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by Published on 2017-05-23 05:27 PM

Overwatch Sale: Amazon has Overwatch: Origins Edition on sale.

Community Highlights: Podcasts, Cosplays, and Necromancer Video Content

The Hearthstone Global Games - Week 7

New Plush and In-Game Pet: Meet Squirky!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
We’ve added a new member to the murloc family. Meet Squirky! This cuddly bit of sunshine will mrgrrgrgllll straight into your heart, both as a cuddly plush and as an in-game pet you can capture and take along on your adventures.

Squirky Murloc Plush
“Off the coast of Azsuna lies Seabreak Isle, home to the wild and secretive Squigglefin tribe. We’ve heard rumors of intrepid explorers who’ve successfully domesticated young Squigglefin, called ‘Squirkies,’ but no one’s sure if it can actually be done. Grab a Squirky plush and find out for yourself! Measures 7” tall, made of polyester.”


Purchase your Squirky plush today!

Squirky Battle Pet
Looking to add to your in-game pet collection? Be prepared to face dangers untold just off the coast of Azsuna on Seabreak Isle. These elite members of the Squigglefin tribe aren’t going to be happy about your visit to their little home, but if you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find Squirky among them. Summon your veteran pet battle team into action, and make him a part of your own band of merry battle pets.


Good luck, collectors!

Breaching the Tomb
The next step of Breaching the Tomb is available now. Head to the Broken Shore to pick up Take Out the Head from Maiev, rewarding 3000 x Nethershard. This will also grant another 1500 Armies of Legionfall reputation.



World Boss - Levantus
Levantus is up this week! He drops item level 860 gear and a Blood Relic. Shaman can also get the The Warmace of Shirvallah hidden artifact appearance for Doomhammer.






Bonus Event - Cataclysm Timewalking
Cataclysm Timewalking is back this week.





WowCraft - Ep 36: Darkness Called
Another episode of WowCraft has been released.

by Published on 2017-05-22 11:06 PM

ZOMBS.io - a new Zombie tower defense game. Build your base and defend it against zombies at night!

Community Highlights: Podcasts, Cosplays, and Necromancer Video Content

What Happened in Hearthstone? Taking a Look Back at May 15 - 21

Patch 7.2 Hotfixes - May 22
You can see the Artifact Knowledge multipliers here.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Achievements
  • Grand Opening” now requires 8 spotlights activated during the Chronomatic Anomaly encounter (was 12).

Classes

Class Hall
  • Artifact Knowledge can now be researched to a maximum level of 40 (was 50).
    • Developers’ Notes: We raised the Knowledge cap from 40 to 50 very late in the 7.2 PTR cycle, out of an abundance of caution: We wanted to ensure that players of all playstyles, as well as alt characters, would view the Concordance trait as accessible. However, between the additional Artifact Power gains added in 7.2 and others that were hotfixed in after the patch released, we’re now well ahead of that mark. Knowledge 40 now seems more than sufficient for players to reach Concordance, and the prospect of months’ worth of additional Knowledge still left to research makes some players feel like their efforts in the interim aren’t meaningful. Therefore, we’re rolling the cap back to 40.

Player versus Player
  • Deepwind Dunk is now 15 minutes long, and each player killed during Deepwind Dunk awards 5 points.
  • Paladin (Forums / Skills / Talent Calculator / Artifact Calculator / PvP Talent Calculator)
    • Attacking a Judged target will now cause Judge Unworthy to only spread that target's Judgment, instead of all your nearby Judgments.
    • Judge Unworthy can now spread Judgment to targets that are under the effects of crowd-control abilities.
    • Damage from Lawbringer can no longer cause Judge Unworthy to spread Judgment.

UI
  • Players using Korean and Chinese clients can now chat in public chat channels on the Broken Shore.

WoW Arena Championship Cup #3: Sign Up Now!
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Signups are open for Cup #3 and we’re waiting for YOU to become the next WoW Arena champions. The final 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch, on Saturday June 10th at 11:00am PDT, so whether you’re competing, curious or just plain old crazy about esports—you can find out how to get involved below. See you on June 10th!

All About Tournaments
  • The events are 3v3 Arena Tournaments on live realms.
  • There is a double-elimination bracket, so watch out!
  • Team rosters are 4-player, but you can sign-up with 3.
  • All series are best-of-5.
  • Tournament Mode is required; all gear is normalized and honor talents and artifact power are maximized

All About Prize Pools
  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

All About Rosters
  • Didn’t finish in the top 6 in the first tournament? Not a problem! Teams can change their team members as often as they want, until points are earned. Once you have points on the board, your teams are set in stone. Well, except. . .
  • Teams who earn points are allotted one roster swap without consequences.
  • After the free swap, there is an automatic 50% reduction to your points tally.
  • If you want to know more, read our official Championship rules below.

Signups for NA Cup #3 Are Live!
  • Signups are live!
  • Signups will be open until 9:00am PDT on Monday, June 5th.
  • Teams will be seeded by the rating they achieve as signups close.
  • Bracket play starts on the 7th, and plays through the 8th May (if a second day is needed).
  • The last 8 teams will be broadcast live on Twitch on Saturday, June 10th starting at 11:00am PDT.
  • We’re excited to partner-up with GCDTV, who will be helping us out with all that has to happen behind the scenes (which is a lot).
  • The full rules and regs—plus the essential player handbook—can be found here.
  • Dates and signups for future cups will be coming soon!

Cup Dates For Your Diary
  • Cup #4: Final 8 broadcast Saturday, July 29th
  • Cup #5: Final 8 broadcast Saturday, August 5th

Want To Run Your Own Tournament?
We would love to see more of these! The more community involvement the better and there are some seriously solid reasons for doing it. Community-run tournaments directly impact which teams end up in the Arena World Championships, as all approved community-run events award points. If you’re interested, here’s what you should do: read the guide, fill out the application form and send in it to us. If you have any questions about running your own event, get in touch. We’re here to help and want you to create as many community events as it’s possible to have.

Con Before the Storm
Podcasters, streamers, pro teams, artists, news sites and fan sites come together for Con Before the Storm, which will be on Thursday Nov. 2nd. Their Kickstarter is coming to an end in the next week, so don't miss out if you want to contribute.



FinalBossTV #140 - Windwalker Monks
This week FinalBossTV focuses on Windwalker Monks.

by Published on 2017-05-21 10:40 PM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch 2.6.0.45634

Congratulations to the European Spring Playoffs Top 8 - Results, Decks, VoDs

Addon - RelicInspector
RelicInspector lets you see additional information about relic items and the relics socketed into Artifact Weapons:

  • Lists all of the specs a Relic will work for.
  • Lists the effect a relic has for your off-specs.
  • Lists the item level, type, trait, and effect of relics in other player's Artifact Weapons.



Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Missing frost trait Relic in Tomb. Any reasons? Howling Blast relic havent been in raid since EN.
There’s a Shadow relic with the trait you’re looking for, dropped by a boss whose name rhymes with "Lil Maiden". (WarcraftDevs)

7.2 patch notes says you can right click class tokens to give you a set item. Not working with ICC tokens. Intended or bug?
This is intended. The ICC tokens are valid for multiple slots, so you'll still visit the vendor to choose the one you want. (WarcraftDevs)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
What are your thoughts on creating/designing rewards around the top % of players? As a player it feels like developers are afraid of making exclusive rewards in games hard to obtain, or only available for a short period of time, as the remaining x% (majority of playerbase) will never get to obtain said rewards. Which leads to a lot of the coolest rewards being easily attainable, thus making getting a really cool skin, or mount not feel rewarding as it was trivial to get, and everyone has it.
I’m a big fan of exclusive, prestige rewards for the best players. Having something that aspirational has benefits I believe even for players who have little chance of ever earning them.

That said, I don’t think it’s the right design to have great rewards for the best players and only hopes and dreams for everyone else.

If you unpack player motivations for earning a piece of content, they usually fall out into buckets like this:

  • I want to show off what a bad ass I am.
  • I want to express what kind of player I am.
  • The content has power and I need it to stay competitive.
  • It’s something fun.

Bullet 1 is definitely there to serve the top percent of players. Bullet 2 is less about recognition and more about communicating to other players about who I am. I’d be careful about locking those kind of rewards away to the top percent. You can get away with locking up a little bit of power under the justification that it gets more relevant at the more competitive upper end of the player base, but you have to be careful. Bullet 4 is where it’s easy to get into trouble where players are just in love with something (and not just because it symbolizes achievement). For category 4, I’d make the rewards highly available. (Source)



Build of the Month - May 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+$83
MouseLogitech G502$56
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1$38

Unicorn

MonitorDell U2715H Monitor$470
KeyboardCorsair K70$100
MouseRazer Naga Chroma$63
SpeakersLogitech Z523$75


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

Puppy

Updated May 21, 2017
$631
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel i3-7100$115
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
Graphics Card ASUS RX 460$100
Hard Drive Western Digital Blue 1TB$50
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Dolphin

Updated May 21, 2017
$839
Case Carbide Series 200R$59
Power Supply EVGA 600B$48
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO$25
Motherboard ASUS Z270-K$140
Memory 8GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$74
Graphics Card GTX 1060 3GB$160
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 1TB$73
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


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

Narwhal

Updated May 21, 2017
$1185
Case Cooler Master HAF 912$60
Power Supply SeaSonic SSR-650RM 650W$80
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua NH-U12S$58
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060$230
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD Crucial MX300 275GB OR
Samsung Evo 850 250GB
$100
$108
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20

Unicorn

Updated May 21, 2017
$1333
Case Corsair Air 540$128
Power Supply EVGA G2 650W$90
CPU Intel 7600K$240
Heatsink Noctua 6 NH-D15$90
Motherboard ASUS Z270-A$150
Memory 16GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4$127
Graphics Card GTX 1060 OR
GTX 1070
$230
$370
Hard Drive Western Digital Black 2TB$120
SSD SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB$138
DVD Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW$20


Heroes of the Storm - Nexus Challenge Final Days
The final day of the Nexus Challenge is upon us! It is your last chance to earn Overwatch and Heroes rewards.



Dark Legacy Comics #585
DLC #585 has been released!

by Published on 2017-05-20 10:03 PM

Diablo 3 PTR Patch 2.6.0.45634

Fireside Gatherings: Host Your Own Summer Tavern Hero Qualifier

Armory Stats - Prestige Level
Today we are taking a look at the Prestige Level achievements of players. This data comes from 1.9 million US and EU players active in the last month.

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Raid Testing Cancelled
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
This test is being canceled due to a client crash that won't be resolved until the next PTR build. Apologies for the short notice.

Upcoming Overwatch Books
Three new Overwatch books are now available for pre-order.




Blue Tweets
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
Will echos of battle carry over to the next PvP season?
Echoes of Battle and Domination will be converted to gold at the end of the season. (WarcraftDevs)

EU Arena Cup #2 - Saturday and Sunday at 16:00 CEST
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker / Official Forums)
Cup #2 of the WoW Arena World Championship goes live Saturday 20th May. To keep up with the action, tune in to the broadcast at 3.30pm CEST, with matches kicking off at 4.00pm CEST sharp. Don’t miss out!

Here’s where to catch the action, 20th and Sunday 21st at 16:00 CEST

Eight Epic Teams

  • Northern Gaming Blue
  • Enjoy Legion
  • ABC
  • EMO
  • Boyzz
  • KFC Managers
  • Making A Movie
  • Method

Your Hosts
We have 2 casters “Adrian ‘Healingstat’ Archer-Lock” and “Richard Campbell”

Points Promote Players – Get Involved!

Cup Events
  • 1st place: $3,000, 160 points
  • 2nd place: $1,500, 80 points
  • 3rd place: $1,000, 36 points
  • 4th place: $500, 20 points
  • 5th and 6th places: 12 points each

Approved Community Events
  • 1st place: 40 points
  • 2nd place: 20 points
  • 3rd place: 12 points
  • 4th place: 8 points
  • 5th and 6th places: N/A

Find out more in our Arena World Championship announcement here.


Want In On The Action?
We want to see a ton of community involvement, and would love some of you out there hold your own events. Not only will you be part of the action, you’ll help teams place higher on the ladder— as approved community events award points too! Want to know more? Get in touch. Want to run your own event? Apply here.

Good luck to all the teams and see you on Saturday and Sunday during the stream!!

Overwatch Anniversary Event
Overwatch is having an annivesary event from May 23 - June 12. So far we have seen some new maps, voice lines, and dance emotes.



Overwatch Free Weekend - May 26 - 29
Overwatch will be free to play from May 26 - 29, giving everyone a chance to participate in the Overwatch Anniversary event.



FinalBossTV #139 - How is Legion, So Far
FinalBossTV talked to Preach and Ghost this week about how Legion has been going so far.

by Published on 2017-05-18 06:21 PM

Destiny 2 Coming to Battle.net
Destiny 2 is coming to Battle.Net! This announcement is especially interesting after the announcement about transitioning away from the Battle.net name.
Originally Posted by Blizzard (Blue Tracker)
We want to let everyone know that a new game will be appearing alongside your favorite Blizzard games—one that’s a little different from what you might normally expect. Bungie’s upcoming first-person action game Destiny 2 will be joining the party! We’re excited to announce that we're partnering with Bungie and Activision to support the PC version of Destiny 2 exclusively via Battle.net.

We’re big fans of Destiny here at Blizzard, and we’re honored to be able to help the talented folks at Bungie and Activision bring their much-anticipated sequel to a new platform. Being on Battle.net will allow Destiny 2 to plug in to our existing global network, freeing up the developers at Bungie to focus their energy and resources on making the best and most fun game they possibly can. This also means Destiny 2 players will have access to our online social functionality, including chat with friends, the ability to see which of their friends are online in Destiny 2 or in Blizzard games, and the ability to stream gameplay directly to Facebook.

See the FAQ below for further platform details, and stay tuned for updates as we get closer to welcoming Destiny 2 and its players to Battle.net. To learn more about Destiny 2, head over to www.destinythegame.com.


Why are you adding a non-Blizzard game to Blizzard's platform?
We loved Destiny and think Destiny 2 is going to be a great game. Blizzard has an established and successful global internet infrastructure we’ve used for years to support our own games. Creating a new network client for Destiny 2, which is bringing the franchise to PC for the first time, would needlessly extend the development period for the game. We want to get our hands on Destiny 2 as soon as possible like everybody else, so we offered to share our PC platform with our sister companies for this release.

Does this mean other games are going to come to the Blizzard platform too?
Our focus in terms of supporting non-Blizzard games is solely around Destiny 2. Aside from potentially evaluating needs or opportunities for future Activision games, we don’t have any short- or long-term plans to support third-party games with Battle.net. It’s important to us to maintain our quality standards for any experience or service we’re putting in front of our players, which represents a big investment of time and effort on our part, so this is not something we’re jumping into lightly.

Does this mean I'll be able to use my Blizzard Balance to purchase Destiny 2?
Yes!

Will Destiny 2 offer the same cross-game social features that Blizzard titles currently have?
Destiny 2 will be integrated into many of Blizzard’s existing social features—you’ll be able to chat with friends playing Destiny 2 the same way you already can for Blizzard games. Players will also be able to add friends and form parties the same way Blizzard gamers can. And, you’ll see a Destiny 2 status icon by your friends who are playing Destiny 2 the same way you do for friends playing StarCraft II, Diablo III, WoW, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch.

Where and when will Destiny 2 on PC be available?
We’re excited to work with Bungie to bring the PC version of Destiny 2 to every region Blizzard currently operates in. Bungie is actively working through the global details. We look forward to sharing additional information later this year.

Who will be operating Destiny 2’s servers?
Bungie will maintain Destiny 2’s servers; Blizzard’s servers will be used for features related to the Blizzard platform, such as login and social functionality.

And what about customer service?
Destiny 2’s gameplay customer service will be handled by Bungie; Blizzard will handle customer service for platform and shop issues specific to our service.

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