For a lot of people, its a change of pace from LoD. The xpack made D2 way too easy, and although 1.10 didn't bring many benefits to classic, I think classic is a lot more fun than the xpack. I got D2 the week it came out, and some of my most fun experiences playing were during the first few weeks of having it. Playing classic brings back some of those memories for me.
I bought Classic because at the time I thought I messed up my younger cousin's friend's copy. It wasn't messed up so I kept the new copy and began playing more. It never occured to me that I should get LoD until my younger cousin got it and I was impressed with the 800x600 resolution.
Maybe it's my naivity, but I don't play LoD as much as Classic because of the horror stories I've heard here about rude, selfish and uncooperative people who play LoD. Not that Classic is free of said people, but there seems to be fewer of them.
The abundance of LoD strategy guides that focus on the use of certain insanely powerful unique items also make me wonder if LoD players can be successful without said items. The relatively meager selection in Classic leads me to believe that one has to make the best use of whatever is at hand and play smartly to compensate. Right now I'm trying to adapt the Compendium's LoD Avenger Guide to Classic and as soon as I remember what my Avenger's stats, skills and equipment are, I'll ask about skill allocation.
I really enjoy playing through the game quest by quest, act by act. It helps keep the game fresh for me (not being able to play it during school time for three months at a time also helps). It's even more fun playing with others who like to cooperate and get through the quests as thoroughly as possible.
- Lower reliance on items to be successful than in LoD: in LoD, either you succumb to duped runes to be as well equipped as others, or you play underpowered. The "best" items in classic are more easily attainable, and if you can't get some (i.e SoJs), it's not a big deal anyway.
- No Druids or Assassins; I never really cared about them.
- I find the end game in Classic (CS runs) far more fun than in LoD (Baal runs).
I use the LoD Expansion, of course, to extend resolution to 800 x 600. :thumbsup: