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Blizzard is overhauling Overwatch competitive play for Season 2

In the days leading up to Overwatch's second season of competitive play, director Jeff Kaplan has begun detailing the many tweaks being made. This nearly 15-minute video couldn't even cover everything! Much of the work being done is me...   read

 
 
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Review in Progress: Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan

I love how Hearthstone plays off of the wackier parts of the Warcraft universe. It's been there all along -- Pandaren have been looking silly and getting drunk since the Warcraft III days, but Hearthstone, as a spinoff world ...   read

 
 
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Overwatch devs talk buffs for Mercy and Mei, nerf for Zenyatta

Over on the Overwatch forums, principal designer Geoff Goodman explained some upcoming changes for several characters. Mercy, a hero who has had a significantly lower winrate than her pure healing counterpart Lucio, is getting a much-n...   read

 
 
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Everyone's favorite Overwatch character is getting a video short soon

Due to a leak from an international Blizzard social site (which is happening a lot this year!) we sort of get a heads up yesterday that Overwatch would be getting another short -- but now we have full confirmation. The publisher notes ...   read

 
 
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Review in Progress: World of Warcraft: Legion

I've been playing World of Warcraft for over 10 years. Sure my raiding days ended in earnest in Cataclysm, but I've kept up with every expansion since its beta phase in 2004, and have played every class in the game -- and on occasion, servi...   read

 
 
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Blizzard's going to punish people who play Lucioball as other characters

Lucioball is a Rocket League-like game variant for Overwatch, a three-on-three soccer match in honor of the Rio Olympics. It's mostly just a bunch of Lucios pushing a giant ball around. Except, sometimes other characters sneak in and ruin e...   read

 
 
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This is how the Overwatch Season 1 rewards break down

The inaugural competitive season of Overwatch is winding down soon. How have you fared so far? Aside from some nail-bitters that ended in aggravating sudden-death rounds, I've had a good time with it overall. When the teams are evenly match...   read

 
 
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A StarCraft HD remaster is supposedly in the works

Will we see a StarCraft HD eventually? According to a new report, that seems to be the case. The news comes from Korean outlet iNews24, which isn't just a random rumor mill site, but a respected publication. "Multiple sources" hav...   read

 
 
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Overwatch leads Activision Blizzard to a record-breaking second quarter

Overwatch has added quite the exclamation point to Activision Blizzard's financial statement. The publisher just released its most recent investors' report, and the success of Blizzard's multiplayer shooter has led to record revenues f...   read

 
 
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Review: StarCraft II: Nova Covert Ops - Mission Pack 2

A lot of people don't want StarCraft II to end. There was, after all, a 12-year gap between sequels, so bringing about a finality of sorts to the package that started with Wings of Liberty in 2010 is a scary prospect. But it's not...   read

 
 
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Overwatch's Lucioball is really fun, but the Rio-themed Loot Boxes, not so much

Blizzard kind of came out of nowhere with its Overwatch Rio Olympic celebration, complete with a brand new limited-time mode, as well as legendary skins, sprays, emotes, intros, and player icons. Let’s take a look at what you’re...   read

 
 
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Overwatch will be getting Rio Olympic-themed cosmetic items

[Update: Lucioball, a Rocket League-like mode, is confirmed as a new game as per the PlayStation Blog. The event starts today, and more limited time events are confirmed for the future.] Overwatch just got its first big update recently...   read

 
 
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I think it will take people a while to figure out Auriel in Heroes of the Storm

Having first looked at her kit, Auriel really spoke to me. She has a straight-up resurrection spell -- something no other support in the game sports. She also has a very cool mechanic that sort of "brands" another player, allowing her to sa...   read

 
 
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World of Warcraft's Demon Hunter class is coming on August 9

One of the things I'm most jazzed about when it comes to the World of Warcraft: Legion expansion is the Demon Hunter class. Modeled after Illidan and the hero from Warcraft III, this active playstyle was pretty fun in the alpha/beta pr...   read

 
 
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Oh, the trouble two Mercys can get into

Like a couple of curious cats, this pair of Mercys wondered if there's a way to travel through the great abyss on Overwatch's Nepal map. And, like the cats, curiosity killed them. Lucky for them, they can just bring each other back to life...   read

 
 
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Hearthstone's new 'One Night in Karazhan' adventure has a groovy ass vibe

I've been pining for a real Hearthnstone adventure (not a card expansion) for months, and now I'm going to get one. Blizzard has announced Hearthstone: One Night in Karazhan, another add-on that will see players entering Medivh's tower...   read

 
 
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Diablo III is getting three more difficulty levels

I remember the pain (read: amazingness) of Diablo III's Inferno mode, pre-nerf. Solo I managed to make it to the final boss of Act 2 before they nerfed it, but I did like the difficulty reworks in general. 2.4.2 looks to be more of the good...   read

 
 
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Overwatch PC patch adjusts Ana and McCree

Sneaky Blizzard made some adjustments to the PC edition of Overwatch yesterday, implementing a new patch that made changes to two solitary characters. Ana, who the team calls "a little bit weaker overall" in comparison to the rest of the ca...   read

 
 
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Heroes of the Storm developers talk hero balance and map design

As you may have seen, Auriel is set to debut in Heroes of the Storm in the near future, and she looks like one interesting, and technical addition. So that got me thinking -- how does the team approach balancing, should she turn into a...   read

 
 
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Heroes of the Storm's Auriel looks to be the most technical support yet

I had a chance to sit with Blizzard and chat about Heroes of the Storm's upcoming Auriel, and she seems to be in really good hands. Although Medivh is a specialist that has undertones of a support, a true healer hasn't been added since Octo...   read

 
 
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Blizzard: 'We're looking at adding even more from Overwatch' to Heroes of the Storm

A little over three months ago, Blizzard transplanted Overwatch's Tracer into Heroes of the Storm. Although she came in with an astronomical winrate that was one of the highest in the history of the game she's been balanced since then,...   read

 
 
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The Overwatch Open is going to be nationally televised

If you want to see some players who actually stay on the payload, there's a mighty fine opportunity coming up in the fall. The best of the best at Overwatch are going to be on national television at the end of September. Eleague and Fa...   read

 
 
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Blizzard kicks off Warcraft animated short series with Gul'dan

Gul'dan, a name pretty much everyone knows by now because of his appearance in the recent Warcraft film as well as Heroes of the Storm, now has his own animated short. Blizzard is crafting a new series called "Harbingers," which s...   read

 
 
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Overwatch console update adds Ana, nerfs Torbjorn and Symmetra

With the PC patch already taken care of, Blizzard has now added Ana, Overwatch's new sniping support character, to the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (though not without some bugs). The full list of changes should look familiar if you c...   read

 
 
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Overwatch's newest hero Ana is now available on PC

It has been exactly a week since Blizzard revealed Overwatch's newest hero: Ana, the sniper who shoots people in the goddamn face to heal them. For some reason, I figured that meant we had a month 'til she'd be playable, but she just w...   read

 
 
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