Thursday, November 8, 2018

Show Notes, Blizzard News November 2018



        GENERAL BLIZZARD NEWS        



Activision Blizzard Inc (ATVI) Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

https://www.fool.com/investing/2018/11/08/activision-blizzard-inc-atvi-q3-2018-earnings-conf.aspx

"Last quarter, on average, 345 million people played our games each month and our players spent a record 52 minutes per day playing Activision Blizzard and King games. "

"Third, the expansion of our existing franchises on to mobile, the world's largest platform and the creation of new franchises. And fourth, new and growing franchise engagement revenue models such as esports leagues and digital advertising."

"Now, not all our franchises are experiencing the momentum we see in Call of Duty and Candy Crush and we have to improve the pace of innovation and the cadence of in-game content. "

"Mobile remains the largest and fastest growing platform for gaming in the world and while King is a clear leader in mobile, we're still investing in Activision and Blizzard franchises for mobile releases."

"These are just two of the many mobile initiatives under way across Activision and Blizzard. And King Mobile expertise is now being shared throughout the company, so our beloved PC and console franchises can expand their reach."

"Overwatch League is already well into planning its second season and we are actively advancing how the league model and infrastructure will be applied to Call of Duty and other franchises. "

"At Blizzard, monthly active users were 37 million consistent with the prior quarter. "

"Next year, Blizzard will celebrate World of Warcraft's 15th anniversary with events both in and out of the game." 

"As I said earlier, some of our franchises are underperforming relative to the opportunity that we see including our live operations capabilities and we will continue to push innovation and new content to drive stronger engagement and in-game revenue generation."

"And we'll continue to invest in the reach of the different franchises that we have to acquire more players globally across all platforms including PC, console, and mobile. "

"We have some classic battlegrounds from World of Warcraft that we are remastering and we're going to add some seasonal content as well."

"Later planned updates are going to add new zones, dungeons, and raids for people to explore an additional PVP arena. "



Activision Blizzard (ATVI) 3rd Quarter Earnings: What to Expect

https://www.nasdaq.com/article/activision-blizzard-atvi-3rd-quarter-earnings-what-to-expect-cm1052454



Activision props up World of Warcraft and Call of Duty as top-earners

https://www.destructoid.com/activision-props-up-world-of-warcraft-and-call-of-duty-as-top-earners-530618.phtml



Activision Blizzard Hits Q3 Goals Thanks to WoW and Candy Crush, Destiny 2 Disappoints

https://wccftech.com/activision-blizzard-q3-2018-earnings/





           WORLD OF WARCRAFT           


Blizzard Working on Possible Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm Mobile Games

https://segmentnext.com/2018/11/08/blizzard-new-mobile-games/



Blizzard is rewriting bits of Warcraft III to better mesh with World of Warcraft

https://www.destructoid.com/blizzard-is-rewriting-bits-of-warcraft-iii-to-better-mesh-with-world-of-warcraft-529818.phtml



https://esportsobserver.com/method-raid-races-blizzard/





                      STARCRAFT                      



SUMMARY


Starcraft is back now that everyone is home and semi recovered and the new season starts on November 20th. The new maps have been posted as well on Team Liquid.

WESG qualifiers continue world wide throughout November including tomorrow the USA finals in California. Tickets are free. WESG is a super huge annual event handing out a ton of cash.

Blizzard's ANZ ProLeague team tournament Down Under began today.

Blizzard's long awaited 20th anniversary tournament in Russia is finally about to begin and HomeStory Cup begins in 2 weeks.



INTERVIEW: SERRAL DISCUSSES HIS HISTORIC STARCRAFT II VICTORY

https://www.gamecrate.com/interview-serral-discusses-his-historic-starcraft-ii-victory/21290




The One Word to Sum Up MMA’s SC2 Career is Heart

https://www.vpesports.com/more-esports/starcraft/the-one-word-to-sum-up-mmas-sc2-career-is-heart/




The Pylon Show Episode 27, a Starcraft Podcast 

https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

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

This week's guests, Nathanias, Catz and Neuro!









                           ESPORTS                          


Time to end prejudice against esports

http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201811/05/WS5bdfa44fa310eff303286832.html



Legendary Game Universes and Esports Superstars Take Center Stage at BlizzCon® 2018

https://www.apnews.com/676266208ddb45e986245ef157e3155a






                    WARCRAFT III                    



There will be a Warcraft 3: Reforged beta – probably “early next year”

https://www.pcgamesn.com/warcraft-iii/warcraft-3-reforged-beta



Warcraft 3: Reforged requires “orders of magnitude” more work than Starcraft Remastered

https://www.pcgamesn.com/warcraft-iii/warcraft-3-reforged-more-work-starcraft-remastered



https://comicbook.com/2018/11/07/warcraft-iii-reforged-world-of-warcraft-references/



Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft





                               DIABLO                           


    Blizzard acknowledges the mobile reality

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-11-09-blizzard-acknowledges-the-mobile-reality

    If this is true, and it probably is, its probably going to be other Blizzard games coming next.



    24 Diablo Immortal Memes For People Who Are Pissed At Blizzard

    http://gaming.ebaumsworld.com/pictures/24-diablo-immortal-memes-that-you-can-view-on-your-pc/85807069/








              HEROES OF THE STORM          


    Blizzard Working on Possible Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm Mobile Games

    https://segmentnext.com/2018/11/08/blizzard-new-mobile-games/




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








                       HEARTHSTONE                   




    Activision Blizzard Hits Q3 Goals Thanks to WoW and Candy Crush, Destiny 2 Disappoints

    https://wccftech.com/activision-blizzard-q3-2018-earnings/






                         OVERWATCH                     



    Overwatch Director Says Blizzard Is "Very Open-Minded" About Switch Release
    "We would love to do it"

    http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/11/overwatch_director_says_blizzard_is_very_open-minded_about_switch_release






                   WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



    Back2Warcraft  @Back2Warcraft

    We interviewed Pete Stilwell, Senior Producer of @Warcraft3 and discussed the current progress, design philosophies, esports, mapmaking and more.

    Also, as a B2W exclusive, Pete reveals a new feature for the game!







          OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF      








    Sources for these news bits include:

    www.google.com

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

    http://www.teamliquid.net/

    And others.



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    Saturday, November 3, 2018

    BlizzCon 2018 Edition!


    STARCRAFT GLOBAL FINALS 2018


    Stats, the Korean Shield of Aiur, wiped out SoS 3-0 as the opening match of the Quarter Finals, and between Rogue and Serral is looking forward to facing Serral because of their hard fought 4-3 match at GSL vs the World where he barely lost. This is Stats first time in the Global Finals despite many years as a Champion elsewhere. 

    Coming up, Rogue, the defending Global Champion, versus Serral, the most dominant foreigner Starcraft has ever seen. 

    Serral took match 1, finding a gap in Rogue's wall off of his natural and exploiting it over and over  but when match 2 came Serral went for a fast zergling all in and for an exciting few minutes Rogue's Queen went down and lings swarmed each other in a frenzy in Rogue's natural. Counterattacking Serral's natural, both had to pull back but Serral only regrouped with reinforcements and was back in, straight into Rogue's main but had to tap out. 

    Match 3 Rogue's lings went on the aggression but couldn't quite get through Serral's wall off and Serral's banelings decimated chunks of Rogue's army and barely saved his third. With his economy behind, Rogue started to retaliate but gave up mid push and Serral went to match point!

    Both players teched up towards the late game with the exact same build. Serral shut down Rogues baneling drops with minor losses in his drone line but his roaches kept Serral busy for far too long. Serral found Rogues Ravagers in the open and murdered them, then chased his lurkers home but his own lurkers were waiting and caught them in the cross fire! Serral muscled into Rogues territory and got his lurkers down. The two ripped into each others bases but Serral got vipers first. 

    He took out Rogues Nydus immediately but the second one got in and the third in an incredibly bloody knife fight back and forth. Rogues lurkers kept sneaking in and hurting Serral's bases and his larger army was kept busy with incessant attacks but he sniped some of Rogues army, not enough, as the blood shed dragged on as he slowly wore Rogue down with paper cuts and incredible level of patience that have won him at least two titles this year coming back from behind inch by inch as the blood just kept flowing. Serral found more hydras alone and murdered them as his army just kept growing, so close to moving on to the Finals! The Finnish Hydras sniped Rogues bases cutting his ability to replenish his gas units. Rogue cut down Serral's last mining base and tried to find someplace, any place, to get an edge but the surround caught him first and Serral is the first foreigner to ever be in the Global Finals!










    The best of 7 began with an unusual proxy from Stats just outside Serral's natural. Stats was the first into the enemy base with twin zealots and an oracle but Serral's fast lings broke through Stats' wall and harassing his probes leaving him with a slight edge. Archons and warp prisms as Stats kept up his assault but Serral kept holding as his supply kept building. Suicide roaches attacked the Protoss third and the blood bath from Rogue/Serral game 4 was on. Stats hung on despite ravagers and swarm hosts but the immortals got too far from home and surrounded, and Serral dived but had to retreat from his own losses. Locusts took out the last immortal and Serral was up 1-0!     

    Game 2 started as a more standard game, the forte of both these players with their impeccable defenses at least until Stats lost his two adepts to a mistake. Stats lost another Oracle trying to kill the drone line and relentlessly harass Serral's drones, without much effect. Serral dropped a pile of roaches on Stats pylons and got out fast without much damage. Another hydra roach drop pushed back the Immortals and ravaged Stats base as Stats assaulted his own base and Serral held and is up 2-0!

    Game 3. A bunch of adepts get surrounded just like that. Seven queens lay in wait for 6 Phoenixes and the Zerg just keep growing. Stats manages to use his mobility to his advantage and bruise Serral's economy but the creep by then was almost touching Stats across the map on Dreamcatcher. Banelings take a chunk out of Stats as Serral maxes out and Serral attacks the third through the Archons. Locusts on the fourth and banelings as Serral keeps assassinating high value units where he can and Stats taps out. Serral is on match point for history!

    Stats almost got Serral in GSL vs the World, going 4-3 against him in the Finals but today Serral made it look almost easy against the best Koreans of every race. Stargate opening from Stats, another normal game opening from both with emphasis on Scouting. The Oracle and Phoenix killed absolutely nothing on their first foray. Phoenixes try to take out some drones but Queens and spores keep them from having too much effect. Locusts took out Stats new fourth before he could save it and he found the swarm hosts by themselves. Serral's Overlord bomber took out 17 probes while Stats wasnt looking. Storms hit dead on but the locusts coming from behind and Stats pulls off a win!

    Up 3, on the beautiful ice map of Fracture, Stats goes for a very aggressive build and Dark Shrine. Dark Templars drop into the Zerg main and chase out the Queens to the natural. Taking out roaches and moving back to regen shields. Picking off a roach here and there. Stats moves out with his small army but swarm hosts are already up and waiting at the top of the ramp. Zerglings do a run by on Stats and he charges Stats Army but has to run home for cover. Serral sends his ravagers and hosts to Stats fourth but has to run with Stats in pursuit and Stats sends zealots into sneak attack a base but has to run himself. Stats finds the ravagers in the open and destroys some, storms and Stats gets a second win! 

    Serral 3 Stats 2, Stats sticks with what's working for him, Phoenizes in the drone line and Serral has his Queens out to slow him down but hes getting quite a few each time. He takes out two Queens and scout the future brood lords, 22 drones dead is hurting, and Stats army in the field chases off too few lings that try for a nexus. Banelings dont have the effect Serral wanted but the five broodlords are out now with hydras and he keeps harassing with the lings. Hydras attack Stats but Stats is warned and going for Tempests. Warp prism down as Serral moves south again. Storms force Serral back as the Tempests come into view. Corruptors join the Brood Lords and Stats move out with the Tempests and 11 archons. Tempests hit the Brood Lords. Hydra bane harass forces a recall home and Stats moves onto creep pushing the creep. Serral playing cautious takes out another nexus instead of defending but at the last second the mothership cloaks and saves the Nexus. Not ten seconds later the Vipers abduct the Mother Ship and Stats loses a valuable piece. Serral picks off Stats carrier and archons as he goes offense but Stats is  base trading! Another nexus down to Corruptors! Serral jumps the carrier Fleet and destroys it ALL.  Stats fights with Archons but cant replace any losses for awhile. Stats keeps up harass with zealots to keep Serral busy but the banelings destroy another nexus and keep rolling through another probe line! Serral keeps looking to pick off what he can and asa Stats rescues his base wall the Corruptors sneak up from behind but get swatted on the nose and Stats glides away. Another nexus goes down and Serral abducts 2 Tempests at Stats last base as he plays the patience game he does so well. Lings get into another base. Lings hit another base. SERRAL PICKS OFF THE MOTHER SHIP! SERRAL DOES IT! 
















    WHAT'S NEXT PANEL


    The Starcraft What's Next Panel took place Saturday at BlizzCon and here's some quick highlights from my notes. Larger versions of the images can be seen by using Right Click to new Tab. All images Copyright Blizzard Entertainment 2018.


    They want to have Starcraft tournaments viewable inside the game client at some point.


    War Chest IV by the end of the year.


    Buildings will have skins.


    • They showed the Special Forces Terran, Forged Protoss and Simulant Zerg Building Skins.









    Can unlock War Chest rewards by watching Starcraft tournament Live on Twitch.


    Talked about the design idea behind the new Co-op Commander Zeratul.


    • He is Xel-Naga Influenced in the campaigns so that plays a big role.
    • He can call on other units to appear and join him such as Legendary Protoss Legions and Ultimate Xel'Naga Constructs.
    • Xel-Naga cannons can fire up.
    • He can find three fragments on the map to boost your top bar abilities
    • He can customize his top bar abilities











    DESIGN PATCH NOTES

    Went over the last month's balance patch notes again.






    GOOGLE DEEP MIND PROJECT UPDATE


    • Deep Mind uses an Emulate human mouse click approach.
    • The team combined approaches from earlier AI vs Atari Games and also AI vs Go because of the nature and complexity of Starcraft.
    • Deep Mind has achieved a "very competitive level, maybe Grand Master." against other AIs the team created for it to play against.
    • Deep Mind began with Protoss, probe rushing the enemy base and lost. Seeing that, the team (which includes Starcraft amateur players) focused on teaching it to imitate how actual humans play the game, with economies and unit building.
    • The Community has not yet played against Deep Mind.







    AUDIENCE Q&A

    Nova story campaign type stuff?  Not really replayable content unlike Co-op. Emphasizing Co-op. 

    War Chest Skin Twitch unlocks requires LIVE views currently.  Can play to unlock tiers though.

    Plans to open source Codes for Deep Mind?  Last week open sourced some libraries. 

    Coop plans to make it more brutal?  We discuss it but found Commanders are so powerful they overwhelm everything.  Trying to find new ways for extreme players to play. 

    What will you do about trolls in Co-op?  We should fix, have discussed it. Players are creative though.

    Zeratul Commander Co-op Models finalized?  Should be playable on the floor but will check.

    Wide screen support?  Gives an advantage but Community, give us feedback on it. 

    How many more Coop Commanders should we expect?  Running out of lore characters. Don't see an end in sight though. Selendis maybe. Tosh. Can always add new characters to SC2. 



    Tuesday, October 30, 2018

    Pre-BlizzCon 2018, Starcraft Edition!


    Starcraft news this week is BlizzCon. Aaalmost.

    In KSL, the Grand Finals featured the legendary Flash vs his long time nemesis, Effort. In 2010, Effort defeated Flash in a special event and although others occasionally have done the same, Flash has gotten revenge on all of them, except Effort. 

    Effort started the match up with a cannon rush perfectly timed to hit Flash before he had army units ready forcing one of the quickest tap outs in history.

    Round 2, he did it again, sending Flash into Burning hatred land and from there on, Flash would rather have eaten his G key than use it. 

    Flash scored a hit but Effort took the series and remains, the one itch Flash has yet to scratch. 

    .

    In the foreign community, everyone is travelling to Cali so other than some cool show matches, smaller tournaments, TESPA Collegiate week 3 and the return of MarineLord, not much happening. 

    .

    I did come across the High School eSports League but they dont do Starcraft, just shooters, OverWatch and Hearthstone. The League runs tournaments between schools and has cash prizes for kids so kind of awesome actually. A lot of Blizzard fans have kids so maybe if they talk to their schools and get them into the League, esports will be more quickly integrated into daily life.

     .

    The Starcraft Community Summit will be today, with players and top community people invited to Irvine to talk about the state of the game, upcoming secret announcements and plans for the next year. 

    We know that the Starcraft tournament season is fully funded for 2019, and that since announcing Starcraft is Free to play this Spring, viewership has jumped 30%-40% at the major tournaments. 

    There has been nothing out of Deep Mind, the Starcraft AI project, but the Probots AI tournament that just ended featured bots that while very limited, showed definite learning going on, with SarsaBot, named for the programmer's favorite Game of Thrones character,  lost her first two matches but adapted and adapted again to the strategy dmytrbot was using and began to win. Dmytrbot changed up his strats to cope and although eventually losing to Lady Sansa, both showed what progress amateur programmers are capable of. Vods are on twitch.tv/ESChamp I think.

    .

    There will be a Show match at BlizzCon for Starcraft 1, featuring the current ASL champion Last and the previous KSL champion Rain to determine the Brood War Champion. 

    The WCS Global Finals Round of 16 happened, and foreigner after foreigner was cut down, ShoWTime, Kelazhur, Nerchio, Lambo, Has and Neeb. 

    SpeCial and Serral made it through, SpeCial taking out Classic in the must see match of the weekend. 

    https://liquipedia.net/starcraft2/2018_WCS_Global_Finals

    In the brackets, Blizzard didnt even try to hide that they want a Maru vs Serral finals, placing them at opposite ends of the bracket and with the 6 Koreans left, it's hard to say who has the worst bracket. 

    Maru faces SoS first, his team mate, the trickster who has never lost a BlizzCon hes been to (twice now). Maru is tricky but SoS is Inception level, you're in the Matrix, there is no spoon territory and it should be a wild match up.

    SpeCial vs Stats is rough for SpeCial. Stats is nicknamed the Shield of Aiur for his defense, and defeated Maru at GSL vs the World then in those finals went 4-3 with Serral. 

    Stats would then face Maru in Round of 4 and there is a very strong opportunity for Stats to advance with 10 months of watching Maru proxy his way through the GSL. 

    Rogue, last years Global Finals Champion, is only ranked 8th this year in standings but either could advance here. 

    Which leaves Serral vs Dark, known as the Foreigner Killer for never having lost to one, anywhere, until last week, when ShoWTime, the German Wall, 2-0 him and he had to come back from the losers bracket. 

    Recovered from his illness on Day 1, on Day 3 he slammed ShoWTime down 2-0. Considered the best Korean zerg, Dark is facing another Zerg in Serral where European zergs are common and rare in Korea, so it is Dark's worst match up. 

    Of these 8 players, anyone could lose. Anyone could be the upset. 

    Serral beat Maru at GSL vs the World, their only match, 1-0. 

    A long year of Maru dominating, Serral crushing, is almost over. Koreans winning everything may be at an end.

    .

    The four Signature Series videos are out and you should watch them if you get a chance, for Maru, Serral, Rogue and SpeCial. 

    They help give so much character to the players, and a storyline to follow even if Starcraft isnt your thing.  

    gl and hf!

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Show Notes, Blizzard News October 2018



    Due to GamesCom and BlizzCon secrecy, and 
    the Warcraft expansion, there has been very little 
    to report lately that you can't find through Blizzard's 
    own press releases. As always, if I do see anything, 
    I'll continue updating here. 

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





            GENERAL BLIZZARD NEWS        



    Blizzard Publishing Powers Up

    https://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/78253-blizzard-publishing-powers-up.html

    This year, the company’s big books will hit shelves just before the November 2 return of BlizzCon, Blizzard’s 12th fan convention (held in Anaheim).

    The audiobook series will launch with eight newly produced audio editions of novels from the publisher’s catalogue set in the gaming universes of Diablo, Starcraft, and Warcraft. Blizzard had already found success with free online audio dramas that tackled key moments in World of Warcraft’s in-game history. With audio alone, “The Tomb of Sargeras” and “A Thousand Years of War” dramas had over three million views on YouTube.

    This month, Blizzard Publishing will also release three illustrated books: The Art of Hearthstone, a $45 hardcover that traces the development of Blizzard’s strategy card video game, which has 50 million players around the globe; Book of Adria: A Diablo Bestiary, a $30 hardcover survey of the various monsters players must confront in Blizzard’s Diablo franchise; and Cinematic Art of StarCraft, a $45 hardcover guide to the creation of animation sequences in StarCraft, the company’s science fiction game series.




          WORLD OF WARCRAFT      



    As I have left World of Warcraft I will no longer provide the usual links to all of the standard WoWhead and MMOChampion content you can find everywhere, just any new articles I come across that might be interesting or out of the way.



    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








                     STARCRAFT                 



    SUMMARY



    TESPA Collegiate Starcraft Tournament Underway

    https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/110

    Tespa is a national network of collegiate gaming clubs that work together as a team of students, alumni, organizers, and entrepreneurs. Players will play in 2 weekly matches against similarly skilled opponents. United States or Canada schools only.  236 players currently registered including such future champions as JonSnow, PartinG, Cuddlebear, Astrea, TurkeyDano, Rhizer, Gemini19, and THERIDDLER.  Complete Leaderboards at https://compete.tespa.org/tournament/110/leaderboard

    1st Place           $750 USD in Scholarships
    2nd Place          $500 USD in Scholarships
    3rd - 4th Place   Gaming Keyboard and Mouse ($150 ARV)
    5th - 8th Place   $50 in Blizzard Battle.net Balance


    KSL Season 2 is in the Round of 16 after some excessively long Qualifiers wherein Stork was taken out of contention and JaeDong gave up his automatic qualification and he and Flash will be focusing on the ASL instead this season. KSL Round of 16 begins Oct 18 through Nov 23. 


    Afreeca StarLeague Season 6, Round of 16 finishes Oct. 4th with the living God Flash playing nemesis JaeDong. Flash lost and came back up through the Losers bracket to defeat JaeDong knocking him out of the tournament.


    Starcraft AI Tournament Season Begins

    The longest running Starcraft AI Tournament, SSCAIT, will begin in a few weeks and run through December or January. Kings of the North: Probot Season 2 has already gotten underway however while SC2AI.net, a Starcraft II AI Tournament will begin in October.



    And Lastly

    And lastly, the TotalBiscuit Commemorative Pack is in the store for a limited time. All proceeds go to his family towards hospital bills for his cancer treatment. There is also the Starcraft War Chest for a limited time, with sweet in game skins, a Heroes of the Storm Probius skin, and loot chests for OverWatch and Hearthstone.




    Last and Rain ShowMatch, KSL vs ASL, at BlizzCon


    https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/6522/ksl-champion-sunghyun-kim-and-asl-champion-yoonjong-jung-collide-at-blizzcon-2018



    This Week in Kings of the North: Probots

    This Week, EnderSword and xkawaiian hosted Season 2, Week 3 - Group A & B  on their Twitch channel.   

    5minBot went full Lambo, fighting to hold onto the last spot on the ProBot  Tournament ladder. After losing a 22 minute battle with Spacemen5428 that escalated into roaches, lurkers and hydras vs marines, tanks, marauders and medivacs, on Para Site covered in creep and 9 zerg bases, 5minBot was never able to push through the zerg defense and was eventually overrun when the zerg moved out. 5minBot next fought #1 ranked ThreeWayLover and his proxy on BlueShift just outside of the natural, allowing 5minBot to take the 3rd instead and building up a good econ while ThreeWayLover exhausted itself, and 5minBot eventually pushed out with marines, medivacs and vipers at 13 minutes for the victory. 

    Spacemen5428 lost to Ceebot in its second match, dropping down into a tiebreaker with 5minBot to end the night. Spacemen5428 proxied a hatch into 5minBot’s main and began spawning Queens. The hatchery blocked an SCV attempting to build a supply depot and as 5minBot continued droning up, supply blocked him with only 1 Reaper. Spacemen5428 advanced with MicroMachine, SeeBot and YoBot.


    KotN: ProBots is a StarCraft II Tournament between custom made AIs, held by ESChamp with the support of SC2AI.net community. Help Grow the ProBots. Use Matcherino promo code: ProBots to contribute $1 to next season!




    The Pylon Show Live at BlizzCon!

    We are excited and proud to announce MO'FUGGIN @ThePylonShow will be featured at BLIZZCON  Saturday 11:30am with guests @day9tv and a special guest from SC:R dev team to discuss 25 years of SC , SC:R and more! https://blizzcon.com/en-us/schedule#sat-nov-3 



    WCS SIGNATURE SERIES 2018 VIDEO


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoO7D4bvXDI&feature=youtu.be 

    Maru : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNwnIbdwDt4

    SpeCial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=ACC4eKmbzFY

    Serral: Coming Soon

    Rogue: Coming Soon

    Throughout 2018, we've witnessed truly incredible StarCraft II journeys. As we approach the conclusion of this epic year, let's pause and take a moment to appreciate the people, the stories, and the wonder behind those shining brightest on the world's biggest StarCraft stage.




    Go Behind the Scenes During BlizzCon Opening Week

    https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/22538230/Go-Behind-the-Scenes-During-BlizzCon-Opening-Week/  

    You’ll explore backstage and learn how Blizzard esports productions come together. Watch top StarCraft II players compete live for a portion of the WCS tournament. Take a photo with the WCS Global Finals’ original Gosu Trophy . Afterward, head across the street for a WCS Global Finals viewing experience at local eatery, Simmzy’s. Toronto’s well-known ESChamp PubCraft will be coming to Burbank to host a crowd of eager WCS supporters (BarCraft will be open to the public and will not require a tour ticket.)”



    Blizzard co-founder Mike Morhaime stepping down after 27 years





    More Balance Patch changes

    http://www.teamliquid.net/forum/starcraft-2/537610-balance-mod-update-sep-25-2018  





    Chinese Researchers developed AI capable of defeating StarCraft II’s AI 

    on the highest difficulty levels in full matches — making them the first to do so.
    https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/09/20/tencent-created-ai-agents-that-can-beat-starcraft-2s-cheater-ai/



    Tencent’s AI programs defeat Starcraft’s own AI

    https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612188/tencents-ai-programs-defeat-starcrafts-own-ai/
    AI researchers at the Chinese tech giant Tencent have posted details of two programs capable of beating the “cheating” AI found in the popular video game Starcraft.
    China’s AI push includes an extraordinary commitment from the government, which recently announced a sweeping vision for AI ascendancy. The plan calls for homegrown AI to match that developed in the West within three years, for China’s researchers to be making “major breakthroughs” by 2025, and for Chinese AI to be the envy of the world by 2030.
    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609038/chinas-ai-awakening/




    The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

    Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

    "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun "F91" Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators
    NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

    Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "




    Dark Horse, Blizzard Reunite for StarCraft: Soldiers Comic Series

    https://www.cbr.com/dark-horse-starcraft-soldiers/




    SSCAIT 6

    An AI BroodWar tournament on its 6th year.

    Submission deadline is October 1st, 2018. Message McRave, aka Fawx#2874 , on the SSCAIT Discord channel.

    https://www.twitch.tv/sscait

    https://discord.gg/VkhVSnn

    WillBot in action : https://clips.twitch.tv/DifferentThirstyOtterPeanutButterJellyTime




    Kings of the North: ProBots Season 2   

    eschamp.com 

    StarCraft 2 AI tournament. KotN: ProBots is a StarCraft II Tournament between custom made AIs, held by ESChamp with the support of SC2AI.net community.
    https://twitter.com/ESChamp/status/1042469930124304384



    SC2AI Ladder Season 6 

    Ladder will be frozen on 12th October. Games will be streamed 20th / 21st October and 27th / 28th October. The top 8 eligible bots will go forward to the Finals, streamed on 4th November.

    Full rules and prizes at  https://sc2ai.net/Tournament.php

    http://sc2ai.net/ 

    https://twitter.com/Sc2Ai/status/1040491788774060034



    AITT 

    A for-fun Tiny Code AI tournament. AITT submissions are due November 1st.
    Message McRave, aka Fawx#2874 , on the SSCAIT Discord channel.
    https://discord.gg/VkhVSnn



    Interview with London Spitfire Head Coach, Coach815, a former Starcraft Coach

    https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/6328/interview-with-london-spitfire-head-coach-the-one-who-smiles-at-the-end-is-the-final-winner



    The Pylon Show Episode 23, a Starcraft Podcast 

    https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

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

    This week's guests, FearDragon and Zhugeliang!









                 ESPORTS            



    Ninja Might Very Well Be The Face of Gaming But He Is Not The Face Of Esports

    https://www.vpesports.com/more-esports/ninja-might-very-well-be-the-face-of-gaming-but-he-is-not-the-face-of-esports



    Korean Esports Network OGN Expands to North America

    https://esportsobserver.com/korean-esports-network-ogn-expands-north-america-pubg-league/
    OGN is one of the oldest esports event organizers, hosting live matches of the original StarCraft beginning in 2004. The company has organized professional leagues for StarCraft, StarCraft II, League of Legends, Overwatch, and operates a PUBG league in South Korea.



    FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY PLANS TO BUILD THE LARGEST COLLEGIATE ESPORTS ARENA IN THE U.S

    https://cstarleague.com/lol/news_articles/950
    Full Sail University is located in Florida and includes Bachelors in several Game related fields


    The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

    http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

    Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

    "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
    NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

    Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "





                            DIABLO                      




      Diablo 4 is going to be completely open-world and could be an MMO 

      https://segmentnext.com/2018/10/12/next-diablo-4-ps5-open-world/



      Blizzard Won't Actually Be Adding Cross-Platform Play To Diablo III

      http://www.nintendolife.com/news/2018/10/it_turns_out_blizzard_wont_actually_be_adding_cross-platform_play_to_diablo_iii



      ‘Reign of Terror’ is not a thing

      https://www.slashgear.com/blizzard-clarifies-diablo-leak-says-reign-of-terror-is-not-a-thing-13549885/



      Blizzard Giving Away Custom 'Diablo' PS4 Pro

      https://comicbook.com/gaming/2018/10/11/blizzard-giving-away-custom-diablo-ps4-pro/




      Diablo Netflix series confirmed by accident

      http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2018/09/22/blizzards-diablo-franchise-is-getting-a-series-on-netflix/
      The would-be showrunner let the cat out of the bag.   Thanks to a now deleted Tweet sent out, we know that the rumors were accurate.  " I guess I can confirm I am indeed in final talks to write and show-run the new DIABLO animated series for Activision and Netflix. It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out." — Andy Cosby (@andycosby) September 20, 2018





           HEROES OF THE STORM     





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








                    HEARTHSTONE              




      The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

      Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

      "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
      NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

      Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "








                      OVERWATCH                




      Interview with London Spitfire Head Coach, Coach815, a former Starcraft Coach

      https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/6328/interview-with-london-spitfire-head-coach-the-one-who-smiles-at-the-end-is-the-final-winner




      The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

      Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

      "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
      NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

      Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "









                     WARCRAFT III               



      PTR Balance Changes Coming!

      MMorris  @Matt23Morris
      Replying to @YoanMerlo
      @YoanMerlo we love your passion for the game. And appreciate all that you have done for Warcraft III and the community. It's safe to say we are looking to make balance adjustments - We'll roll something out to the PTR this month. Again, we love and appreciate your passion.



      Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

      https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft




      The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

      Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

      "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
      NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

      Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "











                     WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



      World of Warcraft Classic At-Home Demo

      https://blizzcon.com/en-us/event-info/tickets/virtual

      Get access to the BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft Classic demo. Normally only available on the show floor, the Virtual Ticket brings this content straight to your home during the event! Only a few starting zones will be available, and only until November 8th. There will be a Warcraft Classic panel at BlizzCon.



      More on Classic at BlizzCon

      https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/22551243/bring-home-the-blizzcon-wow-classic-demo-with-the-virtual-ticket

      There will also be a panel on Classic at BlizzCon, and only a few zones will be available to play. The Classic demo will include access to a couple of entry-level zones, with one for Horde and the other for Alliance. It's the original Azeroth and will remain playable until 10am PST on Nov. 8. That way anyone attending BlizzCon and playing it on the show floor also has time to travel home and play it some more.






        OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  








      Sources for these news bits include:

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

      http://www.teamliquid.net/

      And others.



      .

      Saturday, September 15, 2018

      Show Notes, Blizzard News September 2018



      Due to GamesCom and BlizzCon secrecy, and 
      the Warcraft expansion, there has been very little 
      to report lately that you can't find through Blizzard's 
      own press releases. As always, if I do see anything, 
      I'll continue updating here. 

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





            WORLD OF WARCRAFT      


      As I have left World of Warcraft I will no longer provide the usual links to all of the standard WoWhead and MMOChampion content you can find everywhere, just any new articles I come across that might be interesting or out of the way.



      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








                       STARCRAFT                 



      SUMMARY



      GSL Super tournament

      GSL Super tournament , the last decider for the Korean wing of the lead up to BlizzCon, plays Sept 27 - 30. 

      Seven players, GuMiho, Trap, SoS, soO and Solar will be battling for the last BlizzCon seat to complete the Round of 16 in November. Although foreigners did enter they failed to make it through the offline qualifiers and many have instead moved on to prepare for WESG USA and WESG Canada this weekend. 



      Maru wins GSL, Promises BlizzCon

      Maru took his third GSL victory this year, only the second time to ever happen in the GSL, in a 7 game, 3 hour match up against fellow Korean Terran, TY. 

      While Maru focused on his signature proxy 2 barracks followed by medivacs and cyclones with banshees with vikings, TY threatened to proxy but never did, instead defending against Maru's shenanigans and taking the first two maps, with hellions and air. As the pair traded games, Maru evened the score.  With victory in sight, Jin Air rallied with Maru for a strategy session, SpeCiaL joining his friend TY to offer his own analysis as one of the top terrans after Maru and TY themselves. In game 7, Maru pushed early with cyclones, tanks, marines and a banshee, cutting through TYs natural and forcing the GG and history.

      TY has won over half a million dollars playing Starcraft, the 4th highest Starcraft II player after SoS, Rogue and Maru, who  has taken over half of his $672,735 total in this year alone, with BlizzCon and its prize pool  still to go. 



      Starcraft AI Tournament Season Begins

      The longest running Starcraft AI Tournament, SSCAIT, will begin in a few weeks and run through December or January. Kings of the North: Probot Season 2 has already gotten underway however while SC2AI.net, a Starcraft II AI Tournament will begin in October.



      And Lastly

      And lastly, the TotalBiscuit Commemorative Pack is in the store for a limited time. All proceeds go to his family towards hospital bills for his cancer treatment. There is also the Starcraft War Chest for a limited time, with sweet in game skins, a Heroes of the Storm Probius skin, and loot chests for OverWatch and Hearthstone.





      Go Behind the Scenes During BlizzCon Opening Week


      https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/22538230/Go-Behind-the-Scenes-During-BlizzCon-Opening-Week/  

      You’ll explore backstage and learn how Blizzard esports productions come together. Watch top StarCraft II players compete live for a portion of the WCS tournament. Take a photo with the WCS Global Finals’ original Gosu Trophy . Afterward, head across the street for a WCS Global Finals viewing experience at local eatery, Simmzy’s. Toronto’s well-known ESChamp PubCraft will be coming to Burbank to host a crowd of eager WCS supporters (BarCraft will be open to the public and will not require a tour ticket.)”




      Chinese Researchers developed AI capable of defeating StarCraft II’s AI 

      on the highest difficulty levels in full matches — making them the first to do so. 
      https://thenextweb.com/artificial-intelligence/2018/09/20/tencent-created-ai-agents-that-can-beat-starcraft-2s-cheater-ai/



      Tencent’s AI programs defeat Starcraft’s own AI

      https://www.technologyreview.com/the-download/612188/tencents-ai-programs-defeat-starcrafts-own-ai/
      AI researchers at the Chinese tech giant Tencent have posted details of two programs capable of beating the “cheating” AI found in the popular video game Starcraft.
      China’s AI push includes an extraordinary commitment from the government, which recently announced a sweeping vision for AI ascendancy. The plan calls for homegrown AI to match that developed in the West within three years, for China’s researchers to be making “major breakthroughs” by 2025, and for Chinese AI to be the envy of the world by 2030.
      https://www.technologyreview.com/s/609038/chinas-ai-awakening/




      The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

      Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

      "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun "F91" Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators
      NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

      Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "




      Dark Horse, Blizzard Reunite for StarCraft: Soldiers Comic Series

      https://www.cbr.com/dark-horse-starcraft-soldiers/




      SSCAIT 6

      An AI BroodWar tournament on its 6th year.

      Submission deadline is October 1st, 2018. Message McRave, aka Fawx#2874 , on the SSCAIT Discord channel.

      https://www.twitch.tv/sscait

      https://discord.gg/VkhVSnn

      WillBot in action : https://clips.twitch.tv/DifferentThirstyOtterPeanutButterJellyTime




      Kings of the North: ProBots Season 2     

      eschamp.com   

      StarCraft 2 AI tournament. KotN: ProBots is a StarCraft II Tournament between custom made AIs, held by ESChamp with the support of SC2AI.net community.
      https://twitter.com/ESChamp/status/1042469930124304384



      SC2AI Ladder Season 6   

      Ladder will be frozen on 12th October. Games will be streamed 20th / 21st October and 27th / 28th October. The top 8 eligible bots will go forward to the Finals, streamed on 4th November.

      Full rules and prizes at  https://sc2ai.net/Tournament.php

      http://sc2ai.net/   

      https://twitter.com/Sc2Ai/status/1040491788774060034



      AITT   

      A for-fun Tiny Code AI tournament. AITT submissions are due November 1st.
      Message McRave, aka Fawx#2874 , on the SSCAIT Discord channel.
      https://discord.gg/VkhVSnn





      The Pylon Show Episode 22, a Starcraft Podcast 

      https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

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

      This week's guests, puCK, ZombieGrub and Nice__Username!




      The Pylon Show Episode 21, a Starcraft Podcast 

      https://www.twitch.tv/incontroltv

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

      This week's guests, Nathanias, uThermal, Lambo, and TLO!










                   ESPORTS            




      The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

      http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

      Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

      "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
      NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

      Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "





                              DIABLO                      





        Diablo Netflix series confirmed by accident 

        http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2018/09/22/blizzards-diablo-franchise-is-getting-a-series-on-netflix/ 
        The would-be showrunner let the cat out of the bag.   Thanks to a now deleted Tweet sent out, we know that the rumors were accurate.  " I guess I can confirm I am indeed in final talks to write and show-run the new DIABLO animated series for Activision and Netflix. It’s very exciting and I hope to the High Heavens it all works out." — Andy Cosby (@andycosby) September 20, 2018





             HEROES OF THE STORM     





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








                      HEARTHSTONE              





        The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

        http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

        Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

        "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
        NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

        Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "








                        OVERWATCH                





        The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

        http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

        Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

        "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
        NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

        Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "









                       WARCRAFT III               



        Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

        https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft




        The NetEase Esports X Tournament Guangzhou offline finals

        http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3956905

        Last year, China began a push to become dominant in eSports, all eSports and the tournament prizes tend to be hefty. Although no foreign talent was mentioned in the article, it is common to see a few at these and so I am including this article.

        "A dozen games including Blizzard games StarCraft II, Warcraft III, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.  In particular, China's top six professional Hearthstone gamers are invited to battle the best amateur gamers. For the first time, the NeXT Overwatch summer tournament has invited a South Korean team to take part in a Chinese offline match. Two well-known seasoned StarCraft gamers, Huang "Poisonous Milk" Xudong and the Chinese King of Zerg, Sun Yifeng, will be the StarCraft II commentators. 
        NetEase Esports X Tournament. It is NetEase's first professional multi-franchise eSports tournament, consisting of online qualifiers and offline finals. This is a comprehensive eSports event that offers an experience where eSports enthusiasts can participate, watch, and immerse themselves in gaming culture.

        Tournament link: http://next.163.com/ "











                       WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



        World of Warcraft Classic At-Home Demo

        https://blizzcon.com/en-us/event-info/tickets/virtual

        Get access to the BlizzCon 2018 World of Warcraft Classic demo. Normally only available on the show floor, the Virtual Ticket brings this content straight to your home during the event! Only a few starting zones will be available, and only until November 8th. There will be a Warcraft Classic panel at BlizzCon.



        More on Classic at BlizzCon

        https://worldofwarcraft.com/en-us/news/22551243/bring-home-the-blizzcon-wow-classic-demo-with-the-virtual-ticket

        There will also be a panel on Classic at BlizzCon, and only a few zones will be available to play. The Classic demo will include access to a couple of entry-level zones, with one for Horde and the other for Alliance. It's the original Azeroth and will remain playable until 10am PST on Nov. 8. That way anyone attending BlizzCon and playing it on the show floor also has time to travel home and play it some more.






          OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  








        Sources for these news bits include:

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

        http://www.teamliquid.net/

        And others.



        .