Diablo 4 Patch Introduces Class Balance Tweaks
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Diablo 4, the developers have rolled out a patch to address class balance. The patch, released two days before the official launch, brings a mix of nerfs and buffs to different classes.
Barbarians, Rogues, and Sorcerers have received nerfs in the patch. Barbarians’ Challenging Shout now has reduced damage reduction per skill rank, while Rogues’ Dark Shroud has also received a reduction in damage reduction per shadow per skill rank. Sorcerers have lost two seconds off of Shimmering Teleport’s damage reduction.
On the other hand, Druids have received a few buffs, and Necromancers have seen an increase in their power. In fact, 15 out of the 16 tweaks made to Necromancers have enhanced their abilities.
The patch also includes bug fixes, with one particularly amusing fix addressing an issue where Sorcerers using Deep Freeze would be permanently stunned if affected by another freezing effect.
In their notes, Blizzard has clarified the rationale behind the patch, stating that they want players to feel powerful but also want to ensure that class builds and synergies remain within reasonable bounds. They aim to avoid situations where players can withstand excessive amounts of damage for prolonged periods, as it goes against their intended vision for combat in Diablo IV.
While the patch has been met with mixed reactions from players, some expressing concern about the frequency of balance updates, it is hoped that these changes were necessary to maintain the integrity of the game. Players can find the full set of patch notes on Blizzard’s website.