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Warcraft III: Reign Of Chaos Turns Five
6:00 AM | Cord Kruse | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment yesterday announced the five year anniversary of Warcraft III, the third in the popular fantasy real time strategy series. Released in July, 2002, Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos launched around the world and swiftly became the company's seventh number one seller, and one of the highest rated PC games of all time. Combined with its expansion, The Frozen Throne, Warcraft III is still a popular choice for RTS gamers.

In honor of the fifth anniversary Blizzard has posted a brief retrospective of the game and its reception by the press and the gaming public.

With the launch of Warcraft III: Reign of Chaos five years ago this month, gamers worldwide first began to play out the story of the corruption of Arthas Menethil and the cataclysmic return of the Burning Legion to Azeroth. In addition to spotlighting the exploits of several heroic and villainous characters from Warcraft lore, including Thrall, Jaina Proudmoore, Kel'Thuzad, and Illidan and Malfurion Stormrage, Warcraft III introduced a number of enhancements to the Warcraft real-time-strategy series. The broadest of these was the shift to 3D graphics and the addition of two more playable races for multiplayer competition -- the Undead and the Night Elves.

Of the many new elements that Warcraft III brought to Warcraft multiplayer battles, one of the most notable was the concept of legendary heroes which grew significantly in power as they gained experience and acquired magical items located throughout each map. Combined with substantial Battle.net upgrades, such as anonymous matchmaking and an advanced ladder system complete with seasonal tournaments, Warcraft III quickly became a fixture in international competitive gaming. Countless players across the globe continue to play the game actively today -- for fun on Battle.net and also professionally.

Another major feature of Warcraft III is its extensive set of mapmaking tools, dubbed the World Editor, which players use to create their own maps, ranging in complexity from basic to extremely elaborate. One of the most popular Warcraft III World Editor maps has been Defense of the Ancients, which has inspired multiple spinoffs (some of which have been featured in amateur and professional tournaments) as well as an entrancing Swedish dance song.
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