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Weekly Spotlight: Avenge

by Marc Huber on

With hundreds of minions, spells and weapons to choose from, where do you start? You can start right here: every Thursday, we will feature one card in our Weekly Spotlight and share with you how to use it in your constructed deck. Avenge (1M) Secret: When one of your minion dies, give a random friendly minion +3/+2. “Several paladins have joined together to deliver justice under the name “Justice Force”. Their lawyer talked them out of calling themselves the Justice League.” Paladin.) Ben Brode loves this card. He has stated this repeatedly in developer interviews, on top of that it has the distinction of being the last class card awarded in the Naxxramas adventure mode. The community reception of Avenge - despite the fabulous flavor text – has been a bit more muted. The card had its coming out party in the fight against the Four Horsemen in the Military Quarter, which made the fight considerably more challenging. ...

The latest batch of Warlords of Draenor beta notes were posted last night, with significant attention paid to Hunters, Warriors, and Warlocks....

 

Blizzard is treating Hearthstone fans to another feature article on one of the bigger names in the streaming community. This week’s post features Noxious, a marvelously entertaining streamer, whom we had a chance to speak with at last year’s BlizzCon. Read on below for the official highlight: Today’s featured streamer is Noxious! Noxious has been playing Hearthstone since the beginning—he was even one of the competitors in the Innkeeper’s Invitational at BlizzCon 2013! While other streamers might be focused on decision-making or card value, Noxious has a firm focus on fun. You might learn something while watching Noxious’ stream—and you’ll definitely smile. Q: Can you tell us a little about your stream? Noxious: I am a young yet experienced RNG master, and have been playing Hearthstone since the early pre-beta days. Contrary to most people, I tend to go for the “fun” stuff as opposed to the “serious” stuff. Not that ...

Game Designer Desvin (a.k.a. Brian Holinka) took to the forums to announce that the Call to Arms system will be retired when Warlords of Draenor is released. It’s unclear if Holinka means in 6.0 or the actual street date for the expansion, but the bottom line is that the battleground weekends are going away. Overall, if Blizzard’s data shows that folks aren’t engaging in certain BGs, and if the existence is a detriment to PVP rather than an incentive, then this is a solid move. I’m not sure how well the concept of a BG showcase weekend really plays out in terms of giving players a reason to queue for a particular battleground, so getting rid of the system feels like it’ll be a win for all parties. One could argue that Call to Arms allowed new battlegrounds to have some temporary prominence after they’re introduced, but with the knowledge ...

 

Treasure Goblin Farming Route

by Hotstreak on

Hello everyone! In light of the new Treasure Vault Dungeon and the Treasure Goblin Community Buff, I thought it would be fun to put together a post going over a short and sweet Goblin farming route. This route contains three areas that are relatively small and easy to run through, so let’s get into it! But keep in mind that the Treasure Vault isn’t a 100% spawn and only has a chance to spawn from slain Treasure Goblins. Act I – Halls of Agony Level 2 Halls of Agony Level 2 contains a guaranteed Treasure Goblin spawn somewhere in the level. But Halls of Agony 2 isn’t a very big tile set so it’s very easy to quickly run through and hunt down your pair of Goblins. Be sure to check every single room and corner because these little guys have no limit to where they can spawn. Act II – ...

If you weren’t able to snag tickets to this year’s BlizzCon, Starcraft players can win two tickets simply by testing the Starcraft PTR for patch 2.1.4. There are a few requirements, you need to have reached level 5 by the contest closing of September 22, 2014 at 11:59pm PST.  There are also some additional perks – anyone who reaches level 5 on the PTR gets a one month Twitch Turbo subscription and 50 players will win a Twitch subscription for WCS EU/AM Prizes for participation   To all players who reach level 5 on the PTR: A one month subscription for Twitch Turbo To 50 random players who reach level 5 on the PTR: A Twitch subscription for WCS EU/AM To one random player who reaches level 5 on PTR: A pair (2) of 2014 BlizzCon tickets You’ll have from 12:00 AM PST August 26, 2014 to 11:59 PM PST September ...

The old news is that Blizzard is attending PAX Prime this week--that's August 29 through September 1. The cool new news is that they shared the exciting things they're bringing to the event, including playable demos, giveaways, and updates on what's on Hearthstone's horizon....

A new Developer Insights focuses on the Queen of Blades, featuring a talk with game designer Kent-Erik Hagman on her design and mechanics....

The Heroes of the Storm now offers battleground pages, with interactive maps, objectives, and more, according to a blog post posted today....

Deadset’s “Leapquake” Crusader was the most voted spec of this Month’s Play Your Way Thursday. This earned him the chance to showcase his Build on the official Diablo Twitch channel. He will be joined by CM Nevalistis, Designed John Yang, and YouTuber Qelric, starting at 3:00PM PT. With 2.1 now live, and Seasons starting this Friday; this Stream is almost can’t miss, as the important tidbits of new information that are almost certain to be shared here could prove invaluable for your Season 1 progress. Last week, voting completed for the latest round of Play Your Way Thursday builds. Your dedication to the Zakarum faith is clear, so tune in this Thursday, August 28 for our Round 3 livestream featuring the Crusader! Here are the TL;DR details: What: Our third Play Your Way Thursday livestream Where: http://www.twitch.tv/diablo When: Thursday, August 28 @ 3:00 p.m. PT to 5:00 p.m. PT Who: ...

 

Ice Bucket Challenge

by JR Cook on

Episode 50: Ice Bucket Challenge Please consider donating http://alsa.org We challenge Christina Sims, Robert Wing, Lyndsi Archucarro, and the rest of the Hearthstone community team to the ice bucket challenge! Articles Discussed Mists Price Drop Robin Williams NPC New Beta Patch Ultimate Evil Edition Releases Patch 2.1 is coming!  Heroes Ranked play Hearthstone wins award Mike Donais Interview Ice Bucket Challenge...

Blizzard released a blog today detailing their project with Ryan (creator of Gameheart) to add many of the features of the Gameheart interface into the game. For those who may not be familiar with Gameheart, it’s a 3rd party project that was created to enhance the viewer experience for both casters and spectators allowing for more details to be seen in game, lessen chances of critical moments being missed, and allowing greater exposure of teams and their sponsors. Gameheart also was crowd funded last year to help redesign it as well. The Gameheart project is looking to be added in pieces into StarCraft II, with some being added into the extension mod feature (released with 2.1), some into the game itself, and others as an observer mod (which can all be used in conjunction with each other).  The blog post over at Blizzard’s site details some of what’s to come ...

 

Deathrattle Priest Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 26: Deathrattle Priest Deck This week we demonstrate a fairly effective Deathrattle Priest deck!  Twizz gets pretty passionate about the Deathlord and Studder is dumbfounded at a GREEEEEEDY Leeroy play by a Warrior  Other than that it’s effective and we give recommendations on what cards to swap in and out! Deck List Deathrattle Priest Class: Priest Priest (14) Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death x2 Thoughtsteal x2 Dark Cultist x2 Holy Nova x2 Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Neutral (16) Undertaker x2 Zombie Chow x2 Loot Hoarder x2 Unstable Ghoul Deathlord x2 Defender of Argus Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2 Cairne Bloodhoof Sylvanas Windrunner Kel’Thuzad...

Episode 28: Warlords Release Date! Good news, everyone! We have a release date! Warlords of Draenor is slated to go live on November 13, 2014! Which Edge crew member had the closest guess? Will did! Speaking of release dates, Matt went into further detail discussing the raid release schedule. That leaves about two and a half weeks to level to 100. Is that enough time? Is it too little or too much? One of the newest features in Warlords is the Group Finder. Will offers his take on the new feature and what it means for players and how they handle group content. Will thinks that it’ll be a new game changing feature that will seed widespread use and could even revitalize the raiding community! Finally, we touch on the topic of the final boss in Warlords of Draenor. Some players are a little miffed that it’s been revealed as Grom ...

Episode 20 – Just the Tip We’re back! Gamescom is over, the Ultimate Evil Edition has been release and Patch 2.1 is almost here! Join us as we look into the latest round of PTR changes, discuss some of the philosophies behind Patch 2.1, talk about the new console release and announce a new addition coming to the team!...

Episode 25: Frost Wyrm Lair Walkthrough and Midrange Warlock Deck This week we polish off Naxx, discuss the cards and play around with a mid range Warlock deck.  We got a very quick reminder of casual play and what a “miracle” opening hand looks like for a priest.  12/12 Pagel?  C’mon Enjoy the show!...

 

Episode 49: Will We Get New Classes in Hearthstone? Articles Discussed WoW Release Date and Cinematic Warlords Collector’s Edition Raid Schedule Reaper of Consoles Heroes of the Storm at GamesCom Hearthstone interview...

 

Construct Quarter Walkthrough

by JR Cook on

Episode 24: Construct Quarter Walkthrough Twizz and Studder cover the Construct Quarter as well as do the Warrior and Priest class challenges.  We also talk about the new cards and what other cards/decks they would combo well with!...

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