While Blizzard has been concentrating on its pool of current games like Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone, the publisher hasn't forgotten the classics. In fact, there's a new Warcraft update incoming! No, not World of Warcraft. It's for Warcraft III!
Six months after adding a PTR to the 2002 classic, Warcraft 3 received one of its most substantial updates on Wednesday afternoon. Update 1.29 adds widescreen support, while also balancing heroes, updating Map Pools (for 1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4, and Free-for-All), and adding 24-player support for custom games.
The balance changes, as seen on the Battle.net forums, includes buffs and nerfs for Mountain King, Paladin, Blade Master, Far Seer, Tauren Chieftain, Dread Lord, Crypt Lord, Lich, Priestess of the Moon, Keeper of the Grove, Warden, Naga Sea Witch, Pandaren Brewmaster, Goblin Tinker, Goblin Alchemist, Firelord, and Dark Ranger characters. The forum post also offers an updated list of available Map Pools.
To celebrate this update, Blizzard is also preparing to hold a Warcraft III invitational. This will include friendly exhibitions of Free-for-All, 4v4s, and more with Warcraft personalities from around the world. Speculation is also flying that Blizzard may be preparing to unleash a full-blown remaster of the classic RTS. According to the Battle.net post, the Invitational will take place next Tuesday, February 27 and go through to Wednesday, February 28.
To download the latest Warcraft III update, visit this Battle.net forum post.