Diablo III: Reaper of Souls – The End is Near

A trailer to hype for us fans waiting. 7 days to go until the release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ Gameplay Trailer Debut

Only one week remains until Malthael, the Angel of Death, makes his terrifying return to the mortal realm. One week until you can lay siege to Act V, charge forth as the Crusader, master powerful new skills, and explore the world of Sanctuary like never before. One week! Source

To tide you over until death’s descent, we’ve just unleashed our official gameplay trailer on YouTube. Discover what harrowing challenges and tantalizing rewards await your heroes beyond the gates of Westmarch in the all-new video below.

Are you ready to go anywhere and slay anything? We sure as hell are! Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™arrives on March 25, but remember: death is only the beginning.  

 

Blizzard Takes PAX East by Storm


The time to equip your flail and shield is coming, brave nephalem, because Reaper of Souls™ for PlayStation® 4 is headed to PAX EAST!

General Information:

What: Hosted annually in Boston, PAX East is a celebration of gaming culture and community
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
When: April 11–13, 2014

Head on over to east.paxsite.com for panel schedules, hotel and travel information, forums, and more. If you have an iPhoneAndroidBlackBerry, or Windows 7 smart phone, you can also download the super sexy (and super official) PAX East 2014 app from Guidebook for free.

Join the Crusade:

If you’re attending the event, be sure to join us in the battle for Westmarch at the official Blizzard booth. You’ll have the opportunity to get your hands on our latest Ultimate Evil Edition™ demo, test your RNG luck with some sweet giveaways, and more! This is also your chance to raise hell with the all-new Crusader class wielding Sony’s streamlined DUALSHOCK® 4 wireless controller.

We’ll have demo stations available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in booth #848 of the Expo Hall, so if you’re in the area (and in the mood for some ritual demon slaughter), be sure to stop by and check it out! 

Here’s what else you can expect at this year’s PAX East Blizzard booth:

  • A brand new hands-on demo for Warlords of Draenor featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
  • A brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, featuring new Heroes playable for the first time anywhere outside of Blizzard.
  • A chance to find out what’s in the cards for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and play the mobile version on iPad.
  • Blizzard developers on-hand to chat about your favorite games.
  • Blizzard developers will also be giving a presentation at the Albatross Theatre on Friday, April 11 at 10:30 a.m. EDT titled Heroes of the Storm: The Ultimate Blizzard Mashup (streamed live on one of the official PAX Twitch channels for those not in attendance).
  • And did we mention there will be giveaways, prizes, and more? If not . . . there will be giveaways, prizes, and more!

We hope to see you there!

 

Diablo III Auction House Comes to a Close

The Diablo Auction House is now closed. People have until June 24, 2014 to claim their gold and items.

Diablo III Auction House Comes to a Close

The gold and real-money auction houses are now shut down in the Americas. For more information, including how the shutdown will affect active auctions, items in the Completed Tab, and your existing Battle.net Balance, please visit our Auction House Update FAQ.
 

Garwulf’s Corner: An Odyssey into Diablo and the World Beyond the Video Game

Diablo fans who followed the Garwulf’s Corner at the former Diabloii.net years ago might be excited to learn something shared with me by its author Robert B. Marks.

Before we get into that, for those who weren’t around the Blizzard community back then — Garwulf’s Corner was a bi-weekly column discussing everything Diablo and Diablo II, as well as life topics in general such as movies, literature, video games, etc.

Robert B. Marks is also the author of Diablo: Demonsbane. Demonsbane was the first Diablo eBook published in 2000 and he is author of the EverQuest Companion. Most likely the first book in the Blizzard novel collection, and likely the pioneer of gaming eBooks in general — at a time where Kindle didn’t exist, and eBooks were just a first-time experiment.

Diablo: Demonsbane can be read in printing nowadays within the pages of the Diablo Archive.

Last night, Robert B. Marks informed me he is publishing a book titled … Garwulf’s Corner: An Odyssey into Diablo and The World Beyond the Video Game.

I’ll keep you updated as details become available. I’ll get a review copy as soon as it comes out of printing. The book is slated to ship on October 2014 from the Legacy Books Press. Robert B. Marks websites: The Dragonmage’s Realm and Garwulf’s Corner (Livejournal)

At the dawn of the 21st Century, the video game industry experienced a period of wild creativity, fighting for recogniztion as an art form while making the transformation into a media juggernaut. And as it did, Garwulf’s Corner was there.

One of the earliest, if not the first, video game issues columns on the internet, Garwulf’s Corner ran every two weeks from 2000 to 2002 on Diabloii.net, Written by Robert B. Marks, author of Diablo: Demonsbane and The EverQuest Companion, it explored everything up to and including Diablo, the birth of artificial intelligence, hackers, literature and movies, and the video game’s struggle for legitimacy.

Collected here for the first time in print — whith new introductions and updates — are all 52 installments of Garwulf’s Corner, along with the three columns written years later for the unpublished Blurred Edge Magazine, the holiday issue that never was, and the author’s final word (so far) on Diablo III and Diablo in general. Insightful, controversial, witty, and thought-provoking, Garwulf’s Corner is a journey into the world of video games that is still relevant today.

ISBN: 9781927537107
Price: $19.99 US

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Diablo III – Ladder System might be coming?

Josh Mosqueira Teases more about “LADDERS”

Another day another tweet by Josh Mosqueira about… overcoming obstacles! A few months ago during an interview, Josh Mosqueira joked when he was asked about ladders and asked back if they are are used for climbing. Either the team is playing a collective joke, or Diablo III PvP info might actually be in the near horizon?

Diablo III – A New Ally Has Joined the Game Guide

The Crusader has been added to the official Game Guide.

A New Ally Has Joined the Game Guide

…but the minions of Hell grow stronger.

Lore seekers and theorycrafters, take note: the Crusader class page and skill calculator are now available in the Diablo III Game Guide! Source


 

The Crusader Class Page

The Crusader class page is a vast repository of sacred knowledge, containing key details about this unyielding champion of the Light. On the page, you will find a litany of practical information including core class mechanics, character background, unique equipment, a resource overview, an armor progression preview, combat screenshots, artwork, and more.

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Updated Skill Calculator

In addition to these high-level highlights, the class page also provides a comprehensive breakdown of Crusader skills and abilities. If you’re looking to challenge Malthael’s armies in Westmarch and beyond, be sure to explore the ActivePassive, and Progression sub-pages to learn more about the divine powers your Crusader can wield. We also encourage you to experiment with new builds using our updated Skill Calculator!

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For more information about Crusader lore and history, click here. For a sneak peek at the upcoming Crusader short story, “The End of Her Journey,” click here.

To learn about other recent changes made to the Game Guide, click here.

 

Diablo III New Crusader Fan Art

Gorgeous Art for the upcoming Crusader Class in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

New Crusader Fan Art

The brave, though mysterious Crusaders have always been a source of inspiration for those fortunate enough to witness them in combat. From their unmistakable silhouette of shield and flail to their unrelenting fervor on the battlefield, they’ve captured the hearts and quills of many artisans throughout Sanctuary. And throughout our mortal realm as well! Source

In celebration of this blessed champion of the Light, we’ve collected several samples of fan art from all around the globe featuring the newest playable class in Reaper of Souls™. Feast your eyes on these wonderful works below, and be sure to visit the artists’s official pages to show your support!

 

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Female CrusaderMay the Darkness be Consumed by Light, and Female Crusader 2 by Vablo

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Crusader – Unbreakable Warrior by István Dányi

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First Crusade by Hide the Insanity [LEFT] | Crusader by Dehong Yu [RIGHT]

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Crusader by reh-kitz

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Crusader by Calvin’s Customs

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The Crusader by alexdromero

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Diablo 3 – Crusader by vincentowo [LEFT] | Crusader fan Art by FedericoAG [RIGHT]

Be sure to stay tuned to diablo3.com for more information regarding the Crusader, and for the results of our Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest hosted by deviantART—which conludes this week!

 

Diablo III Auction House FAQ Updated

Blizzard has updated the Diablo III Auction House Update FAQ with new information about the upcoming shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18.

Auction House FAQ Updated

We’ve updated our Diablo III Auction House Update FAQ with new information about the upcoming shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18. Please read below for these additionals details, or click here to view the full FAQ.


 

Q. On what day and at what time will the gold and real-money auction houses be shut down in all regions?

Answer: The gold and real-money auction houses are currently scheduled to shut down in all gameplay regions at approximately 3:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 18. Please note that this schedule may change and that the auction houses could be shut down a little earlier or later on March 18.

Q. Will the shut down process require maintenance?

Answer: No, the shut down will not require maintenance. However, the current shut down time will overlap with scheduled Tuesday maintenance for the Americas gameplay region.

Q. What will happen to my current auctions when the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: All active auctions will expire as normal following the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on Tuesday, March 18. Once the shutdown is complete, items will either be delivered to the current highest bidder or returned to the seller, appearing in each player’s Completed tab. Unclaimed gold will also appear in the Completed tab. Players will be able to claim gold and items and from this tab until June 24, 2014.

Successful transactions involving Battle.net Balance and/or PayPal will be processed normally and all usual fees will apply.

 

Q. What happens to my unclaimed items and gold in the Completed tab after the shutdown?

Answer: Players will be able to claim gold and items from the Completed tab in both the gold and real-money auction houses until June 24, 2014. Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again.

To avoid any unintended loss of gold or items, we strongly recommend that players clear out their Completed tabs prior to March 18, 2014.

 

Q. How will I be able to access the Completed tab after the gold and real money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: The auction house window will remain available for all players until June 24, 2014; however, the ability to Bid, Buyout, and list new auctions in the gold and real-money auction houses will be disabled on March 18, 2014.

To access the Completed tab after the gold and real-money auction houses have shut down, simply click on the gavel icon and select which auction house (gold or real-money) you wish to access. The Completed tab will appear in its normal location on the far right of the auction house window.

 

Q. My Completed tab is already full! What will happen to outstanding items after the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: Each Completed tab can display up to 50 items at a time. If a player has more than 50 items to claim from the gold or real-money auction house, those outstanding items (including unclaimed gold) will remain in the Completed tab “backlog.” As items are removed from the Completed tab and additional space is made available in the UI, items in the backlog will begin to appear and can be claimed as normal.

Please note that items and gold in the backlog will be removed permanently from the game after June 24, 2014.

 

Q. What will happen to my existing Battle.net Balance?

Answer: Your Battle.net Balance total will not be affected by the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18, 2014. In addition, players will still be able to use their Battle.net Balance to purchase a variety of services and Blizzard games from the Battle.net Shop. For more information, please visit our Battle.net Balance support article.

 

Q. Can I convert my Battle.net Balance into cash after the real-money auction house is shut down?

Answer: No. Funds added to Battle.net Balance are not refundable (except as otherwise provided by law) and cannot be converted into cash. For more information, please visit our Battle.netBalance support article.

 

Diablo III Patch 2.0.3 – Hotfixes 3/12

Yesterday, Blizzard Entertainment applied hotfixes for Patch 2.0.3 for the Demon Hunter and Wizard classes. Other general fixes for items and monster abilities.

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.

Previous hotfixes can be located here: [2.0.1] [2.0.2]

Last Updated – March 12th. Items with an asterisk (*) are most recent.

[UPCOMING HOTFIXES]
Demon Hunter

  • Vault
    • Resolving an issue where Demon Hunters with the Danetta’s Hatred set bonus were able to use Vault without the required amount of Hatred.*


Wizard:

  • Teleport
    • REVERSION - The following hotfix is being reverted:
      • Should now properly allow Wizards to pass over walls created by monsters with the Waller affix.*
        • This hotfix had unintended consequences and this issue will instead be readdressed in a future patch.



[LIVE HOTFIXES]
General

  • Resolving a number of issues related to powers that apply stacking damage shield buffs, such as Spectral Blade and Magic Weapon
    • These abilities should now provide the appropriate amount of shielding, absorb the correct amount of damage, last the appropriate length of time, and will no longer break prematurely when hit by multiple enemies at the same time.
  • Reduced the amount of damage reflected by certain monster abilities.*
  • The “Swing That Bloody Hammer!” achievement no longer requires crafting an item with Life Steal to complete.
  • The “Gorging the Forge” achievement no longer requires crafting an item with Magic Find to complete.
  • Projectiles reflected by Sokahr the Keywarden should no longer crit.
  • Players should no longer be incorrectly informed that they have earned a bonus chest after failing a Cursed Chest wave event.
  • Players matchmaking for Any Quest (or All Acts) games when no existing games are available should no longer receive an error.
  • Skills that deal Physical damage should no longer benefit from items that increase elemental skill damage.
  • Fixed an issue where players would occasionally be unable to complete the Skeleton King fight, which would block progression.


Items

  • The Grand Vizier:
    • This weapon will now appropriately drop with Intelligence for Wizards and Dexterity for Monks.
  • Blackfeather:
    • Now properly has an internal cooldown on its Legendary affix proc.
  • Homing Pads:
    • No longer makes players immune to crowd control effects while channeling Town Portal
  • Unity:
    • Damage prevented by Talisman of Aranoch, The Star of Azkaranth, Mara’s Kaleidoscope, or Xephirian Amulet no longer splits to party members via the Unity Ring.


Demon Hunter

  • Vault
    • Resolved an issue where Demon Hunters are unable to Vault if the mouse cursor is beyond maximum range.*


Wizard

  • Mirror Image
    • Hydras summoned by Mirror Images should now deal the appropriate amount of damage.
  • Arcane Torrent
    • Skill Rune – Power Stone
      • Only the Wizard who created the Power Stone will receive Arcane Power when the Power Stone is picked up.*

 
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