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How to PTR and how to Kanai's Cube - Diablo 3 PTR guide

Author: Dmytro Voloshyn
08-Jul-2015

Category: Guide

The article will describe several efficient ways of how to login faster on PTR servers. Also, article will provide info on how to obtain Kanai's Cube, and where to find Materials for its recipes.

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Contents

Introduction
Estimated Wait: 9 hours (How to get in the game very fast on PTR server)
Diablo 3 in Cube (How to obtain Kanai’s Cube)
How do i Cube? (How to obtain materials for Cube recipes)
Conclusion


Introduction

As you may know, Blizzard have launched the PTR servers to test the upcoming 2.3.0 patch. The patch is so exciting that overwhelming amount of people tries to play it on PTR. And that results in insanely long queue times for players. Sometimes players are forced to wait from 6 to 9 hours before they can jump into the game! This article will help you get in much faster, and will also explain how to obtain Kanai’s Cube and Materials for it. If you want to know more about the changes new patch brings, you can read my PTR impression article here.


Estimated Wait: 9 hours (How to get in the game very fast on PTR server)

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So, you downloaded the PTR client, copied your character from live servers, and selected character? You about to press that Start Game button, guess what will happen? The game will greet you with friendly box, telling you that “Diablo 3 Server are Busy” and that 
you should uninstall the game “Estimate Wait: 9 hours bla bla minutes”! The amount of minutes and hours will vary, but they are ridiculous anyway!

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There are three ways to get into the game very fast. First one is to actively look in Trade and General Chat channels. From time to time, some generous players will write there that they have free slots. All you have to do is just whisper this player so he can invite you. Sometimes, i see that these guys are actually struggle to find teammates for their open games! So, if you don’t want to sit and closely monitor the chat, you can look the chat history and ask few guys there if they still have a slot. This solution can get you into the game in no time, or you can spend 5-10 minutes waiting for such players to appear in chat. Usually it takes few minutes.

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Second solution will get you into the game in 10 to 30 minutes depending on the time of the day, and day of the week. All you have to do is select the Torment IV difficulty and Private Game! Don’t select Torment I, or higher Torment difficulties like VI! Also, don’t select Public Games! The reason are most of the players that came to test patch are situated in higher Torment difficulties, or lower difficulties. So, the fastest way to connect will be difficulties in the middle like Torment IV or III.

In my experience, it took about 20 minutes to connect to Torment IV, which is superb compared to hours of waiting. And the first time i tried to play was weekend’s morning. Next time i tried to play i just got invited into the game in first minute or two.

If you are not geared for Torment III and above, it is not a problem. You can always lower the difficulty settings if you are playing solo. But if you joined something like Torment 8, and you are undergeared, don’t worry! PTR servers increase drop rates of Legendaries by 2000%! In 10 to 30 minutes you will find gear needed to feel yourself comfortable with current difficulty! On PTR, Legendaries are dropping from each monster! Literally!

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Okay, now i will tell you the third way. It’s the fastest one. Problem is it is a Campaign Mode, but this way is almost instant. It takes 1 or 2 minutes to get into the game. You simply switch the game to Campaign Mode, select desired difficulty setting, and that’s it! At first game will show some scary numbers in Estimate Wait, but it will actually take few mins or less to get in! The downside of this method is, of course, the absence of Rifts, Bounties, and overall slower farm rate, due to less monster density. What you can do is farm Bosses in the end of Acts. They are easy to get to and kill, and they usually provide 3-4 Legendaries. Probably, the fastest one to get to is Diablo, you will have teleport near his zone. However, she(he) has phases during the fight, and they will take some time to complete. So, you can try killing Azmodan. He is the easiest to kill, but you need to run across a zone to get to him. Also, if you get bored by boss fights, you can try farming some zones with good Monster density like Festering Woods in Act I. 

Quick summary

Fastest way to get in is to be invited, in Open Game, by random players. You can find
them in Trade and Chat channels. It usually takes few minutes!

If you can’t find any invites, you should enter the Private Game with Torment III or IV difficulty. Takes about 10 to 30 minutes to get in.
If nothing mentioned above is working for you, try Campaing Mode. Takes few minutes to get in, but has no Bounties and Rifts.

Also, if you played enough, don’t hesitate to invite someone to your party before leaving. If you are playing solo, you can open the game to public and invite some guys in. They will be very grateful for that. There are a lot of players stuck in this long hour queues!


Diablo 3 in Cube (How to obtain Kanai’s Cube)

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Horadric Kanai’s Cube is one of the exciting features of the upcoming patch. You can find Cube in new zone named Ruins of Sescheron, but first you need to talk to Zoltun Cool Kulle. For some “unknown” reason he is in the form of spirit, again. You can find him in any city. After talking with Kulle open the Act III map, and jump to Ruins of Sescheron. New area looks similar to Act V from Diablo 2. After wandering around the new area you should find the way to Elder Sanctum, which is sub area of Ruins of Sescheron. 

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Elder Sanctum area has subarea named Immortal Throne. Immortal Throne is situated in the top left corner of the map, and just around it, to the top right, the area with Cube is situated. Sadly, area with Cube doesn’t have any specific name. The entrance to the area looks like breach in the big wall. Once you are in the area just press on the Cube to obtain it. That’s it! You’ve unlocked the Cube! It will be placed near Zoltun, and you can find him in any city.

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Quick summary

Set the game to Adventure Mode. Speak with Zoltun Kulle in any city. Go to Ruins of Sescheron in Act III. Find entrance to Elder Sanctum. Find Immortal Throne entrance. Around entrance, the top right, area with Cube is situated; entrance to Cube area looks like breach in the big wall.

How do i Cube? (How to obtain materials for Cube recipes)

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Cube is finally yours! What do you use it for? Well, it allows you to do wonders. Cube offers seven recipes. These recipes are automatically known to you, as soon as you discover Cube.

The Recipes allow you to Extract Legendary Power, and Reforge a Legendary item. Extracting Power will allow you to assign it as your passive ability, and Reforging will allow you to reroll Legendary as if it just dropped. Also, you can Convert Set item to any randomized item from the Set. Other than that, you can convert Gems, and Crafting Materials into different types of Gems, and Crafting Materials. Lastly, you can upgrade Rare item to some random Legendary of the same type, and you can remove level requirement from item, allowing it to be used by character of any level. All this actions sound nice, but you need new type of Materials to perform them!

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There are two types of Materials that are needed for different recipes. First type of Mats acquired from Horadric Caches. You receive Caches upon completion of all Act Bounties. Each Act rewards specific type of Material. Khanduran Rune drops from Act I Cache, Caldeum Nightshade drops from Act II Cache, and so on. 

Second type of Mats is bought in Hidden Camp. Talk to Squirt the Peddler to buy Essence of Gems. Essence is used to transmute Gems. There are 5 Essences, each corresponding to type of Gem. That’s it! Now you are armed with Cube, recipes, and mats. Time to mess up with items!

Quick Summary

There are two types of Materials needed to use in recipes. First type drops from Horadric Caches. Horadric Caches are awarded for Act Bounties completion. Second type is bought from Squirt the Peddler in the Hidden Camp.

Conclusion

Eh, that’s the end of the guide! I hope it helped a lot, and you won’t stuck in those insanely long PTR queues, and will be armed with Horadric Cube and new Legendary passives! See you all in a world of Sanctuary!



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