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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! The Payload this week has some exciting news with the return of the beta coming on February 9th! The crew breaks down the tank heroes in D.VA, Roadhog, Zarya, Winston, and Reinhardt! Also please take some time to support Jake who made our awesome music over at: jakebutineau.ca We stream ourselves recording the show live every week over at www.twitch.tv/blizzpro Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. Pacific. If you have questions for the show, e-mail us at thepayload@blizzpro.com, or come find us on Twitter: @PayloadPodcast, @djtyrant, @kickedtripod, and @lackofrealism. We also greatly appreciate your support via iTunes reviews! Make sure to subscribe to us in your favorite RSS ...

 

Things The Pros Do: Clear Creep

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Zagara has become one of the most popular Heroes in Heroes of the Storm. She is either picked or banned in virtually every game at the competitive level, and she is also one of the most played Heroes in Hero League as well. Some of the reasons that Zagara is such a good pick are obvious. She has amazing push power, she has strong sustained damage, and she can out duel many other Heroes in a one on one fight. What is less obvious is how important her Trait, Creep Tumor, is when used properly. This may be the most useful part of her kit, but not everyone understands the value of Creep. What makes Creep so powerful is the vision that it provides. There are other perks as well, such as increased movement speed and health regeneration, but the real benefit is in the vision. This subtlety can be ...

 

Johanna, Olympic Diver

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The first build I ever wrote for BlizzPro was a Johanna guide. After some recent changes to her kit, I have decided to come back to one of my favorite tanks with a much more aggressive build that is sure to surprise enemy teams. Skills Q – Punish This is your slow, it hits in a wide arc in front of her, this slows the any enemies in front of her for two seconds. It is also a massive slow at 60%. At higher levels this is going to be a critical part of your wave clear. W – Condemn This is probably one of the best abilities in the game. It is a short cool down stun that activates after a second in a circle around her. This is used to not only stun but pull people towards Johanna. This sets up for her Q and other abilities. With ...

Today, we take a look at the Restoration Shaman artifact intro. The Restoration artifact, the Caduceus of Azshara, was forged around living water taken from the Well of Eternity and used by Queen Azshara to control her subjects. After her defeat during the War of the Ancients, the artifact fell into the hands of other night elves, and was eventually forgotten. Until now....

 

Beta Coming Back Online February 9th

by JR Cook on

The beta is coming back next week on February 9th! We will be seeing some hero balance, 2 new maps, a new game mode, and a new progression system. As of right now we don’t have any details on what all of that is, but we’re expecting to find out lots more in the next several days leading up to the beta. Current closed beta testers will still have access when it comes back online. As of right now, we don’t have any word on new waves being sent out when it does come back online. You can read more about the upcoming beta below:...

 

Legion Dungeon Race Live Tuesday

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The Warcraft Twitch channel is hosting a Legion dungeon race between top World of Warcraft personalities from around the world. The race will include Maw of Souls, an instance not yet on the alpha, as well as heroic Halls of Valor. It takes place February 9 at 3:00 PM PST. More details below and on the official site. You can find the Warcraft Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/Warcraft....

Dannie Ray looks a the new Standard format and tries to explain what it really means for the game of Hearthstone. Is this just a money grab by Blizzard, or is this being done to keep the metagame healthy? Lets find out! ...

Episode 47: Li-Ming and Breaking Down the Patch! This weeks episode we talk about the newly released Li-Ming from Diablo 3 as she enters the Nexus, and we talk about the patch changes that came with her! http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour...

 

Year of the Kraken Review

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We put together a special little VIDEO episode of Well Met this evening as our reactions to the new format changes coming to Hearthstone. This won’t be available in audio form but we’ll be talking about it more in depth in our episode this upcoming Sunday. Due to the fact that we felt this is the most significant change Hearthstone has had since the release of the game, we wanted to discuss it more since we’d been talking about it privately between us all afternoon. These are our thoughts about the changes, what we like about it, and the issues we have with some of it....

It’s February which means everyone’s got one question on their mind: “Is the Overwatch test back yet?” Unfortunately it’s not, but that doesn’t keep the Payload from talking about how important a great defense is, and early looks at which hero abilities pair well together starting with Mei and Genji. Along with that we’ve got the usual deck analysis from the Hearthstone crew, the return of Heroes of the Dorm in 2016, Li-Ming making her appearance in the Nexus, some Diablo III set dungeon discussion, and we continue our look at the Legion Alpha with previews of the Survival Hunter Artifact weapon, Warlock Class Hall, and Fire Mages new spell effects. Check it all out below and let us know what you’re looking forward to the most in the comments! Diablo Wishful Wednesdays: The Upset about Set Dungeons Ars Arcanum: Unstable Scepter Westmarch Workshop: Ep. 80 – What a D*ck! Hearthstone ...

 

Overwatch Beta Delayed

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Episode 101: Overwatch Beta Delayed...

A new, Twitter-based support system is in testing, letting players help other players and get rewarded in the process. Assisting other players with their questions and issues awards points that allow you to climb a leaderboard. The program is handled via a separate social website from Battle.net called Coversocial. To set up your account, connect your Twitter handle, select your interests and language preferences, enter your email, and get started....

Leviathan couldn’t make this week, but Neinball is joined by N3rdwards to get the low down on everything Wizard related in this week’s episode. Our hosts also discuss the recent Wyatt Cheng interview on the Kulle Story Bro podcast as well as some of the newest developments within the Diablo community. 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...

Leviathan couldn’t make this week, but Neinball is joined by N3rdwards to get the low down on everything Wizard related in this week’s episode. Our hosts also discuss the recent Wyatt Cheng interview on the Kulle Story Bro podcast as well as some of the newest developments within the Diablo community. 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...

 

Ars Arcanum: Unstable Scepter

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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 item With this week’s Ars Arcanum we will be going over the new Wizard wand, Unstable Scepter. This weapon is a core piece to the Deslere’s build that has Wizards launching to the top of the Greater Rift leaderboards this season. Lets take a look at what makes this weapon so essential. Why is it good? Unstable Scepter gives Arcane Orb an additional explosion which does wonders ...

Episode 46: PTR Blues and Li-Ming! This weeks episode we talk about the newly released PTR with a boatload of changes, Li-Ming the Wizard from Diablo 3 is available in the PTR version of the game, Dustin Browder answers some tweets, & Hotslogs makes some change to combat toxicity in the game. http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour...

Heroes of the Storm was the big winner on the content front last week with a surprise balance patch and the announcement of two upcoming hero additions: Li-Ming the Wizard from Diablo III and Xul the Necromancer from Diablo II. Along with the two new heroes we took a look at Greymane’s win rate and Lunara’s “Poison Deer” build. The Diablo crew talked about Season 5 on the Westmarch Workshop podcast and where the game could be going in the future, Well Met! and the Hearthstone team took a look at tournaments, Jeff Kaplan provided new information about the return of the Overwatch Alpha test and what new features we’ll see when it returns. Last but not least Magistrate continued his look at the upcoming Artifact weapons in Legion, and Duncan Jones gave us a look at Stormwind from the upcoming Warcraft movie with images posted from his Twitter account. Catch up on anything you may have missed ...

 

Hosted by various local Kansas City talent, BlizzPro Weekly covers all of the news from the week of Blizzard Entertainment news in a quick 15 minute format.  Please be aware, the show does use expletives so viewer discretion is advised. Video Production: M Productions Host: Spades Lunn – @CodeNameSpades Host: Clover Host: Kevin Ellis – @MultiZord Host: Greg Parker – @Gizmozord Episode 100: Win a BlizzCon 2015 Loot Bag To celebrate 100 episodes of BlizzPro Weekly, we’re giving away a special prize. A 2015 BlizzCon loot bag – everything you would have gotten if you attended BlizzCon this past year. It’s easy to enter, just watch the video to find out how....

Season 5 is finally here and there is no lack of topics to talk about. Neinball and Leviathan discuss their opening weekend and thoughts on the changes 2.4 has brought to seasons. We also discuss some of the top builds in the current meta and give some tips on what to do to get started on your own seasonal goals. 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 45: Chair League, Professional League, and new heroes! This weeks episode we talk about the newly formed Chair League, the new pro league circuit for 2016 Blizzard announced & Blizzard announces that not one but TWO new heroes are coming to the Nexus and we discuss who they might be! http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour...

 

Patch Notes: Patch 3.1.0

by JR Cook on

Patch 3.1.0 has been released today and with it some free (and some not so free) PVE content. As far as the free content goes, Karax is now an available commander and the new co-op map Lock and Load has been released. On the not so free side, the Nova covert ops missions are now available for pre-purchase and are expected to release spring 2016. Other changes to the patch include a ton of updates to the chat system and some changes to the editor. You can read the full notes below:...

It’s been a month now since Legacy of the Void has released, and it looks like Tuesday we’ll be getting our first patch with some content added into it. A new commander named Karax will be available – his abilities being unlimited orbital strikes and being able to build stationary defenses (canon rush!). The new mission is called Lock and Load. Not many details were given exactly how the mission will play out, but it’s been described as a harder mission than the others and will require a lot of cooperation to complete – where as other maps you could heavily rely on one player or the other to do the heavy lifting. It’s cool to see that the StarCraft team is dedicated to producing PVE content in Starcraft 2 after launch and with the new Nova missions arriving next year, now is probably one of the best times to ...

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