Our once and future columnist Brother Laz has released a major update to his well-known Median XL mod, which is built from, but at this point only vaguely related to, Diablo 2.  Strategy Informer offers a file download and a page of basic info about Median.

    The main attraction of Median XL is the brand new skill trees, 30 skills per class, providing a whole new experience. The mod also offers a new base item setup with 7 quality tiers, 471 uniques, 235 runewords, a new affix pool and gem/jewel stats, honorific items and many new and powerful crafting recipes.

    All this would be for nothing without the monster AI modifications and new abilities, elite and heroic monsters with even more powerful skills, and for advanced players there are 21+1 new uberquests based on Diablo lore and the challenges, which reward you for killing bosses at a low level or two of them at once.

    The full list of changes is enormous and can be seen here. Suffice to say, this patch makes countless changes and rebalances to skills, runewords, uniques, monsters, quests, and pretty much everything else in the game. Here’s a partial quote:

    – Act 1 Priestess: now uses Spore Shot; fixed Deathstrike level.
    – Act 3 any: doubled damage bonus per level.
    – Act 3 Necrolyte: now casts Beacon with its default attack and can shoot sharks with bees in their mouth.

    Yes, one of the mercs shoots a shark with bees in its mouth. Dr Evil should be pleased.

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