Diablo 2 - What server to pick in 2023[UPDATED June 2023]
For those in the tank (boomers?): there's an excellent remaster called Diablo 2: Resurrected (~20 euros) based on the game Diablo 2. Everything here is cool and wonderful. Some PvP mechanics are not fully transferred, but in general, everything is very cool. If you want to "remember" the game of your childhood, then do not spare 20 euros and check it out. Pay attention to the requirements, you need a relatively modern PC, otherwise you ll have 10 fps.
Operating System Windows® 10 Processor Intel® Core i3-3250/AMD FX-4350 Video Nvidia GTX 660/AMD Radeon HD 7850 Memory 8 GB RAM Storage 30 GB Internet Broadband Internet connection Resolution 1280 x 720
MOREOVER: Diablo 4 (~100 euros) came out not so long ago. Ratings are excellent, the game is atmospheric, you can feel the vibe of Diablo 2. However, not only the price tag is huge, but so are the requirements. In general, if your computer is powerful and the money is not an issue, you might try this as well.
Operating System 64-bit Windows® 10 version 1909 or newer Processor Intel® Core™ i5-2500K or AMD™ FX-8350 Video NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660 or AMD Radeon™ R9 280 - DirectX® 12 compatible system Memory 8 GB RAM Storage SSD with 90 GB available space Internet Broadband Connection Resolution 1080p native resolution / 720p render resolution, low graphics settings, 30fps
I won't say anything about Diablo 3 (~40 euros). I didn't like it, it's a bit anime-like, for zoomers, not my cup of tea.
If you r still reading this article, then you v passed the test for a traditional orientation, which means that you, like all normal people, are a loyal in your soul to Diablo 2.
So next I will make some classification of servers, point out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and it would be up to you to decide where you want to play.
All servers can be divided into:
These are well-known to you Europe/US West/US East/Asia. These are official servers. Ya need to buy a CD-Key to play here for two games: D2 и D2: LoD. Each costs about 15$, 30$ total.
Reset: at the end of May and end of October.
PvM: due to tons of bots that give you BO, Enchant, and even level up themselves PvM is kinda boring, but it's up to you to decide whether to use bots or not. Lately, there was a ban-wave so a lot of guys quit using them.
UPDATE (Dec 2017): Recently there was a ban wave. Now there are literally no bots. Items now have value they never had before. Say, Ber costs 2k fg at the season start.
PvP: High-lvl-pvp takes place in NL. Thanks to huge online players skill vary from total newbies to world's tier 1 players. by using bots you can make a duelable character in a pretty short time. Could take a couple of months but it would be free. It's also possible to make a char by using real money on d2jsp (takes ~30$).If you will have ping issues - you can install Battle Ping to reduce ping to playable values.
Trade: in-game or on d2jsp. Simple things like Shako/Mara can be purchased in 2-3 minutes.
Pros: huge online, easy trade, good PvP skill level on NL.
Cons: bots; requires payment. Chars expire after 90 days of inactivity. Don't mix with Reset, when characters are just moved to NL.
It is all the remaining servers. They, in their turn, are divided into those, who need a mod to be installed (new items/skills/locations) and ones that don't, official-like (no mod needs to be installed).
- No mods
Probably only 3 servers here that I know:
It's a monopolist among all Russian servers - Playground.ru. About 90% of all Russian players hang out here.
Reset: once in 2-3 years.
PvM: really low drop rate ( v 1.11), so making a character takes years, and runes above Sur is a privilege. There is also a monopoly on Annihiluses.
PvP: very poor conditions cause 1.11 drop
Trade: poor. either in-game or on the forum or in VK group
Cons: everything else :D lots of invisible changes that you need to guess on your own. Also no 50% dr cap, enchanted MA, multiple windows drop after a certain amount of time. In fact, this server can be assigned to mod one. It isn't there just technically.
It's a Hungarian server with 1.14 patch, EU's analog. The difference is that there is hardly ever any online here. But if you want to find a small friendly company - you are welcome.
Its a Russian free PvP-realm with hosts in Moscow and London. Any item with perfect affixes can be transmuted in cube via Cube recipes or taken from in-game accounts. Making a character of your dream takes like 10-15 minutes. Ping is ok for most part of Europe.
Host: Moscow, London, and NY.
It's servers that need their own mod being installed to play on them. Usually has new items/skills/locations.
Long story short: new items, new skills, new locations. There is a separate PvP realm (D2PK).List of all changes here.
Reset: once in 1-2 years.
Host: America (maybe Canada).
Long story short: 10x runes drop rate, 10x until 93 level, some additions to original items, increased stash, and inventory. Maphack allowed.Changes: here
Reset: iirc once in 2 years.
Path Of Diablo
Long story short: mod from Path Of Exile developers. New items, new skills, new locations.Changes here
Reset: iirc once half a year.
Host: Lots of host around the world including Russia.
In a nutshell: server for those who like to compete for the conquest of the ladder and "who will be the first to make Enigma". MH is allowed. List of all changes here
Reset: don't know
Project Diablo 2
In short: New items, new skills, new locations. List of all changes here
Reset: I don't know
Host: many hosts around the world with the ability to choose.
Version: its own mod with a launcher
These are well-known add-ons, totally changed games, dissimilar to LoD.
- Eastern Sun
- Median XL
- Grapes of Wrath
There are also many other, fan-made amateur mods/mini-mods. (for the link I do not vouch, there may be viruses, at your own risk)
The choice is yours.
If any info written here isn't up to date or you have any suggestions (wanna add a server or change my mistakes) - mail me at [email protected]
Good Luck and Have Fun!
Wish you good luck in all your endeavors!
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