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Heroes of the Storm Medic & Artanis PTR Patch - Hero Changes & More

Armory Stats - Battle Pet Leveling and Achievement Points
It's still Pet Battle Bonus Weekend, and we are concluding the pet battle related posts by taking a look at the remaining battle pet achievements. Today's data is from 2.1 million players (not characters) that were active after August 1st.

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Blue Tweets - Developer Communication
Originally Posted by Blizzard Entertainment
How many game designers have been fired via online petition? Asking for a friend.(holinka)
Hmm maybe you know @OccupyGStreet? (holinka)
Ha ha, no I just mean he had many of these silly petitions in his time. Just pointing out we've seen this before. (holinka)
The more likely outcome is your boss says "Keep doing what you're doing, but stop talking to players because it's controversial." (OccupyGStreet)
Yep, ties into that "why game devs don't communicate with players" article you linked previously. (Celestalon)
I don't think this particular group cares about communication. They are unhappy and want corrective action. (holinka)
They are operating under the false belief that I am standing in the way of them getting what they want. (holinka)

Can't punish communication to all players due to a horrible few.
Our team's strategy is to communicate through @WarcraftDevs & not our personal accounts. That's fine. (holinka)

Jay Wilson
Ha! I know for a fact that isn't true. (holinka)
I know, but I still think he was majorly unfairly crucified in the community. They also seem to take 'credit' for him leaving.
Yes certainly unfortunate. He is like a design buddha. Kind and helpful to everyone he meets. (holinka)

Ghostcrawler Tweets
Ghostcrawler still occasionally talks about WoW. Remember that he no longer works for or speaks for Blizzard.
Originally Posted by MMO-Champion
With an MMO, not necessarily WoW mind, how important should micro vs macro customization be? Are big choices more fun?
Typically you don't get to make the big choices very often so having the "tweaky" little ones can feel satisfying IMO. (OccupyGStreet)

is it a lost cause to try to get players to express right feedback versus the wrong type of feedback?
I find it cumbersome to give players too many rule about how they can provide feedback. (OccupyGStreet)
If you can get them to consider how their feedback will be viewed (oh this guy is just ranting) that can focus their point. (OccupyGStreet)

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

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

New CPUs from Intel and GPUs from AMD are here, but they aren't huge improvements over the previous generation.

Depending on how much you want to overclock, you may need to spend a bit more for a better CPU cooler like the NH-D14.

Unless you are doing a lot of video rendering or streaming, you do not need the 6700K and should spend 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!

ComponentPuppy Dolphin
MonitorASUS VS228H-P 22-Inch Monitor - $115ASUS VS248H-P 24-Inch Monitor - $140
KeyboardKensington Pro Fit Media Keyboard - $22Cyborg V.5 - $58
MouseLogitech G402 - $50Razer DeathAdder - $53
SpeakersCreative A250 2.1 Speaker System - $30Logitech Z313 Speaker System - $32
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
MonitorDell P2414H Monitor - $200Dell U2412M - $263
KeyboardLogitech G510s - $77Corsair Vengeance K70 - $123
MouseLogitech G502 - $58Razer Naga 2014 - $70
SpeakersLogitech Z323 2.1 Speaker System - $50Logitech Speaker System Z523 - $86

Puppy and Dolphin
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Puppy and Dolphin.
ComponentPuppy Dolphin
CaseNZXT Source 210 - $48NZXT Source 210 - $48
Power SupplyEVGA 600B - $63EVGA 600B - $63
CPUAMD FX-6300 - $100AMD FX-8320 - $140
HeatsinkCooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO - $31
MotherboardASUS M5A97 R2.0 - $94ASUS M5A99FX PRO - $104
MemoryKingston HyperX FURY 8GB 1866 - $448GB G.Skill DDR3 1600 - $54
Graphics CardMSI R7 260X - $130R9 270X / GTX 960 - $200 / $171
Hard DriveWestern Digital Caviar Blue 500GB - $36Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB - $82
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$567$714 - 743

Narwhal and Unicorn
All of these parts can be mixed and matched to create a build between Narwhal and Unicorn.
ComponentNarwhal Unicorn
CaseCooler Master HAF 912 - $66Corsair Air 540 - $137
Power SupplyEVGA G2 650W - $100EVGA G2 650W - $100
CPUIntel 6600K - $275Intel 6600K - $275
HeatsinkScythe Mugen 4 - $52Noctua 6 NH-D14 - $76
MotherboardASUS Z170-A - $164ASUS Z170-A - $164
Memory8GB Crucial Ballistix Sport DDR4 2400 - $5016GB Kingston HyperX FURY DDR4 2133 - $116
Graphics CardGigabyte R9 380 - $230Gigabyte R9 390 OR ASUS GTX 970 - $310 / $320
Hard DriveWestern Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $116Western Digital 2TB Caviar Black - $116
SSDCrucial BX100 250GB (Review) - $85
SAMSUNG 850 EVO 250GB (Review) - $89
SanDisk Extreme PRO 240GB (Review) - $120
SAMSUNG 850 Pro 256GB (Review) - $133
DVDAsus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21Asus 24X SATA DVD+/-RW - $21
Total$1159 - 1207$1400 - 1458

Heroes of the Storm PTR - New Skins, Mounts, and Animations
More goodies from the PTR today, with new skins and mounts previewed, along with the new and upgraded animations.

This article was originally published in forum thread: Armory Stats - Pet Battles, Blue Tweets, Setup of the Month, Heroes PTR Updates started by chaud View original post
Comments 26 Comments
  1. davidcryix's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by heinz0r View Post
    Brian Holinka is responsible for the pvp experience, yet you come here and tell me I am wrong, then start talking about things that have no connection to pvp. The things you said may all be true, I will neither comment or deny that, but you are simply barking at the wrong tree here
    That's fair enough. I don't really know if pvp "is worse" than cataclysm or not I guess since its not my thing. Not very good at arenas and don't usually take the time to do BG's and such any more. Ashran definitely isn't great but generally speaking i feel like ever single patch of every single expansion is "worse" than the last as far as pvp people are concerned. Forever, really. What was so good about wrath pvp that is so messed up now? It's hard to tell from your post what your specific grievances are.
  1. Vegas82's Avatar
    I like how more people have leveled their pets to 25 than level 10 as per the graph. Pretty funny stuff there.
  1. Nerraw's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    I like how more people have leveled their pets to 25 than level 10 as per the graph. Pretty funny stuff there.
    The 10 achi doesn't proc if you've captured a pet that's above 10 at the time of capture.
  1. Youn's Avatar
    How do only 60% of the players have the 1 pet to 25 achievement?

    You have to walk over to that exclamation mark in your garrison and click on it. She gives you an instant level 25 pet. Seems like even curiosity would have gotten more people.
  1. Vegas82's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Nerraw View Post
    The 10 achi doesn't proc if you've captured a pet that's above 10 at the time of capture.
    It's still pretty funny since low level pets can be PL'd easily to 10 pretty quickly.
  1. toliman's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Vegas82 View Post
    It's still pretty funny since low level pets can be PL'd easily to 10 pretty quickly.
    I've collected something like 650+ unique pets, i still hate levelling and/or running the daily. still have that stab of resentment when riding past on the way to the docks on horde, and completely (sort of) ignore it when on alliance.

    If i could collect 10 levels a day, it would still take 300+ days to get my pets up to 25. i've also no interest in pvp or pet battle pvp either. it's tedium.

    as for holinka, i have no comment. i've spent about 4 minutes in ashran pvp total. if there was an achieve or bonus weekend prize for not participating in ashran, it might bankrupt the game.

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