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Diablo > Diablo 2May 14, 2024 6:15 pm CT

When does Diablo 2: Resurrected Ladder Season 7 start?

Blizzard tends to keep release dates for Diablo 2: Resurrected Ladder Seasons close to their vest until just before they launch, so it’s natural to wonder when the next Ladder Season — Ladder Season 7 — begins. Blizzard just announced the date and time for Ladder Season 7 for May 23, 2024 at 5 p.m. PDT.

Ladder Season 7 will be another global release, which means that both the date and the specific times mentioned are important. A global release means that the servers open for everyone around the world at the same moment, even if the time displayed on the clock in their time zone is very different — noon in New York is roughly midnight the next day in Seoul. Also keep in mind that Daylight Saving Time started a couple months back, so if you’re really raring to hit the ground running, make sure to look up your exact time zone.

D2:R Ladder Seasons basically mimic the conditions of a brand new release of the game. It is a fresh start, with a level one character on one of four different types of servers:

  • Classic means you want to play through the first four acts of Diablo 2 originally released with the title.
  • Hardcore Classic is the same as Classic, but you are playing a Hardcore character where death is permanent.
  • Expansion characters have access to play through the first four acts from Diablo 2 and Act 5 from the Lord of Destruction expansion.
  • Hardcore Expansion combine the Expansion experience (all five acts) with Hardcore play (single character life and perma-death). Not for the faint of heart.

The object of a D2:R Ladder Season is to race to level 99 as fast as possible, and in so doing secure your spot on the leaderboard — and eternal glory, of course. That’s why, for many, not only the release date, but the very specific time is important. Best of luck to everyone beginning their new characters in Ladder Season 7, starting May 23!

Originally posted February 27, 2024. Updated May 15, 2024

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