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 Blizzard Insider 28
Wrath of the Lich King:
Midnight Openings
Wrath of the Lich King Primer
World of Warcraft Content Roundup
Diablo III Content Roundup
Web Spotlight: BlizzCon 2008
Merchandise Spotlight
World of Warcraft Weekly

n November 13, 2008, your definition of epic will be shattered! The Lich King unleashes his fury on Azeroth as the second expansion to World of Warcraft, Wrath of the Lich King, hits store shelves at midnight on November 13 in North America.*

At four special midnight launch events across the U.S., Blizzard Entertainment developers and executives will be on hand to celebrate the arrival of the expansion with players and sign copies of the game. In California, the GameStop on Powell St. in San Francisco and the Fry's in Anaheim will open their doors at midnight (all times are local). In Austin, TX, the GameStop at 10000 Research Blvd. will do the same. If you’re in New York City, you can attend the East Coast midnight opening festivities at the Best Buy near Times Square.

*Wrath of the Lich King will be in stores on November 14 in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand.

City Store Address Line-Up Begins
Anaheim, CA Fry's 3370 East La Palma November 12th
Austin, TX GameStop 10000 Research Blvd. November 12th
New York, NY Best Buy 529 5th Ave. November 12th
San Francisco, CA GameStop 151 Powell St. November 12th

Lines begin forming on November 12 at each location. Quantities are limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to arrive early! For more details on these events, please visit

If you can't make it to one of these four events, don't worry -- other select Best Buy, Fry's, Future Shop, and GameStop locations around the U.S. and Canada will also be hosting midnight launches. Arrive the night of Wednesday, November 12th to be there when doors open at midnight November 13th. For a full list of participating stores, check out the websites below:
In addition to the US locations, similar events will be held internationally in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Taipei, and Seoul.

See you in Northrend!

ith the launch of World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, the winds of change will blow from the frozen north and sweep across the face of Azeroth, altering it forever. For the first time in the history of the land, death knights will ride side-by-side with heroes of the noble Alliance and the mighty Horde. Spellcasters and melee combatants will unlock the power of glyphs and scrolls from the all-new inscription profession. And player-vs.-player battlefields will ignite with the exploding payloads of siege catapults, goblin shredders, and gnomish flying machines.

Azeroth will never be the same again.

To help you prepare for the epic changes coming with the second World of Warcraft expansion, the Blizzard Insider has crafted this special Wrath of the Lich King primer. We’ve gathered and distilled all of the essential information you need to know for day one of the expansion into one handy compendium.

So read on, for the air grows cold, and soon you will ride into the jaws of Northrend!

ith the release of Wrath of the Lich King right around the corner, now is an excellent time to check out our recent expansion-related website updates. We hope you'll find them informative and helpful.

Welcome to Wintergrasp:
Northrend may be the continent of ice and snow, but things are sure to heat up once the Alliance and Horde clash among the ancient titan ruins of Wintergrasp. Learn more about this unique open-world PvP zone in our detailed look.

The new player calendar lets you create and manage your own player-run events, such as weekly raids, and keep track of the many in-game activities in World of Warcraft. Check out our calendar information page to learn more about how to get the most out of this new tool.

he world of Sanctuary holds many mysteries even for the most seasoned adventurer. But fret not: We present to you the writings of one of Sanctuary's most accomplished scholars, Abd al-Hazir, whose treasure trove of knowledge will be an invaluable asset during your own journey.
  • New Wizard Class: "It seems that even the title of a civilized magic wielder is too restrictive for this young upstart. Through my contacts at the Yshari Sanctum of the mage clans, I am one of the few who actually know the truth behind the rumors now sweeping our streets regarding this hellion who flaunts her magic irresponsibly."

  • Dune Threshers: "Long ago driven away from settled locales to the deep desert wastes of the Borderlands, the dune thresher is rarely seen by city dwellers. Every so often, however, whether due to injury or old age, one of these unholy beasts ventures to the edge of civilization to feast on the frail human animal."

  • Scavengers: "I had indeed seen scavengers: small, burrowing creatures that feed upon carrion. Unlike most animals of this type, however, they are extremely aggressive and will not hesitate to attack those unfortunate enough to encounter them. Scavengers have powerful legs which they use for swift springing attacks, striking at vulnerable faces and throats."

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hough the convention might be over, memories of the show live on at Check out our extensive online coverage:
  • Photo Galleries: We snapped tons of pictures from the convention floor, developer panels, and contests at BlizzCon 2008. Check out our photo galleries to see them for yourself.

  • Video Archive: We have streaming video replays from the exciting StarCraft, Warcraft III, and World of Warcraft tournament matches that took place at this year's show. Head over to the BlizzCon video archive to check them out now!

  • Day One and Day Two Recaps: Even if you weren't in Anaheim this year for the convention, you can still get a taste of the many developer panels and other live events in our detailed recap articles from day one and day two of the show.

World of Warcraft Miniatures Game:
The new World of Warcraft Miniatures Game from Upper Deck debuted at this year's BlizzCon. Featuring strategic dice-based combat, beautifully painted figurines, and unique scenarios, the World of Warcraft Miniatures Game will bring the glory of the battlefield to your gaming table. It's scheduled to arrive in stores on November 11. Visit for more information.

World of Warcraft Steins:
The Blizzard Insider originally planned to announce the World of Warcraft steins along with list of World of Warcraft-themed drinking games -- but the legal team overheard our plans in the break room and we were thwarted! Emblazoned with images of the mighty Horde and the noble Alliance, these 11-inch steins will hold a pint know, milk or whatever. Sure, you could drink milk before -- but now when you drink milk, you can do it "FOR THE HORDE!"

Diablo III "Overthrown" Statue:
The Diablo III "Overthrown" statue needs no introduction, because as you can plainly see, it speaks clearly and decisively for itself, projecting the utmost confidence to all who gaze upon its triumphant visage! Preorder your own statue of Diablo III's mighty barbarian today.

World of Warcraft Comic:
Know your lore! For years, World of Warcraft players have been waiting to learn the origin and fate of the missing king of Stormwind, Varian Wrynn. The story of his incredible journey has been chronicled in Wildstorm's fast-paced World of Warcraft ongoing monthly comic series. Locate a comic store today to pick up World of Warcraft Volume 1 (a hardcover collection of issues 0 through 7), or subscribe to the series directly to make sure you don’t miss out on the next major story arc.

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