I see. Apparently having the option to play all these patches at your fingertips* has become somewhat of an obstacle to you, at least in that context. All due respect, and this is strictly my perspective: more is not always better. Back when I found this forum, I remember I had a singular purpose (and pretty much still do). Find a way to play 1.09 on modern hardware without constraints and/or performance issues. Discovering Singling and Cactus was just what the doctor ordered. See, for me, it was always going to be 1.09. That's my main course, my sustenance. Every other patch is a supplement, a temporary diversion. Like going on vacation. Succulent is like spending time in a fancy resort, except you don't even need to leave town. These trips are fun, for a time, but vanilla 1.09 is home. And "there ain't no place like home"
Apparently you've never settled on a preferred or "favorite" patch. There is no perfect
patch, we both know that, but I sense you need a place to call home, otherwise you are forever destined to live the life a D2 vagabond. Now that I think of it, hah, "The Moving Caravan.". It's part of your credo, I guess? Well, I'm no one to judge how another enjoys their time with Diablo II, but I can't help but feel you're kind of missing out. Brevik and team did such a damn good job with the end-game, IMHO, and there is a lot of fun to be had with leveling into the high 80s and beyond, gearing out your character, min-maxing, landing on a unique build you can be proud of, and just connecting with your character and feeling like you've been on a journey together.
Something I've been doing since my return to Diablo II is creating "snapshot" saves of my main characters. For my 99 Bowazon, for instance, I can boot up any particular save file of hers for when she was lvl 35, 50, 75, etc. I am able to see the her progression of gear this way, what quest I was working on, and what I was up to in the Skill Tree/Stat department. One thing that I personally enjoy is frequent respecs. That's why I keep a Plugy instance ready to go whenever the urge to try something new. To me, being forced to reroll the exact same class and run through the exact same leveling experience, over and over, simply in order to be able to spend my points differently, is not fun. Other players seem to enjoy it, so like everything, YMMV. That's also kind of the beauty of this game, there is just so many different things we can be doing. Lately I've been curious about LLD (low-level dueling). That's not really something I tried much "back in the day", and I've been watching Coooley videos on the subject and finding them pretty entertaining.
OK I've started to ramble and I should get back to work. xD
Anyways, as long as you're having fun man, that's all that matters.