This by far has been my best season in Diablo 3 for a couple reasons. I’ve always relied heavily on having my hubs research a build for me but those days are gone. Prior to the start of season 9 I started watching Rhykker’s YouTube channel for all things Diablo 3. It helped because things just seemed to “click” for me and I’m understanding the why behind skills, enchants, gear etc. After reaching 70 and getting some paragon levels under my butt I decided to use the Invoker’s set of armor that my crusader received in Haedrig’s Gift. I’m currently running a Thorns build and enjoying it a lot. I’ve also managed to surpass my paragon level of past for any given season. As of this blog post I’m at 533 and still climbing.
During today’s session I finally cleared a level 62 GR with about a minute to spare. My 3rd gem needs to hit level 60 which I hope will make things a bit easier but a few more ancients wouldn’t hurt. The pieces I have aren’t perfect but in Diablo 3, you roll with what drops. There’s still a part of me that wants to run a Hammerdin build but I’m waiting for the Patch 2.5 drop that includes the new Armory.
Patch 2.5 is currently on the PTR and going through even more changes after Blizzard has analyzed a chunk of feedback from the community. As with all patches I’m looking forward to the changes but have to add that I’m not a fan of the “Primal” path they’re taking for drops. With that said, Blizzard has changed Primals on the PTR and only time and testing will tell if the community welcomes those changes. I haven’t copied my Crusader to the PTR but have tossed the idea around in my head.
In the meantime, I’ve decided to start a Barbarian on the path to 70. She’s also a seasonal character and while she won’t receive Haedrig’s Gift (one per customer per season folks) I have been stashing gear, mats and gold so she’ll have a 6 pc set at 70.
Season 9 is the first time I’ve completed the Champion seasonal objectives. I’m now 4/8 completed objectives for Destroyer and if I can drag my other half back into the game I’ll be able to complete an additional 3 leaving only “Complete 1 Conquest”. Whether I managed to pull that one off is yet to be seen but I’m still happy with my progression this season. During the downtime between S9 and S10 I’ll bang out a bunch of story driven achievements that I’ve let go. This is the most addicted I’ve been to Diablo 3 since buying it and honestly I’d jump ship into Diablo 4 if Blizzard ever announces it. For now, this is what they’re giving us and I’ll happily grind along.