A post from Blizzard
introduces Challenge Rifts, a new way for players to test their skills and gear
in Diablo III
. They provide
look, and offer the following explanation of what sounds a little like duplicate
bridge for the action/RPG:
The breadth of build variety
in Diablo III is vast, and it can take a lot of time to try them all. Challenge
Rifts are a weekly opportunity to try a totally new build, receive a reward for
your efforts, and compete with other players on a level playing field!
What Are Challenge Rifts?
Challenge Rifts are a weekly static version of a previously completed Greater
Rift. To create a Challenge Rift, we pull a Greater Rift run directly from a
player’s account. Once we have that snapshot, we make that exact character,
including their items, paragon levels, skills, and gear available for everyone
This also includes an exact copy of the Greater Rift they completed with that
character. Enemies, pylons, and the dungeons you encounter will all be exactly
as they appeared when the original player completed their run. If you beat the
original runner’s time, you’ll be rewarded with a weekly satchel filled with
bounty and crafting materials and some Blood Shards.
Challenge Rifts will rotate every Monday, so each week you’ll have something
totally new to try.