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Warcraft III Invitational officially announced

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Yesterday, I reported on a rumour that Warcraft IV or Warcraft III Remastered could be in the works. This rumour was spurred on by pro Warcraft III players reporting that they are going to a secret event hosted by Blizzard. As it turns out, the event isn’t a secret anymore, but it might not be what we were all hoping for.

Blizzard has officially announced the Warcraft III Invitational in a Battle.net forum post. The developer has invited a tonne of professional players and some awesome casters to the event, which takes place on 27 and 28 February 2018. You will be able to watch all the action live on Twitch.tv, including things like Free-for-All matches and other friendly competitions where these great players will participate, including my personal favourite Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen.

Why is this all taking place now? Well, Warcraft III just received a major update on the PTR, including wide-screen support, a plethora of balance changes and there is even more to come. Blizzard talks about the Warcraft III Invitational taking place later this month:

Over 15 years since the release of Reign of Chaos, Warcraft III has a new major patch coming and your favorite players are throwing the first Warcraft III Invitational to celebrate it!

Hosted by casters Neo and Remo of Back2Warcraft, join us on February 27 and February 28 on Twitch for a slew of special events, including Free-for-All, 4v4’s, and other friendly competitions. Well-known Warcraft III competitors from around the world will be getting together live at Blizzard HQ to showcase their talents in friendly competition!

We love and continue to support our Warcraft III community, and we’re excited to see classic competitors like Manuel “Grubby” Schenkhuizen, Park “Lyn” Joon, and Kim “ReMinD” Sung Sik try out all the new PTR changes for themselves - including balance adjustments to many heroes, widescreen support, and more – all playable now on the PTR!” – Source

Attendee list:

  • Neo [Observer] Germany
  • Remo [Observer] Germany
  • Happy [Undead] Russia
  • Foggy [Night Elf] Ukraine
  • HawK [Human] Russia
  • Effect [Human] Sweden
  • ReMinD [Night Elf] South Korea
  • Lyn [Orc] South Korea
  • FoCuS [Orc] South Korea
  • LawLiet [Night Elf] South Korea
  • Grubby [Orc] Netherlands
  • MaDFroG [Undead] Sweden
  • Insomnia [Human] Bulgaria
  • Tak3r [Orc] Germany

Yes, even the old-school MaDFroG will be there and I simply can’t wait to watch all the matches and see these players in action once again. However, it goes without saying that many fans of the franchise might be disappointed, as the hopes of a Warcraft III Remastered or Warcraft IV might have just been crushed.

There is always a small hope that Blizzard does announce something about a sequel or a remaster during the event, but the chances are probably very slim now that we know that the “secret event” some pro players were talking about is the Warcraft III Invitational. However, if I am being optimistic, these improvements to the game could be the first step towards a remaster.

Will you be watching the Warcraft III Invitational and which players are you most excited about seeing in action? Let us know in the comment section below.

Source: Battle.net

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