Saturday, August 4, 2018

Show Notes, Blizzard News August 2018



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      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. 



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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               










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    Sources for these news bits include:

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

    http://www.teamliquid.net/

    And others.



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