It’s not yet the ‘end of the month’ but Blizzard has already launched Patch 2.1 on PTR (public test realm) to the delight of fans.
There’s a big breakdown about the changes applied for this patch. And then, there are other tweaks that weren’t mentioned which will be our focus on this report.
Goblin Rift – This a different ‘goblin rift’ from the launch of Reaper of Souls. According to this thread, there’s a chance a goblin you kill will spawn a portal leading to a new place called “treasure realm” filled with millions of gold and a boss at the end; killing it will spawn a chest that has a chance to drop legendary items.
New Artisian On Greater Rifts – Players who have tried greater rifts on PTR have all experienced encountering “Urshi” – a new artisian that appears when you fail to complete a greater rift before the timer ends. There’s a big possibility Urshi will be the one to augment your legendary gems as seen from this screenshot.
No Gear Swapping On Greater Rifts – While proven to be cumbersome, gear swapping provides a lot of advantages; some of them include: when using a nemesis bracer to spawn an elite pack everytime you click on a shrine; killing a boss / rift guardian is easier with The Furnace legendary mace, or swapping for an immunity amulet when encountering a nasty elite pack with crazy affixes. On Greater Rifts, all of these will be prohibited.
Miscellaneous – Tons of other undocumented changes are all reported here including changes to Blackthorne’s Amulet, Lacuni Prowlers, Traveler’s Pledge giving chances to roll better stats compared pre-2.1 patch. Stone of Jordan is expected to become even more powerful as it can now roll five primary stats.
Blizzard didn’t mention any ETA for patch 2.1′s release on live-server but based from past PTR launches, the whole testing period takes roughly one month.
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