Diablo III is setting the stage for season 8 which launches this Friday, October 21. If you are new to Diablo III seasons, here is a quick rundown. Blizzard has kept the player base of Diablo III entertained by introducing this game mode. Unfortunately due to how the console versions have their servers set up, this feature hasn’t been included in those versions. Seasons in Diablo III give the veterans of this game a chance to ‘start fresh’ with the added bonus of earning unique gear. The challenge is, when you start a seasonal character you will be essentially start from scratch. No hard earned loot or ‘twink’ gear waiting for you in your stash and no paragon levels to pump up the new hero.
What can we expect with season 8? New goals and challenges, Cosmetic gear, a class set of armor and, if you can reach the Conqueror status before the season ends, an extra stash tab. In the seasonal mode players are challenged with various goals, some are easily achieved, but if you want all of the rewards you will have to complete all of the following.
- Complete a Tormenst XIII Rift in under five minutes
- Complete a Greater Rift 60 solo
- Kill Greed on Torment XIII
- Kill Izual on Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
- Reforge a Legendary or Set item
- Augment two Ancient items with level 40 or greater Legendary Gems
- Level three Legendary Gems to 55
- Complete two Conquests
The newest cosmetic rewards include a new portrait inspired by the Burning Hells, another chance to earn the Conqueror set and a new pair of wings which are designed after a legendary Diablo foe, the maiden of Anguish, Andarial. These ‘wings’ have a flavor effect, every so often while wearing them the hero will yell “DIE, MAGGOT!” as a tip of the hat.
Blizzard is also changing the Conquests up, so if you took part in season 7 you will have all new challenges to play with. Hardcore players will have the Lionhearted Conquest (Reach Greater Rift 75 solo in Hardcore) to work towards. Fans of chaos will enjoy Curse! and Stars Align. Achieve these by killing 350 enemies during a cursed chest event on Torment X, Stars Align is Hardcore only. For those who love the Set Armor challenges, Years of War and Dynasty will give players the new goal of reaching Greater Rift Level 55 solo with the bonuses of six select Class Sets. Again we see Years of War for casual players and Dynasty for hardcore. As if that wasn’t enough the Masters of the Universe and Masters of Sets (hardcore) will challenge players to master 8 different Set Dungeons.
Now we can get to the juicy bits. For those unfamiliar with seasons in Diablo III, you may be wondering how the rewards work. Here is a brief rundown. Completing Chapters two, three and four will award you one Haedrig’s gift, containing a piece of the Class Set armor for the event. Players are limited to one Class Set from these, so playing through casually and going back through in hardcore will not reward you with an extra Set. Choose wisely, opening a Headrig’s Gift will give the player one piece of the Set for the character that opens it, make sure to open all three on the same Class or you won’t get the whole set. The list of sets are as followed.
- Barbarian – Immortal King’s Call
- Crusader – Seeker of the Light
- Demon Hunter – Natalya’s Vengeance
- Monk – Uliana’s Stratagem
- Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr
- Wizard – Vyr’s Amazing Arcana
Along with this glimpse into what awaits in season 8, Blizzard answered a few frequently asked questions. In a short summary, they announced the launch date for season 8 (stated above) and touched on some of the Seasonal records. Here is a quote from the Q&A.
As we continue on into additional Seasons, we will no longer be able to store some personal Seasonal records. While Season 8 will store your personal bests for all Seasons to date, at some point in a future Season we will begin removing old personal bests, beginning with Season 1. This will be true regardless of your participation in past Seasons. We will have more details on this at a later date. Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared, and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
So now that we approach the newest season, what were some of your favorite challenges and rewards from previous seasons? What do you want to see in the future? Let us know in the comments below.