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Wanting to get into the Heroes of the Storm beta but don’t want to spend the money on the Founders Pack to get in? Well, good news, we’re here to hook you up! The Heroes of the Storm community team at Blizzard has given us 320 Heroes of the Storm Beta Keys to giveaway and we have a few different ways for you to win. 160 of these keys are for the North America region only and 160 are for the Europe region only – so our international friends can definitely participate in this as well (sorry for those in Asia, we weren’t granted keys for your region). If a contest below is not active yet, check back later for that date to see if it is. Note: The emails in these forms are simply needed to send you the beta keys – they’ll only be seen by me and won’t ...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

 

Patch 6.1: Patch Notes Now Available

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It’s taken a bit of time since the Patch 6.1 PTR became available, but the Community Team has now graced us with patch notes to tell us details about all the nitty-gritty coming to us in the not-too-distant future. There’s a LOT of information to cover in these notes that we’ll be getting to over the coming days, but let me draw your attention to a few highlights: The first iteration of the revamped Blood Elf models are now available. The blues were quick to remind folks that these are NOT the final product; more iteration on these models is due to come as the 6.1 PTR progresses, so if you don’t like what you see, don’t panic. A new “death panel” UI is being added to help demonstrate exactly how you died. The heirloom collections tab is being added, which will normalize heirloom upgrade paths. Additionally, new heirloom neck-slot ...

 

Overwatch: Hanzo

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Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer....

Yesterday’s hotfixes addressed several issues across the board, but looks like special attention was given to fixing errors with some garrison campaigns. Another hotfix that was slipped in today (and may take until the next scheduled restart to take effect for everyone) will fix the inconsistent issue of players not being able to advance on their garrison campaign quest. Aside from players finally getting the ability to clear certain quests and getting access to some new followers, here are the highlights of the latest hotfixes. Glyph of Illumination is now properly gone. Demo Locks in Metamorphosis will be slightly less effective in PVP when using Demonbolt. The Mastery passive for Arms Warriors has been tweaked but should still be an improvement. Iteration on Ashran continues: when your queue pops from Stormshield/Warspear, you should now properly be teleported to Ashran for combat. Read the latest changes below, or check out the ...

With closed beta invites going out a lot of people are going to be entering the Nexus. Some of you may have never played a MOBA and might need tips on how to survive. No worries, though, because BlizzPro is here to help! Today we will break down The Sky Temple. The Sky Temple is a new map that was released, along with the hero Thrall, when the game changed over from Alpha to Closed Beta. It’s a breathtaking map with a simple focus on one thing: capture and maintain control of the temples. Below is a short video breaking down the various areas and objectives within the map. Now that you’re familiar with the map and its objectives it will be much easier to secure a win in The Sky Temple....

 

Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack

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Episode 4: Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack This week we feature Tyrael and talk about how he fits into a team comp. We also discuss Blizzard’s introduction of the founders pack and the pro’s and con’s. Crazy games happen with game 2 being a rematch of game 1. Game 3 was just straight up fun. We hope you enjoy! Join Our Extra Life Team Follow @HeroesPowerhour on Twitter...

 

Tavern Talk: Seasons! Coming Feb. 10th

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Today Nevalistis announced a new Tavern Talk live stream set to take place on February 10th over on the official Diablo Twitch channel. This livestream will center around Seasons, what they’ve learned, changes they’ve made, and changes they are still looking to make. Since this is acting as a Season 1 postmortem and Season 2 precursor, can we expect the beginning of Season 2 sometime soon? Tavern Talk is back and this time we’re taking a retrospective look at Season 1. Join us on Twitch February 10 as we share what we’ve learned and where we’re headed for the future of Seasons! To celebrate the start of Season 2, we’d like to take some time to discuss our philosophy behind Seasons in Diablo III, cover lessons we learned from Season 1, and share some of our plans for the future with you, our community. On Tuesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. ...

 

Handling the Grind

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In this week’s episode of Real Life Respec I discuss some more about Extra Life, how to join our team, and how difficult it is to handle the daily grind. Sometimes it can be tough to look at the bigger picture and wish the progress would show up sooner. I talk about a video that inspired me this week about a guy who wanted to work for Blizzard but needed to reach legendary status. He finally did it after 7 months. What’s cool about it is what inspired him was an article from BlizzPro, so it’s kind of come full circle. Legendary Hearthstone video Join our Extra Life Team Join the Real Life Respec Facebook Group Weight Progress Start: 296.4 12/22/2014 Current: 290.0 1/19/2015...

 

Snuggles Control Priest Deck

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Episode 46: Snuggles Control Priest Deck This week (once we get past a bumpy last minute intro) we have a fairly legendary heavy Priest control deck called “Snuggles”.  However a lot of them are swappable and the deck still remains solid.  If you’re into Heroes of the Storm be sure to check out the Heroes Power Hour on Tuesday nights as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Priest – Snuggles Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Holy Smite x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Prophet Velen Neutral (10) Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Sylvanas Windrunner The Black Knight Baron Geddon Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord...

 

Snuggles Control Priest Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 46: Snuggles Control Priest Deck This week (once we get past a bumpy last minute intro) we have a fairly legendary heavy Priest control deck called “Snuggles”.  However a lot of them are swappable and the deck still remains solid.  If you’re into Heroes of the Storm be sure to check out the Heroes Power Hour on Tuesday nights as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Priest – Snuggles Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Holy Smite x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Prophet Velen Neutral (10) Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Sylvanas Windrunner The Black Knight Baron Geddon Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord...

Epsiode 60: WoW 10 Year Gift, Overwatch Easter Egg in Heroes of the Storm Join our Extra Life team 10 Year gift Veteran Edition Blackrock Foundry Raid Schedule Diablo Community Buff Heroes XP Boost Weekend Overwatch Easter Egg Hearthstone World Championship Fixing the Undertaker Problem...

While a lot of people scream for nerfs when cards feel overpowered, I don’t see many people calling for buffs to long forgotten cards. In my mind, every non-joke card should at least be a decent fit in a viable deck. Also, the meta would grow a lot more interesting if a wider array of cards suddenly started seeing play. So without further ado… Welcome back to Mending Mondays, a weekly feature where I, Dannie “IAmDiR23″ Ray will take a look at some of the worst cards in the Hearthstone Classic Set and evaluate why they are deemed to be horrible, and what could be done to fix them. Oh man, Savagery…. If you recognize the card from this article’s title then you remember one of the strongest cards of Lord of the Ring’s TCG original set. Hearthstone’s Savagery? Not so much, unless you count its original version and even ...

Last year for Extra Life Charity we were able to raise $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and we were part of a larger group that was able to raise nearly $100,000 for the Kansas City hospital alone. This year, we want to go bigger and we have set our goal to $10,000 and you can help us raise that by doing a couple different things. You can donate. Just go to extralife.blizzpro.com and choose one of the team members there to support. This is the easiest and probably least fun way. Join our team. By going to extralife.blizzpro.com and clicking join, you can join us for some awesome gaming and by raising money yourself on your efforts, you also help us reach our overall goal. We’re playing games anyway, so why not do so while raising money for a great charity? We have plans to give out prizes to ...

Episode 35 – Brand New Ancient Items This week only two hosts remain, but we’re not skimping on the content! We’ve got a new patch worth of changes to cover after all. We discuss some of the bigger changes brought with this patch, look forward to the future with some of our expectations of Season 2, and comment on how the dev’s are fulling embracing console players. Kick back, enjoy the show, and farm up this week’s community buff....

 

Overwatch: Widowmaker

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Widowmaker is the perfect assassin: a patient, ruthlessly efficient killer who shows neither emotion nor remorse....

Episode 59: WoW Patch 6.1, Diablo Patch 2.1.2, and Heroes Closed Beta...

 

Uther, Thrall, and Patch Notes

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Episode 3: Uther, Thrall, and Patch Notes In episode 3 of the Heroes Power Hour we have special guest @BrawlyHS join us on Thrall! We cover all the patch notes and play a few games as an aggressive support!...

 

Warrior Aggro and GvG Ramp Druid

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Episode 45: Warrior Aggro and GvG Ramp Druid This week we give you a two for one!  We feature an Arms Warrior Aggro deck and a Ramp Druid!  Please excuse Twizz for the epic MCT misplay….we all make mistakes   Check out the Heroes Power Hour every Tuesday night at http://twitch.tv/Twizzcast if you’re looking for a Heroes of the Storm show! Deck Lists Warrior Aggro Class: Warrior Warrior (17) Upgrade! x2 Fiery War Axe x2 Heroic Strike x2 Frothing Berserker x2 Death’s Bite x2 Mortal Strike x2 Kor’kron Elite x2 Arcanite Reaper x2 Grommash Hellscream Neutral (13) Leper Gnome x2 Southsea Deckhand x2 Bloodsail Raider x2 Ironbeak Owl x2 Dread Corsair x2 Jeeves Captain Greenskin Loatheb GVG Ramp Druid Class: Druid Druid (16) Innervate x2 Wild Growth x2 Wrath x2 Swipe x2 Keeper of the Grove x2 Druid of the Claw x2 Ancient of Lore x2 Ancient of War x2 ...

 

Season 1 Map Pool Changes

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Due to some community demand some map pool changes have been made for the upcoming Season 1. Instead of Foxtrot Labs they are bringing back Overgrowth LE for another season. To read more about what community manager Psione posted on the forums, take a look here: Hey everyone, We’ve read the feedback on the 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool and wanted to announce a change we’ll be making for the upcoming season. 2015 Season 1 Ladder Overgrowth LE will replace Foxtrot Labs LE The complete 1v1 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool will be as follows: Overgrowth LE Catallena LE Expedition Lost LE Secret Spring Vaani Research Station Inferno Pools Deadwing LE While we typically look to remove the oldest maps in the ladder map pool to keep a fresh rotation (which would include Overgrowth LE), community feedback towards some of the Season 3 maps was less than favorable ...

For those of you laddering on StarCraft 2, the Season 4 for 2014 has now been locked and will be until Season 1 for 2015 begins on January 12. For those of you who are new to StarCraft, each year is divided up into 4 seasons and each season has new 1v1 maps. To check out the new maps for Season 1 2015 click here. More information about the season lock and the upcoming season below: At the end of each ladder season, leagues are “locked,” which means players can no longer be promoted out of their current league or division, and bonus pools will stop growing. The ladder lock is a time to play more than ever before: with the leagues being locked, players are able to play out their remaining bonus pool and compete for standing within their divisions until the season ends. The matchmaking skill ratings which ...

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