Diablo III hotfixes and Patch 1.0.2 update live

Blizzard’s release of Diablo 3 was less than stellar considering the numerous errors and lag players received not to mention all the waiting time for the maintenance and overall poor performance on the launch. Blizzard just released a set of hotfixes on May 23rd to address error issues as well as balancing and tweaking gameplay problems. Today Blizzard released Patch 1.0.2 to additionally fix some issues and continue balancing the gameplay of the classes. Also, the real money auction house has been further pushed back due to the game’s current issues. Check out the Patch 1.0.2 notes below and the hotfixes notes for last week. Please be aware the following might contain spoilers for those who have not completed or gotten far in the game.

General

Players will now automatically join General chat when logging in

Classes
Monk
Active Skills
Serenity
Skill Rune – Tranquility
Duration of immunity granted to nearby allies from crowd control effects reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second

Mantra of Healing (tooltips will be updated in a later patch)
In addition to increasing Life regeneration for you and nearby allies while active, Mantra of Healing will now also shroud you and nearby allies with a mystical shield that absorbs damage for 3 seconds after activiation (up to a limited amount, based on level)
Skill Rune – Boon of Protection
Boon of Protection has been renamed Boon of Inspiration
Mantra of Healing will now heal you when dealing damage to an enemy (heal amount will be based on hero level)

Bug Fixes
  General
Players should no longer receive an “Error 14009” when logging in
The “Select a Hero” menu will now also display the difficulty level for each character
Several speed improvements have been made to the streaming downloader
Achievements
All players in a party should now receive “Till Death Do Us Part” even if they don’t have Haedrig Eamon as their active follower

Acts
Act IV
Witch Doctors should no longer receive an error if they kill a Shadow Clone with a Damage-Over-Time (DoT) skill after it’s launched a Firebomb but before it’s reached its target

Auction House
The auction log in the Completed tab will now display a player’s activity (bids, buyouts, sales, etc) in the proper order
When placing a new bid over a previous bid on the same auction, players will now be provided with the correct warning message: “Raising your maximum bid on an Auction you are already winning raises your current bid to just above your previous maximum bid. Are you sure you want to continue?”
Players will now receive an error message if they attempt to purchase an item after the 50 item limit has been reached in the Completed tab
The “Physical Damage” Preferred Stats option for rings has been renamed to “Bonus Minimum Physical Damage”
The “All Damage” Preferred Stats option for weapons and armor has been removed and replaced with bonuses of specific damage types
Items which have been purchased from a vendor and equipped by the player can now be sold on the Auction House
Listing items on the Auction House from a different character than the one currently selected should no longer cause item display issues

Battle.net
The public chat list will now sort alphabetically

Skills
Witch Doctor
Spirit Vessel (Passive) no longer clears debuffs when using waypoints or changing equipment

Hotfixes (5/23/12)

Monsters:

  • Mehtan the Necromancer and his skeletons can no longer be used to kill other monsters which have been kited to their location before or after the “Restless Sands” event.

General:

  • Players will now receive an error message when attempting to remove a gem from an item with no sockets (rather than disconnecting).
  • Players will now properly have their casting interrupted when attacked while performing resurrect on a fallen group member.
  • Resolved over 30 game and service crashes affecting players.

Classes:

  • Demon Hunter:
  • Active Skills:
  • Smoke Screen: Duration reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second (tooltip will still show 2 seconds).
  • Skill Rune – Lingering Fog: Now increases the duration of Smoke Screen to 1.5 seconds (tooltip will still show 3 seconds).
  • Monk:
  • Active Skills:
  • Fists of Thunder: Skill Rune – Quickening. Fixed an issue that was causing spirit regeneration to incorrectly trigger off critical hits from other sources, such as Sweeping Wind.
  • Mantra of Healing: Mantra of Healing will now correctly provide only two times the base healing effect for the first 3 seconds after activation, down from four times the base healing effect (tooltip will still show the old value).
  • Skill Rune – Boon of Protection. A maximum absorption amount has been set to 1000 Life.  This skill will be redesigned in an upcoming patch.
  • Wizard:
  • Active Skills:
  • Arcane Torrent: Skill Rune – Cascade. Fixed an issue that was causing Arcane Torrent to fire 3 new missiles per kill instead of only 1 new missile per kill. Number of simultaneously missiles generated from this rune will now cap at 10 missiles.
  • Energy Armor: Skill Rune – Force Armor. Amount of damage absorbed from a single attack will now cap at 100% of a player’s maximum Life.

Items:

  • The chest spawn in the Town Cellar in Alcanus has been changed from a 100% chance to spawn a Resplendant chest to a 50% chance to spawn a Normal chest.
  • Players can no longer dual-wield two-handed weapons.

Classes:

  • Monk:
  • Active Skills:
  • Serenity: Skill Rune – Tranquility. Duration of immunity granted to nearby allies from crowd control effects reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second.

Encounters:

  • Players will no longer remain invulnerable to attacks after defeating Diablo.
  • Players can no longer become stuck during Diablo’s Shadow Grab ability if a player blinds Diablo while Shadow Grab is being cast.

Items:

  • Equipping a shield on a follower as a demon hunter will no longer disconnect you from the game.

Quests:

  • Act I: Players can now always interact with Karyna during the quest and quest step “Trailing the Coven : Talk to Karyna” when they resume from a save.
  • Act II: The Enchantress will now always appear during the quest and quest step “Shadows in the Desert : Disrupt the Hidden Conclave.”
  • Act IV: Tyrael will now always be present for the in-game cutscene during the quest and quest step “Prime Evil : Climb to the Pinnacle of Heaven in the Silver Spire.”
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Lorm
    Sep 14, 2012 @ 05:23:12

    Now if we can just get a nice shader mod for Torchlight 2 to darken the colors a bit and make it less cartoonish I think we will have a winner verdict over Diablo 3. I think its too early to write tl2 off just going by the beta.

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