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Defining Your Goals

by JR Cook on

In this week’s episode of Real Life Respec I rant a bit about perceptions people have regarding fansites and other content creators and point out that if this was all about the money, then people are doing it wrong. We talk about how to handle the grind which was the discussion last week and this week I ask the question, how do you go about defining your goals? I’m close to reaching my 10 pound lost goal and I want to start thinking about the big picture. What steps do you take? What have you learned from playing games that could help you in real life? Join our Extra Life Team Join the Real Life Respec Facebook Group Weight Progress Start: 296.4 12/22/2014 Current: 288.6 1/26/2015...

It’s Monday, which means we have a free hero rotation reset and a new weekly sale. Free Hero Rotation This week’s free hero rotation will consist of Arthas, ETC, Kerrigan, Li Li, Nazeebo, Tychus, and Uther. Make sure you check out the Heroes Powerhour this week on Tuesday 9 PM at http://twitch.tv/twizzcast as we’ll be showing off Kerrigan and giving away 20 beta keys so you can jump right in and play her if you win. Weekly Sale This week’s sale consists of a hero and 2 different hero skins. This is different than previous weeks since the hero on sale does not have a skin on sale with it for that hero. This week’s hero on sale is Tassadar at 50% off so he’s $3.49. Zeratul’s High Templar skin is priced at $2.49. Uther has his Medic skin also on sale at $4.99. The sale ends on Sunday and we’ll have ...

 

Exploring Draenor: Rai'vosh

by Malon on

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. Location: Shadowmoon Valley Task: Kill Rewards: Whispers of Rai’vosh and 10-20 Garrison Resources Shadowmoon Valley holds many mysteries in its dark corners – and its lightest heights. On the plateaus surrounding Mount Kra’gor, high above the floor of the valley, a Shadowmoon Orc is trying to bind an air elemental – but the ritual doesn’t go particularly well for him. You will find Windcaller Turog east of Exile’s Rise, in the northern part of the zone. Approaching will start his dialogue: Windcaller Turog says: Spirits of air, wind, and all… Windcaller Turog says: I bind this creature to my call! Rai’vosh says: You meddle in powers…beyond your comprehension. Rai’vosh launches Turog skyward. Windcaller ...

While a lot of people scream for nerfs when cards feel overpowered, I don’t see many people calling for buffs to long forgotten cards. In my mind, every non-joke card should at least be a decent fit in a viable deck. Also, the meta would grow a lot more interesting if a wider array of cards suddenly started seeing play. So without further ado… Welcome back to Mending Mondays, a weekly feature where I, Dannie “IAmDiR23″ Ray will take a look at some of the worst cards in the Hearthstone Classic Set and evaluate why they are deemed to be horrible, and what could be done to fix them. Totemic Might, showing once again that 0 mana cards are really hard to balance. Totemic is a card whose effect can be really usable, but overall the card feels too situational to fit in an all purpose deck. For a card ...

 

Valla Multishot Build

by JR Cook on

If you’ve been watching the Heroes Powerhour, you’ll know that my favorite hero to play has been Valla. Valla is a top tier ranged assassin and one of the best, if not the best, damage dealers in the game right now. Valla matches my playstyle the best because you have to play it safe with her as she is pretty squishy, so positioning yourself correctly in fights is key. You have to know when to engage and know when to step back and Valla has some good escape mechanics if you use them correctly. If you are unfamiliar with Valla and her abilities then check out our Hero Page for her. Her passive is Hatred which grants a stacking buff that increases basic attack and movement speed for every successful basic attack. You’ll discover as you play that this is a pretty big passive to bring heroes down quickly and ...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

Episode 36 – Gimme Them Goblins We’ve got goblins! You’ve got goblins! This whole past week has been goblins, goblins, goblins! While the new goblin drops have been amazing, it does highlight a few mechanics in the game that need improving. In this episode we talk about a few mechanics we’d like to see updated in the future, the upcoming developer’s Tavern Talk, the GDC, and even take some guesses at Season 2’s start date. As always, we also go through your feedback and answer your questions, we love to hear from our fans!...

 

Patch 6.1: Patch Notes Now Available

by Crow on

It’s taken a bit of time since the Patch 6.1 PTR became available, but the Community Team has now graced us with patch notes to tell us details about all the nitty-gritty coming to us in the not-too-distant future. There’s a LOT of information to cover in these notes that we’ll be getting to over the coming days, but let me draw your attention to a few highlights: The first iteration of the revamped Blood Elf models are now available. The blues were quick to remind folks that these are NOT the final product; more iteration on these models is due to come as the 6.1 PTR progresses, so if you don’t like what you see, don’t panic. A new “death panel” UI is being added to help demonstrate exactly how you died. The heirloom collections tab is being added, which will normalize heirloom upgrade paths. Additionally, new heirloom neck-slot ...

 

Overwatch: Hanzo

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Mastering his skills as a bowman and an assassin, Hanzo Shimada strives to prove himself as a warrior without peer....

 

Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack

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Episode 4: Tyrael Breakdown and Beta Founders Pack This week we feature Tyrael and talk about how he fits into a team comp. We also discuss Blizzard’s introduction of the founders pack and the pro’s and con’s. Crazy games happen with game 2 being a rematch of game 1. Game 3 was just straight up fun. We hope you enjoy! Join Our Extra Life Team Follow @HeroesPowerhour on Twitter...

 

Tavern Talk: Seasons! Coming Feb. 10th

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Today Nevalistis announced a new Tavern Talk live stream set to take place on February 10th over on the official Diablo Twitch channel. This livestream will center around Seasons, what they’ve learned, changes they’ve made, and changes they are still looking to make. Since this is acting as a Season 1 postmortem and Season 2 precursor, can we expect the beginning of Season 2 sometime soon? Tavern Talk is back and this time we’re taking a retrospective look at Season 1. Join us on Twitch February 10 as we share what we’ve learned and where we’re headed for the future of Seasons! To celebrate the start of Season 2, we’d like to take some time to discuss our philosophy behind Seasons in Diablo III, cover lessons we learned from Season 1, and share some of our plans for the future with you, our community. On Tuesday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. ...

 

Handling the Grind

by JR Cook on

In this week’s episode of Real Life Respec I discuss some more about Extra Life, how to join our team, and how difficult it is to handle the daily grind. Sometimes it can be tough to look at the bigger picture and wish the progress would show up sooner. I talk about a video that inspired me this week about a guy who wanted to work for Blizzard but needed to reach legendary status. He finally did it after 7 months. What’s cool about it is what inspired him was an article from BlizzPro, so it’s kind of come full circle. Legendary Hearthstone video Join our Extra Life Team Join the Real Life Respec Facebook Group Weight Progress Start: 296.4 12/22/2014 Current: 290.0 1/19/2015...

 

Snuggles Control Priest Deck

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Episode 46: Snuggles Control Priest Deck This week (once we get past a bumpy last minute intro) we have a fairly legendary heavy Priest control deck called “Snuggles”.  However a lot of them are swappable and the deck still remains solid.  If you’re into Heroes of the Storm be sure to check out the Heroes Power Hour on Tuesday nights as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Priest – Snuggles Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Holy Smite x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Prophet Velen Neutral (10) Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Sylvanas Windrunner The Black Knight Baron Geddon Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord...

 

Snuggles Control Priest Deck

by JR Cook on

Episode 46: Snuggles Control Priest Deck This week (once we get past a bumpy last minute intro) we have a fairly legendary heavy Priest control deck called “Snuggles”.  However a lot of them are swappable and the deck still remains solid.  If you’re into Heroes of the Storm be sure to check out the Heroes Power Hour on Tuesday nights as well!  We hope you enjoy! Deck List Control Priest – Snuggles Class: Priest Priest (20) Circle of Healing x2 Holy Smite x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death Dark Cultist x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest Prophet Velen Neutral (10) Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Sylvanas Windrunner The Black Knight Baron Geddon Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord...

Epsiode 60: WoW 10 Year Gift, Overwatch Easter Egg in Heroes of the Storm Join our Extra Life team 10 Year gift Veteran Edition Blackrock Foundry Raid Schedule Diablo Community Buff Heroes XP Boost Weekend Overwatch Easter Egg Hearthstone World Championship Fixing the Undertaker Problem...

Last year for Extra Life Charity we were able to raise $1,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network and we were part of a larger group that was able to raise nearly $100,000 for the Kansas City hospital alone. This year, we want to go bigger and we have set our goal to $10,000 and you can help us raise that by doing a couple different things. You can donate. Just go to extralife.blizzpro.com and choose one of the team members there to support. This is the easiest and probably least fun way. Join our team. By going to extralife.blizzpro.com and clicking join, you can join us for some awesome gaming and by raising money yourself on your efforts, you also help us reach our overall goal. We’re playing games anyway, so why not do so while raising money for a great charity? We have plans to give out prizes to ...

Episode 35 – Brand New Ancient Items This week only two hosts remain, but we’re not skimping on the content! We’ve got a new patch worth of changes to cover after all. We discuss some of the bigger changes brought with this patch, look forward to the future with some of our expectations of Season 2, and comment on how the dev’s are fulling embracing console players. Kick back, enjoy the show, and farm up this week’s community buff....

 

Overwatch: Widowmaker

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Widowmaker is the perfect assassin: a patient, ruthlessly efficient killer who shows neither emotion nor remorse....

Episode 59: WoW Patch 6.1, Diablo Patch 2.1.2, and Heroes Closed Beta...

 

Uther, Thrall, and Patch Notes

by JR Cook on

Episode 3: Uther, Thrall, and Patch Notes In episode 3 of the Heroes Power Hour we have special guest @BrawlyHS join us on Thrall! We cover all the patch notes and play a few games as an aggressive support!...

 

Season 1 Map Pool Changes

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Due to some community demand some map pool changes have been made for the upcoming Season 1. Instead of Foxtrot Labs they are bringing back Overgrowth LE for another season. To read more about what community manager Psione posted on the forums, take a look here: Hey everyone, We’ve read the feedback on the 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool and wanted to announce a change we’ll be making for the upcoming season. 2015 Season 1 Ladder Overgrowth LE will replace Foxtrot Labs LE The complete 1v1 2015 Season 1 ladder map pool will be as follows: Overgrowth LE Catallena LE Expedition Lost LE Secret Spring Vaani Research Station Inferno Pools Deadwing LE While we typically look to remove the oldest maps in the ladder map pool to keep a fresh rotation (which would include Overgrowth LE), community feedback towards some of the Season 3 maps was less than favorable ...

For those of you laddering on StarCraft 2, the Season 4 for 2014 has now been locked and will be until Season 1 for 2015 begins on January 12. For those of you who are new to StarCraft, each year is divided up into 4 seasons and each season has new 1v1 maps. To check out the new maps for Season 1 2015 click here. More information about the season lock and the upcoming season below: At the end of each ladder season, leagues are “locked,” which means players can no longer be promoted out of their current league or division, and bonus pools will stop growing. The ladder lock is a time to play more than ever before: with the leagues being locked, players are able to play out their remaining bonus pool and compete for standing within their divisions until the season ends. The matchmaking skill ratings which ...

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