Blizzard Blitz: June 28th – HUGE update coming to D3!

Blizzard Entertainment

There are SO many new things coming to D3, you MUST check it out!

Not only are we getting all those changes to D3, but the Diablo themed map for Heroes of the Storm should be released on Tuesday too!!

Diablo 3Patch 2.3.0 is going to change things!!  A new zone, FOUR difficulty levels, changes to Adventure Mode, a new “Horadric Cube”, crafting system changes, new portrait frames for completing Season milestones, PLUS Legendary and Set items!!  I had asked a while ago if we would get an extension to the stained glass window with more Torment levels, and now it is going to be in game!  Coincidence?  I think not!!!  If you need more to get excited about D3, then check out this awesome Crusader build on the Play Your Way Thursday feature!  Then chill out with some Burning Hells Popsicles!

HearthStone – You only have a few more days to get the June 2015 Ranked Play card back!!  Listen to the Madder Bomber talk to the media about his explosive encounter!

Heroes of the Storm – First off, I want to correct/update something I reported last week.  The +100% XP week was supposed to end at 11:59 PM on Wednesday, but it ended on Tuesday instead, and to pour salt in the wound Blizzard went back and edited the post so it looked like it was always going to end on Tuesday.  Anyways…now that is out of my system…this week saw the launch of the Public Test Realm with the associated patch notes, and the new map Battleground of Eternity is being released plus the developers will have their Brawl with the Blues on July 1st featuring the new content!!  You can also check out the developer insights for the next patch as well, which includes a lot of specific details on how and why they are changing certain heroes!  Interested in the tournaments for Heroes?  Then you should see the schedule for the North American Open contest!  Not only can you see the schedule, but it has replays as well so you can get some tips for your own play by watching some high level pros battling it out!!  Speaking of pros, Tempo Storm won the first battle on the Road to Blizzcon!  Of course no recap is complete without the Weekly Sale which has been pared down this week to just Arthas and a Zeratul skin instead of 7 different items!

StarCraft 2 – Make sure you take a look at all of the new maps which are going to be released for Season 3!  Then, check out this fan made video which encapsulates the Terran versus Zerg war going on in the SC world!!

World of Warcraft – Are you enjoying Patch 6.2?  There is an overview guide if you think you have missed out on anything going on like the Patch Notes, Hotfixes, or Timewalking Shattered Halls and Slave Pens!!  Also, don’t miss out on the Art of World of Warcraft book that has just been released!

Twitter Question of the Week – Q:  @BlizzHeroes Can we get the frame to turn red when the other team is going HAM on the core?! Hard to pay attention to top numbers in combat.  A:  Last week, @Lightaddict and I were playing Heroes where we had the core ninja’d from us but we were in combat with a few of their players and a single hero was able to long range our core without a lot of notice to us.  I think without a lot of more immediate/interactive signals like red on the frame, this kind of strategy will be common!

While I didn’t get an answer to a question this week, I did get a reply from @Diablo when I commented on the patch!

Enjoying the Blitz?  Want to ask some questions or give me ideas for future articles?  Reach out to me on Twitter @rusty_schmidt!

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About the author

Rusty Schmidt

Rusty Schmidt has been into gaming since the family had to get a second Atari 2600 so everybody could play at once and interested in computer gaming since playing Math Blaster and The Oregon Trail all the way back in 5th grade. Later he found the original Diablo and StarCraft games to get hooked on Blizzard games and eventually stopped playing SNES games trading them for PC games because of the online persistence of worlds like SWG and WoW. Currently a Blizzard Correspondent, he looks forward to becoming a Senior Blizzard Correspondent for Nerdvana some day.


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