The 2010 European Warcraft Invitational has come to an end. We saw many thrilling games and high-speed action. In Warcraft III, Grubby, the King of Orcs, once more showed his exceptional play-style in the final against Happy, winning 2-to-1 and 2-to-0. In the World of Warcraft Arena, *aAa* held on to their outstanding performance throughout the tournament. They emerged victorious over LightZ CaMerA ActioN, winning 3-to-1 in the final and becoming the undefeated Regional Champions.
We want to thank all of the participating players who made this event so exciting. We would also like to thank all of the visitors who joined us at the Media Centre in Cologne to cheer for their favorite players. It was a lot of fun and we hope to see you again next year! We will be updating our photo gallery with pictures from this year’s event in the coming days. Keep an eye on our 2010 European Warcraft Invitational website for more updates.
Much like yesterday, the second day at the Media Centre in Cologne started with a StarCraft II showmatch between The Little One and MaDFroG. This time both players went for a best of three series. After four amazing games the score was tied 2-to-2 with the showmatch hinging to the fifth and final showdown game where both players raided bases. In the end, The Little One emerged victorious. To see the replay of these exciting games, check out our forum thread for the StarCraft II showmatches.
Much has happened in our Warcraft III brackets and World of Warcraft Arena Tournament. In Warcraft III, it came to a rematch of last year’s final between Grubby and LucifroN after both players dropped to the lower bracket. This time, Grubby was able to defeat LuciFron, winning 2-to-0. In the meantime, Happy marched through the upper bracket, defeating ThorZain 2-to-1 and becoming the first finalist for Warcraft III. Grubby and ThorZain had to battle it out to determine who would be Happy’s opponent in the final. In this match-up, Grubby managed to make use of all his experience, claiming a 2-to-0 victory over ThorZain. As finalists, Happy and Grubby will face each other once more in this tournament! Take a look at our Warcraft III brackets to see the latest results.
In the World of Warcraft Arena, *aAa* made their way through the upper bracket, defeating the surprise winners of the first round, Virtus Pro by 3-to-0 and going on to defeat SK Sansibar 3-to-1. After moving to the lower bracket, team x6tence fought their way through the lower bracket, much as they did last year. In the third round came the ultimate showdown between x6tence and LightZ CaMerA ActioN. Both teams definitely went to their limits, fighting it out in the longest arena matches we have seen so far. After multiple draws, LightZ CaMerA ActioN, the team of the well known warlock Inflames, was able to claim a hard-earned 3-to-2 victory over last year’s winning team x6tence. After defeating SK Sansibar in the lower bracket finals, they will move on to face the undefeated team *aAa* in the final. You can participate in the discussions about the World of Warcraft Arena matches in our dedicated forum threads.
The Pro Gamers are not the only ones who have been battling hard here in the Media Centre in Cologne. Our visitors participated in various contests to win some highly-sought after Collector’s Editions of StarCraft II, posters, beta keys for World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, and many other prizes. Our free gaming area has given many the possibility of seeing StarCraft II or discovering the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta. All who are interested still have the chance to join us until 8 p.m. today and enjoy the great atmosphere here in Cologne!
The first day of the 2010 Warcraft Invitational started with a StarCraft II Show Match between The Little One and MadFroG. Both players, being among the best in Europe, showed us a thrilling game. After being defeated in the first round, MadFroG made a great comeback in a very intense second match. But, at the end, The Little One was able to defeat him, winning the match 2-to-1. We are looking forward to see them fight each other again tomorrow.
In Warcraft III, LuciFroN, ThorZain, Happy, and Grubby advanced in the upper bracket, while Xlord, ThomasG, Nicker, and VortiX now have to try to come back into the game through the lower bracket.
The first round in the World of Warcraft Arena was very interesting. The Russian team, Virtus Pro, took us all by surprise, scoring an impressive 3-to-1 win versus the hotly favored Team Dignitas. And, once again, x6tence, the winning team in 2009, has to face the same situation they saw last year where they lost in the first round. Will they be able to fight their way back through the lower bracket again?
In the remaining two matches, SK Sansibar scored a decisive 3-to-0 victory against Hehe xo while Team *aAa* was able to defeat the players from Stay Small, winning 3-to-1. We are excited to see how the rest of the tournament will progress.
The audience here in the Media Centre in Cologne is showing an amazing amount of support for the players, providing just the perfect background for this event. Six players from the Italian World of Warcraft guild “Serenate of Sorrow” travelled all the way from Italy to Cologne to participate in this event. Together with all our visitors, they have the possibility to watch the breath-taking matches here at the 2010 Warcraft Invitational. In addition to the matches, everyone has the chance to try out StarCraft II or discover the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm beta in our free gaming area.
As the day continues, more action on our show stages is guaranteed. So, be sure to join us for this free event at the Media Centre in Cologne or turn in the free Live Stream on our 2010 Warcraft Invitational website.
We're pleased to announce that visitors to our booth at gamescom in Cologne, Germany this year will be able to play Diablo III and World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Blizzard Entertainment will also host a series of activities and events throughout the show, so check our gamescom 2010 website in the coming weeks for more information and a full schedule!
Whether you want to battle the hordes of the Burning Hells or are preparing yourself to challenge the nefarious Deathwing, we look forward to seeing you at the Kölnmesse in Halle 6, B21 and B31 from Thursday 19 until Sunday 22 August.
We have just posted the last four World of Warcraft Arena teams who will be participating in the European Warcraft Invitational in Cologne, Germany. Take a moment to learn more about these teams at our European Warcraft Invitational site. Once there, you can also check out the profiles for the Warcraft III players and for the other four World of Warcraft teams who will be on-stage in Cologne on August 7th and 8th. We have also posted the tournament schedule and the rules for the European Warcraft Invitational. Take a moment to check them out.
We’re pleased to announce that within one day of being on sale, StarCraft® II sold more than 1 million copies worldwide, making it the bestselling PC game of 2010 in under 24 hours of availability. By the end of the 2nd day, it had sold a total of 1.5 million copies worldwide, setting the record for fastest-selling strategy game of all time. We want to thank everyone who turned out for the midnight launch events around the world, and everyone else who has already picked up or downloaded a copy of the game, for making StarCraft II the biggest PC game launch of the year.
For the viewing pleasure of StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty fans everywhere we’ve arranged a showmatch between two of the world’s best players at the 2010 European Warcraft Invitational in Cologne, Germany.
In one corner we’ll have German Terran/Zerg player Dario “LiquidTLO” Wünsch – always a big crowd favourite thanks to his very creative and entertaining play style. He has proved to be one of the strongest players so far in StarCraft II, either winning or placing highly in almost all tournaments in which he has played. In the other corner we’ll see Swedish Zerg player Fredrik “MaDFroG” Johansson. While many newer players might not recognise him, he has been a true powerhouse since 2001 when he took 3rd place in the World Cyber Games StarCraft tournament with his Swedish team. He then followed this achievement with numerous Warcraft III tournament wins, including at the 2004 Blizzard Worldwide Invitational. He is back in action for StarCraft II, riding high in the Diamond league at the time of writing.
Both players will face off in two best-of-three series which will take place live on stage at noon on August 7 and 8, during the 2010 European Warcraft Invitational. If you can’t make it to the event be sure to tune in to the free high-quality stream on the official event website. Don’t forget to visit the site today to learn more about the 2010 European Warcraft Invitational!
Blizzard Entertainment’s recruitment team will be present throughout gamescom 2010 to discuss our various job openings and answer your questions about life as a Blizzard employee.
Blizzard Entertainment Europe currently has numerous openings in quality assurance, localization, customer service, web, community and other departments within our two European offices located in Vélizy, France (near Paris) and Cork, Ireland. We’re looking for Italian, Polish, Russian, German, French, Spanish and English speakers. For more information on our current job opportunities please visit our Career Opportunities page.
So come and meet us in Cologne from August 19 to 22 at gamescom 2010. Bring a copy of your CV and a passion for forging great games! We look forward to seeing you there.