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Disclaimer: this topic is a teaser and everything is subject to change. The full patch notes are released 2 days prior to new season.



Class Rebalance


Multiple unpopular builds have been improved

Now that most of the builds had their primary issues addressed after multiple changes to stats balance, we are taking a slightly different approach this time, and it is to improve builds which aren't necessarily weak but are not popular among the playerbase. For example, when two builds are similar in power and capabilities, but one is much harder to play or pull off (itemwise). In these cases we try to make the harder build more rewarding and stronger (instead of easier) and improve itemization, if those don't turn out to be sufficient we have to look into simplifying or revamping the mechanics.


The upcoming patch will feature improvements to builds such as:


  • Elemental Sorceress: mana costs greatly reduced across the board as they were choking damage output from spells which was especially noticeable in the early and midgame. Next we have a bunch of new mechanics added to most elemental trees, including a new skill accessible to all elemental casters. Finally, There will be some power boosts to some of the farming skills.



  • Naginata Assassin: a very strong build that is however one of the most skill-switch intensive in the game. New changes include improving endgame potential and adding more relaxed playstyle alternatives so people have a ground to work their way up. Last but not least, the Frysturgard monopoly is ended, so Naginata build will receive buffs in expense of balancing Fryst, which means, this build will continue to be as strong but all other builds using a different naginata will become stronger. These changes will be further complemented with the addition of the Halberd.



  • Ways Assassin: the damage from ways was greatly buffed across many patches, however this was not enough to revive assassin builds which revolve around 2 or 3 ways as their primary damage source. Two ways require to settle at 50% efficiency from all-pierce combo, while three ways generally requires giving up weapon damage and leech, so the survability and damage are not in a great place for a build which requires such expensive items as well. The solution is to provide a pierce cushion from investing points into ways and improve some of the skills that go well with them.



  • Holy Caster Paladin: another build which is fairly strong. On one hand, Solar Flare's duration can now be increased with skill points and the animation is less visually annoying. In addition, mild buffs to some of the skills, now has the ability to use non-dragon spells during the Dragon's Oath and there are new powerful items to make the build more exciting.



  • Werewolf Druid: the changes to werewolf include damage boosts, better and more consistent defenses, ability to regenerate stamina, and a large list of changes to items to make cold piercing more accessible as well as new items too. One of them is a powerful mana-based sword that allows the druid to focus their damage purely on mana. It seems new tools are being created by the children of Scosglen, it is rumored that Baal is planning to invade Sanctuary... and druids won't stand for it.





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New Items


New base weapon, many new unique items and new affixes to existing uniques

As always we are looking into adding new build-enabling items as well as improving itemization for builds which are lacking it. The upcoming patch features over 10 new uniques but also changes to existing items that were too plain.

  • Some of the new build-enabling uniques:
    Azgar's Crystal
    Azgar's Crystal
    Giant Sword (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: 42 to 45
    Two-Hand Damage: 65 to 67
    (Druid Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    960
    Item Level: 125
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.26 per Strength)%
    Adds 40% of Current Mana as Cold Damage
    100% Attack Speed
    -50% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    Slain Monsters Rest in Peace
    Regenerate Mana +100%
    Maximum Cold Resist +4%
    Cannot Be Frozen
    Requirements +100%
    Socketed (4)
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    Stormpick
    Stormpick
    Flail (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: (108 - 122) to (129 - 145)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 486
    Item Level: 120
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.18 per Strength)%
    +1% Lightning Spell Damage per 2.5% Gold Find
    25% Cast Speed
    -10% Movement Speed
    +(131 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
    +50% Damage to Undead
    Adds 750-1250 lightning damage
    Maximum Lightning Resist +(2 to 4)%
    Physical Resist (6 to 15)%
    +100 Life after each Kill
    Socketed (6)
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    The Defender
    The Defender
    Long Sword (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: (139 - 187) to (185 - 244)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    270
    Item Level: 105
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.18 per Strength)%
    +(120 to 160)% Enhanced Damage
    Adds (40 to 70)-(80 to 120) damage
    (50 to 100)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    5% Life stolen per Hit
    +(10 to 20) to Retaliate
    (10 to 20)% to Strength
    Physical Resist 5%
    Requirements -50%
    Socketed (6)
  • Other new uniques for existing builds:
    Fire Hydra
    Fire Hydra
    Flail (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: 47 to 56
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 486
    Item Level: 130
    Strength Damage Bonus: (0.18 per Strength)%
    Dragon Wyrms Fire Two Bolts
    Wyrm Count Reduced by 6
    +(2 to 4) to Paladin Skill Levels
    +50% Damage to Undead
    -33% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    (21 to 25)% to Vitality
    +(201 to 250) to Energy
    Maximum Fire Resist +(3 to 5)%
    Fire Resist +100%
    Cannot Be Frozen
    Socketed (6)
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    Vaetia's Wall
    Vaetia's Wall
    Tower Shield (Sacred)

    Defense: (4603 - 5157) to (5543 - 6210)
    Chance to Block: -1% + Class%
    (Sorceress Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength:
    411
    Required Dexterity: 471
    Item Level: 105
    -1% Base Block Chance
    -(11 to 15)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
    +(6 to 13) to Living Flame (Sorceress Only)
    +(6 to 13) to Snow Queen (Sorceress Only)
    +(6 to 13) to Warp Armor (Sorceress Only)
    +(6 to 13) to Vengeful Power (Sorceress Only)
    +(141 to 170)% Enhanced Defense
    Maximum Mana (11 to 25)%
    Maximum Elemental Resists +(0 to 1)%
    Requirements -20%
    Socketed (4)
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    Sash of the Frozen Seas
    Sash of the Frozen Seas
    Sash (Sacred)

    Defense: (2036 - 2329) to (2064 - 2362)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 452
    Item Level: 105
    -75% Regenerate Mana during Werewolf Form
    30% Attack Speed
    Winter Avatar Cooldown Reduced by 0.4 seconds
    +(501 to 1000) to Attack Rating
    -(6 to 15)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    +(101 to 130)% Enhanced Defense
    +(101 to 500) to Mana
    +100 Life on Attack
    Socketed (2)
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    Trang-Oul's Breath
    Trang-Oul's Breath
    Mask (Sacred)

    Defense: 940 to 1004
    Required Level: 100
    Required Strength: 540
    Item Level: 105
    Frozen Breath: Halved Freeze Duration
    +(0 to 2) to All Skills
    -(11 to 25)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    -(11 to 25)% to Enemy Cold Resistance
    +(11 to 30)% to Physical/Magic Spell Damage
    +(11 to 25) to Frozen Breath (Paladin Only)
    +(11 to 25) to Drakemaw (Paladin Only)
    +500 to Mana
    Maximum Fire Resist +(0 to 2)%
    Maximum Cold Resist +(0 to 2)%
    Socketed (4)
  • Changes to existing items include:
    Xorine's Ring
    Xorine's Ring
    Ring

    Xorine's Ring
    Required Level: 80
    Item Level: 80
    +1 Projectile to Punisher
    10% Chance to cast level 19 Punisher on Kill
    (51 to 100)% Bonus to Attack Rating
    Adds 25-75 poison damage over 1 seconds
    (11 to 15)% Chance of Uninterruptable Attack
    ,
    The Redeemer
    The Redeemer
    Grand Scepter (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: 30 to 38
    Required Level: 100
    Required Dexterity: 449
    Item Level: 120
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.17 per Dexterity)%
    Fire Elementals Inherit Your Fire Spell Damage
    5% Chance to cast level 36 Lava Pit on Death Blow
    +(3 to 4) to Amazon Skill Levels
    25% Cast Speed
    +50% Damage to Undead
    +(20 to 30)% to Fire Spell Damage
    -(20 to 25)% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    +(51 to 60) to Energy
    (2 to 4)% Reanimate as: Fallen Shaman
    +(50 to 75) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (3)
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    Felblood
    Felblood
    Amulet

    Felblood
    Required Level: 10
    Item Level: 1
    Totems Inherit Iron Golem's Regeneration
    +(1 to 2) to Necromancer Skill Levels
    5% Life stolen per Hit
    +4 to Life (Based on Character Level)
    3% Reanimate as: Molting Torment
    ,
    Starhawk
    Starhawk
    Warp Blade (Sacred)

    One-Hand Damage: 49 to 86
    (Sorceress Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Dexterity: 400
    Item Level: 105
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.21 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    67% of Dexterity Added as Tri-Elemental Damage to Weapon
    25% Chance to cast level 50 Magic Missiles on Melee Attack
    +(3 to 5) to Sorceress Skill Levels
    50% Attack Speed
    Adds 800-1000 magic damage
    Adds 800-1000 fire damage
    Adds 800-1000 lightning damage
    Adds 800-1000 cold damage
    -(25 to 35)% to Enemy Elemental Resistances
    10% Chance to Avoid Damage
    Socketed (6)
  • And of course:
    Pax Mystica
    Pax Mystica
    Staves

    'Nef'
    Runeword Level: 13
    +1 to All Skills
    +15% Bonus to Poison Skill Duration
    +(2 to 5) to Blink
    Elemental Resists +(11 to 15)%
    (11 to 13)% Magic Find
    ;)


For the first time since the launch of Median XL over a decade ago, we are finally introducing a new regular base type: the Halberd. This new weapon is a Naginata subtype which is easier to find but has slightly less damage. This will give more options to Naginata assassin, including a new Tiered version, a Sacred Unique version and a stolen rarer unique version, Zular.

  • Blackleach Blade
    Blackleach Blade
    Halberd (4)

    Two-Hand Damage: (17 - 22) to (22 - 28)
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 6
    Required Dexterity: 46
    Item Level: 9
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    +(1 to 2) to Assassin Skill Levels
    +(31 to 70)% Enhanced Damage
    -(21 to 25)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Slow Target 10%
    Maximum Life (1 to 5)%
    +(11 to 20) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (2)
    Two-Hand Damage: (54 - 70) to (68 - 88)
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 26
    Required Dexterity: 76
    Item Level: 29
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    +(2 to 3) to Assassin Skill Levels
    +(71 to 120)% Enhanced Damage
    -(26 to 30)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Slow Target 15%
    Maximum Life (6 to 10)%
    +(21 to 40) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (4)
    Two-Hand Damage: (121 - 132) to (148 - 160)
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 47
    Required Dexterity: 153
    Item Level: 51
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    +(2 to 4) to Assassin Skill Levels
    +(121 to 140)% Enhanced Damage
    -(31 to 35)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Slow Target 20%
    Maximum Life (11 to 15)%
    +(31 to 60) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (5)
    Two-Hand Damage: (159 - 184) to (197 - 229)
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 57
    Required Dexterity: 305
    Item Level: 90
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    +(3 to 5) to Assassin Skill Levels
    +(141 to 180)% Enhanced Damage
    -(36 to 40)% to Enemy Poison Resistance
    Slow Target 25%
    Maximum Life (16 to 20)%
    +(41 to 80) Life after each Kill
    Socketed (6)
    - powerful TU which allows to build play around aoe skills, exploiting slow and poison spread.
  • Throatcutter
    Throatcutter
    Halberd (Sacred)

    Two-Hand Damage: (142 - 163) to (201 - 230)
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 90
    Required Dexterity:
    837
    Item Level: 105
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    15% Chance to cast level 33 Storm Crows on Melee Attack
    50% Attack Speed
    +(101 to 130)% Enhanced Damage
    Blink Cooldown Reduced by 1 seconds
    +2 to Maximum Damage (Based on Character Level)
    10% Deadly Strike
    +(5001 to 10000) Defense
    Requirements +50%
    Socketed (6)
    - pure melee endgame weapon which is very powerful for bossing.
  • Zular Khan's Tempest
    Zular Khan's Tempest
    Halberd (Sacred)

    Two-Hand Damage: 71 to 100
    (Assassin Only)
    Required Level: 100
    Required Dexterity: 558
    Item Level: 120
    Dexterity Damage Bonus: (0.25 per Dexterity)%
    Area Effect Attack
    15% Chance to cast level 1 Stormpike on Striking
    Broadside Cooldown Reduced by 3 seconds
    Adds 500-1000 fire damage
    Adds 500-1000 lightning damage
    -50% to Enemy Fire Resistance
    -50% to Enemy Lightning Resistance
    +(11 to 20) to Thunder Arena
    +30 to Way of the Phoenix (Assassin Only)
    +30 to Way of the Gryphon (Assassin Only)
    +30 to Way of the Spider (Assassin Only)
    Socketed (6)
    - this revamped unique had its missing oskill readded and slightly improved, and is now easier to find.




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Stay tuned...


Announcing the next major release

It's been almost a year since the largest release in Median history. We want to thank everyone who was a part of this journey and we continue to appreciate your support and patience. Time is short on our hands but we are working hard on implementing the features people are requesting the most. We are happy to announce that since the start of the development of this shorter holiday patch, work on a new major release has begun, and you will be hearing more about that soon.

Happy new year!

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I see admins are reviewing past seasons to see what classes/builds were the least used/weakest/not interesting and working on at least some of them. Thanks ! :)

Also I hope the same will happen with O-skills. Right now over 90% O-skills are weak or need a rework.

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Can't wait, I was thinking of redownloading median but i decided not to, Now i'll just wait till 1.4. Cheers friends
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Will there be any technical changes to address all of the Access Violation errors, assuming that's even possible for you to fix?