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YaminoKaze #1374
PTR Buff Deactivation(1)Category: PTR FeedbackMarch-5-2015 12:57 PM PST (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I think shutting off the PTR buff so early was unfortunate. I can't speak for anyone else, but personally, I had thought this would be the PTR I'd really dig into some testing, see how the new and revamped sets work, post my feedback, maybe even get some idea of what set pieces I can start collecting on live to be ready for a new build when this patch actually goes live.

I'd like to reiterate that I didn't care about seeing the ground covered in shinies or anything like that. I wasn't one of those gawkers or lurkers, like some people seem to think everyone complaining was. I honestly want to test. I don't, however, have the time to spend playing with old items, rather than testing the new ones, while hoping the new ones drop.

As others have said, maybe the buff isn't the best way to do this. I understand that there may have been some people who decided they'd just play on the PTR instead of live and not actually test anything, simply because the buff was too alluring. Perhaps instead, there should be a vendor or something that sells all the new or changed items.

As it is, though, the buff was deactivated, and nothing was put in its place. Blizzard didn't even acknowledge the buff was gone until a day later, and even when they did acknowledge it, there was no official reasoning behind it.

I know this probably isn't the intent, but the impression given seems to be "Okay, we have enough testers already. If you didn't have the time to get on in those first few days, sorry, but you're not welcome." I just think that's unfortunate, and wish things had been done differently.
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Tyvalir
PTR Buff Deactivation(6)March-5-2015 4:49 PM PST (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: YaminoKaze

I just wanted to make a quick post to say that I think shutting off the PTR buff so early was unfortunate. I can't speak for anyone else, but personally, I had thought this would be the PTR I'd really dig into some testing, see how the new and revamped sets work, post my feedback, maybe even get some idea of what set pieces I can start collecting on live to be ready for a new build when this patch actually goes live.

We've received a tremendous volume of feedback on the new and revamped sets on the PTR, and we're making adjustments to several of them as a result. Ideally, these changes should address many of the concerns players are reporting about them.

Until these changes can be implemented, we’ve disabled the Legendary drop rate buff. We hope to have the new versions out for testing soon, at which point we may reinstate the buff.

As a side note, we've heard many players point out that the buff to the Legendary drop rate during recent PTR tests has had the unintended effect of encouraging people to log onto the PTR only to enjoy the drop rate, rather than to test and give feedback on new content. We're looking at ways to address this in the future.
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Tyvalir
PTR Buff Deactivation(84)March-6-2015 10:48 AM PST (5 years ago) Go to Blizzard forum post
Posted by: Jako

I'm sure they want feedback on multiple levels. Obviously they want to know how the new items and sets work. But I'm sure they would also love feedback from people who can only test the bare minimum too.

You’re exactly right. In fact, some of the best feedback we’ve seen in this PTR has not only delved into how individual set bonuses feel, but also how the set feels when it's partially and fully completed, and when it's combined with complementary items.

The examples you gave are also good, Jako, and they highlight another area where we'd like to get feedback - that is, how does it feel to use the set while gearing up? For instance, do you feel more powerful as you add more pieces to the set, and does each piece feel worthwhile (compared with other items) for the slot that it takes up?

We've already seen lots of good feedback along these lines, and we'd love to see even more, whether in the PTR Feedback forum itself, or (specifically for the new and revamped sets) in our Focused Feedback topic.
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