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Diablo 3 Dueling (patch 1.07)

It took Blizzard almost a year to get to patch 1.07 and add some form of PvP.

If it wasn’t for their previous news about the PvP Arena being scrapped, I would’ve been happy to try dueling while waiting for “real” PvP action.

As it stands, I’ll probably give dueling a go a few times but I have a feeling it will take them another year to get some kind of balance when it comes to class skills. Gear levels will NEVER be balanced, so Athene will own you with his eyes closed.

So apart from all this, how does dueling work?

  • To duel another player, you’ll need to speak with Nek the Brawler at the inn in New Tristram
  • Speaking with Nek will take you and your party to the Scorched Chapel
  • Dueling currently supports up to four players in a Free-For-All format
  • Dying in a duel will resurrect you in the dueling area
  • Hardcore characters can duel too, death in the dueling area doesn’t kill your toon
  • You don’t take any durability damage while in the dueling zone

Diablo 3 coming to Playstation

When I first posted that Diablo 3 was dumbed down and targeted at a console release, there were some angry comments.

Now Blizzard has confirmed that Diablo is indeed coming out for Playstation as an official announcement:

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!

Blue gear Diablo kill

It’s Athene again, annoying is ever but showing how Diablo can be killed with blue gear only.

The video furthers my point about French players having amazingly low latency thanks to Blizzard’s datacenters being in Paris. On my computer, the five cages come up almost simultaneously while in Athene’s version, they appear almost in slow motion.

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