Over the past month, we've encouraged players to submit ideas for what kind of Legendary power our upcoming Mephisto-themed sword should wield. We've read through over 400 comments, emails, forum posts, and tweets sent to us from around the world, each boasting a unique suggestion for our Design a Legendary project.
From this amazing, though massive pool of creativity, community managers from our regional offices pared down the list of player suggestions to approximately 50, bearing in mind the design philosophies, goals, and limitations defined by Travis and John in our Design a Legendary livestream. From those suggestions, our designers have selected five possible Legendary powers for you to vote on, listed below!
Please note that these powers are not final and, if selected, would still be subject to a full tuning pass. For many of the powers, values like damage %, radius size (for area of effect abilities), and effect durations have not yet been implemented and would be determined after balance testing has taken place.
Legendary Power #1:
You radiate an aura of Hatred. All monsters near you deal and receive additional damage.
Legendary Power #2:
Attacks have a chance on hit to cause your current target to be hated by all nearby enemies, taunting them to attack that target for the duration of the effect.
Legendary Power #3:
When you are near death, your hatred for your enemies grows, significantly reducing your resource costs and cooldowns.
Legendary Power #4:
Elemental attacks have a chance to trigger one of powerful abilities inspired by the Lord of Hatred himself: Charged Bolt, Poison Nova, and Freezing Skull. Lightning damage has a chance to trigger a Charged Bolt. Poison damage has a chance to trigger Poison Nova. Cold damage has a chance to trigger Freezing Skull.
Legendary Power #5:
Summons an Evil Force to fight alongside the player for a period of time. This force would take the form of a non-attackable melee pet, and it would be possible to potentially have more than one Evil Force active at once.
An item's power (or proc) is perhaps the most important part of any Legendary, and which power we choose for our Mephisto-themed, one-handed is now completely up to you. Pick your favorite by using the voting options below, and be sure to spread the word. As with previous votes, whichever theme gets the most votes globally wins!
After the poll has closed, we'll tabulate player votes from all our different Diablo III communities around the world to determine the winner and share the results next week. Don't delay, though—this poll will close Wednesday, January 22.
Design a Legendary, Part 3: Choose Your Power