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Tomas Hernandez is owner of Blizzplanet.com since 2003. I post news about World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Hearthstone, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard Careers, and the Warcraft film. Blizzplanet is a leading fansite covering news about upcoming Blizzard Entertainment licensed products. I also post previews and reviews. I have interviewed book writers and Blizzard game developers. I was previously an employee of the OGaming Network (2003), and IncGamers (2008-2010). I was a guest newsposter for GosuGamers (World of Warcraft) a few years ago and for Diablofans.com (formerly Diablo3.com) ***Fans who would love to watch Blizzard-related panels and appreciate our efforts can support Blizzplanet's patreon in a monthly-basis, or a one-time basis. Our staff are volunteer fans like you. Your donations will help us travel to all the Blizzard events we attend year-round to bring you the latest interview with the developers, photos, and panel videos (where allowed).

Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 Preview Scans: Bloodsail Buccaneers

Warcraft Legends Vol. 4 is shockful of goodies with stories based on the Bloodsail Buccaneers and the Darkmoon Faire by Christie Golden. And the conclusion of the undead tauren Trag Highmountain saga by Richard A. Knaak. What happens when noble tauren arrives at Arthas the Lich King’s front door with an ancient weapon even the dragon aspects would be frightened of?  With Warcraft: Legends Vol. 4 you have a little taste of swashbuckling adventures with the Bloodsail Buccaneers. Volume 4 will be available at local and online bookstores on June 16, 2009.

Product Description
Some of the world’s best manga creators join together to bring the world of Warcraft to life as never before! Between these covers lie tales of adventure, treachery, humor and bravery. Told from both Alliance and Horde point of view, these stories have entertained the likes of travelers, soldiers and thieves in taverns, inns and camps all throughout Azeroth. They have endured the trials of time and have earned the title of legend. Whether this is your first journey into Azeroth, or merely the latest in a long line of visits, this collection will not soon be forgotten!

imageAvast thar, matey! This be Captain Bloodvein, the most cutthroat pirate to ever sail the South Seas of Azeroth! Usually I care not for books (lest they be used to fuel the roarin

World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Limited Edition

Simon & Schuster, Inc. just announced a special World of Warcraft: Arthas, Rise of the Lich King Autographed Collector’s Edition Hardcover Book available on April 21 for the price of $ 32.00.

What’s special about this Limited Collector’s Edition?

  • First Edition Hardcover Copy of Arthas
  • Christie Golden’s Signature
  • Numbered Edition
  • Certificate of Authenticity
  • Collectors Leather Gift Box

This is a very sweet deal for the hardcore lore fans who wish to keep this treasure well-protected in its own leather gift box, personally signed by Christie Golden.  They are a limited edition with only 5,000 printed for this collection. Pre-orders are available here. There are five shipping options: USPS Standard Mail ($5.95), USPS Priority Mail ($8.95), Fedex Ground, Fedex 2-Day and Fedex Overnight. All options show you an approximate date of arrival.

All of these books are autographed personally by Christie Golden as you can read at her personal blog. Stay tuned for the announcement of our upcoming live public chat with Christie Golden where you will be able to ask the author anything about WoW: Arthas. Your efforts to resist are futile. Let Frostmourne claim your soul.

BATTLE.NET 2.0 HAS LAUNCHED !!!

Starcraft 2 is closer than ever my brothers … BATTLENET 2.0 HAS BEEN LAUNCHED. IT IS OFFICIAL. You can now sign up to create a battle.net 2.0 account. Enter a good standing email address—probably non-gmail nor one that has given you issues before with beta signups.  Then you will receive an email verification to your inbox. Accept it by clicking the link emailed to you.

Once done, you have the option to merge your World of Warcraft account to the Battle.net 2.0 service.  This merge cannot be reverted.  Once you have merged your world of warcraft account, your old username and password are void. You will login into your World of Warcraft account and login into the game using your Battle.net 2.0 account login.

This is something to be EXCITED about guys. Starcraft II beta is upon us any minute. And that means Blizzplanet will giveaway some beta keys away courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment very soon. Stay tuned for any contests or giveaways.

via: starcraftwire.net

Blizzard Quote:
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PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raiding Schedule – March 19-22

The PTR 3.1 Ulduar Raid Schedule from March 19-22 is now available to test the bosses after the recent build 9704.  The trash mobs are now enabled. Make sure to report any bugs with those too. Boss loot is enabled, except for some trash mobs. Read the short FAQ at the bottom.

Blizzard Quote:
Here’s the current schedule for Ulduar PTR testing:

On the North American test realms:

Kologarn – Thursday Night, March 19, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Iron Council – Saturday Night, March 21, starting at 7pm EDT/4pm PDT.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday, March 22, starting at 2pm EDT/11am PDT.

On the European test realms:

Freya – Thursday Night, March 19 at 19:00 CET.
Mimiron – Friday Night, March 20 at 19:00 CET.
Auriaya – Saturday Night, March 21, at 19:00 CET.
Flame Leviathan – Sunday Night, March 22, starting at 19:00 CET.

This schedule could change at a moment’s notice due to server, bug, or patch status. I’ll try to keep everyone informed as much as possible. Ulduar and the bosses to be tested will remain also open a variable length of time. How long they stay open depends upon a host of factors including designer availability, bug status, etc.

We’re very interested in seeing combat logs and parses for all raid testing on the PTR.

Quick Ulduar FAQ:

Q) Where’s all the trash?
A) Trash has now been completed, and players will see the trash associated with each boss during their tests.

Q) Where’s the loot? (UPDATED)
A) All loot should be present, except for some loot on trash creatures.

Q) What about achievements? (UPDATED)
A) We’re still working on achievements, but many of them are now active and functional. Some achievements still have placeholder values.

PTR 3.1 Raid Schedule Replacements On March 18

The PTR 3.1 Raiding Schedule for today has been cancelled and replaced, so keep track of these changes to prepare for your raiding tonight.

USA
This evening’s test of Kologarn on the US PTRs is being rescheduled due to the deployment of a new PTR build on the servers

EUROPE
We’re going to test Razorscale instead of Freya today March 18 on the EU PTRs.

World of Warcraft Mountain Dew Game Fuel Promotion

Blizzard Entertainment has announced a new promotion partnership between World of Warcraft and Mountain Dew Soft Beverage will hit stores very soon in two flavors: the Wild Fruit and the Citrus Cherry. The Game Fuel edition was announced on April 2007 and featured a higher caffeine content compared to other brands, which fit in line with the marketing goals toward players expecting the release of Halo 3 who planned to play it for many hours straight.

The Game Fuel edition had been absent from the market for a while.  Pepsi released the Halo 3 Xbox 360 Limited Edition Mountain Dew: Game Fuel on August 13, 2007. Back then, some gamers would play Halo 3 for three days straight. The promotion campaign ran through 12 weeks, and was removed from the market on November 2007. This really makes me wonder if this promotion has anything to do with the new World of Warcraft expansion that might no doubt be announced on August 2009 at BlizzCon.

These game fuel came on a 20-ounce bottle for a total of 120 milligrams of caffeine per bottle. It would keep people awake indeed.

Coincidentially, it was Citrus Cherry flavored like the Horde Edition. Back then, the nutrition facts for this flavor was an Estimated Percent of Calories from: Fat 0.0%, Carbs 108.2%, and Protein 0.0%.

 
  • 70 calories
  • Total Fat 0g 0%
  • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Sodium 65mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrate 46g 15%
  • Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
  • Sugars 46g
  • Protein 0g 0%
Blizzard Quote:
In the near future, you’ll be able to see World of Warcraft characters in a new place—the beverage aisle. This summer, Mountain Dew will launch Game Fuel in two World of Warcraft-inspired flavors—Alliance Blue (wild fruit flavor) and Horde Red (citrus cherry flavor)—available for a limited time only. We’ll be announcing further details in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Warcraft Legends Marathon Finale

This is the last day of TOKYOPOP’s Warcraft Legends Marathon celebrating the official release date of Warcraft Legends Vol. 3.  Today the story is titled: Family Values, written by Aaron Sparrow. It is chapter 4 of Warcraft Legends Vol. 2.  This story will be available only for 24 hours, so make sure to check it out. Press the square button on the bottom-right to zoom in.

WoW Patch 3.1 New User Interface Updates

There are many new additions and changes coming in the near future for World of Warcraft. Alongside the hotly anticipated raid dungeon Ulduar, several new user interface features will be debuting, and Blizzard has put together a preview of them to let you know what to expect when the patch arrives.

  • Talent Dual Specialization
  • Equipment Manager
  • Objectives Tracker
  • Looking For Group Improvements
  • Battleground Queue From Anywhere

Myndflame Machinima – Max Payne Noir Undercity

MyndFlame presents a machinima titled Max Payne Noir Undercity – Chapter 1, by Varath from Blackhand Pictures Machinima.  A story inspired by the original Max Payne storyline merged with World of Warcraft creating a unique mix of editing techniques from in-game capture and compositing to 3D editing. The machinima duration is 24:51 minutes. You may find it at the official MyndFlame website.

Wrath of the Lich King Ban In China Was False

Gamespot investigated the rumor that Wrath of the Lich King had been banned by Mainland China government.  The original source that cited the big headliner extracted some information from the East Asia Finance blog: JML Pacific Epoch.  That article doesn’t mention a ban.  In turn, the JML blog cited the chinese-language search engine Sohu, where news about the situation had been posted.  What nobody knew when all this emerged is that Sohu stated their source for all of this fabrication was from unnamed sources. What means that the banning was very exaggerated. And didn’t happen at all.

That reminds me of how the economic crisis in USA started.  There is CRISIS !!!! And out of nowhere everyone started taking their money out of banks, and they in turn collapsed, which resulted in a chain reaction. Collective hysteria, anyone?

In short, don’t worry. Wrath of the Lich King hasn’t been banned in Mainland China. The Burning Crusade release date suffered a few delays in China, and that was solved by removing skeletons and fleshing the Undead to remove the skeleton areas in their cheeks, ribs and joints. Burning Crusade launched later and there hasn’t been any major problems for said expansion with the Chinese government.

Wrath of the Lich King will come afloat once The9 adjusts the expansion to meet the regulations and law stipulated by the government. Back on November, when Wrath of the Lich King launched, I interviewed Frank Pearce (Blizzard Entertainment Senior Vice-President, and World of Warcraft Executive Producer) during the New York Midnight Launch.  Pearce said: “We are still going through the process of iterating on that, working with the different government authorities responsible for that, so we don

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