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Wednesday, June 20, 2001

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Diablo II 1.08 Released, Gameplay Changes
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Blizzard has released a major new update to their very popular RPG Diablo II, bringing the game to version 1.08 and featuring a number of gameplay changes which compensate for some unwelcome additions in 1.06b. The patch weighs in at over 4MB, which is quite large for an update for Diablo II, and their servers are currently swamped by gamers trying to download it. Before you upgrade to the new version, take a minute to read through the gameplay changes listed at Blizzard's site. It seems the company has made some fairly heavy gameplay tweaks including adding casting delays to certain spells, increasing damage on many spells and weapons, and fixing a number of bugs.

The spellcasting changes will affect nearly every character class, so here's a quick clip from their list of Frequently Asked Questions to clear things up:

Why can't I cast some spells as frequently as before?

We have introduced the concept of Casting Delays for certain spells. A Casting Delay is a period of time after a player has cast a spell during which the player cannot re-cast that spell. For example, after casting the Blizzard spell you must wait a few seconds before you're able to cast another one. These casting delays will provide the player with an increase in frame rate. Further, the spells modified by casting delays have been enhanced to make them much more powerful in order to compensate for the new delay between castings.

What spells have been made more powerful by the implementation of casting delays?

All of the spells associated with Casting Delays have been made more powerful to provide counterbalance. The Casting Delays vary from skill to skill. Most skills will continue to not have a Casting Delay. For a complete list of spells that now utilize casting delays, please see the URL below. Each of the spells, which are listed in this link, will include details as to how they were each modified.

For much more information, be sure to check the Blizzard patch page or included ReadMe file. Be sure to report your experiences with this new patch in our Troubleshooting and General forums.

Casting Delay Details Page
Download Diablo II 1.08 Patch (4.1MB)
Diablo II Patch Information
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