Hoping to attend BlizzCon in person this year but didn’t manage to snag a ticket during the first two sales? You’re in luck—we’re thrilled to announce a third ticket sale, scheduled for Saturday, August 18 at 10 a.m. PDT.
Blizzard Entertainment’s two-day gaming convention and community celebration returns to the Anaheim Convention Center on November 2 and 3 for a weekend full of hands-on gaming, in-depth developer panels, incredible esports competition, and more.
Virtual Ticket – Coming Soon!
If you can’t make it to the show in person, you’ll still have a chance to join the celebration from home with the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, which will provide live streaming coverage to viewers around the world. Stay tuned for more details.
Check out the BlizzCon Event Info page for lots more information on prepping for the show and the upcoming ticket sales.
And look for more information on the events and activities at BlizzCon as the show approaches. We’ll see you in November!
The time has come to submit your masterful movies, astonishing art, carefully crafted costumes, and terrific talents for a chance to be part of BlizzCon 2018! Head over to our Contest page to submit your entry and learn more about the epic prizes up for grabs this year, and we’ll see you at BlizzCon Community Night for the epic contest culmination!
BLIZZCON 2018 COSTUME CONTEST & EXHIBITION
As we mentioned last month, we made some significant changes to the costume festivities this year, including splitting things up into a Costume Contest featuring the top 25 finalists, and a separate Costume Exhibition that gives cosplayers a chance to show their creations to the BlizzCon audience.
Want a chance to be in the winner’s circle on stage during Community Night? The Costume Contest is for you!
When you submit your entry, make sure to mention in the Description field whether you’re entering in the Individual or Duo Construction category or the Group Construction category. If you ultimately end up as part of the top 25, you’ll be placed in one of the following five categories (each with five finalists) at the judges’ discretion: Individual or Duo Construction, Group Construction, Artisan Crafting, Large-scale Fabrication, or Makeup & Special Effects.
In addition, as we mentioned in the original announcement, this year we will be checking in with contestants regularly to ensure their progress is on-track. Here are the checkpoints you need to be aware of:
Initial submission: Demonstrate at least 25% completion. This can entail design and concept drawings showing what your finished costume will look like, working drawings for individual pieces, lists of materials, and a construction timeline. Work-in-progress pictures are optional at this stage. (Submissions close August 18.)
September 14 Checkpoint: Demonstrate at least 50% completion. You will need to provide work-in-progress pictures and 360 degree video of your costume, posted on a social media account you create specifically for this purpose (do not use your personal account!) and submitted via email. You costume must also be wearable (even if final materials aren’t yet used); patterning and cutting must be complete; and your fabrication should have begun.
October 15 Checkpoint: Demonstrate at least 90% completion. Submit new work-in-progress pictures and a 360-degree video showing that you can walk, go up a minor slope, and have adequate arm/knee/elbow mobility in your costume. At this point, you must only have minor cosmetic work yet to be completed. You’ll also need to submit a video that helps us get to know who you are and the background behind your costume.
Contest administrators will be contacting contestants directly at various stages for these checkpoints. With all the changes to the Costume Contest this year, please make sure to read the complete official rules.
On Friday afternoon, we’ll be hosting a separate Cosplay Exhibition giving more BlizzCon cosplayers a chance to walk the stage! If you’re interested, submit your entry before October 15. Exhibition participants will be confirmed at BlizzCon cosplay registration on Thursday, November 1. Read the complete official rules for all the details.
Also new this year: All Top 25 Costume Contest and Costume Exhibition participants will receive an email with an assigned registration time on Thursday. You do not need to be in your costume for Thursday registration; costume checks, if required, will take place backstage during the Costume Exhibition on Friday.
BLIZZCON 2018 TALENT CONTEST
Submission deadline: August 18
Have a hidden talent or special skill you want to showcase in front of the Community Night crowd? Get creative and show us what you’ve got! Check out the contest page and official rules for details.
BLIZZCON 2018 ART CONTEST
Submission deadline: August 18
Create an epic piece of original Blizzard-themed art and show everyone at BlizzCon what you’re capable of! Check out the contest page and official rules for details.
BLIZZCON 2018 MOVIE CONTEST
Submission deadline: August 18
Fancy yourself a filmmaker or a master of machinima? Produce an original movie using live action, animation, or using in-game footage from Blizzard games and you might end up seeing your creation up on the BlizzCon silver screen. Check out the contest page and official rules for details.
A new hardcover Diablo Beastiary book has appeared on Amazon with a release of October 15th, 2018! The description reads:
"Sanctuary is home to some of the most dangerous creatures to pull themselves from the pits of hell. Tread lightly, and never fall prey to monsters with the Diablo Bestiary. A celebration of the corrupted beasts and grotesque enemies that players have slain across the franchise’s history, this book is the perfect companion to guide you through the next layer of torment."
What do you think of this news, especially in light of the recent news of a new Diablo Comic series coming soon? Let us know in the comments!
Challenge Rift - Week 57:
Challenge Rift Week 57 is live! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!
Titan Comics and Blizzard are partnering on a new comic book series for Diablo! Written by Marv Wolfman and illustrated by Piotr Kowalski, the comics will follow a group of scholars and crusaders as they discover the origins of humanity. You can view the news below!
What would you like to see in these comics? Let us know in the comments!
Titan Comics and Blizzard Entertainment are thrilled to announce an all-new comic book series set in the universe of the critically acclaimed and genre-defining action role-playing game series Diablo®.
Written by Marv Wolfman (Blade, Crisis on Infinite Earths) and illustrated by Piotr Kowalski (Wolfenstein), DIABLO will launch with a four-part miniseries in 2018. The comics will follow a group of zealous scholars and crusaders as they discover the true origins of humanity. Will their faith survive these shocking revelations?
Set in the dark and demon-infested world of Sanctuary, the Diablo game series invites players to face down the infernal hordes of the Burning Hells—and rewards them for their efforts with piles and piles of epic loot. Diablo III, the current installment, set a record for fastest-selling PC game, with over 3.5 million copies sold in the first day of its release, and more than 30 million sold to date. Diablo III is available for Windows, macOS, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One platforms.
Look for more details about this exciting release from Titan Comics and Blizzard Entertainment soon.
After 13 years at Blizzard, Travis Day announced on Twitter that he has left the company to pursue new adventures within the games industry. He is most known for his work on Diablo 3, but also worked for an extensive time on World of Warcraft. We wish him the best of luck on this next chapter his life, and thank him for all the work he put into the games we love!
After 13 years at Blizzard I've decided it's time for a new adventure. This friday will be my last day with the company and while I'm not entirely certain what I'm going to do next I am excited to see what the industry has to offer.
Season 14 has no new changes as far as class balance or items. Instead, season 14 introduces seasonal themes. The theme for this season is Greed! This causes all goblins to spawn in pairs for the entirety of the season (excluding those spawned from Bandit Shrines or Goblin Packs in rifts). Below, we've posted some of the top builds on DiabloFans for each class last season, and information on the Level With a Cause charity event! Also, if you want to try something new this season, we suggest looking into the Solo Self-Found League!
Season 14 begins on Friday, June 15th at 5:00pm PDT/CEST/KST.
Season Of Greed Sweepstakes
To celebrate the launch of Season 14, Blizzard is running an official sweepstakes where they are giving away Greed-themed versions of a PS4, Xbox One, and a MSI gaming laptop. Read more about it in the official blog post below:
Season 14 in Diablo III is upon us, and with it come changes that are sure to delight the most treasure-hungry adventurers!
In addition to a Season-long Double Treasure Goblin buff, we’re also sweetening the deal for players by giving away Greed-themed gaming devices! Read on to learn how you can score one.
Starting today, we’re giving away a Greed-themed version of one PlayStation® 4, one Xbox One®, and one MSI gaming laptop. They’ll each be given away in a separate Facebook post; entering to win is as easy as commenting #SweepstakesEntry on the post featuring the prize you’d like to win.
But wait, there’s more! We’ve also partnered with Xbox’s Major Nelson to give away a second custom Xbox One, and with MSI to give away a second laptop. That means you have two ways to win these prizes, so be sure to keep an eye on their respective Twitterchannels for more info!
The Season of Greed is going live today. Stay tuned to the Diablo Facebook page and follow our partners on Twitter for your chances to win, and get ready to see double in Season 14 as you chase down all those Treasure Goblins!
Solo Self-Found League:
Leviathan continues with his solo-only seasonal league for anyone looking for a new challenge this season! The goal of the Solo Self-Found League is to allow players the opportunity to play competitively in a purely solo space. If you would like more information on how you can enter, check out the video below!
Level With a Cause:
#LevelWithACause (#LWAC), a coalition of streamers from both Twitch and YouTube, will be uniting for a fourth time to stream during the first three days (June 15th-17th) of the 14th Season in Diablo 3. These streams will be viewable on several Twitch and Youtube channels. Viewers will be able to donate to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital during these streams.
LWAC was founded prior to the start of Season 11 of Diablo 3. This group of streamers ran a similar charity event during the opening weekends of Seasons 11, 12, and 13 raising over $23,600 for charity. Those previous events supported St Jude’s, Take This, and Save The Children respectively. During the last event in Season 13, there were 49 participating streamers and the LWAC team was able to raise over $9,300 for Save The Children. To date, this was the initiative’s biggest turnout. LWAC hopes to continue to grow and raise even more money for deserving charities in the future.
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is focused on defeating childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Your support helps ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food -- because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. St. Jude has helped push the childhood cancer survival rate from less than 20% when they opened to 80% today. They won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
Popular Builds from Season 13:
These are some of the top builds for each class during season 13! This is not a conclusive list, but instead one that provides some variety for several class builds that were popular on DiabloFans during the previous season.
Challenge Rift Week 51 is live! Do not complete this challenge rift until after you've created your seasonal character on Friday! You will be able to redeem your Challenge Rift Cache on your fresh seasonal character, giving your season 14 a jump-start! If you are curious how Challenge Rift builds are chosen each week, you can view this official blog post!
While Season 14 doesn't add any new content, it does introduce to us a new concept: themed seasons. Each season will have a specific theme that will change the way an individual season will play out. You can read more about it in the official blog post below.
Season 14 begins soon! For those among you who enjoy the fresh start a Season brings, we wanted to give you a glimpse of what to expect before you race out the gate—and Season 14 will be kicking off a new experiment we hope you will all enjoy.
New Season Theme
Starting with Season 14, we’re introducing a new seasonal concept—themes. Throughout the next Season, we’ll be embracing our inner goblin and celebrating the Season of Greed. For the duration of Season 14, all Treasure Goblin spawns will be doubled. This means that each time you encounter a Treasure Goblin in the wild, they’ll be accompanied by an exact duplicate of themselves for two times the loot, chaos, and fun!
There are a few important details to keep in mind with this effect:
This does not affect goblins encountered via Bandit Shrines, Goblin “Rift” packs, or in the Realm of Greed
Duplicate Whimsydale portals created by the Rainbow Goblin will enter the same instance of Whimsydale
Need a refresher on the various types of Treasure Goblins and what they do? Be sure to check out our Game Guide for more information.
In addition to doubling up on everyone’s favorite treasure-thieving troublemakers, other celebrations may spring up across the globe as we kick off this exciting new Seasonal concept. Be sure to keep a close eye on Twitter and Facebook for more information as we move into Season 14!
New Cosmetic Rewards
As per tradition, Season 14 will introduce new cosmetic rewards, obtainable by progressing through the Season Journey.
In addition to the Boots and Pants slots of the exclusive Conqueror Set, a brand-new series of portrait frames themed around the enigmatic Tal Rasha will be available. For the nephalem hero who wants to embody the spirit of Justice, a brand-new pennant dedicated to everyone’s favorite archangel will also be available. Just remember—you cannot judge Justice itself!
Season Journey Rewards
If you’ve been diligently slaying demons for the past few Seasons and reached Conqueror in the Season Journey each time, you’ve accrued a few extra stash tabs. Players who have not yet earned a total of four stash tabs via the Season Journey can still unlock an additional one by completing the following tasks at the Conqueror tier:
Complete a level 70 Torment XIII Rift in under 5 minutes
Complete Greater Rift 60 solo
Kill Greed on Torment XIII
Kill the Butcher at level 70 in Torment XIII in under 30 seconds
Reforge a Legendary or Set item
Augment an Ancient item with a Level 50 or greater Legendary Gem
Level three Legendary Gems to 55
Complete two Conquests
Speaking of Conquests, we’re rotating those, too! Returning for the Season of Greed is Avarice and Avarita, where every gold piece you find will count! Speed Demon and Need for Speed will ask you to kick it into full gear in your Nephalem Rift runs. On a Good Day and I Can’t Stop will congratulate high ranking Legendary Gems. Finally, for the solo crowd, Divinity and Lionhearted will ask you to climb Greater Rift heights by your lonesome, while Years of War and Dynasty challenge your game mastery of at least six classes.
Finally, the Class Sets available for completing certain chapters in the Season Journey courtesy of Haedrig’s Gift have rotated once more. 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 with three of Haedrig’s Gifts. 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!
The set you will receive depends 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 14:
Barbarian – The Legacy of Raekor
Crusader – Armor of Akkhan
Demon Hunter – Embodiment of the Marauder
Monk – Inna’s Reach
Necromancer – Pestilence Master’s Shroud
Witch Doctor – Zunimassa’s Haunt
Wizard – Delsere’s Magnum Opus
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When does Season 14 start?
A: Season 14 begins Friday, June 15 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia. For time zone conversion, see this site.
Q: When will Season 14 end?
A: We currently anticipate that Season 14 will be ending on Sunday, September 16 at 5:00 p.m. PDT in North America, 5:00 p.m. CEST in Europe, and 5:00 p.m. KST in Asia.
Q: Why is the Season end date an estimate?
A: Traditionally, we have given players two weeks notice prior to the ending of a Season. However, we’ve heard the community’s feedback, so going forward, we’ll be providing more comprehensive Season details in the Season First Look blogs. Please bear in mind that this date is an estimate and there is always a chance it may shift. While we will do our best to hit these target dates as closely as possible, we will continue to verify the Season end date at the two-week warning mark.
Q: When are the non-Seasonal Leaderboards being wiped?
A: Non-Seasonal Leaderboards are tied to what we call “Eras,” each of which lasts about 6–12 months. The most recent era began November 9. For more information on Eras, please see this post.
Q: What will happen to older Seasonal and Era records?
A: Starting with Season 10, we removed old personal bests from Season 1. When Season 14 arrives, we will remove old personal bests from Season 5, and so on. We will be doing the same for personal bests from the previous Era when the next one goes live.
Seasonal Leaderboard records are not being cleared and will remain archived both in game and on our website.
Season 14 is almost here! What are your goals for this Season? What do you think of our first Seasonal theme? Will having more treasure goblins to chase down change how you approach your Season Journey and loot hunting?
Let us know in the comments below and we’ll see you for the start of Season 14!