Diablo III: Players Can Now Test Monk Skill Changes in Patch 2.7.5, Now on PTR

Patch 2.7.5 PTR
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Blizzard has made a number of changes to Monk’s skills in Patch 2.7.5 for Diablo III. This update is now available on the public test realm, so you might want to download the beta update if you want to test the new changes.

Combination Strike, Crippling Wave, Deadly Reach, and Way of the Hundred Fists are Monk skills that received changes in Patch 2.7.5. These skills operate the same way, though the duration of effects provided by some of their respective runes has increased.

For example, the effect of Crippling Wave’s Concussion Rune now lasts for 10 seconds instead of three. This means that enemies hit by the skill deal 20% less damage for a longer time.

Way of the Hundred Fists’ Assimilation Rune change is quite impactful. Instead of getting its 5% damage buff for just five seconds, it now lasts for 10 seconds. This is a pretty good adjustment since you’re given an ample amount of time to zoom around the map and hit another enemy to keep the buff up.

You can read the other changes below:

Combination Strike Passive Skill
  • Each Spirit Generator you use increases the damage of your other Spirit Generators by 100% for 10 seconds.
Crippling Wave
  • Every third hit also dazes enemies within 11 yards, slowing their movement speed by 30% and attack speed by 20% for 10 seconds.
  • Concussion Rune
    • Enemies hit by Crippling Wave deal 20% less damage for 10 seconds.
  • Breaking Wave Rune
    • Enemies hit by Crippling Wave take 10% additional damage from all attacks for three 10 seconds.
Deadly Reach
  • Foresight Rune
    • Every enemy hit with the third hit increases your damage by 15% for 10 seconds.

This update also implements some adjustments to existing items in Diablo III. The Demon Hunter’s Unhallowed Essence set deserves a special mention. That’s because its six-piece bonus empowers the Demon Hunter’s Hatred Generators, Vengeance attacks, and Multishot ability to deal 1,700% increased damage per point of Discipline instead of 350%.

Here are the other item adjustments:

  • Chanon Bolter
    • Your Spike Traps lure enemies to them and deal 150 to 200% increased damage. Enemies may be taunted once every 10 seconds.
  • The Demon’s Demise
    • Each blast from Spike Trap will damage all enemies again after 1 second and deals 150 to 200% increased damage.
  • Natalya’s Slayer
    • Increases Spike Trap Damage by 10 to 15%.
  • Trag’oul Coils
    • Spike Traps gain the Scatter Rune, are deployed twice as fast, and deal 150 to 200% increased damage.

The full patch notes can be found on the official site.

So, what can you say about the Monk skill changes in Diablo III Patch 2.7.5 PTR?

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