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Hearthstone Goblins vs Gnomes Expansion Brings 120 New Cards

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Blizzard has announced the first full-fledged expansion pack for Hearthstone and it’s all about the age-old rivalry between the cunning Goblins and tinkering Gnomes. Unlike Curse of Naxxramas, which was merely an “Adventure”, the new Goblins vs Gnomes expansion is really an “expansion” in the true sense of the word and comes with over 120 new cards that can be added to your collection.

Hearthstone players thinking they have mastered the metagame are in for a shock once Goblins vs Gnomes kicks into full gear. The new cards it introduces feature all sorts of crazy attributes and effects that bring a lot of randomness to the game.

Watch the comical announcement trailer:

The most ridiculous of the cards include the Explosive Sheep, a 1/1 minion that deals 2 damage to all other minions when it dies; Annoy-o-Tron, a 1/2 with Taunt and Divine Shield that will likely be used for trolling opponents; and the Madder Bomber, which has a Battlecry that deals 6 damage randomly split between all other characters.

Other noteworthy cards from the Goblins vs Gnomes roster are the Sneed’s Old Shredder (Deathrattle: Summon a random legendary minion) and the V-07-TR-0N (4/8, can attack four times a turn), arguably the most imbalanced card in Hearthstone.

In addition to the 120 explosive cards, Goblins vs Gnomes also comes with a new game board, a Spectator mode, and a new minion type — Mech.

You will be able to purchase Hearthstone: Goblins vs Gnomes cards from the in-game shop with either gold or real money — whichever you prefer — for the same price that you would purchase a regular Expert card pack.

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Overwatch Has a Plot, But No Single-Player Campaign

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BlizzCon 2014 was very special because of one big reason: Blizzard announced its first new IP in over 15 years — Overwatch! The team-based multiplayer shooter is a big departure from the games the company normally releases, but it’s fresh and — frankly — looks like crazy fun. Unfortunately, Blizzard’s renowned storytelling won’t be part of the gameplay experience… Overwatch does not have a single-player campaign.

While no one will be happy to hear that, Titanfall has shown that not every game needs single-player to be a hit. In fact, judging from what we saw in its announcement and gameplay trailers, Overwatch looks primed to make a big splash on the eSports scene.

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In an interview with Kotaku, game director Jeff Kaplan explained why there is no single-player in Overwatch:

“I don’t think we would ever do a single-player campaign, because the way these characters work… they’re cool when you combine them together. Some don’t play well alone, either. Unless we built a campaign around supporting somebody else, a support character like Mercy probably wouldn’t do well.”

To compensate for the lack of single-player storytelling, Kaplan says each character in Overwatch has an interesting story that will be explored both in-game and from external sources. Given that this is Blizzard we are talking about, chatter between characters and quality cinematics will likely be used to flush out each fighter’s plot.

Another game that employs a similar strategy is League of Legends. The world and champions of Riot’s MOBA have a lot of back story and context, but you don’t learn much about any of that in-game.

Considering how successful League of Legends has been, we get the feeling Overwatch won’t be held back by its lack of single-player. Blizzard’s FPS is all about quality multiplayer action, which will take it a long way in eSports. Do you have a problem with that?

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Firebat: The First Hearthstone World Champion, See His Decklist

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Blizzcon 2014 was the staging ground for a number of big eSports tournaments, including the first Hearthstone World Championship. Sixteen players from all over the world competed in the tourney to win the $10,000 grand prize, but only one came out triumphant — James “Firebat” Kostesich!

While most professional players spend many hours each day mastering the game, the 18 year-old Kostesich likely didn’t have that luxury because of obligations with school and work. Nevertheless, he managed to take the Hearthstone scene by storm, surprising just about everyone.

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Firebat is a very aggressive player, and built his decks accordingly, with his “Charge Face” Druid deck (shown below) being particularly lethal and feared throughout the tournament. Surprisingly, Druids are considered one of the weakest Hearthstone classes currently, yet he used them to dominate his opponents with relative ease.

Replicating Firebat’s Charge Face deck won’t come cheap. It contains no less than four Legendaries and several Epics, so building it is not something you will be able to do if you’ve just starting playing Hearthstone.

Assuming you don’t have any of the cards in the deck, Charge Face will fetch you 6,960 dust. But before you even think about copying Firebat, keep in mind that a good Hearthstone deck is only as good as its wielder. In other words, practice, practice, practice!

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While Charge Face might be Firebat’s most fearsome deck, it’s not the only one in his arsenal. He has Warlock and Hunter decks, both of which feature only one Legendary card — Loatheb — which can be obtained for free by completing the Plague Quarther wing in Curse of Naxxramas.

By winning the first Hearthstone World Championship at Blizzcon 2014, James “Firebat” Kostesich has made history. What do you think about his winning deck?

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Warcraft Movie: Here are the Actors, Actresses & Characters

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The highly-anticipated Warcraft Movie is on its way for a March 2016 release. While the film is still in an early stage of development, Blizzard has revealed all the major actors / actresses and characters we will see on the big screen.

Directed by Duncan Jones, Warcraft is closely based on the fantasy video game series and portrays the origin story of the initial encounters between the humans and the orcs, with an emphasis on both the Alliance’s and the Horde’s sides of the conflict. You will see such well-known characters as Durotan, Lothar and others.

Jones, together with Bill Westenhofer (Visual Effects Supervisor), Chris Metzen (Co-Producer) and Rob Kazinsky (known for his roles in the True Blood series and Pacific Rim), used BlizzCon 2014 to let us in on the official character lineup. Make the jump to see who plays who in the upcoming Warcraft movie:

THE ALLIANCE

Warcraft Movie, Travis Fimmel

Anduin Lothar (Travis Fimmel): The leading figure of the Alliance and a protagonist in the movie, Lothar is as a war hero who sacrifices everything to keep the people of Azeroth safe.

Warcraft Movie, Dominic Cooper

King Llane Wrynn (Dominic Cooper): King Llane is the leader of the Alliance city of Stormwind and a beacon of hope to its people in some rather dark and difficult times.

Warcraft Movie, Ben Foster

Medivh (Ben Foster): Known as ‘The Guardian,’ Medivh is solitary and mysterious protector wielding formidable powers.

 Warcraft movie, Paula Patton

Garona (Paula Patton): Garona — a strong-willed survivor caught between the Alliance and the Horde — is forced to choose a side to pledge her loyalty.

Warcraft Movie, Ben Schnetzer

Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer): Khadgar is a gifted young mage who embarks on a journey to find the truth.

Warcraft Movie, Ruth Negga

Lady Taria (Ruth Negga): Taria is the royal Queen of Stormwind, King Lane’s great love and his most trusted advisor. She is his voice of reason.

THE HORDE

Warcraft Movie, Toby Kebbell

Durotan (Toby Kebbel): As the leader of the Horde and one of the main protagonists, Durotan is the noble Chieftain of the Frostwolf Clan. He is fighting to keep his people and family from extinction.

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Orgrim (Rob Kazinsky): As Durotan’s right hand, Orgrim is a brave warrior destined to wield the mighty Doomhammer — a weapon of Orc legends.

Warcraft Movie, Clancy Brown

Blackhand (Clancy Brown): Known as ‘The Destroyer’, Blackhand, is one of the most fearsome and skilled warchiefs of the orc race.

Warcraft Movie, Daniel Wu

Gul’Dan (Daniel Wu): Gul’dan is a supreme orc commander driven by immense dark powers that even he can’t control.

What do you think about the cast for the Warcraft Movie?

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