Archive | blizzard

Top Overwatch Players Fall For The Oldest Trick In The Book

It didn’t make any sense. “What are they doing, dude?” asked Houston Outlaws tank Austin “Muma” Wilmot as the other team, made up of top-ranked players including LA Gladiators tank Chan-hyung “Fissure” Baek, repeatedly crashed against the holo-shield walls of a relatively lackadaisical defense. Then it hit him:…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

Overwatch League Team Completes Glorious 0-40 Season, Is Possibly Shittiest Pro Sports Team In World History

The first 12 team slots in the Overwatch League cost, reportedly, $20 million each. This was mostly because at least a dozen rich people were willing to give that much money to Blizzard, but was also at least in part to avoid situations like the ongoing disgrace that is the Miami Marlins, where a cash-poor […]

Continue Reading

Latest Hearthstone Patch Is Full Of Stealth Nerfs And Bugs

On Tuesday, Blizzard quietly released Hearthstone patch 11.2, whose seemingly-tame purpose was to introduce a limited-time event and a new purchasable card bundle. But the patch came with a few other changes, including “updates” to game mechanics and a long list of “bug fixes” that stirred up some major gameplay…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

What I Learned From A Year’s Worth Of Overwatch Coaching

One year ago, I dropped from Platinum rank to Gold in Overwatch’s competitive mode. Even though it was just a number, it felt like a huge defeat. Since then, over the last year, I’ve been working with a coach to improve my game. I thought I was just chasing after my old rank, but I […]

Continue Reading

Fallout 76 Gives Overwatch Fans Crossover Fever

When Fallout 76 was announced yesterday, half the world immediately thought “Heck yeah, new Fallout.” But the other half—a more insidious and frankly intolerable one that includes noted individuals such as me—started cracking jokes about Soldier 76 from Overwatch. Then came the fan art.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

Two New Cards Are Shaking Up Hearthstone Deck Building

In Hearthstone, the art of deck building has always taken a relatively specific shape: You choose a win condition (e.g. kill your opponent with small minions as quickly as possible), then fill your deck with the most powerful card combos to help you accomplish that.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

How World of Warcraft’s Quest Chains Came To Be

Back before World of Warcraft launched, in 2004, the template for quests in an MMORPG was a little dry. Games like EverQuest were primarily inspired by text-based MUDs, where you didn’t need much incentive to go out and kill things. For World of Warcraft, that wasn’t going to work.Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

Overwatch’s New Map Isn’t The Problem, Deathmatch Is

Overwatch characters are like pieces on a chess board. Whether we’re talking about David Bowie reincarnated as a mad scientist or a hulking hook boy who’s probably never heard of David Bowie, everybody’s unique abilities are kept in check by the structure of the game. Now imagine if that structure—the lines on the…Read more… Continue […]

Continue Reading

Paladins Developer Says It’s Fired Contractor For Using Overwatch Art In Ad

Free-to-play hero shooter Paladins has always invited comparisons to Overwatch. There’s a tanky knight character with a deployable shield and a bearded dwarf who builds turrets. While developer Hi-Rez Studios has always denied cloning Blizzard’s game, a mobile port of Paladins lifted artwork from the game, a foul the…Read more… Continue Reading at http://kotaku.com

Continue Reading

Former Overwatch Pro Continues To Be A Self-Own Machine

Former Overwatch League problem child Félix “xQc” Lengyel was streaming last night when he ended up in the same match as a frighteningly skilled Widowmaker player going by the handle “Kannagang.” When players on the other team suggested that he might be cheating, xQc investigated by looking at his player profile.Read more… Continue Reading at […]

Continue Reading