Blizzard's Legendary item overhaul for patch 2.4.0 in Diablo 3 has entered the public test domain and is currently being tweaked, fitted and modified to suit the needs of the general gaming public.
The news was made over on the Battle.net website where they released a video of the new content that you can check out below.
The 2.4.0 patch includes some new Legendary items and armor power sets for players to play around with, including the new and revised Barbarian and Crusader sets.
We also get to find out that they have updated the Thorns of the Invoker and the Shadow's Mantle sets to include six pieces instead of just four. This means that you're going to get a significant stat boost in the two additional pieces that are available in each set.
According to the patch notes, the Armor of Akkhan and Firebird's Finery along with the Might of the Earth and Raiment of the Jade Harvester have all seen moderate power boosts and additional armor pieces in the set. Additional updates and upgrades were made to the Delsere's Magnum Opus, Armor of Akkhan and the Embodiment of the Marauder.
The damage base values have also been increased while they note that they've “redesigned” other sites. In particular, Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls' Legacy of Raekor and Monkey King's Garb have had their base skill bonuses adjusted and redesigned. If you're part of the public test server you will already have seen the changes and updates made to these particular armor sets... assuming you have them in your inventory.
It's also revealed that Legendary items aimed at enhancing class skills in Diablo 3 have also been added and updated. This includes the Blade of the Tribes, Heart of Iron and Elusive Ring to name but a few. Damage to items like Kyoshiro's Blade now do 2.1k DPS, while the Twisted Sword outputs at 2.3k DPS.
Now to bring the bubble down a notch. There's some sad news in the patch 2.4.0 preview update that indicates that this year's seasonal time for Diablo 3 will not feature exclusive holiday-themed Legendary items.
For whatever reason, Blizzard decided to remove the festive Legendary sets in Diablo 3 for this year and instead are replacing the seasonal gear with the six-piece sets that gamers are currently testing in the public test servers.
The comment section is full of diehard fans doing some number crunching on the sets. If you aren't familiar with numerical stat stacking for hardcore RPGs it'll look like you just stepped into an accounting workshop session. A lot of gamers who love Diablo get really serious about the stats for various sets and classes. Balance is just as important as the strength and capabilities of a character.
You can keep an eye out for the official release of Diablo 3's patch 2.4.0 or you can learn more about the upcoming patch by paying a visit to the official website.