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Expansion Beta, Patch Notes Updated, Black Weapons Nerf


Diablo 3 Expansion Beta


Rob Pardo confirms on Twitter that we will be getting a beta for the Diablo 3 expansion (along with Blizzard DotA). Release dates are still unknown, we'll make sure to update you with any new information we get in the future.


1.0.7 Patch Notes Updated


Official Blizzard Quote (Source)

Achievements

  • General
    • Subjugators now count towards the achievements "We are Champions" and "Champion's Collection"

PTR Bug Fixes

  • General
    • Using the PTR Character Copy feature for a region on which you have no active characters will no longer result in login errors or your PTR account becoming locked
  • Crafting
    • Marquise designs and Archon crafting recipes are now searchable on the Auction House
  • Dueling
    • Players are now correctly considered "Elites" in PvP and PvE combat
    • Players should now be automatically healed and have all active debuffs removed upon leaving the Scorched Chapel
    • Followers should no longer become hostile towards players after exiting the Scorched Chapel
    • Storm Armor shocks can now be dodged
    • Nek the Brawler will no longer die if another player joins or leaves a game while someone is standing near him
    • It's no longer possible to have inactive followers providing buffs in duels
  • Items
    • Goldskin's proc will no longer work when in the Scorched Chapel
    • The Puzzle Ring's proc will no longer work when in the Scorched Chapel
    • The Incense Torch of the Grand Temple and Neanderthal can now drop

Black Weapons


I posted an article the other day talking about how the "bug fix" to min-max damage will affect weapons after patch 1.0.7. Vaeflare confirmed for us yesterday that our weapons will NOT be getting nerfed, and that Blizzard will be very careful when they do decide to roll out the fix.

Official Blizzard Quote (Blue Tracker | Source)
We do our best to ensure that we alert the community in advance of game changes (just like we did for the Legendary Item Improvements), and in this particular case, I wanted to jump in to reassure everyone that “black weapons” (i.e. weapons with the MinMaxDamage Affix) are not going to be nerfed in patch 1.0.7, and we have no plans going forward to nerf them.

Known Issues are just that, bugs that we know about. They are NOT necessarily bugs that are going to be fixed. The MinMaxDamage bug has been a bug known to us since July of last year, however, we did not want to fix a bug that would effectively nerf a large number of existing weapons. That’s why we did not fix the bug in any previous patch that we've released since the bug was found, nor are we fixing it in patch 1.0.7. Currently, the plan is that at such at time that we address the bug, the bug fix will only apply to newly created items, so as to not adversely affect existing items.

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I'm still curious though, in the hypothetical scenario that this bug is fixed, will it be a buff or a nerf?

I think the theorycrafting folk would really appreciate clarification on what the expected proper behavior of the minmaxdam affix is.
If and when we consider making adjustments to the MinMaxDamage affix (whether it be a bug fix or some other change), we’ll be sure to let you know in advance or otherwise provide as much warning as possible. We haven’t decided on anything yet, though, or really even discussed much in the way of possible changes. So, while I definitely admire theorycrafting and appreciate why you’re posting the hypothetical, there’s not a lot more clarity to provide other than what I’ve already given. It’d just be speculation at that point, and that’s not a very good role for me or any Community Manager to really serve.