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Warcraft III patch 1.25b is now live!

Blizzard deployed Warcraft III Patch 1.25b into live servers. This patch adds balance changes, fixes two exploits, and fixes some item and ability bugs.

For technical help with Warcraft III please visit the Blizzard Support site.

Warcraft Patch 1.25b

Balance Changes

  • Humans
    • Improved Masonry Upgrade health boost decreased from 20% to 10% for all 3 levels
    • Siege Engine Level increased from 2 to 3
    • Rifleman HP increased from 505 to 535
  • Night Elves
    • Warden Shadow Strike mana cost increased from 65 to 75
    • Druid of the Talon Faerie Fire duration decreased from 120 to 90
  • Orcs
    • 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
  • Items
    • 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

Fixes

  • 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.

Warcraft III PTR 1.25 Notes Available

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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).

Balance Changes

    Humans

    • Guard Tower Armor type changed to Fortified

    • Siege Engine Level increased from 2 to 3
    • Rifleman HP increased from 505 to 535

    Night Elves

    • Warden Shadow Strike mana cost increased from 65 to 75

    • Druid of the Talon Faerie Fire duration decreased from 120 to 90

    Orcs

    • 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

    Items

    • 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

Fixes

  • 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.

Amazon One-Day Deal On Blizzad Games Battle Chests

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Amazon is running the 17 Days of Deals in Video Games promo running a 24-hour deal on different games. Today [December 6th, 2010] the deal is for all current and past Blizzard Entertainment games.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – $47.99 (down from 59.99)
WoW: Wrath of the Lich King – $19.99 (down from $39.99)
WoW Battle Chest (includes WoW classic & Burning Crusade) – $19.99 (down from $39.99)
Starcraft Battle Chest (w/ Brood War included) – $9.99
Warcraft III Battle Chest – $21.00
Diablo Battle Chest – $21.00

You can find this offer, ONLY for today, here. As in get going dude!

The Diablo Battle Chest is usually $40.00 elsewhere, so that’s a sweet deal. It includes Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest Announced

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?

Blizzard Quote:
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

Sideshow Ships Frostmourne Sword Replica

Sideshow Collectibles announced the pre-orders of the stainless steel Epic Weapons – Warcraft III Collectibles Frostmourne(TM) Sword Replica have now shipped. Expect this item in upcoming days.

The replica costs $ 529, but if you aren’t able to purchase the wholesum Sideshow has a FlexPay option that splits the overall price into five easy payments of $ 106.99 a month.

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Frostmourne(TM) Sword by Epic Weapons. The Frostmourne(TM) Sword replica is second to none in detailed craftsmanship and technology. Featuring a 28″ Stainless Steel Blade with genuine leather wrapped grip. It is embedded with a patented G2G (Game 2 Gear) authenticity microchip. Comes with a collector’s display mount, limited edition poster, certifi-cate of authenticity, and Game 2 Gear handheld authenticity reader.

Frostmourne Sword

WarCraft III: Frozen Throne 2010 Tournament Reset Dated

Zarhym announced the Warcraft III: Frozen Throne ladder will be reset this upcoming Monday to give path to the 2010 Tournament.

Blizzard Quote:
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.

Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2010 Tournament: Warcraft III 2010 Tournament Preview http://forums.battle.net/thread.html?topicId=23767613997&sid=3000

NVIDIA 196.75 drivers causing PC and Graphic Cards to overheat

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.

Blizzard Quote:
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.

Windows XP: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_196.21_whql.html
Windows XP 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 32-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_196.21_whql.html

More information can be found on threads such as these:
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161525
http://forums.nvidia.com/index.php?showtopic=161503

Warcraft 3 Patch 1.24d live! Bye Crash Hack

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: 1.24.3.6384

Blizzard Quote:
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WARCRAFT III: THE FROZEN THRONE VERSION HISTORY
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Patch 1.24d
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FIXES

- Fixed a client crash related to queuing too many invalid build commands
(“crash hack”).

Warcraft III Patch v1.24d

  • The Warcraft III patch v1.24d has been released with several game fixes and updates.

  • For the easiest patching process it is recommended that you connect to Battle.net. This can be done by starting the game and clicking on the Battle.net button.
  • If you have The Frozen Throne expansion installed you only need to download and install The Frozen Throne patch.
  • Note: If you have any problems while patching, please refer to our support site steps for help.
  • Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne:
  • Go to the The Frozen Throne patch downloads page to download the stand-alone patch.
    - Check the The Frozen Throne v1.24d Patch Notes page for detailed changes in this latest game update.
    - If you are looking for old patches please check here Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne Patches.

Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos:

Solution ID: 20673 Article URL: http://us.blizzard.com/support/article.xml?locale=en_US&articleId=20673

2009 Mod of the Year Awards: Phase One Voting Commences

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.

You can read the vote rules and prizes here.

PHASE ONE
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…

PHASE TWO
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…

PHASE THREE
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.

Merry Christmas, Blizzard and Fans!!!

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!

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