MMO-Champion - Diablo 3 Beta ETA, PassLoot and NPCScan, Blizzard Comic-Con Panel
Diablo 3 Beta coming "soon"
Every now and then I have people asking me about a potential ETA for the beta of Diablo 3. This is a pretty hard question to answer but we can guess that it will be available very soon.

1. Activision Earning Call - During the latest conference call, Activision announced that the beta would start during Q3 2011, that's between July 1st and September 30th.

2. Press Tour - A Diablo 3 press tour is scheduled for Diablo fansites on August 1st, this is pretty much what happened with Cataclysm with the Press Tour happening 2 weeks before the start of beta.

3. Box Art - Last but not least, the Diablo 3 beta box art has been uploaded on the european battle.net last week, Blizzard seems to be getting ready for a launch "soon" - https://eu.battle.net/account/local-...-gb/d3-big.png (Thanks to Fisker for finding that one)


I'm not saying that it will happen omg omg omg super soon, because beta get postponed easily but things are definitely moving forward and I wouldn't be surprised to see something happen a few days after the press event.

For more information on Diablo 3 and a coverage of the press tour, your best bet is to keep an eye on Diablofans.com


Addon Review - PassLoot (by chaud)
PassLoot is another great addon for lazy efficient players who don't want to continue to do the mindless loot rolls necessary in groups. It allows very complex or very simple filter settings that will take over looting for you. You can filter by item level, name, quality, type, slot, class, spec, group status, uniqueness, and much more. It even allows for removal of the confirmation popups for BoP and DE actions.



After installing PassLoot, open the menu in game with "/passloot menu". This is where the filter magic happens. First Add a filter, then click on the Temp Description to change the name in the box below. Press enter after you change the name to something useful. Some of the easier filters to setup are for green quality items.

To DE or Greed green quality items in 5 man dungeons, first add the Confirm DE option from the list on the left if you want to skip confirmation. Then add Group / Raid and set it to either Group or Any depending on if you want the filter to be active in raids as well. Next is Item Level filters, generally it is safe to DE anything from 100 to 319 as there are some holiday and other items that have a level less than 100. Finally add a filter for Quality and set it to Uncommon. This means that the addon will only roll on Green items. Other handy filters are Usable, Zone Type, and Equip Slot. Below are two example filters I have used in the past to get you going.


You can set up similar filters for blues or epics depending on your guild's loot rules for raids, as well as filtering by item name, type, slot, or zone. Take care to set your filters correctly to avoid DEing something you really wanted to keep as GMs will not undo your mistakes. This should help to remove most of the mindless looting from your PvE and let you focus on not standing in the fire!

Under the Output menu you can control the notifications of actions taken by the addon. It can output to many different sources, including many SCT addons or raid warnings, so that you don't miss the action it takes.


NPCScan Update
It's also a good occasion to point out that NPCScan has been updated for Patch 4.2 last week and as usual, it will make your rare elite hunting considerably easier.



Comic-Con - Blizzard Panel - WoW, Diablo, StarCraft Swag
Blizzard had a 1 hour long panel at Comic-con focused on WoW/Diablo/Starcraft merchandising, you won't really hear anything new about the game but you will probably learn a few things on what's coming for WoW TCG, comics, and other products.

Check out Gamespot.com for the HD Version
This article was originally published in forum thread: Diablo 3 Beta ETA, PassLoot and NPCScan, Blizzard Comic-Con Panel started by Boubouille View original post
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  1. Evilution's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Boubouille View Post
    1. Activision Earning Call - During the latest conference call, Activision announced that the beta would start during Q3 2011, that's between July 1st and September 30th.
    Quick to fix there, i was a bit confused why Q3 was only 2 months and 1 day so i had to google it.

    And one of the better addons indeed, PassLoot saved me alot of time when autolooting all the bosses i killed while farming the Baron mount!
    No need to confirm on looting BoP´s when not grouped FTW.

    ---------- Post added 2011-07-25 at 02:18 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Pumps View Post
    Shouldn't they set a good example?
    Im pretty sure most of them are not immune to bans.
  1. Palmolive's Avatar
    Haha I love Chris Metzen getting owned by another version of the red shirt guy
  1. Asatru's Avatar
    DIABLO 2 AMAGAD!! Also, anyone else having issues with the latest NPCScan update? I just downloaded and installed it however, /npcscan doesn't show any of the mobs listed.
  1. Madcaptn's Avatar
    Not to forget that the next conference call is on the 3rd of August, with the Press Tour on the 1st I would not be surprised at all to hear a beta date from mike at that call.
  1. Shodz's Avatar
    This news literally just made my day..... WOOOOOOOOT exciting times ahead
  1. matters's Avatar
    awesomeness
  1. vaajtswv's Avatar
    I bet this will get release when swtor gets released. Or a month after to stunt the subscriptions for swtor.
  1. Vasz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Weep View Post
    Mark my words they are just going to sit and wait until SWTOR sets a date and then blizz is going to try to take the wind out of their sails by releasing Diablo 3. I hope it's soon though because I'll be playing both.
    You beat me to it, and EA know this. They will each try to force each others hand, for sure. Lucky for EA, they have already secured what seems to be a million pre-orders; we know 'nothing' about D3 yet.

    That being said, D3 won't replace or win over SWTOR. They are totally different games. I honestly can't see me playing a Diablo game in years to come. Strictly speaking it's not an MMORPG, so they will occupy different markets anyway.
  1. WingsofLiberty's Avatar
    as greedy as activision is i wouldn't be surprised if they sell the beta keys
  1. Nocturnes's Avatar
    Purchase Diablo 3 by donating 2000euro in my paypal account. Key will be sent asap. PM for info ...... Pretty soon in /w on WoW. ....i heard big things are being planned in China atm....Rise of the Goldsellers SOONNnnnnnn *Sarcasm*
  1. wg15's Avatar
    Rumors from Blizz employees say around Blizzcon the beta will start
  1. Raptoos's Avatar
    Yay, sooner than yesterday! :P
  1. Deezly's Avatar
    Isnt the press tour on the 27th of July and the NDA beeing lifted on 1st of August? Or did they move the date?At least that what I remember reading on diablofans (cant post link - but its there on diablofans )
  1. Znuff's Avatar
    Prepare for alot of "Oops, I didn't configure PassLoot properly" in LFD Groups.
  1. Baracuda's Avatar
    Heh-Heh ALRIGHT, LET'S DO IT!!
  1. crsh1976's Avatar
    About time D3 got out, it's been over 3 years since the announcement - I was even starting to worry it was just vapourware.

    If financial news are to be accurate, the Q2 earnings call is on August 3rd, otherwise we may just have to wait until BlizzCon in October for an actual launch date (if it gets a launch date, that is).
  1. Dead_MAX's Avatar
    Another red shirt guy xDDD
  1. Hoodi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vasz View Post
    You beat me to it, and EA know this. They will each try to force each others hand, for sure. Lucky for EA, they have already secured what seems to be a million pre-orders; we know 'nothing' about D3 yet.

    That being said, D3 won't replace or win over SWTOR. They are totally different games. I honestly can't see me playing a Diablo game in years to come. Strictly speaking it's not an MMORPG, so they will occupy different markets anyway.

    If you have any scope of how powerfull Diablo is in Europe you would understand.

    A HUGE! proportion of wow players will " take a break " when diablo 3 comes out especially Germans as they are probably the biggest die hard fans of Diablo in Europe.

    Starwars Galaxies is WoW reskinned in the starwars universe and is in no way inovative ( nothing wrong with this ) , everyone knows this so the only reasons you are going to player starwars is " The starwars world and lore " or because you just want a " change from wow " both are acceptable reasons.

    The most exciting parts about an mmo in total are days 1-7 ( the learning days ) if you dont hook people in on those days you can forget it. Diablo 3 will hit that period to cause as much damage as possible.

    On another note. Diablo 3 may just come out when its ready and a great patch can be held back when necessary. The more competition blizzard has the more they will have to feed our content demands , its only a good thing , and vice versa Starwars will probably be pretty basic to start off with but im feeling like once the playerbase is formed content will come quick and fast for them also.
  1. Razoth's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Conscious View Post
    Where are the subscriber numbers for this Q?
    08/03/2011 22:30 Q2 2011 Activision Blizzard Inc Earnings Conference Call

    can't wait

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