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Here are all the new cards coming to Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

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Here are all the new cards coming to Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas

Curse of Naxxramas has added over 30 new cards to the game as well as introduced raiding, which will let players venture into the depths of Naxxramas. The raid itself will feature five wings - the first being free, and the rest requiring gold or real money - which will unlock progressively over the course of the next five weeks.

We’ve done some detective work and rounded up all of the cards, so you can start planning your new and improved Naxxramas themed decks. Which is your favourite?

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Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

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Slot up: Blizzard unveils Heroes of the Storm's artifacts system

Last week, Blizzard revealed its already divisive plans for out-of-game levelling system in Heroes of the Storm. Today the developer has gone into the nitty gritty of one of these features: artifacts. The reaction from the community appears to be overwhelmingly negative. 

When you hit Player Level 15, you’ll unlock one of three artifact slots. Two further slots can be unlocked with gold. Gems, relics and trinkets can be placed into their specific slots, conferring bonuses to the heroes using them. It’s not unlike League of Legends’ rune system. 

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Meet Shadowmoon Valley: new Warlords of Draenor zone offers a "false sense of security"

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Meet Shadowmoon Valley: new Warlords of Draenor zone offers a "false sense of security"

It’s like they say: never anger a riverbeast. Like heavily-armoured environmentalists on all fours, these rock-like hippoposters appear docile until their habitat is disturbed. After that, they appear as 4,000 pounds of fat and muscle charging headlong towards your avatar.

Level 90 or no, Shadowmoon Valley promises “countless hidden perils" for Warlords of Draenor first-timers once they’ve trudged through the Tanaan Jungle.

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Heroes of the Storm progression overhaul incoming; introduces hero levels and artifacts

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Heroes of the Storm progression overhaul incoming; introduces hero levels and artifacts

Heroes of the Storm is still evolving in its technical alpha; the latest announcement is that of a new leveling system. Players will not only have a player level, but individual levels for each hero. Increasing your hero level will unlock core gameplay features such as heroic abilities and talents, as well as cosmetic skins and mount variants.

Also announced is the introduction of artifacts, but their exact use is yet unclear. “We’ll have much more information to share on that in the coming days" promises the blog post.

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Blizzard restore the StarCraft II widow mine to former glory in balance test

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Blizzard restore the StarCraft II widow mine to former glory in balance test

Blizzard have just last night published a new version of StarCraft II’s balance test map to the great PC strategy game's Custom Games list. Catchily titled ‘(2)OvergrowthLE (2.1.3 Balance v1.1)’, it’s seen tentative changes to one unit that’s made its mark on the competitive game since Heart of the Swarm - the Terran widow mine.

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Hearthstone’s Curse of Naxxramas adventure will be dealt onto the table next week

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Hearthstone’s Curse of Naxxramas adventure will be dealt onto the table next week

If you’ve quite had enough of having your rear-end handed to you in Hearthstone’s competitive matches (or, indeed, handing other people’s rears to them), then you can soon enjoy a little solo time with those fancy cards of yours: Curse of Naxxramas, the single-player adventure for Hearthstone, will be landing on Tuesday, July 22nd. 

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Heroes of the Storm's new Garden of Terror map has a day/night cycle and "plant zombies"

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Heroes of the Storm's new Garden of Terror map has a day/night cycle and "plant zombies"

I’m sat in a garden right now, and it’s really quite pleasant. The only sign of impending terror is the suspiciously granular birdsong which might - might - herald an incoming android patrol a la Sir, You Are Being Hunted.

The triumphant Heroes of the Storm is much more upfront about its horticultural horrors. When night falls on its new three-lane battleground, the creatures of the night will come out.

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Diablo III becomes the last major Blizzard game to get a Chinese launch

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Diablo III becomes the last major Blizzard game to get a Chinese launch

Diablo III occupies a strange rockpool in the space-time continuum. Just two years old, it feels like it’s been with us forever: never not being streamed, and never quite finished - even after Reaper of Souls.

But there’s still one major market on the planet where Diablo III never arrived: China. Blizzard will partner with local internet company NetEase to lower the final of their five series pillars into place in the region.

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Blizzard's Mike Morhaime on inclusivity: "We are challenging ourselves to draw from more diverse voices"

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Blizzard's Mike Morhaime on inclusivity: "We are challenging ourselves to draw from more diverse voices"

Blizzard president Mike Morhaime has said that the studio is making and effort to ensure that its games and stories are as inclusive and epic as possible.

The comments were made in a response to an open letter from a player who has drifted away from Blizzard’s games due to the lack of gender and ethnic diversity in the likes of World of Warcraft and Diablo III. 

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Ban rush: how Blizzard tackle cheats in StarCraft II

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Ban rush: how Blizzard tackle cheats in StarCraft II

Blizzard aren’t really interested in catching StarCraft II cheats - not really. Ultimately, they’d rather deter them, stop them from even trying - so that nobody has to have their match ruined before the banhammer comes down.

Consider this post, then, the Blizzard equivalent of a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’ sticker - and learn something about the anti-cheat measures in one of the best PC strategy games in the process.

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Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas won't cost you your soul

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Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas won't cost you your soul

Hearthstone’s dungeon expansion, Curse of Naxxramas, will take adventurous card sharks (and orcs, humans etc) to the floating necropolis of Naxxramas for good times and boss battles this month. Today, Blizzard’s broken down the pricing and bundles and introduces the very World of Warcraft Heroic mode. 

If the upcoming expansion is piquing your interest, but you’re fresh-faced and deckless, take a look at Nick’s best Hearthstone decks for beginners

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Watch Blizzard walk you through Heroes of the Storm's talent system

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Watch Blizzard walk you through Heroes of the Storm's talent system

Blizzard’s entry into the MOBA genre, Heroes of the Storm, has just opened up its gates to a wave of testers from outside the US. With the increase in population, Blizzard have released a helpful tutorial on their take on player progression: the talent system. Even if you’re not in the alpha test, it’s worth a watch to understand their clever philosophy.

Earlier this year me and Tim spent some time inside the Nexus, and we had a “complete blast" in our Heroes of the Storm preview.

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Rob Pardo bids a bittersweet farewell to Blizzard after 17 years

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Rob Pardo bids a bittersweet farewell to Blizzard after 17 years

“Every ending is a beginning and today marks a new beginning for me," Blizzard’s chief creative officer Rob Pardo wrote as he began his farewell letter. Today, one of the industry’s most influential developers leaves the company he’s been with since 1997. 

“After 17 years at Blizzard, with long and careful contemplation, I have made a difficult and bittersweet but ultimately exciting decision to pursue the next chapter in my life and career," Pardo continued as he said goodbye to Blizzard’s community. 

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Rejoice: Heroes of the Storm technical alpha expands outside of North America

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Rejoice: Heroes of the Storm technical alpha expands outside of North America

The Heroes of the Storm technical alpha has been restricted to North America since it launched in March, but Blizzard has now loosened its shackles, letting it spread across the globe, but only for a select few. 

The first wave of invitations has been sent out, inviting testers outside of North America to fiddle around with Blizzard’s all-star MOBA. Tim and Nick took a look at the Heroes of the Storm alpha back in March, calling it a “triumph" and a “complete blast".

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Hearthstone isn't for girls, one eSports organisation decrees

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Hearthstone isn't for girls, one eSports organisation decrees

An upcoming Hearthstone tournament in Finland will ban female players from taking part, in accordance with rules laid out by South Korea’s International eSports Federation, which is a shame because we really think everyone should be playing it in our Hearthstone review.

The IeSF made the ruling as part of an effort to “promote eSports as a legitimate sport".

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Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion will kick you out of the tavern and into a dungeon next month

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Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion will kick you out of the tavern and into a dungeon next month

Curse of Naxxramas, Hearthstone’s expansion that promises to drag us out of the tavern and fling us in a foul dungeon, is due out next month. So drink all the mead you can in the mean time. If you've not tasted their fine mead, you should read our Hearthstone review to find out what you're missing.

Blizzard gave up the release window in the forums, noting that there were still bugs to fix and things to implement before launch. Pricing details for the expansion are due to be announced on Tuesday, July 1st. 

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StarCraft II launcher to be absorbed by Battle.net desktop app in the next few weeks

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StarCraft II launcher to be absorbed by Battle.net desktop app in the next few weeks

Like a hiveminded horde or undying demon in one of its videogames, Battle.net wants only to consume everything. Once StarCraft II’s various launchers have been subsumed by the Blizzard desktop app, every one of the company’s games will be collected in one place for the first time.

StarCraft II players can upgrade now - or be forced to adjust once a mandatory update arrives in the coming weeks.

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To Twitch! World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor closed beta goes live today

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To Twitch! World of Warcraft's Warlords of Draenor closed beta goes live today

A select few will be setting foot on the long-dead planet of Draenor today for the beta of World of Warcraft’s bravest expansion yet.

From 2pm PDT this afternoon, they’ll be stepping through the Dark Portal, establishing a Garrison, and fighting back the Iron Horde - just as we’ll all be able to in a few months’ time. And within hours, we imagine, they’ll be flooding YouTube with the sights and sound of the orcish realm.

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World of Warcraft's human male MKII

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World of Warcraft's human male MKII

The big redesign of World of Warcraft’s old character models has finally hit the humans, or at least the male of the species. Now he looks, if not human, at least more expressive and detailed. Less like a sex doll and more like a shaved gorilla. 

He still looks a little silly, but I remain a fan of the comical proportions and general dopiness, and Blizzard has tried to keep that. The fidelity is vastly improved though. 

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