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Blizzard is celebrating Diablo’s 20th anniversary in all of its games

From Overwatch to World of Warcraft, the Lord of Terror is getting around

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Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

On Dec. 31, 2016, Blizzard’s Diablo series turns 20 years old. To celebrate, Blizzard will hold a special event called The Darkening of Tristram in Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls, in which players will be able to revisit the original game’s cathedral dungeon, sometime in January.

But that’s not all Blizzard has planned for the Lord of Terror’s upcoming anniversary.

Blizzard announced today it will also sprinkle some Diablo-themed goods in its other games — Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft 2 and World of Warcraft — as part of the celebration. Most of those cross-franchise perks appear to be player portraits and sprays for games like Overwatch and StarCraft 2, but some of the other offerings — like a Hearthstone Tavern Brawl — sound a bit more robust.

Here’s a tease of what’s to come in Blizzard’s lineup over the next month:

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?

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

Overwatch: 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.

Blizzard announced its Darkening of Tristram event at this year’s BlizzCon. The limited-availability dungeon crawl, which comes with a “retro vision” graphics filter, “will be a proper old-school Diablo experience," Blizzard chief development officer and co-founder Frank Pearce said at the time. For more, check out some of the loot and features Blizzard announced for the annual Diablo 3 event.

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