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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Breakfast Topic: A look back at Draenor

Ah, Draenor. You were our home for two years.

There was a lot to like about Draenor — a superlative leveling experience, excellent voice acting, cool as heck cinematics to cap off several of its zones, some pretty fun dungeons. And there was a lot to dislike about the experience — inconsistent and unclear decisions about how flying would work or even if it would, a lack of story in endgame, a feeling of wasted opportunity in terms of how the raids unfolded and the lack of meaningful content patches overall.


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New Legion comic Anduin: Son of the Wolf

The last free Legion comic Anduin: Son of the Wolf has just been released. Written by Robert Brooks and illustrated by Nesskain, the fourth comic in the Legion series involves — who else — Anduin Wrynn, as he reads through correspondence from his father. There are some heavy spoilers right out the gate with this one — if you are avoiding spoilers for the Legion invasion event and Legion itself, I would highly recommend saving this comic for later.


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Harbingers: Gul’dan debuts as first Legion animated short

The first Legion animated short, Harbingers: Gul’dan has made its debut, telling the never-before seen story of Gul’dan’s origins. To be clear, we’re not talking about the Gul’dan who died from our universe — we’re talking the Gul’dan we inadvertently invited to our world from Warlords of Draenor. With absolutely stunning art, voice work and music, Gul’dan feels almost like a post-expansion bookend to the Lords of War series that aired before the launch of Warlords of Draenor.


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