Blizzard set to celebrate 20 years of Diablo with in-game events

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The original Diablo was released 20 years ago tomorrow, December 31st. Blizzard is getting ready to celebrate 20 years of dungeon crawling and loot with special in-game events across the entire slate of Blizzard games. Since its release, there have been two more installments and I’ll be the first to admit I still play on a weekly basis.

Set in the world of Sanctuary, players create a character of a particular class and set forth in battle against Diablo and his demon minions, occasionally with the help of some angels, in the action role-playing hack and slash dungeon crawlers. A new expansion is set to be released next year for Diablo III that will bring another playable class to the game — the Necromancer.

While a start date hasn’t been announced, Blizzard has given us a small taste of the limited time events and items for Diablo III, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. The biggest event, in my opinion, will be the ability to replay a reimagined version of the game in “The Darkening of Tristram” event in Diablo III. I never did play the original or much of the second installment, so it should be a fun journey through the original content.

Original Diablo screenshot.

Blizzard’s in-game events and rewards are set to include:

Diablo III

Recapture the feeling of your first play through of the original Diablo with The Darkening of Tristram tribute event. Venture through a reimagined version of the original cathedral in Diablo III and keep an eye out for some familiar items.

Heroes of the Storm

The battle for the High Heavens continues, and a new Diablo-themed portrait is up for grabs! Can you emerge victorious on this hectic new brawl map?


In this Tavern Brawl, a hooded stranger awaits, holding a grim deck in his hands. Will you unravel the secrets surrounding this dark wanderer?


Bring the battle for Sanctuary into the fight for the future with in-game sprays representing your favorite Diablo III classes—along with a new player icon modeled after the Lord of Terror!

StarCraft II

Put the Lord of Terror to work for you with a Diablo-themed worker portrait.

World of Warcraft

Strange things are afoot in the world of Azeroth as denizens of Sanctuary cross over into an unfamiliar world.

While some of the in-game events are a tad vague, and others are simple in-game portraits, it should be a fun time for those who played Diablo in the past or still play today. Stay tuned as we’ll be sure to let you know when these events are slated to begin once Blizzard announces that information. What do you think of the in-game events that will be coming to the various Blizzard games? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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