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Our D2R guide writer, MrLlamaSC hosted an in-depth developer interview/update stream, delving into the future of the game and its updates, and so we're putting together an overview of the most important details covered there. You can also check out the full stream below, but first, let's get into some big information talked about:

  • The new runewords coming to the ladder seasons will be added to non-ladder and single player after a season ends. 
  • More new runewords will be coming with each new ladder season. 
  • Each ladder season will last 4 months.
  • There will be a PTR before patch 2.4 arrives, possibly with level 99 and similar templates and all items available so players can test out many builds and provide feedback. PvP feedback will also be wanted.
  • Mercenaries will be buffed and receive new spells, as well as all 6 aura act 2 mercs will be available in Nightmare and Hell.
  • Sets will receive tuning in the patch. 
  • Monster level will be adjusted in some areas to encourage a greater diversity of farming zones (mostly other end-game zones getting increased levels). 
  •  They are looking to redesign the Diablo clone so more players can see it/access it.
  • No plans for new bosses or endgame content at this time.
  • No new stash tabs were added aside from the three for post-ladder season items.
  • No rune stacking but a possibility for a special rune stash/tab.
  • No online /Players x command.

There are also quite a few class changes being discussed, but they will change as the PTR arrives, so if you want to hear about those head on to 13:15 in the video below. There's a lot more discussion over specific development aims and philosophy so definitely check out the full video if you're interested as well.

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    /players x online would cause me to go back online, for trading purposes.

    I agree with Draketh that rune and gem stacking would be a huge quality of life change.

    If D3 can have a monster amount of tabs, so can D2! Enable our hoarding habits!

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    4 hours ago, TyZone said:

    /players x online would cause me to go back online, for trading purposes.

    I agree with Draketh that rune and gem stacking would be a huge quality of life change.

    If D3 can have a monster amount of tabs, so can D2! Enable our hoarding habits!

    The /players command would be awesome as well, yeah. I'm kind of "forced" to play Online to take advantage of cross-progression with the Switch, otherwise I'd be slamming some /players 8 cows without fear of someone snatching all the goodies! 😂

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    I'd love to see a Horadric Cube formula to add a socket to Unique and Set Items. Sure, there are just a handful of uniques that are worth saving your Larzuk socket reward for such as Griffons Eye, Arreat Face, Homunculus, Jalal's Mane, etc., but since Uniques don't compete with Runewords, I think it would be something worth exploring for those who are in that transition from Nightmare/Early Hell having mid tier Runewords up to the point where high level Runes may start to drop. 

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        Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary. Nightmare and Hell difficulty now have all 6 different aura types available from the Hire menu, instead of separating them out by 3 per difficulty. Normal is unchanged. Thorns (Combat - Nightmare)
        Thorns aura level scaling increased and will now continue scaling up beyond the highest-level threshold up to max level. Act 3 - Iron Wolf
        Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary. Life baseline and scaling increased by about 25% (Now has Life similar to the Rogue Archer) Defense baseline and scaling increased by about 40% (Now has defense closer to the Rogue Archer) Resistances baseline and scaling increased by about 20% (Now has the highest resistances baseline compared to other mercenaries) Cold
        Now casts Glacial Spike more often Glacial Spike level scaling increased Frozen Armor level scaling increased Fire
        Removed Inferno Added Fire Bolt Increased chance of the Iron Wolf casting Fire Ball Added Enchant - Now the Iron Wolf will cast Enchant on himself, the player, and nearby allies Lightning
        Added Static Field Charged Bolt level scaling increased Increased chance of the Iron Wolf casting Lightning Act 5 - Barbarian Warrior
        Updated each stat/skill gains in each difficulty to match so that there is no disadvantage of leveling up a Hell difficulty mercenary versus a Normal difficulty mercenary. Life baseline scaling increased (Now has the most life compared to other mercenaries) Defense baseline and scaling increased and the scaling at higher levels was reduced (Now has the highest defense baseline compared to other mercenaries) Bash level scaling increased and will no longer be capped at level 80 Stun level scaling increased and will no longer be capped at level 80 Added Battle Cry Back to Top
        RUNE WORDS
        Insight
        Now can also be used with Bows and Crossbows New Rune Word
        Allowed Items
        Rune Order
        Completed Stats
        Plague
        Sword
        Cham + Shael + Um
        20% Chance to cast level 12 Lower Resist when struck 25% Chance to cast level 15 Poison Nova on striking Level 13-17 Cleansing Aura When Equipped (varies) +1-2 All Skills +20% Increased Attack Speed +220-320% Enhanced Damage (varies) -23% To Enemy Poison Resistance 0.3% (0-29.7) Deadly Strike (Based on Character Level) +25% Chance of Open Wounds Freezes Target +3 Pattern
        Claw
        Tal + Ort + Thul
        +30% Faster Block Rate +40-80% Enhanced Damage (varies) 10% Bonus to Attack Rating Adds 17-62 Fire Damage Adds 1-50 Lightning Damage Adds 3-14 Cold Damage +75 Poison Damage Over 5 Seconds +6 to Strength +6 to Dexterity All Resistances +15 Unbending Will
        Sword
        Fal + Io + Ith + Eld + El + Hel
        18% Chance to cast Level 18 Taunt on striking +3 To Combat Skills (Barbarian Only) +20-30% Increased Attack Speed (varies) +300-350% Enhanced Damage (varies) +9 To Maximum Damage +50 To Attack Rating +75% Damage to Undead +50 Attack Rating Against Undead 8-10% Life Stolen Per Hit (varies) Prevent Monster Heal +10 To Strength +10 To Vitality Damage Reduced By 8 +1 Light Radius Requirements -20% Wisdom
        Helm
        Pul + Ith + Eld
        +33% Piercing Attack +15-25% Bonus to Attack Rating (varies) 4-8% Mana Stolen Per Hit (varies) +30% Enhanced Defense +10 Energy 15% Slower Stamina Drain Cannot Be Frozen +5 Mana After Each Kill 15% Damage Taken Goes to Mana Obsession
        Staff
        Zod + Ist + Lem + Lum + Io + Nef
        Indestructible 24% Chance to cast level 10 Weaken when struck +4 To All Skills +65% Faster Cast Rate +60% Faster Hit Recovery Knockback +10 To Vitality +10 To Energy Increase Maximum Life 15-25% (varies) Regenerate Mana 15-30% (varies) All Resistances +60-70 (varies) 75% Extra Gold from Monsters 30% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items Flickering Flame
        Helm
        Nef + Pul + Vex
        Level 4-8 Resist Fire Aura When Equipped (varies) +3 To Fire Skills -10-15% to Enemy Fire Resistance (varies) +30% Enhanced Defense +30 Defense Vs. Missile +50-75 To Mana (varies) Half Freeze Duration +5% To Maximum Fire Resist Poison Length Reduced by 50% Mist
        Bow & Crossbow
        Cham + Shael + Gul + Thul + Ith
        Level 8-12 Concentration Aura When Equipped (varies) +3 To All Skills 20% Increased Attack Speed +100% Piercing Attack +325-375% Enhanced Damage (varies) +9 To Maximum Damage 20% Bonus to Attack Rating Adds 3-14 Cold Damage All Resistances +40 Freeze Target +3 +24 Vitality All Resistances +40 Back to Top
        NEW HORADRIC CUBE RECIPES
        1 Ral Rune + 1 Sol Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + Normal Set Weapon
        Exceptional Version of Set Weapon
        1 Lum Rune + 1 Pul Rune + 1 Perfect Emerald + Exceptional Set Weapon
        Elite Version of Set Weapon
        1 Tal Rune + 1 Shael Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Normal Set Armor
        Exceptional Version of Set Armor
        1 Ko Rune + 1 Lem Rune + 1 Perfect Diamond + Exceptional Set Armor
        Elite Version of Set Armor
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        SET ITEM BONUS CHANGES
        Arcanna's Tricks
        Increased +25 Mana to +50 Mana (2 Items) Added Regenerate Mana 12% (3 Items) Added +1 to All Skills (Full Set) Arctic Gear
        Changed 6-14 Cold Damage to +2-198 to Maximum Cold Damage (+2 Per Character Level) (Full Set) Bul-Kathos' Children
        Increased +20 Fire Damage to +200 Fire Damage (Full Set) Increased +25 Defense to +200 Defense (Full Set) Added 10% Life Stolen Per Hit (Full Set) Added +20% Deadly Strike (Full Set) Cathan's Traps
        Added Regenerate Mana 16% (2 Items) Civerb's Vestments
        Increased Fire Resist +15% to Fire Resist +25% (2 Items) Added 25% Bonus to Attack Rating (Full Set) Added 4-396 Defense (+4 Per Character Level) (Full Set) Cow King's Leathers
        Added 5-495 Defense (+5 Per Character Level) (2 Items) Added +100 to Life (Full Set) Added +1 To All Skills (Full Set) Infernal Tools
        Added Maximum Mana 20% (Full Set) Added Cannot Be Frozen (Full Set) Iratha's Finery
        Added +24% Piercing Attack (3 Items) Milabrega's Regalia
        Added Cannot Be Frozen (3 Items) Added +2-198 To Lightning Damage (+2 Per Character Level) (2 Items) Naj's Ancient Vestige
        Added 1-148% Better Chance of Getting Magic Items (+1.5 Per Character Level) (2 Items) Increased Replenish Life +10 to Replenish Life +20 (Full Set) Added +2 To Fire Skills (Full Set) Added Increased Maximum Life 12% (Full Set) Sazabi's Grand Tribute
        Added Poison Length Reduced by 75% (2 Items) Added +1 To All Skills (Full Set) Added Damage Reduced by 16% (Full Set) Vidala's Rig
        Added 7% Mana Stolen Per Hit (2 Items) Changed Adds 15-20 Cold Damage to +1-148 to Maximum Cold Damage (+1.5 Per Character Level) (Full Set) Back to Top
        LEVEL AREA CHANGES
        Players now must smash the Compelling Orb to enter the Durance of Hate, instead of killing the Council. This means the “Khalim's Will” quest needs to be completed to use the Durance of Hate Level 2 waypoint. Monster Levels in the following areas have been increased for Hell Difficulty: Area
        Previous Hell Level
        New Hell Level
        Act 1 – Underground Passage Level 2
        83
        85
        Act 2 – Stony Tomb Level 1
        78
        85
        Act 2 – Stony Tomb Level 2
        79
        85
        Act 3 – Arachnid Lair
        79
        85
        Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 1
        80
        85
        Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 2
        81
        85
        Act 3 – Swampy Pit Level 3
        82
        85
        Act 3 – Disused Fane
        84
        85
        Act 3 – Ruined Temple
        84
        85
        Act 3 – Forgotten Reliquary
        84
        85
        Act 3 – Sewer Levels 1
        84
        85
        Act 5 – Abaddon
        81
        85
        Act 5 – Pit of Acheron
        82
        85
        Act 5 – Infernal Pit
        83
        85
        Act 5 – Drifter Cavern
        84
        85
        Act 5 – Icy Cellar
        83
        85
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        GENERAL GAMEPLAY CHANGES
        Character hit block will no longer apply while your character is playing a skill pre-cast animation (Block will still trigger for the skill's post-cast animation). Character hit recovery will now have diminishing returns when being hit by another player. Back to Top
        ITEM TOOLTIP CHANGES
        Old Tooltip
        New Tooltip
        Piercing Attack
        +X% Piercing Attack
        Quantity: [CURRENT STACK]
        Quantity: [CURRENT STACK] of [TOTAL]
        X% Chance of Open Wounds
        +X% Chance of Open Wounds
        X% Damage Taken Goes to Mana
        +X% Damage Taken Goes to Mana
        X% Chance of Crushing Blow
        +X% Chance of Crushing Blow
        Fire Absorb X%
        Fire Absorb +X%
        Cold Absorb X%
        Cold Absorb +X%
        Lightning Absorb X%
        Lightning Absorb +X%
        Magic Absorb X%
        Magic Absorb +X%
        X% Deadly Strike
        +X% Deadly Strike
        Hit Causes Monster to Flee X%
        Hit Causes Monster to Flee +X%
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        HOW TO PARTICIPATE
        To participate in the public test, you must have a Diablo II: Resurrected game license attached to a Battle.net account in good standing (i.e. one that hasn't been suspended or banned). In addition, you will also need to download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app if you have not already done so.
        Step 1: Restart the Battle.net desktop app.
        Step 2: Navigate to the Diablo II: Resurrected tab on the left-hand menu.
        Step 3: On the Diablo II: Resurrected screen, there is a drop-down menu right above the "Play" button (note that this may say "Install" if you do not have Diablo II: Resurrected currently installed). Select "PTR: Diablo II: Resurrected" from this drop-down menu before proceeding.
        Step 4: Click Install to begin the installation process.
        Your PTR account will be created automatically if you do not already have one. The PTR is available in all supported languages, and accounts from all regions are eligible to participate. For additional assistance with installing and launching the PTR, click here.
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        THANK YOU TO THE COMMUNITY
        Our team is so grateful for your support. Last year we launched Diablo II: Resurrected, now it’s 2022 and we’re stoked to implement these new changes into our game. Thank you for playing and thank you for your continued collaboration. As we get closer to the launch of Patch 2.4, we plan to reveal more details surrounding Ladder Rank Play. So, for now, please stay tuned!
        If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.
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      • By Staff
        A new Diablo 2 patch is currently available for testing on the PTR. The latest update focuses on fixing database issues. A stress test will be conducted to stabilize gameplay experience before Ladder rank play is implemented.
        The stress test starts today at 3 pm PST.
        (Source)
        PTR OVERVIEW
        The Public Test Realm (PTR) is a special realm where we can test balance, bug fixes, and other enhancements we make in Diablo II: Resurrected. This test environment is available to all owners of the game, who can play a critical role in testing features and sharing their feedback to improve the overall experience for all players.
        To acquire access to the PTR, open your Battle.net launcher application and select the Diablo II: Resurrected tab. Above the “Play” button and under the “Game Version” text, select the dropdown menu and click “Public Test Realm.” Now you’ll be able to download and install the test version of the game. Once finished, simply select “Play” to launch the PTR. As normal updates are automatically downloaded by the Battle.net launcher application, so too is the PTR.
        The focus of the first PTR will revolve around fixing database issues and making the online environment more robust and flexible under high-volume conditions. This test will be imperative, as it will assist us in stabilizing the gameplay experience ahead of the implementation of Ladder rank play.
        PATCH NOTES
        A new Diablo II: Resurrected patch is in development and now available for testing. To share your feedback or report any issues, please post in the PTR Feedback and PTR Bug Report sections.
        Please note that the below patch notes only include changes currently available for testing on the PTR. While many of these changes may also be available on Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch in a future patch, the PTR is PC-only and only reflects changes coming specifically to that platform.
        GENERAL
        Character saves are now saved on the regional database, rather than the global database, alleviating database stress and mitigating server stability issues
      • By Staff
        Blizzard shared a blog post with details about the forthcoming Patch 2.4 update for Diablo 2. The patch heralds the arrival of Ladder Rank Play early next year, new balance changes, Mercenary improvements, new Horadric Cube recipes that allow you to update set items, and more.
        Our Diablo 2 guide writer and content creator MrLamaSC will be going live on stream with Diablo 2 developers to discuss the latest 2.4 update on December 16 at 11:00 AM (PST).
        (Source)
        Greetings, Heroes of Sanctuary. We’d like to take this opportunity to highlight exciting upcoming balance changes, alongside a couple of new features coming in our next Diablo II: Resurrected update!  QUEST LOG
        Ladder Rank Play
        Class Balance Changes
        Mercenary Changes & New Rune Words
        Developer Update Stream
        Prepare to seek your glory. Ladder Rank play is arriving early next year! Our priority for Ladder Rank play has always been for this mode to be a smooth experience. The competitive nature of this feature demands stability as players race towards 99. Our teams have continued to invest time in making the game experience and performance smoother for everyone. We can’t wait for you to begin your climb, but for now, let’s dive into some exciting details around this upcoming feature!  LADDER RANK PLAY
        Like Diablo II Classic, Diablo II: Resurrected will feature four different Ladder modes, including:
        Version Description Standard Ladder The casual version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts. Hardcore Ladder The hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts. Standard Expansion Ladder The casual version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. Hardcore Expansion Ladder The hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content. For the first time, players will have the chance to unlock a host of new Rune Words in the Ladder system! To be clear, these Rune Words have never existed in the game before, and they will not be accessible in non-Ladder play like the previous set of Ladder-only Rune Words in the original Diablo II experience. At the end of a Ladder season, players who successfully made these Rune Words will have their Ladder characters be moved into a “non-Ladder” version of the game. Then at the beginning of the next Ladder season, players will make a new Ladder character and start all over again to earn new rewards. Currently, we don’t have specific new Rune Words to showcase, but if you tune-in to our Developer Update Stream (more details below) hosted by content creator MrLlamaSC, you’ll be able to receive a glimpse!

        Lastly, we’ve been monitoring discussions around Ladder Rank play in the community. The duration of Ladder is an element our team is still trying to gauge as we progress forward, but we’re looking to create the “rush” of a new ladder and find the best timeframe for Ladder rotation that meets your expectations. Presently, we’re considering four months for Ladder Seasons. We’ll continue monitoring the community’s opinion and preference on this front as we approach PTR for Patch 2.4 early next year. 
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        CLASS BALANCE CHANGES
        After so many requests from the community, we’re thrilled to share new balance changes are coming to your favorite heroes in Diablo II: Resurrected! As fans ourselves, we’re just as eager as you to find new ways to play. This is incredibly special, as the last patch to make balance changes to classes in Diablo II was Patch 1.13c, which was released back on March 23, 2010! Now, eleven years later, we’re making new changes to expand character build diversity, and retain class fantasy and specialty! These goals are crucial. We’re reviewing underused skills, assessing casting delays, making tooltip quality-of-life changes, and more to fulfill these goals. 
        We want to empower you to be creative with the builds you want to play, but we don’t want to “reinvent the wheel” and steer classes from their core purposes. Without diving into the specifics, let’s take a peek at the philosophies behind various Class changes. 
        AMAZON

        The Amazon's agility and versatility are profound. Generally, we like the current state of the Amazon class and believe her to be quite balanced. Nonetheless, we see an opportunity to improve the Amazon's melee skills. We want to buff the strengths of certain underused melee skills such as Impale and Fend to give more reasons to use them. We are also looking into freeing up synergy requirements for melee skills to give more skill point freedom for other possibilities.
        Additionally, we are also considering buffing certain skills in the Bow and Crossbow tree to help improve bow gameplay in higher difficulties.
        ASSASSIN

        The Assassin vanquishes evil from the darkness with great ease. However, for this class, we see an opportunity for the Martial Arts builds to shine brighter. Martial Arts skills can become increasingly challenging to perform in higher difficulties, so we are re-evaluating how to improve generating and spending Combo Points.
        Furthermore, various Trap skills are not often used. So, we’re re-evaluating synergy requirements to promote more trap builds and damage scaling buffs.
        BARBARIAN

        The brawn of the Barbarian is unmatched. Nonetheless, we see opportunities to add more diversity to Combat skills. We're looking into adding more possibilities with Combat Skills such as Leap Attack and Grim Ward, while also re-evaluating skill synergy requirements to promote more reasons to spend points on certain Combat Skills.
        Additionally, we think Throwing Barbarians can be more viable, so we are looking into enhancing the Double Throw and Throwing Mastery skills.
        DRUID

        The bestial ferocity of the Druid makes all tremble. With that said, we see exciting opportunities to level up certain aspects of this class. From our perspective, Druid Fire skills are underperforming. We're re-evaluating Casting Delays for Fire skills, exploring improvements to some of their Physical Damage components, and improving synergies. We’re also looking at potential tweaks affecting other Elemental skills that are underused. We want to improve the controls for Arctic Blast too, such as allowing more free form while channeling and no longer locking your targeting onto one enemy at a time.
        Regarding Summon skills, we believe Summons are weak in high difficulty. On this front, we’re evaluating health gains per level, quality-of-life improvements, damage output, and new synergies for Ravens, Wolves, and Vines.
        Lastly, we're evaluating improvements to the Werebear skills, primarily focused on synergy improvements.
        NECROMANCER

        The commander of death sends his foes to an early grave. Like the Amazon, we like the current state of the Necromancer class. Nonetheless, we see an opportunity to improve specific Summons we believe are underused. We're balancing elemental damages of Skeletal Mages and making lesser used Golems more effective. Additionally, we see opportunities for Bone skill improvements in high difficulty. We’re tweaking synergies on this front.   PALADIN

        The wrath of the holy zealot is glorious. Despite this, we believe certain Combat skills are underused. We’re exploring ways to make lesser-used skills (I.e., Fist of the Heavens) more utilized, so players have more reasons to spend skill points to unlock these skills. 
        We also see an opportunity to scale Offensive Aura skills as well. This includes making improvements to AoE Damage auras to make them more effective at closer range. We also want to improve Thorns so that it can scale better and deal more reliable damage at higher levels. 
        SORCERESS

        There is no greater master of elemental magic than these mages. We're very satisfied with the Sorceress’s current state, but we see a few of opportunities for improvements. 
        Regarding Cold Skills, we believe there can be more diversity with the armor skills (I.e., Frozen Armor, Shiver Armor, and Chilling Armor) for distinctive advantages.
        We are also looking into adding more build possibilities around lesser used Lightning skills by exploring more skill synergies.
        Lastly, we’re also revisiting Fire skills, to improve underused ones, like Hydra. Similar to Arctic Blast, we're exploring making player control improvements to the Inferno skill so that it is less clunky to use.
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        MERCENARY CHANGES & NEW RUNE WORDS
        And we’re not done. Class Balance changes aren’t the only updates players want to see. We’ve seen a lot of feedback from the community around the subject of Mercenaries, and we are making improvements to Mercenaries in a variety of ways. Many players enjoy using the Desert Mercenary, and we want to give more reasons to use the other three mercenaries, so we are looking into improving their skills and stats to enhance their identity and fantasy.
        New Horadric Cube Recipes, Set Item changes, and new Rune Words are on the horizon! New Horadric Cube Recipes being implemented will allow for upgrading the item quality of Set Items to give more item build possibilities. Set Item changes will update underperforming Set Items, to have more bonuses, giving players more incentive to pursue Partial and Full set items that can complement the skill changes alluded above. Lastly, new Rune Words will be added to complement the Skill and Mercenary changes coming in the update.
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        DEVELOPER UPDATE STREAM

        This blog is just scratching the surface about upcoming changes and features coming in Patch 2.4 PTR (coming early next year)! To learn more, we invite you to join community content creator, MrLlamaSC, Diablo II: Resurrected Design Lead, Robert Gallerani, and Senior Game Producer, Matthew Cederquist, in their upcoming livestream. This broadcast will be both a presentation and an opportunity for members of the community to ask questions. We can’t wait to share more with you then!
        WHEN: December 16 | 11:00 AM (PST)
        WHERE: https://www.twitch.tv/mrllamasc

        This has been an incredible year for Diablo II: Resurrected. We wish our community a happy holiday season and a happy new year! Thank you for playing our game and thank you for your continued support! 
        If you want to learn more about Diablo II: Resurrected, check out our website here, or for real-time updates, follow our official Twitter @Diablo.
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      • By Staff
        A new Diablo 2 patch was just released on PC and consoles. The update contains mainly bug fixes that we outline in this post.
        (Source)
        A new patch is now available for Windows® PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation®5, and PlayStation®4. We will update this thread once the Nintendo Switch version becomes available.
        To share your feedback, please post in the Diablo II: Resurrected forum 3.
        To report a PC bug, visit our Bug Report forum 3.
        To report a Console bug, visit our Bug Report forum 3.
        For troubleshooting assistance, visit our Technical Support forum .
        BUG FIXES
        Consoles
        Fixed an issue where some characters that have more than one special character in their name were unable to load into the game. Windows PC
        Quick Cast
        Quick Cast skills now properly target allies and corpses Fixed an issue where opening the horadric cube while quick casting could cause your character to become stuck continuously casting Activating an aura with quick cast will no longer stop your character from moving Quick cast melee skills now allow the player to move to the mouse location outside of towns Improved quick cast behavior for Inferno and Arctic Blast DLSS
        Updated the DLSS .dll file to a more recent version Resolved some visual artifacts that would present when using teleport Resolved some visual artifacts that would present around partially transparent walls Force Move
        Classic characters can now change their force move keybinding If the player is holding down Force Move, they will now continue moving after using a skill Force move now functions while in your stash and horadric cube menus General
        Fixed an issue where scrolling through chat could at the same time scroll through your right mouse button skills Fixed an issue where performing an inventory action after weapon swapping would un-select your Throw skill Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting the game
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