Battle.net: Its 21-year past and continued future Battle.net has had some tumultuous times over its existence. This November 30 Battle.net will turn 21, and like any service that old it's evolved and grown with the times. It started as basically a chat bot and matchmaking system and has changed over time as the industry changed. To be fair, some of those changes were in response to it, or could even be said to be in mimicry of it -- lots of companies over the years have taken the basic idea of Battle.net and run with it.

You can ask Samwise Didier anything on Reddit right now Update 2: The AMA has ended, but there are plenty of interesting answers in the thread if you want to read through it. Update: The AMA is now live, so ask away! In case you don’t know who Samwise Didier is, he’s a Senior Art Director over at Blizzard who is currently working on Heroes of...




The Queue: We meet again, Brewfest

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!

There was a point where I used to really enjoy Brewfest. I’m not sure where that changed exactly — somewhere in the many years of the holiday being available, my interest waned. By the time the holiday rolled around, I already had gear better than what I could get from Direbrew. I had all the various fun drops. Last year I skipped the event entirely — I think I ran Direbrew on one lone alt that needed a gear boost. But then I realized the event has since had toys added to it, toys that I totally missed in last year’s lackluster run.

So I’m here again, in the chilly hills of Dun Morogh — or on some characters, the heated sands of Durotar — and I am ready to race rams again. So many rams.

You know what, let’s answer your questions instead, okay? For now.


A Thousand Years of War audio drama answers a thousand years of questions Finally, we’ve got some answers! Blizzard has just released not a new short story, but a new three-part audio drama along the same vein as last year’s Tomb of Sargeras. A Thousand Years of War tells the story we’ve seen hinted at since we arrived on Argus – and answers a lot of questions along...

Heroic Antorus raid testing on the PTR Friday Two of the bosses in Antorus, the Burning Throne will be up for raid testing this Friday on the PTR. Blizzard will be testing Garothi Worldbreaker and Felhounds of Sargeras in Heroic mode at 1pm and 2pm PDT respectively. If you’ve been doing world quests on Argus, you’ve already seen the Felhounds of Sargeras —...

I keep rerolling that Troll Druid just because Troll cat form is the best thing ever I love just running around Orgrimmar as a colorful striped cat.




What Warcraft’s patch 7.3.2 spoilers mean for the fate of Azeroth and the next expansion Wowhead has pulled some new voice files out of the recent patch 7.3.2 PTR and ... Guys, if we go any further into this I gotta get this spoiler warning out of the way. Because it's big.Spoilers. Teasing the next expansion. You shouldn't read any further unless you want that.

Overwatch League start date and final teams announced This morning the last three teams were announced for the first season of Overwatch League. The teams, but notably not the rosters, are locked in. Mark your calendars because the start dates for the pre-season and season openers were announced too. The final three teams are really great ones, fandom-wise. Houston, Dallas, and Philadelphia are...



BlizzCon 2017 pre-show videos talk about Ezra Chatterton, cosplay, and more The first set of pre-show video episodes leading up to BlizzCon have gone up for this week and they seem to have a little bit for everyone. Two videos are free for the public, the first episode and a Heroes of the Storm Year In Review, and the other three videos are exclusive to the...

Hearthstone Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook hits shelves November 7 If you liked the official WoW cookbook, you’ll be excited to know the same author is now putting out another with a Hearthstone theme! Hearthstone: Innkeeper’s Tavern Cookbook is currently available for pre-order, and will hit shelves on November 7. This cookbook has six recipes to look through in the Amazon preview, which includes a...

Weapon restrictions and class identity World of Warcraft has weapon restrictions built into its class system. Over the years, it’s changed and relaxed some — Rogues didn’t used to be able to use axes, for example. However, Legion introducing Artifacts in a way reversed that. Even if you can still equip axes on your Rogue, you’re not going to be thanks...

Brewfest 2017: Once again, I will fail at Ram Riding It’s Brewfest again, and I once again have an opportunity to display to the world that I am utter rubbish at riding a ram around while trying to complete a task. I really don’t get enough opportunities to humiliate myself in front of people. Why would I do this to myself again? Because I need...

The Queue: A puppy for you

Was someone talking about puppy pictures? Yes? No? Either way, it doesn’t matter, because I am breaking out the big guns of puppy pictures with the above pair of six-week-old basset hound puppies. Just try to top that, because you can’t. It just not possible.

But, really, give it a try because everyone loves puppy pictures.


Heroes of the Storm: What is quick casting and why is it important? If you’re even a casual fan of Heroes of the Storm, it’s still a good idea to understand the ins and outs of the game. For example, even if you never play a particular hero, it’s still helpful to know their main ability kit. Similarly, understanding what quick casting is and how to use it...

How bad is player toxicity now? I have my own opinion on player toxicity — it’s gotten bad enough that I don’t even do LFR anymore and rarely do five-player content. Even then, it’s mostly late at night or when I have four friends on who want to rock some dungeons — but I’m curious what others think. Do games like Heroes...

Mione solos Helya normal in Trial of Valor While Mione can solo current (and harder!) content than most players are doing currently, like, you know, a full +19 Mythic dungeon, raid bosses still give a bit of trouble. That didn’t stop her though, and the latest boss to fall to her solo endeavor is Normal-mode Helya. Even though it’s on Normal and also...

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