Diablo II Ladder Reset Coming May 2nd

Perhaps this is Blizzard’s solution to what we’re supposed to do during the two weeks between the end of the Diablo III beta and the launch of the game itself… go oldschool!

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 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.

seeing as this might be the last ladder reset, will blizzard be holding a contest for first 99?
We don’t have any plans to stop supporting Diablo II, including ladder resets.

This sound good to any of you guys? Or do you want to get away from all ARPG type games for at least a couple of weeks, so D3 will be fresher and shinier when you find yourself cursing and sobbing while stuck in an endless B.net queue come midnight, May 15th?


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  1. No good for me as a DII ladder player..
    I would have prefered a reset on May the 15th.
    Two weeks,  from May the 2nd to the Diablo III release date, seems too short a period to enjoy a new Diablo II ladder.
    I should have to think of what could be a fun target in a 2 weeks limited period of play as it is likely that I won’t play Diablo II for a long time after that date….unless ofc Diablo III reveals itself as the most crappy game of all time.

  2. Why wait till 2nd May, give it right now not 2 weeks before D3

  3. As of seeing how the talents work in Diablo 3, Diablo 2 looks more repelling to me. Can’t stand the thought of playing it. First time i tried playing it after a looooong while, i logged out after the first quest.

    • heh… I got the same experience as you… Can’t even drag myself to continue beyond rescuing Cain, and to think that I’ll just rescue him again in D3 loll

    • i’m the opposite. everytime i start up and hear warriv’s sweet voice, i find myself speeding through all the act 1 quests. its almost like muscle memory now. a reflex that i have no control over.

    • Same feeling here. I tried to give it another go, but there were too many frustrations. Non-existent mana regen in the early phases, not enough health potions, skill point hoarding, super fast stamina drain… They really want you to stick with the game for a rather long time, like at least a solid ten or twenty hours, before it stops being annoying and starts being fun, and I’m not willing to commit that kind of time at this late stage. By comparison, D3 feels basically fun right out of the gate.

  4. Hell yea! Gonna roll a barb or bear drood HC, see how far I can get before the 14th ( gonna have to work out a lot on that day since I’m gonna be skipping the gym for at least a week after D3 launches………).

  5. I agree with was said earlier.

    D3 is SOOOOO much better in design than D2, I think you should let it rest in peace. The more I play D3 in beta, the more it is getting under my skin.

    Not one dead moment, not one thought of redundancy, every time I down that Skelton King with one of the classes is super, in group or solo.

    Everything is better in D3: graphics, portals, skills, crafting, grouping of players, economy.

    I mean they reinvented the complete skill system for good. Gone are those dreadful ladder based points of no return.

    Yes I know going from craptastic mood to full blown awesome mode and super hyped fanboy… For the first time I am afraid that Wow will not be the most played game for the next 6 months by me. It depends on the Pet battles and the farming in MoP, but here is this: Diablo 3 will be the biggest hit on PC since WoW.

    D2 is simply too old in mechanics compared to what I see in D3. 

  6. A good opportunity to do some crunches and stock the fridge, get the IV out, paint pentagrams or oh snap that was bad or something, and then go into cry chamber sleep.

  7. Now, if they can somehow incorporate Ladder Season to D3, then I am hooked forever.

  8. I’ve always aimed to get all the Elite sets for the 7 classes in D2, and almost every time I get anywhere near, they announce a ladder reset…
    Last ladder reset, I kept my characters (I usually deleted them all to remake them as ladder) and carried on doing runs for the set items. But not having the ladder only options available, such as item upgrades, ended up annoying me soundly, and after considering to remake all 7 chars for the 8th time, I finally took the big jump: I deleted every char and never remade them.

    As I’ve said in other posts, I’ve had a good time with Diablo 2, but after having played Diablo 3 beta, there’s nothing left to keep me playing it.
    Ability to distribute stat points – 2 str, 2 dex, 1 vit until str/dex reqs are met, then vit for rest isn’t flexibility, it’s a nuisance. I know some builds require a different distribution, but they’re all set in stone.
    Skill points – bah, most skills don’t feel exciting before you’ve placed several points in them, so you feel underpowered in a game where it’s intended for the hero to be super awesome…
    My main hate is that you don’t feel you have a functioning character before the mid 30’s, if twinked, or 40’s if not. So if you subtract 35-45 from 99, you end up with a number fairly close to D3’s cap.

    All of this is opinion, of course, but it’s mine and I’ll stick with it 🙂        

  9. Yeah, lets welcome queue for single player game ;d

  10. YEEEES!!! Just what i need for the wait!

  11. Anyone know the recent standards of HC ladder. Is there a lot of PK-hacks around these days?

  12. I played through D1 this month, so I’m good just waiting for D3.

    • I also played D1. It was simple and charming, and so I could enjoy it despite its flaws. I then played D2. It was tedious and boring. I could not enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I used to love it, but now I can’t remember why. I can also see why others might still enjoy it, but for me it just feels flat and uninspired. I still get nostalgic for it at times, but I just can’t bring myself to get much further than creating a character, because then I start thinking about poor-man builds that can actually survive to the end game, then I realize all the tedious work it will take to get there, and I just lose interest.

  13. Although this is awesome, and will no doubt bring about Nostalgia at it’s finest (TP PK Anyone?), I will be taking a 2 week break from Diablo to get myself extra stoked for Diablo 3. (I should be able to get 2 more toons to 85 before then)

  14. cool and all but why dont they do a patch add something new to make people wanna play it, or why didnt they add something new at the last reset. now that D3 is coming this reset seems pointless, especially without new content, which they arent doing see d3.

  15. If you guys haven’t tried it, I recommend playing D2 with the Median XL mod. If you are looking for something to kill time while you wait for D3, this mod really breathes new life into D2, not that I actually think D2 is dead by any means. What really concerns me is they say this is the “last d2 ladder reset.” So they are almost forcing you to switch to D3. I would have thought they would wanna let the two co-exist. (Although I doubt I will play D2 again after D3 is released.) I guess it just means if I play D2 again it will most likely be single player or a walk through with some old friends.

    • What? In the last blue line they clearly say: 

      We don’t have any plans to stop supporting Diablo II, including ladder resets.

  16. cant wait for reset. one last chance to make some easy fg before d3 launch.

  17. Some friends and I have started up a new live off the land game and are playing through at about one act per week to finish up on monday the 14th. Good times giving the classic one last run.

  18. I’m curious if this is indeed going to be the last ladder reset for D2?  If it is does that mean that these new ladder characters will forever be separate from the rest of the many non ladder characters?  Would this mean that only these newly created character will continue to have access to the many ladder only features, runewords, and certain uniques?

    Or will Blizzard at some point merge these ladder characters in with the rest of the non ladder characters so as to only have one large pool of players with no ladder characters at all?  And if so, would they move all of those many ladder only features to be available for non ladder characters.

    A lot of unanswered questions if you ask me.

    I for one, plan to continue to play D2 even after D3 is released.  Yes I plan to play D3 like a mad man at launch time, but as with many other Blizzard games, such as Warcraft 2, Starcraft, etc.  There’s still a lot of fun and nostalgia to be had by playing the original games.

    If anyone here knows the answers to some of the questions I posted it would be appreciated.

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