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Post by Eorl @ 10:14am 19/03/14 | 22 Comments
The somewhat controversial Auction House for Blizzard's action-rpg title Diablo 3 has now had the plug officially pulled, ahead of its expansion release next week.

Blizzard has previously explained why it chose to close the Auction House late last year, stating that "despite the benefits of the AH system and the fact that many players around the world use it, it ultimately undermines Diablo's core game play: kill monsters to get cool loot."

While players are able to access both the gold and real-money Auction Houses through the game's menu, players will find that they can not bid, buyout or sell any new items. A note at the bottom of the window reads: "The Auction House is shutting down. You must claim your items from the Completed tab by 6/24. Existing auctions will complete based on the time remaining."

Ahead of its launch next week, Blizzard has revealed a launch trailer for Reaper of Souls, the first expansion to Diablo 3 that will add a new Crusader class and levels 61-70 among many other features. The trailer is titled 'The End is Near' and you can check it out below.

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls will be available on March 25th for Windows and Mac.

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Posted 10:16am 19/3/14
Got a Paragon lvl80 waiting to go. We're just trying to smash as many paragon levels as we can, since gear will be replaced quickly.
Posted 10:23am 19/3/14
With the death of the AH, right now all there really is to do is:

- paragon it up, get lucky on an upgrade mebbe
- get golds (crafting is exxy in ros until you can do lvl 70 t3-4)
- make hellfire rings for alt / crusader
Posted 12:09pm 19/3/14
finally re rolled out of curiousity having not touched the game since release.
lag still ruins the sense of actually hitting things but the gameplay is definitely far improved. also funny looking in my stash at what we then lvl60 rares and are now 100x worse than lvl40 blues. not that it matters because you now get legendaries coming out the arse. if they could even improve pings to the ~150 mark I'd be pretty tempted to get a russian key for ROS.
Posted 12:23pm 19/3/14
maybe your internet is bad or something because i don't ever feel like it's lagging
Posted 12:32pm 19/3/14
My internet is bad, at ~5k from the exchange. So I still experience lag. 200 is good, 300 is expected, 400 is common. 600+ if other people are doing anything...

Feels a bit better than it did before and I'm glad the AH is gone. Waiting to see for RoS though. See how much I enjoy playing (currently P40 Monk/P8 DH) over the next few weeks.
Posted 12:40pm 19/3/14
i get like 150 ping and it seems pretty good to me

they are all the same paragon level now scooter, paragon level is account wide
Posted 12:41pm 19/3/14
yeah my net is pretty s*** and inconsistent mostly, I think, because I'm in an apartment.

having said that, I just jumped on and am sitting on 90-110ms so who the f*** knows.
Posted 12:46pm 19/3/14
someone was actually downloading.
currently hovering around 50ms.

Posted 12:58pm 19/3/14

Posted 01:04pm 19/3/14
Oh Cool, Might switch back to DH for a while/test then. I was running MNK to see if I could get P100 before I looked into RoS.

How is the Paragon exp going to work after the level cap is raised? Stuck on whatever paragon level you are until you hit 70?
Posted 01:22pm 19/3/14
someone was actually downloading.
currently hovering around 50ms.

Posted 01:32pm 19/3/14


At work from Cairns:

Posted 01:28pm 19/3/14
if I get a ping above 80 ever again I'm holding you personally responsible, eorl.
Posted 01:33pm 19/3/14
we will need your credit card details eorl, every time our ping goes over 80 we will be charging you by the second
Posted 01:36pm 19/3/14
seems only fair
Posted 01:57pm 19/3/14
Seems like its not really worth going through a CD key place for Reaper of Souls, most are only beating Blizzard's price by $5 or so. Wish GMG sold Blizzard products...
Posted 01:59pm 19/3/14
Seems like its not really worth going through a CD key place for Reaper of Souls, most are only beating Blizzard's price by $5 or so. Wish GMG sold Blizzard products...

haah you're a jerk
Posted 02:50pm 19/3/14
So au servers confirmed?
Posted 03:27pm 19/3/14
Spill it Eorl!
Posted 03:39pm 19/3/14
We've asked Blizzard on their official word but we won't say until then. Don't want to cause a stir if it turns out to be nothing.
Posted 03:43pm 19/3/14
So i did a little digging, found one of the ips im connected to for D3 is in Sydney Equinix datacentre.

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Posted 05:52pm 19/3/14
Maybe they've finally decided to take the plunge. Maybe oceanic servers for wow might start showing low ping some day soon.

Anyway, hopefully it's true, as I've been getting serious issues in the past week on the US servers with rubber banding and s***.
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