"Ask the Devs" Round 2: Itemization - Answers (Part 1)

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Blizzard at PAX East
Blizzard has something new to share on Friday at 10 AM EST / 7 AM PST! The event will be streamed, so check back tomorrow morning.

Blizzard Invades PAX East March 22-24
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
PAX East kicks off this week! Are you ready?

What: Hosted annually in Boston, PAX East is a celebration of gaming culture and community
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center booth #1036 of the Expo Hall
When: March 22–24

Head on over to east.paxsite.com for panel schedules, hotel and travel information, forums, and more. If you have an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows 7 smart phone, you can also download the super sexy (and super official) PAX East 2013 app from Guidebook for free.

Something New
We've got something new to share, and we're bringing it to PAX East! If you're attending, be sure to arrive at the Naga theater early in order to secure a seat for our presentation. If you're not going to PAX East this year (or you just went a little too crazy the night before), we've got you covered -- the whole thing is being streamed live on the official PAX Twitch channel at 10:00 a.m. EDT Friday, March 22.

The Great Jewel of PAX East
Gather your gear, heroes, and get ready to face down the Burning Hells on the PlayStation 3!

Our action-packed single-player hands-on demo will showcase several key elements that make Diablo III on the PS3 so much fun, including a reimagined interface and inventory system, direct character control, updated camera, and bosses and monsters specifically tuned for console. Players will also get to experience gameplay from Act III of the campaign where they’ll get to test their mettle as either the cunning Demon Hunter or mighty Barbarian.

We'll have demo stations available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in booth #1036 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!

RNG is RNG: Raffles, Giveaways, and More...
In addition to showcasing the PS3 version of Diablo III and chatting you up about the game as you saunter by, we'll also be giving away enough swag and prizes to make a Treasure Goblin jealous.

The Diablo III team will be sharing updates, photos, and more live from the convention floor, so be sure to "Like" us on Facebook and follow our official Twitter feed so you don't miss out.

For those who are Boston-bound, we salute you . . . and hope to see you there!

Patch 5.2 Hotfixes: March 21
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)

  • Crumbled Chamberlain: Statue pieces now do not despawn when looted, allowing other players to loot the statue piece as well.
  • Stone Cold: Fixed an issue where players were unable to interact with Grave Guardian statues.

  • Oondastas for everyone! Oondasta now respawns much more frequently.
  • Exchange Guards have resumed their stance of not interfering with players engaged in Horde/Alliance hostilities(PvP combat).

Raids, Dungeons, and Scenarios
  • Throne of Thunder
    • Gastropod should now favor attackers that are at range.
    • Reduced the amount of creatures in the area leading up to Ji-Kun in Raid Finder.
    • Fixed an issue where players winning a bonus roll after defeating Iron Qon on Heroic mode could receive a non-heroic version of the tier token.
    • Fixed an issue where damage from Lei Shen's Crashing Thunder, Lightning Whip, Overcharge and Discharged Energy was not being reduced Feint.
    • Twin Consorts
      • Reduced the health of Suen and Lu'lin in 25-player Heroic mode.
  • Icecrown Citadel
    • Fixed an issue where Master Looters were unable to assign Shadowfrost Shards to another player.
  • Temple of Ahn'Qiraj
    • The Prophet Skeram has loot again and no longer creates illusions for now. He'll be back to normal in a future patch.

  • Increased the cast time to perform the ritual for summonable bosses using Shan'ze Ritual Stone on the Isle of Thunder from 2 seconds to 5 seconds.
  • All uncommon(green) item drops from the Isle of Thunder should now be disenchantable.
  • Darkmoon Whistle should no longer cause other players to drop out of stealth.
  • Essence of the Breeze should now only usable while on the continent of Pandaria.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Cross-Realm Zones and Mounts
Don't think people have realized yet but the "zoning" issue that used to knock people off of 2 person mounts and kill them, it has been fixed. BUT now the issue has arised where I am getting DC'ed every time I'm between zones trying to "remount" once a zone line has been crossed.
We did manage to fix the 2 person mount issue, but yes, we know there's still an intermittent disconnect issue that we want to correct as well. We know what we need to do to fix it (*crosses her fingers*) but it won't be able to happen for a bit longer (potentially the next patch). We're continuing to work to improve it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The Crumbled Chamberlain
Good news, we're applying a hotfix to address the Crumbled Chamberlain pieces respawn. It should be in after this morning's restarts. Pieces will then spawn in the same locations for that day, but will change locations the following and so on. This way, if someone snags the piece you're going for, it's not going to jump to a new location. You'll still be able to get it. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Throne of Thunder Difficulty Feedback
Throne of Thunder normal isn't tuned assuming you are a Heroic raiding guild. If your raid is still progressing through Tier 14 (say, at Garalon) it's very likely you'll be able to only kill Jin'rokh and then face a very difficult battle trying to slay Horridon or Council of Elders, though.

In that case (and for the guilds still progressing through T14) it probably makes more sense to go back clear the rest of Tier 14 (which is now more doable thanks to the 10% reduction in damage and health of bosses as well as the new VP gear you can get with 5.2 Patch).

Guilds that have completed Tier 14 Normal already should be able to progress through Throne of Thunder. Of course, you might not clear all of it in a couple weeks, but it's something definitely doable without getting Heroic gear from Tier 14 (gear from Normal Tier 15 is higher item level).

On the other hand, it's also important to keep in mind that Jin'rokh is a rather easy boss. He's not necessarily a representation of the rest of the raid's difficulty. Which is something many of you have probably noticed while progressing on Horridon or Council of Elders. And that might set a wrong expectation as to how quickly you can/should progress in Throne of Thunder. It's very possible to kill Jin'rokh without much difficulty and then suddenly feel like Horridon is a brick wall, don't despair!

There are many encounters in Throne of Thunder that your raid will have to learn. And it's normal to feel things may be overtuned at the beginning of a new raiding tier while everyone is trying to better understand what each boss does and how to execute the fight properly.

Not everything comes down to how much gear your raid has. In fact, you might overgear, say, Horridon, and yet be unable to progress past him due to an inefficient strategy.

In any case, the developers are keeping an eye out on how things are going, and they will be making adjustments as needed. Ideally, no one should find him/herself in a situation where it looks like it's impossible to win without getting more gear and unable to actually get more gear.

So, don't give up. Go get those VP items (some items from Raid Finder might help as well, absolutely) and keep refining your strategies. The boss kills will come. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The Daily Blink - Wallpaper
Yesterday's comic was so well received, it was made in to a wallpaper!

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Comments 89 Comments
  1. Phototropic's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne25uk View Post
    If its not an expansion then it cant be SC WOW or Diablo either ya fooooollllllll....
    Apart from a mobile game in the Warcraft/SC/Diablo universe wouldn't be an expansion, "ya fool..."
  1. Biffmofo's Avatar
    I bet it's some sort of Iphone and Android game to be released on the app store. It will be free and have a thousand little in app purchases.
  1. Strafer's Avatar
    Whatever it is it will be a disappointment.
  1. Spammeister's Avatar
    Diablo 3 now has an offline mode, and SC2 now has a LAN mode!

    Might as well shoot for the stars!
  1. theorangebox's Avatar
    Would be genius if they annonced titan considering they specifically told it is not that. Would be an epic surprise.
  1. Alvanir's Avatar
    Pretty sure it´s going to be that Heroes of Warcraft thing that they trademarked back then.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Reasons it might not be Allstars: they already announced that, "different from our other games"
    Reasons it might be Allstars: if it was a big *new* announcement surely they'd save that for Blizzcon

    Reasons it might not be Starcraft Ghost: if it was a big *new* announcement surely they'd save that for Blizzcon
    Reasons it might be Starcraft Ghost: "different from our other games"

    Reasons it might not be Warcraft 4: "different from our other games", "not a sequel", if it was a big *new* announcement surely they'd save that for Blizzcon
    Reasons it might be Warcraft 4: I just want it to be dammit!
  1. Belize's Avatar
    WoW goes F2P? It's not an expansion or a sequel...
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Belize View Post
    WoW goes F2P? It's not an expansion or a sequel...
    It's also not different from their other games.
  1. tylerdyr's Avatar
    pls add this is far too good!!

  1. Bombercloner's Avatar
    Probably isn't Blizzard All-Stars since there is already a wikipedia article about that game, and it has been demo'd at blizzcon 2010/2011. Hoping for something interesting!
  1. Biffmofo's Avatar
    The fact that it SAYS different from our other games leads me to believe it won't have ANYTHING to do with WoW, SC OR Diablo.
  1. tylerdyr's Avatar
    Even not Allstars or the Movie
  1. vandam's Avatar
    Probably is a PET BATTLE game for mobile phones .
  1. usbdevice's Avatar
    Warcraft Pokemon for N64... finally
  1. Cyoor's Avatar
    Ok, so...
    * They say its not an expansion, so that goes out the window for all the games.
    * They say its not a sequel, so its not D4 Warcraft 4, Starcraft 3 or Wow 2.
    * They say its not "that rumored next-gen MMO", so its not titan.
    * They say its something that they havnt anounced before and that we are invited to be the first to see this, so its not Blizzard Allstars.
    * They have quite recently said that they are NOT working on any pet battle app for mobile devices, so its not that.
    * They say that its something different from their other games, so its not a RTS, MMO or something like that.

    What I think is that its some small free to play online game with micro transactions.
    The reason I think they are doing this is to have it as a test to see how well free to play works so that they will know how to handle Titan.
  1. xindykawai's Avatar
    is the stream's free i see 10$ subscribe, can we watch it and not subscribe?
  1. Kivimetsan's Avatar
    Do we have to pay $10?
  1. hideyuke's Avatar
    Oondastas for everyone! Oondasta now respawns much more frequently.

    I can finally kill it.
  1. Larwood's Avatar
    The $10 is only to get quality above 480p

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