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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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Gears Of War studio head is joining Blizzard to oversee Diablo

Rod Fergusson has worked on every Gears Of War game over the last 15 years, from starting the original Gears Of War with Epic, to helping establish The Coalition studio to work on the rest of the series. But now he's heading to pastures new, joining Blizzard to oversee all things Diablo. "Leaving is bittersweet as I love our Gears family, the fans, and everyone…

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Feature: Let slip the crafts of war

Warcraft 3: Reforged review

Warcraft III was an immensely important game for a lot of people. A fantasy RTS that lead right into the start of World Of Warcraft, it left a big, war-booted footprint on the landscape of games. Odds are, you will have felt its impact even if you never played RTS games, since the original Dota grew out of a mod for Warcraft III's multiplayer mode.…

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Blizzard are fixing some Warcraft 3: Reforged problems, but don’t expect dramatic changes

The launch of Warcraft III: Reforged last Tuesday was not a return to glory for Blizzard's vintage fantasy RTS. The prettied-up remaster's changes are less dramatic than Blizzard have advertised (particularly the cutscenes), it's got quite a few bugs, and players can't even go back to the original unadulterated Warcraft 3 because Blizzard 'updated' it to the same troubled client as Reforged. Blizzard last night…

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Blizzard own your Warcraft 3: Reforged custom maps, but that’s no surprise

It's come to everyone's attention that Blizzard have revamped their User Generated Content policy just in time to launch Warcraft 3: Reforged, and claim ownership of all maps made in its editor. The new legalese, while definitely overbearing and disappointing, shouldn't be a surprise: they started tightening legal claims years ago with StarCraft II.

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Blizzard cancel Overwatch League matches in China over coronavirus concerns

Blizzard have cancelled Overwatch League matches scheduled to take place in China in February and March, owing to concerns about the new coronavirus going round. First identified in China in December, the virus has now killed 170 people. A Chinese League Of Legends tournament also recently was cancelled due to the virus. Blizzard say they plan to return OWL to China later this season.

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It’s nearly time to save Azeroth again, as Warcraft III: Reforged launches in just a few hours

After being delayed last year, Blizzard's remastering of the 2002 RTS Warcraft III: Reforged will finally see its release today at 11pm GMT (which is also 6pm EST and 3pm PST, as well as a bunch of other timezones if none of these are relevant for you). Announced back in 2018, Warcraft III: Reforged is a completely rebuilt version of the original game, bringing new…

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Hearthstone solo adventure Galakrond’s Awakening awakes today

I'm a big fan of fantasy names that sound like someone choking. Ghisteslwchlohm. Zeddicus. Tolo Ogule Thermalamerkanerat. The first chapter of Hearthstone's new adventure, Galakrond's Awakening, is out today, with a story following on from the last couple of solo adventures. As usual, you fight a series of singleplayer matches against bosses with game-shaping powers. Less usual is how you get to play as either…

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Overwatch celebrates Lunar New Year with face-shifting new skins

How are you with rodents? Lunar New Year returns to Overwatch today, celebrating the Year of the Rat with a wealth of themed cosmetics old and new. It's all gone rather theatrical this year, with heroes like Sombra, Lucio, Brigitte and Moira celebrating musical and damatic styles to engage in the time-honoured tradition of murdering each other to steal flags. Me? I'm with Junkrat up…

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Have You Played… Warcraft 2?

A lot of my HYP entries end up being games wot I watched my big brother play and then cautiously experimented with myself. Warcraft II (colon Tides Of Darkness) was, to an eight year old, amazing, especially with the Beyond The Dark Portal expansion. I don't much dip my toe in the RTS genre these days, but when I was little they were the majority…

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For the second year running, the Glaad awards look like they’re missing the mark on celebrating queer representation

Glaad (formerly known as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) have brought their media awards back for the 31st year, and for the second year in a row they're recognising video games "for their fair, accurate and inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and the issues that affect their lives". Last year, Jay Castello wrote about how these video…

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We now know Warcraft III: Reforged’s release date, down to the actual hour

Though I feel like part of the vast PR zerg in sharing that release date map, I do like that Blizzard took the time to craft it. I now know that should I find myself in LA on Jan 28, 2020, I’ll be able to play remade RTS Warcraft III: Reforged at 3PM. I'll more likely be in the UK, so it will be 11PM…

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Try Overwatch for free, pick it up at a discount during Blizzard’s Black Friday sale

Have you played Overwatch? You haven't? Well, for the next week, you've no excuse not to at least give it a go. Blizzard's Saturday morning shooter is offering a free trial from today 'till next Wednesday, letting you try your hand at Overwatch without spending a penny. With Blizzard's extended Black Friday Sale kicking off today too, it'll be a hell of a lot cheaper…

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Have You Played… Diablo?

So here I am, ctrl-f’ing my way through the 1,200-deep list of games we’ve covered in this column, beginning to feel like this is the real dungeon crawl, when I find the treasure at the bottom of the crypt: nobody’s written about Diablo. Bloody Diablo. As I realise it’s free for me to write about, the memories spring back like a set of enchanted rags,…

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Overwatch’s custom games offer the exciting twists Overwatch 2 won’t

All my years of muscle memory are gone. Overwatch's custom games tab, where hero powers are traded furtively in dingy dens and game balance lies dead in the corner, has stripped them out. With the introduction of Overwatch’s workshop, players are able to make wild game-modes with the official tools, and share them with ease. I've fought an entire enemy team grafted onto Doomfist. I’ve…

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Mercy’s Recall Challenge gives the Overwatch medic a more practical set of scrubs

Resident Overwatch Medic Mercy has always looked a little more superhero than surgeon. That's fair, of course - she spends far more time in warzones than the ward. But I doubt skin-tight latex is the sort of thing you'd wear to fill out perscription slips. This week Blizzard kicked off the Mercy Recall Challenge, letting players earn a more professional skin for Dr Angela Zeigel…

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Hearthstone’s auto-battling Battlegrounds mode is now in open beta

Blizzard have launched Hearthstone's new Battlegrounds mode into open beta for everyone, following a week of early access for the moneybags. Though the name "Battlegrounds" suggests battle royale, this mode is following a newer craze, Auto Chess. Like the Dota 2 mode and those it inspired, players build and upgrade an army of units then send them into battles against a rotating lineup of other…

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