This Friday marks the beginning of BlizzCon 2009, and thousands of players will be making the trek to the Anaheim Convention Center to enjoy a weekend full of gaming, tournaments, panels, contests, and more. If you're interested in watching the sold-out show, don't forget that you still have a few days to order your "virtual ticket," available via Internet stream. This package comes with 18 hours of live coverage, including the closing concert with Ozzy Osbourne, as well as the exclusive BlizzCon 2009 in-game pet, Grunty the murloc marine.
StarCraft II's Jim Raynor, terran hero, outlaw, and leader of Raynor's Raiders, will be making a rare exclusive appearance at this year's BlizzCon. Standing 6,25 inches tall, dressed in his signature StarCraft II battle suit, and sporting an oversized Gauss rifle, Raynor is the debut piece in a new line of Blizzard Entertainment-inspired designer vinyl toys known as n00bz.
The Raynor figure can be found exclusively inside this year’s BlizzCon goody bag and won't be available anywhere else. When interviewed about the honor, the good captain had only this to say: "I don’t play nice with others." You can check out images of this year's Raynor figure, along with a preview of other n00bz that will be available for purchase at BlizzCon, on the goody bag page.
We’re pleased to announce that StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and Diablo III will be at gamescom 2009. Visitors to the Blizzard Entertainment booth, located in Halle 6, B21 & B31, will be able to go hands-on with both games -- a first for Diablo III in Europe.
From Thursday 20 until Sunday 23 August, gamescom in Cologne, Germany will be open to the public. You can find out more about what gamescom has to offer, and how to get there, at www.gamescom-cologne.com.
The Blizzard Online Store is currently featuring discounted prices on many of our items from our summer stock including mousepads, calendars and baseball caps. As always our hot items continue to sell fast such as our SteelSeries gaming gear and World of Warcraft Game Time cards, so get them while they’re available. And don’t forget about the best way to keep your Battle.net account safe and secure: the Blizzard Authenticator which is currently in stock. So come visit the Blizzard Online Store to take advantage of the cool savings on all our hot items!
Razer is co-developing a new line of StarCraft II gaming peripherals, including a tournament-grade mouse, keyboard, and headset. In addition to these peripherals, Razer will design exclusive StarCraft II messenger bags, backpacks, and an E-Sport Pro Gamer Case. Head over to razerzone.com for more information on all the new StarCraft II gear.
At the end of June 2009, Europe’s finest Warcraft III and World of Warcraft players competed for a spot at the Grand Finals to be held during this year’s BlizzCon. All participants proved their strength in Cologne, and we had the opportunity to watch some amazing battles and tests of skill. In the end, two arena teams for World of Warcraft, x6tence and Woah, earned the privilege to defend the European colors in Anaheim. In the Warcraft III bracket, LucifroN, Grubby and Nicker will compete for the title and prove that they are far from being mere challengers. We are very proud to present to you the European champions for this year’s BlizzCon. Make sure to check out the European participants here.
It’s been a little while since our last BlizzCast, and we’re celebrating its return with a brand-new contest. Are you a BlizzCast enthusiast? Have you downloaded every episode within minutes of its release? Do you take notes to distribute amongst your guild? Well then, this is the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
Listen carefully to BlizzCast #10 and read its transcript, then answer the questions below, and you may just win yourself a fantastic prize. Note that, even if European countries are eligible, this contest is run in the US; so you should submit your answers in English only.
Don’t forget that you have to answer these questions in English only, once you have read and acknowledged the Contest Rules (also available in English only). Good luck to all of you!
Ozzy Osbourne, the only mortal to openly challenge the Lich King’s claim to the title “Prince of Darkness” and survive, will take the stage live at Anaheim Convention Center to rock the closing ceremonies of BlizzCon 2009.
Although tickets to the convention sold out in minutes, you can still join in with the ‘BlizzCon Virtual Ticket’ live Internet stream. The Virtual Ticket will feature 18 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including Ozzy’s live performance, as well as the BlizzCon 2009 exclusive in-game pet: Grunty the Murloc Marine.
Check out the official press release to learn more.
Continuing our behind-the-scenes look at Blizzard Entertainment games and developers, BlizzCast 10 features a Q&A session about World of Warcraft patch 3.2, Call of the Crusade. As players have begun exploring all of the new content available in this patch, you’ll get to hear the developers’ take on some of the highlights of the Argent Tournament, Crusaders’ Coliseum, and the Isle of Conquest. We’ll put all of the new action in and off the coast of Icecrown in perspective for you and even talk a bit about our thoughts on BlizzCon 2009 (coming August 21 and 22 to the Anaheim Convention Center).
Listen to BlizzCast episode 10 here.
Call of the Crusade, the new World of Warcraft content update, is now live! Under thundering skies, Argent Tournament participants have honed the arts of war and faced off in bone-shattering jousting matches to earn the right to be called champions. But these heroes have yet to face the greatest challenge of all: the Crusaders' Coliseum, an all-new level-80 raid dungeon available in both normal and more challenging Heroic versions for both 10 and 25 players. Call of the Crusade also introduces the new Isle of Conquest Battleground, the ability to gain experience points in Battlegrounds, new daily quests, and significant changes to class talents and abilities.