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This week’s Play Your Way Thursday focuses on a flavor of melee Wizard, combining a focused selection of skills to up your damage output and bolstering your survivability through defensive item sets. In keeping with the new focus of the series, this build is more about having fun than clearing Torment VI. This build hearkens back to one of my favorite Sorceress builds from Diablo 2, the Double Dream Enchant Sorc. If you watched this week’s episode of Westmarch Workshop than you’ll know that I personally prefer having fun over being efficient in my play time and I really enjoy seeing builds like this melee Wizard that completely changes up how you would instinctively play your class. What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy having fun with silly or off kilter build every once and a while? Or do you prefer efficiency and T6 capability over all else? Wizards are masters of magic ...

 

Initial thoughts on artifacts

by Zenstyle on

The most recent Heroes of the Storm patch brought with it a lot of the usual suspects. Balance changes, systematic upgrades, new skins, all that jazz. It also brought with it a new hero, a new map, and a totally new hero customization system, artifacts. Similar in nature to League of Legend’s runes, artifacts allow a player to accentuate certain hero facets, ideally allowing for an even more replete play experience. Heroes each have three artifact slots, all available at account level 15. While the first is free, the other two will run an individual 2,000 gold per slot. Each artifact can be upgraded 10 times, and the costs go up by 100 gold for each rank, beginning at 100 gold. Essentially, it will cost a player 5,500 gold to max out one specific artifact. In return, players can receive boons to maximum health, damage, cooldown reductions, mount speed and much ...

 

Azeroth Choppers came to an end not too long ago with the Horde being the overwhelming winner. Their bike will be in game when Warlords of Draenor releases. You have until September 30, 2014 to claim it. You can read more about it here: The Horde chopper is on its way, and you need to log in now to claim it! Your votes for Azeroth Choppers were counted, and one faction’s war cry roared loudest: the Horde bike will now be turned into a mount in World of Warcraft! Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take ...

 

Warlords Box Art Revealed?

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WoW Community Manager Bashiok has been at the SDCC this week and tweeted this image out of a large Warlords of Draenor banner at presumably the SDCC...

Episode – 17 In the latest PTR update 2 Handers and Monks received more buffs, but are they enough? Our hosts also discuss the merits behind some of the other class changes in this update and talk about some of the fan feedback they’ve received over the last week....

Episode – 17 In the latest PTR update 2 Handers and Monks received more buffs, but are they enough? Our hosts also discuss the merits behind some of the other class changes in this update and talk about some of the fan feedback they’ve received over the last week....

After a somewhat faulty start (the projector froze – always check your tools first, folks!), the crowd at Blizzard’s SDCC panel was greeted by an ear-blasting rendition of I Am Murloc - a song by the company’s very own Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain (formerly ‘The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 60 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, and ‘Tenth Level Tauren Chieftain’). The panel itself focused around new toys and collectibles, with pride of place going to Rehgar Earthfury: a new Heroes of the Storm hero from Warcraft lore. Kim Phan, eSports manager, tweeted a picture of the collectible just before the panel began, accompanied by Chris Metzen, Ion Hazzikostas (aka Watcher) and cinematics lead Nick Carpenter… …And followed it with a picture from the stage at the end of the event. Author Micky Neilson, and Blizzard toys and collectibles manager ...

Like in most games, Hearthstone, at its core, is a game of resource management. There are obvious resources, like your mana or amount of cards in hand, but there are also more subtle ones, like your life total and amount of cards remaining in your deck. All of these resources are finite, but in Hearthstone you also have Hero Powers, which in a sense could be considered as a sort of reusable resource. One of the important skills to getting better at this game is the management of these resources to gain as much advantage as possible. Mana is an obvious resource and I will talk about it briefly. Most of the difficulty in the usage of mana comes with timing spells and curving out. In most scenarios, trying to get full use of your mana is the best option. For example, if you are at seven mana and have a ...

Episode 19: Hearthstone Power Hour: Wing 1 of Naxx and Class Challenges Naxx has launched and we walk you through the first 3 bosses! We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the new cards that are handed out and work our way through some incredibly awesome lag! Stay tuned for next week when we cover wing 2!...

Episode 19: Hearthstone Power Hour: Wing 1 of Naxx and Class Challenges Naxx has launched and we walk you through the first 3 bosses! We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the new cards that are handed out and work our way through some incredibly awesome lag! Stay tuned for next week when we cover wing 2!...

 

Tech Alpha Patch Notes for July 23rd

by Crow on

The Heroes team has posted the patch notes for the latest build of the technical alpha, inviting you to enjoy them and prepare yourself while the alpha servers are down to distribute the patch. Highlights include: Rehgar Earthfury has been added as a fresh hero. Garden of Terror will be another available map for play. The first iteration of the Artifact system is in and ready for scrutiny. The new progression system updates are in place. Take a look at the full notes below: We’ve brought the Heroes of the Storm service down for a period of extended maintenance today in order to release a brand new patch for the Technical Alpha. Maintenance is ongoing, but don’t worry; we’ll let you know as soon as the Nexus is back online! In the meantime, you can check out complete patch notes below. Please welcome Rehgar, our latest addition to the Heroes of ...

 

Episode 45: Curse of Naxxramas is HERE (almost) Articles covered Gaze of the Black Prince Buff is back Ashran Zone Preview Gorgrond Zone Preview Talador Zone Preview 2 handers FINALLY buffed in 2.1 New Battleground, New Hero (Heroes of the Storm) Curse of Naxxramas Spoiler List ESPN to show DoTA 2′s Tournament – The International...

Episode 18: Kolento Pally Kolento Paladin Class: Paladin Paladin (14) Humility Equality x2 Holy Light Aldor Peacekeeper x2 Truesilver Champion x2 Consecration x2 Hammer of Wrath Guardian of Kings Lay on Hands Tirion Fordring Neutral (16) Elven Archer Knife Juggler x2 Wild Pyromancer x2 Harvest Golem x2 Defender of Argus Sen’jin Shieldmasta x2 Azure Drake x2 Harrison Jones Stampeding Kodo Sunwalker x2...

Episode 16 – Is PTR Real Life? With the PTR in full swing and seasons coming soon, what should you be doing with your play time? This week Archon and Neinball go over all the recent news and developments from the PTR. With the death of Neinball’s latest Demon Hunter our hosts also reminisce over some of their past losses in Hardcore....

Completely cheating for this week’s budget deck of the week by featuring Reynad’s hunter deck from Dreamhack. Episode 17: Hunter Control Deck from Dreamhack Reynad Budget Hunter Class: Hunter Hunter (22) Hunter’s Mark x2 Flare x2 Tracking x2 Freezing Trap x2 Starving Buzzard x2 Eaglehorn Bow x2 Animal Companion x2 Kill Command x2 Unleash the Hounds x2 Houndmaster x2 Savannah Highmane x2 Neutral (8) Stonetusk Boar x2 River Crocolisk x2 Oasis Snapjaw x2 Stranglethorn Tiger x2...

Episode 44: Warlords of Draenor Coming to Console? Articles Covered Rob Pardo departs from Blizzard Warlords coming to console? Starcraft 2 sale Patch 2.1.0 PTR updates Curse of Naxx pricing info Clarity on golden cards Changes to death rattle...

It seemed like every year there was a BlizzCon, there would be Jay Mohr hosting the show. Some fans enjoyed him, many fans reviled him. To be fair, his first year he was terrible. He wasn’t one of us, he wasn’t a gamer and didn’t understand the culture and made terrible jokes. However, he learned from it and got better the next year and made it a point to understand this community and what it’s about. However, Jay Mohr would never be accepted as “one of us” and therefore would always be reviled by fans for his work at BlizzCon. Things have changed though, this year, Jay Mohr won’t be hosting BlizzCon. When asked on Twitter if he would be, he responded that he would not be there this year and he would check who would be doing the hosting duties: @Ceejer970 @nerdist is hosting this year. Great hire, great guy ...

Episode 23: Beta Dungeon Impressions and a Farewell to Rob Pardo, Sean and Matt discuss Rob Pardo’s departure from Blizzard along with special guest host @GitErRaid. With the beta having been out for some time, the crew talk about their first hand impressions at the new dungeons. Matt happens to go off on a tiny tangent towards the end about how healing feels overall and whether or not the sky is actually falling. Don’t worry. It’s not....

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