Blizzard has begun rolling out hotfixes to Diablo 3, and the reaction from players has been rather heated.

One of the major changes is the Monk's Boon of Protection rune, with the specific change as follows: "amount of damage absorbed is now capped at the amount of healing provided by Mantra of Healing in the first 3 seconds after activation."

Speaking about the BoP changes, Blizzard community manager Bashiok recommended discontinuing its use until it's replaced with a new rune and mechanic in a future patch.

The reasoning? It was overpowered.

"The Boon of Protection rune was approximately ten times over its budget on the benefits it provided, and it was quite simply a mistake on our part to let the rune ship as it was. We don't intend to take these quick and drastic measures often, but considering the severity of the issue, we felt it important to correct it swiftly."

Blizzard is aiming to release a full list of hotfixes tomorrow, as other users are finding that their classes have changed slightly.

The Wizard's Force Armour has disappeared, and users have also reported that the Demon Hunter's Smoke Screen ability has been heavily nerfed.


We hear you, SomeCoolName.

I handed down a mighty 9/10 in the Diablo 3 Review last week, because I think the game is really rather good, even if I do occasionally have trouble getting online.