One down, four to go: WoW Leveling Bonanza Episode 50

On this week’s leveling stream, it’s the pre-Legion patch! Which means everything we’ve learned over the last 49 episodes of this series is now by and large a moot point. In order to practice learning our new rotations and abilities, we decided to spam as many dungeons as we could — which was a little repetitive, given that we’re only eligible for Skyreach and Auchindoun now.

But hey, one of our merry crew finally hit level 100! Now it’s up to the other four of us to catch up and try to do the same next week, hopefully in time to experience all those invasion events that are coming.

Watch the full video of the stream after the break — and if you’d like to catch the show live, be sure to tune in as we stream every Thursday at 2 p.m. Central on Twitch.


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Role Play: Blood Elf lore and character development

Blood Elves in Warcraft have been largely out of the spotlight for a while. After getting plenty of story in Burning Crusade, there wasn’t much in the way of major Blood Elf lore for years. The Quel’Delar chain in Wrath had some followup, and the Blood Elves made another appearance in Mists of Pandaria — but otherwise, they’ve been largely quiet.

With the Sunwell restored, the Blood Elves are stronger now — but they haven’t even begun to recover from the horrific events of the Third War. Garrosh Hellscream may be gone, but his regime was only half the troubles the Blood Elves faced. So what does a Blood Elf think about these days? Plenty.


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The Queue: Priorities

Welcome back to The Queue, our daily Q&A feature for all of Blizzard’s games! Have a question for the Blizzard Watch staff? Leave it in the comments!

I’m pretty sure the ethereals appreciate the new Wardrobe system — it doesn’t matter what faction or server I happen to be on, the transmog stores are packed. I suppose if we’re going to deal with the end of days Burning Legion style, we might as well be really, really pretty while we’re doing it. Right?


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BlizzCaps: No accounting for taste

Submitter Seymon writes, “So, apparently Garona likes this statue. I personally find it of rather poor artistic quality, but hey, tastes differ. Or maybe she just likes imagining Khadgar and Gul’dan killing each other and leaving her alone. I don’t think the Archmage left a good impression on her, so it’s definitely a possibility.”

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Breakfast Topic: Has Diablo 3 been abandoned?

The last time we saw content for Diablo 3 was in Jaunary. It’s hard to deny that the recent Season rewards have been less than overwhelming. (And Robin, the reason no one is ever just whelmed is because to be whelmed is essentially the same as being overwhelmed. The word means to be buried, engulfed or submerged. Sorry, I just saw that episode of Young Justice and it was bugging me.) So I’m led to speculate — with recent hires for an “unannounced new project” under the Diablo banner, are we looking at a new expansion for Diablo 3, or rather, an entirely new game?


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Overwatch graphic novel coming April 2017

When the Overwatch graphic novel was first announced, we expected its release would be right around the corner, maybe even timed to coincide with the the game’s release date. Unfortunately, there was no sign of it — or any word of it at all. However, IGN reports the 100-page Overwatch graphic novel will release April 2017. The graphic novel will focus on the original Overwatch strike team which includes characters such as Jack Morrison (Soldier: 76), Ana Amari, Gabriel Reyes (Reaper), Reinhardt, and Torbjorn. In addition, Dark Horse will release The Art of Overwatch,  a hardcover tome which includes never-before-scene concept art and illustrations, in Summer 2017. Though we now have tentative dates, neither book appears available for pre-order quite yet.


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Heroes esports qualifiers this weekend, plus more roster changes

Would it really be a week of Heroes of the Storm esports news without another big roster shakeup in North America? The big news, teased by the Tempo Storm organization on Twitter, is they signed Summer 2016 world champions, Tempest. Tempest will be renamed, but will continue to compete in the Korean circuit under the Tempo Storm banner. Super League’s fall season is going to start very shortly, so if you’d like to acquire a team now is apparently a good time to buy.

Even if you can’t afford to pay your very own team of pro-gamers in Doritos, you can still watch them play. Read on for this weekend’s schedule.


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Know Your Lore: Ana Amari and new Overwatch heroes

Overwatch was initially founded at the behest of the United Nations during the Omnic Crisis to help combat the omnic menace. It was a small team in those early days with just six founding members — Gabriel Reyes, Jack Morrison, Reinhardt Wilhelm, Torbjörn Lindholm, Liao, and Ana Amari.

Ana was widely considered to be one of the world’s best snipers — and her skills, along with her quick instincts, earned her a place among that initial six. The Overwatch team managed to successfully bring the Omnic Crisis to an end, but its mission didn’t stop there — and neither did Ana’s service.


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The Queue: Getting ready for Legion

I had a whole cool intro written to this Queue, but then WordPress ate it and I have to write the whole thing over again except I’m completely furious with the thing and so, that’s not happening. Instead, enjoy the picture of my Death Knight using a 2h sword my original Tauren Warrior used back in BC. I love the Wardrobe. Let’s talk about Blizzard games.


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BlizzCaps: Opposites attract

Submitter Jerald of Gallywix (US-A) has tamed Thok the Bloodthirsty, and is recalling old times less than fondly. “All these years when I used to shoot you non-stop while you tried to eat me alive … who would have thought we’d be partners one day?” he asks.

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