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Warlords of Draenor In-Game Cinematics

by JR Cook on

In what I would consider Blizzard wanting to get this information out to fans before data miners do, they have released all of the in game cinematics that will take place in Warlords of Draenor. These very much will spoil storylines for a game that isn’t set to release for 2 more months so please tread ahead carefully. Without spoiling anything, I will say this – the in game cinematic team (lead by Terran Gregory) has stepped up their game for this expansion. You can tell that Blizzard is really focusing on story development in WoW more and more. Warning: Here be spoilers!* Go no further! Turn back now before it’s too late! You have been warned! The distant echoes of the Iron Horde’s war machine have already begun to reach the ears of Azeroth’s heroes. Soon, the journey into Draenor will begin in earnest—a journey filled with drama, tension, ...

 

Stormwind Library Card: The Burdens of Shaohao

by Crow on

This week, let’s take a look at Blizzard’s previous animated lore series, the Burdens of Shaohao. Critical Details Animatic-style short animation, released shortly before Patch 5.4, and fed into the narrative of the Timeless Isle. Provides a folklore rendition of Emperor Shaohao’s struggles with the sha, and his decision to sequester Pandaria from the world. Brief Synposis The first chapter seats the action of Shaohao’s journey against the backdrop of the War of the Ancients and the Sundering, which is what motivates the emperor to seek a way to save his people. The next four chapters detail how he faces the burdens of his own dark emotions, how those emotions manifest into the sha, and how each of the four August Celestials offer him guidance on how to control himself and thus defeat the sha. The final chapter paints a different narrative than has been presented in-game; namely, Shaohao sacrifices himself ...

 

Final Phase of Technical Alpha coming!

by DannieRay23 on

The Heroes of the Storm Technical Alpha is finally coming to a conclusion the week of September 29th, to celebrate the end of this grueling process all Heroes will be made available. Also, this is your last chance to get the exclusive Wonder Billie Mount!...

Hello everyone and welcome back to BlizzPro! My name is Dannie “IAmDiR23″ Ray 23, and If you are familiar with my work, you know that I mainly dabble in theorycrafting and game mechanics. But today I’ll take a 180 degree turn as I’m joined by GiantSequoia, a lore enthusiast. Today we will talk about the amazing story gems that can be found on both enemy lore entries, and the different Books scattered through Sanctuary. But first of all, let our guest introduce himself. GS: Hello everyone! My name’s Mike, aka giant-sequoia. I live in Ontario, Canada, and I’ve been an avid reader and writer for as long as I can remember. I’ve been a gamer for most of my life as well, since I was eight (I’m now 25). Blizzard’s games were among the first I ever played, and I’ve been hooked ever since. My preferred platform is the PC, ...

 

Blue Post Round-up

by Marc Huber on

Every Friday, we will be sharing with you our Blue Post Round-up - the “can’t miss”, quirkiest, or most insightful blue posts from the previous week. World Championships: With BlizzCon only weeks away, excitement is building for the various finals in Hearthstone, StarCraft and Warcraft. It all begins October 31. Mark your calendars! 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 as possible. That’s why this year, the global finals for all Blizzard eSports tournaments will get underway a week early at a special World Championship Opening Weekend event taking place at ESL’s ...

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: Gunnar - 2P - Waypoint Faramir here to bring you the next DKMR Deck of the Week. This week we will take a look at the Deathrattle Priest, mainly innovated by Zetalot. There are a lot of variations of it , we will use the list Faramir played in the Blizzcon Qualifiers. The reason it got so popular is that ...

 

Developer Insights with Chen

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Chen is the newest Hero released to Heroes of the Storm and Blizzard wasted no time in getting us an interview with the developers to get a behind the scenes look at what they looked into while designing this new (and unique) hero! We’re highlighting the question about the new resource type, Chen’s Brew which you can read below. Trikslyr: Chen’s arrival brings a new type of resource into the mix, Chen’s Brew, which ties directly into his trait. The trait allows Chen to replenish Brew by standing still and taking a drink from his keg. What was the design team trying to accomplish with such a demanding trait? John: Like all our Heroes, Chen’s design was a combination of chasing a specific fantasy “feel” and trying to explore new mechanical space. The fantasy behind Chen’s trait was heavily inspired by Jackie Chan in Drunken Master, where Chan’s character plays ...

This week’s Play Your Way Thursday highlights a Crusader build using the brand new Roland’s Legacy set that was added in Patch 2.1. Roland’s Legacy is a very melee-centric set that buffs Shield Bash and Sweep Attack. This build is focused around using Sweep Attack to create an AoE machine that ramps up its attack speed to obscene levels using Roland’s set bonuses. If you’ve been wanting to try out a melee Crusader build that can clear Torment VI, you may want to give this build a test drive. Patch 2.1.0 introduced a brand new class set for the Crusader, Roland’s Legacy. Capitalizing on the of melee strength of Zakarum’s finest, this set aims to get you into the thick of battle, fighting your foes face-to-face. In this week’s Play Your Way, Majier#1230 takes full advantage of Roland’s Legacy and shares his sweeping approach to demon decimation. About the Build: If you haven’t ...

Episode 52: WoW’s 10 Year Anniversary, Starving Buzzard Nerfed to the Ground Articles Covered WoW’s 10 Year anniversary details Plastic Surgery at the Barber Shop 6.0.2 PTR opens Patch 2.1 Hotfixes Chen Week in Heroes of the Storm Leeroy and Starving Buzzard Nerf...

 

Token Druid Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 28: Token Druid Deck This weeks episode we go 5-0 with a little different Token Druid deck.  No Violet Teachers or Imp Masters for us but we have a moment of silence for the Wonder Bra hot air balloon that perished this week. We hope you enjoy! Deck List Token Druid Class: Druid Druid (15) Innervate x2 Wrath x2 Savage Roar x2 Swipe x2 Keeper of the Grove x2 Druid of the Claw x2 Force of Nature Ancient of Lore x2 Neutral (15) Echoing Ooze x2 Haunted Creeper x2 Harvest Golem x2 Shade of Naxxramas x2 Defender of Argus x2 Loatheb Spectral Knight x2 Cairne Bloodhoof The Black Knight...

 

BlizzCon 2014 Pet Revealed--"Grommloc"

by Magistrate on

If you've always dreamed of owning a Murloc genetically spliced with Grommosh Hellscream, then 2014 is your year! Blizzard revealed that Grommloc, inspired by the Orc of similar name, will be this year's BlizzCon pet for ticket holders everywhere....

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!...

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....

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