BlizzCon Invitational Pro-Gamers

Blizzard announced the long-awaited list of pro-gamers participating in the BlizzCon Invitational Tournaments. Starting with the Warcraft III tournament list, two players will be announced each weekday on the BlizzCon Invitational Players page. Along with the pro-gamers and their bios, Blizzard will also be announcing the seeding that each participant has received, which will determine whom the first-round opponents will be in these double-elimination tournaments.

Tae Min Hwang
Matthew Anderson
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Sarah McKerrigan: Medieval Romance

Glynnys Talken had a lot of fun at her last 2005 public book signing presentation.  She is hard pressed now working on her next Medieval Romance book to be on sale by April 2006 under Warner Publishing.  Glynnis was last weekend—through October 8th and 9th—at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  You can find at our Store section all the Medieval Romance books written by her.  Glynnis provided us with a photo of her book signing at Seaside Scottish Games.

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BlizzCon: Limited-Edition Items Sale

While the BlizzCon goody bag will have a little something for everyone to take home, attendees might still want some loot to share with friends and guildmates who couldn’t make it to the show. With that in mind, we’ve created a variety of limited-edition items that will make their debut at BlizzCon. Please visit the BlizzCon Merchandise page to check out some of this epic BlizzCon gear. These items will all be produced in limited quantities, so be sure to stop by the BlizzCon Store as early as you can at the show…before someone ninja loots everything out from under you!

Malfurion Stormrage is In-Game

A player that has advanced through killing one of the four Emerald Dream dragons made a great discovery.  It seems the Emerald Dream instance isn’t too far from been released.  The dream form of Malfurion Stormrage NPC came before Remulos in the Moonglades to report that C’thun the fifth Old god is the cause of the Nightmare within the Emerald Dream.  We get to discover that Cenarius’ spirit is helping Malfurion in the Emerald Dream—which is a big chance Cenarius NPC will offer quests at some point.  Malfurion also mentions that Illidan has lost his mind after his defeat during his showdown with Arthas.  Read the brief dialogue between Malfurion and Remulos at our Wow Story Arcs section

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The Fifth Old god C’Thun and the Qiraji

The Silithus storyline seems to be among the most epic lorewise to be released in patch 1.8.  One of the quests involves Geologist Laksbane who reads from an ancient script the story of the origin of the Qiraji, revealing that indeed a fifth Old god existed.  This Old god is named C’Thun—creator of the Qiraji.  The Silithid were one of the creatures sprung to life by the Well of Eternity, but used as a tool by the Old god C’Thun to serve as avatars.  The Avatars were known as the Qiraji, who enslaved the Silithid as hosts.  According to War of the Ancients Trilogy novel, three Old gods were imprisoned beneath the ground by the Titans.  In Darkshore, by the Master’s Glaive, can be found the skull of one of the Old gods impaled by a Titan sword.  The revelation of C’Thun—an old god fallen in Silithus—confirms the existence of a fifth god.  Read the full story at our Wow Story Arcs section

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Help WCRadio test BlizzCon P2P Video seed

This coming Tuesday, October 11th, is WoW Radio’s First Birthday!  On our anniversary we will be doing the first live video broadcast test and we need your help. Join #blizzcon before or on Tuesday and be there from 8am – 2pm EST (5am – 11am PST, 1pm-7pm UK time) and you will be able to watch our first live video feed. Download mIRC at and connect to the above channel, or try our Java applet by clicking the button “Chat” on the left side. Once in, type /join #blizzcon to be in our BlizzCon channel, and /nick yournamehere to change your alias.

We are trying to overload the server as much as possible so bring as many people as you can to watch. Viewers with all kinds of connections are welcome as we would like to determine who can and can’t connect using different streams. You will be required to download a special media player that enables you to watch a BitTorrent-based video stream. The stream distributes the load of the live feed amongst many different viewers enabling everyone to watch us at higher resolutions.

Thanks for your paitence and see you Tuesday!

Tigole: Ahn’Quiraj Difficulty

Ever wanted to know how difficult Ahn’Quiraj will be in comparison with other instances?  Tigole explains the difficulty differences between Blackwing Lair, Zul’Gurub and the upcoming raid instances of Ahn’Quiraj by Patch 1.9.  Read below the details:

Blizzplanet: BlizzCon Ticket Winners

Please be patient to get a full list of the fans that won the Free Tickets to BlizzCon after our recent Lore Q&A Contest.  So far I have gotten authorization from two of the three winners to post their In-game Screen-name.  The third one is pending reply:

  • Game name: Amyria (Dalaran Realm)
  • Game name: Borian (Cenarius Realm)
  • Game name: Alumriel (Dragonblight Realm)

Congratulations to the winners.  You will be able to play World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on at BlizzCon =]

Special thanks to everyone who participated in the contest and thanks to Blizzard for providing the tickets to the registered members of the Blizzard Fansites Program.

Wow.Stratic Contest Winners

Ladybeth buzzed us that the winner of their Contest was chosen and won a free ticket to BlizzCon.  Congratz to the winner.  Check out the winner’s screenshot over at

WoW Radio to Broadcast BlizzCon

WCRadio to Broadcast Live Videostream from BlizzCon.  As promised, Blizzard Entertainment made the official announcement of what few days I reported to be a surprise.  WCRadio will transmit a LIVE Videostream broadcast of BlizzCon with the help of from China using Peer-to-peer technology known as ppstream.  Blizzard fans will be able to watch the show live using Windows Media Player.  WCRadio needs to rent 3 Canon XL2 cameras.  If you wish to help WCRadio with few donations you can do so here via Paypal.

Blizzard: “While we wish every player could attend this year’s BlizzCon, we understand that a large number of players will be unable to make the trip. But there is still hope! Blizzard is pleased to announce that WoW Radio will be offering live video feeds of some of the different events at BlizzCon. You can look forward to watching some of the Q&A panels, the costume contest, interviews with Blizzard employees, and several other big events live from your computer. As we head into the last few weeks before the convention begins, please keep checking WoW Radio’s BlizzCon website, for more information.

WoW Radio also airs Shoutcast “Radio Shows” every day that you can listen to from your computer. These talk shows cover the latest news and community discussions about World of Warcraft. Check out their website for running schedules and downloads of their archived shows”

Athalus needs 3 Canon XL2 video cameras.  If you have a business and wish to sponsor WCRadio please contact athalus at [email protected]  A commercial of your business can be run live during the videostream and ad banners in the website can be arranged. World of Warcraft has 4 million paid-subscribers that will be a potential target for any sponsor able to support WCRadio live videostream from BlizzCon

Ohh Noes!!! Blizzard does it Again!

Something strange is happening at website.  The page loads a random image with a simple message: 10. 7. 05
Remember the infamous Starcraft: Ghost countdown back on 2002?  This may mean there is a big announcement to be done today!  The HTML page has a hidden message saying: “Get ready!”.  Some fans speculate a new game will be announced, or a new franchise, or a Diablo related game, while others speculate that there will be a new Ladder reset and others say Starcraft: Ghost date release will be announced based on this image
. Here is another variant image with the .999_=1 message.  Below are the Teaser images displayed randomly on reload: has word that Devs are teasing fans over at the forums with clues and hints driving them crazy.  Rumor is that Starcraft, Warcraft III and Diablo II will shortly be announced to launch a Nintendo DS version.  We will have to wait late today for the official news.  Keep updated.
Everyone is mind-boggled refreshing website all day long to find out!

UPDATE: Very … interesting.  It was all about a new website layout, no new game announcements. 

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StarCraft Nominated for the Walk of Game!

Every year, gamers worldwide cast their vote on to induct the next set of honorees to receive a steel star on the “Walk of Game,” located in the Metreon entertainment complex in San Francisco, CA. This year, we?re very proud to announce that StarCraft has been included among the esteemed group of classic games and game characters that have been nominated for this honor! We?d like to encourage all gamers to visit the site and vote for any of the nominees that they believe most deserves a star. Voting will be open throughout the month of October.

Current Rankings:
EverQuest 35.2%
Final Fantasy 30.3%
Lara Croft (Tomb Raider) 25.2%
The Sims 25.1%
Tetris 21.2%
Pac-Man 21.0%
StarCraft 19.9%

Winners announced shortly

Stay tuned for the announcement of winners of the contest held recently.  Three lucky players will win a Free ticket to attend BlizzCon.  I will email winners around 2:30 A.M. EST/-5GMT.

UPDATE (4:28A.M.):  Winners were chosen randomly and emailed.  The winners were submitted to Blizzard Entertainment.  Congratulations! Their screen name and server will be announced soon—if they authorize it to be disclosed.  We wish the winners a lot of fun.  Blizzard just announced that World of Warcraft Expansion hands-on will be possible in BlizzCon.  Special thanks to those not fortunate to win one of the three tickets, for participating in the fun and educating Contest.  I hope everyone enjoyed reading some of the Warcraft lore obtained from in-game quests, Warcraft Novels and Warcraft RPG books.

Ventrillo Mac Version Soon

Ventrillo announced that a release of a mac version is on the horizon.  This news will make many World of Warcraft players happy, including Warcraft 3 and Starcraft players.

The Ventrilo / Macintosh client tech support forum is here pending the official release of the client.  The forum will be activated once the first release is made available.  Thank you for your support and interest in the Mac client.  At the current time we do not have an official release date. Once we do, it will be posted here and possibly some indication on the download page.

WCRadio Sponsorship

WoW Radio currently runs seven shows a week to a highly targeted audience. We have a major event coming up that we require sponsorship for, and would like to make it known that we are open to discussing sponsorship or advertising plans with reputable individuals or companies. If you might be interested in this, feel free to e-mail Athalus at [email protected] as soon as possible.

So far we have purchased our rendering computer. We are still in need of at least one Canon XL2 camera, and ideally one additional computer and camera. We also need a data center that can provide a very fat bandwidth pipe.  If you wish to further support, use Paypal to donate at

NPR radio talks Hakkar Disease

NPR radio featured a topic related to the Blood of Hakkar disease that spread for days in major cities of Azeroth few days ago.  To listen to the radio broadcast click the listen image at the following page:

A recent outbreak of a “plague” in a popular online game has scientists considering how the virtual world may provide clues to what people would do in real-world pandemics. In the role-playing game World of Warcraft, a “corrupted blood” spell killed characters and affected players in unexpected ways.

Wow Expansion [email protected] BlizzCon

The World of Warcraft development team has confirmed that BlizzCon attendees will be able to go hands-on with a playable sneak peek of the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion. For those who won’t be able to attend BlizzCon, please note that gaming magazines hitting newsstands in different regions of the world around the time of the event will feature in-depth previews on the new content we have in store. Click here to learn more about BlizzCon.

We have recently placed some exhibit-only BlizzCon tickets on sale, for those of you who are interested in attending BlizzCon and trying out the World of Warcraft expansion set. See the recent announcement for more information

IMPORTANT: Permanent Forum Ban

Fangthooth posted in all CAPS a very important new Forum Rule for Wow Forums that may cause you to get perma-banned:

We are breaking our own rule by posting the subject line for this in all caps because it is especially important that everyone reads this:

If you post links that ultimately lead to any images of areas in the game that are not yet designed to be accessible by players in the retail version, you will be permanently banned from participating in the World of Warcraft forums

Glynnis: Seaside Scottish [email protected], CA

Glynnis Talken—voice actress of Starcraft Kerrigan and Diablo II Rogue/Kashya—will have her last public presentation before she dedicates to finish her medieval romance book to be Published by Warner on April 2006.  Glynnis recently signed with Warner as new publisher and her new writer seudonym will be Sarah McKerrigan.  You can find her at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  Glynnis will be there all day Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th at the Tea & Sympathy booth.  Although the event is not Blizzard related, she has told me in the past that all Starcraft and Diablo II fans are more than welcome to show up for a autograph on any poster, game box, or product; a photo or simply to say hello.  Read the Newsletter below:

BlizzCon Exhibit-Only Tickets On Sale

Missed out on the full $120 Show Pass that includes the concert but still interested in checking out the exhibit halls? You’re in luck! We’re now offering Exhibit-Only tickets for BlizzCon at a price of USD $85! An Exhibit-Only ticket entitles you to all the same privileges and access as a regular BlizzCon ticket except for the closing-night concert. You’ll still get your goody bag and access to the exhibit halls, seminars, stores, tournaments, and developers at BlizzCon. If you’d like to take advantage of this limited-time offer, please click here to purchase your BlizzCon Exhibit-Only ticket now

Trial Account Info

There were concerns of cheating of farmers by using Trial versions of World of Warcraft, to which Eyonix responded there is nothing to fear:

Eyonix: “Since there has been some recent confusion concerning the issue, I thought I’d clarify that in order to protect our player base from abuse, we have placed some restrictions on accounts created using the promotional trial version of World of Warcraft that is available through certain magazine publications. Please be aware that these restrictions are only in place during the trial period; players who decide to purchase a retail copy of World of Warcraft and activate their accounts will be able to continue adventuring with the same characters and take full advantage of all features included in the retail version of the game.

During the trial period, characters on the promotional accounts will be able to advance up to level 20 and accumulate up to 10 gold. Use of the auction house and mailbox, player-to-player trade, and access to the in-game chat channels will be unavailable for the duration of the 14-day trial period”

Warcraft III Patch v1.20

The Warcraft III patch v1.20 has been released to address an issue that disabled Spirit Walkers from resurrecting other Spirit Walkers, as well as a few map changes. Simply connect to to download and install the latest patch.

If you have The Frozen Throne expansion installed you only need to download and install The Frozen Throne patch. For the easiest patching process it is recommended that you connect to  If you need to download the patch via internet browser, you can find international versions of patch 1.20 for both PC and Mac for Warcraft III Original and Frozen Throne.  Read the Patch Notes below:

Blizzplanet: 3 Free BlizzCon Tickets

Wish to win FREE tickets to BlizzCon?  Easy.  You don’t need to own World of Warcraft.  Starcraft, Warcraft III, Diablo players and even if you aren’t a Blizzard player can win one of Three BlizzCon Tickets given to Blizzplanet by Blizzard Entertainment.

Now … you would say, how can I win one of these Three Tickets?  Just answer a Q&A after reading some of my questions.  All you need to do is to read the links provided to gather the answers if you do not know them.  This will encourage you to read some of the Warcraft lore hidden within Blizzplanet’s pages and if your answers are correct you will be added into a drawing.  I will choose randomly three winners from a batch of entries, then I will contact and display the name of the winners.  Email your answers to [email protected]

NOTE: You must provide your full name, and home address.  The winner’s info will be sent to Blizzard to mail your BlizzCon badge.  Your personal info won’t be shared with anyone else and will be destroyed thereafter.

  • Read the 14 questions below and email your answers to participate and win a ticket to BlizzCon.  The deadline for submissions is Thursday, October 6th at 11:59pm EST/-5GMT so HURRY up!
  • Additionally, you can participate at our friendly Contest for 1 more possibility to win a ticket.  Therefore, also try out their contest by reading their simple Contest Rules

Once you participate, since winners no longer have to pay Admission entry, take a look at the following discounts:

  • Travel Discounts for BlizzCon Attendees
    American Airlines and Avis have arranged to provide special discounts for BlizzCon attendees who book flights/car rentals with them. Please visit the BlizzCon Travel Page for details on how you can take advantage of these special offers. Among the discounts are Airplane tickets, many Hotels, and Disney Resort discount tickets.  The page provide Ground Transportation maps to get to Anaheim.

Wow.Stratics Givingaway BlizzCon Tickets

Blizzard Entertainment and World of Warcraft Stratics have teamed up to provide you a chance to win a ticket to the 2005 BlizzCon, held October 28th & 29th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA.  Interested in attending BlizzCon and getting all the goodies? Read on.

Stratics is having a drawing on Thursday October 6th for the most unique WoW character. What makes a unique character you might ask? Your style of course! We will be looking for a character that has the most unique name, dress and pose.

To enter please send a screenshot of your character and character’s name to [email protected] by Thursday 11:59pm est and on Friday our Stratics staff will pick who the most unique character is! When sending in your entries please also include your real name so we are able to match you up with the BlizzCon ticket you will be receiving.  We look forward to seeing all your entries and good luck!

Christie Golden New Book

As a follow up to our interview with Christie Golden, we want to announce that she released a new book—not related to Blizzard – is on sale.  Christie Golden wrote Warcraft: Lord of the Clans.  If you liked her writting style depicting Thrall’s rise to shamanistic ways, you may like her new book series.  IN STONE?S CLASP, the sequel to ON FIRE?S WINGS may be ordered here.  Read the critics reviews and a close up of the book cover here.

Although this is not a Blizzard book, I personally am grateful to all Blizzard book writers, freelancers and employees who give of their time to be interviewed by Blizzplanet, and as a thanks we follow up on their future and current projects.  For more details read the official press release at her What’s New section.

Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor

We have added an excerpt of Chapter One from Warcraft: Of Blood and Honor—a pocketbook written by Chris Metzen few years ago.  This hard to find book is available in Acrobat Reader PDF format and was added to our Warcraft Pocketbooks section at the comfortable price of only $ 4.00.

For those who didn’t know,  the main characters of this book are NPCs in World of Warcraft.  The Paladin is the simple guy outside a cabin near the Thondroril river northwest of Eastern Plaguelands, by the entrance to Terrorweb Tunnel.  Once you complete all his quests, he will reveal to you his true name …  Tirion Fordring and below his name the tag: (Order of the Silver Hand).  The second NPC is named Eitrigg, former member of the Blackrock Clan, now an NPC next to Thrall at the Valley of Wisdom.  Warcraft: Of Blood of Honor is about this Alliance Paladin. This story takes place before Warcraft III Reign of Chaos, and is a backstory for the Knights of the Silver Hand.  After Lordaeron’s Fall and the loss of their leader Uther the Lightbringer, the Knights of the Silver Hand changed their name to Scarlet Crusade, distorting their credo into zealotry.  With Tirion’s son becoming High Lord of the Scarlet Crusade as protege of High General Abbendis.  In the book, Taelan is but a young boy who loved his father Tirion. Enjoy the excerpt, and order the eBook at your leisure.

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JOB: Quest Designer

An incredible opportunity to join the World of Warcraft development team has just been announced! Quest designers pour their creativity and writing skills into creating unique, engaging and entertaining quests within the World of Warcraft. If you?re a gifted storyteller with an outstanding ability to craft adventures and dialogue for quests, the Quest Designer position may very well be your dream job. Please see the Quest Designer job posting for complete information and apply soon ? this position will undoubtedly fill quickly.

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JOB: Next-Gen Engine Programmer

Blizzard Console is looking for a talented and experienced programmer to focus on engine development for next generation consoles.


  • 4+ years of game coding experience
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience writing efficient core engine code (directly to hardware, not through 3rd-party APIs).
  • Strong math skills.
  • Fluent in C/C++
  • A passion for making and playing games.


  • Knowledge of Assembly

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4 Green Dragons Preview

Blizzard released a new preview of the 4 Green Dragons introduced in patch 1.8—now live in US Test Servers.

“Ysera, the great Dreaming dragon Aspect rules over the enigmatic green dragonflight. Her domain is the fantastic, mystical realm of the Emerald Dream – and it is said that from there she guides the evolutionary path of the world itself. She is the protector of nature and imagination, and it is the charge of her flight to guard all of the Great Trees across the world, which only druids use to enter the Dream itself.

In recent times, Ysera’s most trusted lieutenants have been warped by a dark new power within the Emerald Dream. Now these wayward sentinels have passed through the Great Trees into Azeroth, intending to spread madness and terror throughout the mortal kingdoms. Even the mightiest of adventurers would be well advised to give the dragons a wide berth, or suffer the consequences of their misguided wrath”

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BlizzCon Sponsors and Prizes

Blizzard opened a new webpage at the official BlizzCon website showing pictures of many of those prizes, which will include cutting-edge gaming hardware and peripherals, books, posters, and more!  Among the companies sponsoring BlizzCon are Alienware, Western Digital, Intel, Creative Labs, Nvidia, White-Wolf Publishing, Tokyopop, Ideazon, Newegg, Cisco, Logitech, Fantasy Flight, and Video Games Live.

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