Diablo II v1.09 - Welcome to Level 1

Posters Name: Kagato
Posters Email: kagato@mwgl.org
Subject: Diablo II v1.09 - Welcome to Level 1

Well, there's great news about a bug in the 1.09 Diablo II: Lord of Destruction patch which reverts realm characters back to level 1. There's an update on Battle.net about it that looks good, at least for those using USEast:

The USEast realm is now online. There is a high degree of confidence that the Level 1 character issue will not affect characters on this realm. As this determination is made for the other realms, they will also be brought online. Be aware that there is the possibility that characters played on the USEast will in fact be returned to level 1.
I'm just curious how in the HELL a bug like this goes live, do we not bother testing patches these days? It's no wonder the gaming companies are getting a bad name.

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