Necromancer Sets available in Beta Test

Blizzard Entertainment added four placeholder Necromancer Sets in today’s patch, and also drop as individual set items in Nephalem Rifts and Greater Rifts. These four sets can be purchased for 500 Blood Shards from a giant Khazra NPC vendor in Tristram (or any other base), standing between the Haedrig Eamon the Blacksmith and Covetous Chen the Gem Artisan.

 

Reaper of Souls Hot Pepper Fire Sale!

More hype, and nice promotion for the upcoming Diablo III Expansion: Reaper of Souls.

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Hey everyone! My name’s Emmanuel, and I’m a Community Manager for Diablo III in Europe. Recently, I was “lucky” enough to meet with the crew from Hot Pepper Gaming to film what they call a Hot Pepper Fire Sale.

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A hot what?

For those who don’t know, Hot Pepper Gaming is a YouTube channel run by awesome people who do stupid things like eating insanely hot peppers before reviewing video games on camera. Occasionally, they’ll invite guests from different publications and gaming studios to join in on the fun.

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls is hot… but so are these peppers.

Now, some may say I was brave, others may say I was dumb… but I did it. I ate a habanero for Reaper of Souls.

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Even the Angel of Death can’t compare to the pain of a habanablo™.

And many manly tears were shed.


Filming this Hot Pepper Fire Sale was an absolute blast, but I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy! We hope you enjoy the full video below, and encourage you to share it with your friends and family. For great victory (and great schadenfreude).

Be sure to subscribe to Hot Pepper Gaming as well as like and comment on the video!

We’ll see you all in Westmarch!

 

Diablo III New Crusader Fan Art

Gorgeous Art for the upcoming Crusader Class in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls

New Crusader Fan Art

The brave, though mysterious Crusaders have always been a source of inspiration for those fortunate enough to witness them in combat. From their unmistakable silhouette of shield and flail to their unrelenting fervor on the battlefield, they’ve captured the hearts and quills of many artisans throughout Sanctuary. And throughout our mortal realm as well! Source

In celebration of this blessed champion of the Light, we’ve collected several samples of fan art from all around the globe featuring the newest playable class in Reaper of Souls™. Feast your eyes on these wonderful works below, and be sure to visit the artists’s official pages to show your support!

 

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Female CrusaderMay the Darkness be Consumed by Light, and Female Crusader 2 by Vablo

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Crusader – Unbreakable Warrior by István Dányi

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First Crusade by Hide the Insanity [LEFT] | Crusader by Dehong Yu [RIGHT]

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Crusader by reh-kitz

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Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Crusader by Calvin’s Customs

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The Crusader by alexdromero

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Diablo 3 – Crusader by vincentowo [LEFT] | Crusader fan Art by FedericoAG [RIGHT]

Be sure to stay tuned to diablo3.com for more information regarding the Crusader, and for the results of our Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest hosted by deviantART—which conludes this week!

 

Diablo III Auction House FAQ Updated

Blizzard has updated the Diablo III Auction House Update FAQ with new information about the upcoming shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18.

Auction House FAQ Updated

We’ve updated our Diablo III Auction House Update FAQ with new information about the upcoming shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18. Please read below for these additionals details, or click here to view the full FAQ.


 

Q. On what day and at what time will the gold and real-money auction houses be shut down in all regions?

Answer: The gold and real-money auction houses are currently scheduled to shut down in all gameplay regions at approximately 3:00 a.m. PT on Tuesday, March 18. Please note that this schedule may change and that the auction houses could be shut down a little earlier or later on March 18.

Q. Will the shut down process require maintenance?

Answer: No, the shut down will not require maintenance. However, the current shut down time will overlap with scheduled Tuesday maintenance for the Americas gameplay region.

Q. What will happen to my current auctions when the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: All active auctions will expire as normal following the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on Tuesday, March 18. Once the shutdown is complete, items will either be delivered to the current highest bidder or returned to the seller, appearing in each player’s Completed tab. Unclaimed gold will also appear in the Completed tab. Players will be able to claim gold and items and from this tab until June 24, 2014.

Successful transactions involving Battle.net Balance and/or PayPal will be processed normally and all usual fees will apply.

 

Q. What happens to my unclaimed items and gold in the Completed tab after the shutdown?

Answer: Players will be able to claim gold and items from the Completed tab in both the gold and real-money auction houses until June 24, 2014. Items and gold not claimed by this date will be consumed by Treasure Goblins, never to be seen again.

To avoid any unintended loss of gold or items, we strongly recommend that players clear out their Completed tabs prior to March 18, 2014.

 

Q. How will I be able to access the Completed tab after the gold and real money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: The auction house window will remain available for all players until June 24, 2014; however, the ability to Bid, Buyout, and list new auctions in the gold and real-money auction houses will be disabled on March 18, 2014.

To access the Completed tab after the gold and real-money auction houses have shut down, simply click on the gavel icon and select which auction house (gold or real-money) you wish to access. The Completed tab will appear in its normal location on the far right of the auction house window.

 

Q. My Completed tab is already full! What will happen to outstanding items after the gold and real-money auction houses are shut down?

Answer: Each Completed tab can display up to 50 items at a time. If a player has more than 50 items to claim from the gold or real-money auction house, those outstanding items (including unclaimed gold) will remain in the Completed tab “backlog.” As items are removed from the Completed tab and additional space is made available in the UI, items in the backlog will begin to appear and can be claimed as normal.

Please note that items and gold in the backlog will be removed permanently from the game after June 24, 2014.

 

Q. What will happen to my existing Battle.net Balance?

Answer: Your Battle.net Balance total will not be affected by the shutdown of the gold and real-money auction houses on March 18, 2014. In addition, players will still be able to use their Battle.net Balance to purchase a variety of services and Blizzard games from the Battle.net Shop. For more information, please visit our Battle.net Balance support article.

 

Q. Can I convert my Battle.net Balance into cash after the real-money auction house is shut down?

Answer: No. Funds added to Battle.net Balance are not refundable (except as otherwise provided by law) and cannot be converted into cash. For more information, please visit our Battle.netBalance support article.

 

Diablo III Live Q&A on March 24!

Community Manager Nevalistis shares with fans the first-ever live developer Q&A for Diablo III.

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Some of you may have heard we’re hosting a little shindig in Los Angeles on March 24 to commemorate the launch of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™. While this launch event is somewhat different than those we’ve hosted in the past, we’re committed to making it fun and engaging for everyone in the community—whether you’re celebrating on-site or online!

As part of the evening’s festivities, we’re inviting players around the world to join us at Twitch.tv/Diablo for our first-ever live developer Q&A. The Q&A will kick off on Monday, March 24 around 9:00 p.m. PT, shortly after Reaper of Souls goes live in the Americas. I’ll be joining Game Director Josh Mosqueira and Senior Technical Game Designer Wyatt Cheng from the altar of the Vibiana to reflect on the evening’s events, discuss some of the trials and challenges in developing the expansion, and answer questions submitted directly by you, our players!

Speaking of questions, if you’ve got any for Josh and Wyatt about Reaper of Souls, its development, or what’s next for Diablo III, be sure to tweet them to[email protected] now using the #D3QA hashtag. We look forward to addressing as many as possible during our half-hour show.

We’re positively stoked to share this exciting evening with you and hope you’ll join us as we celebrate such a Legendary milestone in Diablo history. See you on Twitch!

 

JOB: Senior Level Designer

Blizzard’s Console Group is looking for a driven, talented and technically savvy level designer to design creative, exciting and cutting-edge levels for StarCraft: Ghost. This person must be a serious video-game addict who loves games and understands how important level design is to the success of any product.

Duties will include designing/developing levels and implementing gameplay scenarios including level layout, event scripting, AI scripting, cut-scene scripting, game balancing and tuning for Xbox, GameCube and PlayStation 2 platforms.

BlizzCon Invitational Pro-Gamers

Blizzard announced the long-awaited list of pro-gamers participating in the BlizzCon Invitational Tournaments. Starting with the Warcraft III tournament list, two players will be announced each weekday on the BlizzCon Invitational Players page. Along with the pro-gamers and their bios, Blizzard will also be announcing the seeding that each participant has received, which will determine whom the first-round opponents will be in these double-elimination tournaments.

Name:
Tae Min Hwang
Country:
Korea
Race:
Orc
Name:
Matthew Anderson
Country:
USA
Race:
Night Elf

Sarah McKerrigan: Medieval Romance

Glynnys Talken had a lot of fun at her last 2005 public book signing presentation.  She is hard pressed now working on her next Medieval Romance book to be on sale by April 2006 under Warner Publishing.  Glynnis was last weekend—through October 8th and 9th—at the Seaside Scottish Games at Seaside Park in Ventura, California.  You can find at our Store section all the Medieval Romance books written by her.  Glynnis provided us with a photo of her book signing at Seaside Scottish Games.

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BlizzCon: Limited-Edition Items Sale

While the BlizzCon goody bag will have a little something for everyone to take home, attendees might still want some loot to share with friends and guildmates who couldn’t make it to the show. With that in mind, we’ve created a variety of limited-edition items that will make their debut at BlizzCon. Please visit the BlizzCon Merchandise page to check out some of this epic BlizzCon gear. These items will all be produced in limited quantities, so be sure to stop by the BlizzCon Store as early as you can at the show…before someone ninja loots everything out from under you!