The Diablo II B.net ladder reset was today, and after a false start for technical difficulties, the realms are back up and in their (momentarily) tabula rasa state. So get in there and enjoy making new characters in the fresh economy. Bashiok posted a few updates on the process today:
10:00:19 AM PDT—The reset is beginning now.
10:22:40 AM PDT—The reset is expected to conclude by 11:00 a.m. PDT.
11:54:47 AM PDT—We’re aware the ladders are not properly reset and some characters made immediately after the realms came live are unable to create games. We’re investigating these issues and will offer an update as soon as we have additional info.
11:55:40 AM PDT—Realms are coming back down to address these issues.
12:57:37 PM PDT—Reset has completed and realms are on their way back up.