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Tuesday, January 29, 2002

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DiabloII.Net Recaps Realm Issues
11:00 AM | John Rousselle | Comment on this story

Fans of Blizzard Entertainment's real-time, role-playing hack-and-slash Diablo II and its expansion pack, Lord of Destruction, can remember a time not too long ago when games on Realms were largely certain to be free from duplicated items and hacks. Recently, however, some unscrupulous players have found ways around some of's defenses and shamelessly exploited them. Blizzard has worked hard to squash these hacks, but life on the Realms can be fraught with dangers outside the intended scope of Diablo II's gameplay.

In response to this, the folks over at Diablo II.Net have put together a good overview of the current state of the Realms, including information about how Blizzard's dupe detector works to filter out some of the duplicate items that have flooded the game:

The way the dupe detector is working on the realms is that multiples of the same item in the game, the first one stays, any others vanish. So if you have five of the same duped Windforce on a char, when you join a game four vanish, the first remains. Blizzard set it this way (I assume) so that people who traded for a dupe don't lose it immediately, but the big dupe hoarders lose most of their full mules.

The problem is if you join a game with what you think is a legit item, or at least one you traded legit items for, and someone else already in the game has that same dupe, yours will vanish. We've heard from people who are afraid to join any games now because of this, and will only create and hope others join.

Blizzard's own latest public statement about the hacks is quite strong:
The latest item duplication exploit that occurred over the last several days has been stopped....

A reminder: Any individual caught using a hack on (including, but not limited to "dupe" hacks and "server crash" hacks) may have their items, characters or accounts deleted. It is a violation of's Terms of Service to utilize duplicated items. Do not use them. The team is devoted to nullifying all hacks and exploits on Diablo II realms as well as catching individuals exploiting our games.

If you've taken a vacation from the Realms and are wondering if it's time to go back, or if you just want a primer on the current hacks and tricks to watch out for, you can learn more by following the links to the full article below.

Update: At the time of this posting, DiabloII.Net has temporarily removed its Realm Issues article and replaced it with the promise, "Article back soon."

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