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Patch 6.1: Heirlooms, How Do They Work?

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Blizzard started talking about iterating on heirloom storage all the way back when Warlords was announced. As it stood prior to 6.0.1, there were a bunch of disparate methods to get heirlooms of different grades, but you also needed to mail them between characters in order to put them to use. Without the ability to send mail across realms, that made players who had alts on different servers work much harder to get the benefits of heirlooms. The Heirloom tab was something that then got delayed until 6.1. Blizzard was pretty up-front about this when the decision was made sometime last summer, but now that 6.1 is on the PTR and imminent, it’s high time we get to talking about what the system is and how it’s going to fly. Of course, keep in mind that this is datamined content, so it’s subject to change before Patch 6.1 is released. ...

If you’ve been missing the hotfix blog, have no fear. They’re back in business. That said, it’s a pretty brief set of changes for today. The complete fix for players getting their follower at the end of the Primal Fury garrison campaign step should now be in the mix. If you completed that step and didn’t get the follower, you should now get the proper one, and if you complete the step after today, you should get the follower automatically. Some bugfixing for certain Rogue and Druid abilities that were behaving strangely under certain circumstances. If you’re dead when a quest completes, you should still get experience for it. It looks like this is an across-the-board change for all quests, not just WoD content. Which invites the amusing circumstance of leveling up while dead. If you’ve been having issues on the Lich King fight in Icecrown Citadel because a Val’kyr ...

Today Blizzard added the Lunar Festival items we saw in the preview video of upcoming skins and mounts. This also means the last bundle with the new skins for Brightwing, Zagara, and Tassadar skins alongside the magic carpet mount are no longer available in the bundle. The magic carpet is no longer available in the store, but Blizzard has stated that in the future mounts available only in a bundle will be available in the future individually. So what’s in this new bundle? A skin for both the Pandaren heroes, Lili and Chen alongside the Lunar Tiger. The bundle is in two separate bundles, the Lunar Festival Skin Bundle (which includes the two skins, and the mount) for $22.47 or in the Lunar Festival Complete Bundle which also has Chen and Lili if you do not own them already will run you $32.96. (be aware pricing may vary by region). ...

 

It’s official. Season One will have its doors closed on February 3rd, 2015. What this means for you is that you now have one week left to tackle any of those last minute Conquests, hit level 70 and unlock your transmogrification rewards for the season, or push for those last few rankings on the Leaderboards. With this being the first season to conclude (and therefore the first time players will experience the rollover of seasonal items and progression to their non-seasonal accounts), the fine folks at Blizzard took the time to put together a short video that details what you can expect when the transitional period occurs. Listen to the dulcet tones of Araxom walk you through the process below:...

We’re back with one final episode. Even though the podcast is ending, it doesn’t stop us from looking into the future for Hearthstone. Thank you so much for listening and for supporting the show, it’s been a great ride! Follow our hosts (past and present): Marc @UsesBadWords Stephen @sastewart111 Kevin @lackofrealism Aranya @aranyaphoenix Shauna @Trin_HS Robert @RobertAWing Eva @Overlord_Bunny Michael @Shoctologist Special thanks to everyone at BlizzPro.com for your outstanding support of our show! For other Hearthstone shows, please check out the BlizzPro Hearthstone Powerhour, every Monday at 9:00 CST. Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/HearthProShow Ask a Question: ask.fm/HearthProShow Connect to us on Facebook Contact us at: hearthpro@blizzpro.com Record a voice message for the show...

 

Undertaker Nerf Incoming

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Hunters have been owning the ranking ladder thanks to the Undertaker. He’s tough to deal with when he’s a 1 drop that just snowballs and gets out of control thanks to the addition of more 1 mana deathrattle minions. I wrote an article a few weeks ago (that got a lot of flack from the community) on how to handle Undertaker. One of my suggestions was to just increase his attack instead of health. I also suggested increasing his health from 2 to 3 so he’s not a worse version of Micro Machine. Looks like Blizzard had roughly the same idea. Undertaker in an upcoming patch will now only increase attack, however, his other stats stay the same. This pretty much kills any value Undertaker has and you probably won’t see him played anymore. Many will rejoice in this. However, do you think the nerf is a little too much? ...

 

Heroes of the Storm Beta Key Giveaway

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Episode 61: Heroes of the Storm Beta Key Giveaway To enter the giveaway Go to the Video URL Subscribe to our channel Comment on the video with the 3 heroes you most want to see Fill out this form: http://goo.gl/forms/VyKNp3oCXS Topics WoW Patch 6.1 PTR (Heirlooms, Blood Elf Models, Twitter integration) Diablo panels at GDC Diablo Tavern Talk Live Stream Season 1 Ends, Season 2 Begins Team Liquid Map Contest Heroes of the Storm Founders Pack Heroes of the Storm Beta Key Giveaway...

 

Defining Your Goals

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In this week’s episode of Real Life Respec I rant a bit about perceptions people have regarding fansites and other content creators and point out that if this was all about the money, then people are doing it wrong. We talk about how to handle the grind which was the discussion last week and this week I ask the question, how do you go about defining your goals? I’m close to reaching my 10 pound lost goal and I want to start thinking about the big picture. What steps do you take? What have you learned from playing games that could help you in real life? Join our Extra Life Team Join the Real Life Respec Facebook Group Weight Progress Start: 296.4 12/22/2014 Current: 288.6 1/26/2015...

It’s Monday, which means we have a free hero rotation reset and a new weekly sale. Free Hero Rotation This week’s free hero rotation will consist of Arthas, ETC, Kerrigan, Li Li, Nazeebo, Tychus, and Uther. Make sure you check out the Heroes Powerhour this week on Tuesday 9 PM at http://twitch.tv/twizzcast as we’ll be showing off Kerrigan and giving away 20 beta keys so you can jump right in and play her if you win. Weekly Sale This week’s sale consists of a hero and 2 different hero skins. This is different than previous weeks since the hero on sale does not have a skin on sale with it for that hero. This week’s hero on sale is Tassadar at 50% off so he’s $3.49. Zeratul’s High Templar skin is priced at $2.49. Uther has his Medic skin also on sale at $4.99. The sale ends on Sunday and we’ll have ...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

 

Overwatch: Hanzo

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Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer....

 

Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack

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Episode 4: Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack This week we feature Tyrael and talk about how he fits into a team comp. We also discuss Blizzard’s introduction of the founders pack and the pro’s and con’s. Crazy games happen with game 2 being a rematch of game 1. Game 3 was just straight up fun. We hope you enjoy! Join Our Extra Life Team Follow @HeroesPowerhour on Twitter...

 

Handling the Grind

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In this week’s episode of Real Life Respec I discuss some more about Extra Life, how to join our team, and how difficult it is to handle the daily grind. Sometimes it can be tough to look at the bigger picture and wish the progress would show up sooner. I talk about a video that inspired me this week about a guy who wanted to work for Blizzard but needed to reach legendary status. He finally did it after 7 months. What’s cool about it is what inspired him was an article from BlizzPro, so it’s kind of come full circle. Legendary Hearthstone video Join our Extra Life Team Join the Real Life Respec Facebook Group Weight Progress Start: 296.4 12/22/2014 Current: 290.0 1/19/2015...

 

Snuggles Control Priest Deck

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Episode 46: Snuggles Control Priest Deck This week (once we get past a bumpy last minute intro) we have a fairly legendary heavy Priest control deck called “Snuggles”.  However a lot of them are swappable and the deck still remains solid.  If you’re into Heroes of the Storm be sure to check out the Heroes Power Hour on Tuesday nights as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Priest – Snuggles Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Holy Smite x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Prophet Velen Neutral (10) Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Sylvanas Windrunner The Black Knight Baron Geddon Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord...

Epsiode 60: WoW 10 Year Gift, Overwatch Easter Egg in Heroes of the Storm Join our Extra Life team 10 Year gift Veteran Edition Blackrock Foundry Raid Schedule Diablo Community Buff Heroes XP Boost Weekend Overwatch Easter Egg Hearthstone World Championship Fixing the Undertaker Problem...

Last year for Extra Life Charity we were able to raise $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and we were part of a larger group that was able to raise nearly $100,000 for the Kansas City hospital alone. This year, we want to go bigger and we have set our goal to $10,000 and you can help us raise that by doing a couple different things. You can donate. Just go to extralife.blizzpro.com and choose one of the team members there to support. This is the easiest and probably least fun way. Join our team. By going to extralife.blizzpro.com and clicking join, you can join us for some awesome gaming and by raising money yourself on your efforts, you also help us reach our overall goal. We’re playing games anyway, so why not do so while raising money for a great charity? We have plans to give out prizes to ...

Episode 35 – Brand New Ancient Items This week only two hosts remain, but we’re not skimping on the content! We’ve got a new patch worth of changes to cover after all. We discuss some of the bigger changes brought with this patch, look forward to the future with some of our expectations of Season 2, and comment on how the dev’s are fulling embracing console players. Kick back, enjoy the show, and farm up this week’s community buff....

 

Overwatch: Widowmaker

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Widowmaker is the perfect assassin: a patient, ruthlessly efficient killer who shows neither emotion nor remorse....

Episode 59: WoW Patch 6.1, Diablo Patch 2.1.2, and Heroes Closed Beta...

 

Season 1 Map Pool Changes

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Due to some community demand some map pool changes have been made for the upcoming Season 1. Instead of Foxtrot Labs they are bringing back Overgrowth LE for another season. To read more about what community manager Psione posted on the forums, take a look here: Hey everyone, We’ve read the feedback on the 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool and wanted to announce a change we’ll be making for the upcoming season. 2015 Season 1 Ladder Overgrowth LE will replace Foxtrot Labs LE The complete 1v1 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool will be as follows: Overgrowth LE Catallena LE Expedition Lost LE Secret Spring Vaani Research Station Inferno Pools Deadwing LE While we typically look to remove the oldest maps in the ladder map pool to keep a fresh rotation (which would include Overgrowth LE), community feedback towards some of the Season 3 maps was less than favorable ...

For those of you laddering on StarCraft 2, the Season 4 for 2014 has now been locked and will be until Season 1 for 2015 begins on January 12. For those of you who are new to StarCraft, each year is divided up into 4 seasons and each season has new 1v1 maps. To check out the new maps for Season 1 2015 click here. More information about the season lock and the upcoming season below: At the end of each ladder season, leagues are “locked,” which means players can no longer be promoted out of their current league or division, and bonus pools will stop growing. The ladder lock is a time to play more than ever before: with the leagues being locked, players are able to play out their remaining bonus pool and compete for standing within their divisions until the season ends. The matchmaking skill ratings which ...

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