Diablo II 1.14b Maintenance Release

On Thursday, April 7, 2016, Blizzard announced a patch to Diablo II. The new version upgrades Diablo II from 1.14a to 1.14b. There are no known version byte or hash file updates so far, but we will revise this news post if there is.

The announcement from Blizzard is as follows:

Howdy All,

We are releasing 1.14b for Diablo II today. We will take the servers down at 1000 Pacific and expect the maintenance to last 4 hours. Patch notes:

Specific Changes & Improvements

  • Glide Wrapper will now load properly on PC by adding -3dfx to the end of the game shortcut
  • Mercenaries will no longer become “An Evil Force”
  • Fixed Mac client crash on “Save & Exit”
  • Capped the frame rate to 200 to save batteries, spare system load, and prevent hot lap syndrome
  • Created new German installers to fix localization issues in Act V (Will require a fresh install to fix the missing dialogue data)

Blizzard completed their maintenance an hour after the announcement and all servers should be back online operating at full capacity.

BNETDocs Phoenix is now live!

With all of the updates that have been happening to BNETDocs Phoenix lately, I felt it was ready to be promoted to the main site! Don't worry, Redux is still accessible.

Feel free to look around and get familiar with the new UI/UX. There are still places that are work in progress, such as the commenting system. There's also tons of data that needs to be converted to using Markdown instead of legacy HTML/BBCode. As updates continue, this main site will change, so please be aware.

Please also let me know if there's anything broken or something that could be enhanced over on GitHub.

Now that Phoenix is live, I will be archiving Redux and not even syncing data between Phoenix and Redux anymore. It will become stagnant. This should also encourage updates to Phoenix exclusively.


Warcraft III 1.27a MSVCR120.dll Error

When Blizzard released Warcraft III patch 1.27a earlier this month, it turns out that they had forgotten to include the Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributable package when patching from earlier versions. This is the cause of why some may be receiving the error about MSVCR120.dll when launching the game.

Fortunately, Blizzard posted to their forums detailing how to fix the issue.

If you get this error after patching to 1.27a then you have a few options:

  1. Reinstall using the new installer
  2. Install Visual C++ Redist Package
  3. Wait for the 1.27b patch. We do not have a definitive date to share at the moment.

Original Thread

Hopefully this helps anyone looking around for a solution to this problem!

U.S. West down for maintenance

[Update 03/15/2016] U.S. West is back online and their forum post has been deleted.

Howdy All,

US West is down for maintenance as we finish work on the War III deploy. We'll post when it's back up.

Thanks, Classic

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Warcraft III 1.27a Patch

Blizzard made an announcement on March 14, 2016 that they've not only updated Diablo II but now they've also updated Warcraft III! The new patch is labeled 1.27a and includes new hashes, a new version byte 0x1B, and some bugfixes just as there were to Diablo II.

Here's a copy of the news post:

Today we will be deploying 1.27a for Warcraft III. As with Diablo II, this patch focuses on modern system compatibility. It’s exciting to bring some additional support to another core Blizzard game, and we thank you for your encouragement and patience as we continue working behind the scenes on these types of updates.

Please be aware that while we are working on a balance change and new map pool, that work is still in progress and is not part of this patch. We’ll have further details on that as development progresses.

And here are the patch notes:


Patch 1.27

Specific Changes & Improvements
- Throw away that old PowerPC Mac in the closet, we’ve created a new installer to support Mac 10.10 and 10.11 
- Improved compatibility with Windows 7, 8.1, and 10
- Fixed a crash caused by Chain Lightning

Known Issues

- Windows 8.1 and 10 saved games are still stored in a location that requires running as system admin
- Some graphical issues with the cinematics are still occurring 
- Changes to gamma settings will not take effect in windowed mode
- Cyrillic characters are still not displaying
- Disabled ambient sound while a MIDI issue is being resolved
- Mac 10.9 and earlier are not supported
- Mac build does not support the editor

With this in mind plus the update for Diablo II from just a few days earlier, it begs the question to be asked: Is there an update coming for Starcraft? Stay tuned to BNETDocs to find out!

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