Warcraft III Invitational on Feb 27 and PTR 1.29

Blizzard Entertainment officially announced the Warcraft III Invitationals will take place through February 27-28 with the participation of several Warcraft III competitors from Asia and Europe. Speculation is the Warcraft III: Remastered might be unveiled, but thus far, Blizzard Entertainment hasn’t made any announcements about that.

Still, it is worth nothing that we interviewed Classic Games Team’s Brian Sousa at BlizzCon 2017, and he responded our question about upcoming Remastered games. Warcraft III: Remastered and Diablo II: Remastered are the top in priority at the pipeline. Older games will follow once those two have been launched.

BRIAN: Of course we have talked about what’s next for the Classic Games team. Those kinds of things: bringing back Warcraft 1, Warcraft II, Warcraft III, Diablo 1, Diablo II… you know, everything that we have is technically open to doing so.

What we are focusing now is actually the games that we know are still being played by a lot of people: Warcraft III and Diablo II. Getting those up onto the modern Battle.net platform. Making sure that their experience with those games that are still being played work well with all of our other titles, and still have the same amount of love that we get to all of our new titles.


Over 15 years since the release of Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III has a new major patch coming and your favorite players are throwing the first Warcraft III Invitational to celebrate it!

Hosted by casters Neo and Remo of Back2Warcraft, join us on February 27 and February 28 on Twitch for a slew of special events, including Free-for-All, 4v4’s, and other friendly competitions. Well-known Warcraft III competitors from around the world will be getting together live at Blizzard HQ to showcase their talents in friendly competition!

We love and continue to support our Warcraft III community, and we’re excited to see classic competitors like Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen, Park “Lyn” Joon, and Kim “ReMinD” Sung Sik try out all the new PTR changes for themselves—including balance adjustments to many heroes, widescreen support, and more – all playable now on the PTR!

Be sure to tune in for your own sneak peek and check out our PTR patch notes for more information.

• Neo [Observer] Germany
• Remo [Observer] Germany
• Happy [Undead] Russia
• Foggy [Night Elf] Ukraine
• HawK [Human] Russia
• Effect [Human] Sweden
• ReMinD [Night Elf] South Korea
• Lyn [Orc] China
• FoCuS [Orc] South Korea
• LawLiet [Night Elf] South Korea
• Grubby [Orc] Netherlands
• MaDFroG [Undead] Sweden
• Insomnia [Human] Bulgaria
• Tak3r [Orc] Germany




The Warcraft III PTR 1.29 is now available for download. It offers Widescreen support and 24-player support in custom games.

Hail Warchiefs, Lichs, Commanders, and Keepers,

Warcraft III’s PTR is back and ready for your scrutiny. Join us in testing widescreen support, hero balance changes, and updates to Map Pools for 1’s, 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and Free-for-All. We’ve also added some experimental modes like 24 player support for custom games.

We hope you enjoy. We will be watching here for general feedback, the Editor thread for mapmaker feedback, and the Balance & Map Pool thread for that topic (details below).



Specific Changes & Improvements
Widescreen Support

  • Added bookends to the in-game interface
  • Added black pillars in menus to prevent stretching

24 Player Support

  • Game lobbies revised to support 24 players
  • Team colors revised and expanded
  • Color selection is an ongoing effort, feel free to leave specific suggestions with color codes

Balance & Map Pools

World Editor Upgrades

Bug Fixes

  • Clans may now be created
  • Mac clients launch on 10.11 and beyond

Known Issues

  • Unable to change resolutions in native fullscreen
  • PTR only supports English version of the client
  • This will be the last version to support Windows XP
  • The Mac PTR client requires manually running the launcher to patch




Amazon One-Day Deal On Blizzad Games Battle Chests

Amazon is running the 17 Days of Deals in Video Games promo running a 24-hour deal on different games. Today [December 6th, 2010] the deal is for all current and past Blizzard Entertainment games.

Starcraft II: Wings of Liberty – $47.99 (down from 59.99)
WoW: Wrath of the Lich King – $19.99 (down from $39.99)
WoW Battle Chest (includes WoW classic & Burning Crusade) – $19.99 (down from $39.99)
Starcraft Battle Chest (w/ Brood War included) – $9.99
Warcraft III Battle Chest – $21.00
Diablo Battle Chest – $21.00

You can find this offer, ONLY for today, here. As in get going dude!

The Diablo Battle Chest is usually $40.00 elsewhere, so that’s a sweet deal. It includes Diablo II and Diablo II: Lord of Destruction.

2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest Announced

Blizzard has announced the 2010 Blizzard Global Writing Contest. Get the chance to visit Blizzard’s headquarters and BlizzCon. Meet the Creative Development Team as a bonus. Who wouldn’t want to shake hands with Chris Metzen the Bourbon Cowboy, and Micky Neilson?

Blizzard Quote:
You’re called to action once again, to use your wits and strength, to compete for the ultimate prize. Your weapons? They seem to be but a musty tome and quill, but know that their power is far stronger than the armies of the Scourge, far craftier than the zerg Swarm, and far mightier than any demon from the Burning Hells. Ready your tools, scribe, and prepare for combat with the inky beast called fiction!

Enter a short story for the chance to win a free trip to Blizzard’s headquarters in southern California! This contest is open to entrants from around the world and will be judged by Blizzard’s very own writers and masters of lore. For more information, head to the contest page:

Sideshow Ships Frostmourne Sword Replica

Sideshow Collectibles announced the pre-orders of the stainless steel Epic Weapons – Warcraft III Collectibles Frostmourne(TM) Sword Replica have now shipped. Expect this item in upcoming days.

The replica costs $ 529, but if you aren’t able to purchase the wholesum Sideshow has a FlexPay option that splits the overall price into five easy payments of $ 106.99 a month.

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Frostmourne(TM) Sword by Epic Weapons. The Frostmourne(TM) Sword replica is second to none in detailed craftsmanship and technology. Featuring a 28″ Stainless Steel Blade with genuine leather wrapped grip. It is embedded with a patented G2G (Game 2 Gear) authenticity microchip. Comes with a collector’s display mount, limited edition poster, certifi-cate of authenticity, and Game 2 Gear handheld authenticity reader.

Frostmourne Sword

NVIDIA 196.75 drivers causing PC and Graphic Cards to overheat

Update – 11:00pm EST: I reached NVIDIA’s PR for an official statement and they replied within the hour. Read their response and feedback from many gamers here.

Original post – 5:20pm EST: I want to warn all of our visitors who are participating in the StarCraft II Beta and play World of WarCraft to refrain from installing the latest NVIDIA WHQL 196.75 WHQL-certified drivers. As posted, in the StarCraft: IncGamers fansite, If you already installed it, uninstall it and downgrade to the previous version. Yeah, it’s that serious. Many players are reporting their PCs or graphic card have died. It also affects all Blizzard games, so heed the call and safe your hardware’s life.

According to Blizzard’s Tech Support the latest NVIDIA drivers are causing fan control to not work correctly and causes massive overheat. StarCraft II Beta might kill your PC or card literally. A fix is already in the works. Stay tuned for further updates.

Blizzard Quote:
We’re getting reports where users are getting intermittent low FPS after installing these drivers. It seems that it is related to the fan control included in these drivers not working correctly and is causing the video card to overheat on 3D applications. This will affect Warcraft 3, World of Warcraft and StarCraft 2 Beta. Please uninstall the drivers and revert back to the older ones.

Windows XP: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp_196.21_whql.html
Windows XP 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/winxp64_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 32-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_32bit_196.21_whql.html
Windows Vista/7 64-bit: http://www.nvidia.com/object/win7_winvista_64bit_196.21_whql.html

More information can be found on threads such as these:

Merry Christmas, Blizzard and Fans!!!

It’s that time of the year when families get together in special times to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa. It’s meant to be a time of joy. I wish everyone happy holidays, especially all the people at Blizzard including those I have personally met or interacted with such as Chris Metzen, Mike Morhaime, Paul Sams, Frank Pearce, Ghostcrawler, Jeff Kaplan, Nethaera, Karune, Bashiok, Jay Wilson, J. Allen Brack, Wryxian, Changwoon Jung (who takes care of flight and hotel whenever I go to Blizzcon and to the Blizzard campus — thanks a bunch).

I gotta thank Chris Metzen for many things, he creates fantasy and sci-fi worlds that have entertained and enlightened me over the years not only through the games, but through books, manga and comic books. Chris Metzen got me invited to the fansites’ Starcraft II single player hands-on back on July 17th where I interviewed him. It was great when I was recording video of a Starcraft II panel at Blizzcon, and I heard this voice calling my name. When I turned my face to the side, it was Chris Metzen waving at me. That was absolutely awesome, and I felt a lot of joy within to have someone I am a fanboy of remember me and say hi. His work and his worlds inspire to wish to be better each day. You can learn things from certain stories, that you would not learn normally in real life for lack of living those experiences.

I emailed Chris Metzen a couple of weeks ago simply to apologize for that Sargeras article I wrote a few days ago. I had meant to write about it for a long time — ok, two years late — and used a photo by Gadgetress (OCRegister) of Chris Metzen from the 15th Anniversary of Warcraft celebration held at the Blizzard campus. The Sargeras article brought up the retcon, and possible reasons the creative team had to infuse a new direction to the story, while I was also exploring and parodying the reaction from fans when this retcon took place a couple of years ago.

To make a long story short, in the parody I used this photo of Chris Metzen that looked like those facepalm images, and I added a few parody words concerning the retcon. You know, at that moment it looked fun to use the photo in the context of the article, but I still felt uneasy within. I emailed him to apologize. It’s not my nature to cause stress to people or make them feel bad, or do bad things on purpose. I’m a nice guy, honest and overall a good guy. A bit funny sometimes, which contrast with my shy personality.

Chris Metzen was pretty cool about it, no hard feelings from him for using the photo in that context. However, I want to share that at the time that photo was taken, he had a speech about what all those 15 years at Blizzard creating all these worlds meant to him. It’s easy to say 15 years, but it’s a long time and a large chunk of your life dedicated to writing, inventing, jammin’ ideas within and with other fellow writers. It was a very emotional moment, that I can just grasp and imagine. It was a meaningful moment, that I am really sorry to have parodied.

While there’s a lot of trolls out there who might think otherwise, many people — including me — love the work Chris Metzen, Micky Neilson and the Creative Team have done over the years. We are very proud of you, Chris. Merry Christmas!

Electric Playground: 15 Years of Warcraft Video Interview

Electric Playground visited Blizzard Entertainment to interview some of the World of Warcraft developers on the 15th anniversary of Warcraft! Miri Jedeikin takes a look back at the series with Frank Pearce (Executive Vice-president of Product Development), Samwise Didier (Senior Art Director), Cory Stockton (Lead Content Designer) explaining the evolution of Warcraft between Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Warcraft III and World of Warcraft.

You can watch the video here.

All-New Blizzard Entertainment Website Released

Blizzard has two new announcements today.  First, the launch of their new Youtube hub showcasing all their cinematics.  Blizzard also launched their all new Blizzard.com Website.  It looks gorgeous cool.

Browse through all of the sections to get acquainted to the new Blizzard site.

Blizzard Quote:
Welcome to the newly redesigned Blizzard.com! Featuring a brand-new design, this website is the focal point for all official Blizzard Entertainment news, press releases, and much, much more.

Games section: The updated games section includes links to our current projects as well as detailed information for all of our previously released games, including trailers, screenshots, concept art, wallpapers, and more.

Company section: This section is all about Blizzard Entertainment as a company

Blizzcon 2009: Christie Golden Book Signing Videos

Pocket Books invited me to witness their Blizzcon 2009 book signing event on Saturday at 4pm where Jaime Costas and her husband raffled 40 copies of the World of Warcraft: Arthas Collector’s Edition.  I brought my video camera and captured most of the event.  There was a large amount of fans awaiting to win one of those, but also to get their own merchandise signed by Christie Golden.  I could see some World of Warcraft: Arthas (Normal Edition) and Starcraft: The Dark Templar trilogy brought by fans to be signed by the author. The place was crowded with fans that were excited to meet her.

If you recognize a friend in the two videos, let them know the link to this page.  It’s available to all attendees as a memento. I was glad to be there.  I realized I haven’t taken photos of myself with the authors in all the events I have been attending.  This time I had the chance to take a photo with all the publishers and book writers. I have been in contact with all of them quite often.  It feels like family already. Watch video # 1 below, and video # 2 here.

Laguna Art Museum VIP Benefit Dinner, BlizzCon Ticket and More

World of Warcraft fans in the California area—and why not, international and national folks—will be delighted to hear of a special offer that might get you into Blizzcon if you missed out the ticket lottery.

From July 17 through 19, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing to purchase tickets for the Laguna Art Museum