BlizzCon 2011

BlizzCon went down over the weekend in case you didn’t know. No big news was announced they just expanded on info on Diablo 3, Starcraft 2, DOTA 2 and WoW. But even though they didn’t dish out an heavy news they still had released news that needs to be covered!

Diablo 3 is expecting to coming out early 2012 but date has not been announced and Collector’s Edition of the game was shown. For $99.99 it will contain the following:

  • Diablo III PC/Mac full game.
  • Diablo Skull and 4GB USB Soulstone.
  • Exclusive in-game content.

    Diablo III – Aesthetic Artifacts
    Call forth glowing angel wings, unfurl an exclusive banner, and dye your armor sets with the Bottled Cloud or Bottled Smoke items.World of Warcraft – Fetish Shaman Pet
    Journey throughout the World of Warcraft with the fetish shaman at your side.StarCraft II – Battle.net Portraits
    Display your status as a hero of the mortal realms with an exclusive army decal and three Diablo-themed Battle.net portraits.
    Behind the scenes blu-ray/dvd set.
  • The Art of Diablo III.
  • Diablo III Soundtrack.

Terrans

    • Issues and weaknesses
      • Thor is too slow and clumsy
      • Race has difficulties in handling mass zealots in late game
    • New units and abilities
      • New “battle mode” for hellion – transforms like a viking
      • Battle mode hellion has more hit points, moves more slowly
      • Shorter, wider arc on flame attack, and stronger
      • Gives terran a beefy front-line fighter in the late game

Warhound

      • Smaller, more nimble version of Thor
      • Effective anti-mech ground weapon to help break siege tank lines
      • Anti-air attack with splash damage

Shredder

      • Robot that emits channeled, area of effect damage when immobilized
      • Damage automatically shuts off when an ally moves into range
      • Gives terran cheap zone control, but can’t be used near main army
      • Is still very work-in-progress

Thor

    • Moved to late game, more hit points and damage
    • Can only have one, like mothership from Wings of Liberty

Zerg

Issues and weaknesses

      • Mid-game difficulties with siege and controlling areas
      • Missed opportunities with certain units like ultralisk and corruptor
      • New units and abilities

Ultralisk

      • Existing version is bulky and has difficulties engaging in battle
      • New burrow charge ability lets it dive underground and get into the fight easily

Viper

      • New caster unit with detection — replaces overseer
      • Has abilities like blinding cloud to help break entrenched positions
      • Abduct ability allows it to pull units to itself — pull siege tanks or colossus out of death balls

Swarm host

    • Zerg artillery for map control and siege
    • Burrows into the ground, and continuously generates small creatures to attack
    • Feels very zerg-y

Protoss

Issues and weaknesses

  • Needs more raiding options
  • Needs area of effect, anti-air attacks
  • New units and abilities

Tempest

  • New protoss capital ship, replaces carrier
  • Anti-air splash damage for mutalisks and other aircraft
  • Has direct air-to-ground attack as well that isn’t splash

Replicant

  • Special unit that can clone itself into any non-massive unit
  • Allows protoss to also take siege tanks or infestors from enemies
  • Is very expensive
  • Still very much a work-in-progress, not-final unit

Oracle

  • Caster unit used for raiding and harassment
  • Can disable enemy structures, or prevent miningwith its abilities
  • Doesn’t actually kill or damage anything
  • Mothership is cut in favor of this unit

As for World of Warcraft a new expansion called Mists of Pandaria was announced. WoW players get the chance to choose a playable race of giant fighting pandas. And a new gameplay mechanic to train creatures and use them to battle other player’s NPC pet’s. A little similar to Pokemon. You can capture wild creatures and train them as well.

Blizzard’s DOTA 2 (Defense of the Ancients) was playable to the public.

All in all, it’s good to see expansions and previews of the upcoming games that they are releasing. Though, the news was tame BlizzCon still held the excitement with contents, tournaments and panels.

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