AMD Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta Driver for Windows Release Notes

Those with an AMD graphic card filling the driver compatibility criteria for Desktops and Mobility devices should download the AMD Catalyst 15.9.1 Beta Driver.

Resolved issues (of interest to Blizzard players):

  • [59474] Diablo 3 crashes in the Act 2 Desolate Sands area of the game
  • [59081] The AMD Catalyst Control Center ‘update’ option fails to download the latest driver
  • [58485] Anti Aliasing settings not being retained after changes are applied
  • [77609] A video memory leak can occur when browser and other windows are resized

Download over at the AMD website.

Diablo III – Double Cache Rewards this Weekend Only

Blizzard Entertainment announced Diablo III players will enjoy double the cache rewards throughout this weekend. Good opportunity to get the materials you need for crafting, enchanting or the Kanai’s Cube.

Kanai’s Cube has changed the face of Diablo III forever, and it’s a hungry Horadric artifact! We hope you’ve been enjoying this versatile addition to the game, and to help you take even greater advantage of its powerful transmutation abilities, for this weekend only each full set of bounties you complete will reward double Caches! This applies to both Horadric and Bonus Caches, so be sure to hit up those bonus acts for extra rewards.

This bonus period begins in the Americas region this Friday, September 25, at 12:01 a.m. PDT and ends on Sunday, September 27 at 11:59 p.m. PDT.

Double Cache Rewards

Haven’t jumped into Patch 2.3.0 or Season 4 yet? It’s never been a better time to log in and seek nephalem glory! Good luck, have fun, and we’ll see you in Sanctuary!

*For more information about this buff on consoles, click here.

**For PC, the buff will start and end at the noted times in each gameplay region according to its local time zone (PDT for the Americas, CET for Europe, and KST for Asia). For console, the buff will start and end in all regions at the same time, listed above. For time zone assistance, click here.


Diablo III Patch 2.3.0 Now Live – Patch Notes

Blizzard Entertainment released patch 2.3.0 today introducing three features: Ruins of Sescheron, Kanai’s Cube and Season Journey.

In addition, Torment 7-10 difficulty level has been added. Keywardens no longer drop keys, instead they drop Infernal Machines (thus recipes were removed). The patch notes also include various class and monster changes.

Diablo III El’Druin The Sword of Justice Prop Replica Back in Stock July 2015

If you missed buying this licensed product, fret not. The Diablo III El’Druin The Sword of Justice Prop Replica is back in stock and hot off the truck.

I have one of these, and it looks and feels rad. The gem actually has a blue LED light that pulses. Perfect for cosplay or for hanging on your wall as a collectible.


Last year, this item was showcased for the first time at Toy Fair New York. You can watch my video wielding El’Druin.

Diablo: The Sin War now in Polish

New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak posted in his Facebook page that his Polish publisher Wydawnictwo Insignis announced the launch of Diablo: The Sin War, Scales of the Serpent (Diablo: Wojna Grzechu, Smocze Luski) in Polish language.

One of his fans commented he wants to see more of Richard A. Knaak’s Diablo novels, to which the author responded: “Nothing new on the horizon, sadly. Hoping that’ll change.”

Personally, while there are people who differ, I love Richard’s novels in the Diablo and Warcraft universes. Without Richard, we wouldn’t have the Dragon Aspects, Onyxia, Nefarian, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, The Hour of Twilight, or even Wrathion. How about Grim Batol, Dalaran in Wrath of the Lich King and the Fall of Theramore.

There is so much in the Warcraft lore that was born from the mind of Richard A. Knaak, or that by domino effect was born in the mind of other writers and Blizzard story developers based on his past work.

I’d love Blizzard to call him back to write at least more Diablo stories involving Zayl or other characters. There was a twenty years gap between Diablo II and Diablo III that is food for awesome stories that may shape future games based in the Diablo universe. That, and I miss him so much.

After my first interview with Richard back in 2003 about Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, I went and picked up the novel and read it. That was my first intro to novels based on Blizzard games and heck the first book I read after nearly 15 years since my college days. Ever since, I have read all Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo novels, mangas, and comic books; and that first interview and novel inspired me to report news about upcoming Blizzard Licensed Products for the past 12 years.

Back in 2003, that interview dropped the first hints ever that Diablo III was in development. Gamespot writer Tor Thorsen picked up on our interview’s buzz and posted an article titled: “Diablo 3’s existence confirmed?

Gamespot: To promote his forthcoming Diablo book, Diablo: The Sin War: Book One: Birthright, Knaak spoke with and took questions from its readers. However, the biggest bomb came from a site staffer going by the handle “Medievaldragon,” who casually asked if his latest book–the first of a trilogy–would “impact in the storyline of Diablo 3 the game.”

Knaak responded candidly, saying, “The ramifications here will be used for any future project … and I ain’t writing for a dead game.” Later, when asked by a reader about Diablo, he repeated his loaded words: “I am not writing for a dead world … but a world with dead,” said Knaak, adding, “‘Nuff said!


We wouldn’t have Diablo III without Richard A. Knaak’s Diablo: The Sin War which introduced the Nephalem being offsprings of Angels and Demons. We wouldn’t have the Diablo III: Book of Tyrael and Diablo III: Book of Cain.

If you are interested in the English version, You can find the Diablo: The Sin War trilogy by following the link.

Update: Searched for the original post in polish at the publisher’s website.


Diablo III Patch 2.2.1 Hotfix

Community manager Nevalistis posted the first hotfix for patch 2.2. No download necessary, but you might have to restart the Diablo III client for the changes to take effect. In this case, the Crusader would keep Akarat’s Champion buff permanently under a specific situation. Good thing Diablo III PvP isn’t around, or Crusaders would wreck everything like a hell-bent bull. No worries though, it’s all good now.

Below you will find a list of hotfixes recently applied or coming soon that address various bugs or mechanic tweaks.

These hotfixes should not require you to download a new patch. Some of the hotfixes below will go live the moment they are implemented while others may require restarting the game to go into effect. Please keep in mind that some issues cannot be addressed without a client-side patch. Also note that changes to certain abilities will not be reflected in its tooltip until a patch is issued.

Last updated May 21. Hotfixes are denoted by the date they were applied to live servers.

Previous Hotfixes: [2.2.0]


There are no upcoming hotfixes to report at this time.



Fixed an issue where if a player received fatal damage at the exact moment Akarat’s Champion (Prophet) ended, the buff would be maintained permanently (5/21)


Diablo III Patch 2.2.1 Goes Live

Blizzard Entertainment released Patch 2.2.1 to address several item set bugs and a few UI bugs.


  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from receiving the BlizzCon 2014 cosmetic items

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  • Barbarian
    • Whirlwind
      • Skill Rune – Dust Devils
        • Reduced the visual noise caused by these tornadoes
  • Monk
    • Bug Fixes
      • Fixed an issue that prevented Channeling Pylon from removing the cost of Dashing Strike with the Raiment of a Thousand Storms set equipped

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  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented belts from being able to roll bonus Armor as an affix
    • Fixed an issue that could sometimes prevent Locust Swarm from refreshing the duration of the Zunimassa’s (6) Set bonus
    • Fixed an issue that allowed players to equip and use unidentified Legendary Potions

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  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented Josh Mosqueira (the rift guardian) from dropping loot
    • Fixed an issue that allowed The Butcher and Mancarver’s spear attack to be reflected, or slowed
    • Fixed an issue that prevented players with Illusory Boots equipped from passing through walls created by Orlash

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  • The recently added social button will now display how many friends you have online and any clan or communities notifications
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed an issue that prevented the Greater Rift Completion screen from being closed using the Close All Windows hotkey
    • Seasonal tabs will no longer incorrectly show up on the Achievement and Leaderboard screens when no season is active


Blizzard Hints Strange Diablo III Cow Level Teasers

These past days, Blizzard Entertainment has been hinting and teasing the Cow Level and the Cow King.

Blizzard Hints Strange Diablo III Cow Level Teasers



A post at the official Diablo III website seems to hint you might find sudden orange portals opening up in the middle of your adventures. Enter if you dare at your own peril.

Citizens of Sanctuary,

We’ve recently herd rumors of an invasion. Not one of a demonic nature, mind you, for those we are quite accustomed to. No, these rumors allege that townships throughout Khanduras are being overrun by bipedal, bardiche-bearing bovine who are luring weary adventurers to the proverbial slaughter through moosterious orange portals.

Many of you have expressed fear. Some have asked if you should moov your families. To this we say: Hold fast. There is no cause for alarm. We’ve seen the so-called “evidence” being pastured around local inns and, after thoroughly investigating all reported sightings, can cowfindently state that this is nothing more than a clever hoax.

On the left is the “imaginative” artist rendition of the threat.
On the right is the truth of the matter and what we actually found after proper inspection.

There are no homicidal heifers. There is no invasion. And, more specifically, there is no cow level. Anyone who claims otherwise is full of bull and simply milking this terrible prank for all that it’s worth.

That said, while the idea of some sort of “cowpocalypse” (as one terrified farmer has taken to calling this) is udderly ridiculous, it is worth noting that one can never be too careful. And so, after consulting with our local Horadrim chapter, we have elected to issue an advisory.

Effective immediately, we encourage all residents of Sanctuary to steer clear of the wilds. From dawn on May 15 to dusk on May 21, it is also recommended that you avoid entering any strange portals that may or may not lead to alternate planes of existence. This activity cud be potentially hazardous to your health and, in the opinion of this humble civil servant, is a veally bad idea in general.

In the meantime, we urge you all to stay calm and remember that cows don’t kill people. Everything ELSE in Sanctuary kills people.

Thank you,

– Management


Permanent Crowd Control to be Disabled in Diablo III Content Patch

Community Manager Grimiku responded to a thread concerning Scaling damage in Greater Rifts, and revealed plans to disable permanent crowd control in an upcoming content patch. This will of course be tested in the PTR for analysis before going live, so further adjustments might happen by then.

grimiku-avatarGrimiku: Hey guys! Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to give us your feedback about scaling damage in Greater Rifts. One of the key goals of Greater Rifts is that they serve as a form of measuring stick for a characters power growth, and we feel that scaling damage is a very important element of their ability to function in this way. That said, we’re currently looking at our options for some possible adjustments to how this damage scales in the future.

We’re looking to disable permanent Crowd Control in an upcoming content patch to create more interaction with monsters at higher Greater Rifts levels. To complement that change, we will be also be evaluating how much damage monsters are dealing to players in that environment. One of our goals in the next major patch is to provide a more consistent Greater Rift experience while making sure that defensive Legendary items still matter.


Diablo III Patch 2.2.0 Hotfixes

Community Manager Nevalistis posted a list of hotfixes that went live a few days ago. Nothing in the classes department (Mostly Witch Doctor stuff), but general, items and monster bugs that needed to be addressed. The one hotfix that benefits everyone is the random issue with the Greater Rift timer and the BlizzCon 2014 transmog issue.

The hotfix list has been updated:


There are no additional upcoming hotfixes at this time.



  • Fixing an issue where the Greater Rift timer will occasionally start with less than 15 minutes remaining (5/4)
  • Fixing an issue where the Spectral Hound pet will despawn upon character death (5/4)


  • The legendary affix for the item Death’s Bargain has been re-enabled (5/4)
  • Fixing an issue where the 6-piece bonus from Zunimassa’s Haunt is overwritten when more than one Witch Doctor applies the effect to the same enemy (5/4)
  • Fixing an issue where some players are not able to access their BlizzCon 2014 transmogrification appearances (5/4)
  • Fixing an issue where the combination of Rogar’s Huge Stone and Molten Wildebeest’s Gizzard would occasionally cause the game to crash (5/4)


  • Reduced the number of targets that the Gelatinous Sire can split into in multiplayer games (5/4)
  • Gelatinous Sire spawns will now have a small moment of invulnerability when they initially split (5/4)