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Are you doing the Glowcap Festival micro-holiday today? Today, and only today, another micro-holiday is popping up on the calendar. The Glowcap Festival is taking place in Zangarmarsh. Help out the Sporelings with some of their typical mushroom malarkey and you’ll net yourself a little Sporeggar rep. I don’t think I’ll be participating today, though. There’s a priest I abandoned a long time ago after...

What’s your binge limit? As I type this, I’m taking advantage of Squirt Day. It’s an occasional demi-holiday when the Squirt team is at the Menagerie during the pet battle bonus event, which ends up with amazing pet XP gains. I wrote a long post about it a while back, but the information about Squirt Day and why it’s a...




What did you get from Heroes 2.0? The Heroes of the Storm development team kicked off Heroes 2.0 yesterday with a bang. The internet hasn’t settled on a term yet, though Christmas of the Storm does have a certain charm to describe a day where loot chests rained from the sky like so many Azmodunks. I mean, systems revamps, new maps, cinematics,...

What’s your favorite Journey to Un’goro card? This is it! We now know all the cards in Journey to Un’goro thanks to Friday’s livestream with Game Director Ben Brode and Frodan. They also showed the new Maiev alternate hero, which can replace Valeera during Rogue games. During the previous livestream, they showcased Swamp King Dred. He’s still my favorite card largely because...

Do you enjoy the Hearthstone’s Journey to Un’goro cards so far? During Friday’s Hearthstone livestream with Day 9 and Senior Designer Peter Whalen, they showcased a handful of cards. I love the new Elise! She comes in at a 5/5 for 5 mana and this time she doesn’t give you a map to the golden monkey. Instead, Elise gives you an Un’goro pack which is literally an...

If you gave out the awards, who’d get one? Last night was The Game Awards and Blizzard was nominated for several. Overwatch took home Game of the Year among others. The Game Awards is a big deal in the game industry, and there were some really poignant moments in the show. As the show went on, I started thinking about what might be nominated in a Blizzard-centric awards show....




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Do you have enough pet battle content? Even though I was watching along to assist where I could with the Q&A liveblog, I literally stepped away for two minutes to pull my pizza rolls out of the oven when Ion Hazzikostas said the next step for pet battles was “pet dungeons.” Wait, what? Ever since BlizzCon the one hot topic in the pet battling world...

How has your Mythic+ dungeon experience been? Last week’s Mythic+ affixes were Necrotic and Raging, which gave me (a Holy Priest) massive fits. I tried doing a Vault of the Wardens +8 and it took us something like three attempts just to take down the first miniboss. Every week, the affixes for these dungeons rotate, in order to bring us some new,...



Do you watch esports, traditional sports, or both? When my husband was eight or nine, he played baseball in a youth league. They lived in Chicago at the time, and ever since he’s been a huge fan of the Cubs. So of course Friday night, the first night the Cubbies appeared this postseason, we ordered a couple pizzas and sat down with the...

Breakfast Topic: How do you like Overwatch’s competitive mode? For me, Overwatch was a total success. The characters were awesome, the community was new and not drowning in toxicity, the gameplay kept things fresh respawn after respawn. I was doing pretty well stats-wise too, though I do have a tendency to commit to YOLO rushes more often than I should. Playing characters that can...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your favorite Whispers of the Old Gods card? April 26 is the day the new Hearthstone expansion goes live. Are you excited? I’m pumped! Not only is Whispers of the Old Golds giving us over 130 new cards, but the new Standard format is being introduced into the game where cards like Dr. Boom, Sludge Belcher, and Death’s Bite can’t be used anymore...

Breakfast Topic: Do you PvP in Warcraft? Personally, I used to PvP quite a bit in Warcraft. Back in The Burning Crusade, I specifically loved restoration shaman. But that was ages ago. I’ll admit that I haven’t felt the draw for it, despite some of the gear sets being pretty neat, in quite a long time. I especially have not felt the desire to...

Breakfast Topic: What’s your long goal for game lulls in WoW? Black Morass is quickly becoming my favorite dungeon for the Burning Crusade Timewalking week. The other dungeons tend to be silent runs, but the Black Morass lets you use mounts, and inevitably, someone makes a remark about wanting someone else’s mount. Occasionally, someone Skymirrors a Tarecgosa or Sandstone Drake and I help to Reflecting Prism that around the...

Breakfast Topic: Gone but not forgotten You know how the old saying goes: another beta cycle, another round of cool things gets the nerf bat. Well, if it’s not a saying, it should be. Every beta cycle between expansions has seen both cosmetic goodies like Dartol’s Rod of Transformation and useful items like Carrot on a Stick make their way to the chopping block....

Breakfast Topic: Holiday traditions I keep a lot of fairly common traditions this time of year. We use great-grandma’s cookie recipe from Germany (even though nobody really wants to eat them), we open presents with a couple bottles of sparkling wine, and every year on Boxing Day we have a pajama party to play with our new stuff. However, my guild...

Breakfast Topic: What are your post-BlizzCon plans? Last week, my gaming goals were pretty casual and ill-defined. I’ve been idly keeping up with my dailies in Heroes of the Storm, though I’ll admit I’ve let a few lapse since the Overwatch beta began. In World of Warcraft, I wasn’t doing much of anything. Sure, I planned on eventually finishing up that flying...