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Diablo 2 Resurrected PTR 2.4 Ladder Testing Soon – Patch Notes

Diablo 2 Resurrected PTR 2.4 Ladder Testing Soon - Patch Notes

Blizzard has released a lengthy update for the next 2.4 PTR which includes ladder testing. The test will kick off on 2 March so get ready for that.

Pay attention to the Uber Diablo changes that are being made and also the notes on the ladder testing.

Here are your notes:

PTR 2.4 Ladder Testing 2.4 Patch Notes

Heroes of Sanctuary. Thank you for your outpouring of feedback on some of the first changes made to Diablo 2 in over a decade. We return to you with adjustments to those changes based on your thoughts, opinions, and survey answers. With this round of changes, we spent most of our efforts on the areas where the feedback was overwhelmingly unified as well as some areas where we may not have pushed hard enough for a meaningful change. We would love to hear more of your thoughts on these iterations.

As we progress in this PTR, please be aware there may be periodic maintenances, outages, hotfixes, or minor patches. All the changes implemented in this PTR are not in stone. We want to gauge reception and feedback on these changes before we make them final for Live. We encourage our PTR participants to explore and play the following content updates:

  • Ladder Season
  • Uber Diablo updates
  • Various balance updates

Offline/Single Player Note: Patch 2.4 introduces changes to character save data as a result of our new balance changes. A new folder has been created to support players testing offline content. Players will now be able to test classes from previous versions of Diablo II: Resurrected by importing those character files into this folder.

Please leave your feedback in the PTR Feedback forum. If you discover any bugs, please report them in the PTR Bug Report forum. So, without further ado, let’s dive into these new changes!

PLEASE NOTE: Game content discussed in this blog is not final and subject to change.


 

LADDER TESTING

We are very excited to invite you all to test the Ladder functionality on the PTR. The Diablo II: Resurrected Ladder launch represents an optional ranked competitive system of the game through a series of modes available to select from with a fresh Ladder-specific character(s). Each mode will have their own leaderboard where players compete to strategically gain experience within a limited timeframe while having access to Ladder-specific content. When the Ladder season ends, leaderboard rankings will reset, transitioning characters to non-ladder mode, giving players an opportunity to store their hard-earned treasured loot as a new Ladder season awaits them.

For PTR test, we would love you to focus your attention on the presentation of the Ladder in the front end and the way the new balance changes impact Ladder play.

Feature details:

  • Ladder is now available for testing, and the team will be emulating a ladder season start and end during the PTR
  • Players can use /ladder and /helpladder chat commands to retrieve season start and end information
  • Ladder information is made available in the leaderboard UI, and for console, players will be updated upon loading into each game
  • At the end of a season, your Ladder character will be converted to a non- Ladder character, along with any Ladder -exclusive items your character has equipped or in their inventory
  • Once a season ends, you will have until the start of the season after next to retrieve items from your seasonal Ladder shared stash tab to bring into your normal online play
    • For example, once Season 1 ends, you have until Season 3 begins to retrieve items from your Season 1 stash. Any items not retrieved will be lost forever

 

UBER DIABLO CHANGES

The way that players summon Uber Diablo in Diablo II: Resurrected today will remain the same as it was first introduced in v1.10, by selling Stone of Jordan rings. However, we have made some changes to how and where that progress is calculated that we hope will make the experience better for the entire community. We’re eager to hear your feedback!

Uber Diablo progress for each game type will now be kept by the regional database. When the threshold is met by selling enough Stone of Jordan rings, Uber Diablo will spawn for everyone in the same region, not only those on the same server instance.

Progress towards Uber Diablo is now tracked per game type. Giving us a total of 8 progressions being tracked. Those being Classic, Classic Hardcore (HC), Classic Ladder, Classic HC Ladder, Expansion, Expansion HC, Expansion Ladder, Expansion HC Ladder. Given this change, we have added new messaging for players to help them anticipate when Uber Diablo may spawn. This messaging will be sent out to all players in the region at certain tiers of progress, and can be manually checked by using a /uberdiablo chat command. We hope these changes allow more players to get to experience the true terror that is Uber Diablo.

 

CLASS CHANGES

Impale

  • Animation speed for Impale increased by 30%

Plague Javelin

  • Plague Javelin poison duration is no longer fixed at 3 seconds as it was in the previous PTR, but its duration and damage scaling have been adjusted compared to Live. This should net out to a 20% damage-per-second increase at level 1 and up to a 33% damage-per-second increase at max level.

Multiple Shot

  • Added synergy from Guided Arrow: +12% physical damage per level

Immolation Arrow

  • Cooldown reduced by 40%

Guided Arrow

  • Added synergy from Multiple Shot: +12% physical damage per level

Strafe

  • Synergy from Multiple Shot: +5% physical damage per level
  • Synergy from Guided Arrow: +10% physical damage per level

Developer Comments: We’ve noted your feedback that it feels odd that the physical bow skills don’t have any synergies like the cold and fire bow skills do. We hope that giving some synergies to the physical bow skills help them remain viable.

Wake of Inferno

  • Added yards calculation to the Wake of Inferno tooltip

Blade Fury

  • Attack rating increased by 10%

Leap Attack

  • The Barbarian now deals extra physical damage to surrounding enemies within a range of 4.6 yards when landing from a Leap Attack. Damage scales per level.
  • Modified Leap and Leap attack jump to give it a smoother trajectory that should keep the barbarian on screen at all times, and reduce jerkiness when he lands
  • Leap and Leap attack now have a minimum jump height and duration
  • Increased mana cost of Leap Attack from 9 to 10

Developer Comments: We saw an opportunity to make leap attack more viable by changing to fantasy to make the leap itself an attack. By doing this we feel like the combat viability of the skill will increase while still preserving it as a movement skill. We feel that this change paired with the animation changes we made to it brings the leap attack more in line with the fantasy and feel we want it to have.

Sword Mastery

  • Renamed to Blade Mastery
  • Now affects daggers in addition to swords
  • Increased base attack bonus to 40% (from 28%)

Axe Mastery

  • Attack rating increased by 12%
  • Increased base attack bonus to 40% (from 28%)

Mace Mastery

  • Attack rating increased by 12%
  • Increased base attack bonus to 40% (from 28%)

Polearm Mastery

  • Increased base attack bonus to 44% (from 30%)

Spear Mastery

  • Increased base attack bonus to 44% (from 30%)

Throwing Mastery

  • Increased base attack bonus to 44% (from 30%)
  • Added chance to not consume quantity per level (Up to 50%)
  • Critical strikes with throwing weapons now replenish quantity

Developer Comments: Barbarians run out of throwing weapon quantity far too quickly. Adding chances to not consume as well as chance to replenish will allow a throwing barbarian to be viable without having to return to town frequently.

Armageddon

  • Removed the Hurricane skill requirement for Armageddon
  • Increased the missile damage radius of Armageddon by 33% (from 3 to 4)
  • Increased the missile drop rate of Armageddon by about 30% (from ~3 per second to ~4)

Summoning

  • Druids can now have spirit wolves, dire wolves, and bears all summoned at the same time

Developer Comments: The restriction of the Druid being allowed only one type of summonable at a time has restricted the viability of this build and has hampered the fantasy of a Druid Summoner from living up to its full potential. We feel that a druid being able to summon all of his allies at once will make for a more interesting and fun playstyle.

Werewolf

  • Werewolf now only uses the new attack speed calculation that was originally introduced in the PTR
  • Raised Werewolf attack speed cap from +75% to +150%

Fury

  • Increased speed between attacks by 40%

Werebear

  • Werebear now only uses the new attack speed calculation that was originally introduced in the PTR
  • Raised Werebear attack speed cap from +75% to +150%
  • Damage bonus per level increased from 8% to 15%
  • Base defense value increased from 25% to 40%
  • Defense bonus per level increased from 6% to 10%
  • Cannot be interrupted while performing attacks or skills

Maul

  • Now grants +3% attack speed per charge

Developer Comments: We’ve debated on the best way to bring shapeshifting Druids forward. After much discussion, we are going to commit to the modern (Balance PTR 1) way of calculating attack speed for the wereforms. We have rebalanced the werewolf to allow that form to reach even faster speeds than it could previously. As for werebear – we want to deliver on the fantasy of a powerful, unstoppable, killing machine. We’ve introduced uninterruptible attacks and skills, as well as increased damage and defense. While this will change the way players have played the Werebear in the past, we feel like it is more in line with the intended fantasy. For players who loved their fast werebear builds, we’ve added attack speed bonuses to Maul, but we also hope the new Werewolf changes will offer them the same style of play, as it is now the faster form.

Blood Golem

  • 20% reduction in mana cost applied per level
  • Attack damage increased by about 20%

Fire Golem

  • 20% reduction in mana cost applied per level
  • Attack damage increased by about 20%
  • Holy Fire level bonus per level restored to 1 from 2

Developer Comments: We’ve heard your feedback that golems don’t feel valuable enough as skills. Without giving them a larger overhaul, we hope these changes will make them feel powerful enough to use more often.

Thorns

  • Now deals a flat amount of damage when hit in addition to returning a percentage of damage taken to the enemy when hit

Holy Fire

  • Changed how the proximity bonus for Area Damage is calculated. It will now deal 200% damage to enemies at melee range.
  • Tooltip: The maximum Area Damage values incorporate the maximum proximity damage bonus.
  • Resist Fire Synergy increased from 18 to 21%

Holy Freeze

  • Changed how the proximity bonus for Area Damage is calculated. It will now deal 200% damage to enemies at melee range.
  • Tooltip: The maximum Area Damage values incorporate the maximum proximity damage bonus.

Holy Shock

  • Changed how the proximity bonus for Area Damage is calculated. It will now deal 200% damage to enemies at melee range.
  • Tooltip: The maximum Area Damage values incorporate the maximum proximity damage bonus.

Sanctuary

  • Changed how the proximity bonus for Area Damage is calculated. It will now deal 200% damage to enemies at melee range.
  • Tooltip: The maximum Area Damage values incorporate the maximum proximity damage bonus.

Holy Bolt

  • Now damages Demons in addition to Undead

Fist of the Heavens

  • Now damages Demons in addition to Undead

Developer Comments: After seeing feedback to the removal of area damage scaling in our PTR Balance Patch, we agree that it is an interesting mechanic that is worth trying to balance properly. We’ve reworked how the proximity damage bonus is calculated while retaining the 200% maximum possible damage bonus.

Nova

  • Nova mana cost reduced. The initial mana cost is now 13 from 15

 

MERCENARIES

Act 1 – Rogue Archer

  • Can now use Amazon Bows
  • Can now gain + Amazon skill bonuses from gear

Act 3 – Iron Wolf

  • Swapped frozen armor for Chilling Armor

Act 5 – Barbarian Warrior

  • Can now gain + Barbarian skill bonuses from gear
  • A new ferocious Barbarian is available for hire from Qual-Kehk. These warriors cannot use two-handed swords. but are well trained in the art of dual wielding. Utilizing the Frenzy, Taunt, and Iron Skin abilities, they lure enemies in and unleash a fierce barrage of attacks.

Developer Comments: Our hope with these changes are to continue to bring the non-Act 2 mercenaries up in viability so that they see increased usage, and to push each one further into their class archetype by allowing them to use class specific equipment.


 

RUNE WORDS

  • Plague can now be used on Claws and Daggers in addition to Swords
  • Infinity, Obedience, and Pride can now be used by Spears and Amazon Spears

 

LEVEL AREA AND MONSTER UPDATES

  • Increased Unique monster density in the new level 85 areas

 

GENERAL AND MISC UPDATES

General

  • Added player messaging for when a player tries to launch the game on an out of date patch version
  • Added ‘Message of the Day’ capabilities to the main menu to allow us to share important game updates with all players

AI

  • Improved the reliability of pets, summons, and mercenaries teleporting to the player instead of being despawned

Barbarian

  • Updated Barbarian Leap and Leap attack animation behavior to give it a smoother trajectory that should keep the Barbarian on-screen at all times, and reduce jerkiness when he lands

Character Selection

  • Newly created characters will now sort to the top of the character selection list

Mercenaries

  • Mercenary UIs will now display if the mercenary cannot use a skill because they are too low level

Online

  • Added messaging if a player attempts to create a private channel with a name longer than the character limit
  • Added a /offline chat command which sets your user presence to ‘Offline’

Vendors

  • Players can now buy pre-filled tomes and keys when using a controller

Performance

  • Optimized particle effects on some console platforms
  • Added a VFX quality option for PC players
  • Optimized inventory quick-move actions to reduce delay

Settings

  • The Offline Game Difficulty Scale setting will now persist between game sessions.
  • Added an option to choose whether or not to confine your mouse cursor to the game screen
  • Added a VRAM usage bar in the settings menu

 

BUG FIXES

Accessibility

  • Fixed some issues in the UI that could occur when using Large Font Mode

Barbarian

  • Fixed an issue where your attack speed while dual-wielding could be incorrectly calculated depending on which hand it was held in or in which order they were equipped in
  • Fixed an issue where the Grim Ward’s synergy from Find Potion wasn’t functioning

Druid

  • Fixed an issue where Hunger was not costing mana if it was cast without a target selected
  • Druid Solar Creeper will now properly consume corpses and restore mana whenever the Druid is missing mana.
  • Rabies now properly consumes mana when your attack misses

Paladin

  • Fixed an issue where you wouldn’t be able to weapon swap if you were wielding a bow with no ammo as a Paladin on controller
  • Fixed an issue where you could not disable auras as a Paladin if you were using a bow without ammunition on controller
  • Fixed an issue where the Conviction Aura Tooltip would display incorrect information
  • Fixed an issue where Sanctuary aura was not granting its bonus damage to Undead
  • Fixed an issue where Sacrifice was not hitting moving targets

Gameplay

  • Fixed an issue where using a skill could be interrupted if a player dodges, avoids, or blocks while executing a skill.
  • Fixed an issue where uninterruptible skills could be interrupted within a 1 frame window if you were using the skill repeatedly
  • Fixed an issue where the skills granted by items sometimes couldn’t be used on a controller
  • Fixed an issue where you could be blocked from talking to an NPC if a player initiates a trade request with you while you are talking to an NPC
  • Fixed an issue where weapon swap was not updating Faster Run/Walk on the game client
  • Fixed an issue where you would not be able to observe another players attack animation for the Rabies skill if the attack missed
  • Fixed an issue where skill bindings for OSkills wouldn’t persist after dying and joining a new game
  • Fixed an issue where one of the Chaos Sanctuary seals was difficult to select.
  • Fixed an issue where the Glacial Trail entrance wouldn’t highlight
  • Fixed an issue where fire enchanted monsters were doing too much damage in Nightmare difficulty
  • Fixed an issue where continuing to move after running out of stamina could cause the stamina bar to not refill.
  • Fixed an issue where a room in Act 1 Caves had misplaced walls
  • Fixed an issue where a player could get repeatedly placed in a stun state and unable to execute attacks
  • Fixed an issue where a few melee skills would often miss when attacking moving targets (Amazon Fend, Druid Fury, Paladin Sacrifice, Paladin Zeal).
  • Fixed an issue where a channel ability would stop casting if you were directly targeting an enemy with your mouse prior to casting and that enemy died
  • Fixed an issue where Quick Cast melee skills would sometimes fail to execute properly under certain circumstances
  • Fixed an issue where Quick Cast melee skills would behave different depending on if they were bound to left or right click. Behavior has been unified such that left click quick cast skills behave in the way the right click behavior operated.
  • Fixed an issue where Force Move and Quick Cast skills could still operate when in a full screen UI menu in Legacy Mode.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause players to miss their attack when using melee skills against enemies that are just barely within striking range and moving away
  • Fixed a rare issue where casting spells rapidly could result in incorrect mana cost in certain networking situations
  • Fixed an issue where Replenishing and Propagation item modifiers were not triggering when Quantity was removed from melee skills.

Character Creation

  • Fixed an issue where some players could bypass character name validation and create invalid offline character names. Those characters can now be repaired – affected players will be prompted to rename the invalid characters.

Controls

  • Fixed on issue where using a PlayStation controller on PC, some button prompts could appear with an Xbox controller button icon
  • Fixed an issue where binding a skill to Key 2 without binding anything to Key 1 would show the keybind UI to not show

Graphics

  • Fixed artifacting that could occur on certain VFX when using DLSS
  • Fixed an issue where the player would become invisible if using Fade behind a transparent wall
  • Fixed an issue where ethereal items were appearing invisible when standing behind transparent walls
  • Fixed an issue where grass in Tamoe Highland could pop in and out while traversing.
  • Fixed an issue where VFX could become missing after playing for an extended period of time on consoles
  • Fixed an issue where VFX could appear as black boxes on PS4 in high memory usage scenarios
  • Fixed a DLSS-related ghosting artifact that could occur on moving objects while the game camera is stationary

Localization

  • Fixed some localization issues with skill tooltips
  • Fixed some localization issues related to user presence in the Xbox social menus
  • Fixed some localization issues in the Settings menu
  • Fixed miscellaneous issues related to localization of chat commands

Online

  • Fixed an issue where users in Europe or Korea were unable to block or report users
  • Fixed an issue where the right click context menu options in the Friends List would not consistently function
  • Fixed an issue where you could not highlight game names and join if using a controller in the Lobby menu.
  • Fixed an issue where you could get stuck in an ‘attempting to join’ state if you tried to join a game through the friends list while you were rate limited
  • Fixed an issue where swapping between Keyboard and Controller on the front end could rarely force you into the Offline character tab and prevent access to the online tab for a small amount of time.
  • Fixed an issue on consoles where online friends who have their presence set to appear ‘Offline’ in their platform settings would appear in the friends list sorted into other online friends rather than with their other offline friends
  • Fixed an issue on Switch where if you remove someone from your friends list, they may not correctly get removed
  • Fixed a visual issue that could occur when opening the Horadric Cube while in the middle of a trade with another player
  • Auto-generated game name and password from game sessions generated using the main menu ‘Play’ button will now be hidden.
  • Fixed an issue where your character selection wouldn’t persist if you exited the lobby

Performance

  • Fixed an issue where users with 3050 series GPUs would have incorrect default graphics settings
  • Fixed a crash that could occur when exiting the game
  • Fixed a crash that could occur during the Pandemonium event
  • Miscellaneous crash/stability fixes

Settings

  • Fixed an issue where your game difficulty settings on Lobby would not update properly after changing characters

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