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      Zips' unholy monk
      [guide] a legendary list of legendary crafting materials
      Crusader art added to diablo iii media gallery
      New short story: "the orphan and the jeweler"
      New wallpaper: Charge of the crusader
      Reaper of souls™ soundtrack now available
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Going to Blizzcon

May 07, 2014 - 7:10 PM - by Lucifer
It's official

Karieo and I are going to Blizzcon

Just purchased our tickets.

I hope others can make it

If you can make it, buy your tickets here

Here we come Blizzard

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Zips' unholy monk

May 01, 2014 - 1:50 PM - by Lucifer

"Monks are sacred warriors who channel divine power through sheer force of will. Healing waves, mantras of protection, and attacks empowered with holy might are all within their purview."
Chance on Hit effects take the spotlight in this week's Theorycraft Thursday, where ZiPS#1834 throws out what you know about Monks and brings you a build that’s "poisonous, greedy, and everything a monk isn't!"

Dark, foreboding, and ready to cart off loot like a Treasure Goblin.
ZiPS has provided a variety of flexible options for this less-than-good-natured Monk build, but we'll be highlighting his main, beefy build with a focus on survivability and flexibility today.

About the Build:

So what's up with the Unholy Monk, and where did the concept come from? "This item build started from the idea to stack many 'Chance on Hit' effects with Life on Hit and a fair bit of Attack Speed," wrote ZiPS. With a fairly sturdy Andariel’s Visage in hand (or on head, in this case), our intrepid Monk player began looking for ways to capitalize on its Legendary effect, and to prepare for additional Legendaries with similar properties.

An Unholy Monk is never alone.

The idea of a monk who's strayed off the beaten path and approached things from a less than noble perspective is intriguing, and with additional drops that highlighted atypical Monk properties, such as high Gold Find, additional Poison damage effects, and a tricky little treasure goblin companion, the build began to take shape. ZiPS focuses on providing a great amount of utility, including slows, shields, group life steal, and a finishing move that packs a punch!

The Skills:

You can view the following build over on our skill calculator here, but let's get into the details! At level 70, this is what you want to equip and why:
Active Skills:
  • Fists of Thunder (Thunderclap)
    • Synergizes well with Strongarm Bracers
    • Darker tinted Lightning effect fits the theme well

  • Exploding Palm (The Flesh is Weak)
    • Primary pack clearing skill
    • Rune effect enhances the potency of Chance on Hit damaging effects

  • Mystic Ally (Water Ally)
    • Primary form of crowd control
    • Offers an almost permanent slow with certain skills

  • Sweeping Wind (Blade Storm)
    • Works beautifully with Mystic Ally (Water Ally) to provide AoE slows

  • Dashing Strike (Quicksilver)
    • Primary method of mobility and escape, when necessary

  • Mantra of Healing (Boon of Inspiration)
    • Excess Spirit Spender
    • Provides great group utility
    • Provides extra tankiness

Passive Skills:

Build Variations:

The Items:

After personally playing around with this build, gear isn't necessarily a huge dependency—gameplay flows well at an appropriate difficulty, and any Chance on Hit item you might find on your journey is greatly enhanced by using this build.

ZiPS' found items both encourage his build and play off of it!

That said, ZiPS offers a few suggestions on what compliments this build best:

If the greed aspect of this build is what calls to you, then be sure to keep an eye out for:

Lastly, if you need more survivability, any number of these beauties will be a boon:

Ready to Give It a Try?

Monks are masters of perfect combat and precise execution. ZiPS’ Unholy Monk exhibits this in a dark, twisted sort of way and it turns out that's a ton of fun! Be sure to give it a go on your own Monk, and don't forget to laugh manically after your Exploding Palms chain from pack to pack and clear the map.
Got questions or comments on this week's build? Post 'em in the comments below! Got a build you want to share? Well, send it in to me at TheorycraftThursday@blizzard.com and you might be next week’s feature!


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[guide] a legendary list of legendary crafting materials

May 01, 2014 - 1:48 PM - by Lucifer

In Reaper of Souls™ we added a plethora of new level 70 craftable Legendary and Set items, many of which require a unique Legendary crafting material to create. But what exactly are these materials, where do they come from, and what can they be used for? Thanks to Angzt and his "Legendary Crafting Materials – Drop Locations and Uses" guide from the Diablo Fans forums, you don't have to wonder anymore.

About the Guide:

In his "Legendary Crafting Material - Drop Locations and Uses" guide, Angzt provides a litany of crowd-sourced information regarding Legendary crafting materials, including the names of each material, where the material can be found (and from what creatures), the best place to farm for the material, and what item or items the material can be used to make.

Angzt also keeps an active changelog that lists every update he's made to the guide since its inception, making it easier than ever for you to know what's new.

Why this Guide is Awesome:

  • It has everything you need to start hunting down that special Legendary crafting material.
  • Since it's crowd-sourced, it's constantly being updated with more details and insight.
  • It's incredibly well-organized and very easy to use!
  • Thanks to its included changelog, you'll know exactly what's changed since the last time you read it.

Additional Information:

As noted, this guide is based on a collection of personal experience, player comments, as well as other guides. Here are some of the resources Angzt referenced:

Have you been looking for a crafting guide like this to help you on your journey? Did you find the information helpful? Leave us your thoughts in the comment section below, or head over to the Diablo Fans forums to share your feedback directly with Angzt.
We hope you enjoy this guide as much as we did and look forward to sharing more with you in the future!
Found any helpful guides lately or created your own? Then be sure to send them over togrimiku@blizzard.com!


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Crusader art added to diablo iii media gallery

May 01, 2014 - 1:46 PM - by Lucifer

Love all things Crusader or just looking for more official Blizzard art? Then be sure to sure to check out our Diablo III Media gallery! We've just added seven stunning pieces of concept art and illustrations, featuring work by the talented Glenn Rane, Victor Lee, Josh Tallman, and Phroilan Gardner.

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New short story: "the orphan and the jeweler"

May 01, 2014 - 1:45 PM - by Lucifer

"'The trickster Zei crept among the sleeping gods,' Elder Sister Rou had told the orphans of the Tenth many years ago. 'With clever hands and a wide grin, he stole from his brothers and sisters until his pockets jingled. Then he scampered across the black sky, spilling jewels in his haste to escape. Most of them stayed where they were, becoming stars, but some blazed to the ground, shattering into a million pieces…'
Legend said that Zei was caught and banished from the heavens until he returned every stone. A thousand stories began that day, each more preposterous than the last. Xiansai worshiped fifty-nine gods, but it only loved one: Zei, the grinning trickster who fooled emperors, seduced river goddesses, and traveled the world disguised as a humble jeweler."

"The Orphan and the Jeweler" by Gavin Jurgens-Fyhrie is now available in the Game Guide! This exciting short story features the jeweler Covetous Shen, revealing some of the mysteries behind his enigmatic past and supposed homeland, the wondrous region of Xiansai.
For more heroic tales, be sure to explore the short stories for our iconic classes, available here:


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New wallpaper: Charge of the crusader

May 01, 2014 - 1:43 PM - by Lucifer

"The crusade calls me...so I go."

Faithful of Akkhan. Bastions of the Light. Stalwart redeemers of the Zakarum. Show your allegiance to the Crusader order with an all-new wallpaper featuring artwork by John Polidora!
Visit our Diablo III Media section to download this wallpaper in multiple resolutions, and be sure to stay tuned for even more righteous designs to decorate your desktops.

Looking for more Diablo-themed wallpapers? Click here!


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Reaper of souls™ soundtrack now available

May 01, 2014 - 1:42 PM - by Lucifer

The Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ Soundtrack is now available on the Blizzard Music page! The album features 22 tracks that score your journey through the mortal realm of Sanctuary, from the legendary city of Westmarch to the unhallowed halls of the Pandemonium Fortress. Relive the struggle between good and evil over and over with a soundtrack crafted from the most macabre and melodious of Reaper of Souls' musical moments.

Visit the music page today to read composers' notes, listen to sample arrangements, and download the album (or individual tracks) through iTunes!


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