Q u o t e: Bashiok has said once or twice that 1.13 would not be the last patch for Diablo II. Whether or not we ever see another one is up for debate, but in the meantime...
I'm sure they're working on some sort of 1.14 patch just in case they need to delay D3. Quite probably will be the last patch once D3 releases, even if it's released after D3.
Q u o t e: One more, rather minor:
When personalizing runeword items, put the name ahead of the runeword name. "Noob's Delirium" is much better than "Delirium, Noob's Tiara"
"Delirium, My Tiara" sounds like a proper title. "Noob's Delirium" sounds like some noob's random drop. I'm really just being sarcastic, and actually support the described change.
I also want to second moving the respec quest elsewhere. My opinion is to move it to Drognan's otherwise-worthless darkness quest. It's earlier than the runner up, Natalya. Akara is a terrible and lazy choice.
Lastly, and there may be a plausible explanation for why this functions in the manner it does, when you hire a new mercenary, any gear on the previous mercenary should be re-supplied in some manner (presumably identical to corpses, ie in your inventory unless out of space in which case on the ground).
Insert token "I'm sure there's more I'm not thinking of."
Many thanks for the fairly prompt response to the rollback issue. Those first three days of the new season were almost unplayable, and now there's barely a hitch. I haven't seen a itemspam bot in days thanks to level restricted games, and even though I know those are on their way, at least I can play more than five minutes without being booted back to b.net chat.