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10-Mar-2009 Warcraft III 2009 Tournament Begins
The Warcraft III 2009 Tournament is now live. We've reset the Battle.net open Warcraft III ladder to even the playing field, and the top 100 players from each region will have the chance to join the fray on the invitational ladder. For more information about the 2009 Tournament please see our FAQ. Good luck!
06-Mar-2009 Continental Final Results
The Intel Extreme Masters World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena Tournament Continental Finals have come to an end. In the grand finals the Bulgarian team from iNNERFiRE won over Nihilum Plasma with a score 3:2. While iNNERFiRE takes home $15,000 Nihilum Plasma still gets $6,000. Check out the full results at the events page.
You can view the Tournament Tree here. If you missed the action you can use the Video on Demand service located here.
The Global Finals of the Intel Extreme Masters World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena Tournament will commence on Saturday morning. Seven European teams are qualified and you can take a look at the groups here.
06-Mar-2009 Warcraft III 2009 Tournament Preview
We're pleased to announce the Warcraft III: The Frozen Throne 2009 Tournament, the seventh edition of the Battle.net Warcraft III ladder tournaments. The upcoming tournament will use a similar format to the previous tournaments, using the three invitational ladders hosted on the Kalimdor, Northrend, and Azeroth realms. Once again, these ladders will initially be populated on an invitation-only basis and feature the world's most established and successful Warcraft III players. Each will function as a standard Battle.net solo ladder, with their own web interface displaying rankings, and their own map pools. Additionally, top performers from each invitational ladder will have a chance to win a StarCraft II beta key. For more information and details on the tournament please check out the FAQ.
06-Mar-2009 World of Warcraft Mouse: Feel the Difference
With 15 programmable buttons, 130 preset game commands and customizable in-game macros, the World of Warcraft MMO Gaming Mouse from SteelSeries is the latest in gaming mouse technology. This mouse is built with an ergonomic design and also features a lighting option capable of 16 million colors. For additional game control, SteelSeries also offers the Zboard keyset, a keyboard add-on designed specifically for customizable one-touch macros. For full details, please visit www.steelseries.com; the mouse is now available at the Blizzard Online Store, and also in major gaming and electronics stores everywhere.
27-Feb-2009 Blizzard at CeBit in Hanover
In the upcoming week, Season 3 of the Intel Extreme Masters (Electronic Sports League) is climaxing at CeBit in Hanover, Germany. From March 3rd to 8th, the Continental Finals Europe followed by the Global Finals of the Extreme Masters, will take place to determine the winner of the 3v3 Arena Tournament.
During the competition, the Electronic Sports League will provide a free non-stop video stream, allowing everyone worldwide to watch all of the matches live with commentary in English. For more details, including team profiles, rules, and the video stream, see the official coverage page.
In addition to this tournament, you will also be able to play World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King in the Free Gaming Area.
27-Feb-2009 Diablo III Bestiary Update: The Unburied
The Diablo 3 Bestiary now features a new creature from the realm of Sanctuary: the unburied.
Something is dreadfully wrong. Fear is in the air; I can feel it. I was but days out of Tristram when I saw a screaming ball of flame rip across the sky. Surely enough, soon after witnessing this harbinger of doom, I stumbled upon a badly mangled traveler. He was barely able to spit out the tale of the cursed monstrosity responsible for his broken body as his life drifted away. He called his killer "the unburied".
Check out the unburied entry now!

We've also expanded the media galleries with three new pieces of artwork and nine new screenshots.

25-Feb-2009 Blizzard Park Theme Art Contest!
What would you do if you could design the Blizzard Entertainment theme park of your dreams? Here's your chance to show us! Blizzard Entertainment is challenging you to design a theme park, complete with rides and attractions based on the universes of Starcraft, Warcraft, and Diablo. Submissions will be judged on design creativity, artistry, and imaginative use of the lore and spirit of Blizzard games.
Winning entries will receive prizes including StarCraft II beta keys, a chance to have their entry displayed at BlizzCon 2009, and more.
The contest closes on March 30, 2009 so don’t delay! Learn more about the fabulous prizes and the contest details at the official contest page or read the official rules.
17-Feb-2009 Registration for the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Is Now Open!
We’re pleased to announce that the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Registration is now open!
Remember, this year all participants in the tournament have a chance to earn the exclusive Armored Murloc in-game pet as well as the exclusive “Vanquisher” title, so get your team together and be ready for fierce competition.
For more information on the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament, take a look at our FAQ and remember to check back on the News Section for updates
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17-Feb-2009 BlizzCon 2009 Announced!
Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans for its fourth BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment’s Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes. To learn more, please read our press release.
13-Feb-2009 StarCraft II Valentine Wallpapers!
We have just added three new wallpapers to our StarCraft II Wallpapers Gallery. With a Valentine’s Day theme, choose between Protoss, Terran or Zerg wallpapers, or just get them all!