Vanilla Sets Gain a 7th Piece in Patch 2.2.0
Another item will be added to each original set, in a PTR patch next week
The five original class sets are getting a lot of attention in patch 2.2.0. Those sets are:
The 5 vanilla class sets will get a 7th piece in the next PTR patch. Should help w/ gearing/power issues since the sets have weapon/jewelry.— John Yang (@_JohnYang) March 3, 2015
An entirely new Barbarian set is being added in patch 2.2.0, the Wrath of the Wastes set built around using Whirlwind. The set bonuses have changed multiple times since it was first introduced back at BlizzCon 2014, and most recently were based on swapping between Whirlwind and Rend. The set will change again in the upcoming PTR patch, and now will be focused more specifically on using Whirlwind.
@itsNobbie WW Set has changed and should feel more like WW. WW won't require Rend on target for dmg. You'll see it next PTR patch in a week.— John Yang (@_JohnYang) March 3, 2015
Skills that provide damage immunity are getting changed in patch 2.2. It has been a constant concern that stacking Cooldown Reduction and certain items could allow for permanent immunity. Skills such as Smoke Screen and Serenity have been changed back and forth multiple times since the release of Diablo III to prevent being able to play with permanent immunity, going all the way back to the first hotfixes for the game!
The topic came up again in relation to the Legendary item Obsidian Ring of the Zodiac being updated in patch 2.2. The ring's new Legendary power is:
Reduces the remaining cooldown of one of your skills by 1 second each time you spend resource.
To deal with the issue across the board, in patch 2.2.0 four skills will be changed so that their cooldown starts after the skill buff ends: Smoke Screen, Serenity, Spirit Walk, and the rune Laws of Hope - Stop Time.
The change listed above for Spirit Walk will impact most Witch Doctors; as seen in the Popular Witch Doctor Skills, it is easily their most used skill. The Witch Doctor set Raiment of the Jade Harvester will see set set bonus updates, along with another Legendary item, to help mitigate the skill cooldown change. John Yang also mentioned this on Twitter, along with a discussion of a new cat Mojo graphic. There won't be a Mojo with that graphic in patch 2.2, but hopefully it will arrive in another patch down the road.
Jade Harvester will get new 2pc/4pc bonuses and a new complementary item to make up for the Immunity changes that affect Spirit Walk.— John Yang (@_JohnYang) March 4, 2015
@thheller What you're really asking for is Jade to perform/play better against 3 or less targets. I hear you. Stay tuned.— John Yang (@_JohnYang) March 4, 2015
As with other recent patches, the next Diablo III patch will be released simultaneously for PC/Mac, and the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.