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20-Apr-2015 Heroes of the Storm Launches June 2

It’s already been a jam-packed year for Heroes of the Storm, and now it’s time to rally your fellow heroes and get ready for battle—the portal to the Nexus is about to bust wide open! We’ve just announced that Blizzard’s worlds will collide when Heroes of the Storm officially launches on June 2, following an open beta testing period that begins on May 20.

Heroes of the Storm will launch with more than 30 playable Heroes, over 130 skins, and 14 steadfast mounts, as well as seven dynamic Battlegrounds, each with unique challenges to overcome. And even more content, including Heroes, skins, mounts, and Battlegrounds, is on the way! Over the last year, we’ve also implemented more than 430 different color tints across our Heroes, skins, and mounts to help you customize your look and brawl in style. These color options will continue to be unlockable for free as you play your Heroes and seek to master them on the field of battle. We’ll have even more exciting Heroes developments in the coming months.

Remember that you can still sign up for the open beta via your Battle.net account.

Upcoming Launch Event

The Nexus is calling. Will you answer? To celebrate the launch of Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard will be holding a unique live-streamed event on June 1 in London. We’ll have more exciting information for you as the event draws near.

No Further Wipes

We won’t be performing any further wipes, so any progress or purchases you’ve made during the closed beta will carry through to the open beta as well as post-launch.

Thank You for Your Continued Feedback

We’ve enjoyed sharing the technical alpha and closed beta with you, and your feedback has helped us make Heroes even more epic. Thank you, as always, to everyone who has shared their thoughts on the game with us so far. We can’t wait to hear more from all of you as we move toward open beta testing in May, and the official launch in June.

Stay tuned for more, and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest Heroes of the Storm updates. We’ll see you in the Nexus!

12-Mar-2015 Join the Party at BlizzCon 2015 on November 6 and 7

Blizzard’s ninth BlizzCon gaming convention and community celebration is coming to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015! Tickets to go on sale in two batches on April 16 and April 18—read the press release and visit BlizzCon.com for more information, and get ready for two full days of Blizzard games, camaraderie, and epic eSports action.

06-Mar-2015 Blackrock Mountain Coming to Hearthstone
Prepare to test your mettle in Blackrock Mountain, a new magma-filled Adventure coming to Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft in April. Like Curse of Naxxramas, Blackrock Mountain will be released one wing per week and feature a slew of bosses to put your card-slinging skills to the test—along with 31 scorching new cards for your collection. Preorders go live on March 20—see the press release for all the details.
11-Feb-2015 Argi Raises More Than $1.9 Million
Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of World of Warcraft players around the world who purchased the Argi pet, we’ve raised a total of more than 1.9 million USD to support the ongoing Ebola relief efforts in Africa by the Red Cross. In December, we announced that for every Argi purchased by December 31, 2014, 100% of the adoption fee would be going to assist in aiding in the fight against this deadly disease -- and the community embraced this cute little intergalactic nibbler, helping out a great cause in the process. Thanks again to everyone who helped make a difference.
23-Oct-2014 Watch all the BlizzCon eSports Action!

Are you ready for the biggest Blizzard gaming event of the year? The world’s best World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Hearthstone players have battled their way along the Road to BlizzCon and will soon clash at the final destination—the World Championships at BlizzCon from November 7. This year’s epic show will also host the first ever official Heroes of the Storm Exhibition Tournament, where challengers will compete for honor and glory.

Who will rise above the rest and claim their share of the huge World Championships prize pool? Check out our BlizzCon viewing guide blog for links to our online BlizzCon eSports streams, where you’ll be able to watch all the eSports action as it happens. In addition to the official English-language streams, you can view the streams in other supported languages through one of our community streaming partners. Don’t miss it!

21-Oct-2014 Metallica Performing Live at BlizzCon 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that Metallica will be performing the closing concert at BlizzCon 2014, playing before a sold-out convention crowd on the night of November 8! If you didn’t score tickets to the show, don’t worry—you can still get a front-row seat from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon is a gaming convention like no other. With developer panels, exclusive interviews, intense eSports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an unforgettable concert from Metallica to close out the show on Saturday, this year’s event is one you won’t want to miss.

The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket lets you catch all of the action online, live and in high definition. You’ll also get access to this year’s epic collection of in-game goodies for World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls, Hearthstone, and Heroes of the Storm. Visit the Battle.net Shop to order your Virtual Ticket, and check out the press release for more details on Metallica’s performance.

14-Aug-2014 Warlords of Draenor™ Launches 13/11

The Iron Horde is on the march, and the Warlords of Draenor are primed to invade Azeroth on November 13! Steel yourself for the onslaught by watching an arsenal of vicious videos we’ve just unveiled in our recent live-stream event: the Warlords of Draenor opening cinematic, and the first installment of a new animated lore miniseries, Lords of War.

Live Stream Event Replay

If you missed the Warlords of Draenor live-stream event on Thursday, you can check out the replay below. You’ll also hear the WoW developers lay out details on the pre-launch in-game event, the gameplay of the expansion’s dynamic new PvP zone Ashran, and more.

Warlords of Draenor Cinematic

At a pivotal moment in Draenor history, Warsong chieftain Grommash Hellscream challenges destiny and reforges the fate of his people. Witness the rise of the Iron Horde in the newly revealed Warlords of Draenor opening cinematic.

Lords of War: Part 1—Kargath Bladefist

Before you can harbor any hope of defeating the Iron Horde, you must first understand what—and whom—you’re up against. Our new five-part series Lords of War introduces you to some of the major players in the campaign on Draenor—beginning with the sadistic Kargath Bladefist, leader of the Shattered Hand.

Visit www.worldofwacraft.com in the weeks ahead for more episodes of Lords of War, and arm yourself with the knowledge you need to survive the battle ahead.

And don’t forget you can pre-order Warlords of Draenor now to prepare for the expansion’s November 13 launch. A level-90 character boost is included with your pre-purchase, allowing you to sharpen your skills with a new class—or work out the rust with an old favorite—before all Hellscream breaks loose on Azeroth.

14-Aug-2014 Watch Our Gamescom Stream and Tweet for Loot

See highlights from each day at gamescom, plus developer interviews and insight, in our one-hour live-streamed show broadcast direct from the Blizzard booth. Stop by our dedicated gamescom website starting at 18:00 CEST on Friday and Saturday and 16:00 CEST on Sunday to catch all the action.

In addition, we’ll be holding a contest on Twitter during the event. To take part, simply tweet about Blizzard at gamescom using the hashtag #BlizzGC2014. Whether you’re at the event or watching the stream from home, the most creative comments, photos, and videos will have a chance to win some awesome goodies. One grand prize winner will receive an exclusive digital print of the artwork created onstage at gamescom by Blizzard artist Luke Mancini! For more details on how to participate, download the complete rules.

11-Aug-2014 gamescom 2014 Starts This Week!

The world’s largest games convention begins this Wednesday, August 13, in Cologne. Be sure to follow all the action on our dedicated gamescom 2014 site, whether or not you’re able to make it to the Koelnmesse in person. Use the #BlizzGC2014 hashtag on social media throughout the event, and your post could appear directly on the site! You’ll also find a full schedule of activities, daily live streams (details below), and more.

If you’re at gamescom, be sure to stop by the biggest Blizzard booth to date in Hall 7.1 (B051) for some unforgettable entertainment and a sneak peek at our newest games. Be among the first to see the incredible cinematic trailer for World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor on Thursday, August 14—the first fully public day of the event. The build-up to the big reveal starts at 18:00! If you can’t be there in person, join us on WorldofWarcraft.com from 18:30 CEST for a special live stream event.

Throughout the four public days of gamescom, you can get some hands-on play time with Warlords of Draenor and Heroes of the Storm on PC, Hearthstone on PC and iPad, and Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition on PS4. On the Blizzard stage, you’ll be able to see some epic eSports action, hear some music from our games performed by a live orchestra, check out our world-famous costume contest, view live drawing sessions by Blizzard artist Luke Mancini, and much more.

You’ll also have the chance to win some loot in our daily quizzes, WoW Leveling Contest, and WoW Dance Contest—stop by our booth between 9:00 and 13:00 on Sunday to sign up for the dance contest and show us your moves. And don’t forget about our first ever gamescom Shop in Hall 10.1, where you can pick up rare Blizzard souvenirs.

Whether you’re at gamescom or watching from home, be sure to check our dedicated site for hour-long live streams starting at 18:00 CEST on Friday and Saturday, and at 16:00 CEST on Sunday. They’ll bring you highlights from the event, developer interviews, and more.

We look forward to seeing you at gamescom 2014!

05-Aug-2014 WoD Cinematic and Release Date revealed at gamescom

Prepare to face the fury of the Iron Horde at gamescom!

For the build-up to the cinematic reveal, be at the Blizzard booth at gamescom (Hall 7.1 B051) on Thursday, August 14 from 18:00.

You’ll be among the first to see the incredible cinematic trailer for World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Warlords of Draenor. At the world’s largest games convention in Cologne, Germany, Blizzard Entertainment will unveil the cinematic to gamescom attendees on a giant screen as part of a special stage show. We’ll host live interviews with WoW developers, announce the Warlords of Draenor launch date, and visitors will also be able to participate in a unique WoW lore quiz for the chance to win Warlords of Draenor beta keys and other great loot.

You won’t want to miss it!