Diablo 3 is Number 5 on Google Searches for 2012, Budget Wizard Archon Guide, Fan Creation of the Week, Heart of the Swarm Beta

Reminder: Each day we're holding a giveaway for StarCraft 2: Heart of the Swarm Beta keys! Check the end of the post to see how you can get your key and if you won from yesterday's giveaway!

Diablo 3 is Number 5 on Google Searches for 2012
Google has published their Zeitgeist 2012, which shows the most searched words for the entire year. Surprised or not, the 5th place is taken by none other than Diablo 3! You can see the Top 10 Most Searched Words below or click on the image to view the official ranking for all other searches as well.
  • Whitney Houston
  • Gangnam Style
  • Hurricane Sandy
  • iPad 3
  • Diablo 3
  • Kate Middleton
  • Olympics 2012
  • Amanda Todd
  • Michael Clarke Duncan
  • BBB12




Budget Wizard Archon Guide - 1 Million Gold to Farm MP1
Archon InfernoFriday has created a new budget guide, this time for an Archon Wizard. In the video below he goes through the selection of items and what stats Archons need.






Fan Creation of the Week: “Searching For Truth”
In this week's Fan Creation Blizzard showcases Deviant Art user ChaoyuanXu's masterful Diablo drawings. He also has quite the portfolio so don't forget to check out the rest of his gallery!

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

This week's community spotlight shines brightly on fan artist ChaoyuanXu and his breathtaking rendition of Leah and her Uncle Deckard, titled "Searching for Truth".

If you loved ChaoyuanXu's interpretation of two of Diablo III's most critical characters, then you'll be sure to enjoy his other Diablo-inspired pieces, including "Unstoppable Monk," "Wizard Unleashed," and "Enter Demon Hunter" (all featured below).

To see more work by this talented artist, head on over to ChaoyuanXu's gallery on Deviant Art or check out his blog at http://blog.sina.com.cn/u/132705606.





ImagineFX Gets Exclusive with Blizzard’s Fine Arts Project
The monthly sci-fi and fantasy digital art magazine ImagineFX's latest bonus Christmass issue is out and with it come some very nice Blizzard artworks. Check the full announcement here.

Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

The December edition of ImagineFX magazine is now on sale and packed with a little something extra for Blizzard art enthusiasts, including tutorials and how-to information from some of the artists that help bring World of Warcraft to life. You'll also get to take a look into Blizzard Entertainment's Fine Arts Project; a unique gathering of some of the world’s greatest contemporary fantasy artists creating their own visions of the Blizzard universe. Legends including Alex Ross, Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell, Craig Mullins, Alex Horley, Todd Lockwood, and Syd Mead share their experiences and showcase the incredible pieces of art they produced for the project.

Blizzard's artists are featured throughout this memorable issue. Their contributions begin with new cover art for the magazine from Glenn Rane, featuring Alliance heroine Jaina Proudmoore. Inside you'll find Samwise Didier explaining how to depict an epic fight between two heroes, and Laurel D. Austin sharing her approach to creating dynamic groups of characters in the workshop section.

Whether you're an artist or just someone who appreciates fantasy art, this issue would make a worthy addition to your collection.

Learn more about this issue here.
Buy ImagineFX issue 90 now.





Heart of the Swarm Beta Key Giveaway
Diablofans has some keys to give away for the beta test of Heart of the Swarm! We will be giving away 2 keys every day (Monday - Friday) for the next two weeks. The rules are simple: post a comment relevant to the news in the comment section below. As long as it's on topic, you've entered.

RULES
  • Your post needs to be relevant to the news!
  • You may post and reply as much as you like, but it will only count once!
  • You can enter every day!
  • A reply to another user (as long as it is on topic with the news) counts.
  • Posting with multiple accounts will get you removed from the giveaway, so don't be naughty!
  • You have until the next news post to reply to this post!
  • Winners will be announced the following day.
Yesterday's winners: Patchwerk and Zodiam. Congratulations!


Comments

  • #1 Drewknukem
    As long as we beat Kate Middleton, I have a shred of hope left for this world.

    Also that archon 1 mil budget is interesting. Used to seeing 3-5 mil low budget guides. I should try making a million budget build for fun.
  • #2 Norgannon
    Interesting to see the only video game in the top 10 was diablo 3.
  • #3 psykomis
    its just google search being awesome ;)

    HOTS beta key would be lovely
  • #4 Miuho
    nice 1 mio build and the prices are going down all the time
  • #5 Tharavol
    Way better graphics than Gangnam Style though.
  • #6 KarakNor
    Nice artwork! Love the Leah/Cain piece.
  • #7 Bonespirits
    Wow, there seems to be more and more budget guides coming out everyday. They're really varied too. I'm glad to see the community finally utilizing the AH rather than just bitching about it. Hopefully in patches to come we will be able to get straight item trading support as well.
  • #8 GaZZaRoL
    Haha after I've just finished building my archon build, a guide gets released. I'm sure there will be some tips i can take away from it and add to mine tho, exciting! :D
  • #9 Upgrayedd
    i never really liked the wiz. used the act3 meteror to power level mine but this budget guide and build look pretty interesting may have to try it out
  • #10 Khairis
    I really like the "Searching For Truth" Artwork. Very awesome!
  • #11 ZzEzZ
    Wow these Community Creations of the Week are great. Always like seeing these.
  • #12 Patchwerk
    First off, hooray, I'm genuinely shocked that I won a key :D Thanks DF.

    I can't help but wonder if the google search results are raw or standardised in some way, as I can't be the only one who searches for "III" as opposed to "3". Either the statistics account for both or the iPad 3 dodged a bullet.

    Apologies Archon InfernoFriday, it's 6 a.m. here and I'm a little blurry, but I thought for a second the video was Rick Astley with a headset at first glance :( I guess I owe you a view at least then.
  • #13 Saikyou
    That art of Leah and Deckard is awesome. Reminds me of Castevania SOTN.
  • #14 Krossbuddhist
    Quote from Drewknukem

    As long as we beat Kate Middleton, I have a shred of hope left for this world.

    Also that archon 1 mil budget is interesting. Used to seeing 3-5 mil low budget guides. I should try making a million budget build for fun.
    Kate Middleton, oh man. I'm surprised the pregnancy didn't make the list. But, you've gotta consider, the launch of diablo 3 was HUGE and with the notorious error 37... Well... I know I did a lot of searching that night (more rage searching, than soul searching.) Also, found this gem. ign. com/articles/2012/05/16/diablo-3s-best-error-37-jokes
  • #15 Alltecks
    Arent these budget guides getting a little bit redundant ? :S there are soooo many of them



    (hotsplx!)
  • #16 Vykun
    I like the Archon guide, big ups for something working that isn't CM.

    Also, Leah is hot. That is all
  • #17 Omniwyn
    Quote from Norgannon

    Interesting to see the only video game in the top 10 was diablo 3.

    true, but what does it mean? could be i need to google a lot to get arount with Diablo3
    In fact i think thats the reason. Lots of pepole google builds and farming strategies :)
  • #18 DesmondTiny
    That art pic is awesome! :)
  • #19 Darwinian
    That ImagineFX magazine looks pretty badass. Whenever I go back to Japan I'm always impressed with the Magazine selection there. I know it's kind of a dead medium in America thanks to the Internet, but when they add production value like in this ImagineFX mag, they're almost like art books. Thanks for sharing.
  • #20 overneathe
    Quote from Omniwyn

    Quote from Norgannon

    Interesting to see the only video game in the top 10 was diablo 3.

    true, but what does it mean? could be i need to google a lot to get arount with Diablo3
    In fact i think thats the reason. Lots of pepole google builds and farming strategies :)

    It means exactly what you said as well. That lots of people have searched for Diablo 3. Whatever the reason. :P
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