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!


  • #81 Kronc
    I wonder if this is the first game to make it into the top of the google lists.
  • #82 crazyboy88
    cool D3 didn't get love from the awards (looking at you gamespot) but at least this certifies that D3 is still popular :)
  • #83 Sojourna
    There's a typo with the blog link above; it's missing the '1' at the end. Granted, Blizzard did half-mess-up with the text for the link but the URL itself is correct. ;)
  • #84 raoryn
    cool to see diablo so high on the search list
  • #85 TidalSnake
    The wiz has always been my favorite class, and the archon build my favorite strategy, so I can say the guide wins. And the magazine realy is badass. It has a killer pic of the Queen of Blades (a piece of it is my avatar), so i dont regret buying it.
  • #86 Ryudos
    I've always enjoyed the budget builds, I find they're an interesting way to get newer players past any walls they seem to be encountering.
  • #87 SluffyD
    elemental dmg items and a blackweapon are really good for archon too
  • #88 Venatus_Deus
    I'm not suprised d3 is number 5. It's been the most anticipated game ever. What a let down it was though.

    Also, SC2!
  • #89 Rorance
    OH Leah looks all weird and anime like :P Cool :D

    HotS Beta key, gogogo! :D
  • #90 Bannicil
    That fan creation artwork is pretty nice, and it's interesting to see D3 in the top google searches of '12.

    Of course, HotS beta keys would be awesome, too!
  • #91 Bromeister
    It's pretty bad when you have to frontpage this.
    Yeah we know the game is absolute shit, but before everyone knew that, they searched for it to find illegal verions via google.

    OH WELL, not much else to write about this "game" i guess.
  • #92 Whispersz
    that artwork with Cain and Leah extreml nice. i wil set it as my desktop wallpaper :) .
  • #93 NasserL
    Diablo 3 is more popular than the Olympics, I giggled!
  • #94 Arqentum
    How Diablo 3 got fifth place in google search:

    Every week several thousand players looked for the following quarry:

    "Is Diablo 3 still terrible?"
  • #95 Adroit
    Those art are awesome.
  • #96 genad
    I guess D3 was a hotter topic than SC2, but im still certain SC2 is a more popular game (more played less search for)
  • #97 Crowz85
    Happy holidays all, loving the archon build
  • #98 Rubberneck
    BBB12 stands for Big Brother Brasil 12.
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