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The Diablo Podcast is a weekly (or more often) podcast produced by The Unofficial Diablo Site, Diablo.IncGamers.com. Hosted by long-time Diablo community member Flux, TDP covers recent news and controversial issues in the Diablo community, features in-depth discussion and debate about game issues, and hosts regular interviews with game developers and members of the Diablo Community.

Full show archives are listed below, sorted by year.


Contents

TDP Episode Guide[edit]

Brief summaries of each episode. Click the "view it here" links to see the full news posts and links to grab each episode via iTunes, YouTube, or via the direct mp3 file.

For reasons of space, this page shows only the shows from the current year. Past shows are fully described on the archives pages, and all episodes can still be viewed and listened to via their original news posts.


2015 Episodes[edit]

Most recent on top.


TDP #168: Season Three and RoS Year One[edit]

Lots to cover this episode, with Season 2 ending and a Season 3 start date, a new patch on the PTR, and the Reaper of Souls one year anniversary fast approaching. Plus debate over Ancient weapons, the needed 7th items in RoS sets, and seasonal exclusive legendaries. Featuring Tyr, Xanth, and Flux.


TDP #167: The Crusader & Massive Barb Buffs[edit]

Why the Crusader is great, plus Patch 2.2.0 changes, including the massive Barbarian IK set buffs. Also Rift changes on the PTR, Blood Shard cap increases, new LGems, and why double Unity has gone obsolete. Featuring Katniss, N3rdwards, and Flux.



TDP #166: D3’s Seven Design Pillars + PTR[edit]

Josh Mosqueira’s GDC presentation on all the ways that RoS fixed D3’s mistakes brought up the original D3’s “Seven Design Pillars.” What were those 7 pillars and why did the game largely fail to achieve them? Plus more PTR testing and Natalya’s Set debate. Featuring N3rdwards, MJNspace, and Flux.



TDP #165: Patch 2.2.0 on the PTR, Part 2[edit]

The second half of our big Patch 2.2.0 discussion. This show focuses on the new item sets and legendary items for the Wizard, Witch Doctor, Monk, and Demon Hunter, plus a farewell to potions. Featuring Wolfpaq, M0uikki, and Flux.



TDP #164: Patch 2.2.0 on the PTR[edit]

Patch 2.2.0 opened up on the PTR last Tuesday, and after nearly a week of testing we’ve got evaluations on the item set updates, new Rift maps, Quality of Life improvements, and fixing the RoRG suggestions. Featuring Flux, Xanth, and Tyr.



TDP #163: Season Two and Patch 2.2.0[edit]

Season Two, week one in review, plus Patch 2.2.0 preview debate: more six-piece item sets, new goblin types, new bounties and exploration mode, plus Diablo 3 “first world problems.” Featuring Wolfpaq, Muggs, and Flux.



TDP #162: Season Two, Weekend One[edit]

Season Two began on Friday, and it’s time to recap the weekend. Rushing races, preparing for level 70, RNG heartbreaks, fast leveling strategies, new season camaraderie, and more. Featuring N3rdwards, Master X, m0uikkai, Amedon, and Flux.



TDP #161: Season Two Pre-Game Show[edit]

Reaper of Souls Season Two is upon us! How best to reach 70 and beyond, which of the new Season Two Legendary Items are intriguing, and more. Plus a bonus debate on the controversial Realm of Trials. Show features Wolfpaq, N3rdwards, and Flux, plus bonus first time guests Tyr, Master X, and m0uikkai.



TDP #160: Patch 2.1.2 Goes Live[edit]

The long-awaited Patch 2.1.2 went live last week with lots of big game changes. Show topics include Ancient Items, Rift density improvements, changes to Sunwuko’s and Marauder’s sets, Realm of Trials, auto-pickup and QoL requests, and more Featuring Aahz and Flux.



2014 Episodes[edit]

TDP #129: Reaper of Souls Beta, Legendaries, Bounties, and Slow Paragon Levels[edit]

Reaper of Souls beta discussion covers legendary item drop rates, power, and build-changing, plus why bounties are probably too rewarding, why the Inventory is definitely too small, and Paragon levels are too slow. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Xanth.



TDP #130: Reaper of Souls Beta, Gambling, Nephalem Rifts, and Patching[edit]

Reaper of Souls beta discussion covers gambling and Blood Shards, the highs and lows of Nephalem Rifts, changing (or not) the game incentives to always rush through everything, class balance and new RoS builds, and top fixes requested in the upcoming RoS beta patch. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Xanth.



TDP #131: Legendary (non) Drop Rate and Patch Skill Changes[edit]

Reaper of Souls beta test discussion with a focus on the very disappointing Legendary item drop rate, the new Infernal Machine, big patch skill changes, Blizzard’s D3 MVPs growing restless, EXP issues, and more. Featuring Flux, Xanth, and Wolfpaq.



TDP #132: No Legacy Enchanting and Class Balance[edit]

Big changes lately in Diablo 3. Split-farming fixed, legacy items are no-enchant, legendary item drop buffs, Torment-only legendaries, Nephalem Rifts buffed, and class balance issues. Featuring Flux, Neinball, and Xanth.



TDP #133: Diablo 3 Developer John Yang Livestream[edit]

Diablo 3 developer John Yang joins a livestream for an hour of Reaper of Souls conversation. Topics include Barb nerfs, Demon Hunter changes, crafting costs, legendary items, and much more.



TDP #134: Dev Chats, Build-Changing Legendaries, and the Launch Party[edit]

Reaper of Souls beta chat including recent D3 dev livestreams, build-changing legendaries, the power of Paragon Points now that experience grows so quickly, and RoS launch party plans. Featuring Flux, Neinball, and Holyknight.



TDP #135: Diablo 3 v2, Clans, Class Changes, and 17th Anniversary[edit]

Diablo 3 version 2 had a great first week with much player excite. Topics include class changes pros and cons, build-defining legendaries, too-smart Smart Drops, First World clan Problems, and Diabloii.net’s 17th anniversary. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Sentarius.


TDP #136: D3v2 and the Reaper is Approaching[edit]

Reaper of Souls is approaching fast, with Diablo 3 version 2 and new awesome legendary items to keep us busy until then. Paragon levels and Pools of Reflection, plus Diablo 3 ladder teases. Featuring Flux, Katniss, and Neinball.


TDP #137: RoS Launch Party & First Impressions[edit]

The Reaper of Souls launch party was a blast, and the game’s launch went nearly flawlessly. Surprised? Relieved? Excited? All of the above? Flux, Katniss, Wolfpaq, and Neinball discuss their launch party experience and offer first impressions of Reaper of Souls.


TDP #138:RoS Week One![edit]

Reaper of Souls has been live for a week, and there’s much to discuss. Changes since the Beta test ended, first classes played, Adventure Mode, Gambling and Blood Shards, Paragon Points, Nephalem Rifts, and more. Featuring Flux, Xanth, and Ynzerg.


TDP #139: “RoSS” Reviews and Crusader Patch Buffs[edit]

Patch 2.0.4 brought big changes and buffs, including major changes to skills, especially for the Crusader. Is the class awesome now? Also, Reaper of Souls reviews are running lower scores than D3, even though everyone says RoS is a big improvement. Rush of IncGamers.com discusses the sad state of gaming reviews and “journalism.” Podcast features Flux, Rush, and Katniss.



TDP #140: The “Weakest” Crusader, Torment, and Toughness[edit]

Fans have named the Wizard the strongest and the Crusader the weakest class. How can the new guy be so unloved? Also, DPS meters, Torment 4-6 item hunting, Toughness strategy, and the Monk’s terrible Sets. Featuring Flux, Muggs, and JrMint.


TDP #141: Conspiracy Theories![edit]

Diablo 3 conspiracy theories! Can RNG can be cheated, do we know the weighting for all legendary drops, and more. Also the joy of clans, legendary material hunting, and feeling forced to play Torment. Featuring Flux, Rankil, and Muggs.


TDP #142: Crusader Buffs and Patch 2.0.5[edit]

Patch 2.0.5 buffed many things, but most of all the Crusader. Is the class awesome now? Xanth argues that WD is the best class. Community double legendary drop rate should last forever? How would Diablo 3 change with hard caps on Crit Chance and Crit Damage?


TDP #143: Leg Mats RIP and v2.1 Anticipation[edit]

Legendary Materials were junked in the recent Patch 2.0.6. Why are they gone and how is the game poorer for their absence? Also, ladders and Patch 2.1 anticipation, plus lots of rambling digressions. Featuring Flux and Neinball.


TDP #144: PTR, Greater Rifts, and Legendary Gems[edit]

Diablo 3 Patch 2.1 is up on the PTR and bristling with new features. Flux is joined by first time podcast guests N3rdwards and Empty1 to discuss Greater Rifts, Legendary Gems, Death Penalties, and go in depth into the Wizard class.


TDP #145: Greater Rifts and Monk Problems[edit]

Greater Rifts are a great new feature, but there are pros and cons. Monks are not so great, with devoted Monastics deeply worried about the class. Higher difficulty is the source of all rewards in RoS, putting huge pressure on the devs to balance the classes. Show features Xanth, Neinball, and Flux.


TDP #146: Patch 2.1, Story, and Blizzcon D3X2?[edit]

Lots on this show, including PTR Patch 2.1’s big changes, legendary item buffs, Paragon 1000 achieved, the Stash space emergency and micro-transactions, Diablo 3’s story and “demon soul hooks,” and Blizzcon 2014 Diablo 3 expansion announcement expectations. Featuring Flux, N3rdwords and Neinball.


TDP #147: Seasons! Prep, Planning, and Caffeine[edit]

The first Diablo 3 Season begins this evening and many fans are all fired up. Hear two eager Ladder climbers discuss their D2 Ladders experience, class and build plans, Patch 2.1 adaptations, weekend goals, how long they think the 1000 level 70s of each class will take, and more. Featuring Flux, Nerdwords, and Empty1.


TDP #148: Seasons, the First Weekend[edit]

The first weekend of Diablo 3 Seasons has ended. How did the ladder rushers enjoy the experience? Which fast leveling strategies worked best (and worst), and does the Torment 6 “kill nothing but level fast” cheese need to be fixed? Featuring Wolfpaq, Rankil, N3rdwords, Katniss, and Flux,.


TDP #149: Legendary Gems I/II[edit]

Everything about Legendary Gems in this two-part show. LGem basics, how they’re found and upgraded, why they are so awesome, and then detailed discussion of the best builds, upgrade values, and uses for every gem. Featuring Katniss, Ynzerg, and Flux.


TDP #150: Legendary Gems II/II[edit]

The second part of our analysis of every Legendary Gem newly added to Diablo 3. We cover the last 11, discussing all of their strengths and weaknesses, what type of build they’re best for, twinking uses, melee-bias, and more. Featuring Flux, Katniss, and Ynzerg.


TDP #151: Greater Rifts = HC Death & LGems[edit]

Why are players earning more Paragon levels in a month of Seasons than 7 previous months of Reaper of Souls? And Greater Rifts are awesome, but the lure of record times causes a lot of Hardcore deaths. Also, favorite Legendary Gems. Featuring Monstrous, Xanth, and Flux.



TDP #152: Realm of Trials & GRift Improvements[edit]

This show covers numerous changes made in Patch 2.1.1, then focuses intently on fixes and changes needed for the Realm of Trials and Greater Rifts. Why not more player control in selecting the level, competitive PvPvE Grifting, running lower Grifts for Leaderboard record times, etc. Featuring Rankil, N3rdwards, and Flux.


TDP #153: Co-Op, Clans, & Blizzcon[edit]

Diablo 3 Podcast conversation about multiplayer co-op issues in Diablo 3. What are the benefits of playing with others? Should there be more party skill bonuses? Why are the Diablo 3 clan tools so meh? The curse of the double-Unity requirement. Show features Aahzmodius, Wolfpaq, and Flux.


TDP #154: Torment 7-10 and Grift Exploits[edit]

This episode of the Diablo Podcast covers Greater Rift exploits and their ramifications, fans opinions on the most-needed Gambling fixes, if the game needs Torment 7-10, and what keeps you playing when gear upgrades are done? Featuring Amedon, N3rdwards, and Flux


TDP #155: Favorite Legendary Gems and Achievements[edit]

The fans have voted their favorite Legendary Gems, but what if LGems could be used on Followers? Why are players suddenly rolling over Greater Rift 50+? Should Achievements grant in-game bonuses as well? And Blizzcon 2014 is coming in just two weeks! Show features HolyKnight3000, Rankil, and Flux


TDP #156: Blizzcon 2014 Special – Day One[edit]

Flux and N3rdwards have dragged themselves away from the demo machines for a quick half hour chat about their experiences with the Diablo 3 demo showcasing the new stuff therein. They’ve positioned themselves in a corridor that seems to be a main hallway used by the cosplay entrants, no doubt enjoying the steady stream of Night Elves parading back and forth. It’s a dirty job……


TDP #157: Diablo 3 Interview: Travis Day @ Blizzcon 2014[edit]

Flux interviews Travis Day at Blizzcon 2014. Travis answers questions about Greater Rifts, Rift Racing, Legendary Gems, Ancient Items, new legendary items and Item Sets, buying more stash space, trading, Realm of Trials, improving bounties, game control problems, build viability in the end game, and much more.


TDP #158: Blizzcon 2014 Hands-On Reports[edit]

Blizzcon 2014 is over, but the legend lives on. N3rdwards, Rankil, and Flux attended this year’s show and bring back stories about the playable D3 demo, play-testing all the new Item Sets and Legendary Items, Diablo 3 panels, cosplay, D3 dev encounters, and more.

Plus a special message from Wyatt Cheng at the end!


TDP #159: PTR Debates and Ancient Items[edit]

Diablo 3 patch 2.1.2 is on the PTR with a giant community buff, and it’s sparked elitist controversy. Also new Legendary Gems, Marauder’s Set changes, console D3 control improvements, and more. Show features Neinball, Rankil, and Flux



Older shows are detailed on the annual archives pages: