Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

The Grand Tournament: Hearthstone’s Second Expansion

By Alice O'Connor on July 23rd, 2015.

“Parp!” is often used as onomatopoeia for a trumpet blast, but to me it’ll always be a blow-off. Imagine this post begins with whichever textual approximation of trumpeting you prefer, a grand festive blast. Point is: Blizzard have announced the second expansion for Hearthstone [official site], and it is a cause for trumpeting.

The Grand Tournament will arrive in August with 132 new cards as man and orc, murloc knight and parrot-riding pirate, all come together to show off in front of the Argent Crusade. It’ll be free, of course, in the usual Hearthstone ways.

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Another 30 Minutes Of Overwatch Gameplay Videos

By Ben Barrett on July 19th, 2015.

Last time there were Overwatch [official site] videos aplenty, Jem lavished you all with them. He works at LoL folks Riot now (COINCIDENCE?!) so I’m here to do the same, not only because they’re pretty rad but I have some thoughts on latest announced character Soldier: 76. Oh yes, some thoughts indeed. Press on for those and the latest footage of Bastion (robot tank) and Zarya (russian gravity woman).

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Nihilistically-Named ‘Free’ Starcraft LOTV Prologue Is Out

By Alec Meer on July 17th, 2015.

‘Legacy Of the Void’, ‘Whispers Of Oblivion’. Man, whoever’s in charge of names at Blizzard needs to go and lie on the grass in the sunshine for a while, otherwise we’re going to end up with ‘Warcraft IV: I Just Feel So… Empty, Y’know?’ The aforementioned Mutterings Of Unconsciousness is the name given to a ‘prologue’ for upcoming Starcraft II [official site] expansion Inheritance Of Nothingness, which is now available for ‘free’ to anyone who pre-orders the add-on.

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Heroes Of The Storm: Leoric’s Abilities

By Philippa Warr on July 15th, 2015.

I'm a wraith, AMA

Ah, that weird feeling where the wall separating the Blizzardiverse and the Dotaverse-whose-inhabitants-originated-in-the-Blizzardiverse-and-then-diverged-for-legal-reasons thins a little and you can almost hear the phrase “assertion of IP rights”*. By which I mean, “Hey – there’s a Heroes of the Storm [official site] spotlight video for Leoric, The Skeleton King.”

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Returning To World Of Warcraft With Patch 6.2

By Ben Barrett on June 29th, 2015.

Featuring my friend Mair, his cat-man follower Leorajh, *his* skeleton dinosaur mount and some plant-based hallucinogens. Video games.

I’ve been playing WoW on and off for most of my adult life and quite a bit more besides. It is my comfort game, a warm blanket of mob-killing, number-crunching and loot-grabbing that has always been there when I’ve needed it. Latest expansion Warlords of Draenor [official site] was, on release, the best the game has ever been in terms of quality, though rather quickly ran out of interesting things to do once max level was reached. I burnt out early this year but 6.2 and its laundry list of changes and additions piqued my interest and pulled me back in. Here’s how it played out.

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Quite A Treasure: Diablo 3 Adding Kanai’s Cube

By Alice O'Connor on June 25th, 2015.

“You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Handbag!” A friend dressed as Deckard Cain for Halloween one year. “You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Cup!” he’d declare, identifying everyone’s possessions. “You have quite a treasure there in that Horadric Hat!”

If Diablo II’s Horadric Cube could bring such joy, what about an even more powerful cube? Blizzard will introduce Kanai’s Cube to Diablo III [official site] in the next big update, with powers like turning a Legendary item’s special effects into a passive skill. You’ll find it in a new zone.

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You Can Watch These Overwatch Videos Over and Over

By Jem Alexander on June 21st, 2015.

I hope you like watching footage of Overwatch [official site], because over the last month since our last look, Blizzard have released eight new character gameplay previews for their upcoming team FPS. That’s around seventy minutes of direct capture Overwatch videos to enjoy.

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Fiiight! Hearthstone Tavern Brawl Mode Now Going Down

By Alice O'Connor on June 17th, 2015.

Fiiiiight!

Would you mind terribly if I told you about a game that’s out and you can play now? I realise this is the week for announcement and so very many trailers for games you won’t get to play for at least four months but, look, I’ll give this a try and well see how it goes.

Hearthstone‘s [official site] new Tavern Brawl mode opened this afternoon. It’s a grab bag of modes run under different rules, with new rules each week. This first hands players pre-built decks.

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Heroes Of The Storm: Eternal Conflict Adding More Diablo

By Jem Alexander on June 17th, 2015.

We knew Diablo’s Butcher was coming to Heroes of the Storm [official site] with its Diablo-y Eternal Conflict expansion, but Blizzard had saved up a little secret or two. They don’t let you even into Los Angeles this week unless you have something new to show off, you know.

The Monk and dear old King Leoric the Skeleton King are also making his way to the free-to-play Dote ‘em up, Blizzard showed off last night in a new trailer.

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StarCraft II: Legacy Of The Void’s Free Prologue

By Alice O'Connor on June 17th, 2015.

Those po-faced Protoss will be romping all over the place in StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void [official site], the third part of Blizzard’s drawn-out RTS sequel, but a little taster’s coming sooner. Blizzard have announced Whispers of Oblivion, a Set of Three single-player Missions of Prologue coming free to all People of the Earth before the Release of the Game. Come watch the Trailer of the Announcement.

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Get Ready To Rumble: Hearthstone’s Tavern Brawl Mode

By Alice O'Connor on June 11th, 2015.

Whoa whoa, no one told me this rumble had been upgraded to a brawl.

To me, the rumble is most fun kind of pub fight. A barney is too personal, a brawl too sloppy, a fracas too hoity-toity, and a plain old fight is the kind of thing that’ll get someone killed. No, give me the spectacle of a rumble in a pub, bar, or wine lodge and I’m happy. Blizzard beg to differ.

A new Hearthstone [official site] mode named ‘Tavern Brawl’ is coming soon to the free-to-play CCG, bringing a new surprise PvP challenge each week.

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Meet Hearthstone’s New $10 Portrait

By Emily Gera on June 7th, 2015.

If you enjoy Hearthstone [official site] and, like me, spend your lofty unemployed weekdays buying ludicrously priced tat online like some sort of teen heiress moron: Congratulations! You are very possibly Blizzard’s target market for the latest addition to its in-game store.

Blizzard have released the first of an apparent series of animated Hero portraits. At a $10 price point, players of the digital card game can switch out the current warrior portrait (which is of Garrosh Hellscream) with an animated portrait of Ironforge king Magni Bronzebeard. As described in an official post, the New Heroes will feature individualised emotes and voices, as well as a unique card design.

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Fresh Meat: Heroes Of The Storm Getting More Diablo Stuff

By Emily Gera on June 7th, 2015.

Sweet Western deities, Blizzard does work fast. Heroes of the Storm [official site] has only just come out of beta, but from deep in the dark MOBA death-mines the developers have apparently been working on a new content expansion themed around the Diablo universe.

It’s called Heroes of the Storm: Eternal Conflict, and it’ll introduces a new map and two new characters; this according to a live-streamed launch event that took place over the weekend.

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