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Feature: After three years, what state is HOTS esports in?

The rise and fall and rise again of Heroes of the Storm esports

James “Bakery” Baker no longer plays Heroes of the Storm competitively. Before retiring through injury, the 21-year old Brit was the captain and support player for Team Dignitas, widely regarded as one of the best teams in Europe – and even the world. From 2015 to 2017 he played a major role in many of the squad’s biggest tournament successes, collected more than a hundred…

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World Of Warcraft’s Battle For Azeroth expansion is out now

The world of World Of Warcraft is once more at war, now that Battle For Azeroth has launched this morning. Sylvanas has torched Teldrassil because reasons, the Alliance have sieged Lordaeron to get at her, the rest of the Horde aren't too pleased with all this, and aw, to heck with it, let's everybody rumble again. As the expansion bumps the MMO's story back into…

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Overwatch World Cup hopeful xQc suspended for abusive chat

Popular Overwatch livestreamer and ex-Dallas Fuel professional player Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel was handed a 15-day suspension from Overwatch yesterday, after being repeatedly reported for abusive chat. This is only the latest in a long line of disciplinary actions taken against the player, who is scheduled to appear for team Canada in the Overwatch World Cup next month.

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Feature: Not always a winning pick

Competitive Overwatch rebuilds around Wrecking Ball

The Overwatch League might be in its off season, but competitive Overwatch rumbles on with the Contenders tier entering its playoff stages. Controversially, these playoffs have been taking place on an updated patch, introducing huge changes for players to adapt to, including the newest hero, Wrecking Ball, and the new version of Symmetra. Teams haven’t had a lot of time to practice with the new…

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Overwatch’s Summer Games 2018 event has everyone dressed up for the ball-game

It is far too hot and humid outside to do anything related to real sports, so Overwatch's Summer Games 2018 event sounds lovely. Sit down, grab an iced drink, point an industrial-scale fan at your face and shoot people to earn boxes full of silly sporting-themed (or summer lounging) gear for your gaggle of sci-fi superheroes. While the majority of the characters are ready to…

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Overzealous healer Sally Whitemane buffs up Heroes Of The Storm today

I'm sorry. I just can't take a wild-eyed inquisitor named 'Sally' seriously, even if she is Heroes Of The Storm's latest playable character. Maybe it's because I grew up with a daft, soft Labrador by that name. Maybe it's because it's just not that intimidating sounding. I mean, the big fancy inquisitor's hat is all well and good, as are the World Of Warcraft-standard enormous…

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Hearthstone’s wild and wacky Boomsday Project expansion is out now

Hearthstone has always been a lighter, sillier take on Warcraft's cartoony conflicts, but today's expansion - The Boomsday Project - is leaning fully into the slapstick fun of it all. Adding 135 unpredictable super-science themed cards (one of which is arguably not even a card) and some new game-warping new concepts, it's probably going to be a while until Hearthstone makes much competitive sense again.…

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Overwatch League fans are designing their own dream teams

Header image by Twitter user Jp3ilson. The Overwatch League’s franchising is a little weird. Supposedly a global league, the teams are overwhelmingly “based” in American cities – and I use scare quotes there because really all the teams live and compete in Los Angeles during the season and none draw from local players. But that hasn’t stopped fans from wanting their cities to be represented,…

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Hearthstone’s Whizbang the Wonderful might be my favourite card yet

I must admit that I haven’t been keeping up with Hearthstone's reveal season for its latest expansion, The Boomsday Project, as closely as I usually do. Luckily, it shouldn’t matter too much, because I’m pretty sure the only card I want to play with for a while is Whizbang the Wonderful. Whizbang earns his superlative by randomly replacing your deck with one of the 18…

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Overwatch’s Open Division seeks aspiring pros

Fancy yourself to be the next pro level Overwatch player? Blizzard have opened registration for teams who want to participate in Season Three of its Open Division. There are no requirements you need to meet to sign up, making it a great chance to experience tournament play regardless of skill level. And who knows? Maybe you’ll end up following in D.Va’s footsteps and turn esports…

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Feature: What new cards are coming?

Hearthstone: The Boomsday Project guide

A new expansion - The Boomsday Project - is about to hit Hearthstone. There'll be the usual mixture of new cards, new card types, and a fresh twist on the single-player content that's become a staple of the game over the last year or so. As for the theme, Mechs are coming back to Hearthstone in a big way. If you cast your mind back…

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Feature: Is skill on the field all that matters?

What makes an Overwatch MVP?

When the Overwatch League’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) award was handed to Jjonak of the New York Excelsior, no one was really surprised. His Zenyatta play has undoubtedly been immensely valuable; a key factor in New York’s impressive 34-6 win-loss ratio. The amount of damage he deals far outstrips every other Zenyatta player in the League, and often that of DPS players, too – all…

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England won a thing!

If you're still licking your wounded pride after England stacked it in the World Cup, take solace in the news that an English team have won Blizzard's first professional Overwatch season. At the Overwatch League Grand Finals in New York over the weekend, London Spitfire--a team whose name could only be more mawkishly English if it were Sir Percy Brexitworth And The D-Day 1966ers--lifted the…

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Overwatch free weekend trial starts today, already preloading

As they like to do every couple months, Blizzard today launch another Overwatch trial weekend inviting everyone play their class-based multiplayer FPS for a few days. This time, Overwatch now has a horrible murderous rodent who people will fawn over all "Aww! Isn't he cute!" as he gnaws your face off and lays his verminous brood in your guts. Oh! I've just had a vivid…

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Overwatch’s murderhamster Wrecking Ball has rolled out

Wrecking Ball, Overwatch's new 'hamster in a heavily-armoured ball of robodeath' character, today launched properly in Blizzard's FPS after almost a month on the test servers. Oh sure some will tell you how "cute" Hammond is, but I'm not remotely surprised he's a monstrous murderer. Have you never seen a hamster eat its own babies? Have you never had an escaped hamster get inside the…

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Overwatch’s Torbjörn is next in line for a major overhaul

Overwatch's diminutive Swedish engineer Torbjörn is set to get a few whacks from Blizzard's tuning wrench. Similar to Symmetra's massive rework recently, Overwatch lead designer Geoff Goodman told VG247 of tentative plans to rebuild the stubborn Swede into a more aggressive character capable of deploying self-upgrading turrets on the go. It also seems likely that his ultimate ability - Molten Core - is to be…

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World Of Warcraft’s base edition is now included free with subs

Though the Battle For Azeroth doesn't begin until August, distant drums can be heard beating for World Of Warcraft's next expansion. Blizzard this week launched the 'Battle for Azeroth Pre-Patch', a big update adding many new features in preparation for war. And to draw more recruits, Blizzard have revamped the MMO's pricing by removing the need to buy the base game. Subscriptions now include the…

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Hammond rolling onto regular Overwatch servers next week

Wrecking Ball will have spent 26 days rolling around the public test server by the time he's out, but everyone's favourite mecha death hamster is ready swing into Overwatch proper next week. On Tuesday July 24th, to be precise. That's it, I've done the news. Click through to see a cute announcement mini-vid from Blizzard, and me tut at myself for playing a silly amount…

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Blizzard boast of player abuse reduction in Overwatch

Instances of dillholes jerking up Overwatch multiplayer matches with abusive chat have dropped by around a quarter since Blizzard added player endorsement and 'looking for group' systems last month, according to numbers shared by game director Jeff Kaplan. As social engineering in this cyberhell goes, that seems a fair result. Blizzard still haven't replied to my suggestion that they partner with gaming chair manufacturers on…

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Hearthstone’s next expansion is The Boomsday Project

It's bombs, bots, and gobbos galore as Hearthstone prepares to dive into weird science with its next expansion, The Boomsday Project. Arriving in August, the expansion will add 135 new cards themed around the experiments and disasters of Dr. Boom at his secret wacky science facility. Expect robot friends, mechs who can magnetically snap together to form bigger mechs (go go power spiders!), high-tech weaponry,…

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