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Hearthstone: Scholomance Academy expansion will introduce dual-class cards

The next Hearthstone expansion will take players to the wizard school of Scholomance Academy, Blizzard announced last night. The 135-card expansion will introduce 40 cards that can be used by two classes, reflecting the school's multidisciplinary curriculum, including 10 representing the dual-class disciplines' Legendary professors. The new Spellburst keyword is coming too, and a new Studies card type. Also, the school has just a load…

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Overwatch adds orchestral flair (and a new skin) with Sigma’s Maestro Challenge

Oh, to ditch Overwatch's crude gunfights for a night at the opera. To push culture, not payloads. Capture hearts and souls, not control points. Ah, well, the latest challenge event for Blizzard's hero shooter might not be picking up a fiddle anything soon, but it will let you pretend you're the sort of person who frequents the concert hall with Sigma's Maestro Challenge - dressing…

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Overwatch has released a soundtrack featuring funky tunes from its maps

Blizzard have released an Overwatch album, so now you can bop along to your favourite in-game tunes even when you're not playing. Overwatch: Cities And Countries is a collection of soundtracks from the game, all based on the global locations of its maps. You know when you first load into a match, and it plays that short riff of music symbolic of the setting? These…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands is killing its gender transition fee

By all accounts, changing gender in World Of Warcraf has always been simpler than doing it for real. No appointments, no faff, no convincing Bobby Kotick through two years "lived experience" - just pay Blizzard a small fee and they'd let you rebuild your digital persona from the ground up. With this year's World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands expansion, even that hurdle is getting the boot,…

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The Shadowlands expansion makes World Of Warcraft interesting again

The content battlecruiser that is World Of Warcraft has been sailing for the best part of two decades. I’m almost thirty-two. I started playing this game when I was seventeen. It’s surreal to type that out - and it’s also one of the reasons why the people I try to introduce to this behemoth of an experience often tap out.Thankfully, this may change. With the…

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World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands beta arrives next week

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken its toll on a few games now, causing all sorts of delays on new info and release dates. Not World Of Warcraft: Shadowlands, though, as Blizzard confirmed in last night's live stream that the expansion will be arriving sometime this autumn, "even if they end up shipping from their homes." WoW fans will get to explore that sinister land of…

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Diablo 2 celebrates its 20th anniversary today but no such luck for a remaster

Middle child of the series Diablo 2 turns 20 today, prompting plenty of reminiscing about the landmark loot 'em up RPG. Blizzard are celebrating with merchandise, speedruns, and an in-game costume for Diablo 3. Unfortunately, an official Diablo 2 remaster rumored last week (which Blizzard quickly denied) doesn't appear to be in the cards. Ah well, thanks for the memories anyhow D2.

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Hearthstone’s Felfire event is like Fury Road with devils, and it’s great fun

It seems it's a summer for demons and big metal vehicles. First, Monster Train steamed into the hearts of digital card game aficionados with its tale of high-speed satans, and now good old Hearthstone is at it as well. While its new Felfire Festival event can't technically be called an expansion as it doesn't come with a new set of cards, it's seen a new…

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World Of Warcraft Classic just booted over 74,000 bot accounts

World Of Warcraft Classic has a bot problem. Harking back to the days when MMOs required a hell of a lotta grind, Blizzard's throwback MMO is filled with folk looking for an easy out. Following a particularly nasty few months of scripted heroes, game-breaking exploits and a parade of Orcs marching against cheaters, this month saw the developers wipe the realms clean of over 74,000…

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Why didn’t Overwatch get this derpy stick-figure skin for Tracer

Overwatch has just finished its most recent Anniversary event, marking four years since the game launched. It's been a good four years and, to celebrate, some of the developers have written a cute little post detailing some of their favourite moments working on Overwatch. Now, you may be interested in the stories about early character design, or perhaps the one about the whole dev team…

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How esports photographers are using in-game capture in place of live events

This year was supposed to be the Overwatch League’s big leap into local homesteads, and while no one was quite clear how well it would work, they certainly weren’t expecting a global pandemic to move the whole thing back online again. It hasn’t all been smooth sailing, but they’ve mostly managed to pull it off. In certain spots, the challenge has actually pushed some fun…

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Overwatch ditches hero pools in competitive play for good

Blizzard are changing up Overwatch's hero pool system again, except this time around they're just straight up removing it from regular competitive play. The system, which involves banning several characters each week, was originally implemented to stop the meta from turning stale, and it's seen a few changes already in its short life. Just last month I reported that they'd ditched hero pools for lower…

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BlizzCon 2020 has been cancelled, but plans to return as an online event next year

The game event cancellations are pushing even deeper into the year now, as Blizzard have announced BlizzCon 2020 is a no-go. The event usually takes right at the beginning of November, but due to ongoing concerns about the Covid-19 pandemic they've made the decision to cancel it."We've talked about different paths we could take, and how each one could be complicated by fluctuations in national…

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Overwatch’s fourth Anniversary event has some of the best skins yet

There are so many games celebrating birthdays this week! The Witcher 3 turned five, Red Dead Redemption turned 10, and now Overwatch is celebrating its fourth year. For Overwatch it means its Anniversary event has kicked off once more, and from now until June 19th you'll be able to replay all the old seasonal Brawls and grab a whole host of new cosmetic items. And…

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This World Of Warcraft board game should be good

When videogames try to return to their ancestral routes, it doesn't always go well. There are exceptions (hello, XCOM), but you often wind up with overwrought slogfests (hello, Dark Souls). I'm confident that the upcoming Small World Of Warcraft will buck that trend, because it's basically Small World wearing a World Of Warcraft coat with new ideas stuffed in its pockets.Small World is pretty good!…

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Overwatch player discovers long-hidden Diablo reference by punching barrels

For as much as Blizzard players love loot, it took them a hot minute to find this hidden Overwatch easter egg. But after idly punching breakable barrels during a round on Blizzard World, one Overwatch player discovered a legendary drop of their own - a years-old Diablo reference that may have lay undiscovered by the community since the map debuted in 2018.

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Overwatch’s latest Experimental changes are looking to make Bastion “more viable”

Jeff "from the Overwatch team" Kaplan has yet another home video for us. These lockdown developer updates have been great - here he is, just a man in his living room giving us the lowdown on some upcoming changes to Overwatch. This time round, he has details on changes to the Competitive Open Queue game mode, as well as some info on the new hero…

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Rumour: Diablo 2 is getting a remastered release this year

Hell might freeze over before we hear more about Diablo IV, but you might not have to wait too long before facing off with the devil once more. Emissaries from Hell (well, France) suggest that Blizzard are working on a remaster of Diablo II, reportedly summoning a modern rerelease of the series highlight by the end of the year.

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Very silly Hearthstone decks: The Fist Of Sadness

The Hearthstone meta has been a bit of a mess recently. The new Demon Hunter class smashed through the entire game like a massive concrete dog through wet tissue, and although two balance patches were swiftly applied to rein in the madness, I'm gonna be honest and say I'm not entirely certain what's going on now in terms of the best decks to use. But…

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The Overwatch League’s Vancouver Titans have dropped their entire roster mid-season

Looks like there's trouble in paradise at the Overwatch League, as the Vancouver Titans have released their entire team roster right in the middle of the 2020 season. In a letter to fans they explain the decision stemmed from issues with the League's online matches, after homestands were cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This unfortunately put the team in a weird position, being based…

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