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With Robin Williams passing, Blizzard had said they would be adding him as an NPC to immortalize him in the game. Williams was a known WoW player and gamer by heart (I mean, after all, he named his daughter Zelda). .@robinwilliams Thank you. You gave us so much joy in our lives, and we hope you enjoyed your time in our world. We’ll see you in-game. — World of Warcraft (@Warcraft) August 13, 2014 The WoW team has quickly added the NPC and he will be making his debut in the upcoming expansion Warlords of Draenor as Robin<The Entertainer>. It is currently unclear on where or what he’ll be doing in game, but his form mimics that of the popular Genie character he was the voice actor for in the Disney animated film Aladdin. You can check the full details on WoWhead:...

 

Card Smart: Feugen and Stalagg

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Sure, you can play that winning card and step away from your match the glorious victor. But where is the fun unless you can also drop some lore knowledge on your opponent and add insult to injury? In this column, we don’t worry about card values or strategy – all we care about is that sweet, sweet lore. Check back every Wednesday for a new installment of Card Smart!    Feugen and Stalagg really are two peas in a festering pod. These two minor bosses represent the final obstacle before players can face Thaddius, the last boss of the Abomination Wing of Naxxramas’ Construct Quarter. Feugen and Stalagg are the two gatekeepers and as the character art reveals, very much a mirror image of one another. It is very fitting that health and damage points of these two minions are swapped in Hearthstone. Stalagg (the 7/4 minion) is the brawn of the pair, ...

 

Patch 2.1 Philosophy

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2.1 is supposedly getting released this month, and to keep the interest up,  CM Nevalistis has shared some insight into the developer’s design philosophy for this upcoming patch. Check out what she had to say! Hey all! With the release of patch 2.1.0 drawing near, we wanted to take some time to share the balance goals of this patch. There were two major goals:     Reduce the number of extreme outliers in class balance in order to set us up for ongoing improvements     Provide ourselves a new metric (Greater Rifts) by which we can more easily identify future outliers The changes we’ve made so far to our six classes exemplify these goals. For example, the retuning of Exploding Palm, The Furnace, and Rimeheart weren’t specifically made to nerf Monks—it was to remove a clear, standalone issue from interfering with other changes aimed at giving Monks the tools they need ...

 

Kaeo Milker: Ranked Play Mode Is Coming

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In an interview at gamescom with ingame.de, Producer Kaeo Milker talked about the long-awaited Ranked Play options that will be coming up in Heroes… though he was also quick to mention that ranked play doesn’t make sense with a small pool of players, and the number of players in the technical alpha is still too small for these mechanics to work fairly. Milker first discussed the Draft Mode, where opposing (and pre-made) teams of players will be able to ban each other from selecting up to three certain heroes, and then take turns picking heroes in order to fill out the team. Players can’t select a random hero in this mode. Looking at this from an e-sports angle, I like the idea from a competitive standpoint: if you’re well-schooled enough with the game to predict what kind of strategies your opposition will use from their character selection, and tailor your team ...

 

Deck Design 102

by Kevin Hovdestad on

Welcome back, class. For those of you who are joining us for the first time, Deck Design 101 is a prerequisite, so please make sure you’ve completed your first assigned reading before continuing. In 101, we talked about typical deckbuilding errors and how to overcome them. Armed with that knowledge, the critical next step is to – while still avoiding those traps and pitfalls! – make good deck design decisions. Welcome to Deck Design 102: Choosing Correctly. Our focus in this segment is on choosing strong cards, deck theme, and building towards a playstyle and win condition. Expert Selections Hearthstone is a game that requires you to balance a significant number of resources simultaneously. It may not seem intuitive at first, but you actually have six resources you are managing constantly: Health. Your health represents how long you have to live, and can be traded – using weapons, hero powers, ...

It has many names: ‘ability squish’, ‘button bloat’, ‘nerf to fun’. Blizzard is using Warlords of Draenor to clean up our action bars, by cutting some rarely-used or niche abilities – an attempt to make playing the game a little less confusing for new players. A Frost Death Knight doesn’t need a taunt, a Marksmanship Hunter doesn’t need Arcane Shot and two-thirds of Mages don’t need Arcane Explosion – or so goes the theory. Here is Blizzard’s reasoning behind the change, courtesy of Bashiok, which is largely identical in sentiment to what is said in the patch notes. After 10 years of adding more and more abilities, there’s a point when we need to take a critical look at all that we have wrought. We can’t just constantly add more and more and more abilities to the game forever and expect it to hold up under the weight of itself. ...

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...

 

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls is now available on consoles. While the original game has been around on the Playstation and Xbox since last September, the new Ultimate Evil Edition includes both the original and the expansion. It can be played now on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One (the poor little Wii U appears to be suffering from its reputation as a young person’s console here). The PS4 and Xbox One editions can look forward to ongoing patch updates, while all console owners will be able to move existing characters to the UEE – even if their original game is on a different platform. A platform-specific perk – still hoping for it to arrive on PC! – is the change to Massacre and Destruction bonuses, to give perks rather than XP. These range from movement speed to resource regen and much, much higher amounts of experience than the small amounts seen on the ...

 

Construct Quarter Walkthrough

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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!...

As a parting shot at this year’s gamescom in Cologne, SteelSeries has announced an exclusive mouse and mousepad combo for Heroes of the Storm. Based off the Sensei  design, the mouse will sport three lighting zones, unlimited gaming profile storage via SteelSeries Engine 3 and a tunable CPI range up to 5700. It’ll set you back $69.99 USD. And if you’re in the dark about what CPI is, SteelSeries has a helpful explanation: tl;dr, high CPI means your mouse moves more with less actual movement of the device, and being able to tune it to your preference on the mouse itself lets you very finely control your sensitivity. In addition, a Heroes-branded iteration of the QcK Mousepad will be available for $14.99 USD. Both products are slated to show up later this year, and when we know a street date, we’ll let you know. You can, of course, go straight to the source. Read the ...

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Warlords Event Report and Pictures!

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Blizzard invited the community to visit Los Angeles at the Act Hotel theater and watch the premier of the Warlords of Draenor cinematic and get a release date for the latest World of WarCraft Expansion. For reaction on the video’s revealed today, make sure to check out Crow’s reaction from this morning. We arrived at around 7:15am, a good 75 minutes before we’d be let in so we joined the already big line and waited and conversed with the others around us about WoW, PvP, etc. This is one of the few events you get to really geek out with fellow geeks and attendees. It really reminded me of a mini BlizzCon of sorts or a launch party, which made it better! After waiting sometime, we were able to get wristbands that the Blizzard staff handed out to guarantee us a seat within the theater. According to some people I talked ...

Episode 27: Warlords of Draenor levelling speed, Last week, we mentioned that the release date for Warlords was going to debut on Thursday. Too bad we ran out of time and couldn’t get around to discussing what our predictions were! When do you think the expansion will drop? With the beta becoming more and more polished with every build, Will wanted to take a look at the approximately levelling speed going from level 90 to 100. How hard do you plan on levelling? Would you rather take your time and enjoy the sights and sounds the leveling experience has to offer or would you rather blitz to level 100 and get a taste of the end game? Contest details You still have a few more days before we give away five keys for the Warlords of Draenor beta! Last week on August 3rd, we sent a tweet out from The Edge account ...

Episode 19 – Diablo 1 Remake? Wondering where we were this week? Lost in Twitch limbo, that’s where. Archon and I are both incredibly sorry about the wait, there were issues getting the video exported out of Twitch. Hopefully that won’t happen again anytime soon! Also to be noted, there will be no Westmarch Workshop on August 13th, but we’ll be back August 20th with Episode 20 and some new surprises! -Neinball This week Archon and Neinball talk about some of the changes in the most recent patch and Archon highlights a mod created for Divinity looking to recreate Diablo 1....

Episode 48: Warlords Release Announcement, Will Hearthstone Reveal Something at PAX? Warlords Beta Key Winners Ammo Gaming Tv, Alexander Georgiev, Jose Antonio Gomez, michel c, Juan Ignacio Arístide, All wow, carlos de la cruz, momboom, Link544, krazikitkat, georgia asus, CobaltWolfe, Ryan Zaabani, BITNM, Mack Of Gaming, Bondero, EtarinPL, SkyFishGaming, Evilgamer, horgewow82 Articles Discussed WoW Loses Subscribers, Diablo #1 PC Game Warlords Release Event 10th Anniversary PTR Season 2 Open Heroes of the Storm Gets Speedier Heroes and Hearthstone at PAX What Could Hearthstone be revealing? Turn 2 Interview with Ben Brode...

Episode 26: Street Date Reveal Event and Warcraft 10th Anniversary Heart of the Valorous buff returns! But that’s just the little news that seems to recur every few weeks. The big news? Thursday, August 14, we find out when the Warlords of Draenor expansion will be slated for release. On top of that, Blizzard has some great events lined up for Warcraft’s 10th anniversary! Tarren Mill and Southshore will be back as a deathmatch style battleground! Molten Core has returned and can be completed again as a 40 man raid in raid finder which rewards a special Core Hound mount for taking down Ragnaros. A new fiery pet, the Molten Corgi, will be available to any player who logs in during the 10 year anniversary event! Contest details You still have a few more days before we give away five keys for the Warlords of Draenor beta! Last week on August 3rd, ...

Episode 23: Military Quarter, Class Challenges, and Shaman Foolery The military quarter was a little on the easy side.  So we built some standard decks, walked through them, beat down the bosses and had a blast doing it.  After that we discussed a control Warrior Deck for laddering and we built a Shaman Deck on the fly utilizing the new class card!...

Blizzard has announced that some never-before-seen merchandise will be on offer at their booth at gamescom 2014 in Cologne, Germany. Among some of the new products are the following: Hearthstone leather wallet Horde/Alliance pendants Heroes of the Storm keychains and dog tags While Blizzard is careful never to use the term “exclusive” it’s possible that some of these products might only show up in Cologne depending on production runs. So if you happen to be attending the show, check out Blizzard’s full post on what’s being sold. Fans of Blizzard games will have plenty to do, see, and play at gamescom 2014—check out our plans on ourdedicated site. But if you’re going all the way to Cologne, you might also want to pick up a souvenir to show your Blizzard geek pride. You can do exactly that at our first ever gamescom shop, located in Hall 10.1, booth E012/F011! During the ...

 

Heroic Plague Quarter

by JR Cook on

Episode 22: Heroic Plague Quarter Twizz and Studder roll through the Plague Quarter….Heroically! You should certainly check out the 45-1 comeback on the second boss!...

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