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Exploring Draenor delves into the hidden places of the world that will one day become Outland. From the volcanic landscape of Frostfire to the gloomy dells of Shadowmoon, these articles are your guide to events that are off the beaten path. I promised you a visit with an old friend last week - and who older or friendlier than Hemet Nesingwary, the lord of the hunt himself? Location: Nagrand, north of Hallvalor Task: What do you think? Killing, and lots of it Rewards: 75g and hilarity Hemet has accompanied us through every expansion to date, providing various quests to slaughter the local wildlife in droves. Back in vanilla, Nesingwary’s Safari took players through a chain of events leading up to the mighty King Bangalash; in Burning Crusade he was in Nagrand, targeting the elekk queen, Tusker. Come Wrath he moved to Sholazar Basin (pursued by D.E.H.T.A). Cataclysm was the only expansion where we ...

Kevin (@lackofrealism) and Joe (@ANTSxistudderBP), co-host of the Hearthstone PowerHour, join Marc this week on a special episode of HearthPro Show. We discuss the recent nerf to Starving Buzzard and Leeroy Jenkins. Then Joe and Kevin share their insight and their approach to crafting, analyzing and refining a winning deck. Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/HearthProShow Ask a Question: ask.fm/HearthProShow Connect to us on Facebook Contact us at: hearthpro@blizzpro.com Record a voice message for the show...

 

Character Name Release Coming in 6.0.2

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Blizzard has announced that when the Warlords systems patch (6.0.2) is released, the names of inactive characters will be available for use once again. Blizzard tactfully uses the term “sidelined” here to refer to these characters, but let’s be honest: if you haven’t logged into a character since November 2008, you’re probably not playing the game at all. It was six years ago. This is a pretty good change for taking more work off the backs of Game Masters, who currently take on requests to release old names. It’s possible that unlike some of the other GM-relief services that Blizzard has done lately (like the Item Restoration service) you’ll probably still be able to petition GMs to release a name. Of course, the other edge of this is that if you’re a player who dropped the game before Wrath of the Lich King and was thinking about coming back in WoD, it likely ...

Today, Blizzard announced that Hearthstone had reached the milestone of 20 million players – without question an incredible achievement for a game that’s been officially out for less than a year. Congratulations to Team 5 for this amazing success! Thank you all for joining us in #Hearthstone! We’re going to need a bigger tavern! pic.twitter.com/7OUMMIM5ww — Hearthstone (@PlayHearthstone) September 15, 2014...

 

New Article Feature: The Waypoint

by Neinball on

CM Tyvalir introduced a new featured article series for the official Diablo site, The Waypoint. This new series seems to mirror another recent edition to the mainsite, with a central focus on the community. It’s nice seeing the CM team starting to turn more of a focus on, well, the community. We now have three regular articles that highlight different aspects of the community, one (Play Your Way Thursday) even gives fans the chance to play alongside the developers themselves. The Waypoint isn’t particularly focused on one aspect or another, it’s a general collection of outstanding pieces from the community. It’ll cover everything from farming guides, theorycrafting or even just a collection BIS items they’ve found in the forums. Check out this week’s collection below. While there’s no question that slaying hordes of demons and looting heaps of shiny trinkets from their corpses is a ton of fun, sharing and ...

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!...

The Infernal Machine event was introduced in Patch 1.0.5, and it’s an end game quest. In this event, you are tasked with defeating dangerous monsters known as the Keywardens and obtain their respective keys. With these Keys you will be able to craft powerful portal devices known as the Infernal Machines. With the Infernal Machines you will be able to travel into special dungeon areas where super powered versions of certain quest bosses, must be defeated. These powered-up foes are known as Ubers, and your rewards from defeating them is a chance to acquire a Demonic Organ. These Demonic Organs will in turn be used to craft the Hellfire Ring, and the Hellfire Amulet. The Hellfire Amulet in particular is a pretty powerful item, as it will grant you a Fifth Passive Skill. And if you wanted to get one, now is as good a time as ever, since Blizzard ...

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 ...

Blizzard unveiled today that the next update to the Technical Alpha client will include an option for players running the Windows version of the Battle.net App to launch the new Heroes 64-bit client. Under the Settings -> Game Settings menu, simply uncheck the ‘Launch 32-bit client (instead of 64-bit)’ option, just as you would for World of Warcraft. The complete announcement was as follows: We’ll be releasing a 64-bit version of the Technical Alpha client with our next patch, which players on 64-bit Windows systems will be able to start using just as soon as maintenance concludes on patch day. If you’ve got more than 4GB of RAM installed in your machine, the 64-bit client will allow the game to utilize this extra memory, reducing the risk that you might run into an Out-of-Memory error while playing Heroes of the Storm. We’ll make further improvements to the 64-bit client with ...

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....

 

BlizzCon Virtual Ticket Now Available

by Marc Huber on

Another year, another BlizzCon (hurray!) – and another virtual ticket. For those of us who cannot participate in BlizzCon in person, the virtual ticket is truly the next best thing. As of today, tickets are on sale for $39.99 in the Battle.net shop. As in previous year virtual goodies will also be available, though no details have been confirmed yet. BlizzCon 2014 Virtual Ticket The Virtual Ticket lets you be a part of the biggest Blizzard universe mash-up this side of Heroes of the Storm—right from the comfort and convenience of your own home. The Virtual Ticket provides access to two days of live HD BlizzCon coverage across two streaming online channels, along with on-demand replays and DVR functionality so you can catch any of the action you might have missed. Here’s what you get: Developer Panels & Exclusive Interviews Get the latest news and developments on World of Warcraft, ...

 

Midrange Shaman Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 27: Midrange Shaman Deck Wanna see how annoying Hunters can be and how EPIC Kel’Thuzad can be?  This is the episode for you!  A little more on the serious side than usual but a good mix of ups and downs…..and how often do you hear the host read forum posts on helium?  Enjoy! Deck List Midrange Shaman Naxx Class: Shaman Shaman (17) Earth Shock x2 Lightning Bolt Rockbiter Weapon x2 Ancestral Spirit Flametongue Totem x2 Feral Spirit x2 Hex x2 Lightning Storm x2 Fire Elemental x2 Al’Akir the Windlord Neutral (13) Bloodmage Thalnos Haunted Creeper x2 Harvest Golem Defender of Argus x2 Gnomish Inventor Azure Drake Harrison Jones Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2 Kel’Thuzad...

Episode 21 – Patch 2.1 and Leviathan Have Arrived! Patch 2.1 is finally released and Seasons are almost here, but the most exciting news is the addition of a third co-host!  Everyone please welcome the newest member to the Workshop, Stephen “Leviathan” Stewart! Leviathan has been a long time fan of Diablo and is going to make a great addition to the team. This week the team looks at what to expect in the new patch, some new information we’ve gotten from the developers streams this past week and what our plans are for Season 1....

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