Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard’

Heroes Of The Storm Could Net You $75k College Tuition

By Philippa Warr on March 9th, 2015.

We see what you did there

Heroes of the Storm [official site] developer Blizzard is hosting a student eSports tournament called Heroes of the Dorm. The grand prize: up to $75,000-worth of college tuition* for each member for the winning team.

eSports developers and third parties setting up initiatives for student players is not a new thing, but it has been generating more interest in the last year or two as the prizes on offer have increased. If you’re part of a great team you could earn a sizeable chunk of your university tuition. This isn’t about scouting for talented young players to recruit and put on the pro scene where eSports is a full time job. This is about eSports existing in tandem with compulsory and further education and how companies are approaching that. I don’t think I’ve talked about that on RPS so here are a few cool examples:

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Sylvanas Heroes Of The Storm Trailer, Ability Info

By Philippa Warr on March 6th, 2015.

QUEEN OF THE ABS

Blizzard have ruined my “I’ll only post about Heroes of the Storm [official site] once today” plan by releasing the official trailer for upcoming character, Sylvanas Windrunner.

Sylvanas Windrunner, Queen of ALL ABS ALL THE TIME the Forsaken, was a known quantity in that she’s been a confirmed HotS character since BlizzCon 2014 – I thought she’d been mentioned at a previous Blizzcon too, back when it was called Blizzard DOTA (I’m trying to find the bit in the panel video at the moment) – but there hadn’t been any detail on how she plays until the developer’s 2015 PAX East panel.

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Heroes Of The Storm Producer On Handling Toxic Players

By Philippa Warr on March 6th, 2015.

Just saying hi to my teamies...

Heroes of the Storm‘s [official site] lead game producer, Kaéo Milker, has gone into detail on how Blizzard are hoping to tackle toxicity in their fledgling MOBA. It’s a three-pronged approach looking at communication, incentivisation and punishment.

Milker was talking about the subject as part of a longer interview with Red Bull but this particular subject is one about which I feel strongly. It’s the worst aspect of actually playing MOBAs and gives the scene a bad name.

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Changes Are A-Coming For StarCraft 2 Ladders

By Philippa Warr on March 3rd, 2015.

Laddering like a pro

Blizzard has laid out plans to fiddle with the StarCraft 2 ladders, including changing the new player start point to make the experience less punishing.

The alterations come in three flavours – “mild”, “MORE DRASTIC PERHAPS” and “Legacy of the Void”.

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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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