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Avast: World Of Warcraft Adding Garrison Shipyards

For a game supposedly about war and the crafting of warthings, World of Warcraft [official site] doesn’t have much of any of that. Mostly the Horde and Alliance stand on opposite sides of the warhall sneering and occasionally yelling e.g. “You’re rubbish you are!” The Warlords of Draenor expansion did add a little warcrafting, though, letting folks build and upgrade their own garrison.

Now Blizzard are expanding that to include warboatcrafting, rolling out shipyards. You won’t sail them around engaging in actual war, of course, but at least you can feel comfortable that you totally could and would if those cowards would dare come round your manor.

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Hands On: StarCraft II – Legacy Of The Void

I am, and always will be, ambivalent about StarCraft 2 [official site]. It is a game I can barely play at the best of times, where my greatest exertions will raise me to the barest level of competence. It is the eSport I fell in love with, the competitive game I still get the most excited about during long, lazy weekends at home. It is a game I admire, but will never master.

Yet hope springs eternal. Maybe with Legacy of the Void, StarCraft 2 can finally become what I want it to be. Maybe this time it can be everything.

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Buy World Of Warcraft Subs For Gold With WoW Tokens

MMORPG players buying and selling virtual money for real money is, we all know, very naughty indeed. Folks who want to skip the grind end up driving up auction house prices for everyone, making the grind even grindier for those without cash to flash. MMOs tend to ban users buying gold (or credz, shillings, cybershillings…), but a few have introduced roundabout official ways to do it.

World of Warcraft has become the latest MMORPG selling subscription time cards for real money which players can then sell in-game for virtual money. Or, the other way round, if you have time to grind for virtual pennies, you can keep all your real pennies and not pay subscription fees.

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Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain Expansion Is Out

Hello, internet. Well, it’s that time of year again: Hearts brim with good tidings, fires crackle in the hearth of every home. This can only mean one thing: It’s Hearthstone Expansion Weekend!

My Hearthstone Expansion Weekend was spent as it always is; entertaining orphans and strays in my home. We rounded them up off the street and ushered them inside, where I washed their feet with my hair and fed them carrots by hand.

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StarCraft 2: Legacy Of The Void Closed Beta Is Live

Sound the klaxon – I keep mine next to the bed – the StarCraft s2: Legacy of the Void [official site] beta is go.

You’ll know whether you have access to the beta by trying to log in to the beta, then if it doesn’t work then you probably don’t. Try watching a few hours of Netflix to pass the time instead. Read the rest of this entry »

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Big HotS: Heroes Of The Storm’s Big Head Mode

It's like I'm back on Goldeneye 64 again

Purveyors of April Foolery, Blizzard, have temporarily added a giant head mode to Heroes of the Storm.

“Variety is the spice of life in Heroes of the Storm, and we’re always looking for new ways to allow players to customize their Heroes and infuse their personalities into the denizens of the Nexus,” they say. “Big Head Mode is just another step in that direction.”

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Hearthstone Expands Into Blackrock Mountain Next Week

It’s a terrible compulsion, the drive to catch ‘em all. You might be cock of the walk in Hearthstone [official site] right now, but it’s soon to get a burst of new cards and what will you do then? I hope you’ve been saving your pennies (real or virtual) as Blizzard have announced the free-to-play collectible card game’s Blackrock Mountain expansion will launch next Thursday, on April 2nd.

It’ll bring five new wings of raiding inspired by the classic World of Warcraft zone, a volcano swarming with naughty dwarves, orcs, dragons, and fire elementals. What this means for you is single-player missions along with new challenges and 31 extra cards.

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Heroes of the Storm Adds Spiders And Sylvanas

Not going to be a problem for arachnophobes at all, no sir

The most recent Heroes of the Storm patch has arrived, bringing with it a new hero (Sylvanas) and new map, Tomb of the Spider Queen. Let’s take a gander at the patch notes, shall we?

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Have You Played… Diablo III?

Look at this bony joker.

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

Diablo III [official site] is a game I’m accustomed to playing on console while curled up on the sofa with another player. We savour the hammy (and sometimes nonsensical) dialogue, take turns examining our inventories for legendary items or tweaking our character builds, and we mash treasure goblins up REAL GOOD.

But I’ve recently found myself wanting to play when I’m solo, tinkering with my inventory as much as I like rather than with a veneer of consideration for the other person in the room and exploring entirely at my own pace.

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Protoss The Button: Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void Beta

The poor old Adept will have to retire his name if I ever control him

Good news if you’ve been waiting to see how Big Stubbly Man and Chitin Stilettos Woman managed to defeat timeless evil once and for all until the next sequel: the third and final chunk of StarCraft II is very much on its way. In fact, beta invites for the Protoss-focused Legacy of the Void are due to go out before the end of the month. “Much has changed” since the last time Blizzard let us have a peek at their void.
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Warcraft III In Starcraft II Because Why Not?

Still no news on an official new Warcraft game – and I’d be fairly surprised if that changed before the end of this decade, to be honest – but news of Warcraft III remade in Starcraft II feels like a long time coming. It’s partly down to Blizzard’s recent release of the Warcraft III assets to the community, but mostly down to pure gumption on the mod team’s part.
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Overwatch Beta In Autumn, Two New Characters Shown

This is the most Blizzard image I've ever seen.

As part of the preview event at PAX East, Blizzard announced two new characters and a revised beta date for the upcoming class-based multiplayer FPS Overwatch [official site]. They are Aleksandra Zaryanova, a russian strongwoman and Jesse Mccree, a bounty hunter cowboy fellow. They bring the total cast to fourteen members. At the end of the presentation, embedded below, game director Jeff Kaplan also announced that beta for the game would start in fall, revising the estimate from Blizzcon of “this year.”

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

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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