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Since my post yesterday about garrison and profession changes, some of the lingering questions were put to the developers. They were kind enough to answer, meaning we’ve got a window into some the future iterations coming to the garrison/profession interaction. Of course, how much of that is evident in today’s upcoming build remains to be seen. Let’s get into it: On the Necessity of Profession Buildings In response to my question about whether profession buildings will be required for learning recipes, Rewards Systems Designer Russ Petersen had this to say: @unlimitedBLACK @mumper @Muffinus you will be able to get your recipes from trainers at some point. — Russ Petersen (@nite_moogle) July 23, 2014 Meanwhile, Lead Game Designer Cory Stockton followed up to say that there’s a design in the pipe that just isn’t in the builds yet. In some other discussions I had yesterday, a workaround did get floated that ...

Art Director Chris Robinson is back to reveal a new Artcraft; this one showcases the female tauren. Like other recent posts in the series (see our handy index below) this one is light on new information about the process and allows the images to do most of the talking. All told, this is probably my personal favorite for Most Improved Model so far. Read the full post below. We’re here with a brand-new Artcraft! I’m your host, Chris Robinson, senior art director on World of Warcraft, and today we’re showing you where we’re at with the female Tauren. The original female Tauren had a lot of issues with too-angular geometry and stretched-out textures. It’s not her fault—it’s just what we had available to us at the time. Our new process has allowed us to add a lot of detail to her hair, fur, horns, and hooves, to build a far ...

Greetings, fellow players! Curse of Naxxramas has now been in our hands for a couple of days and I thought it might be nice to chronicle my experience with the adventure thus far. This series of articles will serve as more of a “Things I Observed” while walking through the halls of the necropolis rather than a “How To Destroy Everything ASAP” guide. We will definitely have that kind of coverage for you in the coming days though, so stay tuned! This first week brought us the Arachnid Quarter, full of spiders and interesting combat encounters. I made sure to avail myself of as few spoilers as I possibly could before I dived in to play, taking each screen slowly and letting the dialogue and music wash over me. The Atmosphere With that in mind, it makes sense to start with the atmosphere/flavor of the adventure. It was a nice mix of providing ...

Today we have the testimonial of a player who decided to try Hardcore Mode for the first time, come find out how this game mode has forever changed the way he looks at Diablo 3....

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

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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 ...

 

Developer Insights Interview

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Game Director Dustin Browder and Designer Matt Cooper teamed up with CM Josh "Rockette"(*) Rester-Zodrow to drop some science about the upcoming patch for Heroes of the Storm on Twitch today. Highlights include an overview of the abilities for the just-announced support hero Rehgar Earthfury, a brief look at the new map Garden of Terror, and a discussion about the progression system updates and the controversial Artifact system....

 

Just like his predecessor, Diablo III has secret level. Instead of fighting demons and other hellish monsters, you're tasked with raiding a land of pink, rainbows, and happiness where you are supposed to conduct a massacre against unicorns, teddy bears, and even flowers....

 

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....

Episode 15 – New PTR Patch Archon and Neinball cover the latest update to the Patch 2.1 PTR. There are some interesting discussions happening between the devs about the high end difficulty balancing. Our hosts also go into the recent set of Monk nerfs and the Crushing Blow mechanic....

Blizzard announced earlier today that both the original StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its first expansion, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, will be permanently reduced in price on the Battle.net store effective immediately. You can purchase either the original game or its expansion for $20 USD apiece, or a bundle of the two together for $35 USD. If you haven’t already enjoyed Blizzard’s RTS masterpiece, there’s no better time to get started. Additionally, if you’re thinking of playing Heroes of the Storm when it comes out, Heroes is built on the same engine and control scheme – learning the StarCraft control scheme will help you be familiar with some of what to expect (if you don’t have Technical Alpha access). Remember – you can try StarCraft II for free using the Starter Edition before committing to purchasing it! The Starter Edition includes the entire Blizzard Arcade experience, as ...

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