Blizzard are currently working toward a Diablo 3 2.1 patch release on the public test servers which will include the highly anticipated ladders.
Bits and pieces of information on the ladders have been dribbling out for the past couple of months and today there’s more details that are specific to seasonal ladder Legendary items. The system will work in a similar fashion to Diablo 2 in that once the season ends those Legendaries can be used by your non-ladder characters. The difference in Diablo 3 is there’s a shared stash and Paragon points which are shared between all characters.
When a ladder season ends, the special seasonal Legendaries created for that season will “roll over into the non-Season loot pool”. To take part in the ladders, characters will be flagged by players as “Seasonal” in similar way to hardcore. These characters will of course reset when the season ends and a new character will need to be created for the following season.
The system sounds like it will work well and it also means that Blizzard will have to create new Legendaries for each season which will increase the overall Legendary item pool when each season concludex. If you want to try and get your hands on those Legenfdaries as fast as possible then it’s worth taking part in the ladder season.
There’s still no date for the 2.1 PTR patch launch but we’ll keep you posted here and in Diablo: IncGamers.