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Gaming News 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Hear a little about Update 19 and longer term goals in the September Producer's Letter.

World of Warcraft

Pirate's Day was this week, and Brewfest also kicked off.

Alot is available this week. You can read about it in the aptly-named blog: Now Available: Emerald Nightmare Raid, Legion PvP Season 1, and Mythic Keystones.

There's also two new blogs out: Catching Up with Artifact Weapons was this week, and Legion World Quests and You.

Blizzard has announced that they're not going to be referring to Battle.net as Battle.net for reasons I'll let them explain in this blog on the subject.

Check out this week's hotfixes.

Starcraft 2

Like making maps with the Starcraft 2 editor? See what improvements Blizzard has made in the blog StarCraft II Editor Improvements.

Overwatch

The PTR is up.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

World of Warcraft

Two new previews are out: Raid Preview: 7 Eerie Reasons to Enter the Emerald Nightmare and Preview: Mythic Keystones.

Blizzard is now also allowing Battletag changes for a charge.

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Starcraft 2

Patch 3.6.0 is out.

There's also a blog out: Patch 3.6.0 Feature Roundup.

Heroes of the Storm

A new patch is out.

Hearthstone

A new update is out this week.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

General

The Games Site Mass-Update has begun! E-mails are sent and gaming info has been wiped. Please get your new info in by September 30th.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

World of Warcraft

There was a Developer Q&A this week.

Blizzard also released a companion app for phones that lets you do certain WoW-related things from a compatable phone.

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Starcraft 2

Looking forward to Alarak as a Co-Op commander? Then you'll want to check out the Patch 3.6 Preview: New Co-op Commander Alarak.

Heroes of the Storm

Season 1 is coming to an end and Season 2 is about to start. Get more details here!

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

General

The Games Site Mass-Update has begun! E-mails are sent and gaming info has been wiped. Please get your new info in by September 30th.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

World of Warcraft

World of Warcraft: Legion is out! See the announcement, the patch notes, the new trailer The Fate of Azeroth, and the dungeons and raids schedule.

If you missed the pre-launch stories leading up to the expansion, you can find them all in Blizzard's story roundup blog.

If you like numbers, you can check out Blizzard's infographic on the Legion Invasions.

A new Overview is up for Suramar and a new way to try out a class is available in Class Trials.

If you're not already absorbed in combatting the Legion, you can see what's going on this month in WoW.

A preview is already up for patch 7.1, in video form: Patch 7.1: Return to Karazhan Preview Video.

Check out the recent hotfixes as well.

Diablo 3

Starcraft 2

Heroes of the Storm

The PTR is up and it's already had a balance update was released this week for the PTR.

Want a free hero? Blizzard is giving one away for those who log in after the next major patch, launching September 13th. Get more information, including which heroes will be offered, in this announcement.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

There was a new patch this week: Patch 18.2.4.

World of Warcraft

Just 2 days until World of Warcraft: Legion is out! The final stage of the pre-invasion event is going, and I hope you've utilized it well for your alts.

Several new previews are out this week:

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Diablo 3

Blizzard is asking for help in testing some optimizations on the PTR.

Starcraft 2

Check out the Patch 3.6 Preview.

Heroes of the Storm

A balance update was released this week.

See the new blog on what's coming in the next major patch: Introducing MVP and Commendations.

Overwatch

The PTR is up.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

World of Warcraft

A new part of the Pre-event is open this week, and Invasions have ramped up in frequency and number. See the updated blog.

Several new previews are out this week:

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Starcraft 2

Some changes are coming to multiplayer. If you're interested in what, check out the blog: Legacy of the Void - Multiplayer Design Changes.

A new co-op commander is also coming: Alarak! Check out the preview on Youtube.

Heroes of the Storm

A new event was announced at Gamescom: Machines of War. New heroes, new skins, new mounts, and new battlegrounds are coming.

Overwatch

The PTR is up.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

World of Warcraft

The Legion is coming! The Broken Shore scenario, Demon Invasions, and Demon Hunters (for those who pre-ordered the expansion through Blizzard) are now available. Make sure that before you begin the scenario, you check for all vendors. There are some things you can get *only* before going into the scenario, and some *only* inside the scenario. If getting everything is an absolute goal, you may want to check out the info on mmo-champion to ensure you do.

Three previews are out this week:

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Heroes of the Storm

A new patch is out.

Hearthstone

The new adventure, One Night in Karazhan, is out.

There was also an update this week.

Overwatch

Blizzard will soon (next Thursday) be releasing a new animated short: "The Last Bastion", at Gamescon.

Sunday, August 07, 2016

World of Warcraft

See what's going on this month in WoW.

Four previews are out this week:

Check out the audio drama released this week in four parts: The Tomb of Sargeras.

A new Harbingers cinematic is out: Harbingers: The Story of Illidan.

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Diablo 3

Patch 2.4.2 is out and Season 7 has begun.

Starcraft 2

Patch 3.5.0 is out.

Heroes of the Storm

A new patch is up on the PTR. Check out the PTR patch notes.

Hearthstone

Overwatch

There's a new event going on for the next few weeks. Read about it in the blogs Welcome to the Summer Games and Get Ready For the Overwatch World Cup.

Monday, August 01, 2016

General

The WoW Basics page is now sectioned into pages for the old information, and new information updated for the Legion expansion.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Update 18.2.3 was released this week. Check out the patch notes.

World of Warcraft

Invasions arrive August 9th, as well as access to Demon Hunters to those who pre-purchased the expansion digitally through Blizzard.

A new developer Q&A was released this week on the demon hunter.

A preview for profession changes in Legion was also posted.

A new cinematic has been released: Harbingers: The Story of Khadgar.

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Diablo 3

Blizzard says patch 2.4.2 is coming soon, so they've given an overview of the first looks.

Starcraft 2

For those keeping up with the Nova Covert Ops missions, the next mission pack is coming August 2nd.

Heroes of the Storm

A balance update was released this week.

Hearthstone

Coming August 11th: Hearthstone's next adventure: One Night in Karazhan.

Also out this week: an update.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Update 18.2.2 was released this week. Check out the patch notes.

The Summer Festival is going.

World of Warcraft

Patch 7.0.3 is out! Check out the patch notes and talk to those doomsayers in Stormwind!

The fourth comic has been released: World of Warcraft: Legion #4—“Anduin: Son of the Wolf”.

A cinematic has also been released: Harbingers: The Story of Gul’dan. Coming soon: "The Tomb of Sargeras".

Check out the recent hotfixes and a preview of changes coming to the official WoW website.

Diablo 3

First looks have been posted for the Season 7 Journey and Season 7 Rewards.

Starcraft 2

Starcraft 2 is turning 6 years old. See the festivities.

Heroes of the Storm

See the hotfixes.

Overwatch

A new comic is out: "Old Soldiers".

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Update 18.2.1 was released this week. Check out the patch notes.

Servers will be brought down July 18th 8:00am to 12:00pm US Eastern for a hotfix.

World of Warcraft

Guess what's coming Tuesday, July 19th? That's right, the Pre-Expansion patch! With it comes many changes, among them the new wardrobe. A few weeks later will be the pre-expansion event: demon invasions. So, as has been said before and Blizzard reminds us again, if you were trying to get some of the time-sensitive goals completed in this expansion, Time is Running Out.

A new silence penalty is coming. I doubt it's anything any of us will need to worry about, but it's good to know about it anyway :}

The third comic has been released: World of Warcraft: Legion #3—"Highmountain: A Mountain Divided".

Check out the World Quest and Demon Invasion Developer Q & A.

Diablo 3

New PTR patch notes are up.

Starcraft 2

A new patch came out: Patch 3.4.0.

Heroes of the Storm

A new patch is out this week.

Hearthstone

There's a new update out that includes, among other things, recruit-a-friend.

Overwatch

A new hero has been announced: Ana. See her intro announcement and her origin story. Then check out her new digital comic: "Legacy".

The PTR is available for testing. If you play Overwatch on PC and are interested in trying out what's coming, check out how to get on.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Patch 18.2 is out! See the patch notes.

World of Warcraft

Another new comic was released this week: World of Warcraft: Legion #2—"Nightborne: Twilight of Suramar".

Blizzard announces the pre-expansion patch is nearly here, and Warlords Season 3 PvP Ends July 19.

Check out the Artifact and Class Hall Developer Q & A and look forward to next week's on quests and the pre-expansion event.

Looking for some achievements to do? Check out the blog Achievement Hunting: Bling Yourself.

Diablo 3

Season 6 is ending soon.

Starcraft 2

Out this week: a new Legacy of the Void Balance Update.

Heroes of the Storm

New PTR patch notes were put up.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

World of Warcraft

The pre-expansion lore inundation begins with a new comic: World of Warcraft: Legion #1—Magni: "Fault Lines".

As with many other things, Draenor Challenge modes end with the next expansion. If you are trying to get it done, you have until the pre-expansion patch.

Check out the PvP Developer Q & A and look forward to next week's covering artifacts and quests.

See the new blog on the quest line featuring Maximillian of Northshire.

See what's going on This Month in WoW.

Starcraft 2

There's a blog out discussing the ladder revamp coming with patch 3.4.

Heroes of the Storm

A new balance patch is out this week.

See what's in development.

Overwatch

A new blog is out: Welcome to Competitive Play.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Two new blogs are out this week:

World of Warcraft

Now in progress: the Midsummer Fire Festival.

New blogs are out:

Check out the Q & A on professions this week and look forward to next week's.

Heroes of the Storm

A new balance patch came out this week.

Overwatch

The PTR is available.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

World of Warcraft

The Legion pre-patch is now on the PTR. That means it's almost time, so you might want to get ready. Among other things, if you haven't completed everything you wanted to get done with the Brawler's Guild, you might want to very soon.

There was a Legion Developer Q & A this week, and there will be another next week.

Check out the latest hotfixes.

Diablo 3

Patch 2.4.2 is on the PTR. Check out the PTR patch notes.

Check out the new blog Developer Insights: Behind the Goblin Giggle.

Starcraft 2

A new patch came out this week: Patch 3.3.2.

Heroes of the Storm

A new patch came out this week.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

World of Warcraft

Starcraft 2

A new co-op mission is coming. See some information on it in the blog Introducing The Vermillion Problem.

Season 2 lock is coming soon.

Heroes of the Storm

The first official ranked season is coming. If you're interested in the competition, see who ranked in the pre-season.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

World of Warcraft

See what's going on this month in WoW.

An update has been made to the information about the movie transmog items.

Check out how far you can see (among other things) in Legion with the blog Engineer’s Workshop: Extended Draw Distance .

Hearthstone

There was a new patch this week, patch 5.0.1.13030.

Heroes of the Storm

There was a balance update this week.

First Anniversary celebrations have begun.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

World of Warcraft

The movie transmog items are available to the first character you log into on each faction.

If you're interested in what's coming for PvP in Legion, you may want to check out the Dev Watercooler blog Gearing up for Legion PvP.

See this week's hotfixes.

Starcraft 2

There was a new patch this week, patch 3.3.1, and a balance update as well.

Heroes of the Storm

There was a hotfix this week.

Also coming is the 1-year anniversary of Heroes of the Storm. See what'll be going on to celebrate starting June 2nd.

Overwatch

Overwatch has been released!.

See the new digital comic "Destroyer".

Another lore blog was put up. See it here.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

See the patch notes for patch 18.1.

World of Warcraft

This week's new Toybox Tuesday blog: Reach for the Stars.

If you have not yet completed the Legendary quest line for Warlords of Draenor, you better do it soon.

See this week's hotfixes.

Diablo 3

Diablo 3 is fours years old this week. As part of the celebration, there's a new blog comparing the some changes to the game. See Diablo Then & Now – Item Comparison Evolution.

Heroes of the Storm

There was a new patch this week, and subsequently some hotfixes.

Check out what was announced as in development (some things already released).

Overwatch

Some new stuff has been put up. First, a piece of Overwatch lore in the blog: LumériCo Vision for Mexico Unveiled, but Threats to Safety and Security Remain.

Second, a blog covering release: Overwatch Launch Protocols: Everything You Need to Know.

Third, a new animated short is coming: "Hero", and a new digital comic has been released: "Mission Statement".

Finally, if you like numbers, you might be interested in the open beta infographic Blizzard released.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Lord of the Rings Online

Server downtime is coming May 16th for an update.

World of Warcraft

This week's new Toybox Tuesday blog: In Full Bloom. Other blogs this week: Achievement Hunting: Awfully Big and Basic Botany: Peacebloom vs. Ghouls.

Legion has moved from alpha to beta. See the announcement, the patch notes, and this beta information blog. Also, check out the Legion Developer Update.

Diablo 3

Looking for help on your character? Blizzard has highlighted some player-made guides in this week's Community Spotlight blog.

Starcraft 2

Some announcements on what to expect in patch 3.3 were announced this week: Abathur as a Co-op Commander, Chat Emoticons, and some New Co-op Content and Features.

Heroes of the Storm

The PTR is up for testing. See the patch notes.

Overwatch

There's a new digital comic this week: "A Better World".

A new cinematic short is coming May 16th: "Dragons".

Sunday, May 08, 2016

World of Warcraft

This week's new Toybox Tuesday blog: The Children's Crusade.

A developer update on the Legion expansion is coming May 10th.

Diablo 3

New tranmogs based on swords Blizzard awards employees at the 5-year mark were put into the recent patch. See the blog for more info.

Heroes of the Storm

Check out the balance update notes.

There's a preview of new characters and skins. Check it out!

Changes are coming to ranked play. See the blog for more info.

Overwatch

There's a new digital comic: "Going Legit".

There's an open beta going for all interested parties until May 9th. See the announcement, and if you want to give it a try, don't miss your chance.

Sunday, May 01, 2016

World of Warcraft

This week's new Toybox Tuesday blog: I'll meet you at the Faire.

Another new blog: Achievement Hunting: Off to the Races.

If you haven't done the Sylvanas' necklace quest, this blog tells you about it: The Lady's Necklace: The Gift of Song.

Don't forget to see what's going on This month in WoW.

Diablo 3

Patch 2.4.1 has arrived and Season 6 has begun. Check out the rewards.

Starcraft 2

Changes are coming to the loading screen in the next patch. Check them out.

Hearthstone

Whispers of the Old Gods is out as well as a new patch. Check out the patch notes.

Heroes of the Storm

Check out the balance update notes.

Overwatch

There's a new digital comic: "Dragon Slayer".

Sunday, April 24, 2016

World of Warcraft

The release date for Legion has been announced: August 30th!

New Toybox Tuesday Blog: Into the Jungle.

See the art updates.

Check out the latest in the Legion alpha test.

Diablo 3

Get your first look at the Season 6 journey.

Starcraft 2

New patch released: patch 3.2.2.

See the Call to Action.

Hearthstone

Whispers of the Old Gods release has been announced: April 26th!

Check out the blog Keeping Hearthstone Fresh.

Heroes of the Storm

New patch released. See the notes.

Overwatch

The closed beta ends April 25th. See the announcement.

There's a new digital comic: "Train Hopper".

The Overwatch pre-order goodies are now available.

Lord of the Rings Online

Sunday, April 17, 2016

World of Warcraft

There's a new blog series called Toy Box Tuesday. See the first one.

Check out the most recent Legion Alpha info.

Check out the recent hotfixes.

Diablo 3

See the preview on the new cosmetic items coming in the new patch.

Check out the recent updates to the PTR patch notes.

Starcraft 2

Changes are being made to the ladder map roster.

Hearthstone

Khadgar comes to the Tavern.

Also, check out the notes for patch 4.3.0.12266.

Heroes of the Storm

See the recent balance updates.

Lord of the Rings Online

Sunday, April 10, 2016

World of Warcraft

Check out what's going on with the Legion Alpha Test.

Diablo 3

Check out the recent updates to the PTR patch notes.

Starcraft 2

New patch 3.2.1. There's been some improvements made to patching in 3.2, so check those out as well.

Hearthstone

A new blog is out: Whispers of the Old Gods – It's Never a Yawn with Yogg-Saron.

There's been a revamp to Tavern Heroes for the spring season.

Heroes of the Storm

Coming April 19th for those who pre-purchased Overwatch Origins Edition is Tracer. Everyone else can purchase her starting April 29th. See the blog for more info.

Overwatch

The animated short, Alive, is out.

A new blog is out: Overwatch Beta: Competitive Play Preview .

Sunday, April 03, 2016

World of Warcraft

Diablo 3

If you missed D3's April Fools joke, check out what they claimed was available for one day only.

Know that, jokes aside, Season 5 is ending soon.

Starcraft 2

April Fools Jokes:

A blog going over all the Radio Liberty Nova role-play stuff was put up: Mission Accomplished: Recapping The Nova ARG.

Patch 3.2 is out. See the Patch Notes and the Feature Roundup.

Hearthstone

Heroes of the Storm

The April Fool's joke (or at least, I assume it is because it was released on April Fool's Day, despite not yet being labelled as a joke): In Beta: Nexus Lane View!.

There's a new patch out. Check out the patch notes.

Overwatch

No April Fool's joke, but there is a new animated short coming: Alive.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

World of Warcraft

A new patch came out this week: patch 6.2.4.

Diablo 3

Reaper of Souls'anniversary was this week.

Check out the new blog Two Years, Tons of Art - Celebrating Reaper of Souls.

If you play Diablo 3 on console, or plan to, you may want to know about these upcoming changes.

There is an event going on in March where you get to fight alongside the Chief Elder Kanai. Read more about it.

See the updated PTR patch notes.

Starcraft 2

A preview of the first mission pack for Nova Covert Ops is up. If you're interested in these missions, check out the new trailer as well.

Several Radio Liberty blogs were posted this week. Check them out: New Investigation, New Investigation - Update, New Investigation - Cancelled, and New Investigation - Clarification. Enjoy the lore.

Hearthstone

New blog posted: The Enigma of N'Zoth.

Heroes of the Storm

See what's changing with draft lobbies.

Check out the updated PTR patch notes.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

World of Warcraft

Check out the latest hotfixes.

Diablo 3

There's a new Developer Insights blog on upcoming changes to legendary gems.

See the updated PTR patch notes.

Starcraft 2

Coming with patch 3.2: trophy tops and a new co-op mission.

Coming March 29th: Nova Covert Ops missions.

Hearthstone

There's several pieces of Hearthstone news. Start out with the patch 4.2.0.12051 notes.

Then say Happy Birthday to Hearthstone as it celebrates its second anniversary.

Next see the new hero available and how to gain access. (Link corrected thanks to Varda)

Conclude with the blogs: Whispers of the Old Gods: Say C'thun Three Times Fast, Search Your Hearthstone Collection Like Never Before!, and Whispers of the Old Gods - Forbidden but not Forgotten.

Heroes of the Storm

New balance update. See the notes for details.

Blizzard gave a peek at what's in development.

They also announced a new map coming: Lost Cavern.

Also announced for the next patch: improvements to hotkeys and quick casting.

Overwatch

There's a new blog: Exploring the World of Overwatch.

There's also a new animated short coming March 21st: Recall. Apparently it will be exclusively on Xbox.com/Overwatch.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

World of Warcraft

What's available to test in the Legion alpha has been updated.

Diablo 3

Patch 2.4.1 is now up on the PTR. Check out the patch notes.

Hearthstone

Hearthstone's third expansion has been announced: Whispers of the Old Gods.

Heroes of the Storm

There's been a balance update this week.

Overwatch

Overwatch's release date has been announced. If you're looking forward to it, it'll be coming out May 24th.

There will also be an open beta period for PC, XBox One, and Playstation 4.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

World of Warcraft

See what's going on this month in WoW.

See the recent hotfixes.

Keep updated on what's going on with the Legion alpha test.

Diablo 3

Blizzard has released the Lightning Talks from Blizzcon 2015.

Heroes of the Storm

There's a new patch this week, including new hero Zul the Necromancer.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Starcraft 2

Heroes of the Storm

Blizzard announced two upcoming features.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

World of Warcraft

Current event going on: Love is in the Air.

See the latest hotfixes.

Heroes of the Storm

There's a new blog on the current state of matchmaking.

See the recent balance update notes.

Hearthstone

Sunday, February 14, 2016

World of Warcraft

See the latest hotfixes.

Heroes of the Storm

See the recent balance update notes.

Overwatch

The Closed beta is going again. See the announcement.

Check out the preview on the new player progression features.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

World of Warcraft

The Lunar Festival is going.

See the latest hotfixes on the live servers.

Diablo 3

If you rebirthed a character for the new season at the beginning, and you haven't yet claimed your items, you might want to soon.

Blizzard also posted a blog discussing Set Dungeons.

Starcraft 2

A new patch is out: Patch 3.1.2. With it comes a new skin for the Colossus. Win two games in certain game modes to have your Colossus look like a Tal'darim.

Ladder Season 1 for 2016 has begun.

Heroes of the Storm

Lunar Festival has begun.

There's a new patch out. Check out the patch notes.

Hearthstone

See what changes are coming in the blog A New Way to Play.

Overwatch

The closed beta is back February 9th. Check out the announcement.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

World of Warcraft

See the latest hotfixes for the live servers.

Lord of the Rings Online

New patch 17.2 is out. Check out the patch notes.

Diablo 3

There's a new blog from Blizzard: Engineering Diablo III's Damage Numbers.

Heroes of the Storm

See what's under development.

Check out the recent balance updates.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

World of Warcraft

February comes. See what to look forward to.

See what's being tested currently in the Legion Alpha.

See the latest hotfixes on the live servers.

Lord of the Rings Online

Hotfixes out this week: patch 17.2.1.

Starcraft 2

Check out the Legacy of the Void Balance Update.

Blizzard's also looking for map submissions. Check out what they're looking for.

Heroes of the Storm

Lunar Festival is coming. See this blog for what to look forward to.

Changes have been made to the replay system. See them.

See the recent balance updates.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

World of Warcraft

See the latest hotfixes for the live servers.

Lord of the Rings Online

New patch 17.2 is out. Check out the patch notes.

Diablo 3

There's a new blog from Blizzard: Engineering Diablo III's Damage Numbers.

Heroes of the Storm

See what's under development.

Check out the recent balance updates.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

World of Warcraft

The Legion Alpha test is going again. See what's currently available to test in this blog.

See the latest hotfixes for the live servers.

Diablo 3

Patch 2.4.0 is live and so is Season 5.

Season 5 begins January 15th.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

World of Warcraft

A patch was released this week: patch 6.2.3, build 20886.

There have also been some hotfixes.

Lord of the Rings Online

Check out the new Letter from the Executive Producer for a glimpse at this year's LotRO goals.

There's also free transfers between realms being offered. See the Schedule.

Diablo 3

Blizzard asks, Are You Prepared for 2.4.0?

Season 5 begins January 15th.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

General

Notice something different? Well, you should :} I've adjusted the news format to make the header stand out more by sitting to the side. I've also made some adjustments to the main menu. Enjoy :}

World of Warcraft

See what's going on this month in WoW.

Diablo 3

Season 4 has ended. Season 5 begins in a couple of weeks.

Friday, January 01, 2016

New Year's Day

Happy New Year!

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