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HGC returns, GSL Code S finals, and more Blizzard esports Now that Dreamhack is over, the dog days of summer are beginning in earnest.  It’s a great time to sit inside with the air conditioning on to watch some esports. HGC is continuing with a fresh slate, Overwatch Contenders is almost through with the group stage, and Seat Story returns this week, so let’s get to...

Overwatch PTR patch notes for June 22 A new build has hit the Overwatch PTR, featuring the new Highlights options mentioned in the latest Developer Update. In addition, there’s a selection of bug fixes to heroes, maps, and the user interface. At the moment, no hero changes are on the list — but the new Loot Box updates and Highlights are both...




Improvements to Highlights and Loot Boxes on the way to Overwatch Overwatch players have been asking for a way to save Highlights from matches, and change is on its way. In the latest Developer Update, Jeff Kaplan covers the new features of the evolved Highlights feature, coming soon to Overwatch. The game will still continue to gather highlights as you play, and suggest top highlights for...

Blizzard signs 2-year esports exclusivity streaming deal with Twitch On Tuesday, Blizzard signed a deal with Twitch. For two years, Twitch holds the exclusive right to live stream several of Blizzard’s flagship esports competitions. A long list of these events includes the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series, Hearthstone Championship Tour, Heroes Global Championship, World of Warcraft Arena Championship, and Overwatch APEX League. This partnership...

Latest WoW hotfixes feature a few class tweaks A small batch of hotfixes for World of Warcraft was released late last night for patch 7.2.5. It’s a very brief list, but Death Knights, Monks, and Warlocks all received some minor tweaks. Monks should take note that Zen Pilgrimage should now be working correctly and return you to your previous location when cast from...

Overwatch as a turn-based RPG Love Overwatch? Big fan of old-school JRPGs? Then this video from The Salt Factory is for you.




Jeff Kaplan discusses ‘responsibility shift’ technique in dinoflask’s latest parody video Join Jeff Kaplan in celebrating his 15-year anniversary at Blizzard Entertainment with this guffaw-worthy video.

Overwatch Golden Loot Box guarantees a legendary with Twitch Prime Those who watch the streaming service Twitch regularly — perhaps to watch our live podcast — are likely already aware of their partnership with Amazon. Users who link their Twitch account with an Amazon Prime account get access to all kinds of cool stuff — games, skins, and other goodies are frequently available. Called Twitch...



Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer releases June 27, will cost $15 After what has felt like an eternity of waiting, Blizzard Entertainment has announced Diablo 3’s Rise of the Necromancer content pack will release June 27 for $15 on PC, PlayStation 4, and XBox One. Blizzard posted a short “sizzle reel” for the Necromancer — which you can watch below — along with the release-date announcement....

Dogs vs. a pile of 90 Murlocs Ever wonder what would happen when you pit two dogs against 90 Murloc plushies? Ok, maybe you didn’t, but I bet you do now. Blizzard’s own shoutcaster, Jared Coulston, wondered that and apparently took advantage of the sale on Murloc plushies recently from the Blizzard store. In an effort to document this never-before-seen phenomenon, he...

Legion PVP Season 4 begins, time to get your final PVP Artifact appearance Along with patch 7.2.5’s release last week, World of Warcraft also saw the release of Legion PVP Season 4. Outside of the usual rewards this season adds (listed below), Season 4 is notable for a couple other reasons. For one, its release means that Season 3 is the shortest PVP season we’ve ever had in...

Add Overwatch to your garden with a 3D printed Bastion planter What every garden really needs is a little Overwatch, right? Just take a look at Bastion’s overgrown skin, he fits right at home. Someone else thought so too, as there now exists a 3D printed planter in the shape of Bastion’s own head. It’s modeled after the game’s Overgrown skin with an opening at the...

Blizzard offers a first look at Diablo’s new Challenge Rifts Diablo 3’s upcoming patch 2.6.0 may not be out yet, but Blizzard has released a preview of a brand-new feature coming with it — Challenge Rifts. Unlike your usual Greater Rift run, Challenge Rifts are a weekly static version of a Greater Rift. The interesting part of this is that the Greater Rift and the...

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StarCraft games on sale for a limited time If you’ve been holding off on playing StarCraft 2 for whatever reason, Blizzard would like to change that. Both Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm are on sale for 50% off now, with the standard edition of the Starcraft 2 Battle Chest going for $29.99 USD — $10 less than buying the three expansions...

WoW secret-finding Discord uncovers secret behind the Sun Darter Hatchling Patch 7.2.5 has only been out for a few days, but that hasn’t stopped the secret-hunting community from spinning on all cylinders in search of its secrets. The latest challenge: discovering how to get the Sun Darter Hatchling pet, a beautiful-looking faerie dragon pet that’s sure to drive auction-house prices skyrocketing be a must-have for...

Latest WoW hotfixes remove a short-lived fishing master Another day, another round of hotfixes. Unfortunately, today’s round includes the removal of the fishing master Ilyssia of the Waters, which also means the datamined fishing bobbers that players have been hunting for quite some time now will remain elusive. Apparently she was not “quite ready for her debut yet,” which is as cryptic a reason...