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Gamescom 2016 Recap

by Stephen Stewart on

Last week, Gamescom 2016 arrived to Cologne, Germany. Lauded as “the world’s largest trade fair and event highlight for computer and video games”, this mega event usually occupies the attention of hundreds of thousands of people in-person over the course of five days while encapsulating millions around the world via content created by the show itself and both media and companies in attendance. This year’s Gamescom took place from August 17 to August 21 and, of course, Blizzard Entertainment made a return to Germany to highlight all of the latest and greatest excitement across their multiple IPs. Amazing announcements such as the reveal of Legion, the upcoming expansion for World of Warcraft, as well as Reaper of Souls, the current expansion for Diablo III, were made at past Gamescoms, so anticipation was running high for what could be in store this year. On what was styled as “Day 0”, Blizzard released a video wherein ...

 

Legion Dungeon & Raid Schedule

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As anticipated, Blizzard has officially announced the release dates for the first set of dungeons and raids added as a part of the expansion launching August 30th. Normal and Heroic mode dungeons will be immediately available when the expansion launches with Standard-difficulty Mythic dungeons becoming available later that day. The first raid and more advanced difficulty Mythic dungeons unlock September 20th, giving players three weeks to level and get geared. LFR wings are once again spread across several weeks to keep their pace similar to the progression of the other raid difficulties....

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!: JR couldn’t make it to the show, so Ray (@rayc591) stepped in to talk about competitive Hearthstone. Ben Brode & Ben Thompson joined the Rally Point podcast to discuss the latest Hearthstone adventure. Kevin had an incredible interview with Drew Higbee, Hearthstone Esports Associate Manager. China got a dedicated application for Hearthstone statistics. The HCT Summer NA Preliminaries were this weekend. Yogg Saron happened. Vicious Syndicate released another Data Reaper Report. Last, but not least, we ...

 

Gamescom Roundup

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Blizzard promised that big announcements were in store for Gamescom 2016 and they certainly delivered. The event kicked off with the news that a new event is coming soon, the Machines of War, which will include two new Heroes and two new Battlegrounds. Blizzard quickly followed that up with a series of In Development videos providing even more details on what players can expect to see coming to the Nexus in the next few weeks. However, the news out of Gamescom wasn’t just limited to major announcements in official videos. Players at the event were able to play what was essentially a PTR version of the game, and they noted several differences from the current live version of the game. Members of the Heroes team also conducted several interviews and sat in on live streams from the event, which provided even more details on what players can expect to see in the game going forward. ...

 

Emerald Nightmare Opening

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Blizzard is currently at Gamescom and while they’re at the convention some of the World of Warcraft developers are taking the time to provide additional insight into Legion as the expansion draws nearer. One piece of information provided during an interview with Fatboss is that the development team is planning on having the first raid of the new expansion, the Emerald Nightmare, will open on September 20th, three weeks after the expansion launches. As with previous raid launches the Normal and Heroic difficulties will open the first week with Mythic available the next week. There hasn’t been an official announcement of these dates yet but we’re anticipating hearing them soon, along with dates for when various wings of the LFR version will be available. Ion did state that raiders will “most likely” have a lot of their set pieces by the time the first wing becomes available so it sounds ...

**Ooops! We misnumbered the show notes. This is actually Episode 36 despite saying Episode 35 multiple times in the show!** 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, gameplay, and more. Join the crew every Thursday for the live stream, or download our audio episodes Fridays! This week on The Payload: Blizzard reveals Eichenwalde, Overwatch’s new hybrid map. The Overwatch team debuts “The Last Bastion” digital short at GamesCom. Season 1 has ended and with Season 2 comes many significant changes. A new major patch has hit the PTR. BMing in Overwatch has never been more rewarding for other players. Overwatch servers go high-bandwidth Jeff Kaplan is a boss and does his Developer Updates in one take without queue cards or a teleprompter. Also please take some time to support Jake who made our ...

The Machines of War event is set to begin in less than a month, and with it will come a wealth of new content. In addition to new Heroes, new Maps, and new skins, this event will also include a new daily quest. Starcraft 2 players will remember the Xel’Naga Artifact, which they were able to reassemble once they collected various pieces. Well, it has made it’s way into the Nexus, but it has been broken again (my money is on Tychus, he’s the reason we can’t have nice things). During the Machines of War event, players will get a daily quest to collect artifacts. Artifact pieces will have a chance to spawn at the beginning of each game. Players will need to collect these pieces in order to complete their quest. It isn’t that simple however. SCVs also have a chance to spawn at the beginning of each game, and ...

 

The 2nd wing for One Night in Karazhan has been released and I think this week you’ll find yourself taking a lot less time navigating through this wing as last week’s took. In fact, these deck lists should not only get you to one shot them on normal, but there’s a good chance you’ll one shot them on heroic as well. It might take a couple extra tries but for the most part, this week was fairly easy. Julianne Julianne is invincible for as long as Romulo is on the board. Her hero power brings back Romulo who is a 4/2 minion. She plays a lot of taunt minions and goes face a lot. The strategy here is to control the board as much as possible, keep yourself healed up and kill Romulo when you have additional minions to hit her face. For this fight I went with a Reno ...

 

The Last Bastion Animated Short

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Blizzard has released their first animated video in what they are calling their second series of Overwatch animated shorts. This one is showing Bastion and the origin of his little bird he has with him. It has some great flashbacks of the Omnic Crisis and shows why Bastion is indeed the Last Bastion – with a little PTSD and all....

Heroes Powerhour 70: StarCraft Event Detected! The crew breaks down the latest news in Heroes with the StarCraft event which includes two maps, two new heroes, and much more! We also cover the NA Regional and what if you could grab your other heroic at level 20? 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...

Heroes Powerhour 69: A New Champion Rises in North America! Balrogfan and DJTyrant recap the first North American Regional for Fall, what it means for the meta, and discussion about the meta and more. 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...

It’s Tuesday and while we wait for the various games to return from maintenance and the inevitable crush of Demon Hunters named xXxIllidanxXx or some variation thereof, we’ve got a wrap-up of all the news from last week. It was fairly concentrated around card announcements for the upcoming Hearthstone expansion “One Night in Karazhan” with OtakuMZ and dannydonuts breaking down all of the announced cards and how they fit into standard play this season. Along with that there was a special Well Met! episode featuring Disguised Toast competing in a game of Jeopardy! and a breakdown of F2K Cipher’s Secret Paladin deck of the week. A new Diablo patch was released to the servers prior to the beginning of season 7, Overwatch got some new limited-time cosmetic items, and Starcraft II’s second set of Nova missions opened up. Let us know what you’re looking forward to the most in the ...

Episode 97 – Lucky Number 7 In this episode Nienball and Leviathan get ready for Season 7 with some tips and tricks to help you get under way! As Blizzcon gets closer, so does speculation on the future of Diablo. Could the future be told with a roll of the dice? 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 Desolacer’s DH Guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SWR_9jW6pVjWjHS42hV11EaMxf2aJ1BRHAsLCVjB7jo/edit#gid=0 S7 Pocket Guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o3zTM8P7LDSZRZbg0ipexFr-zZlriuMA-4FC6Lapbkc/edit#gid=1481591091 Lvl 1-70 Roadmap for All Classes: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1I4qvNabBnI9LoDkp9o2_kP2j4P7LD-MvfTLhuNldUz8/edit#gid=766092462...

Episode 97 – Lucky Number 7 In this episode Nienball and Leviathan get ready for Season 7 with some tips and tricks to help you get under way! As Blizzcon gets closer, so does speculation on the future of Diablo. Could the future be told with a roll of the dice? 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 Desolacer’s DH Guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1SWR_9jW6pVjWjHS42hV11EaMxf2aJ1BRHAsLCVjB7jo/edit#gid=0 S7 Pocket Guide: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1o3zTM8P7LDSZRZbg0ipexFr-zZlriuMA-4FC6Lapbkc/edit#gid=1481591091 Lvl 1-70 Roadmap for All Classes: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1I4qvNabBnI9LoDkp9o2_kP2j4P7LD-MvfTLhuNldUz8/edit#gid=766092462...

Heroes Powerhour 68: Auriel Brings Hope to the Nexus! The guys talk about Auriel, the PTR patch with tons of Heroes changes, we preview the 1st North American Championship for Fall and Karl takes us through some MMR knowledge. 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...

Heroes Powerhour 67: Patches, Supports, and getting nerfed IRL by Blizzard! The guys talk about the new patch, about supports, and someone gets nerfed IRL by Blizzard! 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...

It was announced about a month ago that Facebook Streaming would be coming to Blizzard games. Tonight, Battle.net has launched into beta the Facebook Livestreaming. Several people received emails inviting them to the beta test. You can access the beta features by going to your settings in battle.net, navigating to the “In Development” section and downloading the newest beta build. Once you have this, you will see in the top right corner a video camera link on your battle.net application. By clicking that, you can start setting up your livestream by connecting to your Facebook account. As of right now, this appears to only work on your own personal page, so if you have a Page set up for your website or something like that that you manage, it doesn’t appear you can connect to that. Not something that would affect most people, but I would like to be able ...

Episode 96 – 86 Season 6! Season 6 has been 86’ed, but Season 7 is almost here! Neinball and Leviathan look at the changes coming to Season Journeys, what that means for you, and the rewards you can get from them. Our hosts also talk about the recent changes in the development team and theorize some on the future of the Diablo series. 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...

 

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 ...

 

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....

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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