Last night was another night in Diablo 3 and I managed to whittle down the remaining objectives in Champion down to one… raise 3 gems to 35. This is more tedium than it is difficult since I can do 45 greater rifts pretty quickly… the challenge is simply not dying and getting that bonus gem level each go round. Demon Hunter is very much a glass cannon and it gets frustrating sometimes when a single hit can send you to the graveyard, but I am getting better at vaulting to safety. The challenge however is now that I have swapped over to the grenades build… there is so much going on with the grenade bounces that it can be extremely hard to actually see incoming attacks that might KO me.
For most of the season so far I have been running the Yang and Rockets build that while it isn’t exactly the same as this one… the one I was running is fairly similar. Last night was all about finishing out the pieces I needed to swap over to the more appropriate seasonal Manticore/Cluster Bombs build that supposedly has a much higher damage potential. The one thing I loved about Multishot is that I could hang way the hell away from my targets and just pepper the screen with nonsense, allowing me to pretty safely clear everything without needing to “get my hands dirty” as it were. This is a play style that absolutely fits the Demon Hunter because it kept me largely safe and at a significant distance to react to incoming damage.
Cluster Bombs however feel like I need to be way closer to the action and as a result spending much more of my time vaulting around the screen trying not to die to poison puddles or explosions. I am adjusting but I still find it less enjoyable overall than the multishot route. That said… Rift Guardians just completely melt at this point when you hit them with a slew of bouncing grenades. I’ve reached the point where the normal mobs are the problem not the bosses because I have enough stacked up boss damage that they just seem to evaporate. By the end of the night I had gathered up all of the pieces of gear I needed for the build and am now working on getting those gems up.
The highlight of the evening however is one specific drop. Grace and I were splitting up and doing a full round of bounties for cube materials, when she was not paying attention and apparently opened the chest in Garden’s of Hope Tier 1… that contained the cosmetic Falcon’s Wings. I thought for certain that they would have only dropped for the people who happened to be in zone at that moment… but apparently that is not the case. I ported to Grace and sure enough the wings were sitting there on the ground waiting for me to loot them. I’ve spent time in the past farming for these without much luck, and it seems to be the way of Diablo 3 that the only time something drops for you… is when you aren’t expecting it at all.
A couple of interesting notes from the Season of Greed double goblins event. Firstly between the two of us we have yet to see a single puzzle ring drop, and the only time we have made it into Greed’s Realm is when a Gilded Baron opened a portal for us. Second note… we have yet to see a single Menagerist Goblin spawn so our dreams of double pet drops have been dashed so far. Similarly we have yet to see any Rainbow Goblins… so no whimsydale nonsense either. We are however seeing a ton of the gem and material goblins… which are awesome but less interesting than the ones that can drop something really rare. All in all I am having a blast and spent from 7 pm onwards last night playing Diablo 3… first solo and then duo’ed up with Grace. I am having more fun this season than I have had in a very long time.