BlizzCon® 2014 Conquers Anaheim November 7 and 8

Such an eventful first day at BlizzCon®! We’ve had an awesome time with everyone so far, and we look forward to another glorious day of games, eSports, and Blizzard-y excitement tomorrow. A lot went down, and your head may still be spinning, so we’ve collected all of the big news and put it in one blog!


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Hearthstone™ Now Available on iPad®!

It’s time to let your fingers do the dueling—Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has arrived on the Apple® iPad®! Now you can enjoy all of the game’s epic card-slinging and deck-building action on the go on these supported iPad devices: iPad Air™, iPad 4th generation, iPad 3rd generation, iPad 2, iPad mini™, and iPad mini with Retina® display. Duel a friend at home, at the airport, at work (we promise we won’t tell), or anywhere that you can connect to the Internet. 

Never played Hearthstone? No problem! You’ll run through a few lighthearted introductory missions to get a feel for the basics of this fast-paced collectible card game, and then you’ll be ready to take on the world—hurling fireballs, swinging Fiery War Axes, and mixing it up with Leeroy Jenkins in no time!

Already playing Hearthstone on your PC? Your card collection and progress are shared across any device used to access your Hearthstone account, so any cards you’ve collected will be waiting for you when you launch Hearthstone from the iPad. 

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As an added bonus for giving Hearthstone a go on the iPad, you’ll be able to earn a free pack of cards! If you’re a new player, just complete the fun introductory missions, defeating Illidan Stormrage at the end, and then enjoy a game of Hearthstone in any mode! Win or lose, you’ll earn your free card pack just by enjoying a game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena or Practice mode.  

If you’re a seasoned Hearthstone veteran and have already completed the introductory missions, simply dive into Play, Arena, or Practice mode on the iPad to earn your bonus card pack! What’s better than opening a Hearthstone card pack? Opening a Hearthstone card pack anywhere you want with the iPad!

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Celebrate the launch of Hearthstone on the iPad by sharing some pictures with the community on social media! We’ll be gathering up the best shots of players enjoying Hearthstone on iPad in their favorite gaming spots. Tag your pictures on Facebook or Twitter with #HSiPad, or send them over to zeriyah@blizzard.com. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter page for updates, and see if your shots get shared!

Hearthstone requires an Internet connection to play. Getting started is quick and easy! Download Hearthstone now from the iTunes® App Store℠ and start building a deck of your own today!

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Attract Online Traffic with Better Website Design

Better Website DesignThe World Wide Web is full of websites, making the online platform a highly-competitive arena that encourages companies to improve their web design in order to get the traffic they deserve. To make a professional website, you may contact experienced website design companies and let them create a custom website design that would suit the corporate goals and needs of the company and the target market. The main goal of companies in setting up a website is to get high traffic and improve the company’s visibility, not just offline, but online as well. In handling business website design, the right company would take the reins and recommend the best elements to incorporate, not just rely on the instructions of the company. If the website is successful, the profits will double or triple because of the high chance of lead conversion.

Owning a commercial website is pretty tricky, since there are thousands of similar sites on the internet; however, it would also work to the company’s advantage if they create a unique commercial website design to differentiate their products and services from the rest. Website design specialists are needed to customize the webpage and incorporate the right plugins and applications to maximize user experience and online visibility. By having a unique website, the company’s brand will eventually attract site visitors and convert them to customers. The popularity created by the commercial web design will be enough for site visitors to recommend the brand out to his family and friends, without even paying for the extra promotions.

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Industrial companies online might have a hard time attracting the right target market since most of the people in the industry do not have time to check the internet for new products and services; thus, the industrial web design should incorporate SEO to increase its chances of being seen. Having a functional and highly visible website is a better investment than a boring one that nobody wants to visit anymore. While industrial companies are focused on technology and the technical side of things, they could still create an interesting business web design that does not bore the site visitors out of their wits. They can work with a professional designer to finalize the photos, fonts, and even the theme background in order to make a highend web design to fit the needs of the company and the target market.

There are a couple of elements that need to be considered in creating a premium web design for business. Navigation is crucial because if site visitors do not understand it, they would rather leave than figure it out. Site visitors want everything easy for them so make sure the website design is user-friendly and easy to navigate. It is best to hold test trials before launching the website design to determine if it is tolerable. Another concern is the cohesion of visual elements because the custom web design should be appealing enough to get attention. Remember that a modern web design should not intimidate people, but to pass information served on a visually-appealing page.

Make sure to communicate with website design specialists throughout the process to clarify misinterpretation. Provide the right articles and photos to them on time to avoid delay. In conclusion, treat your website design as a product or brand because it should be salable to the online community.

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Over 2.7 Million Join Crusade Against Reaper of Souls™

What is the story of Reaper of Souls?

Following the defeat of the Prime Evil by the Nephalem in Diablo III, the mortal realm of Sanctuary should have entered an age of hope and prosperity. Instead, this event has drawn out a shadowy being of immense power, one more sinister than any demon.

Malthael, the fallen Archangel of Wisdom, vanished long ago. In Reaper of Souls, he returns as the Angel of Death and seizes the Black Soulstone, the ancient artifact containing the essence of the Prime Evil. It is now up to the Nephalem to track down Malthael and thwart his plans, a journey that will take them through the legendary city of Westmarch, across the fetid swamps of the Blood Marsh, and into the ancient halls of the Pandemonium Fortress.

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Hearthstone™ IPad® Rollout Begins!

Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone – the fast paced strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.

Challenge players of all skill levels on Battle.net or hone your skills in practice matches against some of the greatest strategists of Azeroth – Thrall, Uther, Gul’dan, and more!

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Art of Storytelling: Incorporating to Web Development

The stories could have more sense when shared with anybody interested of knowing it. Those stories that are left unshared remain to become just a possession of one who knows it. People who know valuable information would always want to share their stories in order to help anybody who needs some important details. They are confident that truth should prevail. Some people who are the receivers of stories tend to change their lives because of the truth they have heard. Everyone who knows the truth would eventually do something about it like sharing it to others or use the information they have to help themselves.

Companies who would like to tell their own stories have practiced this storytelling habit as marketing techniques. They make use of their brand as the subject of their stories because they believe they know the right information about what they are telling. Consumers, on the other hand, are the receivers about stories of their brand. The objective of those companies is to let everyone know the truth and spread it. The domino effect could be an effective marketing strategy in the business industry.

Web DevelopmentIf the company’s brand would be all about Web Development, then they could incorporate storytelling strategy in promoting their business. They could change the concepts of their clients about developing websites through their stories. They could start their stories by telling more information about the advantages of custom web development. A Web development company should organize their stories first before promoting it to the online community. They could match up with other Web development agency to help them in creating the whole story about the Web development services they offer so they could make people understand the subject better. Stories about Web Development should not just about the features of the services, but on how people could benefit from it. Moral lessons could also be integrated. The advantages would be the lesson that should be shared in the story so that anyone who listens to it would become interested in learning things more about the subject. A Web development firm who builds stories of helpful information should plan well this type of storytelling strategy in order not to mislead their clients about Web Development. Testimonial could also be merged on the storytelling plan. A Web Development story would surely interest those people who want to success online.

Scalability is important in creating stories about Web Development because there are clients who are using their mobile phones to read promotional stories. It is important that the mode of sharing stories would be accessible to all so that everyone would know about the stories of your business. It should fit into all other gadgets so you could improve readability.

Storytelling is a very effective marketing strategy that companies could use in promoting their Web Development services. They would have the freedom to share features they would like their audiences to know because stories could convince people to be interested in knowing things about their services.

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Reaper of Souls™ Is Now Live


FEAR THE REAPER (OF SOULS)

Epic new chapter in Blizzard Entertainment’s critically acclaimed Diablo® series NOW LIVE

Take up the blessed arms and impenetrable shield of the mighty Crusader and explore the world of Sanctuary like never before

IRVINE, Calif.—March 25, 2014—The time has come for the greatest heroes of the mortal realm to answer the call to arms and join the crusade against death itself. Diablo® III: Reaper of Souls is now live and ready to challenge Windows® and Mac® gamers around the world.

In Reaper of Souls, the five valiant heroes from Diablo III—Barbarian, Demon Hunter, Monk, Witch Doctor, and Wizard—are joined by a new champion: the Crusader. Clad head to toe in fortified armor, the Crusader is an unstoppable force of righteous destruction who channels the power of divine wrath to visit retribution upon his demonic quarry.

Reaper of Souls adds a challenging new act to Diablo III in which players will embark on a dark and perilous journey through terrifying landscapes; explore the legendary city of Westmarch; and slay countless minions, each hell-bent on bringing their heroic quest to a grisly end. The adventure culminates in a climactic confrontation with Malthael, the Angel of Death, whose twisted designs spell ruin for the innocent people of Sanctuary.

“Together with the new loot experience we added to the game, Reaper of Souls improves on Diablo III in countless ways,” said Mike Morhaime, CEO and cofounder of Blizzard Entertainment. “Players returning to Sanctuary will find a darker, more engaging, and much more rewarding experience awaiting them.”

A recent free update to Diablo III on Windows and Mac introduced a host of new game features, including o blo III players a f Reaper of Souls, all Diablo III players the expansiona major revamp of the game’s loot system, an expanded Paragon progression system for max-level characters, and expanded social tools in the form of Clans and Communities. With the purchase of Reaper of Souls, players will gain access to game-changing new features and highly replayable content, including:

  • Act V: A dark and terrifying chapter sending players on a final confrontation with death itself
  • The Crusader: A new playable hero—a veritable war machine made human
  • Level Cap to 70: Formidable new spells and abilities that take players to new heights of power
  • Adventure Mode: A new game mode that gives players the freedom to go anywhere and slay anything
  • Bounties: Randomized objectives that reward players in new ways for exploring Sanctuary
  • Nephalem Rifts: Fully randomized dungeons offering endless replayability and heaps of loot
  • The Mystic: A powerful new artisan who provides heroes with loot-customization options

All of this new content comes with the Reaper of Souls Standard Edition (available in physical and digital versions), which players can purchase at a suggested retail price of $39.99. Players also have the option to upgrade to the Digital Deluxe Edition (SRP $59.99), which contains a wealth of in-game bonuses:

  • Exclusive helm- and weapon-transmogrification recipes for players to distinguish their characters among the champions of Sanctuary
  • A Spectral Hound minion players can summon to keep their adventurers company on their epic journey
  • Three additional character slots to accommodate new heroes
  • A World of Warcraft® in-game companion pet, the Treasure Goblin, ready to compete in Pet Battles
  • A set of StarCraft® II Crusader-themed Battle.net® portraits and Malthael-themed decals

The Reaper of Souls retail-exclusive Collector’s Edition comes fully-equipped with all of the bonus items from the Digital Deluxe Edition and also includes a gorgeous full-color hardcover art book, a behind-the-scenes Blu-ray/DVD two-disc set, and a mouse pad bearing the impenetrable visage of Malthael, the Angel of Death. The Collector’s Edition is available at select retailers for a suggested retail price of $79.99. Players should check their local retailer for details and availability, as supplies are limited.

As an added bonus, anyone who buys Reaper of Souls will receive one or more Expert Card Packs (depending on which version of the expansion is purchased) for Blizzard Entertainment’s recently launched digital strategy card game, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. Read this blog post for further details.

Reaper of Souls is available for purchase in retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, as well as digitally around the world via the game’s official website (http://www.diablo3.com/reaper). The expansion will launch in Russia and the CIS, and at retail stores in Mexico, Chile, and Brazil, on April 15. Reaper of Souls has been fully localized in English, German, French, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, Korean, Traditional Chinese, Russian, Italian, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese.

For more information on Reaper of Souls for Windows and Mac and to purchase your copy, visit http://www.diablo3.com/reaper. With multiple games in development, Blizzard Entertainment has numerous positions currently available—visit http://jobs.blizzard.com for more information and to learn how to apply.

About Blizzard Entertainment, Inc.

Best known for blockbuster hits including World of Warcraft® and the Warcraft®, StarCraft®, and Diablo® franchises, Blizzard Entertainment, Inc. (www.blizzard.com), a division of Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI), is a premier developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating some of the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard Entertainment’s track record includes sixteen #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The company’s online-gaming service, Battle.net®, is one of the largest in the world, with millions of active players.

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Hearthstone Is Officially Official

Sheathe your sword, draw your deck, and get ready for Hearthstone – the fast paced strategy card game that’s easy to learn and massively fun. Start a free game on Battle.net and play your cards to sling spells, summon creatures, and command the heroes of Warcraft in duels of epic strategy.

Challenge players of all skill levels on Battle.net or hone your skills in practice matches against some of the greatest strategists of Azeroth – Thrall, Uther, Gul’dan, and more!

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Pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor and Prepare for War

Carve a Path Through History

It is the era of an Old Horde, forged with steel rather than fel blood. A union of great orc clans, the Iron Horde, tramples the planet Draenor beneath terrifying war machines. Azeroth falls next. Worlds uncounted will follow.

You must mount a desperate charge on Draenor – savage home of orcs and adopted bastion of stoic draenei – at this pivotal moment. Your allies are legends from across time; your fortress a foothold in an alien land. Lead the armies of one world against another…before the future itself is unmade.

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Take Command on Draenor

To clash with the greatest army Draenor has ever known, you’ll need your own forces and your own fortress. Construct a mighty garrison: an enduring home base integrated seamlessly with the world, not a hiding spot far from the action. Customize it with specialized structures like farms, stables, armories, workshops and more.

Establish trade routes and unlock new quests, gear and pets to support your war for Draenor. Recruit stalwart followers to man your base, and send them to loot dungeons, fulfill missions, and craft items, even if you’re offline. Tame a deadly realm, and build an unbreakable monument to victory.

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Systems Offline

The time has finally come for the Starcraft 2 Armory to go offline. The Armory was launched on May 20th 2007, the day after Starcraft 2 was announced. That’s 7 long years, many years longer than I expected this site to go. It’s only fitting to shutdown the Armory on it’s 7th birthday, May 20th 2014. The site will remain open for the next 3 months so that everyone can say their goodbyes, exchange information, and plan for the future.

Why am I shutting down the Armory? Well it’s rather simple. The Armory initially started out as a web development hobby and as a passion for my love of Starcraft and Blizzard. For the full 7 years, this website has been a 1 man show — this includes all back-end and front-end programming, server and database maintenance, graphic design, basically everything. I was 19 when I launched this site, an age with no responsibilities and all the time in the world. I’ll be turning 26 in a week, an age full of responsibilities and aligning of priorities. As much as I love this website and the community it has fostered, there’s just no time or place for it anymore. Traffic has plummeted from millions a month, to the thousands. The user base has grown and died. New information on Starcraft 2 is few and far between. You have to let go sometime. I may or may not do something related to Heroes of the Storm — I’m still undecided.

I’ll never forget all the friends I made through this site, and all the ones I’ve met in person. All the amazing times at Blizzcon. All the fun we had gaming and trolling around. All the tournaments we’ve held. All the deep discussions everyone partook in. Even the months of active trolling of users and the smiting of my ban hammer. They were all fantastic times, and none of it would of been possible without you guys. You guys are the best.

Feel free to stay in touch. My Battle.net account is gearvOsh#1250 and my SC2 account is gearvOsh#896.

See you space cowboys
- gearvOsh

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