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Don’t panic everyone!  Now is NOT the time to light your hair on fire and uninstall Hearthstone!  I know what you’re saying, “But TWIIIIZZZZ…..they said they’d unlock a wing every week!”.  They are, but it’s not at the time you’d expect. Senior Hearthstone Game Designer Ben Brode tweeted a day or so ago that the next wing of Naxx would be released at midnight on Wednesday, July 30th.  Usually when Blizzard gives a time, it’s in Pacific.  So midnight (referring to his tweet) is 2:00am CST, 3:00am EST.   I wish I had time to put all the time zones down for those of you in the EU but hopefully you have enough information to cross it into your particular time zone. As the last wing was released during Tuesday, we all figured that that would be the normal schedule.  Well we’re just here to give you a heads up ...

Episode 46: Heroes Artifacts and Gated Talents… and Why the System is Bad for the Game Articles covered SDCC Blizzard licensed products revealed Warlords Box Art revealed Claim your Azeroth Choppers in game item Sc2 Birthday New Hero revealed Artifacts in Heroes of the Storm Curse of Naxx Releases New card backs...

 

The Fury of Rehgar

by Zenstyle on

Heroes of the Storm’s most recent addition to the hero pool is a big, mean-spirited orc shaman. Beyond that, I know basically nothing. Apparently, he’s involved with slave pits and gambling, or something. He represents the first character that I’ve purchased in-game who I have essentially no emotional investment in. Even Murky, as annoying as he was in his initial stages, held some measure of sentimental value to me because I was once a newbie in World of Warcraft, hopelessly outmatched by the murloc hordes. Why mention this? My review of Rehgar is not rooted in nostalgia, which is unusual for me. The character is, essentially, just a package of skills and little more. I wish I could say I’m a big fan of his appearance, but ultimately his anemic looking one-handed swatting orc judo does little for me. That said, I am in love with his abilities and talents. His ...

In what might be the single greatest Hearthstone video ever created, Blizzard’s Korean Hearthstone team is quickly ascending to fame. The video below virally swept Twitter at the start of this weekend. It has all of the elements that you would want in a Hearthstone commercial: epicness, hilariousness, choreography, and a strange storyline. I would love for someone to provide a translation (loose or strict), so that we may better understand the greatness that is before us:...

 

SDCC 2013: Warcraft Movie Details

by JR Cook on

San Diego Comic Con 2014 is happening right now. Blizzard had their licensed product panel a couple days ago and today Legendary Pictures had a panel to show off their upcoming movies. We all knew Warcraft would be in the mix after last year when they showed a small conceptual teaser trailer before filming even began (which never was released out to the public). A year later and filming has finished for the movie, but post production is going to last a while as the movie isn’t coming out until 2016. Legendary had some of the movie props available on the show floor, showing off the Alliance sword and shield and Doomhammer. SRYSLY “@Marco1Espinoza: #WarcraftMovie @ManMadeMoon OMG! they look amazing! pic.twitter.com/H2fyMm26DN” — Ranzel Barcel (@Leznatsu) July 24, 2014 Duncan Jones did take the stage during the panel and said he was hoping to make the movie had a broader audience ...

Today we take a look at Toughness and the different factors that help you stay alive in Diablo 3. Dannie Ray breaks down defensive stats such as Dodge, Armor, Resistance, and HP; the math behind them might just be the difference between life and death....

Diablo 3 is played by a huge variety of people around the world. Some might play it once a week, some might play it several hours a day, and others might even make part of their living playing the game. You can found a great sample of size at Twitch.TV, where you can find several people streaming this game we love everyday. On Twitch you can find Diablo pros, funny personalities, and even people who are just learning the game. Streamer Spotlight is here to share the stories of some those interesting players....

 

Happy 4th Birthday Starcraft II!

by Neinball on

This Sunday, Starcraft II will be turning 4 years old and to celebrate Blizzard has a few in-game treats available for players. First off, all workers will be donning their finest with special party hats. Whether you’re playing a monobattle or just climbing the ladder, your army will be in a festive mood. For the players themselves, Blizzard will be offering anyone who plays a game during the anniversary celebration a set of new portraits to commemorate the event. If you want to participate all you need to do is log in and play a single game starting tomorrow, July, 26th, and through the beginning of August. How do you plan on celebrating Starcraft’s birthday? Dusting off the campaign? Trying the ladder one more time? Or just chilling out in the Arcade? A very special time has arrived for Blizzard, and this is especially true for StarCraft II and its ...

The $1 billion Twitch deal with Google appears to be a done deal.  Sources familiar with it say that Google has signed the deal. Full details of the deal aren’t known yet, but there is speculation that the deal could be announced at GamesBeat 2014 where both companies are scheduled to be speaking. The purchase is rumored to be through Google’s YouTube division, which would make Google the leading company for live streaming by gamers.  Recent statistics show that Twitch was responsible for 1.35% of all internet traffic in March of this year.  They have more than 50 million active users every month and 1.1 million who broadcast live each month. As per company policy, neither Google nor Twitch are commenting on the deal at this time....

 

Initial thoughts on artifacts

by Zenstyle on

The most recent Heroes of the Storm patch brought with it a lot of the usual suspects. Balance changes, systematic upgrades, new skins, all that jazz. It also brought with it a new hero, a new map, and a totally new hero customization system, artifacts. Similar in nature to League of Legend’s runes, artifacts allow a player to accentuate certain hero facets, ideally allowing for an even more replete play experience. Heroes each have three artifact slots, all available at account level 15. While the first is free, the other two will run an individual 2,000 gold per slot. Each artifact can be upgraded 10 times, and the costs go up by 100 gold for each rank, beginning at 100 gold. Essentially, it will cost a player 5,500 gold to max out one specific artifact. In return, players can receive boons to maximum health, damage, cooldown reductions, mount speed and much ...

Azeroth Choppers came to an end not too long ago with the Horde being the overwhelming winner. Their bike will be in game when Warlords of Draenor releases. You have until September 30, 2014 to claim it. You can read more about it here: The Horde chopper is on its way, and you need to log in now to claim it! Your votes for Azeroth Choppers were counted, and one faction’s war cry roared loudest: the Horde bike will now be turned into a mount in World of Warcraft! Anyone who logs in to the game between now and September 30, 2014 will automatically have their account flagged to receive the Horde chopper upon the release of the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion. Everyone can (and should!) claim their chopper by logging in now, but as a reminder, only your Horde characters will be able to mount up and take ...

Episode – 17 In the latest PTR update 2 Handers and Monks received more buffs, but are they enough? Our hosts also discuss the merits behind some of the other class changes in this update and talk about some of the fan feedback they’ve received over the last week....

After a somewhat faulty start (the projector froze – always check your tools first, folks!), the crowd at Blizzard’s SDCC panel was greeted by an ear-blasting rendition of I Am Murloc - a song by the company’s very own Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain (formerly ‘The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 60 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, and ‘Tenth Level Tauren Chieftain’). The panel itself focused around new toys and collectibles, with pride of place going to Rehgar Earthfury: a new Heroes of the Storm hero from Warcraft lore. Kim Phan, eSports manager, tweeted a picture of the collectible just before the panel began, accompanied by Chris Metzen, Ion Hazzikostas (aka Watcher) and cinematics lead Nick Carpenter… …And followed it with a picture from the stage at the end of the event. Author Micky Neilson, and Blizzard toys and collectibles manager ...

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 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...

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