Warcraft 3: Reforged artwork showing off a Night Elf archer

[Update]: After a lengthy period of testing, Warcraft 3: Reforged has now unleashed Update 1.33 alongside player profiles, leaderboards and ranked play.

It took what feels like forever for us to get here, but Warcraft 3: Reforged is now finally adding features that were a staple of the original. As such, once Update 1.33 goes live on August 17th, Warcraft 3 Reforged will be getting player profiles, leaderboards, and most importantly, ranked play.

Similar to Blizzard's other games, the ranked ladder will have seven tiers for you to progress through (Combatant, Challenger, Rival, Duelist, Elite, Gladiator, Champion) in an effort to score a high place on the leaderboard, or purely to fight against better competition. Best of all, each of the five races (including random) will have its own matchmaking rating, so mixing things up and playing different strategies thankfully won't be punished.

Additionally, Blizzard will be rebalancing the singleplayer campaign in order offer a greater challenge for those playing on the hardest difficulty setting. I couldn't find the exact patch notes detailing what is being changed, but judging by some of the community-run tests, it seems like enemies are getting more upgrades and units, while the player will have to contend with less established bases and smaller gold mines. Either way, the balance changes doesn't seem to be all that extreme, so if you're a Warcraft 3 veteran it should hopefully be a fun little challenge to work through.

Once the update goes live and Blizzard releases the full patch notes, I'll make sure to let you know. Until then you can learn a few more tidbits about the update, as well as read some of the player comments, over at the Blizzard forums. Enjoy!