Blizzard Announces Warcraft III Invitational and Release of Patch 1.29 on PTR Offering Widescreen Support & 24-player Limit
Blizzard has announced the Warcraft III invitational and the release of the patch 1.29 on the Public Test Realm which introduces widescreen support and 24-player limit.
Rumors around a Warcraft III meeting surfaced last week when several top Warcraft III competitors around the world shared to be invited by Blizzard for a special event. These rumors have proven true as Blizzard has now announced the first very Warcraft III invitational which will take place next week on February 27th and 28th. You can read Blizzard’s official post on the matter below:
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!
Be sure to tune in for your own sneak peek and check out our PTR patch notes for more information.
Neo [Observer] Germany
Remo [Observer] Germany
Happy [Undead] Russia
Foggy [Night Elf] Ukraine
Effect [Human] Sweden
ReMinD [Night Elf] South Korea
Lyn [Orc] South Korea
FoCuS [Orc] South Korea
LawLiet [Night Elf] South Korea
MaDFroG [Undead] Sweden
Insomnia [Human] Bulgaria
Tak3r [Orc] Germany
As said, Blizzard has also announced the release of Warcraft patch 1.29 on the PTR which offers numerous improvements, including widescreen support and a 24-player limit. Balance changes are included as well.
Interesting to note is that it seems that a valid key from Reign of Chaos and The Frozen Throne are required to play on the PTR and that the patch notes mention that this will be the last version to support Windows XP. This might imply that Blizzard intends to make more radical changes to the game in the future.
We’ve included the full patch notes down below:
Specific Changes & Improvements
Added bookends to the in-game interface
Added black pillars in menus to prevent stretching
24 Player Support
Game lobbies revised to support 24 players
Team colors revised and expanded
Color selection is an ongoing effort, feel free to leave specific suggestions with color codes
Balance & Map Pools
Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20762006793#1
World Editor Upgrades
Head here for details and focused discussion: https://us.battle.net/forums/en/bnet/topic/20761976724#1
Clans may now be created
Mac clients launch on 10.11 and beyond
Unable to change resolutions in native fullscreen
PTR only supports English version of the client
This will be the last version to support Windows XP
Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos was released back in 2002. Its expansion, The Frozen Throne, was released in 2003.