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Blizzard PAX East Stream

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“At its core, Overwatch is a game about heroes. ” — Jeff Kaplan In other shooters, where a gun is the most important thing you’re carrying, Overwatch focuses more on the abilities you bring to the play. New stuff: NEW MAP: Watchpoint Gibraltar Style Map: Payload Brings something new to Overwatch, introducing the hsitory of the OVerwatch organization. The organization was an international peacekeeping group that was disbanded, and now there are some forces trying to put the band back together. Y’know, like the Blues Brothers. Gibraltar is an outpost protecting the Meditteranean area. Has a very industrial, launchpad look to it. Winston is trying to put OVerwatch back together, and wants to get the communications network back into play, which means putting a satellite up into orbit, which is the objective of the Gibraltar map. There’s a chokepoint that devs are calling “the carwash” that should be very challenging ...

 

Patch 6.1.2 Hits the PTR

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World of Warcraft Patch 6.1.2 is now available on the Public Test Realms. So far there is only one thing (that we know of) in testing for this patch, the WoW Token. As is pointed out in the post below, the token is not actually available for testing at this time, this is just implementing the back-end structure for future testing. Introducing the WoW Token Coming soon to an Azeroth near you: the WoW Token, a new in-game item that allows players to simply and securely exchange gold and game time between each other. Players will be able to purchase a WoW Token through the in-game Shop for real money, and then sell it on the Auction House for gold at the current market price. When a player buys a WoW Token from the Auction House for gold, the Token becomes Soulbound, and the player can then redeem it for ...

JR is on the floor at PAX East and he’s been able to get the latest information about Overwatch first hand, along with some nice pictures. There are two new playable heroes in the Overwatch demos at Pax East. Zarya is a buff Russian Female with Pink Hair with a Particle Cannon for a main weapon and a Protective Barrier. Her Ultimate ability seems to be a gravitation ball similar to what Gazlowe has in Heroes of the Storm. We also have McCree the Cowboy, his abilities are a Combat Roll, a Flash Bang, and his ultimate is Deadeye which targets everyone in his vision with a red “x”. We’ll keep you updated as we get new and more detailed information on these two Heroes, stay tuned! UPDATES: (1) First Impressions of McCree McCree is a pistol-toting sheriff with many airs of Clint Eastwood’s character in The Good, the Bad, ...

 

March 5th Hotfixes

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Check out the latest round of hotfixes for Thursday, March 5th. One notable hotfix is the change to the Rogue talent Death From Above. This fix requires a realm restart so it’s possible it won’t actually take effect until Tuesday. The same applies to the change to the Edge of Reality portals which are used to obtain the Voidtalon of the Darkstar mount. March 5 Classes Druid General Dash should no longer continue to provide an increase to movement speed if the Druid shapeshifts out of Cat Form. Mage Fire Mastery: Ignite modified by Glyph of Ignite should now correctly apply its snare effect when Ignite is spread by Inferno Blast. Monk Talents Charging Ox Wave should now be correctly categorized as a Stun effect for diminishing returns. Paladin General Fixed an issue where Glyph of Flash of Light’s effect could be incorrectly consumed by other Paladin’s casting Flash of ...

Episode 41 – All the Items… On PTR This week’s episode features a very special guest Andrew “Menagese” Myers. Andrew is a moderator over on /r/Diablo and has his finger on the pulse of all things Diablo. With Andrew in tow, we continue our coverage of the Patch 2.2 PTR with a deep dive into uncharted territory. We go through all the big undocumented changes and try to make sense of some of the datamined features which have yet to be added to the PTR. As always, we also cover some feedback and awesome items from you, our listeners....

Episode 41 – All the Items… On PTR This week’s episode features a very special guest Andrew “Menagese” Myers. Andrew is a moderator over on /r/Diablo and has his finger on the pulse of all things Diablo. With Andrew in tow, we continue our coverage of the Patch 2.2 PTR with a deep dive into uncharted territory. We go through all the big undocumented changes and try to make sense of some of the datamined features which have yet to be added to the PTR. As always, we also cover some feedback and awesome items from you, our listeners....

The fine people at Gamespot have uploaded the Hearthstone Panel at GDC 2015 and it’s all about the User Interface (UI) and how it is one of Hearthstone’s key components. I’d certainly classify it as a must watch, if anything so you can see what Hearthstone used to be in the early development stages. The entire presentation is pretty well done and discusses a variety of UI-related topics, this one is definitely worth its thirty minute length. Quick Recap Many core principles of Hearthstone Design were actually influenced by UI Considerations. They really like how “Physical” the interface is. It was a while before they came with the idea of opening this gamebox and playing on a tavern. Decks used to be 60 cards. Hearthstone for Phones is coming soon. They are considering adding extra deck slots. If I haven’t convinced you of watching this video yet, take a look ...

As we mentioned a few days ago, the official Blizzard Standings page is now available, with it you can check up on your favorite Hearthstone Pro’s and see how their road to the World Championships is shaping up. The standings have now been updated with the results of the latest season and some recent tournaments. There are rankings for 9 regions: North America, Europe, Latin America, SOE, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, ANZ, China. You can check the ranks for all regions in the official Hearthstone site....

 

E.T.C. Rock God Build

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If you watched our most recent episode of the Heroes Powerhour you probably saw Twizz rocking a gnarly looking Tauren with a guitar. This hero is E.T.C(Elite Tauren Chieftain) and if you want to get some of the basics on him check out our E.T.C. Hero Page E.T.C’s passive is Rockstar which grants a 20% increase to attack speed for 3 seconds to all nearby units whenever you use a basic or heroic ability. Nearby minions gain half of the buff. This makes E.T.C. one of the best tanks to pair with teams that focus on auto attacking. You’re going to be using abilities quite often and Rockstar providing a benefit to the entire team and minions is HUGE. His Q ability is Power Slide. This ability allows you to dash in a direction and stun anybody hit by it for one second. This is great for setting up combos ...

 

Bring Your Friends to the Beta Test

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Blizzard has announced plans to let folks who are currently in the Heroes Beta distribute keys to their friends. This is a great way to continue building hype for the game, though it does potentially cut into Founder’s Pack sales. Consider this, though: if Blizzard is willing to give beta participants their own free keys to hand out, as well as well as keeping up with automated invite waves to bring in players for free, maybe it feeds the narrative that Blizzard really only added the Founder’s Pack so people could contribute to the project in a crowdfunding-like manner. The game is definitely coming out no matter what, and the beta test is going to have a ton of people in it regardless, so if people want to give Blizzard some additional capital up front in order to polish the game further, is there anything wrong with that? That’s all beside the ...

Episode 66: Hearthstone Adventure Mode Awaits: Blackrock Mountain? Articles discussed Recruit a Friend Mount Raid and Dungeon Q&A Transcript Diablo Patch 2.2 PTR New Hero Hinted at in Overwatch Hearthstone new patch New adventure mode?...

 

E.T.C. Build and Gameplay!

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Episode 10: E.T.C. Build and Gameplay This week we feature ETC with a man who wrote the highest voted guide on HeroesFire, Bassdrop!  We hope you enjoy!...

Blizzard announced yesterday that they’ve got some plans for the ladder system in the coming seasons, so let’s get right to it. The short, short version? For the current season they plan to adjust leagues and the starting point for new players to be in line with their stated intent, as both have drifted off the mark. For next season, MMR decay will be disabled and more matchmaking tweaks will be made in order improve the experience. As we approach Legacy of the Void, the whole system will be under the magnifying glass. Overall, the sense is that they know ladder has got some issues, and are working to get those under control to make it more functional for everyone, especially players who are just getting onto the SC2 ladder scene. Read the whole post below, and if you’ve got strong feelings on the ladder system, make yourself heard. In recent months, we’ve ...

 

Hunter Control Deck

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Episode 52: Hunter Control Deck This week we take a stab at Control Hunter. We made some changes to the deck mid-way through the episode. The deck does alright but it’s tough in such an aggro heavy meta. But that’s to be expected the first week of the season! Also, we are taking the money donated by our Patrons and buying Doghouse Systems Computers! Be sure to check out this episode for details on how we’re doing this and possibly score yourself a new gaming rig! http://patreon.com/hspowerhour Deck List Hunter Control Class: Hunter Hunter (16) Arcane Shot x2 Webspinner x2 Explosive Trap Freezing Trap x2 Steamwheedle Sniper x2 Eaglehorn Bow x2 Animal Companion x2 Multi-Shot Savannah Highmane x2 Neutral (14) Ironbeak Owl Mad Scientist x2 Big Game Hunter Kezan Mystic Piloted Shredder x2 Azure Drake x2 Sludge Belcher x2 Sylvanas Windrunner Dr. Boom Foe Reaper 4000...

Episode 40 – What about Season 2? Season 2 will be known as the Season that Diablo forgot. The Patch 2.2 PTR has dropped this week, well ahead of everyone’s expectations after Patch 2.1.2. We hope you’re as excited as Leviathan and Neinball are as they jump into the patch notes and share their thoughts on the myriad number of changes. While our hosts don’t have the time to cover all the patch changes, don’t fret. Episode 41 will round up all the undocumented and datamined changes....

Episode 40 – What about Season 2? Season 2 will be known as the Season that Diablo forgot. The Patch 2.2 PTR has dropped this week, well ahead of everyone’s expectations after Patch 2.1.2. We hope you’re as excited as Leviathan and Neinball are as they jump into the patch notes and share their thoughts on the myriad number of changes. While our hosts don’t have the time to cover all the patch changes, don’t fret. Episode 41 will round up all the undocumented and datamined changes....

 

Abathur Build (Gameplay)

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Episode 9: Abathur Build (Gameplay) Another 3-0 win streak for the team this week!  Twizz breaks down Abathur and how to use him effectively.  The first map isn’t really an “Abathur friendly” map, but you get to see him shine on the second game.  Third game was a league match and we end the show victorious.  We hope you enjoy!...

 

Shaman Arena Week

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Episode 51: Shaman Arena Week It’s the end of the season so as opposed to battling our way through more mobs of aggro, we give the listeners what they’ve asked for in the past….some arena! We hope you enjoy!...

 

Overwatch Beta Incoming?

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Episode 65: Overwatch Beta Incoming? Patch 6.1 Release Date Diablo 3 Patch 2.2 Details Diablo 3 microtransactions?  Heroes hotfixes Heroes mystery minis Overwatch Press Event Overwatch Pins at PAX East Hearthstone Spectator Mode changes...

 

Thrall Build and Gameplay

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Episode 8: Thrall Build and Gameplay This week we break down Thrall and go with a “Windfury” build! It’s very effective for high damage output and survivability. We also feature Abathur in our 3rd game “free-for-all”. We hope you enjoy!...

 

Demonlock Deck

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Episode 50: Demonlock Deck This week we have a pretty sweet Demon Lock deck! It proves to be fairly effective against all decks (aggro, mid-range and control). We hope you enjoy! Deck List Demonlock Class: Warlock Warlock (21) Voidwalker x2 Darkbomb x2 Demonfire Mistress of Pain x2 Hellfire Imp-losion Shadowflame x2 Voidcaller x2 Demonheart Doomguard x2 Siphon Soul x2 Dread Infernal Lord Jaraxxus Mal’Ganis Neutral (9) Ironbeak Owl Sunfury Protector x2 Mind Control Tech Defender of Argus Antique Healbot Sylvanas Windrunner Molten Giant x2...

 

Legacy of the Void Multiplayer Update

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We got another Legacy of the Void Multiplayer update to go with the one we got on December 17th. This is the second update we have now received since BlizzCon. In the last update there were talks about resource changes, and it seems that they are planning on sticking with those changes as it encourages more expansion across the map rather than just 1 or 2 bases. A new change they are looking at it slowing down the combat in multiplayer by about 40%. Right now they’re not sure if this change will end up making it or not as it will force the games to feel more dragged out. As far as units go, it looks like the HERC for Terran is now going away. It seems that Blizzard simply can’t get a decent new Terran unit as they had trouble doing the same in Heart of the Swarm. ...

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