Blizzard Celebrates 20th Anniversary for Diablo Series With Various Promos

Tomorrow is the 20th anniversary for the original Diablo, and to celebrate Blizzard Entertainment is holding a whole host of promotions across their currently-released games.

The most notable event is the previously announced recreation of the original Diablo within Diablo III, which happens in an in-game event called “The Darkening of Tristram.” As you explore the reimagined cathedral, you’ll be able to find “some familiar items.”

There’s some other goodies, like Diablo-themed sprays in Overwatch that represent Diablo III classes, a new brawl map in Heroes of the Storm where players can earn a Diablo-themed portrait, and even the chance to meet a “hooded stranger” in Hearthstone, who wields a “grim” deck of cards.

Here’s the full list of promos, via Blizzard:

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.

In related news, Blizzard isn’t releasing a new expansion for Diablo III unfortunately, however they are readying up the classic Necromancer for a return in the game sometime next year. In case you missed it, you can read our 15 year retrospective on Diablo II, which we still regard as one of our favorite action RPGs of all time.

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  1. Deathtone
    December 30, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    I remember when Blizzard made awesome games. I’m glad I still have my old games because that’s it.

  2. ChaoticPesme
    December 30, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    I almost considered re-downloading Diablo III to see what was up with that Tristram business, but I rapidly figured it was probably not worth it.
    Kinda want to play Diablo II again now thou.

  3. /|/|ilo
    December 30, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    I should get around to playing SC2. My enthusiasm for Blizzard hasn’t been the same after playing Diablo III and seeing those obnoxious numbers splash up on screen to tell me that I had a 50 hit combo.

  4. InfectedAI
    December 30, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    A few questions. The Diablo 1 remake thing is only available for a limited time right? If I buy the game now will I be able to play it or is it like end game content? Also will it be on console because I kinda want the PS4 version for couch coop, and to avoid always online DRM.

  5. Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    The event is every January so it’s kinda limited.I think the event is only available in adventure mode which is unlocked only after you finish the story with a character once.

  6. Madbrainbox
    December 30, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    SC2 is great.It’s the best Blizz game atm.

  7. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    December 30, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I’m still debating on whether or not it’s worth downloading again after all this time just for this.

  8. Tyrone Jackson
    Tyrone Jackson
    December 30, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    Yeah it’s the only franchise they have left that hasn’t been destroyed. Though that’s speaking from a casual SC player’s point of view.

  9. sanic
    December 31, 2016 at 12:03 am

    I miss starcraft on the N64 somehow that awful controller was amazing for starcraft.

  10. Madbrainbox
    December 31, 2016 at 3:07 am

    It is because you can get good at it.In SC2 is extremely hard to get good at the game.But when you do,because it is so hard,it’s the best feeling in the world.

  11. totenglocke
    January 1, 2017 at 1:08 am

    Yup. They went to shit after they sold out to Activision.