Diablo III’s eleventh season is drawing to a close, which means its twelfth is due to start soon. Blizzard have revealed the relevant dates, published a handy guide to the transition, and announced a new PTR build for patch 2.6.1 (despite having said the previous one would be its last).
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Season 11 winds down at the following times:
- North America: Friday, October 20, 17:00 PDT
- Europe: Friday, October 20, 17:00 CEST
- Asia: Friday, October 20, 17:00 KST
And Season 12 begins roughly three weeks later, as below:
- North America: Thursday, November 9, 17:00 PDT
- Europe: Thursday, November 9, 17:00 CEST
- Asia: Thursday, November 9, 17:00 KST
Blizzard break down the transition process and post-season rewards on their blog here. In summary: your season heroes will be converted to non-seasonal ones, along with almost all of their rewards and loot. As long as they remain in your non-seasonal roster, their loot can be shared across your non-seasonal heroes in the usual way, and there's no need to delete existing heroes to make room for them. When season 12 kicks off, you can enroll any non-seasonal hero (including former seasonal ones) into its roster at level one.
In other Diablo 3 news, patch 2.6.1 is currently in progress on the PTR, and Blizzard had previously said that its September 29 build was the final one. They've changed their minds, however, and are aiming to push one more build to the PTR on Thursday this week. The changes were "low risk," says community manager Nevalistis, so don't expect anything radical. With season 12 due to start on November 9, expect patch 2.6.1 to be pushed to the live game any time before then.