News and Guides for Starcraft 2

World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour World First Diablo 2 + LoD Speed Run in Under 1 Hour Another weird one today, as we have the entirety of Diablo 2 and the Lord of Destruction expansion getting speed run (without any glitches/hacks etc.) solo in under an hour! It took Slimo 59 minutes and 29 seconds to get to Baal and down him, with a lot of time spent on leveling to 18 for Teleport, followed by a looot of blinking around the various maps and spamming Nova and Static Field all over the place. The probably biggest moment (aside from Diablo and Baal dying) comes at the 27 minute mark, when a massive amount of farming the first pack in the Jail level 1 results in the big Teleport breakthrough, at which point the speed takes off and acts melt away, with the entirety of act 5 actually taking less than 6 minutes! Blizzard Blizzard 7 comments May 29, 2020 at 07:40 by Starym
Diablo 2 Remaster? A Classic Revival to Be Announced at IGN Summer Diablo 2 Remaster? A "Classic Revival" to Be Announced at IGN Summer IGN's Summer of Gaming event has posted a schedule for their June events, which has brought up some interesting questions and theories. We know Blizzard are participating in the event and one of the entries on the schedule is labeled as an "Unannounced Classic Revival", without any attribution for which studio it belongs to. As we all know, Diablo 2 remaster rumors have been swirling around since BlizzCon 2018, with the recent Diablo: Resurrected one having stirred things up (the one about Activision-owned studio Vicarious Visions working on the remaster and it coming out this year). Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments May 27, 2020 at 20:44 by Starym
BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On BlizzCon 2020 Cancelled, New Plans Being Worked On Unfortunately it seems we won't have a BlizzCon this year at all, not even in digital form, with Blizzard working on something for early next year. The esports events will continue, however, presumably as standalone entries. BlizzCon BlizzCon 10 comments May 26, 2020 at 19:43 by Starym
Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Activision Blizzard Q1 2020 Earnings Call: Shadowlands Still Planned for 2020 Blizzard had 32 million monthly active users in the first quarter of 2020. WoW's community increased further driven by both new and returning players. Shadowlands is still planned for 2020. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments May 05, 2020 at 20:39 by Stan
Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Virtual Take Your Child to Work Day at Blizzard Last Thursday was Take Your Child to Work Day and Blizzard initially planned on hosting on-campus activities for Blizzard's parents and their kids, but due to COVID-19, they had to get creative and host it online, so they've come up with some epic art tutorials with Samwise Didier and storytelling by Chris Metzen. Blizzard Blizzard Apr 24, 2020 at 23:09 by Stan
Amazing Diablo 1 Trailer Remake With a Lot of New Footage Amazing Diablo 1 Trailer Remake With a Lot of New Footage This was an unexpected treat, as Benmonor surprised us with Diablo Respawned, a full and actual true remake of the Diablo 1 trailer! From its start you might assume it's just a remaster with improved graphics (which we've already seen), but we not only get new parts added to the original, but also an entirely new second half! It's even more impressive when you find out that the project took him 40 days to make and he did it all alone. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Apr 13, 2020 at 19:28 by Starym
Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard have spoken out about BlizzCon plans related to the current pandemic, talking about the situation as it stands now and it seems there's no specific news to share just yet, but they are still working on the convention, and seem to hint at a possible online only version if necessary. BlizzCon BlizzCon 1 comment Apr 09, 2020 at 17:04 by Starym
25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale 25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale The last few Upscale videos haven't been that impressive, as the newer things they upgraded were already pretty good to start with, and I assumed this one would be the same. But, as the video has plenty of footage from older games, it's very much worth taking a look at, especially the comparison in the second half. Also it's a pretty good video in general, so why not check it out again: Blizzard Blizzard 6 comments Apr 05, 2020 at 17:38 by Starym
The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights After the recent re-emergence of the one day a year that's officially allowed to be funny and the official Blizzard patch notes that came with it, we wanted to go back and check out older editions of this now tradition. It turns out Blizzard actually has an archive for their April Fools posts, which is good news, but they also stopped updating it in 2015, which is bad news. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Apr 04, 2020 at 06:07 by Starym
The Best WarCraft Meme(s) of All Time The Best WarCraft Meme(s) of All Time Now, this isn't actually related to April Fools (and we'll be doing a roundup of all the crazy stuff related to that at the end of the day), but it seemed appropriate to get into the humorous mood of the day. Everyone will have probably seen this one at some point, as it's a very old one, but it's still one of the best memes/copypasta that's every been in WarCraft, and we have it reforged to boot! This latest version adds quite a bit to the classic, and itself has been around a while, but I'd dare say it's the best version of the joke so far.

Full disclosure: I've been looking for a reason to post this one for months now. Thanks April Fools!
Blizzard Blizzard 4 comments Apr 01, 2020 at 18:52 by Starym
Blizzard Sending Out Classic Burning Crusade Character Creation Surveys Blizzard Sending Out Classic Burning Crusade Character Creation Surveys Blizzard has started sending out surveys about Classic Burning Crusade character creation to players, similar to how they handled the Shadowlands level squish surveys back in June 2019 with the goal to find out how the transition from Classic to Burning Crusade would be handled. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Mar 27, 2020 at 21:47 by Stan
Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis Leaves Blizzard Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis Leaves Blizzard Diablo Community Manager Nevalistis is leaving Blizzard to pursue something new. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Mar 27, 2020 at 17:14 by Stan
Blizzard Provides Staff with Care Packages During Lockdown Blizzard Provides Staff with Care Packages During Lockdown Blizzard gave its staff care packages with essentials such as soap, paper towels, and toilet paper amid the coronavirus lockdown. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Mar 24, 2020 at 14:33 by Stan
Best Starter Builds for Path of Exile: Delirium Best Starter Builds for Path of Exile: Delirium As you many of you likely already know, the latest Path of Exile league went live yesterday, alongside the release of Diablo 3's Season 20. We've put together a list of the best starters from our sister site, PoE Vault! Icy Veins Icy Veins 5 comments Mar 15, 2020 at 08:15 by Blainie
Blizzard Implementing Work from Home Policy Due to Coronavirus Blizzard Implementing Work from Home Policy Due to Coronavirus Blizzard are joining several other gaming companies in instituting a work from home policy due to the dangers of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after the President of the United States issued a national emergency related to the outbreak in the US. Blizzard Blizzard 8 comments Mar 14, 2020 at 00:32 by Starym
Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style Diablo Animated Series to Be Rendered in Anime Style A while ago, we reported that Blizzard registered a trademark that hinted at an animated Diablo series. Today, we finally got more details via Gamespot. Blizzard Blizzard 19 comments Feb 17, 2020 at 18:26 by Stan
Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack on Warcraft III Reforged Launch Blizzard President J. Allen Brack talked to concerned investors regarding the launch of Warcraft III Reforged during yesterday's Q4 2019 earnings conference call. Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Feb 07, 2020 at 20:49 by Stan
Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Activision Blizzard Q4 2019 Earnings Call: Diablo Immortal Testing in Mid-2020, WoW Sub Growth Blizzard has had 32 million monthly active users in Q4 2019 (down from 33 million in Q3 2019). Diablo Immortal will be available for testing in the middle of 2020, and WoW exited 2019 with more than twice the size of its Q2-ending level subscriptions. Blizzard Blizzard 11 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 23:37 by Stan
New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War New Head of the Diablo Franchise Is Rod Ferguson of Gears of War Rod Ferguson, current studio head at The Coalition, current developers of the Gears of War franchise, is moving to Blizzard and will be in charge of Diablo. He's actually been with the Gears games since the first one, participating in the development of each game, ending with Gears Tactics which comes out in a couple of months. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Feb 06, 2020 at 03:58 by Starym
Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket Last Chance to Buy the 2019 Virtual Ticket You only have one day left to purchase the Virtual Ticket and claim rewards in all Blizzard games before they are gone for good. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 06, 2020 at 02:01 by Stan
Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Blizzard Offering Automated Warcraft III Reforged Refunds Earlier today, the Warcraft III developer team responded to criticism regarding the game's launch and the company has now started to offer automated refunds for the title regardless of how much time you've spent playing it and without the need to submit a ticket. Blizzard Blizzard 17 comments Feb 04, 2020 at 15:40 by Stan
Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Get Your Charity Server Blade Fixed Before March 31, 2020 Redditor u/gizmosguide received a response email regarding the damaged charity server blades that arrived to collectors in December and you have until March 31 to reach out to Blizzard and get them fixed. Blizzard Blizzard Feb 01, 2020 at 01:23 by Stan
New Job Openings at Icy Veins New Job Openings at Icy Veins Icy Veins is looking to expand its current team with the introduction of writers for new sections, for games such as League of Legends, Dota 2, and Teamfight Tactics, as well as a freelance Graphic Designer. Icy Veins Icy Veins 4 comments Jan 30, 2020 at 20:45 by Blainie
Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today Warcraft 3: Reforged Releases Today It's been quite a wait, but it's finally time to head back to Azeroth's past, before the World part of Warcraft existed and the view was a bit different! Reforged is releasing today and we've gathered up all related content here, including the most important piece of info: just when exactly is the game releasing in your time zone! Blizzard Blizzard 20 comments Jan 28, 2020 at 05:53 by Starym
Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) Diablo 1 Playable in 4K (The Hell 2 Mod) We a very big or very small thing to check out today, depending on how you look at it, with the original Diablo-like being presented and playable in 4k, inside the highly modified "The Hell 2" mod. You might be thinking that would look weird and "playable" is a subjective term... and you'd be right! You can actually see the entirety of the Tristram map in one screen in 4k, as well as huge chunks of the dungeon maps (also I'll issue a "feels" warning here: the best game music of all time plays in the video below, so prepare accordingly): Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 25, 2020 at 15:45 by Starym
All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube All Blizzard Esports To Be Streamed Exclusively on Youtube Activision Blizzard released a statement today announcing a multi-year "strategic relationship to power new player experiences" with Google. While this deal includes Google Cloud being the main host of the companies game infrastructure, the more immediate effect of it is that all Activision Blizzard esports will now be exclusively streamed on Youtube. This includes the Overwatch League, Call of Duty League, Hearthstone Esports, both Arena and MDI WoW coverage and more. Blizzard Blizzard 15 comments Jan 25, 2020 at 02:21 by Starym
Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser Diablo 2 Upscale Final Demo Working In-Browser We've already talked about the fan-made Diablo 2 AI upscale project run by redditor zomprd and took a look at some still images and creature models, but today we have his finished demo to check out! His second and final version of the browser-based sample shows off the Rogue Encampment with an Assassin walking around the place. You can also switch back and forth from the original game look and the new upscale, just to see what exactly has changed. Also, if you've ever really waned to walk around in the stream in the encampment, you can! Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 21, 2020 at 19:59 by Starym
Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics Mists of Pandaria and WC3: Reforged 8K Upscaled Cinematics There's more AI upscales incoming, with one pretty cool one and another weird one as well. MoP got the much-deserved higher res version, especially appropriate since 8.3 has us going back to Pandaria, while the Reforged video is doubly weird as it's already a remaster of the original so we're 3 layers deep here. Both also have an additional upgrade to the originals: they're running at 60 fps. Blizzard Blizzard 1 comment Jan 19, 2020 at 08:00 by Starym
Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released Diablo 2 Median XL Mod Patch 1.40 Released We've recently talked about the Path of Diablo mod that improves the game by adding and tuning some skills items and features, but still keeps things as close as possible to the original (LoD) version of the game (and the new season that's come out for it recently). Today we have a new and huge patch for probably the best, biggest and most popular mod for D2 out there, Median XL (or Median XL: Sigma as the more recent versions have been called).

Calling it a mod might be a bit of an understatement, however, as it's basically a complete overhaul and rework, with massive amounts of new skills (35 new ones PER CLASS), items (thousands, crafting), mechanics, content (40 endgame quests, new zones like Heaven and one quest actually has you traveling back in time and playing as Diablo while trying to defeat the Bear Tribe in order to break into the Worldstone Chamber. No, seriously.)
Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 18, 2020 at 07:43 by Starym
Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More Path of Diablo (2) Season 9 Brings a New Skill, Widescreen Support, Trade 2.0 and More The Path of Diablo mod and server for Diablo 2 is entering its 9th season this month which will bring many new improvements to the game. If you're not familiar with the mod, its main goal is to keep the game as close to the original D2 as possible, while actively balancing weaker skills and items and adding a few new ones here and there. The mod already featured many QoL improvements like a larger stash and a charm-specific inventory, a new endgame system of relics that open portals to harder dungeons, as well as a whole lot of balancing and tweaking for the less used skills of each class - for example Fist of the Heavens has had its cooldown removed. You can ready more about the mod in their official FAQ as well. Blizzard Blizzard 3 comments Jan 12, 2020 at 05:15 by Starym
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