is giving away 500 keys for the exclusive Diablo III beta test over the next five weeks. If you want to lead the charge against the minions of the Burning Hells before the game’s official release – follow the instructions below and enter the drawing for your chance to win.
Starting December 20, 2011, we’ll be randomly selecting 100 winners each week to receive a key to our exclusive Diablo III beta test. Drawings will occur at the end of every Tuesday for five (5) weeks for the total 500 keys.
What you need to know
How to Enter:
1. Have an active Battle.net® account
2. Be a registered user of Twitter®
3. During the Contest period become a follower of BlizzardCS® by visiting http://twitter.com/BlizzardCS and clicking “Follow;”
4. Use the hashtag #DiabloBeta and @BlizzardCS in a Tweet,
5. Send an email of the tweet to firstname.lastname@example.org. With a link to your tweet
If you have not registered a Battle.net account, visit http://www.battle.net to register for a Battle.net account at no cost to you; and if you are not a registered user of Twitter®, simply visit http://twitter.com/signup to register at no cost to you.
December 20, 2011 @ 1:00 pm (PST) Sweepstakes Ends
January 23, 2012 @ 11:59 pm (PST)
Official Blizzard Quote:
Real life names and Battle Tags
To be clear - BattleTag does not display your real name to anyone. It's an anonymous nickname system. The entire point of BattleTag is to be a unified, anonymous nickname you'll use across all Blizzard games.
The Real ID system, of course, does display your real first and last name. But you have to choose to be mutual Real ID friends with someone, and only then will you both see each other's real first and last names.
Real ID and BattleTag are separate systems, and they don't intersect. The intent with BattleTag is specifically to offer all the great features we've been able to offer with Real ID (cross game chat, etc.) but with an anonymous nickname.
The game displaying your own real first and last name to you, I understand, is a concern for some, and we appreciate that feedback. It is not, however, displayed to anyone else, or part of the BattleTag system. The only way someone else can see your real name is if you've both mutually agreed to become Real ID friends.
The current implementation of BattleTags in the Diablo III beta is of course a first go, and we've already read a lot of feedback and are aware of a number of issues. Keep it coming, though (Blue Tracker/ Official Forums)
Should Blizzard add tangible Co-Op incentive
Faster killing speed means more drops, more drops means more power or money. Since the goal of the game essentially boils down to either power or wealth, or both, the advantage (in our opinion) is pretty clear and doesn't need any additional incentive.
Legacy games and official forum posting
The intent was to only allow people with Diablo III beta access to post here, but we figured that might be kind of boring and we'd like for StarCraft II and World of Warcraft players to have somewhere to get excited about the game. Now we just have beta-license specific forums for feedback and bug reports, and it works out pretty well I think.
At some point in the future we hope to be able to include 'legacy' licenses in their access to more modern forums, but there's a lot of design work and considerations around how that could work out, if at all.
We want a layer of accountability on our newer sites and forums to try to keep the amount of moderation needed to a minimum. That's partially afforded by ensuring someone's account means something to them, such a owning a copy of StarCraft II, or having an active subscription to World of Warcraft.
Because of these attachments to your account, if you were to break the rules here and be banned, it would be an investment (a new copy of a game) before you could come back and post. Our intent isn't to get you to break the rules and have to buy more copies of our games, it's to dissuade you from breaking the rules at all. Without going too much into it, the CD-Keys of our legacy titles are insecure. We simply can't rely on them to dissuade someone from breaking the rules as they can unfortunately no longer be known if they were an investment at all. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We don't have a release date.
We have. We don't have a release date. We're shooting for early 2012. That's it. People coming to our forums and accusing us of lying has nothing to do with anything, and frankly it's within my purview to inform people of exactly where they stand. If someone believes they know what they're talking about, and they don't, it's my position to inform them of that and attempt to provide some information if not education. Without being intentionally condescending or mean, of course (I don't feel I was). Most of the time I just like chatting about stuff, but if me disagreeing with someone or correcting their statements is offensive, I can only recommend steering clear of my replies because it's absolutely my intent to dispel misconceptions and squash rumors when warranted (and able).
Is the delay because of the RMAH in Korea?
I don't know what translation you're reading but no where has it been stated the release of the game on a whole is delayed because of a GRB rating. Might it delay the game in Korea? I suppose no one knows, but we still have some time since the game is not finished. We're playing internal builds, the entire game, we'd know if it was. I'd know. (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
There is no setup of motives for the characters in game
Each character you make will begin the game with a cinematic explaining exactly those things (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The Pinging for Regenerated Health
We're probably going to just hide passive health regen numbers. It may be worked into an option but we don't necessarily think it's interesting or useful to know that your passive health regen is passively regenning your health... Should be self explanatory (Blue Tracker /Official Forums).
Secondary attack crits?
Well, from my own experience so far in the game, secondary hits that occur from either procs (Demon Hunter's Hungering Arrow), or attacks that go through targets in a line (Monk's Deadly Reach and Demon Hunter's Elemental Arrow) can crit after the initial hit. So you could have a nice chain of crits from attacks like those
Please do remember though that this is the beta and things can change, so what happens now might not be the same in a later patch.( Official Forums)
As a demon hunter, can you use Impale even though u use a melee weapon?
Why yes, yes you can, I like to think of it as you lobbing the weapon at them when you are using melee weapons :P(Official Forums)
Crits and AoE Skills
Just as VeNoM stated, you can crit multiple times with AoE spells. However there may be exceptional cases for this against certain creatures.( Official Forums)
Assinging mouse buttons for the hotbar skills
You can already do that in the Beta, if you go into the options and in the top row of tabs click the "Key Bindings" tab you can change the "Hotbar Skill" bindings to what you will.
You can always give feedback in a very detailed manner about what you want to be able to key bind in a thread about this topic or feel free to start your own if there is not one already ( Official Forums)
The Name Deckard Cain
A few days ago, a kid by the name of "Deckard Cain Elder" posted his story over on Reddit stating that Deckard Cain was indeed named after him. Today his story was confirmed by Bashiok.
My name is Deckard Cain Elder, and I am 16 years old. When I was just a baby, Blizzard had a surprise drawing for Diablo with very vague details. All anyone knew was that if they wanted to be a part of the drawing, they had to send a postcard to Blizzard with their name on it, and after a said date, they would pick a card at random to win the prize. Being a very big Blizzard fan, my father decided to take part in this. He thought about it for a while, and decided that since my name is so unique, he would send the postcard in with my name on it instead of his. My first name comes from the Harrison Ford's character in the movie Blade Runner, my middle name is my mother's maiden name, and my last name is my fathers family name.
It had been about 4 or 5 months after my father had sent in this postcard with my name on it to Blizzard, and he had begun to forget about it, and accepted that, because of the period of time since he had sent the card in, we hadn't won this unknown prize. About 6 months after the drawing, a box arrived at my parents apartment in South Dakota. Not having ordered anything, they were curious as to why it had shown up. When they opened the box there were five things inside. A long yellow envelope, a copy of Diablo, a black hat with Blizzard in blue printed on the front, a very large Diablo T-shirt, and a blue statue of Diablo that stood a little over a foot tall. Inside the envelope was a letter from Bill Roper, the producer of Diablo, that explained that I had been chosen for the drawing prize. (I will have an imgur link to pictures of the Diablo statue, me holding the letter, and the letter up close for you to read.) The letter basically explained that the prize for being chosen in this drawing, was to have your name in the game. I honestly feel that, because of my unique name, Blizzard saw my name on the postcard and thought it suited the character they were looking to name. But either way, it's seriously cool. So if you ever wondered how Blizzard named Deckard Cain, you now know. Picture of Letter | Identification
Curse - World First Exclusive Video for Reckoning.
Curse was able to get a world first exclusive release video for Reckoning, take a look below!
It just gives me a small bit of hope of being in the beta to test stuff i need to know for retail, as well as helping them find bugs...but i've never been that lucky winning anything... so meh... and about the social media , why all the hating? It's not just something to get attention.
I'm sure alot of people use it just for that but you don't have to judge everyone who uses it (:
Just copy and paste #DiabloBeta and @BlizzardCS in your tweet (where you write stuff)
And to get link, click in "x minutes ago" under your tweet, that should bring you to your tweet page, copy link from your browser and paste it to mail.
Yes I would like some help with step 4, does it mean I just copy the #Diablobeta and @Blizzardcs or what it was and paste it in a tweet I make on my account?
Send the tweet to blizzard cs, then go to your homepage and click the timestamp on that tweet (the one that says 'sent X minutes ago' or w/e) then copy the URL when you click the timestamp, and paste that into an email to blizzard =D
On topic : Sad about the beta key contest ending jan 23rd, kinda puts the last nail in the coffin for a jan release. Maybe a jan announcement?