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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003 posting news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Next-Gen MMO, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com)

World of Warcraft to launch in Taiwan

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Blizzard Entertainment has nnounced that World of Warcraft will launch in Taiwan in cooperation with Taiwanese partner, Soft-World International Corporation. For full details on this announcement, please read official press release here.

Honor System: 14 Ranks revealed

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Blizzard Europe UK Released a preview of the PvP Honor and Rewards system.  There is a total of 14 ranks in the PvP Honor system.  One of them is Stone Guard.  If you are a Horde player, this rank will be familiar to you.  That building near the Valley of Spirits with the instance-whirlpool in Orgrimmar says that you can’t enter unless you are a Stone Guard or higher rank.  The Alliance version is in the Old Town by the Barracks.  Previews to the Shaman and Horde Warrior sets were displayed.  Reward items can be purchased from PvP vendors located inside the Barracks.  Read more details.

Blizzard seeking Europe Support Team candidates

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Blizzard Entertainment is at wide lengths seeking for job applicants to fill the positions for the European Support Team.  Such is their goal to get more employees that Blizzard paid Gamesindustry.biz to place an ad banner at the top-right of their website.  You may have to refresh the page few times until the ad banner loads in their website.  Just in case below we show you the ad banner.  Visit the Job Opportunities page at the UK Website.  The positions sought are:.

Customer & Billing support, Technical Support, Game Master, Senior Game Master, Network Adminstration Team, Junior Administrator, Senior Administrator, Locatization and QA Team, German QA Assistant, French QA Assistant, 2 French Translators, German Translator, Web and Editor Team, English web Editorialist, Lead Web Designer and Communty Representative.

2 New Wow Public Test servers soon

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Blizzard has plans to open two Public Test servers that will allow players to test the patches before they go live.  This is a feature many MMO veterans wished from Blizzard, since some of MMOs out there offer this feature.  The bad news is that some lvl 56-60 players will be chosen at random to allow them access to this Public Test servers.  Make sure to check your email often and make sure to check your Junk mail in case your provider has filters.  Read the full announcement Here.  To read the long patch notes for the new Public test servers go Here

Blizzard:
Two new public test realms will be going live soon! These realms will give select players the chance to experience new content before it is patched to public realms. More importantly, it gives us a place to test new features and systems in a live environment without impacting the public realms. This will allow us to provide players with more frequent content patches in the future.

Moving forward, all players who have an active World of Warcraft account will be eligible to participate in testing on the test realms. However, this initial testing phase requires characters between the levels of 55 and 60 in order to properly test the content and functionality for the next patch. Email invitations have been sent out to a random set of players who meet these qualifications. Their level 55 to 60 characters have been copied to the test realm and will be waiting for them when they log in for the first time.

Blizzard: Dire Maul Preview

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Blizzard released few minutes ago the preview to Dire Maul.  An ancient vault of arcane secrets once built by the High Elves under the orders of Queen Azshara.  For thousands of years, after the destruction of the Well of Eternity,  Dire Maul has been a place where few adventurers have gone out alive, and none have unveiled the secret arcane items hidden in the depths of the vaults.  The complex has 3 sections varing from lvl 56 to lvl 60 content.

Features:

  • Dire Maul consists of three separate wings ranging in difficulty from level 56 to 60.
  • There are many ways to complete the quests located in Dire Maul, and the decisions a party makes along the way will directly influence the potential rewards.
  • In recent years, rumors have surfaced of an ancient arena within Dire Maul’s courtyard where unique creatures were once fought for sport.
  • Adventurers will find that the occupants of Dire Maul possess many rare and epic weapons, armors, and profession recipes never before seen on Azeroth.

Blizzard: Dire Maul Preview

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Blizzard released few minutes ago the preview to Dire Maul.  An ancient vault of arcane secrets once built by the High Elves under the orders of Queen Azshara.  For thousands of years, after the destruction of the Well of Eternity,  Dire Maul has been a place where few adventurers have gone out alive, and none have unveiled the secret arcane items hidden in the depths of the vaults.  The complex has 3 sections varing from lvl 56 to lvl 60 content.

Features:

  • Dire Maul consists of three separate wings ranging in difficulty from level 56 to 60.
  • There are many ways to complete the quests located in Dire Maul, and the decisions a party makes along the way will directly influence the potential rewards.
  • In recent years, rumors have surfaced of an ancient arena within Dire Maul’s courtyard where unique creatures were once fought for sport.
  • Adventurers will find that the occupants of Dire Maul possess many rare and epic weapons, armors, and profession recipes never before seen on Azeroth.

NY Times interviews Blizzard

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NY Times wrote a 3-pages article highlighting the great success of World of Warcraft, anecdotes while playing different areas of the game, anecdotes of Paul Sams when he saw the 5,000 football-looking wait-line at Fry’s Game store, and a view into Chris Metzen’s meeting discussions with the developers taking decisions on the 3D looks that the Tower of Medivh should have to match the storyline offered in the Warcraft: The Last Guardian novel.  NY Times articles get archived after a while, so read it very fast while it lasts.  For now it is free.  You can read the article Here

Wow Beta in China in 2 weeks

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According to Gamespot, a chinese source has confirmed that over 100,000 accounts have been created in advance to the expected release of World of Warcraft Beta in China to take place in two weeks.

Gamespot
After breaking records in North America and Europe, World of Warcraft is storming China, and it isn’t even available yet. According to the Chinese game-industry newsletter Pacific Epoch, in the first hour that registration was open, 100,000 gamers signed up for accounts hoping to participate in the game’s closed beta test. Beta testing is slated to begin in about two weeks, according to the game’s local operator in China, the9.com

Warcraft III Patch 1.18 Now Available

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Blizzard released the new Frozen Throne patch with bonus maps and fixes to many races’s abilities.  The most exciting changes are of interest to Warcraft III/Frozen Throne Modding makers as the World Edit Tool has been revamped with new features.  Read more …

Jason Hayes Interview

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Jason Hayes answered few questions about his current whereabouts.  He is launching his own music company and is planning to release a music album CD soon.  His company website will be updated in a few weeks to offer fans an interactive site where his music fans may communicate and download music.  Make sure to join his forums.  Jason Hayes told us of his interest to support the Modding Community and Voice actors guilds.  Here is the interview, enjoy!

Starcraft: Ghost Status at Gamesindustry.biz

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Gamesindustry.biz interviewed Paul Sams and Chris Metzen few weeks ago.  The second part of the interview reveals many things about the transition from Nihilistic to Swinging Ape studios, and the new direction the game is taking.  Somewhere during the interview, there was an answer that may fill players with uncertainty.  Would it be possible that Starcraft: Ghost aims to provide multiplayer components?  Read an excerpt:

“StarCraft and WarCraft III are particularly popular in “professional” gaming tournaments; how important does Blizzard consider that area to be? Is just a quirky oddity, or is it something you see growing in importance, and in public profile, in the future?

Paul: We see it growing. Not only do we see it growing, but we just hired a person to be in charge of tournaments in our company. We want to do more support of tournaments, and we want to build more tournament capabilities into our products, and to have tournaments and competitive play more in our thought process as we’re creating our games.

We want to continue to create great singleplayer product, but that has incredible, compelling multiplayer play that has competitive components. We think that that is another element of the future that we really want to focus on , and we think that we’ve done a pretty decent job at it so far.”

Read the full interview Here.

Kerrigan actress: Meet her at Pomona, California

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Glynnis, our favorite voice actress of Kerrigan in Starcraft, will be signing books, and any Starcraft or Diablo items on March 12 and 13 at Los Angeles County Irish Fair and Music Festival at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.  Click the link above for the official website of the event with the detailed address.  You can meet her at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  If you visit her, make sure to take photos and to submit them to us.  You may contact me at my profile.  Starcraft Kerrigan actress, Glynnis, was interviewed by Blizzplanet some time ago.  You may read our interview Here.

Read Glynnis’s Press Release about her upcoming Book Signing event.  Besides a Gaming Voice actress, Glynnis is also a Medieval Romance writer of many books that have been awarded.  She was also the voice behind MTV The Maxx and some Diablo II characters.

Star Alliance Mod: Voice Actors Needed

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Blade66777, Modding member of Star Alliance, is making a call to all Voice actors to contact him for a new Starcraft Mod project that will have a Map Campaign.  If you have a microphone and talent and wish to make a debut, you may also contact him.  Star Alliance has a Voice acting guild named SAVAGE.  Read the requirements and the description of the characters you will voice at the following forum.  You may leave a message in the forums or contact Blade66777 with your application.

Forums

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They’re back, I have the back-up of the old forum data and I will be converting them to this new forum setup.  http://www.blizzplanet.com/yabbse/.

Please be aware that this is not the same system we’ve been using previously, this system is more stable.

Also, I’ve updated the news system, it now displays only 10 articles per page, and you can use the page navigation to quickly go from one page to another.  The page navigation only appears when the message block is hiden or you are viewing the News from the news module.

Content System

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The Content system is back online, I’ve also updated the Message site programmer feature, once again I would like to remind people that I do read the messages given to me on the message site programmer feature.  Should at anytime the system fail you can email me at [email protected].  You can also catch me on AIM (Nemesis2Darkness) or MSN ([email protected]).

Thank you all who are patient for these updates, I hope you continue to visit us.

Edit: Sorry for the erreta on the post, it’s fixed now and the email should work.

Project Revolution

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Still a work in progress and they won’t release betas. However they update and show pics and such. It converts WC3 units, data, maps into Starcraft.  The mod seems to be promissing, lets just hope this doen’t end up like Infroceptor’s StarCraft to WarCraft conversion.

Homepage Here

On a side note: email [email protected] to have your mod added to our upcomming mod Database.

WCRadio: Richard A. Knaak interview

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Athalus from WCRadio.com invites you to listen to the community radio show this saturday at 7pm est. Richard A. Knaak was interviewed on the phone by Athalus, and you may listen to the interview today Saturday.  The interview is about his latest Blizzard book War of the Ancients: Demon Soul, available at bookstores.  Visit the site here and launch your Winamp or iTunes to listen to the interview.

Blizzplanet Fan Art Contest winners

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The winners of the Wow/Starcraft: Ghost Fan Art contest has been chosen:

2D Category 3D Category

Jason Chan
Wow Collector’s Edition

AlphonseCapone
Wow Regular Edition

Demolishman
Wow Collector’s Edition

Tachyaera
Wow Regular Edition

Thanks to all participants for submitting their artwork.  All the Fan Art submissions may be viewed here

World of Warcraft starts on November 23, hope to see you online.  Good luck!

Open Beta ends today

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Blizzard released a new patch which removes reagents for Mark of the Wild, Fortitude and Arcane Intellect.  Using spirit healer now deals 25% loss of your armor instead of 100%.  You may read the patch notes Here.  Blizzard also announced that all Closed and Open Beta characters will be regretably wiped.  Everyone will start with a clean tab, creating a fresh new character.  Open Beta ends today Wednesday, November 18th.  Congratulations to all beta testers that helped Blizzard developers iron out and polish the game.  We had a lot of fun, and thank Blizzard for their long dedication to develop this awesome game.  See ya in Retail on November 23 in the World of Warcraft.

World of Warcraft Open Beta

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All Blizzard fans are invited to sign-up to World of Warcraft Open Beta on November 8th.  We will keep you updated.  Additionally, the official release date was announced.  The game will be on sale on November 23 at your favorite Game Store.  The official Press Release by Blizzard President Morhaime can be read Here.  Additionally, the Blizzard Insider# 20 is available Here.  The Insider talks about Open Beta and the interview to Jeff Kaplan about Raiding.  Find out more about Deathwing’s offspring Onyxia the dragon.

Wow/Ghost Fan Art Contest Closes today

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We gave fans an extended time to submit their submissions for the Wow/Ghost Fan Art Contest. We want to thank all participants for their submissions and patience.  Due to security breaches, the site was inactive from August-October.  Additionally, the email account had reached its limit and many fans weren’t able to submit.  We extended the deadline to October 31st, and today it reaches its last day of submissions.  We apologize for the inconvenience, and invite you to stay tuned in the upcoming days for the 2 winners.  The winner will get a pre-ordered game of choice:  World of Warcraft Collector’s Edition w/ pocketbook War of the Ancients: Well of Eternity—written by Richard A. Knaak.  Or a pre-ordered Starcraft: Ghost game.

Good luck to the contest participants.  You can view the submissions here.  10 judges will be hand-picked and invited to choose the best fan arts.  We want to invite you to read our Richard A. Knaak Q&A transcript.  This interview was published at the Official WOW Website worldofwarcraft.com on October 26th.

Starcraft 2 on the Horizon?

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Dustin Browder, game design director for EA’s Battle for Middle-earth announced his leave in a few days from EA, and his new position as a Blizzard Employee to be effective on March 14th.  Browder will be under the direct work with Rob Pardo on an unveiled game.  Browder doesn’t know at this point what game he will be working on, but his great expertise in RTS games, rises few eyebrows in the community.  Speculations are starting to arise since the only RTS people can think of is Starcraft 2 or Warcraft IV—which is unlikely.  Another speculation heard from fans in many forums is that Blizzard could get Diablo series into an RTS.  Browder will be a Senior Designer in Irvine, not in San Francisco.

Blizzard North was known to be working on 2 games until the executives resigned back in June 31, 2003 and later the new vice-president announced that one of the games were shelved after 30 employees resigned a month later.  Most of the remaining team was merged with the second game project which is kept in secrecy.  Although seeing a Diablo RTS is improbable, we have also to consider that Starcraft—a traditional RTS is now being developed as a Console Shooter gamer and Warcraft RTS game is now a MMORPG—terrain that Blizzard is stepping into for first time.  Therefore, with Blizzard you can never know.  They are innovative and have no fear to explore new grounds.  We will find out soon enough.  Dustin Browder was credited for:

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Battle For Middle-Earth (2004)
  • Command & Conquer: Generals (2003)
  • Command & Conquer: Generals: Zero Hour (2003)
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Dominion Wars (2001)
  • Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000)
  • Battlezone (1998)
  • Vigilante 8 (1998)
  • Heavy Gear (1997)
  • MechWarrior 2: Mercenaries (1996)
  • MechWarrior 2: Ghost Bear’s Legacy (1995)

Read the full article at Gamespy.  We submitted this news to SCLegacy as we consider this is a big news of interest to the Starcraft fans.  We will try to dig more details after Browder starts his duties at Blizzard.  Stay tuned!

Starcraft Mod (Work In Progress)

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Here you have the wonderful world of Starcraft. Then you throw in some mixes between the races… Infest Protoss with Terran… Terran with Zerg… Zerg with Protoss… and you get a whole new game. This is a mod thought up by The_Maker who is currently working on this project searching for people to assist. You can download a demo for this work in progress here and read more about this mod.

Blizzplanet Fan Art Status

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For those fans that missed it,  the World of Warcract/Starcraft: Ghost Fan Art contest will still take submissions until October 31 to give time to those who tried to submit when our email was full.  I forgot to delete the trash folder when I deleted previous submissions.  So for fans to catch up, the deadline was moved to give time for resubmission.  The images were uploaded few weeks ago with a texture layer as watermark.  Originals found in other fan sites or contests will be disqualified.  We want to make sure that the Contest is fair and that the authors are really the authors.  You can view the submission Far Arts Here.

We want to announce the winners of 10 pocketbooks, chosen after the Q&A event with Richard A. Knaak.  The winners chose their reward out of 4 options:  Warcraft: Day of the Dragon,  War of the Ancients: Well of Eternity, War of the Ancients: Demon Soul or Warcraft Manga: The Sunwell Trilogy.  The winners were:

Heretic
Thorek
Zodiac
Saxe
Jarlaxle
KnEtwErX
sticker
Certhos
Pesmerga
MonStar

Richard A. Knaak Q&A Transcript:  War of the Ancients & Warcraft Manga

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Here we have for all fans that didn’t make it to the Q&A event and for fan sites wishing to host locally the Q&A, you are free to host it as a way to support Richard A. Knaak and Blizzard’s projects:

– War of the Ancients: Demon Soul pocketbook
– Warcraft Manga: The Sunwell Trilogy

Read the transcript here.

Thanks Blizzard Entertainment, D&D and Tokyopop for sponsoring Richard A. Knaak and for his presence here with the Blizzard Fans in the Q&A event.