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Blizzcon 2009 - The New Kerrigan Queen of Blades is Tricia Helfer

I’m back home.  Blizzcon was a blast. I’m a bit bummed I missed some of the panels I wanted to check, but the IncGamers network needed me to record video of some panels that DirecTV were not covering such as the WoW Class Panel, the WoW / Diablo 3 Press Q&A, and Game Systems Panel.

On the Starcraft II end, Blizzard shocked fans cold revealing that Glynnis Talken is no longer the voice of Kerrigan the Queen of Blades.  The honors go to Battlestar Galactica actress Tricia Helfer who has voiced for Command and Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath, Spiderman: Web of Shadows, and Halo 3:Orbital Drop Shock Trooper.

As a Blizzard fanboy, I haven’t had many grudges over decisions the developer teams have taken over their games in the past seven years.  The Sargeras / Eredar oops, the Draenei spacegoats crashing on Azeroth—I forgive all that, and digest it as new lore even if they are retcons.  The nerf galore on classes, ok—not world shattering. We move on, and adapt.  The Diablo 3 art direction?  Who cares the game is AWESOME.

But … not hiring Glynnis Talken to voice Kerrigan the Queen of Blades?  I’m not happy folks.

Blizzcon 2009 WoW: Cataclysm to change Player’s Stats

I don’t have a in-depth knowledge of this since I missed the panel, but Maticus from Worldofwar.net told me Ghostcrawler revealed Attack power, defense, MP5, and penetration … all of that will be gone from player’s gear stats in World of Warcraft: Cataclysm.  Even Hunter’s Intellect will be gone, replaced by a new feature named Focus.

There is probably more changes.  I really have no idea what Blizzard has planned to replace all of those stats with. 

Blizzcon 2009 - Goblin and Worgen Racial Abilities

Finally had a break to play World of Warcraft: Cataclysm at the press room for about an hour.  And got to write down some stuff that might be of interest to you guys:  The racial skills of both the Worgen and the Goblin playable races.

WORGEN

  • Two Forms (Racial)  Instant. Turn into your currently inactive form.  1.5 sec cooldown.

  • Viciousness (Racial passive) Increases all damage done by 1%.
  • Aberration (Racial passive) Reduces the duration of all Curses and Diseases used against you by 15%.
  • Flayer (Racial passive) Skinning skill increased by 15 and allows you to skin faster.
  • Darkfight (racial) instant. 3 min cooldown.  Activates your true form, increasing movement speed by 70% for 10 sec.

The Worgen has the option to be either one of these classes—believe it or not: Warrior, rogue, priest, hunter, death knight, mage, warlock, and druid.\

GOBLINS

  • Pack Hobgoblin (Racial) Instant.  30 min cooldown.  Calls in your personal servant, allowing you bank access for 1 min.

  • Best deals anywhere (Racial): Always receive the best possible gold discount, regardless of faction.
  • Better living through chemistry (Racial) Alchemy skill increased by 15.
  • Rocket Barrage (Racial) 30 yrd range. Instant.  2 min cooldown.  Launches your belt rockets at an enemy dealing 38 fire damage.
  • Rocket Jump (Racial) Instant. 2 min cooldown.  Activates your rocket belt to jump forward.
  • Time is money (Racial) Cash in on a 1% increase to attack and casting speed.

What do you guys think about each race and their racial skills?

Blizzcon 2009 - Starcraft II Fact Sheet

StarCraft II continues the epic saga of the Protoss, Terran, and Zerg. These three distinct and powerful races will clash once again in the fast-paced real-time strategy sequel to the legendary original, StarCraft. Legions of veteran, upgraded, and brand-new unit types will do battle across the galaxy, as each faction struggles for survival.

Featuring a unique single-player campaign that picks up where StarCraft: Brood War left off, StarCraft II will present a cast of new heroes and familiar faces in an edgy sci-fi story filled with adventure and intrigue. In addition, Blizzard will again offer unparalleled online play through Battle.net, the company

Blizzcon 2009 - Starcraft II FAQ

What is StarCraft II?

StarCraft II is the ultimate competitive real-time strategy game, and the sequel to the hit original, StarCraft. The game will include three completely distinct and balanced races, the protoss, terran, and zerg, which have been overhauled and re-imagined with a number of new units for each, as well as new tricks for some of the classic units that are returning.

When is the game coming out?

Our release target for StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty is the first half of 2010. As with all Blizzard Entertainment games, we will take as much time as needed to ensure the game is as fun, balanced, and polished as possible.

When will you begin the beta test for StarCraft II?

We

Diablo III Fact Sheet

Diablo III is being developed as the definitive action role-playing game, and a true continuation of the Diablo series. Players will create a hero from one of five distinct classes, such as barbarian, witch doctor, wizard, or monk, each equipped with an array of spells and abilities. As these heroes adventure through rich and varied settings, unraveling an epic storyline and engaging in combat with hordes of monsters and challenging bosses, they

World of Warcraft: Cataclysm Fact Sheet

An ancient evil lies dormant within Deepholm, the domain of earth in the Elemental Plane. Hidden away in a secluded sanctuary, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire.

Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to Azeroth, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents. As the Horde and Alliance race to the epicenter of the cataclysm, the kingdoms of Azeroth will witness seismic shifts in power, the kindling of a war of the elements, and the emergence of unlikely heroes who will rise up to protect their scarred and broken world from utter devastation.

Blizzard Entertainment’s third expansion to World of Warcraft forever alters the face of Azeroth, as the destruction left in Deathwing’s wake reshapes the land and reveals secrets long sealed away. Players will be able to re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, areas rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure.

In an effort to survive the world-shattering cataclysm, two new playable races—worgen and goblins—will join the struggle between Alliance and Horde. As players journey to the new level cap of 85, they’ll explore newly revealed zones, acquire new levels of power, and come face to face with Deathwing in a battle to determine the fate of the world.

Key Features:

  • Two New Playable Races: Adventure as one of two new races—the cursed worgen with the Alliance or the resourceful goblins with the Horde.

  • Level Cap Increased to 85: Earn new abilities, tap into new talents, and progress through the path system, a new way for players to customize characters
  • Classic Zones Remade: Familiar zones across the original continents of Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms have been altered forever and updated with new content, from the devastated Badlands to the broken Barrens, which has been sundered in two.
  • New High-Level Zones: Explore newly opened parts of the world, including Uldum, Grim Batol, and the great Sunken City of Vashj’ir beneath the sea.
  • More Raid Content than Ever Before: Enjoy more high-level raid content than previous expansions, with optional more challenging versions of all encounters
  • New Race and Class Combinations: Explore Azeroth as a gnome priest, blood elf warrior, or one of the other never-before-available race and class combinations.
  • Guild Advancement: Progress as a guild to earn guild levels and guild achievements.
  • New PvP Zone & Rated Battlegrounds: Take on PvP objectives and daily quests on Tol Barad Island, a new Wintergrasp-like zone, and wage war in all-new rated Battlegrounds.
  • Archaeology: Master a new secondary profession to unearth valuable artifacts and earn unique rewards.
  • Flying Mounts in Azeroth: Explore Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms like never before.

 

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