Jinx Critical Hit 20% OFF Promo – Ends November 25th

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News

The Jinx Critical Hit promo has three Blizzard Licensed Products’ prices dropped by 20% OFF (No promo code required. It’s already lowered). These savings will be up until November 25th.

Discounts

Check the sizes available in this list of T-shirts available at $9.99 or $14.99.

All Collections

Jinx StarCraft II Spectre Hoodie

Jinx StarCraft II Spectre Hoodie

Jinx Retro Zerg T-shirt

Jinx Retro Zerg T-shirt

Diablo III Tyrael Side Zip-Up Hoodie

Diablo III Tyrael Side Zip-Up Hoodie

Diablo III Barbarian Class Premium T-Shirt

Diablo III Barbarian Class Premium T-Shirt

World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden – WoW Insider Interview

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

The all-new novel by Christie Golden titled World of Warcraft: War Crimes is now on pre-order. It will launch on June 3, 2014; and right now only available as an eBook. Will it go the 5-part monthly installment route like Richard A. Knaak’s World of Warcraft: Dawn of the Aspects — Then the Hardcover? We’ll have to wait and see.

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WoW Insider had the opportunity to interview Christie Golden and she put a lot of info out there concerning the plot of this new novel. It is not so much focused on Garrosh’s point of view, but on all leaders of the Alliance and the Horde instead. We will get into their mind and see how they portray Garrosh, and what their own personal bone to pick with Garrosh is since he arrived to Azeroth.

The Bronze Dragonflight will be represented there in Pandaria to show everyone in this trial all the atrocities committed by Garrosh, and maybe some more. We’ll see plenty of Jaina, Sylvanas and Tyrande’s individual development in this story. Other characters will be Baine (taking care of Garrosh’s defense), King Varian, Anduin, Vol’jin. Likely all other leaders of the Alliance and the Horde — but there won’t be much development for Lor’themar.

Using the Bronze Dragonflight’s ability to see the timeways, we will see the events fold and flesh out to see past events of the last few years.

According to Chris Metzen, Garrosh has a little friend who can manipulate time who sent him back to Draenor before Grom Hellscream and the orcs drank Mannoroth’s blood. Thus, it might be interesting to see who that person is. I am currently transcribing the entire BlizzCon 2013 What’s Next panel, so keep an eye for that to find out what Metzen revealed about the expansion. Read the full interview.

Speculation

Personally, I have a hunch it is Kairoz, because how he appears in different visions of the timeways during the quests of the Timeless Isle (off the coast of The Jade Forest). On the other hand, the way Metzen said “a little friend” with time manipulative powers — what if it turns out to be Wrathion? He is not a bronze dragon, but didn’t we help him imbue our Legendary cloak with properties of the Timeless Isle? Some food for thought.

Jason Hayes’ Critical Hit: Volume One Album Shipping Today

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

I recently posted Jason Hayes (Blizzard senior composer) and Michael Gluck launched the fantasy rock band Critical Hit. The Critical Hit: Volume One Album is shipping today. The CD may be purchased at their official store.

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Jason Hayes was who originally composed the World of Warcraft loading screen song theme: “Legends of Azeroth”. I added a short clip of the remastered World of Warcraft song theme: “Legends of Azeroth”.

Sideshow Collectibles Teases StarCraft II Tychus Sixth Scale

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, StarCraft 2 News

Sideshow Collectibles is preparing to unveil the StarCraft II Tychus Sixth Scale Figure in upcoming weeks. For now it shared a preview teaser for those who love to collect high-quality Blizzard Licensed Products.

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sideshow-starcraft-ii-jim-raynor-six-scale-figure-100181_press08-001The StarCraft II Raynor Sixth Scale Figure by Sideshow Collectibles is currently in production and pre-orders are open. The Raynor Sixth Scale is slated to ship on August 2014.

To give you an idea of this Tychus Sixth Scale’s size, the Raynor’s dimensions are 15.5″ H x 9.5″ W x 6.75″ L*.

What’s in the Box?

  • Fully Articulated Figure Body with highly detailed, fully articulated armor
  • C-14 Impaler Gauss Rifle
  • Pistol with fabric holster
  • Sniper Rifle
  • Light up chest light
  • Light up Engine Vents

Blizzplanet will get you the Tychus Sixth Scale preview images as soon as Sideshow Collectibles have them ready for the masses. Stay tuned.

PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller Shipping Today

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

For everyone awaiting to play Diablo III on the PlayStation 4, while the PlayStation 4 is slated to ship on November 15th, the PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 Wireless Controller is shipping now. and it is compatible with Diablo III (PS3). Follow the link to grabs yours ASAP. Only one Dualshock 4 controller comes with the PlayStation 4 Launch Edition. Diablo III supports up to four players on your couch.

The DualShock 4 is compatible with a number of current generation PlayStation 3 games. Grab a DualShock 4 and prepare for greatness before the release of the PlayStation 4. Supplies are limited. Better to grab it now while supplies last and before the console ships when everyone and their mama will be flooding local game shops.

Over 25,000 fans will have the opportunity to play Diablo III on the PlayStation 4 using the Dualshock 4 controller at BlizzCon in the Anaheim Convention Center this upcoming November 8-9.


Features

  • The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control.
  • The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities.
  • The DualShock 4 Wireless Controller features a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack.
  • The addition of the Share button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation 4 as easy as the push of a button.

The DUALSHOCK 4 controller incorporates a new, highly sensitive six-axis sensor, as well as a touch pad located on the top of the controller, which offers gamers completely new ways to play and interact with games.

The feel, shape, and sensitivity of the dual analog sticks and trigger buttons have been improved to provide a greater sense of control, no matter what you play.

The new multi-touch and clickable touch pad on the face of the DualShock 4 wireless controller opens up worlds of new gameplay possibilities for both newcomers and veteran gamers.

The three LEDs inside the light bar can generate a rainbow of colors that work with the PlayStation camera to create immersive gaming experiences. It also allows developers who choose to utilize the functionality to enable easy player identification and screen adjustment functionalities when gamers play with friends in the same room.

The DualShock 4 wireless controller features a built-in speaker and stereo headset jack, putting several new audio options in the player’s hands.

The addition of the Share button makes utilizing the social capabilities of the PlayStation 4 system as easy as the push of a button. Upload gameplay videos and screenshots of your greatest accomplishments or live-stream your gameplay sessions through popular Internet streaming services, all without disturbing the game in progress.

  • External Dimensions: Approx. 162mm x 52mm x 98mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Weight: Approx. 210g (tentative)
  • Keys / Switches: PS button, SHARE button, OPTIONS button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Left/Right), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), R1/L1/R2/L2/R3/L3, Right stick, Left stick, Touch Pad Button
  • Touch Pad: 2 Point Touch Pad, Click Mechanism, Capacitive Type
  • Motion Sensor: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
  • Other Features: Light Bar, Vibration, Built-in Mono Speaker
  • Ports: USB (Micro B), Extention Port, Stereo Headset Jack
  • Wireless communication: Bluetooth® Ver2.1+EDR

Battery:

  • Type: Built-in Lithium-ion Rechargeable Battery
  • Voltage: DC3.7V (tentative)
  • Capacity: 1000mAh (tentative)

 

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The Problem of Over Correcting

Written by Travis Morrow on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Blue Posts, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

Anduin is in a powerful place. Before the Big One, the priest’s options for fighting were weak and clumsy. Velen had few uses, Fade was mostly useless, Greater Heal was entirely useless. But some redesign and new cards swooped in to bolster Azeroth’s priestly princeling into a powerful Hero.

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But there might be a bit of a problem with him now. The priest has, perhaps, the best removals in the game. Holy Nova doesn’t hit as hard as Flamestike but it does heal your minions. Shadow Words Pain and Death are leagues better than Corruption or Naturalize. There are a host of powerful 4 attack minions, Ysera and the Auctioneer for example, but those can still be countered by silences or even a +1 buff from your end. That leaves the priest with Mind Control. Yes, the controlled minion has summoning sickness. Yes, it costs 8 mana, putting it behind Flamestrike by 1 turn and it’s twice the cost of Polymorph. Despite the high cost and delay in its effect, Mind Control is devastating. It’s at minimum a 2 card counter: you steal a card from a player, and force them to deal with the threat.

The Masters of Hearthstone’s mechanics aren’t unaware of Mind Control’s potency and the priest’s recent empowerment. In a post by Takralus, the community rep said:

We are talking about the issue here and looking at the power of Mind Control at different skill levels and in different modes so we can make any adjustments that may be needed. We’re still deliberating the right course of action, but we have heard you guys and we understand your concerns.

 

I’ve got some ideas for how to bring Mind Control under control.

  • Make the cost 10. A longer delay that allows you to rush the priest a little faster.  This is the least elegant option, I think.
  • Limit the targets. Maybe only 6 attack, or undamaged units.
  • The Mind Controlled target is weakened – a penalty to attack and health or is automatically silenced, since Anduin seems to enjoy that mechanic anyway.
  • The Mind Control effect can be silenced and the creature returns to its original owner.

Obviously, Mind Control is being examined by Blizzard’s team and they’re testing and watching it closely. Keep submitting suggestions to them and posting comments on the Hearthstone forums. The priest may have been over corrected but that’s how design works: a tweak this way, a twist that way, and eventually things are balanced out.

UDON World of Warcraft Tribute Now at a Bookstore Near You

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

The UDON World of Warcraft Tribute is now on sale at local bookstores and online. This product was first unveiled to be in development at the New York Comic Con 2012. I took video of the UDON panel if you wish to learn more.

udon-world-of-warcraft-tribute-front-coverCelebrating the phenomenon that is World of Warcraft! Featuring hundreds of artists from around the globe, World of Warcraft Tribute showcases professionals and fan artists alike, each paying homage to the most popular MMORPG of all time. Every denizen of Azeroth deserves to have this gorgeous artwork collection in their personal library.

Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Udon Entertainment (October 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1926778871
ISBN-13: 978-1926778877
Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds

 

ex-Blizzard Dev Auctions Original StarCraft II Art, Kerrigan Bust and Goodies

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

An ex-Blizzard Entertainment developer reached me out to tip me about the sale of several StarCraft II goodies acquired as employee-exclusive gifts. I was able to confirm the identity as the name appears in the StarCraft II credits.

Some of these items are rare, and some are commonly found on eBay. Most of these can be acquired directly by texting the ex-developer by phone. The employee-exclusive goodies will be placed on eBay in a few days (I’ll update once the ex-developer provides the links).

In the meantime, here is a sneak peek into some of the items currently available for sale.

Dethling

The Dethling was a BlizzCon 2010 Exclusive item included in the Swag bag given to the event attendees. The ex-developer has two available for $60 each.

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BlizzCon 2010|2011 Pet Cards

These are BlizzCon 2010 and 2011 exclusive pet cards which contain a scratch redeem code which enables a Battle.net account to obtain a Deathy (a murloc with a jaw and features of Deathwing) and Grunty (World of Warcraft space marine companion pet) — there are two cards on sale each for $85; and another two cards with the Murkablo (World of Warcraft companion pet) and the Panda Space Marine (StarCraft II avatar). I’m not certain if these will be on sale or if they will be placed in the upcoming auction instead. Text just in case.

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Circle of Honor Limited Edition Stein

This stein is given exclusively to employees. This one seems to be given to those who have worked at Blizzard for two years. It is sealed in its box (unopened). On sale for $250.

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Diablo III Collector’s Edition

There are two factory-sealed copies on sale for $150. The Collector’s Edition includes the Fetish Shaman (World of Warcraft companion pet), the Tyrael wings (Diablo III character cosmetic wings); and three exclusive StarCraft II avatars (Diablo III-themed). It also contains the Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction inside a USB-flash drive shaped like the soulstone which can be inserted in a Diablo skull souvenir, the Behind-the-Scenes DVD, Soundtrack DVD, and other goodies.

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Kwurky Green Egg Murloc Plush

This is a rare Blizzcon 2009 exclusive plush toy. There is one available for $120.

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StarCraft II Chips

While there are some of these showing up on eBay from time to time, the one the ex-developer is selling is the Employee-Exclusive version, and thus a rare item. This below is the complete Blizzard chip set + the full set of the StarCraft II chips. On sale for $200.

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StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Collector’s Edition

The factory-sealed StarCraft II Collector’s Edition includes the Mini Thor (World of Warcraft companion pet), three StarCraft II exclusive avatars, an exclusive-version of the Thor unit within StarCraft II, a DC Comics StarCraft comics # 0, the Art of StarCraft II book, the Behind-the-Scenes DVD, Soundtrack and other goodies. On sale for $250.

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Additional Goodies

Not all items have images, but these can be purchased directly without eBay listing by contacting the ex-employee directly.

  • How about a sealed Employee staff-exclusive shirt (Size: Large)? Only $50.

  • Employee platform services button up 2012 shirt (sealed) – $120

  • One-year Subscription World of Warcraft cards x3 for only $75 each. Buying these directly on Battle.net would cost about $84.86 (with Tax included). You save about $9.86 (depending what U.S. State you live at. Tax Example provided: New York)

Upcoming eBay Auction

I’ll update fans in the front page and at the Blizzplanet Facebook and Twitter pages when these become available on eBay. If you don’t follow Blizzplanet social network pages do so now. I was told these will be uploaded soon. These are for the hardcore fans out there with the passion to collect extremely rare Blizzard employee-exclusive memorabilia.

The Thor and Vulture original artwork was painted by artist Jack Luke Mancini. The auction will start with $300 for this limited exclusive piece.

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The StarCraft II Kerrigan Queen of Blades original artwork was used as the front cover of the Starcraft: Queen of Blades by Aaron Rosenberg. This 22″ x 42″ original artwork by Glenn Rane will be in auction starting at $12,000.

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This one of a kind original Brian Huang Starcraft II Concept Art Hydralisk will be in auction for $2,200.

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Sideshow Collectibles only made 5100 copies of the Kerrigan Queen of Blades Bust Statue. So far there have been only four of these statues showing up on eBay by ex-employees and sold for about $900. This one is sealed in its box and it will be auctioned for $750.

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Stay tuned to Blizzplanet to find out when these last four items hit eBay. All other items mentioned are available directly with the ex-employee (no-eBay) by texting (310) 801-7802.

The ex-employee is willing to show photos of pay stubs and the employee plaque for verification and authenticity purposes. Prices are also negotiable.

Blizzplanet Review – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Product Reviews, Blizzard Products News, Blizzplanet Reviews, Diablo 3 News

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-cover-full-sizeThe Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is now on sale at the New York Comic Con (booth #1564) and local bookstores. I grabbed my copy from the Insight Editions booth at the New York Comic Con for $28.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael was written by Matt Burns (Associate Publishing Developer, Blizzard Entertainment).

Book Materials

In terms of printing materials, this book has the typical Blizzard-quality standards and what you would expect from an Insight Editions book. It’s awesome. The front cover’s Sword and ornaments artwork is embossed — giving you that special visual and tactile feeling. The lower part of the book is wrapped by a cover jacket.

Now I think this book kind of went a few notches up in terms of detail in comparison with Book of Cain and other similar Blizzard licensed products. If you take a look at the outer side of the pages which run along the width of the book in Book of Cain — you will notice the pages’ border were truncated to mimic ancient scrolls. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael lacks this, but instead the pages’ border is painted in gold. It’s crazy. You can even see the light reflect off the golden surface. The photo doesn’t even catch half of how it really looks like.

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In the interior of the book, all pages have this wash-out material that gives you a feeling this is an old manuscript. It’s rare to find a page that has no artwork.

Finally, at the back of the book is some sort of envelope glued to the cardboard. The center has a seal one can detach to open the envelope. Within is “The Red Tree of Khanduras” listing Deckard Cain, Archbishop Lazarus, Prince Albrecht, King Leoric, Queen Asylla, Prince Aidan, Leah and Adria.

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When you unfold the poster it is kinda huge. It has an artwork of a big tree. The roots seem to entangle The Black Soulstone. The branches have images of all the characters mentioned above concerning “The Red Tree of Khanduras”.

On the other side of the poster, it shows the same characters in their final fate: Queen Asylla decapitated, Leah as Diablo the Prime Evil, Aidan as the Dark Wanderer, King Leoric as the Skeleton King, Adria holding the Black Soulstone, Albrecht as Diablo, Lazarus and Cain death.

Review

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael is written from the point of view of Tyrael. However, Tyrael attached writings from Deckard Cain’s Journal and Leah’s Journal to pass the wisdom down to his new Horadrim, and future generations. It is not written as a novel, but more as a compendium of notes.

There is no index page or content list. The entirety of the book is a roleplay from the point of view of the Diablo III characters. An exception is the credits page.

Diablo III fans should definitely get their hands on this book. There are many elements from the upcoming Diablo III: Reaper of Souls expansion; and probably the expansion after that.

I have never seen such an extensive collection of lore about Adria the Witch. Adria’s past prior to her arrival to Tristram is written by Leah, and her story after arriving to Tristram is from Deckard Cain’s notes. Tyrael got Leah’s notes from Bastion’s Keep.

Some of the lore comes from Diablo III: The Order by Nate Kenyon.

Tyrael shares his experience as mortal in his charge as the new Wisdom. Charge that’s short-lived as Imperius doesn’t acknowledge him and ignores his warnings about the Black Soulstone.

Tyrael is confused with all the raw emotions coursing through his mortal body. Fear to fail his duty as Wisdom. Emotional insecurities assaulting him.

The book reveals why Tyrael decided to steal the Black Soulstone from the Angiris Council, and why Westmarch as its burial ground. The story of Adria the Witch, the Founding and Ruin of Westmarch, and lore about the Crusaders can be found in the book, too. Take this book as a prelude to Diablo III: Reaper of Souls; and as a primer for the upcoming novel Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon which hits bookstores on February 2014.

Content List

There is no index/contet list, so I’ll simply list the sections found throughout Book of Tyrael:

Introduction – This is a letter from Tyrael to the New Horadrim.

Part One: Adria

The Witch of Tristram
Adria’s Origins
Adria’s Quest
Zoltun Kulle and the Black Soulstone
Conclusions

 

Part Two: The Fate of the Black Soulstone

Being Mortal
The Dissonance of the Angiris Council
Wisdom
The New Horadrim
Rakkis and the Founding of Westmarch – Prelude to Conquest
Campaigns Against Ivgorod and the Barbarians
The Creation of Westmarch
The Lost Ruins of Westmarch
Crusaders

 

Part Three: Miscellanea

A Timeline of Sanctuary

  • Pre-History – (Inarius)
  • Recorded History

Factions of Sanctuary

  • Amazons
  • Assassins
  • Barbarian Tribes
  • Council of Elders
  • The Coven
  • Crusaders
  • Druids
  • The Edyrem
  • Horadrim
  • Iron Wolves
  • Mage Clans
  • Necromancers
  • Paladins
  • Patriarchs (Ivgorod)
  • Rogues
  • Skatsim
  • Templar
  • The Temple of the Triune
  • The Thieves Guild
  • Trade Consortium
  • Zakarum

Figures of Interest — this is a long section with brief descriptions of several humans, demons and angels throughout history. Some only mentioned in the novels and the comic book.

 

Artists

Some of the artists behind all the artwork in Diablo III: Book of Tyrael were the same from Book of Cain, while others seem to be new.

  • The Black Frog
  • Nicolas Delort
  • ENrang
  • Riccardo Federici
  • Gino
  • John Howe
  • Joseph Lacroix
  • Iain McCaig
  • Jon McConnell
  • Petar Meseldzija
  • Jean-Baptiste Monje
  • Glenn Rane (Cover)
  • Ruan Jia
  • Dan Hee Ryu
  • Adrian Smith
  • Yang Qi
  • Bin Zhang
  • Zhang Lu

Credits

BLIZZARD ENTERTAINMENT

Matt Burns (Writer)
Doug Alexander (Creative Direction, Layout and Design)
Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson, and Brian Kindreagan (Additional Story Development)
Victor Lee (Additional Art)
Josh Horst, Kyle Williams, Skye Chandler (Producers)
Cate Gary (Editor)
Justin Parker (Lore)
Jerry Chu (Licensing)

Special thanks to: Christian Lichtner, John Polidora, David Lomeli, Benjamin Zhang, Peter C. Lee, Leonard Boyarsky, Michael Chu, Valerie Watrous, Evelyn Fredericksen, Sean Copeland, Leanne Huynh, Audrey Vicenzi, and Joseph Lacroix.

INSIGHT EDITIONS

Raoul Goff (Publisher)
Chrissy Kwasnik (Art Director)
Vanessa Lopez (Executive Editor)
Anna Wan (Production Manager)
Elaine Ou (Editorial Assistant)

SPOILERS

The Coven is actually a remnant of what was once known as the Triune (the ancient religion seen in Diablo: The Sin War trilogy)

Adria was born in Kingsport — curiously, the southern port of Westmarch — where Reaper of Souls takes place.

Adria’s father was Sevrin — a powerful merchant in Kingsport, who strangled his wife in a fit of rage.

Adria possibly killed her own father some time later when an unusual fire burned their home. She fled north to the Westmarch capital. Joined a group of witches. Turns out Adria and Maghda met there in their youth. Years later, both witches joined the Coven and took control of the group after killing its leaders.

Adria later departed the Coven after a schism with her partner — around the time of the Darknening of Tristram.

On one of Cain’s notes, he acknowledges after taking Leah as child with him, he began to research about Adria. He decided to keep what he learned a secret, and hid the truth to Leah.

I’m surprised this book has a long timeline similar to Warcraft’s. Also most of these Leah’s notes dating Diablo III (Caldeum and Bastion Keep) are written in 1285 Anno Kehjistani. Some notes are denoted as “1st day of (what seems like a month)”. Examples: Ratham, Kathon, Ostara.

Short descriptions of each important human, angel and demon throughout history (alive and deceased).

Zoltun Kulle was from the Ennead mage clan — group which delved into transmutation and enchantment magics.

The Black Soulstone was a profane simulacrum of the three soulstones Tyrael gave the Horadrim years ago.

Now we have another name of the first Horadrim group: Jered Cain, Tal Rasha, Zoltun Kulle and Iben Fahd. The latter was among the few survivors who attempted to defeat Zoltun in his lair.

The first part was Adria and Zoltun Kulle. The third part is from the point of view of Tyrael. He expresses how he feels as a human. How he felt as an Angel and how he viewed the flaws of the Angiris Council.

“I deliberately took on the form of a mortal, sacrificing my angelic essence, in response to the Council’s continued inaction. In doing so, I hoped to set an example to the Heavens — to prove that laws can be bent for a greater good.”

Tyrael left the Heavens after Diablo the Prime Evil was defeated. He couldn’t bear the angels’ judgment — who blamed him for the countless deaths of angels. I think this is the first time we ever hear how angels are born. Tyrael mentions before he left back to Sanctuary he witnessed the Lightsong — the creation of new angels. The angels tune their essences into the Crystal Arch in synch. The harmony of this “sound” and “light” creates new angels.

New York Comic Con 2013 – Blizzard Entertainment Book Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, New York Comic Con 2013, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Blizzard Entertainment won’t have a Publishing Panel this year, but there’s still a significant presence at the New York Comic Con.

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Thursday, October 10

  • There will be a giveaway of 50 copies of Starcraft II: Flashpoint by Christie Golden and 150 World of Warcraft bookmarks at the Simon & Schuster booth #1828

Saturday, October 12

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Take a look at the Floor Plan I edited to mark the booths.

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Jinx Critical Hits Sale & Warcraft, Diablo, StarCraft T-shirts

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Jinx added some Blizzard licensed products to the CRITICAL HIT sale with 25% off the regular price. The items will be replaced next week, so grab them right away while supplies last.

CRITICAL HIT Sale

$9.99 Tees

A selection of all jinx t-shirts for $9.99 — among this batch are several Blizzard Licensed Products. I see some favorites there.

$14.99 Tees

This week I see several Diablo III T-shirts, one Horde T-shirt and two StarCraft II t-shirts for $14.99

Blizzplanet Giveaway: World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

A few weeks ago, I published my review of the World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn.

Blizzplanet is giving away one DC Comics World of Warcraft: Bloodsworn graphic novel.

The giveaway ends on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 at 11:59pm EDT (New York City). Only one entry per participant. The form below asks you to provide your @name in Twitter. You must be a @Blizzplanetcom follower to participate.

Winner to be announced on Sunday, October 13th on twitter and the front page.

The last question asks you how many pages the Bloodsworn graphic novel has. The answer can be found here.

UPDATE

This giveaway is closed. Congratulations @cheeseot (winner)

Blizzplanet Review – World of Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Product Reviews, Blizzard Products News, Blizzplanet Reviews, World of Warcraft News

dk-publishing-world-of-warcraft-ultimate-visual-guideMy copy of the DK World of Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide just arrived. I purchased it myself. I was curious to see such a big box for a book. When I opened the box and held the book on my hands, I literally jaw-dropped.

I wasn’t expecting this book to be such a monster-sized one. I have reviewed many Blizzard products in the past 10 years, but this one just broke the record in size. The Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches don’t mean much in context until you have it in front of you. IT IS HUGE! It is heavy too. 3 Pounds. I’m surprised I didn’t pay more for the shipping than for the book ($3.99 shipping).

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Cover Jacket

As usual, all Blizzard Entertainment books come with a cover jacket wrapped around the book. You can frame it as a large poster (13.8″ x 10.3″). When you remove the cover jacket, the book itself has a printed duplicate of the same artwork in full color (except for the missing logo and title text).

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On the cover jacket’s internal flap you can read:

”A universe so vast as to be immeasurable — incomprehensible even to your greatest minds.” – Algalon the Observer

The World of Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide was produced in close collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, creator of World of Warcraft, the world’s biggest online role-playing game. The book explores the epic history, races, major characters, and locations of this thrilling fantasy realm, delving deep into the World of Warcraft lore.

In addition to giving readers an overview of Azeroth’s history, the book provides a behind-the-scenes look at World of Warcraft’s development. This unprecedented, long-awaited companion is packed with fantastic original World of Warcraft images, many rarely seen. Also featuring the very latest lore, this book is the ideal introduction to the World of Warcraft universe as well as the perfect guide for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.

 

Adorning the interior of the book cardboard is a washed up monochrome version of this artwork.

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The title page: World of Warcraft Ultimate Visual Guide has the following image:

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Interior Content

Throughout the length of the book you will find awesome artwork never seen before and some known. On the lore side, you will find a description of each race, kingdom, class, magic types, leaders, legendary weapons, history, an updated timeline and so much more. Among the authors are Anne Stickney from WoW Insider and Kathleen Pleet.

I can’t stress out enough how much I like to see all the epic artwork, and even new images of Turalyon, Aegwynn, Queen Azshara before and after her transformation, Hakkar the Houndmaster, Draka, Durotan, Aggra, Garona Halforcen, Orgrim Doomhammer, Xarantaur and many others. The book also covers the many independent factions including villains and raid bosses. Pretty complete collection.

There are images from Warcraft II, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft. Others from the novel covers, novel bonus images, the TCG, the comic book, and graphic novels. But definitely new ones I haven’t seen before. This guide is basically a compilation of many artwork published by Blizzard Entertainment throughout different media, as well as sort of an encyclopedia containing the World of Warcraft MMO lore basics for newcomers or people who have been around a while but don’t necessarily know much about the Warcraft universe or the majority of fans who haven’t read the Warcraft novels, manga or comic books.

I am surprised to see new artwork of Khadgar, Kurdran, Turalyon, Alleria and Danath Trollbane. These probably come from the TCG, but in my defense I didn’t collect them.

The lore is very up-to-date until Mists of Pandaria. Mar’li the High Priestess of the Spider Loa is featured, introduced in Patch 5.2 The Thunder Isle.

This book is definitely the Ultimate Visual and Lore Guide for beginners who recently joined the World of Warcraft MMO or who lack the basics of the overall lore behind the leaders, races, classes and other aspects of the game universe, but a feast to the eyes for old-schoolers too who love to behold great artwork by Blizzard artists — including the Sons of the Storm.

I don’t want fans to grab this book expecting something in particular — like a all out new lore, or the next expansion stuff. This is just WoW in a nutshell for newcomers spanning content from 2004 to 2013.

Credits

Around the first pages there is a foreword from Blizzard Publishing Lead Micky Neilson. To know a bit more about the authors of this guide, Kathleen Pleet is a BradyGames contributor involved in the development of the Vanilla, Burning Crusade, and Dungeon Companion guides. Anne Stickney is a senior editor at WoW Insider who writes the “Know Your Lore” column.

Blizzard Entertainment was knee-deep involved in the development of this guide. The credits list the following Blizzard Entertainment developers:

Production: Joshua Horst, Skye Chandler, Leanne Huynh
Editor: Micky Neilson
Lore: Sean Copeland
Lore Editor: Cate Gary
Licensing: Matthew Beecher, Jerry Chu, Audrey Vicenzi
Art Direction: Jeremy Cranford

The credits also list several DK Publishing and BradyGames personnel.

Content

Many might argue this is info already available in the WoWpedia — but you visit there to find something in specific through the “Search” feature. This guide, on the other hand, compiles all a fan needs to know about the lore basics for everything Warcraft. I wouldn’t doubt many people would visit WoWpedia to expand their knowledge after reading the guide.

The Titans, the Old gods, the Elemental Lords, the Burning Legion hierarchy and its demon races, even some of the War of the Ancients data. You can find it all in the guide. This photo shows you the Content List with all features by page.

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Grab your copy of the World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide while supplies last.

UDON World of Warcraft Tribute Softcover Edition On Sale

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

UDON announced the World of Warcraft Tribute Softcover Edition Book is now available at a comics shop or bookstore near you. A UDON representative informed me this book is on sale right now at local stores. Amazon, however, will ship the book on October 15th.

UDON also released a few preview images from the World of Warcraft Tribute book.

Finding a comics shop near you is easy — visit the Comics Shop Locator and enter your zip code to get a full list of all nearby ones; or the Barnes & Noble store locator.

If you don’t have a local book store or comics shop, order the World of Warcraft Tribute online.

Limited numbers of Hardcore versions are available only through the UDON Store.

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VanCleef trips!

Written by Travis Morrow on . Posted in Blizzard Entertainment, Blizzard Products News, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft

And no longer has stealth.

The patch notes for the upcoming Hearthstone patch have been released and they’re lengthy. Lots of balance changes (the ringleader has less health now) and piles of bug fixes. Secret and fatigue animations have been sped up and there’s some clarity as to why you get a coin when going second.

The full notes are available here.

BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Goodies

Written by Andy Go on . Posted in Blizzard Games News, Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon, BlizzCon 2013, BlizzPlanet Articles, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

BlizzCon goodies incoming! Not attending? Snag these in-game bonuses with a Virtual Ticket! Don’t forget to buy your tickets here: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/virtual-ticket/#goodies

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World of Warcraft Pet: Murkalot
StarCraft II Portrait & Decal: Tearin’ Stitches & Stitches’ Hook
Diablo III Banner: Mark of Death
Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Card: Mystery Minion

For people wondering who Stitches is.. He is from Blizzard All-Stars.. Looks like Blizzard’s MOBA will be releasing soon.

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Funko POP Vinyl Figures – StarCraft II World of Warcraft Diablo III Pre-Orders

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Funko released images of the painted version of the Funko POP! Vinyl figures based on StarCraft II, World of Warcraft and Diablo III. Follow the links to pre-order your copies. When I saw these my first impression was how much the painting stands out in comparison with other POP! Vinyl figures out there based on other franchises. They are gorgeous!!!

They are definitely made with the quality you might expect from a Blizzard Entertainment licensed product. Grab them all while you can. These measure 3 3/4-inches tall.

The Diablo III Tyrael & Diablo figures and the World of Warcraft Arthas figure will ship on November 2013. The Illidan figure ships on December 2013, and the StarCraft II Kerrigan and Jim Raynor figures are slated for February 2014.

World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide Shipping Today

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

The World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide by DK Publishing is now shipping to those who pre-ordered, and ready to be picked by those who didn’t. Learn more about this book from the Blizzard Creative Team — Blizzplanet recorded video of the SDCC 2013 Blizzard Publishing Panel (discussed in Part 3).

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World of Warcraft: Ultimate Visual Guide

For decades, the war between the Horde and the Alliance has raged on in the fantasy world of Azeroth. Millions of players have chosen a faction and fought alongside one another in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game, World of Warcraft® — and since its release in 2004, the game has grown to become the most popular subscription-based MMORPG on the planet.

Created in close collaboration with Blizzard, World of Warcraft®: The Ultimate Visual Guide explores the major characters, key locations, and epic history of this battle-scarred realm, and will capture any adventurer’s imagination with its breadth of detail. Players will find a treasure trove of game knowledge, as the book delves deep into the series’ lore and even goes be yond the game, giving readers a peek at the behind-the-scenes development of Blizzard’s vivid fantasy world. This detailed guide is the perfect companion for any adventurer, Alliance or Horde.

Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: DK ADULT (September 30, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1465414444
ISBN-13: 978-1465414441

 

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Blizzard Employee-Exclusive Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue on eBay

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

A Blizzard-employee exclusive Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue has made its way into eBay. The seller listed several photos. One of them shows this piece is the number 350 out of 4200 copies made.

Update: Found a second Diablo III Treasure Goblin statue with a “Buy Now” option of $229. These seem to be popping kinda often out of the woods.

      Individually numbered out of 4,200 made. Sample pic of bottom pulled from images. This item is sealed and never been opened. Box in MINT condition!

      Statue is made of SOLID METAL with the highest of detail

      Christmas Gift for Blizzard Staff – Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue

      Nick Carpenter, the Art and vice president of Blizzard Entertainment tell us that all the staff in the company would get special gift for Christmas, Diablo III Treasure Goblin Statue. This item is ONLY available and given out the Blizzard employees over the 2012 Holiday Season.

      The statue was sculpt by former McFarlane Toys sculptor Brian Fay (currently Blizzard Entertainment Sculpting Lead), and sculptor/owner of Claymator Studios. Brian Fay recently sculpts the Sideshow Collectibles World of Warcraft Arthas Statue.

      The statue comes with 2 different heads you can use–traditional goblin and a goblin wearing a santa hat. It is approx 10″ tall and is made of metal.

Nate Kenyon Signing at Pandemonium Books in Boston – October 2

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News

Nate Kenyon invites Diablo III and StarCraft II fans to come to Pandemonium Books in Boston on October 2 at 7:00 p.m. Bring your copies of StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres and Diablo III: The Order and greet-and-meet the author. Reach him on twitter in advance at @NateKenyon

Nate Kenyon is coming to Pandemonium Books to read a few pages and to sign his latest thriller: Day One: A Novel.

The Pandemonium Books store is found at:

Pandemonium Books (MAP)
4 Pleasant St
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
United States

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Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Micro Figure Series 1

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

Entertainment Earth informs they have the Mega Bloks World of Warcraft Micro Figure Series 1 Hot off the truck. They have the 6-pack and the Full Case. Grab them while supplies last.


Mega Bloks World Warcraft Micro Figure Series 1 6-Pack

The World of Warcraft Micro Action Figure Series 1 6-Pack contains 6 individually blind bagged mini-figures.

Note: Figure selection is random. Figures are in blind packaging. We cannot accept requests for specific characters, nor can we accept returns on opened figures. You may receive duplicate figures. Ages 8 and up.

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New York Comic Con 2013 – Diablo III: Book of Tyrael Book Signing Schedule

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News, New York Comic Con 2013

Insight Editions announced Micky Neilson, Joseph Lacroix and Doug Gregory will sign copies of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael at the New York Comic Con this upcoming October 12th. Visit Insight Editions at Booth 1564. I’ll be there to share photos and video with our visitors.

diablo-iii-book-of-tyrael-cover-full-sizeInsight Editions: We’re very excited to announce that Diablo III: Book of Tyrael (Pub. Date: October 29) will be signed at NYCC on Saturday, October 12th at 11:00 a.m. in our booth! Join Doug A. Gregory from art direction, illustrator Joseph Lacroix, and Blizzard lead story developer Micky Neilson.

One of the most exciting and visceral action role-playing games in recent memory, Diablo® has become a worldwide gaming phenomenon. Diablo III: Book of Tyrael takes fans even further into the universe with a detailed and beautifully crafted artifact that focuses on the renowned champion Tyrael.

As a former archangel of the High Heavens, he ranks among the most important and influential characters in the Diablo franchise. Here, in this illustrated and comprehensive tome, he reveals never-before-known secrets about the history of the world, the dark threats that yet face mankind, and his decision to join the ranks of humanity as a mortal.

Featuring stunning original art throughout, this beautifully illustrated follow-up to Diablo III: Book of Cain will also feature letters from Leah and additional fragments of Cain’s writings, all curated by Tyrael as he weaves together a complex and fascinating story for the members of the Horadrim.

Diablo III: Book of Tyrael also features a fully removable illustration of the Leoric family and other influential characters from Old Tristram, including Deckard Cain, Prince Albrecht, Archbishop Lazarus, King Leoric, Prince Aidan, Queen Asylla, Leah, and Adria. This reversible image demonstrates their normal appearances on one side, along with a representation of their dark fates on the other.

 
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Trivial Pursuit World of Warcraft Edition Board Game On Sale

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, World of Warcraft News

The Trivial Pursuit World of Warcraft Edition Board Game by USAopoly is shipping now at the several local and online retailers.

From the Manufacturer

How well do you know World of Warcraft? Now with World of Warcraft Trivial pursuit, show off your knowledge by overcoming 600 questions of geography, lore and more. Game play 100 trivia cards with 600 questions covering six categories: Geography (Locations), Player Characters, Lore, Loot (Items), Enemies, Encounters Roll the die and move the number of spaces indicated to determine the category question. If the question is answered correctly, the player may take another turn. Players must answer a question correctly on a wedge space to get a scoring wedge from that category. Includes 100 trivia cards with 600 questions covering six categories Game board features custom World of Warcraft art Custom Baby Murloc movers Custom trivia card box featuring World of Warcraft art 6 traditional Trivial Pursuit scoring tokens Great for Gift giving Family game nights Trivia lovers World of Warcraft collector’s item.

Product Description

Test your knowledge of a world of magic, mystery, and limitless adventure! For the first time, America’s favorite trivia game teams up with the world’s most popular multiplayer online role playing game in The World of Warcraft edition of Trivial Pursuit. Fans can show off their knowledge by acing 600 questions across 6 categories including Geography, Player Characters, Lore, Loot, Villains, and Encounters. Game features custom die and custom sculpted baby murloc movers. Ages 12+ 2-36 Players

 

Nate Kenyon Finished the Diablo III: Storm of Light Novel

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

New York Times bestselling author Nate Kenyon released a newsletter to announce his latest non-Blizzard related novel titled “DAY ONE“, and mentioned he just finished writing Diablo III: Storm of Light.

Nate Kenyon posted a video explaining his latest novel DAY ONE. While it is not Blizzard related, it gives you an idea of the level of story-telling he’s capable of, and why you shouldn’t miss Diablo III: The Order, StarCraft: Ghost–Spectres and the upcoming Diablo III: Storm of Light.

Diablo III: Storm of Light by Nate Kenyon – Pre-orders Open

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, Diablo 3 News

The Diablo III: Storm of Light pre-order page has opened.

You may learn more details of this novel here.

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Diablo III: Storm of Light

The High Heavens are healing after the fall of the Prime Evil. The Angiris Council has recovered the Black Soulstone and now stands vigil over the cursed artifact deep within the glimmering Silver City.

Amid these momentous events, Tyrael struggles with his position as the new Aspect of Wisdom, feeling out of place as a mortal among his angelic brethren and doubting his ability to fully embody his role. As he searches within himself and the Heavens for reassurance, he senses the Black Soulstone’s grim influence on his home. Where harmony of light and sound once reigned, a mounting discord is threatening to shroud the realm in darkness. Imperius and the other archangels vehemently oppose moving or destroying the crystal, leading Tyrael to put Heaven’s fate in the hands of humankind…

Drawing powerful humans to his side from the far ends of Sanctuary, Tyrael reforges the ancient Horadrim and charges the order with an impossible task: to steal the soulstone from the heart of Heaven. Among the champions entrusted with this burden are Jacob of Staalbreak, former avatar of Justice and guardian of the angelic blade El’druin; Shanar, a wizard with phenomenal powers; Mikulov, a lithe and reverent monk; Gynvir, a fearless and battle-hardened barbarian; and Zayl, a mysterious necromancer. With time and the forces of both good and evil against them, can these heroes unite as one and complete their perilous mission before the Heavens fall to ruin?