Weird Al Yankovic to play BlizzCon 2016

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Blizzard has revealed this year’s closing act for BlizzCon 2016 and it’s going to be Weird Al Yankovic.

The Grammy Award–winning pop parodist will be taking the stage the evening of Saturday, November 5, to provide an epic send-off for everyone celebrating this year’s convention. If you didn’t score tickets to the show, Blizzard gamers and Weird Al fans around the world can still get a front row seat at home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket.

BlizzCon is the biggest Blizzard party of the year, packed with in-depth developer panels, intense esports tournaments, the legendary Friday night contests, and what’s sure to be an epic finale from Weird Al.

While Weird Al was relatively amusing when I was about 10 years old, but he’s not someone I would have to see live. It’s a pretty “weird” choice when you consider previous years have hosted the likes of Metallica and Ozzy.

Thankfully I won’t have to sit through it this year. I’m sure he’s a great guy, and perhaps the 16-20 audience will get a kick out of it, but he’s been around since 1976 so the younger audience might not get some of the older material.

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BlizzCon 2016 Diablo tracking thread has started

BlizzCon DiabloThis week I have read all kinds of garbage about BlizzCon and what might be in store for Diablo. Everything from Diablo 4 will be announced, “my friend told me Diablo 4 will be announced”, or “I have a source”.

Yes, the rumour mill is in full spin and numerous sites have been joining in with all kinds of wild speculation and headlines. Clickbait it’s called.

The general consensus is we’ll either hear of a new game, which may or may not be Diablo 4, or that Diablo 2 HD remaster that I know many of you would love to see happen. The final option is nothing at all which would not be good news for the franchise.

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Diablo 3 Season 8 is now live

Diablo 3 Season 8

That’s right folks, Diablo 3 Season 8 is now live and kicking for all regions. As a quick reminder, here are the rewards, Conquests, and Haedrig’s Gift.

Season Journey Rewards

If you’ve been playing the past few Seasons diligently and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Doing the same in Season 8 will unlock another one, giving you a potential ten stash tabs in total.

Ready to get that sweet storage space? If so, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Complete a Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
  • Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
  • Kill Greed on Torment XIII
  • Kill Izual on Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
  • Reforge a Legendary or Set item
  • Augment two Ancient items with Level 40 or greater Legendary Gems
  • Level three Legendary Gems to 55
  • Complete two Conquests

Seasonal Conquests

Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those too! For those who hunger for a true challenge in Hardcore, we’re bringing backLionhearted. If Cursed Chests are your thing, you’ll be pleased to know Curses! and Stars Align are also making a return.Years of War and Dynasty will be a great test for those who enjoy mastering various Class Sets, and if that’s not enough, Masters of the Universe and Masters of Setswill challenge your tactical understanding of Set Dungeons.

Haedrig’s Gift

Finally, just as before, you’ll get a shiny new Class Set in the form of Haedrig’s Gift for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey. We’ve listed  the available Sets below. For those new to Seasons, here’s how it works:

Completing Chapters 2, 3 and 4 of the Season Journey, will reward you three Haedrig’s Gifts to open. Each Gift contains a few pieces from one of your Class Sets. Players can only unlock one Class Set in this manner per Season across Hardcore and Non-Hardcore, so choose wisely! 

In addition, the set you receive will depend on the Class of the character you’re playing when you open each Haedrig’s Gift. To collect a full Class Set, you’ll need to open all three on the same character.

Here are the sets granted by Haedrig’s Gift in Season 8:

  • Barbarian – Immortal King’s Call
  • Crusader – Seeker of the Light
  • Demon Hunter – Natalya’s Vengeance
  • Monk – Uliana’s Stratagem
  • Witch Doctor – Spirit of Arachyr
  • Wizard – Vyr’s Amazing Arcana

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Official Diablo 3 Site Stripped Back

There’s been a change on the official Diablo 3 site which hasdiablo 3 been stripped back to the bare necessities. This is something we also saw happen with the official Diablo 2 site.

Now there’s a big “Buy Now” image at the top with a simple new posts listing. Many of the other official sites have been changed in style over the months and the StarCraft 2 site has also been changed to this new format. The other sites for the really active games are now all flashy.

The question is, are Blizzard preparing for something new? Is this being changed now so it’s lower maintenance in the future? Why remove the clickable chat gem at the bottom which has been there since the Diablo 2 days?

The scaling back of an official site happened with Diablo 2 so it could be happening again ahead of something new. Interesting times leading up to BlizzCon.

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Battle.Net voice chat launched in latest update

Battle.NetBlizzard has finally released Battle.Net voice chat functionality to one and all in the Battle.Net client. To use it, simply launch the client and click the user icon in the top right.

Nice and simple to use although I’m not sure how many D3 players will actually use this. Not sure I like the thought of someone screaming down my ear hole.

You can read the full patch notes after the break.

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David Brevik joins the Path of Exile Team

path of exileWe now know what game David Brevik is advising on, he’s joining the Grinding Gear Games Path of Exile team in an advisory role and will help them with their launch in China.

The news comes via a press release put out by Tencent addressing Chinese Path of Exile players and news that both Chris Wilson and David Brevik will be heading to China to meet fans.

Grinding Gear’s CEO Chris Wilson confirmed the appointment and told Diabloii.Net, “David is an advisor, primarily for our launch in mainland China, but we hope to learn from his experience as much as we can over the coming months.”

That’s it then, well done GGG for getting David onboard. As for Diablo, we will have to wait and see what happens with the franchise at BlizzCon.

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David Brevik confirms no involvement with Diablo franchise

Following yesterday’s update from David Brevik we all got rather excited, but perhaps it was a little too soon because David has just posted this tweet confirming no Diablo involvement.

Bill Roper also confirmed no involvement.

So there you have it. Despite yesterday’s tease, he’s not involved with anything to do with Diablo. The question remains, what is he involved with? It’s still not clear for who or what he will be advising , it was naturally assumed it would be Blizzard based on his tweet.

I guess we are going to have to sit this one out and wait for some more concrete news.

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David Brevik is Advisor on new Diablo-like or Diablo Game

Huge news this weekend straight from the one and only David Brevik. On a Twitter post today, Brevik revealed this…

So there you have it. A new game is in the works, whether it’s actually a Diablo game remains to be seen. In the picture posted by David, we see the constellation of Libra. Reading the text, it doesn’t sounds like it has anything to do with current Diablo games, the constellation of Libra is intriguing however, and it could simply be a reference to the month of November when, according to Wikipedia, “the Sun appears in the constellation Libra from October 31 to November 22”. This covers the time of BlizzCon so it sounds like there will be some kind announcement.

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WoW’s Game Director Tom Chilton moving to a “new adventure within Blizzard”

tom chilton BlizzardWith BlizzCon looming there’s been a lot of changes at Blizzard and the latest person to make a move is World of Warcraft Game Director Tom Chilton.

In a farewell message to the WoW community, Chilton states that he is moving to a “new adventure within Blizzard”. What could that new adventure be? The new Diablo project that is supposedly happening?

We have little to go on at the moment but Chilton has been essential in making WoW the success it is, so whatever this new project is, it will benefit from his vast experience.

The update from Chilton reads:

For me, Legion has been more than just another expansion, though—it’s the culmination of more than a decade of work with one of the best development teams I’ve ever had the pleasure to be a part of. And it’s with a mix of excitement, sadness, and gratitude that I’m saying farewell to the WoW team and moving on to a new adventure within Blizzard.

My personal journey working on WoW as Game Director is at an end, but my journey with Blizzard isn’t. I’ll still be here, but will be focusing on another project within the company. However, it’s with great pleasure that I announce Ion Hazzikostas will be taking my place as Game Director for World of Warcraft.

I know that WoW will be in great hands with Ion at the helm. He’s been an integral part of the team for more than eight years and has contributed to so many aspects of the game’s development—from class design to encounter design and nearly everything in between. He also has an amazing team at his side—the same epic crew that brought you all the content you’re enjoying in Legion.

BlizzCon can’t come soon enough.

Thanks PC Invasion.


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