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Blizzcon 2011: Diablo III Cinematic – The Black Soulstone

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News

The Diablo III cinematic is awesome. As Deckard Cain’s niece, Leah, struggles to make sense of her uncle’s mysterious and disturbing notations, she bears witness to a dark vision. Azmodan, Lord of Sin, towers over the fragile young woman, swearing his armies of the burning Hells shall pour forth into Sanctuary, ravishing the world and all hope of resistance.

This cinematic game footage offers but a glimpse into the gritty, evolving story of Diablo III.

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Blizzcon 2011: World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria Revealed

Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

Fourth expansion to Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed massively multiplayer online role-playing game reintroduces the mysterious pandaren race to Azeroth

ANAHEIM, Calif. — October 21, 2011 — Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. today announced plans for the fourth expansion to World of Warcraft®, its award-winning massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG). Unveiled to a sold-out crowd at the company’s BlizzCon® gaming festival, World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria™ lifts the fog of mystery surrounding a long-lost continent that has been newly rediscovered following the events of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm™. The new expansion reintroduces the elusive pandaren, originally seen in Blizzard’s real-time strategy game Warcraft® III, as a playable race and adds a brand-new player class: the martial-arts-focused Monk. While exploring the mysteries of an exotic new land and advancing to the new level cap of 90, players will experience a range of new content and game features, including new quests and dungeons, group scenarios and “challenge” modes, pet battles, and more.

“Players have been asking to see the pandaren in World of Warcraft since the game’s launch, and we’re excited to finally be able to give them a proper re-introduction to Azeroth,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “In addition to the new playable race and class, Mists of Pandaria contains a huge amount of new content, and we’re looking forward to sharing more information about all of it at BlizzCon and beyond.”

In the upcoming expansion, players will be able to explore the long-lost continent of Pandaria, which has remained hidden from the world since the sundering of Azeroth over ten thousand years ago. In the aftermath of the Cataclysm played out in World of Warcraft’s third expansion, Pandaria’s heroes are emerging from their land’s lush forests and cloud-ringed mountains to choose sides in the escalating war between the Alliance and the Horde and to share the extraordinary secrets of their ancient martial arts. As tensions between the factions near a breaking point following the discovery of this new world, players will be called upon to explore Pandaria’s exotic expanses, make contact with its strange indigenous creatures, and unlock the world-changing secrets that have been hiding in the mists for millennia.

New features coming in the game’s fourth expansion include:

  • New Playable Race — Pandaren: Adventure through Azeroth as World of Warcraft’s first neutral race and decide whether to side with the Alliance or the Horde.
  • New Playable Class — Monk: Unlock the secrets of pandaren martial arts and do battle as a damage dealer, healer, or tank.
  • Level Cap Increased to 90: Learn potent new spells and abilities while exploring uncharted zones and taking on challenging new content.
  • New Zones: Explore the lush Jade Forest, treacherous Kun-Lai Summit, and other exotic areas of Pandaria designed for high-level characters, and uncover the mystery of the Wandering Isle.
  • Scenarios: Join up with some friends to achieve a common goal, such as mounting a defense against invading monsters, in a flexible new type of PvE challenge.
  • Dungeon “Challenge” Modes: Master the ultimate five-player time trial to earn prestige rewards in a new dungeon mode that will put your resolve and coordination to the test.
  • Pet Battles: Challenge other players’ companion pets with your own collection in a new tactical mini-game, and find out who’s king or queen of the pint-sized battlefield.
  • New Talent System: Customize your character to suit your play style with the newly overhauled and improved talent system.

Launched in November 2004, World of Warcraft is the world’s most popular MMORPG. The game’s third expansion, Cataclysm, sold more than 3.3 million copies within its first 24 hours of availability, making it the fastest-selling PC game of all time, and went on to sell more than 4.7 million copies in its first month.* World of Warcraft is available in nine different languages — with a tenth, Brazilian Portuguese, slated for release this year — and is played in North America, Latin America, Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, mainland China, Korea, Southeast Asia, and the regions of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau.

For more information on World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, visit Blizzard Entertainment’s official website at www.WorldofWarcraft.com. To keep pace with the continued growth of World of Warcraft as well as development on other Blizzard games, the company is currently hiring for numerous open positions — more information on available career opportunities at Blizzard can be found at http://eu.blizzard.com/company/careers/.

*Based on internal company records and reports from key distribution partners. Includes digital distribution.

Chris Metzen announced the next World of Warcraft expansion: Mists of Pandaria. The Pandaren will be a new playable race located in the continent of Pandaria. The Horde and the Alliance will go all out war in this expansion.

“To contextualize what you are about to see, the war thats coming between the alliance and horde, picture it as a storm in the horizon. the land that you are about to adventure is more like the calm before the storm.

This expansion set is set in a place that has been lost to time for close to 10k years. Its a land of balance harmony and beauty until we arrive with all our hate, violence and factional conflict. The War that is coming for the World of Warcraft will be fought in this gentle place.

The curious race we’re are going to meet will just teach us a thing or two about who we are and why we fight.”

Overview

  • New Race: The Pandaren
  • The new playable class: the Monk
  • New Continent: Pandaria
  • New Pandaren Starting Zone: The Wandering Isle
  • Level Cap increased to 90
  • Challenge Mode Dungeons
  • PvE Scenarios
  • Pet Battle System
  • New Talent System

Cory Stockston said flying mounts in Pandaria will be available at level 90. As with the Wrath of the Lich King expansion, the developers feel that players should be able to enjoy the environments and quest progression that way better.

The Continent of Pandaria

  • 5 new level-up zones to explore: Kun-Lai Summit, Vale of Eternal Blossoms, Townlong Steppes, Valley of the Four Winds, The Jade Forest.
  • Single, unified continent
  • Influenced by Asian landscapes
  • AH, Bank and Central Questing Hub
  • No flying until max level

Creatures of Pandaria

  • Jinyu – fish-like race
  • Hozu – monkey-like race
  • Verming – Kobold-like race looking like rabbits
  • Mantid – insect race

The Jinyu is a fish-like race, one of the wisest in Pandaria. They stick their staff into the water to attune and listen to the land.

Lore of Pandaria

  • A long, storied history
  • Magicallly hidden since The Sundering
  • A new land to explore …

The Pandaren have been there hidden and undiscovered behind a magical mist for thousands of years, after The Sundering.

The Alliance and Horde both see the lands of Pandaria as a rich and unexploited lush land, a resources hub, and wish to use the full resources to fuel their war.

The Playable Pandaren Race starting zone is The Wandering Isle. What’s amazing about it is that the Isle is really a massive turtle. The Pandaren is the first neutral playable race. At level 10, the player decides whether to be Alliance or Horde.

The Wandering Isle

  • Pandaren start zone
  • It’s a turtle!
  • Story focused with simple mechanics
  • Cross faction, choose Horde/Alliance at level 10

The Hozu are a monkey-like race that can be found throughout Pandaria and some of the dungeons. The Verming are like Kobolds, but more rabbit-like. They use bizzare weapons such as knives and forks wrapped up around sticks instead of axes.

The mantid are not like the silithid, with a hive-mind. These are more intelligent and wear clothing. They play an important role in the expansion, and a dungeon is themed around them. They have lived close to the Pandaren for milennia, but separated by a wall. Now they are breaching this wall, and we help solve that problem.

The mogu were the original inhabitants of Pandaria before the Pandaren got there. They have wanted to recover their lands.

The Jade Forest

  • Point of entry for Alliance & Horde
  • Lush rainforests and stone spires
  • Meet the Hozu & Jinyu
  • The Sha
  • The Temple of the Jade Serpent (dungeon)

The Alliance sorta befriends the Hozu and the Horde befriends the Jinyu.

Valley of the Four Winds

  • Two zones for the price of one!
  • Pandaren farmlands
  • Coastal Jungle
  • Stormstout Brewery
  • The Mantid

This zone borders the wall, where the Mantid lives.

New Features

  • New Pandaren race
  • Able to chose Horde or Alliance at level 10
  • Pandaren classes: Hunter, Mage, Monk, Priest, Rogue, Shaman, Warrior (No Warlock, Druid, Death Knight or Paladin)

Pandaren Racials

  • Epicurean – Increase the stat benefits from food by 100%
  • Gourmand – Cooking Skill increased by 15
  • Inner Peace – Your rested experience bonus lasts twice as long
  • Bouncy – You take 50% less falling damage

Monk Class

  • Brewmaster – Tank
  • Mistweaver – Healer
  • Windwalker – Melee DPS
  • Not a hero class – Starts at first level
  • Very martial-arts based
  • Lot of monk-only animations

Monk Races

The Monk class is not a Pandaren-only class. Blizzard allows other races to be a Monk: Draenei, Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Night Elf, Pandaren, Blood Elf, Tauren, Troll, Undead. The exception are the Worgen and the Goblin. Those two can’t be a monk.

Monk Equipment

  • They hit a lot with the hands and feet
  • But need weapons for some finishing moves: Staves and Fist Weapons, one-handed axes, maces and swords.
  • Off-hands for healers
  • Leather armor class (Agility or Intellect)

Monk Resources

  • Chi (energy) used for Jab and Roll
  • Jab generates Light and Dark force which are used for everything else, like finishing attacks.
  • No auto Attack!

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    Blizzcon 2011: Diablo III Box Revealed and Free to World of Warcraft players

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    At 11:04am PDT, Mike Morhaime walked onstage to recap the 20th Anniversary of Blizzard Entertainment and the latest achievements such as World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and mentioned the upcoming Deathwing dungeon and the legendary Rogue dagger. There are 26,000 fans in attendance from all around the world, and over 60,000 Virtual tickets viewers.

    Diablo III will be free for World of Warcraft subscribers. Those who are new to World of Warcraft, and subscribe to 12-months commitment will get Diablo III free also at launch, and be able to download the game.

    With Deathwing’s shadow looming over Azeroth and the mortal realms of Sanctuary steeling for war against the forces of Diablo, the World of Warcraft Annual Pass has arrived to offer WoW subscribers a chance to participate in both apocalyptic conflicts… without breaking the bank.

    For a limited time only, players who make a 12-month subscription commitment to World of Warcraft through the WoW Annual Pass will receive the following epic rewards:

    • Diablo III FREE – Download the digital version via Battle.net for free when the game launches early next year. This is the full game, not a trial edition.
    • Tyrael’s Charger WoW Flying Mount – Ride for the Archangel of Justice on all current and future characters on a single World of Warcraft account. Tyrael’s Charger will arrive via in-game mail with the upcoming launch of patch 4.3.
    • Access to the Next WoW Expansion Beta Test – Get a guaranteed spot in the beta test for the next World of Warcraft expansion (at a time to be announced in the future).

    You can pay for the WoW Annual Pass on a monthly basis at $14.99 per month or according to the billing plan of your choice. To participate, you must be 18 or older, have a valid credit card, and have registered a full version of World of Warcraft on or before October 18, 2011.

    Sign up for the World of Warcraft Annual Pass here, and then keep an eye on the World of Warcraft community site or the Diablo III community site for future announcements regarding the launch dates of these bonuses.

    For more information on this offer, including eligibility requirements and details on how the World of Warcraft Annual Pass applies to players who plan to purchase the Diablo III: Collector’s Edition, please read the full FAQ.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Pre-Show Coverage

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    – This thread will be updated often —

    10:28pm PDT: The Pre-Show Coverage will start in the BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket livestream in a few minutes.

    10:29pm PDT: Eldorian reports a Pandaren T-shirt is available at the BlizzCon store. Mists of Pandaria vibe? He’s trying to get a photo.

    10:40pm PDT: The livestream confirms a new World of Warcraft expansion. Kat Hunter seems to hint the new expansion might be playable today. We’ll see if that’s true.

    10:45pm PST: Adrianne Curry reporting for DirecTV livestream, she will be interviewing cosplay fans.

    Opening Ceremony about to start.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Cosplay Photos

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Eldorian captured photos of some of the fans disguised as their favorite Blizzard game character or NPC found at BlizzCon 2011.

    That Marine suit looks awesome. Wonder how he is able to walk with that bulky thing. Spirit of Redemption. A Warden (Maiev). Scarlet Monastery boss. That green-lady? I’d love to get kerploded by that sweet-looking Baneling.

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    BlizzCon Opening Ceremony and Tournaments – Free Live Streams

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    BlizzCon 2011 begins tomorrow, and you’ll be able to watch the opening ceremony and the action on the World of Warcraft and RTS tournament stages streaming for free at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream/. DIRECTV subscribers in the U.S. can also catch the opening ceremony for free on the Audience Network. Pre-show coverage begins Friday at 10:30 a.m. Pacific, and the opening ceremony is scheduled to start at 11 a.m.. Tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.

    If you’re interested in watching these in high-def and getting over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Foo Fighters, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and to-be-revealed StarCraft II in-game gift. The Virtual Ticket also lets you watch on-demand replays of any coverage you might have missed.

    We’ll be updating BlizzCon.com, our Twitter feeds, and our Facebook pages with news, photos, and more from the show, so we’ve got you covered pretty much anywhere you go. See you at BlizzCon!

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    NVIDIA Graphics to Gear Up the Gaming Experience at BlizzCon 2011

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    GeForce GTX GPUs Powering Demo Rigs Throughout Show; NVIDIA Workshops to Help Users Gear Up their PCs for the Ultimate in Gaming Performance

    SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Oct. 20, 2011— NVIDIA is pulling out all the stops this week at BlizzCon 2011 to help attendees get the ultimate PC gaming experience when playing the latest Blizzard titles.

    Just about everywhere you look at BlizzCon (Oct. 21-22, Anaheim, CA) you’ll find NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX GPU-equipped PCs powering your favorite Blizzard games. From the NVIDIA booth (Booth #308 – Hall C) to the GeForce LAN to demo systems covering the show floor, NVIDIA is providing more than 1,000 GeForce GTX graphics cards to demonstrate the unparalleled experience of playing Blizzard games on a GeForce GTX-equipped PC.

    In addition, Tom Peterson, director of technical marketing for GeForce, and Ryan Shrout, editor-in-chief of PC Perspective, will provide informative demos throughout the show. They’ll also host for hands-on workshops to teach gamers how to optimize game settings and gear up their rigs for the best performance and playability for World of WarCraft and StarCraft II.

    Here are just a few NVIDIA Blizzcon activities you’ll not want to miss:

    • Stop by the NVIDIA LAN area in Hall C to play World of WarCraft and StarCraft II, featuring NVIDIA 3D Vision™ and Surround technologies.
    • Learn how to gear up your PC with NVIDIA tech talks featuring Ryan Shrout from PC Perspective.
    • Get the inside scoop on winning StarCraft II techniques at Q&A panel featuring top shout-caster and game expert, Husky.
    • Step up to the DIY challenge, hosted by NewEgg.com: build and power up PC in record time for prizes.
    • Visit the NVIDIA® 3D Vision™ photo booth to get your picture taken in 3D with your favorite Blizzard game characters.

    To keep up on all the up-to-the-minute happenings at BlizzCon on your mobile device, download the free BlizzCon 2011 Guide mobile from iTunes® and the Android™ Market.

    Also, for the complete schedule of NVIDIA events at BlizzCon, please visit our BlizzCon web page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/blizzcon2011.html). For more information about BlizzCon 2011, please visit: www.blizzcon.com

    Also, for the complete schedule of NVIDIA events at BlizzCon, please visit our BlizzCon web page (http://www.nvidia.com/object/blizzcon2011.html). For more information about BlizzCon 2011, please visit: www.blizzcon.com

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    BlizzCon 2011: BlizzCon Goodie Bag Photos

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Eldorian took photos of the BlizzCon 2011 Goodie Swag Bag, and it comes packed with a lot of cool things such as the Diablo III Mini Tyrael Collector’s Statue and the Mega Bloks Thrall, BlizzCon 2011 Special Edition Battle.net Authenticator, a raffle ticket to bring to the Antec booth in Hall C for a chance at winning a Gaming PC from Antec with a custom case skin of Archangel Tyrael, a discount on the next SteelSeries purchase, a Wanted: Hogger Poster, Cryptozoic promotional Hogger Hero Reward, BlizzCon Anaheim Convention Center Map poster, BlizzCon Schedule of Events, Murkdiablo / StarCraft II (Classified) scratch code card, and other stuff.

      BlizzCon 2011 is just around the corner! Attendees are starting to pick up their badges and goody bags this afternoon — including the cards to redeem for this year’s World of Warcraft in-game pet and top-secret StarCraft II in-game gifts — so we wanted to give you a heads up about when to expect this year’s items to show up in-game.

      Murkablo, this year’s World of Warcraft in-game pet, will be available in-game on Thursday, October 20.

      The StarCraft II portrait and decal will be available in next StarCraft II patch (patch 1.4.2), estimated to be released in early November.

      Attendees who picked up their goody bags can redeem the codes from their cards now, and the pet, portrait, and decal will automatically appear in the games attached to their Battle.net account at the times above. People who bought the Virtual Ticket will automatically receive their gifts at these times, too.

      Head to the official BlizzCon forums to join the discussion: http://us.battle.net/blizzcon/en/forum/topic/3424792839

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    BlizzCon 2011: Badge Pick Up Day Video

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Eldorian uploaded a video of the Anaheim Convention Center’s exterior. At 1:00pm PDT, Fans are arriving to pick up their BlizzCon badge prior to the event. The excitement begins.

    Eldorian has secured interviews with SteelSeries, Mega Bloks, Richard A. Knaak, Christie Golden, and Nate Kenyon.

    I instructed him to check out the Insight Editions booth — they are giving away signed artwork by Brom used for the Diablo III: Book of Cain.

    Fans are welcome to submit questions … ASAP, to forward questions about each of these Blizzard licensed products. Let’s the questions begin folks.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Blizzplanet Staff Eldorian Arrives to California

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Eldorian landed at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Oct 20 around 2:30pm.

    Apparently, he rented a car and stopped by the In-and-Out Burger restaurant where he always eats at whenever he travels to California. It’s close to the airport. Who ain’t hungry after a long flight?

    On his way to the hotel, he stopped by Galco’s Old World Grocery (Map) to stock up on Twinkies, and other stuff. It’s going to be a long weekend, and if he gets buff food for his WoW character before a Firelands raid, he needs some kickass junk food to keep his brain optimal through the bosses he’s gonna meet up at BlizzCon. Those bosses will certainly cast brain-numbing imagery and mind-control onstage.

    Finally, after arriving to the hotel, he went for a walk to see the Anaheim Convention Center before heading to the Knott’s Berry Farm Theme Park to have some deserved fun.

    Tomorrow in the morning, Eldorian will join dozens of souls from different fansites to aboard a bus en route to Blizzard Entertainment Studios (Irvine, CA) for the Fansites Summit, and a cool tour through the facility. Thank you, Blizzard! Have fun, Eldorian.

    I left him a message with some of the To-Do reminders which includes SteelSeries, Epic Weapons, Insight Editions, Lore Panel, to name a few.

    I will stay home watching the livestream to post BlizzCon news, videos and photos. Eldorian will provide me the FTP details to access the press server once he gets ahold of the info. Stay tuned to Blizzplanet starting today Thursday. Second on the To-Do list is the Swag Bag photos.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Insight Editions to Unveil Diablo III: Book of Cain

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Insight Editions will unveil the Diablo III: Book of Cain to BlizzCon attendees. You can find Insight Editions on the west side of Hall B at Booth B207.

    BlizzCon Attendees who come by the Insight Editions booth will find out more about the book, and be able to win a piece of art commissioned for the Diablo III: Book of Cain and signed by artist Brom.

    Jinx and Epic Weapons are next to their booth — don’t forget to check them out too.

    Epic Weapons will unveil the Doomhammer Replica, and J!NX will have the Tyrael Hoodie most likely.

    For reference check out our recent articles on those topics:

    Update: Nice sneak peek to behold. The Book of Cain contains continuity from Richard A. Knaak’s The Sin War Trilogy. Those wondering who Kalan is, this is the name Uldyssian’s brother Mendeln is known as after the events of the Sin War. Mendeln (Kalan) became the founder of the Necromancers, and among the very few who kept his memories after the Angiris Council wiped the memories of humanity at the end of the Sin War.

    One of the images reveals that Inarius originally stole the Worldstone from the Pandemonium Fortress. Through unknown means, Inarius used the worldstone to open a dimensional pocket to create Sanctuary within, thus cloaking Sanctuary from the sight of the Eternal Conflict.

    Gallery Books will release the hardcover compiling the trilogy this upcoming December 2011, add it to your wishlist and pre-order Diablo: The Sin War Archive.

    Order your copy of Diablo III: Book of Cain while supplies last.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Diablo III Mini-Tyrael Revealed

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Note: I have seen this before as a leak, but I don’t know if this has been officially announced yet on the BlizzCon front page, so here we go. If it hasn’t been posted, it will be posted soon.

    Blizzard Entertainment updated the official BlizzCon website with a sneak peek into the BlizzCon Swag Bag: Mini-Tyrael.

      As a memento of your journey to the realm of Anaheim to join us for BlizzCon 2011, we’re pleased to present travelers with a museum-quality maquette of Mini Tyrael. We trust that this keepsake will help you feel safer on Sanctuary’s longest and darkest nights.

      Designed by the Blizzard cinematics team in conjunction with Sideshow Collectibles, Mini Tyrael captures all of the power of Diablo III’s Archangel of Justice in a much more compact – but no less glorious – form.

      Each meticulously crafted Mini Tyrael piece comes complete with a stamped base and is ready for display on your archive shelves. This figure is a limited-edition, exclusive gift for BlizzCon 2011 attendees, created to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Diablo series and the upcoming release of Diablo III, and it will never be reproduced for commercial sale.

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    BlizzCon 2011: SteelSeries Diablo III Giveaway

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News

    SteelSeries launched a stealthy giveaway of juicy prizes for those who have a Facebook account. I suggest you participate to widen your chances to get a SteelSeries Diablo III product from them. Widen, you say? …. (Grins and cackles) … Check Blizzplanet very … VERY soon to find out.

    In the meantime, participate in *this* giveaway. Simply type at the SteelSeries Facebook what Diablo III class you’re digging – and why. 5 winners of a bundle each, will be announced tomorrow.

    SteelSeries: Hype hype. We’re at BlizzCon this weekend. For the sake of excitement, we’re Diablo III-ifying some of you guys with a J!NX tee, a SteelSeries QcK Barbarian Edition mousepad and a Diablo Archive novel collection. To enter, let us know what Diablo III class you’re digging – and why. 5 winners of a bundle each, will be announced tomorrow. :)

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    BlizzCon 2011: Badge Pickup on Thursday

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Blizzard Entertainment will open the gates of Anaheim Convention Center (Hall E) to let attendees grab their BlizzCon badge a day earlier, on Thursday, October 20th.

      BlizzCon is almost here! If you’re attending this year’s show, you can pick up your badges beginning Thursday, October 20 at 4 p.m. at General Attendee Pickup, located in Hall E of the Anaheim Convention Center. Please remember to bring the printed bar code you were emailed (also available in the ticket purchaser’s Battle.net account order history), along with valid photo ID that matches the name on the confirmation email. Registration hours are:

      Thursday, October 20 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
      Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22 from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
      Location: General Attendee Pickup, Hall E, Anaheim Convention Center

      If for some reason you did not receive your bar code or forgot to bring it with you, please visit the on-site Solutions Desk in Hall E with your photo ID for assistance. Visit the badge info page for more details. See you at the show!

      BlizzCon attendees have questions. We have answers. This year, if you’re at BlizzCon, you can come ask us anything you like at the Ask Blizzard booth.

      Community Managers Nethaera, Bashiok, Zarhym, Lylirra, Daxxarri, and Kaivax stand ready to meet you in Hall C of the Anaheim Convention Center on October 21 and 22. Just look for the “Ask Blizzard” sign near the StarCraft II play area, and don’t be shy! Panelists only have time for a limited number of questions, but our community managers will be available all day, both days, to field your inquiries.

      Do you have a question for Ask Blizzard, but can’t make it to the booth? Let everyone know in the comments below.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Blizzard Publishing and Writers Panel on Friday Oct 21

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    The Blizzard Creative Team will hold a panel to talk about the storytelling of all three franchises. The book writers: Christie Golden, Richard A. Knaak and Nate Kenyon will be there too. If lore is your passion, then hop in and visit the panel to meet the lore makers.

      Ever wonder what it takes to bring your favorite Blizzard comics, novels, and short stories to life? Then be sure to check out the “Blizzard Publishing: So What’s The Story?” panel.

      Led by some of Blizzard’s most experienced storytellers and best-selling authors, this panel will delve into the philosophies and processes embraced by Blizzard’s publishing team. You’ll also get to learn more about the future of Blizzard publishing, upcoming products, and more!

      So, who are the panelists?

      Chris Metzen, Senior Vice President, Story and Franchise Development
      Micky Neilson, Publishing Lead
      James Waugh, Senior Story Developer
      Cameron Dayton, Publishing Developer

      Sean Copeland, Historian

      New York Times best-selling authors Christie Golden and Richard A. Knaak and award-winning author Nate Kenyon will also be in attendance to share their stories and field your questions during the open Q&A.

      “Blizzard Publishing: So What’s The Story?” starts at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, October 21, on the Panel stage in Hall A of the Anaheim Convention Center. For those attending from home through the BlizzCon 2011 Virtual Ticket, tune your TVs or streams to the Panel Stage.

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    BlizzCon 2011: Mega Bloks On-Site Contests

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in Blizzard Products News, BlizzCon 2011, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    Are you one of over 25,000 BlizzCon attendees? You lucky sonova quillboar. Mega Bloks has a live contest at BlizzCon where players can take a photo alongside a massive 7-feet-tall Mega Bloks Thrall statue. Got one of those smartphones or iPhones and a twitter account? Then you can win some Mega Bloks phat lootz.

      Mega Bloks will be heading to BlizzCon and celebrating our heroic new partnership with Blizzard. As part of the festivities we will, in cooperation with BlizzCon, gifting attendees with an exclusive Shaman Thrall micro action figure, heralding the line’s release in 2012. We’ll also be unveiling the World of Warcraft toy line for the first time!

      But the fun doesn’t stop there.

      All Blizzcon attendees, Virtual Ticket holders, and DIRECTV participants will be given an exclusive purchase opportunity for for online sale, floor store and post-BlizzCon sale — a 1,736-piece Battlecruiser preview set (limited edition of 3,000 worldwide).

      But wait … There’s more!

      Are you coming to BlizzCon? If your are stop by our booth c-303 for a chance to win some great prizes!

      Capture your inner Thrall – Take your picture with a 7ft tall Thrall, tweet it, and win!

      How to enter

      Come by our booth at BlizzCon c-303 and take your picture with Thrall. Tweet your pic using #innerthrall and @MegaBloks. On October 22nd at 5pm PDT we will choose 1 random tweet as our GRAND winner!

      Prize – A surprise Mega Bloks prize pack

      Guess the number of bloks in Froustmourne @ BlizzCon and win!

      “Whomsoever takes up this blade shall wield power eternal. Just as the blade rends flesh, so must power scar the spirit.”

      Come visit Mega Bloks at booth c-303 and you could win a one-of-a-kind Frostmourne made from Mega Bloks. All you have to do is guess the number of bloks (closest to the number wins).

      Plus check out some of Starcraft and WoW prototypes for our up coming line of authentic collectibles.

      See you there!

      Guess the number of bloks in Frostmourne – Guess how many bloks it took to build life size Frostmourne and win!

      Make sure to SIGNUP to get insider news on exclusive product previews and contests!

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    Official Press Release: BlizzCon 2011 Begins This Week

    Written by Medievaldragon on . Posted in BlizzCon 2011, Diablo 3 News, StarCraft 2 News, World of Warcraft News

    BlizzCon® Virtual Ticket allows viewers at home to watch sold-out show, including closing concert featuring Foo Fighters, on October 21-22

    IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– BlizzCon® 2011, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day festival celebrating the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® game universes and their global player communities, begins on Friday, October 21, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The sold-out show features a wide range of events and activities, including discussion panels with developers of Blizzard Entertainment games; intense eSports competition featuring top pro gamers from around the world; costume and dance contests hosted by comedian Jay Mohr; and an epic rock concert headlined by the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning Foo Fighters.

    While tickets to BlizzCon sold out in seconds, viewers can watch at home by ordering a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, offering over 50 hours of comprehensive live HD coverage of the event (including Foo Fighters’ performance) across four channels globally over the Internet. Those who order a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive World of Warcraft® in-game pet, the fearsome-ish Murkablo, as well as a yet-to-be-revealed StarCraft® II in-game gift. DIRECTV® customers in the United States can also order BlizzCon 2011 as a Pay Per View event and receive a Virtual Ticket for free. Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free. More information on the Virtual Ticket can be found at www.blizzcon.com/live-stream/

    “Every BlizzCon, we look forward to meeting up with our players and sharing the latest news about our games with the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “We’ve put together a great lineup of events this year, capped off with an awesome Foo Fighters show, and we can’t wait to provide attendees and everyone joining us from home with an unforgettable weekend.”

    Previous BlizzCons have featured a variety of exciting events and announcements, including the unveiling of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm™, the first-ever public hands-on with Diablo III, and epic rock performances by Ozzy Osbourne and Tenacious D.

    This week, Blizzard Entertainment also launched a series of special charity auctions giving game enthusiasts a unique chance to own a piece of World of Warcraft history — original Hewlett Packard® ProLiant server blades that once housed hundreds of different realms across North America and Europe. The net proceeds from the auction will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Interested buyers can find more information on the auction schedule as well as a detailed FAQ at www.ebay.com/blizzard

    BlizzCon would not be possible without the enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generous support of the event’s sponsors, who provide demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more. This year’s sponsors are Intel, NVIDIA, ASUS, LG Electronics, Antec, SteelSeries, DIRECTV, Razer, and VASCO Data Security.

    Anyone attending BlizzCon who is interested in pursuing career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment should bring their resumes, portfolios, or business cards. Members of different Blizzard teams will be on hand to review materials and discuss any job-related questions. More information on available career opportunities can be found at http://jobs.blizzard.com or on Twitter at http://twitter.com/@BlizzardCareers