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  1. StoPCampinGn00b
    Created by StoPCampinGn00b
    Nov 3, 2017
    Razosh made a write-up of the news from BlizzCon. You can read it here.


    BlizzCon 2017
    October 26 - November 4
    Opening Ceremony: November 3

    Everything needed to know can be found the official BlizzCon site.
    News - Event Info - Watch - Schedule - eSports - Forum

    It's time for Blizzcon, the official event for everything Blizzard games! It's where upcoming releases and updates are announced, competitive tournament matches are fought, interviews happen, art is showcased, and game development insight is featured. Many of these things will be broadcast & streamed through the week.

    The opening week actually started on October 26 featuring eSport competitions for HotS, WoW, and SC2. The grand finals/championships for Overwatch, HotS, WoW, Hearthstone, and SC2 will conclude on the final two days. But most importantly, the opening ceremony and is today at 11am-12pm PT!

    You can watch all the official BlizzCon streams here on Hive (Live Streams | HIVE) or Blizzard's Twitch pages:

    Twitch.tv/Blizzard (main stream)
    Twitc.tv/Warcraft (WoW)
    Twitch.tv/Starcraft (SC2 and... SCR?)

    We will attempt to post highlights in this thread. If anything comes up that you want to share, don't be shy to post about it!
    some of this was copy and pasted from last year sorry :]
  2. StoPCampinGn00b
    Created by StoPCampinGn00b
    Oct 18, 2017



    Create a competitive 1v1 melee map that excels in terrain, dynamic, and creativity, but most importantly balance, for a chance to win $100 among many prizes!

    • First Place: 30 reputation points, your entry on the award icon, a Back2Warcraft T-shirt, and $100 through paypal!
    • Second Place: 20 reputation points, an award icon, a Back2Warcraft T-shirt, and $50 through paypal
    • Third Place: 10 reputation points, an award icon, a Back2Warcraft T-shirt, and $25 through paypal
    In addition, higher quality maps will have a chance to go on competitive map pools in 3rd party leagues and tournaments.

  3. StoPCampinGn00b
    Created by StoPCampinGn00b
    Aug 14, 2017

    StarCraft: Remastered is set to release today, August 14! Watch Day9's officially Blizzard sponsored SC:R live
    stream here, with pros facing off in the glorious wide-screen re-textured 4K HD: Twitch.tv/Day9tv

    StarCraft also just went live on the Blizzard app. It includes both the original Starcraft and Broodwar free,
    along with the option to buy the remaster. This is great news for classic games as a whole.



    Starcraft Free Remastered
    Same Legendary Gameplay
    Offline LAN and Campaign
    Connected to the Blizzard App
    Observer Mode
    Modern OS Support
    Presale Unlocks: Korhal Command Center, Aiur Nexus, and Char Hive
    Cloud Saves
    13 Languages
    Remastered Dialogue and Audio
    Remastered Graphics up to 4k with Widescreen Support
    Enhanced Narrative
    Matchmaking & Leaderboards

    You can find all the info and purchase the game on Blizzard's StarCraft: Remastered home page.
  4. Ralle
    Created by Ralle
    Aug 12, 2017
    Note: The JASS Checker has been reverted to the old version for now because of recently discovered instabilities.

    I have just updated the JASS checker with a new feature I have been working on the past few months. It is super technical, so to sum it up, it is now more precise with reporting leaks than before.

    The long story is this: The JASS checker performs a static analysis of the JASS in a map. What this means is that it does not run the JASS code but sort of looks at it. The limitation is that it might not know what value a variable has so in the case of an if-statement, it would have to assume that the 'then' statements are executed and then the 'else' statements and their results are combined.
    However, in this latest version it makes an attempt to keep track of the value of things. This was super important to make the JASS checker more precise, especially because the blizzard.j file makes use of the global variable
    to determine whether the helper function must deallocate an allocation inside an if-statement. Because of the former way this was done, it had to assume that the allocation was never leaking and thus failed to report leaks in worry that they might be false positives.

    I made a mess of this. The JASS checker is complex and pretty good. Use it!
  5. StoPCampinGn00b
    Created by StoPCampinGn00b
    Aug 11, 2017
    Warcraft 3 Patch 1.28.6 PTR
    Link to Patch 1.28.6 PTR battle.net post

    The public test realm for patch 1.28.6 is out now! This means that you can test the new patch on a separate server (Mac & PC PTR installers are is included on the battle.net post, green link is above).

    The two biggest things that come in 1.28.6 are both ladder centric. One being a new map pool for ladder, and the other being various changes to existing melee maps, also for ladder. They include a selection 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and FFA maps. In a sense, it is a balance patch, but not one where the stats of the four races units and heroes are altered. You can read the changes in detail on the battle.net post up top as well. Blizzard also stated two other things: That they're looking into fixing game search times and lowering the latency even more.

    The takeaway: After months of updates aimed at improving compatibility and technical aspects, (besides the 8mb map size limit being lifted) the first major wave of content arrived. There's still lots more to improve, but it's great the progress made finally being turned into significant substance. We await the modding and the custom game scene to see similar progress in the near future.

    Current 1.28.6 PTR map pools:
    - 1v1 Map Pool (New)
    - 2v2 Map Pool (New)
    - 3v3 Map Pool (New)
    - 4v4 Map Pool (New)
    - FFA Map Pool (New)

    August 18: PTR is back up!