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The Zarya patch, which is currently up for testing on the PTR, is expected to hit the live servers early this week. In addition to a new Hero, a new map, and a variety of Hero changes, this patch will also include several changes to the Shop inventory that you might want to plan ahead for. For starters, several mounts are being removed from the Shop. While these mounts will return eventually, there is no timeline for when this might happen so if you have been considering buying these mounts you might want to do it now. The mounts in question are the Lunar Dragon, the Spectre Phantom, and the Dire Wolf. On a related note, the Judgement Charger will return to the Shop with the new patch. In a rare move, there is a Hero who’s price will be increasing in the next patch. We often see price reductions, but this is ...

 

Things The Joes Do: Defend

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If there is one thing that I have learned during my years playing Heroes of the Storm it is that people like to defend. I mean, they really like to defend. For many average players, defending is their go to action regardless of the situation. Capture an Objective, go defend. Win a team fight, go defend. Take a Boss, better go defend! Haunted Mines used to be the perfect example of this. It was a common sight to see a team get an 80 skull Golem and end up with multiple people on their team who would decide to hearth back and defend against the other team’s 20 skull Golem. The fact that this Golem posed no threat, and would likely be half dead by the time they reached it, didn’t prevent players from making this same mistake over and over, game after game. It also doesn’t prevent them from doing ...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts John, Rosh, Jimmy, and Kevin will look at all things Overwatch: News, esports, game play, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: We got a new PTR patch! Lots of exciting observer improvements. The crew talks cross-promotion and what we’d like to see Blizzard do for Overwatch. It’s BlizzCon prediction time. Theories fly fast and furious this week. The Overwatch World Cup qualifying teams have been announced; and Overwatch Open starts this Sunday, and the schedule is now live. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We’re on Patreon! If you like the show an want to support, head on over to patreon.com/payloadpodcast to learn more! This week we would like to ...

 

Overwatch Open Schedule released

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The Overwatch Open Schedule has been released make sure you check out all the action....

Heroes Powerhour 74: Zarya, Chen, and little bit of Bloodlust! The crew talks about the PTR, including the new battleground, Zarya, Chen, Nazeebo, Malfurion and more! Also the biggest crowdfunded tournament for Heroes happened last weekend in Bloodlust and we catch you up on Korea and who is heading to BlizzCon! http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Intro Music Provided by NoCopyrightSounds (http://twitch.tv/NoCopyrightSounds) Jim Yosef – Firefly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_OwcYTNbHs Jim Yosef: https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef...

Several days ago, a nondescript website with the URL of diablo2hd.com appeared and quickly sent the community into a frenzy. The site pictured a faded image of the original Diablo II box art with a countdown timer that conveniently coincided with the exact moment that BlizzCon 2016 is set to start. The top of the page read “Evil has survived…”, which clearly called to some sort of return of Diablo himself. The entire thing was believed to be a fake promotional website by a majority of the community due to the shoddy quality of the site’s imagery combined with some digging into the domain registration by enterprising individuals. Earlier today, PC Gamer was able to officially confirm with folks at Blizzard Entertainment that the site does not belong to Blizzard and is therefore a hoax. I reached out to Blizzard to ask about the site, and was told bluntly, “This isn’t ours.” ...

It’s Tuesday which means it’s time for a wrap-up of all the news from last week as we prepare for updates to some of our favorite games! The Westmarch Workshop celebrated episode 100, plans for some Warcraft in-game Diablo related items were revealed to celebrate the upcoming 20th anniversary of the franchise, and we got a look at the Diablo in-game pet for attendees of BlizzCon. Hearthstone got a new patch unlocking the Welcome Bundle, Arena Bans, and the new Tyrande (Priest) hero available from an ‘upcoming promotion’. Blizzard also announced that paid BattleTag changes are now available for $10US (this change applies to all games, not just Hearthstone). Zexerous discussed a new Tyrael build after the latest patch for Heroes of the Storm and a new build went up on the PTR which includes testing for the new Zarya hero along with one of the maps being released as ...

Well Met! As always, your hosts John, J.R., and Kevin get together every week to discuss all things Hearthstone – news, esports, and more. We look forward to producing a show that keeps you up to speed on all the biggest things happening in Hearthstone, its awesome communities, and its incredible tournaments. Join us live on Sunday evenings for the video stream, or download the audio podcast on Mondays! This week on Well Met!: We are joined by J4ckieChan of Fade2Karma! The crew discusses the Hearthstone Welcome Bundle. Chris Metzen has retired at the age of 42. J4ckie gives us his insights as we discuss Batstone and the place community ban lists have in competitive Hearthstone. Congratulations to HotMEOWTH on winning the HCT Summer Championship! Lastly, we talk about deck teching and deck creation in our strategy segment. J4ckie, being one of the best Hearthstone deck builders in the world, ...

 

In the past, If you ever wanted to change your BattleTag®, this was possible only once. After that, there was no official way of changing it again. If you ended up with a name, you were not happy with, you were stuck with it like the poor guy that I met on the Hearthstone ladder named “FurzAntrieb” (german for FartPropulsion or FartEngine). I asked him if I could use his name as an example for this article and he readily aggred. Despite his name suggesting that he is a total moron, he was a really nice guy and I had a good chat with him. At least, now there is a way to get rid of unwanted names like that. Read the full blue post below for more details....

BlizzCon 2016 is one month and a half away and as such, we will likely begin to see a cavalcade of news come from Blizzard Entertainment. Among the things to be rolled out, we did not yet know which in-game goodies each franchise would be receiving for the purchase of a BlizzCon ticket and/or virtual ticket. That day is now here, as an official blog post revealed what we can expect to see in our accounts in the near future. Particular to Diablo, it looks like the theme of honoring the past is continuing. A pet for the Lord of Terror himself, Diablo, will be added to Diablo III accounts, but it is worth noting that it is fashioned after the original look of Diablo from the inaugural game. Is this putting more evidence in the column for some sort of Diablo I/Diablo II remake or update? Take a look below for more....

Episode 100 – Sup, Fellas! Sit back, relax, and enjoy a trip down memory lane as Neinball and Leviathan celebrate 100 episodes of the Workshop....

Heroes Powerhour 73: The Machines of War are unleashed! The crew talks about the newest patch, what has changed since the PTR; and breaking down the competitive scene and what Blizzard can do to improve it. http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Intro Music Provided by NoCopyrightSounds (http://twitch.tv/NoCopyrightSounds) Jim Yosef – Firefly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_OwcYTNbHs Jim Yosef: https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef...

 

BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Goody Sneak Peek

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Blizzard is offering up a sneak peek at some of the virtual goodies given to players who attend BlizzCon in person or via the virtual ticket. Similar to prior years, the virtual ticket includes items for all of Blizzard’s games, though they’re keeping a lid on one of the StarCraft II items available this year. The post indicates that it is some sort of content for StarCraft II but doesn’t provide any additional information beyond that. This years items revealed so far include two World of Warcraft in-game murloc pets (one for Alliance, one for Horde), a Bastion skin for Overwatch, a Diablo in-game pet celebrating the 20th anniversary of the franchise, a Hearthstone card back, a Nexus Tiger mount for Heroes of the Storm, as well as a picture and the aforementioned secret SCII goodies. It’s possible that there could be additional items revealed at the show (the Heroes ...

 

7.1 PTR Dungeon and Raid Testing Plans

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Mythic Keystone Preview

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Advanced difficulty Mythic dungeons are coming next week with the release of Legion’s first raid. With the coming addition, Blizzard released a blog post breaking down how to obtain Mythic Keystones and offering a glimpse into the rewards that await those who test their resolve with the additional difficulty levels. One thing to note for those who will be jumping into Mythic dungeons early to get a leg up on raiding: During the first week the keystones are available, loot will be capped at a base item level of 850. Once Mythic raids are open the following week the rewards from Mythic dungeons will scale appropriately upward. Let us know what you think of the new system and if you and your friends will be attempting to climb the mountain of difficulty these dungeons will offer....

 

Chris Metzen Is Retiring

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Chris Metzen has announced that he will soon be retiring from Blizzard Entertainment. Heroes of the Storm Community Manager Spyrian posted a message from the Senior Vice President of Story and Franchise Development saying farewell to both Blizzard Employees and the gaming community at large:...

Episode 99 – Show Title Taken By Legion In this episode Neinball and Leviathan catch up on the past few weeks. They discuss the Legion Launch, Gamescom, the new Developer Series, Jay Wilson’s recent podcats, and Blizzcon speculation with the Diablo 20th Anniversary coming up. 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...

Heroes Powerhour 72: The PTR just dropped the hammer! The crew talks about the PTR and the big changes to Stitches and Valla! We also have our predictions for the Fall North American Championship at PAX. http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Intro Music Provided by NoCopyrightSounds (http://twitch.tv/NoCopyrightSounds) Jim Yosef – Firefly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_OwcYTNbHs Jim Yosef: https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef...

Episode 98 – That’s Diablo For You Leviathan goes it solo this episode where he talks about how rekt Season 7, some of the recent hotfixes, Gamescom, Blizzcon, HYPE?! and future announcements. 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...

Heroes Powerhour 71: RIP our Worgen Friend! The crew talks about the new patch changes including huge changes for Tyrael, Greymane, and Auriel. We also go over the most recent Esports news! http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Intro Music Provided by NoCopyrightSounds (http://twitch.tv/NoCopyrightSounds) Jim Yosef – Firefly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_OwcYTNbHs Jim Yosef: https://soundcloud.com/jim-yosef...

Patch 3.5.0 has released and the 2nd mission pack for Nova Covert Ops is now available with it. The pack comes with 3 new missions and those that bought the entire bundle will have them already available. You can read about the mission below (beware it has spoilers!) You can read the full patch notes for 3.5.0 below...

Have you ever longed for the old days of Star Craft? No, I’m not talking about like Wings of Liberty. I’m talking Brood War. The classic age where juggernauts would collide in fantastic contests of skill and management. There is a channel on twitch right now that is streaming 6344 VODs of Brood War 27/4, for the most part, including shows like Bnet Attack where a pro heads into battle.net to fight with random bnet patrons. The downside is that the vast majority of it is in Korean, but from time to time you catch a few english spoken games. I’ve caught some Tastetosis in their early days watching this channel. It’s a great little channel that isn’t nearly getting enough love for what it brings to the table. Go Check it out! https://www.twitch.tv/medrybw...

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