Diablo 3 Patch 1.0.7 Preview, Dueling Detailed

Though it's now been over half a year since Diablo III's launch, Blizzard has only recently unveiled Diablo III's highly anticipated PvP mode. Diablo III Game Director Jay Wilson explained that another Team Deathmatch-type PvP mode had been in the works, but had been scrapped due to issues with depth and class balance.

The Diablo team has released the patch preview for Patch 1.0.7, which is also coming with details on how PvP will work with dueling.

In order for players to duel others, they'll need to speak with Nek the Brawler at the Inn of New Tristram. The dueling players will then be taken to the Scorched Chapel, a brand new area developed for the sole purpose of PvP. The Scorched Chapel is actually broken down into four different areas consisting of the church, the graveyard, the river, and the lake. Dueling for now will only support matchups to up to four players, meaning fifth wheelers are just going to have to sit out. However, third wheelers are totally welcome.

Dueling currently has no objectives of any sort, meaning that players will be neither rewarded nor penalized. Dying in the Scorched Chapel holds no consequences, not even for hardcore characters.

The patch preview also details some class rebalancing for the Wizard and Monk classes, new recipes, new gem tiers, Monster Power changes, and monster changes. Most significant of these changes are new items that, like Hellfire Rings, are account-bound, meaning that they cannot be sold on the Auction House. More account-bound items will now be available for players to craft, no doubt to allow players to have access to items that make them feel like special snowflakes, since they aren't devalued via a real money purchase.  

Unfortunately, Blizzard didn't give a specific launch for Patch 1.0.7, other than the vague window of "soon." Who knows? It very well could be within the week.

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  • A Bad Day
    Still going to hold off on Diablo until the balance patches slow down...
  • fail sequel failed
  • wavetrex
    Try Path of Exile, goes into open beta in 8 days...
    Has PvP already (and had for a few months already)
  • TheGhxst
    D2 winning system. Walk outside, hostile everyone, beat people up. D3 system, hold hands and slap faces, then say it doesn't work and recall it... Dude is putting D3 further and further into the dirt with his crap. I think ol' JW needs to take a walk out of the building and let someone who knows what they are doing take the wheel.
  • michaeliberty
    I don't think this patch is going to bring me back.........keep on patching Blizzard....
  • uglynerdman
    are they going for another "Arena" pipe dream. good luck on always milking ppl to pay to play e-sports bs.
  • tiret
    can't believe i actually bought that game.
  • memadmax
    People still play with this pile of poo?
  • thecolorblue
    D3 - the franchise killer
  • People are ALWAYS whining about Diablo 3, this is getting really old, really fast. D3 might not have been the game we were expecting after the brilliant Diablo 2, but it is still a very good game, and Blizzard WILL keep improving it. Do not forget, that Diablo 2 was not that good in the beginning either, it took alot of patches to make is the great game it ended up to be.