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HotS event ends

Heroes of the Storm's Eternal Conflict event ends next week


Get that free Diablo before it's gone!
Sep 03
// Nic Rowen
Blizzard is, ironically, putting an end to the Eternal Conflict event on September 8 next week. The Diablo theme will be taken out, and the special event quest to genocide every last Treasure Goblin will come to an end. ...
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Diablo III

Diablo III's massive 2.3.0 patch is live on current consoles and PC


New area
Aug 27
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has dropped its 2.3.0 patch for Diablo III, which brings a number of enhancements to the current-gen and PC versions of the game. You'll find the new area the Ruins of Sescheron, new difficulty levels, ability and m...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm has a neat little Duck Hunt homage


It will likely go away next patch
Aug 21
// Chris Carter
Whenever you have time, boot up Heroes of the Storm and check out this cute new Easter egg. It takes place in the Monk's splash screen following the latest patch, and allows you to play a small little game of Duck Hunt....
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Hearthstone update

Hearthstone version 3.0 is out, hints of upcoming co-op mode


Grand Tournament launches next week
Aug 19
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard's ever-popular free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone just got a major update ahead of the release of its next expansion, The Grand Tournament. Blizzard just recently revealed all 132 new cards included...

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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Monk patch is out right now


Also, the bundle update and more tweaks
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Today, you can get your hands on Heroes of the Storm's Monk for 15,000 Gold, or $10. He's a hybrid support of sorts, with a heavy emphasis on damage, more-so than most of the supports in the game. He's also really fun to play...
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Heroes of the Storm

Here's how to get the Diablo III/Heroes of the Storm cross-items


Items for both games
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has explained the cross-promotion efforts for Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm, which can net you some nice little extras depending on how much you play. First off, anyone who owns Diablo III (has a licen...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's Monk sure is versatile


Here's the rundown on Kharazim
Aug 13
// Jordan Devore
I'm excited for Kharazim to join Heroes of the Storm next week. If you haven't yet played as the monk in the Public Test Realm, Blizzard's spotlight video is a crash course on his versatility. Kharazim can focus on extra dama...
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Warcraft IV

Blizzard should do Warcraft IV next


C'mon!
Aug 12
// Jordan Devore
This is a silly story to run, but my love of Warcraft is telling me to just go with it. At gamescom, StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void producer Tim Morten told IGN that following work on the expansion, the team "will consider...
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Bling Bling for Blizzard

Wowzers, Hearthstone pulls in $20 million per month


How much of that is you?
Aug 11
// Jed Whitaker
Research firm SuperData is reporting that Blizzard's free-to-play Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft is making $20 million a month; more than any other digital card game. When compared to other popular free-to-play games, Hearth...
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Blizzard trademark

Blizzard trademarks eSports service Compete


Internet app for organizing tournaments
Aug 11
// Jordan Devore
More Blizzard speculation following that job listing for an undisclosed Diablo project. Last month, the company filed a trademark for something called Compete in the United States. It's an eSports thing, according to the USPT...
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Heroes new map/Monk

Quick thoughts on Heroes of the Storm's Monk and new Infernal Shrines level


Currently on PTR
Aug 11
// Chris Carter
Blizzard has unleashed a host of new changes onto the public test realm (PTR) for Heroes of the Storm, including a new character (Kharazim the Monk) and a new map (Infernal Shrines). I had a chance to take them both for a spi...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm's new dynamic bundles won't screw you out of money


Good!
Aug 10
// Chris Carter
While I adore Heroes of the Storm as a MOBA, it still needs a lot of work behind the scenes and on the backend. One such issue is the storefront, which, among other issues, charges users full price for bundles when they ...
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Heroes of the Storm

Heroes of the Storm enlists StarCraft's Medic


Plus a look at upcoming skins
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
I was more than happy to see Blizzard show off three upcoming characters in Heroes of the Storm this week, but there's another announcement! StarCraft's Medic is also in development. In a round-up email covering Kharazim (who...
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New Warcraft expansion

Blizzard reveals new World of Warcraft: Legion expansion


New Demon Hunter class!
Aug 06
// Chris Carter
Blizzard kicked things off today at gamescom with a new expansion announcement for World of Warcraft -- Legion. It will of course continue upon the story so far in Warlords of Draenor, and Illidan is back, baby! It...
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Heroes of the Storm

These are the next three Heroes of the Storm


Artanis, Kharazim, and Rexxar
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
I don't think I'll stray far from Valla (especially now that I have her Master Skin), but I have been stockpiling gold for another Diablo character in Heroes of the Storm -- Kharazim, Monk of Ivgorod. At gamescom, Blizzard opened up about the Monk and shared details on two other heroes (Warcraft's Rexxar and StarCraft's Artanis) as well as a new three-lane map, Infernal Shrines.
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Legacy of the Void

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void probably releasing in 2015


As a standalone expansion
Aug 05
// Joe Parlock
StarCraft II fans, rejoice! The final part of the trilogy is “expected to release in 2015,” according to the latest financial report coming out of Activision. It notes that pre-purchases and a beta are already cur...
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World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft's at its lowest playercount since 2005


Lowest since vanilla WoW
Aug 05
// Joe Parlock
World of Warcraft isn’t at its strongest right now. In fact, according to Activision’s Q2 2015 Earnings Call, the subscriber numbers have dropped to their lowest point since 2005, with only 5.6 million subscribers...
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Diablo

Diablo's got wood in this awesome Tristram map


$150 though
Aug 04
// Chris Carter
Do you like wood? What if it had a map etched into it? Alex Griendling has crafted just that, and it features Tristram, the classic town from the Diablo franchise. The whole shebang is 18 1/2" by 14", and will run y...
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World of Warcraft

The World of Warcraft is getting a little bigger soon


More at gamescom
Jul 29
// Brett Makedonski
Blizzard has a new expansion planned for World of Warcraft, but it's holding its cards close to its chest. But, not that close! The developer's at least willing to admit that a reveal is imminent via a little tease. Whatever ...
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Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard enacts Stimpack XP bonus for new Heroes of the Storm players this week


July 28 through August 4
Jul 29
// Chris Carter
If you're a new player who logs into Heroes of the Storm from now until August 4, you'll earn a seven day Stimpack bonus for your troubles. In essence, it's an XP boost, which is augmented on a bonus for having a friend in yo...
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StarCraft II mod

Not even StarCraft II is safe from Rocket League


Aqua League mod
Jul 28
// Jordan Devore
I wasn't kidding when I said that funny goal gif convinced me to download Rocket League. Psyonix's driving/soccer game is brilliantly designed, and now I'm obsessed with it like the rest of you. My infatuation even extends to...
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StarCraft II

StarCraft II adds confetti explosions for its fifth birthday


Workers beware
Jul 27
// Jordan Devore
StarCraft II is five years old today. Hooray? Many of us are probably more concerned with how the standalone expansion Legacy of the Void is shaping up. I was about to move onto my next browser tab, but something caught my ey...
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Hearthstone Expands

Blizzard announces The Grand Tournament expansion for Hearthstone


With over 130 new cards!
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard announced today that 132 cards are headed to Hearthstone in an upcoming expansion called The Grand Tournament. New hero power cards are on the way, including Maiden of the Lake, which makes the cost of your her...
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eSports done wrong

Ladies-only Hearthstone tournament does it wrong


How hard is it to treat people equally?
Jul 22
// Jed Whitaker
Over 150,000 people watched the International Women's Invitational, a female-only Hearthstone tournament that took place in China this weekend with players from all over the world. With only eight players, the tournament...

Heroes of the Storm's Leoric is another unique addition to the entire MOBA genre

Jul 21 // Chris Carter
Leroic's Q is a simple bash called Skeletal Swing, and would be extremely boring if it didn't do double damage to minions and cause a slow. Because of this, it has a lot of utility in terms of clearing waves and chasing or escaping. It also has a much longer range than I thought it would with a giant modified cone (you can spec it to reach even more distance!), and can go through gates/walls. Not to mention the fact that it's perfect for clearing out smaller creeps in the mines and garden. Drain Hope (W) is a bolt of sorts that allows him to heal, which helps his viability as a warrior class and adds some range to his kit. It only works on heroes, just like Thrall's wolves, so he can't just heal himself in any circumstance -- plus, he needs to maintain a specific distance to channel. Wraith Walk (E) is a really cool teleport, which lets Leoric become unstoppable for a few seconds and phase shift a short distance. He's much more mobile than a lot of other heroes because of this, but his body is vulnerable while he uses it. As you can see, most of his abilities can be countered. In terms of his Heroics, Entomb is a good way in theory to guarantee a single enemy death (it literally causes an impassable tomb to appear), but after extensive testing, I'm going to say that it's just straight-up not very good. It's a little tougher to aim than Butcher's Lamb to the Slaughter, and it's easily countered with a quick Bolt of the Storm or any teleport right towards the open side. His other Heroic, March of the Black King, is likely going to be the top pick by most people. In essence, Leoric whacks everything in front of him in rapid succession, which causes him to heal while he's at it. It's an amazing initiation, as most enemies will likely have to run away from its fairly big area of effect, lest they allow him to heal. [embed]296386:59624:0[/embed] Ok, so it's a fairly easy-to-grasp kit, but his trait is really where he shines -- even when he's KOed, he doesn't technically "die," and can still persist on the battlefield as a wraith. He doesn't do direct damage, but he can use his abilities to reduce his death timer, and return to the board wherever you happen to leave his ghost. Because of this, Leoric has 100% uptime. Now, rising from the dead isn't a completely new MOBA concept -- it isn't even new to Heroes (Uther) -- but since the entire character is built around it and he can do it at level one, it makes for some very interesting gameplay. I love how a lot of his traits are built to work for both variants, and you can even hearth back to base while "dead." It obviously works best with specific objectives, like the Dragon Shire shrines, where you can come right back while the enemy is low on health. Since you can clearly see his ghost as an enemy, it's easy to plan for his resurrection, but the vision his death form grants is a huge factor. When I played the Butcher the day he debuted, I could tell he was fairly balanced with only 10 or so games under my belt. He has a pretty straightforward role, and there are a multitude of counters you can use against him so long as the enemy team is working together. With Leoric, it's much harder to tell where he fits in the current meta, and whether he will need buff or nerf tweaks long term. He's not particularly bursty until later levels and his deaths do grant full kill bonuses for the enemy team, so I can see a lot of players being reckless at low-level play to balance him out in Quick Match. Additionally, he's slow in general, doesn't quite feel as sturdy as some other dedicated tanks, and all his cooldowns take a while to recharge. Right now, I'm fairly happy with where Leoric is at, but again, it's too early to tell what plans Blizzard has for him and if he'll end up being a viable hero in the future. We'll have to keep a close eye on his win rates.
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What is dead may never die
Today, Blizzard dropped Leoric the Skeleton King, the newest addition to Heroes of the Storm. He's a melee Warrior with one very intriguing trait, and has a heavy amount of lore to draw upon from the Diablo series. In short, he's a perfect candidate for the game, and Blizzard has been on a roll since debuting Kael'Thas, Johanna, and Butcher respectively.

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Heroes of the Storm

Diablo's King Leoric joins Heroes of the Storm today


Rest in peace, already!
Jul 21
// Jordan Devore
This video for King Leoric isn't as informative as the prior one, but I had to share it for that last line. The new Heroes of the Storm combatant seems as if he'll be a royal pain in the ass on maps like Cursed Hollow and Sky Temple, to say nothing of his undying ability that lets him roam around as a wraith. I'm saving my stockpile of gold for the Monk, though. He was my boy in Diablo III.
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Heroes of the Storm

This Heroes of the Storm Zeratul play is insanely clutch


This is why you take Void Prison
Jul 21
// Chris Carter
Zeratul is frequently banned at high-level play in Heroes of the Storm tournaments, and now you can see why, with this video shared by JJ TheMighty. The top Heroic ability (ultimate) pick is Void Prison, because of...
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StarCraft II

Here's what you're getting with the StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void prologue


Three missions, par for the course
Jul 16
// Chris Carter
There's some confusion floating around regarding StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void's prologue section, so let me clear it up a bit for you. It's called Whispers of Oblivion, and it consists of three missions, which ...
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StarCraft II

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void details cross-game pre-order bonuses


For Hearthstone, Diablo III, and Heroes
Jul 15
// Chris Carter
[Update 2: Said details can be found here, and check out the debut trailer below for the prologue. A retail Collector’s Edition is confirmed, and Heart of the Swarm is now a standalone game as of today.] [Update:&n...
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Warcraft movie

What do you think of these Warcraft movie posters?


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Jul 13
// Chris Carter
There's lots of news coming out of last weekend's San Diego Comic-Con, and quite a bit of it is video game related -- like this pair of Warcraft movie posters! The film has been on the cutting-room floor and beyond since...

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