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Blizzard esports at BlizzCon 2017: What to expect This week there’s not much going on in Blizzard esports. This is the calm before the storm. Next week is Opening Week with BlizzCon coming the weekend after. Here’s what you need to know to get started. Heroes of the Storm The action starts with Heroes of the Storm and the Heroes Global Championship group stages...

BlizzCon 2017 Pre-Show videos intensify the hype How can you go wrong with Ben Brode? The answer is you can’t. As we get closer and closer to BlizzCon, we’ve gotten a series of videos — some free, some requiring the Virtual Ticket — to whet your appetite for the massive game explosion coming when the convention finally arrives in two weeks. Yes,...




Enter to win a BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket Missing the action in Anaheim? We can help with that. The BlizzCon Virtual Ticket is bigger and better than ever this year, featuring more coverage than ever before. Blizzard has graciously given us four BlizzCon 2017 Virtual Ticket codes to give away to our readers. The code will give you full access to everything the...

Hallow’s End returns to World of Warcraft with some new collectibles Today, the Hallow’s End holiday comes to World of Warcraft once again, and with it, the reckoning has come. In fact, it’s come to Azeroth for twelve years now! There are some great new things to collect this year, including a new battle pet and a great new costume. The new costume for this year...

Local currency updates coming to Canada, Japan, and New Zealand Later this year, Blizzard is switching pricing on the Battle.net store from USD to local currency in Canada, Japan and New Zealand. The conversion is set to affect your Battle.net balance if you’re in one of the nations switching. This will also work in every Blizzard game shop. Blizzard already supports a host of currencies...

Heroes of the Storm’s Halloween patch brings Junkrat, kills XP and Vista support As was foreseen a week ago, both Junkrat and the Hallow’s End event have made their way into Heroes of the Storm. As far as changes from last week to this one are concerned, a few of Junkrat’s abilities have had their damage adjusted, plus we’re getting a couple new bundles to help celebrate the...




Blizzard’s annual Halloween pumpkin carving contest has begun We’re in the season of spooks and Blizzard is getting festive once again with its annual Halloween Pumpkin Carving Contest. However, you don’t have much time: if you want to enter this year’s contest, you only have until October 25 to submit your pumpkin. Make sure you peruse the official rules to confirm your eligibility,...

Mercy’s Resurrect gets more changes on the Overwatch PTR Mercy, and particularly her Resurrect ability, have been in the sights of the Overwatch development team for the past few months. It’s very difficult to balance around a resurrect ability in a way which doesn’t completely hamstring the heroes which have it, which is probably why it seems like they’re throwing stuff at the wall...



New Overwatch and Heroes loot is now available for Twitch Prime users With everything going on in the world of Blizzard, it might be easy to forget that the gaming company has been slowly doling out free stuff to Twitch/Amazon Prime users. Now through November 10 anyone with a Twitch Prime account can claim five Overwatch loot boxes and five Heroes of the Storm loot chests. Right now, this...

Diablo 3 patch 2.6.1 looks to balance specs and buff items It’s no secret that I love Diablo 3, Barbarians, and the Wrath of the Wastes set. That set combined with Whirlwind is perfect for mowing through Greater Rifts. And soon, with the coming of patch 2.6.1 the Wrath of the Wastes set is just one of many sets getting a pretty significant buff. This should help...

Running of the Gnomes benefiting breast cancer research is tomorrow Every year for the past eight years, the Running of the Gnomes event has raised money and awareness for breast cancer research while also allowing thousands of World of Warcraft players to run their tiny Gnome feet off. This year is no exception. The event takes place on Scarlet Crusade-US, this Saturday, October 14th at 7PM...

Nexus Games returns to Europe November 14 Just after BlizzCon 2017, we’re seeing a new avenue for amateur players to complete. The Nexus Games is slated to Heroes of the Storm‘s version of the Hearthstone Global Games or Overwatch World Cup, pitting a team handpicked by Blizzard against other nations to see which country has the most talent on the ladder. Anyone...

HCT Summer Finals, BlizzCon is coming The pros are already starting to pack their bags for Southern California. BlizzCon Opening Week starts October 26th. Much like winter — what’s the phrase? — it’ll be here before you know it! There’s still lots of esports to keep you going til then, though. If all else fails, check TeSPA’s calendar. They usually have...

Hearthstone artists discuss the game’s unique approach to art design This weekend, a host of Hearthstone art folks hosted an AMA on Reddit, talking about how they work on the game and answering a bunch of other questions. The people from the game who took part are Art Director Ben Thompson, Outsource Art Manager Jeremy Cranford, FX Artist Hadidjah Chamberlin, and Concept Artists Jomaro Kindred and...

My dream MUSE playlist for BlizzCon’s closing ceremony MUSE — that band you’ve probably heard but may not have realized it — is going to close out BlizzCon 2017. And, as I think I’ve made more than clear, this has me incredibly excited. But more importantly, it should have everyone excited, because MUSE puts on some of the best live shows out there....

BlizzCon 2017 Early Access Gear Sale is now live It looks like Blizzard wasn’t quite done when they announced the rest of this year’s in-game goodies. Shortly after, the annual pre-sale for BlizzCon gear went live. Virtual Ticket and convention ticket holders will have exclusive access for the next week to get their swag ahead of time. On October 17, the sale will open...