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Hearthstone’s Demon Hunter class has arrived with a wee free story

Blizzard have added Hearthstone's first new playable class since the game launched six years ago, the scowling Demon Hunter. That's a whole new set of cards with whole new tricks, not to mention a whole lot of growling. Illidan Stormrage is the first Demon Hunter hero, and today you can unlock the class and its starter deck by playing through a short free story campaign…

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Overwatch heroes all have googly eyes for April Fools

April Fools is not a day to scare or mislead people with mean tricks. April Fools is for lighthearted pranks, and silly jokes. April Fools is a day to stick googly eyes on all of your video game characters. If you load up Overwatch today, you might notice that Blizzard have done exactly that - it's not just the heroes that have received the googly…

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A cat picked this week’s hero pools for the Overwatch League

The Overwatch League casters, hosts and players alike are all holed up at home for the time being, with matches taking place online while the world waits for the Covid-19 pandemic to run its course. It seems like cabin fever is starting to set in though, as this week they've adopted a cat into the analyst's panel to decide on the hero pools. It went…

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Blizzard asks World Of Warcraft players if they’d go back to The Burning Crusade

What happens after World Of Warcraft: Classic? It's something the MMO throwback was always going to have to deal with, eventually. There's only so much content to revisit after all. As Classic's expiration date slowly draws closer, Blizzard have begun asking players what they'd like to see next - specifically, whether they're ready to head back through the Dark Portal in a Classic-style return to…

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Here’s how game developers are handling the Covid-19 outbreak

Over the last week or so, game developers and publishers around the world have been announcing their action plans amidst the Covid-19 outbreak. Bungie have offered advice to other companies, Ubisoft said Rainbow Six Siege might miss a few patches, and many others have sent their employees home, dev kits in hand, to make sure production plods along, all the while doing their part to…

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Overwatch’s new hero Echo is officially “coming soon”

Alright alright, you can stop speculating now because Blizzard have finally confirmed that the long-teased Echo will be Overwatch's next hero. Or, perhaps continue speculating because they've told us next to zilch about her. Although we've seen her pop up in previous animated shorts, today's very brief teaser does not much more than confirm that she's en-route to the game.

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The Overwatch League is going online for its spring matches

Despite having to cancel its homestands due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Overwatch League isn't giving up on the 2020 season just yet. Instead of taking their show on the road, Blizzard have set up a brand new schedule to host League matches online. There are obviously some complications with holding competitive events like this online when the teams are so spread across the globe…

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Hearthstone is adding a new Demon Hunter class in April

A new class for Hearthstone? They said it couldn't be done! But as the game's new Year Of The Phoenix begins in April, they, whoever they are, will be proved wrong with the debut of the new Demon Hunter class. It's fronted by good old Illidan "u are not prepared" Stormrage, and will be free for all players. He'll arrive just ahead of the next…

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Looks like Overwatch has started teasing hero 32

Here we go again. Blizzard are teasing us with the tiniest pieces of Overwatch lore and I can't get enough of it. Yesterday, the Overwatch Twitter account tweeted out a personal log from a Dr. Mina Liao, who's been building an Omnic codenamed "the Athena prototype". Now, I don't know about you, but this all sounds like we're about to get our first proper look…

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Overwatch revisits and remixes all three co-op Archives missions

Once more, it's time for the fine folks at Overwatch to put down their guns, stop shooting each other for a moment, pick up their guns again and go blast some robots and armoured goons. It's Archives time, team. With no new story to plug through this time, all three of Overwatch's co-op stories are coming back with wild new variations, alongside the requisite bucket…

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Diablo 2 is actually the best Diablo game

"O, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive!” Popeye the sailor man once famously said. A few weeks ago Graham messaged me and said we were refreshing our list of the best RPGs. "Which Diablo game should go on it?" he asked me, the Diablo liker on the editorial team. "Diablo II or Diablo III?"

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Overwatch’s 3-2-1 experiment is finished and I’m glad to be rid of it

Overwatch's very first Experimental game mode has come to an end. Over the last week, the game featured a Triple Damage mode as a way for Blizzard to test how they could reduce queue times for folks who want to play damage heroes. For starters, what a great feature the Experimental card is! It's a lot more accessible than the Player Test Realm (PTR), which…

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Microsoft, Epic and Unity are the latest to pull out of GDC over coronavirus concerns (now Blizzard too)

Update: Blizzard have now announced that they are also cancelling their GDC attendance, saying "the health and well-being of our teams is our highest priority." The list of developers and tech companies dropping out of GDC is growing, as Microsoft, Epic Games and Unity confirm they're pulling out due to health risks presented by coronavirus (COVID-19). This is a big blow for the physical conference,…

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Overwatch is bringing back the triple damage meta in a new experimental mode

Jeff from the Overwatch team has some wonderful news for you damage players - Blizzard are introducing a 3-2-1 role queue today. It's part of an Experimental game mode that they're implementing to have players test some of things the team are still unsure about even after internal testing. Ah the triple damage meta, you'll know it well if you played Overwatch before all this…

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Overwatch League cancels South Korean matches in midst of coronavirus concerns

Blizzard have cancelled a series of Overwatch League matches that were set to take place in South Korea over the next few weeks, "in order to protect the health and safety of players, fans and staff". This comes just a few weeks after they announced they were cancelling the games scheduled for China amid coronavirus fears. Blizzard have said they'll be trying to reschedule the…

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5 near-certain predictions for Hearthstone

There's big news in the draw pile for Hearthstone, apparently. The collectible card game's three-a-year expansion cycle tends to run from April to April, and if last year's timings are anything to go by, we can expect a reveal of the next year's theme, plus an idea of upcoming content, in the next week or so. What's making this a bigger deal than usual is…

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World Of Warcraft Classic has brought back the Blackwing Lair raid

Originally released in World Of Warcraft back in July 2005, Assault on Blackwing Lair has made a comeback in WoW Classic. In the raid you'll be challenged to defeat Deathwing's son, Nefarian, who's been doing some nasty sounding experiments on the poor dragonflights. The 40 player raid dungeon arrived in a nice big update yesterday, along with some brand new reputation rewards and class quests,…

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Someone made a tool that plays the Overwatch piano, so naturally I used it to play Toss A Coin To Your Witcher

Overwatch's Workshop has birthed so many weird and wonderful game modes, and I hate to admit I've not messed around with it as much I'd like to. I did today though, because I discovered a brilliant Workshop tool that lets you play (almost) any song you like on the piano on the Paris map. All you need are some midi files and a dream. And…

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Blizzard now offering Warcraft 3: Reforged refunds to anyone who wants one

The launch of Warcraft 3: Reforged has not gone down well as one might expect for a revamp of a widely-adored RTS. The changes are less than advertised, it's been buggy, and it's missing some features from the original. Blizzard say they stand by "the quality of our products and our services" but acknowledge some might feel Reforged "does not provide the experience they wanted."…

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