Hearthstone Recap: Frostwyrm Lair, BlizzCon Qualifiers, Watch and Learn with Kripparian

The highlight of last week in Hearthstone was undoubtedly the release of the Frostwyrm Lair, the final wing of the Curse of Naxxramas. Also, several tournaments were held this week-end to qualify players for the BlizzCon qualifiers, including the much hyped HyperX Invitational. Finally, Blizzard featured streamer Kripparian in the last issue of their Watch and Learn with series.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/26
WoW Recap: New WoD Patch Notes, WoD GamesCom Interviews, and Connected Realms

There has not been a lot going on in the past week in World of Warcraft, so the highlight of the week is probably the latest update to the Warlords of Draenor patch notes. Also, a lot of websites have published their GamesCom interviews with Tom Chilton, Game Director for World of Warcraft, so we take a look at the most interesting answers he gave. Finally, new sets of connected US realms are going to be created, so we felt that it would be a good occasion to simply list all of the currently connected realms in both Europe and North America.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/25
GamesCom Interview: Hearthstone Observer Mode Coming Soon

At GamesCom, we had the chance to have a 20-minute long interview with Yong Woo, Senior Game Producer for Hearthstone. We learned that Observer mode is soon going to be introduced in the game. We also discussed e-sport, replays, 2 vs 2, new classes, more deck slots, stats, timer, and future content.

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/25
Icy Veins Updated for the Last 2 Wings of Naxx

We are a little bit late, but our guide coverage for the Curse of Naxxramas is finally complete. We used to have one guide per wing (for the first 3 wings), but we decided to split these and have one guide per boss, so we have a total of 15 boss guides and 9 guides for class challenges, which you will find in the Solo menu of our Hearthstone section. As always, we hope that you will find these guides useful!

Read more Published by Damien on 2014/08/22
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