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IN THIS ISSUE
Secrets of Ulduar - Primer

Arthas: Rise of the Lich King
- Novel Preview

World of Warcraft - Arena Tournament

Diablo III - The Unburied

StarCraft II - Dark Templar
vs. Dark Templar Results

Merchandise Spotlight
FORUM WATCH
World of Warcraft Weekly
FROM THE PLAYERS
SCREENSHOTS



M
y death...heralds the end of this world. —Loken, fallen lord of the Halls of Lightning

With the upcoming release of the next major content update for World of Warcraft, Ulduar's gates will swing open, allowing heroes of the Horde and the Alliance to venture into the titan Pantheon's ancient halls. In addition to an all-new raid dungeon, this content patch will introduce the dual-talent specialization system, new quest lines, and the epic tier-8 armor sets.

To whet your appetite for the adventures to come, the Insider offers this overview of the new features awaiting you. Read on, but be warned: of all of Ulduar's secrets, perhaps the most ominous is that the temple's vaulted walls were built not to keep intruders out, but rather to keep something else contained within. Above all else, Ulduar is a prison restraining an ancient evil.

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A
rthas Menethil was not always known as the Lich King. Long before he set out to battle the Scourge in Northrend, and long before his desire for vengeance ultimately drove him into darkness, Arthas was the young prince of Lordaeron. As a youth, he was a skilled paladin who showed great promise as a future leader of the Alliance.

Christie Golden's upcoming novel, Arthas: Rise of the Lich King, explores the lesser-known side of the Lich King and examines the man he was before he came to wear the helm of Ner'zhul. Hitting shelves on April 21, the novel follows Arthas' life from the time he was a boy to the moment he merged with the Lich King at the foot of the Frozen Throne.

To prepare you for this epic work, the Insider offers a special two-part preview. The first part gives you an advance look at chapter 3 of Arthas: Rise of the Lich King. The second, appearing in the next issue of the Insider, will preview a later point in the novel, when darkness and vengeance have only just begun to hold sway over the young prince of Lordaeron.

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A
s the trumpets sound and the crowds gather, the heroes of the Horde and the Alliance prepare for the glory of battle in Azeroth's Arenas. The crowd is chanting as the gates ascend: The 2009 World of Warcraft Arena Tournament is now underway! Check out the official World of Warcraft 2009 Arena Tournament page for more information -- and register by March 24 for your chance at fame and glory!

Each participant will be able to build a customized level-80 character on the special Tournament realm using his or her choice of gear, talents, and glyphs. Compete for your chance to win more than $200,000 in cash prizes. In addition to the bounty, you will have the chance to earn an in-game armored murloc pet as well as the title of "Vanquisher" for a character on the realm you regularly play on.



T
he ranks of the Burning Hells swell with the latest addition to the Diablo III bestiary.

The unburied -- a hulking beast of twisted flesh and massive spines -- has recently been spotted several days' ride from Tristram. Bearing the tortured faces of the damned on its decaying body, the creature is known for its otherworldly strength and towering size. Further details on this new horror can be found in the journal of Abd al-Hazir: the apocalyptic work that comprises the Diablo III bestiary.



T
hough we strike at you from the shadows, do not think that we lack the courage to stand in the light.
—Zeratul

The powerful psionic warriors known as the Dark Templar have existed for more than a thousand years, and their legacies and customs are as diverse as the protoss race. The Dark Templar of the Lenassa tribe wield wrist-mounted warp blades and don facial shrouds before battle, while those of the Zer’atai tribe wield scythe-like warp blades and wear patchwork armor crafted from the bones of slain zerg foes.

These two protoss tribes recently went head to head on the StarCraft II community site. The stakes: The version of the Dark Templar that received the most votes from the community would represent the Dark Templar in StarCraft II multiplayer matches.

Players were able to choose between the agile Lenassa, the heavily armored Zer'atai, or a third option which would make either of the tribes appear randomly in multiplayer. The results are in, and it was a landslide -- check out the StarCraft II community site for more details.


"Rise of the Lich King" Epic
Collection Stein
– "Rise of the Lich King" is the latest stein in 3 Point Entertainment's World of Warcraft Epic Collection series. Available this coming April, the new stein features an original rendering by artist Alex Horley of the Lich King and his undead army. Handcrafted from fine-grain stoneware, each stein is more than 10 inches tall, weighs a hefty 3 pounds, and is topped with a sculpted pewter lid. Pre-order yours today!



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