Frost on October 31st, 2008
We've joined forces with The Eminence Symphony Orchestra to produce Echoes of War: The Music of Blizzard Entertainment - a compilation of pieces from the Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes, all recorded with stunning new orchestration.

The Echoes of War package features 15 unique arrangements from Blizzard Entertainment's catalogue, with several pieces coming from yet-to-be-released titles including Wrath of the Lich King, StarCraft II, and Diablo III. Ninety minutes of music are featured in all, with bonus tracks arranged by special guests including the critically-acclaimed composer Kow Otani (Shadow of the Colossus).

In addition to the $29.95, two-CD standard version, a Legendary Edition is also available for $49.95, and comes with a bonus documentary DVD, nine art cards, and a detailed booklet.

For more details, check out the Echoes of War site, or head to the Eminence Online Store to order your copy.
Nebu on October 31st, 2008
In an ongoing endeavor to ensure a fair and fun online experience for all Warcraft III players, we will be escalating our efforts to remove cheaters from We have identified and closed over 7,700 accounts which were found to be using third-party hacks. The CD keys associated with these accounts are now restricted from playing any ladder games and/or custom for 30 days. Repeat offenders will have their accounts closed and their CD keys permanently banned from

Going forward, we will take a hard-line stance against cheating in all games, and we reserve the right to close the accounts and ban the CD keys of players who are caught cheating on

These changes are intended to promote fun and competitive play on in both ladder and custom games. Cheating ruins the game experience for legitimate players, and we will not tolerate it.
Nebu on October 28th, 2008
We recently answered a number of questions from the community regarding StarCraft II. Check out part 45 of the Q&A, along with the StarCraft II Q&A archive in the forums.
Frost on October 27th, 2008
Carry a little piece of Azeroth wherever your real-world travels take you with our new World of Warcraft-themed wallpapers and ringtones for your phone. We've just launched a new service in the United States that lets you download content related to your favorite Blizzard Entertainment games to supported mobile phones. Currently, these wallpapers and ringtones are available through carriers AT&T, Cellular One, Sprint, and Verizon; support for T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile is coming soon.

Over 65 pieces of content are currently available, including ringtones from World of Warcraft, StarCraft and Diablo, as well as wallpapers featuring character artwork, logos, and more. Visit the new Mobile Ringtones and Wallpapers page for more information.
Frost on October 11th, 2008
With the day's panels and tournaments coming to an end, BlizzCon 2008's closing ceremonies are about to begin, featuring the comedy of Patton Oswalt, the thunderous death-knight metal of Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, and the symphonic majesty of Video Games Live, who are returning to the convention this year with new arrangements of music from Blizzard Entertainment games.

We'd like to thank everyone who helped make BlizzCon 2008 possible, including comedians Jay Mohr and Patton Oswalt; Video Games Live; AMD, Dell, DIRECTV, Intel, and our other partners and sponsors; and, most of all, the community of gamers whose support and dedication are what this show is all about. We hope everyone enjoyed the informative developer panels, the live tournaments and contests, and the hands-on gaming BlizzCon had to offer.

While the convention might be coming to an end, there's still more to come at Keep your eyes on the site for more photos and other post-show coverage.
Frost on October 10th, 2008
The first day of BlizzCon has drawn to a close, with Jay Mohr hosting another awesomely epic evening of contests, costumes, dances, and /silly one-liners. We'll have photos, results, and more from the contests soon -- but in the meantime,
Frost on October 10th, 2008
At Friday's developer panels, attendees got an in-depth look at Diablo III's wizard class, heard some big news about StarCraft II's single-player campaign, and got a chance to ask game designers, artists, and programmers all their burning questions. If you couldn't make it to any of the panels,
Frost on October 10th, 2008
At the Diablo III Class Design panel, game director Jay Wilson went into more detail about the game's third playable class, the wizard. A wielder of the elements and a master manipulator of time, the wizard combats the hordes of the Burning Hells by hurling environment-shattering lightning bolts, channeling explosive arcane energies, and creating pockets of space outside the normal flow of time.

To find out more, check out the video introduction or visit the brand-new wizard information page to read the latest excerpt from the journal of Abd al-Hazir and see some of the wizard's powers in action.
Frost on October 10th, 2008
BlizzCon is officially underway! Gamers from around the world have come to Anaheim to join us for this two-day celebration of Blizzard Entertainment games and the passionate communities of players surrounding them. We'll be updating regularly throughout the show with news and photos from the floor, as well as from the various contests, developer panels, and other events we've planned. We'll also be broadcasting streaming video of the 2008 StarCraft Invitational and other tournaments -- so be sure to check back often over the next couple of days.
Nebu on October 8th, 2008
If you're attending BlizzCon 2008 and are bringing a camera along, we want to see your pictures. Send your best photos of the event, particularly from Friday's contests, to We'll collect the finest of your submissions and post them on the site for all to see. Take a look at last year's to get a sense of what we're looking for.
Nebu on October 8th, 2008
The streaming trial client, which allows trial users fast access to the trial version of World of Warcraft, will be temporarily unavailable while we prepare for our next major content update, "Echoes of Doom." Trial users can continue playing World of Warcraft by downloading the full trial client here: [PC] [MAC]. Streaming trials will be brought back online within a few days of Echoes of Doom's release, and we will provide further updates as they become available. Please visit our Technical Support forum for additional information. You can upgrade your account to a full version at any time. Just purchase and install the retail version of the game (available at most software and video game retailers), then enter the provided Authentication Key at our online Account Management service to upgrade your account. After you upgrade you will still be able to play the character you create during this trial. For details about the trial version client, refer to our Trial Account FAQ.
Nebu on October 8th, 2008
When the fierce gaming competition gets underway on the tournament stages at BlizzCon, you'll be able to follow the action at home -- right on your computer screen. On October 10 and 11, we'll be providing streaming video coverage of select tournaments live from the convention floor. Whether you prefer the coordinated team play of World of Warcraft's Arena, the meticulous hero management of Warcraft III, or the fast-paced space battles of StarCraft, you're sure to find something to cheer about. Stay tuned to for the live stream on the first day of the show.
Frost on October 8th, 2008
Video Games Live and Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain will both return to Anaheim this Saturday to re-rock the Anaheim Convention Center during the BlizzCon 2008 closing ceremony. Recently upgraded from Level 70 at the Blizzard Worldwide Invitational in Paris this past June, Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain's performance will conclude their "On and On, South of Northrend!" world tour. The Video Games Live performance will feature music from each Blizzard game universe, and new Blizzard music will be debuted as well.

The closing-night ceremony will take place in Hall C of the Anaheim Convention Center at 5:30 PM. For those attending BlizzCon, be sure to arrive early, as seating will be first come, first served. Ganking fellow attendees to steal their seats is strictly forbidden and generally frowned upon. Generally.

Both acts will also be included as part of DIRECTV's live BlizzCon HD pay per view package. See the BlizzCon DIRECTV Pay Per View page to learn more.
Nebu on October 7th, 2008
We've just brought our brand-new forums online. The new forums bring a host of new features and stability, as well as helpful tools for us to better moderate and organize posts. They're available right now -- to access them, visit:

The forum login requirements remain the same. In order to post you will need an account created by a supported game and a CD-key.

If you're still looking for some posts or information from the old forums, we've left them up at the original address ( The old forums aren't open for posting, but if you'd like to copy a thread or back up some information, they'll remain available until Monday, October 13.

The benefits of implementing these new forums are numerous, and we hope you're as excited as we are to see this step toward the continued growth and support of our community.
Nebu on October 7th, 2008
The Royal Photographic Society of Azeroth is renewing its competition in celebration of Halloween. In a longstanding Blizzard Entertainment tradition, this year we're proud to announce our sixth annual pumpkin-carving contest.

Between 12:00 a.m. PDT on October 8 and 11:59 p.m. PDT on October 28, the RPSA will be accepting submissions for the pumpkin contest. The shutterbugs who submit the most outstanding photos of their work will have their pictures proudly displayed on and on Halloween. In addition, the five most interesting, original, and well-carved pumpkin designs will be recognized for their merits with a Logitech G51 Surround Sound Speaker System designed specifically for gamers. Special thanks go out to Logitech for these prizes!

Pumpkin submission tips: If you want to view some past pumpkin-carving contest winners, you can see them here: [2003], [ 2004], [ 2005], [ 2006], [ 2007]. Check out the contest page for additional details, including the official rules and submission form. Good luck!
Frost on October 6th, 2008
BlizzCon 2008 begins this Friday, October 10, at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. The show will feature two days of gaming, contests, developer Q&A panels, tournaments, and more, in addition to live entertainment by comedian Patton Oswalt, all-Blizzard metal band Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain, and Video Games Live. Our recruiting team will be there, too, so if you're interested in a career at Blizzard Entertainment, bring along your resume, demo reel, art portfolio, or business card. See our media alert for more details -- and keep an eye on for live updates throughout the show.
Nebu on October 6th, 2008
The submission window for all BlizzCon 2008 contests has now closed. We thank everyone again for all of your entries and look forward to a great night of contests at BlizzCon!
Nebu on October 6th, 2008
The map pools for the BlizzCon StarCraft Invitational and Warcraft III global finals have been determined, and are listed below. The Warcraft III map pool includes the four winning maps from the Warcraft III Melee Map Contest. Each player will be able to eliminate two maps prior to each match and then select a map they wish to play on to determine the map order. Check out the BlizzCon Tournaments website for more details.

StarCraft: Warcraft III:
Blaze on October 2nd, 2008
The Diablo 3 Bestiary now features a new creature from the realm of Sanctuary: the ferocious scavenger.

I had indeed seen scavengers: small, burrowing creatures that feed upon carrion. Unlike most animals of this type, however, they are extremely aggressive and will not hesitate to attack those unfortunate enough to encounter them. Scavengers have powerful legs which they use for swift springing attacks, striking at vulnerable faces and throats.
Check out the scavenger entry now!

We've also expanded the media galleries with four new pieces of artwork and seven new screenshots.
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