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.

  • 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!


  • #41 Hoggel
    Wow, that is some great art from ChaoyuanXu, also love his previous work.
    I'm a bit sad to see things such as gagnamstyle and iPad before Diablo 3, but w/e, still nice to end up in 5th place.
  • #42 Jamoose
    Pretty cool to see D3 so high on the list. That fan art is quite nice.
  • #43 le0nkun
    The budget guides are starting to get old tbh.
    But I do love the fanart/fancreation posts on the the newpage.
  • #44 Hito
    gonna try wiz budget guide
  • #45 Draahl
    I wouldnt have guessed in a million years #1 was Whitney Houston on googles most searched.
  • #46 Lithium112
    great artwork!
  • #47 Fuzzyballs
    Really need to finish lvling my Wiz.
    The D3 searching probably got bumped up due to player hype around release
    (HoTS would be swell as well)
  • #48 Fuzzyballs
    Quote from Hoggel

    Wow, that is some great art from ChaoyuanXu, also love his previous work.
    I'm a bit sad to see things such as gagnamstyle and iPad before Diablo 3, but w/e, still nice to end up in 5th place.

    To be fair, Gangnam Style just hit a billion views on youtube. 1/7 of the planets population has seen it
  • #49 Hellfrog
    70% of the searches were probably how to beat inferno after release :D
  • #50 zippez
    Quote from le0nkun

    The budget guides are starting to get old tbh.
    But I do love the fanart/fancreation posts on the the newpage.

    i agree, there are so many of them. Im pretty sure most people are aware that they can get somewhat decent items for not that much gold. and with the gold inflation, 1m budget builds just gets a little bit stronger everytime someone posts them. but hey its not rocket science.

    when it comes to the fan art. there are a quite a few talented artists hiding in the gaming community. awesome stuff
  • #51 giko
    The wizard guide was cool, please make one for dual-wield hunter.
  • #52 BlayZin
    Fuck this Fanart looks so awesome. Leah looks so cute.
  • #53 Nati
    Fifth place? Not bad! What surprises me the most is the number 10th search. BBB12? Never heard of, ever ;o
  • #54 Frosti
    Really Nice Artwork!

    Thumbs up for Hots beta key.
  • #55 Pjuuder
    cool drawings
  • #56 OmgRed
    d3 top 5?? that goes to show no matter how much ppl trash the game they still love it :D
  • #57 DejanJakimovski
    HotS beta key giveaway.... i really need one :)
  • #58 sudnika
    i tried that budget archon build - it works!
  • #59 rejagi
    Pretty suprising with all the dificulties during the first months but still nice results.
  • #60 Jaden344
    Wow diablo3 in the top search, i would never expected it
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