Diablo 3: Why I Prefer Completing Rifts in Groups

To complete or not complete? That is the question that must go through every Diablo 3 player once they kill a Rift Guardian. In a group, you sometimes are faced with people who mostly do Rifts just for Bloodshards. However, I feel that many people end up missing the point of the group play mode.

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Diablo 3: How to Prepare for Patch 2.1.2

With Patch 2.1.2 PTR up, some say that it’ll be released after Christmas, possibly in January. Right now, there’s only limited amount of testing available as quite a bit of the new items for the coming season are still being tuned. However, we have seen how both the monk and the demon hunter are being modified as well as some new items and ancient items. But if you’re a non-seasonal player (like myself, although I did create a demon hunter just for the transmog), this blog is geared for looking ahead a bit and seeing what you can do right now.

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World of Warcraft: Why I Decided to Cancel My Subscription for Warlords of Draenor

For the third time, I decided to give up World of Warcraft. Originally, I wasn’t too keen on the expansion given partly that I never received a beta key (despite the supposed thousands that were handed out) and just a few of the changes that I saw (namely the Silver Proving Grounds, more gated content, lack of flying, etc.). The raw truth though is that I need to get a job before I can go on playing this type of game. I already have done poorly on a few interviews, which has pushed me to take up more coding so I can exercise my mental muscles. However, that requires a great of time and the way Warlords of Draenor is structured, I feel that the amount I’m spending isn’t worth the effort at this time.

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Diablo 3: Re-Designed Mauraders Set Bonuses

Just so the patch notes for the upcoming 2.1.2 PTR and one of the key changes for Demon Hunters using the M6 (Mauraders set) is the way Sentries will work. I will go over the key points and some possible implications in this blog.

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Diablo 3: Ancient Items or No Ancient Items?

A controversial feature in the upcoming 2.1.2 patch is Ancient Items. Ancient Items provide approximately 30% improved stats. Currently, it’s not known which items will be seen as having the Ancient Item status outside of weapons. In addition, Ancient Items will have a very low drop rate (roughly 5-10% of legendary items dropped will have the Ancient Item affix). What does this imply going forward?

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World of Warcraft: Hitting Level 100 and Warlords of Draenor Impressions

Probably, one of the most eagerly anticipated expansions, Warlords of Draenor, to come down the pipeline erupted to a pretty abysmal launch this past week. Since launch, the game has been plagued of numerous bugs, outages, horrendous lag, server capacity issues and DDoS assaults that has the World of Warcraft community up in arms. For myself the experience has been somewhat frustrating but not from queue issues. I want to talk about my feelings thus far from what I’ve seen.

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Diablo 3: Patch 2.1.2 Coming Up

One of the talks I was looking forward to the most at BlizzCon 2014 was the preview of the upcoming patch 2.1.2 changes. On Thursday night, I had the chance to meet with the Diablo 3 team, but I purposefully avoided asking anything about future content patches as I figured everything would be addressed here (or most of what’s been done). This blog will try to highlight some of the major things to look forward to as well as talking about my own experience with the demo machines they setup at the convention.

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Blizzcon 2014 in Review

This year was my first Blizzcon. I had no expectations going in outside of what I saw the previous year through the Virtual Ticket. Last year’s Virtual Ticket did teach me one thing: I had to go. I had to attend so that I could become part of this community that I’ve always been a part of at home but never fully experiencing. So this blog post will entail my personal journey.

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Diablo 3: CarnEvil/Pet Doctor Build

Recently, I leveled up a second Witch Doctor with the intent of providing her with all my spare gear that my original Witch Doctor had obtained. My goal for my second Witch Doctor was to act as a bank alt but also to experiment with other gear builds beyond the high end Jade Harvester build. This blog talks about my experience so far with the Pet Doctor build that I’ve been working on.

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“Do You Believe in Destiny?”

This was a bizarre question that this one Japanese lady asked me when I was at the Hard Rock Cafe in Roppongi/Tokyo my first time. I believe it was the winter of 1999, early December and it was my first major vacation away from the US. I stayed at a backpacker’s lodge called the New Koyo Inn in a spot in Minowa, experiencing the adventure of Tokyo life (and hardships). I can’t remember how or why I was in Roppongi that night nor how I even managed to discover the Hard Rock Cafe there since I wasn’t really into site seeing at that point in time. Later, the Hard Rock Cafe in Roppongi would eventually become a spot I’d frequent for dinner and the occasional drink whenever I was feeling lonely.

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