In case anyone was interested in pushing leaderboards following the anti-cheat additions, they seem to be effective (for now at least):
Currently enjoying this season and with the crazy 23.5hr a day "players" not taking up the upper ranks and a chunk of the player base sitting this season out due it being a repeat, more casual players are getting on the leaderboard.
AU server has gone to shits over the past week. My whole clan is experiencing massive, extended lag spikes at the same time (1800msec+ pings on my end) and many of us are getting error 1016s (booting from the game).
I've stopped playing HC atm... but even SC is pretty annoying with the above problems. I dropped from my last greater rift (we were doing GR100) which counted as a death probably so I lost my bonus gem upgrade. It's annoying.
The milestone was a bittersweet victory though as last night I RIPPed with my main HC Wizard... lots of good items on that Wizard including a Primal Etched Sigil with the exact stats I needed. I have back up gear... not as good not many ancients but I can keep playing at the very least. Gives me something to gamble for again.
Double Treasure Goblins? Kind of a weak "theme", isn't it?
Very weak theme considering what PoE has been coming up with.
I'll still be playing given i had planned to spec up condemn Sader builds this season. Next few seasons better bring something fresh though. I'm running out of fresh builds to run rifts again and again in.
Edit: There's apparently some wording on that page saying other things will be introduced as the season unfolds. Better be something good.
I didn't even know the season had started, for the first time in a very long time I think I'm skipping this one
I don't blame you mate.
This is the third season with the same patch more or less. Most players will have exhausted all the builds available for them to try more than likely unless they're pacing themselves. In my case, I've got the Condemn sader to try in its current form and I have a good group of players to team up with to keep the game interesting. But I'll have run out of fresh builds to play after this season.
Not sure if the introduction of themes will go very far to keep the game fresh. Double gobs isn't anything new but it's making it easier to get the economy going at the very least. I guess we'll see what theme they come up with next season and if it makes the game feel fresh.