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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 ...

It would be very easy to compare the anticipation and build up for the release of Curse of Naxxramas to that of a child waiting for Christmas Day. Class card teasers, Legendary card reveals, pricing information – they all may as well be the dribs and drabs of gifts showing up under the Christmas tree in the weeks leading up to the big day. With Christmas morning, it only took us mere moments to have the gifts unwrapped and the toys put together and played with, leaving only the smell of turkey wafting through the house  to give us something new to anticipate. In our case, the Arachnid Quarter has been opened, Maexxna has been defeated and Druids and Rogues have their new class cards, leaving us to now anticipate the opening of the Plague Quarter. Luckily for us, the Curse of Naxxramas is the gift that will keep on giving ...

Every Friday a legendary member from team DKMR breaks down Don’t Kick My Robot’s “Deck of the Week” . These decks are seeing a lot of play either in constructed ladder or tournaments. Team DKMR explains the deck lists and how to play them. Make sure you check out Don’t Kick My Robot if you want to become a better player or check out their premium services if you would like them to do a 1 on 1 coaching session with you to help you better your game. View past Deck Lists of the Week. Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats - Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint WhtPwdr here with another installment of the Deck of the Week. With Naxxramas finally being out we thought we would bring you one of DKMR’s first new variations of the old popular decks with the addition of the new cards you can receive by playing the new adventure mode. We will be looking at ...

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....

This week’s Play Your Way Thursday focuses on a flavor of melee Wizard, combining a focused selection of skills to up your damage output and bolstering your survivability through defensive item sets. In keeping with the new focus of the series, this build is more about having fun than clearing Torment VI. This build hearkens back to one of my favorite Sorceress builds from Diablo 2, the Double Dream Enchant Sorc. If you watched this week’s episode of Westmarch Workshop than you’ll know that I personally prefer having fun over being efficient in my play time and I really enjoy seeing builds like this melee Wizard that completely changes up how you would instinctively play your class. What are your thoughts? Do you enjoy having fun with silly or off kilter build every once and a while? Or do you prefer efficiency and T6 capability over all else? Wizards are masters of magic ...

 

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 ...

 

Warlords Box Art Revealed?

by JR Cook on

WoW Community Manager Bashiok has been at the SDCC this week and tweeted this image out of a large Warlords of Draenor banner at presumably the SDCC...

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....

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!...

 

Tech Alpha Patch Notes for July 23rd

by Crow on

The Heroes team has posted the patch notes for the latest build of the technical alpha, inviting you to enjoy them and prepare yourself while the alpha servers are down to distribute the patch. Highlights include: Rehgar Earthfury has been added as a fresh hero. Garden of Terror will be another available map for play. The first iteration of the Artifact system is in and ready for scrutiny. The new progression system updates are in place. Take a look at the full notes below: We’ve brought the Heroes of the Storm service down for a period of extended maintenance today in order to release a brand new patch for the Technical Alpha. Maintenance is ongoing, but don’t worry; we’ll let you know as soon as the Nexus is back online! In the meantime, you can check out complete patch notes below. Please welcome Rehgar, our latest addition to the Heroes of ...

 

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...

 

Episode 44: Warlords of Draenor Coming to Console? Articles Covered Rob Pardo departs from Blizzard Warlords coming to console? Starcraft 2 sale Patch 2.1.0 PTR updates Curse of Naxx pricing info Clarity on golden cards Changes to death rattle...

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