Week 6 of the Rift Champions Challenge

Posted by DHAdmin on August 13th, 2017 at 11:27 am

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Challenge Rifts highlight the skill mastery, game knowledge, and dedication of our most active community members. Each Tuesday, we publish the rankings of the top 50 performers for the previous week’s Challenge Rift.

Raise your weapons high and give a cheer as we recognize the top ranked Challenge Rift competitors in the Americas region!


Challenge Rift 6 - 7/31/17

Time to Beat: 6:38.416

Rank Battle Tag Time
1 Spagetto 2:55.066
2 Renee 3:05.166
3 koakila 3:07.916
4 Garfm 3:08.883
5 Roflcopter 3:09.750
6 Mugi 3:11.000
7 Napo 3:17.000
8 Ryosuke 3:17.083
9 Zen 3:18.700
10 Thikket 3:21.433
11 Wiper 3:22.433
12 CoachBudkins 3:25.050
13 Bruno 3:26.683
14 Zeegor 3:26.966
15 Wootytooty 3:27.550
16 Poindexter 3:28.116
17 daylightstar 3:29.683
18 ttMFachi 3:33.466
19 Zenshin 3:33.583
20 Raymora 3:33.650
21 Pugsly 3:33.750
22 Murderer 3:36.033
23 Death 3:36.299
24 Gera 3:36.733
25 oscope 3:37.016
26 karatebo 3:37.600
27 Xerr 3:38.833
28 Jared 3:39.066
29 Paww 3:40.016
30 CNY 3:40.316
31 MissYumYum 3:40.583
32 Fingon 3:41.033
33 Morph509 3:41.149
34 logitewty 3:41.400
35 Izay 3:41.733
36 Modz 3:42.049
37 luoskrad 3:42.049
38 OsameX 3:42.633
39 InYooFace 3:43.199
40 Teferi 3:43.200
41 FoGrenu 3:44.216
42 Mathis 3:44.283
43 MUDMAN 3:44.866
44 Lordsat 3:44.983
45 yelax 3:45.066
46 Angry 3:45.099
47 Chris 3:45.316
48 Shinobi 3:45.400
49 Nuzo 3:45.616
50 JumpyWizard 3:45.849

Note that the rankings above reflect only the Americas region.

Challenge Rift Champions - Week 4

Posted by carlparry on July 28th, 2017 at 11:30 am

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Blizzard Quote [source]

Challenge Rifts highlight the skill mastery, game knowledge, and dedication of our most active community members. Each Tuesday, we publish the rankings of the top 50 performers for the previous week’s Challenge Rift.

Raise your weapons high and give a cheer as we recognize the top ranked Challenge Rift competitors in the Americas region!


Challenge Rift 4 - 7/17/17

Time to Beat: 6:01.916

Rank Battle Tag Time
1 Zen 1:50.733
2 Mikey  1:53.833
3 Garfm 1:55.866
4 Roflcopter 1:56.033
5 Aer0Hunter 1:56.050
6 Bruno 1:56.816
7  Hydra 1:56.966
8 Spagetto 1:57:950
9 koakila 1:58.816
10 Fabio1971 2:01.483
11 Cutre 2:02.583
12 Gera 2:02.933
13  UmbrellaHack 2:03.633
14  Farva 2:03.750
15 Yoshi 2:04.333
16  Axsul 2:04.350
17 scooter2003 2:05.066
18 SwankyOrc 2:05.316
19 PravDa 2:05.916
20 AHumanBean 2:06.250
21 Cosmo 2:06.799
22 Lerox 2:06.816
23 Jitsu 2:06.933
24 Hotblood 2:07.466
25 lunaticsi99 2:07.516
26 Shinobi 2:07.666
27 daylightstar 2:07.816
28 MeiMyBae 2:07.866
29 Wootytooty 2:07.983
30 RocketSnails 2:08.116
31 Rascalgodx 2:08.150
32 Rbz 2:08.750
33 Puhlverizer 2:09.733
34 karatebo 2:09.883
35 Travisty 2:10.299
36 Dheetrig 2:10.416
37 Itreboboog 2:10.549
38 SquirtlSquad 2:10.666
39  就站在妳身邊 2:10.849
40 Shoddy 2:10.966
41 Parakka 2:11.000
42 Maxiless 2:11.583
43 seb64866 2:12.599
44 JackOre 2:12.866
45 Psythe 2:13.183
46 Raymora 2:13.400
47 Mava 2:13.633
48 Thoy 2:14.099
49 Hanzgruber 2:14.166
50 Ivan 2:14.216

Note that the rankings above reflect only the Americas region.

Diablo III - Season 11 Now Live

Posted by DHAdmin on July 26th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

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Diablo III Season 11 is now live in all gameplay regions! To create a Seasonal hero, choose your class, gender, and name as usual, then select the "Seasonal Hero" option. 

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Alternatively, you can use the Season Rebirth feature to continue your adventures on an existing character by starting over this Season. You can select a character for Rebirth on the Hero Selection screen. Simply choose the "Rebirth" option to begin your next adventure! 

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Any of the gear or items equipped on your character or in your inventory will be automatically stripped from the hero and mailed to your non-Seasonal characters, similar to the rollover process that occurs with your stash when a Season ends. In addition, your character will be set to level 1, ready to start the process as though they were freshly created!

For more details on the Season Rebirth feature, be sure to check out our original blog here.

What Are Seasons?

Seasons are an optional, recurring game mode that offers players the opportunity to periodically start fresh, leveling new Normal or Hardcore heroes from level 1 without any currency, resources, items, or previously earned Paragon experience. Similar to the separation between Normal and Hardcore game modes, Seasonal heroes will also have their own shared stash and Artisan progression. Any currency, materials, recipes, items, Paragon experience, and Artisan progression earned during a Season will be rolled over to a player's non-Seasonal profile once the Season concludes.

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Season 11 will offer unique rewards and new challenges for players, including new cosmetic items, pieces of an exclusive transmogrification set only available to those who participate in Seasons, and Season-only achievements or challenges called Conquests. Progress within a given Season will also be tracked on the Leaderboard system, and in the Seasons Journey interface.

To learn more about Season 11, check out our Season 11 preview.


Good luck, nephalem! May Kadala be generous and your deeds of valor always be remembered. 

Diablo Then & Now – Item Comparison Evolution

Posted by DHAdmin on April 11th, 2017 at 3:13 am

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It's been 4 years and we've come a long way since the launch of Diablo III. From item overhauls to a brand new class and Act, the world of Sanctuary has never looked so good. However, some changes are larger than they may seem, making a tremendous difference in day-to-day gameplay. The inclusion and evolution of item comparison tooltips is one such example, so join me in taking a closer look at the development process behind this feature.


Then: Introducing Tooltip Comparisons

For many Diablo players, it can be a challenge to decide between potential upgrades. Gear can provide all manner of useful stats and the randomized nature of Diablo loot means upgrades come in countless combinations. Knowing which piece to equip takes great game knowledge, and that can be intimidating for the average or new player. As you may know, itemization has undergone a significant overhaul since the launch of Diablo III. In the beginning, Legendary items weren't always the obvious choice. That evolution is a different story to tell, but it's important context to keep in mind.

Diablo item comparison

When we were looking to bring Diablo III to console, this presented a unique set of hurdles. Choosing which item to equip can be intensive and, especially where couch co-op was concerned, just didn't translate well. We didn't want the fun to stop every time your buddy paused the game to review loot. Keeping the pace of the game smooth was an important goal, and it was important to us that the solution was right for all platforms.

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Whether in real life or Sanctuary, no one wants to wait around while you pick out which pants to wear.

This led us to the basic concept of item comparison tooltips, but the team expressed some concerns. As we were bringing something new to Diablo, we asked ourselves whether it was the right kind of new feature to introduce to the series. Over a decade had passed since the release of Diablo II and the way players approached games had changed drastically. We decided that it was a great opportunity for iteration and providing a tutorial-like element would only help more players enjoy Sanctuary.

More problematic was deciding whether or not it was okay to make some basic decisions on behalf of players. Again, we looked at the new feature as a training tool rather than an instruction manual. Ultimately, we want players to make their own gearing choices and we found that after players had received some guidance through the item comparison tooltips, they began to draw their own conclusions. This basic guidance allowed us to simplify enough to include a fast convenience feature on console in the form of Quick Equip.

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Quick Equip makes assumptions, but ensures you're not interrupting gameplay.

To bring together the item comparison system, we condensed an item's power into three generalized stats: Life, Damage, and Protection. These were the principles most players followed when making gear decisions, so we stuck with known categories in order for the at-a-glance comparison to remain familiar and easy to grasp for new and veteran players alike.

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Clearly, not an upgrade.

This didn't hit the mark close enough for us, especially as the game evolved. The information being presented went a little too far in generalization, resulting in stats that were misleading. The advent of Loot 2.0 in Reaper of Souls presented a unique opportunity to fine-tune this feature.


Now: Refining and Expanding Comparisons

Patch 2.0.1 launched just prior to the release of Reaper of Souls, introducing many new systems to the game in preparation for the expansion. One change was replacing the Life and Protection stats with new and better-defined stats.

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In some cases, it was still tough to tell which items were truly an upgrade.

Enter Healing and Toughness. Toughness was intended to be an overall calculation of your Effective Health Pool, or EHP. This is a simplified summary of your hero's survivability based on stats like maximum Life, Armor, Resistances, Dodge, and other types of damage reduction. Similarly, healing was meant to be an average of how quickly you could regain health. This first pass got the basic messages across, but some of the more variable stats (like Life Per Kill) caused confusing inflations and muddled the information given to the player. So in Patch 2.1.2, we made another change.

Diablo 3 inventory
Some stats needed their weights adjusted while others needed to be excluded altogether.

"Healing" was replaced with "Recovery" and the name was changed to not only better encompass its purpose, but to clearly highlight that change had occurred. The new stat estimated how much Toughness you would expect to recover in an average encounter, and we changed the weighting of certain healing stats to provide a more accurate picture.

In our current iteration, these stat summaries provide enough information to be useful to the average player and helps shine a light on how each stat contributes to your character's overall power. This feature was so useful that we received a lot of community requests for a similar overview of follower equipment. In Patch 2.4.0, we fulfilled this request!

Diablo 3 tooltips
Mouse over a valid item in your inventory while your follower's inventory is open and you'll see the item comparison tooltip pop up!


Quality of life features are rarely as small as they look. What tweaks to the game have you noticed over the years? What change has made a noticeable impact on the way you play Diablo III? Let us know in the comments, we'd love to hear which features interest you most!

Season 6 Now Live!

Posted by DHAdmin on May 2nd, 2016 at 4:36 pm

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Diablo III Season 6 is now live in all gameplay regions! To create a Seasonal hero, select your class, gender, and name as usual, then select the "Seasonal Hero" checkbox on the lower left of the screen.

Diablo 3 character generation

What Are Seasons?

Seasons are an optional, recurring game mode that offers PC players the opportunity to periodically start fresh, leveling new Normal or Hardcore heroes from level 1 without any currency, resources, items, or previously earned Paragon experience. Similar to the separation between Normal and Hardcore game modes, Seasonal heroes will also have their own shared stash and Artisan progression. Any currency, materials, recipes, items, Paragon experience, and Artisan progression earned during a Season will be rolled over to a player's non-Seasonal profile once the Season concludes.

Season 6 rewards

Season 6 will offer unique rewards and new challenges for players, including new cosmetic items, pieces of an exclusive Transmogrification set only available to those who participate in Seasons, and Season-only achievements called Conquests. Progress within a given Season will also be tracked on the Leaderboard system, and in the Seasons Journey interface.

To learn more about Season 6, check out Diablo's Journey and Rewards previews.


Good luck, nephalem! May Kadala be generous and your deeds of valor always be remembered.

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