UDE announces New Naxxramas Raid Deck and Treasure Pack

Upper Deck announced the release of the Naxxramas Raid Deck and the Treasure Pack. Those who speculated the WoW TCG was dying can kiss UDE’s, they got more stuff coming!

Upper Deck Releases Naxxramas Raid Deck and All-New Treasure Pack Naxxramas Treasure Pack is now available as a stand-alone product!

Carlsbad, CA (December 22, 2009)

Warcraft Manga and ScourgeWar TCG Sweepstakes!

Our friends from TOKYOPOP informed me they have united with Upper Deck to launch a new contest with some sweet prizes. You better participate for a chance at getting any of the prizes. All you need to do is login into your Tokyopop account and click a button. That’s all. Among the prizes are an entire collection of the Warcraft Legends manga, World of Warcraft: Death Knight by Dan Jolley and ScourgeWar loot cards (including the Spectral Kitten pet). Check out the rules page here to enter. If you have problems, feel free to contact me.

Update: Read the full rules to participate: Only natural persons who are legal residents of the 50 states of the United States and the District of Columbia and who are at least 13 years old at the time of entry are eligible. Identification must be produced on request. Employees of TOKYOPOP, its Sweepstakes sponsor (if any), advertising and promotional agencies, and their respective affiliates and associates and such employees’ immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses) and those living in the same household of each (whether related or not) are ineligible to participate.

Only one entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. If any entry requires the submission of any materials, such as photos or drawings, all such submissions become the property of TOKYOPOP and will not be returned..

Upper Deck Entertainment and TOKYOPOP Present The World of Warcraft Manga and Trading Card Game Just-Push-This-Button-It’s-That-Easy Contest!

How to Participate:

1. You must be a member of TOKYOPOP.com (register here)

2. Sign into your TOKYOPOP profile here.

3. Click the “Enter” button at the bottom of the following page by Sunday, December 6, 11:59PM, PST

4. Hang out, play some Warcraft, cross your fingers

5. Winners will be chosen and announced Monday, December 7

6. Prizes will ship by January 1, 2010


Two Grand Prizes

1 World of Warcraft Scourgewar Booster Pack ($95.76)
1 Warcraft: Death Knight Manga ($10.99)
1 Copy of Warcraft: Legends Volumes 1-5 ($54.95)

Three Runner Up Winners will get the following prizes:

One of these cards from the WoW TCG: ScourgeWar expansion:

  • Tiny Mount
  • Tuskarr Kite
  • Spectral Kitten pet

… and a copy of World of Warcraft: Death Knight.

Design Your Own World of Warcraft TCG Contest

Are you an artist? Here’s a very nice opportunity to win prizes and why not, even a resume booster by participating and winning the Design Your Own World of Warcraft Trading Card Contest.

Many of the artists who provided their talent to the artwork behind each TCG card have come from the Deviant Art community. Thus you have the same chance to win than any of those who got hired by Upper Deck.

Just in time for the holidays comes the Design Your Own World of Warcraft Trading Card Contest! If you want to win some great loot from Upper Deck, all you have to do is download the Hero card frame on our contest page, design a cool piece of artwork to fit the top frame and provide a description text of your very own custom-made Trading Card Game Hero card! If your card is the best, you could find some epic loot under your tree! Be sure to check out our Terms and Conditions before entering.

WoW TCG: Scourgewar Preview Event This Weekend

WoW TCG players, set your timers because the countdown has begun for the World of Warcraft TCG: Scourgewar Sneak Preview Events at various locations around the world through November 20-21. The Scourgewar Expansion will be officially at stores on November 24. Check out at the bottom of this page your location to find out where these events take place at.

The prizes for the tournament winners are: Scourgewar Playmat, Series 2 Priest Class Deck Box, and a cool Kilix the Unraveler Extended Art Card.

New Mr. T Mohawk Grenade TV Commercial

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the availability of the Mohawk Grenade, and to do so unveiled a new TV Commercial with Mr. T — who curiously is wearing a J!NX Murloc Taco T-Shirt. Upper Deck and J!NX to lure people to World of Warcraft? A picture in my mind shows Paul Sams smiling with a shiny gold tooth. Now that’s marketing strategy at its best.

Blizzard Quote:
“You gotta choice, Jack. You can watch Mr. T’s new TV commercial

UDE Senior Director Debunks WoW TCG Demise Rumors

The Upper Deck Senior Director Scott Gaeta addressed fans at the official UDE forum to debunk rumors that the World of Warcraft Trading Card Game (WoW TCG) is nearing its impending demise after the ScourgeWar set (On sale November 22, 2009).  The rumor caught momentum when the site claiming the demise said the buzz came from a reliable source.  No wonder, the Senior Director emerged to squash the bugger.

Gaeta revealed their team visited the Blizzard Entertainment offices in Irvine to discuss their 2011 plans for the WoW TCG, and as UDE informed a few weeks ago, they announced a schedule list for 2010.  The WoW TCG license is stronger than ever and to stay. The past weeks UDE has thrown the house through the window with spectacular WoW TCG Tournaments.  Precisely yesterday and today UDE held the 2009 Season 4 WoW TCG and Mini Realm Championship with up to $500,000 in prizes.

That looks pretty strong for a TCG line nearing its demise …


Billy Postlethwait Crowned World of Warcraft TCG World Champion

Billy Postlethwait Earns Top Prize at Upper Deck’s 2009 World of Warcraft TCG and Miniatures World Championships Floridian takes home $50,000 in first-place money!

Carlsbad, CA (October 15, 2009)—In a field rife with Mage, one player proved to be the king of casters: Darkmoon Faire Columbus winner Billy Postlethwait

WoW Darkmoon Faire Amsterdam 2009 Event Draws Record Crowd

Darkmoon Faire Amsterdam Draws Record Number of Visitors Crowd of 3,000 Converges on Westerpark Gasfactory to Witness Last European World of Warcraft® DMF Event of 2009

North Las Vegas, NV (Sept. 18, 2009) – On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 12 and 13, Upper Deck International hosted its World of Warcraft® Trading Card Game Darkmoon Faire in Amsterdam, and the result was the biggest Upper Deck World of Warcraft® Darkmoon Faire event ever! With more than 3,000 visitors gathering at the Westerpark Gasfactory, event organizers were ecstatic by the turnout.

′As the last European Darkmoon Faire of 2009, we were expecting Amsterdam to be a bigger event than usual, but we never expected it to be this big,″ said Carl Crook, Upper Deck International's Organized Play Manager. ′We are very excited that the game has been able to draw so much attention.″

As curious onlookers approached the venue, you couldn't help but notice the demonstration queue spilling out onto the sidewalk, and Upper Deck's volunteer staff was kept busy all weekend long performing demonstrations for more 2,000 inquisitive visitors. Many of the new players stayed on to participate in the beginners' tournaments using one of the free Starter Decks they each received. Visitors were also given an opportunity to expand their World of Warcraft® TCG collection by the on-site vendor, who accommodated consumers by taking orders after selling out of all event stock by noon on Saturday.

A total of 21 different countries were represented by the 222 players who took part in the main World of Warcraft TCG tournament, while the online competition drew 12 times as many players as the usual number of Darkmoon Faire participants. The result was additional tournaments being added throughout the weekend to accommodate the high volume.

The next major World of Warcraft® TCG event that's scheduled is the World Championships, which will take place in Austin, Texas, from Thursday, October 8, through Sunday, October 11. The next Darkmoon Faire event will be held in Las Vegas on December 4 through 6. Both the World Championships and the DMF Las Vegas happenings are open to the public. For more information on qualification and other World of Warcraft TCG events, please visit https://www.wowtcg.com/op

Upper Deck to Unveil Event-Exclusive World of Warcraft

Upper Deck has announced the launch of a new World of Warcraft mini during the GenCon 2009 event.  What makes me really scratch my head here is … this mini is South Seas-themed.  A sign Blizzard is announcing a new expansion based on the Maelstrom and the South Seas.  Can’t wait for Blizzcon to happen?

Blizzard Quote:
Carlsbad, CA (August 4, 2009)

WoW TCG: Fields of Honor Loot Cards Video

Upper Deck announced recently the ninth expansion World of Warcraft TCG: Fields of Honor which features three exclusive Loot Cards that allow you to get a scratch code to enable MMO in-game fun stuff. The Fields of Honor will be on sale this June 30. The best part is that you can test this right now on the PTR 3.1.2 by going to Booty Bay to talk to Landro Longshot.  Select the Fields of Honor and type the following code numbers:  For Path of Cenarius type 1111.  For Ogre Pinata type 2222.  And for El Pollo Grande type 3333.  The first two will place an item in your inventory.  Except El Pollo Grande.

You won’t find anything in your bag when you enter the code. Simply talk to Landro Longshot again and choose Fields of Honor and El Pollo Grande again.  It will let you access a vendor window to buy it for 100 gold. Go to the inventory and click on the icon to learn it.  You can access it from your character window under the pets tab.  Find it under mounts. Its icon is an egg.

At the bottom you can watch our video to show off each of the Loot Cards in action.  Further details at the official WoWTCG.com website.

Path of Cenarius

You get a stack of 100 Path of Cenarius.  When clicking it, your character starts casting, and beneath your feet animated-flowers appear.  When you walk, you leave a path of flowers behind you. Very similar to how the Path of Illidan works. If you wish to disable it, simply click the buff icon.


Ogre Pinata

You summon an Ogre Pinata hung on a wood stick.  It has merely 5342 health. When you destroy it, you can see an animation of a burst of candies. The Ogre pinata disappears, and is replaced by a pile of candies on the ground.  Anyone around you can pick up the candies.  You can only loot up to 20 Pink Gunballs. When you eat one, you get a 5 minutes buff that allows you to blow pink gum bubbles. The Ogre Pinata has a 30 minutes cooldown.


El Pollo Grande

This is an awesome new mount that you can redeem in the MMO.  Landro Longshot will sell this mount to you for 100 gold when you activate your scratch code.  When idle, it will ocassionally scratch under its right wing with the beak.  When you press jump while idle, it will do its rooster voice emote. It is a very fast speed mount.


2009 New York Comic Con: Share Your Questions

I am gearing up with a press badge to attend the 2009 New York Comic Con to bring you as many details as possible of all Blizzard Entertainment products to be showcased at the event.  The event will take place through February 6-8. Among the companies coming to the New York Comic Con are: Pocket Star Books, Tokyopop, and DC Comics. Sideshow Collectibles, sadly, isn’t coming to the event this year (bottom). I will be in contact with some writers and with Upper Deck to find out if they are attending.

The line-up of products to be most likely showcased are:

  • World of Warcraft: Arthas
  • Starcraft: The Dark Templar, Twilight
  • Warcraft Legends Vol. 3
  • World of Warcraft: Death Knight
  • DC Direct World of Warcraft Action Figures
  • World of Warcraft Comic Book

One Blizzard product in particular I am hoping to hear about—crosses fingers—is the StarCraft Comic Book. My DC Comics contact wouldn’t budge to offer details a few days after Blizzcon 2008.  It was revealed in the BlizzCon comic sampler. DC Comics will make an announcement of this comic on 2009. The matter is when. New York Comic Con could be a good candidate for the announcement, as well as San Diego Comic Con (July).  It was at the San Diego Comic Con where the World of Warcraft comic book was first announced.

Keith R.A. DeCandido confirmed to be attending the event. I will corner him to get some details of the Starcraft Ghost; Academy trilogy (manga) and the Starcraft Ghost: Spectre (Pocket Star Book).  Aaron Rosenberg will be book signing copies of World of Warcraft: Beyond the Dark Portal. Jim Lee (Wildstorm) and Bill Roper (ex-Blizzard North) will be at the event too.

Pocket Star Books will be at booth 1402.  Tokyopop at booth 1621 and DC Comics at booth 1641. Grab your tickets online early. They are more expensive on-site.

Open to the Public:
Friday, February 6—1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, February 7—10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, February 8—10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Got any questions for any of those companies about a particular product? Feel free to share your questions to ask them on your behalf.

UDE Free Shipping Offer on WoW products

Upper Deck announced a holiday limited time offer on all orders over $49.99 which is quietly great for those who plan to give someone special a cool Christmas, or Thanksgiving gift. World of Warcraft Miniature Game and Trading Card Games are covered by this offer.

The perfect loot to give this holiday season. Get Free Shipping only and exclusively through online orders of $49.99 made at UpperDeckStore.com. This Limited Time Offer ends on Friday, November 21st at 11:59 p.m.  Offer valid only on select items. Some restrictions may apply. Free ground shipping is automatically activated at checkout on orders of $49.99 or more.

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