Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Wizard Set Idea - Mirror Mage


I made this post in the Wizard segment of the official forums, but wanted to submit here as well as I'm excited at the prospect of new sets coming in the future and figured there would probably be more visibility here, so here we go:

I’m fully aware that the primary iterations of the sets coming in a future season are set and underway, but I’d like to throw an idea in the ring anyway, in hopes that one of my favorite skills could be utilized in a versatile and flexible way. My idea is for the Mirror Mage.

Keep in mind, this is a concept idea, not a comprehensive iteration with any particular multipliers in mind for the set itself.

Mirror Mage:
2 set) Mirror Image gains the effect of the all runes.

4 set) For each active Mirror Image, gain X% Damage Reduction. Damage received by the Wizard is shared to their clones (But not from their clones).

6 set) Your Mirror Images assume the form of each of the 4 elements at the Wizard’s disposal (Fire, Cold, Lightning, Arcane), firing an elemental copy of the ability used by the wizard (If the element is not available for this spell, it will use a random rune instead). The damage of the Mirror Mimics rune is increased to x% of the damage of your own spells. Black Hole, Blizzard, Energy Twister, Hydra, Wave of Force, Magic Missile, Shock Pulse, and Spectral Blade, can be cast by your Mirror Images.

The goal here was to realize the fantasy of a wizard as a master of illusion combined with the force of their elements. While Tal Rasha forces you to cast a skill of each element to maintain the buff, I rather like this iteration instead. Tal Rasha basically asks you to cast 2-3 of your skills as a courtesy to maintain the buff, while all of your damage is funneled into one skill rune (usually from meteor). This allows an element of randomness, by selecting a random rune from the available elements, or a random rune of the skill when the element isn’t available.

Arcane Orb and Meteor were intentionally left off of the list, as they already have sets that clearly encourage the use of those abilities, and thus have established identities. I’m very open to feedback and discussion, and would like to know if there are other set ideas you have as well!

Thursday, 12 September 2019

The top 100 solo players for each class on Switch are using hacked items

Which is really disappointing. I understand that things like "Player X has played 20 hours for every 24 since the season started" can seem like obvious bots to us, but it is at least semi FEASIBLE that someone pulled that off.

Instead on Switch, inspecting the gear of anyone in the top 100 places on the leaderboards shows them as OBVIOUSLY cheating. There are no yellow rings with 3 gem slots that do +1,000,000,000% physical damage. Same goes for a Jawbreaker fist weapon with 561,775 damage and 3 gem slots. 

How is Blizz not autobanning these people as soon as they reconnect to the server?

Makes me sad, especially because of how amazing this game feels on Switch.

I've been playing this on Xbox One since they brought seasons to consoles. But at least it wasn't so blatant. Or rather, it got better overtime. If people were hacking (probably) they were at least swapping into non hacked gear before logging out so it wasn't clear to anyone who has played more than half a season they had hacked it.

It is just SO BLATANTLY OBVIOUS that it is clear Blizzard isn't even looking for people who are cheating.

What makes me so furious about it is how you have to bend over backward to play offline on the switch. You can't even start a seasonal character offline, you have to log in with a Nintendo Online account to auth with the server first, then you can disconnect. You'd think for how much trouble i had to go through to just play locally with my wife (who has no nintendo online account) they'd at least be enforcing SOMETHING

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

Guide Compendium for the New Season - patch 2.6.6



So this one is a little late, isn't it? I truly apologize, but a pesky goblin named Gamescom whisked me away and stole my attention for much of the week! :) Now that we're here though - welcome to Season 18, with the theme of the Triune! Throughout Season 18, circles of power will spawn during combat, which empower characters in various ways; they affect combat from the humblest character beginnings, all the way to the highest of Greater Rifts. These newfound effects will cause you to reposition, shift and weave through combat more than you might be used to - and personally, I find it a great incentive to try out some of the more mobile builds.

-Deadset
>>LIST OF DETAILED GUIDES EVERY CLASS AND EVERY ACTIVITY<<

(No, really!)

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM PATCH 2.6.6?

Patch 2.6.6 brings some unexpected and exciting changes, introducing jewelry that rivals some of the most popular staples, reworks crafted sets into very powerful and enticing options for builds, and brings the usual round of reworks and additions of legendary powers to items - some of which are incredibly potent! Amulets like the Flavor of Time and Squirt's Necklace will shake the position of Hellfires in many builds, while legendary powers like Echoing Fury and Messerschmidt's Reaver will surely bring out new builds, as well as enhance older ones. And by the way, Mortick's Brace came back. Hell, it was about time.

BASICS GUIDES AND CONQUEST GUIDES

Before moving on to class impressions and recommendations, I just want to give a quick pointer to the new basics and conquest guides that I compiled recently. If you are new to the game, returning after a long break, or simply have friends that you want to get into Diablo, give those a read:

Beginner Seasonal Guide

Bounty Farming Guide

Regular "Nephalem" Rift Farming Guide

Greater Rift Farming Guide

Conquest Guides for Season 18

As a guide hub, Icy Veins receives a ton of messages on a regular basis for topics like these - I hope they are of use to the community and answer a lot of questions for Seasons to come!

BARBARIANS

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Legacy of Raekor

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Barbarian. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Might of the Earth - Earthquake

The Earthquake is one of the steadiest performers in the Barbarian roster; an AoE-heavy, visually satisfying playstyle with a rock-solid rotation. In Season 18, the build is improved with the addition of Mortick's Brace - much like other Barbarian builds, of course, since you can't argue with the addition of all Wrath of the Berserker runes - which helps with the troublesome survivability of the build. The addition of Messerschmidt's Reaver is another curious option for the build, vying for the Kanai slot to bring you steady WotB uptime.

Legacy of Dreams - Hammer of the Ancients

Hammer of the Ancients is a signature Barbarian playstyle that revels in melee destruction, slamming down the mighty Gavel of Judgment onto the demonic hordes with unrelenting precision. Turning the Legacy from a Nightmare into a Dream (see what I did there?) does wonders for the legendary-based HotA build, as it is now free to keep the triumvirate of Convention of Elements, Band of Might and Zodiac Ring at the mere cost of a legendary gem slot. WotB performance is assisted not only by Mortick's, but also the addition of the revised Echoing Fury and its insane attack speed bonuses - directly feeding into your Zodiac CD resets.

Wrath of the Wastes - Whirlwind

You can't get a more clear description than "Whirlwinding" for what this build does; a spin-to-win, medieval lawnmower of a playstyle, this is by far the smoothest and most satisfying farming build. A long-standing lament of Barbarians is its lackluster performance in GR pushing, and while it's not quite solved yet, the Whirlwind barb is greatly boosted by Mortick's Brace (solving some of the survivability issues) and Echoing Fury (which is now a fixture to IAS-dependent builds). Add The Flavor of Time on top of it all for the delicious doubled duration of Pylons, and Whirlwind gets a much needed spike of power.

CRUSADERS

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Armor of Akkhan

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Crusader. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Legacy of Dreams - Blessed Shield

Empowered by their resource-free playstyle, Blessed Shield Crusaders cover the battlefield in Captain America-like barrage of fiery steel. Exchanging the Legacy of Nightmares for a Legacy of Dreams, this mighty Crusader build gets to keep a potent jewelry combo of Convention of Elements, Justice Lantern and Unity, and even adds The Flavor of Time on top. I'm sure you can imagine what doubled pylon duration does to a build that is already rock-solid in most fighting situations.

Invoker - Thorns

Where this build lacks in flashiness, it more than makes up with approachable and easy-to-grasp, yet top tier performing playstyle. Despite its somewhat subdued visuals, the devastating efficiency of the Invoker Thorns Sader is undeniable. Staying true to its 'understated powerhouse' reputation, Invokers simply adds an Echoing Fury to its lineup - and will proceed to decimate high tier GRs once again.

Rolands - Sweep Attack

Affectionately called the 'Janitor Crusader', Sweep Attack-based Rolands quite literally clean up battlefields in precise, blindingly fast arcs (on top of the most satisfying ASMR 'whoosh' of the sweeps, you can't deny). The newest addition to the build is the craftable Captain Crimson, which plays wonderfully into the needs for cooldown and resource management of the build, and even empowers you for it. And then there's the prospect of running Messerschmidt or Echoing fury into the Cube (or just play it straight with Furnace), enhancing different aspects of the build... quite promising for an underdog.

DEMON HUNTERS

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Embodiment of the Marauder

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Demon Hunter. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Legacy of Dreams - Rapid Fire

The emergence of the Rapid Fire build finally brought the close range, Tommy gun-like fantasy of the Demon Hunter class to life - all in a destructive, methodical playstyle that isn't afraid to get into the thick of fights and chaingun-and-grenade its way out. In Season 18, the swap from Legacy of Nightmares into Dreams allows the Rapid Fire DHs to keep their protective powerhouses - Elusive Ring and Unity, while bringing extra devastation with Convention of Elements and The Flavor of Time on top.

Unhallowed Essence - Multishot

The Multishot build embraces the long-range powers of the Unhallowed Essence set, bringing the "lone archer eclipsing the sun with arrows" archetype to life. The screen-wide decimation of Multishot has never been sweeter, now that it adopts Squirt's Necklace and Captain Crimson's set into the setup - extra incentives to stay alert, on the move and always shooting your (now stronger) volleys of death.

Shadow - Impale

The ninja-like, assassin playstyle of Shadow Impale ramps up in power so fast, that it often sits at the top of the leaderboard for a week, waiting for slower builds to catch up. Impale DHs vault in, plant a dagger in an elite's back (usually ending its life outright), and then disappear in the shadows, onto their next target. I'll be honest, this build hasn't budged much - but it's so damn satisfying that I can't help but point it out.

MONK

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Inna's Mantra

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Monk. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Inna - Wave of Light

Although not particularly exciting, this is a purposeful highlight; Inna is the free set of the Season, and the (relative) ease of starting an Inna Wave of Light build can take you very far into the Season with relatively minor time investment. Inna WoL is a tried and tested build that combines the inherent screen-clearing AoE of Explosive Blasts with the forgiving, easy-to-play Inna set. If you're looking for something to breeze the Season with, this is a strong contender.

Legacy of Dreams - Wave of Light

Roll your eyes as you might at another WoL season, you simply can't argue with the skill - from the relative safety that Tzo Krin's Gaze provides, you can obliterate the screen with Wave of Light spam, dropping blazing clusters of holy power on demon upon unsuspecting demon. The transition of Legacies - from Nightmares to Dreams - allows you to keep all S17 toys, and the trio of Convention of Elements, Unity and Zodiac (DPS, protection and utility staples respectively) is now strengthened even further by The Flavor of Time. Double duration of Pylons on a build that benefits from pretty much all of them? Yes, please!

Legacy of Dreams - Lashing Tail Kick

Lashing Tail Kick builds are the counterpart of their WoL bretheren; getting into the fray where WoL keeps to the side, and melting the enemy in a flurry of Chuck Norris spin-kicks. You might argue this is a weaker build - and it is - but similarly to its WoL brother, it gets to keep all synergistic legendary jewelry from S17 and add The Flavor of Time on top, plus the option to deviate into Echoing Fury if the cubed Flying D isn't consistent enough for your tastes.

NECROMANCER

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Pestilence Master's Shroud

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Necromancer. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Legacy of Dreams - Singularity

Love them or hate them, you can't deny Singularity Necromancer is one of the most ruthlessly effective summoner builds in the game; cold, calculating and intensive to play (both in terms of resource management and, befitting of Necromancers, frailty of the character). Replacing The Legacy of Nightmares for that of Dreams, Singularity Necros stay at the peak of their offensive power through Convention of Elements, Krysbin and the Circle of Nailuj rings.

Legacy of Dreams - Skeleton Thorns

Let's get one thing out of the way: this is a quirky and slow-to-construct build. But there is an undeniable appeal to an army of undead minions that cripples - and eventually destroys - the enemies through their own attacks. In Season 18, Thorns Necros get to add Squirt's Necklace, adding another massive source of damage to a build that already benefits so much from its deliberate, calculated pace.

Legacy of Dreams - Blood Nova

Nova Necromancers are an evocative playstyle, spilling fountains of (literal) bloody destruction from their bodies, which grow in efficiency the more enemies you throw at them. In reality, the build has its issues (the mechanics and numbers on items like Bloodtide Blade are a culprit), but the build is damn fun, and I wanted to give it a little spotlight just for that.

WITCH DOCTOR

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Zunimassa's Haunt

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Witch Doctor. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Zunimassa - Carnevil DoD

The Carnevil Witch Doctor summons an army of swarming minions at his side, whose adorable mimicking of his blowdart attack - and positively horrifying attack speed - are a sight to behold. This has been a long time coming; Zunimassa has been building up in power over the course of a few patches, with set and item changes that slowly inched it up in viability. Season 18 will be the triumph of this oldschool build, with the Zuni Fetishes empowered by the craftable Aughild set (fitting just right into the vacant slots of the setup) and the Attack Speed madness of Echoing Fury in the Cube.

Jade Harvester WD

With power to match his imposing name, the Jade Harvester is a force to be reckoned with - crippling the enemies with damage over time effects, and then recklessly diving in to 'consume' and apply their entire duration instantly with a well placed Soul Harvest. This build now benefits from the Captain Crimson craftable set, as well as The Flavor of Time amulet, keeping it high in the WD pantheon of builds.

Helltooth - Gargantuan

Keeping a trio of overprotective, lumbering, undead giants at your side is the signature of this build - another take on the summoner fantasy, this time relying on stitched-corpse voodoo dolls to pummel your enemies to the ground. This setup, while still in need of buffs, got a nice addition in the form of the craftable Spite ceremonial knife; granting you the Humongoid rune for free, its legendary effect opens you to experimentation both in GRs and speedfarm with this build.

WIZARD

Haedrig's Gift Beginner Build: Delsere's Magnum Opus

A guide that will take you through the leveling process efficiently and optimize your seasonal Wizard. Some of my personal endgame build highlights for this Season include:

Vyr - Archon

Transforming the Wizard into an unstoppable being of Arcane destruction, the Achon build simply has it all - power, mobility, versatility. For the modest investment of two relatively easy-to-obtain sets - Vyr and Chantodo - this build will take you into the highest of Greater Rifts, and with a relatively simple to grasp playstyle to boot. One of the strongest builds in S18. Definitely the one with the best power-to-time-invested ratio.

Legacy of Dreams - Star 'Bazooka' Pact

The Star Pact Wizard has a rather complex rotation and playstyle, but rewards it with a monstrously powerful punch - arguably, the strongest one in the game right now. In a densely packed fight, no other build will deliver comparable punishment as the arcane juggernauts dropped by the (fittingly nicknamed) Bazooka Wiz. Oh, and now it gets to play with extra Pylon duration from The Flavor of Time, as if what it had wasn't enough. Geez.
Thank you so much for reading this and my guides! Good luck and have a great Season 18!

P.S. There is a ton of work I am doing in the background at the moment, but in the coming weeks you can expect a massive revision to the way our builds are presented, as well as another clean sweep of old artifacts - I think you will be very pleased! :) Stay tuned!

Thursday, 22 August 2019

Why You Should Join a Zumba Fitness Class



Apart from doing sit-ups, push-ups, jogging, and lifting weights, dancing is also an excellent way of working out. Dancing is not only fun and entertaining,it can also help you get flat abs. To attract more people and make workout sessions more enjoyable, many trainers have begun embracing Zumba. Zumba Fitness Core is the third video game in a fitness series based on the Zumba program. Zoe Mode created it, and Majesco Entertainment published it.

Zumba classes combine Latin Music with Latin dances such as mambo, merengue, samba, and salsa. Unlike the traditional aerobic sessions, whereby there is a systematic movement, Zumba dance moves are smooth and free-flowing. Besides, an hour of Zumba dance is enough for a day. Your Zumba instructor should be certified through the Zumba Fitness Academy, and he/she should take you through a warm-up routine and cool down/ recovery.

According to experts, Zumba utilizes high-intensity interval training (HIIT), which involves fast songs and periods of slower songs. HIIT has numerous advantages, such as improved cardiovascular fitness, reduced cholesterol, and boosting of insulin sensitivity. All these complemented by your favorited fitness supplement from steroidsfax.net will help burn excess fat. Also, Zumba provides the necessary cardio that facilitates the burning of belly fat, which flattens the stomach and reveals the abs. Studies indicate that one class of Zumba can burn up to 1000 calories.

Types of Zumba Workouts

There are numerous unique Zumba exercises to choose from, depending on your goals and fitness level. They include;

Aqua Zumba-Water aerobics with the exhilaration of Latin dance. This Zumba class is usually in a swimming pool.

Zumba toning-This type of Zumba involves incorporating lightweights into your Zumba dance, which helps you tone your muscles.

Zumba Sentao- “Sentao" means "while seated." Zumba Sentao is done while one is seated on a chair, and it targets your core muscles and abs. For those who dislike sit-ups, Zumba Sentao is designed for you.

Zumba Gold- This Zumba class is tailored for older people and those who want to get their back into shape.

Many fitness lovers prefer Zumba against traditional fitness programs. The significant benefits of Zumba include;

It is Fun and Enjoyable

For people to stick to a workout program, the plan must involve a lot of fun and entertainment. Zumba involves dancing, which lots of people love doing.

According to research, Zumba is known to reduce fatigue, enhance alertness, and to boost overall cognitive function. Furthermore, it stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which leaves you feeling happy.

Guarantees Massive Weight Loss

In most cases, overweight people find it difficult to perform exercises such as jogging, lifting weights, and sit-ups. However, Zumba is suitable for everyone and can burn up to 1000 calories per hour. Apart from the aerobic benefits, Zumba also offers anaerobic benefits, which boosts your cardiovascular and respiratory system.

Improves Your Coordination

Zumba involves the movement of your entire body, which improves coordination. Proper coordination of the different body parts minimizes the risk of muscle injuries and bone fractures.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Good for a Laugh: The Best Bingo Jokes


Bingo has been played for generations. In the last few years bingo has enjoyed resurgence in popularity as millennials have rediscovered the fun that the game can bring to them as individuals as well as in a group setting. The accessibility of bingo online also has helped with its popularity, as well. With a rise in popularity, some old bingo jokes are making their way back and new ones are being created.
 If you love bingo, why not learn some bingo jokes that will make you and others laugh and shake your head?



Joke Number 1



Q: How do you know that someone who plays bingo isn’t interested in you?

- A: You call their number five times and they still don’t answer!

Joke Number 2


Q: Why don’t physicists and bingo players enjoy one another’s company?

- A: They can’t agree on the application and existence of free space!

Joke Number 3


Q: What’s the problem with trying to contact a bingo player?

- A: You must send them a letter with your number B4 they’ll respond!

Joke Number 4


Q: How do you get an old lady to swear?

- A: You have another old lady next to her yell BINGO!

Joke Number 5


I found a tumor last week, so I went to the doctor to check it out and had it biopsied. Just got a call from the doctor and I got good news, it’s B9!

Joke Number 6


A woman was sitting in the bingo hall playing bingo and telling her friends that her long-time marriage had come to an end and divorce was imminent. Concerned, her friends asked what happened and she replied, “He said I needed to choose between him and bingo…” No sooner had the words left her mouth than all her friends assured her she didn’t need to say anything more.

Joke Number 7


Q: What does a bingo player say in their prayers?

- A: As I lay me own to slumber, all I need is one more member. When to the next game I go, I pray the Lord I yell BINGO!

Joke Number 8


A husband and wife were talking with friends and the husband made a comment that his wife likes bingo more than she likes him. The friends inquired how often the wife plays bingo and she looks around innocently, throws up her hands and says, “I don’t play all the time, I only play bingo on days that end in Y!”

Joke Number 9


Bob and Rob were playing bingo, it was Bob’s first time playing. Bob kept looking over at Robs card and saying, “You have that number, mark it off”. Rob finally got annoyed, wanting to play his own card and asked Bob why he wasn’t playing his own card. Bob said, “Because mine is already full?”

Joke Number 10


Because you can’t have a list of jokes without at least one blonde joke:

An all blonde bingo hall was hosting ladies night. The game started and seemed to drag on and on, with not one person calling bingo to claim the massive $5,000 jackpot. The bingo caller reached into the machine and realized he was holding the last ball. He called out with excitement, assuming there would be a winner, “B-47”. He saw women look down at their card and mark off the number, but the bingo hall was quiet.

Frustrated and a little bit confused he said, “Ladies that was the last number. What could you possibly have not marked off?” He was met with blank stares and finally several said, “Free space, we haven’t heard you say free space!” and suddenly the whole room nodded and murmured in agreement.

Stunned, the bingo caller looked around in disbelief and dropped the mic and walked off stage.

Bingo Jokes for the Win

Bingo jokes may not be the funniest jokes that you will ever hear or tell, but when you tell them among bingo enthusiasts you will be sure to at least get a couple snickers and knee slaps, because who understands these jokes better than people who love bingo and have seen and experienced some great things along the way?

Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Blizzard owns diablo4.com since January

So yesterday I was doing some research and found out that Blizzard recovered the domain diablo4.com in January 2019.

You can check the whois history at WhoisRequest or the screenshot I took and the whois details 




The domain has been on parking (on sale) since it was created in 2002 and only now Blizzard has claimed its ownership. This makes us closer to a release and makes the game more likely to be named Diablo 4.

To give you some perspective, the domain diablo3.com (which is now Diablofans) was claimed only one month before the announcement of Diablo 3 at the WWI in Paris.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Diablo: The Hell 2 mod approaching release state



We got ETA now. End of July 2019.




For those who don't know what TH2 mod is, here's a recap:

  1. Based on Hellfire, adds at least 50% more content.
  2. New engine: full support for Ultra HD (3840x2160@80fps), window modes, borderless, fullscreen, switching on the fly.
  3. Functioning multiplayer (through Hamachi + IPX wrapper). To be improved later.
  4. ALL of the original Diablo bugs fixed. You can check DSF buglist on lurkerlounge.
  5. A lot of content and modernized gameplay features: items, monsters, music, randomizations.
  6. Darker atmosphere of the game. Even more diabolic than original.
  7. 29 new and changed classes to play: single and multishot Archers, Trapper, Elemental Casters, Two-handed weapon proficient fighters, Explosive/DOT potion throwers, Thorn class, Dual wielders, Summoners, Elemental damage fighters, quick, tough, fast, slow, tactical and berserking classes, a lot of unique gameplay.
  8. Rich options to configure: adjust the style of play to your own individual needs in config file.
  9. 4 game modes to choose from: Normal, Hardcore, Ironman and Nightmare.
  10. 3 new item slots: gauntlets, greaves, belts. 3 weapon slots to alternate between.
  11. Expanded inventory. 10 x 7 instead of just 10 x 4 now.
  12. Smart loot segregation system that provides items and affixes your characters will benefit from.

Homepage is here:
https://www.patreon.com/thmod


And some screenshots:





Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Find the latest news and guides for Diablo III on Diabloz.net

So, you’re a fan of Diablo III? Yeah, join the club. 

There are millions of players around the world who enjoy the game and they have a really good reason why as well. It’s such a fun game and it’s so addictive that there’s no way that you can just sit down with it for a little bit. 

You always have to spend a large portion of your time on it. And hey, if you’re spending a huge amount of time on it, then why not play it properly. And yeah, yeah, everyone already knows that you know the best builds, and you know the best way to play the game, and the best class… 

You know everything, we get it. 

But why wouldn’t you at least try to check out some other guides and see if they have any prospect in your play as well? Who knows, you might find a build that you’re absolutely going to adore. 

And if not, well, then you can always fall back to your original builds. However, there’s pretty much no chance that you won’t find at least one cool build on Diabloz.net that you won’t enjoy.

This is a blog that has all the best builds for the game, but it also concentrates on other guides as well. Apart from the class guides and builds, you also have all the latest news surrounding Diablo III and everything that has to do with it.

I don’t know about you, but when I think about things like Diablo III news, I immediately have no idea where to look for that kind of content other than Diabloz.net. 

You can try and find the latest news on other paltforms, but since Diablo III is a pretty old game by now, you won’t really have a lot of luck finding new guides and news on all those huge conglomerate websites.

At the end of the day, Diabloz.net is always going to be there for you with brand new articles that are meant to take your Diablo III gameplay to the next level. 

You might think that you know everything, but you’ve yet to learn some amazing things about this game. And when you want a break from Diablo III, why not try out some Best Free Sex Games which are more adult themed meant for relaxation.

Monday, 3 June 2019

Diablo 2: All Cinematics Remastered (4k 60fps, Playlist)


I think Desert Journey scaled the best out of all of them.




The two Act V cinematics, but especially Destruction's End, have a distinct checkboard pattern in the original videos that is not present in the other acts. I would guess this due to changes in how they compressed the videos in the expansion compared to the base game. Upscaling does not fix this issue, and as a result there are noticeable artifacts compared to earlier remastered cinematics.

Destruction's End scaled particularly poorly because of two main reasons: Tyrael has a ton of visual effects on him that limit the visual quality on his body and wings, and there's a lot of motion that caused a lot of compression artifacts in the original videos.

However, even the scenes that didn't benefit much from upscaling still benefit from the framerate increase.

Here are side-by-side comparisons for each cinematic:

Additional note, some of the videos are monetized because they were auto-claimed as belonging to Blizzard (which, to be fair, they do). So if you're seeing ads on them, that's why.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Season 17 has been fun. D3 has come a long way.


I fall in and out of love with D3. This season I pick up the necro and played through the campaign at my own pace on expert. I played from launch, a big fan of D2, and only played enough to make my money back on the real money AH, me and a friend had both rolled melee classes and so when we hit infernal Act 2 it was a complete nightmare and I think we dropped in for loot 2.0 before RoS dropped and a sustained period after that. I have played several seasons but not all of them as I went off to try other ARPGs and looter shooters on offer.

It all got me thinking that although I'm not a big fan of the main story, the attention to detail and lore voice over really set Diablo apart from a lot of looters.

It's a design decision that brings the world to life if you hit play or you can ignore if you want too and you dont have to delve into some disconnected online Grimoire to find out more. Little tid bits that enliven the experience. (Imagine if Destiny had voice overs for even half the grimoire cards, the story and world would not feel half as drab.)

The aesthetic is great and pace is furious. It's not the same as the other Diablo games but its definitely a lot of fun in it's own way. I can only hope any future Diablo games keep the recorded lore that isn't overly invasive.

Anyway, thought I'd share something enjoyable for me this season. The meagre amount of drip fed content is enriched by a break and not rushing the campaign. I know there is a lot of frustration around the Diablo franchise but I'd like to believe it's down to a passionate fanbase who wants it to live up to it's potential.

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Blizzard, Can you please just send us a picture of a team working on a game please.



Not sure if im alone in here that would love some news, but i loved most of your game, been playing them for the past 22 years, and what i would love ATM is a picture, a screenshot, a GIF, a video, a stream, of a team of people working on a *PC* game, with a smile on their face, because they love their job and are passionate about the game they are currently making.

thanks!

And not this one:



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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Picked up Diablo 1 and Played it again It is the best Diablo I ever played



I’m really surprised that the overall sentiment towards D2 wasn’t disappointment after D1. I’m going to chalk up D2 as the FFVII of Diablo and D1 as the FFVI for the sake of a bad comparison. I’m going to assume less people played D1 overall than D2.

I’ll be honest. I liked Diablo before playing the first. I wasn’t a mega fan of the genre. Titan Quest was the first game of the genre I played. It was okay. I never grew up on crpgs and came in late so I never played Diablo 2. Diablo 3 was my first Diablo. Before playing it I felt the genre was mediocre at best. Like, I’d play Torchlight and thought the game sucked. But Diablo III was the first game of its kind to suck me in in any real way. I loved the game but never had any reason to replay it with another character. I loved the multiplayer and building up your character over time but overall it was just a giant rabbit hole of endlessness and the overall game wasn’t lean or challenging enough to stand on its own without the addiction loop. Still, I had enough fun for it to last a while and dumped hundreds of hours into it.

At the time I didn’t quite understand the hubbub surrounding why Diablo fans didn’t like 3, but now I do. It was Disney by comparison of D1 and 2. Gone was the isolation and was replaced with a bunch of mercs endlessly talking. Gone was the challenge and thinking. The combat was fun and great though, but thinking that I would use for a game like Baldurs Gate wasn’t present. I was curious why any crpg fan could ever find Diablo a top tier crpg franchise. It was fun and all, but where was the choice? Where was the decision making that made the genre so great?

I later played Diablo 2. I liked it far more, but it was still mostly easy and mindless. Lots of great loot, but that’s meaningless if you mow down most enemies with ease.

I gave Path of Exile a shot and it was just jank.

I pretty much just passed the pc action rpg as just not for me. Not a bad genre but not something robust like the Ultima VII’s, Fallout 2’s, Baldur’s Gate’s of old. I pretty much filed the genre as inferior and vapid.

I bought Diablo 1 on a lark. First of all, it was cheap. Second of all, the premise sounded fun. I was still hesitant and figured I’d have wasted 10 bucks going by how it’s considered “old”. Turns out Diablo 1 is the first pc arpg that has the sensibilities of an actual game with choices rather than shoving endless shiny shit in your face.

Reasons why Diablo 1 is the best arpg:


  • The feeling of isolation is unparalleled. As you slowly descend the church you get further and further away from a safe haven and it feels like it too.
  • One centralized locale and organic storytelling. You’re not traveling all over the world and fighting in jungles or ancient Egypt Esau’s country. Keep that shit simple, fam. Get in, get out. This makes the characters not only more in depth but there’s a great feeling of slowly unraveling a mystery. You don’t know who the witch on the edge of town is. Turns out she just suddenly showed up the night of the attack. Details are revealed slowly. Why’s Farnham an alcoholic and why’s his mind broken? Oh. OH. Who is Lazarus? Each question is thoroughly examined as you go through the game like the fog of war in an RTS. This makes the storytelling in Diablo 1 involved. By contrast no one will shut up in D2 and 3. Far too much dialogue and spilling the beans through back story.
  • Mobs mean death. In D1 you must take every precaution to make quell death. You lack inventory space but that’s okay because loot drops don’t disappear when you leave the game. So you can drop something you don’t need now and save it for later. That’s a decision. Even in the early game you have a pretty big chance of dying and it’s up to the player to best decide how to overcome the odds. Loot helps, but it will not save you alone.

less drops which makes the loot you find more meaningful.


The rogue esque singular dungeon motif really fucking works and is far more addictive than D2’s loot cycle. Being able to make it to the next floor, starting the next quest, that shit makes the soul burn.

Diablo 1 is by far the most complete game I’ve ever played in the genre and rivals the best crpgs.

As a collector I need to have the game in boxes on my shelf! I picked up mine on Amazon. You can do the same right here

Sunday, 3 February 2019

I MADE IT!


I have played Diablo 3 since the week of its launch in 2012. I have always mained a Barbarian. 

I love the class. I have been playing seasons on and off and was always intrigued and envious of the players who managed to get themselves on the Leaderboards, but I always thought, that is not for me.

I did not have the time or drive to make a go of it. In any case, I took a few years break from playing Diablo 3 since my PC kind of gave up on gaming when the video card died. Now I got a nice gaming laptop and I was hearing good buzz about Season 16 being the Season of Grandeur. 

One of my favorite Barbarian builds got buffed and I always loved the imagery of the Immortal King so I decide to play again. I have been playing whenever I can after work and gym and other obligations and decided to follow the advice of streamers like Rhykker and Bludshedd on how to be efficient so I can maximize my limited time. And they helped a lot.

Got geared up real quick in the first week even though I missed out on playing during the opening weekend because I was abroad for a vacation. And I was having fun HotA Smashing faces in. I never entertained I could make it to the Leaderboards until a friend of mine stated he wanted to get on the Crusader Leaderboard and he managed to do it just last Friday. 

I thought to myself if he could do it, maybe I should give it a shot myself. After spending the past 4 days in a seminar eating up my playtime I was trying to squeeze out how I would go about pushing. 

I decided I would spend most of Saturday evening doing so. And after maybe 8-10 hours of hard pushing I made it from GR 95 to finally finishing a GR 102 clean with no deaths and for a rank 694 finish on the Barbarian Leaderboard. 


Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Diablo 3 for the Nintendo Switch



Diablo 3 is releasing for the Nintendo Switch on Friday, November 2nd. This thread will hopefully answer any questions you may have, whether you’re a new Diablo 3 player, or have 5000+ hours killing demons.

Switch/Console Specific Questions

How big is the Diablo 3 digital download?

The game is 13.3 GB. If you’re going to play it with a language other than English, it will require an additional download for localization.

How do I target specific enemies/areas?
The game will generally try to help you out by targetting large clumps of enemies in the direction you're walking towards. You can lock onto an enemy by holding the L button, which will display a small orange arrow above the enemy.

What do Nephalem Glory globes (yellow globes) do?
Unlike the PC version, Nephalem Glory globes give you a temporary buff that doubles your damage. Additional globes will increase the timer by 20 seconds, so make sure to keep the buff going for as long as possible.

Where do I get my Ganon transmog?
The Switch version comes with some exclusive transmogs, to make your character look like Ganon. To unlock the transmog, go to your stash and check under “Misc items”, where you’ll find the transmog recipe that will unlock it on your account.

How do I use an amiibo with the game?

So far what we know:
Based on datamined information from the Switch version of the game Diablo 3 will support 3 types of Amiibo:
  • Default/Generic Amiibo
  • Treasure Goblin Amiibo
  • Demon Amiibo

The first two will spawn a portal leading to some location that spawns an elite pack, while the demon amiibo will spawn a powerful demon on the map. To prevent abuse, there's currently a cooldown on each type of the summon:

  • 22 hours (1320 minutes) for portals
  • 45 minutes for demons.

amiibos can be used in both local and online mode.
Similar to the Ganon transmog, the amiibo portal is located in your stash under “Misc items”.

What controller setups are supported?
The Switch version can be played both docked and undocked, using a Pro Controller, two JoyCons, or even a single JoyCon. However, Diablo 3 uses a lot of buttons, so while it is possible to play with a single JoyCon, the experience is not great and I would not recommend it.

How can I play with other people?
You can play either locally, on the same device or on multiple devices, or online, all with up to four players. To play online, you will need to pay for Nintendo’s online service.

Do I need to pay for Nintendo’s online service to play Seasons?
No, the online service is only required to play non-locally with other people.

Can I play Seasons without being constantly connected to the internet?

You need to be connected to the Internet for the following three things:

  1. Creating your seasonal character
  2. Starting each seasonal play session
  3. Attempting to get a higher ranking on the leaderboards

All you have to do is start your seasonal session (basically logging in) when you have internet and DO NOT CLOSE that session; just hit sleep mode. As soon as you are in, you are good to go and play offline the rest of the day/battery life. All your progress will be updated to the server as soon as you connect the switch to the internet, minus the greater rift clears.

Is cross-play supported?
At this time, cross-play between any versions of Diablo 3 is not supported.

Can I jump straight into Adventure mode?
Yes. You are not locked into playing the Story Mode, even from a completely fresh game.

I heard that there was reduced monster density for the Switch version?
This is false. This came about because of the Gamescom specific demo, where the Switch was initially announced. The monster density is unchanged.

Is there any content that I can transfer between the Switch and other versions?
At this time, there’s no way to link your Nintendo account to your Blizzard account, so all your characters, transmogs, and other data are completely separate

New Player Questions

I'm a new player, what should I do?
First of all, welcome! Diablo is an action-oriented RPG that focuses on cool skills, an item hunt, and laying waste to the hordes of heaven and hell. Like many RPGs, it features classes, stats, story, and character progression that you develop and customize by finding items in-game. Diablo is, at its core, all about finding and using items to destroy hordes of monsters as fast as possible.

The game takes place in the world of Sanctuary. Where humanity is caught between the eternal struggle of heaven and hell, a war that is poised to spill over into the mortal realm and initiate the apocalypse. You play a hero, set on their path to defend humanity from the supernatural forces that threaten it.

If this is your first time playing this type of game, just pick any class that looks fun and enjoy playing through Campaign mode (and bring a friend along too!). Don't worry about anything you see on the subreddit, like which class is currently overpowered, as most players here have played through the game many times and discuss the end-game.

Do I need to play Diablo 1 or 2 to appreciate Diablo 3's gameplay or story?
Not necessarily. Diablo 3 is designed to be very approachable for a newly initiated player and the gameplay is not overly complex. Playing the older games could give you a sense of context and respect for what has been done with Diablo 3, as it's a very progressive continuation of the older game's systems that makes play more fluid and intuitive.

Diablo is a series with deep lore that lends gravity to the player's experience. As for story there will be a lot of references and jokes you might miss not having played the older games, and some character's significance may be lost to you if you don't know their history. You can always catch up on lore using the Diablo wikis or lore recaps on YouTube if you don't want to play the older games. Some players choose to ignore the story altogether and are completely fixed on the gameplay, so you don't need to understand the story to enjoy the game if that is more your thing.
What class should I play?

Play whatever class you think is the most interesting! At all but the very highest levels of play, the classes are all equal. They all play differently, so if you don't like one, don't be afraid to try another!

What mode should I play?
I would suggest playing a Normal Season character. Hardcore is a mode where if your character dies, that character can no longer be played, so you should avoid that for your first playthrough. Seasons are essentially considered fresh starts for the game every few months, and come with additional bonuses in the form of Set Items as rewards for completing certain challenges, so there's no downside. Season and non-season characters cannot play with each other, and the same goes for Hardcore and Normal, and all the combinations of the four.

The game is too easy! I'm on hard difficulty and no one is hurting me. What gives?
Blizzard designed the game so that the first few difficulties would pose very little threat to the player and so you could feel powerful. As you level up and complete Campaign Mode, you'll unlock more difficulties like Master and Torment, which can scale all the way to Torment 13. Try bumping up the difficulty and getting to 70 if you're looking for a challenge.

I beat the game/finished the story. What do I do now?

Congrats! Now you can finally play the game!

Joking aside, there are two parts to Diablo games. One involves leveling up, unlocking skills, and enjoying the story. The other part starts at level 70, once you finally get access to all the powerful legendary and set items. The end-game in Diablo games is to get items that let you kill monsters faster so you can get better items that let you kill monsters even faster so you can get even better items and so on. Most players end up playing Adventure mode, where Nephalem Rifts, Bounties, and Greater Rifts are the way to play. If that sounds interesting, great! If not, try leveling a new class, or grouping up with some friends to slay some monsters!

What build should I run? What items should I look for? What does this acronym/abbreviation mean?If you're level 70 and want to start pushing your character to its limits, you should check out the Class Subreddits, located in the sidebar to the right. You'll find lots of advice and different builds for your class. There are plenty of other resources on the web as well, ranging from checking the leaderboards or other Diablo fansites. As for the different acronyms/abbreviation/initialisms, here's a handy wiki page we have.

How can I improve my character?
Keep playing more! The more you play, the more chances you'll get to improve your character, whether through new builds, more paragon points, or better legendaries.

If you have any other questions, please post them below! Also, if there are any mistakes, please let me know.