Diablo 2 is about to get top-notch balance changes after more than a decade.Blizzard announced today that it will launch soon 2.4 Patch Each role will be adjusted to expand “building diversity” and provide more opportunities to explore the unique capabilities of each class.
To be fair, the patch applies to Diablo 2: Resurrection, not the original version in 2012, but for loyal fans who have been using it for years, it still represents a huge change.
“This is very special, because the last patch for class balance changes in Diablo II was patch 1.13c, which was released on March 23, 2010!” Blizzard wrote. “Now, 11 years later, we are making new changes to expand the diversity of character construction and retain professional fantasy and professionalism! These goals are crucial. We are reviewing underutilized skills, evaluating delays in casting, and Tooltip quality of life changes, and more to achieve these goals.”
Amazon is already in a good position, but it will enhance some “underutilized melee skills”, so players will have greater motivation to use them. Assassin’s martial arts and trap skills are being “re-evaluated”, as are some of the barbarian’s combat skills and skill coordination requirements. Druids are strengthening the summoning, bearman and elemental skills, especially fire, and some specific summoning of the necromancer is also being adjusted, although like Amazon, Blizzard is satisfied with the state of the entire profession. Some Paladin’s skills will be changed to make them more effective, and the area damage aura will also be changed to be more effective at close range. Finally, Blizzard is “very satisfied” with the Sorceress career, but it hopes to adjust some skills to make different types of constructions more feasible.
Another major change in the 2.4 patch is the addition of the ladder game, which will give players the opportunity to unlock new Diablo 2 runes that are only available in the ladder. At the end of each season, players who successfully complete Rune Language will transfer their characters to the non-ladder version of the game, and they will bring a new character into the next season in the next season to receive additional rewards. The details have not yet been determined, but Blizzard is considering making the ladder season last four months.
Four ladder modes will be provided:
- Standard ladder: A casual version of the ladder game, including a four-act game.
- Hardcore ladder: A hardcore (only 1 life) version of the ladder game, including a four-act game.
- Standard extension ladder: The casual version of the ladder game, including five acts, because it includes the expansion of the “king of destruction”.
- Hardcore extension ladder: Hardcore (only 1 life) version of the ladder game, including playing five acts, because it includes the “king of destruction” expansion content.
Blizzard is also studying improvements to mercenaries, adding a new Heradic cube formula, and making changes to the settings. I think there will be some bug fixes and adjustments.The Diablo 2: Resurrection 2.4 patch is expected to be released on PTR in early 2022. You can learn more about it in the developer live broadcast hosted by design director Robert Gallerani and senior game producer Matthew Cederquist at 11 am Pacific time on December 16th Upcoming content/2 pm Eastern Time twitch.