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Diablo 3 Patch 2.0 Live Today

By CameronW25-02-2014

If you bought Diablo 3 and have been looking for a reason to come back, today is the day to do it. At the end of Blizzard’s weekly maintenance today Diablo 3 will be coming back online with a fresh coat of paint in its 2.0 Reaper of Souls patch. Now this doesn’t mean Reaper of Souls is out, of course, but it’s the big pre-expansion patch like what they do with WoW expansions every couple years.

The Patch Notes aren’t up on the site or the launcher yet, but the awesome dudes over at the Diablo 3 Reddit page have put together a list of things that you’ll get to check out tomorrow when you log in.

Paragon 2.0 - Paragon levels are account wide instead of character specific. Each paragon level gives you a point to place in an attribute category. More info here.

Loot 2.0 - Loot is receiving a massive overhaul. Stat rolls on items are being tightened (75-100 vs 1-100) to make more items potentially good for you. Legendries are receiving unique, build changing attributes. A new Smart Drop system is implemented to make more items that drop relevant to the class you are playing. Drop rates have been scaled back (quality over quantity) to stop the flood of mostly-useless items. Legendries are also Bind on Account, but can be traded to friends who are within the same game as you when the item drops. There is a 2 hour time limit for the item to be traded, after which it is bound to you. Crafting has also been both simplified and expanded. You can check out a WIP list of the legendries that will find in Patch 2.0 and in Reaper of Souls here.

Clans and Communities - There are two new ways to interact with other players. You can be a part of a clan, which has a specific clan chat and clan notifications. You can only be a part of one clan at a time, and each clan has a cap of 120 members. You can also be a part of as many communities as you want, which are basically custom chat communities that have no member limit. You can read more about them here.

Difficulty Changes - The old Difficulty system has been thrown out, and now has been replaced by a new system. Monsters in game will constantly scale with your level. On top of that, you can adjust the difficulty by choosing the difficulty mode, ranging from Normal to Torment 6, for increased experience and rewards.

Reworked Skills - In line with the new items and other game changes, many skills have been reworked. Many have gained an elemental damage type and others have been scaled up or changed so that all the runes of each skill are a lot more viable than before.

Props to Reddit user Menagese for putting the list together in a simple format and being an all-around helpful dude. Diablo 3 is expected to be offline until 11:00 AM PST, though maintenance may end up taking longer due to the size of the patch. Reaper of Souls is launching on March 25th and you can pre-purchase it here.


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