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StarCraft II Beta Has Begun!
2010/02/17 at 4:43 PM
The moment a lot of you have been waiting for has arrived, the
StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Beta Test
beta has arrived!
You can find more about the beta test on the official
I know I am ready for StarCraft II, what about all of you?
Blizzard and Upper Deck Parting Ways
2010/02/12 at 8:10 PM
As some of you may have heard on other sites, such as
are not renewing the contract for Upper Deck to produce the trading card game cards. This is a big change as Upper Deck is one the biggest distributors of TCG that I can think of. Blizzard has said they will continue forward with the TCG and are continuing to look forward.
Now onto a little speculation! From what I noticed and have heard about around the water cooler (You didn't know we had a water cooler?) is that Blizzard likes to do things in-house. Compared to when Blizzard and Upper Deck first launched the WoW TCG, Blizzard has received a lot of experience in the TCG arena and they may have decided it's time to bring the project under their own umbrella. This would mean Blizzard would begin printing the cards and distributing it themselves and would have more freedom in how to handle things.
You can read the post by Blizzard regarding this after the break.
16th Warcraft Battlecry Mosaic Tile Unlocked
2010/02/12 at 7:52 PM
The Warcraft Battlecry Mosaic is finally nearing completion and unlocked a new tile. The picture count reached
and a new milestone was reached, this time unlocking a
piece done by Samwise
that depicts a vile Burning Legion Fel Orc.
There are only
tiles left to complete mosaic, so why not head over to the official
Warcraft Battlecry Mosaic
site and submit your own photo?
5-Year Anniversary Sale in Europe (Feb 11 - 18)
2010/02/11 at 4:12 PM
Good news everyone! In light of the 5-year anniversary of World of Warcraft's release in Europe, which our American friends happened to celebrate last year, the European Blizzard team has
reduced the prices
on both the World of Warcraft Classic product and the Battle Chest bundle which also includes the first World of Warcraft expansion, the Burning Crusade.
Note: Discounts only available until Thursday the 18th!
World of Warcraft Classic
World of Warcraft Battle Chest
You can see the blue post after the break!
14th and 15th Battlecry Mosaic Tiles Unlocked
2010/02/11 at 12:24 PM
The Warcraft Battlecry Mosaic has unveiled not one but two tiles today!
The picture count has reached
and with it unlocked the two tiles and also unlocked two pieces of art to go with it:
Black and white
of a crazed goblin poised to capture his adversaries in the
Gnomish Net Gun
's port town of Theramore, a place still haunted by the fallen king's name.
There are only 5 tiles and
pictures left to be collected, so why don't you head over to the official
Battlecry Mosaic site
and submit one?
StarCraft II Beta Coming This February!
2010/02/10 at 10:37 PM
For all of you out there that have been waiting patiently for MANY YEARS like me for
, I have great news for you!
Blizzard has just updated the status on their StarCraft II Facebook page saying:
StarCraft II beta will be released later this month!
If you're interested in participating in the beta and didn't attend
, you can go to the
site and flag your account as
"Interested in Beta tests"
Battle.net Authenticator for Android Devices
2010/02/10 at 6:34 PM
A lot of people have been complaining there is no
authenticator for Android
devices. Blizzard has finally answered that complaint and released a free download for the authenticator through the Android Market! As with the iPhone version it provides you a one-time password for when you login to your account on either the account management or in-game.
If you have your phone with you right now, just scan the QR code with your phone directly!
The original Blue post can be found after the break.
Pet Store Adding IRL Plush Pets For Sale Soon (in 3D!)
2010/02/10 at 1:16 PM
Blizzard, it appears, is buffing out their roster of downloadable in-game pets with some
real world plush pets
The Blizzard store has announced plans to sell two new plush companion pets—a baby Wind Rider and a baby Gryphon. When you buy one from the
receive a code which unlocks an
Please note that while the pets are sporting their faction logos, they are not restricted by faction. :)
Check out the corresponding in-game companions in 3D!
The original Blue post is available after the break.
StarCraft II's Battle.net Preview
2010/02/09 at 5:39 PM
Blizzard just launched a new page on their StarCraft II website that contains a preview of the new
integrated service for all Blizzard games, including World of Warcraft.
In this preview you will find some of the new features and developmental screenshots of the new service—which includes competitive arenas, cross-connectivity between Blizzard games and a way to post mods and community created content. There is also a video interview with Greg Canessa, Project Director for Battle.net, where he covers all of this and more.
As this pertains to World of Warcraft players as we will most likely see most of the previewed features integrated into the game in future content patches.
I am personally very excited about this, how about you?
No More Limited Attempts in Icecrown Normal Modes
2010/02/08 at 9:02 PM
Blizzard has decided that they needed to change up the limited attempts system for
Normal mode wipes on
The Lich King (Icecrown)
will no longer
count towards the limited attempts. The limited attempts are still in effect for Heroic mode versions of the encounters.
After each region's maintenance this week, raids will no longer lose attempts on wipes in Normal mode for Professor Putricide, Blood-Queen Lana'thel, Sindragosa, and the Lich King. There will still be limited attempts in Heroic mode.
We will continue to monitor developments in Icecrown Citadel in the future, especially since the Heroic difficulty has been unlocked by a significant number of raids.
Changes to Lich King Weapon Drops
2010/02/08 at 5:57 PM
Blizzard recently decided the weapon drops from
The Lich King (Icecrown)
needed to be re-optimized in order to measure up to the quality you would expect from The Lich King. Both the heroic and normal versions will have traded certain stats for others—for example,
Royal Scepter of Terenas II
is having its MP5 replaced with haste rating (yay!).
The blue post with the full list of changes follows:
After reviewing several items available from the Lich King encounter, we've decided to re-optimise certain weapons that didn't meet with our expectations and the quality that the Lich King expects. The weapons listed below, both their Normal and Heroic versions, will now better represent their respective roles and present more intriguing options to players.
Archus, Greatstaff of Antonidas
: Critical Strike replaced with Haste rating
Fal'inrush, Defender of Quel'thalas
: Haste rating replaced with Armor Penetration
Heaven's Fall, Kryss of a Thousand Lies
: Armor Penetration replaced with Haste rating
Royal Scepter of Terenas II
: MP5 replaced with Haste rating
Stormfury, Black Blade of the Betrayer
: Armor Penetration replaced with Expertise rating
Blizzard Insider #32: Interview With WoW Designers
2010/02/03 at 9:36 PM
In the latest edition of the
newsletter, which has just been released, Blizzard interviews Scott "Daelo" Mercer, World of Warcraft's Lead Encounter Designer, and Greg "Ghostcrawler" Street, World of Warcraft's Lead Systems Designer, about everyone's favorite bad guy... Arthas.
The interview talks about a lot of things, such as Arthas' role and how it came about, and how they shaped the expansion around
The Lich King (Icecrown)
They also talk about the
's upcoming world event—which will supposedly be at
as big as the zombie invasion, if not even bigger.
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