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Blizzard released the details today for a Balance Update that is scheduled to be released on July 27th, 2016. If for some reason you haven’t been taking advantage of the OP Kerrigan you have two more days left to do so before she gets nerfed. Falstad, Greymane, Kael’thas, Brightwing, Nazeebo, Xul, and Zagara are also being tuned down to one extent or another. As far as Buffs, it looks like Chromie, Gul’Dan, and Artanis are the Heroes who will benefit the most from this Update. This patch also includes a fix to the body block bug that has been an issue recently. Continue scrolling down to read the patch notes in full so that you can be ready for the changes arriving this Wednesday....

 

BlizzCon 2016 Virtual Ticket

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The Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon 2016 is now available for purchase! If you weren’t able to pick up tickets or aren’t able to attend BlizzCon in person, Blizzard is once again offering their Virtual Ticket service which provides access to all of the panels, contests, interviews, and the closing ceremony concert for both days of the show. On top of that, you’ll be able to watch the videos for up to two weeks after the event in case you miss something. Available from the Battle.net shop, the ticket can be purchased via your Battle.net account and includes the same virtual goodies as physical attendees of the event. Virtual and physical ticketholders are also eligible to purchase a physical goodie bag from the store starting today along with future access to BlizzCon exclusive merchandise through the gear store. While the virtual goodies have not been announced yet, the items are generally similar across ...

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! In Ep. 70, the regular crew is back and there is a lot of speculation going on! The guys discuss if Blizzard will keep Friendly Feud in the game. Blizzard has been heavily teasing the next Hearthstone adventure. What will it be? SeatStory Cup put competitive Hearthstone back into the spotlight this week. Vicious Syndicate has uploaded another Data Reaper Report. Emails! Much of what we’re able to do on the show is made possible by the generous support of our ...

 

Hi, this is Danny Donuts again with another installment in my series on teching your deck. (If you missed out on the introduction to teching article check it out here!) In this article I will be going a bit more in depth and discussing how to build and tech a deck to counter various other decks. Midrange Hunter is an extremely versatile deck which can be modified to counter many different match-ups. It has a core group of cards that rarely change from build to build, as well as having space to add cards which can help improve match-ups. This makes it a perfect deck to start understanding how to deckbuild, or if you are already an experienced player, a way to tech your deck against specific match-ups and gain a higher win rate. It is especially interesting to look at this deck currently, as the midrange hunter deck is a ...

 

On Friday Blizzard released another round of hotfixes for patch 7.0.3 to address some of the issues players have been seeing since the patch. One to note in particular is a fix for the multitudes of players who (for some strange reason) lost the ability to fly in Northrend despite being able to do so on Monday. Cold Weather flying now costs 50 gold and is automatically learned at level 80. So if you want to fly at 70 to speed up questing you can pay the gold, or just wait and get it for free. Other changes are various fixes to classes, quests, and dungeons so check out the full list below:...

 

Playing For Keeps

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After the release of the Guldan patch, many people proclaimed this the Age of the Specialist and predicted a rise in the Split Push Meta. While both of these are true to an extent, I think you could just as easily call this the Age of the Catapult. Taking down a Keep and unlocking Catapults is now a game changing event, which means attacking and defending Keeps is more important than ever. Prior to the targeting change, destroying a Keep and gaining Catapults gave your team a nice little advantage, but it wasn’t a win condition in and of itself. Now that has all changed. Catapults can definitely be a win condition. What makes the new Catapults so powerful isn’t just the damage they are able to do, which is significant, but how they force the other team to adjust their play. Once a team has Catapults pushing for them they have effectively ...

Blizzard and Dark Horse released four new comics covering big name characters and events that we’ll be exploring in World of Warcraft: Legion in just one more month. Each comic is available free digitally straight from Blizzard, as well as through Dark Horse’s website. You can also read, watch, and listen to them for free with Madefire motion books (srsly super bigtime awesomesauce). No. 1, titled “Fault Lines,” covers Magni Bronzebeard awakening from crystal stasis and how his daughter, Moira, deals with the fallout. Others feature Anduin, the Nightborne elves and Gul’dan, and the Highmountain tauren. New Comics World of Warcraft: Legion #1—”Fault Lines” World of Warcraft: Legion #2—”Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar”  World of Warcraft: Legion #3—”Highmountain: A Mountain Divided” World of Warcraft: Legion #4—”Anduin: Son of the Wolf”...

You know what they say: The world could always use more heroes! On The Payload, your hosts Jimmy, John, and Kevin will look at all things Overwatch: News, Esports, gameplay, and more. Join the boys every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! In Ep. 32, Kevin and Jimmy are off doing amazing things in esports so we’ve got a special guest. Liz, also known as Rosh (@F2K_OkayitsRosh) is one of the best Mercy players in the world and the first roster signee with Fade2Karma (@Fade2Karma). In this episode, Rosh gives us incredible insight from a competitive perspective. Here’s what we discussed: There’s a new Overwatch comic, Old Soldiers, featuring Soldier:76, Reaper, and Ana. We discuss a huge Overwatch patch that just hit live servers and their implications for casual, competitive, and professional play. Fnatic signs a new Overwatch team. With one of the best support ...

 

BlizzCon 2016 Goody Bag

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BlizzCon 2016 is getting closer and details are starting to come out about this year’s event. YouTuber Kripparrian received a package today containing a sneak peek of physical items included in the Goody Bag for the 10th year of the event. This years items include: a BlizzCon Blizzard drinking stein Diablo polyhedral dice with bag Hearthstone microfiber screen cleaning cloth Heroes of the Storm Elite Tauren Chieftains guitar pick keychain Overwatch inflatable Reinhardt hammer StarCraft zergling antenna topper two-sided World of Warcraft coaster In previous years players who purchased the Virtual Ticket were also able to order the goody bag and with the inclusion of the stein this year’s bag is sure to be a hot-ticket item. Blizzard has not yet stated if this year’s bag will be available outside of the convention but if it is keep an eye out so you don’t miss this bag....

Ana the support sniper has joined Overwatch on PC. You ready to take control of the original Overwatch sniper? What are her strengths?...

It’s Patch Tuesday for World of Warcraft with the release of the Legion Pre-Expansion patch, so let’s get to today’s wrap-up of all the news from last week to have some light reading to keep everyone occupied until the servers come up! Diablo Patch 2.4.2 PTR Update – Minor Adjustments & Energy Twister Fixes Westmarch Workshop: Ep. 95 – A Game of Directors Hearthstone The Bakery Shop – Deconstructing the Layers of Control Shaman (Deck Guide) Patch Notes: 5.2.0 – Murloc Shaman Hero! A Hint for the Next Hearthstone Adventure Mode Tech Your Deck: Teching Basics EU Experiencing Problems to Connect You To Your Game – Patch Is in the Works! Sacred Trial Tournament Wrap up Hotfix for “oops, …” Bug – Patch 13714 Is Live for Mac and PC The Coin – A Valid Balancing Mechanic or Utterly Broken? “Oops” Bug on iOS to be Solved Soon Blizzard Hands ...

Episode 95 – A Game of Directors Leviathan takes on this episode solo as Neinball is out for the week. Lots of changes have been coming to the Diablo team, but Leviathan gives you the break down of what everything means. There have also been some big changes on the PTR to try and shake up the meta of dominating support classes. 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...

Episode 95 – A Game of Directors Leviathan takes on this episode solo as Neinball is out for the week. Lots of changes have been coming to the Diablo team, but Leviathan gives you the break down of what everything means. There have also been some big changes on the PTR to try and shake up the meta of dominating support classes. 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...

Episode 66: The Mega Patch Shall Burn You! On this episode we talk about the big patch for Heroes and break down some of the biggest changes to some of our favorite heroes 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...

Earlier today, a small update to Patch 2.4.2 on the Public Test Realm (PTR) went live. With the few changes listed, it’s clear that things are wrapping up. Especially since we already know the end of Season 6 and start of Season 7 dates, we can guesstimate that Patch 2.4.2 will likely arrive on August 2nd, 2016. Below, you’ll find the latest adjustments. Pay special attention to the Energy Twister change; this just may be the final adjustment/fix that  ends the reign of the Twister Wizard meta....

Last week was a bit light on the news since it was a short week in the US with Independence Day taking place on Monday and celebration recovery day on Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean there was no news out of Blizzard. Tyvalir returned to the Diablo community team after dabbling in the Koprulu Sector for a bit with the StarCraft II team, there was an announcement that the end of Season 6 would be happening July 22nd, and to make up for an “unintended feature” which prevented certain cosmetic items from dropping the D3 team added a Double Blood Shard weekend to help make up for it. The latest episode of the Well Met! podcast went on in spite of a temporarily missing cohost, Gul’dan hit the PTR in Heroes of the Storm, Overwatch continues to hint at a new hero who may be announced at or prior to ...

The 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Convention exclusives from Blizzard were revealed today in a post on the site’s unofficial blog. This year’s swag includes Nightmare Diablo, a variant from the Cute but Deadly line. Now you can obtain your very own Warglaives of Azzinoth—in pin form! The style is similar to the limited Alexstrasza pin from BlizzCon 2015. Next in a long line of magical Mrglrglmrglmrrrlggg—I mean murlocs, is the Spectral Murloc Funko Pop! figurine. Last but not least is a signed print of “The Cavalry is Here” by Arnold Tsang. For now no SDCC exclusive plush has been revealed, but the list may update as we approach the convention held July 21st-24th....

It’s time for a fresh week of Blizzard gaming and a recap of all the news from last week! The Diablo crew break down the upcoming changes in Patch 2.4.2 which will soon be up for testing on the PTR while the Hearthstone team analyzes Yogg-Saron in an infographic from OtakuMZ. A new balance patch was released for Heroes of the Storm and details on the weekly sale for June 28th through July 5th. The Overwatch PTR opened up for Competitive Mode testing and we get a full breakdown from JR along with the patch notes and images of the golden guns which will be available as a part of the new play mode. World of Warcraft: Legion is also drawing nearer with weekly Q&A sessions focusing on various changes coming in the new content. This week’s session focused on professions so take a look and see how you’ll be making ...

Episode 94 – A PTR and a Banwave Walk Into a Bar… A lot has happened since our last episode. A new PTR, another banwave, and more! Neinball and Leviathan have you covered with all the new changes coming your way with the latest update to Diablo III. 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...

Episode 65: Summer is Upon Us! We take a look into the Summer Championships and if that has shifted the meta at all, we also look into what Blizzard is thinking about changing with Heroes as well, all this and more on this week of Heroes Powerhour!! 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...

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...

 

Patch 3.2.0 Patch Notes

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Packaged along with the release of the first mission pack for the Nova DLC pack, these patch notes have a lot of content completely unrelated to Nova’s novert covert ops. Highlights include: A new Co-Op Missions map has been added, along with some balance shifts in Co-op Mission mode. Trophy Tops have been added to Automated Tournaments, and the 30-minute game timer no longer impacts the final game of the tournament. A host of bug fixes and UI improvements. And, of course, Nova Covert Ops, for folks who have purchased the DLC. Read the full patch notes below....

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