Blizzard has released the patch notes for 1.0.3a, which will be rolled out tomorrow during scheduled downtime. One of the biggest changes heralded by the patch is that normal gear wear and tear (not to be confused with the penalty from dying) will occur at half the previous rate. This is intended to help address the concerns of players related to the significant spike in repair costs due to death.

Additionally, Blizzard reached out to let us know that the waiting period experienced by digital purchasers while their payment methods are verified is typically far less than the stated maximum of 72 hours. In fact, many players typically see their accounts verified in about a day. Furthermore, we were informed the level cap of 13 and the inability to access content beyond the Skeleton King encounter in Act I were unintentional. They are hard at work removing these restrictions.

Scheduled maintenance will occur during the following times:

The Americas: 5:00 a.m. PDT to 7:00 a.m. PDT
Asia: 1:00 p.m. PDT to 3:00 p.m. PDT
Europe: 8:00 p.m. PDT to 10:00 p.m. PDT

Full patch notes for 1.0.3a are below:

Classes

  • Witch Doctor
    • Bug Fixes
      • Zombie Charger 
        • Skill Rune – Zombie Bears
          • Fixed a bug where Zombie Bears were unable to attack targets on slopes
          • Zombie Bears should no longer become stuck on objects with which they shouldn’t have collision

Items

  • General
    • Equipped items will now take “wear-and-tear” durability damage at half the previous rate
      • Please note that durability loss as the result of normal combat is different from the 10% durability loss characters will incur when they die. Equipped items have always suffered durability loss while fighting, and we are simply slowing the rate at which the loss occurs.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that was causing Unique monsters to not drop the appropriate amount of loot when slain
    • Fixed a bug with linking items with 3 gem sockets
    • It is no longer possible to create fake achievement links

Bug Fixes

  • General
    • Fixed a bug that was causing the “Switch Hero” button to occasionally disappear after leaving a game while in town
    • Fixed several gold and leveling exploits
    • Fixed several game and service crashes (for Mac and PC)