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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 ...

Edit: It’s up in Europe now, too! Yesterday Blizzard announced the Android version for Hearthstone had been released in Canada, New Zealand, and Australia. Today it has been released in the USA. All you need to do is go to Google Play at this link and download it on your device. So go enjoy the game on your favorite Android tablet device. As a reminder, Hearthstone for phones (both iOS and Android) isn’t due out until sometime early 2015 as Team 5 is working on the UI portion to make the game a more enjoyable experience on smaller screens. As a reminder, this is where you can find the Android minimum system requirements. Hardware 6-inch screen or larger Operating System Android 4.0 or later Memory 1 GB RAM he following devices are verified to run Hearthstone well: Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 (2014) Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 (2014) Amazon ...

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 ...

Another round of hotfixes to hit Warlords today and this one, while fixing bugs, also addresses some class balancing for Hunters, Monks, and Rogues. Looks like there’s some buffs going in for these DPS classes that might have been under performing compared to others in raid groups while monks get a slight nerf. Find the full list of patch notes here. December 15 Class Tuning Changes Please note, the following class tuning changes are still undergoing testing and will be implemented as soon as possible. Hunter Beast Mastery Improved Focus Fire now grants a 5% increase (up from 2%) to attack power for every stack of Frenzy that had been consumed. Survival Serpent Sting’s damage has increased by 60%. Monk General Stance of the Fierce Tiger now increases all damage dealt by 5% (down from 10%). Rogue Assassination Venomous Wounds’ damage has increased by 20%. Combat Blade Flurry now also ...

 

Hearthstone Developer AMA Recap

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The Reddit Hearthstone Developer AMA (Ask Me Anything) has ended and the team was busy answering a ton of questions. Sometimes it can be a bit difficult to follow everything on Reddit so we put together a bit of a recap so you can read through the questions and answers. The questions were answered by Senior Game Designer Ben Brode (Twitter), Producer Yong Woo (Twitter), and Community Manager Christina Sims (Twitter). You can read the entire thread here. Reddit AMA Are there are any plans for new daily quests? (source) Ben Brode: We definitely want to add more! Any hints you could give? Naxx quests? Win 5 games with Deathknight? Yong Woo: We want to encourage players to do things that lead to great Hearthstone experience. Getting any of my friends who would be new players to play this game is near impossible at this point with how expensive Hearthstone is for ...

 

Exploring Draenor: Legacy of the Ancients

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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. Location: Shadowmoon Valley; Nagrand; Gorgrond; Spires of Arak Task: Tree Assassination Rewards: Treessassin’s Guise, contribution towards Upgrading the Mill The level 3 Garrison buildings, unlike their lower-level counterparts, are not rewarded through questing. Each level 3 blueprint can only be purchased after completing an achievement – usually one that requires that particular building in place. For example, the Gnomish Gearworks requires you to complete Terrific Technology, the Inn needs Stay Awhile and Listen and the Lumber Mill asks for Upgrading the Mill, which is a three-parter. Legacy of the Ancients is a quest that can only be completed once you have access to the level 2 Lumber Mill. In your travels through ...

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...

For those of you who didn’t get to tune in for Tuesday’s Legendary Workshop Livestream, Blizzard posted the recap on the official website. You can check it out here or down below! Also if you missed Stephan’s post on the last Legendary Workshop Recap, then you can head over to his post and give that a read as well. There is a lot of cool information and insight behind the design of legendaries so it’s definitely worth checking out. This past Tuesday (December 9) community manager Brandy Camel, lead technical artist Julian Love, and associate game designer John Yang took to Twitch to provide additional insight on the Legendary Workshop hosted at BlizzCon, discussing the team’s approach to designing Legendary items and answering questions submitted live by you, our community! If you didn’t get to tune in during the stream and are interested in learning more, be sure to check out ...

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 voting period has come and gone. Now that the dust has settled, we have crowned a winner for the prestigious honor of appearing on the Play Your Way Thursday live stream. We were just recapping on Westmarch Workshop last night that we had so far seen three Crusaders and a Witch Doctor. Not much diversity, but next week Thursday, December 18th, those numbers will shift a little bit as Abachio#2399 won with their non-Marauder set using Demon Hunter build. This ought to be fun to watch and learn about as not using Marauder’s is essentially equivalent to not eating the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. Read on for the full details below: 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 ...

Blizzard has released a small patch today with some various bug fixes and the release of the already announced stimpacks into the in-game shop. Start  up the Battle.net desktop app to start downloading and applying this patch! Early last week Blizzard talked about the stimpack items and now they are here! These boost your out of game XP by 100% and gold by 150%. Make sure to check out our earlier post about stimpacks! Here is the rest of the patch notes including some bug fixes: Shop As previewed in our most recent round of Technical Alpha patch notes , today’s update brings Stimpacks to the Nexus! The following items are now available for purchase using the Stimpacks tab in the Heroes of the Storm in-game Shop: 7-day Stimpack — $3.99 USD 30-day Stimpack  — $9.99 USD Once again, please bear in mind that a Stimpack’s effects will begin immediately after purchasing, ...

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....

 

Overwatch: Mercy

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A guardian angel to those who come under her care, Mercy is a peerless healer, a brilliant scientist, and a staunch advocate for peace....

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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