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Hearthstone spectator mode is in "active development" and "coming along"

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Hearthstone spectator mode is in "active development" and "coming along"

Hearthstone became an unexpected Twitch sensation upon its beta launch in what feels like 1937. It transpires that watching somebody else think about playing a card for 30 seconds before deciding against it can be as fun as doing it yourself - and so players have clamoured for an in-game Hearthstone spectator mode ever since.

It’s now towards the top-end of Blizzard’s ‘to implement’ list, and in “active development".

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Orc-ward: World of Warcraft UK subscription price to rise for Warlords of Draenor

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Orc-ward: World of Warcraft UK subscription price to rise for Warlords of Draenor

Blizzard have reevaluated pricing for World of Warcraft in light of “local and regional market conditions". Not in the Azeroth auction houses, but globally: the developers have compared currencies all over the world. They've decided to hike up the price of UK subscription by an extra pound a month when Warlords of Draenor launches on November 13.

Players with auto-renewing subscriptions need not worry, however: Blizzard are granting them a two-year price freeze.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0: monster-slaying is always in season

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0: monster-slaying is always in season

Blizzard’s already teased quite a few details on the upcoming patch 2.1.0 for Diablo III. Just the other day the source of the Treasure Goblins was revealed, and back in June the developer gave a brief overview on the new features coming to Diablo.

But now it’s time to get into the nitty gritty of seasons, where new characters can compete with each other by gathering achievements like they were sweets, all in an attempt to get a coveted spot near the top of the ladder. 

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Take a whirlwind tour of Warlords of Draenor

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Take a whirlwind tour of Warlords of Draenor

Warlords of Draenor’s cinematic trailer was certainly a treat for hungry eyes, but with that out of the way, it’s time to focus on all the sort of stuff you’ll be able to get up to come November. 

Blizzard’s put together a whirlwind tour of Draenor, with stops at each region, dungeon and raid. It looks like there’s going to be no dearth of things to do once you step through the Dark Portal again.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 introduces the golden home of the Treasure Goblins: the Vault

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Diablo 3 patch 2.1.0 introduces the golden home of the Treasure Goblins: the Vault

Diablo III’s craven, scurrying Treasure Goblins are enigmatic wee beasties. They appear, with their sacks of loot, and are quick to disappear through portals if they aren’t killed and their wealth stolen. Where do they go when they leap through those portals? Is there a land filled with goblins and gold on the other side? 

Patch 2.1.0 finally reveals what is through the portal: the Vault.

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CLOSED: We've got 1000 Warlords of Draenor beta keys to giveaway

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CLOSED: We've got 1000 Warlords of Draenor beta keys to giveaway

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed, and future comments will not be counted. Follow @Archernick for status updates on the code sending progress; it will take at least a few hours. Keys will be sent out after we've weeded out duplicates, and please remember to check your spam folder!

Celebrating the Warlords of Draenor cinematic reveal and street date announcement, we’ve been through the Dark Portal to get our hands on 1000 Warlords of Draenor beta keys. Don’t worry, you don’t need to fight any orc warlords to get one. Just follow our easy instructions and keep your fingers crossed.

Just please don’t break our website.

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Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

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Warlords of Draenor cinematic revealed; expansion launches on November 13th

Blizzard have debuted their gritty cinematic for the upcoming World of Warcraft expansion: Warlords of Draenor. The cinematic demonstrated just how far Garrosh is willing to go to succeed in his revenge against all of Azeroth - changing the very destiny of some of Warcrafts most iconic characters.

The expansion will launch on November 13th, just a few days before Blizzard’s annual Blizzcon.

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World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary will be filled with corgis and violence

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World of Warcraft's 10 year anniversary will be filled with corgis and violence

Come November, World of Warcraft will be 10 years old. Crikey. I’m suddenly reminded of how fleeting time is, and of my own slow march towards death. Thankfully Blizzard is here to cheer me up, and you, if you’re feeling gloomy. 

They’re using throwing nostalgia around like currency, celebrating the game’s past as it moves towards the fifth expansion. 

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Blizzard previews Warlords of Draenor's Nagrand: home of the Warsong Outriders

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Blizzard previews Warlords of Draenor's Nagrand: home of the Warsong Outriders

I did love to fly around Nagrand in World of Warcraft’s first expansion, Burning Crusade. And still, when I’m levelling a new alt, I’ll often take them there. And it was nice to hang around in the Outlands, on occasion, and not feel like I was watching the end of days. 

With Warlords of Draenor, we get to go back to Nagrand, back when it was home to the Warsong clan, led by Grommash Hellscream. Quite a bit of history there. Senior game designer Eric Maloof and associate game designer Kurt Sparkuhl have spilled the beans on the old new zone in a preview of the area, and it’s looking lovely. 

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Slap your eyes on Warlords of Draenor's cinematic trailer on August 14th; launch date reveal planned, too

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Slap your eyes on Warlords of Draenor's cinematic trailer on August 14th; launch date reveal planned, too

I suppose when you’ve got a customer base as large as Blizzard and World of Warcraft’s, then you don’t just announce the launch date for an expansion in a press release. No, you make an event out of it.

On August 14th, at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles, Blizzard will be premiering the Warlords of Draenor cinematic trailer and revealing the launch date for the fifth expansion. I confess that I’m more excited about the trailer - a rarity - because WoW cinematics are, as a rule, a treat. 

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Blizzard's kicked artifacts to the curb in Heroes of the Storm

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Blizzard's kicked artifacts to the curb in Heroes of the Storm

When Blizzard revealed the artifact system for Heroes of the Storm last week, the reaction from alpha players and prospective players was overwhelmingly negative. Myriad concerns were voiced, including how it would potentially lead to grinding for gold and players with more time to grind having a distinct advantage over other players right from the start of a match. 

Blizzard has taken the backlash in its stride, noting that the whole point of the technical alpha is to gather this type of feedback. “As a result, we have decided to remove the artifact system from Heroes of the Storm with a patch scheduled for later today," the HoTS team revealed today.

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World of Warcraft's Alliance is getting a chopper after all

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World of Warcraft's Alliance is getting a chopper after all

If you cast your mind back a couple of months, you might recall the bizarre reality webshow, Azeroth Choppers. In it, two teams of Blizzard folk constructed choppers based on the Horde and Alliance factions, overseen by that professional shouty man and bike maker from American Choppers. 

Upon creation of the choppers, folk were asked to vote for the best one, which would make it into the game. Of course, that meant that one faction would miss out. It was the Horde bike that won - because tusks on a bike are pretty wonderful - leaving the Alliance with nothing. Blizzard have backpedaled, however, and now both bikes will be available for World of Warcraft players. 

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Is this the Curse of Naxxramas? Hearthstone players charged twice for campaign

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Is this the Curse of Naxxramas? Hearthstone players charged twice for campaign

Blizzard’s first attempt to charge for Hearthstone DLC has gone awry. Some players who’ve bought the second chapter of the Curse of Naxxramas campaign we talked about this morning have been unable to access it. Others have found their accounts charged more than once.

Blizzard have signaled to indicate they’re aware of the bugs, and are doing something about it.

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Stay for a spell: part two of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas campaign has arrived

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Stay for a spell: part two of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas campaign has arrived

Hearthstone has been one of the best games of 2014 so far, but it doesn’t feel like a 2014 game at all. Its slowburn beta success and leisurely rolled-out single player mode have made its release feel like a neverending mexican wave around the BlizzCon stadium.

Here comes the Curse of Naxxramas campaign’s second part, to mark the CCG’s latest lap of honour.

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