Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Overwatch’s Closed Beta Returned With New Mode, Maps

“Would it be possible for you to write the Overwatch info, Alice?” Pip asks as she swings through Unravel, and I… as a good friend, shall refrain from embarking upon An Hilarious Misunderstanding with several hundreds words about XCOM 2 ‘overwatch’ attacks. So. Closed beta testing has resumed for Overwatch [official site] (you can sign up over here), bringing with it new maps and modes and things.

This may be most immediately useful to folks in the beta but hey, it also tells the rest of us what to expect from Blizzard’s FPS.

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Overwatch Beta Returning In February With New Mode

It’s been forty-odd days since the Overwatch [official site] closed beta went offline. Forty-odd days in the desert, is more like it. While Blizzard is off “addressing player feedback” and “adjusting the balance,” we’re all stuck playing games that have actually released. Boring.

And if you’ve been frothing at the mouth waiting for Overwatch’s return, you’ll have to tap your foot a bit longer: the FPS’s beta won’t be back until February. But there’s good reason.

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Heroes Of The Storm Adding Two Diablo Spellcasters

At some point, one has to wonder how many heroes could possibly be hidden inside a single tempest. I’m no meteorologist, but my suspension of disbelief is starting to strain here.

Case in point: Blizzard announced two new characters for Heroes of the Storm [official site] this week, both lifted from the Diablo universe—Li-Ming the Wizard and Xul the Necromancer. They’ll bring the Heroes roster up to 48 different characters, by my count [49 by mine! -unhelpful ed.].

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Heroes Of The Storm Snubs Shakira With New Hero

Look, Blizzard, you claim you’re serious about digital sports yet here you are, missing out on montage opportunities. Yes, sure, tournaments and pageantry and a good game and all that are nice, but mostly you need good frag montage videos. Adding a werewolf character to Heroes of the Storm [official site] should have hundreds of fans making videos set to one of the all-time greats, Shakira’s She Wolf [workplace warning: video shows Shakira dancing inside glitterguts], winning billions of views, but- oh, it’s a He Wolf. Shakira didn’t sing He Wolf, Blizzard. Don’t you even know that? But sure, you enjoy Greymane, the Lord of the Worgen. Whatever.

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Diablo 3’s Mini-Expansion Patch 2.4 Hits Next Week

After a few months steeping on the PTR, it’s time for another massive Diablo III [official site] patch. Like, surprisingly massive. The type of content a different developer might package up, slap a name on, and sell for a fiver.

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How To Draw And Cosplay Overwatch’s Characters

I remember Craig, formerly of this parish, once trying to put together a Halloween costume and stumbling down the well of messageboards where people studied screencaps of films and TV shows and tried to identify glove manufacturers, watch models, and other fine details. He would have appreciated the producers of Dexter putting out a guide as detailed as the one Blizzard have released to cosplaying any of the characters in multiplayer shooter Overwatch [official site].

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Overwatch Beta: First Thoughts

Welcome to the land of Overwatch [official site] beta thoughts. It is a land populated by shooty guns, caveats, health packs, potential excitements, potential concerns and the knowledge that a big old Overwatch presentation is going to take place at BlizzCon, 2am GMT on Saturday so I’ll probably have a bunch more information to factor in as I continue playing.

Blizzard’s team-based shooter currently allows you to pick a character from a roster of eighteen. It’ll be twenty-one by the game’s Spring 2016 launch. Each has a different skill set but they’ve been grouped into classes – tanks, defenders, supports and offence. In each match one team plays attack and the other is defence. You’ll either be capturing/defending fixed points on the map or protecting/advancing a payload.

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World Of Warcraft Won’t Report Subs Numbers Anymore

World of Warcraft [official site] now “only” has 5.5 million subscribers, a considerable decrease from the game’s peak but still nearly a Scotlands-worth of people paying a monthly fee direct into the coffers of Activision and Blizzard. Blizzard also say this is the last time they’re going to announce subscriber numbers.

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Hearthstone EU: A Closer Look At Thijs’s Winning Decks

Thijs taking the trophy at the Hearthstone EU Regional Qualifiers

The European leg of qualifiers for Blizzard’s various eSports world championships concluded this past weekend in Prague. Over $300,000 USD was awarded across the Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and World of Warcraft tournaments that played out. On the Hearthstone [official site] front, G2’s Thijs “ThijsNL” Molendijk took home first place and $10,000 USD for his performance – and we’re going to look at exactly how he did that.

Thijs posted his decklists to Twitter, and later took to the Hearthstone subreddit to discuss his choices. Armed with this information, let’s learn a little more about the decks that just won the first ever European regional title in Hearthstone…

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