With the buzz on the potential of a remaster/resurrected version of Diablo 2, I thought I’d start a wish list for changes to Diablo 2.
Low and mid-tier unique and set items:
Anyone who’s played Diablo 2 knows what I’m talking about here… You start a new character, you get up to level 40 and you find a piece of a set or a unique for someone who would love to have it when they’re level 10. What do you do? Unless whatever piece you have is complete garbage, you’re probably going to leave it on the ground or sell it, or you can stash it and mule it for your next character…
Suggestion - Improve the drop rates of lower and mid level unique and set items at normal and nightmare difficulties, that way we actually have a greater chance of finding these items at the start of a new character when they can be of use. I feel that most of the high tier item drop rates are fine, as they should be hard to find.
Rune drop rates:
With my MeteOrb Sorceress, I’ve done numerous 20-30 minute runs spanning from Act 1 through Act 5 in various hot locations, and although somewhat rare, I have seen cases where I will not drop a single rune for the entire run. While the last rune drop buff was a vast improvement versus what it was, I don’t think it was enough. I will say that I feel the ratio between each rune is OK.
Suggestion - I think the overall chance for any rune to drop is still a bit low and could use an overall boost of two to three times more often.
Any class that can’t teleport suffers from positional inconsistencies. You’ve probably seen it, there’s a monster 1/2 a screen away from you attacking air and you’re getting hit, this is because the game uses UDP netcode which doesn’t have a sophisticated level of error correction. The server sees you position right next to the monster, but you see yourself 1/2 a screen away. Unless you do a hard position change by performing an action like a melee attack, opening a chest, activating a shrine, using a skill that makes you teleport, using a way-point to change locations or going through a town portal, your position only periodically updates based upon the netcode.
Suggestion - This game was originally designed with modem play in mind, those days are over. Make the switch to TCP which has 100% error correction. If we see rubber banding, we know the connection is lagging and we should either be careful or quit playing until the problem is resolved. (One big reason I won’t play Diablo 2 hardcore on Battle.net)
Gem requirement for cubing Runes
The gem requirement for cubing runes higher than Ort… Seriously? We’re not only sacrificing up to three useful runes to make one, but we have to go and hunt for a specific gem of a certain level in order to transmute it?
Get rid of the gem requirement, please!
Increase both of them, I don’t care how much as long as they’re at least double what they are now.
Ctrl+Click to move items
If you have your personal inventory and either stash or cube open, make control+click move the item.
What are your thoughts? What would you like to see changed? Thank you for your time.