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.



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.



      .

      Saturday, August 4, 2018

      Show Notes, Blizzard News August 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      


      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 CONTEST REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

      https://blizzcon.com/en-us/news/21975714




      10 biggest changes in the history of World of Warcraft

      https://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/644677/10-biggest-changes-history-world-warcraft/




      Activision to adapt more IPs as mobile games

      https://www.tweaktown.com/news/62703/activision-adapt-more-ips-mobile-games/index.html



      Think ‘World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’ can play on any PC? Think again.

      https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/world-of-warcraft-battle-for-azeroth-pc-performance-guide/
      World of Warcraft was released in 2004, which of course means its development began years earlier. At the time, most people were running Pentium III or AMD Athlon processors, and most developers believed that single-core processors running at insanely high speeds was the future. Dual-core processors weren’t found in gaming PCs. World of Warcraft, like its peers, was developed to make as much use of a single core as possible. That doesn’t translate well to modern computers.



      Mikes Rant – Despite The New DLC Is World of Warcraft Dead?

      https://www.eteknix.com/mikes-rant-world-of-warcraft/

      I know what youre thinking, and I agree with you, but he has one valid point near the end and leaving myself, I see some mild validity in the idea that Blizzard is very slowly bleeding out as players age and arent necessarily replaced. People come back for the new expansions, new raids, but they go away again. I can tell you, the longer you are away from WoW, the less you feel a need to go back when you could play so many other things. But overall, I think WoW is not dead, no, nor close.



      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

      Over in Korea the GSL round of 16 began playing out with the American Neeb taking out 16 year old Reynor to advance with Maru. Rogue and Gumiho swept group B and C & D play Wednesday at 1 am. In the Round of 8, Neeb will be facing last years BlizzCon champion Rogue and Gumiho vs Maru, which will not help him pile up points for BlizzCon. 

      Neeb surprisingly is doing quite well on the Korean ladder if not in tournaments and is secure in his #1 US Region lock to send him to BlizzCon. 


      Meanwhile the rest of the world is preparing for WCS Montreal, their last chance for BlizzCon points. 

      The Challenger Series for open bracket seats 

      Back in Korea, the fallen have one last shot with the GSL Super Tournament to gain points, to play out in September or October. 

      Looking further ahead to November, Maru the dominating Champion this year in Korea, is starting to show signs of slipping just when he needs to be strongest, first with an erosion of win rate on his usual builds allowing Reynor to come very close to knocking him out of the tournament and his loss to Serral and Stats in GSL vs the World. If he falters his teammate Rogue, last years BlizzCon Champion, is at hand, as is Serral the Terminator. 

      Almost impossible to dislodge now from going to BlizzCon are SpeCial the Mexican Terran #2 in the world, Neeb, Kelazhur from Brazil, Stats, Rogue, with uThermal on the edge. 

      And lastly, GamesCom news! There isnt any till Wednesday at 7 am. The only thing I've heard at all is a 1v3 showmatch and 2 co-op show matches which, yay, I guess? But . . . 

      And the Starcraft war chest is out and active with great skin sets for each race. Comes with Probius skin for heroes of the storm and loot crates for OverWatch and Hearthstone. 



      . . .





      The Korean Starcraft League (Starcraft 1)  



      In Starcraft 1, KSL finished round of 16 with Light vs the Legendary JaeDong. This tournament is Blizzard inviting the old legends back to play against the current top players for the 20th anniversary of Starcraft and the legends are showing their A game. 
      Light is ranked #1 and #2 on the ladder ahead of Flash who went 3 years unbeaten until earlier this year. 
      JaeDong has won tournaments for years and the longer this year goes on the better he is getting from a shaky start. Forcing Light to play in and out of the standard meta JaeDong engulfed the map and powered a 3-2 victory! 

      Next week JaeDong faces Rain, the new blood who broke Flash's 3 year winning streak. 
      Next up Stork vs Best. Stork is another of THE legends of Starcraft 1.
      Best being one of the new blood I dont know him well but he took Stork down 3-1. 


      starts July 19 but qualifiers are up on https://www.twitch.tv/starcraft/videos/all from late June.  The 2018 Korea StarCraft League Season 1 or KSL Season 1, is an offline tournament, organized by Blizzard in celebration of the 20th anniversary of StarCraft. Tournament will feature open online qualifiers with top 256 players advancing to the offline stage. Round of 16 play will begin on  July 19, 2018. Matches will be broadcast every week on Thursday and Friday, 19:00 KST.




      [Asian Games] Interview with Korean League of Legends and Starcraft 2 National Teams: "I will wear the gold medal at any costs"

      https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/5992/asian-games-interview-with-korean-league-of-legends-and-starcraft-2-national-teams-i-will-wear-the-gold-medal-at-any-costs



      Team Liquid founder and co-CEO Victor Goossens: How this 35-year-old turned the gaming fan site he started as a teen into one of esports’ biggest franchises, worth multimillions

      https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/21/victor-goossens-founded-esports-champion-team-liquid-as-a-fan-website.html


      WAR CHEST SEASON 3 PREVIEW

      https://starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21919227
      From August 9th - December 6. The Starcraft II war chest includes bonus loot for Hearthstone (card packs), OverWatch (loot case),  and Heroes of the Storm (Probius skin). 



      GSL vs. The World Viewer’s Guide

      https://wcs.starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21965904/GSL-vs.-The-World-Viewer%E2%80%99s-Guide/



      Blizzard is celebrating StarCraft II's eighth birthday with cake and double XP

      https://www.destructoid.com/blizzard-is-celebrating-starcraft-ii-s-eighth-birthday-with-cake-and-double-xp-514028.phtml

      Many of the Foreign hopes have been practicing in Korea for years now, and familiar with losing to the top Koreans on a regular basis. SpeCial the Mexican mountain has the best record 


      StarCraft: Remastered Patch 1.22.0

      https://starcraft.com/en-us/articles/21965879?blzcmp=app



      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.





      WCS Montreal Sept 7-9



      GSL VS THE WORLD    Play begins August 2nd - 5th, with the top 8 Korean players facing the top 8 foreigners. Watch here: http://www.twitch.tv/gsl or http://afreecatv.com/afgsl .

      As of the current voting results, much as expected with HeroMarine, Scarlett, and Mana in the lead. Has only needs 500 votes so any support his way would be appreciated. The top vote getter in each race will join Serral, SpeCial, Neeb and Showtime against Maru, Classic, Stats, Rogue and the top 3 race winners currently Innovation, Dark, and Zest, with the 4th spot neck and neck between SoO at 1876 votes and SoS at 1759. 















                   ESPORTS            


      Professional gamers, dream job for many amid esports boom

      https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/tech/2018/08/134_254579.html













                              DIABLO                      



        Netflix, Blizzard may be working on ‘Diablo’ TV series

        http://entertainment.inquirer.net/291253/netflix-blizzard-may-working-diablo-tv-series



        Wild Rumors About a Diablo Show Coming to Netflix

        https://io9.gizmodo.com/wild-rumors-about-a-diablo-show-coming-to-netflix-1828612947




        Blizzard Reveals Mephisto, The Lord of Hatred, as the Newest Hero in Heroes of the Storm

        mxdwn.com



        Overwatch On Switch Is Feasible, But StarCraft 2 Isn't

        https://www.gamespot.com/articles/overwatch-on-nintendo-switch-is-feasible-but-starc/1100-6461195/


        Story Campaign May Go Away

        https://www.polygon.com/2018/8/16/17698984/diablo-sequels-blizzard-future


        Diablo III leaks for the Switch, out later this year

        https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/15/17693840/diablo-3-switch-port-eternal-collection-2018-release-date-blizzard



        Activision Blizzard Inc. released a video announcement Aug. 8 teasing its continuing work on the popular Diablo video game series....

        http://labusinessjournal.com/news/2018/aug/08/silicon-beach-report-aug-8-blockchain-startup-sage/



        Blizzard sent out a tweet today assuring fans the franchise is far from dead

        http://www.adventuresinpoortaste.com/2018/08/08/blizzard-has-multiple-diablo-projects-in-the-works/





             HEROES OF THE STORM     


        Blizzard Disables Loot Boxes in Belgium

        https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/blizzard-disables-loot-boxes-in-belgium.html



        WAR CHEST SEASON 3 PREVIEW

        https://starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21919227
        From August 9th - December 6. The Starcraft II war chest includes bonus loot for Hearthstone (card packs), OverWatch (loot case),  and Heroes of the Storm (Probius skin). 





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








                      HEARTHSTONE              




        WAR CHEST SEASON 3 PREVIEW

        https://starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21919227
        From August 9th - December 6. The Starcraft II war chest includes bonus loot for Hearthstone (card packs), OverWatch (loot case),  and Heroes of the Storm (Probius skin). 








                        OVERWATCH                




        Blizzard Disables Loot Boxes in Belgium

        https://www.guru3d.com/news-story/blizzard-disables-loot-boxes-in-belgium.html



        Overwatch On Switch Is Feasible, But StarCraft 2 Isn't

        https://www.gamespot.com/articles/overwatch-on-nintendo-switch-is-feasible-but-starc/1100-6461195/


        WAR CHEST SEASON 3 PREVIEW

        https://starcraft2.com/en-us/news/21919227
        From August 9th - December 6. The Starcraft II war chest includes bonus loot for Hearthstone (card packs), OverWatch (loot case),  and Heroes of the Storm (Probius skin). 









                       WARCRAFT III               



        Warcraft 3's latest patch, 1.30, goes live 

        https://www.invenglobal.com/articles/5895/warcraft-3s-latest-patch-130-goes-live-on-battlenet-servers



        Daily and Weekly Tournaments here

        https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft











                       WARCRAFT CLASSIC               










          OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  








        Sources for these news bits include:

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

        http://www.teamliquid.net/

        And others.



        .