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Funny story about Fencing Coach, when the inspire Mechanic was just revealed. I mentioned that a lot of the inspire effects felt too slow, because using a lot of Hero Power was too big of a tempo loss. And that for Inspire based decks to become a thing, I would like to see cards that allow these types of deck to make up for this tempo loss, what I suggested was strikingly similar to Fencing Coach....

A new week is here which means a new weekly sale along with a new hero rotation. We have all the info you need for the coming week right here at BlizzPro! Free Hero Rotation This week’s free hero rotation will feature Raynor, Muradin, Jaina, Uther, and Zagara. If you reach profile level 12 you will have access to Illidan and at level 15 Azmodan. Weekly Sale This week’s sale consist of 1 hero a skin to match the hero and a mount. The hero on sale this week is Sgt. Hammer for $4.24. The skin matching this weeks sale hero is the World War Sgt. Hammer Skin for $4.99. Capping things off for the week the Magic Carpet mount will be on sale for $4.99. The sale ends on Monday and Blizzard will have another sale begin the day after. As a reminder these sales are for real life ...

Well Met! John, J. R., and Kevin each week discuss all things Hearthstone. Listen in as they talk strategies, competitive play, card and deck analysis and more! This podcast is produced in order to help other players up their game in Hearthstone while also having fun discussions about what is happening in the tournament scene and also in the game. Join us each week as we record every Sunday evening and release our audio podcast the following Monday! The Grand Tournament has released and we talk about the top 5 legendary cards to craft. We launched a new store where you can buy your very own Well Met t-shirt, check it out at http://store.blizzpro.com. Tournament season is still going on and the ATLC is entering it’s final four. The BlizzCon EU Finals were announced and it’s the first time we’ve heard where you can acquire the Power Core Card Back. ...

 

How Hero League Drafting Works

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Last week we talked about how to get ready for Hero League.  This week we are going to cover how the draft process works so that you will know what to expect when you hit that Ready button for the first time.  This article focuses on the mechanics of the draft, and is geared towards new players who are looking to start playing Hero League.  Next week we will step it up, and talk about draft strategies, and the specific team compositions that you will see. When you start playing Hero League you will initially be unranked.  You will need to complete twenty placement matches before you are assigned to a Rank.  It is important to remember that your Rank is determined by your hidden MMR, not your placement match record.  the term MMR refers to an internal rating that compares your skill level to that of other players.  Your ...

Patch 2.3 is here, but we’re still waiting for Season 4! Neinball and Lt. Lunatic are joined by none other than Leviathan for discussions about how we’re all going to tackle Season 4 and some last minute tips to prepare you for the new Season. We also discuss some of the latest news in the realm of Sanctuary including a recent IGN article about the future of Diablo. As always, we read through your comments and showcase your epic loot! We love hearing from our fans so drop us an email with your feedback and items at westmarchworkshop@blizzpro.com Deadset’s Guide: https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/3ih0hn/deadsets_guides_to_23/ Minerva’s Leveling Guide: http://diablo.blizzpro.com/2015/08/25/d3-school-speed-leveling-season-4/ IGN – The Future of Diablo: http://diablo.blizzpro.com/2015/08/25/ign-diablos-future-console-seasons-pvp/...

Patch 2.3 is here, but we’re still waiting for Season 4! Neinball and Lt. Lunatic are joined by none other than Leviathan for discussions about how we’re all going to tackle Season 4 and some last minute tips to prepare you for the new Season. We also discuss some of the latest news in the realm of Sanctuary including a recent IGN article about the future of Diablo. As always, we read through your comments and showcase your epic loot! We love hearing from our fans so drop us an email with your feedback and items at westmarchworkshop@blizzpro.com Deadset’s Guide: https://www.reddit.com/r/Diablo/comments/3ih0hn/deadsets_guides_to_23/ Minerva’s Leveling Guide: http://diablo.blizzpro.com/2015/08/25/d3-school-speed-leveling-season-4/ IGN – The Future of Diablo: http://diablo.blizzpro.com/2015/08/25/ign-diablos-future-console-seasons-pvp/...

Episode 30: Hungering Arrow Valla Build with Special Guest WoWCrendor In the first portion of our show we discuss a little bit of the news in the Nexus with our very special guest host WoWCrendor! We discuss our week in gaming, the Piggy Bank mount is going away, a Valla breakdown and more! http://patreon.com/HeroesPowerHour Game Play...

 

Ars Arcanum: Johanna's Argument

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Books have often been society’s only bastion of light for passing along knowledge that would otherwise be lost to time or convoluted by the oral tradition. In order to provide new and old adventurers with as much knowledge of what to expect on their journey in Sanctuary, we created this tome of knowledge – Ars Arcanum. We will regularly feature a Legendary weapon or armor piece, discussing its stand-alone powers and capabilities, as well as how it may synergize with new builds or other items. This is an exciting week for Diablo since patch 2.3.0 launched yesterday! So in this edition of Ars Arcanum we will be going over a brand new item that has come with the new patch. Johanna’s Argument is the new Crusader flail that is centered around using Blessed Hammer. I remember the time when I was on my first ever paladin in Diablo II, I made ...

Only two hotfixes today but they’re biggies if you participate in LFR and even moreso if you do LFR and another difficulty later in the week....

We’ve reached the (apparent) end of the Warlords of Draenor storyline with the opening of the final wing of Hellfire Citadel LFR: Archimonde. Over the last several months since the release of patch 6.2, large numbers of players have battled through the halls of the citadel and conquered bosses imbued with fel-magic. Their goal was to reach the Black Gate where they would face the commander of the Burning Legion military and original traitor of the Draenei. Now the time has come to join Azeroth and Draenor’s greatest heroes to face off against Archimonde the Defiler and prevent him from completing the task lain at his feet by Sargeras: the invasion of Azeroth....

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for another wrap-up of all the news that happened over the last week across all of Blizzard’s games. Diablo fans got a look at the upcoming changes in patch 2.3.0, future updates to character profiles, the Ultimate Evil edition for consoles celebrated its one year anniversary, season 3 came to an end, and we started looking ahead to season 4. The Hearthstone team took a look at the current tournament scene and meta heading into the release of the newest expansion, The Grand Tournament. The Heroes of the Storm store saw some changes with new mounts being removed, the creation of Dynamic Bundles, and we take a look at this week’s sale and free hero rotation. Starcraft II has added Automated Tournaments for testing during the Legacy of the Void Beta, and World of Warcraft got a release date for Patch 6.2.2, aka “The Flying ...

 

Monk Patch Discussion

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Episode 29: Monk Patch Discussion This week we polish off the patch notes we dove into last week. We also discuss various articles on http://heroesofthestorm.blizzpro.com as well as some of the new mounts and a bunch more! Also please note that due to money constraints – the show will now only be available in audio format on iTunes. Video was just way too expensive for handle unfortunately. http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Game Play...

Episode 63 – Patch 2.3, Season 4 Goals, and Beyond! In this episode, we’re joined by forum MVP and all-around awesome lore guy Monstrous! We discuss our goals for Season 4 and muse on some of the more interesting tidbits that had been datamined in the PTR over the past month. We also dig deep into lore and speculation. As always, we read your feedback and showcase your loot! We love to hear from our fans, so feel free to send in your comments and items to have them featured on the show. Quin’s Video on Area Damage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydMEhQaULu4...

 

It’s finally here, the most requested feature since StarCraft 2 existed is finally happening – automated tournaments are coming to the Legacy of the Void beta. This feature used to be in the old battle.net client and was available in Warcraft 3 but it never seemed to make it’s way to the current games. Now with Legacy of the Void and the rumors of BattleNet 3.0 we are seeing automated tournaments coming to StarCraft 2 – is this the beginning of seeing this feature to other games as well?...

BlizzCon is quickly approaching and we have some more details about the event along with the purchase of the Virtual Ticket. Wil Wheaton will be hosting the event the community contests this year. This seems like a weird pick to me, although Wil Wheaton is really popular in the geek community I don’t think he has a whole lot of Blizzard Entertainment knowledge. Personally I was always a big fan of Jay Mohr just because he always seemed hilariously drunk or high at BlizzCon. The Virtual Ticket can be purchased for $39.99 and this year they are offering the option of also buying the physical goodie bag for an additional $34.99. This is actually a really sweet deal and I’m happy that Blizzard is finally offering this option. #TeamNoPants is definitely getting the best of BlizzCon, getting to fully experience it without the whole mess of wearing pants during it. ...

 

Yesterday many members of the community were pleasantly surprised to open their email and find an email from Blizzard waiting for them. This email contained a code which provided access to the digital goodies associated with the purchase of their BlizzCon ticket. While Blizzard hasn’t officially announced what all this code will give us, we can make some guesses based on previous years. One item we can be reasonably confident about which HAS been announced is the World of Warcraft pet: Murkidan. The WoW BlizzCon pet is generally some sort of murloc themed to represent one of Blizzard’s major games and this year appears to be no different with the impending release of World of Warcraft: Legion. This time around Murky looks like Illidan and you can check it out here. There will probably be some sort of card back for Hearthstone, banners for Diablo III characters, profile portraits for Starcraft ...

We got a little bit of everything last week as we wrapped up our gamescom coverage, the last of The Grand Tournament cards were revealed, the Westmarch Workshop took a deeper look at Diablo III‘s upcoming Season 4, we look ahead to TwitchCon and speculation about the future of StarCraft, and we take a look at the gameplay preview of the newest addition to the Overwatch roster: Lúcio. To catch up on anything you may have missed out on check out all the news from last week and let us know in the comments what you’re looking forward to the most. Diablo Diablo 3: One of the Best Selling Games of All Time Season 4 Will Last At Least 3 Months Westmarch Workshop: Ep. 62 – Season 4, Right Around the Corner Diabolic Evolution: Izual Patch 2.3 Preview: New Sets & Items Diablo III and Heroes of the Storm Cross Promotion ...

Episode 84: Is Reprinting Hearthstone Cards as New Ones with Less Mana Bad Design?...

Episode 28: PTR Discussion with Special Guest Kyle Fergusson We are very excited to bring in Kyle Fergusson as a guest host on this episode!  Be sure to check him out on his podcast “Into the Nexus”!  In this episode we take a look at the patch notes just released onto the PTR and what it could mean to changing the game! http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour...

Twitch Con is coming at the end of September and while we’re not there yet we had bit of information come out at Gamescom recently about the co-op mode “Allied Commanders”. Now we’re getting some more information and teases coming out of the Korean community. Take a look first at the new look of Allied Commanders embedded below: This was just one of the pieces of information brought to the community on Team Liquid from their community member “tokinho”. The first big piece of news linked to a PlayXP article that quotes Blizzard CEO Mike Morhaime as reportedly confirming that the game will be out before the end of the calendar year (2015). Other highlights include a translation of a Chinese interview (translated into Korean, now translated into English) which confirms quite a few things of the forthcoming Legacy of the Void: Automated tournaments LotV will have more campaign missions and cutscenes than ...

 

Lúcio Gameplay Preview

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Blizzard has released a gameplay preview for the newest character introduced to the Overwatch universe: Lúcio. Lúcio is a freedom-fighting DJ wielding a Sonic Amplifier which can be used to heal his companions and provide a temporary speed boost as long as they’re in range. He can also create a Sound Barrier which acts as a shield for himself and his allies. Check out a full match featuring Lúcio below and let us know what you think of Overwatch’s newest hero in the comments. Armed with his signature Sonic Amplifier, Lúcio never misses a beat in this complete, unedited match from an early version of Overwatch, captured in 60 FPS on PC. Here, Lúcio plays on the attacking team in Numbani, a hybrid Point Capture/Payload map set in a utopian city on the edge of the African savanna. As with other gameplay previews you’ll want to watch this in 1080p HD to ...

 

gamescom Livestream Panel w/ the Devs

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At gamescom 2015, Soe and Frodan kicked back at the press desk with Game Director Jeff Kaplan, as well as Senior Game Designer Michael Chu and Senior Game Producer Matthew Hawley to discuss Lúcio and the new maps. Lúcio He’s emblematic of the optimistic and energetic world of Overwatch. He’s the response to Tracer’s call of “the world could always use more heroes.” Heroes Some heroes start from the design side (Tracer started from wanting a hero who could blink across the map), some start with a piece of compelling concept art (Zenyatta came from a really neat piece of omnic concept art). New players probably start to understand how to play a single character after a single match. Players don’t seem to be gravitating towards particular characters when they start out, but instead they seem to be gravitating towards something inspiring about the character. Chu: We want the characters to be popping ...

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