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50% Off Battle for Azeroth Standard and Deluxe Editions 50% Off Battle for Azeroth Standard and Deluxe Editions There's another sale active through April 12th, and you can get 50% off both the Standard and Deluxe editions of Battle for Azeroth! With the Winds of Wisdom double XP buff still active through April 20th, it's a pretty good time to get back to WoW, either to catch up before Shadowlands, or to level some alts for Shadowlands, or even just to play BfA itself! You also get a level 110 boost, so it'll be even easier to get a character ready for the next expansion. World of Warcraft WoW Today at 17:45 by Starym
Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard on BlizzCon 2020 in Light of COVID-19 Blizzard have spoken out about BlizzCon plans related to the current pandemic, talking about the situation as it stands now and it seems there's no specific news to share just yet, but they are still working on the convention, and seem to hint at a possible online only version if necessary. BlizzCon BlizzCon 1 comment Today at 17:04 by Starym
Diablo 3 Cinematic Trailer 4K Upscale Diablo 3 Cinematic Trailer 4K Upscale As the wait for Diablo 4 continues, this old D3 teaser popping up once again really reminded me of that feeling of anticipation and hype that came with it, and it's just made the D4 wait even harder. Back before the problems Diablo 3 had, especially in Vanilla, this trailer and the gameplay demo were really looking good and I may or may not have watched both a ridiculous number of times - I mean, we were getting a new Diablo game after 12 years! Diablo III D3 Today at 16:57 by Starym
Demon Hunter Balance Changes: April 8th Demon Hunter Balance Changes: April 8th The latest Hearthstone balance patch comes with adjustments to multiple Demon Hunter cards. Blizzard offers full Arcane Dust refunds for both regular and golden copies of Skull of Gul'dan and Imprisoned Antaen, and the golden copy of Eye Beam. Hearthstone HS 1 comment Today at 10:00 by Stan
Is Gamepad Support Coming to WoW in Shadowlands? Is Gamepad Support Coming to WoW in Shadowlands? It seems Blizzard is adding gamepad support for World of Warcraft in the Shadowlands expansion. World of Warcraft WoW 6 comments Today at 01:05 by Stan
Allied Races No Longer Require Exalted Reputation in Shadowlands Allied Races No Longer Require Exalted Reputation in Shadowlands It will be easier to unlock Allied Races in Shadowlands, because they no longer require you to grind the respective reputations to Exalted. World of Warcraft WoW 7 comments Today at 00:50 by Stan
Shadowlands Alpha 9.0.1 Build 33978 Shadowlands Alpha 9.0.1 Build 33978 The first dataminable Shadowlands Alpha 9.0.1 Build 33978 has arrived! World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Yesterday at 23:21 by Stan
Upcoming Ashes of Outland Balance Changes: April 8th Upcoming Ashes of Outland Balance Changes: April 8th Senior Game Designer Dean Ayala (IksarHS) teased a balance update coming to the game later today with card adjustments for Skull of Gul'dan, Imprisoned Antaen, Eye Beam, and Aldrachi Warblades. Hearthstone HS 3 comments Yesterday at 21:40 by Stan
Covenant Abilities Already Very Controversial in the WoW Community Covenant Abilities Already Very Controversial in the WoW Community With only 2 days having passed since Blizzard announced the first pass of the Covenant abilities we'll be getting in Shadowlands, they've already become the most controversial feature of the new expansion. The WoW community is up in arms about the class-specific abilities in particular, with a big concern relating to the announced difficult re-specing of your Covenant choice. World of Warcraft WoW 14 comments Yesterday at 18:35 by Starym
Hunter Stable Size Will Be Increased in WoW Shadowlands Hunter Stable Size Will Be Increased in WoW Shadowlands Blizzard is significantly increasing the Hunter stable size in WoW Shadowlands. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Yesterday at 17:53 by Stan
A New Leveling Experience Awaits in WoW Shadowlands A New Leveling Experience Awaits in WoW Shadowlands Exile's Reach is a new 1-10 area intended for fresh characters in WoW Shadowlands. All new players will need to play through it and the zone culminates in a two-boss mini-dungeon. Veteran players can opt out of the new starting experience and begin at level 1 in the starting area for their race. World of Warcraft WoW Yesterday at 17:09 by Stan
Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: April 7th Patch 8.3 Hotfixes: April 7th Another truly tiny batch today, we have two fixes, one for Ny'alotha and one for Blacrock Foundry. World of Warcraft WoW Yesterday at 02:24 by Starym
Bastion Zone and Kyrian Covenant In-dept Preview (Official) Bastion Zone and Kyrian Covenant In-dept Preview (Official) The first zone that should be available in the Alpha this week gets an in-depth preview with new additions since its announcement at BlizzCon, and we also get a closer look at the Kyrian Covenant. We get some more backstory for the zone, some new creatures and races we'll encounter and another look at the Kyrian Covenant as well. World of Warcraft WoW 5 comments Apr 07, 2020 at 21:07 by Starym
Shadowlands Class Changes Shadowlands Class Changes Here's an overview of Class changes and philosophy coming in the Shadowlands expansion. World of Warcraft WoW 8 comments Apr 07, 2020 at 17:50 by Stan
Free Character Moves Available From Select Realms in WoW Classic Free Character Moves Available From Select Realms in WoW Classic Some WoW Classic realms have been experiencing long queue times, so Blizzard enabled Free Character Moves from Firemaw, Incendius, Faerlina and Whitemane. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 07, 2020 at 17:10 by Stan
ZulGurub Will Be Available in WoW Classic on April 15th Zul'Gurub Will Be Available in WoW Classic on April 15th Zul'Gurub, the Stranglethorn Fishing Extravaganza, and the Dragons of Nightmare will be available in WoW Classic starting April 15. WoW Classic WoW Classic Apr 07, 2020 at 17:05 by Stan
Diablo 4 Assassin Fan Concept Diablo 4 Assassin Fan Concept We have some impressive fan work on display here, as Jonathan Lee has put in a lot of effort on his Diablo 4 Assassin visual concept. The character really seems to fit in to the art style and atmosphere the game is going for, and there's a lot to check out - with concept art for the base class idea, additional sets and looks, weapons (including katars), traps and more!

While the main rumor/leak at the moment is that the final two D4 classes are in fact the Amazon and Paladin, we could still see the Assassin in the base game, and if not there will be plenty of additions to D4 after its launch, since the base game is like "the first chapter in a book".

Let's take a look at some of Jonathan's work and you can check out the rest of it here.
Diablo IV D4 6 comments Apr 07, 2020 at 09:03 by Starym
Warcraft III Reforged MMR Changes Warcraft III Reforged MMR Changes Blizzard made some improvements to the matchmaking system in Warcraft III Reforged and allowed a wider band between the lowest value and the highest track values and the result is more accurate player skill representation. Warcraft Reforged WC Reforged 1 comment Apr 07, 2020 at 07:56 by Stan
Shadowlands: All Covenant Class Abilities (Early Look) Shadowlands: All Covenant Class Abilities (Early Look) Blizzard posted a preview of the new Covenant system coming in Shadowlands including an early look at all class-specific Covenant abilities. World of Warcraft WoW 16 comments Apr 06, 2020 at 21:10 by Stan
Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: April 6th Heroes of the Storm PTR Patch Notes: April 6th The latest content patch comes with a new Nexus Anomaly, the long-awaited Tassadar rework, AI improvements, matchmaking changes for GM and Masters, and more. Check out the full patch notes for more details! Heroes of the Storm Heroes 15 comments Apr 06, 2020 at 19:07 by Stan
PvP Vendors Return in Shadowlands PvP Vendors Return in Shadowlands Blizzard revealed in the Shadowlands Developer Update their plans to add PvP vendors back to the game with changes to PvP currencies, as Conquest becomes a spendable currency in the new expansion. World of Warcraft WoW 4 comments Apr 06, 2020 at 18:16 by Stan
Shadowlands Developer Update: Closed Alpha Starts This Week Shadowlands Developer Update: Closed Alpha Starts This Week Shadowlands Alpha starts later this week when the first batch of invitations will be going out. Available for testing will be Bastion and the Necrotic Dungeon. Don't forget to opt in for Beta in the meantime! World of Warcraft WoW 3 comments Apr 06, 2020 at 17:07 by Stan
New Heroes of the Storm Teaser: April 5th New Heroes of the Storm Teaser: April 5th It's time for a new event or Hero to enter the Nexus and Blizzard today posted the first teaser on Twitter with Orphea's father Oberon, the Raven Lord. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 10 comments Apr 05, 2020 at 17:57 by Stan
25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale 25 Years of Warcraft Anniversary Video 8K Upscale The last few Upscale videos haven't been that impressive, as the newer things they upgraded were already pretty good to start with, and I assumed this one would be the same. But, as the video has plenty of footage from older games, it's very much worth taking a look at, especially the comparison in the second half. Also it's a pretty good video in general, so why not check it out again: Blizzard Blizzard 6 comments Apr 05, 2020 at 17:38 by Starym
All WoW Achievements Completed - A Xirev Interview All WoW Achievements Completed - A Xirev Interview We've all heard about the man who's finished the game very recently, getting all the currently available achievements and claiming that he can now finally play the game. What you may not have known is that this is his second time to do so, as he also finished Legion World First back when it was current! We took some time out to talk to Xirev about his impressive... ahem... achievement, and found out a whole lot more about his process. World of Warcraft WoW 4 comments Apr 05, 2020 at 08:05 by Starym
Battle.net App Updated for Shadowlands Alpha Battle.net App Updated for Shadowlands Alpha Yesterday, we posted an update regarding Shadowlands Alpha and speculated that we might see it as early as next week. MMO-Champion noticed an update to the Battle.net App which made the wow_beta product no longer marked as deprecated and renamed it to Alpha which is obviously a good sign that Alpha is close. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Apr 04, 2020 at 13:57 by Stan
The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights The Blizzard April Fools Archive and Highlights After the recent re-emergence of the one day a year that's officially allowed to be funny and the official Blizzard patch notes that came with it, we wanted to go back and check out older editions of this now tradition. It turns out Blizzard actually has an archive for their April Fools posts, which is good news, but they also stopped updating it in 2015, which is bad news. Blizzard Blizzard 2 comments Apr 04, 2020 at 06:07 by Starym
Long Queues on Select Realms Will Be Addressed Soon Long Queues on Select Realms Will Be Addressed Soon Some WoW Classic realms are experiencing long queue times these days and Blizzard revealed they've been working on bringing some relief from the queues to these realms in the near future. WoW Classic WoW Classic 1 comment Apr 04, 2020 at 03:12 by Stan
Is Shadowlands Alpha Coming Next Week? Is Shadowlands Alpha Coming Next Week? It seems Shadowlands Alpha has been delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown and the work-from-home policies implemented by BlizzardTowelliee recently teased on his stream that a dataminable Alpha client could become available as early as next week around Monday/Tuesday. Blizzard also increased the frequency of new builds, hinting they might want to have a playable Alpha up soon. World of Warcraft WoW 2 comments Apr 03, 2020 at 17:07 by Stan
Weekly Brawl - Braxis Outpost: April 3rd Weekly Brawl - Braxis Outpost: April 3rd This week's brawl is Braxis Outpost. It comes with disabled Hearthstones and no healing at spawn.  As with every brawl, the goal is to destroy the enemy Core to claim victory and you will receive a New Toy Chest after playing three games. Heroes of the Storm Heroes 1 comment Apr 03, 2020 at 12:24 by Stan
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