Over the last month, artisans from around the world have rallied their styluses and art supplies to celebrate the upcoming release of Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™. One-by-one, they've channeled their inner nephalem to create stunning illustrations depicting one or more central figures of the expansion getting ready for the coming conflict against Malthael, the Angel of Death.
There are over $11,000 worth of prizes and a two-night trip to Blizzard HQ in Irvine, CA up for grabs, and by the time the deadline for the contest drew to a close last week, an incredible 3,619 pieces of stunning artwork had been submitted! The sheer talent of each and every one of these artists is astounding, and we highly encourage you to feast your eyes on all of the contest entries.
Twenty-five semi-finalists have been chosen by deviantART staff, and in the next few weeks, we'll be announcing the three grand-prize winners of this epic contest, so stay tuned! In the meantime, feast your eyes on the top 25 semi-finalists below.
|"Fist of Conviction" by Yong Jun Cho (Nixell)|
|"Among the Dead" by TheRafa||"Waypoint" by Nicc Balce (Robotnicc)|
|"Immortal Soul Set in Stone" by Deeedge|
|"Witch Doctor" by deathstars69||"Diablo III RoS Contest" by Klaus Pillon (KlausPillon)|
|"The Spirits Grant Me Blessings" by congbu|
|"New Evil" by Kuzinskiy Audrey (Kuzinskiy)||"Alternative Angel" by bongbaba|
|"Reaper of Souls" by Peter Balogh (PeterPrime)|
|"The Calm Before the Storm" by TheEchoDragon|
|"Crusader" by Shen Fei (Shenfeic)||"D3 Witch Doctor" by daemonstar|
|"Malthael - Reaper of Souls" by ArisT0te|
|"A Witch Doctor" by Kashuse|
|"Golden Hour Monk" by Leanfro Furlanetto (Slipled)||"Crusader" by Andrei Sherstuk (kkkiri)|
|"Diablo 3 Witch Doctor" by Igor-Grechany-Ostrov|
|"Monk" by 0BO|
|"Diablo III Reaper of Souls - The Crusader" by marrten||"Bless" by Tarasov Konstantin (Pixmilk)|
|"Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Fan Art Contest" by cyl1981|
|"Diablo III" by Bae Hoon Ku (SearchFinder)||"Respite" by glitchritual|
|"Blizzard Contest Malthael" by Joel-Laggerwall|
Thank you to all contest participants for being a part of our wonderfully creative community, and good luck to the 25 semi-finalists! For even more diabolical revelry, be sure to check out more of the artists's work in their respective galleries listed above.
Are you interested in joining in and creating something special for the upcoming launch of Reaper of Souls? Make sure to tell us all about it over in our Community Creations forum!
Only one week remains until Malthael, the Angel of Death, makes his terrifying return to the mortal realm. One week until you can lay siege to Act V, charge forth as the Crusader, master powerful new skills, and explore the world of Sanctuary like never before. One week!
To tide you over until death's descent, we've just unleashed our official gameplay trailer on YouTube. Discover what harrowing challenges and tantalizing rewards await your heroes beyond the gates of Westmarch in the all-new video below.
Are you ready to go anywhere and slay anything? We sure as hell are! Diablo III: Reaper of Souls™ arrives on March 25, but remember: death is only the beginning.
The time to equip your flail and shield is coming, brave nephalem, because Reaper of Souls™ for PlayStation® 4 is headed to PAX EAST!
What: Hosted annually in Boston, PAX East is a celebration of gaming culture and community
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
When: April 11–13, 2014
Head on over to east.paxsite.com for panel schedules, hotel and travel information, forums, and more. If you have an iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, or Windows 7 smart phone, you can also download the super sexy (and super official) PAX East 2014 app from Guidebook for free.
If you're attending the event, be sure to join us in the battle for Westmarch at the official Blizzard booth. You'll have the opportunity to get your hands on our latest Ultimate Evil Edition™ demo, test your RNG luck with some sweet giveaways, and more! This is also your chance to raise hell with the all-new Crusader class wielding Sony's streamlined DUALSHOCK® 4 wireless controller.
We'll have demo stations available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT in booth #848 of the Expo Hall, so if you're in the area (and in the mood for some ritual demon slaughter), be sure to stop by and check it out!
Here's what else you can expect at this year's PAX East Blizzard booth:
We hope to see you there!
...but the minions of Hell grow stronger.
Lore seekers and theorycrafters, take note: the Crusader class page and skill calculator are now available in the Diablo III Game Guide!
The Crusader class page is a vast repository of sacred knowledge, containing key details about these unyielding champions of the Light. On the page, you will find a litany of practical information including core class mechanics, character background, unique equipment, a resource overview, an armor progression preview, combat screenshots, artwork, and more.
In addition to these high-level highlights, the class page also provides a comprehensive breakdown of Crusader skills and abilities. If you're looking to challenge Malthael's armies in Westmarch and beyond, be sure to explore the Active, Passive, and Progression sub-pages to learn more about the divine powers your Crusader can wield. We also encourage you to experiment with new builds using our updated Skill Calculator!
To learn about other recent changes made to the Game Guide, click here.
While some players might revel in the nitty gritty of combat skills and techniques, others like myself have an insatiable taste for the flavorful histories that round out (and give context to) the heroes of Sanctuary.
Our newest champion is no exception, and story developer Robert Brooks has been hard at work weaving a tale of intrigue about the Crusader and her mission. His narrative will not only give you an inside look at how this nephalem's journey comes to pass, but also an understanding of who she is as an individual.
To give you a glimpse of the crusade to come, we've prepared a special sneak peek of "The End of Her Journey," available below. Enjoy!
Anajinn was reading through a thick tome when he entered the library. "Anajinn, or whatever your name is, you need to leave now." She glanced up at him and turned a page, tracing along the text with her gauntleted fingers as she read.
"I heard some angry words out there," she said.
"There's a man… a paladin. He says you're a heretic," Reiter said.
She laughed. "I suppose he would." Her eyes never left the book. Reiter stammered incoherently for a moment. "Did he threaten to kill me?" she asked.
"Well, not… Yes." Reiter tried to make his voice firm. "He's waiting outside for you now."
"Nice of him to send you to warn me."
She continued to read. Reiter shifted uncomfortably. "Aren't you going to… face him?"
"Eventually. If he's still there," she said. "I have a lot of reading left. Maybe he'll find something better to do."
Reiter felt utterly helpless. Dragging her out seemed like a bad idea. Still, he pressed forward. "Anajinn, I want you to leave my inn. Right now." She didn't immediately respond, and Reiter exploded. "What is wrong with you? What is in that book that's more important than a man trying to kill you? Why in the Hells have you come back to my inn?"
Anajinn sighed and set down her book, sitting up straight. Her armor clacked together lightly. "Your father asked my master—"
"The real Anajinn? The first one?" Reiter interrupted without thinking.
She didn't seem to take offense. "Her, yes. But she wasn't the first. Anajinn began her crusade a couple centuries ago," she said. Reiter blinked at that, but she moved on. "Your father asked all about our crusade. He didn't share that with you?" Reiter shook his head, lips pressed together. "Then I'll be brief. I'm searching for something to save my faith."
Anajinn's smile was sad. "Decay. Corruption."
"So why does this paladin hate you so much?"
"Would you be happy to have someone tell you your faith is flawed at its core? Doomed to rot and cause untold suffering and pain?" She sighed. "I don't think this paladin outside is of high rank. Knowledge of the crusade is suppressed to all but the leaders of his order. If he were one of them, he would not wait patiently."
"What would he do?"
"He would level your inn to kill me." Anajinn's expression hardened. "I don't know whether I can talk sense into him. If I can't, I'll likely need to leave town. So until I'm ready to leave, I'm going to finish my reading."
"But he threatened to kill me too!" There. It was out.
A pause. "Did he?"
"Well, not in so many words…"
Anajinn cut him off. "But you felt threatened." It wasn't a question. Anajinn closed her book. "Then I will leave immediately. I don't want you to feel at risk because of me.
"But this book," she said, holding it up. "Would you be willing to sell it? I can pay a fair price."
Reiter stared at her.
Are you excited to read more? We are too and look forward to releasing "The End of Her Journey" by Robert Brooks in its entirety on diablo3.com next week!
In the meantime, be sure check out the other class short stories we've published (if you haven't already):