Blizzard is almost set for 2.6.1 but have issued a notice regarding Diablo 3 Era Leaderboards and they will experiment with “technology” that will allow them to lock them while the patch is deployed. This will however impact all leaderboards.
We’re experimenting with some technology that will allow us to, temporarily, lock the Era leaderboards. This will allow us to give some “downtime” between this era and next while we deploy the upcoming patch and take care of any serious issues that may arise post deployment. Because the nature of Eras is to be continuous, this does have an unfortunate side-effect; this will effectively lock all leaderboards, including those associated with Challenge Rifts. Don’t worry; you’ll still be able to complete Challenge Rifts for a reward! There just won’t be active leaderboards to compete on during the downtime.
To reduce the impact of this lock as much as possible, we currently plan on enabling this lock on October 20, at the same time Season 11 is scheduled to end. We would leave the leaderboards locked up until Season 12 begins, aligning the next roll of Era to occur on November 9.
Overall, we feel that this is the best, most fair way for us to ensure that the most hotly contested leaderboards remain in as equal and fair a state as possible.
Blizzard also offered up a “first look” piece for Diablo 3 2.6.1 but you will know all of this already if you’ve been keeping a close eye on 2.6.1 developments.