Warlords of Draenor Interview with Tom Chilton

Finding good questions for a WoW interview is always tricky, because Blizzard communicates just so much about this game. Also, with so many other media having interviews with Tom Chilton at GamesCom, we had to find these few questions that we would be the only ones to ask. Here are the results of our brainstorming. We hope that you enjoy the answers we received.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/21
HyperX Invitational Tournament

As we draw closer to the regional qualifying tournaments for the BlizzCon 2014 Hearthstone World Championship, the remaining spots are getting increasingly difficult to get a hold of. This week-end will feature no less than 7 qualifying tournaments. Of these, the most anticipated is the HyperX Invitational tournament in which 8 top players will take part, including famous streamers Trump and Amaz, and Romanian prodigy Rdu, who recently won the Dreamhack Summer tournament in Sweden. All of the matches will be streamed and commented on Twitch.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/21
Heroes of the Storm Interview with Kaeo Milker

Last week at GamesCom, we had the chance to interview Kaeo Milker, Senior Game Producer for Heroes of the Storm. We discussed the current stage of the alpha test, the vision that Blizzard has for the game as an esport, upcoming features (observer mode, replays, etc.), the artificial intelligence, and how new content is going to be introduced.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/20
We are back from GamesCom!

We are now back from GamesCom, our heads filled with awesome memories. The event was much more intense than we thought it would be. As a result, we did not find the time to report live from the convention center. We did not even manage to work on the website from our hotel, because the internet there was really bad (lesson learnt for next year). So, we apologize for the lack of "live" content and the delay in releasing the Curse of Naxxramas guides for last week's wing. That said, we still wanted to share what we experienced there, especially since, as a fansite, we were able to purchase Trade Visitor tickets and access the business areas, which are closed to the general public.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/19
Warlords of Draenor to be released on November 13

In simultaneous events at the Ace Theatre in Los Angeles and at GamesCom 2014 in Cologne, Blizzard announced the release date and unveiled the trailer of Warlords of Draenor, the new World of Warcraft expansion. We know now that the expansion will go live the week after BlizzCon, in exactly 3 months.

As usual, a pre-expansion patch is expected, and Blizzard will probably communicate about it in the next few weeks. In 2012, the Patch 5.0.4 (the pre-MoP patch) came on the 28th of August, 4 weeks before the launch of MoP and it was announced 2 weeks prior (on the 14th of August).

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/15
Icy Veins at GamesCom 2014!

GamesCom 2014 is starting this wednesday and we will be there with a small crew. We have interviews planned with Blizzard employees for World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, Diablo 3, and Heroes of the Storm. For those attending, we will be easily recognizable with our Icy Veins t-shirts and polos, so do not hesitate to walk up to us.

Below, you will find the schedule of the events that will take place at the Blizzard booth during the convention, as well as some information regarding the Blizzard merchandise that you will be able to purchase there.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/11
Hearthstone Recap: Military Quarter and ``Watch and Learn with'' Series

With the exception of the release of the Military Quarter of the Curse of Naxxramas, this week has been pretty calm on the Hearthstone front. As we always do when new content is released, we rush to test it and create guides to help whoever may need guidance, and you will find these guides under the Solo tab in our Hearthstone section's menu.

Blizzard seems to have started featuring popular streamers and Youtubers in their new Watch and Learn with series. This week, Amaz and Trump were featured.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/11
WoW Recap: WoD Release Date Event, WoD Beta, and 10 years of WoW

The biggest World of Warcraft news of the week came when Blizzard announced that they were going to disclose the release date for Warlords of Draenor next Thursday during a live event from the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The event will be streamed online at www.worldofwarcraft.com and we imagine that it will also be streamed live from the Blizzard booth at GamesCom for all those attending the convention.

While the Warlords of Draenor beta is keeping us quite busy (new patch notes, zone previews, raid testing, etc.), we had forgotten about World of Warcraft reaching its 10th anniversary until Blizzard announced that they were preparing a few in-game events to commemorate the occasion.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/10
Raid Testing Schedule - August 7-8

Yesterday, Watcher announced 4 more Warlords of Draenor Heroic raid testing sessions. They will take place between later today and tomorrow. There will be 3 bosses tested in Highmaul (Brackenspore, Imperator mar'gok, and Tectus) and 1 boss tested in Blackrock Foundry (Iron Maidens).

We will test the bosses with Envy, one of the top European guilds. We will publish preview videos for all of the bosses, and, if you have not been to our Youtube channel recently, you should definitely check our our videos from the previous test sessions.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/07
Military Quarter Open & Site Updated

Today, Military Quarter, the new wing from the Curse of Naxxramas opened. As with the other wings, three new bosses (Instructor Razuvious, Gothik the Harvester, and Baron Rivendare) and two new class challenges (Shaman and Warlock). As always, we have been working around the clock to bring you guides covering the class challenges and the Heroic modes (and Normal modes, by extension). At the time of writing this article, the Heroic-mode videos have not been published, but we are working on them and they will be up shortly.

We remind you that this new wing unlocks 6 new cards, which will be given to you after beating the bosses and the class challenges: Dancing Swords, Spectral Knight, Deathlord, Baron Rivendare, Reincarnate, and Voidcaller.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/06