Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Season 1: Start Date, Release News, Ladder Play Changes, and More

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Diablo 2 Resurrected brings a new, fresh take on a classic game, where you face the demonic hordes from hell once again, in a crusade to defeat Diablo and save humanity. With so many enemies, quests, and challenges to take, players are looking forward to the upcoming Season 1 Ladder which unforunately didn't arrive when the game initially launched on September 23, 2021.

Thankfully, we know that the Diablo 2 Resurrected ranked ladder play is due to arrive in 2022. So read on for everything you need to know.

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What is the Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder?

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The Ladder is a competitive closed realm Multiplayer mode in Diablo II. To play and get your name to rank up on the Ladder, you need to create a new character for that specific purpose, unable to receive help or otherwise interact in any way with non-Ladder characters, and vice-versa.

The Ladder added different content that couldn't be accessed otherwise, like the Pandemonium Event, where players could obtain the Hellfire Torch and fight Uber versions of old foes, which encouraged players to immerse themselves into playing Ladder-specific characters. With Diablo 2 Resurrected, the remaining question is whether or not the Ladder could make a comeback.

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21 February 2022 -

It's a little under one month since Patch 2.4 went live on the PTR and we're still none the wiser on the exact launch date Diablo 2: Resurrected's ladder. Could we get some good news before the month ends? We sure hope so.

25 January 2022 -

The Diablo 2: Resurrected 2.4 PTR is now live.

14 January 2022 -

Blizzard has launched the Diablo 2: Resurrected Public Test Realm (or PTR) so they can start testing builds and new features before they're released to the live game. For the time being the game's PTR is testing a small update and not anything relating to the launch of Update 2.4, which is when we expect to see the Ladder introduced to the game.

Although the devs have teased that Patch 2.4 is "coming soon", so with any luck we don't have to wait too much longer until we're given some info on when we can expect the ladder to arrive in Diablo 2: Resurrected.

16 December 2021 -

Blizzard has announced Class balance changes and Ladder coming to Diablo 2 Resurrected with the games Update 2.4 Patch, coming to the PTR early 2022. Follow the link above if you want to know more details about the 2.4 update. But for now, keep reading for all the details on ranked ladder play. But first, here are a few further details from the team:

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"Prepare to seek your glory. Ladder Rank play is arriving early next year! Our priority for Ladder Rank play has always been for this mode to be a smooth experience. The competitive nature of this feature demands stability as players race towards 99. Our teams have continued to invest time in making the game experience and performance smoother for everyone."

2 December 2021 -

Update 2.3 for Diablo 2 Resurrected has now officially rolled out and we're sorry to say there's still no word on the state of Ladder rank play for the game. We wouldn't hold our breath for any news until after the new year. But of course, we'll keep this updated should we hear anything before the end of 2021.

19 November 2021 -

Blizzard just gave Diablo 2 Resurrected fans some big news about an upcoming update coming in early December when Patch 2.3 goes live. Whilst the update won't introduce the Ladder rank play, the devs did touch on rank play briefly towards the end of their blog post whilst discussing the games new PTR which is set to arrive in the coming weeks. Here's what they said:

The primary focus of that PTR will be revolved around fixing database issues and stabilizing our online environment. Once we are confident these fixes are in a good place, we’ll share more details on Ladder rank play and even more new changes coming to Diablo II: Resurrected.

Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder - Season 1 Release Date

At the time of writing, there's no news about an official Season 1 release date for the Ladder. The only details confirmed by Blizzard is that ladder play will arrive with Update 2.4 "early next year" at first on the game's PTR and then eventually on the live servers.

How Does Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Rank Play Work?

Like Diablo II Classic, Diablo II: Resurrected will feature four different Ladder modes, including:

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Version Description
Standard Ladder The casual version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts.
Hardcore LadderThe hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing with four acts.
Standard Expansion LadderThe casual version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content.
Hardcore Expansion LadderThe hardcore (only 1 life) version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five acts, as it includes the “Lord of Destruction” expansion content.

Blizzard has also detailed some key changes they'll be making. To make sure no key details are missed, here's the full quote on what was mentioned in a developer blog:

"For the first time, players will have the chance to unlock a host of new Rune Words in the Ladder system! To be clear, these Rune Words have never existed in the game before, and they will not be accessible in non-Ladder play like the previous set of Ladder-only Rune Words in the original Diablo II experience. At the end of a Ladder season, players who successfully made these Rune Words will have their Ladder characters be moved into a “non-Ladder” version of the game. Then at the beginning of the next Ladder season, players will make a new Ladder character and start all over again to earn new rewards. Currently, we don’t have specific new Rune Words to showcase, but if you tune-in to our Developer Update Stream (more details below) hosted by content creator MrLlamaSC, you’ll be able to receive a glimpse!

Lastly, we’ve been monitoring discussions around Ladder Rank play in the community. The duration of Ladder is an element our team is still trying to gauge as we progress forward, but we’re looking to create the “rush” of a new ladder and find the best timeframe for Ladder rotation that meets your expectations. Presently, we’re considering four months for Ladder Seasons. We’ll continue monitoring the community’s opinion and preference on this front as we approach PTR for Patch 2.4 early next year."
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When will Diablo 2 Resurrected Ladder Season 1 Start?

As mentioned there's no confirmed release date and as such, no start date either. However, if we are to assume that the development process will be similar to the PTR testing we see with Diablo 3, players should also expect to wait at least a couple of weeks for the update to arrive once it's deployed on the PTR.

Diablo 3 PTR testing normally takes a couple of weeks before the update is released on all stable platforms, normally dropping on a Friday at rougly 5PM (PST/CEST/GMT/KST) on PC, with a slightly later launch on console.

This article was updated on 14 January 2022 by James Wright. Contributions from Santiago Leguiza.