If you have followed my blog for any length of time you would know that I have a deep connection to Diablo 3 and periodically I do the seasonal nonsense. When the concept was fairly new a bunch of us would get together on the Friday night that the season opened and attempt to push as far towards 70 as we could. Over time this group has dwindled from having three teams of four players active during its absolute heyday… to this past Friday just being me and Grace roaming around killing demons. The truth is I often enjoy the more low key seasonal pushes than the bigger groups because you don’t feel like you are letting as many down if you need to take a quick break.
The other thing that has changed is that our speed and longevity does not appear to be anywhere near what it once was. There were several times when we would stay up well past midnight pushing hard to get to 70 as soon as possible, and now.. we often tag out around 10:30. I think this past Friday we managed to make it to 47 before running out of gas for the evening. I picked up Saturday morning and pushed through to I think 68 before Grace and I got back together that afternoon and passed the finish line. Thankfully with a demon hunter… simply passing the finish line to 70 is enough to pretty much finish the seasonal challenges.
Often times double demon hunter seasons start out as ones when we are not super into the process… and are just wanting to unlock the basic seasonal rewards. This season however we both seem to be interested in pushing a little further than those initial steps. For the uninitiated there are four chapters that make up the standard seasonal journey, each including several achievements that you have to unlock like killing a specific boss at a specific difficulty or leveling up the blacksmith and jeweler. These range from trivial to difficult and chapters 2-4 unlock a satchel called Haedrig’s Gift including 2 set pieces each time for a total of the full 6 piece set after completing the journey. Getting to chapter four also unlocks whatever cosmetic rewards are available for a given season… which this time around was a back banner thingy (yes I know it has a name but I am drawing a blank this morning).
However after this initial four chapters you can unlock additional challenges that go through the ranks of Slayer, Champion, Destroyer, Conqueror, and Guardian. At this point I have finished the Slayer step and am currently working on Champion and I am honestly not sure if Grace has defeated that step and moved on to Destroyer or is still working on it. The ultimate reward is an additional bank tab which comes after finishing Conqueror, but this becomes less and less of a thing as you can only get four of these in total. I’ve not gotten my four… Grace has. Demon Hunter with the Marauder set seems to be a reasonable option for pushing higher into the ranks than I normally do in a given season.
Traditionally I play long enough to unlock my set and finish the cosmetic stuff and then check out until the next season. This season started on Friday June 15th and if it goes as it normally does… will wrap up around September 15th. What makes Season 14 special however is there is an event going on called the Season of Greed which greatly increases the number of Treasure Goblins that you encounter. Firstly it feels like the encounter rate has been increased significantly… but when you do find one you will get two copies of the exact Goblin spawned in at once. This means double the loot every time you can get them down, making it feel extremely good to go out and take on things like Nephalem Rifts that already have a fairly high chance of encountering goblins.
I am admittedly a very loot-centric person and the fact that I have hot and cold running goblins on tap… means I am way more likely to spend time roaming around and hunting the good stuff. I’ve already seen myself spending a lot more time in Diablo 3 solo than I ever do during a season. For whatever reason I am finding it extremely relaxing to get in and tear up a rift, but what I need to be focusing on is bounties since I am still down several gem patterns. I think tonight is probably going to be all about doing a full round of bounties and then maybe knocking out some of those Torment 10 achievements needed for Champion. All in all I am still very much a fan of Diablo 3 and I am super amped about the potential for a new Diablo project that they are ramping up the hiring for.