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The Legion Alpha Test Is Back

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Official Blizzard Quote:

Our gnomish engineers have returned from their adorable little Winter Veil vacation to bring the Legion alpha test back online—and they’ve made a few updates in the process!

In addition to all of the content that was previously included in the alpha, testers can now explore the new Val’Sharah zone and delve into the new Darkheart Thicket dungeon. The Shaman Order Hall is also now available, and the new Demon Hunter Vengeance (tank) spec is ready for testing. The raid boss Ursoc has also made an appearance . . . and he can bearly wait to meet you. Character copy is currently disabled, but testers can create high-level characters using templates we’ve provided.

As a reminder, there’s no NDA (non-disclosure agreement) for the Legion alpha test, so participants are free to stream the game and share screenshots or movies. Please keep in mind that Legion is still in development—we’ll be making changes as we continue to prepare for the upcoming beta test, and what you’ll see during the alpha test is not necessarily representative of the final game.

Players selected to participate in the alpha test will receive an email invitation directing them to download and install the alpha client directly through Battle.net desktop app. As always, please be aware of phishing attempts—if you’re unsure whether your invitation is legitimate, please log in to Battle.net to verify whether you can install and play the Legion alpha.

Getting Started

1.If you’ve been selected to participate in the Legion alpha, your Battle.net account will already be flagged for access.

2.Make sure your graphics drivers are up to date.

3.Run the Battle.net desktop app—it may need to update itself if you haven’t run it recently. If you don’t have it installed, get started here.

4.Once Battle.net is installed and updated, select World of Warcraft from the list of games on the left.

5.In the Region/Account drop-down menu above the Play button, choose Alpha: Legion (listed under In Development), then click Install.

6.Allow installation to complete, and click Play.

Once you’ve launched the game, use the Legion alpha template to create a character. This is located near the Enter World button.

Providing Feedback

We’d love to hear about your experiences on the Broken Isles, so once you’ve had a chance to play, please send us your feedback.
  • For general feedback, use the in-game Feedback interface.
  • For crashes, please use the Crash Reporter feature that appears when the client crashes.
  • For general game bugs, use the in-game Bug Report interface.
  • If you’re getting a wrong version error, please uninstall and reinstall the client.
  • Discuss the alpha with your fellow testers in our Legion alpha General Discussion and Bug Report forums.
How do I opt in?

Once you’ve set up a Battle.net account and have attached at least one Blizzard game, you can choose to opt in to future beta tests from the Beta Profile page—just check the box next to which games you’re interested in testing. Once that’s complete, it’s simply a matter of waiting for an invitation.
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GCD Pro League is a series of double elimination tournaments that lead to a big tournament at the end of the season. The teams with the best performances in the biweekly tournaments ($500 prize pools) will be invited to the Finals! ($2000 Prize pool) which will be a single elimination tournament seeded by past tournament placing.

Update: We hit over 18,000 viewers! An amazing feat that wouldn't be possible without the support for the community, thank you!

We are just one Tournament away from the FINALS where the 8 best teams will be invited to compete, but only one will be crowned GCD Pro League Champions!

· Double Elimination

· ALL games will be Best of 5!

· Each Team is allowed up to 4 players.

· Players who break TOS or endorse a service that breaks TOS will not be eligible to compete.

· 8 Teams max, Qualification tournaments for an excess of sign ups will occour on the Wed before the main Tournament.

· *Active Current Rating - At least 10 3v3 Ladder games for one character listed for every player, must be played within 7 days from the sign up deadline. Characters without Active rating will be calculated into the Average Current rating of their team as 0 rating.   

· Sign ups close Wed, Jan 20


GCD Pro League Winter Leaderboard:

1st. Cloud 9 (310 Points)
Roasty / Gorecki / Kubzy / WealthyMan

2nd. Tempo Storm (220 Points)
Elite / Jahmilli / Pikaboo / Starship

3rd . Method – Black (138 Points)
Chanimal / Rostiajones / Asbur / Felorea

4th. Splyce (129.9 Points)
Absterge / Wallabare / Jellybeans / Dota

5th. Donut (120 Points)
Kappa / Syfoxy / Jeff / Balance

6th. Please Sponsor us (127 Points)
Rubcub / Samiyam / Beanslayerx / Murkmindz

7th . Method – Orange (120.66 Points)
Cdew / Smexxin / Snutz

8th. Method - Orange (69 Points)
Venruki / Borngood / Mes


9th. Vellido vs Jeff (31.66 Points)
Vellido / Trilltko / Wong

10th. Holy Crow (38.656 Points)
Tony / Lossa / Tazzlol / Supatease

11th. We Miss Undead (15 Points)
Mopmage / Sugarbeet / Specisback / Derivative

12th. Lahlouli (28.75 Points)
Nahj / Mojae / Gekz

13th. 2 Dads 1 Bolt (20 Points)
Simonhowl / Ssds / Simplyshredded / Patrick


Qualification Tournament (TBD)

Friday 1/22 @ 8:00P.M. Eastern Time 5:00P.M. Pacific Time

Day 1 / Main Tournament Begins

Saturday 1/23 @ 5:00 P.M. Eastern time 2:00 pm PST

Day 2 / Finals will start:

Sunday 1/24 @ 5:00 P.M. Eastern time 2:00 pm PST

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Activision Blizzard Acquires the Business of Major League Gaming

Official Blizzard Quote:

MLG to Serve as the Foundation for Activision Blizzard's Esports Broadcast Network

SANTA MONICA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) today announced the acquisition of the business of Major League Gaming (MLG). MLG is a leader in creating and streaming premium live gaming events, organizing professional competitions and running competitive gaming leagues. The acquisition expands Activision Blizzard's reach across the rapidly-growing esports ecosystem by adding proven live streaming capabilities and technologies to the Activision Blizzard Media Networks division, led by former ESPN CEO Steve Bornstein and MLG Co-founder Mike Sepso.

Bobby Kotick, Chief Executive Officer of Activision Blizzard, said, "Our acquisition of Major League Gaming's business furthers our plans to create the ESPN of esports. MLG's ability to create premium content and its proven broadcast technology platform - including its live streaming capabilities - strengthens our strategic position in competitive gaming. MLG has an incredibly strong and seasoned team and a thriving community. Together, we will create new ways to celebrate players and their unique skills, dedication and commitment to gaming. We are excited to add Sundance and the entire MLG esports team to our competitive gaming initiatives."

Sundance DiGiovanni, Chief Executive Officer and MLG Co-founder, said, "Our mission for over 12 years has been to promote and expand the growth of competitive gaming worldwide, and today the industry is at a key inflection point as its popularity soars and rivals that of many traditional professional sports. This acquisition and Activision Blizzard's commitment to competitive gaming will expand the opportunities for gamers to be recognized and celebrated for their competitive excellence."

Mike Sepso, Senior Vice President of Activision Blizzard Media Networks and MLG Co-founder, said, "Sundance and I founded MLG to highlight the incredible talent of competitive gamers all over the world. Activision Blizzard's esports leadership, incredible intellectual property and long history in competitive gaming create a perfect home for MLG's capabilities. The acquisition of MLG's business is an important step towards Activision Blizzard Media Networks' broader mission to bring esports into the mainstream by creating and broadcasting premium esports content, organizing global league play and expanding distribution with key gaming partners."

MLG will continue to operate MLG.tv, MLG Pro Circuit and GameBattles platforms, and will continue to work with its partners and other publishers across the industry. MLG.tv is a premium online broadcast network for professional-level esports and the MLG Pro Circuit is the longest-running esports league in North America. GameBattles is the largest online gaming tournament system across consoles, PC and mobile platforms.

With over 100 million unique viewers, the esports audience is estimated to be bigger than audiences for many professional sports leagues. Creating premium content for these audiences will provide significant opportunities in ticket sales, advertising, sponsorships, licensing and merchandising. By 2017, esports is projected to have over 300 million viewers1. For the past 12 years, MLG has helped bring esports into the mainstream with broadcasts of professional gaming competitions that rival traditional sports fan engagement.
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