Last week Blizzard announced that it has teamed up with deviantART for a Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls fan art contest. The first place prize will be a two-night trip to Blizzard's camp in Irvine, California to meet the artists and developers of Diablo III. The first place winner will also receive $5,000 USD, a one-year Premium Membership to deviantART.com and more.
"Your challenge, brave heroes, is to channel your arcane power and create an illustration depicting one or more central figures of the expansion getting ready for the coming conflict against the Angel of Death," reads Blizzard's blog. "These figures may include the six heroes of Sanctuary or even Malthael himself."
The top 25 winners will have their art displayed at Blizzard's headquarters in Irvine, California, with the top three winners hand-selected by Christian Lichtner, the art director of Diablo III.
The second place winner will receive $3,000 USD, a signed boxed copy of Reaper of Souls, 4,000 deviantART points, a 6-month deviantART.com membership, and a framed print of the winning work signed by the team. The third place winner will win the same save for the amount of awarded cash, which will be $1,000.
"Your submitted entry is to be an original artwork inspired by Diablo III in the form of a portrait or an illustration showing a central figure from one of the six classes of Heroes of Sanctuary or of Malthael preparing for the coming conflict," reads the rules.
Cosplay, photographs and moving images are not allowed. Images must be at least 2,000 pixels in its shortest length and be either a single JPG or single PNG file. Contestants must also have a membership to the deviantART.com website (free).
The contest deadlines show that art submissions will close at 11:59:59 pm on March 13, 2014. The 25 contest semi-finalists will be announced on March 18, 2014, and then the top 3 contest winners on April 2, 2014.
Diablo III: Reaper of Souls launches on March 25, 2014. To enter the contest, head here.