There has been much speculation as to whether the ladder reset would bring a new patch and this evening it has. This new patch now provides No-CD functionality. Here’s the details:

    Downloadable Installer Support

    – If all required Diablo 2 ‘.MPQ’ files are installed on the hard drive, the game will no longer require the CD to play.

    For users that originally performed a ‘Full Installation’ and wish to run without the CD, all ‘.MPQ’ files should be copied from the Diablo 2 CDs to the Diablo 2 directory. Most users will only need to copy D2Music.mpq from the Diablo 2 Play CD and/or D2xMusic.mpq from the Lord of Destruction CD. Mac users will need to copy these music files and rename them to ‘Diablo II Music’ and ‘Diablo II Expansion Music’ respectively.

    Anyone who did not perform a ‘Full Installation’ will need to re-install from CD again to ultimately play without the CD. In this case, a ‘Full Installation’ is required, followed by file copy step noted above.

    Bug Fixes

    – Fixed an incompatibility between Rosetta and OpenGL mode on Intel Mac.

    Some users have experienced issues getting this up and running and Blizzard added the following note:

    Please reinstall the game using the Full Installation method (with the cinematics) to make sure that all 3rd party files are gone from the Diablo II folder. Once it’s done, install the Expansion pack. Once the Expansion pack is installed, go to the Lord of Destruction CD and copy these two files to your Diablo II folder:


    Once that’s done, run the game and it’ll get the patch. You won’t need the CD after that.

    Some Mac CDs will have the required files in their CD’s Support folder. Go there, copy the Diablo II Expansion Music file over to the game folder.

    Discussion is now on-going in the community forum regarding the patch and if you favour single player there’s a very active thread just for you.

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