If you're like me and picked up Diablo III you had fun with the single player and didn't delve too deeply in the content beyond that. I spent some time with a couple Nephalem rifts at Reaper of Souls launch but didn't delve too deeply. That said, Blizzard hasn't been idle since the last expansion launch and recently dropped patch 2.4.0 as well as Season 5 that is well worth checking out.

If you didn't know, seasons last three months and contain a set of objectives that if completed grant you special stuff. To date, I haven't put much thought to completing them as they weren't very interesting but for me, Season 5 and patch 2.4.0 has changed that. To read more about Season 5 check the link below but i'll clip out some of the more epic parts.

http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/19993877/first-look-season-5-12-22-2015

* There are no more Season exclusive legendaries. All new Legendaries included in Patch 2.4.0 will be made immediately available to be found by players regardless of Season participation.
* We’ve introduced Haedrig’s Gift, a special bundle of Set items you’ll receive on completion of certain stages of the Season Journey. Starting in Chapter 3, three of the objectives in the Season Journey will reward you one of these bags, each containing two pieces of one of your class sets.
* Be careful, though; each step of the Season Journey will only reward one Haedrig’s Gift (for a total of three bags per Season/one full set of gear), regardless of how many characters you might play in a given Season. Make sure to claim these gifts on the character you want to receive their set!
* Last, but certainly not least, is the addition of a totally new Season-exclusive feature called the Season Rebirth. This allows you to take any non-Seasonal character you have and instantly transform them into a Seasonal character, ready to jump straight into the action on day one.

The special armor set Haedrig's Gift is pretty epic depending on the class you open it with. I've seen some incredible stuff including the video linked above of a Barb tanking an 82 greater rift.

Also, the changes made to Nephalem Rifts, leveling, item drops and power since base Reaper of Souls has been really interesting and has made the game feel much more streamlined and whichever character I pick feels very satisfying to play with. If you have Diablo 3 on PC and have had an inkling to get back, head in for a season and work on the chapter progression. So far, it's been a hell of a time.

Travis   Admin   Member wrote on 01/22/2016 at 04:51am

I was wondering if you could get Haedrig's Gift on multiple characters. Good to know. I'll probably do Monk for the first round.

GregoPeck   Member wrote on 01/22/2016 at 05:09am

So, it's not exactly a glorified version of Campaign Mode? I've played a hell of a lot of that in the last year and feel like I'm done with Campaign mode for a long time.

I thought it was cool that you mentioned in the latest roundtable that you jumped in with a Witch Doctor. I was thinking of checking out the new-to-me stuff and the Witch Doctor was probably the first that came to mind. I enjoyed that class, perhaps mostly because of the summons.

GregoPeck   Member wrote on 01/22/2016 at 05:27am

Also, is a Season played alone or with others?

jdodson   Admin   Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2016 at 07:01am

Greg: Seasons can be played with anyone to my understanding. For instance, each time I play I open my game to others and get people joining in with me, it's nice because you get bonuses for playing with more people.

Frankly it feels like they took some nods from Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm in that Seasons are like quests. It gives you something to work against other than simply leveling your character to make them beefy. I like having things to accomplish and the end goal of collecting cool stuff that holds over is a really nice reward. Currently more than half-way through the 3rd set of objectives.

jdodson   Admin   Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2016 at 07:02am

Travis: I plan on getting the gear bags but I am unsure which character I will open it for. The Wizard bonuses look incredible.

GregoPeck   Member wrote on 01/22/2016 at 09:25am

Awesome sauce! Well, I'm not sure how I feel about playing with strangers, but with friends, that would be sweet! How many others do you normally play with? You said you're playing with a Witch Doctor, how many other Witch Doctors do you play with? Would it be too weird to play with another (me)?

So, it kind of works like Adventure Mode's bounties and Nephalem Rifts? Campaign Mode had objectives, but it was basically story driven and since I've been through the story very many times already, I'm not interested in repeating it any time soon. If or when a new expansion comes, I hope that I could bypass the current bits of Campaign Mode that we have.

How many objectives are there? Do you finish all of them with one character and come back with another for more?

Sorry to bombard you with questions about it, but you have more experience with Seasons than anyone else I know and I haven't done any "research" into them. I just know they go for a few months, take a break, release a patch, and come back again. I also know you can get various items, but aside from that and what you've posted here, I know nothing else.

I do enjoy playing games with you guys. I enjoyed that one time you joined me while I was playing. I look forward to playing more games with you all.

Oh and I like that they've made it so pets are actually useful instead of just cosmetic. I have an astral dog, so it'd be cool to get in and see what it can do for me. Also, being able to get more storage space is always helpful. I got all that I could before the latest patch and had so much extra stuff, I ended up storing them on other characters.

jdodson   Admin   Member   Post Author wrote on 01/22/2016 at 03:45pm

Seasons are a game mode that uses a different set of characters. You can now import a character to be seasonal but it is stripped of items. In seasons you can compelte objectives in single player or adventure mode. I recommend adventure mode and using bounties and rifts to complete goals. A Season objective would be something like "level up the blacksmith to 10" or "collect 10,000" gold.

http://www.diablowiki.net/Seasons

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