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Diablo 3 Gets Major Patch

Ahead of next month’s Reaper of Souls expansion, Blizzard has rolled out the massive 2.0.1 update for its hit action role-playing game Diablo 3.

This patch includes some big changes for Diablo players, including social groups, Clans and Communities, itemization updates, paragon updates, class updates, crafting updates, difficulty updates and more.

Furthermore the patch introduces the new loot system, Loot 2.0, paving the way for the upcoming closure of the Diablo 3 Real Money Auction House.

Loot 2.0 will complete redefine Diablo 3's drop system, adding in a new 'Smart Drop' system that specifically adjusts drops for the classes that find them including item binding for most crafted items, and an ‘across-the-board’ buff for Legendary items to make them feel, well, legendary.

"Legendaries were always supposed to be the best items in the game," says lead designer Kevin Marens.

"Mathematically, we did not make that the case. You could get a yellow item that was more powerful even though the legendary had a cool power, and that became a difficult choice that wasn't as fun as we wanted it to be. The best items in the game have gotten a lot better."

Legendary and Set items will also be bound to accounts, although multiplayer games will allow players a two-hour window to trade those items with others in their party.

Perhaps even more interesting is the albeit removal of the difficulty system.

The original Normal, Nightmare, Hell, and Inferno difficulties have all been replaced with a "dynamic difficulty," which allows enemy levels to scale up and match your character.

Players can still select from a total of five new difficulty settings: Normal, Hard, Expert, Master (which unlocks at level 60), and Torment (which unlocks at level 70).

Check out the extensive change log here.

Patch 2.0.1 is now available for download.

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