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by Published on 2017-09-19 07:26 AM

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Pirates Day has Begun! Login to Hearthstone and get 100 Gold for Free!

Celebrate Pirate's Day - September 19
Pirate's Day begins is almost here and it brings some updates this year!


Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
It’s Pirate’s Day! Celebrate all things piratical in Booty Bay!

A Pirate’s Life for You
Captain DeMeza has made landfall in the goblin town of Booty Bay to recruit landlubbers into her buccaneer ranks. Visit her or her henchmen in the capital cities if the pirate’s life is for you!

Feeling out of place in Booty Bay without a proper costume? Don’t worry. /Dance one little jig with the Dread Captain DeMeza and she’ll be impressed enough to press you into her crew and outfit you properly. If you get attached to your new look, you can do the quest You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat! Succeed, and you’ll get an Emergency Pirate Outfit (or five) for when Pirate’s Day is but a distant memory and your inner pirate is clawing to get out.

What good is a pirate without an avian companion on their shoulder? Captain DeMeza (for the exchange of a few shiny coins) can help you call forth a temporary companion named Petey to take with you wherever you sail.

From time to time, the captain will shout for a brave party to take on a terror of the deep—an elite shark known as Ol’Eary. Make sure you have a hearty crew with you or you could become just so much chum in the waters of the bay.

Join the Beach Party
Once you and your crew have helped the captain handle Ol’Eary, you can celebrate with the crew at a little beach party* just south of Booty Bay. The exalted among the Bloodsail Buccaneers can also purchase a special new toy from Edward Techt—the Jolly Roger—to show off their dedication to the cause.


If you’re really feeling generous, you can also purchase a Big Bag of Booty from Captain DeMeza and spread the wealth around to all your pirate pals in a burst of glittery glory.

Note: Pirate beach parties do not involve beach blanket bingo, polka dot bikinis, wild bikinis, hipsters, preppies, motorcycle gangs, people named “Annette” or “Frankie,” or impromptu dance-offs between surfers and motorheads. It’s just for pirates. You have been warned.
by Published on 2017-09-18 06:54 AM

Popular HearthPwn Standard and Wild Decks of the Week for September 17

Patch 7.3 - Orix the All-Seer
Patch 7.3 added Orix the All-Seer and wants you to collect Intact Demon Eyes for various rewards!

Head to 60, 45 in Antoran Wastes and jump off the bridge to find his cave. You can click an All-Seer's Focus to get the Agent of the All-Seer buff that allows you to collect the eyes. Be careful, as the buff causes you to take 100% additional damage!


Level Type Name Cost
1Junk Squished Demon Eye50 x Intact Demon Eye
1Companion Pets Cross Gazer1000 x Intact Demon Eye
1Other Gift of the All-Seer200 x Intact Demon Eye
110Other All-Seer's Eye1000 x Intact Demon Eye
1Other Observer's Locus Resonator500 x Intact Demon Eye
1Other All-Seer's Draught25 x Intact Demon Eye


Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment

Build of the Month - September 2017
Each month or so we will post a couple of hardware setups for those of you who are thinking of upgrading their computer!

All of the parts on this page are Amazon affiliate links. When you purchase your parts through them it helps support the site!

This month
The current SSD prices are fairly flat right now, with most SSDs under $0.50 per gigabyte when on sale.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D15.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 7700K and would get more performance from spending that money elsewhere.

Make sure to keep your AMD and Nvidia drivers up to date.

Don't forget to visit the Computer Forum for any extra questions!

Peripherals


Narwhal

MonitorDell U2414H Monitor$225
KeyboardLogitech G710+$99
MouseLogitech G502$50
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$50

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$533
KeyboardCorsair K70$103
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$60
SpeakersLogitech Z523$74


Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.

Puppy

Updated September 18, 2017
$575
Case Carbide Series 200R$65
Power Supply EVGA 600B$49
CPU Intel G4500$71
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard MSI Pro Z270$104
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$79
Graphics Card Gigabyte GTX 1050$115
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Dolphin

Updated September 18, 2017
$942
Case Carbide Series 200R$65
Power Supply EVGA 600B$54
CPU Intel 7600K$222
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$20
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$79
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$220
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.

Narwhal

Updated September 18, 2017
$1244
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$40
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$222
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$152
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$300
$440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$100
$100
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22

Unicorn

Updated September 18, 2017
$1501
Case Corsair Air 540$120
Power Supply EVGA GQ 650W$85
CPU Intel 7600K$222
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$145
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$152
Graphics Card GTX 1070 $440
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$105
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$22


Dark Legacy Comics #599
DLC #599 has been released.

by Published on 2017-09-16 09:24 PM

Developer Chronicles: Patch 2.6.1 Balance Goals & PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47251

The Americas Summer Playoffs Survival Guide! September 16 - 17

Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - September 16
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Argus
  • The Elite enemies around the Seat of the Triumvirate will now leash back to their location when appropriate.

Classes
  • The Netherlight Crucible trait Shadowbind will now correctly benefit from the caster's Critical Strike chance.

Player versus Player

Professions
  • Technique: Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards should be usable again to learn how to make the glyph.

Quests
  • The "All In" scenario in Suramar should no longer become stuck at 96% progress.

Blue Posts
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards
A note on this, as it may be the cause of the confusion here -

We had a bug in 7.3 that caused the Glyph of Ember Shards to be converted to Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards in the Inscription window. While we worked on a fix, we temporarily disabled Inquisitor Vethroz from dropping the new Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards recipe. We’ve now hotfixed the Glyph of Ember Shards back for people who had it in 7.2.5, and scribes can use the recipe dropped from Kil’jaeden again. We’ve also added Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards back as a drop from Inquisitor Vethroz when he next spawns.

Unfortunately we were not able to restore Glyph of Fel-Touched Shards to scribes who had it legitimately from the rare prior to us disabling the drop. However, all scribes should be able get it relatively quickly from Inquisitor Vethroz on Argus.

Thank you for your patience on this issue! (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)

Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Hello there, is artifact power still good for anything after maxing all weapons or can I get rid of a bank full of ap?
The Concordance trait in your Artifacts can be purchased with Artifact Power nearly indefinitely. (WarcraftDevs)

Does netherlight crucible work in arena now?
The baseline item-level increase will have a minimal impact on your total item-level. Additional relic traits will not be active. (WarcraftDevs)

Heroes of the Storm - Assault on Volskaya Foundry
Junkrat, Ana, and the Assault on Volskaya Foundry map and more are coming to Heroes of the Storm!





MMO-Champion Forums Moderator Recruitment
Good news everyone! We're recruiting moderators for the forums again! Please be sure to read the entire post before applying!

by Published on 2017-09-15 08:15 AM

Developer Chronicles: Patch 2.6.1 Balance Goals & PTR Patch Notes 2.6.1 - v2.6.1.47251

Blizzard's Original Ideas for Hearthstone's Death Knights with Mike Donais & Dean Ayala

Patch 7.3 - Zealous Felslinger Armor Set
Patch 7.3 added the Zealous Felslinger cloth armor set. It drops from the Patch 7.3 rare spawns and the various chests around Argus.



Level Type Slot Name Model Viewer
880ClothHead Zealous Felslinger's Visage
 Modelviewer
880ClothShoulders Zealous Felslinger's Epaulets
 Modelviewer
880ClothChest Zealous Felslinger's Robe
 Modelviewer
880ClothWaist Zealous Felslinger's Girdle
 Modelviewer
880ClothLegs Zealous Felslinger's Leggings
 Modelviewer
880ClothFeet Zealous Felslinger's Boots
 Modelviewer
880ClothWrists Zealous Felslinger's Cuffs
 Modelviewer
880ClothHands Zealous Felslinger's Handwraps
 Modelviewer


Patch 7.3 Hotfixes - September 13
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Argus
  • Toraan has been reminded of his allegiances and now provides an Argussian Reach faction discount.
  • Fixed a bug preventing some of the Seat of the Triumvirate dungeon World Quests from counting toward the appropriate Emissary.

Dungeons and Raids
  • Seat of the Triumverate
    • Shadow Pounce cast by Shadow Stalker panthara should no longer destroy Sealed Void Caches for the Let it All Out achievement.
    • Zuraal the Ascended
      • Dark Aberrations should cast Release Void Energy if disoriented.
    • Viceroy Nezhar
      • Fixed a bug where Viceroy Nezhar could cast Howling Dark while under the effects of Dark Bulwark, making it impossible to interrupt.
      • Fixed a bug where Viceroy Nezhar sometimes did not begin the fight by gaining energy.
  • Tomb of Sargeras
    • Mistress Sassz’ine
      • The blood visual for Dread Sharks has been improved on Mythic difficulty.
      • Burden of Pain now counts damage after absorbs such as Stagger, Blood Shield, or Power Word: Shield on all difficulties.

Player versus Player

Quests
  • Fixed a bug preventing Peacebloom vs. Ghouls from being playable for Brazie the Botanist’s quests.

The Mythic Dungeon Invitational Begins September 15!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
The results are in and after some truly fierce competition during the two week Proving Ground period, 32 teams have pushed themselves to the limit and proven they are ready for their next challenge in the Mythic Dungeon Invitational. Eight teams from China, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and the Americas will compete over the span of three weekends to see who will make it to the top 8 before moving on to the semi-finals and finals.

Check out the teams in the official post!

So, What's Next?
Each team will compete over three weekends head-to-head within the Mythic Dungeons. Two teams will advance from each region during a single-elimination, best-of-3 format. These teams will need to balance speed, skill, and strategy to claim their victory over their opponents. Keystone levels and affixes will be determined by Blizzard and all competition will take place on special tournament realms in which all players compete on an even playing field.

Check out the list of Keystone Affixes that we’ll be putting into play during the competition:

Affix 1
  • Sanguine
  • Teeming
  • Bolstering
  • Raging
  • Explosive

Affix 2
  • Quaking
  • Volcanic
  • Explosive
  • Grievous
  • Volcanic

Affix 3
  • Tyrannical
  • Tyrannical
  • Fortified
  • Fortified
  • Teeming

Event Schedule
The competition all begins this weekend on Twitch Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16 when the top teams in China begin their bid to make it to the Global top 8.

Here’s the full schedule of events:

Weekend 1: China and Asia-Pacific
China: Friday, September 15 at 9:00 p.m. PDT
Asia-Pacific: Saturday, September 16 at 9:00 p.m. PDT

Weekend 2: Europe and The Americas
Saturday, September 23 at 5:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, September 24 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Weekend 3: Global Top 8, Semi-Finals, and Finals
Saturday, September 30 at 9:00 a.m. PDT
Sunday, October 1 at 9:00 a.m. PDT

Where to Watch
You can catch all the action in English on the official Warcraft Twitch channel https://www.twitch.tv/warcraft. Hosts Adrian "Healingstat" Archer-Lock, Daniel "AutomaticJak" Anzenberger, Martin "Treckie" Meiner, Richard Campbell, Robert Wing and Ted "Sloot" Bacinschi will be on hand to provide commentary and expertise on all the action.

We’re also working to provide additional language support for this event, so check back soon for more listings. You won’t want to miss a thing!

Learn more about the Mythic Dungeon Invitational in our previous announcement or head over to the official World of Warcraft Esports site.

Play Overwatch Free September 22–25 on PC, PlayStation® 4, and Xbox One
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
Attention, recruits! If you haven't already had the opportunity to suit up and save the world as one of the heroes of Overwatch, now's your chance.

From September 22–25, we're calling on all prospective agents: assemble your team and dive in during the Overwatch Free Weekend on PC, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One!

For this free weekend, we're making Overwatch's full roster of 25 heroes and 16 maps available for play in a variety of modes, including Quick Play, Custom Games, and the Arcade. Players will also have the ability to level up, earn Loot Boxes, and unlock a variety of different customization options.

Plus, if you decide to purchase Overwatch after test driving the game, you'll get to keep any progress that you made during the weekend—just be sure to use the same Blizzard, Sony Entertainment, or Xbox Live account that you played on.

For more details and to learn how you can participate, read on below!

Deployment Schedule
The Overwatch Free Weekend will run from September 22–25. PlayStation 4 owners with a PlayStation Plus membership, Xbox One owners with an Xbox Live Gold membership, and Windows PC users with a Battle.net account will be able to download and play Overwatch for FREE during this period—no special keys or sign-up codes needed!


The free period will begin on September 22 at 11am PT and end on September 25 at 11:59pm PT in all participating regions across all platforms. If you'd like to see when the weekend will go live in your region, check out the guides below. For additional time zone assistance, please visit timezoneconverter.com.

The Overwatch Free Weekend may not be available on all platforms in all regions. See our FAQ for details.

Installation and Play Instructions
Before your watch can begin, you'll first need to install Overwatch on your chosen platform. Every platform is a little different—to install and play on September 22, please follow the instructions below.

For Windows:
Step 1: Download and install the Blizzard Battle.net desktop app, if you haven't already, and launch it.
Step 2: Create a FREE Blizzard account, or log in with an existing account.
Step 3: Click the "Overwatch" icon, located on the left-hand side of the Blizzard desktop app.
Step 4: Select your region from the drop-down menu, then click "Install" to begin the installation process.
Step 5: Once installed, click "Play" to begin!

For Playstation 4:
Step 1: Turn on your PlayStation 4 and log in to your preferred local user.
Step 2: Go to PlayStation Store and select "Search" from the top menu.
Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
Step 4: Select "Overwatch Free Weekend" from the search results and then click "Download."
Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Start" to begin!

For Xbox One:
Step 1: Turn on your Xbox One and log in to your Xbox Live account.
Step 2: Go to the Xbox One Store, then select "Search."
Step 3: In the search field, type in "Overwatch."
Step 4: Select "Overwatch: Origins Edition" from the search results and then click "Free Trial."
Step 5: Once the download and installation process is complete, click "Launch" to begin!

The Overwatch Free Weekend client will be available for download from September 22–25.

Free Weekend FAQ
Q. In what regions is the Free Weekend available?
A. The Free Weekend will be offered in all regions on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. On PC, it will only be available in our Americas, Europe, and Asia gameplay regions—excluding Korea. For more information on which countries are associated with each of our Blizzard gameplay regions, click here.

Q. What game content will be available during the Free Weekend?
A. During the Free Weekend, players will have access to Overwatch's full roster of heroes, maps, and a selection of features—including Quick Play, Custom Games, the Arcade, and Loot Boxes.

Q. How many heroes are available in Overwatch?
A. There are 25 heroes available to play in Overwatch! To learn more about these heroes, click here.

Q. How many maps are available in Overwatch?
A. There are 4 different game modes and 16 different maps available in Overwatch!

  • Assault: Hanamura, Horizon Lunar Colony, Temple of Anubis, and Volskaya Industries
  • Escort: Dorado, Junkertown, Route 66, and Watchpoint: Gibraltar
  • Assault/Escort Hybrid: Eichenwalde, Hollywood, King's Row, and Numbani
  • Control: Ilios, Lijiang Tower, Nepal, and Oasis

Q. How many players does each mode support?
A. Quick Play maps supports 12 players in a 6v6 format. The Arcade features alternate games modes and maps that support players in a 1v1, 3v3, 6v6, and free-for-all formats.

Q. What different play modes are available in Overwatch during the Free Weekend?
A. There are a variety of ways to play Overwatch during the Free Weekend!

  • Quick Play: Jump into a game against other players of similar skill.
  • Play vs. AI: Hone your skills against a team of AI-controlled heroes.
  • Custom Game: Customize the rules and play a game with your friends or AI.
  • The Arcade: Change things up with alternate games modes featuring different rules sets and restrictions.

Players can also learn the ropes in a series of training modes: Tutorial, Practice Range, and Practice vs. AI.

Q. Do I need Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus membership to participate in the Free Weekend?
A. Xbox Live Gold and PlayStation Plus are required to play during the Free Weekend.

Q. What languages are supported during Free Weekend?
A. The Free Weekend will be supported in 13 languages across all platforms: English, French, German, Polish, Italian, Russian, Castilian Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Korean, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese.

Q. Will my progress from the Free Weekend carry over if I purchase Overwatch later?
A. Yes. Any progression you earn, including levels as well as skins and other items you get from Loot Boxes, will carry over to the full game if you purchase Overwatch® Game of the Year Edition on Xbox One or PlayStation 4 or any version of Overwatch on PC—just be sure you purchase the game on the same account you played on during this free weekend.

Your stats will also be retained. (Trophies and achievements, however, have been disabled for the Free Weekend.)

Q. Will PC and console gamers be able to play together during the Free Weekend?
A: No, cross-platform play is not available in Overwatch.

Q. Will there be any sort of maintenance planned during the Free Weekend?
A. There's no downtime or maintenance currently planned for the Free Weekend. If this plan changes at any point, we'll be sure to provide information about major service interruptions in the official forums. For additional status updates, be sure to follow @PlayOverwatch on Twitter.

Overwatch Developer Update - Play Nice, Play Fair
Jeff talked about the rise of in-game toxicity, the Overwatch team’s current plans to help reduce it, and ways that players can contribute.


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