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Heroes of the Storm

That's Arthas as a man-bat in Heroes of the Storm


These are the new cosmetic items
Jan 22
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has a video previewing the next batch of heroes, skins, and mounts coming soon to Heroes of the Storm and oh my god did Arthas just turn into a bat because he's a vampire? He did. He totally did. And that blue Lt. Mo...
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Heroes of the Storm

Diablo's Necromancer is headed to Heroes of the Storm


He'll be joined by the Wizard
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Someone's been hitting the gym since his Diablo II days! The fan favorite Necromancer (Xul) and Diablo III's Wizard (Li-Ming) are coming to Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard revealed today. There isn't an official breakdown of th...
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Overwatch

The Overwatch beta will return with a new mode and more maps


Expected to reappear in mid-February
Jan 21
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard took its closed beta for Overwatch offline in December to pore over player feedback, tighten the balance, and continue working on new features. It will return a little later than some were expecting -- January is now...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's 2016 tournaments start soon


Here's the spring schedule
Jan 18
// Jordan Devore
This year, we'll have quite a few opportunities to watch top Heroes of the Storm players compete. Blizzard has some $4 million in prizes to give out during its Global Championship Circuit. The competition is split up into thr...
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Hearthstone

This week's Hearthstone tavern brawl brings back co-op


Mechazod
Jan 15
// Chris Carter
Fun times! Blizzard has brought back a Hearthstone Tavern Brawl event from November that features two players battling one AI opponent -- Mechazod. It's a hastily crafted form of co-op, in that the UI is basically the same an...
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Activision movies

Ex-Tarantino producer joins Activision Blizzard movie studio


The Hateful Skylanders
Jan 13
// Steven Hansen
Seeking new money-making avenues, Activision Blizzard announced it would start its own "film and television studio devoted to creating original content" for its series like Call of Duty, StarCraft, and Diablo. Activision Bliz...

Diablo III's new zones are a great reason to get back into the game

Jan 13 // Chris Carter
[embed]333973:61847:0[/embed] The biggest addition is definitely Greyhollow Island, a brand new map that can only be accessed directly from adventure mode, by way of the top right-hand corner of Act V. It's one of the most robust add-ons in some time for Diablo III, sporting expanded enemy types (including my personal favorite, the Naga-like Abyssal Protectors) as well as quests, and its own lore, partially told through diary voiceovers. After a few scant minutes it's clear that Blizzard didn't half ass this update, and it reminds me of some of the best parts of Diablo II's Act III. In addition, two existing areas have been expanded. This includes the Eternal Woods (located in the Ruins of Sescheron in Act III), and the Royal Quarters in Leoric's Manner in Act I. The latter is a bit disappointing as it essentially boils down to a small, familiar map filled with skeletons, but Eternal Woods is a pretty massive addition, filled with fun enemies and quests. It's such a small thing, to be able to go through these extensions, but each subsequent playthrough will reap the benefits. A ton of other updates have arrived along with patch 2.4, including enhanced class armor sets, "set dungeons" (trials of sorts that are accessible after earning sets), a complete overhaul of the Season system (as well as the ability to bring over characters to new Seasons), more stash space, and a lot more. It's a perfect time to dive back into the game.
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Patch 2.4
I still can't believe that Blizzard is updating Diablo III as often as they are, nearly four years later. I always enjoyed the game quite a bit, but it wasn't until they eliminated their Auction House and added Loot 2.0 ...

I'm undecided when it comes to Heroes of the Storm's Greymane

Jan 12 // Chris Carter
[embed]333706:61834:0[/embed] His main gimmick is that as a human he operates as a ranged combatant, and in Worgen form, as a melee fighter. Every single one of his abilities is modified towards each style, like his Q, which throws a cocktail or swipes in a cone at enemies for human and wolf respectively. His W is a generic stat buff of sorts that grants you attack power, and E leaps backward as a Worgen, or forward as a human, altering your state. His Heroics are familiar territory, with a Worgen-centric "Go for the Throat" (that's, you guessed it, an aggressive lunge), or "Marked for the Kill," which is a lot like Tyrande's coveted mark ability to allow increased damage on targets. None of this feels particularly new, especially in comparison to some of the more interesting champions (ha) that have dropped in the past several months. Note that you can't actually shift between forms at will with a convenient passive -- rather, you're restricted to using your E. If you're a human, that means that you need a specific target to leap onto within the range of your circular ability. He also isn't all that exciting after you've grasped his basic moveset, as his entire strategy essentially boils down to damage. Now that's not inherently a bad thing as he is an assassin after all, but he seems to have no real synergy with a group, which is a problem in this stun-based teamfighting meta. Because of these reasons and more, he feels a bit limited and one-dimensional. My favorite thing about him has to be his E though, as it can also be used as in pursuit of foes, and when combined with his burst damage potential and cocktail toss, it's very easy to chase down stragglers and then retreat back into the night. Even with that nice bit of mobility though I'm likely going to fall back to other characters.
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15,000 gold or $9.99
Greymane has hit Heroes of the Storm today, entering the arena as the only Worgen character -- the werewolf-like race of Warcraft fame. After an afternoon of giving him a shot though, I'm not super jazzed about fitting him into my normal rotation.

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New HotS character

Heroes of the Storm gets the shapeshifting Greymane tomorrow


Lord of the Worgen
Jan 11
// Jordan Devore
I've fallen a little behind in Heroes of the Storm since Lunara's debut, but I'll want to get back to playing regularly soon. Blizzard is adding Greymane tomorrow! He's a ranged human assassin capable of transforming into a powerful melee-centric beast mid-fight. Take a look:
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Diablo III

New patch for Diablo III brings loads of new content


Expect it to drop before January 15
Jan 11
// Vikki Blake
Still playing Diablo III? Yay! Brace yourself for a huge patch and an influx of brand new content. Patch 2.4 - which brings a new zone, Greyhollow Island, with entirely new enemies, as well as new dungeons, challenges, and an...
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WoW neighborhood

Want to live in the World of Warcraft? Move to Canada


City design by Ben Wyatt
Jan 02
// Nic Rowen
So, this is silly. A suburb in Ottawa was designed with a little inspiration from Azeroth, borrowing a bunch of street names from cities and locations from World of Warcraft. If you've ever had a burning desire to live on Sil...
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World of Warcraft

This World of Warcraft Dark Portal frame is badass


Only 500 sets sold
Dec 30
// Chris Carter
I'm generally not a fan of expensive photo frames, but this one has me making an exception. It's a replica of the Dark Portal from Warcraft, which, as any Warcraft player (RTS or MMO) knows, is a huge part of the lore. S...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft is getting a more Call of Duty-like PVP system


Honor levels and Prestige!
Dec 21
// Chris Carter
Blizzard is changing things up for World of Warcraft's PVP mode once the Legion expansion hits, and it sounds like the system is going to get closer to the Vanilla era. For starters, currencies for buying gear will be er...
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Overwatch

Here, have another pretty Overwatch cinematic


Short but sweet
Dec 18
// Jordan Devore
I'm not in the Overwatch beta, but that's not about to stop me from marveling at this latest Blizzard cinematic. It's made up of character vignettes that hint at a much wider world, one I really want to see more of in and outside of the game itself. I'm so on board with these designs.

Heroes of the Storm's Lunara sure is fun

Dec 17 // Chris Carter
[embed]327377:61557:0[/embed] She also has a straight-forward set of moves. Her Q is a slightly delayed explosion, her W can be detonated after hitting an enemy with an auto-attack for an extra slow, and her E calls out a Wisp, which can be controlled for scouting. Her kit is fast and furious, and you'll be doing lots of constant clicking with slow cooldowns and poison, damage over time auto-attacks. Positioning is everything with Lunara, because while she can do a ton of damage overall, she's very squishy, and only has one proper escape outside of her raw speed. When it comes to Heroics, I favor her second choice (Leaping Strike), which is a two-charge attack that causes her to leap in the air over her opponent (rendering her unstoppable) for a quick damage spike. This is an escape of sorts, but it can also put you in harm's way if you leap incorrectly (watch the above video at 3:38 for an example). Her other Heroic is a tad less interesting, as it merely damages enemies in a straight line, and doesn't mesh with her mobile playstyle. As for her abilities, I tend to take a few specific ones every time, which increases her utility a bit. At the first level mark I pick up the skill that grants you vision for enemies during the auto-attack poison duration, which, when coupled with her Wisp, helps out your team quite a bit (especially if you're playing cloaked heroes). Speaking of the Wisp, I always take the skill that makes it cost zero mana and grants it a shorter cooldown period. That way, I can constantly use it to scout out camps or objectives -- it took me a bit, but I got in the habit of using it every time it was up, and micro-managing it around the board using the mini-map. It's really hard to tell if a character is balanced when it hasn't even been out a week yet, but Lunara is very fun to play, and my favorite new character since Kharazim. It's important to note though that she works better with planned out team compositions, as she has almost no wave-clearing ability or utility. She is a pure single-target damage dealer. And really, that suits my playstyle just fine.
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15,000 gold or $9.99 ($4.99 with sale)
Lunara arrived in Heroes of the Storm this week, and I boosted her up to level 5 in one night alone -- she's that fun to play. As an assassin she's capable of tons of damage (I'm usually top Hero Damage in unranked play)...

Nominees for Destructoid's Best Mobile Game of 2015

Dec 11 // Darren Nakamura
Best Mobile Game of 2015 Alphabear Downwell Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Lara Croft GO Steven Universe: Attack the Light! [Incomplete products like Steam Early Access titles, and episodic titles that are not fair to assess as stand alone experiences, without a full episode count, were not eligible for this year's awards. The cutoff for entry into Destructoid's 2015's Game of the Year awards is December 4, 2015.]  
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Great gaming on the go
Mobile gaming often gets a bad rap among the hardcore crowd, but looking at 2015 it seems like the platform is really coming into its own. These aren't your Candy Crush or Flappy Bird clones; these are some legitimately great...

Review: Hearthstone: League of Explorers

Dec 10 // Chris Carter
Hearthstone: League of Explorers (Android, iOS, Mac, PC [reviewed])Developer: Blizzard EntertainmentPublisher: Blizzard EntertainmentReleased: November 12, 2015 to December 10, 2015 MSRP: $19.99 for all four wings The basic setup has been pared down a bit, and I'm mostly fine with it. Instead of focusing on five wings, League has four, strewn about over the course of four weeks (skipping an additional week for the Thanksgiving holiday). It's maddening sometimes to have to wait to access another wing that you paid for, but that's mostly because Hearthstone constantly leaves me wanting more. This expansion really delivers with its single-player scenarios, topping any other fight before it. That's primarily due to the "choose your own adventure" sections, where players will have to deal with an event rather than face a specific enemy. You'll be able to play the odds by taking a high-risk, high-reward option or play it safe, and in the end, strategy usually wills out. Other fights involve mechanics like a staff that makes you invulnerable, and a boss that persistently fills your side with useless minions that explode over time. From a lore perspective, there's a decent amount of references here for fans, from a duel with Lady Naz'jar in the ruined city, to a showdown with Archaedas in Uldaman. I never thought Blizzard would one day make a card game and base it on the rich Warcraft world that it's spent decades developing, but I'm glad it did. As for the other bits, Heroic (hard) versions are still in, and although Hero challenges are a little too easy and straightforward this time around, each one rewards you with one card, so they're still worth playing. [embed]324539:61475:0[/embed] The new cards are also rather disruptive, in a good way. The main characters (pictured above) drastically alter some decks, and a few even allow for completely new deck themes. My personal favorite is Sir Finley Mrrgglton (love that name), a 1-mana 1/3 card that allows players to swap their hero power. It's such a tiny thing, but the ability to use hero powers interchangeably can alter the course of a match. I've also been using the Summing Stone in a few of my decks, which summons a random minion based on the cost of any spell used while it's active. Other cards like Tomb Spiders and Jeweled Scarabs "discover" new minions. Like the themes before it, the types of cards in League are cohesive, and fun to use. Murloc decks in general also got a huge buff, with "Anyfin can Happen" (a 10-mana card that summons seven dead Murlocs), and the Tinyfin (a 0-cost 1/1 card that essentially buffs other Murlocs). Hearthstone: League of Explorers is probably my favorite expansion yet for the game. I feel like Blizzard iterates for every release, and I hope this isn't the end of the adventures to come, as I vastly prefer them to card-only expansions. Maybe next time we'll see even crazier mechanics, like the co-op fight that was only used once in a Tavern Brawl. [This review is based on a retail build of the game provided by the publisher.]
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Cheerio
Blizzard is doing a great job of keeping Hearthstone players invested. In addition to the typical daily quest, weekly Tavern Brawl, and Arena schemes invented to reward people with new decks on a constant basis, it has a...

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Hearthstone

Hearthstone's 'Winter Veil' event is now underway


Discounts and a card back
Dec 10
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has kicked off the Winter Veil event in Hearthstone, which basically amounts to a few tidbits of fanfare, and a sale. The gist is that through January 6, you'll be able to pick up 50 classic packs for $50, at $1 a pa...
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Heroes of the Storm

You'll need friends to earn this cool Heroes of the Storm mount


It's tied to a recruitment program
Dec 08
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has begun its "Recruit a Friend" program for Heroes of the Storm in which players can share a unique sign-up link with their pals to unlock in-game rewards. Notably, you can earn a Vulture Hover Bike mount, shown abo...
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Overwatch

Future Overwatch heroes and maps will be free for all players


Winston is all I really need, personally
Dec 07
// Joe Parlock
When it was announced at BlizzCon that Overwatch is to be a full price title instead of being free-to-play as many had assumed, there were concerns that it would lead to a mass of community splitting microtransactions and pa...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's latest alpha build adds Cloud NPC, next to Aeris


Aerith*
Dec 04
// Chris Carter
The Aerith NPC has been located in the Dalaran area in World of Warcraft for some time, but based on the latest Legion expansion alpha build, she now has a little buddy to accompany her. The Blizzard team has tons of nod...
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Nova Covert Ops

StarCraft II's Nova DLC is cheaper up front


Pre-purchase to save 33 percent
Dec 01
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard has opened pre-orders for StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops. Each of the three DLC packs will come with three story missions, and the first pack releases this spring. They'll be $7.49 each, or you can pre-purchase the co...
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World of Warcraft

Here's a quick look at World of Warcraft's new Demon Hunter class


For the Legion expansion
Nov 28
// Chris Carter
The World of Warcraft: Legion expansion isn't set to debut until mid-2016 (!), but Blizzard has provided alpha access to some individuals far ahead of its release. As of this week I had a chance to try out the Demon Hunter cl...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's 360 day XP boost is $60


A 50% discount
Nov 24
// Chris Carter
Heroes of the Storm's Black Friday sale is upon us today, which provides a 50% discount on everything in the game. But I couldn't find info on the supposed "deeply discounted" 360 day Stimpak (read: XP boost) so I decided to ...
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Heroes map

This Heroes of the Storm map is a lot to take in


Towers of Doom
Nov 24
// Jordan Devore
Prior to playing the new Heroes of the Storm map, Towers of Doom, my only real exposure to it was reading the all-too-brief objective summary during the loading screen. Thank goodness I was only training with the AI. This map...
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Big HotS sale

Heroes of the Storm is throwing a 50% off sale next week


That includes heroes, skins, and mounts
Nov 20
// Jordan Devore
Hey, big spender. You may want to hold off on making any purchases in Heroes of the Storm over the next few days. Blizzard is about to throw a fairly substantial Black Friday sale. From November 24 to December 8, the game's s...
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Overwatch

Blizzard is bringing more people into the Overwatch beta


First weekend event starts Friday
Nov 17
// Jordan Devore
If you've been meaning to register for the Overwatch beta and haven't yet, get on that! Blizzard is holding its first weekend beta event for the team-based shooter from Friday, November 20 at 9:00am Pacific to Monday, Novembe...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Cho'gall is freaking weird, but feels balanced


Rolling out today
Nov 17
// Chris Carter
Earlier this month, Blizzard announced a two-player hero in the form of Cho'gall for Heroes of the Storm. In essence, the primary player would control movement and their own set of abilities with Cho, and another would take care of Gall, who is attached to the former -- almost like a permanent Abathur hat. It makes for an interesting playstyle, but of course, it has its drawbacks.
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Heroes Cho'Gall

Heroes of the Storm's two-player hero in action


Power couples only please
Nov 16
// Nic Rowen
Cho'Gall looks every bit as delightfully ridiculous as I was hoping he'd be since his announcement during BlizzCon. The two-headed Ogre is a giant of a hero with a massive health pool and an assortment of wild attacks and ski...
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StarCraft II

One million players have 'warped in' StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void


Were you one of 'em?
Nov 16
// Vikki Blake
In just three days since launch, one million people have "warped in" in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void. The news was confirmed via a tweet from the official StarCraft Twitter account. Still undecided? Check out our  t...

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