Wednesday Ladder Reset & Season 10 Race to the Top Competition!

Lewt.com is having a new competition with the upcoming Ladder reset! Get in on the action and a chance to earn real money playing Diablo 2.

Competitions for 7 Softcore & Hardcore Expansion Ladder Realms:

1. USEast Softcore Expansion Ladder
2. USEast Hardcore Expansion Ladder
3. USWest Softcore Expansion Ladder
4. USWest Hardcore Expansion Ladder
5. Europe Softcore Expansion Ladder
6. Europe Hardcore Expansion Ladder
7. Asia-1 Softcore Expansion Ladder

Bonuses for achievements and item finds! Find out all the contest rules and details here.

Diablo II Ladder Reset

The Diablo II ladder will be resetting on the 2nd of May:

As we all anxiously await the release of Diablo III on May 15, we invite you to come enjoy one last hurrah in Diablo II as we reset the ladder the morning of Wednesday, May 2. We anticipate the realms could be down for up to six hours during the reset, and during that time all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words.

This ladder reset, like all those before it, creates a clean slate where all ladder characters begin at level 1 with no previous items to help them. To participate, simply wait until the Diablo II realms return to service on May 2, log in to Battle.net, and tick the “Ladder Character” checkbox when creating a new character. You can track ladder character leveling progress by clicking on the Ladder button from the main Diablo II in-game Battle.net interface.

Of course if you haven’t yet tried Diablo II, you can find the Battle Chest at any fine PC game retail store, as well as our online Blizzard Store. You can alternatively purchase digital copies of Diablo II and the Lord of Destruction expansion, which you can begin downloading and playing immediately.

For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit.

The original link can be found here

Diablo II Patch – 1.13d

With the season 9 ladder reset for Diablo II is a patch as well:

Patch 1.13d
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New Features

Ignoring players is now saved between sessions of the game. All ignores are now written out to disk (file: ‘ignorelist’). This feature can be toggled by issuing the command ‘/ignorepersist’.
Users can now filter messages based on content by issuing the command ‘/filtermsg ‘. To unfilter content issue the command ‘/unfiltermsg ‘. (The maximum length of a filter pattern is 128 characters)
Users can now set their home channel by issuing a new Battle.net chat command ‘/home ‘ while in the Battle.net chat interface.
Users can return to their home channel at any time by issuing the command ‘/home’ while in the Battle.net chat interface.

Major Bugs

Fixed a known dupe method.
Fixed another issue where players were able to stack auras in an unintended way.

Minor Bugs

Fixed a bug where Mercenaries wouldn’t have multiple auras active when they should have.
Fixed an issue where players could create games prefixed with color codes.
Potentially fixed an issue where players would be disconnected when watching the cinematics when in a Battle.net game.
Fixed an issue where the game would crash when running in windowed mode with sound disabled and the game tried to play a cinematic.

Diablo II Ladder Reset

The Diablo II ladder reset is happening this morning!

The Diablo II servers are now online and available for play on the new ladder season. See you on Battle.net!

Ladder Reset October 25

Community News

Community News

Race to the Top Competition - A new chance to receive hundreds of dollars by playing Diablo II!  Just announced with the new ladder reset coming on March 28th for Diablo II. Categories you can be eligible for include: Leveling, Achievement, and Item Collector. With over $170k in prizes across 8 realms you’ll definitely want to head over and see the full competition details and how you can participate here.

DiabloCast: Episode 2 – The 2nd episode of DiabloFans.com podcast is up covering topics such as: Skill Balancing in PvE and PvP, D2 Ladder Reset Next Week – Season 8, Michael Gough Interview, 6th and 7th Batch of Screenshots and Art for Diablo III, and more. Hear the episode here.

20 Years of Blizzard: Blizzard’s DNA – Last is an interesting graph from PCGamer on the last 20 year’s of Blizzard’s and their effect and how far-reaching they are in the gaming industry.  See that article here and check out the graph below:

Ladder Reset on March 28th

Bashiok let us know that the poll results are in for the Diablo II ladder reset:

While our original poll for reset length showed a little less than 150 people wanted a reset every year, our most recent follow up poll had over 1,000 votes for 6 months: http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=27800569877&sid=3000

We’ve heard you, so this is a one week warning that the Diablo II ladder will reset next Monday, March 28. We generally prefer to provide a two week warning for the case of resets, but to hit the exact 6 month mark we feel one week is sufficient this time.

We anticipate all Diablo II realms to be down for approximately six hours during the reset. More specific information on realm availability on the day of the reset will be posted in the Battle.net Status forum. When the ladder is reset all existing ladder characters will be converted to non-ladder. All characters and items being converted to non-ladder will remain intact, but once converted these characters will no longer have access to ladder content such as creating ladder-only rune words. For more information on ladder characters please visit the Arreat Summit Realm Character Types page at http://classic.battle.net/diablo2exp/basics/charactertypes.shtml

Diablo II Ladder Reset March 28

Poll: But Seriously, Diablo II Season Length?

Message from Bashiok for the Diablo II community today:

Although we had a previous poll (Poll: How Long Do You Want Seasons to Be? http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=27026322804&sid=3000) on the topic, there’s been some sentiment that the previous results are not accurate to the mindset of the average player during a season as the poll was run soon after the last reset.

So, let us know, do you agree with the poll results from last time? Should it allow for as much time as possible to enjoy the ladder and last a year? Should it be the previous six months? Or be somewhere inbetween and reset every 9 months?

Poll: But Seriously, Diablo II Season Length?

PvP Ranking and Ladder

The Diablo twitter was alive with a fan asking @Diablo questions on the PvP ranking and ladder. Some new insights and an interesting back-and-forth definitely worth reading:

will there be ladder resets for the rankings on PvP?—Scyberdragon
Hrm, there’s no intent for design on something like what. Why do you think it would be useful?Diablo

without resets, new players would have a hard time getting up in the ranks as people who have been playing for years.—ScyberDragon
Since it’s a personal progression system it’s not likely to be something where you’re looking at a leaderboard a whole lot.Diablo

after a certain amount of time (a couple of months-years) the ladder would probably rarely change as far as the top rankers.—Scyberdragon
Potentially, but it isn’t really a competition in that way. I’ll concede a *shrug* though as most of it is in early design.Diablo

Well, are matches paired by ranking? New players (lower ranked) will never get to play older players (higher rank) cause the…—Scyberdragon
Matches are paired by skill, which isn’t the same as personal progression.Diablo

well, how is skill quantified/paired then? I assumed you got #up rank based on how well you did therefore rank representing skill.—Scyberdragon
Skill is quantified by your performance (win/lose) versus others. Your rank/personal progression always moves up. Think MW2.Diablo

then what is rank for? —ScyberDragon
A way for you to see your progress, compare against friends, and a way for us to (potentially) give some vanity rewards away.Diablo

Diablo II Ladder Has Been Reset!

The Diablo II ladder has been reset and there’s a few announcements concerning it that you’ll want to be aware of.  First up is a Blizzard Poll asking the community how long we’d like to the ladder season to last.

We realize the six month reset caught some people by surprise and so we wanted to provide a way for you to give us feedback. We think six months is a decent amount of time to allow everyone time to level up and enjoy the season, while still keeping the ladder landscape fresh, but maybe you don’t.

So… How long do you want ladder seasons to last?

Please keep in mind that a “winning” vote doesn’t necessarily mean we will adopt or always be able to meet a specific time, but we certainly want to try to meet a general community desire when possible.

We realize there are many factors in the Battle.net play experience that may deflect votes to the “Other” option, such as the feeling that “Resets don’t make a difference unless X happens.” While we certainly appreciate this input, it isn’t helpful in the case of gauging reset timelines for the benefits they do provide.

We’d appreciate it if you could let as many people know who play Diablo II to come here and vote, as it will be factored in to future reset timeline decisions.

Thanks!

(single selection, two week poll, results will be shown when voting ends)

Vote here in the poll.

Next up is just a question from a user about the new ladder reset you’ll want to be aware of:

Q u o t e:

Bashiok,
With the new ladder will there be a new patch? If so can we get some patch notes? Will there be any new features to help get rid of botters/spammers?

There will not be a patch coinciding with the ladder reset happening on September 28, 2010.

The aim of this reset, and all resets, is to refresh the game. Giving that enjoyment of competition in racing to 99, finding an item no one else has yet, or even being the first to slay Andariel. A fresh ladder as you know is really about the rarity of items, a fresh economy, and the fight through the game starting from scratch. Ladder is about challenging yourself. There are obviously going to be people who came in half way or just don’t level as quickly as others, and while we definitely like for everyone to have a good time and feel like they got done what they wanted to, we have to cut it off at some point. Right now six months feels like it’s the right amount of time to keep those racing to 99 appeased, and the economy fresh.

New Ladder Q And Hopefully A.

Race to the Top $200,000 Ladder Reset Competition!

Lewt.com has an exciting contest for all the Diablo II fans out there starting tomorrow, September 28th, with the ladder rest! It’s divided into 3 separate competitions: leveling, achievements and item collecting and will take place on all 24 ladder realms.

Leveling competition
Be among the first 3 for any of the following level tiers on any of the 24 Ladder realms:

Level 85: 1st place = $600 – 2nd place = $550 – 3nd place = $525
Level 80: 1st place = $500 – 2nd place = $450 – 3rd place = $425
Level 75: 1st place = $400 – 2nd place = $350 – 3rd place = $325
Level 70: 1st place = $300 – 2nd place = $250 – 3rd place = $225
Level 60: 1st place = $200 – 2nd place = $175 – 3rd place = $150
Level 50: 1st place = $100 – 2nd place = $75 – 3rd place = $50

Head over and see all the detailed info and rules here: Lewt.com

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