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I got back into it, and tried it out with Kevin, but it just wasn't any better with the both of us. While I certainly wasn't breezing through elite mob packs it felt a little easier. Kevin was just not impressed. I'm not really impressed, per se, but I'm pretty fucking hellbent on finishing the game on inferno just to say I did it. Which is hard for me because I'm a casual player.
One of the most noticeable things in this patch is the Paragon system. Once you hit 60, xp goes into your paragon levels, which go up to 100. Each level you get a bonus to gold find, magic find, and core stat increases. Every 10 levels, your character portrait updates. This is excellent - along with five stacks of Nephalem Valor blues are dropping everywhere, and I get a couple yellows per rare mob pack. Even though, depending on the specials the rare mobs have, I might die a couple times before the do, the gold I get makes it so I don't even notice the ding in my bank.
Helping with this, though, is the fact that they removed enrage timers and heal to full mechanics from rare mobs. Going back in to finish the job rather than going back in to start all over makes it feel less like a defeat and more like a setback. (Still frustrated the shit out of Kevin.)
They improved legendary items. Not the ones that dropped before the patch, just the ones dropping now. That doesn't really help us at all. Even worse, they are most definitely improved, but most of them look like I could find rare item replacements. Ouch.
I am enjoying immensely that you can now cancel auctions whenever you want, and they increased the number of searchable stats. :3
Now for the best part: they helped out my Witch Doctor some! Increased mana regeneration and spell-casting animation resolve time. This makes it so much easier to kite things around like, say, Zoltun Kulle... uhg. Pet survivablity has increased! One of the main reasons why I started a Witch Doctor was because of the pets, and I am overjoyed that they made pets viable again.
While farming is a little easier, it's mostly just vendor trash and gold. Even though I am picking up more rare items, most of them are complete shit. Maybe once every two vendor runs I find something that MAYBE someone will buy on the AH. I still haven't found myself any upgrades.
And now, I am stuck on Belial. More farming for me!