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Warcraft III: Reforged’s Multiplayer Beta Begins This Week, WoW Classic Realm Labels

Warcraft III Reforged – First Multiplayer Beta Invite Wave
Some people are already reporting receiving their invite to the Warcraft III multiplayer beta starting this week!

Warcraft III: Reforged’s Multiplayer Beta Begins This Week!

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker)

The multiplayer beta for Warcraft III: Reforged begins this week* with limited access to the orc and human races within 1v1 and 2v2 matchmaking. The undead and night elf races, and more game modes will be added in the weeks ahead.

Invitations to the multiplayer beta will be sent out over the coming weeks. Initial invitations will go out in waves to those who have pre-purchased the Spoils of War edition of the game and subsequent waves of invitations will go to additional players, such as those who have pre-purchased the standard edition of Warcraft III: Reforged.

The Spoils of War Edition
In addition to access to the beta, owners of the Spoils of War edition get a few additional perks.

Beyond the Meat Wagon mount in World of Warcraft; Thrall, Anub’arak, Jaina and Tyrande in Heroes of the Storm, and the Third War card back in Hearthstone, the Spoils of War edition also contains:

Warcraft III: Reforged Skins–Champion of the Horde Thrall, Emerald Nightmare Cenarius, Fallen King Arthas, Daughter of the Seas Proudmoore


  • Player Icons: Human, Orc, Undead, Night Elf and Lich King
  • Animated Sprays: Footman, Grunt, Ghoul, and Archer

Diablo III: Mal’ganis pet

Starcraft II Console Skins

StarCraft: Remastered: Spoils of War Console

Charging Towards Battle
Learn more about Warcraft III: Reforged on our official site.

We’re looking forward to the clash of mighty armies, to hearing your reactions, and facing off with you online!

*Beta schedule may vary between regions.

WoW Classic – Realm List Populations Updated — 28 October

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
A few minutes ago, we enacted a change to how the populations are calculated in the WoW Classic realm list. Since shortly after the launch of WoW Classic, the realm list population labels have indicated real-time population levels.

Now, the Low/Medium/High/Full labels are based on peak population over the last 7 days. We believe this provides a more-useful picture of a realm’s population to players who are making decisions about which realm to play on or transfer to.

The realms which have not yet moved to one layer will continue to be marked “Layered”.

BlizzCon 2019 Charity Auction Starts October 31st

Originally Posted by Blizzard
(Blue Tracker)

Add some epic artwork to your personal stash—all for a good cause!

Beginning Thursday, October 31 through Tuesday, November 5, we’re once again hosting our special online BlizzCon® Charity Auction via eBay. The auction features a variety of original Blizzard artwork, unique memorabilia, and other cool collectibles from our games. This is your chance to score awesome new loot for your collection, and the proceeds will directly benefit CHOC Children’s.

All auction items will also be on display at BlizzCon in Hall B. Check out some of the epic items below!

Arthas – Gray Cast
Preproduction prototype polyurethane casting, signed by artists

Special Edition World of Warcraft® 15th Anniversary Charity Server Blade
Engraved with developer signatures

Overwatch® Cinematic Triptych
Signed by the Blizzard Animation team

Original Johanna Marker Drawings
Framed and signed by Luke “Mr. Jack” Mancini

The Art of Hearthstone® Book
Signed by the Hearthstone team; also includes 3 signed mini prints

To participate in this year’s auction, you’ll need to set up an eBay account. Head to now to get started. If you already have an account, check your contact and payment information before bidding.