Friday, May 4, 2018

Show Notes, Blizzard News and Events May 2018



It's very long. I know. I'm sorry. Please leave comments and suggestions!

<3 Alisaunder


See the Calendar Post 
for complete list of events, micro holidays, 
tournaments and in game events.





      WORLD OF WARCRAFT      



BlizzCon 2018 Tickets Sold Out

https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7597-BlizzCon-2018-Tickets-on-Sale-Again-in-2-Hours

https://www.wowhead.com/news=284351/blizzcon-tickets-on-sale-saturday-may-12-at-10am-pdt



World of Warcraft Player Sentenced to Jail for DDoS Attacks Against Blizzard

https://www.wowhead.com/news=284224/world-of-warcraft-player-sentenced-to-jail-for-ddos-attacks-against-blizzard



Bid on props from the Warcraft movie

https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/03/everything-price-can-soon-bid-props-warcraft-movie/




Before the Storm Novel by Christie Golden Comes Out June 12

https://amazon.com/Before-Storm-Warcraft-Christie-Golden/dp/0399594094/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8




BlizzCon 2018 November 2-3

You have until July 20 to edit the information on your tickets.  The Benefit Dinner will be Thursday, November 1 and tickets are $750.  Community Night is undergoing some changes, but there will still be a costume contest.

More info: https://t.co/BlDJnUpfsy       https://t.co/yVVSmudS8l








 WARCRAFT BETA (Spoiler Free) 



Potential Story Spoilers will be in yellow. For full Alpha information see below links as I will only post bits I think interesting.

Information from https://www.mmo-champion.com/  and https://www.wowhead.com/



Per-Realm Character Limit Increased to 18 in Battle for Azeroth

https://www.wowhead.com/news=284508/per-realm-character-limit-increased-to-18-in-battle-for-azeroth


WoW Battle for Azeroth dataminers unearth a Diablo-themed pet

https://www.pcgamesn.com/world-of-warcraft/wow-battle-for-azeroth-baal-pet-diablo



The Dueler's Guild for PvPers in Battle for Azeroth

https://www.wowhead.com/news=284356/the-duelers-guild-for-pvpers-in-battle-for-azeroth



War Mode players will get a 15% experience boost in Battle for Azeroth

https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/11/war-mode-players-will-get-15-experience-boost-battle-azeroth/



On-use racial abilities and trinkets no longer to be added to GCD on the beta

https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/11/use-racial-abilities-trinkets-no-longer-added-gcd-beta/

https://www.wowhead.com/news=284294/battle-for-azeroth-racial-abilities-and-trinkets-once-again-out-of-the-gcd

https://www.wowhead.com/news=283908/comprehensive-list-of-abilities-added-to-the-gcd-in-battle-for-azeroth

https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7592-Racials-and-Trinkets-Off-the-GCD-Battle-for-Azeroth-Beta



Communities

https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7585-PvP-Talents-Battle-for-Azeroth-PvP-Tiers-Communities-Upcoming-Raid-Testing











               WARCRAFT III               



Warcraft 3 marches on with its slow but steady resurgence.

https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/5041/warcraft-3-marches-on-with-its-slow-but-steady-resurgence
Warcraft 3 in China is still thriving -- last years Gold Championship series finals peaked at 1,416,594 viewers with an average concurrent viewership of 575,284. While China has a history of inflated viewership, it's still an important reminder of Warcraft's enduring legacy there.



Warcraft 3 - Patch 1.29.2

https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7573-Activision-Earnings-Call-Blue-Posts-Blue-Tweets-WC3-Patch-1-29-2-DLC-630

Specific Changes & Improvements

  • Ladder reset
  • Joining a custom game on Mac will result in a crash
  • Cursor does not match the mouse position when resolution is taller than wider
  • In 24 player games, AI buildings may become stuck in construction
  • Automated tournament map pool updates will be available Soon™




Weekly Tournaments here

https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft









                 STARCRAFT                 



SUMMARY


GSL (Global Starcraft League) Season 2 has begun its month long twice weekly tournament in Korea.

The WCS Qualifiers for Austin have been playing out in NA, EU and Asia as well on several Twitch streams 24/7 as players compete for spots in WCS Austin which is coming up.



Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 will be Olympic Sports at the Asia Games

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/esports/article-5732359/LoL-Hearthstone-Starcraft-2-PES-Clash-Royale-r-Olympic-Sports-Asia-Games.html




Siri’s creators are training AI to form memories - by playing StarCraft

https://www.pcgamesn.com/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty/starcraft-siri-ai




Serral sets new all time highest MMR record




Interview with Maynarde!

https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/05/07/south-australian-amateur-footballer-became-big-name-esports/



TotalBiscuit Cancer Update is not good  @Totalbiscuit

https://www.reddit.com/r/cynicalbritofficial/comments/8g4eoj/official_totalbiscuits_future/
Since it comes up quite a bit yes, I'm also retired from casting SC2. However, I am working on a solution to allow Shoutcraft Kings to continue, under the ownership and operation of a group of people I trust.  1:13 AM - 5 May 2018
Let it be known I cast until physically unable to do so, go tell the peoploe in 2010 that accused me of being in it for the money, they fucked up.1:19 AM - 5 May 2018



Cal ‘StarCraft 2’ team makes dramatic comeback in Tespa Collegiate Series finals over Waterloo

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/05/02/cal-starcraft-makes-comeback-tespa-finals/



TESPA COLLEGIATE STARCRAFT SERIES FINALS!

Congratulations UC Berkeley! Nick M., Ryan Q., Clayton F., and Derrick X. !

https://www.twitch.tv/videos/255494564

Feb 17 - Apr 22, 2018. 4 teams will qualify to join our 12 SC2 teams for their share of $35,000 in scholarships & prizing.   Brackets at  https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/101/phase/1  currently on Round 7 of 15.  At the end of the 8 weeks of round robin, the teams will be seeded into our Towers of Doom format with the conclusion being fought out in a single elimination bracket for a chance to earn their share of $35,000 in scholarships and prizing.



Blizzard's next shooter is PvP-focused, and probably not Overwatch 2

PCGamesN   https://pcgamesn.com/overwatch/blizzard-pvp-shooter
Blizzard first started hiring for this project in November 2016, sending fans into a frenzy of speculation. At the time, we didn't know it would have a PvP focus, so an Overwatch campaign, or a StarCraft PvE shooter, emerged as the lead theories. This PvP focus seemingly puts the kibosh on either of those, ...



Blizzard job listing reveals more on new PvP game

Gamereactor UK   https://www.gamereactor.eu/news/654973/Blizzard+job+listing+reveals+more+on+new+PvP+game/
As pointed out by PCGamesN, this may be a StarCraft shooter, since it sounds this way and StarCraft 2's director Dustin Browder has moved to work as director of this title. Recruiting for this project began in November 2016, so it's a long way in now, even if we hardly know anything about it. What do you ...




STARCRAFT 2 ADDS COMMUNITY MAP STORE 9 YEARS AFTER PROMISING IT

http://in.ign.com/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty/121775/news/starcraft-2-adds-community-map-store-9-years-after-promising
https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/24/starcraft-ii-premium-arcade/






Dark Horse Launches ... Starcraft Scavengers in July ...

https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/04/18/dark-horse-quantum-age-she-could-fly-incredibles-2-starcraft-scavengers-july-2018-solicits/




An Ohio university is offering Starcraft esports scholarships

https://www.pcgamer.com/an-ohio-university-is-offering-fortnite-esports-scholarships/

Ashland University is offering scholarships of up to $4000 for qualified esports competitors. Ashland launched its collegiate esports program in February, when it announced Buchanan's hiring. The school said he has more than five years of competitive experience in esports and is ranked 40th in the US in StarCraft 2; he also works as a freelance StarCraft 2 coach and caster. Other games offered in Ashland's esports program include League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Rocket League. Construction of a "gaming center" in the lower level of the school library, with 25 gaming stations equipped with PCs, accessories, and peripherals, is slated to start later this month. 



The Pylon Show Debuts, a Starcraft Podcast by 2 Pro casters

https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

With Artosis and iNcontroL every Wednesday! Also available on YouTube and as a podcast.



StarCraft Esports WCS Challenger Season 1 Qualifiers

EU Round of 8 bracket + Finals:  May 12, 5:00 - 15:00 PDT
NA Round of 8 bracket + Finals:  May 13, 11:00 - 21:00 PDT

Qualifiers are underway and the Legendary (for behavior) streamer / troll Avilo was all over the Internet this morning after meeting himself in the brackets. Often known as "Fake Avilo", Avilo #2 reportedly trolled Avilo Prime hard, extending the game over several hours as he declined to win the game, until the observer fell asleep and the game was forced to be called by officials. Im looking for a vod of this to verify. The average game of Starcraft lasts 15-20 minutes but the longest game of Starcraft known lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes, with other famous matches lasting 2, 3 up to 4 hours 10 minutes.  See the WCS Challenger Season 1 guidelines with the updated dates at  https://t.co/x0DPFmj7CW




WCS Austin   June 1-3.

WCS Valencia July 12-14

WCS Montreal   Sept 7-9




WCS Challenger Season 1  

https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21613835/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-WCS-Challenger-Season-1/

https://t.co/RaeXplp5Di     https://t.co/VtfaRB363Z








             ESPORTS            




Jdotb (Method NA), one of the best World of Warcraft players in the world, gives his thoughts on Mythic+ dungeons.

https://www.dvsgaming.org/jdotb-talks-current-and-future-mythic-progression/




Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 will be Olympic Sports at the Asia Games

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/esports/article-5732359/LoL-Hearthstone-Starcraft-2-PES-Clash-Royale-r-Olympic-Sports-Asia-Games.html




New esports community center set to open fall 2018

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/19/esports-community-center-set-open-fall-2018/
On Wednesday, the Division of Student Affairs, working with the UC Berkeley Cal Esports Program, announced a one-of-a-kind partnership with NRG eSports and the San Francisco Shock to open up an esports community center at the Foothill housing complex come fall 2018.



1xBet's Evgeniy Kiriushin: Embracing the fast-growing esports market

https://www.sbcnews.co.uk/esports-fantasy/2018/04/19/1xbet-evgeniy-kiriushin-embracing-esports-market/
Our esports portfolio has since expanded from two (StarCraft II and Counter-Strike) to five permanent sports (with the addition of Dota 2, League of Legends and Overwatch). 




AWC SPRING FINALS VIEWER'S GUIDE

https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/21664942/awc-spring-finals-viewer-s-guide



MYTHIC DUNGEON INVITATIONAL 2018   

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21510318/the-mythic-dungeon-invitational-is-back-get-ready-for-the-proving-grounds

https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21617653/mythic-dungeon-invitational-prepping-for-the-time-trials

https://raider.io/mythic-dungeon-invitational-2018


Proving Grounds ends March 13 at 7 a.m. PST (10 a.m. EST). Your goal is to complete a total of five level 23 Mythic Keystone dungeons over those two weeks. The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back. The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.









                          DIABLO                      



    WoW Battle for Azeroth dataminers unearth a Diablo-themed pet

    https://www.pcgamesn.com/world-of-warcraft/wow-battle-for-azeroth-baal-pet-diablo



    Diablo 3 console version now up to patch parity with PC

    https://www.vg247.com/2018/05/03/diablo-3-patch-ps4-xbox-one/




    User Recreates ‘Diablo II’ in ‘Starcraft II’ Mod 

    http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3491418/user-recreates-diablo-ii-starcraft-ii-mod/

    We’re still waiting on Blizzard to reveal whether or not they’re working to remaster Diablo II, but in the meantime, fans have turned to other means to get their updated fix of the 2000 classic: Modding. One such mod is The Curse of Tristram by egod123, which looks to recreate Diablo II using Starcraft II. The project has been in development since last year, and with no cease-and-desist letter in sight, things are looking promising.

    So promising, in fact, that the author had started an IndieGogo campaign to offset the time needed to devote to the game, with the campaign finishing up with $1,902 USD (of the cheeky $6,666 goal) in donations. The mod is free to download, and will be released as a series of custom maps published through Battle.net arcade. In fact, according to the IndieGogo site, the beta is “just around the corner”. The author also streams their progress on their Twitch channel quite regularly, so if you’re keen, check it out.

    https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM







         HEROES OF THE STORM     



    Lunara gets her own Heroes of the Storm rework, not quite as drastic as Diablo’s

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/11/lunara-gets-heroes-storm-rework-not-quite-drastic-diablos/



    Two Dark Nexus skins arrive in Heroes of the Storm

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/01/two-dark-nexus-skins-arrive-heroes-storm/

    https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7570-Dark-Nexus-Event-May-1-Hotfixes



    Heroes of the Storm releases its first comic, Rise of the Raven Lord

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/30/heroes-storm-releases-first-comic-rise-raven-lord/



    HEROES OF THE DORM   https://heroesofthedorm.com/

    May 12.  Four teams remain. Who will prevail?  May 12, 2018 on Twitch.  nter the Pick’em Challenge. Choose your favorite team. Earn rewards when they win.  Between April 25th and May 11th, select one finalist as your Pick 'Em Champion and earn 1 loot chest. 








                  HEARTHSTONE              






    Hearthstone, Starcraft 2 will be Olympic Sports at the Asia Games

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/esports/article-5732359/LoL-Hearthstone-Starcraft-2-PES-Clash-Royale-r-Olympic-Sports-Asia-Games.html



    The Standard Brawliseum Has Taken Over Tavern Brawl This Week!

    https://www.hearthpwn.com/news/5531-the-standard-brawliseum-has-taken-over-tavern



    Noblegarden is Coming! Login to Get A Golden Eggnapper and Devilsaur Egg - May 9 through May 13.

    https://www.hearthpwn.com/news/5532-noblegarden-is-coming-login-to-get-a-golden



    Everything you need to know about Monster Hunts, now live in Hearthstone

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/26/dave-kosak-breaks-monster-hunt-latest-hearthside-chat/





    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CAST: HEARTHSTONE EDITION 2018

    Starting March 13, we’ll review your submissions and reach out to shortlisted entrants with further instructions. The finalists will move on to cast the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Playoffs for Spring, which will take place this April 28 – 29 2018.







                    OVERWATCH                



    Hanzo rework and Brigitte nerfs won’t be in Overwatch League’s Stage 4

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/11/hanzo-rework-brigitte-nerfs-wont-overwatch-stage-4/



    The latest Overwatch PTR buffs Ana, nerfs Brigitte

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/04/latest-overwatch-ptr-buffs-ana-nerfs-brigitte/

    https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7572-Brigitte-Guide-May-3-Patch-Notes-Upcoming-PTR-Patch-Brigitte-and-Ana-Changes



    Overwatch patch with Rialto, Hanzo changes, and more now live

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/03/overwatch-patch-rialto-hanzo-changes-now-live/



    This week the Overwatch League saw some serious leaderboard shakeups

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/16/week-overwatch-league-saw-serious-leaderboard-shakeups/



    In Belgium, Overwatch loot boxes are now considered illegal gambling

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/25/belgium-overwatch-loot-boxes-are-now-illegal-gambling/



    New esports community center set to open fall 2018

    http://www.dailycal.org/2018/04/19/esports-community-center-set-open-fall-2018/
    On Wednesday, the Division of Student Affairs, working with the UC Berkeley Cal Esports Program, announced a one-of-a-kind partnership with NRG eSports and the San Francisco Shock to open up an esports community center at the Foothill housing complex come fall 2018.



    The Overwatch team is (still) working on better tools to fight Overwatch toxicity

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/03/tools-fight-overwatch-toxicity/



    Stage 3 kicks off in Overwatch League with new players and a new scandal

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/09/stage-3-kicks-off-overwatch-league-new-players-new-scandal/



    Overwatch hackers get $10k fine, 2 years probation in South Korea

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/01/overwatch-hackers-get-10k-fine-2-years-probation-south-korea/
    by Matthew Rossi on May 1, 2018 at 4:00pm @MatthewWRossi
    Back in January, thirteen people were arrested in South Korea for hacking Overwatch and fixing matches in the incredibly popular team shooter.








                   WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



    WoW Diary Kickstarter - A Book Covering Vanilla WoW's Dev Cycle

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283134/wow-diary-kickstarter-a-book-covering-vanilla-wows-dev-cycle






      OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  




    Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Will Be A Battlenet Exclusive

    https://gamerant.com/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-battlenet-pc/





    Sources for these news bits include:

    https://news.blizzard.com/en-us

    http://www.teamliquid.net/

    And others.



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    Thursday, April 5, 2018

    Show Notes April 2018, Blizzard News and Events


    It's very long. I know. I'm sorry. Please leave comments and suggestions!

    <3 Alisaunder


    See the Calendar Post 
    for complete list of events, micro holidays, 
    tournaments and in game events.





          WORLD OF WARCRAFT      



    Children's Week Holiday 2018

    https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7567-Children-s-Week-2018
    by perculia   https://www.wowhead.com/news=283984/childrens-week-holiday-2018
    Children's Week 2018 runs April 30th through May 7th! This holiday boasts 10 cute battle pets for players to collect, as well as the challenging PvP achievement  School of Hard Knocks. Read up on all the details in the Children's Week Guide.


    World of Warcraft LARP?

    https://mobile.reuters.com/news/picture/world-of-warcraft-comes-to-life-idUSRTS1PFDA
    Vojtech Ruzicka, dressed as a character from the computer game "World of Warcraft", stands in a forest near the town of Kamyk nad Vltavou, Czech Republic, April 28, 2018. The web developer ditched his laptop and urban Prague lifestyle and decamped to the forest dressed as a blue-faced shaman for ...



    Liveblog of the April 26 Battle for Azeroth Beta Q&A with Ion Hazzikostas

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283905/liveblog-of-the-april-26-battle-for-azeroth-beta-q-a-with-ion-hazzikostas
    https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7554-Developer-Q-A-with-Ion-Hazzikostas-Battle-for-Azeroth



    Battle for Azeroth Release Date

    August 14



    BlizzCon 2018 November 2-3

    BlizzCon 2018 will be November 2-3 at the Anaheim Convention Center!  Wave one of  ticket sales will be May 9th at 7 PM PT, and wave two will be on May 12th at 10 AM PT. Tickets are $199 each (plus taxes and fees) - limit 4 per order.  You have until July 20 to edit the information on your tickets.  The Benefit Dinner will be Thursday, November 1 and tickets are $750.  Community Night is undergoing some changes, but there will still be a costume contest.
    More info: https://t.co/BlDJnUpfsy       https://t.co/yVVSmudS8l

    May 16:  Tickets to the pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner to benefit CHOC Children’s, which include BlizzCon admission, are limited in number and will go on sale . https://blizz.ly/2uJrAdt



    BlizzCon eSports

    https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7500-BlizzCon-2018-November-2nd-and-3rd
    This year’s show will once again commence with the esports action of BlizzCon Opening Week, taking place at Blizzard Arena Los Angeles from October 25 to 29, where the initial rounds of the StarCraft® II World Championship Series Global Finals, the Heroes of the Storm® Global Championship Finals, and World of Warcraft® Arena World Championship Finals will unfold. The competitions will culminate in Anaheim on November 2 and 3, where the champions of these tournaments along with those of the Overwatch® World Cup and Hearthstone® Global Games will be crowned.



    Blizzard Balance Gifting Now Available

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283698/blizzard-balance-gifting-now-available




    Tribute to BlizzCon Costume Contest Winner Kazplay in Battle for Azeroth

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283666/tribute-to-blizzcon-costume-contest-winner-kazplay-in-battle-for-azeroth




    Blizzard Confirms No World of Warcraft On Xbox Or PS4


    https://www.dvsgaming.org/blizzard-confirms-no-world-of-warcraft-on-xbox-or-ps4/

    SpartySmallwood Interview with Morgan Day - Lead Encounter Designer

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283396/spartysmallwood-interview-with-morgan-day-lead-encounter-designer



    Slootbag's Live Battle for Azeroth Interview with Morgan Day

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283358/slootbags-live-battle-for-azeroth-interview-with-morgan-day



    Battle for Azeroth Muffinus Interview - Island Expeditions, Wrathion

    We recently got to interview two members of the World of Warcraft team about the upcoming expansion Battle for Azeroth! With questions for Wowhead and the sites' users, we got a lot of new information from Jeremy "Muffinus" Feasel, Senior Game Designer for World of Warcraft, and Frank Kowalkowski, Assistant Technical Director on World of Warcraft.
    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283330/battle-for-azeroth-muffinus-interview-island-expeditions-wrathion



    Vanion Interview with Battle for Azeroth Devs

    http://www.vanion.eu/news/unser-interview-mit-matt-goss-und-patrick-dawson-vom-bfa-media-event-18120



    Buffed Interview with Battle for Azeroth Devs

    http://www.buffed.de/World-of-Warcraft-Spiel-42971/News/Battle-for-Azeroth-Features-Entwickler-Interview-Michael-Bybee-Ely-Canno-1253868/



    Gamereactor Interview with Battle for Azeroth Devs

    https://www.gamereactor.eu/grtv/369983/World+of+Warcraft+Battle+for+Azeroth+Morgan+Day+Interview/



    GamerBraves Interview with Battle for Azeroth Devs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoqZpSyv3_g



    Battle for Azeroth Collector’s Edition Novellas   (Spoilers)

    Blizzard announced the Battle for Azeroth Collector's Edition contents yesterday and today has followed it up with a closer look at the two novellas - Elegy and A Good War. 

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283357/battle-for-azeroth-collector-s-edition-novellas-elegy-and-a-good-war-excerpts-sp



    Pre-Purchase Battle for Azeroth and Get Legion Free

    Blizzard has two special deals running related to Battle for Azeroth. You can pre-purchase Battle for Azeroth and get Legion for free ($49.99 / EUR 44.99) or buy the Complete Collection (base version of WoW, Legion, and BFA pre-purchase) for $59.99 / EUR 49.99.   https://www.wowhead.com/news=283355/pre-purchase-battle-for-azeroth-and-get-legion-free



    Xorothian Cultists Channeling Countdown Once More

    On the Broken Shore, the Xorothian Cultists are casting Fel Channeling once more. With a countdown that leads to a date in late April, what are they counting down to this time?
    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283254/xorothian-cultists-channeling-countdown-once-more




    WoW Diary Kickstarter - A Book Covering Vanilla WoW's Dev Cycle

    https://www.wowhead.com/news=283134/wow-diary-kickstarter-a-book-covering-vanilla-wows-dev-cycle





    Before the Storm Novel Comes Out June 12

    https://amazon.com/Before-Storm-Warcraft-Christie-Golden/dp/0399594094/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

    Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Hardcover – June 12, 2018 by Christie Golden







                   WARCRAFT III               




    Warcraft – Total War Public Beta Started

    GameSpace.com   https://www.gamespace.com/all-articles/news/warcraft-total-war-public-beta-started/
    WarCraft – Total War is an ambitious fan mod for Medieval 2: Total War that has been in development for 8 years. The setting of the mod is based on Blizzard's RTS Warcraft III and contains large map containing dozens of iconic provinces, along with factions very distinct from each other such as the...



    Warcraft 3 job listing hints at future updates

    https://www.pcgamesn.com/warcraft-iii/warcraft-iii-future-updates



    Warcraft 3 Version 1.29 is the Game's Biggest Patch in Years

    https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/12/blizzard-gives-16-year-old-warcraft-iii-a-widescreen-makeover/

    https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20762137149



    iPhone X was able to launch Warcraft II and SimCity

    Check out this great video by YouTuber Hacking Jules where he runs Mac OS 8 on both an iPhone X and iPad (via Cult of Mac). Better yet, he uses this bit of retro fun to play Warcraft II and SimCity 2000! Hacking Jules did this with the help of the Basilisk II 68K emulator, and the whole thing is a fine demonstration of just how powerful these modern mobile devices are. In any event, enjoy!
    https://www.macobserver.com/cool-stuff-found/mac-os-8-iphone-x-ipad/



    Weekly Tournaments here

    https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft









                     STARCRAFT                 


    SUMMARY


    NationWars V Finals happened!

    GSL (Global Starcraft League) Season 2 has begun its month long twice weekly tournament in Korea now that the Korean GSL Super Tournament has ended. Classic, Dark, Her0, and Stats made it to Round of 4  and Stats the long time Champion squeaked out a win over Dark. Recap here:  http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/532854-stats-wins-gsl-super-tournament

    The WCS Qualifiers for Austin have been playing out in NA, EU and Asia as well on several Twitch streams 24/7 as players compete for spots in WCS Austin which is coming up.

    The BaseTradeTV house in Korea (now known as Project: Unity) held a fund raising tournament, inviting several Korean Pros such as Stats, TY, Leenock, aLive, True, Ryung and Solar over. SpeCial, Elazer, Scarlett, SortOf, Zanster, PuCK, Hurricane and Lambo. The 3 days of play were broadcast on Scarletts Twitch stream. https://www.twitch.tv/scarlettm with a 4-3 Finals between TY and Solar     http://liquipedia.net/starcraft2/Project_Unity

    SC1: It is generally understood that because Flash (a long time SC1 bonjwa ) is so dominant as Terran that the map pool this season was literally designed to stop him. Flash has said that he was getting a little bored but that this gives him new challenge and has restoked his competitive fire, keeping him in the game. Flash was interviewed last month and an english translation posted on TeamLiquid, asking about his new 1-1-1 strat that brought him this dominant success, an 80% win rate, last season, and it was a fantastic article, about how far advanced his thinking really is.  http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/brood-war/532336-strategy-flashs-starcraft-wakanda-in-afreeca

    After Retirement.  Rain posted a blog article on life after a professional gamer stops gaming. http://www.teamliquid.net/blogs/531962-6-years-after-retirement



    TESPA COLLEGIATE STARCRAFT SERIES FINALS!

    Congratulations UC Berkeley! Nick M., Ryan Q., Clayton F., and Derrick X. !
    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/255494564

    Feb 17 - Apr 22, 2018. 4 teams will qualify to join our 12 SC2 teams for their share of $35,000 in scholarships & prizing.   Brackets at  https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/101/phase/1  currently on Round 7 of 15.  At the end of the 8 weeks of round robin, the teams will be seeded into our Towers of Doom format with the conclusion being fought out in a single elimination bracket for a chance to earn their share of $35,000 in scholarships and prizing.



    Blizzard's next shooter is PvP-focused, and probably not Overwatch 2

    PCGamesN   https://pcgamesn.com/overwatch/blizzard-pvp-shooter
    Blizzard first started hiring for this project in November 2016, sending fans into a frenzy of speculation. At the time, we didn't know it would have a PvP focus, so an Overwatch campaign, or a StarCraft PvE shooter, emerged as the lead theories. This PvP focus seemingly puts the kibosh on either of those, ...



    Blizzard job listing reveals more on new PvP game

    Gamereactor UK   https://www.gamereactor.eu/news/654973/Blizzard+job+listing+reveals+more+on+new+PvP+game/
    As pointed out by PCGamesN, this may be a StarCraft shooter, since it sounds this way and StarCraft 2's director Dustin Browder has moved to work as director of this title. Recruiting for this project began in November 2016, so it's a long way in now, even if we hardly know anything about it. What do you ...




    STARCRAFT 2 ADDS COMMUNITY MAP STORE 9 YEARS AFTER PROMISING IT

    http://in.ign.com/starcraft-ii-wings-of-liberty/121775/news/starcraft-2-adds-community-map-store-9-years-after-promising
    https://www.engadget.com/2018/04/24/starcraft-ii-premium-arcade/



    NationWars V Finals! 


    The Event began with an hour long DJ concert then a brief power outage and into the games!.

    Starcraft 2 NationWars V Finals have started! Last years runner up Netherlands vs last years champions South Korea! uThermal opened up  against MMA with a 4 cyclone rush, burning down 33 harvesters and destroying MMAs simultaneous attack on hsis own base, and finished the kneecapped MMA off a few minutes later.! Round two, Soo the Korean zerg powerhouse came out and immediately found uThermal's 2 Rax proxy and then ignored it to build more drones?  Another quick solid vitcory for Netherlands and now Innovation comes in! Also the opening DJ was quite good. Gave a show for over an hour. GO GO uTHERMAL!

    Terran v Terran slaughter at 8 minutes is fierce w Banshees cyclones and ooh a medivac down in flames. Here comes Innovs Marines across the map! Hes seiging up! 3 medivacs lift his marines into the main! uThermal takes out the seige tanks and thats a lot of damage in uThermals main....

    uThermal v Innovatiuon Round 2, uThermal sends 4 Cyclonmes across the map but Inno medivacs marines across and wrecks uThermal, Nrtherlands taps out. Ties the score 2-2.  Optimus up  vs Innovation!

    Harstem came in next vs Inno, in a match so fast I blinked and missed it. Innov takes it 4-2 and Harstem revived to try that one more time in this best of 7.

    3-2 sorry. Harstem starts a proxy gate at 4 minutes next to Innos main. Inno loses mining time but nothing else and is ahead on supply. 2 medivacs incoming with marines and mines. Liberator in Harstem's main. Army #2 incoming, marines and medi but nothing really coming of any of it. 4 medi marine harass with Libs. Harstem has no shield batteries, no air. Both n 4 base. One medivac down but Army #4 marches in with Liberators. Harstem just cant keep up and taps out 4-2.

    Harstem revived for the final match. Cyclones attack his 3rd to stop it going up but harstem holds. Harstem upgrading and I desperately need popcorn.  Here comes Innovations marines!

    4-3 and Korea Revives Innovation. I have popcorn and Harstem is holding on 2 bases as Inno pokes with scout reapers. Cyclone marines coming in and no shield battery. Reaper still alive running loose in Harstems main. Oooh mine takes out Adept out of nowhere. Harstem on 3 bases and needs the supply. Disruptor shot hit nothing and adepts not upgraded and Inno cleans up Netherlands.


    Korea wins once again!





    Dark Horse Launches ... Starcraft Scavengers in July ...

    https://www.bleedingcool.com/2018/04/18/dark-horse-quantum-age-she-could-fly-incredibles-2-starcraft-scavengers-july-2018-solicits/




    An Ohio university is offering Starcraft esports scholarships

    https://www.pcgamer.com/an-ohio-university-is-offering-fortnite-esports-scholarships/

    Ashland University is offering scholarships of up to $4000 for qualified esports competitors. Ashland launched its collegiate esports program in February, when it announced Buchanan's hiring. The school said he has more than five years of competitive experience in esports and is ranked 40th in the US in StarCraft 2; he also works as a freelance StarCraft 2 coach and caster. Other games offered in Ashland's esports program include League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, and Rocket League. Construction of a "gaming center" in the lower level of the school library, with 25 gaming stations equipped with PCs, accessories, and peripherals, is slated to start later this month.   




    The Pylon Show Debuts, a Starcraft Podcast by 2 Pro casters

    https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv
    With Artosis and iNcontroL every Wednesday! Also available on YouTube and as a podcast.




    Commentary and camerawork in the esports world; an interview with Insano

    https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/04/09/rts-rookie-starcraft-addict-insanos-journey-icon/
    https://www.theroar.com.au/2018/04/10/commentary-camerawork-esports-world-interview-insano/

    What it’s like to commentate and control the in-game camera for an esports event.




    StarCraft Esports WCS Challenger Season 1 Qualifiers

    EU Round of 8 bracket + Finals:  May 12, 5:00 - 15:00 PDT
    NA Round of 8 bracket + Finals:  May 13, 11:00 - 21:00 PDT

    Qualifiers are underway and the Legendary (for behavior) streamer / troll Avilo was all over the Internet this morning after meeting himself in the brackets. Often known as "Fake Avilo", Avilo #2 reportedly trolled Avilo Prime hard, extending the game over several hours as he declined to win the game, until the observer fell asleep and the game was forced to be called by officials. Im looking for a vod of this to verify. The average game of Starcraft lasts 15-20 minutes but the longest game of Starcraft known lasted 8 hours and 40 minutes, with other famous matches lasting 2, 3 up to 4 hours 10 minutes.  See the WCS Challenger Season 1 guidelines with the updated dates at  https://t.co/x0DPFmj7CW



    What does it take to make the most epic prop Psi-Blade ever? 

    Watch as @scrapshopprops and @MissHenchwench show you how it's done! https://t.co/SlOnSf3MtW




    WCS Austin   June 1-3.

    WCS Valencia   July 12-14

    WCS Montreal   Sept 7-9




    WCS Challenger Season 1  

    https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21613835/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-WCS-Challenger-Season-1/

    https://t.co/RaeXplp5Di     https://t.co/VtfaRB363Z




    NATIONWARS V Begins!   http://nationwars.tv/

    4 Nations will try their best to lift the #NW5 trophy in the offline Finals in Paris, France on April 22! Tickets are available: http://bit.ly/FinalsNW5 


    • Mexico, powered by Special who has been living in Korea for 2 years now and risen to Round of 4 in Tournaments and at BlizzCon 2017 as well but its said he cant play well until 3 days in when hes comfortable with the desk, chair, and mouse set up. At home hes AllKilled Korea once already. Will he have the 3 days in Paris he needs? Cham has shown unexpected skill, but against top players remains to be seen.
    • Netherlands, powered by uThermal, a long time Pro currently extremely strong in the EU, and Harstem another long time Pro who All Killed twice in this NationWars should uThermal fall.
    • South Korea, powered by soO, Innovation and Maru, all long time Starcraft Legends. Theyve joked that they expected the other two to win their matches for them, and lost once already in this NationWars to Special. Will their bruised pride light a fire?
    • Finland, powered by Serral who already won a Championship this year and ticket to BlizzCon, and 2 Round of 4 finishes but hasnt exhibited dominance. Is skill and the Zerg race enough?
    The carbot video was great and from reports, Avilo the Internet troll is on his best behavior doing research on their opponents for Team USA after his fan base voted him into the team. Reynor the 15 year old prodigy from Italy All Killed Team France. After his recent Round of 8 finish and looking like Harry Potter, this kid is going uphill fast and about to become old enough to compete in official WCS tournaments. China ended his run however, just before 2017 Champions Korea vs Mexico, with Innovation, soO and MMA, back from military service, took on SpeCial in an incredible series of matches coming back 0-2 to beat the best of Korea. The two years Juanito (SpeCial) has spent living in Korea is paying off this year and now that he is consistently breaking into the Round of 8 or Round of 4, will Juanito be heading to BlizzCon and will housemates Elazer and Scarlett be with him?
    The other breakout star so far of NationWars is Team Sweden's Sortof and Brazilian substitute player TerraN who All Killed Bolivia while Kelazhur was in flight to Korea.
    Team USA fielded their power house Neeb for their matches on Day 3, and he All Cleared Bulgaria. Was good to see Neeb having a little fun. And the players you've never really heard of putting a good run in. 
    There were no significant upsets other than Mexico vs Korea, with most teams putting their lesser members in first to let them have screen time, and the team powerhouse to get a little more sleep in some cases. 
    Still in: Korea, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Brazil, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden.






                 ESPORTS            





    1xBet's Evgeniy Kiriushin: Embracing the fast-growing esports market

    https://www.sbcnews.co.uk/esports-fantasy/2018/04/19/1xbet-evgeniy-kiriushin-embracing-esports-market/
    Our esports portfolio has since expanded from two (StarCraft II and Counter-Strike) to five permanent sports (with the addition of Dota 2, League of Legends and Overwatch). 




    AWC SPRING FINALS VIEWER'S GUIDE

    https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/21664942/awc-spring-finals-viewer-s-guide



    MYTHIC DUNGEON INVITATIONAL 2018   

    https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21510318/the-mythic-dungeon-invitational-is-back-get-ready-for-the-proving-grounds
    https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21617653/mythic-dungeon-invitational-prepping-for-the-time-trials

    https://raider.io/mythic-dungeon-invitational-2018

    Proving Grounds ends March 13 at 7 a.m. PST (10 a.m. EST). Your goal is to complete a total of five level 23 Mythic Keystone dungeons over those two weeks. The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back. The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.





     WARCRAFT ALPHA (Spoiler Free) 


    Potential Story Spoilers will be in yellow. For full Alpha information see below links as I will only post bits I think interesting.

    Information from https://www.mmo-champion.com/  and https://www.wowhead.com/



    Pet Battles

    https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/04/26/changes-announced-pet-battles-battle-azeroth/








                            DIABLO                      




      User Recreates ‘Diablo II’ in ‘Starcraft II’ Mod 

      http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3491418/user-recreates-diablo-ii-starcraft-ii-mod/

      We’re still waiting on Blizzard to reveal whether or not they’re working to remaster Diablo II, but in the meantime, fans have turned to other means to get their updated fix of the 2000 classic: Modding. One such mod is The Curse of Tristram by egod123, which looks to recreate Diablo II using Starcraft II. The project has been in development since last year, and with no cease-and-desist letter in sight, things are looking promising.

      So promising, in fact, that the author had started an IndieGogo campaign to offset the time needed to devote to the game, with the campaign finishing up with $1,902 USD (of the cheeky $6,666 goal) in donations. The mod is free to download, and will be released as a series of custom maps published through Battle.net arcade. In fact, according to the IndieGogo site, the beta is “just around the corner”. The author also streams their progress on their Twitch channel quite regularly, so if you’re keen, check it out.

      https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM






           HEROES OF THE STORM     



      Heroes of the Storm - Dark Nexus Event

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7530-Upcoming-Event-Dark-Nexus




      HEROES OF THE DORM   https://heroesofthedorm.com/

      May 12.  Four teams remain. Who will prevail?  May 12, 2018 on Twitch.  nter the Pick’em Challenge. Choose your favorite team. Earn rewards when they win.  Between April 25th and May 11th, select one finalist as your Pick 'Em Champion and earn 1 loot chest. 








                    HEARTHSTONE              




      Ben Brode Leaving Blizzard

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283729/ben-brode-leaving-blizzard

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7535-Ben-Brode-Leaving-Blizzard




      SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CAST: HEARTHSTONE EDITION 2018

      Starting March 13, we’ll review your submissions and reach out to shortlisted entrants with further instructions. The finalists will move on to cast the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Playoffs for Spring, which will take place this April 28 – 29 2018.







                      OVERWATCH                



      Overwatch hackers get $10k fine, 2 years probation in South Korea

      https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/05/01/overwatch-hackers-get-10k-fine-2-years-probation-south-korea/
      by Matthew Rossi on May 1, 2018 at 4:00pm @MatthewWRossi
      Back in January, thirteen people were arrested in South Korea for hacking Overwatch and fixing matches in the incredibly popular team shooter.



      Overwatch League 2018: Stage 3 Week 2 Recap

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7521-Overwatch-League-2018-Stage-3-Week-2-Recap



      OverWatch Uprising Returns April 10

      https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/29/overwatch-uprising-returns-april-10-twist/







                     WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



      WoW Diary Kickstarter - A Book Covering Vanilla WoW's Dev Cycle

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283134/wow-diary-kickstarter-a-book-covering-vanilla-wows-dev-cycle






        OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  





      Sources for these news bits include:

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us

      http://www.teamliquid.net/

      And others.



      .

      Monday, March 12, 2018

      Show Notes March: Blizzard News & Events

      The purpose of this post is to provide news about Blizzard related tournaments and news about Blizzard properties that Blizzard doesnt promote as widely and hopefully offer more than patch notes and press releases to you podcasters. 

      I intend to update this and the Blizzard Calendar post as often as I come across news and events, so every few days, and will link to WoWhead.com and MMOChampions.com  if its something I found particularly interesting.

      It's very long. I know. I'm sorry. Please leave comments and suggestions!

      <3 Alisaunder



            WORLD OF WARCRAFT      


      Upcoming BAzeroth Changes

      Any quests that are labeled as Account Bound no longer count towards the 25 quest limit. For example, all those various Pet Battle quests. http://www.wowhead.com/news=283095/daily-quests-and-quest-log-changes-in-battle-for-azeroth




      WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: VOLUME III

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/21653676/now-available-world-of-warcraft-chronicle-volume-iii

      Med'an   https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/30/medan-retconned-warcraft-chronicle/



      World of Warcraft Chronicle Volume 3: New Info on Old Gods

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283051/world-of-warcraft-chronicle-volume-3-new-info-on-old-gods



      April Fools Shenanigans

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/
      https://www.wowhead.com/
      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283155/battle-for-azeroth-40118-updates-tattoo-customization-options-and-allied-race-pe



      Blizzard going to PAX with Island Expeditions

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/21664940/world-of-warcraft-is-headed-to-pax-east

      Tune to in Twitch.tv/Warcraft Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7 at 2 p.m. EDT as World of Warcraft developers take you further into Island Expeditions. We’ll also be hosting some of your favorite streamers on the Warcraft Twitch channel as they dig into the gameplay live from the show floor. Stay tuned for a full schedule. You won’t want to miss it!



      Blizzard 2017 Student Art Contest Winners

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283244/blizzard-2017-student-art-contest-winners



      Family Guy - Warcraft Episode on April 1

      Family Guy announced that an episode with some Warcraft references is coming on April 1st. The episode description is: "After Peter and the guys get caught pretending to be military veterans and are found guilty of the Stolen Valor Act, a judge sentences them to join the U.S. Coast Guard."




      WoW Diary Kickstarter - A Book Covering Vanilla WoW's Dev Cycle

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283134/wow-diary-kickstarter-a-book-covering-vanilla-wows-dev-cycle




      Mionee Solos Mythic +15 Cathedral of Eternal Night In Time

      https://www.wowhead.com/news=283208/mionee-solos-mythic-15-cathedral-of-eternal-night-in-time



      WEEKLY BONUS EVENT: WORLD QUESTS

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/20307313/weekly-bonus-event-world-quests



      Kim Jung Gi paints the Siege of Lordaeron in unbelievably impressive timelapse

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XW3yvQr_XvY
      https://www.wowhead.com/news=282865/kim-jung-gi-and-blizzard-art-collaboration-siege-of-lordaeron



      Before the Storm Novel Comes Out June 12

      https://amazon.com/Before-Storm-Warcraft-Christie-Golden/dp/0399594094/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

      Before the Storm (World of Warcraft) Hardcover – June 12, 2018 by Christie Golden





                       STARCRAFT                 


      SUMMARY


      In non Tournament news, the 20th anniversary of Starcraft is almost over but for the /salute . Numerous Pro players from the past and commentators assembled once more in Day9's garage for a Starcraft LAN tournament and conversation, memories, and the mystery of who ate Idra's pork chops solved? The missing pork chops ignited a legendary feud between Idra and Huk of the Team Evil Geniuses that remains to this day, and the Legendary Idra plays Starcraft. Lots and lots of Starcraft.  https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft

      Maru won WESG vs Dark in China and a ridiculous amount of money two weeks ago, then in the prestigious Korean tournament, GSL R of 4 did it again to face Stats this week in the Finals winning 4-2 for his first GSL win. 

      NationWars is in the Round of 8. The carbot video was great and from reports, Avilo the Internet troll is on his best behavior doing research on their opponents for Team USA after his fan base voted him into the team. Reynor the 15 year old prodigy from Italy All Killed Team France. After his recent Round of 8 finish and looking like Harry Potter, this kid is going uphill fast and about to become old enough to compete in official WCS tournaments. China ended his run however, just before 2017 Champions Korea vs Mexico, with Innovation, soO and MMA, back from military service, took on SpeCial in an incredible series of matches coming back 0-2 to beat the best of Korea. The two years Juanito (SpeCial) has spent living in Korea is paying off this year and now that he is consistently breaking into the Round of 8 or Round of 4, will Juanito be heading to BlizzCon and will housemates Elazer and Scarlett be with him?

      The other breakout star so far of NationWars is Team Sweden's Sortof and Brazilian substitute player TerraN who All Killed Bolivia while Kelazhur was in flight to Korea.

      Team USA fielded their power house Neeb for their matches on Day 3, and he All Cleared Bulgaria. Was good to see Neeb having a little fun. And the players you've never really heard of putting a good run in. 

      There were no significant upsets other than Mexico vs Korea, with most teams putting their lesser members in first to let them have screen time, and the team powerhouse to get a little more sleep in some cases. 

      Still in: Korea, Mexico, Poland, Ukraine, Finland, Brazil, USA, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden.


      In Twitch Rivals, the Anniversary stream, DeMuslim cleaned up in the new Twitch Rivals series of Starcraft 8v8 EU matches, a long with surprisingly, Retjah, the former SC1 pro turned ReMastered player who has come back to playing both versions of Starcraft now. Not full time, he works at Twitch I think, but judging by his consistent high rankings in these 8v8 matches he's doing really nicely. Two of the 3 US 8v8 series have played as well so far. 

      All the 8v8 Rivals players were streaming and most in one or another Discord together which makes for some very fun commentary, deal making, backstabbing and harass between friends. 






      SC20 ANNIVERSARY STREAM

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/starcraft2/21656008/sc20-anniversary-stream

      We are thrilled to have joining us a wealth of community figures from across all eras of StarCraft, including Idra, HuK, Livibee, Ret, TLO, Nony, Lzgamer, PiG, White-Ra, and UpaTreeZelda! The show begins on Friday, March 30 at 10:00 a.m. PDT on Twitch.tv/StarCraft with a “competitive" free-for-all to get things started. On March 31, the show resumes at 10 a.m. PDT and run throughout the day.



      An Interstellar Anniversary Approaches. 20 years of Starcraft

      Prior to the Grand Finals of IEM Katovice featuring reigning Globals champion Classic and reigning Champion Rogue, Starcraft Dev Team Tim Morton announced "20 years of Starcraft"    ( https://clips.twitch.tv/ShakingLazyEelSmoocherZ  )  with a new website https://starcraft2.com/sc20 , new 20th anniversary UI skins, new decals, portraits and skins, an anniversary stream Live March 30 and 31st with favorite Starcraft personalities on Twith.tv and Twitch itself will hold some kind of Starcraft event as well. Diablo 3 players will receive the Dominion's Revenge Pet, a Terran battlecruiser in black and gold. OverWatch will see a Kerrigan Ghost Skin for WidowmakerWorld of Warcraft will Between March 31 and April 6, /salute one of the following StarCraft-themed companion pets – Zergling, Grunty, Mini Thor, Baneling, or Zeradar – to receive the “Salute to StarCraft” Feat of Strength. Log in to Heroes of the Storm between March 27 and April 7 to receive a 20th Anniversary Portrait for Protoss, Terran and Zerg. Play a StarCraft-inspired Tavern Brawl between March 21 and 25 to receive three Kobolds & Catacombs packs!  Read brand-new stories about the past, present and future of StarCraft.  




      NATIONWARS V Begins!   http://nationwars.tv/

      Round of 32 begins March 21-24 on the NationWars website as well as the Ogaming Twitch channels https://www.twitch.tv/ogaminginter .  Best of 7. Competing for $50,000 prize. $400,000 prize pool. NationWars is a part of Blizzard sponsored WCS. 32 Nations have entered and dozens of well known GrandMaster players past and present from every region, as well as Starcraft Twitch Streamer and famed Internet Troll, Avilo.  Round of 16 March 27-April 1, R of 8 April 7-8, R of 4 April 21 and Grand Finals in Paris April 21st.



      User Recreates ‘Diablo II’ in ‘Starcraft II’ Mod 

      http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3491418/user-recreates-diablo-ii-starcraft-ii-mod/

      We’re still waiting on Blizzard to reveal whether or not they’re working to remaster Diablo II, but in the meantime, fans have turned to other means to get their updated fix of the 2000 classic: Modding. One such mod is The Curse of Tristram by egod123, which looks to recreate Diablo II using Starcraft II. The project has been in development since last year, and with no cease-and-desist letter in sight, things are looking promising.

      So promising, in fact, that the author had started an IndieGogo campaign to offset the time needed to devote to the game, with the campaign finishing up with $1,902 USD (of the cheeky $6,666 goal) in donations. The mod is free to download, and will be released as a series of custom maps published through Battle.net arcade. In fact, according to the IndieGogo site, the beta is “just around the corner”. The author also streams their progress on their Twitch channel quite regularly, so if you’re keen, check it out.

      https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM





      Twitch Rivals Channel Hosts Starcraft II FFA Bounty Brawl  https://www.twitch.tv/twitchrivals

      8v8 match, 5 matches/day.    https://www.twitch.tv/videos/238026123
      March 12, 20, 24 EU with retired SC1 pros White Ra and Retjah, and SC2 pros TLO, Stephano, Mana, Hastem, BeastyQT and DeMuslim.
      March 16, 25 29 NA with iNcontroL, ?, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? and ?

      Stephano broke out of his base to attack his neighbor Harstem, while Retjah eliminated TLO who had defeted White Ra, but Ret spent the game quietly expanding into the south wall and center while Stephano made and broke alliances along the north wall, BeastyQT Terraned up to Battlecruisers to assault his neighbor to the north DeMuslim, who was fending off attacks by Stephano and Harstem. It was a long slog of alliances and peace deals back and forth, until Stephano attacked Ret, by now holding over half the map and with his Team Liquid allies and fellow Dutchman, Harstem, taking out the remaining players with massed corrupters leaving Harstem to last, but failed to notice one last unit of DeMuslim's hiding deep in his own territory, leaving Retjah the winner of map #1, DeMuslim in 2nd, Harstem third and Stephano 4th. 

      BeastyQT decimated TLO who tried for a fast expand too fast, Stephano on WhiteRa but let him live, taking out Retjah instead as Harstem was assaulting Ret's corner, the 4 mid bases taking out their nearest corner neighbor all but Demuslim who took out Mana to expand to mid. TLO expanded south into the Retjah bases as BeastyQT took over his. Harstem took those though and in fleeing behind TLOs expansion drew Harstem and White Ra into attacking TLOs new empire and carving it like a cherry pie. Stephano went for Harstem next but the carriers won leaving DeMuslim, Stephano and Harstem, with White Ra's one base patrolling the map underfoot and BeastyQTs last two command centers running silent on the edge. DeMuslim took 3rd after Harstem sniped White R and BeastyQT, leaving Stephano to take first.

      Retjah, DeMuslim, White Ra and TLO emerged from the ashes of the first 14 minutes of game 3, Ret feuding with TLO across the South center and White Ra poking into Ret's bases. DeMuslim called for a Team Liquid reprieve and an ascendent TLO agreed, taking out Ret then White Ra. DeMuslim on the NW island had covered it in missile turrets leaving no way for TLO to assault, but TLO took out enough turrets and 4 nydus erupted ferrrying his army across, but it wasnt enough and TLO tapped out.




      2018 GSL SEASON 1 CODE S R of 4! Stats defeats soO!   https://www.twitch.tv/GSL

      On Tuesday's match up, Stats gave everything plus the sink to claw his way back to victory over soO from behind in 7 matches, breaking the curse/Blessing of soO for the moment. soO has never lost once in the Round of 8, but been to 6 grand finals and lost them all, an unparallelled record and was expected to do so again. Thursday Stat's opponent to be will be decided between Maru and Dark, a rematch from the WESG finals Maru won at the beginning of March in China. 
      GSL is the Korean Starcraft bracket, a twice weekly months long tournament. Currently in Round of 8, Code S plays every Tuesday and Saturday. March 9, GSL Code S continues in the Round of 8, with female Champion Scarlett facing soO, Classic vs Stats, Zest Vs Dark, and Maru vs sOs. Summary of the R of 16 matches here:   http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/531445-gsl-ro16-concludes-ro8-bracket-set-for-march-9



      StarCraft: Remastered Pro Arrested For Match-Fixing

      https://compete.kotaku.com/starcraft-remastered-pro-arrested-for-match-fixing-1823809648



      Maru Wins World Electronic Sports Games 2018 Global Finals!

      March 13th to 18th in Haikou, China.  http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/531700-wesg-finals-format-dates-and-groups-announced      
      Maru narrowly defeated Dark. Serral continued to dominate among the foreign challengers with Scarlett and Neeb placing well. Fifteen-year-old Italian Zerg player Reynor was the star of the final group stage, adding top foreign Terran SpeCial to his list of victims in what is turning into his breakout tournament. Meanwhile, Dark, Classic, and Maru upheld Korea's reputation as StarCraft's dominant nation, remaining undefeated in series (18-0 overall) in the tournament. uThermal came closest to giving the Koreans pause, dragging Classic into a tight, five game series. WESG Commenced March 12th with another Olympic style march of Champions and ceremonies fitting the StarCraft tournament with the largest prize pool of the year.  Players however, began live tweeting almost immediately upon arrival, their hotel including live rats, roaches, no running water, tea colored water, no power, and inspections to shut the hotel down entirely. Several players relocated, the rest were relocated the next day by WESG officials with apologies.  
      https://www.twitch.tv/wesg_sc2



      TESPA COLLEGIATE STARCRAFT SERIES

      Feb 17 - Apr 22, 2018. 4 teams will qualify to join our 12 SC2 teams for their share of $35,000 in scholarships & prizing.   Brackets at  https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/101/phase/1  currently on Round 7 of 15.  At the end of the 8 weeks of round robin, the teams will be seeded into our Towers of Doom format with the conclusion being fought out in a single elimination bracket for a chance to earn their share of $35,000 in scholarships and prizing.



      STARCRAFT  1: Afreeca Star League Returns for Season 5

      Afreeca TV StarCraft League (ASL) will return for its fifth season on March 11. The return of ASL marks the second season of play in StarCraft: Remastered.   English stream: http://afreecatv.com/aslenglish   ASL Season 5 will run for ten weeks, with games scheduled every Tuesday and Sunday at the Freecup Studio. The round of 24 will be held as a single elimination dual tournament. The twelve players that emerge victorious from the round of 24 will be joined by the top four finishers from ASL Season 4 in the round of 16 for Season 5. The round of 16 will also feature the single elimination dual tournament format, while the semifinals and finals will be best-of-five, single elimination.

      ASL is an esports celebration brought to through the collaboration between Blizzard and Afreeca TV.


      Legendary player Youngho Lee (Flash), the winner of ASL Season 4, will be joined by fellow top-four finishers Iljang Cho (herO), and HongGyu Lim (Larva), in the round of 16 in Season 5. Bisu, who has recently enlisted in the military to fulfill his mandatory military service, will not be participating and his slot will be determined by a wild card match.  The preliminaries for ASL Season 5 will be held on February 24 and 25 at the Seoul and Busan Afreeca TV Open Studios.




      WCS Austin   June 1-3.

      WCS Valencia   July 12-14

      WCS Montreal   Sept 7-9


      WCS Challenger Season 1  

      https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21613835/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-WCS-Challenger-Season-1/

      https://t.co/RaeXplp5Di     https://t.co/VtfaRB363Z





                   WARCRAFT PVP             


      AWC SPRING FINALS VIEWER'S GUIDE

      https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/world-of-warcraft/21664942/awc-spring-finals-viewer-s-guide



      Spring Finals from North America Cup 3!

      https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21629091/snakes-sneak-into-spring-finals-from-north-america-cup-3



      Weekly Bonus Event - Arena Skirmishes

      Archmage Timear near Violet Hold in Dalaran has a quest for you.
      Quest requirement: Win 10 Arena PvP Skirmishes, Reward: A PvP loot box 
      Passive buff: +50% honor gains from Skirmishes

      Every other week, a new PvP Brawl will be available to players looking for something just a little different. Each Brawl will offer a variety of modes, rules, and scenic changes to the usual Battleground gameplay, and you’ll find them in the Group Finder tool (hotkey “I”) in the Player vs. Player tab. Just like Random Battlegrounds, you’ll receive a reward for achieving victory.

      Deep Six pits teams of six players against each other in three iconic Battlegrounds: Warsong Gulch, Silvershard Mines, and Temple of Kotmogu. Each Battleground offers a little variation on the traditional format, such as flags that are a bit closer in Warsong Gulch, less carts to keep track of in Silvershard Mines, and only two orbs within the Temple of Kotmogu.



      Armory Stats - Prestige Level of 2.3 million active US and EU players

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7443-Armory-Stats-Prestige-Warcraft-Chronicle-3-WoW-History-FinalBossTV-Paladin



      MYTHIC DUNGEON INVITATIONAL 2018   

      https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21510318/the-mythic-dungeon-invitational-is-back-get-ready-for-the-proving-grounds
      https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/21617653/mythic-dungeon-invitational-prepping-for-the-time-trials

      https://raider.io/mythic-dungeon-invitational-2018

      Proving Grounds ends March 13 at 7 a.m. PST (10 a.m. EST). Your goal is to complete a total of five level 23 Mythic Keystone dungeons over those two weeks. The format will be double elimination, giving teams a chance to regroup after a loss and bounce right back. The Mythic Keystone level will change over the course of the tournament, rewarding teams who can quickly crush easier dungeons and survive tougher ones.




       WARCRAFT ALPHA (Spoiler Free) 

      Potential Story Spoilers will be in yellow. For full Alpha information see below links as I will only post bits I think interesting.

      Information from https://www.mmo-champion.com/  and https://www.wowhead.com/



      Submit Questions for the Developers

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/7477-Submit-Questions-for-the-Developers-Noblegarden-2018-Solo-CoEN-15

      We may have the opportunity to interview the developers about Battle for Azeroth in the near future!  If you have any questions you think we should ask, be sure to add them to the comments of the linked post for consideration. We will pick the best questions and add them to our list!  Don't post any questions in the comments of this news post. Use the linked topic instead. No class specific questions please. This includes things like balance between the different healing/tank/DPS classes and specs. Keep questions reasonably short. These should be questions about Battle for Azeroth, not Legion.



      Azerite Armor testing beginning. 

      https://www.mmo-champion.com/content/



      Flying Mounts

      Undercity Plaguebat (New) - Flying Mount. Undercity Plaguebat. "One of the last of the giant bats to escape Undercity following the siege of Lordaeron." Source: PH




                              DIABLO                      



        SAVE UP TO 50% OFF DIABLO III,  ends April 9

        https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/diablo3/21656011/ah-fresh-discounts-save-up-to-50-off-diablo-iii

        Diablo III ($9.99)
        Diablo III: Reaper of Souls ($9.99)
        Diablo III: Battle Chest ($19.99)
        Rise of the Necromancer Pack ($9.99)
        Sale begins March 27 and ends April 9




        User Recreates ‘Diablo II’ in ‘Starcraft II’ Mod 

        http://bloody-disgusting.com/news/3491418/user-recreates-diablo-ii-starcraft-ii-mod/

        We’re still waiting on Blizzard to reveal whether or not they’re working to remaster Diablo II, but in the meantime, fans have turned to other means to get their updated fix of the 2000 classic: Modding. One such mod is The Curse of Tristram by egod123, which looks to recreate Diablo II using Starcraft II. The project has been in development since last year, and with no cease-and-desist letter in sight, things are looking promising.

        So promising, in fact, that the author had started an IndieGogo campaign to offset the time needed to devote to the game, with the campaign finishing up with $1,902 USD (of the cheeky $6,666 goal) in donations. The mod is free to download, and will be released as a series of custom maps published through Battle.net arcade. In fact, according to the IndieGogo site, the beta is “just around the corner”. The author also streams their progress on their Twitch channel quite regularly, so if you’re keen, check it out.

        https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM





        Diablo III For Nintendo Switch Listed By UK Retailer

        http://informedpixel.com/diablo-iii-listed-by-uk-retailer/




        Diablo III Tweet "confirms" Switch?

        https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/929772/Xbox-One-Nintendo-Switch-PS4-games-Fortnite-news
        The rumours started when Video Games journalist Marcus Sellars tweeted: "Fortnite = Nintendo Switch." Asked for more information, Sellars said that it came from a very trusted source and that the port would launch later this year. He also dropped the Diablo 3 bombshell, suggesting that the Blizzard game would hit Switch next year. "Diablo 3 is in development for the Nintendo Switch and should be out early 2019," he tweeted. "They are wanting to implement Local play with multiple switches."





             HEROES OF THE STORM     



        HEROES BRAWL OF THE WEEK, MARCH 30, 2018: DEADMAN’S STAND (NORMAL)

        https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/heroes-of-the-storm/21658407/heroes-brawl-of-the-week-march-30-2018-deadman-s-stand-normal

        At the beginning of the Brawl, your team will have the following roster of Heroes to choose from: Warrior: Artanis, Arthas, Blaze, Garrosh, Rexxar, Sonya, Varian, Zarya Support: Brightwing, Li Li, Lt. Morales, Lucio, Tassadar, Rehgar, Uther Specialist: Azmodan, Gazlowe, Sgt. Hammer, Nazeebo, Probius, Xul Assassin: Falstad, Greymane, Gul'dan, Illidan, Jaina, Junkrat, Kael'thas, Kel'Thuzad, Raynor, Thrall, Valla, Zul’jin

        Players start at Level 10 and have access to their full talents with a few exceptions (i.e. Bribe) Enemy Zerg Heroes will periodically assault your base and will drop new active items exclusive to Deadman’s Stand and Escape from Braxis. Survive the onslaught, protect your base, and buy enough time for Mira Han to cleanse the infection if you want to win this Brawl and save Deadman’s Port! Rewards Complete one match of Deadman’s Stand (Normal) to earn a Loot Chest!


        HEROES OF THE STORM PATCH NOTES – MARCH 27, 2018

        https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/heroes-of-the-storm/21646098/heroes-of-the-storm-patch-notes-march-27-2018

        Fenix joins the Nexus with our most recent Heroes of the Storm patch, and we’re celebrating StarCraft’s 20th
        anniversary with new rewards, bundles, portraits, and more!



        HEROES OF THE STORM AT PAX EAST 2018

        https://news.blizzard.com/en-us/heroes-of-the-storm/21669087/heroes-of-the-storm-at-pax-east-2018

        What: Heroes of the Storm PAX East Panel: Inside the Forge. Be the first to learn how the lore of Heroes
        of the Storm will add to the larger Blizzard universe! Join the Heroes of the Storm development team to
        discuss the magic behind creating characters that leave a lasting impression and get a front row seat for the
        introduction of one of the most unlikely Heroes from Blizzard’s history to join the Nexus yet.
        http://www.twitch.tv/pax2 When: April 5, 12:30PM PDT / 8:30PM CET



        Fenix, the legendary Protoss Dragoon, is confirmed as the newest Hero of the Storm.

        https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/15/fenix-coming-heroes-storm/



        HEROES OF THE DORM   https://heroesofthedorm.com/

        Each week, all eligible teams will play one game within their Region and one game outside of their Region. At the end of the regular season, the top performing teams will be seeded into the Round of 64 in the National Championship Bracket, alongside Regional champions.

        March 11.  Regional Championships. Week 4: Feb 28 - March 4, Week 5: March 7-8.
        Group Standings page at https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/94/phase/1
        March 28 – April 19. Round of 64 Bracket play

        In a one-of-a-kind broadcast partnership between Raycom and Tespa, Heroes of the Dorm will have a dedicated, nationally-syndicated program during a five-week period of competition from February 17 to March 15. Heroes of the Dorm will have a dedicated, nationally-syndicated program during a five-week period of competition. Raycom will produce the weekly, one-hour Heroes of the Dorm program, featuring schools competing in the tournament’s Atlantic Coast Region. The original series, which will cover competition as well as spotlight player and team stories, will be broadcast across Raycom Sports’ syndicated network of affiliates in more than 50 markets in the United States.






                      HEARTHSTONE              




        Hearthstone Nationals esports competition announced for (some of) Europe

        https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/29/hearthstone-nationals-esports-competition-announced-europe/



        The Witchwood Card Reveal Livestream is on March 26 at 11 AM PDT

        https://www.hearthpwn.com/news/4467-the-witchwood-card-reveal-livestream-is-on-march



        The Witchwood is Hearthstone's New Gilneas-Themed Expansion

        https://www.wowhead.com/news=282627/the-witchwood-is-hearthstones-new-gilneas-themed-expansion

        Hearthstone just announced the first expansion for Year of the Raven: The Witchwood. This eerie expansion focuses on a mysterious threat lurking in the forests of Gilneas and features the new keywords Echo and Rush.



        Hearthstone’s new even and odd cards are going to shake up the meta


        https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/16/hearthstones-new-even-odd-cards-going-shake-meta/

        Introduces cards with odd or even mana costs. Two powerful neutral Legendary minions were revealed in that initial stream. Just by being in your deck, these cards give you some powerful buffs. The Hearthstone team promises more card reveals starting on March 26 with an 11 a.m. PDT livestream on the Hearthstone Twitch channel. 


        • Baku the Mooneater, who has this ability: if your deck only has odd-Cost cards, upgrade your Hero Power. (Note: 0-cost cards count as even.)
        • Genn Greymane, Baku’s counterpart, who has this ability: if your deck only has even-Cost cards, your starting Hero Power costs (1).


        StarCraft Anniversary: Hearthstone’s upcoming portal Brawl

        Named Portals to Another Dimension.
        https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/19/celebrate-starcraft-hearthstones-upcoming-portal-brawl/




        2018 SPRING HEARTHSTONE COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

        Matches live streamed at twitch.tv/playhearthstone   5pm PST to 9pm PST every Monday and Tuesday from February 19th to April 3rd. The champions of each region will advance to the live finals in May to play for scholarship prizing.

        Current Brackethttps://compete.tespa.org/tournament/97/phase/1

        Tespa is launching a varsity Hearthstone tournament region for 2018! Students enrolled in schools that have official varsity esports programs are invited to participate in a region specifically curated for their teams. The university administration have sanctioned a varsity esports program. Teams that recieve scholarships from their school solely due to their involvement in competitive esports are automatically eligible for varsity status.



        SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CAST: HEARTHSTONE EDITION 2018

        Starting March 13, we’ll review your submissions and reach out to shortlisted entrants with further instructions. The finalists will move on to cast the Hearthstone Collegiate Championship Playoffs for Spring, which will take place this April 28 – 29 2018.







                        OVERWATCH                



        OverWatch Uprising Returns April 10

        https://blizzardwatch.com/2018/03/29/overwatch-uprising-returns-april-10-twist/



        ANNOUNCING THE 2018 OVERWATCH WORLD CUP



        Earn Rewards with the Overwatch League on Twitch

        Twitch and Blizzard are providing rewards to players that watch Overwatch League matches. Collect League Tokens by connecting your Battle.net and Twitch accounts. You’ll get one League Token at the end of every live map finish. Some lucky viewers will get 100 tokens for every final map they watch per match . Everyone watching can work together by Cheering with Bits to unlock Overwatch League skins not yet available in game Your own Cheering progress unlocks Overwatch exclusive hero emotes and team-branded loot as well League Tokens can be used to unlock Overwatch League skins, which cost 100 Tokens per skin.






                       WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



        WoW Diary Kickstarter - A Book Covering Vanilla WoW's Dev Cycle

        https://www.wowhead.com/news=283134/wow-diary-kickstarter-a-book-covering-vanilla-wows-dev-cycle







                       WARCRAFT III               


        Weekly Tournaments here

        https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft







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        Sources for these news bits include:

        https://news.blizzard.com/en-us

        http://www.teamliquid.net/

        And others.

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