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Monday, February 11, 2002

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Newbie Impressions of Warcraft III Beta
6:00 AM | Eddie Park | Comment on this story

Blizzard Entertainment recently began its PC-only external beta test of Warcraft III. Given the seemingly universal popularity of the Warcraft real-time strategy series, it comes as a small surprise that has posted the beta-testing impressions of a self-confessed newbie to the Warcraft universe. The article, written by "Mystikal," gives readers a blow-by-blow description of the initial beta experience, starting with installation and going through a multiplayer game.

One of the more interesting things Mystikal notes is the overall interface. He describes menus as having sliding toolbars as well as animated clouds in the background. He also notes the utter lack of the spamming and immature comments that usually afflict's public servers.

The bulk of the multiplayer game described in the article covers a battle with another tester named "Yes," with both of them using the Undead army:

I went mainly towards air units, going for Frost Wurms and Gargoyles. I'm still not that great at using the Necromancers, as I proved when I tried to attack with them, and was quickly destroyed. Also note that "Yes" was also the Undead. After expanding for 15 minutes; I got my Deathknights (I chose three of them, still unsure why I picked them as my hero units), and planned for an attack. Unfortunately before I could begin my assault I was attacked by an army of Frost Wurms and Gargoyles, as well as a Deathknight. I quickly used my Crypt Fiend's (I think thatís what it is) web ability, and with a little micro-management managed to web down 6 of his Wurms. I managed to put down this little attack quickly, and began to produce a few Abominations / Meat Wagons / Fiends, to attack with.
The rest of the article covers further impressions, including more insight into the workings of the Undead army. Those interested can find the whole article at

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