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Every Friday a legendary member from team IHearthU breaks down IHU’s “Deck of the Week” . These decks are seeing a lot of play either in constructed ladder or tournaments. Team IHU explains the deck lists and how to play them. View past Deck Lists of the Week. Team IHU: Twitter | Website Sponsored by: Kinguin – Waypoint Get Coaching from Team IHU: http://ihearthu.com/coaching Goblins vs Gnomes hit last Monday and with that a whole new metagame. Warrior gained another tool to fight back against the aggressive decks, some decks which were almost non-existent in the metagame are now top competitors, like Paladin and Mage. We also now have access to Dr. Boom, a new staple in control and midrange strategies, but we always start by looking at the most successful strategies. One of the most dominant decks on the new ladder has been the dreaded Hunter deck. Hunter gained access to a bunch of new cards, but the ...

The message is going out across some of Blizzard’s game feeds on social media: the closed beta for Heroes of the Storm begins on January 13th, giving folks enough final notice to get their beta preferences updated and install any upgrades acquired over the holidays. The date was announced at BlizzCon 2014, but putting it out again across social media helps to build hype for the game over what will likely be a busy and distraction-filled holiday season. About time we entered the Storm, partner. Closed Beta starts January 13 – sign up now! http://t.co/BkeBhsRh4q pic.twitter.com/JiA8tO5zl9 — StarCraft (@StarCraft) December 19, 2014 No! All must… enter the Storm. Closed Beta starts January 13 #HeroesBeta http://t.co/1qZclixNPV pic.twitter.com/HYd8NpUFTN — World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) December 19, 2014 Strange that we’re not seeing this show up on the Diablo twitter feed, or on the Heroes feed itself, but that could change at any time. More information ...

 

Interpreting the 2015 WoW Roadmap

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Let’s be specific about what was and wasn’t said in Bashiok’s big forum post: What’s Coming in the Patch 6.1 PTR The continuation of the legendary quest line (ostensibly “Chapter IV”), which will reward a legendary follower. Social media integration (tweet screenshots and item drops from in-game). New content for Garrisons. The Heirloom collections UI. However, it’s interesting to note all of the things that were in the post that weren’t specifically listed to be coming in 6.1. The flight master improvements aren’t specifically stated to be in for 6.1. Since it sounds like it’s taking some new engineering to get it up to spec, it feels like something that could slip the deadline for 6.1, and it’s possible that it’s not something that can just be hotfixed into play. The “gold for game time” exchange (which plenty of players recognize as similar to the PLEX system from EVE Online) ...

The world of Overwatch has been pretty silent since the reveal at BlizzCon. Especially for a game that is supposed to have a beta soon and be released in 2015. This week the facebook page has a bit of activity as 9 new screenshots were added for King’s Row, one of the Payload maps (currently the only payload map at the moment). Remember, if you haven’t yet, sign up for beta. King’s Row is a Payload map situated in the heart of England. In this location, the attacking team’s objective is to move vital cargo to a designated delivery point, while the defenders work to halt the attackers’ progress until time runs out....

 

Patch 2.1.2 Won't Hit Until After Holidays

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The Play Your Way Thursday live stream went on today while our own Neinball got a chance to play with the winner Abachio, community manager Nevalistis, and associate game designer John Yang. During the stream, the news was broke that we would not see Patch 2.1.2 until sometime after the holidays. John Yang stated ideally they would have liked to have had the patch out this week, but it’s not a good idea to release something before the Christmas break in case something goes wrong as they would be a bit understaffed with employees taking vacation to be with their families over the holidays. As a player, I’m sure there will be some disappoint that we’ll have to wait even longer for season 2 to begin. As a fellow developer myself, I can really appreciate the fact that Blizzard isn’t willing to push to something out the door and put extra ...

Another round of hotfixes went into Warlords today. This one fixes mainly bugs, but the big news is primal spirits are getting an increase in their drop rates when harvesting outside of your garrison. Also, no more scamming on the auction house with the Brawler’s Guild potions as those have been made bind on pickup. You can read more about today’s hotfixes here – To see all the recent hotfixes, check out our Patch Notes page Garrisons, Followers, and Outposts Outposts [Requires a realm restart.] Completing a quest for a newly swapped Outpost building should no longer cause it to incorrectly revert back to a pre-swapped state. Classes Hunter Talents Crouching Tiger, Hidden Chimera should now work correctly with the Glyph of Mirrored Blades. Priest Talents Clarity of Will’s (Discipline) protective ward on a critical effect should now be correctly reduced by Battle Fatigue in PvP combat. Glyphs Glyph of ...

Got a special Hearthstone player in your life that you’re trying to find the perfect Christmas gift for? Perhaps you’re just looking for something awesome for yourself? Well, you’re in luck because ThingGeek has a new Blizzard licensed Hearthstone product in the form of a set of 4 pint glasses. On the front of the glasses are portraits of 4 minions – Leeroy Jenkins, Nat Pagle, Ragnaros the Firelord, and Nozdormu. On the back is the Hearthstone logo. The entire set will set you back $24.99 plus shipping. However, if you order today and your order is over $40, you can use the promo code USGETIT and get 25% off your total order plus free shipping. This means you can buy 2 sets for a total of $37.49 – buy one for yourself and one for a friend. Ready to get my holiday drinks on with the Hearthstone pint glasses! ...

The final round of Play Your Way Thursdays for 2014 will be later today. Join winner Abachio, Nevalistis, John Yang, and myself over on the official Diablo twitch channel at 3pm PT. The votes are in for our next Play Your Way Thursday build, and it looks like we’re locked and loaded to feature the deadly Demon Hunter! Join us Thursday, December 18 as we challenge ourselves on the PTR in a good, old-fashioned demon massacre. Here are the details: What: Our fifth (and final for 2014) Play Your Way Thursday livestream Where: http://www.twitch.tv/diablo When: Thursday, December 18 @ 3:00 p.m. PT to 4:00 p.m. PT Who: Brandy Camel, Abachio#2399, BlizzPro contributor Whitney “Neinball” Fairchild, and John Yang Why: To embrace our inner Vengeance I’ll be joined by associate game designer John Yang and Neinball’s glorious beard as we hop onto the patch 2.1.2 PTR and chat with Abachio about his non-Marauder ...

The StarCraft 2 team is hard at work at getting beta for Legacy of the Void ready for sometime in 2015 and we have some development changes to multiplayer since we last saw what they had planned at BlizzCon. The biggest piece of this in my opinion is the discussion of a new unit for Protoss which they are saying will help them with the early game. Other things to note – they have changed the resources since BlizzCon in a way that would still encourage players to expand quickly and get to the action quicker, but not as insane as it was at BlizzCon, so they’ve reduced that time a bit. They are also looking at playing with the starting worker count some in beta, but they really feel 12 is the sweet spot. You can read the full blog of these changes here: We wanted to give everyone ...

Today Blizzard made a call to action in Starcraft 2 to test out a recent balance change. This change is in effect of trying to improve the Protoss vs. Terran matchup by reducing the splash damage widow mines do against shields. If you’re interested in helping test this change (which is not final) and giving feedback on it, make sure you check this post out on how to do so: We’ve just published a Balance Test Map to the StarCraft II Custom Games list titled “Deadwing LE (2.1.7 Balance v1.0)“. In this test map, we’ll be testing a change to the Widow Mine that reduces the splash damage against shields.  During this testing phase, please keep in mind that this change is not final. Our plan is to first explore how each change impacts the game and potentially test additional changes after reviewing your feedback. Let’s have a look at ...

With closed beta invites going out soon, many new players are about to enter the Nexus, and one of them may be you. Some of you might have never played a MOBA, and may need tips on how to survive. No worries, though, because BlizzPro is here to help! Today we will break down the various classes available for play in Heroes of the Storm, and what is expected of them on the battleground. Warrior Warrior characters: Anub’arak, Arthas, Chen, Diablo, E.T.C., Muradin, Sonya, Stiches, Tyrael Warrior characters are the front-line engagers who typically have the most health on your team. This can be a difficult class to play, but this role is a very important one. Often, the warrior will be expected to be the first to engage the enemy team, soak certain skill shots for the assassin, confuse and use crowd control to disrupt the enemy, and chase ...

Episode 39: 100 Packs and a Sloth This week we were set back one day by Hearthstone’s maintenance. So although it’s a day later, we’re back and we hit it hard! We bust open 100 packs, snag a few legendaries and introduce you to Sloth, the Pirate deck! We hope you enjoy! *WARNING* This video does have swearing during the “Community Thoughts” segment. Deck List Pirates Class: Rogue Rogue (13) Backstab x2 Blade Flurry x2 Eviscerate x2 Goblin Auto-Barber x2 One-eyed Cheat x2 Edwin VanCleef SI:7 Agent x2 Neutral (17) Southsea Deckhand x2 Bloodsail Raider x2 Ship’s Cannon x2 Big Game Hunter Southsea Captain Dread Corsair x2 Jeeves x2 Captain Greenskin Loatheb Gadgetzan Auctioneer Troggzor the Earthinator Ragnaros the Firelord...

Episode 32 – Legendary Workshop Aftermath What does a dev stream, PTR updates, and vanilla ice have in common? This episode! We dig deep into the recent Legendary Workshop livestream and discuss the new details we’ve gleaned about how the devs make decisions when developing content for Diablo....

The PTR buffs have come to end, Season 2 is still no where in site, but we’re still going strong! Not much to cover for news, but there are some interesting developments coming for console players this weekend. Speaking of this weekend, come join us in our D2 stream this Saturday Dec. 6th at 12:00pm PT. Finally, a huge congratulations to Landshark, the winner of our Augchild’s Set Contest!...

 

Handlock with a Twist Deck

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Episode 38: Handlock with a Twist Deck Being as that the ladder is reset and fairly aggro heavy, this variation of Handlock helps keep the board under control early game instead of tapping into dangerous waters. We hope you enjoy! Deck List Handlock with a Twist Class: Warlock Warlock (10) Soulfire Mortal Coil x2 Hellfire x2 Shadowflame x2 Siphon Soul x2 Lord Jaraxxus Neutral (20) Zombie Chow Acidic Swamp Ooze Ancient Watcher x2 Ironbeak Owl x2 Sunfury Protector x2 Unstable Ghoul Earthen Ring Farseer Defender of Argus Twilight Drake x2 Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2 Mountain Giant x2 Molten Giant x2...

Episode 30 – Aren’t You Thankful? Not much has changed since the launch of the Patch 2.1.2 PTR so we had time in the show to bring back a fan favorite. In this episode we bring back our build section to show off Leviathan’s Vacuum Crusader that’s been cleaning up Grifts on the PTR. We also have an in-depth discussion on AoE abilities and if single target skills have a role in the game anymore. One last reminder, you’ve got less than a week to submit your idea for our Augchild’s Contest to win a copy of the Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4....

 

Control Priest Deck

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Episode 37: Control Priest Deck This week we play a control Priest deck and after a rough first game it ends up with concedes left and right on the opposite side of the board.  Don’t forget that the Power Hour is available on iTunes as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Prist Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Silence Holy Smite x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Shadow Madness Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova x2 Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest x2 Neutral (10) Zombie Chow x2 Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Defender of Argus Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2...

Someone over at Overpwn.com discovered the art assets for Overwatch has been added to the battle.net client and the folks at Overpwn were able to confirm it. Now, this really isn’t huge news or even mean that anything is happening, but I do believe we might be seeing the beginning of Friends and Family Alpha sometime after the Thanksgiving holiday. The reason I believe we’re actually that close to a F&F Alpha? Well, while at BlizzCon while I was standing in line to play Overwatch, a Blizzard employee was in front of me with his family and friends waiting to play as well. That’s when Frank Pearce (Blizzard co-founder) walked by and asked him why he was in line to play the game when it’s going to be available to play in the office “in just a couple weeks”. It seems quite possible that this game is certainly further along ...

If getting WoW 75% off, Diablo 3 and Reaper of Souls 50% off, or Starcraft 2 WoL and HotS 50% off wasn’t enough for you, then there’s another Blizzard sale going on this week. Blizzard has select items in their gear store up to 50% off. Probably the items I am most interested in is the MegaBloks Battlecruiser ($78, down from $130), the WoW or Diablo poker sets ($39, down from $65), or the Blizzard 20th anniversary hoodie ($49, down from $70). Blizzard says this sale is for Friday only, however, it appears the sale is currently happening right now. It looks like it’s probably going to end this Friday November 28....

J!nx is sporting a new lineup of Blizzard-themed goodies, including hoodies, hats, toys, and other swag. Additionally, some of these new items (including hoodies and tees) are included in the 25% discount. You can check out all of the latest J!nx Blizzard franchise items by navigating to the Blizzard section....

Episode: 29 – Patch 2.1.2 PTR Has Begun Fresh off the Blizzcon hype we’re rushing straight into the Patch 2.1.2 PTR! We’re sad that the new sets won’t be added to the game, but we’re still excited seeing some of the changes to help address things like DH M6, Monk damage, and more! We’re also still taking submissions for our Augchild’s Giveaway to win a copy of the Ultimate Evil Edition for the PS4....

Episode 28 Part 2 – Blizzcon Recap Sorry for the wonky audio edit in the middle there. We’ve still got more Blizzcon info to talk about and a very special announcement at the end of the show!...

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