The Ladder game comes in several different variants and is now available for players to return to buy d2r items or play for the first time depending on whether they have played the original Diablo II or not.
If you did play the original version before this new version, you'll be familiar with some fundamental features of this Ladder system. It's available in the Classic, Hardcore Classic, Expansion, as well as Hardcore Expansion variants with each of them having distinct rules that govern how many lives players have and the content that is available.
"Each modes will be equipped with its own leaderboard where players compete for experience and gain strategic advantage within an allotted time frame while also having access to specific content for Ladder," Blizzard's announcement about the release of its Ladder game in Diablo II: Resurrected said. "When this Ladder season ends, the leaderboard ranks will reset, moving characters into non-ladder play, giving players the chance."
Diablo II: Resurrected's Ladder System
Hardcore Expansion Ladder: The hardcore (only one life) Version of Ladder play that encompasses playing five different acts, and contains the "Lord of Destruction" expansion.
If you're determined to make themselves more than others on Ladder leaderboards and you'll need to wait until the end of a season to climb as high as you can.
When a season is over when the character you created for the Ladder is transformed into an unrelated character, Blizzard declared, and players will be able to keep their things they've earned D2R ladder items. It's up to you until when the new one begins (which is one whole season) to get your items or else they'll go lost forever.