Although team deathmatch mode for Diablo III has been canned, duelling is set to come in in the next patch (1.0.7). Blizzard have now detailed how it will work, and it begins with speaking to a new NPC named Nek the Brawler in New Tristram.
Speaking with Nek will teleport you and your party to the Scorched Chapel, a new custom-built PVP zone with four distinct areas: a church, a graveyard, a river and a lake. Yourself and up to three friends can then battle in a free-for-all format.
“The game doesn’t keep score and there are no objectives,” wrote Wyatt Cheng on the official blog. “We wanted dueling to be as simple and straightforward as possible, so we created a minimalist system — we know that even without rewards and objectives, some players just want to beat each other up.”
“Some matchups may be one-sided, and we don’t expect that battles will be necessarily balanced. But that’s okay, because dueling in Diablo III is more about kicking ass and taking names in a no-holds-barred sort of way, and this design certainly allows you to accomplish that.”
Wyatt’s post also details some other changes that you’ll see in 1.0.7, including class balances for the Wizard and Monk, new crafting recipes, new gems, monster power changes, and other nitty-gritties. Check out the full post for more.