Warcraft 3 Reforged Just Announced Its First New Patch In Over 14 Months

Warcraft 3 Reforged Just Announced Its First New Patch In Over 14 Months
Image: Warcraft 3 Reforged, Blizzard Entertainment

After a decidedly lukewarm reception at launch, Blizzard’s high-profile Warcraft 3 Reforged released its 1.32.10 patch in April 2021 and promptly went quiet. Today, it has abruptly sprung to life once more, as the game’s first new patch in over a year heads to the Public Test Realm.

The v1.33.0 update will first appear on the PTR for public testing before it makes its way to the live servers. Here’s what’s in it:

Ranked Play

  • Players may now choose between Ranked and Unranked Play.
  • Seasons are now available.
    • When a Season ends, the ladder will reset, and players will be able to see their history via their Profile and the Leaderboards.
  • Your matchmaking rating (MMR) is unique for race, including Random.
  • To be placed, players must play 5 placement matches per race.
  • After playing a Ranked Match, you’ll be taken to a post-game screen which will display your MMR change and rankings.
  • The available Ranks are:
    • Unranked
    • Combatant
    • Challenger
    • Rival
    • Duelist
    • Elite
    • Gladiator
    • Champion

Leaderboards

  • Players can now view their rank in the Leaderboard section, which can be accessed from the Versus screen.
  • In the Leaderboard, you can filter by user-names, and sort between race and mode.

Player Profiles

  • You can now access your profile by right-clicking on the player icon at the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  • Access other players’ profiles by right-clicking on their name and selecting “View Profile”.

Reforged Campaign

  • Numerous tuning and balance adjustments have been made to multiple campaign maps.

I feel like many players are going to view the v1.33.0 update as too little, too late. As written, it feels like a suite of medium-priority features that should have been present at launch, not two years after the fact. When compared to a remaster like Diablo II Resurrected, embraced by its community and widely endorsed by those who love the original most, poor Warcraft 3 Reforged appears utterly unloved.

But, I suppose, it has to start somewhere.

The 1.32.10 patch arrived in April 2021, four months after reports suggested that Blizzard had dismantled Team 1, the group of developers that specialised in restoring and remastering its classic games. As efforts to rebuild ramped up, a storm erupted, and Blizzard faced an extended internal reckoning. Whatever resources Blizzard had for updating its classic games were focused on D2R. And there sat Warcraft 3 Reforged, seemingly abandoned, a regrettable misfire, consigned to the dustbin of history.

Until now, it seems. Maybe there’s hope for Warcraft 3 Reforged yet.

Would you go back to War3R or is the dream over for you? Would you take a Warcraft 4 if you could get it? Tell me your Warcraft fears, gripes and secret longings in the comments below.

Comments

  • Where’s the overhauled campaign? There’s still a huge amount of work to be done if they want to drag Reforged out of the shit pile they left it in.

  • They desperately need to enforce their rules. Whenever I report a tk guy or an afk guy they apparently never ever ever do anything about it. Some of these tkers are professional tkers with names like “thebetrayer” and yet they still continue to go around killing their own team every single game. Like after 10 complaints filed in a short amount of time their account should get locked until it can be reviewed or something like that

  • I’ve been wanting to buy it even with the negative reviews.

    I have fond memories of when I was a security guard in my early 20s. I would get home at 4am and play warcraft 3 until the sun came up, and then I’d go to bed.

    But this game has never gone on sale! Even with all the bad press, Blizzard have always sold it for full price. So I haven’t been able to try it. No way am I paying full price.

    It blows my mind how Blizzard have operated the last few years. I still play StarCraft 1 & 2 on the regular.

    • Agree, never on speacial. I only played the Terran SC2 campaign. I would like to play the other two. Still full price.

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