Diablo 3 anniversary event will make it easier for you to get legendaries

You might as well call me Old MacDonald because this weekend I'm going to be farming.

Blizzard is going to make it rain legendary items in Diablo III as a way of celebrating its second anniversary.

The event will begin on Thursday, May 15 at 12:00 PT and run for a whole week, ending on Thursday, May 22 at 05:00 PT, in which the latest community buff will be running on the PC and Mac servers. Legendary drop rates will be doubled during the event, and players will also receive twice as many Rift Fragments so it's even easier to hop into a Nephalem Rift. And, yes, the bonuses will stack.

Earlier this week, Blizzard announced that Diablo III: Reaper of Souls - Ultimate Evil Edition will be making its way to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August. It also launched the 2.0.5 patch for Diablo III, so this might be the perfect chance to jump back in and see what the latest balance tweaks have done to your favourite build.

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls was released for PC and Mac back in March. You can read what GameSpot's own Carolyn Petit made of the expansion in her review.

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48 comments
dani_i89
dani_i89

This will not make up for the mess that this game is.

Krimson714
Krimson714

I have the worst luck... First my apartment catches on fire, then they decide to do this event during the time that I will be having to move and replace stuff... Oh well, enjoy the extra rewards for your grinding guys.

kate_jones
kate_jones

I'm normally a jilted negative person, but double legendary drop rates sound good to me.

catsimboy
catsimboy

Totally makes suffering singleplayer lag and having to log in every time like it's a bloody MMO worthwhile for a 2-year anniversary event where they tweak the loot tables right?

oroelf
oroelf

100% of .5% is 1%.

Don't think I'll be playing the expansion until it "hopefully" gets a price drop.  Once you play the story it's just a huge gear grind and I have other games I'd rather play.

3dmatrixgamer
3dmatrixgamer

Blizzard should be prepared for WoW anniversary and it must be a huge carnival.

aegis_kleais
aegis_kleais

Correct me if I'm wrong and all, but last time I played that game, Legendaries WEREN'T Legendary. Their stats were actually unimpressive compared to "rares" that dropped.  There'd be this glowing column of gold and you'd look at it's specs and be "Meh....".  Don't think I'll be coming back to that game.

vadagar1
vadagar1

too Fing little Too Fing late

jack00
jack00

I just had a whole week off, couldn't of made it this week huh, dmanit.

Mr_Mark_Legion
Mr_Mark_Legion

just dont make it easier on consoles. was so easy it got boring too quick.

bruta
bruta

catering to casuals is what they know best, remember how great and HARD inferno was in the first weeks after launch

tr4newreck
tr4newreck

i'm already bored of the expansion...its a good expansion but, it feels bitter sweet and late, and a bit of backhand this is what the game should of been like upon release

nefphlegm
nefphlegm

Is the expansion pack on sale yet? That's a way to celebrate two years.

CrossViper
CrossViper

Double sounds nice and all but double of .5 is merely 1...


Plus.. most of the legendaries are pretty crappy...

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

I've been getting heaps of good legendary items and sets! time to get back to it!

steaminpotatoes
steaminpotatoes

Time to pimp out my demon hunter, been busy and not played much so seems like a good time.

jimmy_russell
jimmy_russell

Good for them! I got my refund from Blizzard when they introduced the real money auction house less than a month after my purchase. I haven't looked back since, but I'm glad that the people who can tolerate anti-consumer/anti-gamer practices are enjoying the current games industry standards and regulations.

BlackBaldwin
BlackBaldwin

I rather have to work for my awesome gear then get it for just showing up but hey I'm odd like that..

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

I hope they do this sort of thing for the console version as well, not sure if it can be done as easy but that would be sweet.

jhcho2
jhcho2

Does +100% chance mean that if the previous drop rate was 5%, it's now 105%....or additional 100% of 5% meaning 10%?

jyml8582
jyml8582

You get twice as many 2-handers than you normally would.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@catsimboy Little people has lag right now. Are you sure you are not blaming the game for your home internet performance?

dani_i89
dani_i89

@oroelf Blizzard games never really drop...might get it for $10 or so less, but you will need to wait. In any event, Diablo 3 isn't even worth $10

ezioismyname
ezioismyname

@aegis_kleais  Stay away from the 2 handed weapons.  They're still worthless unless you use a Crusader.

Nodashi
Nodashi

@aegis_kleais  They changed it. A LOT. Give it a try, I gave up on D3 long ago and now it's a whole new experience.

kouji03
kouji03

@aegis_kleais  and some have good buff for your class like mask of jeram that boost pets damage of WD by a lot, mine was 80% inc

kate_jones
kate_jones

@bruta  Difficulty in Diablo is only relevant to your gear. Was not that hard to do inferno when the game first came out, there is way more difficulty options now. If you were talking about WoW I might be more inclined to agree.

mdign
mdign

@bruta  You gotta admit. The loot system was pretty crap at launch. The game is completely gear based unlike D2. They had strength stats on Witch Doctor drops. It was impossible at higher levels.

MegaHowler
MegaHowler

@tr4newreck  this is exactly how i feel ! Even though i've still been grinding through RoS lol. great post none the less


smokeless_0225
smokeless_0225

@CrossViper  

Well do you expect to get all of your best gear within your first few rifts? If a legendary drops once every hour and a half(ish), for me, then that means, instead, this week that one will drop every 45 minutes(ish). If one out of every 4-5 is a replacement, then that sounds pretty fair to me!

demondogx
demondogx

@jimmy_russell funny thing is since they removed the AH and made loot class specific instead of get wrong gear to use the AH, the game got a lot better

once again a great example of how anti consumer actions directly affect gameplay

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@jimmy_russell  Did you like...not look into the game at all before purchasing it? Because the RMAH was announced like, months and months before it launched.

normanislost
normanislost

After watching my friend run 10 rifts and find 1 legendary (which was crap) doubling the drop rate isn't going to make it a faceroll...

normanislost
normanislost

10%. 105% would be a legendary from every single thing you kill

Also 10% is generous its more like from 1% to 2%

dani_i89
dani_i89

So I've heard, but it's too little, too late. There is still a lot that is wrong with the game.

bruta
bruta

@mdign

id prefer poor loots with hard difficulty as oposed to the casual borefest that is now, still remember how i struggled with my shield barb to progress BUT thats what made the game awesome.

then the nerf trains kept on coming and coming... to the point where playing Auction House was more fun than actual game

and now its WoW mode aka epax for everyone

CrossViper
CrossViper

@smokeless_0225 @CrossViper  


Well, to be fair, I never said that I wanted all the best gear in my first few rift did I? :)

1 out of every 4-5 is considered damn good. However, unless you count traveler's pledge, blackthorn set, compass rose, Custerian Wrisguards, Grundo Gear among your upgrades, then it is unlikely that you will replace your gear so quickly..

Not to mention... Legendaries mats are also in the mix..

Rooten
Rooten

@normanislost  10 rifts and find 1 legendary...bs...I get at least 1 legendary every 2 rifts. Did you even watch your friend play? Yeah I get them every 2 rifts, good or not good legendary,I still get them!

greaterdivinity
greaterdivinity

@normanislost  Is that so bad, though? Part of the reward of getting a legendary, or at least seeing one drop, is how infrequent they are. It's supposed to be a, "Fuck yeah! Legendary!" moment, not a, "Meh, another legendary." moment.

I'm not saying it would be excruciatingly bad or anything, but when I watch my roommate routinely get 1-3 in a play session lasting from 1-2 hours, then I have to really wonder how satisfying they are when dropped anymore. Because that's common as hell.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@bruta @mdign "casual borefest that is now"
Did nobody told you that you can slide the Torment bar until 6, right? try it and maybe then tell us how casual it is...