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Let’s talk about garrisons. As of the latest build: You’ll be able to collect ore and herbs from your Mine/Herb Garden even if you don’t have the appropriate gathering skill. Tapping these nodes currently provides experience (we’ll see if that sticks around) and currently respawns very quickly (which according to Stockton is merely to facilitate testing). You are still unable to gather these materials outside of your garrison, however. The Alliance finally has a plans vendor in the Town Hall, and prices for level 1 blueprints have been dramatically reduced. Notably, only the small buildings (all except the Salvage Yard) are available to build; medium buildings remain on the vendor but are locked, and large building plans are supposedly unlocked from questing in later zones. In addition, while the small buildings CAN be built, not all of them are fully functional. The Alchemy Lab and Gem Boutique appear to be ...

Popular Priest purveyor Amaz, of Team Liquid, held a particularly novel competition in his Twitch channel yesterday morning during the Hearthstone maintenance – Hearthstone Jeoparino! He invited Kripparrian, Hafu, and Trump, all well-known personalities and players in the competitive scene, to let their hair down a little bit and sling some trivia rather than cards. All of the questions were related to Hearthstone and the players had to use their various home-made “buzzers” to ring in and answer. The entertainment value was high, despite the stream sporadically going down now and again. Questions ranged from fairly simple tests of speed and memory to actual difficult math and trickery. See how many you get right as you play along at home! The video is located below and I hope that we see more innovative ideas like this from our great community, with the competitive spirit extending itself outside of the “four walls” of ...

 

Team DKMR: Twitter | Website | Forums Sponsored by: Hearthstats - Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint Written by Varranis Welcome to this week’s “What Would DKMR Do?” Each week we’ll present an in-game situation and discuss the possible lines of play. Here’s the scenario for this week: Sometimes in Hearthstone you don’t have all the answers. While we’d prefer to use an Earth Shock or Hex on this Edwin Van Cleef, we’re going to have to find an alternative means of dealing with the deadly rogue. How would you do it? Joseph Lee Wackowski said: I would personally play yeti. When my turn came back around, if he hit the yeti i would lightning bolt feral and if he didnt i would flametongue the yeti to kill the edwin then feral. Ronin agreed, stating: I’d just play Yeti. It’s too early in the game for the Rogue to burst us down, so the priority should be using your mana efficiently. If Yeti ...

The latest Warlords of Draenor beta notes were released today, including multiple class updates as well as some other small changes for game systems....

 

Developer Insights Interview

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Game Director Dustin Browder and Designer Matt Cooper teamed up with CM Josh "Rockette"(*) Rester-Zodrow to drop some science about the upcoming patch for Heroes of the Storm on Twitch today. Highlights include an overview of the abilities for the just-announced support hero Rehgar Earthfury, a brief look at the new map Garden of Terror, and a discussion about the progression system updates and the controversial Artifact system....

Artifacts are coming to Heroes of the Storm, but the community doesn’t seem too happy about it. The first wave of community response came both quick and strong,  and overall artifacts have had an overwhelmingly negative reception. But if you read the official blog, this should come as no surprise. One of the key pieces of information that Blizzard revealed today is that you are supposed to spend gold to unlock the Artifact slots, spend more gold on buying each artifact, and then spend some more gold to upgrade each artifact to its max rank. All of this simply because, and I quote: “This new system will offer players a variety of new and compelling choices to add further depth to their heroes and how you play them, and it will also give you new things to spend your hard-earned Gold on that will further progress your Heroes in a ...

 

Just like his predecessor, Diablo III has secret level. Instead of fighting demons and other hellish monsters, you're tasked with raiding a land of pink, rainbows, and happiness where you are supposed to conduct a massacre against unicorns, teddy bears, and even flowers....

 

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...

Welcome back to BlizzPro. I’m Dannie “IAmDiR23″ Ray and this is our weekly State of Balance. What is the single most powerful legendary shoulderpiece? You would likely have to think about it, right? The same would likely apply for most of our equipment slots, but what about jewelry? In particular, what about our rings? If I were to ask you what is the single most powerful pair of rings in the game, I’m sure that 95%+ of the answers would be the same: Ring of Royal Grandeur + The Stone of Jordan. We are going to look at each of these rings individually to see exactly how strong they are and will see if these two are really heads and shoulders away from the competetition. Stone of Jordan The Stone of Jordan has a 15-20% to your favorite element, up to 30% Damage against Elites, and if that wasn’t enough ...

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...

It seemed like every year there was a BlizzCon, there would be Jay Mohr hosting the show. Some fans enjoyed him, many fans reviled him. To be fair, his first year he was terrible. He wasn’t one of us, he wasn’t a gamer and didn’t understand the culture and made terrible jokes. However, he learned from it and got better the next year and made it a point to understand this community and what it’s about. However, Jay Mohr would never be accepted as “one of us” and therefore would always be reviled by fans for his work at BlizzCon. Things have changed though, this year, Jay Mohr won’t be hosting BlizzCon. When asked on Twitter if he would be, he responded that he would not be there this year and he would check who would be doing the hosting duties: @Ceejer970 @nerdist is hosting this year. Great hire, great guy ...

Episode 23: Beta Dungeon Impressions and a Farewell to Rob Pardo, Sean and Matt discuss Rob Pardo’s departure from Blizzard along with special guest host @GitErRaid. With the beta having been out for some time, the crew talk about their first hand impressions at the new dungeons. Matt happens to go off on a tiny tangent towards the end about how healing feels overall and whether or not the sky is actually falling. Don’t worry. It’s not....

Episode 15 – New PTR Patch Archon and Neinball cover the latest update to the Patch 2.1 PTR. There are some interesting discussions happening between the devs about the high end difficulty balancing. Our hosts also go into the recent set of Monk nerfs and the Crushing Blow mechanic....

Blizzard announced earlier today that both the original StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty and its first expansion, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, will be permanently reduced in price on the Battle.net store effective immediately. You can purchase either the original game or its expansion for $20 USD apiece, or a bundle of the two together for $35 USD. If you haven’t already enjoyed Blizzard’s RTS masterpiece, there’s no better time to get started. Additionally, if you’re thinking of playing Heroes of the Storm when it comes out, Heroes is built on the same engine and control scheme – learning the StarCraft control scheme will help you be familiar with some of what to expect (if you don’t have Technical Alpha access). Remember – you can try StarCraft II for free using the Starter Edition before committing to purchasing it! The Starter Edition includes the entire Blizzard Arcade experience, as ...

 

Last Chance to Join the Edge!

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Sean and I are still going over applications for that elusive third co-host for The Edge! We’re hoping to go live with the extremely lucky individual next week, but there’s still time for you to get your application in! If you’re still nervous, let me offer you a few pointers. Tips Speak clearly. Don’t mumble. Speak at a normal pace. Pretend you’re just having a conversation. No need to rush yourself or feel pressured. Relax! Slow it down! I’m guilty of this but that’s because I’m really excited about the news and topics we’re discussing. Easy on the Um’s. If you find yourself going “um” or “uh”, to force yourself to inhale instead. Practice. It’s okay to do more than one take. Rehearse repeatedly with the gear you have. Fiddle with the volume if you need to. Practice and revise what you’re saying as you go! Speaking is way different than blogging or writing. Look ...

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