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Battlegrounds Day 2

The final four duke it out today at Red Bull Battlegrounds


I hope you like Terran
Sep 21
// Patrick Hancock
Yesterday was some of the most intense StarCraft II play that I have ever seen. First of all, if you missed it, you should watch the recording on Red Bull's site. Secondly, the rest of this post does contain spoiler...
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Red Bull StarCraft II

The Red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II grand finals are live!


Some of the biggest names in SC2 are competing
Sep 20
// Patrick Hancock
Man, it feels pretty good to talk about StarCraft II esports again. I've been way more focused on Dota 2 recently and it's nice to go back to what helped get me into the scene. Anyway, the grand finals for the Red B...
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Blizzard

Blizzard releases The Lost Vikings and Rock 'n Roll Racing for free


You don't even have to click through an ad to download 'em
May 02
// Brittany Vincent
Everyone needs more games to add to their digital collection, right? How about Blizzard's The Lost Vikings and Rock 'n Roll Racing? They're now available to download for free via Blizzard's Battle.net service. Just ignor...

How the 'new' Diablo III brought me back in

Mar 30 // Patrick Hancock
I’m of the belief that you can’t truly write a game off without actually playing it. Originally, I had zero plans to revisit Diablo III, even after reading about the proposed changes. Hell, I even went on record saying this: And nine people seemingly agreed with me! But I began reading a lot of good words from good people all around the Internet. Saying things like “if you quit for the same reasons as I did, you should give this new patch a chance!” As this became more and more common, I decided to re-install Diablo III. If the auction house was gone, and the loot and difficulty systems were changed, maybe I can learn to love again? Changing how difficulty works was one change which was absolutely required to get me back into Diablo III. While playing through the original version, Normal difficulty was an absolute snoozefest. Yet, I had to go through it because they decided to apply the old, archaic difficulty system. I rarely, if ever, felt challenged throughout all acts on Normal. Nightmare difficulty felt a little better, but by that time I was plenty frustrated at a cornucopia of other things. The ability to change difficulty whenever I want, and get plainly stated rewards for higher difficulties, is still my favorite change with the newest patch. The removal of the Auction Houses is another welcome change. Previously, the game only encouraged the player to earn enough gold to buy something sweet from the Auction House. Loot drops were always overshadowed and there was a constant lingering feeling of “well, I know there’s something better on the Auction House.” It ruined the feeling of finding loot, and I’m glad to see both Auction Houses go, especially with the new Loot 2.0 system also in place. With Loot 2.0, I’ve already found four Legendary pieces of armor. Prior to this patch, I had found zero. I also had very little interest in Legendaries, since what I saw online from other players wasn’t very impressive or enticing compared to what I could just buy on the Auction House. Some of these new Legendaries can completely change the way a character plays, which has perfect synergy with the mix-and-match, no-repercussions skill system. Find a Legendary piece of armor that allows you to always perform a critical hit when below 25% health? Take some time and design a brand new skillset around that idea and try it out! If it doesn’t work, no harm done (except maybe some durability loss). Don’t get me wrong, the game isn’t perfect. The complete lack of trading is something that kills a lot of what I loved about Diablo II. Measuring things in terms of SoJs or “pskulls” was an aspect of the game I always loved to take part in. Trading was the lifeblood of the chat channels for me, and I am incredibly sad to see it removed. Yes, the game still requires an Internet connection, which is terrible, but the bigger picture here is that Blizzard made the changes that the consumers want to see. Now, I’m no idiot. I know it’s no coincidence that Blizzard made the game the way it should have been only slightly before their new expansion came out. As a consumer though, I’m enjoying Diablo III more than I ever thought I would, and if I decide to buy Reaper of Souls, it would be to show my support for a game that I’d like to see more of.  Basically what I’m saying is: if you quit for the same reasons as I did, put away your pride and try out the new version.
I don't hate D3 anymore photo
They successfully transformed my opinion of the game
I never thought I would actually say this, but I am enjoying myself while playing Diablo III. Keep in mind this is without Reaper of Souls, and is entirely about the newest patch -- Loot 2.0. After spending countless hours ...


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Hearthstone

Hearthstone receives last major beta update


Which means it's on track to go live soon
Jan 14
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has announced that it is delaying the Hearthstone beta, but they've also dropped the last major beta update, meaning the game could be coming sooner than later. The patch is mostly a balancing act, nerfing the Mage a...
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Battle.net

Battle.net to disable add-on purchases by default


This change will apply to parental specific accounts
Jan 06
// Chris Carter
Starting this week, Blizzard is rolling out an account-wide change for everyone who has parental locks in place -- add-on purchases (read: microtransactions) will be disabled by default. This is most notably fo...
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Hearthstone

Blizzard has delayed the Hearthstone open beta


Now coming in January 2014
Dec 20
// Chris Carter
Bad news for those of you who wanted to play Hearthstone as soon as possible without an invite -- Blizzard has delayed the open beta until January 2014. Blizzard notes in a blog post that they don't want to rush the game...
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Diablo III

Diablo III: Reaper of Souls closed beta is now underway


Crusader clicking commences
Dec 14
// Wesley Ruscher
The closed beta for the first Diablo III expansion, Reaper of Souls, has officially gone live for PC player's of Blizzard click n' slash role-playing extravaganza. If you've opted in for the beta, and are eager to try out the...
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MMO deals

Get Guild Wars 2 for $30 or World of Warcraft for $5


MMO sales for the holidays!
Nov 27
// Joshua Derocher
If you have been looking to get into World of Warcraft or Guild Wars 2, here is your chance to get them for cheap. Battle.net just launched its black friday sales, with World of Warcraft for $4.99 and Mists of Pandaria for $9...
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Red Bull Battlgrounds NYC

Red Bull Battlegrounds is under way


Huge StarCraft II tournament all weekend!
Nov 23
// Patrick Hancock
As if MLG Columbus wasn't already enough tournament for one weekend to hold, StarCraft II fans can rest easy knowing that the Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC are taking place starting now! Eight competitors will be duking...
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WCS 2014

StarCraft II World Championship Series plans out 2014


2013 WCS just ended, and already looking ahead
Nov 20
// Patrick Hancock
The World Championship Series, one of the biggest yearly StarCraft II tournaments around, just had its finals at Blizzcon earlier this month, and already Blizzard is looking ahead to 2014 with new plans. They've gone ahe...
WCS finals photo
WCS finals

WCS finals at Blizzcon begin today


Winner moves to Red Bull Battlegrounds
Nov 08
// Patrick Hancock
There is currently one open spot in the red Bull Battlegrounds StarCraft II tournament taking place later this month. After this weekend, that spot will be filled. The World Championship Series (WCS) finals take place at Bli...
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Red Bull Qualifiers

Three more qualify for Red Bull Battlegrounds in NYC


Scarlett, HyuN, and PartinG win out this weekend
Nov 04
// Patrick Hancock
Three more players have pulled out victories and managed to qualify for the Red Bull Battlegrounds event later this month in NYC. Sasha "Scarlett" Hostyn (Zerg), Won "PartinG" Lee Sak (Protoss), and Ko "HyuN" Seok Hyun (Zerg)...
Red Bull SC2 tourney photo
Red Bull SC2 tourney

Tune into the Red Bull Battlegrounds Qualifiers right now


Winner advances to the main event on November 23
Nov 03
// Patrick Hancock
The Red Bull Battlegrounds will be taking place on November 23-24, but today we will get to see another player added to the roster of competitors. Four players will compete for a single spot into the main event, paid transpo...
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Free Game Here!

Blizzard releases Blackthorne for free on Battle.net


Prince of Grizzled
Nov 01
// Conrad Zimmerman
While Blizzard is primarily known as the developer of Warcraft and Starcraft titles today, I have a deep affection for the games produced in the company's early years. Today, I'm a pretty happy camper, as one of those classic...
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Long StarCraft match

Longest StarCraft II match lasts THREE HOURS


Becomes a study on commentator's patience
Oct 24
// Patrick Hancock
Once, I watched a StarCraft II match on Metalopalis between two Terran opponents, and it lasted for about an hour and a half. It felt like an eternity. After a while, it wasn't even suspenseful anymore. It was more...in...
Red Bull SCII tourney photo
Red Bull SCII tourney

Red Bull StarCraft II tournament kicks off today


Join the action at 2PM PST!
Jun 21
// Patrick Hancock
The Red Bull Training Grounds StarCraft II tournament begins today, and will continue on through this Sunday, June 23. Only eight of the best players have been invited to the event, including Grubby, DeMusliM, and SeleC...
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Diablo

Diablo III auction houses return following gold exploit


Blizzard still hunting down the remaining gold
May 13
// Jordan Devore
Rounding out coverage of the gold-duplicating bug found in Diablo III last week, Blizzard has taken the game's auction houses back online following a fix for the exploit. Some players called for a full server rollback, but ul...
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Idra fired from EG

StarCraft's biggest jerk fired for being a jerk


Greg 'Idra' Fields released from team Evil Geniuses
May 10
// Patrick Hancock
Greg Fields, more commonly known as Idra in the StarCraft community, was let go from the Evil Geniuses StarCraft II team yesterday after some comments that were essentially the straw that broke the camel's back...
Diablo III gold crisis photo
Diablo III gold crisis

Diablo III auction house exploiters are being 'audited'


Auction House to remain offline for at least another day
May 09
// Patrick Hancock
Let's take a quick jaunt through the recent timeline of this Diablo III "Gold-gate" crisis. First, patch 1.0.8 goes live, brought into the world as an innocent, doe-eyed update aimed at improving cooperative play. H...
Dreamhack Pikachu photo
Dreamhack Pikachu

Why you need to be watching the Dreamhack Open right now


Has Joe Buck ever dressed as a pink Pikachu?
Apr 26
// Patrick Hancock
The Dreamhack Open Stockholm is only two days and has already begun! As you can tell, the insanity is already in full swing, as commentators Apollo and Artosis are looking super professional. Ninety-six StarCraft II: Hea...
StarCraft April Fools photo
StarCraft April Fools

[April Fool's] The Warhound is back in StarCraft II!


All your workers are now Warhounds
Apr 01
// Patrick Hancock
Remember the Warhound unit from the beta of Heart of the Swarm? Originally planned as a replacement for the Thor, the Warhound was removed because they became a very strong focus of the competitive scene and were simply...
StarCraft turns 15 photo
StarCraft turns 15

StarCraft celebrates its 15th birthday today


Happy Quincea˝era!
Mar 31
// Patrick Hancock
Fifteen years ago today, on March 31, 1998, the original StarCraft launched on PC, setting in place a series of events that would lead up to the powerhouse it is now: gigantic competitive tournaments, gorgeous singleplay...
Diablo III auction house photo
Yeah, no sh*t
At a GDC talk today, Jay Wilson, director behind Diablo III, mentioned that both of the Auction Houses "really hurt the games," reports Joystiq. According to Mr. Wilson, almost every single one of the players in Diablo III&nb...

Heroes of Warcraft photo
Heroes of Warcraft

PAX: Hands-on with Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft


Easy to pick up, engaging for all
Mar 24
// Caitlin Cooke
Being a huge Magic: The Gathering fan, I was super excited for Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft announcement on Friday. However, I was a bit wary on how they would approach the game. Collectible card games...
MLG Winter Championship photo
MLG Winter Championship

First MLG competition of the year begins next week


StarCraft II, League of Legends, and....Black Ops II?
Mar 06
// Patrick Hancock
MLG's Winter Championship will begin on March 15 and run until the 17, with $170,000 worth of prize money up for grabs. The featured games are StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, League of Legends, and Black Ops II. MLG sure is...
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HotS video

Heart of the Swarm introduces global play, groups & clans


Destructoid StarCraft II group imminent
Jan 31
// Patrick Hancock
In a new video on the social features of StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, community manager Kevin Johnson goes over many of the anticipated features included in the new expansion. Perhaps the most anticipated addition is th...
HotS tournament photo
HotS tournament

Heart of the Swarm to be featured in MLG winter season


New StarCraft II expansion in action
Jan 31
// Patrick Hancock
Though the Heart of the Swarm expansion for StarCraft II is still over a month away, MLG will be featuring the game in its Online Winter Season Showdown beginning on February 4, 2013. Broadcasts will take place eac...
StarCraft II update photo
Blizzard has finally set a date
Kerrigan is back, baby! Come this March 12th, you'll be able to rip apart your enemies and spread the swarm: StarCraft II: Heart of Swarm finally has a release date. This kinda-sorta expansion comes with an all new Zerg singl...

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MLG vs. Proleague playoffs begin tonight


The fight for the top eight spots begins!
Oct 19
// Patrick Hancock
For the past month, StarCraft II players have been competing in the MvP, or MLG versus Proleague, a coordinated effort between MLG, KeSPA, and the IEG. Today marks the first day of playoffs, where the top 16 players will...

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