Blizzard Celebrates 20 Years of Diablo
Blizzard posted a blog about upcoming celebrations of 20 years of Diablo across their franchises, including World of Warcraft. We already have some datamined items that seem to be related to a Diablo event in WoW, and there has been some speculation that the Treasure Goblins we saw during Legion's beta test will possibly be back!
BlizzCon Opening Week: eSports Quickguide; Battleground Bonus Event
BlizzCon is the culmination of the worldwide tournaments held in order to crown champions of various Blizzard Games. Below, we've collected all the Schedules, Groups, Prizes, and Info you need about Blizzard eSports happening around BlizzCon!
New to 2015, preliminary games are taking place the week before BlizzCon, in the brand-new "BlizzCon Opening Week."
Reminder: You can watch the pre-BlizzCon eSports listed below on Blizzard's Twitch.tv channels:
BlizzCon 2015 eSports Hub
also features brackets, a schedule, and links to livestreams and VoDs.
If all this talk of eSports has whet your appetite for PvP, you're in luck! The Battleground Bonus Event runs between
October 28th and November 2nd.
During this time, you will get the
buff which increases the amount of Honor earned from completing random Battlegrounds by 200%. In addition, you can complete
(Winning 4 Battlegrounds) to earn 0
. The Conquest earned from this bonus quest does not count towards your weekly cap.
can be picked up in your Garrison from
New Archon Pet in Digital Deluxe Legacy of the Void, BlizzCon Contest and Arena Qualifier Signups
StarCraft II Legacy of the Void is
now available for pre-purchase
, and a new unique Archon battle pet is on the way!
News Round Up: StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Cinematic
In today's news round up, Blizzard has unveiled the opening cinematic for
StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm
! If you have eagle eyes like WoW Insider, you'll even spot a
gnome air freshener
. Remember, if you buy the Collector's Edition, you can pick up a
with the two unique abilities
, and get
We also have some blue posts on skill vs progression, why Challenge Modes won't have added incentives like items as rewards, and more 5.2 class balance thoughts.
Some other great fansites have recently released new tools, that you may be interested in:
WoWJuju has added Darkmoon bonuses and MoP tokens to Rep Calc, a tool that displays all faction rewards and calculates how many dailies, turn-ins, or instances you'll need to reach Exalted.
WarcraftPets has greatly enhanced their
pet collection tools
, showing levels, rarities, duplicates, stats, and names. See how your collection stacks up against the rest with their new ranking system, Pet
Battle.net World Championship this Weekend: Official Trailer and Event Schedule
The Battle.net World Championship is going on this entire weekend, starting on
Friday, November 16th, at 6:00pm PST
--and we've got all the information you need to follow along and watch the live events you want! In addition to the finals of the StarCraft II World Championship Series, there's some competition that will definitely interest WoW players as well.
The Challenge Mode Dungeons race between top guilds Stars and Supreme Quicksand is shaping up to one of the Championship highlights for WoW players. Watching teams race each other in Challenge Modes was a player-favorite at the Mists of Pandaria Launch event, and now players can watch even more races in
challenge mode dungeons
and the live Mogu'shan Vaults raid! With Leaderboards up, players can check them to see how these elite guilds stack up on stage against the record times currently established around the world.
In addition, the World of Warcraft Arena Global Finals are also going on, with the top two teams from each global region competing for a prize pool totaling $189,000.
And last but not least, there will be a costume contest or cosplay
Heart of the Swarm Arrives March 12, 2013 — Presales NOW LIVE
Prepare for the approaching Swarm.... On March 12, 2013, StarCraft® II: Heart of the Swarm™ launches around the world, igniting an intergalactic storm of intense strategic combat and opening a savage new chapter in the war between terran, protoss, and zerg. You can
pre-purchase the expansion NOW
directly through Battle.net® and be ready to play the moment it goes live.
In addition to the
packed with bonus items, you’ll also have the option to upgrade a Standard Edition to the
Digital Deluxe Edition
, which comes equipped with all the in-game content from the physical Collector’s Edition, including a Torrasque skin for your zerg Ultralisks in Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, unique Swarm-infested port
BlizzCon 2011: Opening Ceremony
We have our team at BlizzCon down in Anaheim and some of us are watching the stream at home. We're bringing you the latest and liveblogging the opening ceremony plus the World of Warcraft panels. Since this is the first BlizzCon without leaks, this should be a pretty huge opening--it's confirmed there will be a new expansion for World of Warcraft, but it also looks like there will be tons of new other announcements.
Make sure to join in the discussion here in this post as if you're watching along on the stream.
Free Diablo III to WoW players via new 'Annual Pass'.
Mists of Pandaria confirmed. Level 90 cap. New class is monk. New race is pandaren.
Click here for more information on the new expansion
Blizzard at Gamescom: 4.3 Announced, Deathwing, Armor Customization, Diablo 3 News, and More
So things just got really serious--4.3, which was a huge mystery, is now pretty much unveiled at Gamescom. When speaking to
, Tom Chilton was very open in just how much content the patch would have for WoW players. " has a whole bunch of content," he said, "three dungeons for five player instances and a new raid instance culminating in the Deathwing fight."
Of course, it's not just dungeons to be excited for. Those ethereals we mentioned a week and a half ago? They're for what most of us only dreamed in our biggest dreams and Blizzard previously said was impossible: armor customization. "We have a wealth of armor sets we created that people no longer use," Chilton said, explaining why they had chosen to add it in.
What we know about 4.3:
Deathwing in 4.3
: "The Deathwing fight will be the most epic boss encounter to date, including a battle phase that takes pla
News Roundup: Blue Posts on 2200 Weapon Delay, Paladin "Nerf," Tabard Storage and More!
More Blue posts for you guys! Today's topics include:
2200 Rating PVP Weapons Being Delayed
Paladin Healing Nerf Actually Being a Buff
Tabard Storage Woes
The Inevitable Demise of PVP Double 2-Piece Bonuses
Tradeskill Reagent Justice Point Costs
Also, an added bonus for any StarCraft II players out there - you can now beta test the awesome custom games Blizzard showed off at BlizzCon: Aiur Chef, StarJeweled, and Left 2 Die!
Check out the full Blizzard posts after the break!
Legendary - The WoW Video Podcast - World of Starcraft?
This week we got our hands on some footage of an incredible SC2 mod called, "World of Starcraft" and it looks like since the show, Activision has ordered that all the trailers be removed from YouTube, a classy move, of course. We also covered the latest PTR changes as well as some silly drama between the top raiding guilds.
Check out more episodes on
News Roundup: Blizzard's Holiday Break, Fortune Awaits Contest Winners, Holiday Art
Quite possibly the last blue posts we'll see for the next few days?!
Today, Blizzard posted a quick note to mention that they'll be AFK from the forums for a bit enjoying their holidays. They've also announced the winners of the Your Fortune Awaits video and print ad contests and are even sharing some holiday cheer in the form of new seasonal card art! Also, there's a quick blue note regarding changes to arena ratings and item requirements.
Check it all out after the break!
News Roundup: Cataclysm Hotfixes, Heroics, Project Titan, Starcraft II Demo
Just the latest news from the world of Blizzard, including a small batch of Cataclysm hotfixes, veiled details about Blizzard's new MMO, tips on surviving Heroics and more!
Notable Cataclysm hotfixes include:
The search radius to find an Archaeology node from the Archaeology ability Survey has been increased. This will result in fewer searches needed while in the "green" range of surveying.
Chakra is no longer consumed by a Prayer of Mending bounce.
Several shirts have been corrected so they no longer cause a player's item level to increase. They are item level 1.
In addition, another, undocumented hotfix was recently applied which will make it so that players without an appropriate crafting profession of 425 or higher will no longer be able to 'Need' roll on
! This should be a welcome change for any users with the profession, however I still say that making them BOP was silly in the first place. But meh, we're probably just a few patches away from a change on that - and by then, it won't matter.
A hotfix was applied about an hour ago that changes it so Chaos Orbs will only be available
ZAM Jumps Into StarCraft II, Vindictus, Torchlight
The ZAM family is growing!
We've added three new websites to the ZAM Network:
We're really excited about these new additions to our lineup, so I hope that if you play any of these games you'll take a moment to go and check them out!
The full announcement is here:
Blizzard Product Schedule: Leak or Hoax?
A very interesting image is circulating on The Internet regarding a supposed leak of Blizzard's product schedule. The image is below, as well as the official response from Blizzard, an analysis of the source, and a general review of the info contained therein.
So, is this legit? Let's review!
A Brief Aside: StarCraft II Patch 1.1
So while Wowhead has not yet become SCHead, Blizzard's space RTS is still a game I play frequently and one I watch the news about. And one of the more important and recent news is that the first somewhat big patch was released on
Tuesday, September 21
- that's just yesterday, yes.
Here is the basic idea of the not-so-groundbreaking changes. Zealot rushes from a proxy Gateway are a little too powerful, especially against a Zerg (you know, 'cause rushing a Terran with their choke full of buildings
be done...), so the build time of the Zealot is being increased. Warp Gate cooldown also goes up for those of you who love spending 4,000 minerals in less than a minute by dropping a million Zealots. The Terran is getting a few (deserved, in my opinion) nerfs - longer build time on Reapers and Barracks, and less damage on Siege Tanks and Battlecruisers. Similarly to this, the Zerg Ultralisks' are having their base damage lowered, and their anti-building attack (Ram) goes away and is being replaced by their basic attack.
Let me give you the full patch notes aft
Answers to Common Community Questions About Real ID
The Real ID system, which we were introduced to a little while ago, was one of the most controversial things Blizzard has done in a long time. The feedback from the community varied from extremely negative to extremely positive, with all the points in-between. Not only has the community been divided in its opinions, but it has been quite vocal with them as well. Just a little while ago a post appeared on the official Battle.net StarCraft II blog; in it Blizzard answers common questions and addresses concerns about the Real ID functionality, features, and plans.
Check out the full article on the link below, or read over the highlights further down.
You will be able to remove yourself from your friends' Friends List. So if I and
are Real ID friends, he will be able to remove himself from the list of friends you see when you look up my profile.
Battle.net Facebook integration will allow StarCraft players (and later on, customers from other Battle.net games) to search their Facebook's friends list and easily send
Naxxramas' Thaddius Encounter Remade in Starcraft II
Move over Cataclysm (at least, for now) -
is on its way! While not all Warcraft fans are Starcraft fans, I think more than a few of you may find this interesting:
encounter remade as a single-player scenario in Starcraft II! Created with the Starcraft II Galaxy Map Editor released a few months ago, this campaign brings a group of noble Terran in to face one of World of Warcraft's least "noob-friendly" encounters, complete with intense
action! Blizzard showed off an incredibly impressive demonstration of the Galaxy Map Editor's power back at last year's BlizzCon, and so far beta participants have created some pretty interesting Starcraft II custom scenarios (like
Supply Depot Tetris
). Check out the video after the break!
StarCraft II and Diablo III Forums Added!
I know we're not exactly your number one resource for this sort of thing, but we all know how many people here are looking forward to the release of StarCraft II—and the Diablo franchise is so intimately connected with WoW, gameplay-wise, that we decided it was best to have a place right here on Wowhead for you guys to discuss the Diablo and StarCraft game worlds.
In light of that, we'd like to present you with your very own
forums! Any news, updates and info we have will automatically go there, and you now have a home for all StarCraft and Diablo-related discussion.
StarCraft II forum
Diablo III forum
StarCraft II Race Guides on ZAM
I know this isn't a World of Warcraft-related post, but trying to pretend that we're not all flipping out over
isn't going to fool anyone, so let's just call it straight, shall we?
Our friends at
have posted a lovely series of guides to the new races in StarCraft II, so if you're interested in being at the top of your game when the doors open wide in June, you'd best take a look!
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils Audiobook Available Now
We've recently been in touch with Simon & Schuster, who was kind enough to provide us with a peek at the audiobook for
Starcraft II: Heaven's Devils
, by William C. Dietz, and read by Neil Kaplan.
For those of you who are interested, you can take a listen to the first chapter in mp3 format right here on Wowhead!
...and you can pick up a copy of the book from Simon & Schuster here:
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