If you’ve missed out on the official patch notes for 1.0.4, you can check it out here on the official Blizzard forums!
Personally, the biggest change to Diablo 3 has arrived since launch and I’m glad to hear it. Only 3 months after the launch, it’s pretty soon but there are quite a few significant changes to Diablo 3 and it’s not stopping here. Blizzard has already teased quite a few changes in their up and coming 1.1 Patch but for now, we’ll settle for what they’ve already done for 1.0.4!
The Paragon Levels apply immediately upon a character hitting level 60 where each point of experience beyond level 60 will be attributed to Paragon Leveling. Currently, there are a hundred levels of Paragon and each level of Paragon will provide your character with additional stats (the amount your character would attain from leveling from 59 to 60) as well as 3% in Magic Find and Gold Find!
This alone makes being 60 and in Inferno a little better as characters will still be able to progress in more ways than just attaining better gear. Even if a farming run doesn’t prove profitable (Gold-wise or Gear-wise), your character will still be getting experience points which will give you a better edge in the next run.
Even more, the core mechanics of Co-operative play were tweaked this time around as Magic Find, which used to be shared by all players in a game were made to only affect players individually. So if you’re running with 300% Magic Find and your Co-op buddy isn’t, you won’t have to worry about them halving your chances of getting better loot.
Touching on Co-operative games, the amount of bonus health monsters get in Inferno (all difficulties but Inferno is the most noticable) has reduced to only 75% where it used to go up to 105% more Health per additional player in a Co-op game. Furthermore, ALL monsters now have a higher chance of dropping Magic and Rare items which makes skipping enemies much less desirable.
In addition to the huge changes to mechanics, there have been a slew of changes across the board to all classes and you should definitely go through them personally to see how it affects your current playstyle and build. I’ll be going over a few of them that have affected me personally but as I don’t play all 5 classes religiously, I may not be able to cover as much ground as all of you!