As you can see, we got a little something for everyone

Season 7 preview

Season Journey Updates (Official Link)

Similarly, the steps that unlock Haedrig’s Gift, a special bundle of Set items unlocked throughout the Season Journey, will differ slightly with this season. Rather than tying the rewards to specific steps of the Season Journey, Haedrig’s Gifts are now tied to completing certain chapters. Remember that each bundle will contain two (or, in some cases, three) pieces of one of your class sets.

Chapters II, III, and IV will all reward you with one Haedrig’s Gift. In addition, Chapter IV will also be the reward step for the new Portrait and cosmetic item for Season 7. We’ll go over these rewards in more detail in the Season Reward blog. 

This is something to pay attention to, since it is completely different than the past seasons that offered the Haedrig's Gift. In the past, achieving the 6 piece set was (in my opinion) very easy. Not that it will be extremely difficult, but it will be harder than previous seasons. I'm in favor for this shift to using the season journey for the reward. This will space out the power creep slightly (it will potential take longer to get a full set) and it adds a little more to the season journey.

As a reminder, all players will only earn one full class set per Season, including both Hardcore and Non-Hardcore Seasonal characters, so choose wisely! Here are the sets you can expect to receive early on in your adventures for Season 7:

Barbarian: Wrath of the Wastes

Crusader: Roland’s Legacy

Demon Hunter: Unhallowed Essence

Monk: Raiment of a Thousand Storms

Witch Doctor: Helltooth Harness

Wizard: Tal Rasha’s Elements

Looking to start a new Class, but don’t know what to expect? Here’s a quick run-down of each Set’s specialty in case you decide to dabble in something new during Season 7.

Barbarian – Wrath of the Wastes: Everyone loves tearing through monsters at breakneck speed, and Wrath of the Wastes is built to blend with the best of them! Using a combination of Whirlwind and Rend, this set is truly designed around spinning to win.

Crusader – Roland’s Legacy: Become the essence of a knight in shining armor with this combination Shield Bash and Sweep Attack set! This set evokes traditional medieval-style combat, and successive uses of these melee-oriented skills will stack Attack Speed and damage reduction, transforming your hero into a devastating defender of Sanctuary.

Demon Hunter – Unhallowed Essence: Ever wondered what a shotgun would look like in the world of Sanctuary? That original concept inspired the Unhallowed Essence set, which provides you great damage boosts to generators, Multishot, and Vengeance for every point of Discipline you have. The armies of the Burning Hells are forced to fight in the shade against such power!

Monk – Raiment of a Thousand Storms: Fight with the fury of the tempests themselves! The Raiment of a Thousand Storms set props up your Spirit Generators and Dashing Strike, allowing you to deliver blows that are both fast and furious. If you want to embody living lightning, then this is the set for you!

Witch Doctor – Helltooth Harness: If you enjoy wrangling enemies and debuffing them back to the Burning Hells, you may want to consider Helltooth Harness! This set applies a debuff called Necrosis to enemies that are hit by a variety of different abilities, and particularly boosts the effectiveness of Wall of Death. Box them in, load them with decay, and watch them melt!

Wizard – Tal Rasha’s Elements: Wizards are the masters of elemental magic, and no set embodies that more than Tal Rasha’s Elements. By cycling through a variety of elemental damage, you’ll be raining Meteors from the sky as well as enjoying both offensive and defensive boosts. Make it rain Arcane! (and Cold and Fire and Lightning. . . .)

The DH and WD come out ahead here. That is until somebody comes out with a crazy build. As of right now (PTR) the WD's Helltooth set is leading the pack in DPS. The 4 player meta is even using 2 WDs....both of them DPS! I also like DH's Unhallowed Essence set. The DH becomes a speed farming multishooting arrow of destruction. 

New and Updated Conquests

Conquests continue to be a staple of the Seasonal experience, and we’re bringing back a few Conquests from Seasons past for Season 7, with appropriate adjustments to accommodate for shifts in class and balance changes:

Is the name of your game speed, speed, speed? Then you might want to focus on Conquests like Sprinter and Speed Racer, which challenge you to complete the entire campaign in under an hour. We’re continuing to include staple experiences, such as solo Greater Rift pursuits with Divinity and Lionhearted, as well as Legendary Gem refinement with On a Good Day and I Can’t Stop. Finally, if you’re looking for a more brain-teaser style of challenge, put together your own “set” of Legendaries and conquer a Greater Rift 45 without the use of any Set Items via The Thrill and Super Human!

Oh baby! Sprinter is back! I have a lot of fun trying for this achievement. It's difficult enough to provide a sense of accomplishment when achieved and not too crazy that it feels impossible. Plus, if you fail, you only wasted an hour of your life! I'm also curious to see if The Thrill will be any easier with all the changes and new gear that has come out since the last time it was available.

New Cosmetic Rewards (Official link)

In addition to an exclusive Portrait Frame and the usual rotating pieces of the Conqueror’s Transmogrification set, Season 7 will include a unique cosmetic pet for players who complete the fourth chapter of the Season Journey.

That portrait frame it pretty sweet looking and the pet is very cool as well. I'm not really digging the transmog set though.

Season Journey Rewards 

In Season 5, we introduced a method of acquiring more stash space by completing the Season Journey. In Season 7, we’ll be bringing back this reward for those who unlock the Conqueror title.

Want to plan ahead for acquiring your expanded storage space? Here are the steps you’ll need to complete for the Conqueror tier of the Season Journey:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Nephalem Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55 or higher
  • Complete two Conquests
  • Defeat Ghom at Torment XIII difficulty in under 30 seconds
  • Defeat Rakanoth at Torment XIII difficulty
  • Complete a Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Use Kanai's Cube to augment two Ancients with level 40+ gems
  • Use Kanai's Cube to reforge a Legendary item

 

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