So it should go without saying that the patch notes so far are pretty light, basically boiling down to a new season only item type that may or may not break the game, a brilliant rework to inna’s, and a not so brilliant nerf to the over-performing sets.
For this reason my comments will be kept concise and will focus on these 3 things:
1: Ethereals: the new item type sounds like it will be an RNG nightmare that will dominate the leaderboard for seasons for those who luck into a perfect item first drop, while also creating an impossible to replicate situation for every other player, however, if the items are tuned so that this will not happen, then they may as well be DoA useless trash items for neat future transmog mini-games for those who care. either way, I’ll have to see them before a final verdict can be made.
2: Inna’s: This rework has been sorely needed for a long time, and i hope it is a precursor to all of the other class sets which provide “general damage” bonuses (immortal kings, natalya’s, inarius, akhans, and tal’rasha) will be getting reworks in future seasons as well, since I’ve been saying ever since the inclusion of LoD, set’s which just buff “whatever” are all outdated and pointless. on an aside, I’m glad monks have a dedicated pet set, I’m definitely interested in trying it out!
3: the nerfs: the crusader nerfs seem fairly minor, in my opinion, but the necromancer nerfs are nothing less that a complete gutting of the set (exaggerations aside, this now puts necromancers back in the demon hunter’s territory in rift pushing, in that, they will be the bottom of the barrel and skipped over in favor of dpsaders and archon spam wizards like what happened 3 or 4 seasons ago now (EDIT: i somehow managed to block out the firebird rework from my memory, so that instead of this), i feel that this nerf should have come with a rework of one of the 3 completely unused necromancer sets to offset the disappointment, but if the forum activity is anything to go by, people don’t care about necromancers, so why should blizz?