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What is up everyone, we have a new week, meaning new sales, discounts, and new rotations for free heroes. This week, we have a hero, an accompanying skin, and an unrelated skin going on sale as well! Hero Sale This week, the primal zerg Dehaka is on sale along with his Mecha Dehaka, additionally the Pure Country ETC skin will also be available for purchase at a discount. The prices for all these items will be $4.99. Hero Rotation For the free hero rotation this week for all accounts will be Malfurion, Valla, Anub’arak, Azmodan, and Artanis. At player account levels 5, 7, 12, and 15 you will have access to Gazlowe, Kael’thas, and Nova. Happy hunting out in the nexus everyone!...

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 episode 67, Kevin and John hold down the show this week! Here are the highlights: There will be no show next week (July 3rd). Twitch is taking action on viewbot creators. Mike Donais and Peter Whalen discuss C’Thun, N’Zoth, & The Old Gods expansion. Reddit reacts to the HCT Spring Championship, and so do we. The Data Reaper Report #6 is here! Find out what to expect on the ladder! Much of what we’re able to do on the show ...

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 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...

After Wyatt Cheng’s bombshell letter to the community regarding massive changes coming to the meta for high Greater Rift groups, we are already starting to witness how some of those changes will take shape. Below, you will find the latest hotfixes to hit the PTR for Patch 2.4.2 and it looks like the support skills of the Monk are the first to be cut low. Continue forward for all of the changes:...

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! Next week we’ll be joined by Icarus of IcarusGamers to talk about his Hero Meta Analysis! Don’t miss it! In Ep. 28, we’ve got tons to talk about! The Overwatch Team has launched a Public Test Realm with Competitive Mode (tip of the cap to Eldorian who wrote this great guide to competitive mode here Jeff Kaplan takes to the forums to talk about Sudden Death A 17-year-old female gamer in Korea is cleared from cheating accusations by Blizzard After we get through the news, it’s time to prepare for competitive mode! This week, the guys talk about mice, keyboards, mousepads, monitors, and settings to ...

Introduction Yogg-Saron is a very special card. If I had to choose one card to describe what does Hearthstone differentiates form physical card games, this would be it. I also use to call him “Yogg-Saron, RNGesus himself”. Another aspect that Yogg brought to the community is an entertaining one.  This card made streams way more exciting. Therefore my second nickname for him is “Yogg-Saron, Streamer’s Delight”. Besides that, against all odds and randomness, the card is surprisingly good. I will try to highlight why by the means of my usual number crunching and summary of articles the community already produced. All numbers will be presented in an infographic. Anyway, I will do it a little different today. Rather than doing a graphic that lists all spells, the way I did it with the Forbidden Shaping Infographic, I will give you a bunch of charts. Why? Putting all 226 spells in a graphic is a tedious ...

For their second in a series of Q&A sessions regarding the upcoming expansion, Blizzard hosted a Professions Q&A with Senior Game Designer Paul Kubit to provide more information about what’s changing when it comes to tradeskills. The answers provided are paraphrased with the actual responses. There was some additional discussion of the questions but the main portion of the answers to the questions are provided below. If you’d like to see the full session feel free to check it out on Twitch, the actual content portion starts at about 21:45 into the video available here. There are a lot of concerns about obtaining Blood of Sargeras which Blizzard is working on making sure is obtainable and useful for all players instead of just a portion of the playerbase. Q: Blood of Sargeras: What use is it to double gatherers? Why not make it BoA so it can be traded from gatherer ...

 

Overview of Competitive Mode

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Competitive Mode is now available on the PTR and with it are some fundamental changes around the how competitive mode will work now compared to how it worked in beta. You can access competitive mode by hitting the Play button and you’ll be met with a new card on that screen for competitive play. As long as you are level 25 or above you can join. At the beginning of each season you will need to do 10 placement matches which will then determine your skill level. It’s been announced that each season will last roughly 2 and a half months. It appears season 1 is scheduled to end August 18th. For competing in the season you will earn a new player icon, a player spray, and competitive points which you can use to purchase the gold guns. A gold gun will cost you 300 competitive points which means you ...

A new Balance Patch was released today, one day earlier than expect thanks to a bug involving Tracer and her Pulse Bomb. While the list of changes is short, one of the most popular Heroes in the game is once again on the hit list. Kael’thas has received yet another nerf, this time centered on the damage over time component of his Living Bomb (W) ability. The explosion damage has been increased however, so at the lower levels, where players are less apt to spread out and avoid bomb damage, this might actually be a bit of a sideways buff. Despite many changes, Kael’thas always seems to rise from the ashes so there is no reason to expect this time to be any different. Next up is Chromie, with a slight buff to her Time Trap (E) ability. The last Hero on the list is another staple of these Balance ...

Another week of 2016 bites the dust and with it comes a new crop of news from the various Blizzard titles. Heroes of the Storm and Overwatch were the heavy hitters this week with the release of Medivh, Unranked Draft mode, and the beginning of the first official season of Ranked play. Along with these changes we saw hints of the next hero to potentially enter the Nexus and possible upcoming changes to Health Sustain. On the Overwatch side of things we took a look at Lúcio and Zarya, changes to Widowmaker and McCree, Game Director Jeff Kaplan talked about the upcoming release of Competitive Play, and Blizzard celebrated reaching the 10 million player milestone. World of Warcraft is also continuing to make progress toward the launch of Legion with patch 7.0 (the pre-expansion patch) released for testing on the Public Test Realms, and we got a look at the ...

 

Legion: Class Trials

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One anticipated feature being added in Legion are Class Trials. Class Trials are a way for players to try new classes before using a boost purchased from the Battle.net store or included in the purchase of a new expansion. At the character creation screen a new option has been added where players are able to start a new level one character (or level 55 for Death Knights) or start a new level 100 character and enter the Class Trial. If you are creating a new level one character, players proceed in the same way they have since the game’s launch. If you choose to create a Class Trial character there is an additional menu option to select a Specialization which (at least in this stage of the Beta test) seems to be limited to certain specializations.       After finishing character customization and entering the world you are placed in a solo ...

Players will now be able to authenticate a Battle.net login with a single touch from the updated authenticator app, according to a recent announcement. Say goodbye to the days of racing the timer! As with the last major authenticator update, it’s available for iOS and Android. Read below for details....

Episode 64: Medivh, new ranking system, and we say goodbye to Cloud9 The crew talks about their week in Heroes, the new patch which includes a whole host of new features including a new ranking system, Medivh, a clock and more! We talk about the future of Heroes Esports as we say goodbye to Cloud9 as they disband their Heroes team, as well as preview the second half of the Summer Finals in Sweden. We also use our crystal balls to look into the future and speculate on a certain Orc Warlock whom was teased this week. All that and more in the 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...

In this week’s wrap-up we’ve got the return of the Westmarch Workshop podcast, several Hearthstone decks and a look at the updated User Interface coming soon, new additions to the Nexus in Heroes of the Storm (including preseason rewards), an in-depth look at Overwatch’s King’s Row map, and a quality-of-life change to the Legion starting experience which should make leveling secondary characters at least a little less of a repetitive grind. As always let us know what your favorite news from the last week was and what you’re up to this week in gaming down in the comments! Diablo Westmarch Workshop: Ep. 93 – The Mid-Season Blues Hearthstone The Many Faces of Rogue (Standard – Kraken) Deck of the Week: Malygos Druid (by F2K wiRer) Old Gods True Card Texts Discovered The Old Gods Travel Agency – New Hearthstone Adventure Teaser? Malkorok Infographic (Standard – Kraken) New User Interface Designs ...

Episode 93 After a brief break your favorite hellish hosts are back! Neinball and Leviathan discuss the recent D2 patch and what that could mean, some transmog bugs, and Jay Wilson’s departure from Blizzard. Our hosts also discuss some Season 6 metrics and things they’d like to see in any future updates to the game. 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...

Ahh, Tuesday. A fresh start to a week of gaming and a new chance at loot, MMR gains, or ranking up in your favorite game. With a fresh start to the gaming week comes the recap of all the news from last week, including a new episode of the Well Met! podcast with analysis of the current Hearthstone scene, how to maximize your chances of finishing in the top 100 players, and a look at a Druid deck. On the Heroes of the Storm side of things we’ve got a list of upcoming changes to Chromie, an early look at Medivh, the upcoming Hero League revamp and addition of Unranked Draft mode, Dehaka’s Primal Aggression build, details of the 2016 Fall Championship, and the usual Weekly Sales and Free Hero Rotation lists. Check out the full list below and let us know what you’re looking forward to in the comments! ...

In news that came a bit out of left field, Blizzard and Facebook has announced a partnership that starting in the next month Blizzard will begin incorporating Facebook Login and live streaming into it’s games. This includes World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and the newly released Overwatch. This is an interesting approach by Blizzard that may not make current players of their games overly happy, but at the same time has enormous reach potential to a vastly wider audience who may not have been interested in their games before. I’m personally curious to see what they do with this and what kind of success, if any, we will see come from it....

Episode 63:  Calm Before the Storm? The crew talks about their week in Heroes, a deep conversation on the casual vs. hardcore mindset in the game, and preview the final North America qualifier for the summer season! 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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