Monday, March 12, 2018

Show Notes March: Blizzard News & Events

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

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

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

<3 Alisaunder



      WORLD OF WARCRAFT      


Upcoming BAzeroth Changes

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




WORLD OF WARCRAFT CHRONICLE: VOLUME III

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

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



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

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



April Fools Shenanigans

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



Blizzard going to PAX with Island Expeditions

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

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



Blizzard 2017 Student Art Contest Winners

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



Family Guy - Warcraft Episode on April 1

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




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

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




Mionee Solos Mythic +15 Cathedral of Eternal Night In Time

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



WEEKLY BONUS EVENT: WORLD QUESTS

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



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

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



Before the Storm Novel Comes Out June 12

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

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





                 STARCRAFT                 


SUMMARY


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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






SC20 ANNIVERSARY STREAM

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

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



An Interstellar Anniversary Approaches. 20 years of Starcraft

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




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

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



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

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

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

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

https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM





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

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

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

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

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




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

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



StarCraft: Remastered Pro Arrested For Match-Fixing

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



Maru Wins World Electronic Sports Games 2018 Global Finals!

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



TESPA COLLEGIATE STARCRAFT SERIES

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



STARCRAFT  1: Afreeca Star League Returns for Season 5

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

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


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




WCS Austin   June 1-3.

WCS Valencia   July 12-14

WCS Montreal   Sept 7-9


WCS Challenger Season 1  

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

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





             WARCRAFT PVP             


AWC SPRING FINALS VIEWER'S GUIDE

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



Spring Finals from North America Cup 3!

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



Weekly Bonus Event - Arena Skirmishes

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

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

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



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

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



MYTHIC DUNGEON INVITATIONAL 2018   

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

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

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




 WARCRAFT ALPHA (Spoiler Free) 

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

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



Submit Questions for the Developers

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

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



Azerite Armor testing beginning. 

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



Flying Mounts

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




                          DIABLO                      



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

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

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




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

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

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

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

    https://youtu.be/hPHZKq9m-oM





    Diablo III For Nintendo Switch Listed By UK Retailer

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




    Diablo III Tweet "confirms" Switch?

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





         HEROES OF THE STORM     



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

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

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

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


    HEROES OF THE STORM PATCH NOTES – MARCH 27, 2018

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

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



    HEROES OF THE STORM AT PAX EAST 2018

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

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



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

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



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

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

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

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






                  HEARTHSTONE              




    Hearthstone Nationals esports competition announced for (some of) Europe

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



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

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



    The Witchwood is Hearthstone's New Gilneas-Themed Expansion

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

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



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


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

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


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


    StarCraft Anniversary: Hearthstone’s upcoming portal Brawl

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




    2018 SPRING HEARTHSTONE COLLEGIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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

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



    SO YOU THINK YOU CAN CAST: HEARTHSTONE EDITION 2018

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







                    OVERWATCH                



    OverWatch Uprising Returns April 10

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



    ANNOUNCING THE 2018 OVERWATCH WORLD CUP



    Earn Rewards with the Overwatch League on Twitch

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






                   WARCRAFT CLASSIC               



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

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







                   WARCRAFT III               


    Weekly Tournaments here

    https://www.twitch.tv/back2warcraft







      OTHER BLIZZARD RELATED STUFF  












    Sources for these news bits include:

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

    http://www.teamliquid.net/

    And others.

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    Friday, March 9, 2018

    The Problem with Warcraft

    This post was in response to Lagging Balls, episode 137 with guest host Pat Krane.

    From Alisaunder 

    I started an email awhile back about the deep problems with Warcraft, so I agree with Pat. 

    The player base is aging up to their 20s and 30s and 40s, with jobs, may be family and other interests whether it be other Blizzard games or the new sexy on Steam. 

    I just don't have the time, or I'm not willing to make the time, for Warcraft to suck up all my free time anymore. 

    There is plenty of bite size content in game but who has the willpower to do just one World Quest or Pet Battle and not get sidetracked by the Darkmoon Faire being in town and the mini holiday is up and let's see what's on the Black Market AH and oh there's a 5 pt gear upgrade over there and aw Nuts is up in Val'Sharah and Bombing Hyrdshall in Stormheim and... and... and... 4 hours later your binge catch up of Supergirl is done and it's time for bed. 

    It's worse for me because I'm an altoholic, 15 110s and only the first has completed her class stuff and mount. 

    I'm playing with the idea of not playing BAzeroth at all until a year in when they put in the catch up mechanics, and finishing Legion or playing Conan Exiles or Civilization or Starcraft. 

    I truly feel I've wasted the past 15 months, grinding every tiny step of the way when I could have just waited and gotten 1000 level Legendaries, faster AP, easier dungeon runs and gear ups. 

    But I don't think Pat goes far enough. If everything scales to our level what is the point of levels anymore?  Once you complete the campaign or a zone, you unlock the gear from it. Simple as that. Your gear score becomes your level. I'm not lvl 85 I'm Cata. Or I'm Tomb gear and he's 2 piece Antorus. 

    Won't need scaling anymore. 

    I am glad there's determined Tables in the Alpha though. I can play WoW on mobile, 15 minutes twice a day and then go watch some GSL Code S while watching Lagging Balls. 

    Friday, March 2, 2018

    Blizzard Calendar




    May 9: BlizzCon Ticket Sales at 7 PM PT

    June 9, 2018 :  The 4th Annual Running of the Trolls 2018. Saturday. For donations or information, Info Post: https://t.co/v9hXRQ5HNe   Donate: http://give.thetrevorproject.org/TrollRun2k18 

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

    JUNE 12th :  Heroes of the Storm Ranked Season 2 ends.

    June 12-18: Pet Battle Bonus Weekend

    June 15—June 24 – Korea StarCraft League Registration

    June 19-15: Timewalking Dungeon Event

    June 21-30: Midsummer Fire Festival

    June 26-July 2: Arena Skirmish Bonus Event

    June 28—June 29 – Korea StarCraft League Online Qualifiers

    July 1-7: Darkmoon Faire

    July 1 – Korea StarCraft League Offline Qualifiers

    July 3-9: World Quest Bonus Event Week

    July 4-5: Fireworks Spectacular

    July 10-16: PvP Brawl: Temple of Hotmogu Begins

    July 10-16: Timewalking Dungeon Event Begins

    July 12-14 : Starcraft WCS Valencia 

    July 19—August 31 – Korea StarCraft League Round of 16 through Semifinals

    July 21: Legion Dungeon Event Begins

    JULY 22: AUCTION HOUSE DANCE PARTY

    JULY 31: Kirin Tor Tavern Crawl

    July 31-August 6: Pet Battle Bonus Weekend

    August 5-11: Darkmoon Faire

    August 14: Launch of BAzeroth expansion

    August 17-21: Trial of Style

    Sept 7-9 : Starcraft WCS Montreal 

    September 8 – Season 1 Finals

    September 9—September 22 – Korea StarCraft League Registration

    September 27—September 28 – Korea StarCraft League Online Qualifiers

    September 30 – Korea StarCraft League Offline Qualifiers

    October 5, 2017: A year ago the BlizzCon musical act was announced.

    October 14: The 2017 Running of the Gnomes to benefit the Touhy vaccine (breast cancer research) occurred. New date not yet announced. https://www.facebook.com/RunningofTheGnomes/

    October 18—December 7 – Korea StarCraft League Round of 16 through Semifinals

    October 25–28, November 2–3: BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm Global Championship

    October 26–28, November 2–3: BlizzCon StarCraft II World Championship Series

    October 29, November 2–3: BlizzCon World of Warcraft Arena Global Championship

    November 1: Pre-BlizzCon benefit dinner to benefit CHOC Children’s. 

    November 2-3: BlizzCon 2018!

    November 2–3: BlizzCon Heroes of the Storm Global Championship

    November 2–3: BlizzCon StarCraft II World Championship Series

    November 2–3: BlizzCon World of Warcraft Arena Global Championship

    November 2–3: BlizzCon Overwatch World Cup

    November 2–3: BlizzCon Hearthstone Global Games

    November 12: Moonkin Festival

    December 2017: 4th Annual Icecrown Challenge occurred! It benefits the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, run by the people that operate the Running of the Gnomes.  bit.ly/icecrown4

    December 15 – Korea StarCraft League Season 2 Finals




    Thursday, March 1, 2018

    The Greatest Horde

    From Alisaunder 

    [ RP on ]

    Do not judge the greatest of War Chiefs by the longings of filthy humans for weakness.

    Vol'Jin's Horde was overall, peaceful and prosperous for the Horde. Our people were more or less safe except the Tauren down in Dustwallow, Thousand Needles and Southern Barrens. 

    Blackhand's Horde, those were the days werent they? Remember those invasions of demons two summers ago and the feeling of a dozen mates to the left, a dozen more to the right, a powerful dragon or hideous, glorious beast beneath you and a battle yell echoing across the lands? Our foes were puny in their steel shells, but no matter. We razed all before us and drank of life on the lamentations of their women. Now, saying such things is not looked well upon, with the demon blood drinking, but deep, deep down isn't that what an orc really wants? The life battle and victory in hot blood?

    But that was for the young orcs we were, and now we are old and fetch crystals and wine for elves, train withered husks to fight and tell old stories of when life was better. 

    When Go'el brought us out of the internment camps and we felt alive again. When we stole ships and set sail for an unknown future. When we found these lands, barren as they are, and pounded our spikes into the lands to claim them. When we made this new kind of Horde. When we made this city and danced naked on the roof of the Auction House. 

    We slew Titan Watchers, Old Gods, Demon Lord's, Demon elves, mad elven princes, dragons and Lich Kings. 

    We built something that would last, has lasted, because we are strong, and our children's children will see this and remember, my grandsire peed on that gate. And he too will pee on that gate. And his sons. 

    There is something to be said for that. 

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