Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls live!

The servers are now live and you can face the Reaper of Souls!

Here’s a list of the features for the expansion again:

New Gameplay Mode: Adventure Mode
New Currency: Blood Shards
New Feature: Bounties
New Feature: Nephalem Rifts

New Class: The Crusader
New Artisan: The Mystic

New Act: Act 5
The Blood Marsh
New Boss: Malthael
New Class Skills
New Level Cap: 70

You can get the details at Diablofans, no one does a better job of covering everything.

Diablo 3 Auction House closes down

In just a few hours, the Auction House will be gone.

Now, a lot of people will breath a sigh of relief. However, if you do have any items or gold in the Auction, make sure you move them.

I have just started Diablo 3 on my office laptop (bypassing the video card settings), so I could make sure my AH account is ready to be closed.

You can read the frequently asked questions about the AH shutdown at Blizzard’s Diablo 3 site.

Diablo 3 Crusader gameplay (video)

Gameplay for a Crusader based on the beta. Note: 50-minute video.

Here’s some of the basic concepts, mentioned in the video:

Crusader resource: Wrath. Very similar to Spirit (monk) but slower.

Crusader skills (big list)

Primary Skills
Punish • Slash • Smite • Justice

Secondary Skills
Shield Bash • Sweep Attack • Blessed Hammer • Blessed Shield • Fist of the Heavens

Defensive Skills
Shield Glare • Iron Skin • Consecration • Judgment

Provoke • Steed Charge • Condemn • Phalanx

Laws of Valor • Laws of Justice • Laws of Hope

Falling Sword • Akarat’s Champion • Heaven’s Fury • Bombardment

Diablo 3 crusader class

The Diablo 3 expansion, Reaper of Souls, will be out on March 25. The biggest attraction for most will be the additional content (ACTV), the new loot system, and the new levels (up to 70, paragon levels shared across account).

For those who’ve enjoyed playing a holy warrior in WoW and D&D, there’s something extra – the Crusader class. Of course, if you’ve played a Paladin in Diablo 2, this is your guy. There are several aspects of playing a Crusader that add to the existing gameplay:

Flails – these middle-range weapons allow the Crusader to strike enemies from a distance. Not exactly ranged, but definitely an advantage to drumming your enemy’s chest with your fists (hello, Monk!)

Holy magic – mid-range magic that help allies and hurt enemies, similar at the concept level to Paladin auras.

During the development of the Crusader, Blizzard emphasized 4 distinctive VISUAL elements to make it stand out: body armor, tabard cloth, blocky shield, and the flail. As you can see the flail is like a cross between a morning star and a priest’s censer. Very much in character.

Diablo 3 Crusader

Reaper of Souls beta

Blizzard has invited the top 3000 Diablo players to join the “family and friends” closed beta of Reaper of Souls, Diablo 3′s expansion.

As you might expect, Athene is in and here’s his first impressions of the beta:

If you’ve been living under a rock, here’s the feature list for Reaper of Souls:

One new character class: the Crusader[2]
A fifth act taking the story of Diablo III
A new artisan: the Mystic
A new level cap of 70 (up from 60)
Many new weapons and new pieces of armor
New skills and runes for existing classes
New passives and a fourth passive slot at level 70
New monsters to defeat

The pre-expansion patch includes:

Nephalem Rifts, Nephalem Trials and Bounties
Account wide Paragon levels
Unlimited paragon leveling, with a bonus of +250 in each main stat (strength, dexterity, intelligence, and vitality)
A new gem type: Diamond
Class specific affix rolls on items

Diablo 3 Auction house closing

The Diablo 3 Auction house has been the subject of one or five posts around here. The exploits and errors being just a minor nuicanse.

The big issue is that loot drops have been adjusted to reflect the fact that some players (and many bots) will farm 24/7 for items. Which basically means that if you are a regular player, you stand no chance of getting a good loot item.

Virtually, every item you get will be trash compared to what you can get from AH – be it for gold or real money.

So with the new expansion, Blizzard is saying bye-bye to the Auction House.

Money quote (pun intended):

“It became increasingly clear that despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo’s core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot,” Blizzard Production Director John Hight writes. “With that in mind, we want to let everyone know that we’ve decided to remove the gold and real-money auction house system from Diablo 3.”

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