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by Published on 2021-04-09 11:46 PM

Burning Crusade Beta Testing - Ogri'la and Sha'tari Skyguard
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Ogri’la and Sha’tari Skyguard quests and daily quests are now available for testing in the Burning Crusade Beta.

We currently plan to disable them again on Monday, April 12.

Please let us know if you encounter any bugs in the Beta by using the in-game bug report tool. (default hotkey: F6)

Thank you!
by Published on 2021-04-09 12:05 AM

Burning Crusade Beta Raid Testing - Karazhan, Gruul and Magtheridon
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Next week, please join us at the following times to test the initial raids in Burning Crusade Classic.

Raid - Date - Start Time - End Time
  • Karazhan - Tuesday, April 13 - 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT - 8:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m. EDT
  • Gruul - Wednesday, April 14 - 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT - 8:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m. EDT
  • Magtheridon - Thursday, April 15 - 2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT - 8:00 p.m. PDT/11:00 p.m. EDT

Testing will take place on a new Beta realm specifically configured for getting into the raids as quickly as possible. The new Beta realm will have level 70 template characters enabled, as well as consumables and professions vendors in Shattrath.

As always, please use the in-game bug reporter (default hotkey: F6) if you come across any bugs, and look here in this forum for dedicated feedback threads once the test gets underway.

We’ll see you there!
by Published on 2021-04-08 07:18 PM

Lich King Arthas Premium Statue
To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Blizzard has launched their new limited release series "From the Vault" today! These new series will feature themed collectibles from Blizzard games each month through November 2021.

This month's release is the World of Warcraft Lich King Arthas Premium Statue, which stands 26" tall and weights 46 lb (66 cm height / 20.8 kg). The premium statue costs $1100 in North America (€1300 in Europe), and will be shipped no later than Friday, November 19th.

We are part of the Blizzard Gear affiliate program and any purchase made through these links gives a small portion to us to support the site.



Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha & Press Kit
The Diablo II: Resurrected single-player Technical Alpha starts today! A few content creators will get access to technical alpha today, and select players that have pre-registered for the alpha through the official website will get access on April 9th.

Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
DIABLO® II: RESURRECTED™ is the definitive remastering of Diablo II and its Lord of Destruction® expansion—two hallmark entries in Blizzard Entertainment’s genre-defining action role-playing series. Veteran players, as well as those who missed out when the original game was first released twenty years ago, can now experience Diablo II’s timeless gameplay with modern visuals and audio that take advantage of today’s gaming hardware. Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha is the first public test of the game available to a limited number of players, press, and content creators from around the world.

Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha Highlights

  • Explore the first two acts of Diablo II in full – Navigate perilous areas of eastern Khanduras, from the Rogue Encampment to the Monastery, and then head East to walk the sands of sunlit Lut Gholein.
  • Try out three beloved characters – Crush demons in fierce melee combat as the Barbarian, slay your enemies from afar as the Amazon, or master deadly spells as the Sorceress.
  • No level cap – Power up and upgrade your characters as much as you want until the end of the Technical Alpha. Note that progress will not be carried over to future tests or the final game.
  • Test the single-player experience – While multiplayer will be a huge part of Diablo II: Resurrected upon release, we are focusing on testing solo play during this Technical Alpha
  • Play with mouse and keyboard or a controller – Diablo II: Resurrected will allow you to control the game the way you want it, and we will be testing both input methods in the Technical Alpha.
  • Sanctuary needs your help urgently – Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha will be running from 10 a.m. Pacific Time on April 8 (Early Access) through 10 a.m. PT on April 12.
  • International availability – Technical Alpha will be available in most regions to a limited number of participants.
  • Internet connection required for testing only – To ensure security of the Technical Alpha, a constant online connection will be required during play. (A constant Internet connection will not be required for the final version of the game.)
  • Available for pre-purchase on Windows PC — The Diablo Prime Evil Collection includes Diablo II: Resurrected, Diablo® III, the Reaper of Souls™ expansion, the Rise of the Necromancer pack, and exclusive cosmetic items.
  • This is only the first Technical Alpha — Signups are open at Diablo2.com to participate in future tests, including the Multiplayer test coming later this year.
  • English language-only for the Technical Alpha – When released, Diablo II: Resurrected will be localized in more than a dozen languages including English, French, Italian, German, European Spanish, Korean, Polish, traditional Chinese, Mexican Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Russian. Additional supported languages to be announced later.
  • Stream and capture all the footage you want – As soon as you begin playing the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha (during Early Access or later), you are free to livestream, capture, and publish gameplay footage, or take and publish as many screenshots as you like from anywhere in the game.
  • Explore the Sanctuary of players’ nightmares, now in stunning 4K resolution.*
    *4K resolution and 7.1 Dolby Surround require platforms and equipment that support those features.
  • Diablo II: Resurrected will feature all 27 minutes of cinematics that have been remade, shot-for-shot, from the ground up. These are still a work-in-progress, and the Technical Alpha will include the original Diablo II cinematics as placeholders.
  • Original 2D sprite-based models are reborn with full 3D physically-based rendering. Upgraded visuals also include new animations, dynamic lighting, new textures, and updated visual effects.
  • Remastered graphics and the more nostalgic “original” experience can be toggled back-and-forth with the press of a button.
  • Audio remastered in Dolby Surround 7.1 sound.
  • Genre-defining Diablo gameplay featuring robust RPG character progression, incredibly deep itemization, and visceral hack-and-slash combat.
  • Let us know what you think – Everything you will see in the Diablo II: Resurrected Single-player Technical Alpha, including visuals, audio effects, user interface, in-game systems, and more, is not final and should be considered a work-in-progress.
  • We will be listening to feedback very closely and making changes where necessary to deliver the best possible Diablo II experience to players.

THE EARLY GOLDEN AGE OF DIABLO IS REBORN

The heroes return . . . Diablo II: Resurrected brings a diverse cast of characters into the modern gaming era, now in full 3D, with a wealth of gameplay and build options for players to explore. The Amazon, Barbarian, Necromancer, Paladin, and Sorceress are joined by the Assassin and Druid from the Lord of Destruction expansion.

. . . to face legendary evils. Take on Andariel, Duriel, Mephisto, Diablo, and Baal—the mightiest foes Hell could muster. Defeat them if you can before facing even greater challenges in the Nightmare and Hell difficulty modes.

With great itemization comes great replayability. Players are rewarded for waging war against the forces of the Burning Hells. Powerful gear upgrades include unique weapons and armor, set items, runes and rune words, charms, and more.

Diablo II: Resurrected Technical Alpha - Press Kit Images

by Published on 2021-04-08 08:19 AM

Overwatch Archives Event - April 6-27

WoW Patch 9.0.5 Hotfixes - April 7, 2021
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Player versus Player

  • Fixed an issue that caused Epic Battlegrounds to reward less experience than intended for characters between levels 50 and 60.

Quests

by Published on 2021-04-07 04:20 PM

The Great Push - New Mythic+ Tournament
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’re thrilled to announce details on our first competitive dungeon one-off tournament of the year. Welcome to The Great Push, coming May 28-30!

For over fourteen years, we’ve sought to explore new ways to push the limits of competitive World of Warcraft. With The Great Push, our first one-off tournament of the year, we are bringing a new style of competitive dungeon running distinct from the foundations set by the Mythic Dungeon International (MDI). Instead of teams fighting to beat their opponent’s time, The Great Push is focused on teams pushing keys as high as they can, striving to out survive their competitors and be crowned the champion!

How The Great Push Works

  • The Great Push stands separate from the MDI. Any team of five players can register for their shot at the $20,000 (USD) prize pool!
  • Teams will compete in the initial qualifier phase, the Proving Grounds, on May 22-23, where teams will be given two dungeon keystone combinations to push to the highest difficulty they can reach on the tournament realm.
  • The top six teams from the qualifier will be invited to the main tournament, where they will compete across the different Shadowlands Dungeons to push their keystones as high as possible.
  • The winning team will be the one who has the highest overall score for dungeons pushed and will be crowned the champion.
  • There are no pre-requisites required to play in the tournament, teams can sign up for The Great Push through May 17!

The tournament will be broadcast live on YouTube and Twitch, and players will also be able to stream their perspectives during the tournament, including their time in the Proving Grounds. You can choose to follow your favorite team and players, while keeping up with the casters for the overall standings throughout the weekend.


Looking Forward

Meanwhile, be sure to tune in to the MDI Global Finals where teams will battle for $300,000 USD on April 23-25, only on YouTube. With Season 1 featuring some of the hardest-fought dungeon runs imaginable, including the closest dungeon finish in MDI history, 2021 is gearing up to be the Mythic Dungeon International’s best year ever. Subscribe to the Warcraft YouTube and don’t forget to follow the WoW Esports Twitter, for the chilliest chills and dankest memes in all of Azeroth. We’ll see you in the Dungeon Finder!

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