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18-Aug-2012 gamescom 2012 is in Full Swing!

Loads of visitors have already stopped by our booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) of Cologne’s Koelnmesse since gamescom opened its doors to the public on Thursday, and they certainly haven’t been disappointed! Not only have they garnered some fantastic goodies, but they’ve also been epically entertained in true Blizzard style.

Today was the third public day of the event, the highlight of which had to be the Blizzard Costume Contest. A total of 18 contestants roused the crowd with incredibly creative depictions of their favorite Blizzard characters, including a demon hunter from Diablo III, a nightelf druid, Leah from Diablo III, pandaran monch, Sylvanas Windrunner, a troll mage, a wizard from Diablo III, and a goblin hunter. But Svetlana Quindt from Nuernberg, Germany dressed as a barbarian from Diablo III really impressed our judges, taking first place. She worked on the costume for 1.5 years and has a blog where she shows the progress: http://www.komuicosplay.com/2012/07/armor-armor-and-even-more-armor.html.
Svetlana went home with some amazing prizes from our partners: an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook by Schenker, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Mouse, a SteelSeries 7G keyboard, a SteelSeries QcK Diablo® III Edition mouse pad, a SteelSeries Diablo® III Headset, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set.

You can still participate in our World of Warcraft Dance Contest tomorrow at 14:30, for the chance to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and some SteelSeries gaming gear.

We also saw an intense StarCraft II show match today, shoutcasted by HomerJ. In this close match, White Ra beat Feast. We’ll have another exciting show match tomorrow at 13:00.

To round-out our eSports activities today, we also hosted our first World of Warcraft Live Raid. The crowd watched as members of the international hardcore raiding guild Method battled the main Cataclysm raid bosses, followed by an awesome PvP fight among guild members.

You can check out tomorrow’s live raid at 10:30, as members of the elite German raiding guild For The Horde complete the Dragon Soul raid in 25-man Heroic mode.

In addition to our costume contest and eSports activities, Blizzard artist Grace Liu showed off her talent once more during a live drawing session, where she created a stunning image of the Butcher from Diablo III. If you’ve missed her work, she’ll be back again once last time tomorrow at 12:00.

Grace was also there with fellow Blizzard developers John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker for a final signing session at our booth. Just before the signing session, we saw our final Blizzard orchestral performance of gamescom. The crowd was treated to songs from all three of our franchises played by an eight-piece orchestra.

We’d like to thank everyone who’s stopped by our booth so far, but gamescom isn’t over yet! In addition to tomorrow’s activities mentioned above, you won’t want to miss the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational, where Europe’s best arena teams will battle it out. If you can’t make it to gamescom in person, you can watch the live stream of the tournament online. Just click on the image below for details.

Visit the activities page for tomorrow’s full lineup, and see some updated pictures in our photo gallery.

We hope to see you tomorrow on the last day of gamescom 2012!

17-Aug-2012 Friday at gamescom

Today was the second public day of gamescom 2012, and our second Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest. This time it was Mark-Hendrik Moll who was the first to make it through the pandaren starting zone to level five, taking home an awesome Sindragosa and the Lich King set from Mega Bloks.

Rounding out the morning, StarCraft II fans were treated to some pro tips during StarCraft II Academy. German StarCraft II caster Sebastian “HomerJ” Schenck pulled two amateur StarCraft II players from the crowd on stage to coach their game. This definitely gave spectators some insight into the game and some expert advice on how to get an advantage over their opponents.

HomerJ also shoutcasted the StarCraft II show matches, with one immediately following his coaching session. Strelok prevailed after an exciting match with PIG.

In the afternoon, we saw our first Blizzard orchestral performance of gamescom! The crowd was enchanted to hear songs from World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, and Diablo III played by an eight-piece orchestra. If you missed today’s performance, you can see the orchestra again tomorrow at 16:00.

Blizzard developers Grace Liu, John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker were signing autographs at the Blizzard booth, and will be back tomorrow at 16:30.

Grace also showed her artistic skills on stage as she created an amazing drawing of a witch doctor during a live drawing session. You can watch her at work again tomorrow and Sunday.

We ended the action-packed day with a second StarCraft II show match between Tarson and Moonglade. In the end Moonglade came out on top after an intense battle.

The fun is far from over! You can check out additional show matches and other activities until the end of the day on Sunday. You won’t want to miss our costume contest tomorrow at 14:30, and it’s not too late to sign up for the dance contest on Sunday! Of course you can still try to win some cool prizes during our quizzes several times daily.

As always, check out our photo gallery for updated pictures and our activities page for a full stage schedule. We hope to see you at the Blizzard booth!

16-Aug-2012 gamescom 2012 Has Started!

gamescom has opened its doors to the public, and Blizzard Entertainment is right in the middle of all the action!

Today was the first fully public day of the event, and excitement is already mounting at the Blizzard booth. The highlight of the day was definitely the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic. The enthusiastic crowd was entertained by an exciting drum performance from MANAO – Drums of China, and treated to the unveiling of the latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team in both English and German.

But that wasn’t all. In our first Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest, Justin SCHILLING was the fastest to race through the pandaren starting zone and make it to level five, winning a Sindragosa and the Lich King set from Mega Bloks! It’s not too late to try your luck in tomorrow’s leveling contest.

We also saw a showcase of some amazing fan art, and a live drawing session from Blizzard artist Grace Liu. She stunned the crowd as she created an incredibly detailed drawing of a witch doctor.

Grace was on hand with fellow Blizzard developers John Lagrave, Ion Hazzikostas, David Kim, and Kaeo Milker to sign autographs at the Blizzard booth. But if you missed them, don’t worry – we’ll have more Developer Signing Sessions tomorrow and Saturday!

The crowd was also wowed by two intense StarCraft II show matches. MC came out on top after an intense match with Puma. Supernova prevailed over Grubby. You can check out more pro gamers battling it out during show matches every day of gamescom!

There’s a lot more going on at the Blizzard booth this week, so be sure to stop by. Want some hands-on play time with the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria beta, the latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, and Diablo III? Don’t miss your chance to get in on the action – visit us in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse in Cologne!

It’s not too late to have some fun and win some fantastic prizes from our partners. Come take part in the Blizzard Costume Contest on Saturday, or the World of Warcraft Dance Contest on Sunday. You can also try your luck during our quizzes several times each day.

Be sure to check out our photo gallery for updated pictures from the Blizzard booth, and visit our activities page for a full schedule of what’s to come.

We hope to see you here at gamescom 2012!

16-Aug-2012 Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic Revealed

You've ended Deathwing's destructive rampage and saved the dragonflights from extinction. Now you must unlock the mysteries of the lost continent and discover the dark secrets of Pandaria's past. Explore ancient kingdoms hidden since before the Sundering, plunder vast treasures from the depths of the forgotten vaults, and rise to defend Pandaria from the shadow of a long buried evil - before it's too late.

We are pleased to present the opening cinematic for Mists of Pandaria as presented at gamescom 2012. Whether you’re Horde or Alliance, there is one question we all must consider: “Why do we fight?”

13-Aug-2012 gamescom 2012 Starts This Week

The world’s biggest games convention begins this Wednesday, August 15, in Cologne! Be sure to stop by the Blizzard Entertainment booth in Halle 6.1 (B21) at the Koelnmesse for some unforgettable activities and a sneak peek at our newest games.

Catch the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic at 14:00 on August 16, the first fully public day of the event. Check out the Mists of Pandaria beta and the latest StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm multiplayer, and relive the excitement of Diablo III. Watch as pro gamers battle it out in exciting StarCraft II show matches, and see how top guilds annihilate bosses in live World of Warcraft raids. Hear the enchanting music from our games performed by an orchestra, view live drawing sessions by a Blizzard artist, or participate in our quizzes.

You could also get your hands on some fabulous prizes from our partners with our contests! It’s not too late to sign up for the Blizzard Costume Contest, World of Warcraft Dance Contest, or Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest!

Experience all this and much more at the Blizzard booth. Visit our Activities page for full details, and stop by the official gamescom site for info on the event.

We look forward to seeing you at gamescom 2012!

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08-Aug-2012 Win Awesome Prizes with Blizzard

You’ll definitely want to stop by the Blizzard booth at gamescom 2012 to try out our newest games and witness the array of entertaining activities on our stage. But you’ll also have the chance to participate in our contests and quizzes to win some incredible prizes from our partners!

The lucky winner of the Blizzard Costume Contest will take home an XMG P502 PRO Gaming Notebook from Schenker, some awesome gaming gear from SteelSeries, and a Mega Bloks Deathwing’s Stormwind Assault set. Charm our judges in the World of Warcraft Dance Contest to win an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 6 Series graphics card, a Mega Bloks Goblin Zeppelin Ambush set, and SteelSeries gaming gear. Runners-up for both contests can also look forward to more SteelSeries gear, T-shirts from J!NX, Cryptozoic loot cards, Mega Bloks packs, and more.

The winners of the Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest will walk away with a Mega Bloks Sindragosa and the Lich King set, while runners-up could also snag some swag from SteelSeries, J!NX, and Mega Bloks.

In addition to our contests, you could also be chosen to participate in the Blizzard quizzes happening several times each day for the chance to win some novels and calendars from Panini, as well as more amazing loot from our partners.

Head to the Blizzard booth to play our games for yourselves, and you can also try out the latest Blizzard licensed peripherals from Razer and SteelSeries.

Visit our Prizes page for details on the goods up for grabs, and check out our Activities page for more information on our contests and a full stage schedule.

We’ll see you next week at gamescom!

26-Jul-2012 Blizzard Activities Confirmed for gamescom 2012

It’s nearly time for gamescom 2012, and we hope you’re as excited as we are for the slew of awesome activities we have in store for you at the Blizzard booth!

The world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic will wow the crowds at our booth during the first fully public day of the event, Thursday August 16, at 14:00. We’ll also have a live drum performance from MANAO - Drums of China – the all-female Chinese drumming group that opened and closed the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

You can also participate in our Mists of Pandaria Leveling Contest on Thursday and Friday, or step into the spotlight for the Blizzard Costume Contest and the World of Warcraft Dance Contest, on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Impress our judges and win some amazing prizes from our partners.

Experience the enchanting music from the World of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo franchises performed by a live orchestra on Friday and Saturday, or watch as Blizzard artist Grace Liu demonstrates her drawing skills live on stage each day of the event. You can also take home autographs from Blizzard developers during developer signing sessions on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

You’ll be able to witness some of the best pro gamers from around the world battle it out for your viewing pleasure in StarCraft II show matches throughout the event, including players from our StarCraft II World Championship Series global tournament. If you’re a noob, fret not – you can attend our StarCraft II Academy session on Friday, where a well-known StarCraft II personality will teach you how to get an edge on your opponent.

Watch as two well-known World of Warcraft guilds annihilate the mightiest enemies during exciting live raids on Saturday and Sunday. You can also witness some of the planet’s best PvP players fight it out in the 2012 European World of Warcraft Invitational Final on Sunday afternoon, streamed live from the Turtle Entertainment booth.

You can also show off your Blizzard knowledge and win some sweet swag during our quizzes, which will happen several times a day. You’ll find all the details for these activities and more on our Activities page.

You can download a printable version of the Blizzard Entertainment gamescom 2012 stage schedule here.

New updates will be posted here as gamescom approaches, so be sure to check back often! We’ll see you at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Halle 6.1 (B21), August 15-19.

25-Jul-2012 Mists of Pandaria on 25/9 – Pre-Sales NOW OPEN

Heroes of Azeroth, prepare to embark for an exotic new frontier! World of Warcraft®: Mists of Pandaria™ is launching on September 25, 2012, and you can be ready to play when the servers go live by pre-purchasing the game digitally. Plus, for the first time ever, players will have the option to upgrade a pre-purchase to the all-new Digital Deluxe Edition, which comes with all of the in-game items from the retail Collector’s Edition.

Beginning September 25, 2012, World of Warcraft players around the world will be able to set sail for the long-lost continent of Pandaria, where they’ll explore forgotten dungeons, vanquish risen evils, and play their part in the Horde-Alliance conflict as it reaches a critical breaking point.

Whether you plan to level your existing character to 90 or start fresh with a new pandaren Monk, it’s never too early to begin preparing for your adventure. Simply log in to your Battle.net account, and then pre-purchase Mists of Pandaria. You’ll then be flagged to automatically download the expansion content prior to release so you’ll be ready to go when the game launches.

During the pre-purchase process, you’ll have the option to grab either the Mists of Pandaria Standard Edition for €34.99/£29.99 or the all-new Digital Deluxe edition for €49.99/£39.99 -- or, if you snag the standard edition now and decide you want to upgrade to Digitial Deluxe later, you’ll have the opportunity to do so for an additional €15/£10.

The Digital Deluxe edition includes a full digital copy of the expansion, as well as a selection of Pandaria-inspired in-game content for World of Warcraft, Diablo III, and StarCraft II. If you’re looking for even more plunder, a special Mists of Pandaria Collector’s Edition with additional bonus items will also be available exclusively at select retail locations for a suggested retail price of €69.99/£59.99.

Learn more about the Digital Deluxe Edition
Learn more about the Collector’s Edition

For more details on the September 25, 2012 release of World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, be sure to hit the official press release, or head to our new Mists of Pandaria game page to learn more about the expansion and prepurchase your digital copy.

*When you pre-purchase World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, you will be able to download an encrypted version of the game once it’s available, prior to the game’s release. This content will be unlocked and available for play when the expansion launches on September 25, 2012.

20-Jul-2012 More Details on Mists of Pandaria Opening Cinematic

Don’t miss the world premiere of the World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria opening cinematic at gamescom 2012! The latest creation from Blizzard’s cinematics team will be shown in both English and German on giant screens at our booth in Halle 6.1 (B21).

The opening cinematic will debut at 14:00 on Thursday, August 16, the first fully public day of gamescom. This much-anticipated unveiling will be accompanied by a performance from MANAO - Drums of China – the all-female Chinese drumming group that opened and closed the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. A signing session with Blizzard developers will immediately follow the premiere.

Remember that from August 15-19, our booth will also be showcasing World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and Diablo III, as well as our famous dance and costume contests, and many other activities.

Visit our Activities page for details, and be sure to check back here soon for more on what we have in store for you at gamescom!