Blizzard promises to buff Barbarians and Sorcerers in Diablo 4 Season 1 patch 1.1.1

Will Barbarians and Sorcerers be nerfed for the entirety of Diablo 4 Season 1?
Diablo 4 Patch Notes 1.1.1 Barbarian And Sorcerer Buff
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A loud vocal minority of Diablo 4 players are furious about the Barbarian and Sorcerer nerfs in Diablo 4 Season 1, and many players are looking for news about potential Barbarian and Sorcerer buffs sooner rather than later. Luckily, in the latest Diablo 4 Campfire Chat, the game directors said that they hear the player feedback and are happy to announce a Barbarian and Sorcerer buff coming in Diablo 4 Season 1 in patch 1.1.1.

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Note: If you want to see the entire nerfs, buffs, and changes made to Barbarians and Sorcerers in Diablo 4 Season 1, check out our guides on their individual breakdowns.

When does Diablo 4 Season 1 patch 1.1.1 release?

Since Barbarians and Sorcerers are getting buffed in Diablo 4 Season 1 patch 1.1.1, many people are anxiously awaiting when patch 1.1.1 launches. In the Campfire Chat, the game developers didn’t reveal a date, but they promised it’ll come in a few weeks. I’d guess that the Diablo 4 Season 1 patch 1.1.1 release date will be around three weeks, around August 10 or 11.

There will be another Diablo 4 livestream on Friday, July 28, 2023, that will dive deeper into patch 1.1.1, and they’ll likely drop the release date there, so look forward to that.

Will Barbarians and Sorcerers get buffed in Diablo 4 Season 1 future patches?

Blizzard has promised to buff Barbarians and Sorcerers in Diablo 4 Season 1 in patch 1.1.1. The ways in which they are getting buffed haven’t explicitly been explained, but the promise has been made which means we have a nice Barbarian and Sorcerer buff to look forward to in the future. Hopefully, the buff will be substantial enough to be effective, but what we know for sure is that Sorcerers are getting a big survivability buff which is definitely needed.

In reference to the Diablo 4 Season 1 Barbarian and Sorcerer buffs, in the Campfire Chat, the game directors of Diablo 4 stuck to their guns and presented their game mission statement in response. Some of the key features of the Diablo 4 mission statement are to increase build diversity, change the meta during predictable times, and fix game-breaking damage caused by bugs.

When talking about their mission statement, Blizzard confirmed that they will continue to fix bugs that egregiously create broken builds as we saw with Sorcerer and Barbarian builds in the launch version of Diablo 4. They will also continue to take the opportunity of a new season to switch up the meta of classes and builds.

Because of those commitments, Blizzard understands the backlash to the Barbarian and Sorcerer nerfs, but they feel justified because they are sticking to their mission statement.

I think this is extremely fair and, ultimately, it makes Diablo 4 a much more fun game. I don’t want to play a live service game that always has two or three broken builds that everyone uses. I’d rather have fun experimenting with multiple viable builds, which is the goal for Blizzard going into each new season of Diablo 4.

Things to look forward to in Diablo 4 are loadouts and improvements to Nightmare Dungeon and Helltide density. There is a lot happening in Diablo 4 behind the scenes to improve and expand upon the game. If you are just now jumping into Diablo 4 Season 1, be sure to check out the best builds and classes so far.

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