Episode 21: Orcs, Vikings and Pirates

“Arrrrrrrrrrr you ready for the next card back in Hearthstone? Could Vikings be arriving in the Nexus? And Virtual Ticket info for Blizzcon has been announced!”

Hearthstone

Yarr! New card back finally revealed

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Source: http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/15551018/hearthstone%E2%84%A2-september-2014-ranked-play-season-plundering-pirates-9-3-2014

Heroes of the Storm

Heroes
– When asked about Lost Vikings, Browder said to “stay tuned”.
– No plans for Deathwing as playable hero, he’s too big. Maybe a boss on a map instead.
– We should see a patch containing one of the new heroes (Chen, Anub’Arak, Azmodan) soon. One hero should be released with each patch, and we’ll see these hero releases every 4-6 weeks.

Game Modes
– There wasn’t any discussion regarding a Free For All mode. New modes are something to look at next year.
– The team still needs to get Draft Mode and Ranked Mode out there.
– Draft Mode will allow you to see which map you are playing on so that you can pick the best composition for that map.

eSports
– The community should be able to do whatever they want with the game, we’re going to do all the same things we did with StarCraft;
– Replay system, observer mode, a “clean” game, and art that read well.
– Things that are good for eSports are also good for the game. They make a good game.
– If eSports takes off, the dev team will be watching and will help improve things where they can

Battlegrounds
– Ladder battleground rotation should be around 6-8 maps. Maps will be switched when new maps come out.
– The team is currently looking at the battleground rotation as being something done every ladder season, not every week like the heroes.
– Battleground seasons “every 3 to 4 months”.

Future
– They want the game to remain accessible to a large audience while keeping depth to the game. You should still be learning new things after sinking hundreds of hours into it.
– Heroes is running on “very limited” hardware at the moment. Once the team is happy with the stability of the game, it will go into a Closed Beta and then an Open Beta.

Source: http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1187-heroes-developer-interviews-heroes-game-modes

World of Warcraft
Warlords of Draenor Beta changes

Currency changes
– During the 6.0 pre-patch, item upgrades will cost 50 Lesser Charms instead of Valor Points and Warforged Seals will no longer be capped.
– Leveling heirlooms now cost 400g, but prices aren’t final.
– Justice and Valor gear cost anywhere from 15g to 200g
– Warlords set tokens will work like Timeless Isle tokens.

Brewfest
– You can finally unsubscribe from Brewfest mail: Angry Brewfest Letter

angry brewfest letter

Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4292-Warlords-of-Draenor-Beta-Build-18816-Dev-Q-A-Raid-Testing-Valor-and-Lesser-Charm

Twitter Q&A

Garrison Buildings
– You will be able to swap garrison outposts at Level 100.
– If you build a profession building for a profession you know, you will get a faster daily cooldown, the highest tier recipes, and other perks.
– If you build a profession building that is for a profession you don’t know, you will still be able to have the NPCs craft all but the best things from that profession.
– Level 3 garrison blueprints will be account-wide, as they are unlocked from achievements.

Garrison Quests
– You can invite friends to your garrison to help with invasions. There are Bronze, Silver, and Gold level rewards depending on how well you repel the invasion, so having a friend help out might be useful.
– NPCs that invade your garrison can attack buildings or walls, kidnap followers, or do other things using a new AI system.
– Every week or so you will get a story quest at your garrison, somewhat like the Patch 5.1 daily quests.
– There are sixteen weeks worth of non-repeatable story quests right now, which take place in the max level areas in Draenor zones.
– The first few weeks you build up your garrison and meet some characters, then around eight weeks in the more exciting parts start.
– You should be able to do these quests with friends.

Garrisons Misc
– Instead of dismissing followers, you will just deactivate them. This allows them to keep all of their experience. Reactivation has a daily cooldown and gold cost.
– Death Knights that are exalted with Knights of the Ebon Blade will be able to recruit all Death Knight guards for their garrison.

Misc
– Some of the max level areas in Draenor are group areas.
– The legendary quest has you working with Archmage Khadgar to build a legendary ring over the course of the expansion, starting at level 98. There aren’t any PvP elements or long grinds in this questline this time.
– Originally the team was going to make it really hard to get back to Azeroth after disabling the Dark Portal, but that didn’t feel fun.
– The team was working on Warlords of Draenor before Mists of Pandaria was done. They have been trying to think about the next few expansions ahead of time to make the story fit together better. They already have a really good idea of what the next expansion will be about now.

Source: http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4299-Warlords-of-Draenor-Live-Developer-Q-A

Lords of War – Pt 2
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4301-Lords-of-War-Part-Two-Grommash

General Blizzard

Blizzcon virtual tickets available
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4298-Blizzcon-2014-Virtual-Ticket-Now-on-Sale

Last Orders

E: Click, click, boom!
http://tinyurl.com/puqlsnh

Episode 20: A Sea of Seasons

“Seasons! Seasons everywhere as Diablo gets a new patch and Season 6 begins in Hearthstone and the next WoW expansion might be here sooner than we think.”

Hearthstone

Blizzard hires HS pro
http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/28/blizzard-hire-hearthstone-pro-to-help-design-hearthstone/

Hearthstone tracker program
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvA1fVB1CJQ

Diablo 3

2.1 Patch is live!
http://www.diablofans.com/news/48184-2-1-releases-tomorrow-patch-2-1-roundup

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft 2?
http://www.geek.com/games/blizzard-has-been-thinking-about-world-of-warcraft-2-for-a-decade-1602186/

Next expansion already in the making
http://www.gamebreaker.tv/games/world-of-warcraft-mmorpg/world-of-warcrafts-next-expansion-already-in-the-works/
http://www.alternative-blog.net/2014/08/only-semi-joking-was-i.html#sthash.ENJonSNI.wuwkFp1n.dpbs

Icy Veins interview with Tom Chilton at Gamescom
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4281-Garrisons-Inn-and-Tavern-Dev-Interview-Launcher-Upgrade-Blue-Tweets-Fan-Art-Garrisons-Inn-and-Tavern-Dev-Interview-Launcher-Upgrade-Blue-Tweets-Fan-Art

Episode 19: Bacon

“Naxxramas has been conquered in Hearthstone but what lies ahead? Reaper of Souls has hit consoles and that Warlords info just keeps on coming!”

Hearthstone

Next expansion
http://www.pcgamer.com/2014/08/22/next-hearthstone-expansion-to-include-around-100-cards-bought-via-booster-packs/

4 x Thaddius
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gg1cCIrDBhg

Diablo 3

Reaper of Souls hits consoles
http://www.diablofans.com/news/48177-ultimate-evil-edition-release-season-4-incoming

Greater Rifts in 2.1
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/blog/15317478/?cid=social_20140822_30297676

World of Warcraft

Coliseum
http://wow.joystiq.com/2014/08/23/warlords-of-draenor-highmaul-coliseum-offers-free-for-all-pvp/

Leeroy Jenkins sounds datamined
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_xOlo-MiJk

Hellscream – the short story and prequel to Warlords
http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/game/lore/savage-world/hellscream/page-1

Robin Williams NPC in WoW confirmed
http://i.wow.joystiq.com/2014/08/20/robin-williams-world-of-warcraft/

Interview with Tom Chilton
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4268-Dev-Interviews-Upcoming-Beta-Build-and-Tech-Blog-Drake-Collector-Blue-Tweets-DLC-Dev-Interviews-Upcoming-Beta-Build-and-Tech-Blog-Drake-Collector-Blue-Tweets-DLC

General Blizzard News

New developer API for battle.net
https://dev.battle.net

Last Orders

“Don’t get your hopes up”-podcast
https://soundcloud.com/dgyhu/internet-can-resolve-a-gender-war-peacefully-dont-get-your-hopes-up-01

Episode 18: The Warlords of Draenor Edition

“Prepare for War…lords as the street date is FINALLY revealed. And put on your wooly hat and gloves as we venture into the final wing in the Hearthstone Naxx update…”

Diablo 3

Paragon level 1000 reached
http://www.gamebreaker.tv/news-main/pc-2/level-1000-in-diablo-iii/

Inside the Treasure Goblin portal – aka the Vault
http://eu.battle.net/d3/en/blog/15157768/patch-210-preview-the-vault-13-08-2014

Heroes of the Storm

New heroes: Chen Stormstout, Anub’arak and Azmodan
http://imgur.com/a/C47x3

World of Warcraft

Warlords Release date and Cinematic
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4250-Warlords-of-Draenor-Cinematic-and-Release-Date-November-13-2014

Warlords info we talked about:
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4247-Warlords-Cinematic-and-Release-Date-Event-Stream-Now-Live
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4255-Warlords-of-Draenor-Final-Boss-Legendary-Items-Transmog-Revamp-and-More
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4261-Raid-Release-Schedule-Mists-of-Pandaria-on-Sale
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0dvwGcZlnI&t=4m10s

Lords of War web series
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLY0KbDiiFYeP8hkPrVS3y0Ua45EJlWRBw
Collectors Edition
http://us.battle.net/wow/en/blog/15225287/

Robin Williams as NPC in WoW
http://pxdy.co/1sRJU8n

Hearthstone

Frostwyrm Lair

Sapphiron – http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Sapphiron

Kel’Thuzad – http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Kel%27Thuzad_(hero)

Last Orders

10 years, 10 questions – By Alternative Chat Blog – Contribute towards a podcast documentary by answering 10 questions about World of Warcraft
http://www.alternative-blog.net/

Interesting post about how the Alternative Azeroth will fare due to Garrosh going back in time
http://www.reddit.com/r/wow/comments/2dm6sr/azeroth_b_is_doomed/

Episode 17: Patch Werking?

“We’ve got some “hot” news regarding the 10 year anniversary event in WoW and have you “constructed” your deck for the next Naxx wing in Hearthstone?”

World of Warcraft

WoD cinematic teaser

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4235-Warlords-of-Draenor-Cinematic-Teaser-Gaze-of-the-Black-Prince-Upcoming-Beta-Build-Warlords-of-Draenor-Cinematic-Teaser-Gaze-of-the-Black-Prince-Upcoming-Beta-Build

WoW down to 6.8 Subs
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4219-WoW-Down-to-6-8-Million-Subscribers

Alliance Chopper to cost 100k
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4223-Warlords-of-Draenor-Beta-Build-18689-Character-Wipe-Upcoming-Raid-Testing

Tarren Mill Vs Southshore Map added
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4215-Warlords-of-Draenor-Beta-Build-18663
http://eu.battle.net/wow/en/blog/15107686

Heroes of the Storm

How Match Making works
http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/15145471/matchmaking-design-in-heroes-of-the-storm-08-08-2014

3 New Heroes playable at Pax Prime
http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1172-three-new-heroes-playable-at-pax-prime-matchmaking

Hearthstone

Patchwerk
http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Patchwerk

Grobbulus
http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Grobbulus

Gluth
http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gluth

Thaddius
http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Thaddius_(hero)

Class Challenges
Priesthttp://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/File:Dark_Cultist.png
Warriorhttp://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/File:Death%27s_Bite.png – Fun fact – First weapon to feature a Death rattle.

Episode 16: Announcing the Announcement of the Announcement

“Stand to attention as the Military wing is released in Hearthstone and a new feature in Heroes of the storm has been axed!”

World of Warcraft

Alliance chopper
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4206-The-Alliance-Chopper-Is-Riding-into-Azeroth!-The-Alliance-Chopper-Is-Riding-into-Azeroth!

Orc Hump

Regarding Orc posture, want to add upright orcs eventually but that won’t be part of this update, no guarantee or eta. If/when we introduce It would be as an option, not replacement of current posture. For every person who doesn’t like it, there are 2 others that love the hump:)

https://twitter.com/artofcgrobinson/status/495766566227947520

Warlords Cinematic and Release date to be announced – Thursday 14th August
http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4212-You-re-Invited-to-a-Warlords-World-Premiere-Cinematic-and-Release-Date-on-August-14

Heroes of the Storm

Artifacts… Gone! Leveling faster – as requested
http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/15056492/update-on-artifacts-and-talent-unlocks-01-08-2014

Sneak Peak at New Hero – Chen Stormstout
http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1165-chen-stormstout-sneak-peek-at-chinajoy

Hearthstone

Season 5 begins
Season 4 comes to a close and if you managed to get rank 20 (which I’m sure you did) you received a quite relevant Naxx card back and now S5 is Icecrown themed.

Alexstraza diabled for Loatheb
https://twitter.com/ryanaeckles/status/494236514616762369
“When attempting to play the card, Kel’Thuzad pops up to say: “This is Heroic Naxxramas! I won’t stand for such cheap tactics here!” Alexstrasza is then destroyed and your mana is not refunded.”

Next Up: Military Quarter

http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Instructor_Razuvious

http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/Gothik_the_Harvester

http://hearthstone.gamepedia.com/The_Four_Horsemen

Class challenges:

Shaman
http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7731-reincarnate

Warlock
http://www.hearthpwn.com/cards/7733-voidcaller

Last Orders 

https://twitter.com/JacobVadnais – Leatherwork crafter making some really neat Hearthstone wallets.

Episode 15: I got 99 problems but Loatheb ain’t one

“Lights, Camera, Action as more Warcraft movie details are revealed and we recap on the new Naxx update and talk about the horrors to come”

World of Warcraft

Get to da choppa

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4182-Get-to-Your-Choppa!-Claiming-Your-Mount-Get-to-Your-Choppa!-Claiming-Your-Mount

Movie description and animated logo

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4192-Warcraft-Movie-Animated-Logo-and-Teaser-Description-Warcraft-Movie-Animated-Logo-and-Teaser-Description

Heroes of the Storm

Rehgar Earthfury is the new hero

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/heroes/rehgar/?cid=social_20140722_28255246

Awesome new skins

http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14926650/skin-preview-frost-wyrm-arthas-and-big-top-gazlowe-24-07-2014

The latest patch notes

http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14742016/heroes-technical-alpha-patch-notes-july-23-2014-23-07-2014

Hearthstone

Naxx is Live!

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4174-Hearthstone-The-Curse-of-Naxxramas-Now-Live!

Up Next: The Plague Quarter:

Noth

http://www.hearthpwn.com/guides/546-naxxramas-noth-the-plaguebringer-boss-overview

Heigan

http://www.hearthpwn.com/guides/547-naxxramas-heigan-the-unclean-boss-overview

Loatheb

http://www.hearthpwn.com/guides/548-naxxramas-loatheb-boss-overview

Episode 14: 3 strikes and you’re out!

“The door to death finally swings open in Hearthstone, and soon you can level your heroes in the storm.”

Heroes of the Storm

New hero and new battle ground

http://www.heroesnexus.com/news/1152-hero-rotation-for-week-of-july-15th-developer-q-a

earthfury

New hero level progression

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14845424/incoming-progression-system-and-reward-changes-7-18-2014

Introducing artifacts

http://eu.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14833869/introducing-artifacts-21-07-2014

Garden of Terror – new battleground

http://us.battle.net/heroes/en/blog/14806627/developer-insights-garden-of-terror-7-16-2014

World of Warcraft

Holiday events changing? Revamped?

Muffinus hinted that holidays may see some changes or updates in Warlords of Draenor.

https://twitter.com/Muffinus/status/489212646680313857

A little bit of perspective – Blizz got 36% of the all the mmo players

http://www.gamebreaker.tv/games/world-of-warcraft-mmorpg/star-wars-the-old-republic-broke-165-million-last-year/

Hearthstone

Naxx is released tomorrow

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/14832730/curse-of-naxxramas%E2%84%A2-creeps-out-on-july-22-7-17-2014?cid=social_20140717_28006146

Another card reveal

http://www.hearthpwn.com/news/561-naxxramas-card-reveal-loatheb-deck-spotlight

All the new cards

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.701675023208602.1073741841.498467596862680&type=3

Episode 13: The Price is Right

“Empty your gold sack or break open your piggy bank. Naxxramas pricing is announced! But will you be able to buy flying in Warlords?”

Heroes of the Storm

Into the Nexus podcast

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/into-nexus-heroes-storm-podcast/id854521079?mt=2

World of Warcraft

Faction hubs

http://www.gamebreaker.tv/games/world-of-warcraft-mmorpg/why-faction-hubs-wont-work-in-warlords/

New blasted lands quests and Orgirmmar guards

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4142-Blasted-Lands-Quests-and-Orgrimmar-Changes-Blue-Posts-Connected-Realms-Dark-Below

Flying in Draenor update

We still think a 6.1 patch seems like a pretty reasonable point where flying would become available in Draenor, likely with some kind of aforementioned prerequisite. Maybe it’s gold, maybe it’s some kind of epic quest, maybe something more straightforward. But we’re staying open to changing that post-release if it seems like it’s working out really well and we want to keep rolling with it. I’m digging that there seems to be a pretty reasonable mix of beta experiences here though. Definitely looking forward to feedback when we get to the max-level content too.

Hearthstone

Naxx still on track for July and Pricing released.

http://eu.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/14601010/

Episode 12: We like girls

“We didn’t have time to write a witty, funny or even informative introduction, We’ve been too busy playing Heroes of the Storm.”

World of Warcraft

Cross faction AH

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4119-Cross-Faction-Auction-House-in-Warlords-of-Draenor

Dark Nights Rise Again.

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4141-Warlords-of-Draenor-Darker-Nights-New-Character-Models-Blue-Tweets-News-Recap

Mists of Pandaria Cinematic Ending – Bottoms Up!

http://www.mmo-champion.com/content/4137-Mists-of-Pandaria-Cinematic-Ending-Bottoms-Up!

Hearthstone

Women banned from Hearthstone tournament in Finland

http://wow.joystiq.com/2014/07/02/hearthstone-tournament-bans-female-competitors/

Blizzard’s response:

“One of our goals with e-sports is to ensure that there’s a vibrant and also inclusive community around our games,” a Blizzard spokesperson said in a statement provided to GamesBeat. “We do not allow the use of our games in tournaments that do not support this, and are working with our partners to ensure they share the same goal.”

The IeSF responds:

http://ie-sf.com/bbs/board.php?bo_table=iesf_notice&wr_id=105

Heroes of the Storm

Some guides (more to be added later)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiQ5x5Ip-7Zwbs77tLKAC-bGjjMLyO-4O