In the dark realms of Diablo 4, Season 3 has left many adventurers, myself included, underwhelmed. The ineffective Seneschal companion and the grueling grind for upgrades have dampened our demonic spirits. But fear not, fellow heroes, for Blizzard has heard our cries and unleashed a fiery storm of updates with the arrival of Diablo 4 patch notes 1.3.0a.
Since the inception of Season 3, players, streamers, and YouTubers couldn't help but voice their concerns about the latest chapter of this epic RPG. In response, Blizzard promised two separate patches to inject new life and excitement into the season. And now, the first update for Diablo 4 has arrived, bringing buffs to the Echo of Malphas fight, faster Seneschal upgrades, and a smattering of other changes to Vaults and Arcane Tremors.
Let's dive into the inferno of improvements that await us. Firstly, behold the mighty Igneous Cores! These precious items have a chance to drop from Vault Heralds, and fighting the Son of Malphas in world tier 4 guarantees their acquisition. These newfound treasures are the key to unlocking the Echo of Malphas fight. No longer shall we squander our Pearls of Warding in summoning him; instead, we can use them to embrace the Zoltun's Warding buff. And rejoice, for this buff now grants ten stacks per Pearl, with a maximum of 999 stacks. The grace period for losing these stacks has also been extended, sparing us the anguish of losing them all in a flurry of treacherous traps.
Prepare yourselves, brave heroes, for the Echo of Malphas himself has undergone a transformation. Raised from level 85 to 100, he now possesses a 30% increase in health. But fear not, for the rewards have been amplified to match the challenge. Defeating him will yield a bountiful harvest of legendary items, with an increased chance of encountering those elusive max item level 925 drops. Furthermore, the drop rate of Unique Stones from Malphas has been doubled, and there's an additional 3% chance of finding them in the chest that awaits you after the battle.
Blizzard acknowledges our dissatisfaction with the feeble Seneschal and vows to rectify the situation. The robotic companion is meant to grow in power as it reaches its maximum level, but the journey to that point has proven to be an arduous grind. Fear not, for the 1.3.0a patch shall bestow upon us more Governing and Tuning stone drops. Moreover, the experience requirements for leveling them up have been adjusted to align more naturally with our own leveling experience. Rejoice, for the Seneschal shall rise from its mechanical slumber and become a true force to be reckoned with!
But wait, there's more! The Vaults and Arcane Tremors have received a few quality-of-life upgrades. Those pesky traps that have tormented us have been slightly nerfed, making them easier to evade. Legendary item drops are now guaranteed from both the Heralds of Malphas and the chests at the end of Vaults. The Diablo 4 patch 1.3.0a is here, and you can delve into the full details to savor the improvements crafted by Blizzard's talented artisans.
But the journey doesn't end here, my intrepid adventurers. Brace yourselves for the forthcoming patch 1.3.1, arriving on Tuesday, January 30. While Blizzard initially released a tantalizing list of patch notes, they swiftly withdrew them, leaving us in suspense. Let us not assume that they shall be the same upon its arrival. However, if they do come as suggested, prepare for mighty nerfs to the vexatious vampiric and suppressor enemy affixes, along with adjustments to monster density in select dungeons.
In the meantime, make sure you unleash the might of the best Diablo 4 builds in Season 3. And if you crave more demonic adventures, explore the realm of Last Epoch, which shall witness its 1.0 launch in 2024. The Path of Exile 2 beta beckons with its dark allure, while tantalizing whispers speak of Titan Quest 2 and a new expansion for Grim Dawn on the horizon.
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So, sharpen your blades, ignite your spells, and embark on a journey through the flames of Diablo 4. With each patch, the chaos subsides, and the epic adventure awaits. Will you rise to the challenge and conquer the infernal hordes? The choice is yours, brave heroes. Embrace the flames and claim victory!