounty materials and blood shards! You can view the challenge rift build below. Are you competing on the leaderboard for this rift? Let us know in the comments what rank you've achieved, and leave any tips you may have for other players! Challenge Rift 24 by OSW_Zenkiki Hammer of the Ancients Smash Whirlwind Volcanic Eruption Leap Iron Impact War Cry Impunity Avalanche Volcano Battle Rage Bloodshed Berserker Rage Ruthless Tough as Nails Rampage View the full article
  4. Mad King's Laboratory: Zen's Flash Necromancer I'm the kind of person who tends to seek out the best build for whatever class I am playing in a season, and I will stick with it until I feel like I can no longer push any higher in greater rifts. The feeling I get out of optimizing and tweaking a build until there is no more performance to squeeze out of it is just one of many reasons I continue to play Diablo on a regular basis. I'm always looking at how I can possibly improve my gear, skills, or play-style; however, if you are anything like me, you know that you need a break from the cutting edge every once in a while... Sometimes, you just need laugh maniacally at your screen and have some fun. One of my favorite things to do in Diablo is to come up with dumb builds. These are builds that put a massive grin on my face, but they don't need to be very good or serve any specific purpose. They are often centered around one or two ideas, and their only requirement is that they make me have a hysterical amount of fun. Not every build in the game needs to be able to clear greater rift 120+ solo with time to spare. There is plenty of room in the game for builds that are simply fun to play, and put a smile on your face. Today's build spotlight for the Mad King's Laboratory is a build I made with only one goal for my Necromancer: I wanted to go fast! I was tired of being left behind in rifts, so I needed to shed my old identity as a the brooding corpse-raising-pale-skinned man who didn't socialize well in Tristram because of the horrible smell of undeath around me. I needed to become someone else, I needed to become something else.... I needed to become the Flash. The Build: Big things sometimes have small beginnings, and this build began with the Steuart's Greaves---a pair of Necromancer boots that increases your movement speed by 100% after using Blood Rush. I incorporated the boots in my Necromancer Torment XIII speed farming build that I call the Corpse Party. While using these boots, I was suddenly much quicker in rifts at the expense of a little extra damage; although, I realized it wasn't enough... I wanted to be even faster. I shifted my entire focus on not necessarily being good, but being fast. As it turns out, it's possible to do both. This build is quite impressive for clearing Torment XIII rifts quickly, finishing bounties, or even power leveling a friend. Your toughness is reliant on picking up gold to boost your armor with Goldwrap, but if you want to do low level greater rifts you can easily switch it out for Dayntee's Binding. All of your damage is coming from Bone Armor and Corpse Explosion. Keep an eye on your Golem, since he will be dropping a corpse every second for to you explode with the use of the Moribund Gauntlets. If you ever find yourself needing a corpse immediately and your Golem is too busy trying to kill a lone enemy in the corner of your screen, just use your Blood Rush to drop a usable corpse at your feet! This is fairly easy to gear for, but there may be a working variation of this build that uses the Legacy of Nightmares ring set and ancient pieces of the gold gear---such as Goldskin and Kymbo's Gold. In fact, you should feel free to adjust anything you see in this build in order to fit your needs. You can easily drop some speed in favor of more damage, or vice-versa! But just remember, the entire goal of this build is not to be good, but to be fast! Zen's Flash Necromancer by OSW_Zenkiki Bone Armor Harvest of Anguish Corpse Explosion Dead Cold Frailty Aura of Frailty Blood Rush Molting Command Golem Flesh Golem Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Fueled by Death Commander of the Risen Dead Stand Alone Overwhelming Essence Let me know in the comments what changes you would make to the build, or you can share your own crazy build with me for future spotlights with the Mad King's Laboratory! View the full article
  5. Season 12 is only two weeks old, but players have already blown away marks and goals that would have taken them nearly an entire season in the past. Yes, the new level of power granted in Patch 2.6.1 is very real and certain builds are showcasing that quite spectacularly on the Leaderboards. Let's take a look at the most popular builds currently topping the charts for each class. Tal Rasha Meteor Wizard Meteor Tal Rasha GR Build by Bluddshed Arcane Torrent Static Discharge Ray of Frost Cold Blood Teleport Calamity Magic Weapon Deflection Storm Armor Power of the Storm Meteor Meteor Shower Galvanizing Ward Audacity Unstable Anomaly Illusionist Taking advantage of the buffs given to items that support channeling skills and Meteor, we currently see the Tal Rasha Meteor build leading the way for Wizards. This setup delivers disgustingly large amounts of damage under the right circumstances. Previously, Tal Rasha's had a place for Wizards when it was mixed with the Vyr's set, but now it truly gets to stand on its own with a high clearing Greater Rift build that should stay competitive deep into Season 12. Immortal King Hammer of the Ancients Barbarian IK HAMMER of the ANCIENTS GR100+ by Angry_Roleplayer Hammer of the Ancients Smash Furious Charge Merciless Assault War Cry Veteran's Warning Battle Rage Bloodshed Call of the Ancients Together as One Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Bloodthirst Rampage Ruthless Berserker Rage Resurfacing as a blast from the Season 4 past, the updates to Immortal Kings and all of the items that support Hammer of the Ancients have seen this fan favorite rise to the top. HOTA once lived a life that was best paired with a support Monk, giving it the healing necessary to survive, but in the current season, this build is tough enough to go it alone and take on high-level Greater Rifts. However, unless you plan to be true to Hammer of the Ancients all season long, make sure you keep an eye on the Furious Charge and Whirlwind setups, as they will also be clearing competitively high Greater Rifts. Sunwuko Wave of Light Monk DatModz - GR 110+ Sunwuko WoL Monk by DatModz Wave of Light Explosive Light Epiphany Desert Shroud Sweeping Wind Inner Storm Dashing Strike Blinding Speed Mystic Ally Air Ally Mantra of Salvation Agility Near Death Experience Beacon of Ytar Harmony Seize the Initiative Looking to be simultaneously the most popular and flashiest build currently running around Season 12, the bell tolls for all Monks. Sunwuko Wave of Light has become a devastating way to not only clear the highest of Greater Rifts, but also helps Monks contest the crown of fastest Torment 13 Nephalem rift clearer. With a couple of variations currently existing for this build, it will be interesting to see if any alternatives arise to challenge this ranged destroyer deeper into the season. Pestilence Corpse Lance Necromancer Pestilence/Lance - Solo 90+ by o2vipergts Decrepify Borrowed Time Corpse Lance Brittle Touch Blood Rush Molting Simulacrum Reservoir Land of the Dead Frozen Lands Devour Satiated Draw Life Spreading Malediction Stand Alone Final Service We knew that the top Necromancer build would be a Corpse Lance setup; we just didn't know which set it would revolve around. So far, it looks like it's out with the old and in with the new, due to the amazingly high single-target damage output of the Pestilence set. Not only is this the chart topper for solo Necromancer play, but current 4-player Greater Rift Guardian killing also takes up the Pestilence set for its Corpse Lance deliveries. With the highest Greater Rift clear across any class currently belonging to the Pestilence Corpse Lance Necromancer, look for this set to only become more dominant deeper into the season. Akkhan Condemn Crusader [S12] - Condemn Sader GR Solo Explained by Kraytoo Slash Guard Condemn Vacuum Akarat's Champion Prophet Iron Skin Flash Laws of Justice Immovable Object Provoke Too Scared to Run Heavenly Strength Holy Cause Finery Indestructible To celebrate this phenomenon, we need to go even deeper into the seasonal history books. Remember Season 1? Season 2? The Crusader didn't have too many choices back then, so Condemn was overpowered by default. Now with some of the most diverse options ever available to the class, Condemn has finally returned as a decimating AOE powerhouse. Rolling through Greater Rifts is a harrowing affair, as this squishy build lives and dies with one right or wrong move. However, the damage output in high density scenarios is exquisite. We will see whether Condemn stays on top as its damage ceiling is phenomenal, but other builds such as Blessed Shield or even the recently dethroned Blessed Hammers may have something to say about the top spot. Shadows Impale Demon Hunter Shadows Impale Demon Hunter | Season 12 GR105+ Build (Patch 2.6.1) by LeviathanD3 Companion Wolf Companion Impale Ricochet Vault Rattling Roll Shadow Power Fan of Knives Bladed Armor Vengeance Dark Heart Awareness Numbing Traps Cull the Weak Leech Put a bookmark here to revisit Demon Hunter builds later in the season. Shadows Impale has famously been one of the fastest to start builds due to the addition of the legendary power to Holy Point Shot and the ease with which one can craft a Karlei's Point. When gearing up is that simple and the setup deals enormous amounts of damage with little need for optimization, it makes perfect sense to see this build dominating the Leaderboards early in Season 12. However, Demon Hunters seem to be one of the more evenly balanced classes among their set buffs, so don't be surprised if Multishot, Grenades, or even Natalya's comes knocking in a few weeks for those high rankings. Arachyr Firebats Witch Doctor Arachyr Fire-Bats Solo Meta 110+ by bigdaddyden Haunt Poisoned Spirit Firebats Cloud of Bats Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Soul Harvest Languish Spirit Walk Honored Guest Hex Jinx Creeping Death Confidence Ritual Grave Injustice Spirit Vessel Last but not least. a longtime meta stronghold has reclaimed its spot. For two shining seasons, Legacy of Nightmares Spirit Barrage sent Arachyr Firebats packing, but now, due to the set and item buffs of Patch 2.6.1, it would seem the Witch Doctor is spinning (bats) to win again. Witch Doctors have also continued to secure their placement in the 4-player Greater Rift meta as the trash killer with this same Arachyr Firebats playstyle. Early reports have noted that the server optimizations done for 2.6.1 seem to have eased the laggy woes of groups that utilized the strong area damage output of this build, but we will keep an eye on this as groups push higher and enemies hang around for longer. That's a wrap for our early look at Season 12's most popular and powerful builds. Don't see a build you're playing up here? Think there's a build that will surprise everyone and take the Leaderboards by storm? We want to hear about it! Hop into the comments and let us know which builds you're enjoying this season. Leviathan (@LeviathanD3) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a Hardcore Crusader for life. You can likely catch him streaming high Leaderboard/Conquest rank attempts unless he's out taking photographs or discovering new music. View the full article
  6. Shield of Fury Re-Enabled

    Shield of Fury Re-Enabled A hotfix has gone live that fixed earning achievements while using the Monkey King's Garb, and re-enabled the Shield of Fury after it was disabled late last week due to a bug allowing other Crusaders in the same party to benefit from the effect. You can view the hotfix notes below: Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post) The following hotfixes are now live: Monkey King's Garb Fixed an issue where some achievements and conquests would not properly triggered while the 6-piece bonus of Monkey King's Garb was active (11/17) Shield of Fury Fixed an issue where multiple Crusaders could benefit from the bonus provided by Shield of Fury (11/17) The power for Shield of Fury is now active again. See this thread for more information Originally Posted by Tyvalir (Official Post) The hotfix went live just after 6 p.m. PST on Friday, 11/17 and the Legendary ability on Shield of Fury was re-enabled at that time. If you notice further issues, please post in the Bug Report forum. Thanks! View the full article
  7. Battle.net Currency Conversion Within the next 24 hours, Battle.net will begin conversion to local currency in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. You can find the full official blog post below: Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment (Official Post) In October, we announced that we’ll be converting from USD to local currency on Blizzard Battle.net® in Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. These changes will begin to roll out in these regions within the next 24 hours. For players in these regions, Blizzard Balance will be unavailable during the brief update process, but purchases can be made using other payment methods. Any purchases made during this period will be processed in local currency. For World of Warcraft® subscribers, the recurring subscription will continue to be charged in USD for the next 12 months. If there’s any interruption to your subscription, however—including an expired card, changes in payment methods, or account cancellations—any new subscriptions will be charged in your local currency. We want to make as many of our players as possible feel at home in the Blizzard ecosystem, and make managing your account with us easier. By switching from USD to local currency, we’re expanding the types of payment we accept and helping some of you avoid paying transaction fees charged by financial institutions. Please see our announcement in October for more information and follow @BlizzardCS for the latest updates. View the full article
  8. Season 12 Haedrig's Gift Build Suggestions Now that we're a few days into Season 12, many players have completed the first four chapters of the Season Journey (or are close to it). Once you have your full starter set, what do you do next? We've collected some of the most popular builds that utilize the Haedrig's Gift sets to give you some ideas on where to start or what to gear for to get the most out of the set. Barbarian - Immortal Kings Call Solo Hota Barbarian by PerkykY Call of the Ancients Together as One Battle Rage Bloodshed War Cry Veteran's Warning Wrath of the Berserker Insanity Hammer of the Ancients Smash Furious Charge Merciless Assault Berserker Rage Ruthless Nerves of Steel Rampage Crusader - Seeker of the Light 2.6.1 Hammerdin GR Tanky/HC by Bluddshed Falling Sword Part the Clouds Blessed Hammer Limitless Laws of Valor Unstoppable Force Provoke Cleanse Iron Skin Steel Skin Akarat's Champion Prophet Fervor Indestructible Holy Cause Finery Demon Hunter - Natalya's Vengeance [2.6.1] Natalya RoV + FoK Solo 100+ by wudijo Entangling Shot Justice is Served Strafe Drifting Shadow Rain of Vengeance Anathema Fan of Knives Pinpoint Accuracy Smoke Screen Special Recipe Vengeance Dark Heart Ambush Cull the Weak Archery Tactical Advantage Monk - Uliana's Stratagem Uliana EP GR110+ Season 12 | Video by IveGottenSoLucky Way of the Hundred Fists Assimilation Cyclone Strike Implosion Dashing Strike Blinding Speed Exploding Palm Impending Doom Seven-Sided Strike Sustained Attack Epiphany Desert Shroud Beacon of Ytar Harmony Near Death Experience Mythic Rhythm Necromancer - Trag'Oul's Avatar [T13/GR Speed] Trag'Oul's Blood Mage by Hima Frailty Scent of Blood Skeletal Mage Life Support Command Skeletons Freezing Grasp Devour Cannibalize Blood Rush Potency Bone Armor Dislocation Extended Servitude Fueled by Death Commander of the Risen Dead Dark Reaping Witch Doctor - Spirit of Arachyr Arachyr Fire-Bats Solo Meta 110+ by bigdaddyden Haunt Poisoned Spirit Firebats Cloud of Bats Locust Swarm Cloud of Insects Soul Harvest Languish Spirit Walk Honored Guest Hex Jinx Creeping Death Confidence Ritual Grave Injustice Spirit Vessel Wizard - Vyr's Amazing Arcana 2.6.1 Vyr's ArchonOrb 110+ by Bankai Shock Pulse Piercing Orb Arcane Orb Frozen Orb Archon Slow Time Black Hole Absolute Zero Storm Armor Power of the Storm Explosive Blast Chain Reaction Astral Presence Power Hungry Unstable Anomaly Evocation Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary. View the full article
  9. A new season is here and that means it's time to celebrate. Come join your favorite streamers as they start their journey through Season 12. Post will be updated with more streamers once the season begin in North America. Season 12 Live Streams From the EU Neinball (@NeinballGamer) is a content creator for Diablo Fans and a horadrim in training. Whether he's relaxing on Zegema Beach, fighting servants of the Corpse-God in the 41st millennium, or quelling Rebellions in the Outer Rim, his passion always brings him back to slaying Demons in Sanctuary. View the full article
  10. Patch 2.6.1 Roundup Patch 2.6.1 is out, and Season 12 is about to begin! With the new patch comes countless item and balance changes, and all of the changes help to establish a far more balanced competitive meta between individual builds! You will find far more viable build options available to you this season, regardless of what class you are playing! Thanks to ComradeKoch for compiling the patch changes! Season 12 begins Thursday, November 9th at 5:00 p.m. PST in North America, 5:00 p.m. CET in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. Patch 2.6.1 Class Changes View the full article
  11. Double Treasure Goblin Is Event Live! The double treasure goblin event has gone live, and will end on Thursday, November 9 at 5:00pm PST! The event will end when the new season begins; however, it should provide some extra fun in Diablo until the start of season 12! You can view the full blog post below. Originally Posted by Nevalistis (Official Post) Patch 2.6.1 is now live worldwide, and Season 12 is just around the corner. We want to help you stretch your muscles and get prepared for the latest patch with a special in-game event—double Treasure Goblin spawns! Each time you encounter a single Treasure Goblin, they’ll be hanging out with a buddy whose bags are overflowing with all your favorite treats and treasures. This Double Goblin event will begin in the Americas region on November 6 at 5:00 p.m. PST, and ends on Thursday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Note: This buff does not affect the number of goblins encountered via a Bandit Shrine, Goblin “Rift” packs, or in the Realm of Greed. We hope you’re excited for all the balance changes crammed into Patch 2.6.1, and we look forward to hearing about your upcoming Season 12 adventures. In the meantime, good luck, have fun, and we’ll see you in Sanctuary! View the full article
  12. Exploring Diablo's Community Panel Overview In this panel Brandy Camel (the Diablo Community Manager) interviewed several content creators for Diablo that you are likely familiar with: Rhykker, Leviathan, BigDaddyDen, and Lynxaria. A lot of the questions were fun and entertaining, but an interesting question was asked at the end that will likely satiate some of our conspiracies about a potential new Diablo game. For the last question, Brandy asked the following to the panel: "As you guys know, those of us working on Diablo at Blizzard, we're exploring what's next... While we don't have anything to discuss today, or this weekend, I want to know what your thoughts are. What are you speculating?" She then turned to the crowd and emphasized "Again, speculation! Let's be clear about that!" While we certainly have our own speculations about what the next game could be, this at least seems to indicate that there is indeed something being worked on. With that in mind, I pose the same question. What do you speculate the Diablo team is working on? Let us know in the comments! You can find bullet points of the entire panel below. What was your first diablo game? BigDaddyDen: Diablo. Leviathan: Diablo 2, right before LoD released. Rhykker: Diablo. Lynxaria: Diablo 2. Brandy: Diablo 2. What is it about Diablo that makes you want to create content? BigDaddyDen: Fun factor, and the Diablo community as a whole. Leviathan: Educating players with new builds or ideas. Lynxaria: Playing a game that you love, and being able to share the passion with everyone in the community Rhykker: Already doing research on the game, why not share it by making content? What is a good Diablo memory that you want to share? BigDaddyDen: First ever Starmetal Kukri drop. Leviathan: Getting Rank 1 on the Cursed Chest conquest in Season 3. Lynxaria: Completing a greater rift when it's the worst layout/monsters/guardian. Rhykker: Playing Demon Hunters with his cousin when Reaper of Souls launched. Brandy: Doing panels like these. Hearing these stories and moments is what community management is all about, and it is very fulfilling. What is your favorite class? Rhykker: Wizard in vanilla, but Demon Hunter in Reaper of Souls. BigDaddyDen: Witch Doctor. Leviathan: Crusader. Lynxaria: Crusader. Brandy: Most hours played on Barbarian, and the name Dayntee comes from her tabletop RPG barbarian. If you were a treasure goblin, what type would you be? Lynxaria: Rainbow Goblin. Leviathan: Blood Thief, because they must have some kind of shady deal with Kadala... Where else are they getting all those blood shards? BigDaddyDen: Want to see new goblin that is fat, when you hit them they bounce around the screen and drop bounty materials. Rhykker: Gem Hoarder... Because Rhykker is apparently a notorious hoarder. Brandy: Can't pick a goblin, because she resonates with Kadala the most. If you could create a legendary, what would it do? BigDaddyDen: One that has a pet mechanic, such as stacking your Witch Doctor fetishes so they make one large fetish, or one that allows your fetish to jump onto the back of your zombie dog and use it as a mount. It wouldn't effect just the Witch Doctor, but all the classes that have pets. Leviathan: Offhand that matches the Horadric Hamburger Lynxaria: Flail that turns blessed hammers into hamsters. Rhykker: An item that applies to any class and adds more options. Such as a legendary gem for your weapon. It would need to be strong enough to compete with losing critical hit damage from an Emerald. Maybe give some kind of attack speed and movement speed buffs. What are you speculating is next for Diablo? Rhykker: Frank Pearce pledged his loyalty at BlizzCon last year, and stated that Diablo has a future. That information, combined with the job postings that we've seen, indicates there is no doubt that something is coming. Ready and can't wait for what is next. Leviathan: Likes what Destiny 2 has. Maybe the next game could add MMO mechanics such as 8 person "raids." BigDaddyDen: Some kind of end game raid mode, maybe even a level-field competitive mode that doesn't require farming paragon points. Lynxaria: Easy to speculate, and we each know what we individual want. Envisioning a new project can be a challenge. We all know something is coming, but it's a matter of when and being patient. Can't even imagine what is next, but it's going to be amazing either way. Brandy: Even in moments the development team becomes quiet, it doesn't mean they aren't listening to feedback or what the community is saying. The team has been evolving how they interact with the community over time. They are just people working on their passion project, and are excited about Diablo as much as the community. View the full article
  13. Visual Effects of the Necromancer Panel Overview This BlizzCon panel gave us some insight on how Blizzard created some of the visual effects for the Necromancer in Diablo 3. While we didn't get any important pieces of news, we did learn a little bit about how the Necromancer effects were made! Here are some bullet points covering several topics that were discussed. Skeleton Mage This ability seemed strait forward at first, but it took a long time to find its spot in the Necromancer kit. Pets have an unspoken cool factor, and if they don't immediately feel awesome then it doesn't matter what the pet actually does. Once the team received really cool art from a character artist, it set the tone for the skill. Readability Because of the nature of a Diablo style game, visual readability can often be a problem. With curses in Diablo 2, it was hard to tell what enemies were going to be effected by your curse when you cast it. This lead to a focus on showing the area your curse would effect when it was implemented into Diablo 3, and also if the enemies were effected or not. The icon that shows if an enemy is cursed was at one point multiple colors based on what curses were active or not, but they pulled back on the color since it started to feel clownish and too happy. Creation of a Skill Starts between a dialog with the artists and designers as they determine what would best suit the skill. What is the best way to express the fantasy of the skill? What is its usage like? How can Players break the skill with legendary items later? What kind of damage type is it? If a skill is going to have a huge effect on screen, it can't also be one that you are spamming. Poison Skills There weren't many memorable poison skills that the Necromancer had in Diablo 2. The Witch Doctor already had a poison theme. When it came to the death and decay theme of the Necromancer, it took on a dead serious look and tone compared to the silly tone the Witch Doctor has. Team 3 Workflow The team doesn't use a "Waterfall Workflow" like others in the industry. They create a "Feature Team" that includes many people with all different skills, such as different kinds of artists and designers. The team meets often and discusses what needs to be done, rather than handing off responsibilities to separate departments without communicating between each other. Command Skeletons Raising Skeletons from dead enemies meant you had to kill enemies before you can have skeletons, which can lead to game play problems. The team wanted to relieve players from the burden of having to raise the skeletons yourselves, but having them all at once made it not seem fun to use as a skill. This lead to the design we currently have. The skeletons summon slowly over time which feels like they are being raised from bodies, but you don't actually need corpses to do it. Other Classes Playing a Necromancer with other Necromancers lead to a lot of readability issues. This lead to the team developing new tech that allowed some skills to play locally for the player, but not fully to other players. They found time to retrofit all of the other classes with this tech. This tech was added in the Necromancer patch. Updating the Necromancer from D2 to D3 In order to do it properly, they had to love the class and understand what the players loved about the class. View the full article
  14. Virtual Ticket Giveaway & New Diablo Fans Community Manager Greetings, fellow adventurers of Sanctuary! My name is Chris, but on the internet, I'm better known as "Zenkiki" (or Zen if you are feeling pithy)! It is an honor and a privilege that I get to introduce myself to everyone as the new Diablo Fans Community Manager! Like many of you, I have been using Diablo Fans as my primary source of Diablo news for countless years. Additionally, it remains my favorite place to find and share builds every season! I am excited for this amazing opportunity, and look forward to helping grow the site into the best place it can be! As for myself, I sincerely love the Diablo franchise! I have fond memories of playing the original Diablo on my dad's PC back in the late 90's, and later beating Diablo 2 with my first Necromancer when the game was released. I've yet to miss a single Diablo 3 season since they were introduced, and love to compete for leaderboard positions with whatever class I choose to play! Also, my favorite class is the Assassin, and I really hope to see it in a future game... blizzplz I'm a passionate gamer at heart, and you can often find me playing a variety of different games. Anything from Shooters to RPG's, or even tabletop games! On the side, I stream and run a successful YouTube channel. Finally, I'm an aspiring game designer who is working on an easy-to-learn cyberpunk tabletop RPG rule set! But none of that would matter if I didn't also bring gifts... So, like a generous grand parent looking to spoil their grand children, I present you with a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket giveaway! Giveaway: In celebration of Zenkiki joining the team, and BlizzCon being nearly upon us, we are giving away three Virtual Tickets to three lucky community members! With the virtual ticket, not only will you have access to all the usual BlizzCon panels, but you will also receive all of the awesome in-game loot... Such as the horribly terrifying yet questionably adorable Murkromancer pet for Diablo 3! (The jury is still out on whether he is a Murkro-Mancer, or a Murk-Romancer... I'll let you decide) How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post welcoming Zenkiki to the site, and include what class you will primarily be playing for Season 12! Follow those easy steps, and you will be entered into a random drawing on Thursday @ 4pm PDT! Any entry after that point will not be counted! Winners will be contacted through private message shortly after the drawing. Time is running out! Hurry and enter into the giveaway before the portal to the Vault closes! View the full article
  15. First Look: Diablo Season 12 Blizzard has given fans their first look at what to expect come season 12 in terms of season journey rewards, new cosmetics, and more via an official blog post. Check it out below. Originally Post By Blizzard (Official Blog) Season 12 begins soon! For those among you who enjoy the fresh start a Season brings, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect before you race out the gate. New Balance Changes Patch 2.6.1 brought updates for class sets, Legendary items, and skills. Whether you’re eager to explore an old standby build or just play around with your current favorite, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game. Season 12 is the perfect time to dive in and start fresh—so grab a friend and get ready to play! New Cosmetic Rewards As per tradition, Season 12 will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey. In addition to the Chest and Gloves slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand-new series of portraits themed around the High Heavens will be available. Those who enjoy collecting cosmetic wings will also be pleased to see a new arrival—Fiacla-Géar, which gives your character a distinctly angelic look. Season Journey Rewards If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier: Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes Complete Greater Rift 60 solo Kill Greed on Torment XIII Kill Spider Queen on Torment XIII in under 15 seconds Reforge a Legendary or Set item Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem Level three Legendary Gems to 55 Complete two Conquests Seasonal Conquests Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Love going fast while killing things? Boss Mode and Worlds Apart will be making a return. On A Good Dayand I Can’t Stop are also available, if leveling Legendary Gems is more your thing. If you’d rather max out your kill count with Cursed Chests, Curses! and Stars Alignwill be right up your alley. Those who enjoy seeing how far they can go without Set Items will get a kick out of The Thrill and Super Human. Finally, if you’re keen to show off your mastery of various Class Sets, Years of War and Dynasty will be available for you to attempt once more. Haedrig’s Gift Finally, just as before, you’ll get a shiny new Class Set courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. We’ve listed the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works: Completing Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the Season Journey will reward you with three Haedrig’s Gifts. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely! The set you will receive depends on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character. Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 12: Barbarian – Immortal King’s Call Crusader – Seeker of the Light Demon Hunter – Natalya’s Vengeance Monk – Uliana’s Stratagem Necromancer – Trag’Oul’s Avatar Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr Wizard – Vyr’s Amazing Arcana Frequently Asked Questions Q: When does Season 12 start? A: Season 12 begins Thursday, November 9 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site. Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped? A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The current Era will end November 8 and a new Era will begin immediately afterward. For more information on Eras, please see this post. Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records? A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 12 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 3, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from Era 2 when Era 9 goes live. Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website. Season 12 is almost here! What are your goals for this Season? Is there a build you want to give your full attention, or do you have another goal lined up? Let us know in the comments below, and we’ll see you for the start of Season 12! View the full article

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