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30-Mar-2009 Pre-order Collector's Edition Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
Pre-order a numbered and signed copy of Arthas: Rise of the Lich King with a leather collectors gift set which includes a first edition hardcover copy of Arthas signed by Christie Golden, Numbered 1 out of 10,000, complete with certificate of authenticity and collectors Leather Gift Box.
30-Mar-2009 Now Available: Custom Guild Hats!
Following the launch of custom World of Warcraft guild shirts, SwagDog is now also offering custom guild hats. With them, players can display their guild tabard emblem across the front and have the option to display their guild name, name of the character they play, and faction icon on the back. The ordering interface also now interfaces directly with the Armory, making it even easier to retrieve your guild tabard design. Visit Warcraft.Swagdog.com today to show your guild pride with a custom guild shirt or hat.
30-Mar-2009 Brand-New Screenshots and Movie With BlizzCast #8
Continuing our behind-the-scenes look at Blizzard Entertainment games and developers, BlizzCast #8 features Q&A sessions about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III and finishes with an in-depth Diablo III interview discussing the special effects that create the world of Sanctuary, as well as the latest changes to the game’s UI.
Our complete transcript includes exclusive new screenshots of Diablo III and StarCraft II, as well as a short example movie from Diablo III.
Listen to BlizzCast #8!
27-Mar-2009 The StarCraft II website now in Russian
We are pleased to welcome you on the official StarCraft II website in Russian! Discover the forthcoming sequel to the legendary Blizzard best-seller, StarCraft. Get familiar with the new units and gameplay mechanics, read behind-the-scene interviews, learn the full story and understand the reasons behind the merciless war between three powerful races: Protoss, Terran and Zerg.
Feel free to explore our Movies and Downloads pages, to be regularly updated with Russian content. News and Q&A archives will be kept in English, while new materials will be published directly in Russian.
20-Mar-2009 Introducing the New Battle.net Account
We’re pleased to introduce the Battle.net account -- a brand-new way for players to manage their Blizzard Entertainment games, make online Blizzard store purchases, and more using just one set of login information.
In the near future, World of Warcraft players will be able to merge a World of Warcraft account (or multiple accounts) with a Battle.net account, and begin logging in to the game, the Armory, and the forums using their new Battle.net account login information.
Some of the other benefits of the Battle.net account include:
  • Fewer passwords to remember. One single login lets you access World of Warcraft (coming soon), the online Blizzard store, and more -- including upcoming games such as StarCraft II and Diablo III
  • Opt in to upcoming Blizzard Entertainment beta tests. Put yourself in the running to be invited to test upcoming games
  • Easy access to your classic games. Store your CD keys for classic Blizzard Entertainment titles, and then download the games whenever you wish
  • And more to come... We’re planning to add more features in the future, including tools to help friends communicate between games and bring players closer together

At this time, signing up is completely optional -- but if you’re interested in taking advantage of the benefits of the Battle.net account today, check out the FAQ for more information, or create an account now.
16-Mar-2009 Blizzard Global Writing Contest
If you enjoy the Blizzard Entertainment universes and have the drive to pen fantasy fiction in them, here’s your chance to shine. Whether you conjure stories in your free time or write for a living, you’re encouraged to enter and have the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard Entertainment headquarters in Southern California. This contest is open to entrants from around the world, though all submissions must be in English. For more information, head to the contest page or read the official rules.
11-Mar-2009 FigurePrints Launched in Europe
FigurePrints’s popular custom 3D figures of World of Warcraft® characters are now available for the first time to players throughout Europe. By visiting www.figureprints.com, players can design statues of the characters they play, posed the way they like, with all their favorite armor and weapons. The custom statues are manufactured using a high-tech 3D color printing technology and then hand-finished to produce one-of-a-kind works of art. For most of the last year, World of Warcraft players in North America have had to enter a lottery to win the chance to order one of these sought after works of art, but due to increased production capacity, FigurePrints is now able to offer instant ordering to all World of Warcraft players in Europe and North America. To learn more about FigurePrints or to place an order, please visit www.figureprints.com.
11-Mar-2009 2009 Arena Tournament Phase 2 Has Begun
Phase 2 of the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament has begun. Tournament participants have had ample time during the practice phase to hone their strategies, try various team compositions, and get familiar with playing with their team. It's now time to play for keeps. To track the progress of your team and competition, please visit the World of Warcraft Armory and select the Coliseum 1 battlegroup. Top teams will earn a chance to participate in live events, including the global finals being held at the recently announced BlizzCon.
If you have not yet registered for the tournament, you can still do so until March, 25 when Phase 3 begins. For more information on the tournament please visit our Arena Tournament information page; to discuss the tournament with your fellow players, please visit the Arena Tournament Forum. Good luck and may the best teams be left standing!
10-Mar-2009 IEM Global Finals Concluded
Season 3 of the Intel Extreme Masters has concluded with the Global Finals at CeBit in Hannover, Germany. Teams from all over the world were competing to become Global Champion with $75,000 in prize money.
Coming from the lower bracket and thus needing to win two best-of-five matches, the Korean team H O N, was able to beat SK Gaming 3:2 in a nail biting Grand Final. If you missed the Grand Final you can watch it as Video on Demand on the ESL TV website (registration required). While H O N receives $30,000 prize money the 2nd placed team takes home $15,000. The French team aAa nawaK placed 3rd and won $9,000 in prize money. Congratulations to all teams.
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!