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Diablo 2 v1.13 Patch hits the Test Realm

Posted 10 Dec 2009 by

The moment many of you believed would never come… is here. The v1.13 patch is, at long last, live on the test realm.  There are numerous bug fixes, respecs, skill tweaks galore, a new mystery uber quest, and lots of gameplay tweaks. Here’s a short quote of the patch notes: click through for instructions on how to get onto the test realm, and all the rest of the patch read me.


A new Mystery has been revealed!
- Players of Hell Difficulty Realm games are hereby warned once again, that a series of new and challenging tests await you! The answer lies within Diablo’s Bosses, which span across the world from the Den of Evil to the Throne of Destruction…

Specific changes/improvements

  • Respecialization is now possible! Completing the ‘Den of Evil’ quest will now additionally reward 1 free respec which can be saved. Players who have already completed this quest should receive 1 free respec in Hell difficulty.

  • Increased the drop rate of high runes.
  • Nightmare/Hell WilloWisps champions/uniques have had their damage greatly reduced.
  • Removed the requirements to create a hardcore character.
  • Greatly reduced the explosion damage dealt by Fire Enchanted monsters.
  • Removed Oblivion Knight’s DiabloWikiIron Maiden curse.
  • Users can now toggle the display of text over the Health and Mana globes by clicking on the bottom area of each orb.

 

Full Patch Notes

?We traveled for an eternity…? – DiabloWikiMarius

Travel no longer my friends – the Diablo II 1.13 Public Test Realm is LIVE!

Q: How do I begin testing on the PTR?
A: When you start Diablo II change your Battle.net gateway to ?ClassicBeta?. When you log in the 1.13 patch will be applied to your game and you can begin testing the changes made in the patch. Since it’s a new realm you’ll need to create a new account.

Q: What if I want to play the normal game again?
A: Simply choose any of the other (non-PTR) gateways. Your game will be reverted to version 1.12 and you?ll be able to play on the live realms as normal.

Q: Where are my characters?
A: The PTR realm is separate from the live realms so your current characters aren?t carried over. You?ll need to create a new character to begin testing. But, cheats are enabled and you may use the following cheats by typing them into chat:

    Gold # – Will provide the amount of gold specified
    Level # – Will increase your level to the number specified
    Waypoints 1 – Will activate all waypoints. You must still reach an act before that act?s waypoints will be unlocked with this cheat.

Q: What happens to my characters once the PTR testing period ends?
A: They remain on the PTR realm to be removed once the test ends. Characters on the PTR realm won?t transfer to the normal realms.

Q: How long with the PTR run for?
A: As long as we deem necessary to ensure the patch and changes are solid.

Q: Where can I give feedback and what kind of feedback do you want?
A: All 1.13 PTR feedback and bug reports should ONLY be posted in the Diablo II Test Realm Forum here: http://forums.battle.net/board.html?forumId=20601702&sid=3000

  • All post should have a subject line that clearly describes the bug or feedback being given
  • Use the search feature to ensure a thread doesn?t already exist before posting
  • When reporting a bug include as much information as you can, including steps to reproduce it if possible
  • Any non-constructive posts may be deleted and the poster?s privilege to post revoked
  • This is a chance for you to ensure the 1.13 patch includes changes and balance tweaks that you think would lead to a better overall experience. Getting the information to us in a clear and logical way helps us understand your view and makes it easier for us to collect feedback for any potential updates to the 1.13 patch before release.

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- Patch 1.13
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A new Mystery has been revealed!

- Players of DiabloWikiHell Difficulty Realm games are hereby warned once again, that a series of new and challenging tests await you! The answer lies within Diablo’s Bosses, which span across the world from the Den of Evil to the Throne of Destruction…

Major Bugs

  • Fixed an item dupe bug.

  • Video improvements for Intel Mac machines with OS 10.5 or greater.

Minor Bugs

  • Uber Mephisto now checks for both Uber Baal and Uber Diablo to be killed before spawning summoned minions (Before he would only check for Uber Baal).
  • The game will no longer stop and then restart the game music after the window loses and then regains focus.
  • Fixed an issue where the game window would minimize when running in windowed mode when it lost focus.
  • Fixed an issue where the game window wouldn’t center properly when it was created.

Specific changes/improvements

  • Respecialization is now possible! Completing the ‘DiabloWikiDen of Evil’ quest will now additionally reward 1 free respec which can be saved. Players who have already completed this quest should receive 1 free respec in Hell difficulty.
  • Increased the drop rate of high runes.
  • Support for blit scaling in windowed mode. The game can now be maximized to the largest 4:3 resolution supported (hooray widescreen users).
  • Some rare drop items now have an orange color. i.e. Runes and items required for DiabloWikiUber Tristam.
  • Modified the gold bank limit to be a flat cap not bound by level.
  • Nightmare/Hell WilloWisps champions/uniques have had their damage greatly reduced.
  • Removed the requirements to create a hardcore character.
  • Greatly reduced the explosion damage dealt by Fire Enchanted monsters.
  • Uber Mephisto and Uber Baal’s summoned minions no longer give experience.
  • Removed Oblivion Knight’s DiabloWikiIron Maiden curse.
  • Hellfire Torch Firestorm proc rate has been reduced to 5%.
  • Users can now toggle the display of text over the Health and Mana globes by clicking on the bottom area of each orb.
  • Updated two Act 5 DiabloWikimercenary names to Klar and Tryneus.
  • When creating a single player game, pressing the ‘Enter’ key now automatically creates a Hell difficulty game if possible.
  • When creating a game, each difficulty button is now bound to a unique key: Normal ‘R’, Nightmare ‘N’, and Hell ‘H’.
  • The ‘Enter Chat’ Button in the battle.net waiting room is now bound to the ‘Enter’ key.
  • Added the windows system buttons to the game window (MIN, MAX, CLOSE).
  • Added new command line parameter ‘-nofixaspect’ which allows users to not fix the aspect ratio to 4:3 when maximizing windowed mode. This lets the game ‘stretch’ to fill your monitor.
  • Added support for ‘-sndbkg’ command line switch. This enables sound in background.
  • Added support for ‘-nosound’, ‘-window’, and ‘-windowed’ command line options.

    Revised Skill balance for Player Character classes

    DiabloWikiAmazon

  • DiabloWikiImmolation Arrow – Increased radius of Explosion effect by 33% and Immolation effect by 50%.
  • Immolation Arrow – Explosion effect damage increased by 20%.
  • Immolation Arrow – Increased base duration by 33%.

    DiabloWikiAssassin

  • DiabloWikiShadow Master – Increased resistance range per point from 5-80 to 5-90.

    DiabloWikiBarbarian

  • DiabloWikiWhirlwind – Reduced initial mana cost by 50%.
  • Masteries – Changed critical strike chance from 0-25 to 0-35.

    DiabloWikiPaladin

  • DiabloWikiBlessed Hammer – No longer ignores resistances of undead and demons.

    DiabloWikiDruid

  • DiabloWikiWerebear – Damage bonus increased by 15% across all ranks.
  • Werebear – Increased health by 25% and armor by 1% per point.
  • DiabloWikiShockwave – Synergy from DiabloWikiMaul adds 5% damage per point.

    DiabloWikiNecromancer

  • DiabloWikiBlood Golem – Removed negative shared life effect (player no longer loses life when golem takes damage).
  • DiabloWikiCorpse Explosion – Increased base damage dealt from 60% – 100% to 70% – 120% of corpses health.
  • DiabloWikiPoison Nova – Increased base damage by 15%.

    DiabloWikiSorceress

  • DiabloWikiFire Wall – Synergy receives 1% damage per point of DiabloWikiInferno and DiabloWikiBlaze and 4% per point of DiabloWikiWarmth.
  • DiabloWikiBlaze – Synergy receives 2% damage per point of Firewall and 4% per point of Warmth.
  • DiabloWikiHydra – Increased base damage by 15% per rank.
  • Hydra – Increased base speed of Hydra projectile.
  • Hydra – Reduced DiabloWikicooldown by 25%.
  • DiabloWikiLightning Mastery – Reduced overall effect by 15%.

  • Undocumented patch changes are being collated here.


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