August, 2008 Old News
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  • Update: And the comic contest winner for August, 2008, is... Meshuggenah! Congratulations! Remember, this contest will go on all year long, so you will have a new chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card every month. Keep those comics coming, and you might be next! Stop by each week to see a new comic from the contest. Also, check out all of the August comics.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Registration for the College Gaming League’s Back 2 School Battles Competition is now open, with one of the five tournaments featuring World of Warcraft 3v3 Arena matches. Entry is free, and more than $40,000 worth of prizes are available, so if you’d like to compete, head over and sign up now.

    World of Warcraft 3v3 (PC) Details:
    Tournament Registration: August 21 – September 11
    Tournament Competition: September 15 – October 5

    Grand Prize: Three Alienware m15x laptops

    First Prize: Three Microsoft Zune MP3 players

    Second Prize: Three $50 Dell gift cards
  • The winners of the BlizzCon 2008 Ticket Drawing have been chosen. We’ve sent emails to 1,500 randomly selected eligible Blizzard Account holders containing instructions for purchasing up to two tickets to the show. For your security, please note that in this email we are not asking winners to email us credit card information directly, nor are we asking winners to call Blizzard for any reason.

    If we still have tickets remaining after this initial round, we will select more winners from the original opt-in pool. We will make an announcement on our websites once all tickets available have been sold. For more information, refer to the BlizzCon Ticket Drawing FAQ.
  • To celebrate the Latin American launch of World of Warcraft on Friday, July 25, we held a midnight signing at the Blockbuster Pilares in Col. Del Valle, Mexico, followed by a two-day event at the Plaza Satélite mall in Estado de Mexico featuring 3v3 Arena competitions, leveling contests, and more. We'd like to thank everyone who took the time to join us -- and if you couldn’t make it, we hope you enjoy this quick recap.
  • In this special Worldwide Invitational wrap-up edition of BlizzCast, we briefly recap some of the events at the recent WWI in Paris, and then move straight into a discussion with Diablo III Lead Designer Jay Wilson. We quiz him on how the development team is evolving the classic series -- and then dive into a discussion of some recent hot issues surrounding the upcoming sequel. Listen to the show now.
  • Our friends at SteelSeries, Jinx, Upper Deck, and BradyGames have just launched the Win a Trip to BlizzCon Sweepstakes. The grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to Anaheim, California, along with two free tickets to attend BlizzCon 2008. For more information or to enter the contest, visit www.blizzconsweepstakes.com.
  • We will be performing a scheduled website maintenance from Wednesday, August 27 at 12:00AM PDT until approximately 2:00AM PDT. During this timeframe our online services such as The Armory and Account Management may be unavailable. We thank you for your patience as we continue to update our sites and prepare them for the future.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Magram.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Demitri.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Five years have passed since Arthas released Ner’zhul from his icy prison and merged with him, claiming the Frozen Throne of Icecrown. Now the heir of Lordaeron has risen again, and soon the world will learn what it means to incur the wrath of its one true king....

    The opening cinematic for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King is now available for download or streaming from the official Wrath of the Lich King website. Check it out now!
  • The BlizzCon 2008 Ticket Drawing opt-in is now live. People with eligible Blizzard Accounts who wish to enter the drawing can now do so by logging in to Blizzard Account Management. The opt-in period will last until 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday, August 24. After it ends, we will select 1,500 people from the opt-in pool and offer them a chance to purchase up to two tickets to BlizzCon 2008.

    This is a random drawing -- everyone with an eligible Blizzard Account who opts in any time during the opt-in period will have the same chance to win. Please make sure your Blizzard Account contact information (email and phone number) is up to date. For more information, including eligibility requirements,
  • As discussed last week, we’re preparing a drawing to offer 3,000 more BlizzCon 2008 tickets for sale. We’re finalizing the process now, and you’ll be able to enter the drawing beginning Wednesday morning -- in the meantime, here is an overview of how the drawing will work:

    - To be eligible for the BlizzCon ticket drawing, you must (1) have an active Blizzard Account that was created on or before 9:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, August 12, 2008, when we first announced BlizzCon 2008 tickets had sold out; (2) be an adult in your country of residence; (3) have not previously purchased BlizzCon 2008 tickets; and (4) live in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands, or South Korea.

    - Prior to the drawing, we will hold an opt-in period during which you can enter an eligible Blizzard Account into the drawing for a chance to purchase two BlizzCon 2008 tickets. Once the opt-in begins , you’ll see an opt-in feature when you log in to Blizzard Account Management. The opt-in period begins on Wednesday morning and will end the evening of Sunday, August 24. As this is a random drawing, those who opt in early will not have a better chance of being selected than those who opt in later.

    - After the opt-in period ends, we will randomly select 1,500 eligible Blizzard Accounts from the opt-in pool to receive the opportunity to purchase up to two BlizzCon 2008 tickets. If selected, you will be notified via email with further information about how to purchase the tickets.

    - Prior to the end of the opt-in period, please ensure the contact information (both email address and phone number) associated with the Blizzard Account is accurate and up to date, so that we may contact you if you are selected. To check and update your information, log in to Blizzard Account Management.


    Please note that a Blizzard Account is an account created for the Blizzard Online Store -- as opposed to an account created for a Blizzard game, such as World of Warcraft. If you have any questions regarding Blizzard Accounts, please read our Blizzard Account FAQ.

    We will announce when the drawing opt-in period begins on our website soon. For more information, please refer to our BlizzCon 2008 Ticket Drawing FAQ.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Magram.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Following the success of Warcraft: The Sunwell Trilogy, Blizzard Entertainment and Tokyopop have teamed up once again for a new manga anthology series set in the Warcraft universe. The first volume of Warcraft: Legends follows the adventures of new and familiar heroes as they experience danger, peril, and triumph across Azeroth in all-new stories by top manga writers and artists. Find out more, including how to order, here -- and be sure to check out Tokyopop's other Blizzard-related manga such as StarCraft: Frontline, too.

  • We recently announced that we will be offering 3,000 more BlizzCon 2008 tickets for sale via a drawing. Soon, eligible Blizzard Account holders who created accounts prior to 9:00 p.m. PDT on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 will be able to opt in for a chance to purchase up to two tickets to the show. We’re aware that many players are waiting for this drawing, and we appreciate your continued patience as we finalize the details. We’ll have more information to share here and on our other websites early next week.

    Please note that a Blizzard Account is an account created for the Blizzard Online Store -- as opposed to an account created for a Blizzard game, such as World of Warcraft. If you have any questions regarding Blizzard Accounts, please read our Blizzard Account FAQ.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Jeremy M.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • We've gathered and sifted through hundreds of submissions, and updated our Midsummer Fire Festival gallery with 67 additional screenshots. As always, if you'd like to take part, please submit your screenshots. Our latest collection topics include the Wrath of the Lich King beta, the Spirit of Competition event and the Swift Zhevra mount.
  • Blizzard Gamers,

    On behalf of everyone at Blizzard, I want to apologize for the challenges and frustrations you experienced while trying to purchase BlizzCon tickets on Monday and Tuesday. BlizzCon is about the positive experiences you all have had with Blizzard games. As a result of this week's events, the excitement that many of you felt about the show has turned into dissatisfaction and disappointment.

    Due to these circumstances, we've reevaluated our convention hall space and come up with some solutions that will allow us to offer 3,000 more tickets for sale. We know this will not be enough to satisfy the very high level of demand for tickets this year, but we want to ensure that BlizzCon remains a great experience for those of you who are able to attend. To avoid the issues many of you faced this week, we'll be selling these 3,000 via a lottery. We'll post further details once our plans are finalized. Please note that the lottery will only be open to those with an active Blizzard Account as of 9:00 PM PDT on August 12, the time that the “Sold Out” notice was posted.

    I, and everyone else at Blizzard, share the frustration and disappointment that many of you have expressed as a result of this process. We'll do what it takes to avoid this type of situation in the future.

    Sincerely,
    Mike Morhaime
  • Tickets to BlizzCon 2008 are now sold out. We'd like to thank everyone once again for their overwhelming interest in this year's show. If you were unable to secure tickets, please keep in mind that DIRECTV will be broadcasting BlizzCon live from the Anaheim Convention Center on October 10 and 11. In the meantime, keep an eye on the BlizzCon 2008 website for updates on panels, exhibits, events, and more. We look forward to meeting some of you at the show!
  • BlizzCast episode 4 brings us several new perspectives on World of Warcraft. Starting us off is an interview with Russell Brower, director of audio and video, about the process of creating music for World of Warcraft to be a part of an evolving, epic experience in the world of Azeroth. Next we interview World of Warcraft game designer Jonathan LeCraft about professions, covering both what we have learned from them in the past and where they are going in Wrath of the Lich King. We finish up the episode with our Q&A segment, which features developers answering a variety of questions from our communities. Listen to the show now, or check out the transcript to see all the featured artwork.
  • The 2008 World of Warcraft and Warcraft III North American regional finals will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, Massachusetts on the weekend of September 6-7. Players will compete for cash prizes and a chance to attend the global finals at BlizzCon 2008. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out demos of Wrath of the Lich King and StarCraft II on-site. The event begins at 9:30 a.m., and admission is free, so come by and check it out if you're in the area.
  • Players from across North America will meet at the Gen Con gaming convention on August 14–17 to crown the 2008 North American Continental Champion. With multiple days of fierce competition, everyone will be hungry for glory and the epic prizes that go with it.

    In addition to the Continental Championship, the Darkmoon Faire will be setting up its tents in Indianapolis, featuring an array of fun events and prizes for players of the TCG and the online game. For more information about the events, head to the event homepage, or check out www.WoWTCG.com to learn about other upcoming events.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Sulwyn.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Toast your victories in style with a collection of World of Warcraft-themed steins. These limited-edition stoneware steins feature panoramic bas-relief illustrations by Blizzard Entertainment artists Samwise Didier and Glenn Rane. The 11”-tall steins are hand-crafted following a 500-year-old tradition, and are topped with an etched pewter lid. For more information, please visit www.3point.com.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Michael P.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • Every two years, the Spirits of Competition grow especially fervent and draw close to the mortal realm. During such times, members of both the Alliance and Horde can honor the spirits and earn Competitor's Tabards by seeking to defeat one another in the battlegrounds. This new event runs from August 8 to August 24. Refer to our Spirit of Competition page for more details, including the event's in-game rewards.
  • With the new Recruit-A-Friend program you can earn an exclusive Zhevra mount, receive a FREE month of game time, and gain access to other exciting in-game benefits. From the moment your friend creates a character and starts playing you'll both earn triple the experience when grouped together and have the ability to summon one another from anywhere in the world. Also, for every two levels of experience your friend earns, they can grant one level of experience to one of your lower-level characters.

    To start recruiting your friends click here.

    For more details on the new Recruit-A-Friend program please click here.
  • Are you curious about the changes and additions in store for class talents in Wrath of the Lich King? The new interactive talent trees for every class are now live on our talent calculators. Please note that all talent information is not yet finalized, and is subject to significant change during the testing process.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Stapleyarts.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
  • We're always on the lookout for eye-catching screenshots of World of Warcraft. Do you have a screenshot that would make other people go "Wow!"? Send it in. We've been really happy with our screenshots of the day and would like to thank you for your great submissions (over 1,350 and counting). We particularly enjoy screenshots featuring humor, creativity, or large gatherings.
  • For everyone contemplating a trip to this year's BlizzCon (October 10-11 in Anaheim, California), we'd like to give you a glimpse of just a few items you might find in your goody bag when you arrive at the show.

    If you've ever been on the verge of finishing off a paladin, only to be foiled at the last second, you'll appreciate the 16” inflatable divine shield ball, complete with a paladin inside in the midst of hearthing away. Half of the goody bags handed out will contain the bubble-hearth ball, while the other half will have...

    Frostmourne. The very name of Arthas's runeblade strikes terror into hearts across Azeroth. Now it comes to you in a more convenient package, and you don't even have to travel to Icecrown Glacier to get it. As you go about your daily activities, whether they be raising legions of the undead or just brooding on your throne, carrying this 48” inflatable Frostmourne will grant you an extra touch of sinister majesty.

    That's just the beginning, though, as both the goody bags and the on-site store will be stuffed with sample products from our licensed partners and plenty more fun and unique Blizzard-themed trinkets, such as Diablo health and mana stress balls, pandaren brewmaster bottle openers, zerg creep, and much more.

    And of course, a new BlizzCon brings with it a lovable murloc to welcome into your heart--but murlocs don't always come alone. This one has developed a taste for speed, and sits astride an exclusive polar bear mount, waving a BlizzCon flag. It's the perfect way to cruise Northrend in style.

    BlizzCon features an array of contests, tournaments, discussion panels, hands-on playtime, and other events, not to mention plenty more treasures waiting to be unearthed from the goody bag, so make your plans now before tickets go on sale August 11.
  • Here is the next honorable mention from this month's comic contest submissions. Remember, the contest will go on all year long, so don't miss your chance to win a copy of the World of Warcraft Battle Chest signed by both Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen and Art Director Chris Robinson, as well as a World of Warcraft 60 day pre-paid time card.

    Keep those comics coming! Check out today's honorable mention from Danja F.
    Have a comic to submit? It's not too late to enter the comic contest. Read the official rules, and submit your comics today!
 
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