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World of Fancraft #2

by Marc Huber on

This weekly column is dedicated to the fans of World of Warcraft who have been inspired by the game to create, film, draw, cook, or craft their own personal slice of Azeroth. We are proud to share some of these amazing creations with you. The new expansion launching in just a few short weeks means we’ll all be going back to the grind, and by grind I mean leveling as the race to 100 is on. The video below is a brilliant collaboration between Gigi and Letomi, and a parody of the song “Hello” by Karmin. While two years old in November, the song stands the test of time, and should provide some inspiration as you’re pushing for max level once again....

 

Card Smart: Starving Buzzard

by Marc Huber on

Sure, you can play that winning card and step away from your match the glorious victor. But where is the fun unless you can also drop some lore knowledge on your opponent and add insult to injury? In this column, we don’t worry about card values or strategy – all we care about is that sweet, sweet lore. Check back every Wednesday for a new installment of Card Smart! Poor Starving Buzzard: aside from Hunters no one likes him in Hearthstone. After the upcoming nerf, even the always reliable Hunter love becomes questionable. In Azeroth, no one likes him - period - and he’s forced to survive on scraps in a desolate dust bowl near Searing Gorge Canyon. It seems only fitting that the buzzard gets at least some lore love today. Badlands is home to the Starving Buzzard, and inhabited by various ogres, black dragon welps, along with a few goblin and Horde outposts. The region is a bone-dry desert, a ...

 

[Featured] What Would DKMR Do? #12

by Stephen Stewart on

Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | ForumsSponsored by: Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint Written by Varranis Welcome to this week’s “What Would DKMR Do?” Each week we’ll present an in-game situation and discuss the possible lines of play. Here’s the scenario for this week: This game is nearing its end. It’s important that we either find a way to win or maximize our chances not to lose. How did you navigate this scenario? Shaun would: I’d silence the leokk with keeper. Then I’d hero power to the face to check AOE (explosive trap?). If explosive, then you have lethal. If not then it is likely freezing in the current meta, go in with 7/4, which goes back to your hand. Attack hound master with 4/7. Play chill wind yeti. In fact, that’s what most all of you decided to do! But is that what DKMR would do? It is. We have potential lethal, so first we want to play to ...

 

Token Druid Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 28: Token Druid Deck This weeks episode we go 5-0 with a little different Token Druid deck.  No Violet Teachers or Imp Masters for us but we have a moment of silence for the Wonder Bra hot air balloon that perished this week. We hope you enjoy! Deck List Token Druid Class: Druid Druid (15) Innervate x2 Wrath x2 Savage Roar x2 Swipe x2 Keeper of the Grove x2 Druid of the Claw x2 Force of Nature Ancient of Lore x2 Neutral (15) Echoing Ooze x2 Haunted Creeper x2 Harvest Golem x2 Shade of Naxxramas x2 Defender of Argus x2 Loatheb Spectral Knight x2 Cairne Bloodhoof The Black Knight...

Game balancing is a subtle art. Small oversights often lead to some skill, character or item being absurdly overpowered and chosen by most players in spite of the rest of the content the devs worked so hard to produce. In this series, we will look at Balance in Diablo 3 and see how fair things are right now....

 

BlizzCon 2014 Pet Revealed--"Grommloc"

by Magistrate on

If you've always dreamed of owning a Murloc genetically spliced with Grommosh Hellscream, then 2014 is your year! Blizzard revealed that Grommloc, inspired by the Orc of similar name, will be this year's BlizzCon pet for ticket holders everywhere....

Blizzard has confirmed that character faces will be customizable via the in-game barber for relatively little gold. Face customization was discovered by beta players shortly after it was implemented last week....

 

John Yang talks about pet survivability

by Hotstreak on

Blizzard Game Designer John Yang took to the forums this week to talk about the survivability of pets. In his post, he mentioned that their goal is to make pets roughly as survivable as players. This is good news for all pet build lovers since this hopefully means that pets will be more viable in higher torments and possibly greater rifts too. So if you’re looking to run a pet doctor for Season 2, then things could be looking pretty good for you. Hey everyone. We’re in the process of doing a review of Rift Guardian abilities and extremely damaging monster abilities in regards to the amount pets take. Our philosophy on pet survivability can be summed up as follows:Pets should be roughly as survivable as the player. There’s a lot to this statement so let me clarify a bit: Pets should scale with your survivability stats. They currently scale with ...

Blizzard has announced that the opening bouts for the World of Warcraft Arena Championship, the Starcraft II World Champion Series Global Finals, and the Hearthstone World Championship will all take place the weekend before BlizzCon 2014, from October 31st to November 2nd. With all the championship games scheduled to happen at BlizzCon itself, it’s certain to be a huge esports event, aside from all the regular excitement we all get from the convention. Check out Blizzard’s full details on the events below. One weekend can’t contain all of this year’s BlizzCon eSports action. With the StarCraft II World Championship Series Global Finals, Hearthstone World Championship, and World of Warcraft Arena World Championship all culminating this year at BlizzCon 2014, we needed an extra weekend to squeeze in all of the competitions—and to make sure everyone has a chance to take in as many of the tournaments and events during BlizzCon ...

Episode 23 – Spicy Hotfixes Another week into Season 1 and we’ve got a ton of hotfixes to address issues and exploits in the game. Our hosts cover some of their favorite changes, their thoughts on how seasons have been playing out so far and this week we received a ton of questions and feedback from out listeners. Archon also gives the best opening in the show’s history, this episode is worth listening to for that alone!...

Major updates to the Technical Alpha for Heroes of the Storm were released in today’s patch, including the introduction of Chen Stormstout as the newest hero and a significant overhaul of the Haunted Mines map. Chen will play very similarly to how those of you who used the Pandaren Brewmaster hero in Warcraft III remember him. The Haunted Mines underground area was decreased in size and number of skulls required, and there are also less mercenary camps. You can see the new version on the updated Battleground page online. The 64-bit client is still being deployed, but streaming downloader functionality, UI updates, and balance tweaks to many heroes were included in the significant list of changes. Read on for a full list: GENERAL 64-Bit Client Now Available A 64-bit version of the Technical Alpha Client is now available on 64-bit systems. The 64-bit version of the Heroes client allows the ...

Blizzard unveiled today that the next update to the Technical Alpha client will include an option for players running the Windows version of the Battle.net App to launch the new Heroes 64-bit client. Under the Settings -> Game Settings menu, simply uncheck the ‘Launch 32-bit client (instead of 64-bit)’ option, just as you would for World of Warcraft. The complete announcement was as follows: We’ll be releasing a 64-bit version of the Technical Alpha client with our next patch, which players on 64-bit Windows systems will be able to start using just as soon as maintenance concludes on patch day. If you’ve got more than 4GB of RAM installed in your machine, the 64-bit client will allow the game to utilize this extra memory, reducing the risk that you might run into an Out-of-Memory error while playing Heroes of the Storm. We’ll make further improvements to the 64-bit client with ...

Reports are coming in from across the net that barcodes for BlizzCon 2014 are in the mail. If you don’t see yours yet, keep checking, and don’t forget to look in spam filters if necessary. Included with the ticket barcode that gets you into the show is a separate “digital bonuses” barcode, which is what unlocks your access to the BlizzCon Virtual Ticket, the BlizzCon online merchandise advance sale, and whatever other to-be-announced digital goodies ticketholders will get. Check them inboxes folks. Now’s the time to finalize travel plans....

Episode 51: Why Hearthstone Needs to Improve Organized Play Articles Covered BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Gems no longer Prospectable Professions easy mechanic WoW Q&A Patch 2.1.0 Is Live StarCraft WCS 2015 Golden Joystick Awards New Card Back...

 

Mid Range Ramp Druid Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 28: Mid Range Ramp Druid Deck This week we go 4-1 with a Ramp Druid!  5/10 Ancient of War OP and leaked photo’s…that is all. Deck List Mid Range Ramp Druid Class: Druid Druid (18) Innervate x2 Wild Growth x2 Wrath x2 Savage Roar Swipe x2 Keeper of the Grove x2 Druid of the Claw x2 Force of Nature Ancient of Lore x2 Ancient of War x2 Neutral (12) Zombie Chow x2 Harvest Golem x2 Sen’jin Shieldmasta x2 Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2 Sunwalker Sylvanas Windrunner Kel’Thuzad...

In a hotly debated, widely contested discussion on whether or not Blizzard should ‘region lock’ their World Championship Series in competitive StarCraft II, a highly anticipated – but ultimately unexpected – announcement was released today. As WCS 2014 is nearing conclusion, it was revealed today that WCS 2015 will have a strict residency requirement. Players will be required to be legal residents of the region they are competing in. The full announcement was as follows: WCS 2014 has been one of our most exciting competitions yet! As we near the finale of Season 3 on the road to the StarCraft II Global Finals, we’d like to share a few details covering major changes for WCS 2015 that will affect the players and the WCS competition. We will share more information about 2015 as soon as possible. But we wanted to share the following changes immediately so players can start planning ...

Episode 22 – Seasons Week 1! Seasons have finally arrived and they are everything we’ve hoped for and more! Join hosts Archon, Leviathan and Neinball as they discuss their experiences starting new hardcore characters for Diablo III’s inaugural. Spoilers, Leviathan is Sean Bean of the podcast....

 

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Now Available

by Marc Huber on

Another year, another BlizzCon (hurray!) – and another virtual ticket. For those of us who cannot participate in BlizzCon in person, the virtual ticket is truly the next best thing. As of today, tickets are on sale for $39.99 in the Battle.net shop. As in previous year virtual goodies will also be available, though no details have been confirmed yet. BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket The Virtual Ticket lets you be a part of the biggest Blizzard universe mash-up this side of Heroes of the Storm—right from the comfort and convenience of your own home. The Virtual Ticket provides access to two days of live HD BlizzCon coverage across two streaming online channels, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality so you can catch any of the action you might have missed. Here’s what you get: Developer Panels & Exclusive Interviews Get the latest news and developments on World of Warcraft, ...

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