So, last night Diablo III went down for some scheduled work and the implementation of patch 1.02. This patch is only making a few minor changes, and as you can read here there is more to come soon. Well, now that the game is sitting with a red down arrow still, I figured I’d jump on to knock out an update for you fine readers of what we can expect when the game goes live today.


  • Active Skills
    • Serenity
      • Skill Rune – Tranquility
        • Duration of immunity granted to nearby allies from crowd control effects reduced from 2 seconds to 1 second

Maybe that extra second was breaking the game, but 2 seconds isn’t long in the Diablo world. Still, balance is the name of the game and I have faith in ol’ Blizzard. There are some less impactful updates as well to make life run a little smoother. Most importantly a ton of new tweaks are hitting the auction house, thank Ytar.

Auction House

  • The auction log in the Completed tab will now display a player’s activity (bids, buyouts, sales, etc) in the proper order
  • When placing a new bid over a previous bid on the same auction, players will now be provided with the correct warning message: “Raising your maximum bid on an Auction you are already winning raises your current bid to just above your previous maximum bid. Are you sure you want to continue?”
  • Players will now receive an error message if they attempt to purchase an item after the 50 item limit has been reached in the Completed tab
  • The “Physical Damage” Preferred Stats option for rings has been renamed to “Bonus Minimum Physical Damage”
  • The “All Damage” Preferred Stats option for weapons and armor has been removed and replaced with bonuses of specific damage types
  • Items which have been purchased from a vendor and equipped by the player can now be sold on the Auction House
  • Listing items on the Auction House from a different character than the one currently selected should no longer cause item display issues



  1. I bought this game for my wife for her birthday.  She was so excited.  But alas she installed it today and their servers are down.  Such a disapointment, she cant play her new game at all.  I with all sarchasm would like to thank Blizzard for totally ruining her birthday, and making me look like a shmuck for giving her a totally useless game that she can’t play offline.  It would have been nice to tell us that in those beautiful commercials. She had been looking forward to this for months.

    I doubt she will even care if and when your servers come back up, or your magic patches come out.  These companies worry about ‘their interests’ but ignore the fact that we spent hard earned money on an expensive game, but cant even play it because, well, I guess our interest in being able to play a game we paid for doens’t mean much when compared to their interests.

    Doubt I will be buying anything else made by them.  I hope gamestop will refund my money when I take this back to them.  But I am sure that since it uses an online key to protect Blizzards security, that I will have much luck.  So thanks for screwing us on my wifes now crapped on birthday present.  What a waste of 60 bucks…

      • I guess if you dont care that you spent 60 bucks on a game that you can’t play, your mommy or daddy buy your games for you.  We are working people and we care when someone sells us something that doesn’t work.

        Maybe your mom should make you pay for your own games then you would care a bit more when you got ripped off.

        • Perhaps you and your wife should take into account that launching a game with the type of hype, expectations and userbase that Diablo III has is no mean feat. Extended downtimes during the first month or so are par for the course. Good luck returning a shoe-in for game of the year.

          •  Hype, expectations, and user base are no excuse for bugs and poor design choices. And game of the year awards are meaningless with the current state of game reviewers today. Being disappointed in a game due to bugs and poor design is more than valid. It shouldn’t hurt your feelings any if he wants to return it.

          • Poor design choices are relative. Not being civil in an argument isn’t. Discussions are encouraged, attacks on other readers aren’t. Some of you are being very fair – others, not so much. Try to be kind to each other.

          •  I would like Chris Gravelle to tell us in what way Unagi was uncivil, cause I sure can’t see it.

            I would also like to know how poor design choices can be determined relative. In what way is Diablo 3’s auction house designed well?

          • My fault for not clicking reply in the right area, Unagi is fine, I was especially referring to the boohoo comment. And yes, the AH has been a hot mess for a good amount of time, and rest assured that will be a big factor in part two of the review. Sorry Unagi – wasn’t getting on you at all.

    •  It’s still a great game regardless she cant get on..It’s not like Blizzard saw that you bought it and said, “Hey lets screw this guy over”. I don’t know how them fixing server issues makes you look like a chump or ruin your wife’s birthday but I hope that changed and you just rolled with the punches. And the game WORKS. Just is having issues being attended to. I suggest keeping the game and letting your wife be the judge on whether she likes it or not. Maybe you take a dive into the world too. It’s worth it.

  2. I can’t help but notice Chris Gravelle jumps down anyone’s throat if they find fault with Diablo 3, to the point that he has to vastly stretch to find phantom insults in people’s replies. In fact that seems to be a trend in general with Blizzard fans. 

    • I was making no excuses for Diablo 3’s faults and my review, especially once complete, will cover them all in great detail. I do try to keep people civil on the site though. If that came across as me coming down on people because I enjoy D3 I am sorry, I was making my comment because RipTen readers are generally fair and intelligent people and we would like to keep our comments much more civil than some of the other sites. If you don’t like design aspects of the game I completely support your opinion and I tend to keep my own opinions in my reviews, but I don’t jump down peoples throats for not liking something I do. Trust me, I’m a die hard Too Human fan and have always understood and even supported the complaints people had about it.