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 Blizzard Insider 32 – Rise and Fall of the Lich King
Rise and Fall of the Lich King: Interview with the World of Warcraft Developers

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

Blizzard Mobile Applications

Merchandise Spotlight
Fall of the Lich King Gameplay and Content Information

New Account Security Awareness Webpage

Arthas! The blood of your father... of your people... demands justice! Come forth, coward, and answer for your crimes!

Highlord Bolvar Fordragon

n the Fall of the Lich King content update (patch 3.3), Arthas Menethil, one of the most sinister and iconic antagonists of the Warcraft universe, concludes his tragic tale in a final confrontation with the Horde and Alliance.

To gain more insight into this epic moment in Warcraft history, the Insider sat down with World of Warcraft Lead Encounter Designer Scott Mercer and Lead Systems Designer Greg Street. Read on to learn more about how Arthas evolved, how his fall from the Light influenced the history of Azeroth, and how the end of his tragic character arc could shape the game going forward.

Can you give us any teasers about the final Lich King encounter from a gameplay standpoint? How difficult will he be? Any insight into how his skills and powers from Warcraft III will carry over into the final Lich King raid event?

Scott Mercer: We’re going to keep those cards close to the vest, as players will be toe-to-toe with the Lich King soon enough, but I can say that he will pose the greatest challenge yet found in World of Warcraft. Beyond that, I can only share a few additional details. The battle against the Lich King takes place at the top of Icecrown Citadel where the Frozen Throne protrudes from the citadel’s tallest tower. Throughout the fight, players will have an epic view of Icecrown Glacier, and falling off the tower will be a real danger, especially as the fight progresses. Also, I’ll just say that Frostmourne serves as more than just a weapon wielded by the Lich King during the encounter; it will actually provide a core mechanic of the fight itself, a mechanic which we hope will resonate strongly with all players -- especially the lore buffs.

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ith the StarCraft II beta test fast approaching, the StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty website has recently been reforged and reloaded with new info on the features we've unveiled since BlizzCon 2009. Head over to the newly revamped website and check out the newest single player missions, multiplayer details, heroic characters and Battle Reports for Wings of Liberty, the first epic chapter in the upcoming StarCraft II trilogy.

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