Posts Tagged ‘Blizzard Entertainment’

Why Karazhan Is A Raw Deal For Hearthstone’s Priests

The last week was supposed to be a real funky one for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [official site], with the launch of One Night in Karazhan. This is the latest add-on to the online card game, bringing four new weekly wings of tailored solo boss fights along with the 45 new cards which is what everyone (apart from you, inevitably) is not so secretly more interested in. So how come it’s lost the groove?

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Overwatch Is Heading To Germany In A New Map

The heroes of Overwatch [official site] will be pummeling each other to bits in a German castle, Blizzard revealed today at Gamescom. The new map is called Eichenwalde, which the internet tells me is the word for “Oakwood”. You can see a short preview of it (sans heroes) in this trailer they released, full of deserted streets and big wooden doors and intriguing throne rooms full of giant dead men with spikey weapons.

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Mech Me: StarCraft II Big Balance Overhaul Incoming

I’m always interested in big balance changes to long-running competitive games, the rewriting of rules and reshaping of how matches go. I’m still waiting for football to follow Dota’s lead and re-landscape and re-plant the pitch every few months – I’d love to see how the cars deal with that. Over in the world of StarCraft II [official site], Blizzard have announced details of a big rebalancing coming up in November. Why go into it this early? Because they want a good few months of feedback and tweaking. Terran mechmen, read on! Oh, and hey, SC2 is on sale now too.

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Overwatch’s Zenyatta To Be Nerfed; Mei, Mercy Buffed

Overwatch [official site] principal designer Geoff Goodman was quite active over on the game’s message boards this week, popping in to discuss some upcoming patches that might be coming to Blizzard’s bright and bold’em up. Read on for details of what buffs and nerfs are coming.

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New Overwatch Short To Debut At Gamescom

Overwatch’s [official site] next short will premier next week at Gamescom. Titled “The Last Bastion”, the short debuts on Thursday August 18 and tells the story of Overwatch’s robotic hero. It begins with Bastion – who is like a sentient turret – reactivating after lying in wait for more than ten years. Blizzard writes, “Fascinated by its unfamiliar surroundings, the curious omnic begins to investigate, but quickly discovers its core combat programming may have a different directive…”.

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Overwatch Season 1 Comes To A Close Mid-August

Overwatch’s [official site] competitive mode has been chugging away for over a month now, but it’s time to wind things down a bit. The game’s first season will draw to a close on August 17. Blizzard will be taking advantage of the break to repair bits and pieces, including the skill rating system. The company also plans to completely wipe sudden death rounds.

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