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Watch the Blizzcon opening ceremony for free at 11AM PST


Blizzard games!
Nov 08
// Joshua Derocher
Blizzcon 2013 starts today, and you'll be able to watch the opening ceremony on Blizzard's live stream for free. The ceremony starts at 11:00AM Pacific Standard Time, and you'll be able to watch it on the Blizzcon site. The r...
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Five pairs up for grabs
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Shadowiii, Tristrix, KymikoLoco, Shockwave3000, and BillyTheK1dd!] BlizzCon 2013 is just one week away! Next Friday, November 8, Blizzard fans the world over will descend upon the Anaheim Co...

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Throw your own BlizzCon viewing party courtesy of your friends at Dtoid
[Update: Contest over! Winners are Cryoxene, Bigbear40s, HammerShark, Swishiee, Benny Disco, Occams electric toothbrush, OpiumHerz, TheCiderMan, Verxl, GirlyKittyBoy, ninjapresident, jadaris, AngeliquePretty, and Natalie Kipp...

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Yep, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is a lock for PS4


Playable on PC and PS4 at BlizzCon
Oct 17
// Jordan Devore
While the return of Blizzard All-Stars (now known as Heroes of the Storm) has me most anticipating BlizzCon 2013, there's another announcement today that can be considered good news. Blizzard has confirmed that the Reaper of ...
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Heroes of the Storm showing at BlizzCon, teaser released


Formerly Blizzard All-Stars
Oct 17
// Dale North
Blizzard wants you to set aside whatever you think you knew about Blizzard All-Stars. This newly released video -- with its new name, Heroes of the Storm -- shows off what they have brewing for BlizzCon, set to go dow November 8 and 9, 2013.  Two HotS games?  Here's a new webpage to keep your eye on.
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BlizzCon tickets go on sale April 24 and April 27


BlizzCon takes place Novmeber 8-9
Apr 04
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The only thing that sells out faster than San Diego Comic-Con tickets are BlizzCon tickets. You'll have two days this month to try and snag tickets, with the first set of going on sale April 24 at 7PM Pacific, and the other o...
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BlizzCon

BlizzCon is back on, returns this November


Rejoice!
Feb 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Rejoice, Blizzard fans! After taking a break in 2012, BlizzCon is back on this year, and taking place from November 8 to November 9 at the Anaheim Convention Center down in Anaheim, California. That's about all the real info ...
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Office Chat: Tara wanted to drink margaritas at BlizzCon


Jan 26
// Conrad Zimmerman
I predict that this will be our most popular episode of Office Chat to date. There's just something about this one which really grabs your attention. I think it's probably Dale's eyes. They're like oceans I could get lost in...
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The DTOID Show: LEGO Minecraft, Blizzcon, & Xbox 720?!


Jan 25
// Max Scoville
Hey gang! We're back with our usual tri-weekly revelry, and today the news is all hot and stinky. Er. Exciting. For starters, Blizzcon is cancelled. Blizzard is gonna have a big pro-gaming tournament in Asia, but no. No nigh...
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Blizzard has declared that there will be no Blizzcon this year, meaning that World of Warcraft fans have lost the one thing in real life they were planning to do this year. Haha, insulting nerd humor! The convention will retu...

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Blizzard apologizes for slur-filled BlizzCon video


Oct 28
// Jordan Devore
Following musician George 'Corpseater' Fisher's use of anti-gay language at BlizzCon 2011, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime has issued an apology. "It was shortsighted and insensitive to use the video at all, even in censored...
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My amazing adventures at BlizzCon 2011


Oct 27
// Chad Concelmo
I only had a few hours to spend at BlizzCon 2011 this past weekend, and I wanted to do as much fun stuff as possible in that very limited amount of time. I had already played StarCraft II and Diablo III (and don't regularly ...
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Blizzard under fire for homophobic Blizzcon video


Oct 27
// Jim Sterling
Blizzard has come under fire for featuring an interview with Cannibal Corpse frontman George Fisher during Blizzcon's closing concert. The video rolled partway through an Level 90 Epic Tauren Chieftain performance, in w...
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The DTOID Show: New releases, Skyrim, and BlizzCon 2011


Oct 24
// Tara Long
Good evening, children! Let's all gather around Auntie Tara's arms as she tells you the tale of a far-off land - a peaceful, pungent place where elves and trolls and all manner of basement dwellers roam free from the persecu...
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BlizzCon 2011: I heard you like Pokemon in your MMOs...


Oct 23
// Taylor Boatright
The next World of Warcraft expansion, Mists of Pandaria, and many of its new features were announced this weekend. I sat in on some of the BlizzCon panels, where many of these additions were explained in detail. These include...
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BlizzCon 2011 in five* minutes or less


Oct 23
// Tara Long
Okay, so maybe it's technically more like eight or nine minutes. Either way, if you're ever wondered what fighting the crowds at BlizzCon is actually like, then look no further because we've managed to pack about 12 hours of...
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BlizzCon 11 photos, part deux it again


Oct 23
// Tony Ponce
The parade of hi-res orgasm fuel continues with the second day of BlizzCon 11 photos. I can't pretend that I'm all too familiar with Blizzard's repertoire, but I can appreciate like-minded geeks coming together to make any ol...
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As soon as I found out that I'd be talking to a couple of the guys from Diablo III at BlizzCon this year, I was determined to find out whether or not the highly-anticipated RPG would, in fact, ever make it to conso...

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BlizzCon11: Tara talks Mists of Pandaria with Tom Merritt


Oct 22
// Tara Long
In between fighting the crowds and dousing myself in hand sanitizer at BlizzCon, I had time for a quick stop-and-chat with Tom Merritt, host of Tech News Today and Revision3's Tom's Top 5. We talked all about the new Wo...
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Day one photos from BlizzCon


Oct 22
// Victoria Medina
Blizzcon kicked off on Friday, and for everyone that can't be there, enjoy these very nice pictures. There is cool cosplay, miniature Warcraft action and a three monitor set-up. There is some other stuff too, but the whole th...
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Details on Blizzard DOTA and what makes it worth a look


Oct 21
// Maurice Tan
Straight out of BlizzCon, Blizzard has shed some light on how Blizzard DOTA will work. With League of Legends going strong, Valve's Dota 2 on the way, and a score of DotA clones out there, it's sometimes hard to imagine just ...

BlizzCon 2011: Hands-on with the Pandaren Monk

Oct 21 // Chris Morris
I moved through the village, picking up my first few quests. There were numerous Pandaren focused on their training, sparring, meditating, or even just rolling around everywhere. Your master directs you to first spar with the punching bags, an important step in understanding the new combat mechanics that Blizzard has created for the class. The Monk has no auto-attack; instead there is a completely manual combat system that utilizes Chi and Light or Dark energy to execute moves. The standard attack button uses Chi, simultaneously generating Light or Dark energy in the process. This energy can be expended during battle to unleash more devastating attacks and even combinations. Button mashing is a perfectly acceptable method of playing the class, simply hitting buttons as they light up, but I suspect that true mastery will require keen focus and timing. The new class encourages players to be constantly active, mobile, and observant of their surroundings. A new roll maneuver, while fun to simply spam while running around, is also an important tool in combat. While it is impossible to tell what all of the uses might be for the ability, I was able to use it both offensively and defensively. I could use the roll to quickly move out of harm's way, or to instantly get range on an opponent to execute a brutal flying kick. With the Monk, Blizzard is trying to cater to as many players as possible who might enjoy the new combat system, allowing the class to fulfill the role of a tank, DPS, or healer depending on their specialization choices. This certainly won't be for everyone, especially if you enjoy playing as passively as possible, but it should hopefully introduce a bit more thrill to the game for players who have gotten tired of the same old combat mechanics. For anyone who is excited about playing a Pandaren or Monk, but worried about potential racial or faction restrictions, fear not! The Pandaren are WoW's first truly neutral playable race, with players able to choose between either Horde or Alliance upon completion of the starting zone story arc. Pandaren are not restricted to playing only as a Monk: they can choose any class with the exception of Death Knights, Druids, Paladins, or Warlocks. Conversely, all other races with the exception of the Goblin and Worgen can start as a Monk. Let us know what you think about the announcement in the comments below.
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After the announcement of the Mists of Pandaria expansion for World of Warcraft, I was able to jump right into the game and get hands-on with the class and race. Upon being dropped into the new starting area, I was instantly ...

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Diablo III's Black Soulstone cinematic is pure eye candy


Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
You have to hand it to Blizzard -- they sure know how to craft an eye-catching, interest-grabbing cinematic. This video comes by way of BlizzCon 2011, and has me all pumped up to ... click on a bunch of evil dudes until they...

BlizzCon 2011: Examining the new Heart of the Swarm units

Oct 21 // Aerox
Sad news Protoss fans -- the iconic Carriers, as well as the Motherships, are being cut from Heart of the Swarm. As Tony told me, and as anyone who plays online often knows, these two units simply weren't used very much. The Mothership was too high up in the tech tree and too expensive to really be viable, and Carriers were generally ditched in favor of Void Rays and other Protoss flying units. The good news is their removals are making way for a new Protoss capital ship: the Tempest. The Tempest will hopefully eliminate one of the Protoss' current weaknesses -- dealing with large amounts of air units. Protoss players are probably painfully familiar with seeing huge swarms of mutalisks coming at them and being unable to do much to defend, so the large area-of-effect air attack the Tempest is packing may make that fight a bit more even. Another new Protoss unit, and by far the one I'm most interested in, is the Replicant. The Replicant has the ability to permanently transform into any non-massive unit on the map, as long as you have sight on it. Not only do you take on all the properties of the unit you're replicating, but you also gain all of their technology and abilities. As Tony told me, that means that (at least in its current form) if you replicate an SCV, you can use it to build a command center, and then start controlling and training more SCVs. The cost to build Replicants is very high, so you won't be able to mass them up and go crazy, but it sounds like even one might be enough to give you a huge advantage in battle. The final new Protoss unit revealed is the Oracle, which is another flying unit that mostly focuses on support. The Orcale has a range of abilities, including one that locks down a mineral field to prevent it from being harvested, one that lets you inspect an enemy building to see what's currently being built and researched, and the ability to phase out both friendly and hostile buildings, temporarily removing them entirely and preventing them from functioning or taking damage. Over on the Zerg side, Overseers are getting the axe. To replace some of their functionality, the Zerg now have a new air unit called the Viper. An air supporter with no actual attack, the Viper has some unique abilities that are pretty different than what you've seen in StarCraft before. The Viper can shoot out a Blinding Cloud, which reduces the range of all units stuck inside the cloud to one. Being harassed by a bunch of marines? Drop a cloud on them, and they can't shoot anything unless it's standing directly in front of them. The Viper also has an ability called Abduct, which lets him grab a unit with a tentacle and pull it towards him. Tony explained a variety of ways this could be used: pulling your own units out of combat to protect them, pulling enemy units out of range of friendlies, or even using the Viper to move your own units over obstacles, like cliffs or boulders. The Zerg are also lacking in siege ability, so they're getting the Swarm Host. The Swarm Host is slow and defenseless, but it can burrow. And once it's burrowed, it starts spawning a stream of melee units, Locusts, that Tony explained as currently being about as strong as a Zealot. One or two Swarm Hosts aren't hard to deal with, but if you manage to burrow a whole bunch right outside an enemy's base, they'll soon find themselves overwhelmed by Locusts. The Terrans aren't losing any units, and are seeing a number of current units get some hefty upgrades. The Hellion can now be upgraded into a Battle Hellion, a slower-moving, stronger version of the Hellion that makes them viable in mid- to late-game. Tony explained that they were looking to improve units that would be built for a specific purpose in the early game, but then ended up completely ignored as they became useless. The Thor is also getting a massive upgrade -- literally. It's even bigger than it was before. You can only have one out at a time, but it's even stronger and more powerful than its previous incarnation. As a tradeoff, it no longer can attack air units, but with regular attacks that already deal serious damage and a new, massive area-of-effect ground attack, the Thor will be a serious force to be reckoned with. The Terrans are getting a couple brand new units, as well. The Warhound is a small walking mech that functions similarly to the old, now-replaced Thor. It can't shoot anti-air missiles as far as the old Thor could, but its increased speed and maneuverability appear to make up for it. The Terrans can also build Shredders, which can't attack while moving, but once set stationary channel area-effect damage to both grounded and flying units. If any friendly units wander into its range, however, it temporarily shuts off so as not to damage them. You won't want to deploy them in the middle of a large battle. These are the major units that were revealed so far today. Other units are slated to receive a number of tweaks, both in their stats and in the way some of their abilities function, but this is the big stuff. If change scares you, or if you're not planning on grabbing Heart of the Swarm, the Wings of Liberty ladder will still be available. If, like me, you're going to jump right into Heart of the Swarm as soon as it launches, there's a lot of information here to consider as you start preparing your new strategies. GLHF.
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As many of you probably saw, one of the revelations that came out of BlizzCon this morning were some of the new units that will be available in the multiplayer portion of Heart of the Swarm, the upcoming StarCraft II expansio...

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World of Warcraft expanding with 'Mists of Pandaria'


Oct 21
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has unveiled the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria. Indeed, that's what that trademark was about. Through this addition, the game will be getting the Pandaren race, the continent Pandaria, the M...
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Lots of NVIDIA toys to play with at BlizzCon


Oct 20
// Alex Bout
NVIDIA has shared a little of what's in store for BlizzCon this year. Just about everywhere you look at the convention, you'll find GeForce GTX-equipped PCs powering all the Blizzard games you love such as World of Warcraft&n...
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Global StarCraft II League to be held at BlizzCon 2011


Jul 12
// Sterling Aiayla Lyons
Blizzard Entertainment has formally announced that the ever popular Global StarCraft II League will make it to Blizzcon this October. BlizzCon 2011 this year will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in California on...
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BlizzCon tickets to go on sale in late May


Apr 12
// Conrad Zimmerman
A little company called Blizzard Entertainment will be having another of its annual fan conventions this coming October 21st and 22nd in Anaheim, California. I hear they are popular events for which one would want to purchase...
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Prepare your Zerg cosplay, BlizzCon 2011 dated


Feb 07
// Nick Chester
Blizzard Entertainment's BlizzCon is always a massive success, so the fact that there's another one schedule for this year isn't a shock. Now you can mark it on your calendar, though: BlizzCon 2011 is taking place October 21 ...
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The BlizzCon 2010 schedule is kind of overwhelming


Oct 06
// Jordan Devore
Whether you are attending BlizzCon in person, have one of those fancy virtual passes, or are just curious to see what the dealio is, you can probably get some good use out of the full event schedule. As expected, there's a he...

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