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Blizzard is teasing a massive Hearthstone announcement on July 22

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Blizzard is teasing a massive Hearthstone announcement on July 22

There's a big old Hearthstone update coming later this month, according to the sub-human scum over on terrible videogames website for bad people and actual criminals, PC Gamer.*

They've received an honest-to-goodness scroll informing them of an upcoming important announcement taking place on July 22. What could it be? I would speculate that it has something to do with all of those cards.

But that's just me.

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The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

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The Battlefield of Eternity is one of Heroes of the Storm's greatest maps

Diablo’s war between Heaven and Hell, its Eternal Conflict, has spread all the way to Heroes of the Storm, where space marines, dwarfs, demons and the occasional panda are now fighting either for the shiny angels or the grotesque hellspawn. It’s a grand old time! 

Nick and I have been messing around in the Nexus since the update launched, getting to know the latest hero, the charming Butcher, and killing our way through the Battlefield of Eternity. We’ve saved up our thoughts just for you, so point your squishy orbs of sight below. 

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Diablo's Eternal Conflict comes to Heroes of the Storm

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Diablo's Eternal Conflict comes to Heroes of the Storm

Now that Heroes of the Storm has been officially released for a month, you’d think the team at Blizzard would be able to put their feet up and take a load off. You’d be entirely wrong, because there’s an neverending battle between the forces of Heaven and Hell that’s now gripped the Nexus, which means more heroes, more battlegrounds and a bunch of cosmetic goodies, all Diablo-themed, of course. 

It’s time for the Eternal Conflict to hit Heroes of the Storm.

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Why Starcraft 2 doesn't get balanced like a MOBA

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Why Starcraft 2 doesn't get balanced like a MOBA

In recent years, the term ‘rebalancing’ has become synonymous with the act of changing the stats of various elements in MOBAs to completely shake up the game. These big metagame changes excite players, and is often considered a big event. It’s an approach Blizzard has never taken with Starcraft II, instead making the same changes over and over in an attempt to strive for true balance perfection.  

But why doesn’t Blizzard just screw around with stats to bring an entirely new angle to Starcraft? It’s because Starcraft’s plan is all about the long-run, and not short little seasons. 

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Meat Feast: Blizzard introduces The Butcher, Heroes of the Storm's new Assassin

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Meat Feast: Blizzard introduces The Butcher, Heroes of the Storm's new Assassin

The name, Butcher, conjures up all sorts of horrible images, particularly when attached to a demon made from the parts of other demons. He’s Frankenstein’s monster without the tragedy; an irredeemable monster. So he fits perfectly into the Assassin role in Heroes of the Storm: a monster who roams the battlefield, tearing up minions and heroes to feed his insatiable appetite. 

Blizzard’s put together a hero spotlight so you can get to know the charming fellow. Take a gander below. 

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A Hearthstone streamer is playing entirely hands-free

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A Hearthstone streamer is playing entirely hands-free

I sometimes find it difficult to combine my twin loves of eating sandwiches and playing games. Taking a bite out of a delicious grilled cheese sandwich usually means that, for a second, my attention and hands are diverted from the game. Streamer Billyisms doesn’t have this problem, or at least not when he’s playing Hearthstone, because he never has to use his hands.

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Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

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Why is Blizzard releasing a beta of Starcraft II's new free campaign?

For both of Starcraft II’s main releases - Wings of Liberty and Heart of the Swarm - Blizzard has released beta versions of the multiplayer content to test the delicate balance of their units and any new powers. With the upcoming Protoss expansion Legacy of the Void, not only will players see a multiplayer beta, but for the first time Blizzard will be entering solo campaign missions into beta test environments. 

A three-mission mini-campaign starring Protoss legend Zerathul will be released early for Legacy of the Void pre-orderers. But why has Blizzard chosen to release solo content in beta? 

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Blizzard compensate Heroes of the Storm players with additional xp boost event

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Blizzard compensate Heroes of the Storm players with additional xp boost event

Blizzard officially launched their franchise-clashing MOBA earlier this month, and to celebrate, they gave players a weekly increasing experience booster. But due to an unforeseen error, causing the xp boost to end a day early - coupled with some bugs affecting EU players - Blizzard have decided to bring it back once again in early July for four extra days.

“In order to return some of this bonus time to you, we’re planning to offer an additional 100% XP Bonus event that will span an entire weekend."

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Red Bull Battle Grounds will debut Starcraft II Archon Mode tournament

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Red Bull Battle Grounds will debut Starcraft II Archon Mode tournament

Redbull are hosting the first professional Starcraft II tournament to use the brand new Archon Mode - which will be available with the Legacy of the Void expansion - at the Red Bull Battle Grounds. The unique mode pits two teams of two players against each other, both being able to share control of their single base.

The first qualifier for the grand final is happening tonight, and we've got the stream and schedule below so you don't miss a thing.

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Be stronk like Overwatch's Zarya and disintegrate your foes with a giant laser cannon

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Be stronk like Overwatch's Zarya and disintegrate your foes with a giant laser cannon

The Overwatch character previews just keep coming, and this time we’re privy to the point of view from Zarya - a strong Russian-born gladiator whose weapon of choice produces quite the lightshow.

Check out the trailer below for a peek inside the eyes of Zarya, who’s defending a Point Capture in the great Temple of Anubis.

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor final boss cinematic has leaked

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World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor final boss cinematic has leaked

Spoiler hounds, come take a look at this. If you really, really want to, you can watch the ending cinematic to Warlords of Draenor right here, right now. The cinematic from the final assault on Hellfire Citadel in the upcoming 6.2 patch has leaked onto the internet, so if you’re desperate to see how Warlords of Draenor finishes up without putting the hours in, then come take a peek.

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Hearthstone's latest Tavern Brawl is the Banana Brawl. It's just started on EU servers

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Hearthstone's latest Tavern Brawl is the Banana Brawl. It's just started on EU servers

Did you know that every banana is genetically identical to every other banana in the world? That means that all bananas are clones, and that to grow a banana tree you need to use a cutting from an existing banana tree because (for science reasons) the seeds don't work.

It also means that if our precious bananas were to fall victim to a contagious banana disease, we'd simply have no more bananas left on earth. And that would be very sad indeed. It happened once before and we were left with our current species of banana, which unfortunately was the less tasty of the two we originally had.

But here's a more uplifting banana fact for you: the latest Hearthstone Tavern Brawl — a mid-week special in which rules are flip-turned upside down in the name of funtimes and prizes — is banana themed.

It's the Hearthstone Banana Brawl, and you and your deck are invited.

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Diablo 3 patch 2.3.0 is bringing new zones, difficulty levels, and artifacts to Public Test Realm

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Diablo 3 patch 2.3.0 is bringing new zones, difficulty levels, and artifacts to Public Test Realm

Very soon Blizzard will be throwing patch 2.3.0 for Diablo 3 onto the Public Test Realm, and it’s quite an extensive update. Covering many elements of the game, 2.3.0 includes a whole new zone, a new artifact that will be invaluable for crafting, and a bunch of new difficulty levels for those who think Diablo 3 isn’t torturous enough already.

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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies

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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 preview: back to the skies

This week sees World of Warcraft patch up to version 6.2, and there’s a set of pretty drastic changes coming. Leading the charge is the ability to take up your flying mounts and soar through the lands of the Warlords of Draenor expansion, a zone previously limited to on-foot encounters. “While fun and efficient, [flying] undermines the sense of fun and danger," explains Ion Hazzikostas, World of Warcraft’s game director. So what led to Blizzard deciding flying was cool?  

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World of Warcraft is about to reclaim character names from inactive accounts

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World of Warcraft is about to reclaim character names from inactive accounts

In the decade of World of Warcraft’s existence, quite a few characters have been birthed and named. Should you be in the market for creating a new character right this second, you can probably imagine that trying to find a unique name is quite problematic. That’s why this week, with the launch of patch 6.2, Blizzard will be reclaiming the names of any character that has been inactive for a while.

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Heroes of the Storm Eternal Conflict update hits PTR next week

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Heroes of the Storm Eternal Conflict update hits PTR next week

Just like other Blizzard games, Heroes of the Storm has a Public Test Realm clone of its servers, allowing developers to open the floodgates to the masses, and test new updates before they officially launch.

Well Heroes of the Storm is about to get just that, with the Diablo-themed Eternal Conflict update up for grabs a week early for those who’d like to try it out. If you want in, we’ve got instructions on how to get access to the PTR below.

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Blizzard details Heroes of the Storm's Eternal Confict update: new heroes, skins and mounts revealed

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Blizzard details Heroes of the Storm's Eternal Confict update: new heroes, skins and mounts revealed

Over the last week, Blizzard began to drag more and more heroes into Heroes of the Storm, bolstering their MOBA's ranks with Diablo's Monk and King Leoric characters.

Now, in their efforts to create an unstoppable tide of new heroes, Blizzard are adding even more. Let's just assume every Blizzard character will become a hero in this game, eh?

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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 will unleash the Burning Legion on June 23rd

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World of Warcraft patch 6.2 will unleash the Burning Legion on June 23rd

Blizzard are ready to unleash hellfire on World of Warcraft players next week, as patch 6.2 floods over Draenor. Inside is a brand new zone: the Tanaan Jungle, the Hellfire Citadel raid, Shipyards expansions for Garrisons, Timewalking dungeon events and more.

But don’t take my word for it - in normal Blizzard fashion, there’s a fiery trailer to kick off the whole thing.

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