Diablo 3 Monster Power, Infernal Machine, class and monster updates

Blizzard certainly seem intent on fixing major play complaints. They recently added

100 paragon levels that high level players can earn to increase their magic and gold

find further. There’s also a PvP mode in the works, though that’s probably still

some distance off.

Patch notes for the Public Test Realm edition of Diablo 3 patch 1.05 have appeared on

the Battle.net forums, with more details on the big Monster Power and Infernal

Machine updates heading our way. Monster Power will “increase the health and damage

of monsters according to different ‘power levels’” yielding improved experience,

gold and magic find for every power hike.

The Infernal Machine is a special challenge for level 60 players. The machine must be

assembled from a series of secret objects. Once completed it’ll unlock events

featuring “not one, but two bosses which have been augmented from their original

versions, both in terms of difficulty and appearance.” Defeating a duo of uber

bosses will drop gold, magic items and – if you’re lucky – components for a unique

legendary ring.

A bunch of class skills have been buffed again, which means it’s time for another

chin-stroking rethink of those builds I’d long since discarded as useless. The Demon

Hunter in particular will get plenty of attention in the next patch, with significant

buffs to basic skills like bola shot, which will be a lot more explodey in post-patch

Sanctuary. The Demon Hunter’s companion pets have had their toughness boosted and

can let off some deadlier attacks.

There are a lot of changes designed to increase the value and availability of

Nephalem Valour stacks. Previously you’d only gain a stack for slaying an elite mob,

but you and all party members will gain one for opening Resplendent Chests. The

contents of those chests, and loot dropped by unique enemies in Inferno events, will

respond to the number of stacks you’re rolling with at the time. This should make it

easier for level 60 players to buff their magic and gold find quickly and find decent

items faster.

But, suddenly, A NEW CONTENDER ENTERS THE RING. Torchlight 2 came out yesterday,

offering a budget alternative with LAN support and offline play that Diablo 3 will

never have. Chris will be busy reviewing it over the course of the weekend, but you

can read his first impressions of Torchlight 2 to see how he’s getting on so far. 

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