Some consider Diablo III to be a failure, it is too hard to get loot, there is no end game, and in order to progress you have to have very good luck or use the Real Money Auction House (RMAH). Blizzard’s upcoming expansion, Reaper of Souls, will attempt to remedy many of these problems. Reaper of Souls launches on March, 24 2014 at 9 p.m. PT (that’s midnight Eastern).
Smart Loot (Loot 2.0)
Smart loot is a new system that was introduced in the pre-expansion patch 2.0.1, now items that drop will be much more likely to be tailored to the class you are currently playing. Gone are the days when most of the items that you received were unusable by the class that you were playing. Most items also have a much lower range that stats can roll, for example, an old item might have rolled between 1-200 of a stat were a new item might roll between 175-200. This makes it more likely for you to receive better items.
Legendary and set items that drop are also much more likely to be usable by the class you are currently playing. Legendary and set items have been largely redesigned, many legendary items now have special properties. One example is a new Witch Doctor helm that increases your pet damage by up to 100%, these types of items are meant to make you spec into skills you might not have normally used.
Paragon 2.0 takes all of your paragon experience on all of your characters and comes up with a level based on how much total experience you have. So if you have a paragon 70 character it would just be level 70, but if you had a paragon 100 and a paragon 50 it would add up the total experience and it might be something like paragon level 120. The experience you need to level up paragon levels increases the higher you are, so it does not simply add up your numbers.
Paragon levels are no longer capped in any way and are shared between all of your characters. In the example above, instead of having one level 100 and one level 50 you would have all of your characters at level 120. Every paragon level you get gives you one point to spend in one of four categories rotating round robin style. Core, offense, defense and utility.
Core adds core stats like strength or intelligence Offense increases things like critical hit change or critical hit damage. Defense increases armor, all resistance, life percent, or life per second. Utility increases things like life on hit or a new stat called area damage. Area damage is a 20% chance to deal X% area damage within a small area of the original damage. The percentage of damaged can be increased with paragon points, or items.
The crusader class is built around using a shield. The crusader can take massive amounts of damage and has an passive ability allowing them to use a two handed weapon and a shield at the same time. They are primarily a melee class but also have several ranged attacks.
A New Artisan (Mystic)
The mystic is able to take any stat on any 2.0.1 or later item and change it to another. All items have had their stats categorized into two areas, primary or secondary. Primary stats are things like critical hit chance or strength. Secondary stats are things like pick up range, poison resist, or gold find.
Lets say you find a killer pair of gloves, but you really wanted gloves with critical hit chance instead of vitality. You would go to the mystic and pay her some gold and some crafting materials, select vitality and she will give you three options for new stats. The old (so you can never get worse) and two new ones. There is a list of stats you could possibly roll within the interface. Each time you attempt to roll the stat you want on the gloves the gold cost is increased. You may only change one stat per item.
Removal of the Auction Houses and Bind on Account Items
The auctions houses in Diablo II received a lot of negative feedback, so Blizzard is removing both the gold and the real money auction houses on March, 18 2014.
All new legendary and set items that drop after 2.0.1 will have restrictions on trading. You may trade a legendary drop to anyone that was in your party when it dropped, if you do it within two hours. Other than that all legendary, set items, and even gold are completely unable to be traded after March, 18.