The first competitive Ladder season of Diablo 2 Resurrected is now live, bringing with it a whole host of updates to the game and significant gameplay changes for the first time in a decade.
If you’re looking for details on what’s changed, it might be worth checking out the latest patch notes, or potentially, taking a look at the new Runewords and Mercenaries that are available with the introduction of the 2.4 Update.
For those simply looking for details on when the Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Resets, including the potential end and start dates for Season 1 and Season 2, then read on!
Diablo 2: Resurrected has dropped its latest update for the game with Patch 2.4.3. Although there are no details on the new season, we’ll be consistent to include this news, so here’s an overview of what this new update does, straight from the horses mouth.
“We introduce a variety of new features and improvements set to elevate multiplayer lobbies for console and PC. Accompanying these new features are quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes. Partying up with like-minded demon slayers is a cornerstone of the Diablo experience. Because of this, we‘ve been closely monitoring your feedback around multiplayer lobbies, and the changes highlighted below are a direct result of this. Sanctuary wasn’t built in a day—while we have made great strides in refining various aspects of Diablo II: Resurrected, we are dedicated to enhancing your pursuit of the Dark Wanderer even further. As always, we want to make the flames of this beloved classic burn hotter and brighter than ever before and invite your feedback to help aid us in this communal effort.”
Want the official patch notes, well follow the link to read those in full.
Diablo Community Manager PezRadar (Adam Fletcher) has informed players on the Blizzard forum’s that the team is working on an improved lobby on PC. The post reads:
The team has been working on a pretty significant update for the game that will improve the PC lobby experience while also incorporating a major overhaul of the lobby system on the console version of D2R. We expect this to be in the coming weeks. Once we have more details on the exact date, we will be sharing that here on our forums.
We imagine this could launch with the release of the game’s next major update. Will it be held back for Season 2? Time will tell.
What Is Ladder Ranked Play In Diablo 2 Resurrected?
Ladder play in Diablo 2 Resurrected is essentially a ranked competitive system that allows players to test themselves against other players. Normally this consists of putting your skills to the test with a fresh Ladder-specific character and a series of modes which present their own unique challenges. 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.
Leaderboard rankings will reset once the Ladder season ends and shift characters to non-ladder mode. This will give you the opportunity to store your hard-earned treasured loot and Ladder-specific items for future Ladder seasons.
What Are The different Ladders?
Like the original game, Diablo 2 Resurrected offers four different Ladder modes for players to experience, including:
|Ladder Version||Mode Description|
|Classic Ladder||The normal version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts.|
|Hardcore Classic Ladder||The hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts.|
|Expansion Ladder||The normal version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content.|
|Hardcore Expansion Ladder||The hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content.|
Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Reset – 2022 Dates
Originally the Diablo 2 Ladder would last 6 months, but when Blizzard launched the Diablo 2 Resurrected ladder they released it with the following statement: “Revamped Ladder Seasons – Join the ranks of Diablo II: Resurrected players worldwide and enjoy the race to the top of the ladder. Rank up in a new, exclusive ladder system with more frequent restarts and earn your place among legends.”
It sounds like the game won’t be resetting the D2R Ladder every 6 months, but equally the dev team have not confirmed exactly how long the current Season 1 will last. What is worth noting is a comment from Design Lead Robert Gallerani back in December, who suggested that each season will be 4 months long.
“Three months is too quick,” Gallerani said when speaking on a community Livestream hosted by MrLlamaSC. “Six months is too long and five just feels off considering twelve months in a year.”
The team supposedly settled on four-month seasons citing that the community seems fine with this length, and also allows the team to release three unique seasons in a year, which we imagine keeps the game as fresh as possible without creating too much work.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder – Season 1 Start/End Dates
Following a series of delays, the Diablo 2 Resurrected ladder season 1 started on April 28, 2022. Assuming that the developers stick to their promise of a 4 month reset, we imagine Season 1 will end around August 25, 2022.
Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Reset – Season 2 Start Dates
For the time being it’s not clear how much time the game might need between seasons. If we assume that Diablo 2 Resurrected has a two-week PTR – like we see in Diablo 3 with the testing of every new season – then we would imagine that Season 2 will begin in early September 2022.
It’s worth stressing though, that this is purely hypothetical and it’s quite possible that the team working on the game changes the length of the season or requires more time to release the next season, as we saw with the original delays to the ladder originally.