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WoW Boosting Colour Blind Filter Options In 6.1

By Philippa Warr on February 17th, 2015.

A percentage of the population does a double take over the existence of the neutral class of characters

World of Warcraft‘s 6.1 patch will add a more robust suite of options for colour blind players to use while in Azeroth. Blizzard have had a colourblind mode in World of Warcraft [official site] for a few years now but the next patch will bring a new set of filter and strength options to better cater for people with colour vision deficiencies.

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Blizzard’s Digital Space Goat Raises $1.9m For Ebola Relief

By Philippa Warr on February 12th, 2015.

Sometimes I wonder whether my Mastermind specialist subject would no longer involve questions on “Picasso’s relationship with the Communist Party” and would, instead, be “Pets it is possible to own in videogames”. Perhaps I’d go with one for the main series and save the other for if I got into the finals.

Today’s pet is World of Warcraft‘s Argi who is a blue goat-looking creature. She’s actually been trotting about in Azeroth for a while now but the reason she popped back onto my radar is that for a limited period Blizzard were selling her in order to raise money for the American Red Cross as a way of assisting in the Ebola relief efforts in Africa. Today they announced that sales of the pet had raised $1.9 million.

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The Lost Vikings Roll Out In Heroes Of The Storm

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

Sail away.

Blizzard are continuing to bounce merrily around their history with crossover throwdown MOBA Heroes of the Storm [official site], this time digging up a new character from before their 16-year stretch of Diablo, Warcraft, and StarCraft. Or characters, I should say. Sorta. But not. Kinda. The latest addition, see, is The Lost Vikings from ye olde puzzle-platformer of the same name, and they’re technically one single ‘hero’ but you can control all three independently.

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Craftwar: StarCraft 2 Editor Adding Warcraft III Assets

By Alice O'Connor on February 3rd, 2015.

The remade Sentinel lineup.

Warcraft III‘s mod scene is grossly underrated, I’ve muttered into many a pint glass. Yes, yes, we know it was where MOBAs and tower defense games really took off, but so many more inventive and interesting and weird games bounced around, types of game I haven’t seen since. I always thought this was helped a lot by WC3 having a huge range of units and wildlife and odd art assets folks could repurpose, making mods about more than soldiers. Delightfully, loads of those WC3 bits are now coming to StarCraft II‘s editor, Blizzard have announced. The main Hero units are getting modern makeovers too.

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WoW Patch 6.1: Selfies, Blood Elves And Twitter

By Philippa Warr on January 27th, 2015.

Blood elf character model

World of Warcraft’s 6.1 patch adds a selfie camera to the MMO. Well. It adds a “S.E.L.F.I.E. Camera” which amounts to the same thing.

6.1 is live on the public test realm (PTR) at the moment and does a bunch of other things too. For example, the new character models for Blood Elves are part of 6.1, as is Twitter integration so you can share content from Azeroth to your Twitter followers.

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Warlords Of Draenor: Blackrock Foundry’s Raid Bosses

By Philippa Warr on January 21st, 2015.

In another world he would be a catalogue model

Blizzard have released a preview for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor raid Blackrock Foundry, with info about its denizens and bosses as well as some general Foundry facts.

The raid opens on February 4th with Normal and Heroic difficulties (Mythic is slightly later on Feb 11th and Raid Finder kicks in on the 18th) taking the titular Blackrock Foundry as its setting. The Foundry used to be home to the Blackrock orcs but is now being used by Warlord Blackhand to pump out weaponry intended to destroy Azeroth.

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Beta Buy-In: Heroes Of The Storm Selling Founder’s Pack

By Alice O'Connor on January 21st, 2015.

A wizard did it.

For the low, low price of £29.99, you too can become a wizard this very day! Simple Paypal me £29.99 and I will send you detailed instructions on how to turn curtains into robes, coloured card into a pointy hat, chopsticks into wands, and socks into familiars, along with helpful tips on how to remove glitter from carpets.

I mean, you could take that 30 quid and buy a Founder’s Pack for Heroes of the Storm, getting instant access to the beta and some wizards and a special mount and jazz, but that won’t help me.

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Revisit Azeroth With Old Toons Thanks To ‘Veteran Edition’

By Shaun Green on January 18th, 2015.

Word has sneaked out that Blizzard are introducing a new trial account type provisionally dubbed ‘Veteran Edition’ in World of Warcraft‘s update 6.1. MMO Champion turned up patch notes mentioning the Veteran Edition, leading folks to speculate away and some to start doomsaying about a free-to-play shift. Relax, it’s all fine. Blizzard stepped in to explain it’ll simply be a trial open to lapsed subscribers too.

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Wot I Think: Hearthstone – Goblins Vs Gnomes

By Rich Stanton on January 14th, 2015.

Everyone loves Hearthstone, don’t they? Yes OK Mr Internet Commenter, I know that YOU consider the rigid turns an unacceptable oversimplification of CCG mechanics and blah blah blah, but every player I know just can’t enough of Blizzard’s card juice. Goblins vs. Gnomes is the game’s second expansion, following hot on the heels of the singleplayer adventure Naxrammas, and it adds 120 cards with one new minion class and a bunch of new effects. So is it all gravy, or a case of too many cooks?

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Blizzard’s Overwatch May Be Blizzard’s Something Else

By Alec Meer on January 13th, 2015.

baby I'm on overwatch for you

Blizzard’s attempt to snag a trademark for its upcoming shooter Overwatch has gone a bit awry. Turns out the US Patent Office was on overwatch for stuff with the same name, and put up a roadblock when it discovered that a paintball system had filed for ‘Overwatch’ before the Warcraft folk got there.
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Have You Played… The Lost Vikings?

By Alec Meer on January 9th, 2015.

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Aka ‘what one half of Blizzard made before Warcraft.’ When I was a clueless British schoolboy, The Lost Vikings seemed to be a much bigger deal on this side of the pond than Warcraft, but I’m probably just saying that as someone who happened to play the demo when he was just that little bit more impressionable than he was two years later. When I played that demo, I had to have the full thing immediately.
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Game Time For Gold In Proposed World Of Warcraft Update

By Philippa Warr on December 19th, 2014.

You heard the man

A forum post by Blizzard has offered some insight into what the company has got in mind for World of Warcraft and it includes a PLEX-esque system for exchanging gold for game time.

It’s not a definite announcement yet, more of a “we’re exploring the idea and want to know what you reckon” kind of deal.

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StarCraft 2 Gets 2015 Ladder Maps, Retcons Dream Pool

By Philippa Warr on December 19th, 2014.

We're going on a Zerg hunt

Blizzard has announced the roster of StarCraft 2 tournament ladder maps for 2015 season 1. It’s only the 1v1 maps at the moment – team maps are being announced “soon” – but below is the list of what you can pick from in the first season of the new year.

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