Category: Diablo

Diablo III Bans and Auction House News

Diablo III Bans

Blizzard has apparently struck the banhammer on “thousands” of Diablo III accounts as of this morning. In a post on the Diablo III forums, a GM wrote:

We recently issued a round of account suspensions and bans to several thousand Diablo® III players who were in violation of the Battle.net® Terms of Use for cheating and/or using botting or hacking programs while playing. In addition to undermining the spirit of fair play that’s essential to everyone’s enjoyment of the game, botting, hacking, and other such exploitive behavior can contribute to stability and performance issues with the Battle.net service. As always, maintaining a stable, safe, and fun online-gaming experience for legitimate players is a top priority for us, and we’ll be continuing to keep watch on Battle.net and take action as needed.

Also, just the other day Blizz updated the terms of service for using the Real-Money Auction House to include the requirement for a two-fold security system for your account if you wish to participate. You must have an authenticator tied to your otherwise simply password-protected account. You can use the free mobile authenticator app available for most smartphones or you can purchase a keychain-dongle for $6.50 from the battle.net store.

While some forum-goers have claimed their Diablo III accounts were hacked despite their using an authenticator, Blizz says it has yet to receive a confirmed report of a hacked account that had an authenticator attached to it… which was usually the same case for World of Warcraft accounts, after all fear mongering and rumors from people on the internet isn’t all that uncommon.

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Diablo III Getting Patch 1.0.3

Diablo III Patch 1.0.3

Diablo III will be getting a new content patch soon. Some of the big changes are:

Item Drops:

  • Higher level items will be dropped in previous lower level acts on inferno, but at a lower rate. So if you can’t seem to knock out Act II then you can still have a shot at getting upgrade-gear from Act I without necessarily turning to the AH to buy it.
  • Lowering the number of guaranteed Rare items on bosses when you have your full five stacks of Nephalem Valor from two guaranteed Rares to one guaranteed Rare (you still have a very good chance at multiple rares, it’s just no longer guaranteed). In exchange, all champion and rare packs will now drop a bonus guaranteed Rare item when you have your full five stacks of Nephalem Valor. The change benefits players with more overall drops, and a reason to push to continue progressing.

Grouping:

  • Removing the bonus monster damage per additional player in a coop game. They said their design goal is for players who prefer to play solo to be able to play solo, and players who prefer to play in groups to be able to play in a group. They feel the bonus monster damage per additional player is one of the biggest inhibitors to wanting to play with your friends, and it might be one reason people tend to fly solo over grouping.

Difficulty:

  • Dropping difficulty level for Act II Inferno to be more in line from a step-up from Act I Inferno instead of the leap that it is now.

Misc:

  • Repair costs are going up. Right now they don’t feel that people are really thinking twice before making decisions because repairing is little to no punishment for their mistakes.
  •  Reducing the effectiveness of Increased Attack Speed. This will come by either lowering the stats on many pieces of gear or adding a hidden “diminishing return” on Attack Speed.
  • Blacksmith and Jeweler costs are coming down.
  • Various other little tweaks but no large class fixes/changes.

For the entire changelog check out the battle.net Diablo III blog article.

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Diablo Real Money AH Put On Hold

Real Money Auction House

Don’t quit your jobs just yet in hopes of making the big times selling items on the Diablo III Auction House. It seems that Blizzard has postponed the launch indefinitely until they resolve some other issues and said that the launch date has moved “outside the previously estimated May timeframe.”

“In light of the post-launch obstacles we’ve encountered, we have made the decision to move the launch of the real-money auction house beyond the previously estimated May time frame. As we mentioned in our original announcement, our goal has always been to ensure everyone has the smoothest experience possible when the real-money auction house launches, and we need a bit more time to iron out the existing general stability and gameplay issues before that feature goes live. While we don’t have a new launch date to share just yet, we’ll have more information soon.”

What does that mean? Well it means they haven’t canceled the plans of adding it, but simply have to make sure that people’s issues with getting accounts hacked, game crashes, and general server stability are worked out first.

They noted that one issue was that many Diablo III forum users have been complaining loudly about hackers breaking into their accounts and stealing accumulated items and gold, a problem that would seem crucial to fix before those items start having a real-world value through the auction house. In my opinion the easiest thing to do would be requiring an authenticator for use of the Real-Money Auction House. This would solve nearly all the accounts being stolen and losing items that have a real-world value.

So don’t quit your job just yet – wait just a little while longer.

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