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How to Prepare for Reaper of Souls?

Posted: 03/09/2013
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How to Prepare for Reaper of Souls?  

What’s up, Nephalem! As probably all of you have already heard Diablo will be bringing an epic (most likely) expansion called Reaper of Souls. It will include many exciting features among which are: a new really good-looking character Crusader, a new level 70 cap, a new artisan, Act 5 where your end boss will most probably be the evil Archangel Malthael – the wisest of all archangels, but sadly madness has taken him over after the disappearing of the Worldstone.

However this article will not be about the contents of the expansion, but more about the patch that will come beforehand. Most players today are actively trying to sell all their gear and safe as much gold as possible. Is this the right thing to do? The answer is not that simple so bear with us.

Hopefully you will use this article as a brief Diablo III guide, which will help you prepare for the for the expansion and help you make the most of it.

Paragon Leveling

Blizzard has confirmed that the paragon levels from all of your characters will be carries over to the expansion and will be converted into Paragon points. The way we see things right now, Paragon levels are the only valuable thing in the game right now, because with Loot 2.0 and Loot runs you will find gear faster and more easily, with max level 70, you will find more powerful items and so on. But there are a couple of issues.

The first thing that needs clarifying is that “paragon experience” will be used in the Paragon 2.0 system and NOT level to level transfer. Meaning, if you have 2 paragon 10 characters today, you won’t receive 20 paragon 2.0 points (this would be unfair). Instead your experience (approx. 273 billion experience in total) will be transformed into account wide Paragon2.0 levels and points. At this point it is unknown how much experience will each paragon 2.0 level require.

The next thing you need to know is that currently paragon 100 characters do NOT gain experience. This means that you have hit the current cap and this character will not help you gain any more paragon 2.0 points. This is sad and probably a bit unfair, but true for the time being. There is however a pretty decent solution. You can just spend 4-5 hours to power-level a new character to 60 and simply transfer your items and keep the exp rolling. In case you don’t know how to power-level to 60 in roughly 5 hours, stay tuned because we will post a dedicated article shortly.

Gear

There are two sides of every story. Some people say “Sell you gear ASAP”, other say “Keep your gear and level up”. We find reason in both theories and here is why.

If you are severely disappointed from Diablo 3, then chances are you are not planning to return before the expansion. You want a new environment, a new character, more levels, more abilities and so on. For those of you, we recommend selling your gear ASAP. The more you wait the cheaper your gear will become, because with the new expansion the items will go all the way to ilvl 70 (maybe even ilvl 73) and no one will be interested in your dusty ilvl 63 items. Just sell them and use the gold to buy new shiny items from the AH when the expansion gets launched.

But there is a very good reason for you to keep your items. Some of the most exciting new features from the expansion will be introduced into the game in a free patch before the expansion itself. We are talking about Loot and Paragon 2.0, Nephalem trials and loot runs. If you intend to play the new patch, then obviously you need items. Bear in mind, though, that the patch will NOT include the new max level cap – 70 and therefore there will NOT be ilvl 70 (ilvl 73) epic items. This means that if you choose to keep you items and enjoy the new features in the patch, then you will not be able to sell your gear afterwards. The reason is that no one will pay a dime for your items when the expansion is just around the corner and with that the new ilvl 70+ items.

What about if you have a super high-end character? We recommend selling you gear RIGHT NOW! Get as much gold as you can and once the patch kicks in, just spare a 10-20 million gold on some mediocre gear, which will allow you to farm MP 3 or 4. This way you will be able to enjoy the patch AND keep your billions safe for the expansion.

Crafting Materials

Safe your Demonic Essences and other crafting materials; don’t craft anything! The reason will be the new artisan – the Mystic, which will require those crafting materials and gems to make awesomeness.

Keep in mind that those are temporary things that Blizzard may decide to change at any time!!! We will be watching over the news around the patch closely and the expansion and will update the info, so that you may know the latest changes.

If you like our work here, feel free to contact us with your questions, suggestions or complaints. Stay tuned for the next article that will continue the series about HC builds with Inferno build for monk! In the meantime we will be bringing comprehensive reviews and rankings of the best Diablo 3 Guides shortly.

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