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Monks have long been considered the worst class of Diablo 3. If it wasn't for the generous scaling on Exploding Palm, they would've been considered almost completely non-viable.

The Diablo Dev Team took note of this and decided for 2.1 to be the turning point for this particular class. Buffs are all over the place, all at the cost of Exploding Palm being completely redesigned.

Take a look at the proposed changes, now currently live on the 2.1 PTR....

Let’s Talk Character Models I have a thing for horns. And hoofs. Tails are certainly a bonus. In short, I adore the draenei race. They are goofy, nerdy spacegoats that lack comedic timing, and have a hard time picking up sarcasm (they are also tall, and beautiful, with far too many knees to make my Co-GM completely comfortable). Their accent is reminiscent of eastern Europe, and they are foreigners in a strange land, on a strange planet. I guess I can relate. In the World of Warcraft community, English is the main language. As Sweden is far too small to have servers dedicated to just us, and because we are good at English, we play the game in English, and we speak English in guild chat, over Skype, on the forums, and on Twitter. Heck, we even record podcasts and write articles in English about our passion for the game. But ...

Naxxramas is out with the first wing being free and with it some cards that are being played quite a bit in the meta right now. The good news for those playing on a budget is these cards while powerful, are free for you to acquire. Since these cards are viable it only makes sense to visit some of the changes we’re currently seeing with cheap decks. One of the cheapest and most powerful decks has always been Zoo in some form or another if you don’t run Leeroy. This week’s deck is no different as we’ve added a couple cards from the spider wing and the rest are neutral card staples you really should have been gunning for since week 1 of playing (such as Knife Juggler and Defender of Argus). The only rare card you might not have had is just now seeing viability in the meta and ...

 

Meteor Getting revamped in 2.1

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The Wizard’s Meteor skill will be undergoing quite some changes on patch 2.1, Nevalistis took it to the forums to shed light in some of these long awaited buffs. While we don’t have plans to innately reduce the Arcane Power of Meteor in the next build, we do have some significant Meteor changes coming in the next PTR patch that should make the Arcane Power you’re spending feel much more valuable. In addition to damage increases for the baseline Meteor skill, we’re making some changes to a few of the elemental runes that weren’t fully embodying their fantasy. The goal is to make each flavor of Meteor different and more indicative of its element while keeping each competitive in its own way. These changes should also make the Tal Rasha’s Set bonus more appealing. Comet has been slightly modified, dealing a great deal of Cold damage on impact and freezing Chilled ...

Following up on our story from earlier today, Community Manager Zeriyah made an official announcement regarding the opening time of the Plague Quarter. This highly anticipated next wing of Naxxramas will still technically release on Tuesday, according to the Pacific Daylight Time referenced, but unfortunately it’s a little later than we would all like. Read on below: You’ve braved the creepy crawly horrors of the Arachnid Quarter – now prepare yourself for new cards, new bosses and more fun with Curse of Naxxramas: The Plague Quarter!The Plague Quarter will open at the following times per region:Americas: Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59 PM PDTEurope: Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59 PM CESTAsia: (Korea) Wednesday , July 30th at 12:59 AM KST / (Taiwan) Tuesday, July 29th 11:59 PM CST China: Tuesday, July 29th at 11:59 PM CST (Americas Region) The cards that players can acquire in The Plague Quarter will be featured on the official Hearthstone blog here once The Plague Quarter ...

Episode 46: Heroes Artifacts and Gated Talents… and Why the System is Bad for the Game Articles covered SDCC Blizzard licensed products revealed Warlords Box Art revealed Claim your Azeroth Choppers in game item Sc2 Birthday New Hero revealed Artifacts in Heroes of the Storm Curse of Naxx Releases New card backs...

 

The Fury of Rehgar

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Heroes of the Storm’s most recent addition to the hero pool is a big, mean-spirited orc shaman. Beyond that, I know basically nothing. Apparently, he’s involved with slave pits and gambling, or something. He represents the first character that I’ve purchased in-game who I have essentially no emotional investment in. Even Murky, as annoying as he was in his initial stages, held some measure of sentimental value to me because I was once a newbie in World of Warcraft, hopelessly outmatched by the murloc hordes. Why mention this? My review of Rehgar is not rooted in nostalgia, which is unusual for me. The character is, essentially, just a package of skills and little more. I wish I could say I’m a big fan of his appearance, but ultimately his anemic looking one-handed swatting orc judo does little for me. That said, I am in love with his abilities and talents. His ...

 

SDCC 2014: Warcraft Movie Details

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San Diego Comic Con 2014 is happening right now. Blizzard had their licensed product panel a couple days ago and today Legendary Pictures had a panel to show off their upcoming movies. We all knew Warcraft would be in the mix after last year when they showed a small conceptual teaser trailer before filming even began (which never was released out to the public). A year later and filming has finished for the movie, but post production is going to last a while as the movie isn’t coming out until 2016. Legendary had some of the movie props available on the show floor, showing off the Alliance sword and shield and Doomhammer. SRYSLY “@Marco1Espinoza: #WarcraftMovie @ManMadeMoon OMG! they look amazing! pic.twitter.com/H2fyMm26DN“ — Ranzel Barcel (@Leznatsu) July 24, 2014 Duncan Jones did take the stage during the panel and said he was hoping to make the movie had a broader audience ...

 

Happy 4th Birthday Starcraft II!

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This Sunday, Starcraft II will be turning 4 years old and to celebrate Blizzard has a few in-game treats available for players. First off, all workers will be donning their finest with special party hats. Whether you’re playing a monobattle or just climbing the ladder, your army will be in a festive mood. For the players themselves, Blizzard will be offering anyone who plays a game during the anniversary celebration a set of new portraits to commemorate the event. If you want to participate all you need to do is log in and play a single game starting tomorrow, July, 26th, and through the beginning of August. How do you plan on celebrating Starcraft’s birthday? Dusting off the campaign? Trying the ladder one more time? Or just chilling out in the Arcade? A very special time has arrived for Blizzard, and this is especially true for StarCraft II and its ...

The $1 billion Twitch deal with Google appears to be a done deal.  Sources familiar with it say that Google has signed the deal. Full details of the deal aren’t known yet, but there is speculation that the deal could be announced at GamesBeat 2014 where both companies are scheduled to be speaking. The purchase is rumored to be through Google’s YouTube division, which would make Google the leading company for live streaming by gamers.  Recent statistics show that Twitch was responsible for 1.35% of all internet traffic in March of this year.  They have more than 50 million active users every month and 1.1 million who broadcast live each month. As per company policy, neither Google nor Twitch are commenting on the deal at this time....

 

Initial thoughts on artifacts

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The most recent Heroes of the Storm patch brought with it a lot of the usual suspects. Balance changes, systematic upgrades, new skins, all that jazz. It also brought with it a new hero, a new map, and a totally new hero customization system, artifacts. Similar in nature to League of Legend’s runes, artifacts allow a player to accentuate certain hero facets, ideally allowing for an even more replete play experience. Heroes each have three artifact slots, all available at account level 15. While the first is free, the other two will run an individual 2,000 gold per slot. Each artifact can be upgraded 10 times, and the costs go up by 100 gold for each rank, beginning at 100 gold. Essentially, it will cost a player 5,500 gold to max out one specific artifact. In return, players can receive boons to maximum health, damage, cooldown reductions, mount speed and much ...

Episode – 17 In the latest PTR update 2 Handers and Monks received more buffs, but are they enough? Our hosts also discuss the merits behind some of the other class changes in this update and talk about some of the fan feedback they’ve received over the last week....

After a somewhat faulty start (the projector froze – always check your tools first, folks!), the crowd at Blizzard’s SDCC panel was greeted by an ear-blasting rendition of I Am Murloc - a song by the company’s very own Level 90 Elite Tauren Chieftain (formerly ‘The Artists Formerly Known as Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 80 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 70 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, ‘Level 60 Elite Tauren Chieftain’, and ‘Tenth Level Tauren Chieftain’). The panel itself focused around new toys and collectibles, with pride of place going to Rehgar Earthfury: a new Heroes of the Storm hero from Warcraft lore. Kim Phan, eSports manager, tweeted a picture of the collectible just before the panel began, accompanied by Chris Metzen, Ion Hazzikostas (aka Watcher) and cinematics lead Nick Carpenter… …And followed it with a picture from the stage at the end of the event. Author Micky Neilson, and Blizzard toys and collectibles manager ...

Episode 19: Hearthstone Power Hour: Wing 1 of Naxx and Class Challenges Naxx has launched and we walk you through the first 3 bosses! We talk about the strengths and weaknesses of the new cards that are handed out and work our way through some incredibly awesome lag! Stay tuned for next week when we cover wing 2!...

 

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...

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...

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