During the opening ceremony of BlizzCon 2009, we revealed Diablo III's fourth playable class: the monk, a skilled holy warrior of unparalleled dexterity. Armed with speed, holy fervor, and the drive to achieve physical and spiritual perfection, the monk becomes a deadly apparition in the heat of battle, moving faster than the eye can follow to strike down enemies with a barrage of lightning-fast blows.
To find out more about Sanctuary's newest champion, check out the video introduction. You can also visit the new monk page to read an entry from the journal of Abd al-Hazir and watch videos of the monk in action.
Blizzard Entertainment is happy to announce the third World of Warcraft expansion set, World of Warcraft: Cataclysm! Hidden away in his sanctuary within Deepholm, the corrupted Dragon Aspect Deathwing has waited, recovering from the wounds of his last battle against Azeroth and biding his time until he can reforge the world in molten fire. Soon, Deathwing the Destroyer will return to the surface, and his eruption from Deepholm will sunder the world, leaving a festering wound across the continents.
In World of Warcraft: Cataclysm, players will be able to play as two new races -- goblins and worgen -- as they explore newly revealed parts of Azeroth and re-experience familiar zones across Kalimdor and the Eastern Kingdoms, areas rewrought by the cataclysm and filled with new opportunities for adventure. Players will achieve new levels of power, take on challenging new dungeons and raids, and experience sweeping changes that will alter the face of Azeroth forever.
For more information, make sure to read the official press release and FAQ, and then visit the new World of Warcraft: Cataclysm site for screenshots, information about the new features, concept art, the announcement trailer, and more.
Ready to watch some live BlizzCon tournament action from the comfort of your own home? Right now and throughout the rest of BlizzCon, you can see top players from around the world compete in your favorite Blizzard Entertainment games. The streaming video feed from the World of Warcraft tournament stage features the coordinated team play and excitement of the World of Warcraft Arena. The RTS tournament stage stream showcases the meticulous hero management of the Warcraft III global finals and the fast-paced battles of the StarCraft Invitational. The tournament matches are now live!
This year's BlizzCon is again being broadcast live on DIRECTV and, for the first time ever, being streamed live via the Internet -- and we're inviting you to play show co-director via Twitter. DIRECTV hosts will be reading your requests live from the BlizzCon show floor, helping to ensure that they're covering the events and activities that players want to see most. Simply send your suggestions with the tag #BlizzConDTV to one of these Twitter feeds: @Warcraft, @StarCraft, or @Diablo. You can also send your questions for the game developers or give feedback about the show using the same tag, as we'll be reading community tweets all throughout BlizzCon. Catch you at the show!
Think you know who will win the StarCraft, Warcraft, and World of Warcraft tournaments at BlizzCon 2009? Intel is running a contest where you can put your predictive powers to good use.
Visit http://scoop.intel.com/blizzcon.php to get details on how you can register to “Choose a Champion.” Participants who choose the tournament winners correctly have the opportunity to win one of three ASUS G50VT gaming laptops. Entry closes August 21, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (PST).
You can now follow all of your favorite Blizzard Entertainment news on Twitter. Just head over to @Warcraft, @StarCraft, or @Diablo for all of the news, events, contests, and more. We're starting off with a bang, so you can enter contests for each of the franchises:
As we head into BlizzCon, we'll also have live coverage and provide a spot to talk about news as it happens in real time. Be sure to check it out for contests and more over the next week.
Do you plan to watch the DIRECTV Pay Per View or Internet stream? We'll be Twittering live at the event and looking for your tweets!
Things won't end there, and we're looking for you to help us reach a twittercal mass on our new Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo Twitter communities.
Ozzy Osbourne, the only mortal to openly challenge the Lich King's claim to the title "Prince of Darkness" and survive, will take the stage live at Anaheim Convention Center to rock the closing ceremonies of BlizzCon 2009.
Although tickets to the convention sold out in minutes, you can still join in with the 'BlizzCon Virtual Ticket' live Internet stream or via DIRECTV Pay Per View. The Virtual Ticket will feature 18 hours of BlizzCon coverage, including Ozzy's live performance, as well as the BlizzCon 2009 exclusive in-game pet: Grunty the Murloc Marine.
Check out the official press release to learn more.