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Blizzcon 2010 – Diablo III Fifth Class Revealed: The Demon Hunter

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Blizzard Entertainment revealed the fifth Diablo III class at Blizzcon 2010. The Demon Hunter is a ranger which uses two crossbows to lay siege to its enemies.

a group of fanatical warriors sworn to avenge their beloved ones killed before the rampage of the creatures of the Burning Hells.

The demon hunter doesn’t seem to use arrows in a conventional way. They hone the powers of the demons as a weapon, and are resistant to the corruption of their demonic energies. This mechanic might be similar to the Hellgate’s Cabalist in a way, but much better. Not certain if she needs to buy or loot ammo, but from what the cinematic showed the Demon Hunter used a demon teeth found in a villager’s corpse, and before your eyes the teeth grows a shaft to become into an arrow.

As you may see in the screenshots, the Demon Hunter has an ability that makes her crossbows shoot over 60 arrows at once from the other side of the screen as a cone attack blasting through anything in the direction she points at.

She channels this demon power through her crossbows as seen in the screenshot where she shoots a bolt of light that turns into a heavy-assault swirling red fire.

Another screenshot shows another AOE ability that resembles Fan of Knives.

Vault: She can jump a few yards backwards, similar to the WoW hunter’s disengage to escape several incoming monsters to cast a devastating ranged attack, and she’s seen jumping to kick and split doors open.

Bola Shot: This looks like the Argentinian Gaucho’s boleadora (balls), chinese meteor hammer, and also seen in Africa. The weapon consists of two balls with a string attaching both. When hurled by the Demon Hunter’s crossbows they entangle around a single target’s neck and explode. Seems like a good choice for bulky monsters.

Entangling Shot: You will see two scenes where she throws some sort of shadow-energy trueshot arrow that looks like a harpoon. This arrow has a chain and binds several monsters together by chains causing some white flashing explosion and lots of electricity in a large area of effect.

Another ability looks like a meteor of fire coming from the ceiling and smashing the ground in glorious fire causing an expansion wave that devastates all enemies around the demon hunter.

She throws some sort of grenade mechanism that semi-burrows on the ground. When monsters come within its range, the three grenades transform into three huge round jigsaw gadget traps which shred them to pieces.

A few years ago, I speculated Blizzard would make a Van Helsing-like class, and this simply outdoes Van Helsing in every possible way. I love this class and her gadgets. It’s effing amazing!

The concept art reveals she uses a corset and jeans in her un-armored form, but interestingly seems to wear leather, cloth and plate. The right-most model in the concept art shows her with only one crossbow and an assassin two-clawed glove on the right hand. The plate design looks pretty much like the Diablo II Paladin’s with golden cross insignias.

There is so much more we need to learn about this class, and Blizzard will be revealing more on the second day of Blizzcon, and throughout Twitter in upcoming weeks and months.

Watch the Demon Hunter video trailer here.

Read the Demon Hunter lore from the point of view of Abd al-Hazir at the official Diablo III website.

Get Your Blizzcon 2010 Virtual Ticket

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Blizzcon 2010 will start in a few hours, but you still have the chance to order the Virtual Ticket to watch 50 hours worth of HD video with 4 channels covering several panels, contests, and tournaments — including the closing concert by Tenacious D.

Blizzard Quote:
Hey, have you heard? BlizzCon 2010 begins tomorrow! 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 http://blizzcon.rayv.com.

The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin on Friday at 11 a.m. Pacific, and tournaments run throughout both days of the show — check out the BlizzCon schedule for details.

http://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/events/schedule.xml

If you’re interested in watching these in high def and accessing over 50 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including developer panels, the costume contest, the closing concert with Tenacious D, and more, you can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which also includes this year’s World of Warcraft pet and StarCraft II in-game items.

http://blizzcon.rayv.com/

We’ll also 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.

http://eu.blizzard.com/blizzcon/

See you at BlizzCon!

Blizzplanet wants questions for BlizzCon 2010 Developers Q&A

Blizzplanet staff members: Miaari, Eldorian and Omacron are in California, or on their way there to report from BlizzCon 2010 with live feeds.

The Blizzcon panel Q&As allow us the chance to ask questions on behalf of our visitors. We are gathering your questions for Starcraft II, Diablo III, and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm developers. At the top left you can see the Login and Register links to post in the comments, or you can email me at mdragon [a t] blizzplanet.com or eldorian [a t] blizzplanet.com with the subject: Blizzcon WoW or Blizzcon SC2 or Blizzcon D3.

The earlier you send your questions the better. However, we will try to gather “on-the-Go” questions during the panels. Let’s say you are watching the live stream or DIRECTV and come up with a good question based on what they are saying live — hurry up and shoot an email to us, and if we catch it in time for the Q&A, we will ask on your behalf.

Omacron is also taking questions for Christie Golden about World of Warcraft: The Shattering.

Visit Blizzplanet several times through Friday Oct 22 and Saturday Oct 23 for juicy updates. Use the Blizzplanet RSS, twitter or Facebook icons located at the top-right to keep in touch if you are AFK.

Eldorian will make live twitter updates on the front page of Blizzplanet from the Blizzcon panels via a cool twitter addon.

BlizzCon 2010 Road Map: Restaurants, Car Rentals, and Links

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Blizzcon 2010 is just a few hours from now, and both: the fans already in California and those at home should know a few links of information.

Those already arriving to California, you should check out the schedule and floor map. Taxi in Irvine (for emergencies). Some hotels have a van to pickup customers at no cost (contact your hotel).

The millions of fans all around the world can watch the internet live stream, and locals can order DIRECTV.

Expedia can be a good source to find hotels around Irvine. Below you can also take a look at restaurants and car rentals near the Anaheim Convention Center. Wish information on where to find something? Feel free to reach me at mdragon [a t] blizzplanet.com

Paul Sams Debunks Next-Gen MMO Announcement at BlizzCon 2010

Forbes >interviewed Blizzard Chief of Operations (COO) Paul Sams, who debunked rumors that BlizzCon 2010 would be the platform to reveal the Next-Gen MMO. A particular comment no doubt keeps the rumor mill engines going forth. The Next-Gen MMO now counts with 140 employees and development is at full speed.

Blizzard Quote:
“We have built a development team for that product from our top talent here and augmented it with some of the best and brightest from around the industry,” Sams says. “The product is something we think is going to re-design the way these types of games are looked at.”

In August, Activision Blizzard chief Bobby Kotick suggested that the new MMO would not be based on existing franchises, in the company’s first-quarter conference call.

Sams dispelled rumors that the company would be saying anything new about the upcoming game at its BlizzCon videogame conference at the end of this month. “It’s not something we’re announcing at BlizzCon,” he says.

Thanks, Vincent

BlizzCon 2010 StarCraft II Invitational Upper Bracket Revealed

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Blizzard Entertainment has selected the best Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty players to clash at the BlizzCon 2010 Starcraft II Invitational Tournament, and revealed the official roster to fill up the upper bracket matchups.

Matches begin on Friday, October 22 at 1:30 p.m. PDT in Hall B, where the best players will claim $45,000 in cash prizes.

StarCraft II Game Director Dustin Browder, Rob “Voice” Simpson, Sean “Day[9]” Plott, Nick “Tasteless” Plott, and Dan “Artosis” Stemkoski will be shoutcasting throughout the tournament, thus expect a lot of “Terrible, Terrible Damage”.

On Friday at 7:30 pm PDT, there will be an exhibition match between StarCraft: Brood War legend SlayerS_`BoxeR` and recent TG-Intel GSL Season1 champion Fruit Dealer (aka Cool) taking place at the RTS Tournament Stage.

BlizzCon Non-Attendees may watch the entire tournament by purchasing the online BlizzCon 2010 Tournament stream or the DIRECTV.

BlizzCon 2010: BlizzChat Schedule Revealed

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Blizzard revealed the BlizzChat schedule to be held at BlizzCon 2010.

Blizzard Quote:

Our primary motivator when hosting each BlizzCon is to provide an epic atmosphere for members of the community to meet up and share their common passion for Blizzard games. In keeping with that tradition, at this year’s BlizzCon we’ll be facilitating the first-ever BlizzChat: Community Live!

Attendees will be given a venue to discuss a number of focused topics pertaining to the Diablo, StarCraft, and Warcraft universes and gameplay. If you’re coming to BlizzCon at the Anaheim Convention Center this October 22 and 23, be sure to check out the schedule below. Don’t miss the opportunity to share your thoughts on a wide array of subjects with fellow gaming enthusiasts.

BlizzChat: Community Live!

Meet up with fellow Blizzard gamers face-to-face to discuss various topics of interest! BlizzChat will take place in meeting rooms 201A and 201B, located on the second floor of the Convention Center near the top of the escalators.

Friday, October 22:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.

    • World of Warcraft: Guild Leaders – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: UI Development – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Dungeons and Raids – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Battlegrounds – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: PvP Arenas – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Achievements – Noon to 12:50 p.m.

    • SCII: Map Developers – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • SCII: Multiplayer and eSports – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gear and Items – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Gameplay and Systems – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: PvP – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Saturday, October 23:

    Meeting Room 201A

    • World of Warcraft: Leveling/Quests – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    • World of Warcraft: Classes – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft Professions: Crafting and Gathering – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: Role Playing – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • World of Warcraft: TCG – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Blizzard Cinematics – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

    Meeting Room 201B

    • SCII: Race Strategy – 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.

    • SCII: Lore and Story – Noon to 12:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Classes – 1 p.m. to 1:50 p.m.
    • Diablo III: Lore and Story – 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
    • Warcraft I, II, III, and Expansions – 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
    • StarCraft and Expansion – 4 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.
    • Diablo I, II, and Expansions – 5 p.m. to 5:50 p.m.

Nordrassil Radio to Broadcast Live from BlizzCon 2010

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“The Nordrassil-EU server superstar Morfar known for his weekly Friday/Saturday request shows has goals to expand the Nordrassil Radio station into Blizzcon and covering all the hot topics that will be dicsussed.

Our Friday show’s by Keybound and DJ Morfar will cover the news that’s fresh out of the event.

The Nordrassil Radio will have the participation of Paragon (# 1 guild in the world), DJ Stayven (Ensidia) to cover all PvE discussion that goes on at Blizzcon On Saturday

“To make this work, we need a huge help from the World of Warcraft community to get the word out that we’ll be bringing coverage on these events for gamers that are unfortunate enough not to be attending, as well as playing great music and taking requests so we can give personal shout-outs for tracks that are personal to the requester” — said Luke Brown (Nordrassil Radio).

After BlizzCon, Nordrassil Radio is aiming to broadcast audio coverage from the biggest digital festival: Dreamhack Winter 2010 at Section A of the LAN area through November 25-28 2010 (Elmia – Jönköping, Sweden).

BlizzCon 2010 Gaming Convention Begins This Week

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Activision Blizzard issued out a press release reminding followers that Blizzcon 2010 begins this week. The show will have the participation of Jay Mohr, Tenacious D, Richard A. Knaak & Christie Golden, Michael McConnonie, and Sons of the Storm.

IRVINE, Calif., Oct 18, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — BlizzCon(R) 2010, Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming festival celebrating the Warcraft(R), StarCraft(R), and Diablo(R) game universes and their global player communities, begins on Friday, October 22, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Attendees of the sold-out show will be able to play the latest versions of Blizzard Entertainment(R) games as well as speak with developers in discussion panels, witness live top-tier tournament competition, participate in a wide range of activities, and meet with fellow gamers and friends.

Jay Mohr has returned to act as master of ceremonies for the community contests taking place on Friday, including the popular dance and costume competitions, and the show will close on Saturday evening with an epic concert featuring the duo that has been hailed by its own members as the greatest band in the world, Tenacious D — otherwise known as Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The band will be performing an earth-shattering set at BlizzCon that includes the debut of new, soon-to-be-legendary songs.

Anyone unable to attend BlizzCon can still purchase a BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, featuring more than 50 hours of live HD coverage as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2010 World of Warcraft(R) in-game pet and StarCraft II in-game items. This package is available globally via Internet stream and also through DIRECTV(R) satellite television service in the United States (free Internet stream included with DIRECTV Pay Per View event purchases). Limited streaming coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and certain BlizzCon tournaments will be available via the Internet for free. Visit the official BlizzCon website, www.blizzcon.com, for more information.

“We look forward to providing a truly entertaining and informative convention experience to all attendees, as well as those joining us remotely from around the world,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “BlizzCon offers a great opportunity for us to meet our players and share the latest news about Blizzard games with them, and with the help of Tenacious D, we’re sure this year’s show will be one the audience will never forget.”

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 platinum-level sponsors are ASUS, DIRECTV, Intel, and NVIDIA; the gold-level sponsors are Antec, Razer, Western Digital, SteelSeries, and Vasco.

Anyone attending BlizzCon who is interested in pursuing career opportunities at Blizzard Entertainment should bring their resumes, demo reels, art portfolios, or business cards, as the global staffing team will be on hand to accept materials and discuss any job-related questions.

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