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Hearthstone’s troll-packed Rastakhan’s Rumble expansion is live

Start working on your questionable faux-Jamaican accent, because Hearthstone is hamming it up like it's the nineties in its latest expansion today. Rastakhan's Rumble is themed around a once-in-a-lifetime arena brawl to decide the next great troll champion. This means new cards, a new keyword (Overkill!), wrestling jokes, sketchy invocations of voodoo, dinosaurs, ticket scalpers and ice cream. All the cartoon nonsense that defines Warcraft's…

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Hearthstone: Rastakhan’s Rumble cards now all revealed

Blizzard have finished revealing the 135 new cards coming to Hearthstone next week in its new expansion, Rastakhan's Rumble. Hearthstoners, you may begin your theorycrafting and deck plans in earnest. I always used to enjoy this launch period in Magic: The Gathering, when I'd try to figure out what could fit into my favourite existing decks and what could be the foundation of whole new…

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Feature: A tribe called Trolls

Hearthstone: Rastakhan’s Rumble guide

The next Hearthstone expansion was announced at BlizzCon earlier this month. Titled Rastakhan's Rumble, it'll add another 135 new cards to the game, a new Shaman hero called King Rastakhan, and a new single-player mode called Rumble Run. The theme this time around is on the Troll tribe - a long-awaited direction for the game, and one that also ties in quite neatly with events…

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Blizzard are on their second crack at Diablo 4, claims report

The game we expect to be Diablo IV was once looking like a Dark Souls-ish over-the-shoulder affair, according to sources speaking to Kotaku, though that plan was dropped a few years back. The report says it's currently going isometric with a Diablo II-ish gritty look, but this too may change and... you get the picture. Supposedly that's why Blizzard didn't talk about Diablo IV at…

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Overwatch is free to try and cheap to keep for the next week

Somehow, there are still people out there who don't own Blizzard's sci-fi superhero team shooter Overwatch. This is despite the game being free approximately a quarter of the time (or at least it feels like it) and heavily discounted half of the remainder. If you're one of those people, now seems as good a time as any to try it, as Blizzard have flung its…

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The Overwatch League’s Hangzhou Spark know how to brand themselves

Since the Overwatch League announced eight new expansion teams for season two, there’s only been one question on everyone’s mind: what colours will they use? At first, it seemed they were all going to be duds, falling back on the sea of blues and reds already dominating the matches. The Chengdu Hunters did something interesting with their yellow kit, but nothing can match the most…

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Ashe and Bob steal the spotlight in Overwatch update 1.30 today

Overwatch's latest diabolical duo - bandit queen Ashe and her mechanised manservant Bob - have sailed through public testing with ease, and are now live on the regular servers for the game. While there's still two weeks until they'll allow them into competitive, ranked play, they're available for use in every other mode right now. She's a mid-range precision damage-dealer with a powerful grenade attack…

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Overwatch’s next patch will require players to reinstall the game

Blizzard’s next big update for Overwatch apparently contains “some pretty fundamental changes” – fundamental enough that players will be required to reinstall their game. Details on what the patch will contain are light, but apparently a "substantial number" of "back-end changes" mean that simply patching over the existing download isn't enough.

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For a WoW veteran, World of Warcraft: Classic is like coming home

When I was in my late twenties, I went back to visit the house I’d grown up in. It felt strange, walking into rooms filled with memories, where everything felt smaller, older. It wasn’t a bad house, but my view of it was compromised by all the other places I’d lived since. It was also the house where, on Christmas Eve 2005, I came home…

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Hearthstone giving away free packs to celebrate hitting 100 million players

BlizzCon may be over but the the Blizzard blast has juuust a little longer to go. Blizzard announced last night that Hearthstone has hit 100 million players, see. Who cares about cooing over big numbers? Not me. But who cares about getting free bonus packs of cards for the free-to-play card 'em up? Ah, maybe it's you. Tomorrow, Blizzard plan to give all players six…

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Diablo 4’s early unveiling reportedly axed from BlizzCon

There's still a little oil left to be thrown onto the burning inferno of Diablo Immortal hot takes. According to Kotaku's sources - "two people familiar with Blizzard's plans" - there were plans to quietly announce Diablo 4 at the show, but the studio opted not to as there wasn't much to show so soon into production. For whatever reason, Blizzard decided to run purely with…

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Ashe and Bob mosey on down to the Overwatch PTR today

Overwatch's latest hero - Bandit boss Ashe - is now playable on the Public Test Region. While similar in look to current cowboy McCree, Ashe looks to play a very different sort of mid-range game, and has one of the most interesting ultimate abilities in Overwatch; she can summon her right-hand robot Bob onto the field. He provides cover, charges at targets Reinhardt-style, or just…

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Feature: And other NPCs that you should be able to play as

World of Warcraft, give me the turtle people

If you’ve been out of the loop regarding World of Warcraft’s latest expansion, but you’ve played the game and always wanted to be one of the many unplayable races you’ve encountered, you may be in luck. Battle for Azeroth brought with it the ability to play new types of Elves, Tauren, Dwarves, Trolls and even Humans. Now, that’s all good and well, but when I…

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Warcraft 3: Reforged aiming to support all original mods

One detail I'd missed in Friday's announcement of Warcraft III: Reforged is that Blizzard's upcoming remaster should be able to play all the original's player-created maps and modes. Which is great news. WC3 has one of the great forgotten modding scenes, growing so many genres beyond the obvious MOBAs like DotA. Every night for months, my pals and I would play random 'custom games' and…

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Blizzard repeat they’re working on ‘multiple unannounced Diablo projects’

Blizzard have repeated that they have multiple teams work on multiple Diablo things, keeping hope alive for Diablo IV, following Friday's announcement of unexciting mobile game Diablo Immortal. Blizzard had warned beforehand that they weren't ready to talk about all their Diablo projects and that BlizzCon's Diablo news would not be "what many of you are hoping for", and indeed it was not. I don't…

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BlizzCon’s Diablo announcement was a mobile game, not Diablo 4 (obvs)

Ahead of BlizzCon, Blizzard had hinted that they were announcing something Diablo-related but clarified it would not be "what many of you are hoping for". Yeah, but they would say it wasn't Diablo 4 even if it was going to be Diablo 4, wouldn't they? Reader, it was not Diablo 4. Blizzard last night announced Diablo Immortal, a new entry in the action-RPG series... for…

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Warcraft III: Reforged revamping Blizzard’s classic RTS

Having remastered StarCraft last year, Blizzard are now updating another of their classic real-time strategy games: Warcraft III. During BlizzCon today they announced Warcraft III: Reforged, a revamped release of WC3 with redone artwork, UI improvements, and other such modern fancying-up. Wait. Hang on. Warcraft III first came out on 2002? That can't be right. That would mean... oh god, this is a lot to…

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Rastakhan’s Rumble takes Hearthstone trolling in a new expansion

Hearthstone's next expansion is putting on its best faux-Jamaican accent for a big blue throwdown. Launching in December and unveiled at BlizzCon today, Rastakhan's Rumble tells the story (through the act of card-battling) of a once-in-a-generation tribal contest. Trolls from around Azeroth are assembling to beat each other black and (more) blue in order to impress the Loa spirits and King Rastakhan in a big…

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World Of Warcraft Classic launches free for all WoW subscribers in summer 2019

While I bounced off it back in the day, the original incarnation of World Of Warcraft remains beloved by many. Some are even nostalgic for the days of chunky character models and grinding werewolves for a pittance of gold. That, and Barrens chat, although anyone hungry for that is just weird. Today, Blizzard announced that their retro MMO throwback - World Of Warcraft Classic -…

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Overwatch’s next character is lady gunslinger Ashe

The next character coming to Overwatch is a female gunslinger named Ashe, Blizzard announced during BlizzCon today. The leader of the Deadlock Gang and an old acquaintance of McCree, she's armed with a lever-action rifle, carries a double-barrelled shotgun she can 'rocket-jump' with, tosses dynamite-shaped explosives, and summons a honking great robo bandit as her Ultimate ability. I'm always up for gunslinging and rocket-jumping so…

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