PlanetWarcraft Interview with Shane Dabiri

Planetwarcraft.com got an interview with Shane Dabiri—World of Warcraft Producer, about Battlegrounds, Hero Classes, Housing and Future Expansions.  Not much was answered on the last three topics, but Shade Dabiri talks about some of their plans for Casual and High-end Content.

Battlegrounds is Live!

The Battlegrounds Patch is now LIVE including Alterac and Warsong Gulch.  Alterac Mountains of Lordaeron is Alterac Valley, where teams of 40 complete PvP quests, enlist the aid of powerful NPCs, and clash over strategic objectives in an all-out battle for domination. In the Northern Barrens, on the highly contested border between Horde and Alliance territory, lies Warsong Gulch, a fast-paced capture-the-flag-based Battleground where teamwork and strategy are the keys to success. Simply log in to World of Warcraft to begin downloading the latest patch and start in on all the fun.

For additional information on World of Warcraft’s Battlegrounds, please visit the new Battlegrounds mini section, which contains information about the rewards for both Alterac Valley and Warsong Gulch, as well as each Battleground’s score screen!

Glynnis Talken: San Diego Scottish Festival, CA

Glynnis Talken, voice of Starcraft Kerrigan, announced a book signing event in San Diego Scottish Festival at Brengle Terrace Park in Vista, California on June 25th and 26th.  Although, it is not a Blizzard event, Blizzard fans are welcome to bring their posters and/or Blizzard products to be signed by her.  You may also take photos with her.  Submit your photos with Glynnis Talken to us and let us know your experience.  Glynnis is known for her Medieval Romance books and for her talents in voice acting in Starcraft, Diablo II and MTV TheMaxx.  Look for Glynnis at the Tea & Sympathy booth

The San Diego Scottish Festival will have plenty of other great experiences:

  • Highland Dancing, Drum Major, Bagpipe & Drumming Competitions

  • Sheep Dog Trial

  • Scottish Country Dancing

  • Scottish Food, Drink & Merchandise

    For directions, email, Phone, Fax and maps on where to find the Scotish Festival location, visit sdhighlandgames.org/

  • Emerald Dream Active?

    Caydiem was very cryptic on her answer to one of the fans when asking if the Emerald Dream was an instance we can get into now or if we had to wait until Blizzard releases it officially.  Ever since Closed Beta during installations of patches, everyone has noticed when clicking the details tab, that Emerald Dream files are updated and that exist already within our client.

    Caydiem answered:

    ” Perhaps with study and patience, the Emerald Dream may become open eventually… but for the time being it remains closed to all.”

    That pretty much leaves everyone with a fallen jaw.  It seems that the Emerald Dream is waiting for a player to find a way to enter it.  Below is a summary of the quests tying with the Emerald Dream.  Read below . . .
    UPDATED June 4 at 6pm

    Blackwing Lair Preview

    Blackwing Lair Instance will be the next major content patch to be released, followed by Zul’Gurub.  World of Warcraft UK Website has released a preview of what to expect in Blackwing Lair and a few screenshots.  The instance will be inside Upper Blackrock Spire, on the opposite side of the hall leading to the Beast area.  Nefarian—known as Blackwing, is son of Deathwing and brother of Onyxia.  Caydiem confirmed that Blackwing Lair will be more difficult than Molten Core.  No doubt a great challenge for hardcore guilds.  Read the full preview at Wow-Europe.

    New SCM Draft 0.55

    SCM Draft has a bunch of new features, check them out!  For those of you who don’t know SCM Draft is a replacement Staredit.  Note: SCMDraft is not supported nor made by Blizzard.

    Some features include:

    • Ability to open multiple maps simultaneously
    • Ability to open multiple windows of the same map
    • Ability to preview units viewrange (Actual fog of war)
    • Ability to zoom out
    • Completely redesigned terrain palette, easier to use and improved scroll speed
    • More liberty with brush sizes
    • The unit tree now includes doodads, sprites, as well as terrain
    • All sounds are now played using DirectSound, the wav dialog will no longer lock up.

    View the Official News Report for full information and features.

    Blizzplanet Forums

    Blizzplanet has officially joined a forum community with 30,000 members and usually 150 members online at any time.  Our old forums was down for a long time due to security issues.  A conversion of users database was transfered to yabbse forum, but old threads were not converted, making the forum look empty, and our members no longer kept the forum active.  I have visited a forum community for last 3 years and have liked the seriousness and friendlyness of the moderators and decided to talk to them to join them as a Forum Community where Blizzplanet visitors may interact with a community of 30,000 members to talk about Blizzard games, Warcraft lore, World of Warcraft, Starcraft, etc.  It was a harsh decision for us, but in the long run we hope that our visitors may have an official place to call a community.  Please, visit the forum link at our left menu and register. Thanks for your loyalty to Blizzplanet in the last few years.

    Wow Test Server: Battleground Patch 1.5.0.

    The Wow Test Server has a new patch to download with new changes for Battleground Alterac.  The Battlegrounds patch for normal servers will be available early June.  For now you can test the changes by copying your character onto the Test Server.  Read here the Patch notes for the changes made to Battlegrounds Alterac and Warsong Gulch.

    New Warcraft MP3 Soundtrack

    Blizzard released a new musical selection from the Warcraft III soundtrack named Human.  I listened to this soundtrack and it is pretty cool with a choral.  Download it Here

    New Warcraft MP3 Soundtrack

    Blizzard released a new musical selection from the Warcraft III soundtrack named Human.  I listened to this soundtrack and it is pretty cool with a choral.  Download it Here

    Warcraft III: ACON5 U.S. Finals at E3

    On Thursday, May 19, the US Finals of ACON5 took place at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. The four players who had previously qualified at local preliminaries across the U.S. were flown out to E3 to compete for a trip to the Grand Finals in Xian, China. This represented one of several dozen national finals worldwide in one of the year’s big e-sport events.  With the games being announced live in front of the industry crowd at E3, and being broadcast over Internet radio, the finals got underway. In the end, night elf player mTw-Wizard won 2-0 over the local Irvine, CA finalist rS.Etched. Wizard will now go on to represent the U.S. at the Grand Finals on June 4 and 5.

    Glynnis Signing at Pomona Fairplex

    As you may see above in our Community Events sticky, Glynnis Talken—Voice Actress of Kerrigan (Starcraft) will do a signing presentation  on Saturday, May 28-29.  You will be able to meet her.  Glynnis told us in our previous interview that if you bring any Blizzard item, poster, or any other Starcraft or Diablo product she will gladly sign it for you.  Make sure to submit to us any screenshots you take with her.

  • Event: USS Scottish Festival and Games
  • Location: Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California
  • Hellgate: London E3 2005 Movie


    After I downloaded the E3 movie of Hellgate: London, I was literally breath-taken.  This is by far the best Trailer Teaser I have ever seen, and mark that on bold neon words. If you don’t believe me, sit tight and fasten your belt for an awesome ride by watching it yourself.  It shows the maturity and level expected from the team of Flagship Studios.  1up.com—sister of the Ziff-Davis Network, slipped a note to Flagship Studios boys at E3 and surprised them with the news that 1up has nominated Hellgate: Londor for Best RPG at E3 2005.  You can read a 4-pages review Here

    Official: Starcraft: Ghost Goes Multiplayer

    We are pleased to share with you the news.  Starcraft: Ghost is officially going multiplayer.  The website of Starcraft: Ghost has been revamped with a lot of new info, wallpapers, screenshots, E3 Movies, Concept Art and more about the Multiplayer modes and the Capture the flag gameplay movie for Starcraft: Ghost.  Finding out Starcraft: Ghost is gone multiplayer really thrills me.  It was here in Blizzplanet where the rumor of Starcraft: Ghost going Multiplayer started and spanned to Bluesnews, Shacknews, VoodooExtreme, SCLegacy, Judgehype(france), ActionTrip, Filefront, GamersHell, Fragland, and other network sites when we published and linked the following News, titled Starcraft: Ghost going Multiplayer?

    A Guide To Survival In Warsong Gulch

    Joanica wrote a guide to play Warsong Gulch Battlegrounds and explains the misconceptions of Honor points in this Capture the Flag based game.  What is more important? To kill many players like in PvP or to get the flag? Read the details Here

    Hellgate: London preview at Gamespy

    Gamespy wrote a 4-pages preview of Hellgate: London with details of the storyline and the variety of weapons and their abilities. There are few new screenshots too.  Furthermore, Flagship Studios website got a new layout and many of the sections in the menu were updated.  I recommend checking it out.  The game section was updated as well.

    Christie Golden Interview

    We interviewed Christie Golden, writer of Warcraft: Lord of the Clans as promised.  In this mini-interview we are able to get to know closely the feelings of the author toward this story where Thrall’s life from childhood serves as pivotal storyline to the Warcraft lore in Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos, The Frozen Throne expansion and World of Warcraft MMORPG.  Read our interview