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Diablo 3 item duping

Diablo 3 item duping has been rampant: from Auction House exploits to account rollback.

Blizzard is trying to address the issue in its latest round of tweaks to the account rollback feature.

Here’s the official announcement from Blizzard:

Starting on Tuesday, April 2, all character equipment including weapons and armor restored via the Diablo III rollback service will become bound to the restored account.

This means restored items cannot be traded with other players or posted on the auction house, but that they can still be shared with other characters on the account and sold to merchant NPCs.

So hurry up if you are in a duping mood, you have till April 2 to do it!

Diablo 3 PVP RIP

As you are probably aware, Diablo 3 has been going down a lot in terms of hours played on Xfire. The players who are still playing it (beyond the paragon level grind) are doing because they expected the PvP Arena.

Well, the PvP Arena is scrapped. It’s no more. It’s now a late arena. (if you are not getting the dead parrot reference, you are probably too young).

Jay Wilson posted that they are going back to the drawing board on it. Considering we get games about 10 years after they are on the drawing board, I wouldn’t hold my breath for it.

On the positive side, they will be allowing duels sometime in the new year. So there.

Update: It’s worth reading the comments below Jay Wilson’s post. Some are pretty funny:

I bet the SWTOR dev team right now is popping bottles over recently becoming appointed second worst Dev team lol.

Why nerfing attack speed is WRONG

Obviously, I play a Demon Hunter so I lost quite a bit of DPS on account of the increased attack speed (IAS) nerf that Blizzard did a month ago.

Before the IAS nerf, I was pulling off 2.5 attacks in a second with a bow, which wasn’t anything spectacular. I’d imagine with a better bow (20% IAS), I could’ve passed 3 attacks per second.

At first glance, it does look quite excessive. English longbowmen were renowned for being able to shoot a dozen arrows in the span of a minute.

Here’s the counter-argument! Just replace the handgun with a handbow:

Yes, that’s right – two shots from a handarm can be done in a split second (technically, about 2/100 of a second). Blizzard, give us back the attack speed!

Diablo 3 Error 317402

Quite a few reports of a nasty error that is affecting users trading on the Auction House.

The error looks like this:

“Failed to escrow funds. The player is locked. (317402)”.

One of the many complaints on the D3 forum was like this:

The problem is that the gold was also deducted without getting the materials.

The following error was displayed: “Failed to escrow funds. The player is locked. (317402)”.

The problematic orders were ORDERS #811901758, #811904342 and #812200536. They were all failed attempts of buying Exquisite Essences. I can’t remember the exact amount of gold deducted, but the total was above 22 millions gold (Order #811904342 was a large amount of Exquisite Essence: 15,000).

At the time of writing, this wasn’t resolved. So when doing transaction, definitely make them in small, incremental steps. Never buy 15,000 essences for 22 million! Buy them in a few batches (a thousand each?).

Diablo 3 best gamer – Athene

If you are following game casters on Youtube, you might have heard about Athene who is the self-proclaimed “best gamer in the world”.

I believe he was the first one to down Diablo in Diablo 3 – abound with rumors that Blizzard actually gave him super-equipment. I doubt this is the case, he has a ton of followers on Youtube, so it’s easy to see how every nice item went to Athene to speed up his kill. It’s the same with the first hardcore kill by Kripps & Co, who got incredible items for free from their loyal fans.

So why is Athene so good? Of course, he is pretty hardcore, so that is a big part of the explanation. However, having played Diablo 3 since it’s release, I can tell you my best guess. Athene is good, because he’s French!

No, I’m not prejudiced against certain nationalities (though you know the saying that in Starcraft, the only imba race is Korean). It’s just that Blizzard servers are based in France (Paris suburb Velizy). So while I am lagging and misclicking even at my lowest ping (100ms), he is probably enjoying sub-20ms gameplay.

In other words, he’s playing Diablo 3 like it was meant to be played – as a singleplayer game! While most of us (being not French) are playing a super-twitch game on a lagging connection.

Anyway, check out his speed kills – boasting a DPS of over 400,000.

Btw, mine is steady about 100,000k with full Natalia set which gives me a TON of survival with discipline regen of 3/sec. I need to give credit to Athene for this build – as he demonstrated in a video that a Demon Hunter can stay in shadows for over a minute with Natalia and Preparation. Trust me, you need that much discipline to survive on a lagging connection.

I don’t always need to stay a minute, I use it for Caltrops (damage rune) to clear quickly the pony level as well as act rare and elites that give chase.

Auction House Clock exploit (duping)

You might think that Diablo III is an online game, definitely not an MMO like WoW but definitely an online.

So why the hell Blizzard use your computer’s system clock to determine Auction House transactions!!! Is this a single-player game where duping doesn’t matter? Why do some Korean players have 4 billion gold, yes, that is Billion, not million?

So how do you dupe items? Well, it’s easy. You sell something, you go back and cancel it. Duping complete.

Note that abusing this to dupe items will probably result in a ban from Blizzard. Sending 100M to your other account might work but I don’t encourage it. I’m just appalled at Blizzard’s stupidity – who programmed the damned local clock, with the foresight that this will allow duping 250 euro crossbows?

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