Blizzard Entertainment deployed Warcraft III Patch 1.25 into the PTR servers and released the patch notes to provide information on the new changes applied to all races.
Warcraft III patch 1.25 is now available on the PTR. If you’d like to help us test out this patch and provide feedback, open up the game client and select the “Westfall (ClassicBeta)” gateway to begin downloading the latest patch. Once the download is complete, restart the game, log into Westfall, and you’re set. (To resume playing on live servers, simply select your regular gateway and you will be reverted to the retail version of the game.)
For information on what’s changed, be sure to check out the PTR patch notes listed below (we are aware the patch notes are not currently available in the patch details itself).
Guard Tower Armor type changed to Fortified
Siege Engine Level increased from 2 to 3
Rifleman HP increased from 505 to 535
Warden Shadow Strike mana cost increased from 65 to 75
Druid of the Talon Faerie Fire duration decreased from 120 to 90
Blade master Wind Walk duration reduced from 20/40/60 to 20/35/50
Raider Ensnare Cooldown increased from 12 to 16
Spirit Wolf Rank 1 Wolf Level decreased from 3 to 2
Ivory Tower gold cost increased from 30 to 40
Tome of Experience now gives Heroes 100 experience points, down from 150
Orb of Venom poison duration decreased from 8 to 6
Warcraft III will now write its registry keys on launch.
Widescreen (stretched) resolutions should now be available in the Video options.
You can now purchase items from shops while Hexed.
Scroll of Town Portal will no longer be consumed when casting fails when used at the same time that your Hero is Hexed.
Hex will no longer extend the duration of Metamorphosis.
Hex will no longer disable mana or health regeneration of Heroes.
Wisps Detonate ability will no longer drain mana from Heroes while under the effects of Potion of Invulnerability.
Fixed an issue where players were able to ally with opponents when alliances were locked (“share hack”).
A gold exploit with buildings has been fixed.
Please note that replays are incompatible between major game revisions. This means that 1.24e replays cannot be viewed when using the 1.25 version of Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne.
Blizzard has announced the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest. Get the chance to visit Blizzard’s headquarters and BlizzCon. Meet the Creative Development Team as a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to shake hands with Chris Metzen the Bourbon Cowboy, and Micky Neilson?
You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!
Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page: http://us.blizzard.com/en-us/community/contests/writing2010
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Zarhym announced the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne ladder will be reset this upcoming Monday to give path to the 2010 Tournament.
Update: We have completed our back-end testing of the scheduled ladder reset for the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2010 Tournament. We will officially be resetting the ladders on Monday, April 5. Thank you all for your patience.
Original: As you are all aware, we initially intended to reset the Warcraft III ladders on Monday in preparation for the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2010 Tournament; however, there has been a delay in the implementation of this ladder reset through our Battle.net platform. For this reason we do not currently have a time frame for when the ladder reset will officially occur.
The way in which ladder resets are implemented has recently changed. We’re still reviewing these changes to ensure the tournament is not negatively impacted. Unfortunately, the testing procedure is taking longer than we initially anticipated. We’ll provide more information as soon as we are able.
Update – 11:00pm EST: I reached NVIDIA’s PR for an official statement and they replied within the hour. Read their response and feedback from many gamers here.
Original post – 5:20pm EST: I want to warn all of our visitors who are participating in the StarCraft II Beta and play World of WarCraft to refrain from installing the latest NVIDIA WHQL 196.75 WHQL-certified drivers. As posted, in the StarCraft: IncGamers fansite, If you already installed it, uninstall it and downgrade to the previous version. Yeah, it’s that serious. Many players are reporting their PCs or graphic card have died. It also affects all Blizzard games, so heed the call and safe your hardware’s life.
According to Blizzard’s Tech Support the latest NVIDIA drivers are causing fan control to not work correctly and causes massive overheat. StarCraft II Beta might kill your PC or card literally. A fix is already in the works. Stay tuned for further updates.
We’re getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.
Blizzard Entertainment has updated Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos and Warcraft III: Frozen Throne with patch 1.24d which is now available for download by login into Battle.net. This patch addresses a very annoying exploit that allows players to cause a system crash on their victims.
While the patch is known as patch 1.24d the game will display onscreen the following build number: 18.104.22.16884
WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE VERSION HISTORY
The Mod Database (MOD | DB) website is taking nominees for their upcoming 2009 Mod of the Year Awards. Simply browse through any of the Starcraft or Warcraft III mods to identify those you have played and enjoyed the most. Then click the Vote For Mod button to submit your entry. The nomination period (or Phase 1) takes place from December 20, 2009 to January 5, 2010.
From December 20th to January 5th every indie game and mod on the site has a voting booth activated in their profile. It is now up to you, to find your favorites, play them and vote for them – so we can narrow thousands of contenders down to the players choice top 100…
On January 6th the Top 100 mods and indie games you voted for in phase 1 will be announced and a second round of voting will commence until February 21st. Again, it is up to you, to vote for your top 3 in this list – so we can narrow the top 100 down to a handful of winners…
Early February after thousands of votes have been tallied, we shall be announcing the 2009 Players and Editors Choice winners. These indie games and mods will be showcased in an exclusive video presentation and editorial writeup. Download links will be given so you can play the years best.
It’s that time of the year when families get together in special times to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. It’s meant to be a time of joy. I wish everyone happy holidays, especially all the people at Blizzard including those I have personally met or interacted with such as Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Paul Sams, Frank Pearce, Ghostcrawler, Jeff Kaplan, Nethaera, Karune, Bashiok, Jay Wilson, J. Allen Brack, Wryxian, Changwoon Jung (who takes care of flight and hotel whenever I go to Blizzcon and to the Blizzard campus — thanks a bunch).
I gotta thank Chris Metzen for many things, he creates fantasy and sci-fi worlds that have entertained and enlightened me over the years not only through the games, but through books, manga and comic books. Chris Metzen got me invited to the fansites’ Starcraft II single player hands-on back on July 17th where I interviewed him. It was great when I was recording video of a Starcraft II panel at Blizzcon, and I heard this voice calling my name. When I turned my face to the side, it was Chris Metzen waving at me. That was absolutely awesome, and I felt a lot of joy within to have someone I am a fanboy of remember me and say hi. His work and his worlds inspire to wish to be better each day. You can learn things from certain stories, that you would not learn normally in real life for lack of living those experiences.
I emailed Chris Metzen a couple of weeks ago simply to apologize for that Sargeras article I wrote a few days ago. I had meant to write about it for a long time — ok, two years late — and used a photo by Gadgetress (OCRegister) of Chris Metzen from the 15th Anniversary of Warcraft celebration held at the Blizzard campus. The Sargeras article brought up the retcon, and possible reasons the creative team had to infuse a new direction to the story, while I was also exploring and parodying the reaction from fans when this retcon took place a couple of years ago.
To make a long story short, in the parody I used this photo of Chris Metzen that looked like those facepalm images, and I added a few parody words concerning the retcon. You know, at that moment it looked fun to use the photo in the context of the article, but I still felt uneasy within. I emailed him to apologize. It’s not my nature to cause stress to people or make them feel bad, or do bad things on purpose. I’m a nice guy, honest and overall a good guy. A bit funny sometimes, which contrast with my shy personality.
Chris Metzen was pretty cool about it, no hard feelings from him for using the photo in that context. However, I want to share that at the time that photo was taken, he had a speech about what all those 15 years at Blizzard creating all these worlds meant to him. It’s easy to say 15 years, but it’s a long time and a large chunk of your life dedicated to writing, inventing, jammin’ ideas within and with other fellow writers. It was a very emotional moment, that I can just grasp and imagine. It was a meaningful moment, that I am really sorry to have parodied.
While there’s a lot of trolls out there who might think otherwise, many people — including me — love the work Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and the Creative Team have done over the years. We are very proud of you, Chris. Merry Christmas!
Electric Playground visited Blizzard Entertainment to interview some of the World of Warcraft developers on the 15th anniversary of Warcraft! Miri Jedeikin takes a look back at the series with Frank Pearce (Executive Vice-president of Product Development), Samwise Didier (Senior Art Director), Cory Stockton (Lead Content Designer) explaining the evolution of Warcraft between Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.
Are you among the many fans who never played previous Warcraft RTS games, and decided to purchase it to learn all the lore that gave birth to World of Warcraft? If so, you should know that Blizzard’s Warcraft III Team has deployed Warcraft III patch 1.24c on the Westfall PTR server which allows The Culling (of Stratholme) to load properly. For months since the last Warcraft III patch, players were unable to play this human campaign which birthed the concept for Caverns of Time: Stratholme.
It is a key point in Prince Arthas’s life that turned him down the perilous path that led him to Frostmourne and to serve Ner’zhul the Lich King. Arthas discovered the plagued grain had reached Stratholme, and thus ordered his men to massacre the city as they would in time rise as undead. Uther the Lightbringer and Jaina refuse to participate, and for this Prince Arthas disbanded the Order of the Silver Hand.
In the process of optimizing the map editor we have made several changes to improve its usability. These updates are now live on the Westfall (PTR) and players are welcome to test the following changes:
– Fixed a problem with the “Chapter Six: The Culling” human campaign map
that was preventing it from loading.
– Fixed an issue that allowed JASS functions to return incorrect values
under certain conditions.
– Fixed an issue that caused the TriggerEvaluate native to return
incorrect values under certain conditions.
– Fixed a minor memory leak when using GroupEnum natives.
– Fixed a crash when using the CreateImage native on PPC Mac.
– Updated Mac World Editor to work with recent JASS changes.
Welcome to the newly redesigned Blizzard.com! Featuring a brand-new design, this website is the focal point for all official Blizzard Entertainment news, press releases, and much, much more.
Games section: The updated games section includes links to our current projects as well as detailed information for all of our previously released games, including trailers, screenshots, concept art, wallpapers, and more.
Pocket Books invited me to witness their Blizzcon 2009 book signing event on Saturday at 4pm where Jaime Costas and her husband raffled 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition. I brought my video camera and captured most of the event. There was a large amount of fans awaiting to win one of those, but also to get their own merchandise signed by Christie Golden. I could see some World of Warcraft: Arthas (Normal Edition) and Starcraft: The Dark Templar trilogy brought by fans to be signed by the author. The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.
If you recognize a friend in the two videos, let them know the link to this page. It’s available to all attendees as a memento. I was glad to be there. I realized I haven’t taken photos of myself with the authors in all the events I have been attending. This time I had the chance to take a photo with all the publishers and book writers. I have been in contact with all of them quite often. It feels like family already. Watch video # 1 below, and video # 2 here.
The new minor patch for Warcraft III is now on the Public Test Realms. We encourage all Warcraft III players and Diablo II players to help test the game’s stability and some of the features fixed in this patch. The Diablo II developers are assisting the Warcraft III team to square down some critical issues. Once all is well and back to normal, the Diablo II team will resume work on the Diablo II 1.13 patch.
We’ve released Patch 1.24b on PTR (Westfall) for testing, before the actual public live.
World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.
From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum
Karune announced there will be changes to the JASS functionality in the next WarCraft III patch that map makers need to be aware of in order to make their old maps functional. Otherwise, the maps won’t work at all, or may not work correctly.
This guide has been written to help advanced Warcraft III map developers understand the changes that we
It is Clobbering Time! (cracks knuckles). The 2009 World of Warcraft Regional Finals will take place in Cologne, Germany from June 26-28. Blizzard launched a beautiful-looking website for this event. You can check out the travel information here, which includes maps, train routes and train prices. The event entry is free, just walk-in to the Meeting-Centre at no charge.
The Blizzcon Tickets are sold out. However, you still have a chance at winning a Free ticket to attend Blizzcon via Fansites Giveways courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment. Blizzard is very supportive to all the fansites under their flag. So take this very exciting opportunity. Beneath are all the fansites whose giveaway is still active. Participate in all of them to increase your chances at winning one. However, if you got two be honest and let them know. Good luck and see you at BlizzCon.
Bashiok announced the latest fansites participating in Blizzcon 2009 ticket giveaway contests. Participate in all of these to increase your chances at getting a free ticket. Good luck and see you in Anaheim.
Didn’t get tickets? Well don’t worry because we’ve selected a number of fansites to give away additional tickets through contests and giveaways!
Each site chooses their own method for giving away their tickets. They range from simple to specialized. From easy questionnaires to dedicated art or story contests. Each one providing you with an additional chance to attend BlizzCon!
Visit the below sites for more information on their individual ticket give away events, rules, and regulations.
Blizzard is preparing to announce a new contest that starts on May 20. The winners of this contest will get free trip for two to BlizzCon 2009 and some phat lootz. The catch? You better be good at sewing costumes … or a blacksmith or leatherworker in real life.
Warm up your sewing machines and start selecting the best fabrics you can; the Blizzard Costume Contest is coming soon! The best costume-maker will receive a grand prize package filled with great loot from our partners Panini, SteelSeries, and Upper Deck as well as an a trip for two to BlizzCon 2009! Check out our contest information page for details.
This is the first time in years I have ever heard a problem like this in a Blizzard game, but considering it is the first rare instance, it is outstanding. Yet it is a dire issue that might affect players in unpredictable ways. Beware and listen. Malicious software can be installed in your computer while playing Warcraft III UMS maps by other players. This is what Karune reported today.
Warcraft III Custom Map Security Warning
We have identified an exploit that could allow malicious software to be spread through Warcraft III maps. We have applied a temporary fix to address this issue when playing on Battle.net, and we are working on a patch to permanently address the issue when playing on a LAN or playing single-player custom maps. In the meantime, we recommend that players avoid downloading maps from unofficial sources or websites they do not trust—be aware that corrupted maps may share the same name as other popular maps. If you encounter custom maps that no longer function or other issues related to this fix, please post details below.
A few months ago, on December, I interviewed Dick Hill, who voiced the Warcraft audiobooks for Tantor Media Audiobooks. The books were Warcraft: Day of the Dragon, Warcraft: The Last Guardian, Warcraft: Lord of the Clans and World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal.
As many have noticed, the Tantor website no longer lists these books since early January. Without going into many details, the audiobooks are postponed until further notice. The release of these audiobooks will be delayed for a while, but hopefully we will get an announcement of its new release dates. Note that it is not considered cancelled. Keep your hopes up.
Rob Pardo confirmed at the GDC 2009 that Blizzard Entertainment and Microsoft are talking about the Xbox 360 successor. And by the looks of it they want its successor to have a keyboard and mouse peripherals and tools to allow MMO and RTS gameplay on consoles. The potential is enormous. Imagine World of Warcraft, Starcraft: Ghost, Starcraft II and even Diablo III on PC and Consoles. It is the culprit of the Next-Gen MMO no doubt.
The future is looking brighter for Blizzard and all its millions of fans if Microsoft can pull the right cards off its sleeve and places them into the table to make it possible.
Rob Pardo: “There are are so many games like we make at Blizzard that we don’t take to consoles because they don’t support the input device, and you end up with crappy ports. That’s why RTS games never do well on consoles,” he said.
“If I was them, I’d be sitting around trying to figure out what’s a cool input device that supports all types of new kinds of games.”—read more
Recently, Blizzard Entertainment added two job openings under the category titled Unannounced. I wrote an article about it a few days ago. We have now a few interesting bits concerning these job openings for a unannounced game.
Update: March 24—The job openings mentioned in this newspost is indeed a brand-new game that has not been mentioned before.
1. This brand-new game is not a World of Warcraft expansion, and it is not related to the Next-Gen MMO.
2. In the present, the brand-new game is using the World of Warcraft engine merely for testing purposes.
3. The Client Software Engineer job opening is to hire the person that will have the responsibility to develop an engine from scratch for this game. This new engine will be built depending on the skill and interest of the person hired for this position.
Whether this game is based on the three major franchises (Warcraft, Starcraft or Diablo) or a new IP, that remains unknown.
We encourage our readers who have the skills and fill the requirements for this job to step forward and submit a resume and code samples to [email protected].
The Warcraft III and Frozen Throne patch 1.23 has been deployed into live Battle.net Classic realms. Simply launch your game, and press the Battle.net Multiplayer button in-game to start downloading the patch.
The 1.23 patch is now live! Please connect to Battle.net to download the patch!
Battle.net now uses a new banner ad system.
Fixed an exploit where an altered custom map would be seen identical to
the original custom map.
Fixed an issue where some patches could not apply on Intel Macs.
Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups. Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.
Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service. This merge cannot be reverted. Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.
This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.
Video Games Live played various music pieces from Warcraft, Diablo and Starcraft games at the end of Blizzcon 2008, last year. It is very probable they might do so again this upcoming August at Blizzcon 2009.
Video Games Live will have a few concerts throughout the month of March. So if you love video games music played by a live symphony orchestra, and live in Kitchener, Ontario; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Austin, Texas—then check out the schedule and where to get the tickets.
The music of video games will be performed by the world-class Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony led by industry veterans and world famous video game composers Tommy Tallarico and Jack Wall on March 13 and March 14 at 8:00pm. The Video Games Live concert will take place at:
The Centre In The Square
101 Queen Street N.
The concert tickets for March 13 are sold out, but if you would love to be there—Saturday, March 14 tickets are still open while they last. Adult seating ticket prices range between $30-80. And can be ordered here.
There will be a pre-show festival starting at 6:30pm. You can watch some Video Game Live video clips here.
On March 20, 2009, Video Games Live will perform at the Miller Auditorium at 8:00pm on the campus of Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Tickets are available here—ranging from $25-52 for adult seating.
On March 28, 2009—Video Games Live will perform at the Long Center in Austin, TX at 8:00 PM.
Maps here. Ticket info here. Ticket prices range from $32-49.
Michael & Susan Dell Hall
701 W Riverside Dr
A few days ago, we reported the OCRegister Blizzard Blog had exclusive photos of the awesome 12-feet tall Orc Wolfrider Statue developed by WETA Studios which they installed at the Blizzard Entertainment campus recently. Gametrailers now has exclusive video of the installation of the statue. Hurray, for Blizzard. For the HORDE !!!