Danny Perschonok (Naka) informed me Blizzard Entertainment has launched the new Heroes of the Storm website with a video by CarBot Animations. Blizzard Entertainment has renamed Blizzard All-Stars to “Heroes of the Storm”.
Yep, we’ve changed it again.
Set aside whatever you think you knew about Blizzard All-Stars, and get ready for what’s brewing at this year’s BlizzCon (Nov. 8-9, 2013).
Many thanks to Jon Burton of Carbot Animations for his work. You can find much more of Jon’s talented craft over at his YouTube channel here
A few days ago, when the trademark “Heroes of the Storm” appeared in the United States Patents & Trademarks website, I posted an article listing all the possible uses for this trademark. One of them was a possible rename of Blizzard All-Stars as pointed out by a fan.
Jinx added the StarCraft II Zerg Carapace Premium Zip-Up Hoodie, the StarCraft II Leather Wallet and the StarCraft II Protoss Keychain to the “Critical Hit Sale” campaign dropping its price a 25%. No redeem code necessary.
It may not be combined with other offers, and the price discount will be effective until Monday, October 21.
Activision Blizzard announced they will broadcast the Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results after the close of the market on Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Coincidence? BlizzCon 2013 takes place on November 8-9. Will Mike Morhaime have a few spoilers to share?
Personally, that would be a great move considering some people might want to watch the BlizzCon DirecTV or Livestream. Not all these conferences yield juicy announcements, but some have proven to provide approximate launch dates for beta testing.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
1:30 p.m. Pacific Time ( 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time )
- ATV Q2 2013 – August 1, 2013
- ATVI Q4 2012 – February 7, 2013
- ATVI Q3 2012 – November 7.2012
- ATVI Q2 2012 – August 5.2012 – Heart of the Swarm to launch first half 2012 & WCS (November 17-18) Shanghai, China
- ATVI Q1 2012 – May 9.2012 – New arcade system & Hearth of the Swarm beta approx dates
- ATVI Q4 2011 – February 8.2012 – Morhaime announced Diablo III would release on Q2 2012 & Mists of Pandaria press invite on March 19.
- ATVI Q2 2011 – August 3.2011 – Morhaime reveals Diablo III Beta
- ATVI Q1 2011 – May 9.2011 – Morhaime announced internal Diablo III testing and BlizzCon ticket sale
- ATVI Q4 2010 – Feb 9.2011 – No news. More of a Status update
- ATVI Q3 2010 – Nov 4.2010 – No news. More of a Status update
- ATVI Q4 2009 – Feb 10, 2010- Morhaime announces StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty Mid-2010 release, WoW: Cataclysm, Auction House iPhone app, Windrider/Gryphon Pet
- ATVI Q4 2009 – Feb 10.2010 – Morhaime announces StarCraft II Beta
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kwurky Green Egg Murloc Plush
This is a rare Blizzcon 2009 exclusive plush toy. There is one available for $120.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This one of a kind original Brian Huang Starcraft II Concept Art Hydralisk will be in auction for $2,200.
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.
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.
Blizzard Entertainment won’t have a Publishing Panel this year, but there’s still a significant presence at the New York Comic Con.
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
Insight Editions — Saturday 11:00am at booth 1564 — Micky Neilson, Doug A. Gregory and Joseph Lacroix will sign copies of Diablo III: Book of Tyrael.
Simon & Schuster — Micky Neilson & Michael Stackpole are signing copies of World of Warcraft: Vol’jin: Shadows of the Horde. Nate Kenyon will sign Diablo III: The Order. The book signing will happen at booth #1828 at 12:30pm — 50 copies of each will be given away for FREE.
Take a look at the Floor Plan I edited to mark the booths.
Blizzard Entertainment Recruiter Val Maun (@Azuriel) has been searching for an Audio Producer for several weeks. If any Blizzplanet visitor is looking for a job in this field, or if you know a friend/family or a friend-of-a-friend who is — do some networking to pass the word. Submit a resume here.
Blizzard Entertainment’s audio team is seeking an experienced producer to support voice over (VO) and casting production for all of our franchises. In this role you are charged with continuously improving the quality of our VO and its pipeline in both a local and global aspect. Your primary responsibility will be managing the VO and casting schedule for all of Blizzard’s IPs. This includes planning and coordinating all VO and casting and ADR requests, as well as writing contract requests, interacting with talent and supporting all needs of the VO and casting director. Superior organizational and communication skills are a must as you’ll be collaborating with multiple development and support teams throughout the company (e.g., cinematics, PR, web, creative development, community, all our game teams, etc.).
- Collaborate with the casting and voice over director and the audio production team to create and maintain project schedules.
- Help refine the voice over development pipeline to increase production efficiency and quality.
- Communicate status of voice over content, assets, tools, and features to audio production director and all franchise production directors regularly.
- Supply monthly status updates to audio production director and all franchise production directors.
- Coordinate efforts with internal group including cinematics, PR, web, creative development, community, and game teams.
- Coordinate choir sessions, managing casting for internal modeling needs, and organizing any talent or union related negotiations.
- A minimum of 3 years’ product development experience on AAA titles
- Able to accurately and efficiently manage a large volume of audio tasks
- Able to coordinate with a large number of external contractors including studio resources and actors
- Comfortable dealing with a large amount of legal contracts and talent paperwork
- Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills
- Self-motivated with an ability to work under tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
- Willing and able to travel as needed on short notice
- Able to work independently, and / or within a team
- Computer literate and familiar with MS Office products
- Passion for video games
- Good knowledge of voice over and casting pipeline in video games
- Knowledge of standard and practices relating to union titled video games
- Knowledge of Blizzard and its games
- Working knowledge of employing external audio vendors, such as recording studios and payroll companies
- Working knowledge of audio tools and programs, such as Pro Tools
- Working knowledge of audio, graphic, and movie file types and applications
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
- World of Warcraft Alliance Track Jacket
- Diablo III Mistress of Pain Socks
- World of Warcraft Alliance Leather Wallet
A selection of all jinx t-shirts for $9.99 — among this batch are several Blizzard Licensed Products. I see some favorites there.
This week I see several Diablo III T-shirts, one Horde T-shirt and two StarCraft II t-shirts for $14.99
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
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.
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.
- StarCraft Jim Raynor Marine Suit Pop! Vinyl Figure
- StarCraft Queen of Blades Sarah Kerrigan Pop! Vinyl Figure
- World of Warcraft Arthas Pop! Vinyl Figure
- World of Warcraft Illidan Pop! Vinyl Figure
- Diablo Lord of Terror Pop! Vinyl Figure
- Diablo II Tyrael Archangel Pop! Vinyl Figure
Jinx alerts there are four popular Blizzard Licensed T-Shirts that are almost out of stock. Only a few T-shirt sizes remain in their inventory. Find out if yours is available still.
The “Flaming Hot” World of Warcraft Deathwing Premium T-Shirt costs only $9.99. There are only two sizes available: Small & 2XL.
The World of Warcraft Deathwing Rune T-shirt costs $12.50. Available sizes: Small & XL.
The Diablo III Skeleton King T-shirt costs $9.99. The available sizes: Small
The StarCraft II Random Race Premium T-shirt costs $14.99. The available sizes: Small, Large, XL & 2XL.
Click the images to visit the landing page to order yours.
All the collection of T-shirts of each of the Blizzard game franchises may be accessed here:
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
Danny Perschonok attended the Blizzard panel held at Wyrd Con 2013 in Costa Mesa, CA to record video for our StarCraft II fans. The panel was held by Micky Neilson (Lead Publishing) and Cameron Dayton (former Transmedia Specialist and Senior Story Developer) to discuss the conceptualization, development and logistics behind Project Blackstone.
Project Blackstone: The Great Transmedia Experiment Panel
The ambitious goal of Project Blackstone was to weave a narrative across multiple media, draw traffic to the StarCraft website, raise awareness of StarCraft short stories, and build hype for Blizzard Entertainment’s StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm video game. The experiment was a success on many fronts, and Project Blackstone: the Great Transmedia Experiment will be an opportunity for the creators of Project Blackstone to share their insights, war stories, and opinions on what transmedia really means, and where it’s headed in the future.
The Panelists included the following Blizzard Entertainment story developers:
- Micky Neilson (Publishing Lead, Blizzard Entertainment)
- Matt Burns (Associate Story Developer, Blizzard Entertainment)
- Robert Brooks (Story Developer)
- Justin Parker (Historian, Blizzard Entertainment)
- Cynthia Hall (Creative Development, Blizzard Entertainment)
- Cameron Dayton (Creative Director, E-Line Media)
Note: The 1-hour panel playlist will auto-play. Let all four videos load. 1080HD available.
About Wyrd Con:
Wyrd Con is a live event in Southern California, running from September 12 through September 15, 2013. This unique gathering of storytellers presents an opportunity to participate in Live Action Role Playing, delving into the wild ride of Augmented Reality Gaming, and learning about the cross-platform realm of transmedia.
Since 2010, Wyrd Con has proven to be a fun and educational gathering. This unique convention is now at a point where the initial vision can be realized with your support. The realm of interactive storytelling is a powerful way to expand the knowledge of the day-to-day world and the understanding that our world view is only limited by our imagination.
Wyrd Con has brought together three communities that usually exist independently of each other. Not unlike the three witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Wyrd Con calls in the Three Powers of Interactive Storytelling: Live Action Role Playing (LARP); Augmented Reality Gaming (ARG) and Transmedia. With a few magic words spoken, we watch as it boils and bubbles into an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Wyrd Con is four days and three nights of total immersion into the depths of your imagination. Take on your greatest fantasies, experience different social roles, learn to be a powerful leader, and realize what it means to follow your heart. How you choose to mix these together is your decision, and that is the power of Wyrd Con.
Blizzard Entertainment has announced the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket is now on sale. The Virtual Ticket allows you to watch live the different panels either on DirecTV or online.
Fans do not need to purchase anything to watch the WCS and Warcraft eSports Tournament Streams. Which is real nice.
What does this virtual ticket offers?
- BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon).
- access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show for 5 days.
Read the press release below:
Bring BlizzCon(R) to You with the BlizzCon 2013 Virtual Ticket
Experience Blizzard Entertainment’s epic Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration online this November 8 and 9—live and in HD Order NOW at www.blizzcon.com
IRVINE, Calif. –(BUSINESS WIRE)– BlizzCon® 2013 is just two months away—and while tickets to attend the show sold out in seconds, you can still get a virtual front-row seat at Blizzard Entertainment’s epic gaming convention with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, now available to order at www.blizzcon.com.
The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket provides comprehensive live online HD coverage of Blizzard’s Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® community celebration, taking place November 8 and 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center . Available for $39.99 USD , the Virtual Ticket grants viewers access to both days of the show with two exclusive channels featuring unmatched BlizzCon content, including:
- Developer Panels: Get the latest news and behind-the-scenes insight into your favorite Blizzard games—straight from the people who make them.
- Exclusive Interviews: Dig deeper into the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes through exclusive interviews with Blizzard developers.
- Community Contests: Witness the spectacle of the legendary BlizzCon Costume Contest and the new-for-2013 Talent Contest, both hosted by comedian and BlizzCon veteran Jay Mohr .
- Closing Ceremony: Be a part of the closing festivities on Saturday night, capping off two full days of Blizzard gaming and eSports action (more details to be announced later).
- On-Demand Replays: Rewatch epic moments with the Virtual Ticket’s DVR functionality, and catch content you might have missed for up to two weeks after the show’s over.
Bonus Loot! Anyone who orders a Virtual Ticket will also receive this year’s BlizzCon-exclusive in-game goodies for World of Warcraft®, StarCraft II, Diablo III, and Hearthstone™: Heroes of Warcraft™ (details coming soon). The Virtual Ticket also grants access to an exclusive, limited-time online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale featuring a selection of commemorative items that will be available for purchase at the show.† This special pre-BlizzCon sale is scheduled to take place over a 5-day period in the weeks leading up to the show, and will be followed by a public sale offering a more limited selection of items. More details will be announced at www.blizzcon.com in the weeks ahead.
ATTN: DIRECTV® Viewers! DIRECTV customers in the United States will once again be able to join the excitement by ordering the DIRECTV BlizzCon 2013 Pay Per View event, priced at $49.99 USD , which includes the Virtual Ticket online stream and in-game goodies mentioned above as part of the purchase. More information on the DIRECTV Pay Per View event, including how to order, will be announced at a later date.
Free eSports Streams! Even if you don’t purchase a Virtual Ticket, you’ll still be able to catch plenty of BlizzCon action online. Coverage of the BlizzCon opening ceremony and this year’s BlizzCon eSports tournaments—including the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals and the World of Warcraft Arena Global Invitational—will be streamed for free in HD at www.blizzcon.com and the official WCS website (www.starcraft2.com/wcs).
BlizzCon 2013 would not be possible without the passion and enthusiasm of Blizzard Entertainment gamers around the world and the generosity of the event’s partners—Intel, NVIDIA, Sony Computer Entertainment , DIRECTV, SteelSeries, GIGABYTE, Rosewill, and EVGA—who provide demo-station hardware, peripherals, and more, and whose support helps make the broadcast possible.
With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.
†While supplies last. All orders placed in the online pre-BlizzCon merchandise sale will be shipped from the United States ; international shipping rates may apply.
CarBot Animations has posted StarCrafts Season 2 Episode 17 UnaVOIDable. In this new animation, we see it is futile to try to kill a Protoss Void as it decimates units and buildings left and right. Instead of the usual beam we are used to in-game, the author displays the Void’s beam as a broad laser similar to the CapCom vs Marvel’s Cyclops beam that takes half the screen.
However, for a unit so powerful it is so fragile before a simple Terran unit. Worth a few laughs this parody.
Graeme sent a heads up his friend is selling a on eBay (UK). The item has a “Buy Now” price of £450.00 sold by a third-party, not directly by the ex-employee. Seller feedback is 100% with 39 feedback comments. That buyout price is definitely a bargain considering its collectible value. This bust was given exclusively to Blizzard Entertainment employees and only 5000 units were produced by Sideshow Collectibles.
This is a mega exclusive bust which is no longer available. My research has told me only 5000 where produced and that they were only given to staff members employed at that time.
The box itself didn’t come with a seal but ive shown the seal on the internal packaging to prove this has never been opened or used.
Don’t miss out on something that is so exclusive!
Please contact for exact postage costs. The quote given was to post it to Greece from the UK after a time waster winner.
Nate Kenyon wrote on twitter he is having a hard time to decide which novel to write next. Apparently he got his hands full with project offers. It is unknown if one of these are coming from Blizzard Entertainment, but in case that was so — “c-o-m-e–c-l-o-s-e-r …” — “How about we give him a little encouragement to go our way?”
Let the armies of Blizzard lore scholars, fans, merchandise collectors, and novel-munching-zombies decide for him. Send him a tweet to encourage him to pick any Blizzard projects available.
A few days ago, the voice actor of the StarCraft II character Jim Raynor — Robert Clotworthy — revealed in Facebook he would be making a StarCraft-related announcement at the StarCraft II World Championship Series (WCS) America Finals on Sunday, August 11th.
Joshua Gray (Clutch) interviewed Robert Clotworthy (Jim Raynor) and James Harper (Emperor Mengsk). Robert finally revealed what the special announcement was — and it was authorized by Blizzard Entertainment.
Clutch: Jim, any hints — of what you can say — of what’s going to happen?
Clotworthy: Well, let’s just put it this way. I spoke to Blizzard and they allowed me to say this: We have begun the voice recording for StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void.
So about a week and a half ago, we were in the studio with a couple of the other actors, and we started to work on it. So hopefully we’ll have it out not in a distant future.
Around 5:21:45 in the VOD, the following was revealed:
Clutch: You announced that Legacy of the Void — you started work on it.
Clotworthy: That was a special surprise. I don’t think anybody knows we were actually at the studio. There’s been a lot of speculation as to where the game was, and I wanted to let fans know that the story has already been written, a lot of the cinematics have been done, and the voice actors are in the studio and working on it now. Blizzard will put it out when the game is ready.
I have seen the story, and I’m telling you — there are some surprises, some twists, some turns, it’s going to be really exciting.
Clutch: “The Protoss will be unleashed” — that’s Chris Metzen’s words for Legacy of the Void.
I have one special announcement. Speaking of fans, we have fans all around the world. But some of our best fans are in Canada. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m happy to announce that the Season 3 Finals for the WCS will be taking place in Toronto, Canada in October.
This is very significant. It’s highly possible that Blizzard Entertaiment might be showcasing StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void at BlizzCon 2013 this upcoming November 8-9.
From past experiences, it is possible Blizzard might show a cinematic teaser, some single player gameplay and/or have hands-on demo stations at the Anaheim Convention Center. This is all speculation at this point.
The interview began at 5:08:30 in the following video:
Watch live video from wcs_america on TwitchTV