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Chen: Drunk Tank Build

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Chen, the drunken panda tank, has been a BlizzPro favorite by many of our staff members. I think his strengths draw from the fact that Wandering Keg counters channel spells, which makes him a great counter pick in draft style play. He also can get the craziest health regeneration out of any hero in the game! If you would like to see the basics head on over to the Chen hero page here Chen’s trait is Fortifying Brew. Chen does not have use a mana pool, instead he uses his trait to gain brew. With Fortifying Brew Chen gains 40 brew and a temporary shield. The brew caps at 100 and the shield caps at 120, though the shield scales higher with levels. The shield will persist for two seconds after you stop using Fortifying Brew. This trait is what makes Chen unique. Managing your brew levels and getting the ...

Did you want to play some Hearthstone for some cool prizes next weekend? What about supporting some pretty awesome people in the process and eventually helping this site go ad free? Well, you can do both! Just head on over to our Patreon page and if you donate $5 or more in the month of March you can enter into our upcoming Hearthstone tournament where we will have some prizes to the winners. Last month we gave out a SteelSeries Heroes of the Storm gaming mouse and a $25 Amazon gift card. This month we plan on having similar prizes. We are planning on hosting the tournament Saturday April 4th at 8 PM CST. You will be playing against other Patreons and BlizzPro team members who have entered (don’t worry, I’m ineligible). The format of the tournament will be double elimination best 2 out of 3 using conquest rules. This ...

 

Blackrock Mountain Releases April 2nd

by JR Cook on

The day after the internet becomes useless (April Fool’s Day) Blizzard will be releasing the next saga in Hearthstone. April 2nd, Blackrock Mountain will be available for players. If you want the exclusive card back, make sure you pre-order before April 2nd with real money for $24.99. If you’re wanting to pay for gold, April 2nd will be the date you can purchase the first wing. For those of you in Europe and Asia, April 3rd is your date! You can read about all the details here: Are you brave (or insane) enough to face the ancient evils lurking within Blackrock Mountain? Soon the fabled mountain will open, allowing adventurers the opportunity to journey inside and conquer fiery elementals, fierce dragons, and other hot-tempered foes! Blackrock Mountain introduces 31 new cards that are too hot to handle, all obtained by emerging victorious in epic battles against some of the mountain’s most ...

 

Two Pets, One Carry

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“Two pets, one carry” is a common phrase in the world of pet battles. It means to carry a low level pet to victory against an opponent that is much stronger, which will reward your lowbie pet with a good chunk of experience points. It’s the most efficient way of leveling battle pets, especially if you battle NPC Pet Tamers (the pet challenges in the Garrison Menagerie used to be an excellent way of leveling low level pets, but as of patch 6.1 that is unfortunately no longer the case). The key to being successful is to rotate in the low level pet during a round when there’s little to no chance of it being killed and then you rotate it out again. Although leveling pets is the most common reason for using the “two pets, one carry”-strategy, the second most common reason is of course that there are achievements ...

 

Illidan Build and Gameplay

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Episode 13: Illidan Build and Gameplay So, everyone has the heroes they are good at. Twizz proves in this episode that Illidan is NOT his strong suit. A very powerful hero….in the right hands. We also discuss the new flare added to the game with this new patch, play 2 quick match games and one hero league! It’s a big adjustment to the new meta. We hope you enjoy! http://patreon.com/BlizzPro...

 

Illidan Build and Gameplay

by JR Cook on

Episode 13: Illidan Build and Gameplay So, everyone has the heroes they are good at. Twizz proves in this episode that Illidan is NOT his strong suit. A very powerful hero….in the right hands. We also discuss the new flare added to the game with this new patch, play 2 quick match games and one hero league! It’s a big adjustment to the new meta. We hope you enjoy! http://patreon.com/BlizzPro...

 

Ars Arcanum: Blood Brother

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Books have often been society’s only bastion of light for passing along knowledge that would otherwise be lost to time or convoluted by the oral tradition. In order to provide new and old adventurers with as much knowledge of what to expect on their journey in Sanctuary, we created this tome of knowledge – Ars Arcanum. We will regularly feature a Legendary weapon or armor piece, discussing its stand-alone powers and capabilities, as well as how it may synergize with new builds or other items. Patch 2.2.0 promises to introduce a slate of truly interesting items and while some slots in particular (like last week’s bracers) are being super leveraged as auxillary set pieces, weapons are also another area where it seems the developers have laid a heavy focus with the hope of unseating familiar mainstays. Today, let’s talk about Blood Brother, a two-handed sword, and how it might shake up ...

Today marks the one year anniversary of Reaper of Souls launching for the PC! While there is currently an in-game celebration buff, we wanted to take some time outside of the game to celebrate reaching this point. We also wanted to hear from you all out there. What has been your favorite part of Reaper of Souls? Adventure Mode and all of its offerings? The new items and sets? Seasons? What has been your most memorable moment in Reaper of Souls? Did you and your friends just barely clear a high level Greater Rift? Did you break open a barrel and find a Furnace? What are you looking forward to in the future? It’s possible we might have another expansion some time “soon”, but the development team has also committed to continuing with patches for Reaper. What would you like to see added at this point? We hope you enjoy today and the remainder of ...

The Draenei, the Monk and the Wardrobe is a recurring installment of World of Warcraft transmogrification tales. Join us as we eye every seam, embroidery, and color scheme down to the last button. Do not be dissuaded by the title; DMW loves all classes and races! The perpetual moonlight gently caresses the foliage of the hollow tree atop Moonwillow Peek. Inside the tree, a mistweaver monk is wading into the shallow spring to wash the dust off her face. Fatigue is seeping into her bones—into her very core—but the Iron Horde does not rest. This night, however, she will. The battle will have to wait until the morrow. Small fireflies lights up her path as she turns to make her way back to her garrison. MWAH! Head: Crown of the Forest Lord Shoulders: Hide of Chromaggus Back: — Chest: Thunderlord Chestguard Hands: Embossed Leather Gloves Waist: Girdle of Unconquered Glory Legs: ...

 

Zetalot's Control Priest Deck

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Episode 55: Zetalot’s Control Priest Deck This week we feature another deck by Zetalot! It was his season 12 Priest deck that served pretty well! We offer some different card choices and get a good look at how this performs in the current meta. Don’t forget we are buying Doghouse Systems gaming rigs for our Patrons! Be sure to check out the site for more info! http://patreon.com/hspowerhour Deck List Zetalot’s Control Priest Class: Priest Priest (21) Circle of Healing x2 Light of the Naaru x2 Power Word: Shield x2 Northshire Cleric x2 Shadow Word: Death x2 Thoughtsteal x2 Auchenai Soulpriest x2 Holy Nova x2 Vol’jin Holy Fire Cabal Shadow Priest x2 Mind Control Neutral (9) Zombie Chow Wild Pyromancer x2 Injured Blademaster x2 Harrison Jones Loatheb Sylvanas Windrunner Sneed’s Old Shredder...

 

Legacy of the Void Beta Hype

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Episode 69: Legacy of the Void Beta Hype Articles Discussed PVP Damage Reduction Hotfix Reverted BRF Item Level Increase Season 2 Ending Legacy of the Void Beta Sylvanas Week XP Boost New Skins Overwatch Interview Blackrock Mountain Preorders New Cards Revealed...

In an interview with Polygon, Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan talked somewhat more specifically about how the game rose from the ashes of the Titan project, but also how Blizzard’s current game offerings have had an impact on how it’s gone so far. Something that surprised me coming out of this article is how hard Kaplan is working to drive home the point that Overwatch is not just a piece of the intended Titan experience spun out into its own game, but instead something built from scratch that only took some design lessons learned by the Titan dev team. Another interesting note came from how the team is starting to consider the esports possibilities of the game. Kaplan tells a story about how the Overwatch QA team took funds intended for a party and instead threw an in-house tournament for the game. This was apparently a turning point in how Blizzard thought about the game, which then laid the ...

Blizzard announced today that the closed beta for Legacy of the Void will be kicking off March 31st, and among other things, Archon Mode will be one of their first test objectives as soon as the test begins. Hearing the line that the beta will start off with more rough edges and “run for a longer period of time than usual” is very interesting to hear, since it gives the impression that the beta will be longer than the six month periods that both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm received. That being the case, we might not see the release of Legacy of the Void until shortly before or after BlizzCon this year. Just when you thought Blizzard learned their lesson of having their convention and a product release push at the same time… ah well. We’ll see. Read the full blog below. The Beta is near… ...

 

Sgt. Hammer Build and Gameplay

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Episode 12: Sgt. Hammer Build and Gameplay This week we drop the hammer on the Nexus by breaking down the Sgt. herself!  Twizz walks you through the character breakdown, a build and some minor deviations depending on what you’re up against.  /salute!...

 

Handlock Revisited

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Episode 54: Handlock Revisited We dive back into Handlock to see if it’s still viable in the meta. We run into some close calls but in the end it still ends up being a solid deck! We brought back some cards that aren’t normally played like Faceless Manipulator and some others. We hope you enjoy! http://patreon.com/hspowerhour Deck List Handlock GvG Class: Warlock Warlock (8) Mortal Coil x2 Darkbomb Hellfire x2 Shadowflame Siphon Soul Lord Jaraxxus Neutral (22) Zombie Chow Ancient Watcher x2 Ironbeak Owl Sunfury Protector x2 Defender of Argus x2 Twilight Drake x2 Antique Healbot x2 Faceless Manipulator Loatheb Sludge Belcher x2 Dr. Boom Ragnaros the Firelord Mountain Giant x2 Molten Giant x2...

 

BlizzCon 2015 Announced

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Episode 68: BlizzCon 2015 Announced Articles discussed BlizzCon 2015 Announced Josh Mosquiera GDC Panel Patch 2.2 PTR Details Hearthstone 1 Year Birthday Eric Dodds Interview...

Episode – 42 Patch 2.2… The Answer for Everything We’ve got a ton of new changes over this past week and we’re bringing them all to you! Two new PTR patches, a Play Your Way stream, and Josh’s GDC panel all bring some fresh news for the community. Leviathan also has a special treat for you in our opening and a special bonus for the show during our feedback section!...

Blizzard has announced that their next fan gathering will be held in November, so prepare yourselves. Tickets will go on sale in two batches in April. Read the full release below for all the details. You’ve been summoned to Southern California for BlizzCon 2015! Blizzard’s ninth epic gaming convention and community celebration is returning to the Anaheim Convention Center on Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015. Form a party with your fellow members of the Blizzard community and get ready for two days of in-depth discussion panels with our developers, hands-on play time with the latest Blizzard games, and intense eSports tournaments featuring top pro gamers from around the world. BlizzCon 2015 tickets will go on sale in two batches on Wednesday, April 15 at 7 p.m. PT and Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. PT through the online event ticketing service Eventbrite, priced at $199 each (plus ...

 

Hero League

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Episode 11: Hero League Normally we breakdown a character and explain the build that’s going to be used but Twizz was out of town all last week and wasn’t able to work on a new Hero. But never fear! We hit up some League action and PAX East news with special guest Gillyweed! http://twitter.com/GillyweedSC2 http://twitter.com/TwizzBP http://twitter.com/BalrogfanBP http://twitter.com/NeinballGamer http://twitter.com/Eldorian http://twitter.com/BlizzPro...

BlizzCon 2015 has not been announced yet, but there have been a lot of signs that have pointed at the fact that there will be a BlizzCon 2015 in the fall. All of the eSports world championships for Blizzard games have been vague in their verbiage that they will be held in the fall, not to mention it’s very likely we’ll see a new WoW expansion announcement, Diablo 3 expansion announcement, another Hearthstone expansion announcement and who knows what else. There is plenty to talk about. However, Reddit user /u/JamesChin made a post on /r/HeroesOfTheStorm that he received a survey asking if participants would be interested in a pre-BlizzCon party at Disney’s California Adventure Park. The survey states: “Blizzard is considering hosting a private BlizzCon Pre-Party to be held at Disneyland’s California Adventure. Guests would be treated to Blizzard themed attractions including a customized World of Color show and a ...

 

Overwatch: Zarya

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Aleksandra Zaryanova is one of the world's strongest women, a celebrated athlete who sacrificed personal glory to protect her family, friends, and country in a time of war....

 

Blizzard announced yesterday that they’ve got some plans for the ladder system in the coming seasons, so let’s get right to it. The short, short version? For the current season they plan to adjust leagues and the starting point for new players to be in line with their stated intent, as both have drifted off the mark. For next season, MMR decay will be disabled and more matchmaking tweaks will be made in order improve the experience. As we approach Legacy of the Void, the whole system will be under the magnifying glass. Overall, the sense is that they know ladder has got some issues, and are working to get those under control to make it more functional for everyone, especially players who are just getting onto the SC2 ladder scene. Read the whole post below, and if you’ve got strong feelings on the ladder system, make yourself heard. In recent months, we’ve ...

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