Blizzard Wins Blizzard vs BNETD Case !!!

It has been announced that Blizzard has won the Blizzard vs BNETD case.

“A federal appeals court has ruled that computer programmers do not have the right to reverse-engineer Blizzard Entertainment’s video games to improve their playability.”

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Blizzard: Katrina/Lousiana Community Call

Blizzard is calling to the heart of all Blizzard players to donate to the Red Cross, to facilitate the help offered to victims of the hurricane Katrina in the southern zones of United States, specially those of New Orleans(Lousiana)

Help the Red Cross!
Our heartfelt condolences go out to the individuals and families affected by Hurricane Katrina. We encourage everyone to assist the federal, state, and local organizations doing vital work on the ground by making a donation to the relief efforts. The Department of Homeland Security has asked that donations be made in the form of financial contributions, rather than supplies, which are difficult to get into the affected areas at this time. If you would like to make a donation to the relief efforts, please contact the American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org; 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-4357-669).

Player vs Player Ranking System

Blizzard released a new feature that may be exciting to some hardcore players: The Player vs. Player rankings. You can now look up the rankings for your realm and your faction (Horde or Alliance) on the website. These listings are updated weekly. The new feature will make your player vs. player experience more enjoyable.

Starcraft: Ghost needs 3D Environmental Artist

Recently, an interview revealed that Swingin’ Ape Studios, acquired by Blizzard as its new console studio, has scrapped most of Nihilistic’s work, from engine to storyline; and rebuilding the engine from the bottom up.  With that said, Blizzard is looking for a talented 3D Enviromental Artist.

Blizzard Console is looking for an experienced and versatile 3D Environmental Artist with great problem solving skills. If you have the experience and the vision to help bring Blizzard games to the console gamers of the world, then see our 3D Environmental Artist posting for more information. Console also has many exciting positions open here.

Zul’Gurub: New Epic Mount?

Caydiem made a brainstorming revelation concerning Zul’Gurub instance to be released in Patch 1.7 within few weeks. Caydiem started a after-midnight teasing spree through many posts in the same thread.  A new mount is to be discovered within the ancient ruins of the Stranglethorn Troll Empire.  What could it be?:

Caydiem: “Oh, there’s word on a Zul’Gurub mount.

It’s not called “Reins of the Bengal Tiger”, but the look miiiiight make those of you seeking that ol’ mount happy. 😀 “

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Jeff Grubb Exclusive Interview

Jeff Grubb, known writer of D&D and Wizards of the Coast, will be interviewed by Blizzplanet soon.  Jeff Grubb has written a wide range of books for Dragonlance, Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, Magic: The Gathering—Ice Age, D&D: Manual of the Planes and some Blizzard Novels like Starcraft: Liberty’s Crusade and Warcraft: The Last Guardian.

Our interview will focus on Warcraft: The Last Guardian and his role in Warcraft RPG books, as well as his current projects.

Blizzplanet recently partnered with RP-PVP.com Forum community, and to celebrate our new friendship, our interview with Jeff Grubb will take place on their IRC Chat at irc.stratics.com port: 6668 channel# rp-pvp

The date/time for the interview is yet to be determined.  Stay tuned to Blizzplanet and PVPRP.com /RP-PVP.com for more details.  Fans will be invited to the public Q&A, and at the end of the interview with the staff, Jeff Grubb will welcome questions and comments from fans.

Blizzplanet / RP-PvP.com Partnership

Our forums were put online temporarily while finding a suitable community to partner with.  Blizzplanet has partnered with RP-PVP.com Forum community.  This young community is appealing to all fans of the new World of Warcraft RP-PvP Servers.  The community will provide visitors of Blizzplanet a great atmosphere of mature, respectful and organized roleplayers where fans can communicate and share thoughts.

Firence is the leader of the community forum along with Meara, community manager of the Roleplaying Community. Feel free to register to the new forums.  You can find me on the forums as Medievaldragon.

RP-PVP.com will create two new forum categories:  Blizzplanet news—Each of our news will offer a link to a forum post where you can share your comments for a specific news shown in Blizzplanet.  The second forum, by petition, will be a Warcraft Lore forum—where fans may ask questions to other fans and to the staff concerning the lore.  Please, register to the new forums, and have fun!

Wow Expansion for Late 2006

Something that personally surprised me, and may make anyone look at the calendar to double-check if it is April’s Fool.  Gamergod acquired an interview with Shadwn Carnes, Blizzard Developer.  He slates World of Warcraft Expansion to be ready around late 2006.

Grimwell:
With WoW as a clear success, an expansion is a no-brainer to follow up on the success. What are the plans for this?

Shawn:
An expansion is planned, not in 2005, possibly in late 2006 barring unforeseen chaos. Work is already going on for the expansion, and it’s going good. What to look for?

Wow Reaches 4 Million Customers

Blizzard Entertainment?, Inc. today announced that World of Warcraft?, its subscription-based massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG), has reached more than one million paying customers in North America. This brings the total population for Blizzard?s critically acclaimed game, the largest MMORPG in the world, to more than four million paying customers. You can read more by checking out this press release.

Goblins: Not a Playable Race?

Many fans are anticipating Goblins to become a playable race in World of Warcraft Expansion.  A comment by Fangthooth, however, suggests that i might not be so:

” Goblins, while being very cool, are in it for the Gold. If they chose either the Horde or Alliance, they would lose out on 50% of their profits. It is better for them to stay neutral and make more money, than choosing a side and slaying potential customers”

Of course, we are listening to this from a Murloc, ahem.  If Goblins ever made it to be a playable race, I imagine it would be a new faction that plans to dethrone the Princes of Trade or one of the Prince of Trades seeking to purify Undermine of the evil and black markets threatening his nation.  The Goblin Princes of Trade are very powerful, each with their own army and trade outposts.  Some delve into black market, and many goblins are known to have joined the Shadow Council and Twilight Hammer Sects.

Lorekeeper of Norgannon

We have added the Wow in-game lore: Lorekeeper of Norgannon given when you defeat the Norgannon watcher in the instance of Uldaman.  At the end, you get access to the Uldaman Discs which tell a lot of lore about the origin of the Dwarves and Troggs, and the bases of the Titans.  Besides Uldaman there are two other Titan bases in Azeroth:  Ulduar in Northrend and Uldum in Tanaris, Kalimdor.  You can find out more about Uldum and Ulduar here.

Special thanks to Varghoss from Pvprp.com

Thunderaan Movie

Adam has added the Thunderaan Movie to the XFire Peer-to-Peer Network.  Waz from the Fortis Guild in Kel’Thuzad server created a short movie showing one of the few Thunderaan summonings performed in the Test Realm.  After the fight, the player loots the Windseeker Sword and duels a player to show the proc animation which engulfs the opponent in a tornado, slowing down his movement and attack rate.  Download it now at our Wow Movie section

Caydiem: Blizzard teams focus

Caydiem made an explosive statement after a fan ranted about paying $15 a month to have new Wallpapers, Dressing Rooms and Trading Cards invoking Blizzard to Focus on what players need.  This was a very important statement that clears up that Blizzard is not made of a single entity.  Blizzard is divided in different departments and each focus on different aspects of the game, while other departments aren’t in-game related, like Web Designers, Marketing, etc

Caydiem: “It’s a darn good thing the Web Team (that updates you with important information when there’s information to give, and also happens to work on the wallpapers), Server Team (not developers, but technicians who release new realms based on capacity needs—and yes, we did need them), and Upper Deck (the fine folks developing the CCG) aren’t responsible for new content, then, hm?

The designers have been and continue to work on new content. The Dressing Room feature, while not appealing to you, perhaps, is something that many people asked for. The class designers are hard at work on the classes. The dungeon designers are busy with their latest project. The list goes on. We have separate teams for separate portions of the game, and all are working on their appropriate chunk o’ game.

You are paying $15 a month to access the World of Warcraft game, at the heart of it—and we are working to improve said game, but the class designers are not spending their days working on wallpapers. The dungeon designers didn’t take time out of their day to make the Dressing Room feature. The server technicians are constantly working on improving realm performance”

Bonus Map - Banewood Bog

New Warcraft 3: Frozen Throne Bonus map available from Blizzard: “This land is truly cursed. Rivers of poison, filled with demonic bile, eat away at the earth. Ancient wyrms, terrible and great, slumber quietly within the mire. Perhaps you know of a dragon slayer, jobless, up for hire.”

Official Wow Movie Contest

Blizzard announced the official BlizzCon World of Warcraft Movie Competition, sponsored by NVIDIA! Blizzard is looking for some talented players to create a movie using in-game footage and combined with music from any of Blizzard’s past games. Blizzard is accepting submissions beginning Thursday, September 8.  Five winners will receive an NVIDIA? GeForce? 6800 Ultra, two tickets to BlizzCon, and much more.

New Undead Wallpaper

Blizzard released a new World of Warcraft Wallpaper  featuring the Plaguelands and a Undead Ghoul.  Nice coloring for your desktop

CVG Interviews Shane Dabiri: Hero Classes

Computer and Video Games conducted a Q&A with World of Warcraft Producer Shane Dabiri concerning patch 1.7 and upcoming content.  It seems Hero Classes are near, finally:

“What’s happening with Hero Classes? What can you tell us about these, what can we expect to see here?

Shane Dabiri: We can tell you that Hero classes are at the top of our priority list and we’ve already begun work on them. However, there really isn’t anything concrete we can say at this time except that they are a priority for us and we’ll reveal more when the time is right.”

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Pets Abilities introduced in Patch 1.7

Hunters get some love in the upcoming patch 1.7—as revealed by Caydiem, Wow Community Manager:

All right, folks, here’s something that should lift your spirits. The following are the pet customization changes in the 1.7 patch.

You can now train your pet in passive abilities such as increased Armor, Stamina, Fire Resistance, Nature Resistance, Shadow Resistance, Frost Resistance, and Arcane Resistance using their training points.

In addition, there are specialized abilities for certain types of pets:

  • Bats, Owls, and Carrion Birds can now learn the Screech ability, a fast, single-target attack that also lowers the attack power of all enemies within melee range of the pet.
  • Cats can now learn the Stealth ability. In addition to being unseen, they receive a damage bonus for their first attack coming out of Stealth.
  • Scorpids can now learn Scorpid Poison. This poison deals Nature damage over time and stacks up to five times on a single enemy.
  • Wolves can now learn Furious Howl. The howl adds a flat amount of damage to all nearby party members’ next attack (within 15 yards).

The training point costs for all pet abilities have been rebalanced, and Growl is now free for all pets. You can untrain your pet’s training points from any Pet Trainer in the major cities for a fee. Similar to talent respecs, untraining a specific pet scales up as you do it more times: 10s, 50s, 1g, 2g, 3g, etc… capping at 10g.

Hunter pets will now gain experience based on the level difference between them and their target, rather than the difference between the Hunters and their target. This will make it much easier to level up a low level pet. You will still need to kill creatures from which the Hunter can gain experience, however.

And lastly—as a comment to an annoying issue for many—you can adjust the autocast status of skills with that option in the spellbook.

The designers are looking into further customization, but this is what is coming for 1.7. smile

Starcraft & Broodwar Patch 1.13c

Blizzard released Starcraft and Broodwar patch 1.13c which addresses a couple of bugs introduced by the previous patch.  You can download the patch for PC, Mac OS 8.6-9.2 and Mac OS X at the following link.

  • Fixed a bug involving zerg buildings.
  • Fixed a bug related to minimap unit ordering during replays.

Unreleased Content List

We have added an unofficial list of Non-released Content of World of Warcraft and some lore behind them taken from Warcraft novels and Warcraft RPG books.  The listing is meant to be informative concerning upcoming zones and instances, and is meant to encourage fans to read Warcraft Novels and RPG books.  The list was originally posted in the Wow Forums and seen by over 100,000 viewers.  After updating the information, I exceeded the character limit of the forums, so it was now added permanently in this website.  If you find a mistake or consider something is wrong in the list, don’t hesitate contacting us at the Submit News section.

Brood War added to the ESL

The ESL (Electronic Sports League) has picked up StarCraft: Brood War for their German Pro Series. The ESL polled the community, and StarCraft was voted in last week. StarCraft joins Warcraft III in this series,  For more information about the ESL and the Pro Series, please visit the ESL’s Web site.

6 New Screenshots

Blizzard has realized Six new screenshots of Starcraft: Ghost.  It will be interesting to find out what Blizzard has to say in BlizzCon.  It could be the opportunity to reveal the release date.

Xfire 1.44 Now Available

Xfire version 1.44 is now available, and it includes improvements to *BETA* person to person voice chat, dragging and dropping of groups in the friends interface, a CS:S infoview game skin, and more. Read all the details and then login to be automatically updated.  Download Xfire 1.44 here

Blizzplanet uses XFire peer-to-peer closed servers to transfer big files such as movies. Players can chat and browse servers as well. Enjoy!

World of Warcraft Trading Cards Game

Blizzard has announced partnership with Upper Deck Entertainment to bring World of Warcraft trading cards game players nationwide. The Trading Cards Game will be available the first quarter of 2006, players will be able to build their decks and attend events that let them challenge Onyxia, or raid Molten Core in an attempt to defeat Ragnaros with the hopes of getting powerful Epic cards. Visit for more details on the card-based game.  Upper Deck will offer special Foil cards.

World of Warcraft Game Trading Cards

Blizzard has announced partnership with Upper Deck Entertainment to bring World of Warcraft to trading card game players nationwide. The Game Trading Cards will be available the first quarter of 2006, players will be able to build their decks and attend events that let them challenge Onyxia, or raid Molten Core in an attempt to defeat Ragnaros with the hopes of getting powerful Epic cards. Visit for more details on the card-based game.  Upper Deck will offer special Foil cards.

Zul’Gurub: Hakkar Screenshot

We got a screenshot of Hakkar the Soulflayer from Zul’Gurub.  The Test Servers are now open providing patch 1.7.0 for any fan who wishes to copy their character for a hands-on on Zul’Gurub and Arathi Basin Battlegrounds.  Check out the screenshot here.  Additionally, the new Paladin set Zandalar Freethinker

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