Episode 33: The Red Crush

“We dive into the toolbox and take a closer look at some of the new cards in Goblins Vs Gnomes and somebody do a ready check! It’s time to raid again in WoW!”


World of Warcraft

Community manager Lore and Mike B. talked about some of the reasons why WoD was delayed, the DDoS-attack and what 10 millions subscribers does to the servers on the latest episode of their podcast “Don’t get your hopes up”.

On December 3rd you will be able to adopt a space goat through the battle.net or the in game shop. 100 % of the earnings from the battle pet goes to the American Red Cross for ebola relief efforts.

It’s raid time again so better get those raid lock outs under the belt. Blizzard has posted a quick recap on how they work.


Hearthstone

The season 9 card back has been released and is created with gnomish engineering. So get to rank 20 in the season where the expansion will hit to require this card back.

Blizzard and Hearthstone is nominated for the game awards this year and you can watch the show on December 5th.

You can also take a sneak peek at the newest cards released for the expansion.


Heroes of the Storm

On Thursday December 4th you can ask the developers anything when they are having an AMA on reddit.

Episode 32: Loot Drama

“The launch of Warlords of Draenor haven’t been the best expansion launch but we managed to get through. The pitchforks are back in the barn… for now.”


Starcraft 2

Even though you are a pro starcraft player you can’t just say anything you like which this player found out when he tweeted he was about to rape his opponent.


Heroes of the Storm

Over on the official site for Heroes of the Storm John Hodgson has made a blog post about how they stay true to the characters when designing new heroes.

And speaking of design. The winter veil skins has just been released on the site as well and they look very jolly!

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World of Warcraft

There has been ups and downs following the launch of Warlords of Draenor. The launch had some troubles because of a DDOS attack which made logging in harder than it should be. Another reason for long queues and login trouble was due to the fact that the expansion has brought in loads of both returning and new players. This means the subscription number is back up to about 10 millions active accounts. But Blizzard did apologize for the not so great launch so they decided to give the players almost a week worth of free game time. Apology accepted.

Blizzard did start a little storm themselves when they first reverted the new personal loot system for 5 man dungeons to old need/greed system. Even more people got upset about this change so the pitchforks found they way back onto the forums and Twitter so Blizzard decided to revert the revert.

Episode 22: Enter the Panda

“Leeroy’s getting a nerf in Hearthstone but at least he still has chicken, and things in Heroes of the Storm are about to get a little kung-fu!”


World of Warcraft

8 days after the release of Warlords of Draenor some new content will be added to the game. World of Warcrafts 10 year anniversary will add some cool new stuff to do.

If you can’t wait to see what’s in store for the pre-WoD launch, you can now test the upcoming patch 6.0 on the public test realms.

Are you tired of your characters look then you should visit the barber shop. You will be able to give your new improved character model a face-lift if you feel like those wrinkles needs to be smoothed.

Last chance to get your Challenge Mode rewards and those SoO achievements. Because come 6.0 they will go away.

Do you have an old character that you haven’t played since 2008 that’s just sitting there waiting for you to have time? Then you need to log it if you want to keep the name.


Heroes of the Storm

The Nexus isn’t a safe place and with the newest alpha patch update The Nexus just got a bit more dangerous. You can now test our Chen Stormstout and so far the reactions have been quite good. He should be a fun addition to the game. We can’t wait to test his skills.


Hearthstone

Leeroy Jenkins took a beating with the nerfbat together with the Hunter’s Buzzard. We think Leeroy nerf is fair enough since it’s always been a very powerful card and one you never have to think about picking. Will be a huge blow to miracle rogues though. Buzzard change is quite hefty though and with 2 health for 5 mana it can still be easily removed.


Diablo 3

Pets owners rejoice in Diablo 3 with the news that pets will be slightly buffed to reflect player statistics. I for sure know one very happy Witch Doctor who can’t wait for these changes to come through.


Last Orders

One José Vega has made some amazing concept art and among others these awesome Hearthstone card backs, which beats our own very effort a few weeks back.

The Starcraft 2 game editor together with the community just keeps to amazes us. Someone have remade Diablo 2 within the Starcraft 2 editor. Amazing, right?

The Assassin’s Creed movie is going to be out in August 2015 – it has Robert Downey Jr. as Leonardo Da Vinci and Michael Fassbender as Desmond Miles. I’m so excited! But it does increase the expectations with those actors.

And Markus “Notch” Persson sells his company Mojang to Microsoft who will take over the development of Minecraft. The price? Small $2.5 billion.

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

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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/