Today Blizzard revealed the release date and price of the new Necromancer DLC.
Necromancer Release Date
27th of June 2017
Patch 2.6.0 Release Date
27th of June 2017
Necromancer and Patch 2.6.0 – Further Information
The Rise of the Necromancer is a purchasable content pack coming to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition. The pack will be available for purchase starting June 27, 2017 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and will cost $14.99 USD.
They also announced features, which are coming with Patch 2.6.0.
Q. What about all the other features coming in Patch 2.6.0? A. Challenge Rifts, The Shrouded Moors zone, Temple of the Firstborn zone, and the Realms of Fate are all free content—if you own the Reaper of Souls expansion pack, they are available for play without any additional purchases.
The Necromancer will not be available to play right after it’s release. In order to play it, you have to wait for the maintenance and release of Patch 2.6.0.
Q. Will the Rise of the Necromancer pack be available for play at midnight? A. No. The Rise of the Necromancer pack requires Patch 2.6.0 to be installed; after maintenance has completed in your region, you’ll be able to purchase and access the Rise of the Necromancer pack.
Q: When will maintenance begin? A: PC NA/SA/ANZ: 10:00 a.m. PDT EU: 11:00 p.m. CEST KR/TW: (June 29) 2:00 a.m. KST CN: (June 29) 5:00 a.m. CST
Here I’m sharing a relevant topic for groups who push for the top spots in 4-Player Leaderboards, because the top groups in every region are abusing this Wizard Archon Stacks Exploit to kill Rift Guardians fast. For the sake of fair competition, everyone should be aware of it.
Wizard Archon Stacks Exploit – Introduction
Recently, some 4-Player GR clears with Wizards instead of Demon Hunters appeared on the frontpage of the Leaderboards in every region. They have one thing in common. They’re abusing a bug to get an insane amount of Archon stacks on the Wizard. Due to it, the Wizard is able to kill a Rift Guardian in a GR 125+ in 2ish minutes without any pylon, while Demon Hunters need twice as much time: at least 4 minutes with a power pylon (times will go up in higher GR tiers; it’s times from GR clears of the top groups, who have near perfect gear, very high paragon/gem levels).
The bug/exploit isn’t anything new. Already in the beginning of the season, a video showing a Wizard 1-shotting a RG in a high tier GR has been published on reddit. The bug has been fixed on the PTR, but there hasn’t been a fix on the live servers yet – and will most likely not happen during the current season.
Wizard Archon Stacks Exploit – How To
This is an optimized version, which top groups are using!
Pull all monsters in the Weeping Hollow area into 1 spot close to the waypoint
Open a Cow Level and pull all monsters into 1 spot close to the portal
Now start fishing for a GR – save server (then you don’t have to do the first two steps again)
At around 95%, Wizard teleports to Weeping Hollow and kills the monsters to get Archon stacks and immediately goes back into the GR to deal damage to the Rift Guardian (this will already do 20-30% of the RGs life)
Now Wizard keeps dealing damage for about 1 minute to stack Bane of the Stricken
Wizard teleports into the Cow Level and kills the monsters to get Archon Stacks and immediately goes back into the GR to one-shot the RG
Wizard Archon Stacks Exploit – Hints
Stack CDR – You don’t need any Attack Speed on your items, because Archon Stacks will grant plenty of it due to Vyr’s Set (Due to the exploit, you will have Archon Stacks during the Rift Guardian fight – don’t worry about Attack Speed breakpoints)
Blizzard has announced the end of Season 10 and the start of Season 11.
Season 10 End & Season 11 Start Dates
You can sort through your rollover rewards and review your progress on the Leaderboards between Seasons. It’s a great time to reflect on the accomplishments you’ve made and enjoy the culmination of your pre- and post-Season loot hunts!
Season 10 will be ending on the following dates and times:
North America: Friday, June 23 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: Friday, June 23 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
Asia: Friday, June 23 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
Season 11 will begin about four weeks afterward on the below dates:
North America: Thursday, July 20 @ 5:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: Thursday, July 20 @ 5:00 p.m. CEST
Asia: Thursday, July 20 @ 5:00 p.m. KST
Note: Season 11 will begin on a Thursday to ensure there is adequate time to respond to potential issues with Seasons before the weekend begins.
No Spirit Barrage nerf! Blizzards CM Nevalistis just shared the following info on the official forums!
There’s a lot of great discussion and a ton of build sharing going on around Legacy of Nightmares builds for the Witch Doctor that focus on the interaction between Spirit Barrage (Phantasms) and several pet-oriented Legendary powers. It’s wonderful to see such constructive conversation and information sharing as various community members explore the strengths and intricacies of this emergent gameplay.
There has also been some concern that this interaction will be nerfed. We wanted to share our thoughts on this today and reassure the Witch Doctor community that, at this time, we have no intentions to make changes to Spirit Barrage (Phantasms) or its currently existing interactions with items such as Mask of Jeram, Ring of Emptiness or The Barber.
While this is somewhat inconsistent philosophically from the changes that we’ve made in the past regarding this skill and rune combination, we looked at the situation objectively and asked ourselves a couple questions:
Is it fun?
Is it balanced?
Ultimately, we’ve decided that the answer to both of these questions is yes, and there is much higher risk in adjusting the balance of this skill or the other items than there is to let the community continue to enjoy this fun and unique build. We will continue monitoring its performance, of course, and we’re prepared to make any changes if something extreme arises. In the meantime, please continue to theorycraft and Spirit Barrage to your heart’s content!
Hey everyone! Did you check the Leaderboards? Baskenater just did a solo #1 on EU (Season) and another team did a 4 player #1 on Asia (Non-Season) with a LoN Spirit Barrage Witch Doctor build. Also #1 Solo WD Season and Non-Season in Asia were playing this build. Important note: Spirit Barrage – Phantasm summoned by the Mojo Gazing Demise benefits from pet damage: Enforcer, Mask of Jeram! This “bug” makes the build viable! For further background information check out the in-depth video guide at the bottom.