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Blizzard have no plans on flying mounts in Warlords of Draenor, or beyond

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Blizzard have no plans on flying mounts in Warlords of Draenor, or beyond

It’s always been expected that Blizzard would eventually patch in the ability to fly again in their latest expansion, Warlords of Draenor. But in a recent interview with Polygon, lead designer Ion Hazzikostas has gone on to say that not only does Blizzard not intend to put flying back in Warlords of Draenor, but any future expansion too.

"At this point, we feel that outdoor gameplay in World of Warcraft is ultimately better without flying," explained Hazzikostas. "We're not going to be reintroducing the ability to fly in Draenor, and that's kind of where we're at going forward."

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StarCraft II icon Tychus loses cigar for Heroes of the Storm, upsets fans

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StarCraft II icon Tychus loses cigar for Heroes of the Storm, upsets fans

The Heroes of the Storm Blizzard multiverse is the spa treatment of fan service - a blockbuster version of the 3am who’d-win-in-a-fight conversation. Horde warchiefs charge at broodmothers who summon hydralisks to tackle murlocs who fling slime at brewmasters.

But it’s not without its compromises. StarCraft II’s iconic head-in-a-helmet, Tychus, has lost his trademark cigar - and that’s rubbed some of his most ardent supporters the wrong way.

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Overwatch’s McCree is a gunslinging cowboy with a fancy six-shooter

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Overwatch’s McCree is a gunslinging cowboy with a fancy six-shooter

Blizzard are starting the hype train for Overwatch, their upcoming multiplayer shooter. They’ve already shown off their medic character and a support monk, but today it’s time for McCree to take centre stage. He’s a cowboy with a metal arm and a very fancy revolver called the Peacekeeper. Take a look at him in action in this video showing off a full match.

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The best Heroes of the Storm heroes for beginners

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The best Heroes of the Storm heroes for beginners

Heroes of the Storm is rapidly snowballing towards release. We want to help: we know games like Heroes of the Storm can be difficult to learn, particularly if you’re new to the genre. So: here are the heroes you’re best sticking with when you first start playing. 

Enjoy your time in the Nexus. Heroes of the Storm is superb.

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Take the best selfie in World of Warcraft and win a trip to Blizzcon

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Take the best selfie in World of Warcraft and win a trip to Blizzcon

Blizzard are well known for jumping on the fun wagon and getting players to engage in friendly competitions, but these are often in the form of competitive tournaments. Their latest bit of fun is a little different: it’s all about making sure your selfie game is on point. 

The WoW Selfie Scavenger Hunt requires you to pout for the camera in a variety of spots each week, and the grand winners will bag themselves a trip to Blizzcon this November. 

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World of Warcraft's three million missing players will come back, says lead game designer

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World of Warcraft's three million missing players will come back, says lead game designer

World of Warcraft's subscriber base has taken a thoroughly reported hit over the past couple months, having spiked around the release of the most recent Warlords of Draenor expansion before falling again sharply.

In the space of a month, over three million subscribers seemed to have evaporated into thin air. That still leaves Blizzard with around seven million players, which is more people than you could ever sit down and name, but it's an unprecedented tumble for the record-breaking MMO.

Lead game designer Ion Hazzikostas reckons the dip is cyclical however, and that those players will be coming back aaaany day now.

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Heroes of the Storm World Championship Tournament is coming to Blizzcon

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Heroes of the Storm World Championship Tournament is coming to Blizzcon

In news that will likely surprise no one, Blizzard’s new ultra-popular hero brawler Heroes of the Storm will be the focus of a huge new tournament this year. The world-wide competition will feature regional tournaments in the Americas, Europe, China, Korea, and Taiwan, before concluding in the World Championship event at Blizzcon this November.

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Diablo 3 will be getting rid of permanent crowd control in upcoming content patch

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Diablo 3 will be getting rid of permanent crowd control in upcoming content patch

Blizzard have expressed intent on getting rid of “permanent" crowd control in a future content patch for Diablo III. Currently, the highest ranked groups for Diablo III’s competitive Greater Rifts all require similar “zero-DPS" builds, where one or two players focus entirely on disabling enemy minions, and buffing the parties damage.

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Blizzard clean up World of Warcraft bots with more than 100,000 six-month bans

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Blizzard clean up World of Warcraft bots with more than 100,000 six-month bans

Blizzard have laid down the law in their biggest MMO, World of Warcraft, by issuing more than 100,000 six-month bans to players found to be botting. It appears that players that used the notorious “Honorbuddy" bot to mindless farm honor in PVP have been hit hardest, resulting in a storm of begging on the game’s official forums. But Blizzard are having none of it.

“Cheating of any form will not be tolerated." stated Blizzard. “We’re committed to providing an equal and fair playing field for everyone in World of Warcraft, and will continue to take action against those found in violation of our Terms of Use."

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Blizzard offer free Hearthstone packs to inconvenienced European players

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Blizzard offer free Hearthstone packs to inconvenienced European players

Blizzard’s EU servers were up and down last week - bothering many of the 30 million registered Hearthstone players at the opening of a new season and interfering with a 24-hour marathon from streamers Reynad, Forsen, Kungen and Savijz.

By way of apology, the Hearthstone dev team will be doling out two free classic card packs to each European region player with an account created before May 3rd.

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will probably bring an end to Blizzard Time

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StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void will probably bring an end to Blizzard Time

While Valve Time is an extremely well-known phenomenon, Blizzard Time is familiar to fewer - and yet affects just as many. The StarCraft II in-game clock records how long games go on, and was designed to move in real-time. But since most games are played at ‘Faster’ speed, StarCraft players tend to live at a quicker rate than the rest of us, like dogs or insects.

Blizzard are tentatively planning to bring the faithful of one of the best strategy games on PC back to real-time with their impending release, Legacy of the Void.

“We’d like to start thinking about committing to making this change," wrote the developers.

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Why Blizzard won't change those Hearthstone cards you hate

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Why Blizzard won't change those Hearthstone cards you hate

Multiplayer games are in a constant state of flux. Each patch rebalances stats, weapon characteristics, and costs, in hope that specific loopholes can be filled and player grievances eradicated. For a game that lives and breathes stats, Hearthstone has been tampered with unusually little. Blizzard very rarely go back and alter the power of released cards, and it’s a position they have a strong stance on. 

“It’s definitely one of the things we want to do as little as possible. We want players’ collections to feel valued and stable," explains Hearthstone software engineer Rachelle Davis. “The way to solve a problem with a card feeling too overpowered or too underpowered is giving players new tools."

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