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Friday, August 15th 2014, 6:26am

Introducing Tavern Talk, Blue Posts Round-Up, Vote For Your Favorite Build

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Introducing Tavern Talk

To prepare for the first big Reaper of Souls content patch, Blizzard will be hosting a stream with some of the game developers, in which they'll be answering questions and talking about all the new features coming in Patch 2.1! Next thursday, August 21st, 11:00 a.m. PDT - be there!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Source)

We're making preparations to launch our first major content patch for Reaper of Souls. To give you an inside look at this massive update, we're inviting you to join us live on Twitch!
We hope you've been having a blast testing your hearts out on the 2.1.0 PTR. Your feedback and bug reports have been invaluable as we've tweaked, cut, added, and polished this latest update, and we want to take some time to share our thoughts with you on all the new features headed your way. So, on Thursday, August 21st at 11:00 a.m. PDT, we'll be making ourselves comfortable in the Blizzard Studio to hang out, chat, and answer some of your questions about the patch and its development. Who can you expect to see on stream?
  • Wyatt Cheng, Senior Technical Game Designer
  • Don Vu, Associate Game Designer
  • John Yang, Associate Game Designer
  • Brandy "Nevalistis" Camel, Diablo Community Representative
Following some casual round-table discussion on new systems and content being introduced in patch 2.1.0, we'll host a short Q&A with our developer guests. Is there something you're dying to know about the patch? Then be sure to ping @Diablousing #D3QA right now or leave your questions in the comments below!
 

Won't be able to make it? No need to panic—we'll be uploading the VOD shortly after the stream to our Twitch and YouTube channels so you can re-watch at your leisure. Can't wait to see you there!

Blue Posts Round-Up

Two interesting blue posts made today: one on how some enemies could be too difficult to be in Greater Rifts (in this particular case, Corrupted Angels), and the other with a clarification (a lore summary) for those who might be confused about how the Seven Lords of Hell eventually were trapped inside the Black Soulstone and where they are now.

Originally Posted by Blizzard

Corrupted Angels in Greater Rifts
Those corrupted angels are a joke, they got like 75% dmg reduction and the same health pools as other monster types.
If you got a map with alot of elites of this type you got a serious disadvantage.. anarchs and stuff are annoying but acceptable, corrupted angels should be adjusted for grifts in my opinion.

Your thoughts?
I've encountered a few Elite packs of Corrupted Angels in a Greater Rifts when I'm running solo, and using a build with a single element. When they're coupled with Health Link or Extra Health, it can make them particularly tough to bring down, and sometimes that's enough to keep you from advancing. All considered, though, ill-timed Corrupted Angels rarely seems to be the sole reason I fail to advance in a Greater Rift. With that, luck of the draw is kind of a recurring theme in Diablo games; you win some, you lose some, but the important thing is that you keep on killing!

I don't think there is any harm in talking a bit about it, though. What do you guys think about Corrupted Angels in Greater Rifts? Personally, I think it's fine the way it is, even if it can be a little frustrating now and then.
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I'm honestly surprised I haven't seen more people make this suggestion, but...if corrupted angels are really giving people that much trouble, couldn't we simply increase their 'progress' value on the rift completion bar such that they're worth taking the time to kill?
I like this suggestion, and plan on bringing it up in our next meeting. I certainly wouldn't say that Corrupted Angels are a huge issue, but it might not hurt to be rewarded for the extra effort they can take. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
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Prime Evils Current Whereabouts
Who all is in there? I never gave it much thought until now... Andariel and Duriel were just slain, correct? These are creatures that would just regenerate in the bowels of hell again...
Same with Rakanoth and others...
As CrimsonGhost suggested, all of the Prime Evils were trapped in the Black Soulstone at the end of Diablo III, which is still the case at the beginning of Reaper of Souls.

The actual step-by-step explanation of how the seven Lords of Hell came to be trapped in the Black Soulstone is a bit technical, but it goes like this:

  • The heroes of Diablo II slay Andariel, Duriel, Mephisto, Diablo and Baal.
  • Adria marks the souls of the five defeated Lords of Hell. This creates “hooks” so that when the Black Soulstone is later completed, their souls will be pulled in the soulstone.
  • When Zoltun Kulle activates the Black Soulstone in Diablo III, the souls of the dead Lords of Hell are drawn into it.
  • The party traps the souls of Belial and Azmodan in the Black Soulstone.
  • All seven demon lords are inside the soulstone when Adria forces them into Leah’s body. Diablo now has the power of all seven demon lords within him.
  • Diablo is defeated, placing him (and the demon lords inside of him) back into the Soulstone.

Sorry if that was long-winded. I’m hoping this will catch up anyone who missed the critical parts of Diablo lore, so you'll all be on the same page for Ultimate Evil Edition. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)


Vote For Your Favorite Build

Last thursday's Play Your Way focused on a fire-centric Witch Doctor build, crafted by Insomnia - you can check the blog post with that build's details. Today Nevalistis posted a reminder that we can vote on our favorite build from these past 4 weeks, and that build will be showcased on a video stream where they get to play with the developers. Check the details below!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Source)

Every four weeks, we take a look back at the last four Play Your Way builds we've featured and offer you a chance to vote for your favorite. The time has come upon us again, so get your ballots ready and let us know which class you want to see us stream next!

What Are We Voting On?

If you've missed out on our previous Play Your Way features or livestreams, you might be a little confused about what's going on. Every six weeks or so, we invite the creator of one of the player-submitted builds to join me, one of our developers, and a prominent community member to hop online, play the game with us, and talk about their build. How do we select this lucky individual? By opening up the polls and letting you cast your vote, of course! Vote Now! Before you flex your voting muscles, check out the summaries below for a super-fast rundown of the topics and classes we've covered in the last month! ------------------------------

Vote For Your Favorite!

Are you dying to see a particular class on stream? Which of these fine features did you most enjoy? Cast your vote below and join us in the comments to discuss who you’re most looking forward to seeing own face! We'll be trying something new this time around—voting starts today and will run a full week, ending Thursday, August 21 at 2 p.m. PDT. As we're running a very special event next week, this one hour livestream will be delayed. After voting closes, keep your eyes on diablo3.com for the results and an updated livestream schedule! Excited to send in your own build for a chance to stream with us? Just follow oursubmission guidelines and send your build and screenshots to PlayYourWay@blizzard.com for your own chance to be featured!


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