BlizzCon 2009 On-Site Contest Sign-Ups Available

It’s begun. All fans have the opportunity to sign up to all BlizzCon contests to participate onstage on August 21.  If you have been eagerly awaiting this, go subscribe asap while it lasts.

Blizzard Quote:
You can now sign up for our on-site BlizzCon contests by visiting the BlizzCon Contest page. The Dance, Soundalike, and Costume contests will be taking place live on-stage August 21 at BlizzCon. If you wish to take part in these contests it’s important you sign up now, before the event. We’ll be emailing registered participants before the event with more information on what to do once they reach the convention center. Visit the BlizzCon Contest page to read the rules and sign up now!

Upper Deck to Unveil Event-Exclusive World of Warcraft

Upper Deck has announced the launch of a new World of Warcraft mini during the GenCon 2009 event.  What makes me really scratch my head here is … this mini is South Seas-themed.  A sign Blizzard is announcing a new expansion based on the Maelstrom and the South Seas.  Can’t wait for Blizzcon to happen?

Blizzard Quote:
Carlsbad, CA (August 4, 2009)

Blizzcon 2009 Merchandise Pre-Orders Email

Blizzard sent out emails to fans who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket a few months ago.  Between August 5-7, only those who purchased a Blizzcon ticket will have the opportunity to pre-order the Blizzcon 2009 merchandise from the official Blizzard store.  Read the email transcript Eldorian received earlier to check out the requirements and instructions:

Blizzard Quote:
Heading to BlizzCon 2009? Planning to purchase some souvenirs at the show? We wanted to send you one last reminder that for the first time ever, you’ll be able to shop for items from the BlizzCon 2009 store BEFORE the event during our limited-time-only, online BlizzCon 48-Hour Sale!

For a limited time beginning August 5 at 10:01 a.m. Pacific time, BlizzCon 2009 ticket buyers* will have the opportunity to purchase select BlizzCon 2009 store merchandise online. Items purchased through this sale will be shipped directly to your home, allowing you to avoid store lines at the show and giving you more time to take in the panels, tournaments, and other events at BlizzCon 2009.


  • Between 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on August 5 and 10:00 a.m. on August 7, log in to the online Blizzard Store ( using the account you used to purchase your BlizzCon 2009 tickets.
  • Click the special “BlizzCon Sale” button in the lower-right corner of your screen.
  • Browse new BlizzCon 2009 items created especially for attendees, add them to your cart, and then proceed to check out.
  • Items will be shipped directly to your home.
  • Enjoy the show!

It’s that simple! Enjoy, and we look forward to seeing you at BlizzCon 2009!

*Please note: Only the ORIGINAL TICKET PURCHASER will have access to BlizzCon 2009 merchandise during this online sale, and the account used to purchase the tickets is required. If you received BlizzCon 2009 tickets through another attendee, you will need to coordinate with the original ticket purchaser to participate in this sale.

Intel Announces BlizzCon 2009 Giveaway and Contest

Intel has announced a new Choose a Champion: Blizzcon 2009 contest where fans will have the opportunity to win one of two Asus G50Vt Laptops, some Core i7 processors and other merchandise.  For the first one, you must submit who you think will be the winner of one or three of the Blizzcon tournaments. If your guesses are right, you will automatically be added to a drawing to win one of these laptops.

The other way to win some freebies is by wearing an Intel badge that will be provided at their booth.  If the Intel Patrol that will wander around the floor finds you wearing this badge, you will be given a card to redeem your prize at the booth.  Are you ready to raid the Intel Booth? Oh yea! … learn more details here.

Intel at BlizzCon 2009

We’re excited for BlizzCon 2009 and we hope you are too! If you’re a fan of Blizzard games, this is the place to test out your skills. We’re hosting the Choose a Champion: BlizzCon 2009 contest where fans like you can submit your guess for which contestants you think will win this year’s tournaments for Warcraft III, World of Warcraft Arena Tournament and StarCraft Invitational.

Submit an educated guess (or take a stab in the dark) to select winners for either one or all three BlizzCon tournaments. Those who guess correctly will be entered to win one of three Asus G50Vt Laptops powered by Intel technology – one prize will be given away for each tournament.

How to enter Choose a Champion:

  • Register for the contest and submit your selections for Warcraft III and World of Warcraft Arena Tournament by clicking here
  • Entries for the StarCraft Invitational will be available in early August when Blizzard announces the bracket for this tournament. Check back for more info!
  • One entry per person
  • Contest is open to U.S. residents 18 years and older only

Game On at BlizzCon 2009:

Fans lucky enough to be at BlizzCon this year will have even more chances to win. We’ll be giving away hundreds of prizes, including five Core i7 processors daily, for the Intel Game On: Wear it to Win contest. To participate, BlizzCon attendees can visit the Intel booth during regular BlizzCon 2009 show hours to receive a button. If Intel’s Prize Patrol spots you wearing or displaying the button during the show, you will be given a game card that can be redeemed at the Intel booth for a prize.

For the inside scoop on where our Prize Patrol will be at throughout the show, follow us on Twitter.

Let the BlizzCon 2009 countdown begin… We’ll see you there!


BlizzCon 2009 – World of Warcraft Questions Wanted

Eldorian is gathering questions over at Facebook for our possible interviews with Paul Sams, Tom Chilton and Ghostcrawler—at least if we get the chance in our trip to Blizzcon and Blizzard through August 20-22.

If you have questions, please submit them.  We will either forward your questions during the live Blizzcon panel Q&As or in an exclusive video interview.  These can either be about patch 3.2 or 3.3.  However, we will be hopping around during Blizzcon to gather questions after Blizzard has announced the new expansion and gives some details about it—so you will also be able to pop either on facebook or throuogh our live chat to submit questions on the go.

BlizzCast # 10 Pretty Soon

BlizzCast # 10 has been recorded and will undergo localization throughout the next days.  Zarhym confirms it will be available pretty soon.  You will get to learn more about the lore and design behind the Crusader’s Coliseum dungeon.

Blizzard Quote:
No one addressed the lore behind the tournament with the developers or why the Lich King is letting us run a combat fair in his back yard.

Zarhym: I’ll be discussing this in a little more detail in BlizzCast episode 10 with Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer and Senior Game Designer Dave Maldonado, both of whom have extensive knowledge of the Argent Tournament and Crusaders’ Coliseum in terms of lore and design. It’s already recorded and should be coming out pretty soon.

SDCC 2009 – Brandon Routh interested in Warcraft Movie

MTV interviewed Brandon Routh at the San Diego Comic Con who was promoting two of the projects he has participated in: “Dead of Night” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”.  Brandon reinstated his interest in playing a role in the Warcraft movie.  To make things more interesting, he was wearing one of the J!NX World of Warcraft T-shirts during the video interview.  Are we going to see Brandon Routh on the role of King Varian Wrynn?  He better start going to the Gym to attempt to match Varian’s Conan the Barbarian muscles.

Blizzcon 2009 Ticket Barcodes Released

Blizzard Entertainment has started to send emails to provide a barcode to all those who purchased a Blizzcon 2009 ticket.  I confirmed with Nethaera these emails are legitimate.  That company specializes in Secure Online Registration Systems for trade shows, conferences and associations.  They seem to be contracted to handle the barcode registration for Blizzcon tickets. You should double-check your Junk Mail in case this email is sent there.  Beware of any emails asking you to visit a URL link and asking you to login and enter your password. These are fake.

Simply Print out your barcode, and keep it safe with you to turn in at the Anaheim Convention Center booths.  If you were among the fans who won a ticket through any of the fansites contests, you must bring this barcode to the VIP booth which is usually located on the far right of the entrance.

Blizzard will release an official statement in the next few hours. Stay tuned for updates.

WoW Lore: Why Cataclysm sounds like a WoW Expansion?

Recently, a fan argued against popular speculations surrounding the Blizzard Entertainment trademark: Cataclysm; and some of my articles about it.  No one knows for certain what Cataclysm will turn out to be.  I simply applied some of my lore knowledge into the mix to give it form as a “possible” World of Warcraft expansion.

On my first article announcing the trademark, I clearly stated that Cataclysm could be the name of 2.0 or the platform that connects all Blizzard games’s achievements, and other data (think of Steam).  Or it could be the Unannounced Game (based on a brand-new IP).  It could be Warcraft IV for all we know. Diablo III: Cataclysm (since Mt. Arreat exploded creating a massive crater), or who knows what else.

I am not going to say I am infallible, because I have been wrong in the past, and will in the present and future.  My duty is to offer entertainment, analyze, predict and inform based on my knowledge.  Those who know me from Blizzplanet, I have reported news of most Blizzard licensed products for the past seven years.  I keep contact often with Tokyopop, Pocket Books, Sideshow Collectibles, Upper Deck, DC Comics, and other companies.

I have all the Warcraft, Starcraft and Diablo novels. I am a subscriber of the WoW and Starcraft comic books. I have all the volumes of the Warcraft Legends and Starcraft: Frontline mangas. I have all the Blizzard games (minus the Arcade and GameBoy Advance ones).

My Cataclysm speculation was based on the things I have read in the novels, and what I have seen in World of Warcraft.  I have been playing since closed beta 2004, and know my way around questlines.  I have a lot of dots, but not all of them. Let’s be creative and attempt to put some of these dots together.

I am not saying Cataclysm is 100% the next WoW expansion, but I do have some lore knowledge that somewhat matches conveniently this particular trademark vibe.

For example, those who have read the backstory of The Sundering of the World on the official website, or read Warcraft: War of the Ancients Trilogy Archive by Richard A. Knaak know that 10,000 years ago the Well of Eternity imploded, sundering the land of Ancient Kalimdor.

This cataclysm divided its single-mass of land into three separate continents, and all the central mass became the Great Sea, with an immense marine vortex known as the Maelstrom. The Maelstrom is the former Well of Eternity, a continuous storm of chaotic arcane magic. Everyone knows the Sundering story, hopefully.

The next clue comes from Silithus, as mentioned in our recent article.  Ralo’shan the Watcher said the following words: “Ancient forces stir – forces that have not been seen or felt for thousands of years.  The world weeps.  Perhaps a new sundering comes.  A sickness born from within. The foulness has begun to seep into our lands.  From the Dream come nightmares.  Nightmares to befoul us in our waking hours …