This is an in-progress review of the recent Diablo 3 2.6.7 patch and Season 19: Season of the Eternal Conflict.
As with every season in recent memory, Blizzard has added buffs that last for an entire season. This season encourages you to gain kill streaks to enable the Pandemonium buff. From the Blizzard patch notes:
The buff for Season 19, the Season of Eternal Conflict, has been added
- For the duration of the Season, all players will have a stacking buff that that persists as long as you have hit or killed a monster within the last 5 seconds
- Each stack gives .05 movement speed and .1% bonus damage. This bonus caps at 50% movement and 100% damage (1000 stacks)
- In addition, after reaching a certain number of kills in a row, a power is unleashed, dealing an amount of scaling damage based on player level and difficulty or Greater Rift level:
- 15 Kills: Exploding Chickens seek and destroy
- 30 Kills: A wide Frost Nova freezes enemies
- 50 Kills: Corpses rain from the sky
- 100 Kills: Five massive energy twisters are unleashed
- 150 Kills: Dark Geysers form beneath enemies
- 200 Kills: Treasure chests fall from the sky
- 300 Kills: A ring of fire engulfs everything
- 400 Kills: Meteors hail from above
- 500 Kills: Angels descend upon the battlefield to fight for your cause
- Angels should no longer one-shot Rift Guardians.
- 1000 Kills: ???
- Powers are tracked at a group level; this means only one power can be active in play at a time, regardless of the number of players in a group.
With this in mind, doing content currently revolves around trying to maintain your stacks of the buff, which if your character is on the slower end, like my Crusader without Steed Charge, then it may be difficult (luckily, I use a ranged ability to try and hit enemies from as far away as possible while chaining together the groups).
I’m currently sitting at 565 Paragon, which seems like a lot, but it is not. I’ve been mostly toying with the new Crusader set, Aegis of Valor. This set revolves around using Fist of the Heavens and Heaven’s Fury. This build hits hard, but it is not for speed. I was able to complete a 70 Greater Rift with ease without the added benefit of Captain Crimson’s cooldown/resource cost reduction.
Overall, I’m enjoying the theme that the Season of the Eternal Conflict has to offer so far. I enjoy trying to maintain the stacks of the seasonal buff. It’s also interesting watching gold chests rain down from the heavens and obliterate my enemies.
Eventually, I will start to gear up the fast Whirlwind Barbarian build that recent had some items updated that have some great synergy with the Wrath of the Wastes set.