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We have big news to share, and no, it’s not the release of the Plague Wing: our long-time co-host and co-creator of HearthPro Show Robert is leaving the show to become (drum roll) Community Manager for the Hearthstone Team at Blizzard! Of course we’re also talking about the new Naxxramas wing, the issues with purchasing on launch day, and the stealth nerf of Alexstrasza in Loatheb heroic mode. In addition there are other ways to break the system, which we anticipate will be hot fixed in the near future. We’re also taking a look at the Death Knight concept class developed by Amaz, and discuss what the future may bring after Naxxramas. Your hosts: Marc aka @shamanrongar Shauna aka @Mageycake, twitch.tv/trin1595, youtube.com/user/mageycake  Stephen aka @sastewart111, twitch.tv/leviathan111 Kevin aka @lackofrealism And for the final time: Robert aka @RobertAWing, twitch.tv/zenstyle Intro performed by: Lucas Reis @Lucas_ReisRBM, youtube.com/user/LuckReisBR RSS feed: feeds.feedburner.com/BlizzprosHearthstonePodcast Subscribe in iTunes Follow the show on Twitter: @hearthproshow YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/HearthProShow Ask a Question: ask.fm/HearthProShow Connect to us ...

Ever since their original announcement, the artifacts system was met with tremendous community backlash. The negative feedback was huge, and the developers took notice. Rather than trying to force the system down our throats, they wisely decided to back-off and try to come up with an alternative that will actually keep the community happy. The Heroes of the Storm team continues to show that they are at the top of their game and really committed to make this game one of the best-designed Blizzard products ever. Check out the official announcement below. Artifacts Artifacts were designed to provide you with a meaningful way to spend gold, while also providing additional options to customize your heroes. We wanted to test artifacts in the Alpha to find out if the system fulfilled those goals. As testing began, many of you voiced concerns around fairness issues, “correct build” issues, balance, new player tension, ...

As we had previously previewed, a chillingly awesome card back is up for grabs in Ranked Play Season 5 – The Chill of Icecrown. Today is the first day of August, so the season has officially begun and it’s time to start climbing the ladder again. Do also keep in mind that this month’s ladder rankings are the last ones that will have any bearing on qualification/seeding for the World Championships set to take place later this year. With Naxxramas also in full swing, what better time is there to hop into the madness of Ranked Play than right now? The fifth official Hearthstone Ranked Play Season is now live—and we’re unveiling a new card back you can add to your collection! Beat the heat of summer and ascend the Ranked Play ladder to earn the refreshingly frosty* Icecrown card back! You can only earn this card back by playing Hearthstone ...

 

Alliance Chopper Also Coming in Warlords

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In a move that really shouldn’t surprise anyone at all, the Alliance chopper from the Azeroth Choppers web series will be available in-game as well at an undisclosed point in the future, according to a new blog post on the official site. Strictly speaking, ever since we saw that in-game models of both bikes were being constructed before the series was even completed, it was a foregone conclusion that both bikes would definitely end up being available at some point. Winning the contest was much more an expression of faction pride than it was about who’d be getting the mount. And the difference we’re seeing here (Horde characters will get the bike for free as long as they log in before Sept. 30th, Alliance characters will be able to buy it for gold) is a perfectly logical way to award the winning faction. Read the full post below. Due to popular demand (and ...

If you’ve been enjoying Diablo 3 on the console and were worried about losing your progress when switching to the Ultimate Evil Edition, fear no more. CM Lylirra just confirmed character transfers for the Ultimate Evil Edition, these transfers will allow you to keep your character even if you got the next generation console of the opposite brand that you previously had. Check out the information straight from the source. Just to confirm, in an upcoming console patch for PS3 and Xbox 360, we’ll be enabling what we’re calling “cross-brand” or “cross-generational” transfers for Ultimate Evil Edition. As the name suggests, these transfers will allow players to copy their character save data across brands and across platform generations. We’ll have more details to share once the patch is live, including how to complete a transfer with step-by-step instructions and how Battle.net account linking works. In the meantime, here’s a quick ...

Episode 18 – You Can Never Take Our Seasons If you thought Blizzard was done with Monks, you thought wrong! This week Archon and Neinball look at the newest round of proposed changes coming for Monks and 2 Handers. Our hosts also discuss the psychological reasons behind some of the newest changes to Greater Rifts and Gems. There are also many great feedback questions this week, including some thoughts on charms and long forgotten game mechanics....

Episode 18 – You Can Never Take Our Seasons If you thought Blizzard was done with Monks, you thought wrong! This week Archon and Neinball look at the newest round of proposed changes coming for Monks and 2 Handers. Our hosts also discuss the psychological reasons behind some of the newest changes to Greater Rifts and Gems. There are also many great feedback questions this week, including some thoughts on charms and long forgotten game mechanics....

 

Chen Stormstout Revealed at Chinajoy

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Gamesinasia is reporting that the Heroes Team has revealed Chen Stormstout as a new playable character at the Chinajoy games conference. Check out their article for a ton of images from the event. There’s also a sneak peek at Chen’s abilities that were shown off during the presentation, though descriptions of what those abilities do are a mystery at this point. To speculate a bit: Flying Kick appears to be a movement ability that’ll let Chen charge in and deal some damage. Keg Smash appears to be a targeted area attack. Pretty likely that it may also be an area slow, or potentially something that interacts with… …Breath of Fire, a cone of fire damage. I could see the synergy of soaking a cluster of enemies with Keg Smash and then lighting them up to deal aggravated damage. Wandering Keg could be a movement ability (the screenshot provided seems to indicate ...

SteelSeries has announced a new version of their Siberia Elite headset; this new iteration has a newly-designed mic, boosted speaker drivers, and boasts a more comfortable fit for those long nights of gaming. The Warlords version will also sport the Warcraft icon on the side of each earcup, and the Siberia Elite’s trademark light accents are now arrayed as glowing runes around the earcups. Read the SteelSeries press release below, and check out the product launch video and a few close-ups of the headset after that. THE DRUMS OF WAR DRAW NEAR – STEELSERIES INTRODUCES THE SIBERIA ELITE WORLD OF WARCRAFT® EDITION HEADSET FOR WARLORDS OF DRAENOR™ CHICAGO, July 31, 2014 – SteelSeries, the global leader in premium gaming peripherals, in collaboration with Blizzard Entertainment, today announced the upcoming release of the Siberia Elite World of Warcraft® Edition Headset. Gamers will soon be able to experience epic quests, intense raids, and endless adventure ...

 

Episode 17 – Redux Last week, there was an error that occurred during the upload of Episode 17 and many listeners only got 31 minutes of the show. Here is a re-upload for those who were effected. Neinball is bad and is very sorry....

Episode 25: Raid Impressions and a Chance to Win a Warlords of Draenor beta key! Sean and Matt welcome a new co-host to the team! Watch to find out who! Meanwhile, the Warlords of Draenor beta testing continues and the servers have allowed access to some of the early bosses for limited testing. All of the encounters were on heroic difficulty (or Mists of Pandaria normal mode level). Matt gives a quick overview of Oregorger, one of the new encounters in Blackrock Foundry. We also discuss the return of the Black Market Auction House that has now moved to Nagrand. Lastly, we cover some of the new class changes that were recently released and the new Druid talent, Claws of Shirvallah. Contest details We have five keys to give away and we plan to do it on Twitter. On August 3rd, we will send a tweet out from The Edge account with ...

 

Episode 20: Heroic Arachnid Quarter Walkthrough Twizz and Studder walk you through on how to beat the Heroic Arachnid quarter in Curse of Naxxramas on Hearthstone....

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...

 

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....

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!...

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