News Archive
News Archive
February 2009
February 2009
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Feb 17, 2009 BlizzCon 2009 Announced!
Blizzard Entertainment today announced plans for its fourth BlizzCon gaming convention, to be held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22. BlizzCon is a celebration of the global player communities surrounding Blizzard Entertainment's Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo universes. To learn more, please read our press release.

Tournament Registration Is now Open
We're glad to announce that registration for the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament is now open.

Now is the time to get your teammates together and get registered for the biggest online Arena competition World of Warcraft has to offer.

The pot has been sweetened this year with the addition of the exclusive Armored Murloc in-game pet as an earnable reward for all participants. Top players will not only be striving for a shot at competing for cash prizes in the regional and global finals, but the members of the top 1000 teams will also be given an exclusive title for their eligible live characters as well.

If you have any questions or would like more details, please read the FAQ, and remember to check back here for more updates.

Feb 17, 2009 Win StarCraft II Beta Keys in Our Comic Contest
We received tons of funny, creative, and original comics from players all around the world in our original Vespene Laughs contest. This month, we’re relaunching the contest with a brand-new prize: two beta keys allowing access to the upcoming StarCraft II beta test.

To enter this month’s contest, simply create your own original comic based on StarCraft universe, and send us your entry by March 15. We’ll select the most amusing and creative entries to win some cool StarCraft stuff, including StarCraft II beta keys and StarCraft-themed T-shirts, hats, and posters. For more information or to see the complete prize list, check out the official rules.

Feb 17, 2009 New Rise of the Lich King Stein Coming This April
The next stein in the popular World of Warcraft Epic Collection Series, Rise of the Lich King, is scheduled to be released this April. The high quality stoneware stein features an incredible rendering of the Lich King and his undead army by Alex Horley. And don't miss your chance to score one of the very limited Legendary Collection versions signed and numbered by Alex. Visit the World of Warcraft steins website to check out images of this incredible new stein and to pre-order your collectible today.
Feb 12, 2009 Hell, it's about Valentine's!
Still looking for the perfect valentine for that special StarCraft II fan in your life? Fear not, we’ve got you covered. Whether he or she plays protoss, zerg, or terran, we have the perfect wallpaper for you. Check out these StarCraft II Valentine’s Day wallpapers now!
Feb 12, 2009 StarCraft Comic Contest Winners
Congratulations to the winners of our monthly StarCraft "Vespene Laughs" Comic Contest! We'd like to thank everyone who participated -- we received many hilarious and creative comics from all around the world, and picking the winners wasn't easy. Check out November's, December's and January's winning entries here.

To enter the monthly comic contest, simply submit your StarCraft-themed entry by the 15th of the month. Check out the official rules for more information – and keep coming back for more Vespene Laughs in the future.
Feb 12, 2009 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with new artwork.

Feb 10, 2009 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament Announced
We're pleased to announce that the 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament is nearly here. Starting next week (February 17, 2009), players will be able to sign up to compete in this year’s exciting competition. The tournament will feature an online qualifier played on our special tournament realms. Top teams will proceed to their respective regional finals and compete for a chance to reach the global world championship – with cash prizes totaling over $200,000.

These realms have been outfitted with level 80 character templates and the latest epic gear from Wrath of the Lich King. As an added bonus, we have included exclusive rewards that players can earn by participating in the tournament, including an Armored Murloc in-game pet. Top teams will also contend for a chance to achieve the "Vanquisher" title for their live characters.

If you would like to demonstrate your arena prowess, or simply want a chance to earn the exclusive loot, please check back next week for more details and register!
Feb 5, 2009 New Fan Art
The Blizzard Fan Art Section has been updated with new artwork.

Feb 2, 2009 BlizzCast Episode 7 Now Available
In the seventh BlizzCast, we take time to wrap up the second World of Warcraft expansion with Production Director J. Allen Brack and Lead Game Designer Jeffrey Kaplan. Also in this episode, Crygil sits down with Senior Vice President of Creative Development Chris Metzen to discuss the lore of Wrath of the Lich King.
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