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Bashiok Moves On

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On a sad note, Bashiok from the World of Warcraft Community Team has announced that today (Friday, July 31st) will be his last day working at Blizzard. Bashiok started at Blizzard in October of 2003 as a member of the World of Warcraft Community Team, posting under the name Drysc with a Fel-Tree avatar. He later transitioned to the Diablo III community team and changed his posting name to Bashiok, with his avatar being a fallen demon. After the launch of Diablo III he returned to the WoW team and his former Fel-Tree avatar, but retained the name Bashiok. During his time on the WoW Community Team, they were awarded the “Best Community Management Team” at DragonCon 2012. One of the community’s most memorable moments with Drysc was during the PTR testing phase for patch 2.1.0 (The Burning Crusade), he summoned several 40-man raid bosses to Shattrath City. Bashiok definitely brought ...

The Bonus Event for this weekend (July 31st through August 3rd) is now available on Live realms. This weekend’s event: Draenor Dungeons. This event awards bonus reputation for factions added in patch 6.0 as follows: Frostwolf Orcs (Horde)/Council of Exarchs (Alliance) Shadowmoon Burial Grounds Iron Docks Grimrail Depot Laughing Skull Orcs (H)/Sha’tari Defense (A) (Trading Post not required) Auchindoun The Everbloom Steamwheedle Preservation Society (Both) Bloodmaul Slag Mines Upper Blackrock Spire Arakkoa Outcasts (Both) Skyreach Each non-boss NPC awards 20 (24 with Trading Post) reputation points and each boss kill awards 400 (480 with Trading Post) points. The event-only quest ‘Emissary of War’ can also be accepted from the Adventurer’s Journal or in your garrison. This quest requires the completion of four Mythic level dungeons and awards an Iron Fleet Treasure Chest containing a Hellfire Citadel Heroic quality item. There are no dungeons that award reputation for any of the Tanaan ...

Chinese website 17173 has revealed a new high-variance mage card. It apparently gives both players a random a spell card, which could be fun for the casual player. But if it sees competitive play it might give the pros some big headaches as the wild variance of the card has the potential to completely swing games based on the luck of the draw. ...

The Lost Vikings are very interesting characters that debuted back in the 16 bit days of gaming. Now The Vikings are revived into the nexus with probably the most complex and interesting mechanics of any hero in the game. Each Viking can be controlled individually or you can move them in a group made up of 2 or 3 of The Vikings. This mechanics leads to some great experience soaking opportunities but also makes them difficult to control. If you want to be good with the Vikings you have to play them a lot and this build should help you getting started. There is an alternate Auto Attack build that focuses on Baleog being buffed that is also very strong but I find that this build is a bit easier to get the most out of. If you want to see the basics and individual stats of The Lost Vikings ...

 

PVPLive's HPL Week 8 Recap

by DannieRay23 on

Week 8 of HPL has just finished, but how much has the landscape of the league changed from week 7? Join me as I recap the best moments of week 7, and we prepare for what's still to come....

A new article has appeared on the Overwatch news feed, playing up the possibility that a new character is going to be revealed at gamescom next week. This article contains a couple of EDM music samples posted to music streaming site Soundcloud, which is interesting in and of it itself. In tandem with last week’s post of an image to imgur (which we totally missed; sorry everyone!) this shows that Blizzard seems to be interested in flexing some of the multimedia elements of the Internet itself as part of the approach of the transmedia storytelling that Overwatch seems poised to engage. Read the full article below, along with some speculation about who this new character might be afterwards. Lúcio, an acclaimed musical artist who’s built his career doing live shows, has already become something of a national icon in his home country of Brazil. Now he’s poised to win an international ...

 

Hotfixes for July 28, 2015

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Community Manager Spyrian took to the official forums this afternoon to announce a hotfix for Heroes of the Storm.  The patch itself was quite small, but it did address two major bugs that had found their way into play recently.  The first involved the use of Shadow Assault to allow Zeratul players to travel much farther than intended.  The second allowed Leoric players to deal massive amounts of damage to the Garden Terror or Dragon Knight thru a bug with the Crush Hope talent.  Just like with the Lili Cloud Serpent exploit, it is nice to see Blizzard taking quick action to address these types of game changing bugs. The full post can be seen here....

Last week was a busy one for the BlizzPro crew, particularly on the Hearthstone front. With the introduction of the Grand Tournament new cards and mechanics are being introduced all over the place and we’re doing our best to keep you updated on the latest news. Leoric the Skeleton King entered the Nexus to do battle with other heroes in Heroes of the Storm, we took a more in-depth look at Pharah and Soldier:76 from Overwatch, and the World of Warcraft team brought us news about the most recent changes in Azeroth. For more information about last week’s news check out the full list below and let us know what you think in the comments here or on the individual article. Diablo Transmog Tuesday #16 Ars Arcanum: Pride of Cassius Westmarch Workshop: Ep. 60 – Stop! Hammer Time! Hearthstone “What are the PVP Live Advanced Stats Telling Us?” – Part 2 Special ...

Here’s what we know. Blizzard is throwing a media event at gamescom 2015. Some fansites have been invited to the event, so it adds fuel to the fire that Blizzard is going to announce something notable. However, there’s a few other pieces to that: The event is happening on the 5th, which is a press-only day. This is consistent with the announcement of Reaper of Souls back in 2013. Filming the press conference has been banned. There were livestreams of the 2013 conference. Now maybe there’s some kind of explanation for why they’d ban filming the media briefing, but it’s a key difference between the circumstances when Reaper was announced and what’s happening right now. That alone isn’t enough reason to confirm or deny the possibility that Blizzard could announce WOWX6, however; recall that immediately following the announcement of Overwatch at last year’s BlizzCon, there was a closed-door blacked-out media press conference where the ...

Episode 60 – Stop! Hammer Time! We’ve got a blast from the past this week as we discuss the new Hammer-sader build. Leviathan joins Neinball and Lt. Lunatic to drop some knowledge on all the new Crusader changes coming in Patch 2.3. We also cover our thoughts on the first PTR update and throw around some ideas for Kanai’s Cube. As always we feature your feedback and items. We love to hear from our fans, so please send us thoughts and drops to get featured on a future episode!...

Episode 60 – Stop! Hammer Time! We’ve got a blast from the past this week as we discuss the new Hammer-sader build. Leviathan joins Neinball and Lt. Lunatic to drop some knowledge on all the new Crusader changes coming in Patch 2.3. We also cover our thoughts on the first PTR update and throw around some ideas for Kanai’s Cube. As always we feature your feedback and items. We love to hear from our fans, so please send us thoughts and drops to get featured on a future episode!...

 

Ars Arcanum: Pride of Cassius

by Hotstreak on

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 items. I remember back in the days of Inferno, Ignore Pain was pretty much a must have in your build. Since Inferno difficulty forced you to squeeze out any extra defensive buffs that you possibly could, IP was always a great choice for that extra boost. But ever since the difficulty curve was changed to be less brutal, there wasn’t a huge need for a skill like IP ...

 

Overwatch: Soldier: 76

by BLU30RION on

Currently the target of an international manhunt, the vigilante known as Soldier: 76 wages a personal war to expose the truth behind Overwatch's collapse. Unrelenting in his search to find those responsible for Overwatch's fall, Soldier: 76 will stop at nothing to bring them to justice. ...

Episode 81: What Will the Hearthstone Announcement Be?...

It’s Tuesday morning which means it’s time to recap everything that happened last week in the Blizzard-sphere. We’ve got new content from the Westmarch Workshop talking about Diablo, the Hearthstone team takes a deeper look at Anti-Patron Midrange Hunter decks, the Well Met! Podcast had their first live show and Dannie Ray brings us his eSports Play of the Week. We got a better look at Leoric as he prepares to enter the Nexus, new builds for Uther and the Butcher, and this week’s sale and Free Hero rotation for Heroes of the Storm. The Overwatch hype train entered stealth mode with nothing new happening this week, Legacy of the Void’s prequel missions were made available as a part of the Beta test, and we’ve got the latest information about World of Warcraft Patch 6.2 including hotfixes and a look at one of the treasure-yielding caves available in the Tanaan ...

 

Butcher Build

by JR Cook on

Episode 26: Butcher Build We talk about the news from the last week, who the winners and losers were for Eternal Conflict, and we finish it off with a Butcher build. http://patreon.com/heroespowerhour Gameplay...

Episode 59 – Patch 2.3 Judgement Day Like an 80s action movie, our PTR experience lately has been full for terminations. But fret not! The PTR is stable and we take a look at some recent develops, talk about some Cube combos, and share some thoughts on Lore and expansion possibilities. As always we go through your feedback and showcase your items from this past week. We love to here from you, so send us your comments, items, and anything else you want to share!...

A pre-purchase page for Legacy of the Void has showed up on the Blizzard store page, offering a list of bonuses for putting money down now for the game. In addition, a full-on blog entry running down everything about the oncoming game has come up as well. Pre-purchasing the game grants immediate access to the Whispers of Oblivion prologue missions which will introduce the single-player Protoss campaign. Eventually, everyone will have access to these prologue missions for free, but pre-purchasing the game gets you access right now. Meanwhile, the Digital Deluxe edition of the game offers a bunch of in-game and cross-franchise bonuses: SC2: Unique portraits and an additional Protoss unit skin. World of Warcraft: A mini-Archon pet. Diablo III: Protoss-themed cosmetic armor and a probe companion pet. Hearthstone: A Protoss-themed cardback. Heroes of the Storm: A unique Void Seeker mount. Additionally, the splash page advertising the pre-purchase also mentions ...

It’s been yet another busy week for the BlizzPro crew with new stuff happening for almost all of Blizzard’s games. The hype continues to build for Overwatch with the announcement of Soldier: 76, Hearthstone’s got tournaments, fireside gatherings, and more announcements of things yet to come. Diablo and Reaper of Souls went on sale and we heard more about what’s being added in the upcoming patch with the Westmarch Workshop crew, and attendees of San Diego Comic Con got to see a small amount of footage from the Warcraft movie which is set to be released in June 2016. Along with the footage, we now have confirmation that the trailer will be released sometime in November (aka BlizzCon). For a recap of the weeks news and to catch up on anything you may have missed we’ve got it all right here for you. Let us know if there’s something you’d ...

 

Azmodan Dunk Build

by JR Cook on

Episode 25: Azmodan Dunk Build In this weeks episode we talk about an interview Blizzard had regarding upcoming things in HotS such as player toxicity, MMR and other things.  We also give you the official Azmodan “Dunk” build!  Enjoy! http://patreon.com/heropowerhour Gameplay...

 

Blizzard SDCC Panel Revelations

by Crow on

As has been standard for Blizzard over the last few years, the studio sends reps (often in the form of resident thunder god Chris Metzen but also including other company deities like Sr. Toys/Collectibles Manager Jason Bischoff) to run a panel at San Diego Comic Con 2015, where new merchandise and upcoming plans are discussed. It’s not usually a lot of game-related stuff, but with the movie in the pipeline and with how much non-game stuff is associated with all of Blizzard’s franchises, it’s usually an interesting experience, and from the reports we’ve gotten so far, this year did not disappoint. Check out the highlights below. More information on specific projects should be available soon, and once we know, you’ll know. Warcraft The previously-announced Warcraft Chronicles hardcover series is now being billed as a three-book series. A video preview for the first book, which is due out in November, was shown at the ...

Blizzard has deployed a new set of updates to the Legacy of the Void Beta Test to help balance some units within the game. See the changes that were made with the most recent update below. General Worker counter change displays 2 per mineral patch instead of 3 per patch. Terran Ghost New Ability: Anti-Armor Drone Deploy a flying, destructible drone. Channels a beam on a single target that reduces its armor by 3. Ghost speed increased to 2.813 Medivac New upgrade: reduces unit unload delay from 1 sec to 0.5 sec Energy upgrade removed Liberator AG search radius indicator now is a dotted circle similar to Siege Tank in Siege Mode, but the ability’s start up still displays the animation. Armory ship upgrade costs reduced to match vehicle upgrade costs Zerg Overlord Transport upgrade is now an upgrade available on Overlords individual. Global transport upgrade removed. Ravager No longer ...

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