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Guide: Pirates' Day 2014

by Magistrate on

Avast, ye mateys! World of Warcraft‘s Pirates’ Day is upon us this September 19, and the jolly crew at BlizzPro has a map of sorts to guide you through the day’s festivities. Poor metaphors, puns, and other shenanigans aside, you’ll find everything you need here to set sail for swashbuckling! Ye Olde Overview Pirates’ Day is a celebration of all things pirate, and it occurs in tandem with the real world Talk Like a Pirate Day. Unlike the drab IRL version, Pirates’ Day in World of Warcraft comes complete with a Booty Bay invasion (see Booty Bay section below, as well as festive city NPCs and an achievement (see Achievement section below). Index Ye Olde Overview Index Wipe That Gigglemug Off Your Face (what holiday does not offer) Drop Anchor at Booty Bay Achievement Shoot Your Cuff  with a Fashionable Pirate Wardrobe Wipe That Gigglemug Off Your Face Admittedly, I just wanted to use the Victorianism ...

 

Developer Insights with Chen

by djtyrant on

Chen is the newest Hero released to Heroes of the Storm and Blizzard wasted no time in getting us an interview with the developers to get a behind the scenes look at what they looked into while designing this new (and unique) hero! We’re highlighting the question about the new resource type, Chen’s Brew which you can read below. Trikslyr: Chen’s arrival brings a new type of resource into the mix, Chen’s Brew, which ties directly into his trait. The trait allows Chen to replenish Brew by standing still and taking a drink from his keg. What was the design team trying to accomplish with such a demanding trait? John: Like all our Heroes, Chen’s design was a combination of chasing a specific fantasy “feel” and trying to explore new mechanical space. The fantasy behind Chen’s trait was heavily inspired by Jackie Chan in Drunken Master, where Chan’s character plays ...

This week’s Play Your Way Thursday highlights a Crusader build using the brand new Roland’s Legacy set that was added in Patch 2.1. Roland’s Legacy is a very melee-centric set that buffs Shield Bash and Sweep Attack. This build is focused around using Sweep Attack to create an AoE machine that ramps up its attack speed to obscene levels using Roland’s set bonuses. If you’ve been wanting to try out a melee Crusader build that can clear Torment VI, you may want to give this build a test drive. Patch 2.1.0 introduced a brand new class set for the Crusader, Roland’s Legacy. Capitalizing on the of melee strength of Zakarum’s finest, this set aims to get you into the thick of battle, fighting your foes face-to-face. In this week’s Play Your Way, Majier#1230 takes full advantage of Roland’s Legacy and shares his sweeping approach to demon decimation. About the Build: If you haven’t ...

If you’re someone who insists on buying Collector’s Editions for Blizzard games (or just Warcraft expansions) then you may have found yourself in a dilemma lately; you can pre-purchase Warlords of Draenor digitally and get to use your level 90 boost right now, but if you’re pre-ordering a physical Collector’s Edition, you’ve got to wait until you’ve got the box before you can get the boost. Well, Blizzard has outlined a method for you to get your boost now. Effectively, you’re paying for the expansion twice (once to pre-purchase the game so you can use the boost now, and once when you buy the CE) and what you’re getting at the end is a) whatever jollies you’ve got from boosting a character now and b) a key for a copy of the game to give to someone else or use for a second account. Think of it this way: if the reason you’re doing ...

 

Weekly Spotlight: Undertaker

by Marc Huber on

With hundreds of minions, spells and weapons to choose from, where do you start? You can start right here: every Thursday, we will feature one card in our Weekly Spotlight and share with you how to use it in your constructed deck. Undertaker (1M/1D/2H) Whenever you summon a minion with Deathrattle, gain +1/+1. “In a world where you can run to a spirit healer and resurrect yourself, Undertakers do pretty light business.“) The Undertaker is like the younger sibling of the Questing Adventurer, except that this minions only reacts to minions with Deathrattle. An argument can be made that he is an incredibly potent card that either must be dealt with early, or could be player later with a slew of other minions for maximum effect. There’s a fairly good selection of under 2 Mana minions to choose from that all incorporate the Deathrattle effect. Any of them would pair beautifully with the Undertaker: Webspinner, Haunted Creeper, Leper ...

Welcome back to BlizzPro! I’m Dannie “IAmDiR23″ Ray 23, and today we will dabble on game design. Lately we’ve been taking a closer look at the Embodiment of the Marauders set, a very pretty popular among Demon Hunters. Very popular would be kind of an understatement, a swift look at the rankings would show you that everyone and their mothers are running the M6-build. Build Diversity is the our primary concern this week. Lets take a close look to the set bonuses: (2) Set: +500 Dexterity (4) Set: Companion calls all companion types to your side. (6) Set: Sentries cast your equipped Hatred spenders. The 2-piece set is pretty standard, but lets focus on the 4-piece: “Companion calls all companion types to your side.” This is pretty straight forward, you need to have the Companion skill for it to work. This is nothing out of the ordinary, Helltooth procs off ...

 

If you have ever played World of Warcraft, you may have had the distinct impression that everybody is an accomplished raider but you. A similar scenario looks to have taken hold in Hearthstone, where it seems that virtually every other player is better, or instantly jumps to a ridiculously high rank at the very beginning of a new season. The truth is, if you reach level 15, you are better at Hearthstone than 75% of all other players. That’s nothing to sneeze at. If you work your way to rank 5, you are actually in the top 2%. Community Manager Zeriyah breaks it all down in order to address some player frustration about Ranked Play with a much needed pep talk. Recently, we’ve seen some comments from our players that feel they are not performing well in Ranked Play compared to others, or disappointed by the fact that they haven’t hit Legend ...

Episode 52: WoW’s 10 Year Anniversary, Starving Buzzard Nerfed to the Ground Articles Covered WoW’s 10 Year anniversary details Plastic Surgery at the Barber Shop 6.0.2 PTR opens Patch 2.1 Hotfixes Chen Week in Heroes of the Storm Leeroy and Starving Buzzard Nerf...

 

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...

 

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 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 ...

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....

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