Have a safe and happy Turkey Day celebration!
Here's the solo Greater Rift standings as of 9:00 p.m. EST for US Wizards:
Some neat facts about this snapshot:
It's Halloween and my dream of creating a high Fear chance wizard has been dashed. Yes, I tried. Echoing Fury, Pandemonium Loop, Rachel's Ring of Larceny, a helm and source with Fear... all that.
But luckily, I had a video of a Fear doctor ready because it's Halloween. Fear. Makes sense. Happy Halloween!
According to JRR Tolkien's, The Silmarillion, in the beginning, there was Nothing. He created the Ainur, which were the offspring of his own thoughts. He made many. I won't bore those who are not interested in Tolkien's work with all their names, but I would like to mention that one of them was Melkor.
Another, was Ulmo.
There is a cycle in the US Wizard Forums, a cycle that began long ago and continues to this very day. There are different parts to this cycle, and admittedly, most of the information surrounding its composition and timing is anecdotal. You're not going to find regimented study within my work, unless I'm citing a more established Professional. I am not a Sociologist or Historian. I'm just an enthusiast. And this is what I've noticed.
Recently, our fearless leader Jaetch wrote a lovely article concerning the root of The Vizjerei in Diablo Lore. In response to that article, I felt it might be nice to tell the story of the Vizjerei clan, or more specifically, the events that led up to its formation. For those who are unaware, it is one of my greatest hobbies to research and track Wizard History on the official US Wizard Forum on the Diablo 3 website, where much (but not all) of our History resides, frozen in the "Event Horizon" that is Battle.net's digital archives. I do hope you enjoy this week's Quick Touch. Oh, and before I forget, this is all being done from memory. Memories can be slightly inaccurate. I doubt you will find any glaring errors, here. But in case you do, keep them to yourself. Kidding. Comment!
Beta Diablo 3 Forums were comprised of individuals who primarily came from other Blizzard games, with a heavy emphasis on World of Warcraft players. In these ancient posts, they criticized much of Diablo 3's mechanics from the perspective of those who had years of WoW under their belts. Another large percentage of these primordial "Forumers" were D2 veterans, and they vocalized their love and disdain for the third installment openly. I refer to the posters of this time period as, The Ancients, or The Originals, because they truly were the first to "blot and dot" the official Forums with words. They brought light to the darkness that was at the time, a non-existent community.
It's a question that pops up time to time.
What's the story behind the Vizjerei?
I'm not talking about the clan of Diablo III players. I'm talking about the Vizjerei mage clan in Diablo lore.
I had the opportunity to connect with Leonard Boyarsky, the lead world designer of Diablo III.
This entry for the Help Desk will feature Firebird gameplay for Greater Rifts. I've noticed many players with above average Firebird gear experiencing a lot of frustration when dealing with solo Greater Rifts. Much of the frustration comes from learning how to play the build (Apocalypse-Mammoth Hydra).
This is the current rendition of the classic "Blizzard-Hydra" build that has been with the wizard class since 2012. While it doesn't play the same way as it did back in Diablo III's early days, the build at its core revolves around pure kiting. This means the player should constantly be on the move, casting spells while maintaining a safe distance from enemies.
A Censorless Community, And All That Entails
(The Warning of All Warnings Concerning the Work I'll be doing here)
Once upon a time (ancient history for some), I started reading the Official Diablo III Wizard Forums on the Battle.net website, owned and operated by Blizzard Entertainment. At first, I only read. And then, once I had done my fair share of reading, I took the only next logical step:
I read more.
The Interwebs can be a scary place, folks. I read what many others wrote, biting my nails in anticipation whenever I knew someone had asked a question that had already been answered ad nauseum. I would wait, big ole' bag of popcorn in hand, refreshing those threads every few minutes...waiting for the sharks to come in and chew up the poor son of a bitch who had made the mistake of simply, "not searching first".
Thanks to dredscythe from GrindEXP, the Vizjerei Clan website is up and running!
While this is labeled as the Vizjerei Clan home page, I do want to point out that this site is for public use. Within the forum, anyone can view and post topics outside the private clan subforum. Think of this place as an unofficial branch-off from the official U.S. wizard forum where the majority of the clan members make their home.
So please register on the forum. Now we have the much desired private messaging and avatar/signature features that have been nonexistent on the official forum for the past years! Getting in contact with clan members should be easy this way, outside of conventional methods like phone and chat.
There will likely be more features down the line, but for now, at least you can witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational site!
This page is currently under construction.
Please check back later for more updates!